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Christmas Magic December 8, 2008

Filed under: Librarian Life,Life as I see it — catherineeliza @ 10:59 am
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Last night my sister, her kids, and I went driving to see some Christmas decorations in a neighborhood near mine.  Our mother told us there were a lot of Christmas lights to see, so we headed off with some vague directions that would lead us to a house with lots of lights.  We drove around for a while, and saw many houses that were overly decorated, in my opinion, but when we got to this one, I thought it pretty much took the cake:
img_15941Wait, just take a look at a couple of close-ups.  First, the Claus family:

img_15951AND they have their very own Victorian Carolers:

img_1602How could I expect anything to top that?  Well, as you must have guessed, some did, and boy howdy, how they did.  Please enjoy one of my first endeavors in movie making using my point & shoot camera.  It’s shaky and inadequate, but I think you’ll get the idea:

Seasons Greetings from Catherine Sorensen on Vimeo.

And a couple of close-ups:

img_1605It’s baby Jesus, by the way, rocking out to those jazzy Christmas toons, not one of the many, many Santa Clauses.  I guess a manger is just a better place for a speaker…

img_1608You caught the helicoptor, right?

And my favorite detail, though it’s hard to see here, is the disco ball:

img_1612Oh, and I can’t help but include the Santa Dolphins; goodness knows it doesn’t feel like Christmas until you see some of those:

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A few thoughts September 3, 2008

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 10:00 pm
  • To me September has always been the real new year.  I’ve never moved on from the traditional school time-table; guess that’s one reason I’ve decided to go back there!  But seriously, getting some nice autumnal weather after and a new sweater or two after the summer heat really makes me want to take on new endeavors.  What endeavors might those be, you ask?  Well…
  1. My final class in order to become teacher-certified!!  I’m so ready to be done with school (well, for now – I’m certain I’ll be back), and I cannot wait to be really and truly ready to win my dream job.
  2. Speaking of my upcoming career search, I’ve decided to create a website to promote myself (more my style and more accessible than a traditional portfolio).  I bought my domain name months ago, but I’ve yet to begin work on the site.  I really want to have it ready to go by January…
  3. Healthy diet and regular working out – the perennial goal.  Yeah, it’s totally time to really embrace that.
  • I did love Princess Ben, which I’d read good things about (particularly enjoyed the hedgehog connection), but I hate the cover, particularly it’s resemblance to Ever which I still need to read.  I so rarely enjoy books with models on the cover, I just don’t like it.
  • I’m rather annoyed with Danny DeVito for stealing my project.  I took a playwrighting class in college and I did a stage adaptation of one of my favorite books, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi.  I’ve always thought I’d pull that script (a very rough first draft) and really do something with it.  So eight years later, DeVito swoops in and steals my thunder.  Rude!  Maybe next time I should move a little faster?  Maybe?
  • If I don’t read Breaking Dawn soon, I’m going to stumble over a spoiler which I’ve been madly dodging left and right – they are everywhere.  I really want to read it fresh, but I don’t want to buy it, and I don’t want to go through the crazy library wait. My problems are endless.
  • If you’re wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing for the last 9 months (oh man, time flies), I don’t have any good answers for you.  I’ve been in Rochester, working away bit by bit at my schoolwork and being a bit depressed about how long things take and how nothing is easy.  Oh yeah, and I finally joined the 21st century and got layers cut into my hair.  All caught up?
 

big city, big pest problems January 27, 2008

Filed under: Life as I see it — catherineeliza @ 12:49 am

I snapped a picture of this notice in my apartment building as a momento of urban life. I wish I knew how to make it bigger so you easily see every comment, because they are very funny. It took about three or four weeks for this notice to get every note you see here.
 

will work for money January 22, 2008

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 12:13 am

I know my blog’s been very boring of late, but that’s mostly due to the fact that so am I.  I moved home just before Christmas having almost lost my mind over finishing a very challenging semester, winding up a job that I’d been at for three years (sadly, by far my longest stint), and of course, regular holiday stress.  I’m still running down to the basement daily to dig things out of boxes since my bedroom has been a storage receptacle for years, and thus, needs to be cleaned out before I can really move in, which I’ve had plenty of time to do, and yet, have not.  And now my last semester at Rutgers starts tomorrow, my student teaching position has not yet been approved, I need to find another one in an elementary school, and very importantly, I need to find a job.  I need to find the highest paying part-time job I can with night hours.  Other than working the graveyard shift at my local Mobil-Mart, does anyone have any ideas?  Oh yeah, to throw into the mix, I’m sharing a car with my sister because neither one of us can afford our own, so can I add to the order of a high-paying but not actually difficult part-time job that I can do at night that it also be in a convenient location?  Let me know what you come up with, thanks!

 

a sad day December 20, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life,Theatre — catherineeliza @ 3:11 pm
My friend asked me the other day if I’d heard anything about Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables fame) playing Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone, and I said “oh no, I get The Drowsy Chaperone newsletter, I’d surely know if he’d been in the show.” Then I had a sickening feeling as I remembered how I’d rather cavalierly deleted one or two of those email newsletters without really reading them. Sure enough, I checked the trusty IBDB the next day, and found to my great dismay and regret that yes, I did miss my chance to see the wonderful, Canadian Jonathan Crombie in person in such a wonderful show, and could even have, perhaps (swoon), gotten his autograph (and said something very embarrassing and stupid I’m sure) at the stage door!! It almost seems fitting that on the heels of such horrible news, I check out Playbill.com today to find that The Drowsy Chaperone is closing at the end of the year.  It’s a sad day my friends.  A very sad day.
 

one night in December December 18, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life,Movies — catherineeliza @ 5:18 pm

Ok, I’ve been remiss in my Dark Materials obsession duties. For anyone that doubts for a second that I went to the midnight (12:01am) screening Thursday night (technically Friday morning Dec. 7), oh ye of little faith.  Of course I was there.  I actually went to an 8pm showing of Juno while I waited, and loved it, but darn it all, that movie is only 98 minutes.  I wandered the movie theatre, made a few calls, then went to the bathroom before the long haul of staking my claim for The Golden Compass.  In the bathroom I saw a hand dryer so amazing, I felt the need to share it with you.  It makes me wonder if I have an unhealthy interest in hand dryers, but this one was seriously cool and very effective.  I figure I’ll wait and see, if I feel compelled to take a picture of a third hand dryer, I’ll ditch the whole librarian thing and start working on my coffee table book of Hand Dryers Across America.
As for the movie, I don’t really have too much to say.  The movie’s beautiful, I definitely want to see it again. I think the casting was great and yet, somehow the movie didn’t capture “it.”  I’m not sure if no movie could, or if this movie couldn’t, but for whatever reason, the greatness of the book doesn’t translate.  And something I will blame completely on Chris Weitz is the ending. It stinks.  Royally.  It’s a total let-down, and it’s BORING.  And it came after only two hours – I know my audience at least could have easily, even happily stayed for another half hour, and if they were hell-bent on not giving us the real ending (which is the OPPOSITE of boring), they could have at least added some more fun stuff in the middle.  Anyhoo, this review pretty much sums it up to me.  Like I said, I enjoyed the movie, I’ll mostly likely see it again, even own it, but I won’t be that sad if they don’t make the other two movies, and I’m sure as shootin’ glad the movie wasn’t my first exposure to this story.

 

Christmas apron December 15, 2007

Filed under: Food,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 11:06 am

My grandmother makes all kinds of beautiful aprons. When we used to visit her house for Thanksgiving when I was in college, I always came away with a new one. This is one of my favorites. I was feeling pretty grumpy and overworked last night, and one of the things I had to do was whip up some toffee bars, and when I walked into the kitchen this apron caught my eye. I put on some Christmas carols, my trusty Christmas apron, and had a pretty good time baking up a storm.

TOFFEE SQUARES

Crust

2 c. flour

1 c. pecan halves

1 c. light brown sugar

½ c. butter, softened (do not substitute)

Topping

1 c. butter (do not substitute)

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

¾ c. light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, combine all ingredients (except pecans) with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Press with fingers into bottom of an ungreased 9 X 13 aluminum pan. Distribute pecans over the crust. For topping, combine butter and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Pour over pecans and crust. Bake exactly 20 minutes. The surface will be bubbly. Allow to cool for one minute. Sprinkle chocolate chops evenly over the top. Wait a few minutes until chips soften completely; spread with a knife to cover the top. Chill well. Bring to room temperature before cutting. Makes 48 to 50 1-inch squares.