by: Carrie A. Blakley
Yo, ho, ho, and a bottle of…wait, wrong song. Anyway, by this point, most of us are way past the clean up stage, and now we’re just looking for survivors packed deep within the wrapping paper wreckage that’s wreaked havoc all over our homes. Or, in my case, cats….and tissue paper shrapnel. We had a lovely Christmas celebration, filled with family, food, laughter and friends. And…cats. I hope everyone also had a fantastic Christmas – sans my cats. Did I mention cats? I probably did. Anyway, now we move on to the next order of celebratory business. New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Do everyone, and their uncle’s cousin’s sister’s best friend’s dog’s gerbil a favor. Do not, under any circumstances, drink and drive. Just don’t do it. There, that’s your resolution for New Year’s Eve, AND New Year’s Day. Not drinking and driving. I don’t care if you have to borrow your neighbor’s cow in order to get home. Wait, I do care, because the cow probably doesn’t know where you live. Then again, at least you won’t be drinking and driving.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, if you’re taking any medication, Rx, OTC or otherwise (y’all know what I mean), don’t drive under the influence of these substances either. They’re drugs. I don’t care if your drug of choice is named Mary Jane, or not. Driving under the influence is as bad as driving drunk. If you’re under the influence (even if you took too many Tylenol in one sitting), borrow the neighbor’s cow. The cow still won’t know where you live, but there’s a really good chance that the only thing that cow is under the influence of is whatever it happened to be grazing on just before you borrowed it.
Finally, last order of business, (repeat after me): I will have fun, and celebrate the new year with vigor. Even if that means dancing until dawn wearing a Hello Kitty glitter hat…do it with vigor. For that matter, do everything with vigor. Eat, breathe, sleep…but do it like you mean it. Figure out what makes you happy, what brings your spirit joy, and happiness….and do that. Make this new year yours 100%. Enjoy it. A new change, a new time…a new you. Whatever it is, do it with vigor. Except drive under the influence, or borrow your neighbors cow. Don’t do that with vigor. Besides, the cow won’t appreciate that too much. Happy New Year everyone!