Weekend Rewind X–Memorial Day

Friday: Kicked off Memorial Day with some local theater—Columbus Civic’s (where I did Earnest) production of Hamlet, which was EPIC. Fantastic cast, and great work by the entire company, especially Ben (Hamlet), Brit (Gertrude), John (Horatio) and Sarah (Ophelia). EPIC work. Probably the best local production I have ever seen (that I haven’t been in, natch). So if you live in Columbus, you need to see it. Check the website for details! So, even with a streamlined version (minus all the Fortinbras/Norway stuff), I chatted post-show with friends and cast members and wasn’t home until close to 12:30. Oh well! It was so fun!

And started the annual Jane re-read, with Sense and Sensibility. πŸ™‚

Saturday: Mostly chilling. Finally got to work on my theater scrapbook, where I keep articles and notices from newspapers about shows I’ve done, as well as programs and some photographs. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and finally crossed it off my list. Also finished watching Gotterdamerung, and with it, the Ring Cycle. I have now seen the entire thing! Before all that, though, I had lunch with my parents at Old Bag of Nails in Gahanna (a pub sort of place) and ate on the patio, since it was only about 70 degrees. πŸ™‚ Then went went to my (potentially!) new apartment complex, where I showed them the two apartments I was looking at. I’m on the waiting list, and now someone just has to move so I can move in! πŸ™‚ I’ve started moving a few things out of the apartment—wall hangings and stuffed animals that I want to keep—and cleaning out my closet.

Sunday: Very HOT. Went to noon Mass, then drove to my parents, where I’ve been spending my time, since my A/C is STILL BROKEN.Β  Gah. So I had lunch here. Then we had dinner at Friday’s before I skedaddled over to Schiller Park, where I saw Actors’ Theater’s fantastic production of The Scarlet Pimpernel (starring my Earnest buddy Beth (Cecily) as Lady Blakeney). Magnifique! It had cooled off and was a great night to watching theater outside. Two of my friends from church joined me, and I think we all had a good time. I also had some folks recognize me from Earnest, and compliment the performance, so that’s always good. πŸ™‚

Monday: Ragtime cast list posted, with rehearsals starting on Wednesday! It’s going to be a fantastic show. Updated my journal (it’s been sadly neglected) and worked on some Ragtime music. I’m not totally sure what to work in Act I until we get divided into various choruses, which will happen this week, I imagine. My mom, dad, sister and I went bowling (good first game, not so good second game) and had dinner at the bowling alley. My parents are beastly bowlers; they used to be on a team before I was born. Dinner was really good.

Home, shower, then did the Ballet Beautiful Swan Arms series. Holy. Crap. It’s hard! (I was watching Black Swan, so I was motivated). Wow. This is a good workout! The creator of Ballet Beautiful trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, so you can get a feel for the sort of training she went through. (If you think swan arms are easy, I challenge you to do one complete set.)

Excited for the short week, as well as rehearsals for Ragtime beginning in earnest. It should be fantastic. Also, on Thursday I’m giving an organ donation talk at St. Pat’s, to the 20s group. If you live nearby, or will be in town, come to St. Pat’s Patrick Hall at 8:00 if you want to hear me! πŸ™‚ I’ll be telling my story and then talking about organ donation and Catholicism.

New Park in Downtown Columbus, lunchtime Friday.

Emily Cooks: Mirin-glazed salmon

From Nigella Express.

NOTE: If you don’t have mirin, you can use white wine/sugar in this ratio: 1/4 tsp. sugar for every 1/4 c. white wine.

Yummy, and it took less than 15 minutes, start to finish. Not kidding.

Ingredients

1/4 c. mirin (see note)

1/4 c. light brown sugar (or tbsp. splenda brown sugar blend)

1/4 c. soy sauce

4 4 oz. salmon fillets (this also works equally well with two, use the same amount of ingredients)

2 tbsp. rice vinegar

1-2 scallops, halved and shredded into fine strips (optional)

Fresh or ground ginger (optional)

1) Mix the mirin, sugar and soy into a shallow dish that will hold all the salmon, and marinate the salmon in it for 3 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the second. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on the stove (medium-high heat)

2) Cook the salmon in the hot, dry pan for two minutes, then turn it over, add the marinade to the pain, and cook for another two minutes.

3) Remove the salmon to whatever plate you’re serving it on, and add the rice vinegar to the hot pan. This makes the marinade into a lovely glaze.

4) Pour the glaze over the salmon and top with scallion strips. Serve with rice or noodles, and top with ginger.

Seven Quick Takes Friday–Vol. VIII (Memorial Day Summer Kick-Off!)

  1. SUMMER! SUMMER! “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” So in this Quick Takes, I’m going to give you seven (well, six) things that I am going to do as an homage.
  2. Read my new Shape magazine next to an open window and listen to birds chirp.
  3. Go swimming!
  4. Start the annual Jane Re-Read: Sense and Sensibility. Tonight. Oh yes. πŸ™‚
  5. See lots of summer theater! Tonight: Hamlet at Columbus Civic (You KNOW you wanna come!), then Sunday, Actors’ Theater’s Scarlet Pimpernel in Schiller Park. Lots of Sword fighting. Lots of awesomeness. πŸ™‚Β 
  6. Write more of L&A. I wrote some new scenes today. Well not new. Scenes that had gotten lost amid the Widget 1.0 crash/doomsday. But I think (gasp) that they’re better this way.
  7. Oh, and the cast list for Ragtime will be posted. At some point. πŸ™‚