Well, here we are then, staring down the barrel of a whole new year and marvelling at the fact that we made it through the previous one relatively unscathed.
After my health dramas in 2012, I was pleased to get through last year fairly well intact and with a much healthier heart that I started the year with. In light of that, I've decided to break my own rules and this year have made some New Year's resolutions.
1. Do more of the same: Last year my health had a quite remarkable turn around. I went from someone who was in heart failure and feeling pretty miserable to someone living quite well with heart failure and feeling pretty damn good. I'll have another round of that, please.
2. Win the lottery: I'm feeling so fit and well that I think I need to retire so I can take up some new hobbies, like travelling first class and counting my millions.
3. Learn to be more tolerant: The phone scammers are doing the rounds again and I have decided to try to be more tolerant and patient when they call. After all, they are simply trying to earn a living. So when I next get a phone call from some dodgy dude advising me that my computer has a virus, I won't tell him to insert his head into his anal orifice but will instead have a wee chat with him first. Then I'll tell him where to insert his noggin. However, I will continue to be intolerant of broad beans.
And now for something completely different: the first 100 days in the lives of baby panda twins. Prepare to go "awww".
If you're a cat person, prepare to be awed. If you're not, then prepare to be ... well, something less than awed.
Some of the internet's most famous moggies have banded together to help feed cats in shelters across the United States. Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Oskar the Blind Cat, Nala Cat, and Hamilton the Hipster Cat have formed a feline supergroup for this video that highlights the plight hungry cats.
Friskies is donating food to animal shelters in the US based on the number of shares and downloads this little ditty gets, so go on and click: it's for a good cause.
Since it's the season of goodwill to all men, I will flex my festive tolerance levels and include businesses in that warm, fuzzy equation, too. For now.
Like many people these days, if I need to contact a business my first port of call is the company's official website. However, I'm not so keen on filling out contact forms on sites because more often than not, you never hear from them again.
Sure, it's usually a simple enough matter to stalk them on their Facebook pages and nudge them into responding to your question/concern/complaint by asking again, in public, on there - but should you really have to shame them into answering you?
I've had this happen so often lately that I was beginning to think it was a conspiracy against me: online businesses were adding me to some global blacklist along with the Nigerian scammers and those dudes selling the herbal viagra.
I contacted one local supermarket a couple of months ago after a wee mishap that resulted in me going arse over tit. I didn't hear anything for a week or two so popped a message on their Facebook page saying what had happened and that I had filled in their contact form but received no reply. The response was immediate: could I please contact them again, they'd be in touch. And they were, via email, once. I haven't heard from them again.
It's time for some animal videos. First up, we have synchronised turkeys featuring a giggly bloke and a whole bunch of turkeys.
And the bonus video is of a marauding goat on the streets of Brazil. Let's be careful out there.
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