The Nine for June 2022

  1. June is always a great month because it’s my birthday! Obviously not as exciting as it was 30 years ago, but getting a free frappuccino from Starbucks and free chip and dip from Chipotle puts a smile on my face.
  2. June also means that school’s out for my two kids. No more alarms and making lunches. By the time this newsletter goes out, we will have survived our first full week of no school. I always have overly ambitious goals for summer, so we’ll see what actually happens.
  3. I started a drawing challenge called 100 Heads. The original challenge is to draw 100 heads in 10 days, which is pretty insane. I’m not on a tight timeline; I’m giving myself the summer to finish. I’m focusing on drawing children, and you can check out my efforts on my Instagram.
  4. In anticipation of the release of Jurassic World Dominion, I watched all five of the previous Jurassic Park/World movies. I mentioned in my last newsletter that Jurassic Park is one of the most perfect movies, which makes it clearly the best of the franchise, but I would rank the series as follows:
  1. Putting Jurassic World: Dominion on the same list as Jurassic Park seems almost unethical. This movie is really bad. It’s long, unfocused, bloated, and kind of boring. It brings back the franchise’s most iconic and entertaining characters, and then spends very little time with them. I’m not usually a fan of fan servicing, but this movie would have been so, so much better if it had doubled the amount of time that Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill were on screen. 
  2.  I finished watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu. The series is based on the book by Liane Moriarty whose books I love. I thought the eight episode series was well done, but a little too long. 
  3. We’ve found another series that my boys really enjoy. InvestiGators is a graphic novel series about alligators who solve crimes. These books made my seven year old say that reading was one of his favorite things to do now, so that’s a win!
  4. I took the boys to see The Bad Guys in the theater. They really liked it, and I love a good heist movie, and this was a really good heist movie. It also has a unique look that’s a blend of computer animation and comic book illustration.
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