Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas and its hype


 I am not feeling hyped up for Christmas. I probably haven't felt the Christmas hype for a few years now, and also even in some years when my situation was good, I still had some holiday depression. And I will explain a few things about why the Christmas hype is just that, hype for a lot of people. Or at least try to organize my own thoughts and feelings about it. 

I used to love Christmas. I still love giving and getting presents. I  still love shopping for presents for family and friends. But I can do that any time of year, and not just on Christmas. 

Even when things were good, and I was not inn the bad financial situation I am in today, some years Christmas was a bit difficult for me. I always disliked the big family gatherings/dinners/lunches. Don't get me wrong, my own family are all good people, it's just that I am not the type of person who wants to be around people all the time. I prefer to spend time alone and recharge. One hour of family gathering is more than enough to make me want to crawl in a hole with a book and some junk food for a week. 

Also, my family and me are from two totally different planets. I hate discussing politics. I hate discussing economics. I hate greek music, and when I hear the bad music that is called "skyladiko", I leave the premises immediately. I can''t stand it for a second, it gives me a headache and makes me want to puke. The same with traditional greek music. It's awful, and it's just noise. 

I want to discussing science fiction. I want to discuss books. I want to discuss science. I want to discuss a good movie, like Gravity for example. And in all the family gatherings, I am really bored. Politics, economics. Religion. And I am an atheist, and I have to tackle the subject really slowly or I'll cause a scene. And, at some point, I was studying maths and physics at the Open University in the UK, because I love maths and physics. And someone asked me: "But is it relevant to your job? Will it give you any money?" Which was not the point. I did not go to study maths and physics for money. I did it because I love it, and I stopped because I cannot afford it at the moment, but will continue when my economic situation improves. 

 And of course, I have few but good and select friends. And most of them, spend the holidays with their family, so I rarely could go out on Christmas or New Year's Eve. And on top of that, in those days, everything is packed, traffic is awful, and to get from point A to point B, when normally it takes 10 minutes, you could get stuck in traffic for an hour. So, most of Christmas and New Year's Eves are spent like this: wait for the change at midnight, eat, spent 15-30 minutes, then back to my place. 

And to add: the awful Christmas and New Year's shows, everyone wants to watch. I absolutely hate those. Awful greek music, awful shows, TV stations think they are doing something special when they are actually producing total and utter trash. And then there was this year on New Year's Eve when I was forced to watch the last "Big Brother" show, where the winner was announced. I was saying, please change the channel or close the TV, this is not something I like at all. It was the only time I ever watched a reality show of that type, and NEVER ever want to watch something like that again. 

And also there were the years where I had no boyfriend, and was feeling lonely. Noone to talk to really, and would even cry when I was alone, as I was feeling depressed. Noone who would at least try and understand, and want to do the same things as me. And I know lots of people who, even not admitting it, they would do the same. 

And of course, the last years are even worse. In 2005 I lost my father to cancer. In 2007 I lost my little sister to a car accident. And Christmas time is when I am feeling those losses even more than usual.

And today? I am not feeling the Christmas hype. I am not feeling the Christmas hype. I am in a bad economic situation, can't afford to buy even a small present for my nieces and nephew, or anyone really.

I will be forced yet again, to stay home, and pass those days with my mom, who will watch one of the awful TV shows at Christmas and New Year's Eve. If I had some money, I would go traveling, and spend Christmas and New Year's somewhere else, but not here.

I don't know if people reading this will find themselves agreeing or disagreeing. I probably have forgotten a lot of stuff, or have not analyzed some things properly. Right now, I want this whole Christmas thing to be over.

Monday, November 28, 2016

What is your favorite book?

When I get asked that question, I find myself not being able to answer it properly. I don't have just one favorite book. I have many. Some of those are on my recommended reading list on the left sidebar.

What makes a book to be favored? I can answer that for myself, but feel free to add your comments and your thoughts on it.

Favorite books become those you never get tired of reading again and again. Favorite books become those you always recommend to friends, and know they will adore them too. Favorite books become those you remember the plot and little details about it.

What are some of your favorite books? And what makes a book become a favorite?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Reading on the metro

A couple of days ago I was on the metro, and, as always, I had my book with me to read.. I had at least 20 minutes of a metro ride to go for some business, and another 20 minutes to get back home.

So, I find a seat and start reading. Sometimes I can't find a seat, and I read standing up, if the train is not packed with people.

The metro, though, arrived at my station before I could finish my chapter. But I want to finish that chapter!!! I get out, stay on the platform, either standing or sitting on the benches, and finish my chapter. Then I go about my business.

The image is "Northeast Train at Dusk" by Sally Storch, oil on canvas, 2005.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A few general things about this blog...

There are a few things, I need to explain to my readers, before proceeding with the next blog posts.
  • First of all, any science posts will be posted on my more sciency type blog, over at Wordpress. The blog is named "The Light Side of Physics and Astronomy", and is currently in construction. However if you want me to write about a science subject, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me in other ways visible on this blog, and I will tackle the subject as best as I can. I am much better suited to physics and astronomy, rather than biology for example.
  • Saturday will be renamed Caturday in this blog. Every Saturday, there will be a post about our wonderful feline friends, their captives (dogs and other animals) and their slaves (humans, or hoomins). Always in relation to cats of course.
  • Occasionally, I will have friends writing something, about a subject they care about, mostly societal concerns, humanism, religion and atheism. Sometimes it will be about life as a minority, be it LGBT or "race". I put "race" in quotes, because I don't believe in "race". We are all humans, of the same species, and there is no such thing as "race".
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  • If you would like me to write about something, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you,

Thursday, November 24, 2016


I have not written anything in my blogs for a while. I don't know if I will restart my blog in Greek, but I will try and write a blog post at least once per week here. I do have a lot of ideas, just need to start putting my thoughts into order (if I can ever do that!).

The thought came to me and I said, maybe start a new blog, but I already have a general blog, where I can write to my heart's content. There is not much sense in making another blog, just to write similar things.

I have also a blog on Wordpress, which I will use for more sciency stuff leaving this one as a general purpose blog. But I'll take care of that later on. I'll put up a link here, later on, when I will have something to add there.

For this one, I am still trying to see what else I want to put here. I removed some buttons, and some lists, as they were obsolete. Most of the links were in people's blogs I was reading, but they have changed, moved, or stopped writing. So, I am in search of new material. And I know just where to start.

I stopped writing for personal reasons. A lot ion my life changed, some for the better and some for the worse. But I will not whine or tire my readers with my own problems. The purpose of this post is just to say to everyone:

"Hello, I am back."