Archive for January 2008


I know Valentine’s Day is not for several more weeks. I wanted to mention 4 films ( movies) that I love. They all have the same theme; time travel romance. Now I am not a science fiction person but these four movies make me feel good and since I follow the writings of Esther and Jerry Hicks ( among others), I would like my blogs to center around things in my life that make me feel good. There is a big sap/sentimental element to these time travel romance movies. You have to forget reality in every sense of the word to buy the premise of these films. I don’t do drugs, drink or smoke and I think my one drug is my fantasy life ( well that and my sweet tooth). These films are able to transport me into an alternate reality quickly and without and harsh side effects.

The first time travel romance movie that I love is

SOMEWHERE IN TIME” ( 1980) starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer ( who ironically is in another favorite time travel romance film). This movie was filmed at the Grand Hotel in Mackinaw Island, Michigan. I was 16 when the film first came out and I saw it several times. Now when I see it I get sad when I think of the late GREAT Christopher Reeve- he was a good man. Wish more men could be like him. I did have a teenage crush on Christopher Plummer. It is great seeing him in films today. I like how the character Christopher Reeve plays uses self hypnosis to induce time travel. It’s available for rental or to own.

Another film ( movie) that I just adore is “THE LOVE LETTER” ( 1998) starring Campbell Scott and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I love Campbell Scott’s sexy voice. This movie originally was a Hallmark made for television movie. I know it’s available for rental or to own. I like the sappy Hallmark made for t.v. movies. This movie is set in Boston. The vehicle in which the lovers are communicating is through an antique wood desk. The film goes back and forth in time between the 1800s and present day. This made for t.vv. movie is also available to rent or own.

My third favorite time travel romance film is another Made for television movie- “FOR ALL TIME” which original aired on CBS in 2000. It stars Mark Harmon and Mary McDonell. If you look on the internet you can find some unauthorized copies. This movie was loosely based on a Twilight Zone episode;” A Stop At Willoughby . The focus item of time travel is a watch and a train. They have also aired this movie a few times on the LIFETIME channel. I emailed LIFETIME practically begging them to air it again.

The last time travel romance film which I really enjoy is “ THE LAKE HOUSE” ( 2006) starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Christopher Plummer. The lovers in this film communicate via a mailbox at a lake house. The lake house is real estate porn so I like it just for the visuals. I will be hopefully writing about films I love with great real estate porn in the future. This film is available for rental or can be easily purchased.

Now after explaining and recommending these films, let me briefly mention the subject of time travel. This is my opinion only. I do believe time travel is possible. I have experienced it. I have taken a course in Robert Monroe’s deep hypnosis tapes. There is a website for the Robert Monroe Institute. Here is the link:

www.monroeinstitute.com

Mr. Monroe is no longer alive ( he died in 1995) but his institute & his tapes & books live on. I spent a weekend many years ago listening to his tapes in California and experienced hypnosis projections into the future. The things I saw all came to pass for me. But the way I feel I need to live my life is to be as conscious in the present moment as possible. Being in the present in mind, body & spirit is where your greatest power lies. The past is over and the future isn’t here yet. All we really have is this moment; NOW. And then the now is gone and it is the past. The weekend I spent with a group of people from my art school in the Marin Headlands listening to these tapes changed my life forever. I am grateful to have been introduced to the works of Mr. Monroe.

One last thing- You maybe wondering what to eat or munch on while watching any or all of the films I have mentioned. Right now I am overdosing on a trail mix called ” Cherry Blossom” which they have at the Head Nut in Ardmore. They do have a website

www.theheadnut.com

but sad to tell you they don’t offer Cherry Blossom mix but maybe if you email them and beg they will ship it to you. What’s in the Cherry Blossom mix? dried cherries, cranberries, cherry chips, white chocolate chips, chocolate covered cherries, almonds etc.

I received a Mr. Coffee Cocomotion Hot Chocolate machine for Xmas. I got mine new off of eBAY and I think they still sell them at Walmart, but they are becoming difficult to find. I love my cocomotion machine. However, much to my dismay, I discovered my favorite hot chocolate mix- Spicy Hot Chocolate mix from the Chocolate Bar in NYC, didn’t fair too well in the cocomotion machine. The mix turn to sludge and mucked up the bottom of the machine. So far I discovered Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Hot Chocolate mix work I use Organic Whole Milk to make it extra creamy. Hot chocolate is really such a wonderful cure-all for P.M.S.

Enjoy!

Tashi Delek,

Katie

My paintings Inspired by Sophie Dahl & Anne HathawaySamedi Marche Blythe DollJanuary 14, 2008

I have listed two paintings I created inspired by two famous Big eyed gals- Sophie Dahl Model/writer & granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and Actress Anne Hathaway. I created these paintings in my New tiny studio at home. The paintings were done with acrylic paint, paint pens & glitter paint on stretched canvas. They are up for auction now on eBAY. Here is the link:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZkitschQ2ameQ2akate

These women kind of remind me of Blythe dolls with their huge alien eyes. Speaking of Blythe, I just happen to be selling a new Blythe doll ( mint in the box) which I won from the Fred Flare website a couple of years ago. It was a trivia contest and I had to read their blog to get the answers. I love all things French and it turns out they sent me a Samedi Marche Blythe Doll. She comes with several outfits and accessories. It also is ironic that I won her because for many years I kept visualizing finding a Blythe doll in a thrift store or at a flea market. A friend of mine found a Blythe doll with some physical issues at a yard sale and I was hoping to be as lucky. Winning a new Blythe doll was just as good. It confirms my continuing belief in the Law of Attraction: What you focus comes to you. So true So true.

I love noodles- especially noodle soups. Noodle soups in packages ( like Ramen) usually taste terrible to me. Many years ago, someone told me about Shin Ramyun- a VERY spicy  Korean noodle soup which looks like ramen but the taste is something completely different. Shin Ramyun can be found at any Asian grocery store and it is easily obtained online. It comes in a red package as well in a cup of noodles size and in a bowl-just-add water size. I played around with adding ingredients to the Shin Ramyun and have come up with my own unique recipe. This soup is great on a cold wet day or when you are sick. It contains cayenne pepper. Please note this soup does contain MSG.

Katie’s Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup- Serves 2 hungry people or 3 not so hungry people

*1 package Shin Ramyun Noodle Soup

*3 Cups Water ( ignore what the package says to use 19 ounces is not enough water to dilute the heat)

*4 to 5 Hot Dogs chopped up into small bite sized pieces- You can use Turkey Hot dogs or Tofu Dogs. (Beef hot dogs taste the best . I have tried shrimp, chicken, sausage etc. etc. in the past. Hot dogs taste the best)

*3 eggs beaten

1/2 Cup frozen peas

*BBQ potato Chips

Directions: open both the flavor packages in the Shin package add the water & hot dogs. Boil for 2 minutes. Add the noodles. Cook on medium heat for exactly 2 minutes. Add frozen peas. Cook another 30 seconds. Stir in egg mixture. Cook another 30 to 40 seconds. Serve in large bowls and top with crushed BBQ potato chips. Leftovers can be reheated the next day and taste great.

As with my previous blog about the Chili, Coke ( cola) goes great with this soup. The hot spicy mixed with the cold sweet drink is wonderful.

 

 

Hi Everyone!
This is my first post on my blog. I have so much I want to ta share. I don’t know where to begin. I have been reflecting about writing and sharing with others. I finally decided to just jump in.

Recently I  watched two  films which have enriched my life.  They were  created by the same couple; Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini- AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003) and OFF THE MENU:THE LAST DAYS OF CHASEN’S  (1997).

Both of these  films are available on DVD. AMERICAN SPLENDOR  chronicles  the life of underground comic book  writer Harvey Pekar. He writes comic books about his everyday life. He worked for decades as a file clerk at a V.A. Hospital. After seeing the film, my art style radically changed. I felt like I had been given permission to make ugly personal paintings which depicted painful scenerios in my life. I also added text.  I   finally realization on an emotional level  that we are all connected. We all go through the same crap. I view these paintings as self therapy.  Creating art  is one  way in which I  have learned to deal with the  negativity in my life.

OFF THE MENU: THE LAST DAYS OF CHASENS a documentary about Chasen’s restaurant in Los Angeles. The restaurant was a haven for movie stars  as well as  political figures and scions of  the  film industry. I had heard about their famous Chili, which Elizabeth Taylor had flown to the set of CLEOPATRA in the 60s because she was craving it. Here is a link to the recipe:

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/gmeat/chasens-chili-recipe.html

When I make this chili which is more of a meat stew, I top it off with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Frito Lay Corn Chips ( original). Drink it with Coke ( cola), it is pure heaven. And no, I am not going to apologize for eating meat or drinking soda. Yes I have read SKINNY BITCH. I do love and care for animals and I buy local and organic produce. This doesn’t mean I am a vegetarian or Vegan. I buy the best meats available at several different local farmer’s markets. This chili is very rich, I consider it a “special occasion” comfort food dish.

The documentary is full of eccentric characters who worked at Chasens and were devoted to the restaurant.

I ended up buying a cookbook of recipes from Chasens which I continue to test out.

So I am thanking Ms. Berman and Mr. Pulcini ( whom I discovered were born the same year I was- 1964- yeah!) for making my life better- artistically and culinary.