Still October Tomsk news, briefly.

“Mondays are the start of the work week which offers new beginnings 52 times a year!”

David Dweck

Not everywhere and for everyone, and not always.

In Russia, the days from October 30 to November 7 were declared non-working in order to prevent the deterioration of the situation with COVID-19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that these days should be paid by employers in full. But we will see. 

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Opportunity ahead

Every morning when I leave for work, I put a stool on the couch.

Those who know me know that I have a dog.

For me,dogs are smart by definition. But Crackle is different, he’s just beautiful.

Although sometimes I want to learn from him.

The story is:

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How to learn a foreign language

Have you ever studied a foreign language?

I have. Twice.

The first one was English. And I’m still in the process. But I can live and work with the level of knowledge that I have. So, that’s good.

The second was Portuguese.

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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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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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Trust as an engine of progress

“You drive a nice, cheap car,” Daniel said when I pointed out a peculiar sound when the car stopped. 

He’s right, the car is good and cheap. He also wanted it to be reliable. Therefore, we bought it from a dealer, while overpaying. 

But then I did not understand much (all these unnecessary additional insurances, which do not give any advantages), I just trusted my husband.

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Friends can be different: close, sworn and … random.

We met in Moscow. At the American Embassy.

Natasha is so small and thin and young. She was already familiar with the twists and turns of the visa process, and so she was worried.

Iraida is a bright brunette, cheerful and positive-minded. She chatted with the embassy officer in Russian the entire interview. .

And I, a thin blonde, scared of everything-Moscow, the conversation with the officer in English, my decision to relocate and not the possibility of moving if something happens.

We met in Moscow. A day later, we went to different cities in Russia. A month later, we wrote each other emails from different parts of America.

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just let me sew

Many years ago, in the pre-Internet era, I made my own outfits. I did it myself and regularly. I sewed on my mother’s hand-held sew machine, without special knowledge and elementary “zigzag”-function. With the help of creativity and imagination, I came up with how to put the parts together in a wearable product. Then, many years ago, I needed clothes and a little stand out (from the crowd). Although, who do I want to deceive?.. I  wanted to stand out a lot.

I don’t know if it worked, but I tried.

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