Today's highlight - I got my eyebrows waxed. If you're wondering why I think this is a big deal, it's because I haven't had them done in 2 years . . . Admittedly, I haven't been to every salon in Finland, but the ones I have been to haven't had the proper wax for faces . . . go figure . . . AND, while I was having it done, Joel and Sofia were sitting quietly waiting (Joel was horrified to be there) and Sam and Mattias came in to let me know where they would be waiting . . . The lady asked if they were all my kids. When I admitted they were, she said, "But you're so slender!" Thank you nice lady! Did you know that I went out and bought "fat pants" before traveling so that I can eat anything I want while I'm on vacation?
In other news, we went to my old workplace today. It was great to see my old co-workers even though it was just a short visit. I also wanted to go through my old filing cabinets and see if there was anything in there that I might want . . . when we moved 4 years ago, I only took 2 boxes of stuff from my classroom because I couldn't envision what I might need - there was 14 years' worth of teaching supplies there . . . I ended up taking a 5 inch stack of file folders (novel studies, mostly, for my own kids) and Mattias found 7 of my novels he wanted.
It was raining here today, so after the school visit we stopped at the mall (where I got the aforementioned wax) and the kids got AandW rootbeer floats. I enjoyed a pineapple julius.
While I was making dinner, the kids decided to catch the rabbit that's been hopping about the neighborhood, snacking on my dad's bedding plants. They did catch the thing - using a stick and the recycling box. They wanted to hand it over to the authorities, but we made them let it go because we didn't have time to deal with it.
Joel got invited to a sleepover at his best friend's house, so we headed over there after dinner and visited for awhile before leaving him there.
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.