Monthly Archives: January 2007

A slower weekend

He woke up, got out of bed and moved his bowels. If I could find a daily narrative as gripping as that, I swear I would post daily as opposed to once in a few days. I am reading the fourth installment of George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire. It is one of the

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Kids stay home

The coldest day of the year so far did not fail to produce commuting problems. When I arrived at the Lewisham train station on my way home (where I change from Docklands Light Rail to Southeastern commuter rail), the station was enveloped in darkness. Power failure. The trains were passing but not stopping. I had

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Beets and other happenings

A whole new religion is being born, and Natasha is its prophet. The cult’s mantra is Happiness is when you have beets! It all started when my parents were still here. Both Natasha and my mom are famous for their borsch, even though their recipes are different. My mom wanted to make hers for us.

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Sunday in the park and around

Natasha found a gray hair in her head. Gevalt! Somebody’s getting old!!! I have exhausted my vocabulary looking for synonyms of “young” to use during a seemingly never-ending pep talk… Since my parents went back home, the house suddenly feels a bit empty. I am not exactly sure whether it is a выгони козу effect

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Russian Winter

I drove my parents to the airport in the morning, and we are all by ourselves again. Time to get back to work, school and otherwise routine existence. Time to resume our grand plan of Old World exploration, too. Upon returning from Switzerland, we did a few things with the parents (such as a narrated

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Soccer, parents, school…

Anglification of me – I have watched three full soccer games on TV over the last four days. The curious thing is that I also caught a glimpse of a match between two 4th-tier teams (so-called CocaCola League 2) – on the main sports channel, in primetime. I guess you could watch minor-league baseball on

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New Year in Switzerland (part 2)

If you have not read the first part of our report, you can do it here. Otherwise, read on. The first full day in Switzerland met us with springtime-like weather, warm and sunny. Internet reports told of very little snow on lower mountains, and since our family – Becky excepted – is made of mediocre

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New Year in Switzerland (part 1)

Well, we’re back! We had a great time, despite having driven more than a thousand miles overall, and entered new year on a high note. Hope you all did the same! (I don’t mean driving) Our sortie to Switzerland ended up being quite a successful expedition (with the unfortunate exception of skiing, which will be

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