Saturday, January 21, 2006

It's -25°C (-13°F) in Kyiv now.

At 6 a.m. yesterday, when it was still dark, I thought I felt the cold pressing with all its weight on every inch of our huge windows. It was scary. Like being in outer space.

A dear Malaysian friend whose birthday is on Dec. 6 pointed out a while ago that Marta is a December baby, too - and I still don't know what to make of it, because the notion of December, as of anything else, is so relative.

It's +25°C (+77°F) in Kuala Lumpur now.


  1. cold snaps suck. Remember in Iowa how a dropped soda or god forbid, some student's vomit, would freeze instantly on the sidewalk and stay there for a week? Hope you haven't seen much of that.

  2. My heart hurts for you it being that cold. Last year I was stuck in that mess in Ukraine when it was so cold they called off school and work.That cold just hurts when you take a breath.

  3. You are a major talent as a writer. the ability to convey what the experience is like - description of the windows - amazing. I deeply feel for you and everyone else - but in your case it also means sleep deprivation. My niece was a Dec. baby and her lungs were phenomenal. Time eventually resolved it (under the "this too shall pass" heading but is there anyone who could babysit, while you go somewhere else and catch up on sleep?)