Familiar rain in an unfamiliar country

Have you noticed that meeting an old friend at a new job helps you adapt faster?

And what about moving to another country, when your own future husband can hardly be called an old friend?

In the absence of old acquaintances in America, I tried to find the familiar in my surroundings: the weather, nature, hobbies.

I’ll probably never forget my first rain in Massachusetts.

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Protect drivers from squirrels!

How do you feel about the idea of creating a society to protect drivers from squirrels? And it must be serious: for a chaotic run in front of an approaching car, give the squirrels a fine and a prison sentence.

Imagine me driving to work in the morning, following the speed limit. My purse was on the front passenger seat, and my pot of tomatoes was on the floor. I was driving slowly, residential area, 30 mph.

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Mirror balls vs bookmarks

The truck made a grating sound and stopped right in front of our house. I looked out the window and noticed an unpleasant emptiness.

A week ago, there was a ball hanging outside the window.  It was not a regular balloon. It was a Styrofoam ball covered with shards of plastic mirror.

My thoughts went back 6 and a half years.

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Letter to my friend, November 2013

“Hi, Olya!”, I yelled into the phone and heard my own echo, “can you imagine Daniel listening to my clumsy English and not even interrupting?”

Do you remember how I lived when we met? I cooked, washed, did the dishes, took out the trash, worked in the garden, went to two parent meetings at the same time. Then I learned to plan everything very much in advance, make lists and analyze. I learned to lie and flatter, and even read minds. When my ex-husband asked “Tell me honestly..?”, I clearly gave him what he wanted to hear.

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Shopping during the pandemic

… Mask, who are you? or the whole truth about shopping during the pandemic…

Sunday shopping turned into a surreal and perilous adventure with the ever-changing game rules. Store opening hours are unpredictable, and you can see signs with the  new rules at the entrance only.

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Luckiness

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Yesterday, one instagram account that  I’ve been  following  recently created a meeting post. It is a good way to find new people to read and let others know yourself. 

But what should I write about myself? Unlike others,  I am not a journalist, or coach, or practical psychologist, or copywriter. I am just an average American, well, Russian-American, to be more specific – a Russian wife with the bee up  my  bum.

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