Yep, it's true. I'm a sucker for a man in a batsuit.
I've loved them all. Even Adam West was pretty impressive to a pre-teen after-school-television fan. But, oh how the batsuits have improved since the 1960s...
I had the good fortune of seeing Michael Keaton in real life at the Relay Station in St. Anthony in about 1997 or 1998. I was rendered speechless (astonishing, I know). I couldn't even look him in the eye. Danny somehow finagled an autograph for me (isn't he great?). Today I will say that Michael Keaton was my favorite. But don't expect the same answer tomorrow. Val Kilmer was pretty hot. And George Clooney was surprisingly good. Christian Bale has been impressive so far, and I can't wait to see the new movie. I'd be Catwoman or Poison Ivy opposite any one of them. Meeeeow.
With that said, here's a trip down memory lane. Which one is your favorite?
I should have posted these sooner, but I've been a little preoccupied with ultra-important stuff. We brought my little brother Brandon and his Nintendo Wii home with us on Sunday.
**Word of caution: Don't even pick up the Wii remote unless you've got hours to spare and don't want to be in bed before midnight!!!
So we travelled to Eastern Idaho for the holiday weekend. My adorable little nephew, Christopher, turned one-year-old on July 2. We had a party for him on July 4th with volleyball, slip-and-slides, barbeque, and fireworks. The city of Menan was sure excited to celebrate his birthday! ;)
Fun was had by all, but all the photos to prove it are on Mom's fancy camera. I'll have to update later.
We were also fortunate enough to attend Monte's & Barb's annual 4th of July barbeque in St. Anthony.
Always good times. This year's festivities, however, included one activity I could have lived without. Danny lost a football bet last October, and the 4th was the predetermined reckoning day. A picture's worth a thousand words, so I'll just let it do the explaining.
Valerie and I pretty much shared the same reaction.
We spent some time in Chester at Grandpa and Grandma Hermosillo's. I am again reminded that I need to hire a personal photographer to follow us around because we didn't get any pictures taken. I did catch Valerie growling at Grandpa's bear, though.
I have been informed that this weekend will be spent camping and boating at C.J. Strike. With a seven-year-old, a thirteen-year-old, and a husband that doesn't believe in growing up, I'm hoping for the best, but preparing for...
"When I was young, I was convinced that all so-called liberals were evil. It was an immature assumption on my part. Over the years, I came to realize that there are millions of liberals who, while they may be confused or uninformed, have good intentions. " - Robert Ringer
By way of my cousin Nichole (her number is 38) and thebibliophiles.com:
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. "
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) List it in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin 2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein 3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. The Bible - New Testament - (The WHOLE thing? Okay, not so much.) 7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - (almost all; I've missed a few, but I'm totally counting it) 15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20. Middlemarch - George Eliot 21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - 29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34. Emma - Jane Austen 35. Persuasion - Jane Austen 36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres - 39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41. Animal Farm - George Orwell 42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50. Atonement - Ian McEwan 51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel - 52. Dune - Frank Herbert 53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding 69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie 70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72. Dracula - Bram Stoker 73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75. Ulysses - James Joyce 76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78. Germinal - Emile Zola 79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80. Possession - AS Byatt 81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87. Charlotte's Web - EB White 88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94. Watership Down - Richard Adams 95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
Epilogue: So apparently I'm reading the wrong books. I've read almost 50 books this year, but none of them made the list. P.S.: If this were high school English I'd have scored a lot higher because I've seen the movies of about 15 more.
Can it possibly be true? Beverly Hills 90210 is back?!?! I was a die-hard fan back in the day, and I have the Dylan/Luke Perry earrings to prove it. I sobbed during the last episode (so what if it was in 2000 and I was 21-years-old). Chances are not that great that I will watch the new show (at least admittedly), but hearing the theme song sure brought back my younger years in a flash! There are promises of cameos by Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth. If they get Luke Perry or Tiffani Amber-Thiesen, resistance will be futile...