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  • Watching: MLP: FIM
  • Eating: Just had a doughnut
  • Drinking: Milk
Okaaay this long pause between journals and pictures is starting to become a bad habit. Oh well. I hope you all have had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :D I had a pretty good one. Baked a lot of cookies for friends, traveled to West Virginia -twice- once was a couple weeks before Christmas to deliver cookies to my mom's friends and visit them, the other was the day after Christmas with my dad to see Mamaw (his mother). I got to see my Aunt Gwen, her boyfriend Tim, and my older cousin Anthony. It sure was nice seeing them again. 

As for Christmas, I spent it at home this time around. I found a movie I ain't seen in a year in my stocking. Saving Mr. Banks. :D Last year, :iconknightcommander: and I saw it in the theaters, and I loved it! My mom and her friend Susan saw it in the theaters, and they loved it too. So win-win. :giggle:

I also got a few other goodies, including:
  • A loom used for making socks
  • Heaven is for Real
  • A biiig MLP pillow
  • A couple of the classic Arthur books (courtesy of my nephew)
  • Some Nightmare Before Christmas trinkets (rubber bracelets, something for a keychain, and a neat flashlight that projects Jack Skellington's face :D)
  • A neat pedometer that goes on my wrist
  • New clothes, including fuzzy socks and a REALLY soft and fluffy bathrobe
  • Chocolate and gum
  • A new MLP T-shirt and a SHARK NECKLACE (courtesy of :iconknightcommander:)
  • Etc.
Overall, a nice Christmas for sure.

2014 was an interesting year, full of ups and downs. Ups such as:
  • Being Maid of Honor at one of my best friend's wedding.
  • Season 4 of MLP:FiM.
  • Meetups with :iconknightcommander:
  • New VeggieTales episodes. I totally squealed when I saw Archie as Doctor Who :giggle:
  • New friends.
  • Hearing Phil Vischer actually SAY MY NAME on his Podcast!! AND HE PRONOUNCED IT RIGHT! :excited: It's on the episode entitled, "The History of Bob and Larry."
  • Learning how to play the keyboard. Lol I'm still learning.
  • Getting all A's during my Fall Semester of college. 
  • Etc
And of course, downs that include:
  • Tumblr drama. Yes I joined tumblr, but I'll be keeping it secret for now. Protection reasons.
  • Loss of famous people. (I'll talk about them in a bit)
  • Numerous mistakes
  • Months of worry over the VeggieTales redesigns. I'm still not their biggest fan, but I'm trying to deal with it. I'll sure as heck miss the old look.
  • Missing out on entering that Silly Song Contest. There's always next time, and I can still do song covers for fun.
  • Neglected projects.
  • Etc.
Well with it's ups and downs, it was a year that had its blessings. However it is a sad fact that there is many a face and voice that didn't live to see the ball drop in Times Square last night. 

Robin Williams is perhaps the most well known loss that left the world in shock. I remember watching movies of him as far back as like when I was four or five. From Ferngully to Happy Feet, and Aladdin to Night at the Museum and more, his name and voice will be forever in my memory. and  His death was a great shock to my family. And the fact that he had taken his own life, even more-so.

Bob Hoskins is a name, face, and voice that's also been with me for a while. Mostly know for his role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I also remember him as Boris in Balto. He'll also be missed by many, including me.

Mickey Rooney's voice has been with many of us in our childhoods. I'm sure we remember him as Tod as an adult in The Fox and the Hound. And he's also remembered as the voice Santa Claus/Kris Kringle in numerous Rankin/Bass specials. He had a good long life.

In recent days I learned that we lost a heck of a voice actor. Christine Cavanaugh passed away in December. She's known as the voice of Chuckie in Rugrats, Oblina in Aah! Real Monsters, Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, Birdie in The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald, and many others. She retired from voice acting before she died, but she was a real talent indeed. 

Other people who passed in 2014 include (but not limited to):
  • Arthur Rankin Jr., known for his work on television specials such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
  • Joan Rivers. I didn't watch much of her, but I remember she voiced Francine's Grandma Bubbe in Arthur.
  • Philip Seymour-Hoffman. Also guest starred on Arthur, but I'll remember him mostly for his role as Dusty in Twister. IT'S A WONDER OF NATURE BABY! x3
  • Rik Mayall. Perhaps the only role I knew he played was Keehar in the Watership Down TV series for Seasons 1-2. I love that big silly gull. x3
  • Walter Massey. I don't remember seeing big headlines about his passing. But I was watching Are You Afraid of the Dark when I saw him. His voice sounded familiar so I looked him up. I was surprised to see that he was the voice of Mr. Haney in Arthur. But I was also surprised to see he had died back in August. He should definitely be remembered.
  • Richard Attenborough, known for his role as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. I FINALLY saw the movie in its entirety in 2014. Thanks :iconknightcommander: 
  • Casey Kasem, who many of us probably remember as Shaggy in a lot of Scooby Doo shows.
They, along with many others are missed in this world, and I pray that there's the slightest chance that they're in another world where illness, violence, and depression aren't there. Even for those who didn't have faith like many of us do.

Besides the mainstream Veggie DVDs bearing the new look and Season 5 of MLP, I don't know what 2015 will bring. But I pray that we can help it to be a good year. I'm sure there are going to be blessings as well as losses, just like any other year. I apologize for not getting to that "draw my friends as veggies" project that I wanted to do. Maybe since I recently got a new drawing tablet, I can work my way up. I also plan to do some writing projects. Wish me luck. ^^

Whoo, this is a beastie of a journal. ^^;
All right 2015. Let's see what you have in store for us. More ups and downs perhaps? Most likely. Bring it on. BOOYAAAHH! :XD:

Lots of love to you, friends! :D God bless!

Haisai-DBarenzu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, glad to hear your 2014 was interesting to ya. Here's to hoping 2015's better! That said, a belated Happy New Year to ya! Hope to talk with ya more soon! :)
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