Top 4 Movies | Best Of 2014


I’m a crazy person, I really am! I forgot to do a favorite movies posts as part of my “Best Of” posts. Forgive me though when I say movies and books weren’t as big of a hit this year as I thought they would be. There were so many movies I actually wanted to see, but haven’t been able to! Since my mom decided to shorten the movie package, my dad and I haven’t been watching as many movies as we’d like, but I mean we have recorded Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years A Slave that were up for Oscars this past year. I know they came out in late 2013, but do they still count? I’ve only been able to watch DBC and that still took a lot out of me to watch it. Dad did record I, Frankenstein and that one was pretty good. I still need to finish it, but really good otherwise!

The movies above are just a few of my favorites. They’re almost in the order except for the middle ones, they need to be switched around. All four movies I’ve actually looked forward to seeing throughout the year and then turned into favorites after finally seeing them. My dad watched The Legend Of Hercules before I did. It premiered just before mom got the package shortened. I thought the trailer for it was pretty corny, everything looked too CGI’d and that was another reason why I didn’t want to watch Pompeii either. I’m a HUGE history buff on both Pompeii and Greek mythology. I’ll be honest, yes the only reason I watched it was because of Kellan Lutz. There I said it. Here’s one better. I only watched That Awkward Moment for Zac Efron. Technically, my sister and I were supposed to see it in theaters and after I recorded it on my DVR, but plans changed and I watched it without her. I’m pretty sure she’s still got that text message that I sent to her at midnight saying, “Zac Efron needed to be more naked.” And he did.

I haven’t been back at the movie theaters since maybe 2012. That’s just a rough guess too. I don’t even remember the last movie I’ve seen in the theaters either. However, one day in July my sister decided to take me out on a girl’s day while our parents went on a last minute mini bike rally. Since it was in town and that it was going to be too cold, I didn’t need to go with them. So Blondie took me out to the movies and we saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and it wasn’t my first choice. I actually wanted to see Guardians Of The Galaxy instead. She had seen it though I think, so we saw this movie instead and I had forgotten the surround sound that only a movie theater can give you. It was AWESOME! I’m glad that Michael Bay brought back one of my favorite actresses, Megan Fox in his films. I was surprised that TMNT didn’t become a thing for me afterwards. Blondie said to me towards the end of it, “if that mouse dies, I’m going to cry.” I couldn’t help but laugh after she said that.

Lastly, one out of two movies with Shailene Woodley in it, Divergent just might be the last 2014 movie I’ll be seeing this year. I taped it over the weekend, I have been going through my guide daily now, searching for anything new. Of course now that Christmas is over, all of my favorite Christmas movies come out. I’ve been very excited for this movie. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack, score, and my love for Ellie Goulding might’ve gotten a little bit bigger before and after I watched it. I’ve never read the books. I’m still trying to get through The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, before I go ahead and watch the movie of it too. So not knowing ANYTHING about the books at all was nice. These post-apocalyptic world movies have been a little annoying lately, but I actually did love this one! In every movie you watch, you feel like there should be some changes here and there. Since I didn’t read the books, I can’t compare storylines, but I didn’t want to change anything about this movie. I loved it so much! I’ve already seen the trailer for the new one. I can’t wait to see that one too!

There are still quite a few more movies that came out this year that I still want to see. I had goals of seeing either Captain America: The Winter Soldier or X-Men: Days Of Future Past in theaters at the midnight premiere, but mom said no to both. And she wonders why I said that one will never go off my bucket list easily. Last night, after watching the Insurgent movie trailer, I decided to watched a few of the new movie coming out in 2015. Only three movies really made me want to see them. They are Woman In Gold, Still Alice, and The Longest Ride. All three of them could easily make me cry. I had a hard time keeping myself contained throughout watching each one. Of course I can’t forget about Fast & Furious 7 it doesn’t matter if they keep Brian O’Connor in the series or not, I’m still a big fan of the movies. Paul Walker would want us all FF fans there supporting the rest of the cast and crew. There was one movie that made me feel weird about, it’s called The Walk and it stars Joseph Gordon-Leavitt in it and the trailer has him standing on just a ledge on a very tall building, then the camera goes down the building at a fast pace. It’s going to be released in 3D, somebody going to have an anxiety attack or go into a cardiac arrest with those glasses on!

 What movies were you watching in 2014? 

I Lived | Best Of 2014


Yup, I’m using an OneRepublic song as my last post title of 2014. Jeez! How did we get here so fast? I still remember the last day of 2013 and sitting in the barn, watching my dad make bets with his buddies that he could beat them at cornhole. Of course, he lost because he kept getting cocky in both of the games. It just doesn’t seem like 2014 should be ending right now. I’ve had some pretty memorable years, both good and bad that I’d like to forget sometimes. I thought this year was the best though. Everything I’ve ever wanted for myself happened this year and that’s no joke! I know everybody is used to my big post of different flash fiction posts I’ve done throughout the year and it’s usually the only part of these “Best Of” posts but unfortunately I haven’t done very many of those and decided I’d do a big post of things I’m glad I got to accomplish and hopes for the new year.

At the start of the year, I made some very conscious decisions about how I wanted the first few months to go. I basically made some resolutions, but since I figured I’d break a few of them I only gave myself a couple of months to complete them and if I broke them, I did all over again. At least I was attempting to actually do something and keep at it. I’m not a real believer of love, but from the beginning of January to mid-March I was okay with it. I didn’t go looking for it and I was pretty content without having anybody as my Valentine. I’m like this during the other holidays too. This Christmas I was okay with being single and not looking for love. I felt proud, because I didn’t feel lousy about it all and loved my life being a single lady at that moment. I think that’s another reason why I was so happy this past year too. I wasn’t really thinking about things and driving myself crazy like I usually do. I just did it. Of course, I did have my days were my thoughts were going in overdrive, but I didn’t go into a dark hole. You continue to get better with it, the more you pray and be more optimistic about things not only you, but everybody around you as well!

Every year I know I complain a little more than I need to. I’ve been trying to keep things in perspective as much as possible. Let’s face it, things could be a lot worse! Besides living in the moment, I’ve been using this little blog as my launcher in a way. I’ve shared some very cool achievements this year, from the pop can to the trash can surprises, going to Plummer, seeing a real band live, met ONE and Bag Lady Sue. I got to do a blog post for Models Of Diversity earlier this year that was pretty cool! I mean there are just too many things to really list! I have been taking pictures more than I ever have with my little phone. I’ve gotten to love nature a little more. Bootsie had more kittens and my small hatred of cats in general has officially went away, now if only it can happen for the small dog category, I think we might be complete! I saw this year as a new beginning, which is what you should always see ahead in a year. I wasn’t always looking back and feeling bad about things I can’t change. When my sister and I decorated up the back of my bedroom door with different positive quotes. I think my thinking became even clearer for what I truly want in life and for my mind, body, and soul.

I’ve been more adventurous this year than anytime in my life. I’ve been secretly trying to break the barrier of insecurities, looking at my flaws and being perfectly okay with them. This has been a great year as far as not letting myself think of an ugly duckling. I accepted myself in my wheelchair. I’m starting to feel comfortable when people say I’m an inspiration, which I thought I’d ever see the day that would happen honestly. For years, I always the things I did with my feet weren’t even close to be worth admiring about, they were just things I used because I have nothing left. I also feel like I’m keeping my ego in check. She hasn’t run out of her cage in a while, so you all can be happy about that! Since I’ve gotten to be more adventurous this year, I’ve been able to speak with some pretty awesome people! I’ve been trying to push myself more in the blogging world, I didn’t know it was this big. We all have our flaws and crazy stories we want to share with the rest of the world too! And you thought it was just my crazy ass? Haha! There are far too many people to mention in this post to really say what I need to them and how much they mean to me. It’s nice to finally be accepted in a community for being myself.

Everybody’s been writing out their goals for 2015 and I’ve decided to keep mine kind of hush-hush for now. I’ve always been that way, keeping things a secret until the moment is finally there. I’ve got a couple of things I’ve like to do on here in the new year, one is doing my own verison of “Motivational Mondays” starting next week. They may be every other week, so they don’t become a chore on here. To finally end this, I’m ready for more adventures and keep up all the hard work I’ve done this year. I’m ready for anything. I know God has got some big plans for me, he always has! I’d like to complete more things off my bucket list.. the simple stuff and maybe some of the bigger things too! I want to go to more biker rallies. I want to meet more interesting people. And I’ll be blogging throughout the whole thing, at least I hope so. Thank you to everybody that has made this year extra special for me. When one door closes, another one opens…

-Amy Poehler