Merry Christmas!

to everyone who celebrates it now!

And we are having a very wet Christmas now. With the rain, rain and some more rain.


Baby George is crawling like a happy terminator. Daniel is still excited about soccer.
I have no time. Except for reading. Breastfeeding is great for reading.
Bookses yay!



Cycling brings me the pleasure of freedom – I am alone – moving fast – wind swishes – and intense nostalgia for Toronto. I used to cycle in Russia, of course, and I cycle now, but only in Toronto I had this magical feeling of a big city disappearing as soon as I am in the saddle. All those hidden trail where it was always summer (well, try to cycle there in winter!), all the ups and down, vodka in my backpack (cycling was the fastest way to get to LCBO), or trip down to the lake and back...

an illustration: 10 years ago, after cycling all the way down from Eglinton

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I don't cycle much now, not with the baby, but I enjoy every little moment of it. Alas, yesterday nobody thought to make a picture ;)

Well, hello there!

It's not that I don't have time to write anymore, but the time is so fractured and I run around like a headless hen, trying to figure out what to do first.

Strangely enough, the best time now is when I breastfeed my baby (he is five months now! That's how often I post!) because I have a guilt-free time to read that I didn't have for a while.

Of course, my to-read pile still just keeps growing, anyway. There are more and more books I'd love to read, and I still love to re-read old ones.

Last book read – Seanan McGuire “Half-Off Ragnarok”, the last in InCryptid series. I couldn't bring myself to read her acclaimed Mira Grant books – just can't read serious fiction about zombies, so I picked up something else, and loved it. High entertaining value, fun people and monsters. So I went to buy something else – her new novel Indexing is $2.00 on Kindle. Yay!

Now, back to my life. It's fun and busy and interesting with occasional bouts of despair.

For the first time ever I am a homeowner. And I know next to nothing about owning a house here. So I am learning – about painting, plumbing, gardening, masonry, pest control and such. And trying to do all this in between playing with one kid and the other.

There is always something to be done, and never quite enough time to do it. I gave up on the lawn – we mow it, and that's about it. I look how it gets taken over by weeds I didn't even know existed, and smile sadly. Whatever. On the other hand, I bought a blueberry bush and hope beyond hope that it survives my agricultural skills.

Daniel finished 1st grade, did some gymnastics, karate, and chess, not to mention soccer in the fall. He is ok, but not brilliant with any of it – but he reads a lot (English and Russian) and has decent math skills.

George, the baby does what babies do: growing fast and being adorable. Laughs, chews on blankets and tries to crawl.

And the political situation left me in a state of an eternal freak-out.


the meaning of curling


Sir David Attenborough explains curling

in the less happy news... thinking about Ukraine.

Happy New Year!


photo from here

Happy Year to all my friends and passers-by! :)

I was bad about posting this year, and I don't see it improving the next one, but I miss good old times on LJ, when most people on friends-list were posing something every week... I know I should start with myself, especially I have lots of news and thoughts and things to write about.

happy New Year! let it be a good one.


December posting meme

Anyone wants me to talk about anything? I welcome any suggestions. Not sure I could abide by dates set, but maybe it is what I need.

I should be able to talk about some tv, movies, books, history, living in Russia (and USSR), Canada or USA, new house, kids, feminism and stuff.

so go ahead and suggest the posts I should make.

Sleepy Hollow - teh real one

Officer Wendy Yancey, the only black female cop in the Sleepy Hollow police force, and in fact, the only female cop at all, wasn’t the inspiration for the Fox series’ Lt. Abbie Mills lead (played by Nicole Beharie), but she should be.

from here:

and then she was at NY ComicCon

And Orlando Jones is full of fannish glee himself. ;)

And Icky will stay in the Coat. Every decent series should have The Coat.

37, still there


Alan Rickman reading Shkespeare's Sonnet 130 is the gift I want to share with friends. He needs to read more. Maybe, War and Peace? Odyssey? Divine Comedy? I'd buy them all.

I am here, reading and watching with no patience to write myself.

But it's time to write up my thoughts on fannish stuff.

1) I've been reading occasionally recaps of BtVS on Comments where people are wrong still have the power to make me angry and sad... I have a good fandom corner over here, where people have the right kinds of opinion (even when they differ with mine) and much more interesting thoughts.

2) in newer shows. I am still enjoying "Once Upon a Time" - both the show and the discussions here.

3) in very new shows.

Sleepy Hollow is the magical crack, absolutely insane and impossibly delightful. I am very glad they used more the cultural image of Sleepy Hollow, and not the original story itself. Because, honestly? Original Ichabod Crane is the most boring character ever, and if he woke up after 250 years, he would have dropped dead from all the new things to absorb. Making new Ichabod the Oxford professor and a spy was a stroke of genius.

I am very happy it is given two seasons already. No one cares about Washington Bible and stuff, but I can watch for years Ichabod being handsome and snarky, Abbie Mills being altogether awesome, and Jenny being all Sarah Connor.

They already went through evil Greek gypsies and Germans, mystical Indians, and I am fully expecting Rasputin to show up mid-season. He'd fit right in.

3) S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of meh, but still I am going to watch it. At least through sweeps.

this is just in

1) Just call me Fox: I've killed a firefly :(

2) I am a wicked stepmother: I've made my stepdaughter to vacuum a half of a house. That's all I managed to make her do. How do they do it in fairytales?

3) D. is obsessed with babies.

4) cool article: