And because you all know my cheapskate tendencies, you know I could not I resist the theater's $6 Tuesday Matinees! We stopped off quickly to get a couple of bottles of soda (Sprite for Rebecca, Coke Zero for me) at the gas station. At $2 a pop we've saved another $4 ;)
We did splurge and get the Big Bucket O Corn at $6.50. Whatever we didn't eat (most of it!) would be shared with the boys and could be their after school snack! A good splurge after all ;)
I loved the movie. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the movie. It was like being on vacation. The 123 minutes flew by and felt like a mini vacation. Meryl Streep is a genius. She was more Julia than even Julia could have been. I also heart Nora Ephron and her writing and her movies. Stanley Tucci portrayed Paul Child impeccably as well. And Amy Adams did a lovely job playing Julie Powel. But it was Meryl as Julia who stole the show. The larger than life actress portraying a larger than life chef with such precision should bring home an Academy Award. If my grandfather was still alive I would write and tell him so. A former film producer for the Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios, he was one of the Academy's nominating members. He was also one of the founders of SAG, the Screen Actor's Guild. He met my grandmother (photos of one of her houses in a previous post) in Paris fairly late in life. They were in their 50s. They were a perfect pair... complimented each other perfectly... they were truly champagne and caviar. Just like Julia and Paul. You will fall in love with cooking. You will fall in love with Julia and Paul... you will fall in love with love!
I have not seen a movie of this caliber in ages. I laughed... and boy did I laugh! I cried and boy did I cry! I'm a sap... they were happy tears. It was such a happy and uplifting movie. I will absolutely see it again... la prochaine fois avec un peu du vin, un peu de pain, un peu de brie et mes copines!
My afternoon at the movies was my answer to my much needed escape. I left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated... which is surely not how I feel at the end of our vacations!
And all my preppy friends... you will adore all the plaid, pearls, monograms and of course Paris! Julia was the ultimate preppy and so I think it safe to say hers was the ultimate Preppy Cuisine!
And I thought of another Preppy (grunge) Band... why Pink & Green and Pearl Jam of course!
So I was feeling pretty good yesterday.
Until I wasn't.
And the headache like no other came on full force from nowhere.
And the fever spiked.
Out of the blue.
Perhaps I never should have said it would have been better to have been sick during the week.
Clearly this bug kicked my White After Labor Day Ass.
But my husband finally saw the Light.
He helped get the kids ready for school.
And he took them to school.
And I was able to get Alexander in the Lunch Bunch/Extended Day program.
Best $50 I could ever spend. (Sometimes I am not so cheap.)
And Right now my Motrin has kicked in and I don't feel like death. So I'm chillaxing bedside. I'm glad to have the chance to rest. I will not do anything over the next couple of days in hopes that this will really be the end of our health woes for a while.
But last night I didn't feel so well. So I Googled Swine Flu Symptoms.
I went to WebMD and got this:
What are swine flu symptoms?
Symptoms of swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Many people with swine flu have had diarrhea and vomiting. Nearly everyone with flu has at least two of these symptoms. But these symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions. That means that you and your doctor can't know, just based on your symptoms, if you've got swine flu. Health care professionals may offer a rapid flu test, although a negative result doesn't necessarily mean you don't have the flu.
Like seasonal flu, pandemic swine flu can cause neurologic symptoms in children. These events are rare, but, as cases associated with seasonal flu have shown, they can be very severe and often fatal. Symptoms include seizures or changes in mental status (confusion or sudden cognitive or behavioral changes).
And that's when I learned that I was dying. I had ALL the symptoms. I bet the kids had it too. And now I am dying. Suddenly I cannot breathe. My husband is not yet home. What would my children do without me? Because I felt THAT bad. (Gee, wonder where Rebecca gets her dramatic tendencies?)
So a lesson to all the others dying, never let the Internet diagnose your illnesses. (Thanks to Internet diagnoses I have survived Ebola, numerous Brain Tumors and stomach cancers.) By the grace of God, by some miracle, I was cured in my sleep. I can breathe again. I did not kick the bucket... not yet...
And thanks to a little Motrin I am now merely uncomfortable as opposed to miserable. And because I still have a fever I know that staying in bed and watching trashy television in a dead quiet house is an absolute must!