Thanksgiving...And A Compass Askew

12:50 AM, Monday, November 26, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I did. I really like having family just a train-ride-over-the-river away. Because while most people spend their late adolescence to young adulthood trying to get as far away from their families as possible (including me), there are days when the only place you want to be is with your family. Thanksgiving is one of those days. This is the second year I've spent the holiday in New Jersey, but the gathering was slightly larger this year. The usual suspects were there: my Aunt Janice, cousins Anne Kelly, Katie, and Tom, Anne's husband Brian, and her kids Julia and Theo. But in addition to the family, we also had Brian's dad and step-mom, Katie's boyfriend, and my boyfriend in attendance. The more, the merrier, I say. I'm used to fairly large gatherings when it comes to family get-togethers. We had a GREAT dinner, good wine, and took in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with Julia.

After dinner with the family, Bo and I headed back into the city in time for dessert at our friends James and Natalie's Thanksgiving at their place. We were both pretty much in a food coma already by the time we got there, but we hung out with everyone and had fun. Now, where as we had watched the family classic Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving with the family, we watched the just-as-much-of-a-classic Thanksgiving episode of South Park with the friends. A good time was had by all.

Yesterday I finished reading The Golden Compass, the first book in the series His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. I really enjoyed it. With the film version of this book hitting theaters in a few weeks, the campaign of people who have never read the book speaking out against the book is mounting. Now, I have only read the first in the series, so I've yet to reach the conclusion and therefore I've yet to find out what the author is ultimately trying to say with these books. However, I have completed the first book, and I just don't think any parallel between the religion of this world and the world that resides in this book can be drawn. To do so would be like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Unlike C.S. Lewis' Narnia books in which the parallels to Bible stories and Christian ideals are blatantly obvious, the so-called atheist propaganda in these books is not so easy to decipher, if it exists at all.

But if we are forced to draw parallels here is the only one I can find so far: The church in these books is corrupt. But the church in this world or any other was created by man and is not necessarily indicative of the nature of the God it is supposed to be representing. I would liken the actions of the church in The Golden Compass to the witch trials and witch executions that were conducted by the church of this world up until the 1600s, perhaps longer. Would anyone deny that these happenings were barbaric at best? Even Christians, who align themselves with those same churches today? But, of course, Christians would say, "We live in a different time. It's not the same church." To which I would reply, "Precisely!" The church in Pullman's books might as well be the church of the 1600s. It has nothing to do with present-day Christianity.

But the best argument I have for anyone allowing their children to read the book or see the film is that there is no possible way any child would come close to peeling back the layers of this story to find any kind of propaganda, atheist or otherwise. I had a difficult time understanding the book myself. I actually read a passage aloud to Bo to which his only reply was, "This is a children's book?" And this is a Shakespeare actor, friends. Unless your ten-year-old has a literature degree from Harvard, he's probably just going to see a movie about boats and polar bears and a little girl and a hot air balloon. And if he can actually make it through the book, he'd find the same.

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As Seen On TV

10:45 PM, Monday, November 19, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

Tonight I was watching one of my new favorite shows, Samantha Who, and there was a pretty funny flashback to Samantha's childhood when she played Annie in the school play. The girl playing young Samantha looked awfully familiar to me, but I couldn't quite place her with the big curly wig. I was trying to think...what show have I seen that girl in? Was it on TV? Was it a movie? Then it hit me. I KNOW that girl. We shared the stage at La Jolla Playhouse in the show Zhivago.

That's her on the right...Kelsey Smith. Or...young Christina Applegate. You decide.

It's weird seeing people you know randomly on TV, and I'm not quite used to it. It also happened a few weeks ago while I was watching 30 Rock, I saw this guy I also happened to work with on Zhivago, Chris Hoch, who was also hard to recognize at first because he was wearing glasses. He played a guy that worked in the accounting department at NBC. And all accountants wear glasses.

Oh! Here, I found a picture I had of Chris and Kelsey together. And I've modified it to be an artistic representation of what they looked like on TV.

Yeah. They looked just like that.

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There'll Be Parties for Hosting, Marshmallows for Toasting, blah, blah, blah

12:04 AM, Tuesday, November 13, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (1)

Christmas is coming sooner than you think. There's a chill in the air, the commercials for jewelry and plasma TVs have increased, and they've switched over to the festive red cups at Starbucks. And there's one more indication that Christmas is wishlist has been updated! Take a look, to see what to buy me this year! Or, if you're just curious about what I want.

I know that it's this time of year when people's social calendars fill up, but I am usually not affected too much. Not so this year. I've already seen one play this month and I'm scheduled to see two more (free through my work). This past week I went to see my boyfriend in Middletown, NY while he was there all week on an acting job. Also, my friend Sarah came to New York on business this week, so I got to hang out with her quite a bit, since she only had to actually work for 20 minutes while she was here. This past Sunday Bo and I went out to New Jersey for my cousin Theo's first birthday party (photos are on flickr). In the coming weeks I have a fund raiser, a house party, my six month-iversary with Bo, another trip to New Jersey for Thanksgiving, those two plays I mentioned (one is C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and the other is called Trumpery at the Atlantic Theatre Company), two holiday parties, then flying to Ohio for Christmas which will most likely include a ski trip, seeing college friends, and a road trip to Illinois to see the family. Of course, this list doesn't include the every-day things I have to do like work, my church small group, and a doctor's appointment. Whew! I know what it feels like to have a crazy social calendar! But I think if you know me, you know that I get stir crazy if I'm not out of the house having fun a fair amount, so I'm more excited than overwhelmed by the coming months.

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Live and Active!

9:12 PM, Monday, November 5, 2007 / Posted by Christy / comments (0)

This week I discovered a blog dedicated entirely to cookies! It's probably a good thing that I don't have an oven or I would be wanting to make cookies all the time! Maybe I'll have to make just a batch or two at Bo's apartment. But this woman actually DOES make cookies all the time. But she's still skinny. Don't you hate people like that? (Note: I don't believe there's actually a picture of her on the blog, but I saw her on the Food Network when she won the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Ironically, her winning dish was chicken and stuffing.)

Is it lame that I just blogged about another blog? Well, too bad if it is!

Has anyone else seen the commercial letting us know that there are "live and active cultures" in Yoplait yogurt? I think that's one of those facts I've always known, but choose to try and forget, like what's in a hotdog. But seriously, isn't it not appetizing at all to hear that you're eating something live and active?

And when they dance around with little faces, it's even worse:

And now I'd like to make an update to my previous post about the TV shows I'm watching this fall. Yeah, Cavemen is not funny. Not at all. So, that one is off the schedule. But I have started watching Samantha Who, which is hilarious. It stars a few people who I'm already a fan of. Christina Applegate (who I've thought was funny for a while), Melissa McCarthy (who's character name I haven't learned yet, so I just call her Sookie, which was her name on Gilmore Girls), Jennifer Esposito (who was on the short lived, but pretty good show, Related...but she's much funnier on this), and Tim Russ (who was on one of my favorite shows in my youth, Star Trek Voyager.) I'm fairly certain this will be cleaning up at the Emmy's next year, so you may want to start watching now.

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