Today I bought this...
...because the other day my friend Annie had posted about this.
Her son Zhenya accidentally broke her favorite cup, the one she had managed to bring back from Russia. She really loved that cup... but of course she loves her son so much more! Her wise and compassionate reaction to Zhenya's dismay touched my heart: "Zhen! It is just a Russian cup! I don't care! What is important is my Russian boy!!"
So today it was my pleasure to search for another special cup for Annie. I'll keep looking, Annie, until I find the right one! Is this close? They had two more I could also get as "back-ups." It only cost 320 rubles. Chris might be able to mail it to you when he's in California on business in three weeks; if not, I'll mail it to you when I arrive in Connecticut in June.
While I'm at it, you had mentioned wishing you had purchased a painted bread box when you were here... I found these three pretty ones (the front panel opens and the inside has shelving):
You had mentioned that your kitchen has green in it, so I'm guessing that you would prefer this one:
If you'd like it, it's 1350 rubles and I could bring it back in June.
And Mom... Here's a peek at one of your birthday presents... (I know I've given you a Gzhel dachshund before, but this one looked a little different).
I was already near the Arbat to buy cheddar cheese, so I didn't go out of my way, Annie. I'm glad to help. Oh... and I'm always happy to have an excuse to walk near--and of course into-- the one Starbucks here in the city's center!