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Friday, January 2, 2015

Organization - Day 2 - Establishing Weekly Plans


You made it past day one of your new year!  The year you are going to get your stuff  together!! Whoop Whoop! You're on a roll now!

Yesterday in this post, we talked about making a list of tasks you hope to do daily. Today, we are going to get a little more specific.  You see, you know your schedule better than anyone else which is why just any home management or personal organizer won't work.  You need to customize one JUST FOR YOU!  

Don't let that idea scare you.  I can assure you that it is simple and easy!  Stay with me.... I promise it all makes sense... just stick with it one day at a time!  And yeah, I totally just had this image of a round haired Cristy Lane and that annoying infomercial pop in my head... and people wonder why I don't watch television!  Ya know, I bet Olan Mills took this picture too.  They always liked the "hand by the chin" pose with the head tilt.  Although, at second glance, she could give Glamour Shots a go with that hair and make up.  But, she doesn't have on enough bling for it to be a true Glamour Shot, however.

But I digress.  Let's get back on topic!

So, because of yesterday, you have already made your list of things that you hope to get accomplished every single day.  This is your DAILY list.  Sometimes referred to as your "daily docket"  "daily agenda"  

To briefly review, you could have something like -- 30 minutes of exercise, 8 glasses of water, vitamins, 1 load of laundry, lay out your clothes for tomorrow, wipe down the sink, daily devotional, reload the dishwasher, read 30 minutes, etc.  Those are all great daily goals to have on your list.

One thing I will say is to make certain that you are making time on your list for YOU specifically.... if your goals this year are to read more, be sure that you're setting yourself up to accomplish that goal.  WIthout action, there are only ideas.  It's time to make what you want happen.. happen!  It can be done!  Write it on the list... do it now!


For me, the idea of breaking down my week into specific days HELPS because it develops routine.  Routines become habit.  When you do things out of routine, it's easy to just put your brain on autopilot and do what needs to get done because you've already established the parameters for getting it done.  This helps SO MUCH for someone like me with an autoimmune disease because on the days when I really can't get anything done, I am not only aware what I'm missing, but also, and more importantly, I know what I need to delegate. 

Creating a routine can be hard, especially if you're kind of a free spirit fly by the seat of your pants kinda person.  However, for ME, I have to have routine because I have three boys in three very different stages of life (a high school freshman, a 4th grader and a preschooler).  Without having a plan in place, I get nothing I want to do done and my life becomes a series of shuttling children between sporting events and social obligations.  That in and of itself requires the flexibility on my part to make it happen... especially if anyone wants to eat dinner before 11pm.  However, I can do this thing called "super mom" because of having developed routines.  Having an idea of what I have going on helps me to establish those daily goals.  It also helps me TEACH my CHILDREN the importance of routine.  I hate, loathe, abhor, detest nagging.  So, if they know every Tuesday they need to do their laundry or every Sunday they can expect to wash their own sheets and remake their beds, it's more likely to get done.  Perhaps with just a gentle reminder, but certainly not a nag.  We all know when you nag... they all look like this. Can I get an amen?

Your motivation to be organized will help cultivate your routine into a habit which makes you happy and creates calm in your universe.  Isn't that an awesome thing to look forward to?  I'm going to teach you to take the stress out of your life... one little day at a time. Seriously, this is huge.  Hop on board.

Again, I digress (do you see why I need routine?  I digress... A LOT!)

So, while some people may have time on Mondays to do the bulk of all household chores and duties, I do not and can not devote much time because frankly, Mondays suck.  

While some people may want to meal plan on Wednesday nights after they get their supermarket flyers in the mail that day, others may choose a weekend to do that.  The beauty of setting up your system is that it is completely personalized to you.  This is paramount to putting these things on YOUR schedule for YOU!  MAKE THIS WORK FOR YOU!

By actually having a routine and a plan, you have afforded yourself the flexibility of being able to be more spontaneous!  Why?  Because now you know when the things that need to get done WILL be done!

So, what system SHOULD you use?  

To be honest, you're the only one that can answer that for you.  There are SO many out there in the blogosphere that it will make your head spin. 

Seriously, if you check out Pinterest your head may explode with all the personal homekeeping binder systems and personal organizer systems that are available.  There are thousands of them.  Some are free.  Some cost... a LOT.  Many you can buy from Etsy.com sites but then you have to download them and worse... you have to print them. Do you know how much it costs to print a color copy?  I do.  It's about a $1... per PAGE! I don't many people that have color laser printers at home that duplex either.  So, while they're really PRETTY, they're really just not practical.  Inkjet... if you get a drop of water on it... there it goes!  I'll make a confession here.  I love pretty personalized planners that are FULL of color and design and coordinated stickers and I can use 15 different colored pens to fill them in.... but at the end of the day, if they aren't meeting all my needs, they're actually deterring my progress rather than being an avenue leading toward it.  So, until I find something out there that does everything that mine will... I'm just going to keep printing mine out, binding it myself and knowing it's perfect -- just -- for -- me!  And you can too!

So, for now, my plan for you is to help you keep it simple.  Get down to basics and then you can pretty it up!  Let your planning/organization style emerge and then, and only then, will you have the tools to be able to tweak another system and truly make it yours.  In order to avoid all the high prices, here is a printable to help you list what you need to get completed on each day of the week.  Click here.  There is room at the bottom just in case you think of something that MAY need to happen but you're not sure when... at least it's in the right spot, just maybe not assigned a day....but being there on that list is 9/10 of the hard work accomplished!


While I have my list of DAILY tasks, I also have a list of tasks specific to any given DAY. For instance, I have some of the following "to do's" on specific days in my week 

Sunday
  • Sheets (I always wash or have my boys wash their sheets on Sunday)
  • Plan Menus (Yes, I grab the sales flyers, my cook books, sit at my computer and use the online software Plan-To-Eat (there's a link to the right). to drag my recipes to a calendar, the software populates the shopping list and bam, you're out the door.  It's the biggest time saver in meal planning.  Simply amazing.)

Monday
  • Mop the kitchen and bath, clean mirrors, and dust.

Tuesday
  • Free day
  • I will focus in one specific area for whatever challenge group I signed up for
  • Spend 15 minutes in my current zone (home is broken down into zones for ease in distributing them throughout the year)  more on that later
  • Scrapbook (again, the importance of scheduling your personal interests and hobbies into your day)
  • Clean out the refrigerator (notice it's the day before grocery day... just makes sense)

Wednesday
  • Grocery Day (kids are typically in school on a Wednesday, take the little one and head straight for the store.  I hit Starbucks on the way and I do believe I could summon my inner Julie Andrews and belt out The HIIIIIIiiiiiillll are alllllllllllllllllliiiiive with the sound of muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusiccccccc just for having been to the store sans children.  It's a spiritual thing.)
  • Zone Clean 
  • Write thank you notes, letters or any correspondence that needs to go out

Thursday
  • Errand Day
    • Post Office
    • Library
    • Buy gifts/cards
  • Vacuum
  • Spend 15 minutes in the current zone

Friday -  Family Fun Day
  • GCSML Meetings (1st)
  • Clean out purse
  • Clean out car
  • Photography Friday
  • Sync calendars

Saturday Date Night 


This is my typical week.  Does everything always happen on the exact day I'd planned?  Nope.  But, it's easier to work ahead or move things out if there is a plan in place that I know about.  

Some of these terms such as "zones" are used by the Flylady system.  While I do love and appreciate the extensive detail, I did found this method a little too time consuming, cumbersome and WAAAAY too many e-mails, testimonials and sales pitches for the cleaning products.  I don't want post-it notes all over the place and I don't really need or want a daily routine that tells me to get dressed and make my bed.  I do, however, suggest you take a peek because there may be some information to garner from her site.  It's free.  Some people may need and desire that much detail... but for me, notsomuch.  This was one of those where she put hers out there and said to personalize it to your needs but the continual influx of information was still based on what she had set up so it was all just a big cluster @#$@# and made me all splody headed!  I do, however, still use the idea of her ZONES for my cleaning habits.

Another one that others may be interested in is called Unfuck Your Habitat.  Yeah, the name is a tad harsh but so are the hoarding piles and dustbunnies in some people's lives. Expletives scare me not, so, if you can get past the title, check out the page.

Other items that you may want to include on your specific weekly lists:
  • Change/wash all bathroom hand towels
  • Sort through 10 bookmarks or digital files on your computer to cull, delete or organize.  Clutter is EVERYWHERE!  Digital or otherwise.
  • Restock your car with supplies.
  • Cull magazines
  • Clean bathroom mirrors
  • Mop a specific room
  • Dust (you can go a bit further and specify certain rooms on certain days)
  • Family game night.
  • Grocery store
  • Clean toilets, sinks and tubs
  • Meal plan
  • Vacuum
  • Errands
  • Work on your home inventory with photos, documentation and back-up video for insurance purposes.
  • Personal filing
  • Calendar / schedule check

So, your task now is to go through what you KNOW your schedule to be and write down those specific items that you know need to be done on specific days.  

Ready.  Set.  Go!  I would love to know what you've added to your lists!

Happy New Year! Let's Get Organized for your day! It's time for the Lists

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Well, it's the first day of the new year... and man it's been a doozy of a day for me.  Crohn's.  Sucks. 'Nuff said.

However, with the "down" days, I still try to do, plan, be organized and present.  Today is no different.

With the new year comes the new year's resolutions.  As I've stated time and time again, I am not a resolutions maker.  Why?  Because people tend to make them... screw up once and have the mindset of "well, I gave it a go."  Then they go back to their old ways of doing whatever it was they were attempting to change silently thinking "failure" in their mind.  What a way to sabotage your motivation!

Friends, I'm here to tell you the ONLY time you FAIL is when you QUIT!  Or stated differently by someone I highly admire...


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I've loved some of the meme's I've seen about that very thing... quitting over one hiccup.  Ya just don't need to do it!  
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I'm always fascinated by the idea of resolutions for the new year.  I don't really understand WHY people feel the need to wait for a whole new year to make positive changes in their lives when they have the option to do that EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Aren't I just a ray of sunshine?  


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I'm thinking of the typical new year's resolutions I hear (in no particular order)

1) lose weight
2) stop smoking
3) stop drinking
4) eat healthy
5) get fit
6) further education
7) further career (raise, promotion, etc.)
8) take a trip
9) get out of debt
10) get organized

So, HEY, if you're on the resolution bandwagon and need the motivation of a new year (which is here now) and want help to get your groove on and plan your a new, blank slate... your time is now!  And aren't you lucky?  That's what I'm here to help with RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE!  

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The easiest place to start with any of your resolutions is by getting organized!  Why?  Because you can't do any of the other until you actually accomplish that goal.  I'm not talking about having color coded bins with all of your children's socks matched, your garage floor squeaky clean and have homemade cleaners whipped up to make your house eco friendly (although, that is coming, if you're interested).  I'm talking about simply starting out your day with a plan -- an organization of your time, if you will.  

Unless you're a freak of nature, it's not common to wake up ready to roll with a mental list already made, whittle away that list, forget nothing, stay on track, manage all the curve balls thrown at you and feel accomplished at the end of the day with all your i's dotted and your t's crossed with your gold plated calligraphy pen without missing a beat.  If so, you could just BE Batman.  But, I won't have that preposterous notion floating around in my head so we will focus on the fact that we need to get you organized!


And, lucky you!  It's a new year.  You have a clean slate so let's move forward with that momentum to get you a plan.  The key to everything is to use that momentum to make this into a habit.  Once it's a habit, you've worked yourself into your own personalized plan.  So, simply stated, to start out -- you need a plan.

There are TONS of systems out there... but if you're like ME, they're never just quiiiiiiite right for you.  How do you go about having a system in place when you can't find a plan you can use straight out of the (proverbial) box?  Well, if you're anything like ME -- you MAKE one!  I'm not one for conformity anyway.

So it's time to break out your ole pen and paper, grab a cup of something delicious and let's get started! 


There ya go... pick a pencil... any pencil. 

I like to start out simple and grab a pencil and a spiral binder.  It's a GREAT tool to start working on making your plan.  It's new, clean, lined paper just waiting for a list!  The very first few pieces of paper are going to be the guide to the rest of your life.  I'm serious.  Take those pages and across the top of the first several ones, write the following headings:


Daily

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Weekly

Bi-Weekly

Monthly

Bi-Monthly

Quarterly

Semi-Annually

Annually

Can you guess what comes next?  That's right, you get to have a major brainstorming session of the things that you WANT and HOPE to accomplish during each one of these time periods over the next few days.

This is YOUR MASTER list.  YOU know where YOU live and when things happen in YOUR life so you're not going to be dictated to when something wanted something done because that's when it's printed on your planner.  You're going to put it on YOUR planner because THAT is what works for YOU!  See? I just can't roll with the other.  I don't like or appreciate people telling me what to do when.  I like to be in complete control.  

So, because I do, get to as well!  Yay us!  I kind of feel like we should be running in with arms pumped in victory because this will be our plan!  It will be good!

Keep that motivation running.... let's start today with a Printable Daily Docket you can get here.

I'm telling you, you will want to add this snappy shirt to your yoga pant ensemble and you will DESERVE IT!  


So, start your "DAILY" brainstorm... What are things that you have to do every day no matter what.  This could be something as simple as "take your medicine" or "walk the dog" or "check the mail" or "do a load of laundry"... "set dinner out to thaw"... "journal"... "feed and water the dogs"... "tolerate the cat" (Hahah!  I'm not a cat person).  But this list... this DAILY list should contain things that you want to do on a daily basis regardless of the day of the week.  

I've seen plans written out "make bed" on the daily list.  Me, personally, I really don't need to waste the space or devote the time to make sure that I check that off of my list because when I get out of bed, I pull my covers up.  It's already an engrained habit in my head requiring me no reminder.   However, I'm REALLY bad about taking my vitamins at night so I DO keep that one on there as a visual reminder to do what is needed.  If you are one of those people who needs the extra nudge via a check box and reminder, to make your bed or to help you establish a HABIT so that it becomes second nature and part of your permanent plan, by all means, throw it on the list.  You're certainly not going to offend this girl.

Record your daily goals or goals you HOPE to establish this year to do on a daily basis.  

Tomorrow we will work on specific weekday assignments.

Get listing people!  There's a method behind my madness... want to know why I do what I do?  

Because at the end of the day, I want to hold my children's attention longer than I hold my phone.  I want the relationships I foster to be ones that are tangible.  While my friends on Facebook matter to me... they are not the ones that need my attention.  My family is and so by creating a plan of action, everyone's needs will be met and I will feel accomplished, satisfied... and... dare I say it... super!

And just because we're talking supers.... this is more my style.  :)  Just sayin;





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bye, bye 2014

They say all good things must come to an end and so much the year 2014.  I will say this hasn't been my most favorite year (primarily due to health reasons), but it's been a year of blessings nonetheless.

I'm still not a resolution maker so there's none of that "new year, new me" bullshit.  Sorry folks, I keep it real.  The truth of the matter is... I hope to have a new me every single day!  I don't need a new year for motivation.  However, to show I DO have a heart, I get the idea of having a clean slate... a blank page in a 365 page book to write your new story.  

My boys... one turned 4, one turned 10 and the other turned 15.  I turned 42 and still have the same 8 grey hairs that I pull every few months.  

This fall, I became the mother of a high school freshman, a 4th grader and an elephant.  (Don't laugh.. they don't just call them "pre-K" rooms, they get assigned animals.  It's much more exciting, don't you think?)

I didn't read as many books as I had intended... 

I finished my planner project... HUGE accomplishment!

I reread The Hobbit and saw part 3.

I've made so many great friends... and am so thankful for those wonderful people in my life.  

I've been to more doctors offices and had more tests run on me than I really want to even consider.  Crohn's is not my friend.  Some doctors are assholes who think everything spawns from depression -- newsflash -- it DOESN'T!  It's totally okay to advocate for yourself and move along (thanks Jennifer!)

It's been a crazy year and, you know how I love to reflect on crazy so let's delve, shall we?  There have been some bizarre and newsworthy events in our world this year as well and... well, ya know, I do have to "go there."

The top grossing movies of 2014 were:

   
   
 

These are in order from 10 to 1.  I want to give commentary on these because... well, it's my damn blog and ya know... I like movies!  

How To Train Your Dragon 2 made me want a Toothless.  I haven't seen Interstellar though Josh has... twice and loved it.  I haven't seen Mockingjay yet because I was waiting for Josh to have read the book but he spends more time fondling the remote and his phone than a book so I will try to go see it in the next couple of weeks alone!  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes... sorry, I think these are stupid ... stupid... stupid.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2.... again more with the same characters -- is there an ounce of creativity left in Hollywood?  Captain America... yeah, didn't see.  X-Men... again, yeah... no.  Maleficent.  I didn't see it in the theaters but pre-purchased it through Disney and I LOVE IT!  It's an amazing backstory and while I'm not on "team Angelina," I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.  I just saw Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas day with Josh.  I bought it for him as a gift.  It's a good flick.  I watched it as much as a Benji with a Kindle sitting next to you will allow...and it made me want to be the green chick.  No clue what her name is but... she's a badass.  And, while I am a fan of Transformers, I haven't seen it.  I'm a Marky Mark fan too which is even crazier to think I haven't seen it knowing HE is in it... yeah... just wasn't a priority.  I DID see The Hobbit and I fully expect it to make some kind of list!

The sports headlines of the year are that Seattle won the Superbowl and San Fran-sicko won the World Series and Donald Sterling is a racist.  Wow, did that one really catch ANYONE by surprise?  Yeah, I didn't think so.


 

In true April form, I have slept through some big headlines... (apparently there were some winter Olympics somewhere... yeah.. not a fan... )

... other news stories I could care less about others... and many of them just made me shake my head in disbelief.  

... in March, an entire Malaysian Airlines airplane went missing.  Jason Biggs (actor from American Pie) had a total social media backlash for tweeting "Anyone wanna buy my Malaysian Airlines frequent flier miles?"  Ill-timed?  Yes.  Lynch mob worthy?  No. What's sad.... I thought that was funny.  If Joan Rivers had said it, no one would have said a thing.  Hypocrites.  Then you get the Mythbusters who can find the NOT so proverbial "needle in a haystack".  Maybe we should put THEM on the case.  It could happen.  

... women have come forward claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them THIRTY YEARS AGO.  I claim it's a smear campaign.  I can understanding the whole idea of harboring that initial fear for a week or two... but after thirty years... you have to get on with your life so you're either making trouble or wanting to make some money.  There can be no closure at that point.  I'm speaking as a victim... for me to point fingers at this stage in the game... does no one any sort of good.

... we had an unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants into our country because our sieve-like borders provide no deterrent.  Many of these people illegally entering were children.  Many of these were very SICK children who were put on buses and taken to various undisclosed locations throughout our country.  We have many diseases which should have been eradicated by vaccination starting to reemerge again in our communiites with no explanation why.  Coincidence?  I think NOT!  While I do understand they want to enter America for a better life.  Breaking the law is BREAKING THE LAW and we should NOT go bankrupt as a country to attempt to provide a better life for those being here illegally than we do for those who fight and teach and ALREADY... ya know... LIVE here.  We are going to penalize our nation's citizens for not having healthcare while giving it away for free to those who are here illegally.  Don't even start to ask me about numbers.  I live between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas where the two state hospitals combined give birth to more ILLEGAL BABIES than ANY OTHER HOSPITALS IN THE NATION.  Just the two of them!  Both less than 30 minutes from me either way.  We have to stop the anchor baby laws.  OMG this is a rant I could go on for days about!

... whatever network airs the "Honey Boo Boo" pulled the plug because mom was caught on camera (though (shocker) denied) dating a registered pedophile... who even kept this preposterous show ON the air should have their eyes poked out.  How is that even remotely considered entertainment?  A bunch of white trash... I just don't understand for one iota of a nanosecond the compulsion our country has with train wrecks.  Her mom should have taken the money had has some liposuction on her five necks.  The whole thing grosses me out.

... AC/DC's drummer murdered someone.  Maybe all those years of drugs actually took away his ability to reason.

... I could spend weeks talking about the strife in the Middle East.  The violence makes my head spin.  While I don't fully even claim to understand it all, it does make me take pause to contemplate... do THEY even know what the hell they're fighting about anymore?  I do know that everyone seems to think that THEY are right and rightfully entitled.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist, however, to understand that not everyone can be right.  

... and amid the atrocities happening every day in Syria, we still have time to rally for public outcry to Denmark where they euthanized a healthy 18-month old giraffe and... fed it to their tigers.  They subsequently performed a public autopsy ... great!  I know my kids are ALWAYS begging see happy leggy animals killed on public display!  Can we go again, Mommy?

... oh yeah, and there was this little outbreak of EBOLA that hit... DALLAS after our idiot-in-chief claimed that it would be an "unlikely event" that someone infected with Ebola would ever "reach our shores."  Yeah, well, buddy, it reached our shores.  It reached our STATE.... it reached THIRTY MINUTES FROM ME.  I'm no fool in that when the government says ANYTHING In the neighborhood of "highly unlikely" you can bet your ass -- it's GONNA happen.  Mark my words.  I feel SO much better knowing that the government says we needn't worry about that happening in our country... and then it happened...less than 30 minutes from me.  I'm giving an eye roll.  It was SO big, I'm sure you heard it!

... there was this movie that came out at the end of 2013...and it's STILL huge.   Perhaps you've heard of it?  Frozen.  I saw part of it for the first time about a month ago.  It's cute.  Sisters fighting.  False love.  Ice monsters.  Snowmen.  Funny thing, the biggest song and I still don't know the words to Let It Go.  I just know "let it go."  So, the fact that I'll likely never know I, too, should probably just ... ya know... let it go, right? HAHAHAHHA!!!  (Bad pun, yes, I realize that!)

... I'm in complete and utter disbelief that someone I'm sure you've ever heard of (Kim Kardashian) posed nude...and her ass was all oiled up and photoshopped ... GASP can you BELIEVE it?!  Wow!  Such a shocker!  Her kids will be so proud to know their mom's shaved girlie bits are out there for the whole world to see.  Be proud.  I see drug problems in their future.  Hell, they'll probably get them from their dad.  Loser thug.

... there was a huge social media frenzy with everyone taking the ALS ice bucket challenge.  You were supposed to take a bucket, fill it with ice water, give a speech... challenge friends.  They had 24 hours to do the challenge or donate.  OR they can donate and still do the challenge.  

... in true Hollywood fashion, several of the big couples got divorced.... one notable one was Kris and Bruce Jenner.  Notable why?  He has now apparently turned himself into a woman.  One UGLY... UUUUUUUUGLY woman.  Why, Bruce?  WHYYYY????



... in Ferguson, Missouri, a thug robbed a convenience store, man-handled the clerk, and subsequently was dubbed a "gentle giant" by the media.  The media machine is OUT OF F'N CONTROL!  They would go on to report that this "gentle giant" was shot by a police officer as he was surrendering.  Forensic evidence and the autopsy confirmed the officer's story and the town rioted and burned shit down.  Let me tell you something.  1) teach your children respect 2) do not run from the police 3) do not attempt to go for a police officer's gun and 4) how does looting and burning down your neighborhood stores... the ones that bring TAX DOLLARS INTO YOUR OWN COMMUNITY BENEFIT YOU?!  Lives matter -- I don't care if you're green, orange, red, black, white purple or teal with silver polka dots.   Lives matter... but there is a thing called respect, restraint, order, law and discipline.  Exhibit those and you will NEVER have a problem with the police.  Period.  They stopped traffic on the INTERSTATES... that is NOT peaceful demonstration. Martin Luther King has to be rolling over in his grave.  Anyone standing for this bullshit.  

... a HUGE ferry in South Korea capsized with over 400 people on board.  Over 300 students perished in the waters.  I just can't imagine... they urged the younger children to go back to their rooms as others were evacuating.  HOW HORRIBLE!

... the US saw a huge tornado outbreak in April.  Sorry, I didn't see the reports of wild looting and how they expect tons of governmental handouts.  I only heard "we will rebuild" and we will be back.  

... in April over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria.  And a social media hashtag war was started.  #bringbackourgirls It's rather idiotic, to me, to think a hashtag would have any sort of impact on this incident.  In my eyes, the reality is that you're dealing with smartphone toting first-worlders who probably couldn't even locate Nigeria on a map.  For anyone to consider that a hashtag would be consequential in actually bringing their girls back anymore than me saying #shootmenow after spending all day with a whiney four-year-old will actually result in me being shot, needs to understand in dealing with terrorists -- a hashtag doesn't mean shit.  Hell, they probably don't even have a smart phone or social media accounts to begin with.  They sodomize goats for goodness sake!  Those girls were abducted because they seek the one thing that can get them out of the situation they find themselves... an education.  The cruticial key is to EDUCATE THE FEMALES so that they realize that they are NOT SECOND CLASS CITIZENS but that they are worthy of so much more than they are taught or believe.  Their fate was likely being sold as wives to the militants for next to nothing.  A hashtag won't bring them back... if it were only that easy.

... Sony pictures was going to release a comedy about two tools who were going to go undercover and kill North Korea's leader.  Apparently, Sony was hacked.  Claims arose that it was North Korea who hacked Sony.  Other developments claim that it was an inside job.  The movie never aired for fear of terrorist attacks at the opening.  Weenies.

King George set off for his final tour.... sigh... he is... the man... in Wranglers.  There is no other...

There was some just weird "new" that I found searching thorough websites... I have to share that, too.

Did you realize it was a big deal that Justin Beiber unfollowed Selena Gomez on Instagram?  Why is that news?

Did you realize that Niki Minaj has a big ass and people feel compelled to talk about it?  She's a foul mouthed skank.  Zero respect for her.  Trash.

Nick Jonas took pics in his skivvies grabbing his junk.  Sigh... so much for his wholesome appearance.  He's cute but since he's old enough to be like... my kid... I find it gross.  

Miley Cyrus probably licked something or showed her butt crack... I'm sure that's up there in someone's "wow" list.  

We lost some talent this year too.  

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Robin Williams killed himself and everyone seems to just be beside themselves about it.  

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Joan Rivers died during another plastic surgery at the age of 81.  Again... people were just beside themselves about it.  The woman was a bitch.  I don't get it.

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose leaving three kids fatherless... I can't even begin to understand addiction so I hold my opinions as a loser as my own.  He could have been a fantastic person...but to be so weak that you cant realize your own worth over that of an element that can kill you.... I just have no compassion in me for that ... for anyone.  I've known and lost too many weak.

Other celebrity deaths to note.... Lauren Bacall passed away. Maria von Trapp, 91, the last living member of the von Trapp family died.  Mickey Rooney (Gus from Night at the Museum series), Ann B. Davis (a.k.a. Alice from The Brady Bunch), Casey Kasem (following a ridiculous dispute where his wife actually HID HIM from his children -- seriously there are just stupid people in the world!), James Garner and Russell Johnson (the professor from Gilligan).

One that is definitely noteworthy is Maya Angelou.  The world needs more people like her in it... and her passing definitely made me sad.  Do a search for quotes by Maya Angelou... she was such a wise soul.

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But, as it always does... life goes on.

All in all, it wasn't all it could have been...but it was so much more because of who was in it.  Now, on to 2015... I'm ready for it.  You?  Happy New Year friends, family and loved ones.  Let's start writing our books!  Grab that pen...