Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Year of the Water Dragon


I love Chinese New Year. Not only is it an excuse to slurp your noodles (long noodle = long life), but it happens well after the maddening rush of Christmas holidays. And it last fifteen days! You don't have to crowd all your celebrating into one night.

My favourite part is welcoming the animal of the year. In case you haven't heard (or seen the commemorative stamps), 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon. 

There are many useful and interesting websites about the Chinese New Year. (I just got side-tracked on a Chinese New Year Quiz.) Most will tell you what your Chinese Zodiac sign is and an explanation of how you will do in the year that will range from a paragraph to a page in length.

Here is my down and dirty version:

Rat (2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948)
You'll leap tall obstacles and be more creative than a son weasiling his mother.

Ox (2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949)
The Ox is slow and the Dragon impatient. Don't let the flying lizard get you down.

Tiger (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950)
Diplomacy, not honesty, is the best policy.

Rabbit (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951)
Against all expectation, the Dragon protects the Rabbit. Lucky Rabbit!

Dragon (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952)
This is your year. Don't let it go to your head.

Snake (2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953)
Beware bean salesmen and other dubious finacial offers.

Horse (2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954)
Obstacles may look larger than in real life. Rein in your anxiety.

Sheep (Ram, Goat) (2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955)
Fear of failure may paralyse you. Ram right through your fears.

Monkey (2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956)
Monkey see. Monkey learn. Monkey profit.

Rooster (2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957)
Go ahead, crow. Successful year ahead.

Dog (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958)
People will admire your hardwork, loyalty and ability to produce a blog on the Chinese New Year.

Pig (Boar) (2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959)
The beginning of the year may be a "boar", but by the end you'll be happy as a pig in ... whatever pigs like best.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Where has the month gone?

Salvador Dali knew about time slipping away.

It's mid morning and I haven't had my coffee yet. It's mid month and I still haven't caught up with the Priority-2 chores after the holidays. Where is the time going?

Priority-1 chores are things like making meals and meeting work deadlines. Priority-2 chores include the dishes and all those things that are important to your job but not urgent. They are the kind of things that will get you into big do-do if you ditch completely.

Priority-3 chores are the things you should do. You might even want to do them more than Priority-1 and 2 jobs, but they aren't as essential. Blogging is a Priority-3 task. No one is going to starve and I won't get fired if I don't blog. And yet, here I am blogging before making myself breakfast or meeting my deadline or... and this is truly shocking... BEFORE COFFEE.

Why not put the coffee on first, you ask? Simple. The coffee maker is in the kitchen. The dirty dishes are in the kitchen along with counters that need scrubbing (my son doesn't believe in wiping up spills when it's easy to do so) and a 1001 other mundane tasks ranging from Priority-2 to "only needs doing when guests are coming". I'll get caught up in the mundane (aka housekeeping) chores and then the Priority-1 jobs will demand my attention again.

Another day will go by and I won't have written this blog.

I like writing this blog.

I guess the blog just got bumped to Priority-1.5. Not as important as meeting deadlines, but important enough to me.

Now I'll go make coffee.