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Happy New Year!

The nightmare is finally over… I hope?

I tend to bunch things up into year groupings (like wine I guess). I've had good years and bad years. 2008 was definitely not one of my best. Not to say that everything that happened was bad, but I had more setbacks, both personally and professionally. than I would care for. So I for one am quite happy to see this year drawing its final breath.

Last year started out with a stumble. I started 2008 without focus or direction and I knew it. I think for 2009 it is important to try and get things back on track. I have some ideas on how to do that and have already started pushing to my new agenda. Keeping up to date with this blog will be one thing.

Another, more superstitious, step will be to visit a Japanese shrine this new years to observe Hatsumoude. (for more details see this link) I'd like to stop by one of the larger shrines. I went to Sensouji a few years back, and that was pretty good.

So goodbye Rat! Long live the Cow!