Monday, January 26, 2009

Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year. Its the year of the ox. I thought I would blog a little about it. It fall anywhere between the end of January to the beginning of February. It begins on the first day of the first lunar moon. The story behind of how the years got named after the animals varies, so I'll share the one I know. There were 12 animals that wanted the new year named after them. They kept arguing so the king decided to have a race. The first one to cross the river would have the year named after it. The ox was strong and in the lead, but the rat climbed on his back and at the edge of the river jumped off the ox's head and won. So that year was named after the rat, and the next year was named after the ox, and so on.
It's said that your personality matches the animal that you were named in so here's their traits and years...

RAT(that's me!)1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008-Forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd.
OX1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,2009-Dependable, calm, methodical, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious.
TIGER1950,1962,1974,1986,1998-Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous.
RABBIT1951,1963,1975,1987,1999-Gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible.
DRAGON1952,1964,1976,1988,2000-Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, generous, loyal.
SNAKE1953,1965,1977,1989,2001-Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful.
HORSE1954,1966,1978,1990,2002-Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded.
RAM1955,1967,1979,1991,2003-Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security.
MONKEY1956,1968,1980,1992,2004-Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual.
ROOSTER1957,1969,1981,1993,2005-Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible.
DOG1958,1970,1982,1994,2006-Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate.
PIG1959,1971,1983,1995,2007-Honest, simple, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball

Last night was the Bagdad dodgeball playoffs. Yes, that's really exciting for us Bagdadians. It was a fundraiser for the boys baseball team...which happened to win. Nick's team(big spenders) didn't get too far, but it was still fun. Colter like being close to where he could throw the balls back in. He got hit once and didn't seem to notice. It was fun and who knows, maybe they'll start a Bagdad Dodgeball League.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mommy's Helpers

I think the saying too many cooks in the kitchen can also go with cleaners. Lately I've had to do dishes while Brooklyn is asleep because she does this every time. And when I went to get the camera, Colter had to get in on the action.