Yesterday when I got to the office, my partner was had not arrived yet, and there was someone already waiting to talk to her, or the other lady in the office who is currently on vacation. Since I was not sure where she was, I called her, she was at the college, where she also does some teaching. She told me she would be back in about an hour. I relayed this message to the now 3 people waiting to talk to her. They left and I just hung out. When she arrived she told me that she would be spending the mornings at the college, and afternoons in the office.
Today I arrived around 10:30, let myself in (no problem since I remembered my key), and turned on the computers. About 5 minutes after I came in a lady came in wanting a copy made, she first asked where my office mates were, but then must have decided that I could help her. I successfully had a short conversation with her and got the copy machine (that all the buttons are in Russian) to do what I wanted it to do! She left and I was feeling good, ten minutes later a guy came in, asking again, where my office mates were. He also wanted some copies, He asked me where I was from, if I was married, all the usual questions. I made his copies, and when he went to leave he shook my hand and kissed my cheek. Twice today I felt like a success!