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My Julie/Julia Theory

Have you ever read the book Julie and Julia: My Years of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell? Or seen the movie version starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep?

In it, the eponymous Julie embarks on a daring project. She vows to prepare ALL 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ landmark cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” She then sets up a blog to document her successes and failures along the way that becomes wildly popular as her audience becomes increasingly invested in the project.

It’s a great book (and a great movie!) and ever since reading it years ago…I’ve had this theory. My Julie/Julia Theory, if you will.

I believe EVERYONE has a Julie/Julia project inside of them. Some sort of challenge they could take on and be uniquely suited for. Some journey folks would follow and find fascinating.

What do you think? WHAT WOULD YOURS BE?

Would you snap a pic of every building on the historic register in your town? Knit 100 little projects? Read all the books on the Rory Gilmore reading list?

Kind of a fun thought exercise, huh? The possibilities are endless!

While your Julie/Julia challenge may never happen…figuring out what it would be is a fun way to help identify your passions, blog niche, or a hobby worth investing in. And, if nothing else, is a neat topic of conversation for a Friday afternoon! (Go ahead…go ask your friends/co-workers what they would do!!)

What would your Julie/Julia challenge be? Do you have any fun thought experiments or theories we could explore on this lovely afternoon? Spill the beans below! 

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mid-week round-up

Happy Wednesday!! How’s everyone’s week going? Although we had yucky weather all weekend (keeping us out of any water), we still managed to have a lovely time soaking up the last days of summer. We ate at a new restaurant, explored, hit up an arcade (I love a good pinball machine!), and watched this wacky movie (have you seen it?). Now it’s back to the grind with a productive week. But before I get tucked in with work, let’s link…

My name is Josie Totah–and I’m ready to be free.”

Paying the stereotype tax in poker.

The importance of Beyonce’s Vogue cover.

The royal family was really into horoscopes.

Carmen Sandiego and the importance of feminism in edutainment.

Chet says I would love this book. Have you read it?

The photo book that captured how the soviet regime made the truth disappear.

21 simple things to try when you are bored.

Related: 30 more boredom busters!

Can the woods fix what ails you?

Related: 8 necessities for long hiking treks!

How cops investigate the murders of transgender women adds insult to injury.

This trailer made me cry. (I loved the book so much!)

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P.S. Plus a few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Wedding Planning with Mason Jars and Movie Recommendation: Woman in Gold.

P.P.S. Do you have a Twitter? I’d love to follow ya! This is me.

mid-week round-up

How’s it going this week, loves? My mother-in-law is in town visiting, and I just returned from a trip to Lexington to see my mom! (It’s so nice to be closer to family now that we’re in Alabama!) Do you have any out of town visitors on the horizon? What about vacations? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to know what you’re up to this summer. But before you head on down to the comment section, see if any of these links strike your fancy…

The big business of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Ready to take your Instant Pot to the next level?

Photos of people having really rubbish holidays.

Do you think you have an accent?

The most comfortable bra in all the land.

“What I learned writing 750 words a day for 100 days.”

Related: One dish a day.

Are your friendships bringing you a boost or bringing you down?

What Netflix can teach us about life.

Will you see this movie?

A necessity for all purses and backpacks (if you love the environment but also iced coffee).

2 amazing poems by my pal, Maggie.

BD Wong doesn’t want fame. He wants success.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Everything You Need to Know to Find Your Blogging Niche and Two Poems.

mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? Chet’s semester is winding down, so I’m excited to kick off SUMMER. (Although I’m already over the heat…might be a long one!) Other than brainstorming summertime adventures, I’ve got a few, fun projects in the works that have me excited to get to my desk each day. Hope you have a great day, and below are some articles and internet goodies…

This apartment tour is a vintage wonderland!

How to ask for advice over email. Enough with the “Can I buy you coffee and pick your brain?” ALREADY!

What most people get wrong about men and women.

How the kidnapping and murder of Ashlynne Mike changed our country’s Amber Alert protocol.

Why L.A. is becoming the new Iowa.

It’s romper season!

5 spring salads best enjoyed alfresco with a glass of rosé.

The most popular YouTube video in Turkey right now is an American porn star eating Turkish snacks.

Made me laugh! 

Related: TV Recommendation – Westworld. (Did you watch the season 2 premiere?)

I’m a sucker for a good organizer.

A quick, no-cook meal prep idea for the week because sometimes you just don’t want to cook, ammiright?

A new movie about debate!

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Movie Recommendation: Carnage and Recipe: Apple Pie Oatmeal.

mid-week round-up

What’s everyone up to this week? Have you clocked the Oscar Nominations yet? I always set out to watch as many of the films as I can before the awards show…but I’m not always that successful. Wouldn’t it be fun to start an Oscar Noms club where you meet up with a group of friends to watch and discuss (a la book club style)? Hmmm…the wheels are turning! Hope you have a great rest of your week, and here are some links to read and watch…

The things that come to those who wait.

TV’s $20 million woman reveals her behind-the-scenes fight for “what I deserve.”

It’s not you. Commuting is bad for your health.

Inside the home of Instant Pot, the kitchen gadget that spawned a religion.

Why do cartoon villains speak in foreign accents?

Bacon and the intellectual awakening of a Canadian nonagenarian.

My friend emailed me about this book today and it looks right up my street.

Sheet pan meals 15 ways.

A beautiful table runner to usher in spring weather.

Why did I not know this movie existed until this week?

A new clue to the mystery disease that once killed most of Mexico.

The sexual assault epidemic no one talks about.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Ditch the Bare Cupboards & Empty Refrigerator and A Book Coach Shares Her Hustle. 

Movie Recommendation: Woman in Gold

woman in gold

Have you seen the new movie Woman in Gold? I saw it recently and was quite impressed! The title of the movie references a painting by Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which I saw in-person when I lived in Vienna as a child. Much of the movie is set in Vienna so, while it struck quite a nostalgic chord for me, the plot was still wildly compelling.

Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, the movie is based on the real life of Maria Altmann, an aging escapee of the Holocaust, who enlists the help of a young lawyer to take the Austrian government to court in order to reclaim Klimt’s portrait of her beloved Aunt. The painting, along with other valuables, had been taken from her Jewish family’s home by Nazis just before WWII.

Looking back, it’s harrowing to think of the potential pillaging which proceeded the path many works of art took to reach my view as I stood awe-struck in museums across Europe in 1995. The art restitution movement only really began to reach fever pitch, certainly in Austria at least, in 1998. How much of my young cultural exposure was a result of Nazism? But this sort of reflection, uncomfortable as it may be, is perhaps why this story is so powerful.

From USA Today:

Mirren said she felt the weight of keeping history alive in conveying Altmann’s tale — particularly for younger generations.

“There’s the line I added to the script: ‘Because people forget, you know. Especially the young.’ And it’s true,” she says. “We are losing the generation of people who had firsthand experience of (the Holocaust). I think the pain and the trauma of it was so profound they couldn’t speak about it for a long time and it’s only toward the end of their life they began to articulate what had happened to them, to remember it and live it again.”

adele bloch-bauer

Even the trailer gets me a little choked up. Have you seen it? Will you? Want to hear more about my super 90’s childhood in Austria? Leave it in the comments below…