Julie and Julia

Thursday night was our last night of "vacation" before Derek had to go back to work on Friday. So I said we should go out to a movie, and he agreed. Of course, I had a specific movie in mind - I've been wanting to see Julie and Julia! What blogger wouldn't want to see that movie? Especially a female blogger. I've been telling Derek about it for a while now, so he said he'd take me to see it on Thursday. (This picture is of me in front of Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian, by the way.)

I was quite pleased - even though it's rated PG-13, which can be iffy, it was pretty clean - a little bit of language, but overall pretty good.

In case you don't know, the story is about a thirty year old woman who is feeling left behind, like she needs to have a direction. So she gets the idea to cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook and write a blog about it. The movie is about her experience cooking and blogging, and also includes flashbacks to Julia Child's life. The comparisons were obvious - they both needed a direction, something to do that seemed worthwhile, and their experiences with learning to cook both eventually make them famous.

I loved how they portrayed Julia Child - Meryl Streep played Julia, and she did a good job! Julia was portrayed as a cheerful woman who you couldn't help but like, and it made me almost wish I had known her. At one point she gets together with her sister after a long time apart, and their reunion cracked me up! You have to see the movie.

I also related to Julie Powell, the woman who decided to go through the cookbook and write a blog about it. The way they portrayed the journey of blogging was especially amusing, and only those of us who blog can fully understand some of it. Like the excitement of your first comment! Remember that? Or, on a more serious note, the way that blogging can sometimes lead to a narcissistic attitude, because let's face it, we're writing about ourselves. Your blog is all you, all the time; your thoughts, your experiences, your life out there for others to read about. Anyone else struggle with this? I know I do - I have to remind myself that everything is not about me, and guard myself against the selfishness that sometimes comes with blogging. At one point in the movie Julie and her husband get in a fight about how since she started blogging everything is all about her and her readers - and it shouldn't be that way. It's a delicate balance, and I'm warning you right now, if this blog ever threatens my relationship with my husband or family, I'll be gone. Or at least taking an extended break to get my priorities straight.

Finally, one of the biggest ways this movie affected me was that it made me think about my own life. I feel a little direction-less myself right now, like I'm stuck between life goals. I've finished school and am working as a dental hygienist - life goal number one accomplished. The next life goal is to have kids and raise a family, but we aren't quite ready to start that phase yet. So I'm stuck here in the in-between, where I no longer have education as a goal (I wouldn't mind going back to school, because I love academia, but money is the problem with that right now - it may be a future goal), and I'm not ready to start on the next life goal (kiddos) yet. When I was in school it gave me something to do, a purpose and goal, and I know when I have kids that will give me a great purpose. And I want to be a mom with all my heart - I think that's one of the greatest goals I can have in life, but I can't start that one yet.

What about in the in-between? Do I have to wait until I have kids to fill up my spare time? We aren't planning on having kids for another year or two, and I realized that there is absolutely no reason for me not to do some of those things on my "One Hundred Things To Do Before I Die" list. In fact, this is probably a better time for me to do some of those things, to develop some skill or get a hobby.

The movie made me realize that I would like to have a hobby, something I can enjoy doing and that will help me prevent the internet and TV from "stealing my time" as my mom says (I don't know about you, but the internet or TV is where I go when I'm bored - it would be good to have some other activity to do that will give me something to show for it in the end). The movie has inspired me to get involved with something that will give me something to work toward until the next big phase of my life - something that will help me develop a skill, something I enjoy that can fill my spare time.

Like Julia Child, I'll probably have to go through a few tries before I find just the right thing. But I'm starting today. I always tell myself that maybe someday when I'm retired and have alot of spare time I'll pick up painting again. In fact it's on my "Hundred Things" list - "Do another painting". I bet you didn't know I could paint, did you? I took lessons in elementary school, and I have a few paintings that I did at that time, but then I stopped (this is a picture of one of the paintings I did at that time, with the help of my art teacher). But with this barrage of talk about hobbies, I wonder if the Lord is trying to tell me that I can do some of those retirement activities now? Why not? Why wait until I think I'll have more time or money when now isn't a bad time to start? If I wait until the perfect time to do some of these things, the perfect time will probably never come. So here I go on my search for my skill - whatever it will finally be when I find it. I'm going to start out with trying painting again (just don't expect anything as good as this painting at first - it's been a long time, and I was taking lessons then - I have to start from scratch now). In fact, I rented a few "How To" books on oil painting from the library already.

Maybe I'll write a blog about it.
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Unknown said...

I must now see this movie. Totally up my street!!! x

Chandra said...

Have you ever thought about trying Bob Ross The Joy of Painting style? My sister and boyfriend love it, they record all the episodes, got some of his books from the library, and set up shop in the basement to paint together.

Brittney Galloway said...

What a great plan! And, if I forgot to mention it, I love your new blog layout/design.

Jessica said...

Wow, now I really want to see this movie! You made it sound really good :-)

Your painting is awesome! You did that in elementary school?? Wow! I'm excited to hear about your painting adventures. I have LOVED the quest of accomplishing some of the goals on my bucket list (and now my new list as well!) I'm kind of in the same boat as you right now...in between life goals. So I have found it really does give me direction to set clear goals and work to attain them.

Good luck, and have so much fun!!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I gotta get a girls night together to go see this gem. The hubs is not down. Boo.

katie said...

Those pics were from Colorado... Aspen area. We went to visit there for a little vacation and anniversary celebration a few weeks back.

You live in CO right? Gorgeous state!

Anonymous said...

That movie was so good!! It inspired me too! Eventually I want to do something like she did. Maybe cooking, maybe something else. I'll figure it out. I think you should totally write a blog about whatever you take up :D I had no idea that you could paint! Looks like you have some talent, girl!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad it inspired you! I am wanting to see the movie & I think a hobby is a terrific idea!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I very rarely watch tv, so I had no idea what that movie was about. Now I'll have to watch it!!

Enjoy your time to find something to do. There's always volunteering somewhere...I loved volunteering at the local SPCA (animal shelter). Or there's scrapbooking...cooking...home improvement...running...etc. So many things you could do. :) Painting sounds like a good one, too. :)

Stephen and Larissa said...

Your painting is beautiful! Enjoy your talent! That's one talent I wish I possessed. Alas, my attempts at drawing and painting look like those of a first grader. :(

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