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Friday Five for June 26th

1) What's your favorite dish to bring to a summer cookout?
Cookouts aren't a thing here. But two best summer dishes are shashlik (barbeque) and okroshka (cold vegetable soup).

2) How much time have you spent outdoors this week?
Not too much, because summer went on vacation this week and we got +12C to +17C weather with rains. But on Thursday weather was nice after work, so sister and I met and walked along river for about 3 three hours walking over 10km. I'll add to it today, as I am going shopping for new sneakers and don't want to deal with buses. So I'll go on kickscooter.

3) Where do you set your thermostat?
Don't own one. But if I did, it wouldn't be set too low. It is +25C in my flat right now and that is pretty comfortable for me.

4) How did you learn to swim?
Badly. XD
I learned to swim in salt lake as a child, where staying afloat was easy. Over time I learned to swim better, but never got actual instruction. I won't drown, but that's it.

5) How do you avoid overheating?
Dressing right, wearing a hat, always having water at hand. I also dug out old souvenir fan and now carry it with me during heat.
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Friday Five for May 22nd

1. What are you going to do this weekend?
I am going to dacha. Actually, as I am posting this on Sunday, I am there, sitting out heat in house. We are hit with +33C heat wave, which is really unusual in May. So we can work in garden only until 11am and then after 5pm. Between that is time for lazing on lawn in shadow of pines and birches.

2. What’s your favorite way to spend time?
Reading (or studying) out on lawn.

3. What’s the most useless thing you own that you would never get rid of?
Nothing comes to mind. I definitely have something like that, but it is showed somewhere out of sight.

4. Have you started planning your next vacation?
It is all booked - flights, living ans even rented car. Only thing left is plan our time in Saint Petersburg.

5. Are you very active, or do you prefer to just relax in your free time or is it one and the same to you?
It really depends on my mood. I appreciate a certain amount of relaxing, but after a time I will want to do something.
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Friday Five for April 30th

1) What's the furthest place you've traveled to in the last 12 months?
75km or 45 miles. Sister and I went to a skiing base just outside of the city.

2) What's the most interesting small town within driving distance?
Bolsherechye. It is rated as village not a town, but is has a zoo and historical reconstruction museum. And I never been there as an adult.

3) What's the coolest tourist attraction in your city?
Not much of that here. We have great symphonic orchestra and there is some work done on prettifying the city, but there is just nothing really cool.

4) What was your favorite road trip you took as a kid?
Summer trips to Shalkar lake in Kazakhstan.

5) How often do you feel like you've got to get away?
Not all that often. Usually an evening walk on riverside or weekend walk in a park on my own is enough for me to decompress.
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The Friday Five for 9 April 2021

(Trying to get back to LJ)

1) Do you like to drive?
No. I got driving license but never drove a car after that.

2) Do you own (or have regular use of) a car? What kind is it?
I don't own a car, but my father drives Lada Granta while sister opted for Datsun on-DO, which is mostly same thing, but with whistles and bells. If I had to drive, I'd pick father's car.

3) What is your favorite optional feature on a car?
Driver. XD

4) How much does gasoline currently cost where you live?
I don't pay much attention, but I think it is between 60-70 cents depending on grade.

5) What is the longest car trip you have taken?
About 8 hours. That was back in childhood when we travelled to Shalkar lake in summer. I needed to google it, as all I remember from back then that it was long.
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I love thunderstorms, but this was a bit too much!

I got an hour of overtime and a cloudy head today. The reason - our office building was struck by lightening during short thunderstorm some 40 minutes ago. It knocked out power briefly, damaged office net, almost killed my monitor. It took IT 40 minutes to get everything back working. And nearly deafened my colleague - he was closer to window and blinded me for a few seconds. Flash was amazingly bright - I even remember a moment where blinding brightness got replaced with total black! and then it took a few minutes until all spots were gone from my vision.

This is the third time in my life that a building I am in is struck by lightening. Once our apartment building when I was a child, once in summer camp - in the middle of the night, we all were terrified!, and now. Here is to hoping that there will be another 10-20 years before it happens next time.

I wonder, how often it happens to other people?
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From stardust1161

Been to an NFL game? - No
Been to Canada? - No
Visited Florida? - No
Visited Mexico? - No
Visited Vegas? - No
Eaten alone at a restaurant? - Yes, quite a few times
Ability to read music? - No, I am not musically inclined at all
Rode a motorcycle? - No. It is something I would have liked to try, as a passenger.
Ridden a horse? - Yes, but it was a very very calm one, I only had to stay on it's back, it knew the route by heart.
Stayed in a hospital? - possibly as a child, but not as far as I remember.
Donated blood? - No.
Been snow skiing? - Yes. Liked it well enough at school, then came to dislike it. I am thinking of trying again, but that had been just an idea for past five years.
Been to Disney World or Disney Land? - No
Slept outside? - Just yesterday.
Driven a stick shift? - I learned to drive one, but I never drove on my own.
Ridden in an 18 wheeler? - No
Driven a boat? - If you mean oars or sail - yes, if you mean motorboat then no.
Eaten Escargot? - No
Been on a cruise? - I wish, they are too expensive.
Run out of gas? - No, as I don't drive
Been on TV? - No
Eaten Sushi? - yes, love it.
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Vet visit

Iriska made my yesterday night into a "fun" one.
Father called asking which vet clinic we go to, he was going to take Irisa there tomorrow. After some questioning he said she apparently hurt her eye, possibly even getting a cut on cornea. I said that I am calling taxi and will take her right away. That was at 9:30pm. Well, now I know how much it would cost to take taxi to dacha - a trip there and to vet clinic cost 1100rub ($15). I had to call for a upper range car, cheaper ones didn't pick up my order. But driver was great, he didn't mind me keeping Irisa in my lap and not in carrier. Thanks to that I was able to get her a bag when she threw up.
Then I had to wait in clinic from 11pm to 1am - there were two cats, a dog with tick bite in bad state and a kitten with broken paw and in bad health overall. Then I found out that there was no reason to panic, just a small bruise and conjunctivitis, meaning a week of eye drops and no dacha. Examination and eye drops were together 830rub ($12). I called for a taxi home and in 10 minutes drive Irisa peed herself. Mostly it hit me, but I choose to pay driver extra because some did reach seat. That was another 1100rub.

I fell asleep at 2am and was very lucky that I can work from home today. I couldn't get up at 6am. And now I moved Irisa to my flat for a week, because I am not going to move to parents and she needs to be watched over. She isn't happy.

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Friday Five for May 22nd

1. What is your favorite thing to drink on a hot day?
Sourly-sweet kvass. Sadly it is next to impossible to buy a good one. And making on at home not only a hit-or-miss deal for me, it is a nearly guarantee that weather will turn to rains.

2. What superstitions do you have?
I do have some that stayed with me since childhood. I try to avoid walking under arches - there are quite a few decorative ones that stand over footpaths that I pass by. I cross my fingers and speak a silly poem if I trip or hear an ambulance or police siren. I take a look in a mirror if I have to return home for something.
Those are the ones that happen often enough. XD

3. What is your favorite pen to write with and why?
Mechanic pencil. For some reason that I don't understand myself I dislike using pens. If I have a choice I grad a pencil, if there is no choice I don't care what pen I have to use.

4. What books have you read or been reading during the Pandemic?
Not much admittedly. I am too busy with work and I rest my brain with various fanfictions. Harry Potter one at the moment.

5. MTV has decided to resurect playing music videos and they've decided to give you a two-hour space to program your favorite music on air. What do you air?
I never watched MTV, so I have no idea what are you talking about here. But if I had a choice of any music to air, it would have been a mix from 70th and 80th.
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Work PC needed only a reboot - it got a big batch of Windows updates and choked on them. But dealing with phone provider is not urgent, so i put it off until next week. Sister finally got work-table delivered yesterday and today she is on dacha with parents. I am on that time of month and so I am staying at home, catsitting as parents have no intention to come back until tomorrow.
So my plans for today are laundry and ironing, preparing lunch for tomorrow and then off to parents to bother cat and scan photos. And treat cat with anti-mite drops so that parents can take her with them next time. Poor Irisa is so bored, she didn't even try to kill vet this time.