It is now the Year of the Horse.
Fina-freaking-lly, if you ask me. The Year of the Snake was not pretty at all for me and I can’t express how pleased I am to bid that awful year a final farewell.
It’s funny too, because with the Year of the Horse beginning there’s also been the start of a lot of new chapters in my life. The timing is coincidental, of course, but I’m skeptical of just how much I believe in coincidences as I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason.
I’ve been scarce online this week because of some of those new chapters, actually. I just started a new job that is really exciting and something I’m looking forward to, but like with any new job it’s also been overwhelming trying to get my bearings and being brought up to speed. My social life is taking off once more, which I am so pleased about because I spent a good chunk of the fall “in hibernation mode” and one can only fly under the radar for so long before it becomes unhealthy. And, of course, there was the Year of the Horse to celebrate.
I wasn’t planning on anything big to celebrate Chinese New Year at first. I generally have a dumpling party every year, but this week was so busy that the only mentions my friends got of this annual dumping party was in a vague passing mention a week ago. Still, I realized that I really wanted to do SOMETHING for the New Year, and dumplings were sounding better by the minute.
Out went some texts at 2 p.m. on a Friday. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m just that great or my dumplings are that phenomenal, but within half an hour I managed to round up some of my closest friends to hang out for a night of dumplings, wine and beer. Oh, and cheese and crackers, because you can never go wrong with cheese and crackers.
(I later found out that some of the friends I had invited were on “dumpling watch” all week because they knew of my tradition and weren’t sure if they had been snubbed from the festivities or not this year!)
It’s been a perfect week to ring in the New Year, really. What with the new job, meeting new people, and spending the first day of the new year making and eating dumplings with some of my closest friends in my small and cozy apartment, I couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off the Year of the Horse. I know that when it’s your sign the year isn’t meant to be great for you, but the way I’m looking at it is that it can’t possibly get any worse than the Year of the Snake. So, bring it on Year of the Horse!!