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Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox

Well, really tomorrow... but I thought I'd say something tonight. *laughs*

We had a great "Lunar New Year" snack time at church today. All the moms who have adopted Asian kids get together and do this thing and for the last few years, they dragged me in on it because "You're Asian, you should know what we're supposed to do!" But after five years of this, we have our traditions now, and the things that each of us does and the things that the moms now do for their kids, since some of them are Korean instead of Chinese. And, hey, every one loves wasabi peas! Ahem.



So, yeah, it's very American. *giggles* And I mean that as a compliment. All kinds of things that we all just like that are associated with being Asian. Shrimp chips, almond cookies, durian New Years cakes, nien gao (sticky rice cake with red bean paste), egg rolls, sweetened lotus seeds, wasabi peas, rice cracker mix, all making a veritable feast. There were a few ladies saying, "It's *lunch*, not a snack!"

Year of the Ox isn't for us Rabbits. It's usually a hardworking, brute-force kind of year, whereas us Rabbits like things a bit more... artistic and elegant. But it'll be an interesting year, all in all, so all the Chinese horoscopes say it's our year for not slacking and not getting too uppity, out of the spotlight or else we'll be the nail that gets hammered. Amusingly enough, that kind of fits me at the moment... and my life. I just have to brute force the writing thing. Just get my head down and do it. Nothing more tricky or elegant than putting one word after another.

I also got a commission from a local artist to help her organize and clean up her computer (AND BACK IT UP!) (ahem, she said she'd NEVER backed it up... and I nearly had a heart attack, yes, YOU! BACK UP YOUR MACHINE. I do it every New Years, just so I don't lose everything in one fell swoop) and then go back a few more times to make sure she keeps it clean and useful. That'll be interesting work, especially since she now trusts me to understand her right-brain thinking of how to do things. I'm not "just" a computer person any more... she trusts me as an artist as well. That's... enlightening for me.

It'll be an interesting job.

Spent the afternoon just kind of listening for screams as Jet had two friends over and they all played just fine together. Upstairs, with Jet's Big Bag of Paper Airplanes, outside, and then in the basement with the eyetoy and Lego Star Wars. So they jumped and banged about and had a great time, and I bundled up to go out with them and they decided there wasn't enough snow to sled. So they just ran around pelting each other with snow.

Colorado snow is a little pathetic for playing in, as it's always powder snow. Great for skiing in, terrible for packing together, so they just get big POOFS when they throw handfuls of powder at each other. *laughs*

Dinner was Noodles and Company and I went next door to Wahoo's and got a Kahlua bowl, roast pork on rice and black beans with salsa and teriyaki sauce. Talk about fusion. Ahem. It was tasty, though, and pork (digging forward rather than scratching back like a chicken) is good for New Years. *laughs*

Hope I actually remember my dream tonight...

Hope everyone has a good New Year.
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*grins* should be a good year for me ... hopefully ... or do people typically do badly in their own years??

either way, sounds like you had a good day.
People typically do well in their own years. *grins* You should be just fine. *grins*

I do!
Happy New Year!

The forecast which my friend sent from her astrologer in Singapore says this particular year won't be that bad for Rabbits as long as they aren't greedy (but that goes for everyone, right?) and don't put too much faith in colleagues. If Rabbits feel lonely and left out this year, it won't be because of willful negligence on the part of friends; so there is a caution not to feel too sensitive about being slighted. Also, healthy eating and exercise are crucial (but you are very aware of that and seem to look after yourself anyway.) Otherwise, it looks like a very stable year with lots of opportunities which those born in 1963 and 1975 should pursue if they feel so inclined.
Heh. So true...

And, yeah, that all lines up, just a different slant on it... that we Cats/Rabbits shouldn't try *too* hard to get rich and that we shouldn't expect to be in the limelight, i.e. have a lot of folks be able to pay attention. *laughs*

I love your friend's astrologer's take on it, that it isn't really negligence on the part of friends, they're just busy... and to not be slighted. That'll be a good thing for me to remember anyway...

Ooo... cool about the crucial parts. I have to watch it because of my other health issues, anyway, so it's good to know that it'll be useful as well. I like stable years with opportunities that aren't *too* gaudy. That'll be just fine by me.

THANK YOU! I appreciate the additional information! *grins*
I think that this is the first time I've ever seen the word "pathetic" applied to Colorado snow. You've got a good point, though, especially when compared to playing in Cascade Concrete. Now *that's* snow that leaves an impression.

I have a friend who just lost quite a lot of work on her partner's laptop. It seems that he didn't BACK IT UP! before it was stolen. Sigh.

Happy New Year!
Impression/Bruises... same thing. *laughs and laughs*

Yes. It doesn't *build* well. *giggles*

Awww... that *is* sad about the lost work. *sigh* I think it's just that I've lost so *many* computers in the line of work... that it's ingrained in me to do the darned backup, because it's saved my life so many times. *laughs*

Although I'll admit to feeling a bit of overkill when I have my finished writing on four different sites, now.
oooh! i want gau! with sesame seeds sprinkled all over it to make it kind of crunchy....

i'll have to search around and see what kind of a year it's going to be for boars!
Oh, yeah... that's the best part. Especially given how much butter this recipe had. *laughs* made the sesame seeds nice and toasty. *happy*

It's funny as Mom told me it was traditional to make it for New Years, but I never remember having it for new years until this go around with the Moms. I must have been like Jet, ew! *giggles*
Happy New Year to you! I'm a bit late I but I understand its supposed to last 15 days. XD

It warms my heart to hear about the families that have adopted Asians getting together. My sister was adopted from a Hong Kong orphanage and I don't think she met another Asian till she was adult. Well that may be an exaggeration but any she met would have been as strange to her as she was to them. Hell coming in contact with any other adopted children (aside from her brother who was not Asian) would have been a very good thing.
It does!! *grins* It's a good thing. Happy New Year to you and yours as well! I hope it's a good one for you.

Yeah... there's a lot of support around here for people adopting kids, especially the Chinese kids, there's actually weekly play dates, things that a big organization does, and they do cultural things together and there are Chinese classes and cooking classes for the moms. Friday night there's going to be a huge gathering at a restaurant that does the Dragon Dance thing! Should be a dozen families or so...

Yeah, it would be really hard to not have any contact with others like you.

Though... I dunno... it's interesting the kinds of balance that have to be drawn between being oneself and American and that 'cultural heritage' thing... I don't think of myself as *being* Chinese. But... I am obviously descended from those bloodlines. It's a little weird, sometimes when people go "Where are you from?" and I say, "I was born in Ohio." and they repeat, "No no... where are you *from*?"

Whereas there's an Irishman who came from Ireland only two years ago, and when he goes back, all the folks there now call him a Yank, because, for them, he's no longer Irish.

Just as if I went back to China, I'd *be* American to them, nothing even remotely Chinese. *grins* Still... yeah, there's something about linking back...

I think i'm a Rat. I wonder what this year means for me. :D

We have had crap snow all year except for that very first one. *shit* I knew not letting the kids stay up and make snowmen that very first perfect snowfall was going to come back and bite me. It's been over a month since the kids really got to play in the snow. It's been a frustrating winter. Tons of snow but too dry and much too cold to ever enjoy it. *sighs*

Happy New Year!!! *crosses fingers* for a good one. :D
*giggles* You should look around.

Dang about the snow. That's kind of sad... ours has been that cold crumbly stuff, too, but our biggest snowfalls are in the spring, so there should be a few good ones then.

Happy New Year to you, too! Hope it's a great one.