Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Woman in her Thirties Loves Downton Abbey

I had several options for this week's post:

1.  A woman in her thirties cleans mac and cheese puke at 1:00am
2.  A woman in her thirties subsides on cereal while her husband is away
3.  A woman in her thirties in 25 below

But all of these options revolve around the same recurring theme I've had going for the last couple of years.  I'm tired.  My kids are adorable but a lot of work.  It's really cold in Minnesota.

So instead, I will talk this week about Downton Abbey.  I am a recent addition to the Downton Abbey craze-- I'm only a couple of episodes into the second season.  But I will say that I think this show is what got me through the last eight days of being on my own in sub-zero weather.  I started it last week, and every night after the kids are in bed I have devoted what used to be my reading time to Downton.  (Side note:  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is a wonderful book, and normally would not take me this long to get through!)

This morning while I fought with encouraged Anna to please put her jacket on so we could leave the house, I started thinking about Downton.  It has truly become my happy place in the last week.  Here's why:

1.  A woman in her thirties needs an escape

Of course I love my life and all that stuff.  But my friend P put it perfectly when she said, 'Isn't  Downton Abbey such a beautiful show to watch?'  Yes.  It is beautiful.  The costumes.  The hair.  The fabulous castle and it's catch-your-breath library.  (The Turkish Gentleman!) You could watch this show on mute and still be whisked away to somewhere far more beautiful than where you are.  And it probably doesn't smell like poop.

2.  A woman in her thirties likes to be spoken to nicely

I'm not just talking about the accents, though I do think that things sound much more legitimate coming from a Brit.  At Downton, no one swears.  No one says 'cuz' or 'dude' or 'MOMMY PUT AARON IN BOUNCER!' No one checks their iPhone or posts snide comments on Facebook.  They write each other letters where they refer to each other as 'Your Lordship' and 'Dearest Lady So-and-so'.  They meet each other at train stations and arrange for carriage rides to discuss matters at hand.  They use the word 'indeed', and not in an annoying way.

3.  A woman in her thirties loves Cousin Matthew

If there are any men reading this blog who feel like women are just too difficult to figure out, look no further than Cousin Matthew.  His wit.  His charm.  His honesty.  His eyes.  His uniform.  I don't know what's going to happen with him and Lady Mary, but I have a feeling it will eventually end with them together in a wonderful, heart-melty way.  And I'll bet their kids will never throw up at 1:00am.

4.  A woman in her thirties can dream

I have no desire to live in a castle and have full time servants.  (Though an on-call masseuse would be nice...) But what is great about Downton Abbey is that everyone, from the lowliest of footmen to Sir King Lord Countess Such-and Such, takes their place seriously.  Every character is complex and likable, even when they are totally unlikeable.  They all sit down together and eat dinner, and they never chew with their mouths open.

Downton Abbey is my new happy place.  Aside from my current happy place, that is.


  1. After you catch up on season 3 episode 3 check out this link :)
    (Although it might burst your bubble on point #2)

    Stephanie B.

  2. Big Frog and I have always found Brits and British TV very theraputic. We're particularly fans of Masterpiece Mystery, including but not limited to Lord Peter Wimsey, Sherlock, and Lewis. Or there's always Love Actually, any time of year.

  3. I've Been considering getting started on this show...btw...your kids are
    One of my happy places!

  4. Did you catch the CBS Sunday Morning episode that talked about the "Real Downton Abbey"? Check it out, it was a neat behind-the-scenes.

    1. Jen!! So fascinating!! I want to go there-- I'll pick you up on the way :)

  5. I wondered what the hype was all about. I think I saw a few episodes at my grandma's house last year and I don't remember being hooked... after reading this though, I'll try it again. :)

    AB with the food in her mouth... I'm sorry, so funny. :) :) :)

  6. You almost make me want to watch it. Almost. ;)

    p.s. Most adorable children ever.

  7. I watched the first 2 seasons in about a week before Christmas. Can't wait for you to catch up so we can talk all about it! P is so right.

  8. Bah, here is where my lack of TV watching comes back to bite me in the butt. Though I nevertheless found this post charming and hilarious, thanks in no small part to these photos of the cutest children in the universe.