Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Groundhog Day

I've heard other adoptive families say that staying in Ukraine turns into a scene from the movie Groundhog Day. Well its true. We wake up every day to the same bleary gray skies and make our trek to the orphanage. The sky looks the same all day long. I don't know how people here can stand to be without the sun but its driving me nuts! The sky looks the same at 8am as it does at 3pm and then it gets pitch black. We've had some snow, some extreme cold, and lots of drizzling rain but the sky looks the same all the time.

Oh and one thing I forgot to mention is that this apartment does not have a shower curtain. I'm not sure why not, but I cannot take a shower without making a huge mess!

We had a bit of an episode today. We'd been eyeing some meat at the grocery store that had different kinds of rubs or marinades on it. I was scared to try it considering we've not been so lucky with "mystery shopping." Today though we grabbed a pack of little steaks that had a green marinade on them. We weren't sure what kind of meat they were but it looked pretty good. When we opened them, they smelled good so we fried them in a pan and they tasted a lot like deer... or lamb. So we decided to pull the wrapping out and try to google the words to see what it was that we ate and THAT is when we noticed it. The expiration date of 11/12/2010. OMG we freaked out for a while thinking how sick we were going to get. We'd been so careful with expiration dates, HOW did we miss that?? Ahhhhhh!!!

and then...

a few hours later...

we remembered:

in Ukraine the dates aren't the same as in the U.S. 11/12/2010 means 12/11/2010. We know this but in the moment we forgot.

Ah well I guess we'll live another day. We never did find out what kind of meat it was though...

1 comment:

Healy Family said...

it is ground hog day - day after day after day. i looked out my work window this week and said to myself "this is exactly what it was like in ukraine everyday, grey and dreary and cold and snowy". i think we had sun once in the 45 combined days of our trip... did you bring vitamin d pills with you? ;)

glad the meat story turned out well ~ you are so brave to try things! i never did. the only venturing out i did was with yogurt.

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson