Sunday, August 02, 2009

Geo-Sunday and Julia

Finally we got a really nice day to go geocaching. We especially wanted Laurie to see two unique caches in the area. One is the Patrick Murphy cache, and the other is a new one called Capt. Kidd's Treasure. Both of them were put out by the GeoPirates. These two caches are so over the top - the most memorable we have ever seen.

Here Lies Patrick Murphy:

Capt. Kidd's Treasure:

We also took the Sharkie Crew (L,C&D) to a couple of our TTT caches. This one is at the Oleson Bridge Trail. I gave Dylan a ride on my walker (we're calling it a trainer). The walker is great for distances and for places where you have to be on your feet for a long time. I'm using it for training to be able to walk to the Stadium this fall.

The Oleson Bridge Trail

TTT cache on the Shore to Shore Trail

After the geocaching expedition, Laurie and I went to see Julie and Julia at the Lars Hockstad Auditorium for the Film Festival. Once again, we were lucky enough to get a parking spot right across from the school. When we arrived, there was a huge number of people already in line. The line went all the way acroos the front of the building from the auditorium entrance, and around the corner at the end of the block. It was unbelievable. As it said in today's Record-Eagle. this thing is getting popular!

The movie we saw was Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It was a thoroughly delightful film - a combination of the lives of Julia Child, and Julie Powell, a cook and an author. I learned a lot about Julia that I never knew before - she didn't start her career until she was way past forty. She was really just casting around for something to do to keep herself busy. Hat-making, didn't work, playing bridge didn't work...but she really loved French cooking, and since she was living in France at the time, she enrolled at the Cordon Bleu. If you can believe the movie, she had a wonderful husand - very supportive and understanding - I really liked him.

The storyline for Julie was entertaining and appealing - I almost liked it better than the Julia story. This young woman seemed so normal, approachable and recognizable - she was somebody that you would like to know. She loved cooking, and also loved Julia Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". Julie decided to make every recipe in the book in one year - 524 recipes in 365 days. She began a blog about her "Julia Project", which became very popular. Julie Powell wrote the book upon which the movie is based.

Laurie said that she liked this movie better than The Answer Man. I liked both movies equally - and would go see either one of them again! And so ends our 2009 Film Festival experience. This just has to be the best time of the year!