Friday, July 20, 2012

Yeah Baby! Or, John Got a 3/3

Some of you who aren't Facebook friends with me might not have heard John's great news: he passed his Russian exam with flying colors, earning a 3/3 when he only needed a 2/2. For those who don't know how the scoring system works, it's on a scale of 0-5, 0 being me, 5 being what I *hope* I am in English. The two scores represent speaking and reading, and I can never remember which comes first. It usually takes 42 weeks to get from a 0 to a 3 in Russian. John was at 0+/1 when he started, thanks to two years of college Russian (of course that was ten years ago now), and it took him 20 weeks to get to a 3. So yeah, he's a rock star, in my humble opinion anyway.

To celebrate John's success, we hit up the Nordstrom Fall Preview sale today, because I've been hankering for some Russia-appropriate clothing and the prices are pretty damn good. I was disappointed that an adorable orange Kenneth Cole coat didn't come in my size:

I love you anyway, cute orange coat :(
But I found an awesome pair of waterproof leather boots that fit my scrawny calves quite well. They're from a Canadian company called Blondo:

And they're stretchy, too!

Not the cutest, I know, but if they can withstand the Russian winter, I'll take 'em! And they were $70 off. John got a new North Face jacket, a pair of North Face boots, and some Smartwool socks, all at great prices, and Jack got a submarine bath toy out of the deal. Tonight we're hitting up DC's authentic Russian restaurant, Russia House, to celebrate Russian style (i.e. with vodka). I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

10 comments:

  1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!! How wonderful!! Many congratulations to him. :)

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    1. Thank you! He's very happy - I swear he already seems more like his old self.

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  2. I'm intrigued by the boots!

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    1. Thank you! Now he just has to get a 4/4 before we leave Russia and he never has to test in Russian again!

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    2. Sorry, sweetie, but you have to test 4/4 TWO times within a certain amount of time to never test again.

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    3. Oh poo, guess John was misinformed. Oh well :P

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  4. Congrats, John.

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  5. Wow! He is a rock star! That's so awesome! I LOVE way you described what a 0 and a 5 was. Hilarious! And oh my gosh-- I want that coat.

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    1. Isn't it a fabulous coat?? I'm so bummed they don't have my size. But it was a really great deal - check it out on the Nordstrom website. And you live somewhere it might actually be practical :D

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