Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

The Burial of Thebes September 28, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:44 pm

I saw the latest Handcart Ensemble production over the weekend.  It’s a new adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Seamus Heaney (who I’m told wrote a crack-bang version of Beowulf some time back).  I was excited to see it because while the last Handcart production was not something I was predisposed to like, this one was right up my alley.  Greek Tragedy…check.  Convenient theatre…check.  No pesky intermission…check.

This adaptation was a little more modern than I generally care for, but it the choral parts particularly, still maintained some very nice prose.  Erin pointed out, and I agree, that this adaptation seems to take some of the focus off of Antigone, Creon gets much more attention.  Still, it was good overall, and I enjoyed the performances.  A very nice way to spend an afternoon. 


Celebrity sighting

Filed under: Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 2:40 pm

Last night as I was passing LCT I saw Martha Plimpton (I even remembered her name, which is unusual for me).  She must have been on a break from rehearsing for The Coast of Utopia  which I’m really looking forward to.  Do you know who else is in the show?  Billy Crudup.  I certainly wouldn’t mind running into him.


Mormon mention September 27, 2006

Filed under: Food — catherineeliza @ 4:07 pm

I happened to see Nigella this morning on the Today Show. She was showing off some comfort food recipes, and lo and behold I hear the following words come out of her mouth, “Heavenly Potatoes.  This is a Mormon recipe; they call them Funeral Potatoes.”  And there they were, including the corn flake topping (which my family doesn’t do).  I was thrilled, though sorry that I couldn’t tell Nigella immediately as I am telling you that my family has always called them Yummy Potatoes, because (as Nigella must think too from her name change) Funeral Potatoes is just morbid.  When I get home tonight, I’ll put up the recipe so that you too can enjoy the vast comfort of Heavenly Yummy Funeral Potatoes.


distracted much? September 26, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 11:02 am

In the past two weeks I have:

  • twice left my keys at work and had to wait outside my apartment until Erin got home
  • twice conditioned my hair before washing it

Paying attention was never my forte, but this is getting ridiculous. 


Banned Book Week

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 10:58 am

“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. Sex by Madonna
  20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  30. The Goats by Brock Cole
  31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  32. Blubber by Judy Blume
  33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
  35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  46. Deenie by Judy Blume
  47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  65. Fade by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Native Son by Richard Wright
  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  74. Jack by A.M. Homes
  75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  77. Carrie by Stephen King
  78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
  89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

*The ones I’ve read are in bold.


dieting and dancing September 22, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 5:30 pm

I know, my blog has been woefully neglected this week.  What can I say, I’ve been busy.  Last week I had my photo shoot for my “before” picture for the Deante Dance infomercial.  It’s not pretty, folks.  But, that behind me, I got my first shipment from Diet to Your Door, which is a lot of food (a week’s worth of frozen food) to lug home, but I was pleased to find it doable (can’t get it delivered to home because I’m never there!).  Saturday morning I went to my first class, and I was nervous.  I have never been as out of shape as I am right now.  What if I couldn’t do it? 

I got through, but it was tough.  And that’s how I’ve spent my week, just struggling through between work, dance classes (we have to take three a week, but I’m hoping to make it to four) school, and oh yes, I did find time to make it to a movie.  The Last Kiss; I don’t think I like it.  I’d say the theme of the movie is dealing with the choices you make, which is fine, but somehow the movie didn’t quite come together.  But, I like a lot of people in it, so it was fun.

Consider yourself updated on my life.  More to come a little later (which may mean in couple days, or a couple weeks, we’ll see).


headshot September 14, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 6:24 pm

I got this headshot taken at least six years ago.  I ordered 500 copies (believe it or not, it was by far the cheapest way to go).  I have a stack in my bedroom of at least 100 left.  I’m not going to use them.  I kept moving them from place to place, because I knew that as soon as I got rid of them, I would need one for some reason.  But I’ve got to face it, I won’t.  I haven’t given out a headshot in two years.  I’m not acting right now.  If I did start acting again, I would need a new headshot because this one is very old.  I feel very sentimental about this photo because a)it was my first headshot, b)turns out, it was my only headshot, and c) I got it taken for free (many actors spend between $500-$900 for a photo shoot).  But, I must; I’m going to throw them away.  If anyone wants one, we’re having our going out of business sale right now.  If you want one, it’s yours.  If not, they’re history.  One item at a time, I strive to undo my pack-rat tendencies.