avrelia: (new year)
I can't think of one name. I am pretty sure I like some, but don't remember the name, and by the end of holiday season all songs become some kind of homogeneous noise in my head.

so: the next best thing - a scene from Desk Set where Katharine Hepburn's Bunny is very drunk and jolly. She does sing "Jingle bells" at some point, but I couldn't find that clip.

I need to watch the movie again.
avrelia: (new year)
Well, I've been thinking about his entry, and then it was decided for me. Kind of. I closed my eyes, opened it and found, like Sleeping Beauty, that an eternity had passed while I was sleeping - whole two hours. Two hours of quiet! What can be more beautiful?
I can't show you the picute of me sleeping, so this is what D. was doing while I slept:

avrelia: (new year)
Pansies in my front yard, surrounded by lots of ivy. Pansies are white, sure, but also green and very much alive.

avrelia: (new year)
I passionately dislike wrapping presents. Mostly because I feel that I waste a lot of money to buy it, a lot of time to wrap presents, and derive no pleasure in unwrapping it. So I do wrapping only for society functions - birthday, school, parties.

Instead I present candy wrappers. As I child I had an impressive collection of those. And sometimes, we would wrap them in the shape of candies and hang on our Christmas/New Year tree...


now I just throw them away, but I still like to unwrap candies. ;)
avrelia: (new year)
It was an endlessly gloomy day on Sunday, and we had nowhere to go if we didn't want to spend money (we didn't). So we stayed home, and there was astoundingly much time to read. And - surprisingly - I had the perfect book for such occasion, Gillian Bradshaw's Beacon at Alexandria


it is often recommended, and with a good reason. but now I wonder, should I read more of Gillian Bradshaw, and what else of her to read? so it would end reasonably well for the protagonists?
avrelia: (new year)
the 7th Day of December was decidedly non-bright, weather-wise. So, here is the night:

avrelia: (new year)
Shopping. I did the shopping, I was at the temple of shopping where I worshiped consumerism and bought stuff I didn't plan to buy spending the money I don't have. I am too annoyed by the experience to post a picture of my loot. But D. is happy – he got a doctor's kit from a dollar store, and for the second day he is enthusiastically healing his stuffed animals (no, he didn't express any interest in doctors' stuff before, only now, after he played with his friends with their medical kit, he realized it's fun). So. There won't be shopping pictures right now.
avrelia: (new year)
12 C. Thanks to the Internet, the temperature is always in Celsius. Fahrenheit is way more confusing than miles and pounds...

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My favorite holiday movies... I can't come up with anything normal. Perhaps, animated ones would do.

This one is for poetic mood,

The Nutcracker

And this one for laughing mood,

Last-year snow was falling

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We've decorated the tree. Or, to be exact, I took the tress out of the basement, set it up and let D loose on toys.
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someplace in New Jersey, December 1st, 2012
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Even though I am late, I'it try to do it. I need to make my own holiday fun.
avrelia: (a girl)
1.Leave a comment to this post!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows

[personal profile] molly_may gave me K, which made me think for quite some time. Somehow I couldn't remember enough characters started with K that I wanted to write about.

But here is my final selection:

1)Korben Dallas. It is, just another shade of the same character played by Bruce Willis since before time, and I have some issues with him, just like with the whole movie Fifth Element, but I still love him and find him one of the best iterations. It probably comes from the fact that we watched that movie so many times that he is somewhat an old friend, who is occasionally cool, and occasionally ridiculous, but fun to have around.
2)Kara Thrace. I haven't watched much of BSG, but one cannot miss the awesomeness of Starbuck or the trace she left on our civilization.
3)Kate Sutton, the heroine of The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. I love that girl. She is stubborn, proud, fair and intelligent in the best way. She reasons very believably for her age and time. She wins by refusing to take the seemingly easy way instead of the right way.
4)Kenzi of the Lost Girl. She is smart, loyal, brave and fun. She is a great friend. She is also Russian, and it matters somewhat, but not a huge deal and it doesn't make her a ridiculous stereotype. I didn't even realized how much I needed such character on TV.
5)Kaylee Frye. I almost didn't include her, since she is a bit too good to be true, with endless cheerfulness and magical rapport with engines. Maybe she is the luckiest with the early cancellation – she didn't have time to break. Still it is difficult not to like her – I love watching competence and optimism.

I finished reading Mindy Kaling's book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I don't watch The Office and I didn't really know anything about her. But I liked the cover and some excerpts, and I picked it up from the library and read in three days. It is a very enjoyable book even if you don't care at all about the author. The easy style, the right type of sarcastic humor, the unapologetically strong opinions on everything from pea-coats to romantic comedies. I loved it.

The most unexpected result of my reading was that I decided to write a memoir myself. Yes, I know it sounds very silly – I am not accomplished in anything, but I had some interesting times doing it, that I might as well share.

I know I won't have much of an audience, but that's not important. I want to right it for myself – to channel my hoarding tendencies into something useful, and for my son, or any other descendants I might have someday. I'd love them to pretend their matriarch was not a complete loser, and my stories might help them in it.

I also want to write it for my ancestors, because how else can I express my love for my family except by telling their stories.

And deep in my heart, I think, I've always wanted to write a memoir. From the early age that I remember I had a second voice in my head (not, not that kind of voice) describing everything I do in a dispassionate tone of an academic biographer. Of course, as I child, I thought, I shall become famous first, but now I realize that there is nothing to wait for any longer. And no point in losing more time. I am not doing anything useful anyway.
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[livejournal.com profile] molly_may gave me those names as a part of these meme:

Comment and I will give you ten actors and ten actresses. Then post in your Livejournal with your favorite films of theirs.

The thing is, my movie watching is weird. During my University years I watched whatever happen on TV, but it was in Russia, so the selection of what was on TV was pretty random. And here and now I hardly ever watch serious dramas. So my movie choices tend to lean toward cheesy. Enjoy!

10 actors )

10 actresses )


Apr. 27th, 2010 09:35 pm
avrelia: (short circuit)
from the blogging ether:

What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say, "I should write that entry about XYZ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll [POSSIBLY!]write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on alfalfa, favourite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc.


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