Well, I had high hopes for 2014 and I did very well.
Here are what I resolved to do, and my results:
- Go to the movies at least two times a month and keep a list – I went to 23 movies. Just missed the goal by 1! I thought that I had seen an abundance of moves until I went to a movie site to see what was released in 2014, and WOW!, so many did not even come to my area for viewing.
- Read at least two books a month and keep a list. Surpassed this in leaps and bounds! I went to the library the other day, and realized that I had already read so many of the books in the 2-week section.
- Finish LD’s sweater (modifying 2013’s goal to include) by the spring – uh, not yet. She’s going to be a senior in college this year, so I must get it done before she graduates!
- Curb yarn buying to keep focused on current project (yes, that is laughable…). Yes, I was more restrained. Yes, I still bought yarn.
- Clean out house – give things away at least four times this year. More than 4! Maybe every 6-8 weeks? Still more to go!
- Trust yourself and your choices about your well-being (this is a powerful one!)
- Cry if you want to, but also
- Allow yourself to be happy – Less crying this year. More in the moment times.
- Enjoy your friendships. Yes.
And I’ll add one more that wasn’t from last year:
- Knit at least 5 projects – Thank goodness for scarves!
My 2014 MoviesHere is a list of the movies I saw in 2014.
|Gloria||3 Stars - I had seen the previews so had expectations that were not met.|
|The Monuments Men||4 stars - VERY condensed retelling of a true story...the abridged version made it a bit contrived.|
|Winter's Tale||3 stars - what can I say? I'm a romantic at heart.|
|The Lunchbox||5 stars - Loved this movie!|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||3 stars - amusing, I understand why it won all those Academy Awards based on its clever scenes and costumes.|
|Le Week-End||3 stars - love the scenery, and interesting juxtaposition with the relationship story.|
|Chef||3 stars - a fun movie!|
|22 Jump Street||No rating! Just pure silliness, in a good way.|
|Tammy||2 stars. Better than expected!|
|Life Itself||5 stars. This the Roger Ebert documentary was 110% fascinating - about him, his illness, his relationship with Gene Siskel and so, so many movies!|
|The Hundred Foot Journey||4 stars - quite enjoyable and engaging.|
|The Trip to Italy||3 stars - turn off the sound and just watch the view. The story line was extraneous except that it took us to different sights!|
|My Old Lady||5 stars - loved this movie about a man who inherits an apartment in Paris, and the old lady (Maggie Smith!) who lives there.|
|This is Where I Leave You||3 stars - much hyped movie about grown siblings sitting shiva for their father.|
|St. Vincent||5 stars - I loved this movie! My son told me it was a remake of Gran Torino, so he didn't like it. I was still moved.|
|Whiplash||5 stars. INTENSE! Great movie!|
|The Judge||4 stars. Much better than expected. Really, with Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall, I should have had higher expectations! Well done.|
|Top Five||3 stars. I saw this movie after critics rated it as one of the 2014 top movies. It was very good, but went on a little long. But who doesn't love Rosario Dawson?|
|Addicted||1/2 star. The worst movie I saw all year. Contrived. Bad acting. Sad.|
|Love is Strange||4 stars. Heartbreaking story of a gay couple (John Lithgow and Alfred Molina) forced to leave their NYC apartment. Wonderful acting all around.|
|The One I Love||2 stars. Freaky. This movie is like reading a bad book that you still want to finish just to see how it ends..when it thankfully does (end).|
|The November Man||3 stars. Is it bad to mix up Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan when trying to remember who starred in it? (Pierce Brosnan)|
|Nebraska||4 stars. This is the story of a man who gets a Publisher's Clearing House ticket and goes to collect his "winnings." But it's really about a family and relationships.|