It is still unknown yet what will happen to our visas in April so the far future is somehow vague but on the bright side we're taking advantage of that enjoying the luxury of ignoring any plans for longer than a year.
I'm also thinking of visiting Russia in March or April - not sure yet if I will have enough time for that depends on my current work results, so we'll see. Anyway I'd probably spend all time in Min-Vody with the family.
If the April changes won't be harsh we will probably consider moving to a nicer area. I'm keeping an eye on the classified ads and some of them are really sweet.
The weather is absolutely fantastic. The short spells of snowfalls in December never got back this new year and as far as I remember it was never colder than 0-1°C. Currently it is about 6-7° during daytime and it feels like eternal spring. Now after almost two winters here I can certainly tell that the climate influences the mood greatly though I used to be sceptical about that before. Surprisingly enough, the showers are rare as well.
This also makes outdoor sketching sessions possible again and I'm going to attend the next meetup this weekend.
The bad thing is that I have almost stopped to listen to the music and to read books. I used to read with the earphones plugged during my daily commutes but since I started to cycle I lost that opportunity. And when at home I can't resist the temptation to read articles and posts from my subscriptions rather than to open a Kindle. Got to do something with that practice of wasting time proudly feeling like being busy with something educative. The plans, however, are tremendous - I even started wish lists on Amazon. And, ahem, speaking of one-year-plans mentioned above, this may be a violation of that statement!
I started to run again when the weather got back to normal and realised that cycling doesn't help much. I haven't reached 10 km yet while I did 20+ km three months ago. However, it feels as good as before.
I am also procrastinating in learning Armenian. I started last fall, managed to cope with the weird alphabet and to syllabicate, but then slowed down greatly when it came to the vocabulary. Writing about that now to make it less comfortable for me to carry on like that. Maybe I need to find a London-based Armenian speaker who wants to practice Russian (so-called "language exchange" is a relatively popular practice here) but according to my current understanding it only makes sense when the certain level is achieved already - having a bit of teaching experience myself I think that an amateur tutor can't teach a complete newbie anything useful.
There are certainly other things to tell about but I'll save something for the next writer's block attack.
Take care of yourself.