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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #270 on: September 09, 2017, 04:22:12 PM »
Having attended yesterday Nativity Theotokos service in Romania: new calendar, Matins in the morning, great chants, people praying and acting spontaneosly (their faith is definitely vivid), managed to partake the Holy Eucharist.

But the last one with some problems; I had been informed by my priest, his priest friends that had studied in Romania and by my Romanian friend that I should just approach to the Chalice but with a candle in hand  I did so: the priest asked me in Romanian if I had been to confession so I answered  'yes, but in Poland' he said in English that 'here you should confess before' but eventually asked me if I'm Orthodox, he communed me and for the end of the Liturgy during the kissing of the cross said 'God bless you' :)

I've communed in various jurisdictions in various countries but until yesterday I've had only one similar situation and what's more funny in Poland at Warsaw (but not mine ofc) parish at the times I wasn't so "famous" because of my journalist activity among Polish Orthodox ;)
he could have continued the interrogatory : "have you fasted the whole week?" etc . Were you in Moldova?
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #271 on: September 10, 2017, 02:09:19 PM »
Having attended yesterday Nativity Theotokos service in Romania: new calendar, Matins in the morning, great chants, people praying and acting spontaneosly (their faith is definitely vivid), managed to partake the Holy Eucharist.

But the last one with some problems; I had been informed by my priest, his priest friends that had studied in Romania and by my Romanian friend that I should just approach to the Chalice but with a candle in hand  I did so: the priest asked me in Romanian if I had been to confession so I answered  'yes, but in Poland' he said in English that 'here you should confess before' but eventually asked me if I'm Orthodox, he communed me and for the end of the Liturgy during the kissing of the cross said 'God bless you' :)

I've communed in various jurisdictions in various countries but until yesterday I've had only one similar situation and what's more funny in Poland at Warsaw (but not mine ofc) parish at the times I wasn't so "famous" because of my journalist activity among Polish Orthodox ;)
he could have continued the interrogatory : "have you fasted the whole week?" etc . Were you in Moldova?

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No, it was in Brasov.  I'm now on holidays in different places of Romania, but not Moldova region (however, I visited for 2 days this country 4 years ago). I'll try also to commune in Constanta on tge Hoky Cross feast, I hope I won't share a similar story there ;)
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #272 on: September 11, 2017, 12:16:46 AM »
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #273 on: September 12, 2017, 07:03:46 PM »
My cousins helped us a lot during the storm.

Also, the power us back on at my house.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #274 on: September 12, 2017, 07:31:10 PM »
My cousins helped us a lot during the storm.

Also, the power us back on at my house.

Both good news!
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #275 on: September 12, 2017, 09:25:42 PM »
Thanks. :)
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #276 on: September 16, 2017, 05:38:06 PM »
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #277 on: September 16, 2017, 06:21:43 PM »
Hiking with kids & dog in tow (they were slightly less cheered, though).
One of my kids learning to ride a bike in a day.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #278 on: September 16, 2017, 06:37:55 PM »
Scoring a Galactic Rhapsody tee for my son on the very cheap.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #279 on: September 18, 2017, 09:56:06 AM »
Riz Ahmed's Emmy award. \;D/
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #280 on: September 24, 2017, 01:43:23 PM »
Schnapps shots before starting to cook dinner. Handling all the sharp implements became so much more interesting, too.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #281 on: September 25, 2017, 03:22:23 PM »
The things kids say.  I won't share because in the wrong context, it would be insanely insulting.  But, :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #282 on: September 25, 2017, 05:18:10 PM »
Getting back into an old hobby.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #283 on: September 29, 2017, 12:37:53 PM »
Incidents like this.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #284 on: September 29, 2017, 02:05:20 PM »
I went to choir practice and came out of it alive.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #285 on: September 29, 2017, 02:31:40 PM »
I went to choir practice and came out of it alive.

Yay!!   ;D
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #286 on: September 29, 2017, 02:36:34 PM »
The things kids say.  I won't share because in the wrong context, it would be insanely insulting.  But, :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

My little cousin is now a 8 year old boy,  one of my favorite things to do with him are those Madlibs books because 8 year old boy humour still amuses me and makes his mom angry.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #287 on: September 29, 2017, 03:01:02 PM »
The things kids say.  I won't share because in the wrong context, it would be insanely insulting.  But, :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

My little cousin is now a 8 year old boy,  one of my favorite things to do with him are those Madlibs books because 8 year old boy humour still amuses me and makes his mom angry.

 ;D  She's supposed to be; it's part of the job description.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #288 on: September 29, 2017, 04:09:45 PM »
The things kids say.  I won't share because in the wrong context, it would be insanely insulting.  But, :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

My little cousin is now a 8 year old boy,  one of my favorite things to do with him are those Madlibs books because 8 year old boy humour still amuses me and makes his mom angry.

 ;D  She's supposed to be; it's part of the job description.

It's one of those strange conundrums for me between the joys of experiencing the highs of getting a rise out of my little cousin while annoying my cousin (the mom of little cousin) or experiencing the crushing lows of experiencing "mom death stare".

My General disposition is to "let future William worry about consequences", so most of heavenly highs are followed by hellish lows.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #289 on: October 01, 2017, 09:37:52 AM »
 :laugh: :laugh:  Mine's more stern than deadly; maybe I need to work on that.


Another cheering thing: technology.  Illness has kept us home, and I can just stream DL (this one in particular is in DC).  My boys were rapt for a while there.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #290 on: October 05, 2017, 10:25:40 AM »
Getting the greatest conversations from unexpected people I've known superficially for a long time.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #291 on: October 17, 2017, 09:42:30 AM »
Seeing nearly as many toddlers in church as adults.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #292 on: October 17, 2017, 10:00:30 AM »
Seeing nearly as many toddlers in church as adults.

Oh man, not me...those little logismoi disturb my hesychia. 
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #293 on: October 17, 2017, 09:58:07 PM »
I read that Harley Davidson's business is going south. I mean, they're not dead yet, but it's still enough to cheer me up, ya know?

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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #294 on: October 21, 2017, 04:17:50 PM »
An author I know relatively well over FB offered to write 'how I would introduce you as a character into a novel' blurbs for anyone on their friendlist who dared to ask for one... and I absolutely love what they did with me. ;D
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #295 on: November 01, 2017, 11:38:48 PM »
Just enjoying feeling well, in two ways. First, psychically well over the long term, week to week and month to month. I've felt like that for, I dunno, a year maybe, and it's the first time I've experienced it in my life. Second, just feeling well in a very this-exact-moment sense. When you're sick you think to yourself that you'd give anything just to feel 'normal' right then--happy would be a bonus, you just wish you were at even. I've been thinking about this more and more lately; like right now, as I type this... hey, no physical pain, no depression, no anxiety, what a great feeling to simply not be experiencing distress at the moment. Could change 2 minutes from now*, but for this moment at least I'm grateful!


*though as I said with the first one, it's been going well long term as well
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #296 on: December 06, 2017, 11:28:04 AM »
Realising, after the postman had been today, that we officially have one of each Hogwarts House in this household.

Let the House wars... er, Cup... roll!
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #297 on: December 16, 2017, 07:00:51 AM »
Today's Liturgy at my parish was complety sung (except the Gospel melody) in... znamienny chant. It's been something unexpected. The choir director and psalmist have gone to another parish to chant at Romanian Liturgy (done 1-2 a year in the metropolitan cathedral in Warsaw) and a guy from the seminary, that loves znamienny chant, came to our parish, and he was singing alone.
Since I don't like obikhod, it's been a nice surprise (I'm not sure about other people - quite a lot of them have come as Nativity is approaching).
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #298 on: December 16, 2017, 04:15:23 PM »
An author I know relatively well over FB offered to write 'how I would introduce you as a character into a novel' blurbs for anyone on their friendlist who dared to ask for one... and I absolutely love what they did with me. ;D

You left out the important bit ...
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #299 on: December 16, 2017, 04:16:05 PM »
Just enjoying feeling well, in two ways. First, psychically well over the long term, week to week and month to month. I've felt like that for, I dunno, a year maybe, and it's the first time I've experienced it in my life. Second, just feeling well in a very this-exact-moment sense. When you're sick you think to yourself that you'd give anything just to feel 'normal' right then--happy would be a bonus, you just wish you were at even. I've been thinking about this more and more lately; like right now, as I type this... hey, no physical pain, no depression, no anxiety, what a great feeling to simply not be experiencing distress at the moment. Could change 2 minutes from now*, but for this moment at least I'm grateful!


*though as I said with the first one, it's been going well long term as well

So glad for your moment of health.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #300 on: December 16, 2017, 04:22:21 PM »
An author I know relatively well over FB offered to write 'how I would introduce you as a character into a novel' blurbs for anyone on their friendlist who dared to ask for one... and I absolutely love what they did with me. ;D

You left out the important bit ...

I don't have permission to share that with the whole internet, so...
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #301 on: December 16, 2017, 05:28:09 PM »
Discovering new music on my Spotify. :)
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #302 on: December 17, 2017, 06:42:08 PM »
Rocking babies.   ;D
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #303 on: December 18, 2017, 07:48:47 AM »
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #304 on: December 21, 2017, 11:42:05 AM »
It's almost time to log into yet another year's solstice cyber-party. I hope everyone makes it; there's a couple of other regulars that I haven't seen since this time last year.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #305 on: December 23, 2017, 11:41:43 AM »
Both cheering and frazzling: baking with my three "babies." 
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« Reply #306 on: January 02, 2018, 03:00:34 PM »
Shopping the Goodwill Outlet. Something about it, I just thoroughly enjoy it.
I think it may have something to do with the season, maybe a lot of people donate stuff they don't want to the Goodwill just after Christmas. Today I walked out with 10.5 pounds of clothing, which I payed a total of $16.17USD ($1.54USD/lb.) for. It's a double discount, because I might have paid $50USD at a retail Goodwill store for the same stuff.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #307 on: January 14, 2018, 05:17:33 PM »
Hearing my cats running around upstairs.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #308 on: January 17, 2018, 06:59:00 AM »
I love it SO HARD when bands bother to re-record old material to showcase their new singers.
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Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Reply #309 on: January 19, 2018, 04:47:29 PM »
Painted walls, installed light fixtures, and a newly shortened to do list.   ;D
Is any of the above Orthodox?  I have no clue, so there's that.