I was about to write about how peaceful and sweet the girls were playing Chutes and Ladders when Katya came in to complain about Natalia... But they're not yelling at each other, there's no hitting or biting, and they're working it out. Yippee! I'm glad they're not only sisters, but also friends.
I'm glad they're getting along well, because it's been a frustrating day without a car... You wouldn't believe the bureaucratic hassle it is to simply register one's car. It's so impossible for us to figure out that we had to actually hire someone to do it--a specialist (yes, car registration is so hard in Moscow that there are BUSINESSES who help you do it)--and even he is having a difficult time! We will have been without the car for three days total by the time the car is registered--and Chris has wasted about two more days dealing with legal permits in addition to this.
Without a car, I couldn't go to the store and get more water. That's another inconvenience here--we have to buy all the water we use for coffee/drinking/cooking. Sometimes in a pinch I'll just use the tap water to boil pasta, but if you let it boil a while, you get thick brown sludge/cream forming along the pan! I don't WANT to know what's in that water... I could hire a delivery service for the water, but I just don't want to pay $20/week for water. Then again, I am pretty sick of lugging the 5L water bottles from the car up the stairs to our building and then up to apartment (we have an elevator, but it's still a pain).