Curiouser and Curiouser

I’ve finally got the degree, now I just need the library…

New job, new blog December 2, 2008

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 12:39 pm

I know changing blog addresses is a total pain for the 3 people that have links to me on their blogs or saved in their favorites, but I felt compelled to change.

So if you have any faith that I will once again blog regularly, please make the move to:

Curiosity Killed the Cate

 

September 4, 2008

Filed under: Books,Movies — catherineeliza @ 4:46 pm

I really didn’t like the novel, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist which I read for a class.  It had too many sexual antics for my taste, and it really bugs me that approximately 50% (I’m pulling this statistic out of thin air) of YA books are set in New York City – it seems really disproportionate.

But I have a great love for Michael Cera, and this trailer is well done, so I’ll probably see the movie anyway.  Who knows, if they leave out one particular scene in a hotel by the ice machine, I might really like it.

[OFFICIAL] Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist movie trailer

 

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?
 

Masterpoop Theatre March 2, 2008

Filed under: TV — catherineeliza @ 11:36 am

I don’t think I’m asking too much.  All I want is to once a week be whisked off to another time and place, preferably with a little romance.  So why did you promise me an entire season of Jane Austen and then stick two mini-series I’ve already seen in the middle (when your new movies have been an all-too-brief 90 minutes), and then not play anything for almost all of March?

Tonight is a Johnny Cash concert!?!  Do you really think that’s an acceptable alternative?

You know I’ll always love you Masterpiece Theatre, but please, try to do better in the future.
Thank you.

 

Two movies I really liked March 1, 2008

Filed under: Movies — catherineeliza @ 8:39 pm
I’m not really as up-to-date with movies as I used to be, but I recently got both Sydney White and Bridge to Terabithia from Netflix and I was surprised to find how much I loved them both!
Sydney White is a Snow White retelling starring Amanda Bynes which puts it right up my alley, but it was only in theaters for about a day, so I assumed it was terrible. Still, I had to see it, right? And I have to say, it was very funny. I don’t know what Samm Levine did to become the eternal smarmy, girl-crazy nerd, but he certainly does it well. I thought the whole thing was pretty well done; quite cute and some laughs to boot.

As for Bridge to Terabithia, I was appalled by the trailers for this movie, as it looked like a realistic little story about two friends making up a world of their imagination in the backwoods had been turned into a fantasy CGI nightmare. Turns out the showed every bit of the CGI in the trailer, and the majority of the movie was exactly what I would have hoped. I read that Dakota Fanning turned down the part of Leslie Burke, and while I like her fine, I’m quite glad the AnnaSophia Robb who is growing on my at an alarming rate.
 

book/staircase February 22, 2008

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 9:29 am
Look at this completely awesome staircase/bookcase! Looks kinda steep, but otherwise, perfect.

“When Leonie and Rhodri added the upstairs, the architect proposed a handsome and clever book-lined staircase to house their formidable combined libraries in one streamlined space. “It’s just brilliant because the way it’s conceived, you can walk by it and not even notice it,” Leonie says. “So it’s like this fabulous surprise.”

Click on the photo for more pictures of this apartment…

 

I heart water aerobics February 10, 2008

Filed under: Family — catherineeliza @ 12:44 pm
I started attending a water aerobics class at the YMCA with my mom. I decided to go just to be supportive to her and have some good mother/daughter bonding time. Wouldn’t you know, I’m addicted now? I really do love it. Everything they say about the benefits of exercising in water are true. It simultaneously makes your cardio workout easier (no impact) and harder (constant resistance), and on top of that, you can’t really tell that you’re sweating! Also, I like to pretend that this will lead to a late, great synchronized swimming career for me. Then again, I’m pretty sure they don’t allow floatation belts in the Olympics.