I have decided today that it will be easier for me to document what i do each day. that way it sort of acts like a watchdog. =)
Yesterday i called my grandma (on my mom's side), who also lives in Russia but takes care of my grandpa, who is much older than her and is not well. She sounded happy that i called and it was good to hear how she was doing. she also shared news about my uncle and it felt like sort of an added benefit for me from talking to her.
Today I helped a friend who is currently looking for work and listed me as her reference. Was able to provide some information about her. I figure anybody could use a good word, especially when it comes to looking for a job. Hopefully it will work out for her!