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Help Save the Eaton Theatre

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UPDATE: The Eaton Theatre has met their $40,000 goal — ahead of schedule!! Congratulations to the Eaton Theatre!

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Eaton Theatre, Charlotte, MI

I’ve lived in the small town of Charlotte, Michigan for almost four years. It’s has a quaint downtown with shops and restaurants and The Eaton Theatre. When I heard the theatre was in danger of closing, my heart sank. It’s a beautiful art deco building, and being able to see new movies in our little town is a wonderful thing.

Eaton Theatre is in danger of closing because the big studios are going to release films in digital format only by the end of the year. Any theatre without a very expensive digital projector will not be able to show new releases. Eaton Theatre has launched a Kick Starter campaign to raise funds for a digital projector. They say:

The Eaton Theatre was established in 1931 and, like many other small theaters, is at risk of closing due to the forced digital changeover. Thanks to the digital film shift that movie companies are making, small theaters are forced with a choice… to survive and go digital OR stick with traditional film and die off.

Right now the Eaton Theatre uses 35mm film that runs through a projector but movie companies have announced that the 35mm film will no longer be available as of the end of 2013 with the remaining companies following suit.

Movies are important in our house. Every Friday evening, without fail, my husband and I go out to the movies. I love the smell of the popcorn. I love the previews. I love the giant buckets of soda pop and just forgetting the world for a couple of hours. And we have all that in our little town of Charlotte.

I signed up to be a backer. I couldn’t give as much as I wanted. I would buy the damn projector myself if I could, but I can help spread the word about how wonderful this little theatre is and hope others are willing to help.

Help the Eaton Theater if you can. It’s a wonderful place for Eaton County, and I would hate to see it go away.

Hello, 2012

Holy crap, I can’t believe the holidays are over. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years were probably the best holidays I have had in years…. and I think it’s mostly because we lived them on our own terms this year. We had Thanksgiving for 2, Christmas with our family, and New Year’s dinner with friends, making it home and in PJs before midnight and sleeping soon after.

I even checked a few items off the Day Zero list. I learned to cable knit (not as difficult as I thought) and I watched one of five classic movies, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was so not what I expected (she’s a hooker!), but I did like it. It’s interesting to read that Truman Capote thought Hepburn was all wrong for the part of Holly Golightly — he envisioned Marilyn Monroe. Who knew?

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I’m also at work on a few projects for my kitchen. While on 11 days of vacation, I spent a more than a few nights on Pinterest.

I’m attempting to make a version of this for above my kitchen sink:

I’m also attempting to fashion my own pot rack to hang above my kitchen window. Pot racks are insanely expensive, I don’t want anything too big, and I don’t need to have a shelf-type thing. So, by annoying people I know with lots of questions, I think I’ve got it figured out.

To round out my kitchen accessories, I bought a knife magnet and got rid of the knife block taking up room on my counter. I love it. $16 from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Knife Magnet

And the chefs I work with shamed me for the cheap knives with plastic handles, so those, my friends, are already in the trash. As Anthony Bourdain says: “all you you will ever need in the knife department: ONE good chef’s knife, as large as is comfortable for your hand.” Got it, Tony.

I can’t wait to post some photos of my herb garden and pot rack!

Happy 2012!

Good Weekend

Friday – Pizza and beer at Eaton Pub and Grille. I had a Woodchuck. Man, I love that stuff. Then, we saw The Thing at the movies (salty, buttery popcorn…). I didn’t want to see this – it was a James pick – but it was actually pretty scary and gross. I have never seen the original or the remake with Kurt Russell, but I was entertained with this one.

Saturday – Up early and at the grocery store. I like going in the morning before the crazy soccer moms get there. I bought Dragon Fruit (it doesn’t taste as good as it looks – needs more sweetness and tartness).

Dragon Fruit

Then, I came home to watch my Spartans beat the Michigan Wolverines for the 4th year in a row. Sweet, sweet victory. Hail to real victors, the Michigan State Spartans!

Chips, cheese dip, MBC Nut Brown. And I also made my family chili and skillet cornbread. I have this cornbread down cold. Now I need to experiment with mixing stuff in (jalapenos and such).

Saturday ended with a trip to Blockbuster to get The Omen (remake with Julia Stiles) on Blu-Ray, which we’ve seen at least three times already. And it’s true – I love this movie because she wears such nice outfits.

Sunday – Slept til 11 a.m., cleaned the house liked there was no tomorrow, pot roast in the slow cooker, and finished it off with Boardwalk Empire and puppy snuggles.

Good stuff.