Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Yahoo!  This is my 100th post!  It seems well timed, almost like an anniversary.

Ok, so random things to catch up on...

Apparently, the past five or six weeks I have had some kind of bug which has totally zapped my energy, made me have various stomach symptoms, and generally feel cruddy.  I went to the doctor and they ruled out mono, and I think that I am finally starting to feel better.

As always, I feel like I am barely keeping up at work, with my teaching and my grad classes.  But somehow everything gets done.  Now that I am doing a dual M.A. in library and information science (with archive concentration) and Russian translation, it's going to be three years before I can graduate.  I'm going to be sooooo busy, but I keep telling myself that it is only temporary.

You know that I simply hate to travel, so it will seriously surprise you that I have applied for a course this summer in Scotland.  If I get to go, I will spend two weeks at Dalkeith House just outside of Edinburgh, and we will travel north up to Inverness.  I'm not excited at all... Of course, I don't know if I'm going or not.

Just over one year ago I started on Weight Watchers, and while I am proud of myself that I have kept 50 pounds off for a year, I am a little irritated with myself that I let things level off.  But I have a new resolve and I am going to kick it up!  My goal is to lose another 43 by the time I would go to Scotland.  (That would put me at the lowest I've been since I can remember, the same that I was when I came home from Moscow a few years ago.)

Lastly, I have a very dear friend who I met as an exchange student in Belarus.  We've written to each other over the years, talked on the phone, and he even came to see me in 2001 when I was in Kiev.  He is not only my dearest friend, he is the love of my life.  For the past five years we have not heard anything from each other.  The Belarusian postal service is not exactly reliable, and I think letters got lost, etc.  I think about him all the time and always mean to write him, but rarely do.  This Christmas I said "Self, you have to send Alex a Christmas card!"  And I did.  Lo and behold, yesterday I got the mail only to see a letter from Belarus.

It was the sweetest, most excited, loveliest letter in the history of letters.  And while I am heartbroken  to be so far away from him, I can count myself lucky to have someone who truly cares about me, loves me for all of me, and truly understands me.  Even if I do feel like Anna in the King and I.

Well, I have made up my mind--I am going to spend the next year scrimping and saving, and getting much healthier (and smaller so that I can sit in an airplane for 14 hours halfway comfortably), and next summer, I am going to go see him.  Even if I have to max out my credit cards.  Whatever it takes, I simply must.

Until then, I gots a lot to do!

Me and Alex, 1998.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you listened to your inner voice and sent that card, LOL! I'm jealous that you're going on a trip back to the good ole former USSR! Wish I could go with you!


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