Sunday, October 19, 2014

What I'm Reading - Classic American Lit

...and some English as well, for good measure.

In an attempt to kick-start my New Year Resolution to read 12 classic works of literature I stopped by my local library and picked up Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and 1984.

I tore through Fahrenheit 451, started 1984 but then switched over to Alice. Fahrenheit 451 was very well written with language that just seemed to flow and it's short length made for a nice, brief read. Alice has been very much the same, but with a much more lighthearted air to it. It's clearly geared towards children but it has been a lot of fun to read.

Catcher will be the last to get read and frankly, I'm not particularly looking forward to it. I vaguely recall reading it in high school and don't remember being particularly interested, but then again there wasn't much school related that got me jumping as a teenager. :D

Daily Haiku - Ocotber 19th, 2014

Fifth day, sans caffeine
Yawns erupt with no warning
Time to take a nap

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Daily Haiku - October 17th, 2014

Rising with the sun
Oven on and batter set
Baked goods namaste.


My friend Annie's birthday is tomorrow and I was too lazy to make them last night, so I got up early to make a double batch of the Spicy Ginger Brown Butter Blondies that everyone loves so much.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Theatre News: 'Scenes From a Marriage'

During our weekly company meeting, one of our Co-Artistic Directors recapped his most recent visit to New York, which involved seeing a number of plays including 'Scenes From a Marriage'. The premise as he described it sounded utterly fascinating to me. It's the story of a married couple portrayed at three different points in their relationship--when things are going great, when things start unraveling, and the fallout.

What makes this so interesting is that each time period is played by a different set of actors simultaneously to each other in adjoining mini-stages. The audience will see all three pieces, but in different orders, and because they are performed next to each other, dialogue from each set will occasionally drift over to the others. And that's just in the first act.

In the second act, the separate stages are combined into a single set where all three couples perform on stage together, sometimes speaking at the same time as their counterparts. Again, this sounds amazing and I wish I was in New York to check it out.

Here's a link to a New York Time's review that goes more in-depth about the entire production: A Marriage in Trouble, in Triplicate

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Daily Haiku - October 13th, 2014

The needle plunges
Piercing skin and muscle both
Medicine at work.
I got my annual flu shot today and as usual my entire upper arm was sore within an hour, and will likely continue that way through tomorrow. Such is the (minor) price we pay for the miracle of immunization.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daily Haiku - October 9th, 2014

My shirt's soaked in sweat
Knees aching on the walk home
I have no regrets.
If you've sampled the chocolate grand marnier mousse cake from Porto's bakery, then you will understand my willingness to do penance at the gym.

"Thin layers of chocolate mousse and chiffon cake soaked with Grand Marnier syrup & a touch of orange marmalade. Finished with Belgian chocolate ganache."