And I have been that awesome person at various points in my life. Rock on. 

Seven Quick Takes Friday

1) YES I am seeing The Hunger Games this weekend! Probably tomorrow since I imagine tonight is well-nigh sold out. So tomorrow afternoon (it’ll be cheaper, too, ha.) I am vastly excited! Will post report when I get back tomorrow.

2) Saw a fantastic show last night—Columbus Civic’s Moby-Dick: Rehearsed. Wow. Some background: I really dislike the novel Moby-Dick. In college, I signed up for a class called 19th century American novels, because the course description listed things like Little Women. So I thought I’d break out of my Anglophile-heavy load and take something new. Well….not so much. 

First of all, the novel is one part an awesome story and one part Whale Encyclopedia. The latter bored me to tears, and parts of the former are….not so awesome. Reading quizzes with questions like “who was in the first harpoon boat?” only furthered to kill any fire I had regarding this novel. I have tried to read it again (last year, being the most recent) and again the Whale Encyclopedia has defeated me. So I was a little hesitant about the play. 

The play is fantastic. Its premise is that it’s a theater troupe rehearsing Moby-Dick, so things like the boats, and, of course, the Whale, are imagined, which makes for a really immersive audience experience. The cast was great and I had a fantastic time. Maybe this is how Moby-Dick should have been written—as a story about revenge and obsession, instead of whale facts!

3) Had dinner with my parents at IHOP, where, despite the fact that one was recently built near my house, I haven’t been to in 12 years. In spring of 2000, my high school upperclassmen choirs did a “Florida Tour”—singing at Disney World, and competing in a national choral competition.  We drove the 23 hours from Pickerington to Orlando, and when we arrived at 7 am the next day, we went to an IHOP, with a jukebox and a very tropical vibe, thanks to the palm trees around the property. We were a bit sleep deprived and starving: those pancakes were great. Tonight I had their Maui Shrimp, which, surprisingly, was really good. I was skeptical of anything non-breakfast at a breakfast place. 

4) I’m watching Xavier play Baylor, and am, of course, rooting for the Ohio team. It’s close right now with 1 minute left in the half. OSU won last night, and I’m hoping that Ohio U could pull off the miracle against UNC, but I’m doubtful. Still, it would be awesome. 

5) Rehab is still going well…weight being lost, heart cooperating, all is well! Did a great leg circuit today—20 steps (each leg) on a step (like in stem aerobics), 20 releves (except the PT calls them “calf raises”), and 12 wall squats. Then repeat. It’s a great workout for the entire leg/bottom half of the body. 

6) Rehearsal for Bernarda Alba starts on Sunday! I am soooo excited! This is going to be a great, great show. I’ve always wanted to be in a drama—like a straight play drama—so this excited me greatly. I’ve met one of my castmates (she was at Moby Dick last night) and I think we’re going to have a really talented group of women. 

7) Just completed a big food shop at Target. I was surprised to see they have nice furniture! And COUCHES! I mean, wow! It was a fairly comfy one, too! Might be a candidate for the basement room…

Interrupted programming….

Sorry for the sort-of radio silence, gang. Normally I don’t blog on Turkey Day, or the day after, but in this case I was hindered because my Mac has gone to CA to be repaired, so I’m using an older one. It’s a bit slow and can annoy me. So that’s why blogging has been sort of light. A post on Advent (linkage from CPG) coming soon, though.

Busy week as I head into December. Singing Vespers tonight, then choir rehearsal on W, BalletMet Premiere Meeting on Thursday (and possible choir rehearsal, again), dinner/Tangled/tree-going-up (with Bryan and Sarah) on F, and on Sat….FIRST EARNEST REHEARSAL! And a birthday/holiday party at Karen’s.

So a busy week. Whew. Hopefully I will get my Mac back in the midst of all this…

I hope y’all had a good Turkey Day!

Late week-Weekend menu

Th: Pizza Casseole (from The Amish Cook At Home)

Friday: Shrimp for a small kitchen (from In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite)

Saturday: Lunch: Chicken salad veronique (from The Barefoot Contessa at Home); Dinner: Lemon fusili (same)

Sunday: Lunch: The Pioneer Woman’s Simple, Perfect Chili (from her cookbook); Dinner: Curry Chicken Pasta Salad (from PW’s website). (I’m singing 10:30 Mass—hence the lunch and dinner that both require cooking. If I sing noon Mass, lunch is usually basic pasta or a sandwich or whatever I can scrounge up while catching up on football.)

Yes, yes my friends: That is a lot of food.

For snacking: Barefoot Contessa’s green herb dip and veggies.

Seven Quick Takes Friday XXVII

(aka, the arts edition…)

  1. BEAUTIFUL fall day here in Columbus! About 68 degrees, lovely blue sky, and some changing leaves. I love fall, especially because…
  2. ARTS ORGANIZATIONS ARE BACK! Both the Columbus Symphony and BalletMet open their 2010-2011 seasons tonight, and both are packed to the gills with great things (see here, for the symphony, and here, for ballet)
  3. First up for me is BalletMet’s Requiem—tonight, at 8:00, at the Riffe Center downtown. BalletMet gave the North American premiere of this piece back in the late 1990s, and I’m super-excited to see it tonight. Set to the music of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem, the dance uses unconventional props (like shoes and suitcases) and innovative sets to portray the give and take between Death and M. Look for my review later tonight!
  4. Tomorrow: The CSO, with an all-Beethoven program (WOOO) including my favorite symphony, the 6th (aka Pastoral, aka the pegasus segment of Fantasia). Also, Beethoven’s violin concerto, which I heard Itzhak Perlman perform with the CSO when I was in college.
  5. Then on Sunday, I get to perform—choir sings for Rosary Sunday Mass and Procession at St. Pat’s. Whew!
  6. Speaking of church—today is the feast day of my patron saint, St. Therese. I’m due to write a post about her, and why I like her so much, over at CPG, so when I do, I’ll link back to it.
  7. And, oh, since it’s a Feast Day pour moi—I’m eating Jeni’s ice cream. Brown Butter Almond Brittle, yes please!!!

The Simple Woman’s Daybook–September 20, 2010

Outside my window…A bright, sunny fall-ish day. The leaves are changing in a lot of places all ready.

I am thinking…That there’s a lot to do tonight!

I am thankful for…The House premier! 🙂

From the kitchen…Tonight: Sesame Noodles; a great chicken thighs with basil and peaches recipe on W, and Jamie Oliver’s (from Jamie’s Food Revolution) mac and cheese on Thursday.

I am wearing...Gap jeans and a J Jill tank top

I am creating...a clean place. It’s slowly coming together, a bit more each day.

I am reading… Mary: The Church At The Source; The End and the Beginning (about JPII); The Count of Monte Cristo, Coastliners

To live the liturgy…  the hinges of the day—morning and evening prayer. Rosary, Mass as often as possible…and probably confession this week.

I am hoping…For a good, productive week.

In the CD player…Sarah McLachlan, Renee Fleming’s “Homage: The Age of the Diva”

Around the house…see above, but specifically: vacuuming, dusting, mopping the bathroom floor. 

One of my favorite things…pizza and football (what I did yesterday)

A few plans for the rest of the week… W: Choir; Th: Voice and ballet; Sat.: Touchstone Crystal party

The Simple Woman’s Daybook–Sept. 13, 2010

Outside My Window

Getting close to sunset.


I am Listening to

The Third Act of Siegfried. Finally got around to watching it.


I am Wearing

a tank top and shorts.


I am so Grateful for

My family and dear friends.


I’m Pondering

The Future. (I know. Very deep.)

I am Reading.

Not much right now. Need to decide what to read.

I am Thinking

See “Pondering”, above.

I am creating

My fall schedule: ballet, choir, voice, auditions (?), Third Order Novitiate classes…

To Live the Liturgy

 Prayer. And more prayer. And still more prayer.

I am Hoping and Praying

That ballet class gets easier!

Around the House

Mopping, vacuming , the usual.


From the Kitchen

NO Idea…

A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week

W: Choir

Th: Voice, Ballet Class