So, I'm getting back into the swing of things now. For those of you who may not have known, I have been studying for the CFP exam for the last 6 months or so. I took the exam two weekends ago, and I will find out my results in 6-8 weeks. (I'll just say this...it was Brutal, Terribly Hard.) But, for now, I have put my books aside, and I am getting my life organized once again, and I've even been able to enjoy a couple of hobbies. I've picked up my guitar and have played it a couple of times. I bought an easel and some paint and brushes, and I've finished a painting. I have really, really enjoyed painting. I haven't painted in years, but I always LOVE it. There is just something about the colors and the brushes that stirs me deep inside and gets me super excited. I'm no Picasso, but I have fun.
After my test two weekends ago, my family and Adam and John went and saw (drumroll...) ... The Dark Knight! It was AMAZING. Heath Ledger delivered a flawless performance of the Joker. I couldn't see Heath at all. All I could see was this crazy psychopath. He was completely believable, and he definitely deserves the Oscar nod. Christian Bale is also my favorite Batman to date (although Michael Keeton wasn't so bad). I think part of it has to do with the way he changes his voice and it becomes much deeper when he puts on the Bat suit. This movie is action-packed from the beginning and has something to offer everyone. I give it 4.75 stars out of 5 stars.
This past weekend, Table, Adam and I went and saw WALL-E. It had us laughing from the beginning. In typical Pixar fashion, we got to see a "short" film prior to the main feature. One word - HYSTERICAL! I was practically falling out of my seat laughing. Once the movie began, we were laughing and smiling all the way through. Some of you may be thinking as I did when I first saw the trailer - this looks like another clever way of pushing the green agenda on a unsuspecting (or not) American public. But, I'd heard several people say it was really cute and funny, and we should go see it. So we did. While it definitely didn't discourage taking care of earth, it wasn't the main focus. The main focus was this crazy love story between these two robots. It had all the classic elements of a silly romantic story, with hardly any speaking at all between the two. The "green" elements just made it that much funnier, while getting a point across, too. My hats off to Pixar. They've made another fantastic movie once again. I give it 4 stars out of 5.