Julie and Julia

julie-julia-posterI spent some time with my mother today while my brother and dad were out of town at a knife show. She and I went to see Julie and Julia; it was the perfect time because none of the “boys” cared to accompany us. Before I comment further, I just want to say that I am old enough to have seen the real Julia Child. I forget what station it was, OETA or PBS, but I used to watch her show when I was little. And so to see Meryl Streep channel Julia Child the way she did, I was just amazed. It was very reminicent of watching that show so many years ago.

I Youtubed a bit of Julia Child just to see if I remembered her as accurately as I thought I did. And lo-and-behold…in a 6 minute video clip, the magic of Julia Child hit me. I chose randomly and it just so happened to be a clip on Omlettes. I am not a cook. That’s not to say I can’t do it, I can. But it’s often a trial and error with me. However, there are a few things I can do well and a few things I simply refuse to do.  Growing up I was a terribly picky eater, still true today though as an adult I do try to be more adventurous now and I’ve committed to trying almost anything once.

But anyway, when I was a child, there were times when my mother worked late and my dad was left to feed us. And I have to admit, one of our most common dinners with dad was egg sandwiches. Nothing fancy, two pieces of bread, some miracle whip, and a large spoonful of scrambled eggs. So, as a result, I can cook scrambled eggs very well, at least as far as I’m concerned I can. And yet, the one thing I’ve never managed to do right is an omelette. No matter how I try, I can never flip an omelette over on itself without the eggs going everywhere. I don’t cook it enough, I cook it too long, something just goes wrong. But with Julia Child, in just 6 minutes, I learned an amazing trick to making omelettes that doesn’t involve any flipping whatsoever. Just amazing… (For those of you interested, this is what I’m talking about.)

Now, let’s get back to the movie. What did I think of it? Well, it was an excellent movie. Amy Adams is again, as I’ve mentioned before, so endearing. She’s so capable of being anyone and everyone. You can just see yourself in her so easily. When she drops the chicken on the floor and sits down on the floor crying, I could totally see myself doing the same thing in her situation. And Meryl Streep, as I already mentioned, was just remarkable. I laughed throughout the entire movie. Her movements and speech is just dead-on.

Curious as I was about the “based on a true story” aspect (true stories always seem to be kinda close but not quite the same), I did some poking and found out that the Julie/Julia Project blog is still out there for you to read. In fact, that first post is almost word-for-word as it appears in the movie. So it wasn’t too far off after all. They adjusted a few facts for the movie, such as location and timeline, but generally speaking, it actually seems to be true to the real thing. I like it when that happens.

The movie is kinda motivational in a way. This woman, Julie Powell, was (or is, technically) a writer working a crummy job in a small cubicle who went out on a limb and finally became the “Writer.” As a writer myself, it just says to me: Hard work means nothing if you’re not diligent and consistent about it. Which leaves that nagging hag in my head saying it’s time to light that fire under my ass and get to work on my own projects. (Shut up, hag! I’m procrastinating in the best way possible!)

I came home and finally finished organizing my office. The pictures are all finally hung, the last of the shelves are up, the last box is unpacked – and I’ve been in this house for 8 months now. So see, hag? At least I got something productive done!! Next step: Condensing a 6 page synopsis into 1 page to send out with my Query Letter in my search for a literary agent to get my novel published!

Oh, the drudgery. Synopses are no fun. I’d rather write the novel again. Honestly…

Well, mostly…

In any case, go see the movie and if it leaves the theatres before you get the chance, then rent it. Put it on your NetFlix list. Whatever you gotta do.

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