"Bring Good Fortune and Intention to our 2013" Afternoon Social

  • January 23, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Come enjoy a belated New Year's "Feast"!

Traditional New Year's foods include:

  • black-eyed peas for prosperity
  • rice for luck
  • cabbage leaves to represent paper money
  • anything in the shape of a ring, which symbolizes "coming full circle", completing a year's cycle.
    • For this reason, the Dutch believe that eating doughnuts (how cool is that!!!) on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.

Rice and beans will be provided.  If it pleases you, bring something that you think brings good luck or is part of your New Year's tradition to add to our mini-feast.

The activity accompanying this fine repast will be declaring our intentions.  You may write them or share them.  However, if you share them, we all know from past experiences with the daytime group that you might get some really great ideas from others.  And the belated nature of this celebration gives you a chance to try your intention on for size for a bit, which should help yield lively conversation.

After looking at our personal intentions, we will discuss our intentions for the daytime events to see if we want to fine tune them.

If you have a New Year's activity that you would like to include, comment about it on this page and we can get it into our itinerary.  Also bring any ideas that you want to present to the group (when it is your turn) about translating intentions into actions (i.e., book references).

And we need to make room for the new.  So, please also bring a written note of something you want to give up for the new year.  These will be given over to the fire.  Not necessarily shared.  I know I don't really want to share mine, wanting to focus on today and tomorrow rather than yesterday.

Mostly, just come and have fun with it, with friends, old and new.

Directions to the private venue will be sent to participants 2-3 days prior to the event.

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  • Gail

    What a great bunch of people---love our time together!

    January 23, 2013

  • Lesley

    Good meetup...but sometimes I think I reveal too much about myself..

    January 23, 2013

  • Dorothy

    With respect to the flu.

    One attendee has raised the issue of the flu with me and has requested I pass along the idea of staying away if you have the flu. I think we are all aware at our age of the risks and I think our population already tends to do that. So I think exercising our normal precautions is all we can really do.

    Unfortunately we are usually most contagious before we know we have it. Because it is flu season and there is this concern, I will have hand cleaner at the door for you to use in both directions. You will have to decide individually whether your body can handle gathering in close proximity to other bodies during flu season.

    Perhaps I'm too cavalier about this -- but maybe because I live with a cavalier. -- grin -- Sorry, I just had to end this on a less serious note. I know that the flu is a serious issue.

    January 21, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Be thinking about any changes you would like in what is being offered during the weekday daytime events and how they are being offered. If you can't come to this event but have been tracking the page and want your ideas considered, please send them to me in a personal email through the site and I'll represent them at the meeting.

    January 21, 2013

  • Dorothy

    For those brave souls of you that are bringing a home-made dish that represents an intention or that speaks to New Year's for you -- how about bringing a written copy of your recipe and we can use my printer to copy it for others.

    January 21, 2013

  • Gail

    Thanks again Dorothy. I remember I brought something last time but we were doing more of a snack thing. The pot luck this time sound great!

    January 19, 2013

  • susan k

    What a cool Idea!!!!! Have fun all of you!

    January 19, 2013

  • Gail

    Hi Dorothy I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again. What a great group. So worth the drive over the bridge from my side of the pond LOL
    Is this a potluck? I will bring a carrot--yam dish. I just had this at book club last night and it was scrumptious. Not sure if it would bring any luck but at least it might help with the good health aspect for the new year. Thanks so much for welcoming us into your home again.

    January 19, 2013

    • Dorothy

      Sounds like an intention-supportive dish to me! The snacks at my house are always a potluck. Consistently appreciated but certainly not required. Bring something if you would enjoy doing so.

      January 19, 2013

  • Sheila W.

    Dorothy, I would love to be a part of this group and Wed is a great day for me, unfortunately this Wed will not work. I look forward to being part of some of the other Wed groups. My home is also available if you want to hold a Wed group in the north end once in awhile.

    January 18, 2013

    • Dorothy

      Let me know if there is anything you would like brought up. The events tend to be where th people are that get excited enough about some topic to host it. Sequin and Port Gamble have been event sites. If you'd like we can talk after Wednesday and see if there is something you'd like to host. In general the person that suggests the idea is not always the one to carry it out. There is also a list of past ideas in a file on the website you could look at. I look forward to talking with you about this.

      January 18, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Hope you are thinking about your 2013 intentions and what weekday daytime Boomer activities could support them! Oh -- and to what goodies we should share to cement them.

    I am also still planning on a very small (in a pan) bonfire for us to toss our descriptions of behaviors, attitudes, scheduling conflicts, obsessions, whatever, that we are giving over to the universe in order to make room for our 2013 intentions.

    I will be emailing you directions to the meeting place Monday. Due to the interest, the size of my living room, and the need to hear everybody's say I have put a limit to the size. A limit that still means we will be cozy. So if you know you won't be able to come, please un-RSVP.

    Looking forward to seeing (and hearing) everyone.

    January 18, 2013

  • Lesley

    I signed up !!! don't see me on the list.. or Lin ?????

    January 18, 2013

    • Dorothy

      Sign up again. I believe you will go on a waiting list. Regardless, go ahead and come. Sorry for the confusion. Let me know if the waiting list doesn't work -- that would mean I made a mistake that I need to fix.

      January 18, 2013

  • Dorothy

    So, I just finished listening to 2 Audio books that seem related to New Year's intentions. The first was a book by AJ Jacobs titled, The Kniw-It-All, wherein he talks about his experiences as he read the Encyclopaedia Brittanica from A to Z. this reminded me of the concept of a quest and having the quest lead you where it will. The other book is "The Power of Habit", and inclined me to think about establishing a supportive habit. Anyway, good books.

    December 31, 2012

    • Hugh S

      They don't have to know your age. Doing the Canada-Mexico Challenge is a personal thing, wherever you are. Just fun marking your progress along with others. That was my thought. Guess I'm OK until October when I turn 56. LOL!

      December 31, 2012

    • Dorothy

      Hmmmmm

      December 31, 2012

  • Dorothy

    Happy New Year, everyone! Every moment is the chance to begin anew. But there is always something special for me about this New Year's moment. And in thinking about quests, it got me to thinking about quests I pursued in the past and the fun they yielded. Here is to a very fun 2013!

    2 · December 31, 2012

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