32 was a pile of crap.
Actually, it was three piles of crap.
A year and a day ago, I started my birthday celebration by cleaning up three, very soupy piles of dog shit. I was house sitting, and one of my charges (Bluegrass Brit's beloved Branston Pickle) apparently came down with a digestive ailment.
I took my clean up duty as a sign of what was to come over the next year.
The rest of 32 ebbed and flowed the way life tends to do. I marked the closure of tumultuous relationships and started new, thought provoking and stimulating ones. I learned family forgives when you make a mistake, but has a hard time forgetting.
I learned (the hard way - not once, but twice) your car really will get towed by the cash-strapped cops if you have too many tickets or expired plates.
But 32 wasn't all dog crap and run-ins with the 5-0.
This year also showed me how great it feels to get involved in the community. It was my first time volunteering for and digging in to local politics.
I discovered I have what it takes to design and develop a pretty nice looking cookbook. I nurtured existing relationships and forged new ones - many based on a mutual commitment to support a movement of change in Greater Cincinnati. I embraced new work responsibilities and challenges, grateful for the opportunity of a daily job.
I saw the West Coast - twice - for the first time, and firmly decided I prefer the city to the desert.
This year brought with it a new niece to love while I coped with the ongoing grief of losing her big sister.
32 was a mixed bag of blessings and challenges, and in many ways I am grateful for both.
Yesterday morning when I woke up, there was no dog crap to clean up. No, instead, I remembered the Rabbit Rabbit trick shared by Udandi.
I'm always looking for an opportunity to fortify my chances of good luck. I renewed my license plates the day before my birthday - so at least I have that going for me.
Here's to hoping 33 is far less shitty than 32.
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I've found 33 to be fairly enjoyable. It started out with the Bengals losing but has gone up since then. Plus UC winning and just generally rocking out.
It's almost a new month, a new year here's hoping Rabbit, Rabbit brings you good luck!
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