New Year, New Stuff

2013 was a hell of a year.  As with every passing year, I am happy to close the book on this one and begin anew with 2014.  Even though it’s just a symbolic closing of one door and opening of another, I like to think that we can use it as a way to put the BS behind us and move forward into something positive.  There are things I am hoping to see more of in the new year, as well as quite a few things I am wishing into oblivion.  This is a very abbreviated list.


Things I want more of in 2014…

Recently, I’ve not only been paid royalties for my Kindle ebooks (under a pen name), but I’ve also been making money with this blog.  With the ability to host ads, the new traffic, and the offers I’ve received, I was paid quite a nice amount just in December alone.  WordAds, hosted by WordPress, will hopefully pay me out next month.  Getting paid to write has always been a dream of mine, and it seems to finally be happening for me.  I want this to go to the next level in the new year.

More and more states are taking steps to make marriage an equal right for both gay and straight couples.  Two consenting adults in love should be allowed to marry, and thankfully more states are recognizing that and doing something about it.  There’s still a way to go, but I hope to see this continue on into the new year, and keep on going until the entire country makes the change.  I want my child to enter adulthood in a different world than the one I entered into.

My husband and I have been taking a lot of mini-vacations lately.  Whether it’s staying overnight in Indianapolis or leaving the state for a day or two, we seem to have entered a somewhat adventurous state, eager to explore new areas and experience new things.  It’s been incredibly fun and rewarding, and I want us to be able to continue on and explore many new places together.


You know how any idiot can get YouTube famous?  Now with apps like Vine, shows like Tosh.O, and other outlets, people can get their 15 minutes of fame pretty damn easily.  But keeping it is a whole other story.  The desire to hold on to the little bit of fame has forced people to get creative.  Acting stupid on camera will get you noticed, but then what?  You either make something happen or you fade away.  I’ve seen some incredibly clever things on YouTube, Vine, Pheed, etc. lately and I love the efforts people are making.

Most restaurants have been on point as far as listing their calorie counts for their various dishes.  I absolutely love this.  It allows me to plan my outings and avoid dishes that contain a days worth of calories on a single plate.  I do hope that this trend continues and goes to the next level to list calories in mixed drinks (I know it’s not possible for everything, but I’ve seen it done and I think consumers deserve it).

Did you see the series finale of Breaking Bad?  I’m not going to ruin it for you if you haven’t, but if you have, you know how amazing it was and how the powers behind that show truly stepped up their game to give the audience something spectacular.  They put the work in and it paid off more than anyone could have expected.  We need more of that:  quality television shows put together painstakingly by brilliant minds and performed by brilliant actors.


Things I want less of in 2014…

There seems to be a new diet pill, trend, or trick every couple of weeks.  Exciting new herbs and extracts, weird machines, body wraps, and god knows what else, all promising to burn fat like magic.  There is no magic, obviously.  I want less “easy fix” nonsense and more research.  I know that certain vitamins and herbs CAN help with weight loss.  I want information on what works and the truth on how effective it is.  No more “results not typical” in fine print.  Be honest about your products.

Miley Cyrus.  Just everything Miley.  I’m bored with her antics, tired of seeing her lick household items while gyrating in a barely there outfit, and simply over the desperate cries for attention.  What’s wrong with being noticed because you’re a talented musician?  Any idiot can flash their ass to a camera, and I’m done seeing Miley’s.

The final book in the Twilight series was made into two movies.  The Hobbit is somehow being stretched into three.  I believe the Hunger Games movies will also break the final book into two films.  Having read The Hobbit and all of the Twilight, I feel confident in saying that dragging them out into multiple films was not necessary.  Yes, they are out to make money, but I prefer quality over quantity.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d rather see one amazing movie instead of two or three drawn out films.


Not everyone will get along with and accept everyone else in their community.  We butt heads, disagree, and dislike people for no good reason.  Unfortunately, with the internet being at our fingertips 24/7, people can disagree with a wider variety of others, plus they can spread their ignorance like wildfire.  I hate that stupid people can hide behind the anonymity of online postings and tear down others for no reason.  Sometimes it’s better to keep quiet, and I hope they can learn to do just that.

I hate stupid questions.  Hate them with a passion.  I hate being asked the same stupid question over and over again by a person expecting a different answer if they annoy me enough.  Don’t ask me if my boss is in the shitter (news flash:  he doesn’t tell me when he’s going there and I wouldn’t want to know anyway), don’t ask me to find a single person in a building of thousands (I don’t have a directory, no matter how many times you ask), and don’t ask me things that even a five year old would be ashamed to put into words.

I’m not sure when it started, but we are currently deep into a very bad habit of shortening names and words into silly abbreviations.  Whether it’s to sound hip or to report on news stories quicker, it seems like anything that can be abbreviated will be.  (Kanye West + Kim Kardashian = Kimye)  (National Geographic’s television channel = NatGeo)  (Robert Pattinson = RPatz)  It’s lazy and annoying.  Please stop.


About Jamie C. Baker

“Long time no see. I only pray the caliber of your questions has improved.” - Kevin Smith

Posted on December 27, 2013, in Family, Fun!, Life, Love, Music, News, Travel, TV/Movies, Work and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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