Eat, Pray, Walk…Skate

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“The Walk of Peace”, Sun Valley, Idaho

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This is the river that runs behind our home in Sun Valley.  Although there’s a direct walk just down the  stairs from our porch, my husband decided a few years ago that it would be nice to create a more circuitous, serpentine path to the river.  He likes to call this “The Walk Of Peace”  Much like a labrynth (OMG- what is wrong with this sp.?! this will do, I’m not going back to spell-check again)   As I was saying, much like a you- know-what,  navigating the winding, rocky path to the river’s edge is meant to evoke a contemplative, peaceful and introspective mood.  And much like Julia Robert’s character in the meditation scene of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, I often find it difficult to reach this state of Oneness with The Universe on The Walk Of Peace. Try as I might, I can’t help fixating on how much it costs to maintain the wild willow encroaching upon the path faster than Bamboo on steroids.  OHMMMMMM.  I can hear it growing as I walk.  OHMMMMMM…… Why do the things you don’t like, grow the fastest? OHMMMM…BTW, who loves Murphy’s Law better than Mother Nature??

But, my powers are strong too.  If ever I doubted them for a moment (which, let’s face it, NOT) they were cemented last night when I actually got 2 of the 3  men in the house to go see a 9:30 showing of EAT, PRAY, LOVE.  If I’m to be completely honest, this may have everything to do with the fact that my 16 year old son is jumping at any chance possible to practice his driving, especially in the dark. OHMMMM.  There were 3 men in the theatre- 2 of them with me.  I couldn’t really get a beat on the third man as he was sitting  too far in front, but I’m pretty damn sure it was Sawyer.  More on that later.

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Here’s the skinny on the film, in my humble opinion;  It’s just OK.  I must admit, I was a tad bored.  Perhaps if we’d gone to an earlier showing, or I hadn’t eaten a shamefully huge spaghetti dinner before hand, the copious pasta close-ups would have held more appeal. Instead, the only emotion the food sequences provoked was guilt.  I could hardly eat my popcorn (butter halfway down, no truffle salt)  Who can sit in a movie theatre without eating popcorn??  I don’t even want to know that person. But I digress…

Julia Roberts is still Julia Roberts, so if you loved her then, you’ll love her now.  If you were never a huge fan, you”ll be totally fixated on her mouth.  I’m not going to say which camp I belong to.  I read the book a long time ago and liked it, even bought it for a few friends.  Then a weird thing started to happen… I began to feel, as is often the case in our culture, it was getting more hype than it deserved. It wasn’t that great. When they announced it was being made into a movie,  a slow resentment started to simmer, reaching a slow rolling boil when I read about the EAT PRAY LOVE cologne (swear) and the E.P.L. section in Cost Plus (double swear!)

And yet… I still went to the movie, opening night, so I don’t know what that says about me.

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Cost Plus’s buyers “travel the world—to the same places that the character visits,” Alvidres said. “The items fit with what Cost Plus is about—affordable, unique, and authentic products. Buyers can now watch the film and then take a part of it home with them.”

“Basically, it’s a chick flick,” said Durazzo, “and as 85 percent of our customers are women … We are getting great buzz.”

* Quotes from an article in The Santa Barbara Independent

Rogue elephant creamer anyone?

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I’ll leave it at this; Isn’t all the over the top marketing and Beanie Baby-esque commercialization of EAT, PRAY, LOVE  sort of the antithesis of the message of the book?

No? OK, my bad.  Pass the Penne shaped Prayer Beads ($3.99) I’ve sinned again…

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Can’t wait to hear what you think!
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The Sawyer update, I think I must save for another  post 🙂  We are off to see Evan Lysacek performing tonight at the Sun Valley Inn!  We gather our blankets, seat cushions and libations and go to the  Ice Show every year.  Lovely memories that feel a bit like a throw back to simpler times.
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I don’t know about you, but just looking at these photos brings tears to my eyes!
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In closing, Thank you all SO MUCH for the amazing feedback on my 200th post!!  You guys are awesome.  I so appreciate all the positive input and suggestions and I’m outrageously grateful to have such a cool bunch of commenters on my blog.  I will, in the future, include more music, home photos, random chatter and definitely share some of our barn raising experience with you.
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Namaste
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32 Comments

  1. Lucky me! I was in the neighborhood hoping for a new post and it went up practically in front of my eyes! Another great one!

  2. Slim, I built a beautiful labyrinth and find it truly meditative. Except for when I have to think about how to spell labyrinth. The weather looks great in SV. And your porch so inviting.

  3. Sun Valley, so pretty, no? Your meandering path with what appears to be small river stones, is a huge thumbs up to me. Your deck railing I love, I had this almost identical style several years back at a house in NY state.
    EPL, well, I found the book actually quite humorous and engaging, the film, less so but at least there were no guns or bombs or car chases or people being tortured or maimed, and I could actually understand the English being spoken. So all in all, I would recommend it. The “chic flick” notion for me is the ultimate absurdity, so American!!!, whoever invented that moronic catch phrase?

  4. Just when I thought your posts could not get any better, WELL that “Walk of Peace ” blew me away. What a great guy your hubby is Slim. Trust me Mother Nature knows what she is doing, and wild Willow yet ? How stunning.
    I read E,P, L. Also have it on tape . I loved it. Elizabeth Gilbert, the author was being interviewed this week, seems really sincere.
    I am happy and very jealous about the evening you have in store. Hi to the amazing Evan Lysacek.
    Thanks again for sharing, Your deck, Divine.ox

  5. wow your sun valley home looks like heaven on earth…that stone path leading to the river *sighhhhhh* I can’t wait to see the film, I loved the book but something tells me I am going to like the movie even more! Javier Bardem makes me weak in the knees 🙂

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  6. You are living a life I need to know more about. The houses, the travel, the workouts…what do you do?

  7. Yes, Yes, Yes, felt exactly the same about EPL, the book,……….actually only got as far as Pray and then sort of lost interest even though I thought I should be loving it……..and I also went to the opening of the movie last night with my husband cuz he owed me since I’d gone to to see Inception (the one about dreams which I thought might be interesting but had way too much violence, I guess to keep the boys interested), anyway, he was a dear and didn’t protest or even fall asleep, but when I leaned over about the middle of the Pray part and asked if he wanted to go (I rarely leave a movie early but there was a meteor shower going on at the lake last night and I thought it might be more interesting………..), he jumped at the chance and we left……….I mumbled something about not feeling well in the empty lobby to make an excuse for our leaving early and the manager came over with two passes so we could come back and see the rest another time!!! When has that ever happened?

    It’s been too beautiful here in Northern NH to get time to comment on your 200th, but I will go back and join the voices of your many fans as soon as the weather stops being so GREAT and there are no more bean hole dinners to go to on the shores of the silver lake!

  8. What a wonderful place for you to post from! Wow. Anyway, I read the book (EPL) and loved the eat section, was mildly interesting in the pray section and so ready for it to be over in the love section. As soon as I saw Julia was cast as Elizabeth, I knew I had no interest in seeing the movie in the theater ( and if you knew what it took for me to get to the theater, you’d understand) so maybe I’ll wait for the video. Congrats to you for getting some of your men folk to go with you! Can’t wait to hear about Sawyer…As for movie popcorn, I’ll pass, thank you very much, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have something more tasty in my purse (M&Ms anyone?)…As for Evan, as soon as I saw what he looked like without the skating do, I was more interested. I hope you enjoyed the show! And I’m so glad you’ll keep us up to date on the Boy Barn erec…I mean, raising! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  9. I’ll pass on ‘Eat, Pray, Spend’–both book and movie, thank-you– however love all the Sun Valley stuff. Keep it coming, Slim.

  10. I saw EPL last night also. I loved the book, but thought they were a bit harsh in the portrayal of her ex. I don’t remember him being so overtly obtuse in the book. I think Julia Roberts is a wonderful representation of Liz G, based on interviews I have seen. Admittedly, I found myself distracted by “the mouth” even though I have always been a fan of JR.

    Evan Lysacek is amazing and I thought his sportsmanship during the Olympics to be admirable and inspiring. (Unlike the silver medalist who shall remain nameless.) We need more sports figures like him. Oh, and don’t get me started on his hair. I really hope he does become a Ralph Lauren model alongside Nacho…

    Your serpentine path to the river is wonderful. I have tried to meditate and cannot clear my mind to save my life. I inevitably think about whatever it is I am trying NOT to think about!
    I need a view like that! Wow. Love it.

  11. IF I could write as well as you; I’d say the EXACT same thing(s) as you! Read it a while ago, I did really like it; but….movie was just ok. Yet, I, too went to Opening Night. No one could say it as well as you! Enjoy your view!

  12. I liked EPL, but did not LOVE it the way many others have. Hate to say it, but I felt she got smug at times. But, I do like the message behind it all. We’ve all been hurt with love, and we have to learn how to move forward. Everyone’s self journey is different. Many can find the answers at home. She found it traveling. Anyway, I still do want to see the movie. I always want to see the movie after I have read the book. Always fun to compare. Your Sun Valley home looks so peaceful. It is always important to spend time with nature.

  13. How can we be envious of your paradise when you so generously share it with us through photos? I thought I was the only person alive who does not love J.R. Yes, it’s the mouth! I am sure she is a nice person but all that toothy smiling is annoying. (I would not say that about a private person, but when you put yourself out there in the public and get paid millions for it, we get to take aim, right?) So that my conscience doesnt bother me all day, I will add the good – she is a terrific actress!

  14. I giggled through this post, especially the reference to Julia Robert’s and her mouth. It’s disappointing to hear about the shameless commerce attached to the movie, but we should have expected that, right? And, NO, it doesn’t align with the book’s values, but sadly I’m not surprised. I’ll see the movie anyway, but I won’t buy the porcelain elephant!!!

    Beyond EPL, I am in awe of a man who would agree to accompany you to EPL but even more be inspired to build a “Walk of Peace.” I LOVE THAT! The world needs more men like him. You’re a lucky girl!

  15. Got about 10 pages into the book, put it down, and never picked it up. I couldn’t relate. When I saw the EPL pasta, I kind of gagged. Crass.

    My term for the book/movie is Grub, God & Guys.

  16. My daughter told me I had to read EAT PRAY LOVE because believe it or not, I visited the same ashram as in the book, back in 1976! It’s interesting what Gilbert took away with her spiritual experience…Mostly$$$$ and now the big bollywood movie with Roberts. Why is this book so popular if we all agree it’s an exploitation?

  17. I couldn’t agree more about the over-commercialization of EPL. But… don’t let it stop you from checking out the Fresh fragrances. The Eat fragrance is so yummy I had to purchase. (shhh!)

  18. Absolutely gorgeous!

    I adore Sun Valley- especially that fabulous grocery store next door to the fabulous cooking shop and fabulous hardware store in town!

    I have some pebbles from that very river… three shades, carefully gathered while the husband fly fished! My favorite kind of souvenir.

    Enjoy your holiday!

    joan

  19. What I took away from E,P,L was the benefit of time alone to think and reflect — something that can be difficult when kids, spouse, dogs, and house are all vying for attention. I love spending time alone and realized while reading the book that with my kids either in college or nearly there, I need to think about the next half of my life (I turn 50 next year) rather than just enjoying the scenery while I am hiking. As a matter of fact, I love coming to Sun Valley alone with my dogs — we are here now enjoying the perfect weather. This time, two of my kids came along and we have a day of skeet shooting and hiking planned. I’d love a blog entry sometime on your favorite Sun Valley activities/restaurants/shops….

  20. I haven’t seen the movie and don’t know if I will (maybe when it’s available on Netflix?). Like you, I thought the book was okay…a little whiny and self-indulgent if you ask me. Then again, maybe I’m just envious – I mean she got PAID for that?? But all this product tie-in crap is killing me. You’re right, that’s the antithesis of the story. And aren’t we supposed to be inspired to make our OWN journey? Following Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey doesn’t seem like a good way to find MYSELF. Hmmm…maybe that’s just me?

Would love to hear from you!