May 16, 2010

365 Project

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 4:09 pm by Jenn

I started a new project today.  I know, I know….but this is a cool project.  It’s called 365 Project and I learned about it from a post on Javajem’s blog.  I thought it would be a fun since I’m getting ready to begin a new chapter of my life and I’m continuing to adjust to life back in the US.

Of course I forgot my camera when I headed out for my day today, but thankfully I had my phone so was able to capture a couple of pictures and I chose this as my first for the project

This stop wasn’t on the list of things to do today, but as the day went on, I kept thinking about cabbage rolls and sushki and simple cheese and I couldn’t stop.  So off I went in search of the Russian store in Virginia.  Thanks again to my phone and the Around Me app I was there in less than 20 minutes!  I found the sushki, my favorite green apple juice, the chumack ketchup that I need for the cabbage rolls, chocolate covered cheesecake (yum), Baltika 4 and 8 (beer) and some simple cheese.  The store was cute and reminded me a lot of a magazine (little store) that you would see in Belarus.  The women were nice and I thank them and bid them farewell in their native language….that drew a few stares!  It’s funny isn’t it.  Two years ago I never would have dreamed of walking in to a Russian grocery store and now I can walk in and I’m familiar with the products.  On my next trip I plan to get some pelmini and some lecho (what I use as the base for my newly famous chili).  Probably some more Baltika (call me crazy but I loved the beer).  As I type this post my sushki is soaking in milk and I’m going to treat my family to a fun snack. 

Since I was over in Virginia I decided to take a drive by the new place.  Here’s a picture – minus the Scott and Jenn love that it will be receiving in less than a month!

 I decided to drive around to locate the gym, swimming pool and grocery store.  Imagine my surprise when within walking distance I found – an East Asian Bistro, Noodles, Indian Restaurant, and Panera.  That just sweetened the deal.  I already knew there was a Japanese restaurant and movie theater but now I’m really excited to move.  I can taste the curry already!  The gym/swimming pool is within a 10 minute walk of the house AND there is a driving range on the opposite side of the street from the shops.  Fun times, fun times.


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