My plane tickets to St. Petersburg have been purchased. Four weeks to departure, three days in Connecticut, several days in various airports and eight weeks in Russia. I think comparatively staying in Russia will seem like vacation after the upcoming month of September. Even though I feel stressed out right now about the earlier departure date it worked out well overall- I will be home three days before the 2012 Fezziwig Ball.
So Jennifer arrived home from her summer in Switzerland today. When Jen left we were only half moved in, so it should be interesting to see how she settles into the mix. Her arrival made for a good deadline for a few projects around the house. The previous owners of our new house left all the old curtains and blinds, and that worked out well: I shuffled them around a bit, got rid of the ones I didn't like and put up some of our old ones. Our bedroom has three windows with all white blinds. I wanted to buy dark shades for our bedroom, since on one side Al the neighbor(he sits in his garage watching big screen TV) has a motion-sensitive light that never goes off and on the other side there are the rotating airport lights. Yes, we live across from a local airport now. It's cute. Anyway, it turned out to be a challenge to find any dark shades locally for a good price, so instead I used brown satin spray paint to color the white blinds. It makes a dramatic difference! Now our bedroom smells like paint and I can check that project off my list.