Just Ok is Ok

Last night, Joe and I went to see Julie & Julia, a movie about one woman’s high calorie (without, somehow, the weight gain that would accompany a pound of butter per meal) , soul enriching  journey through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, at the same time, a lovely portrayal of the romance between Julia Child and her husband, Paul.   I want to give the movie a huge thumbs up — Merryl Streep, Paris, butter – all rolled into one — but the truth is, it was just ok, and just as Julia Child was a bit over the top, Merryl Streep is over the mountain, down the stream, through the creek – well, you get the idea.  I guess you call this kind of performance a “tour de force?”  but, really, like Mamma Mia, it was just an opportunity to watch an Oscar winning actress behave slightly ridiculously, and have a fantastic time at a job she clearly loves.


But, the movie is not just about one woman’s finding herself through her muse, Julia, it’s also about blogging, as Julie blogs her way through the 500 recipes, in effort to have a structure to her life, and a project that for this first time in her life, she intends to finish.  Does blogging breed narcissism?  It certainly did in the movie’s “heroine” Julie, to the extent that at times, it was actually hard to get behind her project because through her eyes, it tended to verge on infantile – as one meltdown (i.e. temper tantrum) followed another.    I did find myself rooting for her acid stomach challenged husband, and the only way he was going to win, is if Julie succeeded.   And, like all feel good movies, success really didn’t turn on finishing all 500+ recipes in a year, but becoming fearless in a life in which things did not always go they way you planned.   


Did blogging provide that sugar coated happy ending?  Did cooking?  Did the learning come from the wading through the recipes, or through living the year in the life of a blogger – a blogger with a large following? 


And, then I found myself thinking about my poor neglected blog.  Blogging had become boring, and frankly, a bit of  a hassle – uploading photos was slow, my posts would crash, etc. – excuses, excuses,  I know.  But thinking about blogging as boring, lends itself to really boring writing – and writing just to keep the thing going.   But, I guess that thinking, in and of itself, lends its support to the narcissistic blogger – why do I really think I need to say something interesting and important every time I sit down at the keyboard?   


And my point – I just don’t have one.  And, I think if I continue to blog I have to accept that.  I don’t have to say something important every day.  Not every post has to have a beginning, middle and an end.  I don’t have a project – cook a billion recipes, get fat, go on a diet, blog about the diet, blah blah blah.  After seeing the movie I thought about blog “projects” – blogging through Websters – have a theme word every day.  Eh.  Blog through Elizabeth Zimmerman – I’m sure someone’s already been there, done that.  Blogging shouldn’t be a chore – and I don’t know why I started thinking of it that way –


So, I guess my real point is to explain why I posted today – and why I may post tomorrow, the next day, but eh on Friday – who knows – I posted today just because I felt like it.  And that my friends, is my project.


  1. NancyJ August 26, 2009

    I’d rather read what’s on someone’s mind – if you write it, I will read it.

  2. Bridget August 26, 2009

    I tend to think of blogging as a way to see what friends are up to, thinking, etc. If it has some kind of “important” point as well, that’s fine.

    Having said that, I think it’s pretty easy to tell when someone is blogging because they absolutely “have” to …

  3. Mariss August 28, 2009

    I’m feeling quite the same as you, Wen. Need some direction, ha!

    I actually LOVED the book Julie and Julia. Julie Powell’s writing is hilarious, and her character is much more well developed in it. Her husband and her do not fight like in the movie, but you hear about the problems of a real marriage (but not one on the verge…) I really enjoyed it.

    I liked the movie as well, but more for the Meryl part. Julie is the movie was not as strong as she was in the book, I felt.

    Glad to read your thoughts as always 🙂


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