10 Questions: Julie from Bound
I’ll be the first to admit that my blog, despite being three years old, has a pretty small readership. But what my readership lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for with quality. Through comments and emails, I have gotten acquainted with some of my readers and I must say, you are a very dynamic, intelligent, thoughtful and interesting collection of people. Case in point: reader Julie, who writes the smart and sassy Bound blog in California. With her love of good books, travel and healthy cooking, Julie seems like a girl after my own heart. Plus, she’s just a good writer, and her posts offer an insight that many others don’t. Read on, my dynamic and intelligent readers–I think she’ll be a girl after your heart too.
Julie, 27, Long Beach, California
What do you enjoy the most about being an attorney? What do you like the least?
I’m fairly new at this game. I started working at my firm last October, so I haven’t even done a full year yet. Our firm does a lot of pro-bono work, and I love working on those matters because they involve a lot of client contact. The least…well, the schedule’s kind of rough, but I knew that going in.
What does your perfect day look like?
The thing I miss most about Boston is walking: to school, to the grocery store, to any restaurant. Being back in Southern California feels very sedentary by comparison, so an ideal day would start with an epic walk to brunch. I love the feeling of having “arrived” at a destination, ready to just devour great food because you’ve actually used your body. Then, (obviously) I’d quit using it and flop down on the beach to read for a good three hours. (Don’t ask what I’d read, that’s a separate hours-long conversation. I could talk about books ALL. DAY.) I’d finish by meeting my husband and friends for a drink at a bar where my brother is playing. His band, Ramshackle, is ridiculously good, and I will admit to being the amped-up dancer in the front row, errytime.
What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
I’m a terrible delegate from the paleo convention for this, but: stuffing. Hands-down. It’s one of those foods you only eat once a year, and anything with butter, spices and raisins is basically cheating. If comfort itself were a food, it’d be stuffing. My game-plan is to eat so much every Thanksgiving (and the next morning) that I’m mildly grossed out, so that it takes about a year to amp back up again. Oh, and pie. Always pie.
If you decided to go on a spiritual journey where would you go and what would you do?
I want to say Tibet or something equally magical, but I have to know myself and be real about the fact that Western-style showers are way too integral to my life to ever make that happen. So, instead I’ll pick Tokyo. I’d go visit the temples and meditate among the cherry blossoms. I’ve been craving peace as a virtue for a while now, so this sounds perfect.
What song evokes the strongest memories for you?
You Can Call Me Al, by Paul Simon. Truthfully, anything at all from Graceland. That album has been playing in every car stereo of my life, from when I kicked at the front seats to every midnight trip I made alone. It’s my greatest love and a party trick: start it from the beginning and I can sing every note. (I never said it was an interesting party trick).
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Starting my blog. It’s still very much a work in progress, but writing is something that hits down pretty deep and makes me feel like I’m actually doing what I’m supposed to do. It started as a creative outlet in law school, and has survived to be one of the most fulfilling parts of my week. I love that about the internet; everyone can have a space to cultivate as their own.
When you’re down, what do you do to feel better?
It’s usually a three-step process. 1: Call my mother to vent/cry, 2: Order sushi, 3: Eat said sushi with husband while he devises a plan to fix the situation. It’s really all about knowing where to draw which strength…husbands can’t just let problems continue to plague you, and mothers can’t be spicy tuna rolls.
What one question would you ask a psychic about your future?
What will I be doing in five years? I have a feeling that my life is going to take a pretty radical turn in the next few years, and the direction is still a complete mystery. Right now, it feels like everything is up for grabs: location, profession, child-having status…it’s just a lot to process. (Except that it’s all the same stuff that everyone has to process, so…I shouldn’t get too weird about it).
Do you have any tattoos? If not, what would you get?
No, and I’m way too fickle a person to like one thing being stamped on my body for all eternity. If forced, I’d choose language, some simple quote I could use as a touchstone. Something Vonnegut, probably, like: “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” (If it’s a tattoo, it might as well have cursing. Full-rebel-speed ahead!)
What language would you like to speak fluently?
I’m torn between French (which I took years of, and would like to eventually master because = ease in ordering macarons) and Italian, because I think it’s the most beautiful. Well, and Mandarin, because that’s where the world economy is headed. And Spanish, because I live in Southern California and am basically nuts not to speak it. And Arabic, in case I want to be a diplomat someday. Can you help me decide?
Thanks Julie! Be sure and check out her great blog Bound.