Getting to Know You…

I enjoyed reading Eileen’s Getting to Know Me and Mildred’s, too, so I’m answering the 25 questions.
1. What is your middle name?: 
I do not have a middle name on my birth certificate. In my Russian culture I would be introduced as Ellen, Moisi’s (daughter) Bagdanov. Everyone would then know that I was Moisi’s daughter not Ivan’s daughter.
That’s my maiden last name in Russian on my paternal grandparents’ gravestone.
2. What was your favorite subject at school?:
Any class where the teacher made me feel like they appreciated having me as a student especially my English teachers in high school. I enjoyed Home Economics and ended up majoring in Home Economics.
Mrs. Nicolaus was my favorite primary teacher.
3. What is your favorite drink?:
Morning: coffee  Cocktail: Gin and Tonic
4. What is your favorite song at the moment?:
Adore by Chris Tomlin
5. What is your favorite food?:
It’s hard to beat a good Ribeye steak or Osso Bucco or Prime Rib. I can’t narrow it down to one. My easy go to comfort food is probably Mexican food but I love finding good Persian restaurants that take me back to my food roots. I’m going to say my favorite food is food!
6. What is the last thing you bought?:
A large angel at Homegoods today.
7. Favorite book of all time?:
Yikes! Another hard one to narrow down. Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter Series.
8. Favorite Color?:
Blue
9. Do you have any pets?:
No
10. Favorite perfume?:
I don’t wear perfume and if you do please spray lightly. Thank you. 🙂
11. Favorite holiday?:
Easter is my favorite.
12. Are you married?:
Yes, this month we’ll celebrate 44 years!
13. Have you ever been out of the country?:
Yes. Great Britain seven times, Italy (Milan) once, Mexico once, Canada too many times to count.
14. Do you speak any other language?:
I can speak Russian poorly. I understand it better than I can speak it.
15. How many siblings do you have?:
Eight, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
This photo is from my sister Kathy’s wedding. The groom and best man that are flanking Kathy aren’t part of the my 7 siblings and Dear is standing next to me. All the rest are my brothers and sisters who are now 44 years older! Kathy, Vera, Fred, Ellen, Tim, Steve, Lana and Leonard. The last two are twins.
16. What is your favorite shop?:
Homegoods
17. Favorite restaurant?:
For a nice hunk of meat, Metropolitan Grill. My all time favorite places to eat are Pubs in Great Britain.
18. When was the last time you cried?:
Last week. I cry easily during worship services.
19. Favorite Blog?:
I like a variety of blogs and especially enjoy visiting blogs that don’t bombard me with ads. I’m sad that a few of my favorites aren’t up and running at present.
20. Favorite Movie?:
The older Pride and Prejudice series with Colin Firth. Does that qualify as a movie?
21. Favorite TV shows?:
Great British Baking Show, Alone, Top Chef, Project Runway, Live PD, Survivor, NCIS, just to name a few.
22. PC or Mac?:
PC
23. What phone do you have?:
Samsung 4 or 5 , probably time to upgrade.
24. How tall are you?:
5′ 4-1/2″
25. Can you cook?:
Yes I can and I’m part of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook. My mother was a great Russian cook. Her love language was to cook for others and to feed them. She loved to listen to cooking shows on the radio and try to write down the recipes. Since she didn’t know how to write in English this was a challenge for her. She enjoyed trying new things and inspired all of her kids to cook. The photo above is from our humble home in Montebello at a dinner prepared for the cheer squad by my mom, Borsch, Meat and Potato filled Perishky and Blintzes. My parents modeled hospitality even though they always struggled financially while we were growing up.
Thanks for visiting today. We are hoping our counters will be able to be cut and installed on Monday!

20 thoughts on “Getting to Know You…

  1. It was fun reading all your answers, Ellen; I learned new things about you! Two more things I find that we have in common: we both love Homegoods and cry easily at worship services. 🙂

  2. Hello, Ellen! I enjoyed reading your answers. NCIS is one of my favorite shows too. I have not been in a Homegoods store in a long time, it is a great store for the home. You come from a large family, that must have been fun growing up. I love the shot of you three wearing blue, very cute. wishing you a happy Anniversary in advance. I am sure you learned my great recipes from your Mom. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  3. I love the photo of the feasting cheer squad. Because we read With God in Russia for book club, I want to serve brown bread and beef broth soup for lunch. Any suggestions?

  4. Ellen – call me silly, but I just connected the dots between you as Happy Wonderer and you as Mennonite Girls Can Cook! Most of the time I have been commenting on MGCC, probably for other people! From now on, I will visit both blogs! This post is a fun way to learn about you – we share several aspects: Chris Tomlin, coffee, many siblings (I have 6), a love of pubs and crying easily at worship services! Hope those counters come in for you!

    • Angie, so happy to hear you connected the dots. It’s hard when blogger holds me hostage with the Mennonite Girls. They are a good group to be held hostage with. 🙂

  5. I enjoyed getting to learn more about your Russian history! I have a dear Ukranian friend who speaks Russian, and she cooks borscht and blitzes for us, they are so good! I enjoyed your memories of your parents, and the picture of your mom cooking dinner for your friends. I hope you get your new counters in quite soon!

  6. It was fun to learn more about you, Ellen. I remember when blogging was very new other bloggers would challenge by name other bloggers to answer questions like these, as part of a “meme” and we would learn all sorts of things about each other. I also love the color blue and Homegoods and I cry easily at church services. I also like Russian food as my maternal grandmother immigrated from the Ukraine. My mother was born in the US but did not learn to speak English until she went to school, as everyone in her area of PA spoke Ukrainian.

    I hope your new counters are installed soon! You’ve been patient.

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