Cat is the True Star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You might have thought Audrey Hepburn was the star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I’d have to say that Orangey, better known as “Cat,” was the real standout in this classic film. Rarely do we see this kind of feline with such acting chops, but Orangy did in fact win a PATSY award (a.k.a. Academy Awards for Cats)for this performance, so it should come as no surprise that he stole literally every scene through which he traipsed.

But acting skill aside, the real magic of “Cat” comes from that fact that Truman Capote wrote an animal as very effective supporting character in a way that didn’t make the entire movie about the protagonist’s relationship with that animal. If this had been Where the Red Fern Grows, then the entire plot would have been about Holly Golightly and her adventures with Cat. Obviously, both are great stories, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is unique in how it uses this integral relationship to develop the plot and reveal Holly’s character.

Cat sitting on her best friend, Holly.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’re probably familiar with this classic quote, “I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.” But I’m pretty sure this is an inaccurate description of Cat’s personality. Yes, I know I might be taking a lot of liberties here with my character analysis of a cat, but hear me out. Holly might not be clear on the fact that she belongs to Cat, but Cat is definitely certain that Holly is his. Cats don’t just lovingly accept people who throw them out in a torrential downpour unless they had already decided they were friends. Puppy dogs might do that but cats just don’t.

Cat accepting Holly’s heartfelt apology after she was a total dick and and tossed him out in the rain because she has commitment phobia.

I know we’re supposed to accept the ending of this movie as evidence on how much Holly Golightly has grown through her relationship with “Fred” and is now willing to take a chance on love and life. But I would like to think that it’s equally about the fact that she realized she was just fooling herself for all of these years about how lucky she is to have such a nice cat. 

On another note, could someone please write Holly Golightly and Her Adventures with Cat? I would love to read it. Could it be a picture book?

A Playlist for Those of Us Who Get Tired of Christmas Carols

I’ve already mentioned my love for “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Just because I can’t listen to another version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” doesn’t make me a Scrooge, so I’ve compiled this list of songs that put me in the Holiday mood.

What’s your writing style?

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

This was super fun. I just took a few paragraphs from one of my first posts–in which I thought a fictional scholastic character was my ancestor–and voila! Looks like I’m cut out for macabre…I would definitely not have guessed that. But it explains why I watched all of The Following even though I had to look away A LOT.

So who do you write like? Share in the comments below!

Handmade Christmas


If you’re still reading, Mom, you’ve been warned. And I know how you HATE Christmas present spoilers.

This year, I planned on hand-making all of my Christmas gifts. But then I realized how much time that would take (in the midst of trying to move into a new apartment), and I broke down and dropped a hundred bucks on Christmas gifts.

However, I already had a good idea and all of the materials for my mom’s handmade gift. My mom loves books and she is constantly making plans with friends/family/new acquaintances. She also tends to lose things (sorry, Mom, but it’s true). So I thought, “Hey, why not make her a day planner where she can write in the dates?” This way if she loses the book for a few weeks, she can flip to a new week and not waste a lot of pages.

I made the cover with a vintage coloring page that I found at the quilting website, Q is for Quilter. I got out my trusty Crayola 48 pack, called on my kindergarten skills, and scanned the coloring so that I could keep the look without the waxy crayon feel.

Lion Cover

I used a little modpodge to keep the lion in place on top of the paper that I used to cover the book board.

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The day planner template is absolutely awesome as is, but since my brain couldn’t figure out how to bind the pages in the correct order–so that the days of the week appeared as they are supposed to–I edited the template so that no days at all are showing. They can be written in the blank boxes at the top of the column. Check at the original template here:

Time to Break Out The Waitresses

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I love “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses and it’s finally acceptable for me to play it on repeat again. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and yes the holiday gives me warm fuzzies and all that. However, I’m not much on listening to Christmas Songs more than a week in advance of the actual day.

However, the exception to this rule is “Christmas Wrapping,” which so adeptly describes the frenzy of getting ready for Christmas.  The air is crisp, the decorations will soon be out, and now it’s time to listen to some New Wave.