Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Big Apples and Jumping Buffalos (Buffaloes? Buffali? Buffalae? Buffalini? I need a beer.)/

I'm going to be wild and crazy here and start my post with the second part of the title instead of the first part. Then I'll talk about the first subject second. Wow. I'm not just thinking outside the box -- I'm crushing the box with my mighty fists and then giving it to Martha to shred. (She's half gerbil.)

So...I can not recommend Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump highly enough. It is smart, funny, sad, beautiful, original, exquisitely performed, cleverly directed, SHORT!, and thought-provoking. GO AND SEE IT IF YOU LIVE IN TORONTO. It closes on Saturday so you have five more chances to see it (tonight through Saturday night plus a Saturday matinee.) Click on the link to the right for more information. I'm going to go a SECOND time. That's how good it is.

Before I move on to the New York portion of this post, I have a confession to make: I didn't get Rufus shaved after all. I couldn't go through with it. He looked up at me with that...uh...big-boned (?) face of his and his little eyes said, "Please don't shave my pride away." The catcut would have been really expensive, too -- more than I pay to get my own hair done. That seems fundamentally wrong to me. And to respond to one of the comments on my last post...yes, he's short-haired and usually only long-haired cats get shaved, but he sheds more than any cat I've ever owned in my life! (And that's a lot of cats.) So, contrary to my promise, there will be no pictures of a humiliated, robust ginger cat to follow. And I still can't get enough light to take a photo of Martha. She exists, though -- I swear. She is being de-womanized as we speak and will no doubt be furious with me when she comes out of her druggy, genderless stupor.

So...NEW YORK! Thanks to those of you who came to see the readings, to those of you who made brownies!, to those of you who handed out A Dog's Breakfast flyers, to those of you who stuck around to chat after the show, and to those of you who recommended cool places to go in New York. I ended up being busier than planned, but I still tried to do as much as possible: I saw the library, I went to Century 21 and tried on J-Lo coats (gee...I can't think why they always fit so well...), I saw the big Christmas tree, I got to know Brooklyn, I ventured into the gift shop part of the crazy space age sci fi restaurant (the name of which I've forgotten), I ate great food, I saw some fantastic musicians and I hung out with one of my oldest friends. (She's a hundred and twelve. No, I've KNOWN her the longest. Jeez.) It was really great to meet those of you that I met. Thanks for your support, yet again. Some highlights of the trip include: working with The Bridge Theatre Company, hearing my play read (really well!) by entirely different voices, seeing Kristen Chenoweth live in a horrible terrible play that she absolutely shone in, having great food everywhere I went, shopping on Canal Street, Soho, hearing a New York audience laugh at my very Torontonian play, rehearsing around the corner from where David Letterman is taped, exploring New York by subway, Borders, running into a good friend from high school randomly in a mall, discovering vodka-sodas, meeting fantastic actors and playwrights, Daily Soup, hearing someone sniffing in the audience because they were moved by the play!, etc. etc. etc....

Some LOWlights include: getting trapped in a turnstile with my suitcase, creepy men on the subway, accidentally committing a B&E because I tried to get into apartment 4e instead of 4a, the tiniest airplane ever, being proud of myself for my economical packing job then realizing I forgot to bring tops, spending money I don't have, and coming home and realizing how much I miss my long lost New York buddy!

New York is a great city -- overwhelming in some ways but amazing. I hope I get to visit again soon. I think the play was a success, so hopefully it (and I!) will be back before long.

Okay...gotta go outline my new play, write a screenplay, pick up a sick cat, clean my apartment, make a wheat-free dairy-free taste-free meat-free soul-free lunch and trick Rufus into exercising.

Happy holidays everybody!



Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

Glad to hear that you made it back home in one piece and that you had a great time in NYC. I would to hear more about your play.

Hee, Good for Rufus using his wiles to get away with no catcut. Tho the pictures would have been great blackmail :p

Happy Holidays to you too!

2:33 PM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

So, fun! I'm glad you had a wonderful time in NYC....minus the creepy men and evil turnstiles.

Rufus is lucky. I have never shaved a cat before. Spray painted them....but never shaved them.

Merry Christmas!

PS: Misty you can't spell. :-P

2:48 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Wow, sounds like you had a great time there! And don't worry about the turnstile thing, I did it my self on the ttc last year, only it was my giant oversized backback in one of those stupid little glassed in ones. *blushes* NEVER AGAIN! But right now i'm trying to get a friend of mine to come into the city with me to go see the play, so here's hoping! :)

Anyways, Happy Holidays, and maybe it will snow soon!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Glad you had a good time. One question, though. Borders? As in the bookstore? Was it some kind of super-Borders? Not that a regular bookstore isn't a fine highlight in itself (I was quite excited to hear about this place called Chapters when I was in Vancouver)...but a super-bookstore is better. (Speaking of which, ever been to Powells in Portland? Biggest used bookstore in the world, I think. Very cool.)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

Welcome back home, it's good to hear you've had a good time!
I wish I could see your play too, but there's a big ocean in between and I can't afford to cross it that many times! :-(

Don't worry, you're actually making Martha a favour by neutering her! You're preventing her from having big trouble in the future!

And I'm glad you didn't shave Rufus, the poor thing. Cats are so nice also because they are furry!

Happy Holidays!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger kiffle said...

Yet another way Rufus and King are doppelgangers: the shedding. I often threaten to shave him bald, but never do. Alas.

The play really was wonderful. It was funny and a little heartbreaking, and you were fabulous. It was great to meet you and I can't wait to see more of your stuff!

And I indulge in cabs whenever I have luggage because I live in fear of getting stuck in the turnstile. ;)

3:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yes, glad you had a good time in NYC. And darn if I was anywhere near Toronto (some days I really wish that!)-I'd definately go and see the play.

Happy Holidays to you and yours! (especially Rufus and Martha)

3:45 PM  
Anonymous OaTmEaLfAiRy said...

Uh! I want to see Kristen Chenoweth in anything! Although I'm a little disappointed that I can't laugh at your hairless cat, I still love you :)

Good luck with your play(s).

<3 Jessica

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Kirstin-Marie said...

I've never been to NYC, but I'm doing an editing job for some one who has! *can't wait to travel... one day, when I have money...*

You say Rufus sheds a lot.. you haven't seen my black cat Fabian. He's 18 human years and lays on everything and when he gets up: hair, hair, hair! And flees... every one who comes over just goes, "Hmm he's still alive.." while looking down upon him in a Cruella De Vill mannerism. There all waiting for him to die! They're horrid, horrid, horrid people! (He's Immortal *shifty eyes* yes he is..)

In other news, I can't see any of the plays you speak of (I'm Australian, from Syd) but I love hearing about them! Maybe one day I will :)

And one mroe thing: Sretan Bozic! (Merry Christmas in Croatian)

4:40 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Hi K.,
it seems to me that you have enjoyed your New York Trip. ;o)
That’s good news and also interesting to read, particularly with regard to
thousands of kilometers lay between us.
I wish you also beautiful holidays. I also hope it will snow (in the Teutoburg Forest) soon...

Greeting from Germany

PS: I look forward to get an answer to my E-Mail. :o)
PPS: Maybe I kowtow to much to you - Abundance is welcome. ;oP

==in German:==

Hi K.,
es sieht so aus, als ob Du Deinen New York Trip genossen hast. ;o)
Das sind gute Neuigkeiten und interessant zu lesen, insbesondere in Hinblick darauf, dass tausende von Kilometern zwischen uns liegen.
Ich wünsche Dir auch schöne Feiertage. Ich hoffe es wird bald schneien (im Teutoburger Wald)...

Grüße as Deutschland

PS: Ich freue mich achon auf eine Antwort auf meine E-Mail an Dich. :o)
PPS: Vielleicht habe ich mich zuviel bei Dir eingeschleimt - Lieber zuviel als zuwenig. ;oP

4:43 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Good to hear you had a great time! We've heard a little bit about the play on the forums ... the characters - something about a woman and her cat ... lol. Wish I could have seen it!

Im sure Rufus is delighted at not being shaved. The sphinx look is a little creepy ... not to mention cold. I dont know what they have for cats, but I once saw a program where they could bath your dog and all the excess hair would fall out, and the shedding would cease until the new coat came in. Itd be expensive though. My one cat sheds heavier as well. You'd think you were safe with short hairs! Haha :p Oh well, is black really that important in wardrobe?

Oh, and I recently, finally, saw McKay and Mrs Miller. Fantastic job, it was hilarious.

Hope the holidays are good to you!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

How weird. I thought Humans Anonymous was also smart, funny, sad, beautiful, and all that as well!

I was one of those who went but had to motor right afterward because I'm in Queens and when you live outside of Manhattan, you live and die by the train schedules. But I thought the play was great, especially "Lenny" (I'm a member of MENSA... no really!) and the actors were all so wonderfully, disgustingly talented.

And seriously, I get stuck in turnstiles at least once a week (stupid tote bags!) so it's good that you only got caught the one time, or at least the one time that you're admitting to. Also, creepy subway men are unfortunately par for the course -- just consider it a part of your complete New York experience!

Oh, I took a friend with me to the reading (we went on Wednesday) and she told me later that she's picky about comedy and she would have told me if she thought the play was bad... but she loved it. Seriously, it was so funny and poignant and the actors were terrific. My husband works with voice actors all the time and we were just talking about how Canada is becoming known for its talented performers. So bravo to you and your play, and hopefully the next time I see it, it will be properly staged with acts and everything!

(The beer was a very cool touch, btw)

4:50 PM  
Blogger Brian Taylor said...

Well it sounds like you had a really good time in N.Y.

Personnaly I think you need to take a four month sabatical to the UK, and bring your play(s) over here! :)

And whilst this isn't really the place for it, I thought I'd provide a link to a website with some non-pc cartoons on it:

Hope my post doesn't get deleted because of that! But at least I'll know where the boundaries are :-p

Happy Holidays people...

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the OED, the plural of buffalo is either buffalo or buffaloes.

I know, I know, I'm a pedant.

I'm glad it went well.


5:07 PM  
Blogger a_zombie_movie said...

I think my cat would disown me if I shaved her ridiculously long shedding hair...I hear ya.

5:14 PM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

so you liked NY a lot? going there again?

I really really envy the people who can see you,your play, ADB.. for that I live on the wrong continent :-/

btw I am interested in your play maybe can post it? (or upload a .pdf/.doc file) or post just a scene? I so curious and there is no chance I can see it somehow. plase? pretty please? with cherry on top? I also can send you some self made cookies (I'd really do that I just doubt you would give me your adress *grins*)

5:38 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

I would also be glad to see your play in Germany.
Maybe be can manage something. I would be ready with a helping hand.


PS: For a start - Mrs. Santa Claus named Kate - could make a recording of your play and burn on DVD and send it to me (or just the script). <== to be sassy

==in German:==

Nebenbei bemerkt:
Ich würde mich freuen Dein Stück auch in Deutschland sehen zu können.
Vielleicht kann man da etwas tun. Ich würde gerne helfen.


Fürs Erste - Frau Weihnachtsmann genannt Kate - könntest Du eine Aufzeichnung von Deinem Stück machen und auf DVD brennen und es an mich schicken (oder einfach das Skript). <== um frech zu sein

5:46 PM  
Blogger Bunnieluver said...

Sounds like a lot of fun in NYC! Happy that your back!

2 points for Rufus!
I gave my cat one of those cuts and he hated me for weeks. This time, so I wouldn't have to go through those painful weeks again and I could reduce the shedding, I bought a "Shed-Ender" (bad idea)


9:27 PM  
Blogger SGAngeL said...

Congrats on your play! That's great! And I'm glad you had so much fun, NYC is such an amazing place, I want to go back sometime too.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous MK said...

Nooo~! Kate, how are we supposed to see plays during the exam period?! ;_; At any rate, I'm glad you're not shaving poor Rufus, that you had an awesome time in NY, that the show was great and that you're writing! And hey, if you can't get the new cat on film, it's just because she's too ninja for us. I'm jealous!

10:40 PM  
Blogger Becky S said...

I've always heard that NYC is an adventure and you've proven that. Glad to hear the play went so well and that you had a great time there. The people who have posted on the forum about the play loved it.

Our cats shed a lot too. Some of it is weather, some how they feel (sad or happy) some is just being cats. We've found that brushing them with baby brushes helps and they love the attention. It's a bonding thing.

I hope you have a very Happy Birthday and may you, M, Rufus, Martha, your mother, your father, your sisiters, David, Jane, Mars, all your family and friends have a very Happy Christmas!!!

10:41 PM  
Blogger k2 said...

Good to hear about NYC. Ive never been. sounds like Rufus dodged a bullet, ive never saved a cat before. this halloween we shaved are dog, shes a Chow we shaved her to look like a lion! it was awsome! do you have any picture from NYC if so post them!

Merry Christmas

10:53 PM  
Blogger Rebeccasaurus said...

I'm impressed with your potential B&E activities :)

11:00 PM  
Blogger kittenz2006 said...

Dear Kate,
Welcome back, I'm so glad the play was a success. I'm also pleased that you didn't actually shave Rufus, as he'd of been forced to hire a kitty hit squad. (Some acts against catkind are unforgivable).
NYC is a great city (so many restaurants, so little time).
Anyway,wishing you health, wealth and happiness and have a wonderful Christmas and an even better 2007. I hope that Martha enjoys her first Christmas despite the de-gendering, (my cats are currently spending most nights playing seek and destroy with the tree). L.
Sorry about the note, I seem to be suffering from a near fatal case of boring lately.

11:12 PM  
Blogger jemima bean said...

Kristin Chenoweth is of the awesome. (and a hometown girl, so maybe I'm biased?) I'm assuming it's the Apple Twain thing that sucked?

NYC scares the bejesus out of me.

The crime! The smells! The over-dressed, well-manicured women!

11:45 PM  
Blogger jemima bean said...

Kristin Chenoweth is of the awesome. (and a hometown girl, so maybe I'm biased?) I'm assuming it's the Apple Twain thing that sucked?

NYC scares the bejesus out of me.

The crime! The smells! The over-dressed, well-manicured women!

11:50 PM  
Blogger jemima bean said...

Kristin Chenoweth is of the awesome. (and a hometown girl, so maybe I'm biased?) I'm assuming it's the Apple Twain thing that sucked?

NYC scares the bejesus out of me.

The crime! The smells! The over-dressed, well-manicured women!

11:54 PM  
Blogger jemima bean said...

Kristin Chenoweth is of the awesome. (and a hometown girl, so maybe I'm biased?) I'm assuming it's the Apple Twain thing that sucked?

NYC scares the bejesus out of me.

The crime! The smells! The over-dressed, well-manicured women!

11:59 PM  
Anonymous newParadime said...

Quick Q...

The list of screenings for "A Dog's Breakfast" is not yet up on David's site. Are there going to be any more in screenings in NY/The north east area in general (I live in upstate NY)? Ima go out on a limb and assume that's what you were doing in NY, but I've been accused of horrible reading comprehension before, so maybe you did mention it in there somewhere. I'm anxiously awaiting the flick, beyond just being an SG fan, I've heard it's quite good.

But back to the original question. Any more showings in NYish area?

12:06 AM  
Blogger SeeDoubleYou said...

Hi, I found your blog recently. (I think through myspace and then unspun theatre and then I'm not sure... anyway, just looking for similar writing-type people and clicked on a bunch of links and here I am.)

And you're a cat person.

And you get more blog comments than anyone I've ever seen. Really, it's almost ridiculous. But cool!

So... um... anyway... hi. Congrats on the play success!

12:24 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

You're so giving me ideas about our oldest cat. I wouldn't even be able to do it cuz he's an outdoor cat and totally needs his fur but he sheds so much and has cat dandruff (and only like half his teeth, he's old -- and cuz he only has half of his teeth he tends to drool). Also he would just be so sad. I'd feel guilty.

I read some peoples reviews about the play in NY! Very glad it all went well, everyone I've seen stuff from seems to have had a great time :)

Don't you ever get stuck in the turnstiles on the TTC? I am forever getting trapped and looking like a complete idiot as I almost fall over because my bag has gotten trapped (and you would think this would teach me, you don't need to carry around 3 books at a time for reading material, because it also makes your bag way too big, but it doesn't). Okay also once, I totally got caught in the one of the doors on the newer buses as it opened. That was highly embarrassing, also slightly painful (I was on the bus, my arm got trapped between the door and like, the wheel..area place).

Thanks for reccomending the play! I *grumbles* found out today that the concert I really wanted to see I can't get tickets for (crazy orchestral/modern thing with electric violin and piano) -- so I was looking for something else to go to :D So I looked it up and it looks really good! I called up a friend of mine and we're going to go to the Thursday night show (only night either of us can even go, stupid work.)

Have a happy holiday if you don't post again til then :D

4:44 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Did you know there's actually a company that will take your shedded cat hair and create yarn out of it? Kinda freaky, but a use for all that hair....

Glad NYC was such a success. Please keep us updated when your plays are performed. Maybe one will actually land closer to those of us outside NYC or Toronto.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Zerocool said...

It was probably the wrong time of year for a short hair cut anyway.

Im shocked at the price..if hair doos are as expensive there as they are in the UK, I'd be tempted to get a pair of clippers an do the Rufus myself. How difficult culd it be ;-)
Congratulations on the play and making it out of NY in one piece.

8:39 AM  
Blogger vorador said...

Glad to hear that you had a great time in NY (despite the not so good things, that always happen anywhere one goes, of course.). Rufus must be really relieved. Next time he does something bad, threat him with a haircut. And I'm really starting to think Martha is kind of your imaginary cat. There's no proof she exists.

Anyway, happy holidays to you too.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Tammy Mc said...

Oh thank goodness you didn't shave Rufus. I was having seriously scary images floating around in my head. It wasn't pretty.

I am thrilled to hear that your play went so well and glad that you made it home safely.

Happy Holidays to you, Rufus and Martha.


9:06 AM  
Anonymous Vecturist said...

Glad you had fun and survived NYC. Just got my own cat back from the vet (he now needs to find a job to pay the medical bills). Max had an overactive thyroid (I need that!) and I wound spending many $$ treating him. Still what can you do?

Does Rufus know how to do strategic shedding - mine does - sheds white fur on my dark stuff and light on the black clothing!

10:37 AM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

Hi Kate!

So glad you had a wonderful time in NYC! I *loved* Humans Anonymous, funny and touching in all the right places. I hope a full production comes to New York in the future!

Thank you for being so kind afterwards. Truly lovely to meet you in person!

(Cassandra sent me the picture she took, and you look great!)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Flo said...

contente que NY t'ait plu. c'est vraiment une ville magnifique... dans le genre gratte-ciel en tout cas! on croise tous les doigts pour que tu puisses y retourner...

vivement qu'on puisse voir des photos de Martha, le chat invisible... elle et rufus doivent faire la paire!! en tout cas, rufus l'a échappé belle cette fois...

bonnes vacances maintenant... (enfin, si on considère la liste des choses à faire propice aux vacances!)

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Alasse said...

I loved the play and it was great to meet you :) Glad we NY types didn't frighten you too badly *g*

We also enjoyed reading all the slogans on the beer. And drinking the beer...

3:03 PM  
Blogger Tory said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time in my fair city! I love NYC with all my heart. And I really, really enjoyed your play (there's a short, parenthetical-ridden review of it up on my blog ... just, ignore all the finals-related yelling), just, so much, more than I can say. I was wildly entertained, and thanks so much for taking the time to talk to people after the show! Lydia and I were so delighted.

If you make it back to NYC anytime soon, please post about it! I have many favorite restaurants/local haunts to recommend -- the sort of stuff you'd never find in a guidebook, like 24-hour Korean karaoke diners, and a bookstore on Christopher street that only sells mystery novels (and is decorated with a suitably Holmesian atmosphere). And thanks again for telling us about the reading. I haven't enjoyed myself so much at one of those in, well, ever.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your first foray into the city. Even with the 'low-lights'. As much as I love it here, it's definitely an in your face city.

I enjoyed the play tremendously. Wonderfully written, wonderfully played, and a great audience vibe. Oh, yes, I'm sorry...let's not forget the beer. My only disappointment is that I wasn't able to stay after for the meeting and greeting.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about the workshopping process, and the where and when for the actual production. The best of luck on your once and future projects (screenplay??? - which made my filmmaker's antennae perk right up).

Wishing everyone - you and yours, a recuperating Martha, a Rufus with his dignity still intact, and the rest of the list - a peace-filled holiday season.


7:45 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

You forgot to pack tops...

Okay, now that is funny.

8:06 PM  
Blogger GentleZephyr said...

In regards to shedding cats, I've found that a close-bristled brush helps. And if you can't manage to pin the cat down to brush her, then you can always brush down the furniture instead. *grins* Either way you're onto a winner.

I'm glad that your play reading was a success and that you enjoyed New York. I adore hearing about other people's holidays (almost) as much as I enjoy having them. You almost feel as though you have been there yourself. And it's a lot cheaper!

I hope you and your family have a magnificent Christmas and very happy New Year. That goes for everyone reading this hilarious Blog too. Festive wishes all round!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Wheat-free? *squeak* Well, I'm going to go ahead and give you my Awesome Brownie recipe anyhow, just in case you feel like lapsing.

1. Preheat Oven to 350 F/175 C
2. Grease brownie pan (butter! v. v. important)
3. Mix:

1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 1/4 C white sugar
2/3 C cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt.

4. Add 4 eggs, beaten
5. Mix in 3/4 C melted butter
6. Drink through a straw
7. OR, bake for 25-30 min.
8. Cool & devour

Thanks for coming to NYC and putting on your play. I loved it. Surprise bonus: Bridge Theater! I plan to check out future shows - what a great company they are.

P.S. The song at the end of Humans Anonymous, did you write it? Am v. curious. Please expand to full song status so that we can all have a dance remix version. :)

8:45 PM  
Blogger Jen, the cow hugger said...

Ah the ole don't make me bald trick. My dog tried to pull it the time he got ticks, and well there was no way he'd get out of his haircut (and he was a poodle mutt). My mom and I literally took all his hair off. It was quite sad ... oh yuck I just sneezed on my screen... anyways he looked like a cross between a pig and a Chinese Crested dog. Muhaha. My other dog does it the easy way, and shows his teeth. Oh it's fun clipping him.

It's good you had fun in NYC, there's nothing more memerable than a bad trip. I really wanted to go that weekend, but I'm a half broke college student.

And to be even more random, I just heard that they are making a third Stargate series. Are you interested at all in that?
Even if not, I hope I get the opportunity to see more of your work. I would guess theatre especially, since you seem very dedicated. :D

Happy holidays to you and the gang!


1:32 AM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

I'm really glad everything went well. I always manage to pick up some creep old guy on the subway no matter where i go. We all knew it would be a great hit :D Come to the UK!!!!! We'll love you over here too!

Have you got any good ideas for a wheat free dairy free meal. I found out that i can't have them anymore and i can't think of anything that i normally eat that doesn't have at least one of them in. It's killing me. Everything i love has got at least one in and soya is not as nice as people say it is.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

Really glad to hear things went swimmingly in New York. I wish I could have jetted across the pond to see the play, I could really use a break right now....anyhoo have a great christmas and a happy birthday too!!

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...


Hope things are well with you... sounds like it. New York sounds amazing, and getting to see Kristen? You lucky, LUCKY thing.

So, is the laser thing still working for Rufus? Or has he worked out that that counts as exercise?

If you don't post before (and I sincerely hope you do), have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas.

Tracy x

3:30 PM  
Blogger Chez said...

Thanks for filling us in about your NY trip :D. It's quite fun finding out about differnt places around the world.. One day I'll make it to the US and Canada.

8:47 PM  
Blogger [J]oe said...

But aren't you sooo glad your back home now? I know i would, busy cities are great and all but nothing better than chilled out and relaxing, even if its going home to do playwright related work cough*procrastinate*cough wow i can't spell this late at night so forgive me!

Glad it went so well for you, also glad that you and Rufus are still friends as you didn't cause cat humiliation :p

Are you actually sureee that Martha exists? Maybe you have turned into that crazy cat lady and Martha is just your imagination :P Awwww im only joking but im looking forward to seing your new addition to the family! Though i can imagine rufus being a drama queen and trying to get all the attention.

Anyway so glad you had a good time, and if you don't blog before Christmas i hope you have an amazing Christmas! Lots of presents! I want ADB for christmas :P you know what to do hehe :)

PS: I can't spell!

PPS: How was the sci fi restaurant it looked good on the web site

Much love

J x

9:16 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Glad you had fun! And as its the first day of Hannuka--also known now as Chrismaska! (Yes, there is Jewish Roman Catholic alive! :O)

I would LOVE to have my script read by actors-though I must finish it first!

Well, Happy Holidays! Best Holiday Wishes and make sure not to give Rufus and Martha Catnip for Christmas; unless they're like my cat and fall asleep when they have it

But now my bed is calling. Happy Holidays Again :)

12:49 AM  
Blogger Spacegirlnz said...

OMG! It sounds like you had sooo mcuh fun! I wish I was there! You got to see Kristin Chenoweth! Lucky!!!

Black cats are hard to take photos of. The photos of my black kitty only work in broad daylight see :P

I'm glad you had a good time, and Happy holidays!

4:14 AM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

Kate...I swear, signing in to leave you a message is like pulling teeth on this thing!


Anyway...Sounds like a great time was had in New York. I hope to get there someday. The city that is.

Shame about not shaving the kitty...we could have swapped embarrasing cat photos. Although my kitties would kill me...

4:29 AM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

OK...This is my fourth attempt at responding to this blog.


Why must technology ALWAYS be against me? LOL.

Glad you had a wonderful time in NY. The show sounds WONDERFUL! I am just waiting for cool shows to hit Los Angeles...

Like A Dog's Breakfast.

I can't wait for it to be distributed...It was SO perfect.

But I digress...

Shame about not shaving that cat. I have those types of photos of my kitties too...

4:37 AM  
Blogger omgwtfcori said...

Glad to hear you didn't shave Rufus ;) I've never shaved my cats, even though they shed like they want to make a new cat army out of the hair.

So yeah, Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday, too :) (It's the 17th in Germany, and I hope it's the 17th in Canada now, too) I hope you have a very good day and lots of presents and love :))

6:51 AM  
Blogger Flo said...

Joyeux anniversaire et plein de bonnes choses pour la suite...

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Lukas said...

I just wanted to join the happy-birthday-wishing, too. so... um.. happy birthday! :D Alles Gute zum Geburtstag. I remember you once said you are slightly nervous about the age. Don't be. Remember: Age is an issue of mind over matter - if you don't mind, then it doesn't matter. :)

Happy Holidays.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Francy said...

Happy Birthday Kate!!!!
Buon comleanno!! Spero tu lo stia (subjunctive form of the verb "stare") passando con i tuoi cari, con gli amici e con i tuoi due gatti!
And did you know you now have an unofficial Yahoo Group? Don't know who owns it, ('cause it was just created and I just registered), but I found it in the Dgeek forum.
Link is

12:57 PM  
Blogger vorador said...

Just to say:


1:20 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

Happy Birthday, Kate!
Although I will not mention your age (as a precaution and from politeness) ;o)
I think you don't be nervous about the age.
You don't look like and I think, as I do, you don't feel like...
I wish you beautiful common hours with those which you love. And don't to forget: As much as possible gifts before Christmas! :o)


===in German:====

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, Kate!
Obwohl ich Dein Alter nicht erwähne (vorsichtshalber und aus Höflichkeit) ;o)
brauchst Du, wie ich finde, nicht bei Deinem Alter nervös zu werden.
Du siehst nicht so aus und ich denke Du fühlst Dich, wie ich auch, nicht so...
Ich wünsche Dir schöne gemeinsame Stunden mit denen die Du liebst. Und nicht zu vergessen: So viel wie möglich Geschenke vor Weinachten! :o)

Liebe Grüße,

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Je n'ai pas douté une seule seconde que ce voyage à New-York se déroulerait aussi bien ! La ville soit être absolument superbe sublimée par les décorations de Noël.
Je suis réellement ravie de constater le succès que tu remportes; et ce n'est qu'un début !
Alala, je meurs d'envie d'aller voir une des tes pièces... *soupir*

Alors c'est ton anniversaire ? (je crois que je l'avais souhaité quelques mois à l'avance dans un de mes commentaires précédents...c'est moi ça toujours un peu décalée :P)
Hé bien: Bon anniversaire !!!
Plein de bonnes choses: amour, succès, argent...cupcakes à volonté, des voisins moins bruyants, un Rufus moins dodu...!!!

Gros bisous !!!

2:22 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Happy Birthday!

I hope you get lots of cupcakes today!

10:17 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Happy Birthday!!!

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Masterchica said...


12:22 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Happy belated birthday! At least I think it was your birthday on the 17th. The site that mentioned it was in Spanish, and my spanish is a little rusty. But still, I'm pretty sure that's what it said. ;p So happy 30th birthday, I hope you had a great time. The 30's aren't so bad, I swear! :)

9:02 AM  
Blogger Shelley Templar said...

Its good to here that you had a great time kate!!!
I would like to go to New York, but I probably wont ever get the chance.

just wanted to let you know that I have created a yahoo group for you:
The First Ever Kate Hewlett Yahoo Group

It gained 18 members in teh space of 2 hours!!
It would really mean a lot if you could visit.:)


9:05 AM  
Anonymous Masterchica said...
Everybody's Free
(to wear sunscreen)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97... wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous jumping_junipers said...

Just curious - would that crazy space age sci fi restaurant happen to be Mars 2112? Because I was just there a few weeks ago; it was definitely interesting, I seemed to attract all the "aliens".

7:56 PM  
Blogger peter_lead said...

Good to here that you had a good time!

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Rosie said...

Hi Kate,

I've not really been a follower of your blog to date, but I've just realised you're coming to Pegasus Two in February and I wanted to say how awesome that is! I'd been hoping you'd come along since David was confirmed - it'll make for a really fun con, I'm sure.

Have a great Yule/Christmas/Winterfest of your choosing and see you in the New Year.

Best wishes,

6:14 PM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

I just checked the Pegasus 2 site and saw you've officially been confirmed as a guest! *bouncebounce*


Wishing you happy holidays, and see you in February 2007 (which is much sooner than it sounds).

7:13 PM  
Blogger Gem Simpson said...

YAY your going to Peg2 (I hope your ready lol) and I didn't even have to threaten Brian!!!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It dosen't seems probably there will be a festivities, "te deseo una muy feliz navidad y un exelente y fructifero año 2007"

11:43 PM  
Blogger Francy said...

WOOOHOOO!!!! That's so great that you're coming to P2 Kate!!! You'll have a blast! And the news just made my day!! *dances around and hugs everyone in sight*

3:35 AM  
Blogger BorgTeddy said...

Hi Kate :)
I just saw on the Pegasus 2 forum that you will be going to the convention.
*bounces happily*
You and David both at the same convention. This is the best early christmas present ever :)
The only thing that could make it more perfect would be if you'll bring A Dog's Breakfast with you so we can see it.

I hope you have a great Christmas.
I know I will :) :)

Some Dutch.

and finaly

Prettige Kerstdagen
Gelukkig nieuwjaar

5:51 PM  
Anonymous shelsfc said...

Just saw that you're going to be at P2, woohoo!! As if I wasn't looking forward to that enough! :D
Can't wait to see you there!

Happy Christmas :) (Nollaig Shona - in Irish :D)


6:10 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Finally got over to David's site and he's taunting you. Remember not to leave a permanent mark on his forehead or you'll give the SGA makeup folks a really rough time!

Merry Christmas to all those Loft Readers who celebrate!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Francy said...

Merry Christmas, or, if you don't celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season Greetings to everyone!!

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Erin Winslow said...


from Sweden!

(Isabelle aka Spastikitty sends a special greeting to Rufus and Martha!)

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

J'espère que tu as passé un très bon Noël avec toute ta famille !!!
Joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année à tous les fans de Kate !!

10:46 AM  
Blogger Lady Niko said...

Hope you had fun in "T dot O" w/ the family - your evil bro was laying his plans of torment for the holiday. :p

Others have suggested that you and your sisters gang up on him and post embarassing stories and/or pics of him on your blog. :)

Hope you manage to stay warm up there - I am in Missouri, and we are having a "heatwave" of temps or 15 to 16 C this weekend. ;)

11:00 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Have a Happy New Year Kate!

Heres hoping you survived Christmas with David. :)

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year...

Bill, Nadia and little Jessica (13 months of age)

Melb, Australia

4:26 PM  
Blogger [J]oe said...

Happy New Year Kate!! Hope this years even better than the last has been for me and you!! Much new yearly love :D xxx

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Mes meilleures voeux de France !!!
Bonne année 2007 Kate et M. !!!
Plein de bonnes choses pour cette année, que tout vos projets se réalisent !

Big bisous de ta plus grande fan outre-Atlantique (qui persiste à espérer que mes petits messages en français te font progresser ! Maintenant je suis sûre que tu es bilingue !!! Il faudrait que je vé !!! :p)

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Momo said...

Hi Kate!
I just wanted to thank you for your blog-site! I enjoy it so much that I now made one for my own! Thanking for letting you be part of our life!

5:37 AM  
Blogger Someday Scientist said...

Darling Kate,

Please come back. It's been far too long since your last post; I'd love to ehar more about how your play(s) is/are doing, the writing and the acting.

(I live vicariously through your blog, as I spend my days cooped up in Chemistry and Biology classrooms, and wishing I had space in my schedule to take a theater/acting class - darn science degrees, they leave no room for the fun stuff. My Sagitarian soul is having a coniption fit.)

In closing, as I have my own writing to get back to (not a play, but the rough outline of a novel,) please post soon!


10:50 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Kate-- we haven't heard from you in much too long. Is it time to break out the rescue penguins of DOOOM?

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Frances said...

Your experience getting stuck in one of those optical turnstiles must have been memorable that you managed to still include it with this post!

11:56 PM  

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