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I've been kind of absent from my virtual life and journals, and there were quite a lot of birthdays happening. Birthdays of friends that are very dear to me. So I'll just list all the birthday ladies here, and wish you all many, many happy days ahead:

happy belated birthday to [personal profile] sweet_ali, [profile] aycheb, [personal profile] pukajen, [personal profile] sdwolfpup, [personal profile] pfeifferpack, and [profile] lillianmorgan (who is lost, but not forgotten and I am hoping to see her again here)

Happy today's birthday to [personal profile] monanotlisa, whose birthday I just couldn't miss!

And Happy soon coming birthday to[profile] skylee, whom I am always happy to see commenting, but so rarely see updating! I hope life is good to you!
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and what says Merry Christmas better than a mouse?



there is definitely something going on that I am not aware of. Anyways, I wish everyone jouus holiday and lots of good time!

and happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] swsa!
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Happy (belated) birthday to [profile] superplin!

I remember writing here back in July that D and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and that D behaved reasonably well, and what he remembered long after the visit were knights on horses and giant Greek pots. So the next weekend P went to the Met, saw the knights and brought one home. Well, not that one. Just a tiny knight on a horse. And here is the story of many pictures )
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri! I hope you are having great time! Or you know, have had it already and will have more in the future. My English is confusing on occasions.:)

Buffy has got a mummy hand for you. To freak out your enemies.

In book-reading news: I picked up Soullessby Gail Carriger, because I keep hearing about it from everywhere. I am only two chapters in, but already have some notes (all pretty much non-spoilery).

1) a strong sense of deja-vu made me realize that the heroine, Alexia, is a brain twin of Amelia Peabody (of Elizabeth Peters' Egyptology mysteries.) The Britishness, the proud spinsterhood (that don't survive the end of the first book), the sharp mind, the assertiveness, the lack of conventional beauty... I adore Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson, but I am not sure how many of her I need for my enjoyment. It has just occurred to me that both Amelia Peabody and Alexia are literary descendants of brilliant Marian Halcombe of Woman in White. Now, that's one lady whose adventures I'd love to follow...

2) vampires again. ::sigh::

3) the setup immediately brings to mind all the countless "soulless redemption" debates. I am pro-soul, so there is a bit of discomfort, but it is another universe and different rules, and the whole society setup with the inclusion of vampires and werewolves in the polite society is very interesting. And, yes, I can see how the rigid rules of everyday behavior would be a necessity and a boon here.

4) I love omnipresent point of view and the narrator's voice separate from the author and the characters, being reasonably old-fashioned and raised on 18-19 century novels. I applaud the return of the narrator to modern stories, even if it is done to simulate the old time feel. But.
But there is one giant difficulty: I need to love that narrator and don't want to smack it. Here so far it feels too twee, and I mostly grow annoyed. I still hope to befriend it as soon as I get used to the tone.
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The happiest birthday to [livejournal.com profile] swsa!
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first of all I wanted to wish wonderful [livejournal.com profile] musing_mia a very happy birthday!

Second I feel like writing about scary. I don't particularly love horror movies, and I can't say I have seen a lot of them. I did like to be scared at some point - as a child or teenager, so we were telling each other scary stories. The stories at first were kids' folk legends of utmost ridiculousness. Just imagine: "In the black, black forest, there was a black, black house. In the black, black house there was a black, black table. On the black, black table there was a black, black casket..." at the age of eight it did seem scary.

Then there were genuinely scary urban legends and not so urban. Then there were vampires, Edgar Po, and retellings of horror movies that someone somewhere saw and then told about to friends. It probably eventually went in a different direction than the original movie, but that didn't matter.

I have never seen "The Omen" - neither original one, nor remake. But it was one of the scariest stories I have heard then, and I am afraid that no movie can live up to it, especially now, in my adult state. I cherish my memory of the story of a creepy devil-child.

The scariest movie I have ever seen was the Russian one, however. it was called "the fairytale of travels", and my parents took me to see it, thinking it was an actual fairytale. (Oh, those wild, Internet-less times!) I was seven, and I didn't sleep for several nights or saw nightmares. It was medieval-set story of a brother and sister; the brother could feel gold, and so he was abducted by villains, and sister went to seek him. The movie had creepy sets, mean lords who were trying oppress everyone and bricked up the sister and a guy who was helping alive, lots of skeletons, evil knights who lived on a dragons, and many more creepyness beside. The worst of all, was The Plague. An actual epidemic that killed the population, here was also a woman. And she was the scariest ever. So in the age when many people were mostly afraid of nuclear war, I was afraid of the medieval plague. Though of nuclear war I was afraid, too. But way less: I haven't seen it as a woman.

Here is the piece of it I found on YOuTube:


It is too long, but will give you an impression. The Plague Woman is on minute 4. She doesn't look that creepy now, but the city and processions still freak me out.
avrelia: (Dancing girl)
Jumping in to wish a happy (those belated) birthday! I hope it was a great day, and you had lots of fun!


Me: I am enjoying my mom's visit. She took over the toddler-entertaining duties, and I can now relax and work. ;) Hopefully, more posts will follow.
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The best and happiest of the days! and lots of piece of mind ;)

running

Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm
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thanks for the thoughts and comments to the previous post. the matter is under serious discussion, though not immediate. There will be more on it later.

Happy belated birthday to <"the_royal_anna">! I keep not having the time to post it on the right day. I hope you had a lovely day!

Speaking of birthdays, now I am a mother of a two year old, a toddler in his prime. How weird is that?

And on to a completely different topic, I've just realized that Dollhouse season 2 will air this Friday, and I haven't yet to post about season 1. Does anyone care? TV and I seem to be living in different worlds now.

Big GBPost

Sep. 4th, 2009 10:10 am
avrelia: (Dancing girl)
I wanted to do the collected birthday post since there were several birthdays that I... well not missed exactly, but forgot to post my good wishes, and I doubt that my thoughts managed to move directly out of my head to yours.

So, here they are, by belated birthday wishes for the August and September:

14: [livejournal.com profile] gobi_rex
27: [livejournal.com profile] aycheb
27: [livejournal.com profile] sweet_ali
29: [livejournal.com profile] pukajen
02: [livejournal.com profile] pfeifferpack
03: [livejournal.com profile] lillianmorgan - I miss you, and hope will drop by LJ some day. Don't disappear forever!


And since I am at it, I wish to celebrate to upcoming birthdays, that I am most likely to miss otherwise:
06: [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa
08: [livejournal.com profile] skylee

Happy birthdays, dear ladies! I suck recently at witty wishes, since I mostly wish you all the same things: less health problems, more joy in everything you do, people who are dear to you close by, successes in whatever you want to do in your life. We all need it, don't we?
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I have two of them - if anyone still needs them, you are welcome.

And while I am at it: Happiest of birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] writteninstars!!! Much fun and much good luck to you, dear!
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from [livejournal.com profile] sweet_ali and [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea!! Thank you so much! the bell is going to hang on our tree. :)

I wish the happiest birthday to [livejournal.com profile] swsa! I hope you are having a wonderful day and that it will be followed by very happy holidays and a really good new year!

and that is out tree (without a bell yet) I put everything I had on it, and now I am thinking whether to make something more or leave it like this, all Ikea-blue.pictures )
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I feel like the most boring poster ever - tuning in to wish belated birthdays and going away to miss some more stuff.

Today's belated birthday wishes are going to [livejournal.com profile] lisalamona and [livejournal.com profile] treacle_a. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead!

We are sitting at home and enjoying a lazy holiday Monday. Well, I am also trying to create a poem for my creative writing class and husband does some work. Still, it's a very feel-good morning, turning into a feel-good afternoon.

Except for the poetry thing. I am coming up with a strange creature of English-Russian mess. The worst thing is that I need 250 words, which is too many for a poem - in my opinion. Poetry is economical, images, emotions and thoughts are distilled. I shouldn't have to add words...

Recent lucky find - [livejournal.com profile] russkij_sever. Highly recommended to go and have a look - a community devoted to the Russian North, one of my favourite place on Earth. It is in Russian, but the best thing is the gorgeous pictures that you can enjoy without need to read anything there.

Yesterday we went to see Shrek the Third and Here is the reaction- with spoilers: )
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First of all, the happiest of birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] thedeadlyhook!

And since I got some of you answer this for me, I should post the thing myself:

Comment and I'll--
1 - Tell you why I friended you.
2 - Associate you with something. A fandom, a song, a color, a piece of fruit. SOMETHING.
3 - Tell you something I like about you.
4 - Tell you a memory I have of you.
5 - Associate you with a character/pairing.
6 - Ask something I've always wanted to know about you. (Or else I'll just ask a random question. I reserve that right.)
7 - Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
8 - In return, you must spread this disease in your LJ.


You don't really have to spread the disease though.

and some more memes:
My Visual DNA )

Me as a flower )
avrelia: (Wild rose)
First of all, Happy YesterBirthday to [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea and [livejournal.com profile] mary5859! Hope yesterday was amazing and the more amazing things yey to come!

I also wish the happiest today's birthday to [livejournal.com profile] onetwomany! I wish you a wonderful year and hope to see you here on LJ more often!

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My life has been somewhat strange lately. I slept through most of January - not quite literally, but close to. I wonder, what February would look like from out of my lair? So far, it looks like winter, but with more light, and I strut around to work in my fur coat and spike-heeled winter boots, enjoying myself. Except for the work part.
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The happiest of birthdays to [livejournal.com profile] swmbo! She, who makes the world run, the sun raise and the evil beware!
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Why was not the weather this nice over the weekend? oh well. I still managed to do some jogging - not that it would make a difference. and I slept rather well - but later about that.

Since I posted the last time, I've got a wonderful and totally unexpected gift of two paid month! Thank you, dear anonymous and sorry I didn't get to post it earlier! /hugs the world with you in it

The autumn is getting even more beautiful in the last days. I was jogging at the cemetery and there was no one but me and squirrels seen around, the rain drizzled, and leaves were falling... mmm, pretty. I wanted to grab a camera and return today to make pictures, but then decided that going to cemetery today is lame, and stayed home having dinner instead.

I think I am getting to love Toronto. I liked it well enough before, but walking around on Sunday (and wasting my fresh salary on pretty clothes from Nepal) and felt all warm and fuzzy about the city... I still love Moscow the most, of course, but this is not a zero-sum game. I can love a lot of places.

Getting more up-to-date with my TV watching - finally caught an episode of Heroes. Spent most of the time figuring who is who and what is going on. Same with Veronica Mars - I mean, I watched the first two seasons, so I know most of it, but the problems at hand are confusing. Still, it's shiny.

I also have watched Torchwood. I enjoyed watching it, and though I have some problems with it, and some questions, I am going to watch it more and think and - it's been awhile since I wanted to discuss a TV show. I like this feeling.

Finally, I wish a very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] musing_mia!
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I read long ago somewhere that Marguerite de Navarre once said that after thirty a woman should exchange the epithet "fair" for "wise". I have no idea whether it's true - I cannot find anything like that in the Internet, but it stuck in my memory anyway.

I couldn't quite agree with it, though. Up till now now I would immediately trade being "fair" to being "wise", and now - I want it both! I cannot give up "wise" for anything, and I am indignant at the idea to stop being "fair". ;)

other that this, I don't feel any different. It's a little bit weird to think of oneself as "30-years-old", but that's it. Besides, I know so many wonderful people this side of the brook, that I am quite happy to join them!


so far the day going great. I've got several nice surprises - mostly as the letters and cards I haven't expected to get. I've also got a card from [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna, and a card from [livejournal.com profile] gobi_rex, and oh so many lovely birthday wishes that made my day! thank you so much everyone!

My iPod had been dying for weeks until two days ago when it finally stopped working. I told my husband about its sad fate - and he produced a new one out of his hiding place! it's nano, and it's electric blue - which I was coveting for some time, but couldn't buy because to have two iPods is wrong. (isn't husband wonderful? answer:yes, occasionally)

btw, I suspect that it wasn't supposed to last much longer anyway - a nifty trick to make us buy more. a radical difference from a Soviet manufacture - which can withstand pretty much everything despite being ugly and inconvenient...

well, now I am a happy owner of a new iPod - and we decided that my birthday is a good reason to get TV cable, and start watching TV, like normal people. ;)

finally: can you recommend me new music? that would be nifty! thanks. :)


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Epilogue )
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] missmurchison!

mmmm... October is just such a wonderful month to be born in!
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] the_royal_anna - who, for all intents and purposes, is the sunshine of LJ!

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