Monday, April 25, 2011

A Little Something Special

If anyone out there is feeling particularly flush, I've found a nice listing on eBay that I wouldn't mind being gifted.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

After ANOTHER Saturday of rain (Anita and I actually went to the market yesterday at 7:30 AM, but no one else was there in the drizzle but for a miserably damp Asian woman we didn't know, so we ate breakfast at the Silver Diner and parted to our respective apartments to return to bed), today was beautiful--perfect sunshiny Resurrection weather.  If I hadn't become so overwhelmed by pollen, I might have felt like going out after church (Leah was so sweet to invite me for dinner with her family!), but as it was I sat down at my computer and finished the very last, absolutely final, I-swear-there-can't-be-a-typo-left corrections to the English manuscript of the book formerly known as Two Motherlands, Two Fatherlands [In a day or so, Irina will be sending it off to two published American authors she knows (one of whom has a literary's hoping it's catching!) and the real effort of getting it accepted by a respected press in this country and/or the UK begins].  Then I vaccuumed the house and breathed a little easier. 

I wish I were being more faithful about blog posting--life has been full of "interesting cultural experiences" lately--but what little time I have been able to muster for typing has been dedicated to listing things for sale online (Etsy, eBay and Amazon) and to the slow slog through Pirogov's unfinished autobiography.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Rita!

My niece turned 6 today!  The years have flown--when you are little, time crawls, which enables you to absorb incredible amounts of information within (what seems to an adult) a blink of an eye.  And Rita started absorbing information from her first breath, her little eyes focused and memorizing every detail of her environment from birth.  I had hoped to be up in Rhode Island to observe this birthday with her and her family, but scheduling did not permit, nor will it this coming weekend (my sister has a major exam the day after Easter, so she wouldn't be able to spend any time with me and the pipsqueaks).  I want to see them all before June, or a full year will have passed since the last time we laid eyes on one another.

I've been too tired to blog the last three weeks.  Taxes took up time (and huge amounts of money), I've been working a lot, and applying for real jobs (Dex gave me a lead on several possibilities and a contact within the company with the openings, so I figured I'd follow up--I'd love to have a bigger paycheck and a more regular workday!).  And Mums visited for a week, which was great fun.  I've cat-sat and dandled babies and run a two-day booksale at Georgetown for the History Honor Society (and donated all the leftovers to the local public library).  I've signed a two-year continuation of the lease on my apartment.  I have gotten very very little done on my dissertation, but my friend Irina and I are just a day or so away (after almost eight years!) from having the English translation of her book ready to send to publishers.

Have to work up in Bethesda tomorrow, so I need to get some sleep.  Hope all my friends in NC are OK--I've tried calling in the aftermath of the plague of tornadoes, but didn't reach them.