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Thursday, December 07, 2006
So some very good news from Lauren and Marco who are in Moscow right now. Hopefully this means that Lauren will actually be able to sleep (she hasn't since she got there, three days ago!).

Also I forgot to mention something I read on Debbie's blog a few days ago. She had found out that the adoption tax credit for 2007 was increased to $11,390. So that's more good news.

I also also forgot to mention a cool show we watched a couple of weeks ago about Russian history. The series (which I watch all the time) is called Engineering An Empire and it's on the History Channel (one of my fav's) on Monday nights. It's hosted by Peter Weller who does an awesome job. He's actually an interesting guy who now teaches literature and fine arts at Syracuse University.

But I digress.

This particular episode was, of course, about Russia and covered how the significant buildings in their history where created (that's the basic premise of the show). It was particularly fascinating when they discussed how Peter the Great had the city of St. Petersburg (little bit of an ego there I think) built literally from scratch. The entire city was engineered and constructed from a patch of land that was to all intents and purposes, a swamp.

They also showed how the famous "onion" domed churches in Russia where made and passed along some various tidbits of Russian history. I still find it just amazing that at it's height the Russian empire (actually this was during Soviet times) amounted to one sixth of the entire planet's land mass. And covered 15 different time zones, 15!!! That is just incredible. Even now it's one ninth the earth's land mass and has 11 time zones. It's almost twice the size of the second largest country (Canada). Unbelievable.

Anyway, I'm sure it will be rerun and when it is I'll try to post the date and time well in advance.
posted by Steveg @ 8:24 AM  
  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Lauri said…

    I caught that program.. very interesting indeed. Walking around red square is surreal

    so is that tax credit good for us folks who adopted in 06 as well??? My hubby is the accountant of the family but if it applies to us that is really good news

  • At 3:47 PM, Anonymous jeneflower said…

    I saw the program too. It was very interesting.

    i wonder if we get a court date in 2006 but don't finish out the 10 days until 2007- which year did we officially adopt?

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