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I’ve never taken New Years resolutions super seriously. I try to just always be improving my life every single day, not once a year. But after a couple of conversations with close friends I thought of some things that are actually really important to me that I think I could try to hold myself to this year. Check them out below!
- Work Out – A large majority of my day is me moping about my fitness. I could stand to lose a few pounds and I know it but I never find myself in a gym. Yes, this is so cliche to make this a resolution, but it’s still very important to me nonetheless! So here’s to making working out an actual thing instead of something I just think about and find excuses not to do!
- Win A Tennis Tournament – The joy and excitement of winning my last tennis tournament in 2008 (that was a long time ago!) was sooooo incredible. I had worked so hard to be at my absolute best at that time and I want to feel it again. In 2011 I made the semifinals of my local tournament in Maryland, and then made the finals in 2012, but I haven’t taken the trophy home since 2008. I want to change that this year!
- Run a 9 Minute Mile – Oh Lord, this is stretching it. I was not made for running. Currently my mile is around the 11-12 minute mark, which isn’t bad considering I haven’t been consistently running since summer 2012. Training for tennis seasons my whole life I’ve done mainly interval cardio so running a mile straight forward without any breaks is VERY hard for me. But, running a mile in 9 minutes would really prove that my conditioning and fitness is where I want it to be. I’ll give myself a heart attack if that’s what it takes to do this in 2014.
- Spend Less Money – I’m sure we could all do this one. I calculated how much money I spend on food and cabs in 2013 and it was appalling. When you break it down, it really is crazy! This year I am cutting corners and being more financially responsible.
- Travel More – I really don’t travel that much. If I’m not in New York or Maryland I’m…in Ohio visiting my friend Phillip’s family. That’s basically been the extent of my travel for the last couple of years (with the exception of 2012 San Diego Comic Con). I want to see the world and actually force myself to have a quick weekend somewhere just to see and feel what else is going on in the world around me.
I have a couple other little things that aren’t full resolutions, but they’re not worth sharing.
What are your resolutions in 2014?
Best Picture, Drama Lincoln
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy Les Miserables
Best Director Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Actress, Drama Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Best Actor, Drama Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Best Screenplay David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Original Score John Williams, Lincoln
Best Original Song Skyfall
Best Foreign Language Film Rust and Bone
Best Animated Feature Brave
Best Television Comedy or Musical Modern Family
Best Television Drama Homeland
Best Miniseries or Television Movie Hatfields & McCoys
Best Actress, Televisoin Drama Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actor, Television Drama Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Best Actress, Television Comedy or Musical Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Actor, Television Comedy or Musical Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress In A Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Maggie Smith, Downtwon Abbey
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
It’s that time of the year again! Johnnukkah! For those who don’t know, Johnnukkah is a festival of presents that you give to me for 2 weeks before AND after my birthday.
Like last year, I’ll provide you with more information about Johnnukkah including what you can eat and do to celebrate:
What is Johnnukkah?
Johnnukkah is a festival of presents. Given to me each day for 2 weeks before AND after my birthday. Seeing that I was born unto this world on January 24th, Johnnukkah begins at dawn every year on January 10th and ends at dusk on Feburary 7th.
the F*** celebrates Johnnukkah?
So far, I am the only person that celebrates Johnnukkah. And that’s alright by me. I just hope that eventually it’ll catch on and the presents start pouring in.
Why was Johnnukkah created?
Mainly for me to get presents every day. For 4 weeks.
What food do you eat during Johnnukkah?
Hale and Hearty Tomato Basil soup. Anything from Amy’s Bread. Cupcakes. Thai food. Gummy bears. Anything that makes your soul feel better.
What are some things I can do to observe the 4 weeks of Johnnukkah on my own if I can’t send you a present?
Well you should really send me a present every day for 2 weeks before and after my birthday. But if times are tough, I
understand hope you find a way to make it happen. However, some activities that you could do to celebrate Johnnukkah are:
- watch Oxygen
- listen to Lady Gaga on full blast and try to do the dances
- play with your iPhone
- play tennis
- nap all day long
- wear sweatpants in public
- order food at a restaurant with a British accent
- stare at MacBooks on the online Apple store
- Congratulate Serena Williams on just existing
Don’t you think this is conceited, John?
Um no. I don’t. I like presents.
So mark your calendars folks because Johnnukkah is in full force today!!! WHAT DID YOU GET ME!?
I want to share this with you. Sol Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams was one of those albums that soundtracked my life at the time.
1 year ago today I was part of a 4-person team who launched a new one-stop fan site Hypable.com. Andrew Sims, Richard Reid, Mason DeWitt and I all worked around the clock to launch Hypable on April 25, 2011. For the first couple months, before we had a staff, Andrew, Mason and I would cover ALL of the fandom news. Looking back I have no idea how we did it! My friends were patient with me even when I would bring my laptop to their houses for movie night. I had to always be prepared.
Hypable isn’t on track to become the next Facebook.com. But as a professional, it’s the best feeling in the world when you see something go from an idea to a huge success. A year later we have 10,000 Facebook fans, almost 10,000 Twitter followers and site traffic that surprises everyone every day.
So, if you’ve ever visited Hypable.com, or shared a link, or retweeted a tweet: thank you. You’ve been instrumental in helping the site become a success and allowing me to do what I love every day!
As we say in the Hypable staff group: hypabirthday, Hypable!
You should watch this. Thanks for sharing, Andrea.
This morning I finally finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It’s all the rage to want to read this book and go see the movie (which came out today). I’ve had this book (and its sequels) on my iPad for almost a year! I kept putting it off until finally last week I started it.
The book is really great. It’s an enjoyable read. But after seeing the movie tonight with Kate, I do find some things that are kind of bugging me in retrospect. If you want to talk about it hit me up on Twitter @jthrasher because I don’t wantto type out a 60 page dissertation but overall I will say that I enjoyed the entire book-to-movie experience this time around. In fact, it’s one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen.
On to Catching Fire for now!
Did you see The Hunger Games yet? What did you think?
I feel like every time I am writing on my blog these days it’s about the latest celebrity that has passed away.
Today Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. Say what you will about her drugs or whatever, but I want to remember her for her incredible performances.
When I was 13 I bought The Prince of Egypt sound track solely for Whitney and Mariah’s awesome “When You Believe.” And you bet your ass I sang my face off singing it.
Dear blog, I promise to take better care of you in 2012. 2011 was all about Hypable.com for me though.
I hope everyone had a very happy new year’s day today! And don’t forget: the holidays aren’t over. Johnnukkah is on its way!
The book is called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and this is the hilarious back of the book. Thanks C’Anna.