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"Warm My Frozen Bones…"

While Tanya was in Belarus for school winter weather was in full swing with some snow and cold-as-hell low temperatures. The primary heater for host domiciles (flats/apartments) is the old school radiator. Which happens to be centrally controlled by the city and only gets turned on when certain temperature thresholds are reached. Many days are spent in cold homes before the government turns on the heat.

We were talking on the phone and she said that she wanted to go somewhere warm so that she can recover from the hideously cold weather she experienced while there. In discussing this we decided to go to to Cancun for a week to an all-inclusive resort. We will leave Saturday for Chicago to stay at a hotel for Park-and-Fly accommodations and then we leave Sunday for Cancun on a Funjet trip package.

We will be leaving Banania here alone . =( This is even more pointed an experience for all of us seeming as we have just said goodbye to a close friend to all of us. This is also our first time to Cancun or Mexico for that fact are we are looking forward to warm weather, malady sun, adiposity crystal clear blue water and all of the food and alcohol we can drink. I am also hoping to practice Yoga with the wife in the morning, exercise during the day, read a book or two, and spend a lot of time swimming in the sun. We might even go dancing, much to everyone’s chagrin.

Saying Goodbye…

Wednesday we had to say goodbye to a wonderful friend who has been an very integral part of our lives for about two years. Our close friend and roommate has left to go back home to Belarus for about 7 months and we do not know if she will be able to come back to the US.

We miss her so very much and today is the first day without her about. My wife and her cousin are a wreck. Out home much quieter and feels empty – lacking that certain energy and vivaciousness that she carries with her. We would not feel so lost and depressed if we knew that she would be able to come back. Saying goodbye is never so bad if you know that you will be able to say hello again.

Catching up…

Belarus

So life has been busy. Tanya was back in Belarus for 3 months to finish the first half of the last year of her degree in Economics (or something like that). It was a long three months and several people have said I was lost while she was gone. I was in many ways. =) I really missed her and I am soooo very glad to have her back.

Real Estate License

I have been studying for my Real Estate Sales License. That has been a slow and painful process. There was a lot more to it than I expected, there but it has been very good information to know. I really look forward to having this done and so does Tanya, stomach that way I can move forward with life’s plans.

Vacation

Tanya and I bound for Cancun for the first week in December, this site which will be a lot of fun. We will be alone with the sun and the water at an all inclusive resort. This is kind of our birthday/New Years/Christmas presents to each other.

New Digital Camera

In preparation for the trip we have bought a digital camera: a Canon CAPSSX100B PowerShot SX100 IS (8 Megapixel, 10x optical zoom). The camera that I bought in St. Martin N.A. (Canon EOS 5000) in like 1994 has seen its better days and has been dropped way to many times. If you know me you will know how unfortunate this camera was to have me as its owner. It has served me well but it is not working so well, plus it is a pain in the but to have the film developed and them make a CD of it.

New Computer

We are also going to be looking at getting a new computer for Christmas as well. This is an expensive Christmas for us, but we really need a new one. The girls are going bonkers because of how slow mine is. =(

Computer Work

I spent a bit of time doing a full reinstall and update of Windows XP for my mother’s work computer. That was fun as all full reinstalls are. I also replaces the Bios Battery thingy for the mother board in another.

Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving we will be going to my sisters house up North and then on Friday we will have another Thanksgiving with my Wife and grandmother as Tanya has to work all day on Thanksgiving. My poor hardworking and wonderful wife. I love her so very much.

Church Website

I am also taking over the maintenance of my churches website :The Free Congregation of Sauk County. I have started with that and eventually we will go through a complete redesign.