Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blogs and Paris Economies

Blogs are hopefully a way to share and learn new things from other bloggers with whom we have common interests. This week, after reading Sue's post about healthy lunches at Une Femme d'un Certain Age, I have been creating hummus wraps almost every day. Being alone in Paris means trying to find healthy, economical ways of eating with the added challenge of preparing meals for one. I can look at all the lovely fresh foods at the markets but must use what I have without wasting.

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)
As I am not taking a course this year in Paris (another economy), I am spending personal time reading in French and English, practising French with special attention to phonetics and thinking. Reading blogs is like receiving letters from friends around the world  and I have always thought that we can learn a lot from our friends.

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  1. Madame, I think your short, curly style is very chic! I tried on a pair of Thierry Raboutin shoes once and they were SO comfortable. I may have to look for some when we get to Paris. Thanks for the mention!

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    1. You should try some of the T. Raboutin shoes. They feel like bedroom slippers but have good support. I just had another hummus wrap. This time with zucchini and artichokes and hummus. It's my go to food in a Paris pinch.

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  2. I think your hair looks great au naturel and you look very Parisien in this photo. I find your explorations of the effect of this month or two on your own, spent in a small apartment in a compelling city, so very interesting. So different from my experience there as part of a couple -- much as I love my time there with my husband, I rather envy you the time to dig into your self and develop such a reserve of sufficiency and of self-knowledge. Love your attention to the word "glut" also, and I realize that it's drop to the bottom of my word bucket and deserves being floated to the top occasionally -- so useful, and its guttural ugliness so suggestive of the dangers of surplus. . .

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    1. Isn't it funny how some words are so expressive. The alone time is important to me and it shakes loose some of the beliefs that I have about myself. I am just about to begin Austerlitz so I am sure that I will spend even more time reading.

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  3. Your curly style looks tres chic! I think the colour is fabulous with your complexion and checking the two photos I think you look years younger! What a wonderful transition.
    Glut is a sturdy word and has such oomph. I found rebuilding my wardrobe to be a wonderful experience and since retiring I need less so I chose only what I absolutely love and the pieces need to be versatile and reasonably priced. I hope you enjoy the exercise too.
    It sounds like you are having a lovely holiday....keep writing as your joy is apparent.

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    1. It's hard to get used to white hair. I don't think that I have "tinsel". But I am inspired by you because you do look younger with the grey. It would be enjoyable to "curate" a wardrobe that serves all occasions without taking up a lot of space or energy. You will love Paris!

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