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Happy 2005! - cellophane
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Happy 2005!
It seems like these years are getting shorter and shorter... eventually there will be no point in even buying calendars -- soon as you buy one year, it's time for the next.

Awhile back my dad was telling us how his snowblower broke quite some time ago. My sister asked, "Why didn't you get it fixed?"

"Well what with global warming and all, there seemed to be no point," he responded.

He may be right, but I think the planet might still have a few good snowfalls left in it. Not that I have any right to talk: my snowblower is also broken and has been so since last year. It's not completely broken -- just the electric starter is broken. Unfortunately I am apparently not tall enough to start it manually. Or not strong enough, or not coordinated enough, or something.

Fortunately shoveling is good for me, and actually I generally enjoy shoveling. The problem is that I don't always enjoy shoveling, just when it's convenient. If only I could convince the weather to only snow when I feel like shoveling, and when I don't have to hurry to work.

I had a lovely day yesterday, the last day of 2004. Accomplished several things I've been putting off, picked up A from the airport (albeit unexpectedly), visited 2 excellent parties, had plenty of tasty food, and spent time with a bunch of good friends. Definitely the best way to say goodbye to last year.

The only thing I haven't done is eat any black-eyed peas. (According to southern lore, you are supposed to eat black-eyed peas on the first day of the year in order to have luck all year.) I even have a can of them in my kitchen, but it seems silly to open it up -- there's no way I'd eat a whole can's worth, and I don't want to waste it. I suspect that wasting black-eyed peas is probably even unluckier than just not eating them at all.

At any rate, even without the black-eyed peas, I am hoping that this year brings us all health, strength, love, and happiness.
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polaron From: polaron Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

To You Too !!

Thanks very much for the good wishes re. 2005 !!

And for the blackeyed peas, maybe you could throw the excess over your shoulder ? It works for salt, and that's a good luck charm...

:))
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)

black-eyed peas

Just a farmer's tale to sell more black-eyed peas. I like the Italian tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnite.
estarsign From: estarsign Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if that is why we had black eyed peas for dinner tonight. Usually they serve them with cornbread and chicken wings but tonight they served them with totally different stuff which I had never seen happen so maybe now I know why... or at least I can pretend I do! :)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: January 2nd, 2005 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
i actually made black eyed peas for NYE last year, and totally forgot to serve them! we had them a few years ago (2000-2001?) when Deb's friends were here, too.

supposedly it's good luck to have pork on New Year's day, too. good thing my mom made a ham today, eh?
geekjul From: geekjul Date: January 2nd, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not terribly superstitious but black-eyed peas is an old tradition in my family so we made Hoppin John yesterday (black eyed peas cooked with ham and spices, served over rice.) It was tasty even if it hadn't been a good luck charm.
hoshisabi From: hoshisabi Date: January 6th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good German tradition

Could always skip the blackeyed peas and do the German tradition of eating pork and saurkraut.

My dad used to call me up and ask me if I had that on new years eve. My family has no real German traditions EXCEPT that one. So... heh.

Though, I think I would prefer pork and saurkraut. It's actually pretty good. Though, I've never tried black eyed peas.
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