Every year I share the goals I want to achieve. 2014 has me a bit stumped. From 2013′s list of goals I have one outstanding, to run a half marathon.
I started to think about events for 2014.
- I will turn 30
- my brother will get married
- planned trip to NZ
With 2013 being a massive year of highlights, buying my first car, going to Nepal and making it to Mt Everest Base Camp, purchasing and renovating my first property; to name a few. It’s no wonder I look into 2014 as pretty uninspiring year.
After some careful consideration I’ve devised a list of goals.
1. Run a half marathon.
2. Obtain a permanent AO4 or higher role at work.
3. Visit Japan.
4. Be true to myself.
5. Love, Discover, Adventure, and Believe.
Movie Info: When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger crisis. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs an all-star cast featuring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Ashley Judd and Rick Yune. (c) FilmDistrict
Mars Review: Olympus Has Fallen may be pure Hollywood hokum but it remains tense, exciting and credible enough right through to the suspenseful climax, even if the dialogue is laughable at times. The movie’s best moments belong to Gerard Butler though, thriving in a role that’s perfect for his capabilities as he establishes a hero we can’t help but root for.
Stars: 3 out of 5
Movie Info: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends. — (C) Walt Disney
Mars Review: The company that married state of the art computer animation with striking, creative storytelling has transformed, sadly, into something else: a production house that bangs out kids’ films. If Pixar would simply take chances on original ideas and thoroughly explore them like they used to, there’s a good chance that they could jump right back on top, instead of churning out films that are half-baked. It’s not that Monsters University lacks any of the heart or wit of Pixar’s finest achievements – the attention to detail and sight gags are as impressive as ever – but narratively speaking this is derivative in the extreme. Like Cars 2, Monsters University should of been a direct to DVD kids movie.
Stars: 1 out of 5
Movie Info: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. (c) Paramount
Mars Review: Do we boldly go where no man has gone before? From a plot standpoint, the answer is a resounding no, but that doesn’t mean that its is a boring retread of past storylines. It’s an energetic, thrilling mash-up of past storylines. Pine and Quinto have grown into their roles and seem much more assured than four years ago. Quinto is especially impressive. It’s definitely a fun action movie, but I’m ready for these films to boldly go in their own direction, instead of hanging on to the originals.
Stars: 4 out of 5
My life has been a roller coster ride the last 4 week or so weeks.
The new job I have started down the Gold Coast is over an hours drive from my current residence in Brisbane. Still living at mums house while I eagerly await the settlement day of a property I’ve signed a contract for on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
I plan to have some tradesmen come and paint the entire inside of the townhouse, re-carpet upstairs and vinyl downstairs. I wont be moving in until all basic renovations are complete and little me can live in a townhouse fit for a princess, Silver Metallic feature wall!
As with any workplace you find the great people and the downright negative nannies. In the last few week’s I’ve been getting along well with all my new co-workers and forming friendships, we are a great team and a wonderful group of girls. I’ve always found people find me easy to open up too, I’m a very open an honest person myself, I don’t hide to much BS under the mat. A few co-workers have commented on the refreshing change of a positive attitude, love my dry but funny sarcasm, and that they feel they can open up to me about any topic at all. The patients are fantastic, I forget how nice it is to speak to the adult public, hearing they’re interesting stories. Even the odd grumpy bum that want’s to have a vent about the price of parking. I’m also enjoying the hype about the move to the new Gold Coast University Hospital in Late September. I did a tour of the complex and it’s huge! Opened my eyes as to where the Gold Coast will be headed in the next few years leading up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The Gold Coast just has a different atmosphere compared to Brisbane. It’s no wonder I always saw my future self living at the coast one day after many family vacations on the Gold Coast.
Nepal trip is just over 4 weeks away. I’m really excited about the holiday, but nervous due to my fitness levels dropping with these shin injuries still ongoing. I’ve been working with my GP, Physio and Chrio over the last few weeks and had a X-ray and total body scan to see what my bodies structure is doing to me. I have been warned I may not like the results considering the continuing pain I’ve had, but I don’t want to give up on Mt Everest Base Camp after pulling out of the Gold Coast Half Marathon in early July. The pains is so bad that even walking around the shopping mall for more than an hour they begin to hurt and painkillers are not helping much. My fitness has taken a blow with the injury, I’m keeping positive that I will do the best I can do on the trip, I wont push myself to be at the front of the hiking pack. And when I return from Nepal and settle into my new home I can continue with Sprint Distance Triathlon’s before I try to take on another Olympic Distance and beyond in future seasons.
A short catch up on my life and why I have not been blogging as much. I miss writing each week. If Steve Jobs was still around I am confident he would have invented a mind translator that could transfer my thoughts onto my blog while I am driving to and from work each day. With 3 hours to myself each day, I’ve found A LOT of topics to think about between the loud music and singing.
Movie Info: The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount
Mars Review: Zombies are hotter than ever and now it’s Brad Pitt’s turn. Much better than its troubled production history would indicate, it is a supremely well designed film. WWZ re-animates the zombie genre as Brad Pitt outsmarts the voracious undead in a compelling and exciting, creepy take on how the world might face its end. A summer blockbuster any way you slice it. Still, it might be time to call for a moratorium on undead activities.
Stars: 4 out of 5
Movie Info: ”The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan(Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. — (C) WB
Mars Review: Baz Luhrmann’s vision of the Roaring Twenties dazzles as a purely sensory piece of sight and sound. Tobey Maguire’s narrative doesn’t stop The Great Gatsby from entertaining as a gorgeous, glittering work of visual art. When you throw in the extravagant sets, costumes and visual effects, it’s as if you’re watching a moving painting. New York in the 1920s could not look any more beautiful. This is Baz Luhrmann’s Masterpiece.
Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5