This morning, I read Janice Riggs' blog The Vivienne Files about a favourite new French book Ma to-do list dressing. I will look for this book when I visit the Left Bank next week to see my former professor. I have far too many clothes at home and need to make some choices. Glut (I find that word so effective that I once wrote a poem with that title). My reasons for buying are complex and probably stem from my own feelings of insufficiency. It's funny what living alone in 30 square metres can teach one about self-sufficiency. I tend to launder my clothes and repeat my wardrobe almost every day (with a different scarf) and have worn out my city walking shoes and so will be visiting the cordonnier today.
In Paris, women buy good quality shoes and repair them. My Thierry Rabotin shoes, purchased in Paris last year, are my favourites for walking in the city.
This June will mark the third anniversary of my retirement from teaching. The transition to retirement is different for each of us. When I was a starting teacher, lesson plans, day plans, unit plans and an overview of the year were expected. I needed to know what I was doing and how I was meeting the Prescribed Learning Outcomes of the Education Ministry. As I grew more experienced, the paperwork became less onerous because the outcomes were internalized and could be easily articulated. Perhaps, my prescribed learning outcomes for this term of my life are self-sufficiency, economy and grace.
One of my objectives is to reduce my personal grooming budget. I have followed the lovely transition of The Hostess as she has "greyed" and I have resisted hair colour for five months. I used to have a straightening treatment as well but now I am working with my natural curl. I definitely look older! But I am older!
|two years ago in Paris|
|yesterday in Paris (Photo booth face)|