General diary entries

END OF THE YEAR ROUNDUP

OK, so I have a very short 4.5 hour shift to do today to make up my full hours after doing a short shift on Xmas day.
I’m back to full shifts on Mon, Wed’s (New year’s Eve) and Thurs (New year’s day)
I have a dental appointment on Tues morning and I’m going to my Brothers for drinks and nibbles on Tues afternoon.
So today is the only chance I have to do my roundup for the year.

All in all, it’s been a better year this year.
We still had all the medical issues kicking around and money is still tight but we made the decision NOT to stress about it this year.
Me and Ian pushed the budget and invested in Unlimited Cinema cards which have been an absolute joy to have.
I have been to the cinema a grand total of 48 times.
Taking the kids to the cinema is now not so stressfull because we are not worrying about the cost quite so much.

We made the decision to spend more time together as a couple.
Even if it’s just the cinema trips and the occasional breakfast out.
Sometimes, if finances allow, we even manage to take the kids for a breakfast treat.
This alone has made a big difference for us this year.

We have seen big changes in our eldest daughter Murron who started college in September.
She has the freedom of Bedford because of her bus pass, she has a boyfriend she’s been with now for almost a year and she’s absolutely loving college!
I can’t believe the change in her.
She gets herself out of bed in time to catch the bus for college, even if she’s not feeling good.
We couldn’t even do that with a cattle prod while she was at school!
She may be treating the house as a hotel but at least she’s happy!

While finances have been tight, as usual, they have actually been better controlled this year.
So much so that me and Ian actually bought each other Xmas presents this year for the first time since having the kids.

I have only had 9 Dish of the Week’s this year.
Technically only 7 because Joel Kinnaman had 2 of those entries, Karl Urban had 1 and they both battled it out on a joint entry!

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The others who made it to the list were..
Sam Haughan

Jamie wedding outfit

Tom Hiddleston

Number 04

Michael Fassbender

Fassbender 01

Lee Pace

Pushing Daisies

and Chris Pratt

chris pratt 4

My blogging started off really well in January as it usually does and then by summer it started to slow down until we reached december which has had a grand total of just 6 posts, including this one!
I really must try to do at least one a day next year.

Next year is going to be full of landmark celebrations.

Dharma will be 13
Marjorie will be 16
Murron will be 18
Ian will be 50
and we will be celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary in August with a family holiday to York.

There are lots of other things I could have blogged about this year but for various reasons, I can’t.
Needless to say, we plan to keep next year under control like this year.
We will continue with our Unlimited Cinema membership.
We will continue to enjoy our occasional breakfasts out, including the kids.

My priorities for the year are….. and strictly in this order….
1. My family’s health and happiness and my family in general.
2. My own health and happiness.
3. Work.

I may be doing some soul searching over the next year.
If certain things don’t change I may take a drastic decision before the end of 2015, we’ll see.
Keep checking into my blog to find out.

I hope everyone has a fabulous new year!

Finally, for anyone interested, I started keeping a simple log of films that I’ve watched this year.
I’m surprised I kept it going all year!
The list topped 338 (finalised at 340) films last night and there is the potential for a couple more before the year is over.
So here’s the list.

Gnomeo and Juliet
Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Captain America
Ghost Ship
Elysium
Star Trek Into Darkness
Capricorn 1
In the Line of Fire
Dredd
The Count of Monte Cristo
Riddick
Kick Ass 2
White House Down
Speed
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Big Blue
Prince of Persia
Insidious
Mission Impossible
Mission Impossible 2
Mission Impossible 3
Mission Impossible 4
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
12 Years a Slave
Cold Light of Day
Eight Legged Freaks
Amazing Grace
Captain Horatio Hornblower
This Means War
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
Olympus has fallen
Angels and Demons
Mortal Instruments – City of Bones
Rush
LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR – The Two Towers
Rush
LOTR – The Return of the King
Kate and Leopold
Imposter
Batman Begins
Batman – The Dark Knight
Batman – The Dark Knight Rises
Source Code
Barefoot in the Park
Robocop 2014
Pacific Rim
Robocop 2014
Paul
The Monuments Men
Harry Potter – Deathly Hallows Pt1
Harry Potter – Deathly Hallows Pt2
Donnie Darko
Robocop – 1987
Shutter Island
Robocop 2014
Cuban Fury
Robocop 2014
Jarhead
Thor 2
Easy Money – Snabba Cash
Easy Money – Snabba Cash
Hugo
The Right Stuff
Gravity
Lola Versus
Legion
White House Down
Prisoners
I Skuggan av Värmen (In Your Veins)
The Darkest Hour
Enders Game
I Skuggan av Värmen (In Your Veins)
Non Stop
300: Rise of an Empire
Guarding Tess
The Fifth Estate
Easy Money 2 – Snabba Cash 2
Paranoia
Easy Money 3 – Snabba Cash 3
Johan Falk: Spelets Regler
Johan Falk: Kodnamn Lisa
Skyfall
Johan Falk: De 107 Patrioterna
Johan Falk: Organizatsija Karayan
Johan Falk: Barninfiltratoren
Johan Falk: GSI – Gruppen For Sarskilda Insatser
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Lola Versus
Safe House
World War Z
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hours
Saving Mr Banks
I Skuggan av Värmen (In Your Veins)
Outlander
God Save the King
Noah
Johan Falk: Kodnamn Lisa
Catch Me If You Can
The Bone Collector
Last Days On Mars
Divergent
Easy Money 2 – Snabba Cash 2
Den Osynlige – The Invisible
Leon
The Heat
Amazing Spiderman 2
The Darkest Hour
The Other Woman
Transcendence
I Skuggan av Värmen (In Your Veins)
Frozen
Drop Zone
The Machine
Sleeping Beauty
Magic Mike
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Da Vinci Code
Mom and Dad Save the World
Argo
Star Trek Into Darkness
Pompeii
Man of Steel
Erskineville Kings
This Means War
Thor 2
X-Men
X-Men 2
X-Men Last Stand
X:Men Origins
X-Men First Class
Wolverine
Easy Money (Snabba Cash)
Unstoppable
Fantastic 4
The Silence of the Lambs
Bad Neighbours
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Godzilla
X-Men First Class
The Fifth Eliment
Paul
August: Osage County
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Ever After
The Man in the Iron Mask
R.I.P.D.
X-Men: First Class
Prometheus
Edge of Tomorrow
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
Breakfast Club
Maleficent
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Shame
Centurian
Robocop
Robocop
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Withnail and I
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Captain America: The First Avenger
Doom
P.S. I Love You
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
X:Men: Days of Future Past
Fish Tank
Stand By Me
Star Trek: Into Darkness
The Great Raid
Tooth Fairy
Underworld
Tron Legacy
Extract
Robot and Frank
Ted
White House Down
Enchanted
Non-Stop
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Transformers – Age of Extinction
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Fighting
Rush
Last Vegas
Man of Steel
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Evolution
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Lego Movie
The King and I
Rainman
Stargate
The Horsemen
Twister
Paul
This Means War
Lola Versus
Star Trek
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
Battleship
Billy Elliot
Guardians of the Galaxy
Carrie
Mightly joe Young
Robocop
Insidious – Chapter 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
Always
World War Z
The Legend of Hercules
X-Men First Class
Galaxy Quest
Divergent
Night at the Museum
17 Again
Patch Adams
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Mrs Doubtfire
Into the Storm
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Pearl Harbor
Lucy
We Bought a Zoo
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gladiator
Leap Year
The Amazing Spiderman 2
The Fall
Pacific Rim
Apollo 13
The Losers
Bad Neighbours
The Sting
King Arthur
Pompeii
Locke
Immortals
Only Lovers Left Alive
This Means War
The Mortal Instruments
The Hunt for Red October
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Chronicles of Riddick
The Cold Light of Day
Dracula Untold
Cinderella
Sleeping Beauty
Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
X-Men First Class
Gone Girl
Thor 2
The Maze Runner
Priest
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ghostbusters
Edge of Tomorrow
Day After Tomorrow
Oblivion
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Red
Prince of Persia
Red Dawn
Outbreak
The Ten Commandments
Moon
Man of Steel
Fury
Avengers Assemble
Captain America: The First Avenger
Alien
Pacific Rim
Godzilla
The Anomaly
Angels and Demons
Bride Wars
Reign of Fire
Snowpiercer
Nightcrawler
Avatar
Cabin in the Woods
X-Men
Robocop
Coyote Ugly
X-Men – Days of Future Past
The Other Woman
Pride and Prejudice
Guardians of the Galaxy
Snowpiercer
Earth to Echo
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Transformers – Age of Extinction
X-Men 2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Skyline
Interstellar
Guardians of the Galaxy
Flash Gordon
Goonies
I Come With The Rain
Love Actually
Skyfall
Horrible Bosses
Captain America the Winter Soldier
Home Alone
Home Alone 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1
Jingle All The Way
Muppets Xmas Carol
Blue Thunder
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Close Encounters
Rise of the Guardians
Ladyhawke
Star Wars: A New Hope
Gremlins
10 Things I Hate About You
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi
Into the Storm
Hercules
Armageddon
The Explorers
Daybreakers
Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb
The Core
Edge of Tomorrow
Wall E
The Santa Clause
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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