Monday, August 10, 2009

Julie and Julia

Here is my review: Lovely and delightful. Had a smile on my face throughout the entire movie. The End.

Okay, here's a little bit more: Meryl Streep's portrayal of Julia Child's mannerisms was a little over the top, but I got used to it and it was okay after a while. Her kitchen cabinets at her house in Cambridge, MA were the same color as mine, which made me feel very happy for some reason.

I took the day off today from working on the house, since my hands were killing me from all of the work we've been doing. They felt absolutely horrible at the rehearsal I played this morning. It's been like this before so I'll probably recover.

I painted a couple of rooms last week and we've been working like maniacs installing the floors. I want to get this damn house finished! On Friday we worked until about 4pm and it went so well that we went back over there after my gig and continued until 4am!

On Saturday we slept in until 1:00 pm but we were still too tired to start back up again, so we went back to Centennial Lake (our new favorite cheap place to have fun) and this time we rented a kayak. We saw some more turtles, on a different log this time. What an exciting life we lead!

On the way back we saw a pair of conjoined sycamore trees and then we had a lovely meal at Great Sage in Clarksville. Finally we were ready to get back to work, and by midnight we had finished the floor in the other bedroom. All that's left upstairs, floor-wise, is a tiny bit of the hall and one more room which is a big square, and I should be able to do that one all by myself, after I paint it.

And that brings us back to today. Here are some pictures from my oh-so-exciting recent activities:

The conjoined sycamore trees

A beautiful bean field behind the sycamore
A tree that looks exactly like a bean tree, near the back of the movie theater

A cute mural near the movie theater

One last thing - I would love to hear some opinions about color of the vent pipe chimney in my kitchen. A first time commenter actually went to the trouble to make a version of it in yellow for me, so you can see it in both colors. Should I keep it as is, or repaint it to match the walls? I can't make up my mind, but I am now slightly leaning towards the blue version.


Malnurtured Snay said...

It's not the movie that I would've expected to be the sleeper hit of the summer!

Barbara said...

So funny that you too saw this! It wasn't even my idea to go, but I did enjoy it. My bet is that the actual Julia was just as obnoxious as Meryl portrayed her. Did she and her sister remind you (in their appearance) of a tall woman we know who plays the bass?

I say leave your kitchen vent as is. Everything looks so clean and new.

Cyndy said...

Snay - Me either, it was kind of a surprise.

Barbara - I think our bass player friend has a much more graceful demeanor, but her height is definitely similar. Thanks for the kitchen comment - I'm definitely leaning in that direction now that I've seen the photoshopped version of it in yellow.

Kristin said...

It sounds like a lovely day, and it's great that you found the time to recover a little.

Brother Without Order said...

The bean field is very serene. Beautiful colors. I love the conjoined tree.

Twinkie said...

LOVE that tree! wow! So romantic. About the movie, I don't know who Julia Child is but the movie looks cute. I can't wait to watch it on DVD!

Cyndy said...

Kristin - Yeah it's pretty easy to not want to stop working when we are being productive, but physically it's very necessary.

Garrett - I was amazed at how beautiful the field was right behind the tree. It's just a bean field, but I think it's as pretty as any field I've ever seen.

Twinkie - I mostly knew of her as a weird old lady who had a cooking show that Dan Ackroyd used to make fun of on SNL. She's actually pretty cool but I was too immature to appreciate such things back then. It's a cool movie and I think you'll enjoy it!

Reya Mellicker said...

My roommates saw the film last week and were inspired. They've been cooking every night - so I'm all for the film even though I haven't seen it.

Do you ever receive massage? Sometimes some serious arm and hand work can really help - and you need your hands! Hope you're soon feeling better.

What beautiful pics! Love the field and all that green. Nice!

Cyndy said...

Thanks Reya. I used to get a massage pretty regularly but I've chosen not to go recently for financial reasons. I know it would do me a lot of good right now.

rachaelgking said...

I haven't heard anyone say they didn't like it yet! Guess I'm going to see it. :-)

And I like the kitchen as is, personally.

Cyndy said...

Lilu - it was a beautiful movie! And the kitchen as is wins hands down. Yaay, one less thing to paint!

LP said...

I know you're busy, but I miss your blog updates!

And I kind of want to see that movie. Although it's probably gone by now, since I'm not exactly on top of things when it comes to movies.