Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http:/vickibatman.blogspot.com) is the blogsite of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction.

Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome

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  • 07/20 - Handbag, Vicki
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  • 07/15 - Feature, S.I. Hayes
  • 07/13 - Handbag, Jami Gray
  • 07/10 - Handbag, Patti Yager Delagrange
  • 07/08 -
  • 07/06 - Handbag, Jami Gray
  • 07/03 - Feature, Vicki, Old Cat
  • 07/01 - Movie Mom
  • 06/29 -
  • 06/26 - Movies, Vicki, The top 20
  • 06/24 - Movie Mom
  • 06/22 - Handbag, Vicki
  • 06/19 - Movie

July 3, 2015

Each day is special #MFRWorg #cats #pets

Every year is special

Twenty-two years ago, my family visited my husband's family and while we were chatting, a mama cat showed with her two babies, a silver and a mottled brown tabbies. Instantly, my sons were enthralled. Our big cat of twelve years, Snuffer, had just passed two months prior. They begged, "Can we keep 'em? Can we?"

Handsome looked at me. I'd had a hard time of letting go of Snuffer. He was our first baby, the one we adopted after we married. I still missed him deeply. 

As a mom, we all know that pleading look on our child's face. It melted my heart. I said, "Yes."

We bought a crate and drove nine hours home with the stinkin' things screaming constantly. We would open the crate door and they'd hiss. I wasn't sure the adoption would work out. 

Once home, we would pull them from the crate, show them a potty box, feed, and shove them back in the crate several times a day. About three days later, I opened the door and heard...a purr. 

Romper, the silver one, became a favorite because she was "pretty." When I heard that, my heart melted a second time for Scooter, the brown one. Scoo was sweet. And I whispered in her ear "you're mine."

As the Fourth of July comes near, I celebrate my kitties. Romper has gone on, but we still have Scoo. She is now twenty-two. 

Each day is special!

July 1, 2015

Movie Mom - this time, the film is done right: Far From the Maddening Crowd #historicalfilm #England #MFRWorg

Movie Mom on
Far From the Madding 

In Victorian England, a headstrong Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm and attracts three suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless Sergeant; and a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaert, Michael Sheen, and Tom Sturridge, the film is a romantic drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and adapted from the 1874 novel  by Thomas Hardy. 

My thoughts: I really liked this pretty film. It's been interesting to see Ms. Mulligan mature in her roles from a sister in Pride and Prejudice to this one. Mr. Schoenaerts really caught my eye. I'd seen him in The Drop and Rust and Bone. He plays the rejected suitor we root for well. I had watched the 1967 version was turned off by how slowly it moved. This remake is worth viewing. I especially liked the rapport between Ms. Everdene and the sheep owner and the ending.

FMI: Wikipedia

June 26, 2015

@VickiBatman - The Top Ten, er, Two Top Tens!!! #movieaddict #MFRWorg #warfilms

The Top Ten, er...Two Top Tens!!!

On Facebook, someone is always posting something about movies or great lines from movies, and I often respond to these topics as I LOVE movies. So when someone mentioned their top ten movie list, I wondered what my top ten are.
I thought about what would make my list. I decided the Number One factor is if the movie is on TV, would I automatically tune in? Would I watch because I love it and every single time I see it, I get the same what a wonderful film feeling?
I found I have a Top Twenty or Two Top Tens. In no specific order:

Mr. Roberts – the making scotch scene is hilarious and William Powell’s last       
It’s a Wonderful Life

Stalag 17 – William Holden is brilliant.

Sixteen Candles
Breakfast Club
Philadelphia Story – “C K Dexter Haaavvveeen” scene and Cary Grant

White Christmas – great songs
Raiders of the Lost Ark –Did you see it FOUR times when it was released?

Bridget Jones’s Diary

Love Actually
His Girl Friday – the snappiest dialogue ever and irresistible Cary Grant

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – there’s a real conundrum in this one

Rebecca –I often pontificate on this gothic mystery.
Rear Window – a peeping photographer sees a murder
The Quiet Man – John Wayne should have won an Oscar for this one.
The Thin Man

So what did I discover about my list?
6 Christmas-ish movies
4 War films
2 by director John Hughes
3 by director John Ford
2 by director Alfred Hitchcock
2 featuring Cary Grant
2 featuring William Powell – yup, big fan
Some are funny.
Some are mysterious.
Some are adventurous.

Please share your top three!

Vicki Batman left off Star Wars and James Bond; however, which to take out? Find her funny romantic comedy mystery, Temporarily Employed at: Amazon

June 24, 2015

Nothing like a summer action thriller - Mad Max #actionadventuremovie #MFRWorg #lovemovies

Movie Mom on 
Mad Max: Fury Road 

Post-apocalyptic is not my cup of tea. I didn't even see the other three Mad Max films with Mel Gibson (he will always be the best in The Year of Living Dangerously). I wanted to see this film because of...Tom Hardy. 

Ever since I saw Locke and The Drop, Mr. Hardy has caught my eye. Since seeing Mad Max, I've seen him in Lawless and several others.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action film by George Miller, the fourth in his Mad Max franchise. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy as "Mad" Max Rockatansky and Charlize Theron.

In a desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce, Max joins forces with Imperator Furiosa to flee the cult leader Immortan Joe and his army.

My thoughts: I liked the movie and Mr. Hardy and Charlize Theron were good. It was never boring. In fact, it took off and never stopped, not even for a good rest. The neat thing about post-apocalyptic films is the creativity in the costuming and scenery. Someone had a good time, especially with the vehicles. And I'll never look at chrome in the same way. I decided I'm not a 3D person. My son, who went with me, saw it again not in 3D and enjoyed it much more. Definitely not for youngsters.

FMI: Wikipedia

Are there specific film genres you prefer to watch?

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