2014: Year in Review

Every year, I make myself a list of goals that correspond to the last two digits of the year. This year, it was fourteen goals-obviously. And now it’s time for the annual year-end review post.

  1. I want to have an amazing adventure.-I did have an amazing adventure this year. I have to say that 2014 was the hardest year of my life. I went on an adventure that was in no way at all what I had expected. But more on that in another post. (Keep your eyes peeled.)
  2. I want to do something involving the alphabet for my twenty-sixth birthday this summer because I’m an English teacher, I like the alphabet, and there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet. (I also want to meet Rick Porcello on my birthday, but I don’t think that will actually happen.) By the time my birthday rolled around, I had gotten over this idea, so it never happened. But I did get to see the Tigers win on my birthday. And I saw Rick Porcello pitch his second complete game shutout. It was great. 
  3. I want to read Madame Bovary. Done. 
  4. I want to read Dark Night of the SoulI don’t think I ever did this. Maybe it needs to go on the list for 2015?
  5. I want to finish reading Wolf Hall. (I really want to do this by June.) DONE.
  6. I want to make Katie a sweater for her birthday. DONE
  7. I really want to make myself two pairs of socks. At my current rate, I will have finished ONE sock by the end of 2014. However, I did make three Christmas stockings, so it all evens out in the end. 
  8. I want to make at least five things that are on my “Things I want to make” Pinterest board. What’s even on that board? Je ne sais pas…but I use my Ravelry queue!
  9. I want to make better use of my Pinterest Recipes board. Yep! I’ve done a much better job with that. 
  10. I want to finish that sewing project that I left at my parents’ house when I move out. Or instead I could give that fabric to my mom so she could make a really cute dress. That was a better plan…much easier. 
  11. I want to make at least three things out of my Downton Abbey cookbook. Hmm…I don’t think that happened. I need to work on that. 
  12. I want to be a better friend, sister, and daughter. I don’t know if I’m doing that. Maybe I am; maybe I’m not. You’d have to ask my friends and family. 
  13. I want to avoid spending money on yarn for any reason whatsoever (other than Katie’s birthday sweater) until my birthday. Ha. Ha. Ha. That was funny, and it didn’t happen. 
  14. I want to smile and laugh more because my seniors tell me that I look sad too much. Well, recently, a man approached me in a coffeeshop that I frequent and asked me why I’m always smiling. Similarly, one of my coworkers recently told me that she loves how much I smile when I’m working with my students. So while this is definitely an area in which I can grow, I’d say I’m growing nicely in it. 

Stay tuned for my 2015 goals on Thursday! Also, feel free to suggest goals for me in the comments.


The Muppet Christmas Carol…and Me

People who know me well know that I love the Muppets. People who know me very well know that my favorite Muppet is Gonzo. People who know me really, really well know that I kind of want to grow up to be a Muppet-even though I know that this is completely impossible. And people who know me extremely well know that I kind of aspire to be Gonzo.

Image from FanPop

Given the fact that I love the Muppets and I love classic literature, it might not surprise you to learn that my favorite Muppet movie and my favorite Christmas movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. I grew up on that movie. My family owned several different film adaptations of The Christmas Carol. We had The American Christmas Carol and the George C. Scott version and we might have had another one too. We generally watched at least one Christmas Carol film adaptation per Christmas season throughout my childhood. But The Muppet Christmas Carol was always my favorite. There are so many reasons to love the movie. (BuzzFeed even has a post all about 25 of those reasons!) Different people love the movie for different reasons. And I want to briefly ramble about why I love this movie.

Image from the Muppets Wiki

For me, it’s the perfect blend of literature, music, and humor. The message of the movie is positive. It shows the importance of family, of friendship, and of love. Despite having a cast of singing animals and vegetables, the movie conveys the original story nicely. I personally love Gonzo’s portrayal of Charles Dickens. A blue furry Charles Dickens is just what I need to get myself in the Christmas spirit. (Remember, he’s my favorite and my almost-hero.)


Image from Christmas Specials Wiki

I also love Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Crachits. They are so believable and adorable. I’m not saying that human actors can’t accurately portray this family, but there is something enchanting about these two as Bob and Emily. Their home is just so homey and real. I kind of want to go live there…as long as they can keep rats off the goose while it’s cooking.

I love so many things about the movie. I love Sam the Eagle as a (mildly confused) British teacher. I love Fozzie as Fezziwig. I love the penguins. I love this guy. (I don’t usually like rabbits, but I want Bean Bunny to be my new best friend and my new pet.)

Photo from Muppets Wiki

He and I would have SUCH good times together. We could sing obnoxiously together. But back to things I love about the movie…

I love the Ghost of Christmas Present. And I think above all it’s his song “It Feels Like Christmas” that explains why I love this movie. This movie understands what Christmas is about. It’s about love. It’s about kindness and sharing and caring and love. And as the song so beautifully says, “the message if you hear it is make it last year.” So, I’m going to leave you with my favorite song from my favorite Christmas movie.


What’s your favorite Christmas movie? What are your Christmas traditions? Have a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas!