One of the reasons I tend to fall back on humor is that when I’m sincere I always feel like Eddie Haskell, which then makes me self-conscious. Remember Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver?” (Thank you Nick at Nite for recycling all those old shows; it allows us to say “of course I remember!” and still pass ourselves off as 35.) This Eddie Haskell is not just inside my head. Many times over the years magazine and book editors have drawn red lines through a lot of my sentences that reeked of Haskellian smarm. I confessed this problem to one editor and we developed a code. When he would edit me, he sometimes would write EH in the margin if, well, you know.
So it’s with great trepidation that I say how you fellow sister bloggers, you Live Like Julia-ettes, are blowing me away with your insights, writing, and generosity toward me, the project, and yourselves. You seriously rock, every last one of you.
Also, you’re looking very lovely today.
Lois Alter Mark over at Midlife at the Oasis, and a proud non-cook (when her kids were small they used to ask what the Food Man was bringing for dinner) gave Rule #9: Make the World Your Oyster (Stew) a vigorous work out. She took her midlife self to a big blogger conference where she hurled herself far, far outside her comfort zone and had a great, life-changing time, even though she is not a dewy-eyed twentysomething blogess. Channeling Julia, Lois thought nothing of hogging the spotlight a little.
Test-driving Rule #9 was also the aim of Amy Vansant, writer-in-chief at Kid Free Living, (“Voted Funniest Non-Mom Blog by a bunch of moms I got really drunk”). Writing is her pearl, she says. One she’s lost and found a number of times. Her Julia-inspired news flash: it really IS never too late; and sometimes later is better.
Want a master class on whim-following? The world’s most charming vegan, Trista Cornelius, ventures to VegFest (one can only imagine) and delves into what it’s like to follow whims both large and small. In both cases she was rewarded for her efforts.
Debra Burke (Rule #7: Solve the Problem in Front of You) poses a great question: it’s one thing for us to try to live like Julia, what would Julia do if she had to live like us. (“Would she be popping Valium and sliding home to sprawl on the sofa?”) Hee-larious, Debra.
Finally, Shanna Schad at Pineapple & Coconut gets her Rule #10 on (Every Woman Should Have a Blow Torch), and makes some stupendous Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee. Shanna also grew up in Santa Barbara, where Julia spent her last years, and used to run into Julia at the grocery store or on the beach.
And over on the Twitters:
A genius has learned to live with the errors of her ways and rejoice in her stellar qualities. I will try to…. #Livelikejulia
— Camille Cole (@CamilleLaPlume) September 25, 2013