I think my vocabulary is expanding. I think. I had words like "effervescence" and "ministrations" pop in my head while writing the two last sentences, and, not trusting myself, I looked them up in my translator tool (from English to Russian), and sure enough they were the right ones! This is big for me. I'm struggling with word choice as a non-native speaker. I hate repetitions. I want my language to be rich and varied and non-pretentious at the same time, so it doesn't look like I'm trying hard (which I am) and simply flows.
And I'm getting there, getting there. I can feel it. After studying English for 16 years, it's finally happening. It's exhilarating.