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Friday Five for September 13th

1. What would you do if you won the lottery?
I really have no idea. Take a vacation with my sister, probably going over Europe, finish furnishing my flat (not a money issue, just not high up on my list), the rest i will put on deposit.

2. What era do you wish you had lived in?
Current or a bit in the future. While i am fascinated by Victorian era, i don't want to live there.

3. What kind of robot would you want?
A fully automated car, that can drive me to and from work. An hour long commute by bus is getting annoying fast.

4. What would you outsource if you could?
Cooking? I got spoiled and forgot how to cook for more than one sitting and now I have to bring lunch with me.

5. What superpower do you wish you had?
Teleporting. Both because of work commute and because of traveling

Goodbye Summer.

It is +10C outside right now. Yes, it is still morning, but it won't be more than +17C during day at best, if clear sky forecast is right.
What should I wear, really? I am not ready to pull out autumn coats and shoes!


GPS accuracy

Three years ago I bought a tracker for my cat, that idea have failed spectacularly thanks to gross inaccuracy of GPS tracking. I had it on me for a day as a test and it marked me as bouncing all over the city while I was sitting in my office.
Why I remembered that? I have installed Pokemon Go - half to see what it is and half to get myself walking more - and today I have walked almost a kilometre while sitting in my office chair. And it is only lunch hour. The only place in the neighbourhood I didn't hit? - Pokemon Gym in my office building, because I never get close enough to it.


The Friday Five for August 16, 2019

For thefridayfive. spikesgirl58, are you spying on me?

1. Do you have a favorite insect (of the bug variety, of course)?
Ladybugs. I loved them as a child and even now I often pick them up.

2. Which insect could you happily do without seeing for a good long time?
Cockroaches. And yellow house ants.

3. Which insect do you think is of the most benefit to us?
Bees. Without them to pollinate our fields we would have starved.

4. Have you had to deal with an insect invasion yet this season (or this past summer for our friends in the other hemisphere)?
If you mean insect invasion in nature, then no, weather was alternating between too hot and cold and insects didn't become a problem.
But a nasty invasion of yellow house ants in my flat - oh yes, they are back and I will possibly skip going to dacha today and spend evening and tomorrow morning doing total cleaning of my kitchen and then putting anti-ant lines everywhere.

5. Would you eat insects? Not even for a lot of money?
Not for money. But if I am ever lost in the forest and starving... possibly, although not any time soon.
gevr didn't tag anyone and I doubt anyone will tag me, so here it is. Amended, as this is my English-language journal and my active friend-list doesn't have much chance. Don't get scared by partially unreadable post, lines are both in Russian and English.

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
2. Find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No googling/using IMDb search or other search functions. Unless you are Russian.
6. Guess away!

a) Штирлиц, а вас я попрошу остаться!
b) Stirlitz, I’ll ask you to stay!

a) — Часовню тоже я развалил?!
— Нет. Это было до вас — в 14 веке.
b) - And chapels is also my fault?!
- No. It was before you - in the 14th century.

a) Умное лицо – это еще не признак ума. Все глупости в мире совершаются именно с этим выражением лица… Улыбайтесь господа, улыбайтесь.
b) A serious face is not yet an indication of intellect. All the stupid things in the world are done with exactly that expression. Smile, gentlemen, smile!

a) И тебя вылечат, и тебя тоже вылечат, и меня вылечат.
b) You will be cured, and you will be cured too, and I will be cured.

a) Выйти замуж после двух дней знакомства – просто верх легкомыслия. Надо все хорошенько обдумать. Дней пять!
b) Getting married after two days of dating is just the height of frivolity. This needs some serious thought. Five days!

a) — Где же вы спали этой ночью?
— На такие вопросы леди не отвечают, потому что джентльмены их не задают.
b) — Where did you sleep tonight?
— Ladies do not answer such questions, because gentlemen do not ask them.

7. Ok, here there are two quotes, because I just can't translate first one correctly. But they are from same movie.
a) Сегодня я буду кутить. Весело, добродушно, со всякими безобидными выходками. Приготовьте посуду, тарелки, я буду все это бить. Уберите хлеб из овина. Я подожгу овин.
b) I chased after you for three days in order to tell you how indifferent you are to me!

a) Что чокнутый, что влюблённый — это для медицины одно и то же.
b) Crazy or in love are all the same from medical point of view.

a) Понимаете, каждый год 31 декабря мы с друзьями ходим в баню. Это у нас такая традиция.
b) You see, every year on December 31, my friends and I go to the bathhouse. This is our tradition.

a) Поскользнулся - упал - очнулся - гипс.
b) Slipped and fell, got a closed fracture, became unconscious, when I came through I had this cast on.

11. Tomorrow is another day!
12. Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.
13. Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.
14. As you wish.
15. It's not like that at all. He's my brother.

The Friday Five for 9 August 2019

I saw this as it was posted, but didn't have a chance to write my answers until now.

1. How are you feeling today?
Quite well, thank you. I am still annoyed by my broken tooth, but I have next two dentist visits planned for Tuesday and Thursday.

2. Have you gone to one of those emergency/urgent care walk-in clinics?
Yes. While I usually ask for a home visit when I have a flu, I did have to go to urgent care a couple of times.

3. What symptoms made you go there?
Latest one was when I broke my tooth, but that was to dentist urgent care, but before that was a time I had a bad case of UTI and thought it was a stone.

4. Does it make you feel better to have the doctor translate your symptoms into a medical-sounding diagnosis (e.g., really bad cough = bronchitis)?
Yes. With all the information on symptoms readily available on internet you can easily scare yourself silly always going for worst. Having an expert (hopefully) opinion is always great.

5. What is the worst tasting medicine you have ever had?
Nauseatingly sweet cough syrup. Why can't they make it taste neutral? Even allegedly lemon one was extremely sweet with no hint of sourness in it.

I am back (since Tuesday, actually)

End of vacation got spoiled by a bad cold.
On Sunday there was a great excursion to a very beautiful church - The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River. It is situated some way off the nearest road, so there is about 1.5 km walk up to it across an open field. It is a nice and easy walk... unless rain rolls in. Which is exactly what happened on the way back. Umbrellas and raincoats didn't do much because of wind, so everyone were soaked up to waist at the very least (my raincoat covered me below knees... my butt was wet). Bus departure was delayed while everyone rushed to dig up dry clothes from luggage and change. That is a mixed group of 60 people who had only one bus to hide to undress down to undergarments. Not everyone had a chance to change before second rain came in and there was one more excursion before lunch to go, this one in the middle of the city. And after that a 3 to 7 hour drive back to Moscow, courtesy of traffic jams.

I have changed, but apparently it was too late, plus I only had sandals as spare shoes and it was a bit chilly for them, even though I put socks on. So I had sore throat on Monday, but still was active - it was a day to walk around Moscow. But once I came home on Tuesday I crashed and crashed bad. I am better now, but if my temp will rise up over 38C again, I will go to hospital, because that might imply pneumonia.

[Added some photos to illustrate.]
On the way to the church.

Church itself. Very beautiful from outside, but small inside.

Rain. And this is not the worst of it, here the initial blast have passed and I am already in a raincoat and with umbrella.

And it is over

We are heading to airport for our flight. It is overnight flight, we leave at 1:30am and land at 8 am. So wish me a good flight, please.
1. What makes it easy to talk to someone?
Open face, smiling person... Traveling and dining together.
In my tour group there is a Bulgarian family I spend some time talking with.

2. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger?
Often. When I am on vacation, I get friendly with some person and spend time with them.

3. Do you like to argue?
No, I hate arguin.

4. Some people like to talk about things, and some people like to do things. Which are you?
I prefer to do things.

5. Who is easier to talk to – men or women?
Women, because I am woman myself.

I am on a short break in hotel, while Kostya is on phone with his friend, arranging to meet for evening.