Year-End Wrap-Up

2015 was epically horrible for me.  It was worse than 2013, which I did not think possible.  I lost my job.  I lived in 8 places in less than six months.  I was sick three times in three months.  I was betrayed by people whom I considered friends.  I lost my sense of self, my sense of purpose, my direction, and my will to apply for jobs.  It was genuinely an awful year.

So, as I look back, I feel that I should give thanks.  Thank you to my family and friends, who were nothing but supportive (emotionally and financially), who listened to me endlessly and offered counsel when asked for, and who made me feel a sense of worth, even in my darkest moments.  Thank you to my roommate, who is so kind, so gracious, and such a joy to be around (even if her cat is redefining “needy” for me).  Thank you to my church for bringing me into your community and giving me a way to serve.  Thank you to the people who have employed me, sometimes in the face of minimal qualifications.

Thank you, most of all, to God, who is with me through all things, who has taken care of me, who gave me such a unique and supportive family, and who has constantly placed exceptional people in my life.

I look forward to a better, and bloggier, 2016.  Happy New Year!

 

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Pop Culture Christmas List

Like many of the shows I watch, I took a ridiculously long hiatus for Thanksgiving, and I will take another for Christmas.  But, before I go, I wanted to share my Christmas wish list for pop culture.


TV:

I wish that Hannibal will continue.  Somehow.  Even if it is only in my dreams.  Yes, I would be entirely comfortable dreaming a new episode every night for several seasons.  Do you hear that, Santa?  Do you hear me, God?  I am dead freaking serious.hannibal

I wish that there will be a Community movie.  #andamoviecommunity

I wish that Mozart in the Jungle will have an amazing sophomore season.  You can do it!mozart in the jungle

I wish that the last three seasons of The Vampire Diaries will turn out to be a collective nightmare had by all of the Stelena fans.tvd

I wish that Jamie and Claire will have sex again, and that it will not be as awful as every moment of the season finale.outlander

I wish that Daryl will have more screen time in the second half of The Walking Dead.  And that Carol will be redeemed.  I worked out an amazing death for her character.  I hope it comes true.twd

I wish that Sneaky Pete will catch on.  That pilot was aces.  (Apologies to Giovanni Ribisi for the gif.  It really was the best option.)sneaky pete


Movies:

I wish that The Force Awakens will reignite my Star Wars fever well into 2016.  I want to have rewatched the whole saga several times by June.force awakens

I wish that Leo will be the rock upon which the credibility of the Academy Awards will be shipwrecked.leo

I wish that Tom Hardy and Carey Mulligan will make a movie together.  Please.

I wish that Lindsey Morgan will star in the forthcoming adaptation of Wool.  Her spark and determination on The 100 have already made her my Juliette.

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Streaming:

I wish that all cords will be cut and that the streaming services will be more comprehensive.  I need the entire Star Wars saga, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Great Gatsby, all of the major Hitchcock films, Miller’s CrossingThe New WorldAn Education, and The Devil’s Backbone to be available.  Most of all, I need network television to get better or go away.

I wish that Netflix and Hulu will add forward buttons and IMDb integration.  Amazon Prime is winning.


And thank you to everyone in the industry whose hard work has brought television into a shining new era.  Thank you, too, to the people who are still making great movies.

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Short Term 12.  Watch on Netflix.

And, as ever, I wish that Jack Dawson would go around the other side and get on that door.  I am sure he will still die before fifty, but his cause of death will be something other than stupidity.titanic

Have a Merry Christmas everybody!  And watch any of these shows (or movies).  😉