Yes, this week has been untypically cold for a London winter, with temperatures regularly below freezing (even during the day), necessitating me breaking out the jacket and boots I refer to as either "DefCon 1" or "Moscow measures" when we need to leave the house and go for a walk. And yes, even in this… Continue reading Frozen (but don’t Let it Go) (6.21)
I should have known from the fluttering sense of panic when there's nothing going wrong. I should have known from the sense of gloominess when things are actually OK. I should have known from the tiredness and lethargy and lack of interest in anything when we are about to have things to look forward to.… Continue reading A visit from an old friend
This week I have mostly been doing: Jigsaws! Every evening! During my lunchbreak! Most of the weekend! Please please no more jigsaws! We've now completed two jigsaws this lockdown and I need a break now before we start another one. (There are two more waiting in the cupboard.) I heard on the radio that the… Continue reading Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw Jigsaw (46.20)
While we are all on lockdown and unable to travel, I'm reflecting on trips from the past. It was 15 years ago now that I was reassigned to my employer's office in Moscow. I spent three months in Moscow, from mid-January to mid-April and during that time I got to experience the true feel of… Continue reading Moscow public transport
It's getting on to that cold point of the year - not quite winter but cold enough for me to think about shifting my coat to the next level of warm (the grey wool coat). But I'll try and brave it out to November, build up my cold resistance for a few days more. It's… Continue reading Winter. Hats.
In the wintry northern hemisphere, this is a dark time of year. Regardless of the Christmas lights, there is less daylight, and quite often when it is daylight, it's grey and overcast and not very light. Lack of light can really affect your mood, as I was reminded this week. I found myself in my… Continue reading S.A.D.