How to find and lose a friend in 1 day? The mission is possible!

In short – accept a friend request and refuse the services from that “new friend”.

The story:

One recent morning, I got a friend request (on FB) from a lady named Tatjana. 

I like an expression that I learned here: “Sorry, I am not sorry”.

The expression from me is “I was surprised, but not surprised.”

Lately, I started getting friend requests often, almost daily. 

And I don’t do anything special: I don’t advertise myself, I don’t sell anything, I don’t write posts. However, sometimes I share photos/posts from Instagram / Telegram.

In general, FB and its younger brother IG are not my favorite platforms.

There is a joke: I like people who like me. They have good taste.

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Elena Bria – my January guest

Elena Bria

Little bird Lena finally got to our house.

Lena, Elena Bria, young and talented, ambitious and brave, enterprising and purposeful.

A small suitcase (smaller than my carry-on luggage), a sketchbook and … a large painting (does not fit in a sedan).

On one breakfast, 3 buses, 2 taxis, she got to New Bedford in 13 hours.

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Confidence, Comparison, Happiness

In Russia, my social circle was limited to work colleagues, parents of my children’s classmates, 2-3 girlfriends.

While living in the USA, I met some extraordinary (compared to me) people.

Just for example, a few of them:

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Christmas Eve Thoughts

conversation with the seller:

-Are you Russian?- the seller

-Yes, – I

-I have a Russian sister-in-law. She has the same accent. I don’t understand her sometimes. But her English is pretty good and so is yours.

-Thank you. Tell her … – I tried to tell something nice

-She has a happy life with my brother in Сalifornia…near the ocean..- she couldn’t stop talking

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December 2022, Russia

The morning of December 27 looks different from my window: neither parents dropping off their kids, nor school buses. It seems earlier than it actually is.

I haven’t written here forever.

It  doesn’t mean I don’t have thoughts. Let’s try to put them together.

As you know I try to monitor news, mostly Russian/Tomsk news.

Independent journalists, whom I watch on YouTube, talk about the lawlessness in the (Russian) army, when officers beat soldiers, about fires across the country, about speeches/statements by high-ranking officials.

My Tomsk/non-Tomsk friends and relatives are trying to live a normal life: they are working, preparing for the New Year holidays, for an increase in utility bills and public transport.

But, as one girl said, the news eventually “catches up” and scares with inadequacy and prohibitions

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Hygge in American with a Russian accent

It seems winter has come. It’s not about the calendar, but about the temperature. Now I leave the house earlier to warm up the car and keep a shovel in the car in case of an unexpected snowfall.

I want to watch “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”. But I dress up as cabbage and go to work.

It’s good that the Scandinavians came up with Hygge.

Lately we can hear this  word quite often. 

And just recently, someone donated the book The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking to our library. 

The author says that learning to pronounce Hygge is easier than explaining what it is*. 

I haven’t finished the book yet, but I’ve already learned a few interesting things. 

For example, Denmark and Norway were once (before 1814) one kingdom. I probably didn’t study history well at school, or maybe I didn’t see anything useful in memorizing this information and quickly forgot. And yet, the author claims that the expression “there is no bad weather, only bad  clothing” is Danish. Whereas I translated it to Dan as Russian. Most likely, in every country with a specific climate there is an expression that sounds about the same in English.

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December 7, wedding anniversary.

Another December 7th, another anniversary.

Normally I would write about how good I am: what I have learned and achieved over the years. I would be proud of myself.

But not today…maybe I just got used to my new = not new life or became wise, or maybe it was just the rainy weather that affected my mood.

Back then it was not easy to organize a wedding during the festive season. But Daniel did it. I couldn’t help him at all. But time flies by imperceptibly. It’s been 9 years, wow, a whole 9 years. Now I feel more confident in some subjects. Now we can discuss everything and make decisions together.

Thanks to my full-time job, I was able to take a day off today. Daniel took half of the day off. We planned to go downtown and have dinner at a local restaurant. 

We planned, and other people planned too. The local restaurant held an event, not our anniversary. Another restaurant also was unavailable to the public. The third one took us into its warm and tasty-smelling establishment.

Carmines at Candleworks is the name of the place that saved our anniversary. The food was good, a little expensive, like everything else now, the service – good too. 

We returned home well-fed and with containers with leftovers. Crackle was happy to see us, as if he hadn’t seen us forever. We fed him, treated him to a cookie. 

So, mission accomplished – officially our family is 9 years old now.

November is everywhere

Yesterday I wrote a post in Russian.

Just simple “about us”.

Here I will be talking about Tomsk, a little bit about Russia, and about us too. 

November 20th –  the 270th day of war.

The life of Tomsk goes on as usual… or almost as usual.

-Positive daytime temperatures (above 32°F) prevailed in Tomsk until mid-November, the Tom River has not frozen yet. The cold snap began on Thursday, on Friday morning it was – 20°C (-4°F) in the city.

Cloudy weather with clarifications, gusty winds and -11-13°C are expected in Tomsk on Saturday, light snow is possible.

It’s November there now. The falling snow will no longer melt, but will accumulate until April.

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Filming in New Bedford

On Wednesday, November 2, my street was blocked. 

I was driving to work at 8:30 in the morning, not thrilled with the detour but thinking it’s ok. Things happen. Most likely, the street will be open on my way home. 

I was wrong.

My street was blocked off again. All the streets around were either blocked or crowded with parked cars.

I finally got home, but I wasn’t happy.

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October, 2022

8 months since the beginning of the war

The war has been going on for more than 8 months. It does not let me enjoy life, the weather,  the sun.

By the way, snow has fallen in Tomsk. It will most likely melt. But in a week it will fall again and for the whole winter at that time.

I try to occupy my brain with something pleasant… projects in the library, projects at home, socializing with friends, hobbies. This helps for a short period, but the anxiety does not let go. Daniel said to plan the next vacation, but I can’t get into the planning mode. 

I continue to watch YouTube (on various topics) and read telegram channels. And of course I learn Tomsk news from riatomsk.ru. By the way, there is an English version of the site. But it seems to have less information in it.

At the beginning of the war, someone came up with the expression that Putin cured everyone of COVID.

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