I Will Sleep When I’m Done With This Post

August 17, 2009 at 8:59 am 23 comments

(I apologize, it’s a long one…)

It’s 10:31pm on Sunday night and I’m sitting in bed, typing away on my rockin’ new laptop. I just got back from the movie theater. Well, actually we’ve been back for a little while but I had to take Rookie outside and I had to brush my teeth and then I had to cut my fingernails because they were so long that I feared that I could be mistaken for a lady of the night. Minus the fishnet pantyhose and clear plastic stilettos. And the whole slut thing. 

We saw Julie & Julia. If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry. I’m not going to spoil anything. There are no surprises in this movie. Such is the case for all true stories. Nobody was shocked when the Titanic hit the iceberg. Or when Rudy made the team. So don’t get mad at me if I happen to let it slip that Julia Child got her cookbook published.

I don’t go to the movies often. I don’t like them very much. I think it’s because I’m not very creative. I have a hard time “playing along” with the story lines. But every now and then, there is a movie that comes out that I get excited about. I remember seeing the preview for Julie & Julia. I can’t, for the life of me, remember what movie it was that we were seeing at the time. But I do remember looking over at Stephen and saying, “Oh my gosh. Oh. my. gosh. OH MY GOSH!” I fell in love with the story before I saw it.

I have a job that isn’t very stimulating. Now please, please, please don’t get me wrong. I do not take my job for granted. I am extremely appreciative of it and I know how lucky I am to have a secure job in this economy. But there are very few days at my job when I actually get to be creative. That’s not what they hired me for. And that’s okay. Really.

So that’s why I come here. That’s why I, day in and day out, sit before my blank screen and will the words to come. And then after the words have come (however fun, boring, entertaining, or ridiculous they may be) I will you to come. Hello online world, come here. Come see what I’ve written.

Now if you haven’t seen the movie and you don’t want to read any of the one liners or know anything about it, feel free to quit reading now. Like I said, I’m not going to ruin anything for you, but I can understand if you don’t want to know even the slightest bit. If that’s you, push that little “x” at the top of your screen and then come back tomorrow when we’ll discuss something else.

For the rest of you, let me say this. I love this movie. Actually, I don’t think that “love” is an appropriate word. I adore this movie. I will own this movie. I will watch it over and over until I have memorized it the way that I have memorized You’ve Got Mail. Because I love stories that are centered on words. I love words. I love words that make a beautiful story. Especially a relatable story.

On the way home from the movie, after smiling for approximately 123 minutes, I turned to Stephen and said, “I loved that movie. Like, a lot.” He smiled and said, “I know you did. I knew you would. Why did you love it? Is it because you saw you in it? Like, sometimes verbatim?”

I think many of you reading this can relate. Many of you are also bloggers. We are people who love to write but never do it because we have this terrible fear that we will spend thousands of hours of our lives writing something that someone in some big office will decide isn’t worth it. We’ll pour our heart into something and get a letter back in return that is so politely written, yet tears us apart in the worst ways possible.

So we blog. We blog, as Julie’s husband said, because we can just write and then press “enter” and then it’s out there. Nobody can tell us no. And nobody can take it away from us. And there is something about that freedom that is, well, freeing.

There are so many conversations and lines from the movie that are so familiar. I laughed out loud when Julie claimed to have ADD because she needs short term goals. And maybe that’s why she’s never been good at cleaning. Oh girl, me too. Me too. And I can totally relate to her when she told her husband “Today my blog got 12 comments and they were all from people I don’t know!” And it hurt my heart a little bit when they fought and he told her how narcissistic she was and that her readers could live without her. And while that’s true, it’s hurtful.

It’s very possible that I would still write each day even if nobody took the time to read. But I truly enjoy the friendships I’ve made because of this blog. Even those of you I’ve never met. I just love getting to know everyone. And like Julie, when you take the time to comment, it makes my day.  

I’m doing my best to make some sort of point here or at least come to some sort of an end. The point is just that I loved this movie so much that I’m inspired and giddy. Stephen just asked “What are you writing?” My blog. “Oh, what’s it about?” I told him it was about the movie. He asked, “Do you want to put a PayPal account on there?” Well, hmm, seeing as I”m not purchasing things that will directly benefit my readers, no. If I put a PayPal account on here I think I would need to grow my fingernails back out because the money exchange would surely be something shady. Very much like a lady of the night.

Minus the slut part again. Always minus the slut part.

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lauren From Texas  |  August 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

    i feel the same way about the movie. I am working on a post currently that is all about cooking (you will probably make it in there somehow, just saying). i just LOVED THAT MOVIE.

    on Saturday we will have to take pictures and stuff. 🙂 BRING AN APRON. you do have an apron, right?

  • 2. mom  |  August 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I TOLD you that movie was YOU! Keep on writing!!!

  • 3. HoustonGurly  |  August 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I can’t wait to see Julie & Julia. Although, I’ll probably wait until it comes out on DVD…

    There’s something disappointing to me to spend so much money at the movie theater and have an annoying talker, a baby or a cell phone ruin my experience.

    That and I have a rockin entertainment center that I prefer to watch movies on. 😉

  • 4. Mendy  |  August 17, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I just loved this movie. It was so….delightful! Yea, delightful.
    I especially loved the focus on the marriages. Nice to see a movie where the married people are “in love”. Keep on blogging girl…you never know.

  • 5. Darla  |  August 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Well, I have to comment now! I can’t wait to see the movie…very soon!

  • 6. DebbieQ  |  August 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I LOVED the movie, although HHBL looked at his watch more than once. I just ignored him.

  • 7. Debbie  |  August 17, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    awwww….i love your blog! too bad we don’t live a little closer. i’d love to hang out. especially knowing you guys rock cornhole and washers!!! im officially in love with cornhole and am trying to get my hubby to make us boards!!! 🙂

  • 8. Sara  |  August 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I hope to see that movie soon! Admittedly, I had to see The Time Traveler’s Wife first, but this one’s next on my list! I like your blog and I know other readers do, too. Keep on keepin’ on!

  • 9. Aunt Bonnie  |  August 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Told ya’ so:) I thought about you the entire movie! Well, maybe not the entire movie, but certainly a good portion! So……just keep doin’ what you do best….write and cook.
    Bon Apetit!

  • 10. Mandy  |  August 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I’m glad you were able to sit down and write a proper post about the movie. Every time I tried…everything just got so jumbled and made no sense. Why? Because I love this movie so much I wanted to write everything at once, with no rhyme or reason….thats why my post is so short.

    In short…fabulous film. Totally inspirational…maybe by this time next year we’ll both be published 🙂

  • 11. d.a.r.  |  August 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    This is an awesome post. I think a lot of us young twenty-something bloggers see a little of our selves in Julie and her mission and her relationships. It was an awesome book and I seriously can’t wait for the movie. I just need to find some time to go!

  • 12. The Husband  |  August 17, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Thank GOD for minus the Slut part!

  • 13. Rachel  |  August 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I may have to see that movie… because if it ranks up there with You’ve Got Mail, I’m all in.

  • 14. jenna  |  August 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I really want to see that movie!!! Thanks for the comments on my blog about my boys 🙂


  • 15. Candi  |  August 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve heard I have to see this movie, I’m glad you liked it! It looks really great 🙂

  • 16. Jill  |  August 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Ok, so now I need to see the movie! Just because if you liked it, I will probably like it too, because I also love/loved/loveth “You’ve Got Mail.”

  • 17. Darrah  |  August 18, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Sounds like the movie was great. I’ve been wanting to see it, too!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  • 18. Lyndsey  |  August 18, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I saw it on Saturday. (and the time travelers wife) I really enjoyed it and I totally thought of you. The only time I thought of myself was when she said she never finishes anything and has problems with short term goals.

  • 19. Pam  |  August 18, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I so can’t wait to get out and see this movie…maybe Friday!

  • 20. Kristin  |  August 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhh, must see now!!! I know what you mean. Blogging has been an amazing creative release from changing diapers all day. Ah ha

  • 21. Samantha  |  August 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I loved everything about this post. What you say rings so true, and it makes me want to see the movie all that much more.

  • 22. Kelly  |  August 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve already been REALLY wanting to see this movie, but now I REALLY REALLY want to see it. Your post made me tear up a little, not sure why. Maybe because it was just so well written. I love that. 🙂

  • 23. Otto  |  June 3, 2013 at 12:09 am

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