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Anniversaries

Somehow, without my seeing it happen, an entire year has passed since I made my first LJ post.  I hit the one-year mark earlier this month, in fact, but the date slipped by me (as did my parents' 61st wedding anniversary, which they celebrated two days later).  If my sister happens to read this post, she can confirm that I'm someone who always remembers to send cards (holiday cards, birthday cards, anniversary cards, get-well cards, sympathy cards ... you name an occasion and I probably have an appropriate card tucked away in my desk).  So, for me to not only forget to send an anniversary card to my folks, but to even forget the date ... well, something about this year is clearly different than last.

The biggest thing that's happened in my life between November 2004 and November 2005 is LJ.  Sure, there's more pressure at work this autumn since my whole department is preparing for a visit by the banking regulators in two months, but I can't really blame the forgotten parental anniversary on that.  In fact, to be brutally honest, I'm actually spending less of my work day on work now than I used to.  Somewhat unfocused, you suggest?  Well, yes, there's no other word for it.  Nope, it all comes down to LJ.  And I have no complaints at all.

Thanks to LJ, I've become friends with a whole host of clever, funny, generous, impassioned, snarky, talented, thoughtful, witty, wonderful people living all over the world.  Thanks to them, I've:

  • Enjoyed good conversation (real and online);
  • Been introduced to new and exotic foods (Tim Tams!, Dragibus!);
  • Added the works of previously-unknown authors to my already-crowded bookshelves (René Barjavel, Flann O'Brien, David Sedaris);
  • Started to learn about French popular music, and gotten pointers on the British music scene;
  • Been introduced to a couple of foreign-language films new to me (which, regrettably, I'm still trying to play)  *time out to rant about the PAL vs NTSC problem*;
  • Had the fannish addiction which brought me to LJ in the first place (Oz) nurtured by all the wonderful stories that have been and continue to be written by many of the people on my flist;
  • Fallen head over heels in love with a new fandom involving a Mountie, a wolf, and two men called Ray;
  • Been coaxed with talk (and fic) into agreeing to try still another fandom (Blakes7) which, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, is still waiting in the wings;
  • Been introduced to some brilliant original fic (and if you haven't read manna's "The Administration" series, or  alinewrites's "My American Friend" and "Le Sauveur" you don't know what you're missing, and while you're at it you should also read Aline's "My Life as a Foreign Country," which is going to bleed into "My American Friend");
  • Met  one LJ friend in person when she came to visit this past summer, and have hopes of meeting at least two more before my next LJ anniversary rolls around;
  • Finally found a purpose for all the reading I do in the areas of international news and politics (*waves to Tavi and Jenni*)

So, whether you're reading this in Australia, Brazil, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Ukraine, or the U.S. (and if I've forgotten anyone, please let me know), I just want to thank you for making my life so rich.

*hugs and kisses to you all*

Comments

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msdaccxx
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary! I never remember mine
aswanargent
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
Mine's really pretty easy to remember. I think I did my first post the day after the presidential election last year. I remember being horribly depressed at the outcome (and looks like I had good reason to be, doesn't it?). Did you notice one or two hidden references to yourself in this one?

When do you head back to Dublin, and will you be at the old address?
msdaccxx
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
I should be back in Dublin around the 1st/2nd December. Not looking forward to it, especially.

How have you gotten on with Flann O'Brien
aswanargent
Nov. 15th, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
I haven't actually managed to start the book yet. It's all I can do at the moment to get through the Financial Times and New York Times every day, and then go back and clip any articles that might be useful for worldaffairs. I've got to devise some sort of filing system so that if I need to refer to something concerning the developing Syria story I'm not having to dig through all the German grand coalition stories to find it, lol.

What's going on regarding the move back to Ireland? (I haven't seen my flist in two days, so maybe you've said and I've just missed it.) You seemed so certain that this was what you wanted to do (you'd certainly thought it out and talked to people about it), but now it sounds as though your mood's changed.
msdaccxx
Nov. 15th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
If I didn't have compelling reasons to be back in Dublin, I wouldn't be going. Simple homesickness is to be expected and I would have just worked past that and stuck it out for the year if it weren't for my dad and my friend in Dublin and the problems they are having right now. London is far from perfect in many respects, but I have good friends here and the cultural opportunities are second to none. It's not something Dublin or, indeed, most cities could even hope to compete with.

Going back to live in Dublin in the short-to-medium term will give me an opportunity to compare the two cities and how certain aspects of my life differ between the two. In a few months, I'll know which way the wind is blowing and where I should be on a long-term basis. It's not just a choice of cities to consider, but how I plan to live. Increasingly, my friends in Dublin are settling down, buying property, becoming more preoccupied with their domestic concerns and the like. Acting like grownups, in other words. And it seems to make them happy - that, or they don't think too much about it.

Over the last few years, I've given myself more than a few headaches trying to figure out why I just don't seem to care enough about those things. I put it down to immaturity, to irresponsibility, to all sorts of things, but I begin to believe that's just not true. For example, I'm a qualified professional, working at managerial level, financially independant and fiscally prudent. I'm concerned with living an ethical life, particularly with regard to matters of environmental sustainability. I am culturally and politically engaged. Nothing immature or irresponsible about that. It's just that the things that seem to matter to many of my contemporaries in Dublin don't seem to matter to me anymore. I can't get excited about property, I would never own a car; possessions (apart from cultural artifacts, like books and music) don't really matter to me; I have no desire for children; I have become steadily less interested in professional advancement, if all it means is investing more of myself in work, more money not being a huge concern of mine..

So, I don't know. Dublin and London seem to represent two ways of living at the moment and it would seem I'm increasingly more inclined towards the lifestyle represented by London - heavy on the cultural engagement, light on the financial security. But it would be hard work, bloody hard work, with none of the stability enjoyed by my friends in Dublin. An irregular, precarious life. So, we shall see. Basically, if Dublin bores me rigid these coming months, you may well see my boxes being packed up again. Or maybe I'll flog it all on eBay and just take a suitcase.
catheights
Nov. 14th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
aswanargent
Nov. 16th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cat! You're one of the people who makes LJ special.
maggie33
Nov. 15th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Hon, it's been such a pleasure to meet you and know you and talk to you. I wish you another happy year and then another one and so on. :)
aswanargent
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
The same right back at you, Maggie. Btw, there's another Matthew Bourne fan living in your part of the world. She's jenni_snake, and is living in Kiev (she'll say Kyiv) at the moment. You should go over to her LJ and introduce yourself sometime. (Tell her I sent you.)

:-)
maggie33
Nov. 17th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Oh, interesting. Is she Russian or just lives there? I'll check her LJ on weekend. Thanks.
aswanargent
Nov. 17th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
She's Canadian, and just living there for now.
adrianabr
Nov. 15th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
LJ is a blessing in people's lives, it's a pity I'm not having enough time to enjoy it recently. Anyway happy anniversary!
aswanargent
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Adriana! I know exactly what you mean about not enough time to enjoy LJ. If only we were independently wealthy and didn't have to work for a living, right?
jenni_snake
Nov. 16th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Happy Anniversary! Oops on the missing of the parent's anniversary, though! I'm horrible at dates - I think I know two of my friends' birthdays, and one friend I know it's sometime-usually-during-passover (ever eat an unleavened birthday cake? though mozza crackers make excellent party snack food!) and here I am just rambling, but that's what I love about LJ, the ability to ramble, and wanted to say am very glad you wandered over to a certain community and I got the chance to meet you, and now I'm going to a) go try to find that comment that someone said a certain German Kanzler left her/him (this is getting confusing) and b) go research the Syria situation...
aswanargent
Nov. 16th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
What comment? Are you talking about Gerd? Angie's only done the birthday post so far.

Btw, if you look at the earlier comments to this post, you'll see maggie33. I just told her she should go over to your LJ and introduce herself. She's in your part of the world (Warsaw), and she's a Matthew Bourne fan. :-)

An unleavened birthday cake? Nope, can't say I have.

And I haven't forgotten that you want to know how I found my way to that "certain community". The story is out there somewhere (it must be either on D's lj or on WA, because if it were part of a comment thread on Vlad's lj you'd have seen it), but I'll repeat it for you
as soon as I have a free minute (which may take a while, so be patient).
jenni_snake
Nov. 18th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
What birthday post? That's what I'm trying to find...
aswanargent
Nov. 18th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Look here: iam_angelam.
french_hobbit
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
Bon anniversaire LJ de mon cygne préféré !

Only one year?!! it's like I've known you forever! *hugs*
aswanargent
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
You're so sweet! And it's really only Aline and one or two other people that I've known for a full year; everyone else came in fits and starts after the LJ was set up. I actually think I first noticed you through your comments in Aline's LJ, and then I started seeing you in other places as well. :-)
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