August 8, 2009


expectations can be a dangerous thing. often they set us up for failure as rarely can something meet what high expectations we set. either for ourselves, someone else, something else.... of course, i don't want to go the other way - which is expect nothing so you will never be disappointed, right?

anyway - all of that is much too deep for such a glorious saturday morning. my heart is happy (my unemployment benefits were extended - very unexpectedly) and i'm going to make the most of the day. i went to see julie and julia last night with a dear friend - loved the movie - it exceeded my expectations. it made me love meryl streep and stanley tucchi even more than i already did.

it also inspired me to cook something different tonight. so i'm off to buy fresh ingredients with the same joy that julia shopped the french markets. i may chortle just like her in joy. hope you do too.

oh...what's for dinner? well you will see later.


  1. have a joyous day at the market and in the kitchen!

  2. Now you've gone and made me hungry. I've seen pictures of some of your delectable creations. Yum! And you have also inspired me to see the flick -- I had been waffling. Enjoy your weekend Char.

  3. I hope you have a great weekend! :) Have fun cooking! I really want to see Julie and Julia! It looks like such an amazing movie!

  4. So I will be over at 6ish... I'll bring the Pouilly-Fuissé.

  5. 1) I can't help thinking of Dan Ackroyd's SNL skit everytime I hear Childs' name. But I do want to see the film. Movies at the theater that are not for children are a rare treat for me anymore.
    2) Expectations are what life's all about. But you already know this. Still, enjoy your unemployment extension, take pictures, make your fabulous meals but don't forget to take photos because I crave those shots. I read this tiny poem the other day that reminded me to take the dark with the light and keep on truckin' by A.R. Ammons that read:

    A day without rain is like
    a day without sunshine.

    So simple. But so perfectly perfect. I hope your pugs are well and that your dinner is delicious tonight, Char. :)

  6. We went to that movie last night, as well, and I am now in love with the idea of being a good cook. When we get home I want to totally shake up my kitchen. In preparation for this I purchased a reburbished kitchen aid mixer - my first real mixer. It replaces my avocado green hand mixer which was a great wedding present, in 1976! Now we cart the mixer across the country as we continue our adventures!

  7. I love the favorite place in the house. Both my Grandmothers worked as chefs and one even had the pleasure of having Julia Childs sample her cooking!

  8. hi there, miss char. i'm weathering the slowdom of my internet and going to visit some blogs. i've got an enourmous amount of catching up to do.

    i know just what you mean about disappointment. i've never known it more than in the past year. it seems to be one of my biggest lessons that life is teaching me—knowing what to expect, when to expect, how to expect and how not to expect. ughhhh. why does life get more difficult as we get older? isn't it supposed to get easier? i guess it's 'cause we think too much maybe? i don't know.

    glad you had a good day. i just read beth's post about going to see julie and julia. she said the same about it. now i'm going to have to go see it, if both of you like it that much! :)

  9. Although I have not seen the movie...YET.....I dont't think they could have picked a better person to play the part of Julia as Meryl Streep! She was great in the previews I have seen...I can't imagine how great she is in the movie! Can't wait to see it!

  10. I just knew you'd love that movie !!
    don't you just want to scream it from the rooftops to all your neighbors...."go see julie and julia"

    and disappointments....
    I'm learning to lower my expectations...especially when it comes to things I have no control over...
    it hasn't been easy, but I'm getting there !

  11. Oh how lovely! I love when my expectations are exceeded (and it's not too hard since I tend to keep them low)! I can't wait to see what you cooked up!

  12. I am glad your benefits have been extended, for some peace of mind for you. Have a great weekend!

  13. Haven't seen the movie yet, but the book was good. :) Isn't it nice to have your expectations exceeded!


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