chaia threw soosie a chivaree, aka anti-bridal shower, complete with jeopardy, pictionary, and a cute story about the happy couple filled with adverbs, adjectives, and nouns that we made up. we wore nametags with our names spelled backwards. lorinda's sounded like a drug name - adnoral, and viktoriya's, ayirotkiv, still managed to sound very, very russian. wendi's was the cutest, most pronounceable, and perhaps most eskimo-sounding: idnew. for my first round of pictionary, chaia, miss drawing extraordinaire, gave me "bridesmaid dress that doesn't fit"....touche, so i drew a tv, a wii, and a man on a balance board to try and elicit the word "fit" from the group.
who knew we would have two dark-haired russians in one room. the one above had some fun with my camera and looking through what she shot, crooked doesn't necessarily have to scream "look at me, i'm crooked":