The days are rapidly becoming VERY short now.
It used to be light when the alarm goes off (6:15 the first time . . . then I swat the snooze button until 6:30). By "It used to be," I mean "When school started at the beginning of September."
Now it is dark outside when I get up. And today it was still dark during breakfast. Skittles, ever observant, noticed, "It's like night!"
Soon it will still be dark when they arrive at school at 8:00 a.m. It will certainly soon be dark when they get home from school, since most days that happens around 5:00 p.m.
You may think that all this darkness is depressing. And there is something to be said for the buzz one gets while lying in the sunshine, preferably on a beach. But there is a coziness to the short days, too.
And one BIG advantage. I say this because I am writing this entry while taking a break from cleaning the apartment. Because we are having a dinner guest tonight.
It occurred to me that since Said Guest won't cross my threshold until 8:30 this evening, he won't be able to see the details of my squalor. Hooray!
It's true: as much as I like a sunny day, specifically a sunny day in Moscow, the late afternoon sun comes pouring in my windows, magnifying every cat hair, garlic clove paper, litter box sand grain, and Kinder Egg wrapper.
I doubt it will be dark enough to obscure the laundry drying on the rack in the living room. I might actually have to put that away.
Weird Thing I Observed Yesterday: Woman in the gym locker room next to me, getting dressed to work out leaves ON her black knee-high nylons. Over them she adds a pair of black gym socks and her workout pants.
She left to do her workout, leaving me staring at her street shoes: the Monte Carlo Loafer in Grained Calf Leather from the Louis Vuitton Summer 2009 collection. An understated and practical shoe for only $635 US.
Waiting... - *In October on Manezh Square, outside of the Kremlin* It's the final countdown until the Olympics... Here's a link to an article that was in the "Russia ...
4 years ago