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A new house-hunt

I don’t know exactly how it happened, but having publicized our reasons for dissatisfaction with our current residence, we suddenly found ourselves seriously contemplating a novel idea: How about we finally look for another place to stay? There is a big question whether we will be able to repatriate this…

A bit of classical interlude

Kimmy, Natasha and I went to a classical music concert on Sunday. A local foundation organized a series of concerts “to bring classical music to the kids”. These are more than just concerts, as the performers talk about their instruments, demonstrate various techniques, let children “conduct” certain pieces and otherwise…

Yay for snow. Not!

A thin sheet of snow was lying on the ground this morning. Nothing to brag about, but at least I now have some evidence to renew the feeble claim that it does snow in Southeast London. Of course, this is largely a bad thing. Not of the magnitude of snowstorms…

A rare outing with friends

As I’ve noted on several occasions elsewhere in this blog, living 30 minutes by train from central London is not very conducive to frequent escapades in this fun city. In fact, it’s been months since we last went to London for anything beyond a targeted restaurant or show outing. So,…

Ready for New Year

Absence of any plans for New Year’s Eve suddenly gelled into a small celebration at our house, with two couples of our best friends. They are leaving their young children at home with either nannies or visiting parents, which probably means that Kimmy will be slightly bored in the company…

Christmas week 2008

We did not expect this holiday week to be markedly busy, given our general lack of any plans. Still, we ended up with a number of diversions over its second half. On Christmas Eve, Natasha and I went to central London for a dinner with Kimmy’s figure skating coach and…

Big hearts, small victories

Natasha entered a Small Heroes with Big Hearts contest on the local radio station. The task was to submit a short essay celebrating admirable or otherwise heart-warming behavior by children. She thought about Kimmy and her best friend Tessa who, due to whims of Kimmy’s parents, live thousands of miles…

Becky the busy socialite

I haven’t seen my teenager much this week, as her school and social activities during the last week of the term more or less took over. On Monday, she sang with her Chamber Choir at a nearby church. I am not too sure what the event was. Between school, rehearsals…

Holiday Tree

In the end, we bought a 7-foot artificial tree this year. You may have heard loud squeals all over the place – that was Kimmy when she discovered the assembled tree ready to be decorated. This is what it looks like now. Click to enlarge.

Family update, 12/11/08

It is pretty quiet at Casa Burlak. No guests, no preparations for a fun trip, the holiday spirit is tempered by the overall dullness of our plans for the coming weeks. Ok, I’m exaggerating. The youngest family member is pretty excited about the holidays. She spent several hours yesterday decorating…

Some kind of holiday

I celebrated the great American holiday with only 9 hours at the office. As opposed to now habitual 11. At least, there was a sumptuous feast waiting for me at home. Turkey is a rare type of meat that I have only lukewarm feelings about, so we don’t always cook…

It’s been too long

I had a horrible sudden realization the other day: We have entered a terra incognita as far as the duration of our stay-at-home intervals since we arrived in England. We are nearing our 20th trip (counting only those that included at least one night away from home), but it’s been…

Natasha, the real-life Pretender

Natasha’s brother and sister-in-law sent us a package with a friend of theirs who was coming to London. We used to jump at the opportunity to send something with an occasional messenger across Russian borders in the early 90’s, when the Russian postal service was reliable in only one aspect…

Social life update, 11/09/08

The fireworks at Blackheath is an annual event for us. As I mentioned in this post two years ago, the November fireworks period of festivities in England is related to the early-17th-century plot by Guy Fawkes and his companions to blow up the Parliament. While it does not cease to…

After Halloween

Halloween was an annual disappointment for my girls. There is not much of trick-or-treating happening in our area. We had lighted jack’o’lanterns on the porch, and still only one single visit from neighborhood kids. Kimmy, all dressed up as a Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, decided that she did not…

Настоящий друг

It snowed here last night. For no more than an hour, and melted instantaneously, but it was a huge surprise nonetheless. While Becky boldly went where her parents have never gone before, – she is on a school trip to Iceland, – Kimmy required extra attention than normal during her…

An Indian Summer weekend

Such a nice an Indian Summer this year in London! Who says that London weather is all fog and rain!? We did not do anything extraordinary, but tried to make the good weather count. (Of course, I could not refrain from watching a couple of World Cup qualifiers at intervals).…