Some people on the internet seem so happy, I can hardly stand it. I can't really complain, though, I've been plenty happy lately, not in the least because I started taking iron supplements and am feeling best I've felt in years. Or because of our new hot tub which is a godsend, or because I finally located my perfect lipstick. Naturally it's been discontinued a decade ago - YSL Rouge Personnel no.12 'Arrogant Raspberry' - so I managed to find it in one online pharmacy that happens to be in Switzerland and it cost me 67 euro to get it shipped over. Yikes.

Like I said, I really can't complain about my personal happiness. But I can complain about the ridiculous number of ads some bloggers put on their websites. Over the past few months, I've seen a couple of my favourite sites descend into a pop-up trash ad fireworks, the ads are embedded in videos, offsetting the page margins, pages are jumping all over the place.

This consumerist culture depresses me.



This is Guča Festival. Its held in a Serbian town of Guča, very close to my grandfather's old village. I grew up listening to this. Watching it, I can't help but wonder if this is what the End of the World looks like.

Considering what these people survived through the ages, up until and including the terrible floods that are affecting the Balkans at the moment, this is what happy to be alive sounds like. To me, at least.

I don't know whether there'll be a festival in Guča this year.

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wall clock

Today's the first day that feels like a new season. I find January to be a bit of a depressed and deflated continuation of December, while what I look for in my new year is a sense of fresh new beginnings, awakening and inflated sense of purpose.

It's all creativity and moving on on our end, settling into a new place (and space) and tiding up business in the old. Also, the last of the family visits will be over this coming weekend. I love to see everybody, but when you have  a full month and a half of that, and all the holiday celebrations, you run out of ideas what to cook.

I just bought a wall clock before New Year, only to discover they do wall clocks now on Society6. Damn. I really liked this one:

It's one of the first photos I took with my first dSLR camera I think in 2007. It's one of those photos that turned out absolutely perfect, and today, because of its abstract nature, makes the best merchandise. It's nice to look back now on the collection of art I've made over the past few years. It all happened spontaneously and I'm glad it did.

Here's a few others, I'm really happy with them: