So. It is the end of 2014.
Anywho… the year is over. It was a big one-- some good, some bad.
So when I'm old-- well older-- and I think back on 2014 what will I remember? -- Probably nothing because I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast. Not kidding.
In an effort to help my future (adorable, MILF status) self-- I'm going to write a post that summarizes our year and the highlights that need to be remembered.
Here we go… (ps- these are not really in any order… so don't get all judgey on me.)
#1 CD was born.Let me tell you one thing-- I will never need to be reminded of this. My daughter's birthday has been engrained into every fiber of my being-- mainly because I have had to fill it out 1000 times in the past 7 months because of all the paperwork. (I hate paperwork. In my world-- legally changing my name was the equivalent of water boarding… )
#2 Ebola Outbreak.
Remember guys, I'm a news junkie. So a lot of these posts are actually going to be relevant events-- not just Brad and Angelina getting married… (although that is #9)
The ebola outbreak devastated Africa -- the largest in history with countless deaths-- and the disease even multiple (limited) diagnoses in the US. Medical miracles managed to cure most of those Americans infected and they have gone on to do more good for those truly impacted in Africa. But keep in mind, the true tragedy is in Africa-- although, unfortunately, the story dropped out of the news once concerns for a potential outbreak in the US died off.
#3 Beginning of the conflict with ISIS/ISIL.
The US began leading a coalition against ISIS (also called ISIL) in the middle east and around the world after a series of violent and terrifying attacks.
Politics aside, I'm realistic to know the worst with this conflict is not over and I have full faith that this situation will be an issue for years to come.
I hate to see where this leads…
#4 The Polar Vortex.
Doesn't matter if you understand it (Al Roker tried… very hard)-- but basically what it means is you're going to be very cold. I mean down to the bone-- your toes might freeze off cold. If I had balls, I would be really freaking concerned.
You know mama don't play with the cold. So basically this just means I stay in bed for a few days… no problem-- I need to watch House of Cards anyways.
#5 Protesters versus the Police.
Multiple Officer involved deaths stirred unrest across the country about the behavior and lack of retributions for Police Officers. The debate was heated and the situation was very personal for many people-- especially when it comes to race relations.
I'm not going to voice my opinion on this subject because I don't want this to blog to turn into a heated discussion-- but what I will say is this :
I am a firm believer in the first amendment. That gives me the right to think and believe what I want and it offers you (I mean you) the same freedom. It also gives those protesters the right to march in the streets to affect a change as long as it is peaceful.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceable to assemble to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."A college professor made me memorize that amendment and I use it as a reminder of why I think our country is amazing and why I'm thankful I was given all of the freedoms and opportunities that being an American allows me.
& God Bless our Troops at home and around the world. (my husband and close, dear friends included)
#6 Sons of Anarchy Ended.
I can't say much because I would hate to ruin the entire series for someone reading this blog who hasn't yet caught the SAMCRO bug. What I CAN say is the true loss here is the fact that I can't stare at Charlie Hunnam for an hour and a half every week without it being super creepy and stalker-ish.
(People really looked at me weird when I had this picture as my wallpaper on my iPhone--- I'm still not exactly sure why…)
To my future self-- who I know hasn't aged a DAY: make sure you go on Netflix, or Hulu, Or Roku-- or one of those damned devices and watch that entire series from the beginning again! You will not regret it! But you will likely need to take shower breaks because it will probably take you a few days to get through all 7 seasons.
#7 Charlotte's Future Husband Turned 1.
Incase you hadn't seen the royal memo-- Charlotte is betrothed to Prince George. (He is about 10 months older than her but she likes older men.) They are going to marry after Charlotte graduates from college and we are all going to move to England while Charlotte continues to pursue her PhD. We will watch polo matches and go to royal parties. Basically, my life will be the bomb.com
Happy Birthday, Georgie! (That's our cute family pet name for him-- since we're all best buds)
Also, Kate is preggo with baby #2 and if its a girl I read it could be named Charlotte. Wouldn't that just be the cutest. Guess I'll find out soon--- I'll pass that information along in a later entry. Well, I guess you already know. Pointless. Moving on...
#8 Kim & Kanye got married.
I hate both of them. but it was kind of a big deal. a big, lavish, expensive, over-the-top annoying deal. Which I'm sure Kim will re-do about 10 times between now and the future…
And just incase her name slipped out of the headlines for one second-- she also posed totally nude in a series of cover photos for Paper Magazine. (Don't look it up. Not worth the time.)
I just wish I could pay that family to keep their clothes ON!
#9 Brangelina Got Married.
Brad Pitt married Angelina Jolie. I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I really like Angelina and all of the good she has done in the world, she truly is an amazing humanitarian… but in the end she's a home wrecker and I'm morally obligated to take Jennifer Aniston's side. (P.S. Jen also got engaged so she's doing good this year too! Look at that RING!!!! I'm drooling)
#10 The World Cup.
I always liked soccer but I didn't sit around watching it… UNTIL THIS YEAR!
For some reason-- that WORLD CUP blew-up in the US this year and I'm digging it! I'm totally addicted! See you in 4 years… Russia!
(future self: don't tell me who wins!)
#11 Ice Bucket Challenge
This is the year of dumping insanely cold water over your head to raise money and awareness for ALS. It was entertaining and definitely raised a bunch of money for a great cause so I can't hate. (but I was pretty happy when all the videos finally stopped)
#12 (Shoot! I Forgot One…) George Clooney Also Got Married.
She's really pretty and I dig her style. No judgement here.
More power to her for "snagging" the world's most eligible bachelor.
I see you, girrrrrrllllll! (head nod)
#13 Selfies & Group Selfies. Groupies? (& Photobombs)
So these aren't new. In fact, I found a photo I took of myself "selfie style" in middle school in an old box. Just sayin'
However, this year has taken selfless to a new level.
- Ellen Degeneres took a group selfie at the Oscars with Angelina, Brad, Lupita N'yongo, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kevin Spacey (I think Jared Leto's eye is in there too)And, of course, the classic photobomb: when someone has perfect timing and manages to ruin your photo from the background.
- Someone invented a selfie stick-- so you look even MORE ridiculous taking a picture of your self.
- Celebrities and wannabe-selfies started the "belfie"-- a butt selfie or selfie of one's ass in a mirror. Could you be any more self involved? just stop.
I'll be surprised if a college somewhere (probably Florida) doesn't make it into a College B.A. Degree.
#14: J & BJay-Z and Beyonce. enough said.
They are the King & Queen of Hip-Hop/R&B. From an unannounced album release, a combined SOLD OUT tour, their TO DIE FOR Grammy performance, an HBO concert special, and just general amazingness-- hell, they met the ACTUAL Royal Couple at a NBA game.
If I could die and come back as anyone else in the world I would chose Beyonce. Hands down.
CD is only 6 months old-- she doesn't have a favorite movie. The real culprit is my husband--- t is his favorite movie. The man walks around the house singing (what few words he knows to) "Let It Go" and "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?". He even brought the damn DVD to the hospital when we went to deliver CD. The nurses kept asking to come in and watch with him.
#16 Zombies (in General). The Walking Dead (specifically)Since I already mentioned one of my favorite shows coming to an end (RIP Jax Teller)… I can't ignore my other obsession. I admit its not NEW for 2014--- but the 5th season is just so good. And there are new Zombie/Apocalypse type shows… and of course, I'm addicted to all of them. However, according to a BuzzFeed quiz I will only live 3 months in a Zombie Apocalypse… which isn't cool.
#17 Jimmy Fallon
I cannot say enough about Jimmy Fallon and this year he took over The Tonight Show. You can tell from his first few months that he is going to do amazing things with HIS show.
My favorite segment is "Ew" with Sara (no H because H's ew) and OF COURSE his weekly Thank You Notes. (if you don't know what I'm talking about... EDUCATE YOURSELF!)
#18 The Booty.
From Megan Trainor's "All About That Bass" (no treble)… to Kim Kardashian's naked (oily) ass all over social media… and just the general enormity of the backsides's of celebrities like Nikki Minaj, JLo and Iggy Izalea… This was really the year of the rear!
Booty is the new black. (shit. that sounded racist. you know what I meant)
#19 Leggings v. Yoga Pants
It has been a rough year for this one international conflict… as women around the world continue to try to learn the rules of leggings versus yoga pants.
Here is my PSA: (on behalf of the ENTIRE world)
Yoga Pants are not sheer and do not (or should not) give you camel toe. That type of pant is appropriate with all sorts of tops (long OR short) ...
BUT if you're wearing leggings (aka they have a sheer-ness and give you camel toe) DO NOT take that monstrosity out into public on its own. Leggings only go UNDER things to A) provide additional coverage or B) provide warmth. I don't want to see your shit. Your top better cover your crotch or we are going to have problems.Last but not least...
#20 This Hat.
I don't get.
I won't get it in the future.
It is just a super weird hat.
And I don't even like hats.
Mainly because I have a weirdly large head.
But for some reason everyone loved this hat.
Does nothing for me.
Except make me want to put out a forrest fire.
Smokey the Bear?
And a little extra something something for you...
New Words of 2014:Adorbs: obvi means adorable. duh.
Obvi: if it wasn't clear that means obviously.
Cray (also see cray cray): crazy.
Bro Hug: a hug between guys. which is generally awkward and has lots of sexual tension.
Bae: Still not really clear on this one. Is this the same as "sitting on the dock of the bay"? Or is it like Bay Seasoning?
It has been a great year. These are just some of my highlights! Feel free to comment below and share your top 2014 memories and what you want to remember down the road.
Sending everyone lots of love for a safe, happy, successful and fulfilling New Year!
May you do everything in your power to make this year the best every single day.