Here are two of my Bible study sisters getting ready to go out into the frozen UB tundra (-31 F)--do they not look like Russian babushkas? Neither is Russian--one is German and the other Scot! I really should have gotten the boots in for full effect. My friend in the purple, Evelyn, has boots that a Siberian general would envy. Serious boots. Irene, on the other hand, is seriously furred up. Then I took a shot of the Chinggis (vodka) sculpture outside of the Grand Irish Pub (I do not make this stuff up). This is the building that my salon, Charming Beauty, is in. Nope, didn't make that up either (the whole salon is done in pink & white, too). I took the picture last week and when I came out from a salon appointment, the tree was all but dissembled! The Mongolians do a good job of trying to accommodate Western Christmas, Russian Orthodox Christmas (Jan 12 I think) and calendar new year plus Chinese new year which is close to their Tsagaan Sar holiday. Whew! A marketing blitz.