Mariko sent me a lovely card via the internet. Every year she sends New Years' cards to her friends. This is a Japanese tradition, one which I really like if I could find New Years cards here. Of course, when I was living in Japan, it was hard to find Christmas cards (they eat a Christmas cake in Japan and sing Happy Birthday to Santa, but I digress).
Anyway, I get M's New Year's card and she wrote this:
Happy New Year!
After some quick Internet research (mainly reading wikipedia), I learned that 2009 is the year of the Ox. A quick scan of horoscope sites revealed that the ox year should be marked with hard work and dedication.
I certainly hope these qualities mark your year!
Best in 2009
And this was my reply:
I'm about to have a second baby. Is there any doubt my entire year will be marked with "hard work and dedication?"
Send me a Happy New Year card when the year is marked with fun, great sex, and relaxation, would you? ;-)
At least I'm not bitter... ;-)