19 April 2008

changing seasons

It's 9:54 p.m. It's overcast, but not yet dark. Behind the purply-grey clouds, the sky is still blue outside my window. You know what that means...

It's time to say goodbye to mud season and welcome sleep-deprivation season.


Rachael said...

I JUST noticed that you have the changing quotes at the top of your posts, under the header. I LIKE. Very clever.

Funny, we never got to fully experience this sleep-deprivation season with our Russia trips in Dec., Mar., and April. Just the first inkling in April. Yet, I still think of sleep deprivation whenever I think of St. Pete's. Even in Dec. I could NEVER sleep there. Finally, trip three I wised up to the proper sleeping pills.

I still have some left. I'd send 'em to you, but I don't suppose it'd be a good idea to have to take them daily for the next however many months of your long days/short nights season.

Still, I'm thinking purpley-gray skies and warmer weather is still preferable to mud.

junglemama said...

I remember those days back when we visited in May 2005. It was hard to sleep.

Anonymous said...

On my first trip to Russia I didn't sleep for 6 nights (SIX!). The next day I was about to be a mother for the first time - I NEEDED to SLEEP already!
My husband went across the street to a drug store and, in English, to a man who only spoke Russian, told the guy that he wanted to "put his wife to sleep".
When my husband came back to the hotel, I took whatever this pill was! After being awake for 6 days and 6 nights, would you have taken the pill?
I don't like white nights.
The next 5 trips to Russia, I took pills WITH me.

AdoptaMama said...

Ahhh...I remember it well. The brightness at 10:00pm. At least we felt safe walking around into the night. It was the still dark 9:00ams in November that were very strange to us. Freaky.

Thanks for all of your comments on my blog! At least I know SOMEONE'S reading! ;)


MoscowMom said...

These late nights/early mornings are so incredibly hard for us, too... and it's soooo much worse in St.P.... GOOD LUCK! I know we could get black-out curtains, but there always seems to be some more pressing financial need... I've been up since 5 a.m. when the sun rose... UGH.

I've been meaning to tell you, if you e-mail me, I'll send you the site of Katya's school. It's all in Russian, but the site is so well done. You really get a sense of the school. It's Russian, but founded by a family who lived in the US for years when their kids were in school and wanted to create a similar loving/challenging learning environment. There are two main private Russian schools in Moscow--one where all the oligarch kids tend to go, and ours--filled with children of artists (singers/actors)/sports stars/non-oligarch successful businesspeople who are trying so "keep it real" to an extent for their kids.

MoscowMom said...

p.s. My e-mail is tamara221 at hotmail dot com