1. ‘eastern nest’
(eating sunflower seeds on the back balcony):
c: this is very eastern. why don’t canadians eat sunflower seeds?
m: we are very eastern, look in our fridge: balkan yogurt, russian jam, homemade armenian chicken…
c: i know! look at our house: crap all over the place, dripping pipes, bathroom ceiling falling in…
2.centipedes (because of the bathroom flooding, my no.1 fear was that we’d attract centipedes, since they love humidity. m. argues that one has to face their fears and get information on them)
m (on the phone with her friend): can you please call back in 5 minutes? my roommate and i are googling pictures of centipedes!
3. construction workers
3.1. m (wearing white bloomer-like shorts with a rose pattern): so i went to ask the workers for a hammer. i hope i didn`t look like those ditzy girls you know, ‘sorry guys, can i have a hammer pleeeease?’
c: were you wearing pants?
m: oops. oh my god.
3. 2. construction worker, looking at the dripping pipe in our kitchen – all of a sudden: t’as tu déjà fait l`amour à un voyou?
c: (bursts out laughing)
c: is this for real?
m (sitting at kitchen table): oh, you understood what he said? i was like, oh god, i hope carmen doesn`t understand that.
construction worker: (grinning)
3.3. c: you know we`re gonna miss the workers when they`re gone.
m: yes, they keep us company with their noises, and make us feel safe. they`re like our eight big brothers…
m: …badass brothers!
4. fish (veiltail/fantail goldfish – melanie had one, freddie, and we just got a baby, sasha)
aquarium is covered with a blanket
c: why did you cover the aquarium?
m: to isolate them – they must be so stressed, with all the changes and the mess around here.
c: and you think they`re not freaking out when you lift the blanket all of a sudden and stare at them?
m: i was trying to just take a quick discreet look.
m: oooh, they`re socializing! they`re touching!
c: very nice – you put the light off and they immediately start touching.
m: maybe…yes, if they get together, they`ll lay eggs! so we`ll have caviar!!
m: but that wouldn`t be right, sasha is still a child!
5. chinese astrology (you do not even want to know!!)
c: wow, you know what i just thought? the fish`s chinese sign is the cat!
m: ow, cutie!
i really don’t know what to say. days are adventurous, full of paint (hopefully it`s over now) and of sunshine and what else? russian, and entertaining books and eating random stuff and talking a lot. it`s like holiday camp a bit, but we should get down to achieving stuff. i`m really relieved that i painted my room, 2 white walls and it completely changes the vibe to the place. i`m too excited to sleep early – or maybe this is what summer is supposed to be like.