it's taken over a month but i've finally finished moving all the archives from the old blog to this one.
with the move to russia this fall, i'm looking into purchasing a vehicle more suited to rougher roads and inclement weather. more on that later.
most places the foreign service takes a person have food that is easily obtainable, but some rate shipping what are called consumables (groceries and hard to find items) to make life a little easier. fortunately, vlad is one of those. i've been told most anything i want can be found there, but sometimes i crave food that reminds me of life back in the states. so i'm going through a massive grocery list to check off what i predict i'll eat in one year. and you thought buying enough food for a month is hard. not only do you have to keep expiration dates in mind, but you have to buy in bulk. most quantities available are in lots of 12 / 24 / 48. so you have to decide if you really want to eat twenty four 18oz containers of quaker oatmeal along with sixteen boxes of 14oz lucky charms. and how much olive oil can a person consume in a year. when i did my tour in africa, i really didn't ship enough of a mix. i ended up vowing never to touch some of that food ever again. sadly, oreos were a casuality in that tour.
another factor in the fall move will be a change of wardrobe. up to now i've stocked my closets with summer and fall attire. all my winter clothes died a slow death and ended up at goodwill, salvation army or st. vics.
last week, i completed watching an eight dvd documentary on the russian empire. it gave me a good refresher on russia's history starting in 1721 to the overthrow of the monarchy in 1917. i never thought to look as i queued it up in netflix, but when the first volumes arrived, i discovered it was all in russian with english subtitles. normally not a problem, but the content in each was enough to be distracted away from the text to watch the narrator as he literally led his audience through many of the russian locations and sites. if anything it forced me to listen to russian more.