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February 11, 2004

Books and Computers

We're still computerless, and visiting the computer club down the street from time to time. Hubby says I wouldn't like coming here if I could understand all the slang and profanity in Russian. Fortunately, my vocabulary is pretty clean and so it doesn't bother me.

After having our computer for nearly a week, the neighborhood remont shop told us they couldn't find a power pack for the computer in the country. Hubby brought the computer in to the shop we should have gone to initially--it's just on the other side of town, and we were trying to save time. (!)

Perhaps tonight, perhaps tomorrow it will be available.

Yesterday I went to the centre to meet some friends for coffee. They are teaching a young women's Bible study. Right now they are doing a unit on building godly relationships, including having a Biblical view of marriage and ideas on dating and purity. It was interesting to discuss how to communicate what the Bible says in a way that is understood in this culture. Definitely a paradigm shift for many of these young women who come from broken homes and have skewed views of boy/girl relationships.

Then we went to The Globe bookstore--one of the few places in town that sell English language books. When we first moved to Kyiv, we could only find Penguin Classics and Harry Potter in English. While The Globe is quite small, it has a great selection. They've been having a fabulous sale since early December, rotating their stock through 30-60% off. Just too tempting for Hubby and I. Almost every week, one of us will stop in there.

Yesterday I bought "The Hobbit" for J7. As I paid for it, Galina told me that our family has a 10% discount now. I think we may be her best customers. Even T6 wanted to spend his birthday money there!

Not having the computer has led to me spending more time reading to the boys. We finished "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" a few days ago, and are in the midst of "The Horse and His Boy." I love listening to the boys' imaginative play reflecting what we read.

Update: Carol and Kelly are also in the midst of reading the Chronicles of Narnia to their kids. It's interesting to me, to read of friends on the other side of the world doing some of the same things we are. *grin*

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We're reading the same books at the same time! I like that - it makes me feel connected to you. :-)

Posted by: Kelly at February 13, 2004 06:14 PM


 
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