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i don’t really like mark twain.

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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
— Mark Twain


I watched the Santa in the Slush yesterday; bit of an ill-timed occurrence, since Autumn barely began today. That’s what you have to deal with when you watch a dub of a two year old season.

I am now a huge fan of mistletoes.

But this is not about timing and plants and fanaticism.

I am now going to sing Christmas songs until March. Because, you know, I love Christmas music. I love Christmas. And as I was writing in my journal earlier, I realised something.

I grew up in a secular environment. The first time I went to church was in 8th grade, and it was on a school touristy type of trip. My interactions with religion up to that point were rare, and unfortunately they weren’t positive. There’s no point in getting into the whole shabang, though.

I have a friend who had once referred to her family as secular Catholic. I liked the term, because I could very much apply it to my situation: I grew up in a family who was secular Orthodox. I mean, we celebrated Easter, and we celebrated Christmas, and other holidays, and we would fast. But I guess there was no real ground beneath that. Even though there was Christmas, there was still New Year’s Day, which was a bigger celebration. That would be the time to set up the table etc. And usually, when discussing plans or thinking of gifts, I’d think of New Year, or the ambiguous Winter Holidays.

And today, when I wrote in my journal, I wrote "for Christmas". And when I was talking to my Mother, I said, "I love Christmas." And I’m sitting here, thinking of Christmas, singing Christmas carols quietly.


I’m still going to celebrate the whole shabang for about a month, though. I’ve got friends who celebrate Hanuka, I myself really fancy Yule, and in Russia the whole holiday thing starts on 24th of December, and lasts till 15th of January — that’s what you’ve got with having two calendars and the everlasting people’s (nation’s) memory.

But yay. Christmas. I feel all snuggly.

Still sick though.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
— Hebrews 11:1


Written by Alexandra

23 September 2009 at 2:37 pm


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I dislike nights where I stay up long enough to realise that I’m going to wake up very sick on the next day. (Same day, if we’re being technical.)

Today is one of those nights. I should probably eat some lemon and do a baking soda gargle thing (yes, a bit TMI, yeah ok), but the damn citrus would just keep me up longer, and the gargle thing will end up being a drink.

Which could probably relieve heartburn, but it’s not what I need.

Why am I still awake? And why am I getting sick right when I actually have something to do?

Written by Alexandra

22 September 2009 at 11:50 am

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amp font viewer.

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I’m actually dumber than most when it comes to computers, but that won’t stop me from sharing my favourite programs with you from time to time.

AMP Font Viewer;
Ever since I started playing around with graphics and making different websites, I developed a font obsession. Fonts are pesky little creatures, they’re way harder to manage than pictures — if only for the lack previews. And AMP Font Viewer does just that — it lets you preview fonts easily from any directory that you set. It also lets you install any font you’re previewing.

There are other nifty options, like previewing installed fonts in different colours or installing fonts temporarily. And it’s lightweight — it doesn’t even claim 1mb.

Written by Alexandra

10 September 2009 at 11:48 am


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I was going to save this for Things I Love Thursday, but I just cannot wait.

I was finally able to acquire (yes, acquire) a toothbrush with soft bristles. Ahh. Not medium soft, medium hard, medium, or, heaven forbid, hard — no! I found a toothbrush with soft bristles.

I bought two, ran out of money.

The next day Mother went to the same shop, bought two more.

Next time I’m there, I’m going to buy more. MOAR MOAR, and even more, until they run out of their damn supplies.

Soft bristle toothbrushes will be mine.

They’re so hard to find here. So hard to find. And you have no idea how painful it is, to use medium ones.

I’m so happy with these soft ones, I brush my teeth five times a day. Mmm.

Now you know what to give me for Christmas.


On my way home today, the police stopped me two times. "Just checking papers, ma’am."

They suspect something. I know it.

Written by Alexandra

7 September 2009 at 11:46 am

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