2016 Is Soon To Become A History…

Before I knew it, December happened again…


Since I stopped going to Ukraine for New Year – and last time it happened was 2010, I feel like I’m missing out on what used to be the biggest holiday of my childhood. Neither Finns nor Americans are making such a big deal about the year changing. Not that they don’t celebrate, not at all, but the scale is not nearly the same as back in Ukraine where people start making plans for New Year night already in September.

However, the smell of the Christmas tree, cooking the traditional dishes and watching the Ukrainian TV (this one day a year when I do it) are kinda getting me in the mood. And as a part of the mood, here is my 2016 summary.

2016  for me wasn’t the most horrible year ever, since my family and my friends are all alive and healthy (more or less, rather more than less), and for this I am very grateful. Still, it wasn’t the most pleasant year and I am happy it is almost over.

The most memorable part of 2016: travels. There were familiar places (Canada, Oahu, New York, Miami, Paris, Lisbon, London) and new places (Big Island, Faro, Florence and Venice). Each of our trips was everything we could wish for emotions and experiences wise – and I am ever so grateful for this. Continue reading


Christmas 2016

I almost missed the Christmas hassle this year – thank you, gentleman across the aisle on a plane from London, who was coughing his lungs out the entire flight.  My to-do list for December was 3 feet long and what’s more important, I had tons of inspiration to actually do all of that.

Well, next time I’m thinking I need some time off work, I’ll be more specific as to my physical well-being, as this has officially been the longest-playing virus in my life. During 2 weeks of being sick I went through all 5 stages during this time – denial (no, I am not getting sick, it’s just the dry air that makes my throat sore), anger (I hate this guy on the plane), bargaining (if I have another Day-quill, I can probably go out), depression (that’s it, no Christmas for me this year) and acceptance (so what if it’s the case?) – and then I figured out I needed to see the doctor, and the doctor figured out I needed antibiotics, and after 3 days I figured out I am feeling much better and there is still time to jump on that last wagon of the Christmas hassle. A lot of figuring out involved.


In just  5 days I can proudly say that I am 95% done with my Christmas shopping – just 2 gifts left, all of the packages have been wrapped and shipped worldwide, all of the cards are signed and mailed, stockings are up over the fireplace, window lights are out there,  Christmas tree is up too – and it’s been cold enough to start the fireplace season, so it adds to the atmosphere. Still have to catch up on hot cocoa with marshmallows, but that is only because I’ve eaten a bag of marshmallows I bought  for this cause even before I could think of hot cocoa. Continue reading