May 19, 2010

The Two Jules

So tonight I embarked on a rarity for me... I decided to watch a movie at home. This is difficult for me because I don't watch TV at all... I only read or write, and I spend all my time thinking I need to be doing something else, such as folding laundry, balancing the school's books, paying bills, helping kids with homework and what not.

But this past Friday night, I found myself alone, and remembered standing in line at Publix two weeks prior, hearing a woman I have absolutely never seen in my life, carry on to the Publix cashier about how she saw the movie Julie and Julia and loved it.

This woman went on... and on... and I thought, "I need to rent this movie".

And so I did.

On the Friday night.

Except when I got it home, I saw my book on the table, and remembered I was in this chapter of intrigue and opened it and... forgot I got the movie and then it got late, and then the family got home and suddenly it was Wednesday and the movie is now due.

So this evening I came into our bedroom, sat upon the Big Bed surrounded by cushions and pillows and beckoned for my husband to please start the movie for me...

... for... I don't know how to work the VCR. TVs have become way too complex since I quit watching it on 9/11 and now I just flat can't be bothered. I know the green button on the silver remote will turn off the TV in the family room. I know there is something attached to said TV called a Blue Ray, but I know it's not blue and I never see rays popping out of it, but it's supposed to be better than a DVD player, which is evidently better than a VCR, which makes me realize my first sentence was incorrect... I don't know how to work the DVD player... we don't watch anything in the VCR anymore.

As of last week, I can pretty much strip down one of our latest and greatest fighter engines, with some help with a couple guys at *ahem* Nellis *ahem*, but I can't work our TVs nor our DVD player.

We just recently received a new TV in our bedroom, passed to us by my father in law when he moved into assisted living, into his smaller place. The TV is used to watch the weather before we retire for the night.

And when my husband came in to turn on the DVD, it didn't work. The DVD, not the TV.

And so I nestled into the pillows and read a magazine as he played with cords and buttons and I rested my head on a pillow and remembered my adage, "Mornings are only good for two things and they both involve a bed..." which in turn can become, "Beds are good for only two things, and not one of them involves watching a movie."

Good Grief. I started to fall asleep and realized... I absolutely am good for nothing left in a stationary position after 8:30 or I am for sure going to fall asleep.

I'd decided I'd barely make it through the movie... and I was wrong!

I loved it! I am in love with Julia Child and her zest for life! I decided that Stanley Tucci is a hotty. I'd like to learn to cook like she did, but I have no desire to get heart disease. As much as I like cooking with butter... butter isn't good for the heart.

And I didn't sleep. That's always a bonus...

Posted by Boudicca at May 19, 2010 09:42 PM

One of my sisters promised to send me the movie for christmas. Ha. So, I bought the book which is based on her blog which is still online but hasn't been updated in a long time. Book is great.
My best friend got me a copy of the movie.
I.Love.It. Now, I want to find a bio or autobio of Julia Childs.

Posted by: Jean at May 20, 2010 01:20 AM

Julia's show was amazing. I watched the movie coming home from Korea one time. It was good but no sword!

If only they had included that episode from the cooking show my mom watched. We just had the one tv and mom rules.

Posted by: Curtis at May 20, 2010 07:11 AM

I have always loved Julia Child. I have the DVD set of her old show - the first one is just hilarious - she actually wipes her face off with a kitchen towel while cooking because she is sweating. Cracks me up every time I watch it.

I haven't seen the movie - I wasn't sure whether or not I'd like it because I do remember watching the "real Julia". LOL.

Oh and the butter thing... Julia lived to be about 92 years old - I don't think it was a problem for her too much. LOL. I think it's the amount of food eaten and a number of other things rather than the butter itself that is evil.

Personally I use only butter when I want butter and not any fake stuff. So if I do end up with heart disease you can say "I told you so". ;-) However, for most of my cooking I use Olive Oil because - damn it tastes so good.

Posted by: Teresa at May 20, 2010 10:40 AM

I L-O-V-E-D it too - but could have done without the Julie part!! More Julia Childs please!

I was also horrified when the very next film I watched after it was "The Lovely Bones" where Stanley played a very creepy pedophile/serial killer. It was literally quite a shock to see the man I had recently fallen in love with in France being so awful! LOL.

Posted by: Shaz at May 20, 2010 08:30 PM

I was in love with the Julia Child section of the movie and could have passed on the Julie section. I wanted it to be all about Paul and Julia. I loved them together... it made me laugh and happy.

Posted by: bou at May 20, 2010 10:19 PM