Happy Birthday- to Julia Child and me.
So today I am 40.
And this is the first year in a long while that I have felt happy and at peace about my birthday. I have no expectations, no real wants and no idea what I’m doing today! AND I am happy about that.
My husband asked me tonight, “Honey, you really don’t want some surprise party or something and you’re not telling me and you’re going to be disappointed?”
“No honey, I really don’t want a big party.” I said truthfully.
If anything, I need less. Less clutter, less things on my to do list, less stuff. I mean I could have answered, “Honey, can you clean the garage out?” or “Would you mind fixing that trim?” But really? That would have just been an ugly answer to an sweet caring question.
Today, I really just feel blessed with with 3 healthy kids, a thoughtful husband and friends who lift me up and make me smile. I also just got good news today that I got a teaching job that I interviewed for last week at local college- what a fabulous birthday gift in itself. I’ll be teaching a college Nutrition course this fall- can’t wait!
So today, I would like to have a simple day. I started my day by watching Julie and Julia (because I stayed up into the wee hours blogging and watching) The movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams is one of my absolute favorites- Blogging, cooking, the book business- what is not to love?
Well, Julia and I also share the same birthday- my favorite fun fact. She is a crazy Leo just like me. Not that I can cook like her, but love to cook. And I can relate to her and her drive and humor.
And today- August 15th 2012- on my 40th birthday Julia Child would have been turning 100 years old!
I’ve seen the movie before, but last night/early this morning I watched the movie alone. I was in a happy space: kids peacefully sleeping, husband playing basketball and me writing cuddling in bed with my laptop, just watching a movie about my all time favorite chef.
My favorite quotes from the movie:
“Oh, Happy Birthday to me!”
“Perfect! And if it isn’t never apologize. No excuses!’
“And I’m much ahead of most of the men who are not very nice, until they realized I’m fearless!”
“Don’t be afraid.”
“I am in heaven here. I’ve been looking for a career all of my life AND I’ve found it!”
“Do you know what I love about cooking… if you add egg yolks to sugar and milk- it will get thick. It’s such a comfort!
“That’s what’s so great about blogs.. you just go online and press enter.”
“Do you know what it is? ADD.”
“I could write a blog. I have thoughts!”
“My Mother made beef bourgogne. And it was like Julia was there in the room on our side like some great big great fairy.”
“Pearls…the woman is wearing pearls in the kitchen.”
“Julia Child wasn’t always Julia Child.”
“And I cried like a small emotionally disturbed child.”
“And today I’ve had 12 comments from readers and I didn’t know any of them!”
“365 Days, 524 recipes!”
And here is an interview of Julia Child at the CIA at Hyde Park in 1990 about her career. Interesting interview. Julia share her take on dining as a family AND this is back in 1990.
“And if you have all your basic elements, you can do whatever you want.”
“Keep on learning, keep on working.”
“It all gets back to moderation and great variety of food. And the main thing is knowing what you are doing.”
“I hope we come into a new era of great food and new sense.”
- Julie Child-
Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://divadietitian.com/about/disclosure.