loose ends

Wrapping up some loose ends... things I meant to write about, but forgot to include in my weekend post. First off, Happy Chinese New Year. As of Sunday (past one), it is the year of the piggy!

The Pig type is usually an honest, straightforward and patient person. They are a modest, shy character who prefers to work quietly behind the scenes. When others despair, they are often there to offer support. This type of person is reserved with those they do not know too well, but as time passes and they gain confidence, those around them may discover a lively and warm-hearted person behind that mask of aloofness. Despite those born in the year of pig having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, they have few close friends who understand them and share their inner thoughts and feelings. It is easy to put trust in pig type; they won't let you down and will never even attempt to do so. Such people simply want to do everything right according to social norms.

It is important to remember that these people are not vengeful creatures. If someone tries to take advantage of them, the pig type tend to withdraw to reflect on the problem and protect themselves. All they need in such situations is a little time to find a constructive way to respond. The people of the pig type are conservative creatures of habit. They dislike being made to travel too far from familiar surroundings, unless it is a trip to the countryside. They love nature and are never happier than when they are out somewhere, far from the city.

There is a tolerant and peaceful side to their character. Such people are never afraid to allow others their freedom of expression; they do not want to cause arguments and if there is any way to avoid arguing, they will probably take this option. They are not weak, however, and if the situation forces them to fight these people will rise to the occasion, whether it is to defend themselves or those close to them.

You are a "pig" if you were born in the years 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995. Some famous pigs are:

As well as dozens of other actors and three other US presidents.

So Happy New Year!

Plus "In Chineses culture, the pig is associated with fertility and virility. To bear children in the year of the pig is considered very fortunate, for they will be happy and honest."
So that is lucky for Brian and Stacey, who are due in April! Plus a few other friends we know who are having babies this year.

Which brings me to my next topic of conversation:
There is so much "life changing" around me at the moment!! Babies, people breaking up, people getting married. It's fun, but a little unnerving sometimes. The babies/pregnancies (three IRL [in real life], twins at Greek Tragedy, one at WaterWaterEverywhere, one just born at Musings, and one at Expiration Date, are so exciting... but I will admit I get a little... not jealous, but wistful maybe? Looking forward to that? Plus, it's so hard to see couples (some in real life and some online) that we love as couples, call it quits or take a break.

I guess it just makes me feel like everything is so fluid and changing right now. Not a bad thing... and not really anything different when you think about it (life is always fluid and changing). It just feels more so right now. ::rambling::

It does make me extra happy about our trip to Ireland though. The feeling of 'different' that surrounds our impending trip, well it helps me balance the not as positive feeling surrounding all those life changes I was talking about. It lets me harness this feeling of a need to do something different... to embrace the fluidity and do something good with it! Does that make sense? I guess I'm really rambling now! Moving on.

Hmm, what else did I want to write?!

Oh, Happy Ash Wednesday too. Is that something you can wish someone a "happy" one of?

Honestly, I guess that's it. I've been slowly righting this all day and it's hard to keep my train of thought moving. I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym after a week away (bah)... not looking forward to exercising wearing a pair of underwear I now know to give me the worst wedgie ever.
Too much info?

Well, to leave you with something amusing. Check out these cards by A Little Bit Pregnant... dark, amusing, and very cynical.

And for something uplifting, from halcyon... a new life motto.
I think it is a good thing for me to embrace right now:
Love more, fear less.
Float more, steer less.

Okay, that's really all now. Back to work for me.

ps. Did you see the post below? With our bathroom? And our painting?!
Look people, look and comment!

pps. All people sited in this entry should be linked in my sidebar! Just fyi.

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