It’s Friday, and I don’t want to be at work. Technically, I shouldn’t be at work. See I work on a research project that’s government funded (even though I work for a university). Since all government workers have been given the day off, I should have the day off too. Technically…yeah, it didn’t work with my boss either.

So anyway, I thought I’d share my opinion on the 2 movies I’ve seen this week. The first one was this:

The best part was, we have an IMax screen pretty close to us. We got to see Harry Potter on a 65 foot tall screen! Sassy grabbed my arm several times (and nearly cut off the circulation) to tell me she was afraid. The werewolf scenes bothered her the most. I have to admit, it was a pretty scary werewolf. The three teens who play Harry, Hermione, and Ron are certainly growing up. They get better every film. I will say that Michael Gambon (who played Dumbledore) did an admirable job, but I really miss Richard Harris. He was the quintessential Dumbledore and anyone who comes after him has very big shoes to fill. All in all, we’d give it 2 thumbs up.

Wednesday night, I took the kids to see this:

Okay, I really wanted to see it too. I liked it better than the first one. There was more for adults in this movie and I enjoyed the inside humor. Little Big Man is old enough to “get” most of the jokes (nearly peed himself when the knights pulled the catnip off Puss in Boots). Sassy was just along for the ride – but she laughed as loudly as Little Big Man in some spots. A friend told me, “See it with another adult so you can laugh at the jokes with them.” That was good advice, so I’m passing it along. Very enjoyable film, and another 2 thumbs up.

I also recently finished this book:

A couple of months ago I was bored with everything I was reading and asked for suggestions. I think it was Carolyn who suggested this book. It was hysterical. I was laughing so much reading this book that the Hub stole it from me when I put it down for a minute. He chewed through it in 2 days…and then taunted me with the knowledge.

Many years ago, when the Last Temptation of Christ came out, my mother and I had a huge debate about whether Jesus would have suffered from temptations at all. Her argument was that he was god and therefore above the sins that tempted human beings. My argument was that he was sent down here to be human – not a god. Therefore, he had to be tempted by everything that humans are tempted by; only in that way would he know what it was like.

Lamb had the ring of truth for me. Who knows what Jesus’ childhood was like, but I really liked this version of it. He struggled, he made bad choices, in short, he was a human being. The book tells the story of Jesus’ life, through the eyes of his childhood friend. Christopher Moore had a piece at the end of the book where he talked about the research he did and I think it shows in the reading. I was raised an Episcopalian and remember some of my Sunday school lessons. I did consider digging up a Bible and reading through it, just to catch some of the things I missed. It was an entertaining read and I highly recommend it whether you’re a believer or not. I have a short list of reasons why you should read it.

1. you find out where the Shroud of Turin comes from

2. you find out what the “H” stands for in “Jesus H. Christ.”

Go forth and read.

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