Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unhappy Christmas

Yep! You've read it right.
Some people don't like this time of the year, Period.
You don't have to be happy.
We have the right not to be happy on Christmas. The idea of a family united and happy looks like science fiction or a Seventh Heaven episode to you?
You're not alone.
Are you alone? You are not alone.
Let yourself go, relax and join the club.


Gianna said...

this is lovely...
thank you!

Ana said...

I'm glad you've liked!

Gianna said...

well, you're real...and that's refreshing at this time of year...

I hate Christmas..

though I feel no need to be unhappy about it...I just try to avoid it altogether...

Ana said...

I do my best not even to go out.
Just the sight of the ornaments, the lights the neighbors...
I believe that these people are crazy!

Isn't it hysterical?
Poor baby Jesus!

susan said...



Is that my friend Nell??

Ana said...

You have already seen Nell.
I'll upload another picture tomorrow.
Are you fine?

Katharine said...

Excellent post. You don't have to be happy - AMEN!


Ana said...

Thank you for joining the club!

Stan said...

Dear Ana:

Just wanted to pop in and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. You are a very special person on a personal journey that will open countless sleeping eyes and minds to the reality of mental health in these trying times. May you always be blessed with the warm and caring heart you show here on this blog.

You’re Bloggery Pal,

Ana said...

Thank you Stan!
It means a lot to me and that's what keeps me going!

Anonymous said...

Ana, I tried to keep my expectation low, but got into a severe bout of depression anyway. I will have to try hard to take your advice next year. Perhaps a New Year's resolution to avoid stress, depression, or Christmas in 2009 would work for me.

Ana said...

I went to your blog yesterday but my computer frozen.
This time of the year is really hard for everyone.
I'm very sorry you felt depressed.
I really hope you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Ana, yes I'm feeling better. Good enough to help you fix your computer anyway. This isn't the first time I saw you write in a comment that your computer froze up.

Do you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox? If you're having freeze-ups with Internet Explorer, you should try Firefox. Free download, open source software, no spyware. I've been using it for 3 or 4 years and I always install it when I fix someone's computer.

If that doesn't do it, let me know. I can do amazing things over the Internet with a remote connection.

Ana said...

I use Firefox.
The problem is that my computer is old.
I use Windows 2000 it's just like Windows 98.
It's slow, the speakers don't work and plenty problems you must know.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do know. But it's the software. A friend of mine once told when you use Windows95 you have to reformat and re-install every 3 - 6 months to keep it running well.

With Windows 2000, your computer shouldn't freeze. Depending on your processor speed and RAM, your computer may run slow, but Windows is well-known for slowing down and getting buggy the longer it's been on a computer. If you have a Windows 2000 installation CD, I'd recommend backing up your documents, email and bookmarks, reformatting and re-installing Windows.


I stopped using Windows 5 years ago. I've been using Slackware Linux ever since.

Linux is touted as being more stable and more secure than Windows, unfortunately it's not as user-friendly.

But it's also free. There are many different Linux distributions and Slackware is one of the harder ones for newbies, so I wouldn't recommend that one as a starter.

There's actually a small Linux distribution you can run from a CD, called Puppy Linux. It's so small it can run from RAM if you have enough RAM, otherwise it will run from the CD.

Puppy isn't a permanent solution, but it's one way to "preview" what a Linux distro looks and feels like without having to reformat and erase your hard drive. Once booted with the Puppy Live CD, it's actually not just a simple preview, it's fully functional. Bigger distributions have more applications, but otherwise Puppy comes with some graphics software, Internet software, etc.

There are other Linux distros that allow you to resize your Windows partition. What that means is if you have a 40 Gig hard drive with Windows on it, you could partition it (using software) so it would have two partitions, 20/20, 10/30, etc...

Then you can keep Windows on partition, install Linux on the other. When you boot your computer, you can select which Operating System to boot to.

So next time if you're bored, I'd suggest downloading the Puppy Linux iso file and burning it to a CD. (I haven't had good luck running it from a USB stick yet but I think my computer BIOS is a little too old).

Do you have a CD burner?

Ana said...

Thank you Andy.
This computer is very old and some components are not working anymore.
It's not only a software problem.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... sounds like I rushed to a diagnosis...

Ana said...

I don't understand why you all don't listen to your patients! Can't you see you...
Sounds like I'm a little obsessed.

Anonymous said...

Seems like you caught my little bit of irony. Good. :)

Ana said...

I usually have a good of humor. It's a life savior.
I guess I have to stop thinking about side effects.
Just feel them and try to focus on something else.