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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Well we're getting back to our normal schedule but I don't think we'll be 100% till the weekend when we can catch back up on our sleep. I had actually watched a show that showed that your body will actually force you to catch back up. Your internal clock needs those 8 hours a day and will keep a tab of how much you've had and how much need.

Anyway let's talk Russia. First I want to relate some news that we have heard from our agency. Of course they're already reaccredited but they still hear things and now this is just a rumor so don't take it as fact. But there is some feeling that the next group of agencies to be accredited will be occurring soon. When? Well we all know the timing of things through the Russian system. And so the reality is there is just no way for anyone to have a good estimate. But I did find it encouraging that our agency, who are usually ultra conservative on rumors, mentioned it in their chat.

Now for my first of many funny stories from trip #1.

On our last leg of the journey on the way there (an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Novosibirsk), there was a very nice looking young man sitting next to Stef. We was very well dressed and I was thinking how nice to see a Russian "yuppie". During the flight the stewedess comes down picking up any trash from the passengers (napkins, water glasses, etc.) and she reaches over to take the young man's plastic water cup. He signals "no" to her and speaks to her (in Russian) that obviously meant he wished to keep it, even though it was empty.

He then proceeds to take out a fifth of what looked like whiskey and fills the glass up. Well this Russia after all. But I did say he looked like a nice young man and he was. He proceeds to offer some to Stefanie.

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Oh, and that flight was a red eye which basically got us into Novosibirsk at 5 in the morning. Well I guess anytime is good for a little whiskey in Russia.
posted by Steveg @ 3:32 PM  
  • At 5:10 PM, Blogger Lake said…

    Cute story, he does sound polite, but I thought they drank vodka.
    Love, Mom
    P.S. You didn't say if Stefanie accepted or not.

  • At 9:24 PM, Blogger M- said…

    The incountry flights are something else aren't they?

  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger mommyto5 said…

    A true experience of a lifetime and your next trip should be even more incredible.Glad all went well with your little guy. Prayers to you for a quick court date!

  • At 7:54 AM, Blogger Leslie & Bryan said…

    Hi Steve my name is Leslie and my husband Bryan and I are also in the process of adopting from Russia. I love your blogs so much in ever post.

    Hope you and Stephanie have a wonderful weekend!!

    Theres nothing like a little whiskey to kick start your day! Great story!!!

  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Allison said…

    At least he was polite. We were stuck on a flight with a bunch of hunters that drank non-stop. Even scarier, they didn't have to check their guns...they just carried them on. I've never been so happy to get off of a flight in my life!
    Praying for a quick court date for you guys!

  • At 11:58 AM, Blogger adoptedthree said…

    Maybe he had a "fear of flying" and just needed to drink away!

    Wow so excited you got to meet your son just happened by and was overjoyed- congrads!

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