Friday, February 26, 2010

What I Was Looking For

I'm back from a whirlwind trip to New York.
Maybe this is a bit cliche, but the trip was life changing.
If you haven't been following here, let me explain. I read the book Cleaving by Julie Powell. She made me look at life differently. She made me appreciate that life is messy and we need to embrace it.
I read about
 Cover of "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, ...
Then after reading Cleaving I joined Julie's fanbook page and I found out that she was speaking at the Manhattan JCC. She was speaking with Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project. So, I bought the book, which is amazing as well, and long story short, I decided that I needed to meet Julie. Because what makes me truly happy
Cover of "The Happiness Project: Or, Why ...
So, I booked a trip and went to New York.
Everyone was pretty amazing about it. Instead of being called crazy words like brave and amazing were used, and all of that melted my heart. You guys are amazing.
I decided to not only go to the speaking engagement, but also try to visit some of the places Julie talks about in her book. The place that was her solace was a butcher shop called Fleishers. As it turns out, this place has become quite famous. As it turns out, they are rockstar butchers. Who knew there was such a thing as a rockstar butcher. There is. 
So, off I went to Fleishers to see what it was all about. And they gave me a tour. Okay, I realized how off that sounds. But I was fascinated by the tour. And then they let me watch them cutting meat. Again, hard to explain unless you're in my head. But I had to do it. I had to understand this essential part of the book. As it turns out it was amazing. But, thankfully for all involved, I'm far more insterested in eating meat than butchering it. I'm good with that.
So, I left Fleishers around lunch time, and made my way back to Manhattan. I did a bunch of touristy stuff and then the big event happened.
Julie and Gretchen spoke with a moderator. Amazing. And then I was able to meet Julie.
Not the best picture of me. But let's all focus on Julie. Look how beautiful she is. Stunning and lovely.
The next day I just had a New York day. I went to Century 21, of course. And I got some lovely shoes. I also saw Ground Zero.  And tried to guess which building Julie worked in while writing Julie and Julia. And, I'm positive I passed it cause I got thoroughly lost looking for the store. Funny side note - 3 people asked me for directions yesterday. I pulled out my maps to help them. But it was funny since I was lost.
After Century 21 I stopped at Canal Street and got a Rolex for Mike. And some Chanel for me. (real, of course).
My final stop? Republic. This is where Julie drank gimlets. You can bet I had one. It was delicious. So so so good.
And I had a delicious lunch. Which I ate with chopsticks. And let me tell you several people helped me out with the chopsticks thing.
And then I had a lovely conversation with a woman a little younger than me. We talked about life, and chopsticks, and everything you can imagine. It was a moment that just happened. She was at the beginning of a journey. She wanted to write and follow her dreams. And, we talked about it. When I was leaving she said something to me that will always stick with me. She said: "Whatever you have found that brings you this joy - that's what I'm looking for."
That ended my trip.
It was a beautiful note to leave on.
And a pretty much perfect trip.
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SciFi Dad said...

Sounds like a great trip; of course, I'm sure Anonymous will have something to say about you drinking alcohol with raw meat in a foreign country with strangers while your children were stuck at home in your Canadian igloo.

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Seriously, this adventure sounds like something in a fairytale. I'm not kidding and I mean that it the nicest way possible!

Those experiences are rare and you are very fortunate to have had such a lovely trip! said...

You look so joyful and boy is it contagious, as we see from the majority of the comments!

As for your poor family, well your hubby and I had lots of fun tweeting about your pix, your adventure, your shopping and your early flight home. Your son went skating with Grandpa, then watched part of the hockey game with grandpa. The cheers from both of them were ear piercing. Wonderful!! He also got to stay over and drive to school with grandma, which he loved and asked to do again. As for your darling baby girl, she was happy as a clam dancing and playing tag with both grandma and Cecile (her fantastic nanny). When we told her mommy was coming home she clapped with glee.
I always say, a happy mom, a happy family!!!
I know because I'm that grandma who got to spend time with two wonderful kids this week.

Haley-O said...

COOL! I'm so inspired! Traveling on your own is life-changing alone, and then to meet your inspiration? WHAT A TRIP! I love all the pictures. You look fabulous! And so does Julie! Glad you had a trip of a lifetime! Savour the buzzz! :) xoxo

Julie Powell said...

Hi, Laural... I'm so sorry it's taken me a few days to comment, but I just wanted to tell you what a true pleasure it was to meet you. I was very moved by your sincerity and passion, and so grateful that Cleaving had an effect on you. I'm glad you had a great trip, and I wish you all the very best.

All love and courage,


Ginny said...

Sounds like it was everything you were looking for and maybe even more and that is truly awesome!
Love the comment from Julie too!

lettuce said...

Amazing. I am having the best time via you!