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Grisha likes building bookcases, eating homegrown tomatoes and everything basketball, especially the Huskies. Fun fact about Grisha: he vermicomposts (in our kitchen!). There will probably never ever ever be a post about that as I have not managed to take any flattering pictures of the worm bin – but if you have any questions about vermicomposting, he’s your guy! His day job is acting as president of Panoptic Installs, LLC.

Greg versus Grisha

When we met, we were in a Russian language summer program and everyone had to pick Russian names. Greg’s Russian name, Grisha, stuck and I continue to call him that to this day. Most everyone I introduce him to knows him as Grisha, whereas people he knew before me or people he meets independently know him as Greg.

I think this blog says all there is to say about me.

I am incapable of whipping cream into stiff peaks because of a deep seeded fear that it will turn into butter. I have a freckle on the mid-line of my torso that I used to think was Zeus’s original omphalos. Once while sleeping, I said to Grisha, “Oh no, I think we only have one can of black beans in the apartment.” We quote this frequently in many non-food situations. Hope that clears up everything you needed to know about me.


We adopted Oliver in March 2013 when he was 5 months old. Do you know how long it takes to get a dog at the shelter? Five minutes! It was so fast that you could do it without any forethought or planning or preparedness. He was named Oliver because Grisha wanted him to be nicknamed Ollie, after Kevin Ollie and I wanted him learn to shake at the command Oliver, twist! Neither of those really panned out.

Oliver often lies down when I’m walking him, which I interpret as a desire to be photographed. Of note, he never lies down while Grisha is walking him.

We started this blog in the summer of 2010 to share our wedding plans with our out-of-town family. Since then it has become an excuse for me to take embarrassing pictures of Grisha in public and to make a spectacle of myself fumbling around with my camera.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Adams permalink
    May 5, 2011 8:53 am

    Yes, Greg is known under many different names. In every country he has at least two or three different aliasses… Right Bob?

  2. Pat Lees permalink
    September 15, 2012 11:27 pm

    I love checking in on your blog from time-to-time…what a remarkable couple you are! love, Aunt Pat

  3. Oliver permalink
    June 24, 2014 1:52 pm

    where is oliver at?

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