my life in france, by julia child

do read it if you can.

ever since elizabeth posted this on her blog, i knew i had to read it.

and i really enjoyed it not just because it was fun and julia child is hilarious but she taught me a lot of important things. i started reading the book about a month ago (i'm a slow reader when i don't have a deadline) and at that time (and always it seems) i was trying to figure out my calling in life.
and my life in france is essentially about how julia found her true calling in life. BUT she also realized that even though she found this calling, and she was really great at what she did... it still takes a lot of work.

sometimes i get frustrated when i have to put a lot of work into something. i am just sort of all over the place and so when things really require nurturing and patience and time... i'm just sort of like, are you for real? i don't have time for this...
but then i also realize that i can't always be doing a halfway job on something that i want to produce good results.
like school for example. school has been my biggest "project" the last year and will continue to be in the fall until may 2011. both semesters i've done so far, i've really done my best--- but of the three classes each semester, one class has suffered a little more than the other two because sometimes there just isn't the time.

anyway i know this is a lot more than i usually have to say, because let's face it, even though i'm somewhat part of "academia" now--- i'm not into writing long drawn out explanations of things.

i like to use photos to express what i see and feel.

this is the other reason why i really loved my life in france because it is filled not only with julia's words but with her husband, paul's photographs of their life together. i really need to use black and white film everywhere i go.

some favorite quotes:

when julia and paul first arrive in france
"paul strode ahead, full of anticipation, but i hung back, concerned that i didn't look chic enough, that i wouldn't be able to communicate, and that the waiters would look down their long gallic noses at us yankee tourists (16)."

"paul, the mad photographer, always carried his trusty camera slung over his shoulder... i discovered that when one follows the artist's eye one sees unexpected treasures in so many seemingly ordinary scenes (42)."

"i had come to the conclusion that i must really be french, only no one had ever informed me of this fact (54)."

never apologize (i need to work on this one...)
"i don't believe in twisting yourself into knots of excuses and explanations over the food you make (71)."

"...my work gave my life form, forced me to be productive, and helped me to keep a good balance (296)."

"it was the people i shared it with, more than the physical property, that i would miss (300)."


The Yellow Door Paperie said...

That Julia is a smart woman. And so are you, dear, it does always feel like there is a limit to what we can accomplish so something (one class) suffers.

Such good advice. Must read this!

Mandy said...

i plan on reading this book next. i have been wanting to for awhile, but you have inspired me that it needs to be soon.

wishful nals said...

i really loved this book -- and for similar reasons. i loved their relationship and her humor. xo!

shayna said...

Never do anything half ass. Yep, I shall design you a t-shirt with that on it.

Bridget said...

i said the quotes in my head in the julia childs' voice. for real. i can't help it

i am going to read it.

our little love nest said...

I've been meaning to read that.

ahlin said...

i'm totally the same way. i have to be really motivated to get accomplish something or else i'm like 'i dont need this'.

Linds said...

funny you posted this--it's on my nightstand right now :) any other good ones you've read lately? i'm looking for my next one . . .

Emily said...

this is one of my very very favorite books, and stories, really. i love julia child.

i LOVE your blog by the way :)