About Me

To borrow the words of MercyMe, “Let me introduce myself to you. This is who I am, no more, no less… Beyond all the things you may think you know I’m just a kid trying to make it home, that’s it”

What about the Name?

My name is becoming rare in my part of the world, yet it is one of the names of a TV show character with a fun yell… She and I were always linked together (well, I was linked to her since I doubt she suspects my existence) and I was often called Warrior Princess.

The full name’s Zinaida (comes from Greek and means “Daughter of Zeus”), but I do not like to be called that. I prefer Zena or just simply Zee. (Granted, lately I’ve started appreciating my name because there are so many Lenas and Natashas and Olyas… And I’m the only one Zee) πŸ™‚

GPS Coordinates

Ukraine πŸ™‚ The land of Gryffindor-type people – those who are not afraid to stand up in protest when someone tries to steal their independence. I am proud to be Ukrainian, yet not many people believe I’m local. Some say it’s because of the looks, others because I know English well. Recently I discovered that I can actually speak Ukrainian (my grandmother was from Russia, so at home we spoke Russian, even though at school I had to speak Ukrainian) because people at my husband’s church (and probably soon to become my church) mostly speak Ukrainian.

Reasons behind the Blog

Writing is cathartic. Whenever I write, it helps me sort out my thoughts that are always creating havoc in my mind. Also, it helps me remember different parts of my life – just think of Dumbledore’s Pensieve.

The reason it’s called The Observer is not because I like to read that newspaper (in fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever really read it…) It’s more simple than that. I am an INFJ (Myers-Briggs) and really – that describes me. I like to observe people, their looks / actions / thoughts / theories. It fascinates me and sometimesΒ depressesΒ (because not all thoughts are happy), but it’s simply how my mind works and this is who I am.

Last Wish

When I die (if that happens before He comes), put my ashes in a Starbucks coffee can in a library πŸ™‚

But seriously… I want to be remembered for who I was when I was alive, not by a stone marker with my picture on it.

  • true writing is soooo cathartic!

    my first time here btw πŸ™‚

  • Just found your site through Pete Wilson's Without Wax. I am a Christian worker in Germany. I'll come back around and check out your site.
    My recent post 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Servant

    • hey David, welcome to my blog – just saw your comment – not sure how i managed to miss it!

      where in Germany?
      My recent post your input needed- puzzle pieces

      • Nothing like responding late.

        I work in Peine, Germany. It is near Hannover. πŸ™‚

        • Ah, cool. My cousin lives about 3 hours driving from you – Wesel (near Duisburg)

  • Just wanted to tell you that you have been missed.

  • reema goode

    Thanks so much for reviewing my book, Zee. I, too, am a tea-drinking, book-reading person for whom writing is therapeutic. Which None Can Shut was actually written on Saturday mornings when Mike took over & let me have "off". Unlike our social & outgoing kids I actually need to get AWAY from people to get refreshed–hence, the Saturday morning tradition. I wrote & wrote & wrote, thought & prayed, and wrote & wrote & wrote. It was wonderful (for me) and hopefully will be a blessing to many others as well. Many Blessings on you, Reema

    • Wow, thanks for coming by and commenting, Reema! Your book indeed was inspiring – planning on any sequels? πŸ™‚ Hehehe, getting "away from people to get refreshed" sounds very familiar πŸ™‚

      Praying for you guys. Take care.

  • Jesse

    "Whenever I write, it helps me sort out my thoughts that are always creating havoc in my mind".

    Isaiah 26:3

    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

    • Thanks for sharing that passage, Jesse πŸ™‚

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  • The Observer reminds me of the show Fringe. There is a guy that just observes things in one universe and then watches to see how things happen. Eventually he messes with the laws of the universe and decides that he will actually save someone from dying. anyway, that's what I think when I think of that term.
    My recent post Humble Pie

    • A few friends mentioned that it's a good show – i might check it out πŸ˜€ Especially since it deals with observing life πŸ˜€
      My recent post getting to know each other

  • majsveno

    Hello Hello Hello Zenichka…
    My name is Sveno… but you can call me Svenochka!! πŸ™‚
    I live in Kyiv and I am a friend of Marty Michelson in the USA. He gave me a link here to connect with you. I work for the US Embassy by day… and youth across the city by night!! We should grab a coffee someday!!

    • Hey Sveno, nice to "meet" you πŸ™‚ Coffee sounds good πŸ™‚

  • Hello Zee. It is nice to make your acquaintance and I look forward to reading more of your writing. I have not met anyone from the Ukraine before, so I also am eager to learn more about where you live and what the arts are like there. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Cheers and happy writing/reading to you!

    http://lyricfire.typepad.com/lyric-fire/2011/10/l

    • Hey Tameka,

      It is nice to meet you too! πŸ™‚ (even if only in a virtual way, for now)))

  • I have put your blog on my Google reader. I think I will enjoy reading it.

    • Hi Susan πŸ™‚ Thanks for subscribing! πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

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  • We have an old lady in our church named Zinaida and she is one of the best evangelists I’ve ever met!

    • πŸ˜€ Hehehe, nice. Does she go by her full name or does she shorten it somehow?

      • She goes by her full name with ochestva, which was always hard for me to say at first. She also always gives me a special card after I preach, thanking me for the sermon. She gave me one yesterday!

        • Haha, yeah, our otchestva are not the easiest (neither are the last names, I guess).

          I prefer my name as short as possible and I went with Zena for a long time, but then my boss called me Zee and it stuck. So now I’m enjoying all the Zeelandia and other Zee-stuff πŸ˜€ (Just yesterday, we watched World War Z with friends and laughed about the title.)