Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Countdown to Surreality, Part 62

The most amusing thing about this room I have at the Ritz-Carlton is:

I'm not even sleeping in it! I got here at 10 AM and am leaving at 5 this afternoon. Most of the time I'll be downstairs in a conference call doing interviews. I don't even have time to try to smash the grand piano to smithereens or toss a Queen Anne chair out the window!

I am, however, going to sit in the tub watching the big-screen TV mounted over it on my lunch break. Which is now.

Tonight - well, early early early tomorrow morning, technically - I arrive in Dallas.


Blogger Carmel said...

What a waste of a great room. Can't you just stay for a little longer?? I would sit in that tub as long as possible.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

TV over the tub? You are living my dream!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Living on the Spit said...

I want to be a diva when I grow up! Enjoy being spoiled even though you can't really enjoy it all. You deserve it!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Congrats Julie - Your book was a blast and I'm sure the "special screening" will be great. I just printed off Julia's beef bourguignon recipe...45 steps, dang girl - you are a nut! Thanks to you and Julia I will at least consider making this recipe.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Robert "Cranelegs" Crane said...

god i feel like such a loser voyeur.

it's great.

2:35 PM  
Blogger BONNIE K said...

I think you should at least take a bath on your lunch hour!

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's insane! That room is bigger than my entire house! At least take advantage of it and take a bath infront of that huge plasma screen! Hehe.

x Nichole

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! I LOVE that piano. And the tub!!! ahhhhhhhhh

3:50 PM  
Blogger Musings of the Mrs. said...

I cannot believe I found this blog. I found the Julie/Julia project blog but am reading the book and don't want to ruin it. But its pretty exciting to read the book and follow your regular blog. I am hoping your book inspires me to use more butter and not fear sauces. Its working! Congratulations on all of your success.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

You've got to love a hotel room with a baby grand piano in it.

By the way, I read your book and it was absolutely brilliant. You've inspired me to fully embrace my own cooking aspirations. And by aspirations I mean finally being able to boil milk without it frothing all over the stove :-)

9:31 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

I just finished reading Julie/Julie....it was remarkable and inspiring. I just wanted to say thank you! Your book made me feel so much...JOY! (cringe ;) But really it was amazing. I'm so glad I found it!!!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Laurey said...

Hey have fun on this wild ride.

I loved your book too. Laughing, this morning about cooking disasters. I made jam (a LOT) last week and am just barely healing from where the boiling hot stuff splattered all over my arm - ugh.
Which is funny if you think about all the splattering that must have happened to Julia (and to you).

Saw her kitchen recently in DC and thought of her and you and this trip of yours.

Congratulations. Enjoy the fun of it all.

Laurey Masterton
Asheville, NC

4:22 AM  
Blogger Nat said...

Holy Crap! Enjoy every second. Have some fun.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I just finished your book last night and LOVED IT !!!

It was exactly what I needed as a summer time read....I can't wait to see the movie (I hope it is as good as your book).

I look forward to following your adventures here !!

Calgary, AB,Canada

8:33 AM  
Blogger la cocina de filo said...

Julie, I saw the movie last night at the premiere in Miami. And... I SIMPLY LOVED IT! I just want to see it again.
I wanted to congratulate you for all you did. Your story is now an inspiration for a blog I started early this year and I haven't had the time to continue. My blog is about my mom's recipes and the memories attached to each one of them. Even though my mom is from Italy I grew up in Venezuela and I now live in Miami, and she lives in Italy... imagine that.
Congrats again!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

What a great problem to have! May we all be blessed with problems such as these!
Looking forward to seeing the movie. I'm getting together a group of women for dinner before the movie. We will of course be cooking from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Can't believe I found your blog. I am in the last 50 pages of your book and have enjoyed every second of it. I have especially enjoyed (and at times marveled at) your candor throughout the book. Woman, you are brave. I'm glad its paid off. (P.S. I love "Cranelegs" comment - so true). Good luck!

10:50 AM  
Blogger DreamgirlLisa said...

I watched the "special screening" coverage on "E", I was looking for you :) Just started the book so I will be done in time for the movie...can't wait! Congrats on your success!!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Arlene said...

I know this is after the fact..but I think I would develop a disease in that room. A highly contagious disease. Worse than swine flu. So deadly, that if I leave that room, the entire city would be destroyed by my biohazardous self. There is only one solution. To stay in that room until I am completely cured and non-contagious. That would take at least a week. If not longer.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Notations said...

Hi Julie,

We saw the screening tonight here in Minneapolis/St. Paul. To be precise, Roseville.

It was wonderful. The writing is excellent, the perspectives are elevated, the lack of special effects is refreshing and the complete absence of body function humor is cause for celebration.

Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are delightful.

Kudos also to Stanley Tucci.

Congratulations and thank you for a most enjoyable work.


PS- We're not civilians to writing. >;-)

11:02 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I just finished your book! Terrific and I love that you do "something" in Kingston NY- that is where I live- great town! Enjoy and may the movie be a smash!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I wanted to take pictures when I stayed at the Ritz for a meeting. Felt like I would never get back there again! Amazing rooms in Key Biscayne Beach Ritz too!

5:01 PM  
Blogger tombooth said...

Saw the movie and have to say I have not enjoyed any thing so much in a long time. Can you address the part of the movie where you got the call about Julia not liking what you were doing with the blog? Was that artistic license or did it really happen and did you ever get an answer? Again, really wonderful film and I hope it captured your life in a realistic way.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

i'm with you. I would just want to take a back while watching the plasma!!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

We just came from the movie and we loved it! If we don't hurry to the super market tonight there won't be any beef left in Wichita, Kansas!!!

Sue Smith
Jane Owens


Bon Appetit!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Sparrow829 said...

Loved, loved, loved the movie; thank you.

Two questions; did you ever meet Julia and did you ever find out exactly how she felt about your project?

Thank you.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jacob's ladder said...

Saw the movie last night. Kudos for you and you endurance. I took my husband and he loved it too!!!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Lacey said...

Hi Julie- I just finished your book (today) and wanted to tell you that it was great! As someone who just started cooking a year and a half ago, I honestly cannot imagine doing what you did. You rock. Best of luck in everything~

1:16 PM  
Blogger Luly said...

Julie, I just saw the movie with my 9 year old daughter and we loved it! Congratulations on helping to inspire so many. My daughter is preparing to make vegetable soup as we speak...lol. All the best :). Sincerely, A fan

4:03 PM  
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4:05 PM  
Blogger fatalchef said...

Your movie inspired me Julie for the first time in my life to buy a cook book and try again in the kitchen, I am a lousy cook, my recipes often are a disaster, so it is depressing. Your example of perseverance and optimism were really inspiring
Do you eat more when you cook so many delicious recipes.?..are you going to the gym often to feel healthy? give me your advice to recover a little confidence in the kitchen

5:50 PM  
Blogger Charley said...

Life has a lot of miracles, often what we call "coincidences." I feel that your life is a one huge "coincidence" ever since I've met this blog.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Beverly K. Hayes said...

LOVED the movie - saw it with my girlfriends! inspiring... whether cooking for my family, loving my husband or being all i was created to be! thanks for taking on such a marvelously fun project and blessing the world with the results!

6:31 AM  
Blogger chestnutpwnage said...

Man... your movie was so inspiring... I can't believe the start of a simple blog could really spark into something HUGE!

O.O I bet you'd love your bathtime. xD

4:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly Muys Wood said...

i'd totally stay an extra few hours just to dance on that piano. or swim in the tub. or both.


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