Hello everyone! How are you are taking care of yourselves?
Today's post is about change, helping you find that spark that ignites action and the true story of Modern 1950s Housewife Jennifer.
Read time: 7 minutes
First, let's talk about change. Do you remember reading or hearing about those stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary feats?
Do you remember the lady who lifted a car off her husband?
Or the lady who kicked a bear's ass to save her husband's life!?
What about the man who cut off his own arm to survive?
And how about that everyday Joe who saves his fellow man's life?
These kind of 'life changing' events happen everyday. They were just ordinary people, but when shit got real, SHIT GOT REAL!
YOU, my darling, are completely capable of enormous feats and change, the spark comes from action! Do and Become, it is as simple as that!
Just imagine that SHIT JUST GOT REAL!
How does this relate to Modern 1950s Housewife Jennifer? Turns out, life in France is expensive and simple silly things that I use to take for granted, have now become complicated. As a result, Modern 1950s Housewife Jennifer was begrudgingly born the week I arrived in France because of a dryer. A what? A dryer.... rather lack of a dryer.
Truth be told, I enjoy being a modern housewife, in fact it has elevated me. Of course, there are always pros and cons, but I find the benefits outweigh the bad, by a long shot!
THE DOWNSIDE... laundry. Stupid stupid, stupid laundry! I hate you.
[Quick Sidebar] When I first moved here, my husband and I stayed with my mother-in-law for about a month. Coming from Las Vegas to the suburbs of Bordeaux, as you can imagine, it was jarring. But I immediately knew I was completely out of my element when I inquired about the dryer. The dryer turned out to be a clothes line located in the pantry. I seriously thought my husband was joking, sadly he wasn't. NO DRYER?
This was something I never experienced before. In hindsight, yes, it is very dumb, but at the time I was like What the hell did I just get myself into!?
That was when SHIT GOT REAL! Everybody hates doing laundry, it takes up half of your day, but THIS French washing machine took more than 2 hours for ONE LOAD, then I needed to line dry it! I SPENT THE WHOLE WEEK DOING LAUNDRY!
THE UPSIDE... It has been more rewarding than anticipated. I have become more creative, inventive, organic and have raised my status from Housewife to Lady of The House!
UPDATE: I am now known as The Countess.
Allow me to explain:
I've learned to knit, and have made scarves, and beanies, and earwarmers for myself, The Man, my family, and most of my friends and their kids! Of course, it takes me forever to finish them, but when I see anyone sporting my wares, I feel like Coco Chanel. My first knitted piece was a disaster, I made a one of a kind scarf necklace, first photo -- and I wore it too, even got compliments!
I have made my own beauty products. My citrus toner is simply fabulous and will not break the bank! There is also my coffee face beauty mask, and my secret beauty product that I use externally and internally. All my beauty potions and lotions costs less than 20 cents per month! Click on the So Stylish section to get the recipes!
I have also learned to sew again. I am taking classes to learn how to restyle and tailor my clothes so they are wearable year round. UPDATE: I gave up, sewing is stupid.
Ok, it's not, but I don't have the space, much less the patience for sewing, it annoys me.
I have also become a master French chef! I can whip up the best magret de canard and sweet potato french fries, served with a light buttery and creamy onion and mushroom sauce and topped with fresh ground pepper and salt! In less than 30 minutes - FLAT!
Need a recipe for this weekend? Check out the MIAM! YUM! NOM! section and eat well, my pretties!
I have successfully hosted a traditional French dinner party setting with a flair of Texas swag.
Think about that for a moment.
It was all too charming, if I do say so myself! I am pleased to report that that evening and even the next day, I received glowing French accolades. I felt like the toast of the town!
UPDATE: my Frenchies LOVE my Tex Mex food -- apparently French-Mexican fusion cuisine is all the rage right now! But, it's been our everyday, for the past decade! Eat well, ya'll!
I have become more active due to not owning a car. My feet or my bike (affectionately called, the Ferrari) are my main modes of transportation. This requires perfect time management. As I like to say, "better to be late, than to be ugly." I'm often late, but never shabby. This is a work in progress. UPDATE: My Ferrari was stolen, now I'm using my husband's bike, affectionately called, my Mercedes.
I have paid more attention to my health and the foods I place in my body. I follow the Atkins lifestyle and have trimmed down considerably since moving to France. Becoming more active has changed my eating habits, or perhaps vice-versa. Eating and drinking well is very important to me, everything else, I buy it when it's on sale!
I have lost weight. When I first arrived to France, I wore a size 46. Now I wear a 36-38. I can finally walk into any French store and shop. That is huge for me, because French women have the bodies of Barbies! Skinny bitches, I hate them.
I am a big believer in the following clothing mantra - Use, Reuse, Recycle or Lose!
It simply means that I wear out my clothes and purchase timeless pieces that won't break the bank. In the past, I have organized a Bizarre Bazaar, a clothing exchange with my friends.
See the beautiful blond hawking her wares -- that's my Barbie girl! I nicknamed her Barbie. She is so lovely, I hate her.
1950s Housewife Jennifer turned out to be more of a blessing in disguise!
It has made me the Lady of the House. A title I am proud to have, because I have earned it.
I have even noticed when the sweet husband gets a little irritated, I can win any dispute with the following declaration, "Chouchou, je suis la dame de la maison." "Sweetheart, I am the Lady of the House."
I do not know WHY but it WORKS EVERYTIME!
But the main thing 1950s Housewife Jennifer has taught me was that when SHIT GETS REAL, SHIT GETS REAL! And, I have changed! And, that's a good thing!
The desire to change and to live a grand life is to simply to take the action to do so.
xoxxox -- Jenny
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