Posts tagged ‘Julie & Julia’

Ten on Tuesday (9)

Before I get started, I need to address the two reasons why today is a big day…
1. It’s the season finale of The Biggest Loser. For real this time!
2. Julie & Julia comes out on DVD today!! Hopefully my husband will be getting this for me. If you’d like to read my post from after I watched J&J in the theater, click here.

Today’s list comes from Jill (<– that’s a link). I love Jill. She doesn’t post too often right now because she’s in school and doesn’t really have time. Don’t hate her for that. Just add her to your Google Reader and you’ll get her updates when she feels like posting. Plus, if you’re real nice she’ll read your blog and leave you fun comments. Everyone repeat after me: Thank you Jill!

1. Cost aside, if you could go (back) to college for anything besides what you currently “do,” what would you study?
Journalism or English. Or creative writing. Or something computer related so I don’t have to bug Lauren or Tiffany every time I have a blog-related question.

Actually two nights ago, Stephen and I were laying in bed and he randomly asked, “Would you ever like to go to culinary school?” After talking about it, my answer was no. I love to cook, but I don’t necessary want to be a chef. Plus I enjoy the trial and error of learning on my own. However, assuming it was fully paid for and we’d still be receiving my income even though I wouldn’t be working, I don’t see why not.

2. What do you do for a living? Do you love it/hate it?
I do a random laundry list of things for a contruction company. I don’t love it or hate it. It’s not my life’s calling but it’s not nearly as bad as my 6 month career in banking!

3. What is your favorite Christmas ornament? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what is your favorite holiday tradition?
I have a lot of faves. Here are a few.

This is one that I’ve had forever. It reminds me of childhood and Christmas- two of themost joyful things in life.

This is a new favorite. It’s a shopping angel. They totally exist. She’s carrying shoes and hangers and a credit card.

And this set just makes me happy. So much character. So loved. I had to turn the lights off for this one because it was too blurry. So now it’s dark. Deal.

4. Name something you could literally do without for the rest of your life.
There are so many that I don’t know where to start. I’ll stay away from obvious things like mosquitos, pimples, and all VH1 reality television shows. I could go without seafood, running, and cats. I could also go without working (assuming there is some other form of income), weather below 70 degrees, and doing housework (assuming someone else is there to do it for me). 

5. If you were going to have any kind of “cosmetic procedure,” what would it be?
I’m a believer that God made us how He wanted us to look. “He oh-so-creatively knit me together in my momma’s womb.” (Loose translation of Psalm 139:13) I don’t want to mess with something that God intended. However, I wouldn’t mind a round or two of microdermabrasion. I have redness and scars from years of acne.

6. Do you have any “collections”? (comic books, shoes, etc.)
Cookbooks, cutting boards, spatulas, scarves, cards that people have written me, stationary, almost anything that has any sort of meaning to it. Basically, I’m a hoarder. We’ve talked about this HERE and HERE.

7. At what age did you get your first cell phone?
16. But back in “those days” we didn’t leave our cell phone on. I had one that I kept in my purse and I only turned it on to call someone quickly or if there was an emergency.

8. What is currently in your purse (or pocket or backpack if you’re a guy)?
My cell phone, wallet, checkbook, a small Bible, clothbound Wuthering Heights (yes, I’m STILL reading it. I haven’t had much time to read lately), 4 pens, postage stamps, two extra tubes of Chapstick, my 2009 planner, my 2010 planner, a coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond, my grocery list from Sunday, lotion, the Mexican version of Imitrex, Aleve, and a coin purse.

9. Are you a neat-freak or a slob ? *this applies to house, office, car, etc.
I love clean homes but I don’t have one. If I have spare time I would rather cook, blog, or sleep. I hate cleaning. But I really need to change my ways because my messy house makes me grumpy.

10. What kind of parent do you think you will be? If you’re already a parent, what is your style?
Oh goodness, I have no idea. I don’t know if there is any way of knowing. I believe in spanking, I believe in loving your child so much that there is never a doubt in their mind, I believe in discipline. I don’t think a child should be overly spoiled. I believe that my child should be raised in the ways of the Lord and learn all the cheesy church songs. I believe children should have responsibilities and receive praise. But as far as my parenting, we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure y’all with be with me ever step of the way!

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December 8, 2009 at 9:21 am 22 comments

Seven Quick Takes (vol.10)

 Good morning and happy Friday! What a great weekend I have ahead of me! And I hear that we might get a weather change here in Houston so it’s not in the 90’s. Not that I care, I love the heat… but I think everyone else will be less grumpy.

Here you go- visit for more quick takes.


Hey, let’s all do something fun. Open Google in another tab. Just do it, trust me on this. Type in “how to know if my waterbed is filled enough” and click on the first thing that comes up. Sometimes I think Google is drunk.

Okay, back to my thoughts on Tracey. (Biggest Loser talk, skip this one if you aren’t interested.) Here is why I think Tracey could be planted by NBC. All of her circumstances are just too weird. She passes out and doesn’t come back the rest of the week. She finally makes it back but can’t work out but SHE STILL LOSES WEIGHT! She gets control of the game. She still can’t work out but still loses weight. It just doesn’t make sense. I’ve been watching this show long enough to know that something is sketchy. Now I have no idea what the benefit is to NBC to do this, maybe just to get us talking. All I know is that something just isn’t right with this chick.

See that ad at the top right? Green Grass Meats? Yeah, you should click on that and go visit that site. (No, I don’t get paid if you click. Just click for the love of food.) I may or may not have gotten a cooler full of meat from them yesterday. I may or may not be able to focus at work today because all I can think about is the brisket in my freezer. I may or may not have taken a picture of my husband hugging the cooler full of red meat. God bless Texas, I love meat.

Today is my grandpa’s birthday! Everyone, give him some love. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA! I love you and hope you have a great day… I know it’ll be tough since you won’t get to see me. 🙂


Does anyone know when Julie & Julia comes out on DVD? I’m ready to see it one or five more times. I miss Julia.

I found this awesome website. Remember when I told you that I can’t stand Nickelback?? Seriously, all of their songs sound the same and they are just so annoying. Apparently I’m not the only one that thinks this. Check out this website: 
Incase you don’t excel at reading sentences with no spaces, it says “Is Nickelback the worst band ever?” Click it!

A month or two ago, Pioneer Woman announced that she was going on a book tour to promote her new cookbook. Of course I wanted to be there. But when I looked at the schedule, Houston wasn’t there. Austin was on the list but it was on a weekday and since I doubt my boss will feel like this is a necessary trip, I knew I wouldn’t be able to go. However, after yesterday’s post, I learned that Houston is actually on the list. On a weekend! December 5, to be exact. So of course I’m going. And you should too. And then afterwards, we should get a latte or a mojito or a hamburger or something. Who’s game?

Have a great weekend and HOOK ‘EM HORNS!   \m/

October 9, 2009 at 9:35 am 18 comments

I Will Sleep When I’m Done With This Post

(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.

August 17, 2009 at 8:59 am 23 comments


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