This morning I unwrapped my chintzy Trader Joe’s advent calendar, located the 1, and carefully pulled back the tiny cardboard door. Inside was a sliver of candy, chocolate in persuasion, stamped with some sort of festive adornment. An angel? A flower? Hard to say. This is the first advent calendar I have ever purchased for myself. Growing up there was always one on the mantel and my brother and I alternated days. Always before school, backpacks dragging and puffy winter coats askew, leaning on each other to see what each date held inside. Usually it was a paper calendar, each door hiding a picture or cartoon, perforations that had to be cracked with a skilled fingernail. One year there was a splurge, a wooden calendar with little drawers and tiny ornaments inside. Christmas is a very good time.
Leslie Harpold’s advent calendar was one of my favorite things about the Internet, and December 1st is the day I miss it most fiercely. Today though I decided it could be different, we could have a version. The Wayback Machine captured the calendar archive in pieces, and some pieces are clearer than others, so, I’ve mixed and matched and I don’t know, let’s call it a quilt. A patchwork waybackmachine Leslie Harpold advent calendar. Don’t open it all at once. Make sure to give your little brother a turn. Merry Christmas.
“Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don’t want to do. If I lose, I’m one step closer to ruining my entire life. And I never know whether I’m going to win or lose until the last second.”—Allison Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. (via steelydamned)
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What she means:space: the final frontier. these are the voyages of the starship enterprise. her five year mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilization, to boldly go where no one has gone before.