Julie: So I'll cook my way through the Julia Child cookbook and write a blog about it. But I'll probably need a deadline.

Eric: Why?

Julie: Because otherwise it'll be like everything else I do. 'Cause let's face it, I never finish anything.

Is Julie saying that she will do cooking except everything?

  • Please provide the source of this text. – James K Aug 11 '17 at 7:08

Everything else I do = “all the other things which I do&rdquo

The simple present here has a ‘generic’ sense: it does not designate merely the immediately present moment but a more-or-less permanent state of affairs, as when we say The Earth goes round the Sun.

If Julie doesn't set herself a deadline for writing the blog, she will not finish it, just as she fails to finish all of the activities she undertakes.

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