October 17, 2021

It’s  October 17 already. OMG, time flies!

Very soon, on October 20, it will be 8 years since I flew across the Atlantic Ocean.

“After a certain age, you can pretty much do whatever takes you fancy. No one tells you off except for  your doctors and children” –  quote from The Thursday murder club (by Richard Osman) .

Of course, I’ve not reached that age yet. Instead I chose the right husband. The husband who has supported me for 8 years in doing “whatever”.  

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Sunday thoughts

-The eyes are afraid, but the hands are doing, – I reassured myself when I estimated the amount of work.

Daniel and I had planned to change the fence post today.

We put up this fence in 2015, when we adopted Crackle*. We didn’t do it ourselves. We hired people from the store where we bought this fence.

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About writing

-I don’t know why, but yes,- said Mary and we set up a date for a zoom meeting.

I was driving home and couldn’t stop thinking of Mary‘s words. 

How often I did/do something that I don’t know why?  

I’m not sure that I have a straight answer. 

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American-style scam

 How many bills do you get in your mail a day? 

Quite often, their quantity is less important than their quality.

 We’ve got a bill. 

An official looking letter with a warning on it (I’ve never seen before). The warning promised a $2,000 fine or 5 years imprisonment for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter. 

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American chronicles, August

pre-hurricane chronicles

Sunday (8/15).

We were returning from grocery shopping. I noticed that the sticker on the windshield had the number 7. I showed it to Daniel.

-This is your inspection sticker, you missed it! – he responded

-What?!

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Accent

Maria was a guest on my second talk show. She posted our video on her Instagram and  got a comment … about my accent. It turns out that after 8 years of living in America, I should not have a Russian accent. Really?

I told my husband, and he laughed out loud. The accent is a familiar phenomenon in his life. His mother spoke with a French one.

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The best ad

I received a no-reply email fromCallie Scheweitzer. She asked, what is the best ad you’ve ever seen? What made it memorable?

I’m sure you haven’t seen that ad. First of all, it was a few years ago. Second, it was in Russia.

I didn’t even remember the whole ad, but only the words. So, I found a video on youtube

And here is a story.

A bicyclist chases the leopard, catches up and takes a can of soda out of its mouth. 

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The big shift

I received a no-reply email from Andrew Seaman, an editor at LinkedIn News, with a question:

What’s your advice for people making a shift right now — whether it’s landing a new job or making a career pivot? What’s the best advice you’ve received when it comes to making a job move?

Here are my thoughts. 

For 15 long years in my previous marriage, I dreamed of divorce. I waited and waited for the right moment. But there were always circumstances and obstacles. At some point, I realized that this was never going to be the right time, and I just filed for divorce.

If you think that marriage and work have nothing in common, you are wrong. They are both an important part of our lives.

We often sense that something is wrong. We can even understand that it would be nice to change jobs. But we don’t do that. Once again, we’re waiting for the perfect moment. And to be honest, it’s scary. Right?

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Tomsk, still June news.

According to the web site stopkoronavirus.rf, on June 28 there were 63 new cases of COVID-19 in the Tomsk region. Compared to the data for June 6 with only 30 new cases, there is a big increase. 

Earlier it was reported that as of June 28, 34,028 people have been infected with a new coronavirus infection in the Tomsk Region since the beginning of the pandemic, 32,397 patients have recovered, 468 have died. In June, the region resumed an increase in the incidence of coronavirus, a weekly increase of about 20%.

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