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Friday, January 31, 2014

I just had to wish every a Happy New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year that is.

This is what I learned on NPR this morning: today, January 31st, is the first day of the 2014 Chinese New Year in China's time zone which I think was actually somewhere around 11:30pm last night for us but you get the picture.

So if your old New Year’s Resolutions are not going so great, here is the perfect opportunity to start anew. I’m not big into New Year’s Resolutions myself, but everyone likes bright shiny new beginnings, right?

And if you are speeding along like a juggernaut with your health, fitness and life improvements, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate those things!

2014 is the year of Horse.

Here is what says about this bright shiny new year before you (grammatical issues and all - try reading this with a Chinese accent, it works better) -

“Horse is one of Chinese favorite animals. Horse provides people quick transportation before automobiles, so people can quickly reach their destinations. Horse even can help people to win the battle. Therefore Horse is a symbol of traveling, competition and victory. That's why Horse is connected to speedy success in China.”

How awesome is that? I read it again. Knock me over with a feather, but this is the year we are all primed to:

Quickly reach our destinations.

We are gonna get some help to win our battles.

We are primed for travel, competition and victory.

And let’s not forget about all that speedy success we are in for.

I’m liking the Chinese New Year even better than our own January 1st thing. All we get year after year is a bunch of cold, drunk people in Times Square.

I looked to see what a few other sites had to say about our bright shiny Chinese New Year….

Here is what Susan Levitt, has to say about it:

“In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. Magical Horse has supernatural powers, is heroic, strong, and can even fly! A white celestial cloud Horse is sacred to the Chinese Goddess Kwan Yin. Her white Horse flies through the heavens, bringing peace and blessings. Horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to the power and strength of the Horse.”

I don’t about you, but my first thought was that a flying horse would rain down more than peace and blessings, but I’ll just have my magical pooper scooper with me when I’m out and about and take what I can get.

Then I found out everyone is born under the sign of an animal. I crossed my fingers and hoped mine was something good.

What Chinese animal sign are you?

Year of the Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) – Rat people are popular, inventive and artistic.

Year of the Ox (1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) – Ox people are dependable and calm. They are good listeners and have strong ideas.

Year of the Tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) – Tiger people are brave and respected by others.

Year of the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) – Rabbit people are talkative, trustworthy and a pleasure to be around.

Year of the Dragon (1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) – Dragon people are healthy and energetic. They are good friends and good listeners.

Year of the Snake (1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) – Snake people are cultured, have good taste and are lucky with money.

Year of the Horse (1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) – Horse people are popular, cheerful, friendly and hardworking.

Year of the Goat (1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003) – Goat people are artistic, curious, wise and like nice things.

Year of the Monkey (1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) – Monkey people are funny and are good problem solvers.

Year of the Rooster (1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005) – Rooster people are talented, hardworking and think deeply.

Year of the Dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) – Dog people are loyal and trustworthy but can worry too much.

Year of the Pig (1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2006) – Pig people are studious, honest and brave and always see tasks through to the end.

Good Grief…I’m a Goat!

Oh, well I’m gonna own it because that only makes sense. I am a most stubborn creature. And I like all my purported attributes. However I thought “Likes nice things” was kind of vague and a pretty universal thing. I can’t imagine many people thinking, “Boy, that car looks really $hitty. Think I’ll buy it."

Got to wrap this up and run (figuratively and literally) Got to whip my inner goat into looking more like a fine thorough bred by the end of this most auspicious year.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GEORGE815 3/18/2014 7:15PM

    Hope 2014 is working well for you.

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MAMA_CD 3/10/2014 5:13AM

    Rooster, maybe that's why I'm always up before my household.

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DIANNEMT 2/23/2014 5:46PM

    Every day is a new chance to start over!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/13/2014 8:39AM

    Cute :)

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MARYJEANSL 2/10/2014 7:01PM

  Naturally, I am a dog. Not something I want to emphasize, especially to my kids. ;-)

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HAPPYMENOW58 2/4/2014 1:38PM

    Very cute! And informational! Thank you! Happy New Year!!

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NEWTINK 2/3/2014 9:47AM

    Lol I am a dog but well if you got to be something then i suppose you could be worst than a dog . However all jokes aside the description pretty much fits me to a tee. Thank you for sharing .

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MSEMBERSTORM 2/2/2014 6:02PM

    Loved the info! Looking forward to year of the horse!

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    Seriously?? Good grief, how old are you? I'm a goat too ... of the 1967 variety. :D

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SALAM4545 2/2/2014 4:09PM

    emoticon This was fun! How nice to think there is another chance to celebrate new year!

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/2/2014 2:51PM

    I was born in the Year of the Pig.
Pig people are studious,(yes that's me) honest and brave (ah gosh I guess) and always see tasks through to the end Not always on the first attempt). If you get tired of liking nice things, we could trade for a week.

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JANEMARIE77 2/2/2014 2:26PM

    wonderful what fun thank you

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MRSRIGS1 2/2/2014 12:42PM

    I'm a dog and description fits me to the letter! Wow!

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SUSIEMT 2/2/2014 12:41PM

    Good info! Thanks!

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123ELAINE456 2/2/2014 5:09AM

  Awesome Blog!!! I'm a Goat!!!

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BLUEJEAN99 2/2/2014 1:36AM

    I am a emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 2/1/2014 11:17PM

    Dragon...working on my health!

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ROCKYCPA 2/1/2014 10:31PM

    Thanks for the info - I'm a snake!

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LINDA! 2/1/2014 10:21PM

    I am a goat!!! emoticon

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CLAYARTIST 2/1/2014 9:30PM


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JSEATTLE 2/1/2014 9:19PM

  I heard that on NPR too. I am a RAT! Thank you for your informative and fun post.

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IAMSODONE 2/1/2014 6:50PM


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LCRUMLEY81 2/1/2014 5:08PM

  Happy Chinese New Year

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CORNERKICK 2/1/2014 3:45PM


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2ABBYNORMAL 2/1/2014 3:15PM

    I saw on my calendar that the day indicated Chinese New Year. I was curious about it but didn't have the time to look it up.
So I was pleasantly surprised and pleased that your blog is featured in the Featured Member Blog and I checked this out. Congratulations on this, by the way!
You gave me the history I was looking for. It must have been fate!
I am also a Goat. I love your thought “Likes nice things” was kind of vague and a pretty universal thing. I can’t imagine many people thinking, “Boy, that car looks really $hitty. Think I’ll buy it." I agree.
Goat sure was right on about curious. Mention something I don't understand and you'll get bombarded with questions beginning the conversation with: I'm just curious...
I love the flying horse.
I also have a pooper scooper and there is nothing magical about that. I know what I'm going to get. emoticon
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BIGPAWSUP 2/1/2014 3:11PM

    I'm a metal pig and I love it!!

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NONNAOF2 2/1/2014 2:47PM

  I don't know what I am, I was born in 1946!! I loved seeing what each year means! :-)

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MINIUM 2/1/2014 11:50AM

    That was fun! My son and I especially liked the picture of the turtle! Thanks!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 2/1/2014 10:51AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy New Year ! emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 2/1/2014 10:31AM

    emoticon great to see your blog in the Spark mail.

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SHOAPIE 2/1/2014 10:20AM


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PENOWOK 2/1/2014 10:12AM

    I'm a rabbit...ok, talkative...sort of.

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JERICHO1991 2/1/2014 9:37AM

    Thanks for the history, and motivation.

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    Year of the Earth Ox, solid, hard working, not very exciting. Married to a sociable Fire Pig.

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CICELY360 2/1/2014 9:21AM

  good blog

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SANDYCRANE 2/1/2014 9:14AM


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RRGNAK 2/1/2014 9:14AM

    Me being a "year of the dog", I do tend to worry a lot, which tends to stop me from getting up and getting moving... but reminding me of that means I just have to take chances more and get moving...

I love the way you looked at the year of the horse as bringing us to our goals this year... makes the light shine brighter, but also makes me think, you have to catch the horse and learn to ride it. But that shouldn't stop you, that's part of the challenge.


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IDICEM 2/1/2014 8:18AM

    Pig here! Thanks for the fun blog. Happy New Year!

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SHERYLP461 2/1/2014 7:58AM

    Love this blog and a reason to start again!

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CARRIELYN56 2/1/2014 7:23AM

    ...monkey girl it is.....

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CHERYLHURT 2/1/2014 7:16AM

  Happy New Year!

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    Here's to the fingers in the room!

Great little blog.

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SCRAPBECCA 2/1/2014 6:28AM

    I'm a rooster! Happy New Year!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/31/2014 11:16PM

    I'm a Snake myself.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/31/2014 10:14PM

    Happy Chinese New Year...Reboot

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CARTOONB 1/31/2014 9:44PM

    I'm a rooster...but I think the Dragon is the coolest choice!

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68ANNE 1/31/2014 9:04PM

thanks for the info
btw, monkey!

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