Friday, January 16, 2009

New Year's

Well, I didn't have much of a New Year's this year. We were in the hospital with my Dad, of course, and that's just not a place conducive to a New Year's celebration. I loved Roz's post about her New Year's ritual, only, obviously I couldn't do that on January 1st. But I can do it on Chinese New Year's, so that's my plan.

I'm getting really excited about the whole thing.

For Chinese New Year's - as I understand it - there's a lot of preparation involving cleaning your house, paying off debts, cooking ritual foods, a LOT of red and orange, and visiting friends. On top of that, I want to do the things that make me happy and that I love, a list that is not unlike Roz's: art, bookbinding, music, cooking, walking, dancing, exercising, and spending time with cats and friends. Oh, and seeing if I can find a Dragon Dance somewhere in Austin.

It's the year of the Brown Cow, BTW, which is supposedly a sign of stability, and I think many of us will appreciate that! So I'm making my list, balancing my checkbook, organizing my clutter and thinking in red and orange...


Amy in Austin said...

Wow, sounds like a fun lunar New Year. I asked the proprietors of the neighborhood sushi restaurant if they celebrated lunar New Year (because I think they are Chinese, but don't know - so didn't want to offend with "Chinese" New Year). They replied that usually, they are working. BTW, there's a report about this on NPR this evening that just came on. Talk about serendipity. Anyway, back to the other story, I mentioned I'd like to celebrate it and they said they'd call me if they had a party. Here's hoping!

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