2014 IN A NUTSHELL

An end has come to my very first year of blogging. Time for an end-of-year recap, I think, and how better to do that than with 14 Things About 2014? Seven hits and seven misses that stood out for me this year.

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7 Things Which Annoyed Me In 2014

1. People still Using “series” rather than “season” to describe a year’s worth of TV.
Every time I read “series finale” in reference to a beloved show, I have a miniature heart attack. I’m no fan of Americanization for the sake of it, but using “season” would prevent confusion– and isn’t increased clarity is always preferable? Come on, folks: let’s get it together and stop scaring people for no good reason except a desire to cling to archaic and unclear terminology.

2. Restaurants that decide for you how meat is to be served.
No. Every individual should always have the final say regards what goes in their mouth. No amount of culinary training trumps personal taste or desire, especially when money is changing hands.

3. Forced “digital detoxes”.
If I can’t bring my phone, I’m not going. If there’s no wifi, I don’t want to be there. Surely adults should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to use their communication devices? A ban on those which cause distraction for others is absolutely fine and totally understandable, but why would anyone want the choice to be taken from them when it affects nobody else? Absolute nonsense.

4. Regional content restrictions on media.
Come on, now, it’s nearly 2015: everyone’s online, and everyone’s talking. Do you really think people outside of the USA are going to wait, eyes and ears covered, for content to become available in their location? No; they’re either going to be spoiled by internet discussion and thus not bother with it, or they’re going to pirate it so they can watch it before they’re spoiled. I understand that there are long-term country-specific contracts behind rights restrictions, but companies who want to increase their goodwill among customers would do well to prioritise getting out of those as soon as possible, and commit to not entering into any new ones once their current contract has expired. One world, one service. Let’s move towards that in 2015, please.

5. Limited editions.
These set my blood to boiling. Why produce much-desired, much-requested products in limited quantities and then refuse to make any more? Why, god, why…? It’s an unnecessary cruelty foisted upon us by this modern world.

6. Online trolling.
One of my resolutions for 2015 is to just not read comments on any articles, and to keep away from discussion forums and places where people gather to be horrible. Reading it doesn’t educate me or make me happier, so I’m just going to give the whole thing a wide berth in the new year.

7. My limited attention span.
This is something which has become a real problem for me, and it’s something I’m really going to have to work on in the new year. How? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure yet. But it definitely has to be done!

 

7 Things Which Made Me Smile In 2014

1. Travel.
I went to the Canaries twice and to Atlanta once this year, and had a ball on each trip. Here’s to seeing more places and people in 2015!

2. The World Cup.
This was an immense surprise to me, but I rather enjoyed following the action this year. I’m no great fan of watching sports (I’d rather be playing them), but the level of play was so impressive that it was just a joy to engage with.

3. Learning new things.
This year, I learned how to sew (poorly), use CSS (less poorly), and I’m working on learning how to use Final Cut Pro X at the moment. I also discovered the benefits of biological peels, and learned a whole lot about makeup application techniques, especially for the eyes!  I love learning new skills, and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing more of in the new year.

4. Arts and crafts.
2014 is the year I made all kinds of things. I painted a clock, I reupholstered a stool and a headboard, and I upcycled a battered old truck into something new and shiny. I’ve learned that I’m far handier than I ever realised I was, and I have all kinds of exciting projects planned for the coming year.

5. Shopping.
Shallow, predictable, and still entirely true. I got some wonderful things in 2014, and I’m looking forward to getting more in 2015. I’ve been eying some Mac brushes, to start with…

6. Improving my cooking skills.
I’ve never been the worst cook (well, okay: not since I moved out of home, anyway), but I’d gotten really complacent in the things I prepared and ate over the last couple of years. This year, I made an effort to introduce healthy new ingredients to my diet, and I’m really glad I did. It’s made a difference to both my skin and my overall health, and it’s always nice to expand the range of dishes you can make when you find yourself either with unexpected company or with a lack of desire to go grocery shopping. I hope to be able to continue expanding my repertoire in the new year, and beyond.

7. Blogging!
2014 was the year I started blogging, and it’s been a great experience. I’ve met some lovely people, read some wonderful things, and learned a lot! I’m super excited to continue doing it into 2015: to try out more of the things I learned and purchased this year… And to write about some new things, too.

I had a little bit of a shaky period during the summer where I slacked off, but I’m going to try really hard not to skip posting in 2015, and make a concerted effort to get a post up every other day as I have been for the last couple of months!

I just want to say thank you once again to everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my posts; you guys are great, and without you, this would probably feel a lot like talking into the wind! I hope I’ll be able to continue to provide interesting content in the new year, and I’m looking forward to what all of you guys have to post about, as well.

Happy New Year, everybody. I’ll see you in 2015! ❤

-A-

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