Happy New Year

1 Jan

after the party

Happy New Year!

For those of you who may have had a wee bit too much to drink last night/this morning, I will try to type quietly…

How about that 2012, huh? For me, I must say, it was a very good year.

On Christmas Day, I was thinking about what a good year I was having. Then I took my dog out for a walk and wound up taking a tumble.

A neighbor’s dog got loose and came gunning for my dog, Domino. I yanked Domino’s leash and when I did, my left leg decided it was no longer in the business of keeping my body in an upright position.

You may know from your own experience, that when the legs won’t work together in harmony, the whole apparatus comes crashing down. And down I went. One minute I was pulling on Domino’s leash and the next minute my ass was on the ground. I released the leash during my down fall and I could hear the two dogs going at it in the middle of the street: “C’mon, bitch! You think you’re bad? Oh yeah?!”

Those dogs meant business.

The owner of the offending dog and his friend came running, as did another neighbor. I guess they pulled the dog away from Domino and put her back in the house. I never really saw what became of her. (Which is why Domino keeps insisting that she, “killed the bitch!” But I somehow doubt that.)

While my neighbor held Domino’s leash, I sat up and then tried to stand up. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. My left leg was totally uncooperative. I could not bring myself into an upright position.

“OMG! I can’t walk!!” I thought to myself.

“OMG! That old man has broken his hip!” my neighbors were no doubt thinking.

After a few more tries, I was able to stand. I limped home with Domino in tow and the profuse apologies of the dog owner and his friend still ringing in my ears.

I know what you’re thinking–I should sue that guy. Fortunately for him, I am such an animal lover, I would be loathe to do anything that might get a pet owner in big trouble. Plus, who knows what mischief my Domino might perpetrate one day. I’d want someone to show me a little mercy. So, karma.

Besides, one look at this skinny kid in a white t-shirt and flip flops with socks, and you knew he doesn’t have deep pockets…

I saw my doctor this week. He wasn’t too worried about my leg. He said I might have a “contusion” which is a medical term for “this isn’t serious enough to x-ray.”

Anyway, my leg is better. I had planned to attempt to blog about this Christmas day incident by changing the lyrics of  “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” to “I Took a Tumble on Christmas Day” but, now I’ve gone and told the story, so I am not sure it is worth the effort at this point.

And now it is New Year’s Day.

Last night my significant other and I followed a decades long tradition of spending New Year’s Eve at home with just us and our pets. It was, as always, pleasant enough. Our neighbors shot off fireworks, so we went outside to watch. Domino was fascinated. I have seen lots of dogs who were scared by the noise, but it didn’t seem to phase my dog. Maybe she is as tough as she claims she is. (I just heard her shout out to me, “I killed that bitch, I tell you–killed her!”)

Looking about the Internet this morning, I found a quote from a fellow named Brad Paisley:

“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book, so write a good one.”

I had to do some Googling to find out who this guy is. Turns out he is a country singer and the actual quote is “tomorrow is the first blank page…” but it is a lovely metaphor either way. Being the blank book fetishist that I am, it really speaks to me.  I also have to mention that Google image has some very fine pictures of this Mr. Paisley. Not that I would let someone’s good looks be the sole catalyst for me listening to his music. (*Cough* Adam Levine *cough*)


Thinking back on 2012, I am struck by the fact that the really good things that happened in 2012 didn’t just happen to me, they happened as a direct result of choices I made and positive actions that I took.  I don’t think it is important to write down specific resolutions for the year ahead, but just to remember what I did right in 2012.  I put fear aside and stepped outside of my comfort zone and it was a blast.

I’ll have to do more of that in the days ahead.

door with view

Have a wonderful 2013!

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