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.
This morning while I
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.