The good news is that ten to one my computer will be back from the repair's, where it has been since Sunday, today in the evening.
The not-so-good news is that I am now sitting in an Internet cafe crowded with mad teenagers playing computer games. By the way, what do you think of computer games? Personally, I consider all sorts of computer games to be a huge waste of time. Once people get hooked on them, most of their spare time will be spent on sitting in front of their computer with their eyes glued to the computer screen while typing away or moving the mouse around the mouse mat.
There used to be many little children playing in the yard in winter: they were building snow caves, having snowball fights etc. Now they are all gone; I suspect they got stuck in their flats busy playing computer games. When my younger brother was undergoing the period of obsession with computer games, it was impossible to make him stop for a few minutes to have lunch.
Maybe I misunderstand something? Maybe there is more to computer games that I fail to notice? What do you think?
How was your weekend? Mine was very productive. On Saturday I went to see my grandparents. On Sunday my Dad and I picked my wedding dress up from the shop and now it is hanging in my wardrobe :) Then I did a little shopping for jewellery, a pair of white shoes and other accessories that a bride is supposed to wear.
I am going to follow the old tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on my wedding day even though we don’t have such a tradition in Russia. I have already got lots of “something new”, I have also got “something old” and a little bit of “something blue” to wear to my wedding. Any ideas what “borrowed” I can wear??? Will a hair pin do?
Yesterday I met up with a designer to discuss wedding invitations. Maybe you could help me choose the best one out of a few draft versions?
I thought I would tell you about a new Russian wedding tradition I find laughable that is starting to catch on in Izhevsk (I can’t say in Russia as I don’t know for sure). It is a parody of the throwing-of-bouquet tradition. According to this so-called tradition the groom is supposed to throw the bride’s garter into the crowd of his unmarried friends! There is no way I will let such a thing happen to mine!
It’s –18’c behind the window again. I thought the spring was coming a couple of days ago but it seems to have changed its mind. :( I think it is perfect time for solyanka. The salty soup solyanka is made from smoked meat and pickled vegetables which inevitably make the soup taste quite sour/"salty" even without any add of salt. The root "sol" of the name "solyanka" means "salt" in the Russian language so the word "salty" is probably the most appropriate word to describe the tang of the soup.
Thank you for your positive feedback :) I don't tnink I mentioned that I had worked for "Gazprom". I worked for a different company which builds for "Gazprom". I worked as an accountant there. You won't believe me, but it can get much colder than -43'c on the Yamal peninsula (even -60'c). And yes, the Hanty normally have many children because where would they find contraceptives there? Moreover, the more people the warmer! There are trees in tundra. But they are tiny, as I said :)
Have a good week ahead,
I will talk to you very soon (hopefully about Russian wedding traditions),
With best wishes,
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