Friday, January 11, 2008

Try it - you should do it Dahling -- I insist

Tuesday Winnie and I were home together - stricken by a tummy bug. As luck would have it, TCM was running an Elvis movie marathon and we stayed in bed and watched Elvis all day.

I've never really watched an Elvis movie from start to finish, so three in a row was a hoot. I love that girls just came up and started kissing him -- Winnie and I got a laugh out of that.

Okay, so now the kid is back in school and I am fully mended -- ask me how much I've gotten done around here -- go ahead, ask me.

That's right, not a thing. I've discovered the TCM channel, that's why. I am loving these old movies. No commercials is the only way to see them.

I love how much some things have changed and how little other things have, but my favorite of all is how everyone in the fifties movies seem to have a live in maid. If you're dying and need to visit your father real quick -- you can dash off and tell your husband (who doesn't know you are dying) you will be back in two weeks and that Ida will be here to take care of the child while you are out.

Man, this gig would be a lot easier if I had someone doing all the cooking, laundry, cleaning and child care. Why did we do away with live in maids? These weren't rich people, just regular folk with live in help. Screw the second bathroom -- build me quarters for the help (some unfortunate barren woman who would be only too happy to work for little pay in order that she might have a bitter-sweet taste of the family life -- even if it's only caring for another's'...told you, I've been watching them for two days straight now).

My absolute favorite though, is how they talk -- I'm driving my family nuts. But these people tell each other off so stylishly -- I have to talk that way now. If someone is being rude -- it bothers me not because I tell them so, "oh dahling, don't be such a bother -- surely you know where the snack cabinet is."

They're getting real irritated with me, but try it -- I'm telling you, no stress, all fun, when you say things like, "do be a dear and find your manners."

All I need is a hair do -- something very tight and purposeful.

Hold your tongue latterly flat, pretend you've already won dozens of awards for your acting -- now go and with conviction, tell your family what to do.



Blogger Melissa said...

LOL! Oh how I would love to do that to the hubs and the child. I might have to keep that in mind for the weekend.

5:40 PM  
Blogger TTQ said...

My honey had a live-in lady while he and his sisters were growing up. She stills calls on the phone and asks to speak with "Big Baby".

I would get a live-in lady in a second, but I can't imagine anyone willing to take care of two adult children and their pets.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Cecily R said...

You are so funny dahling! I am SO talking like that to Jon when he gets home tonight!!

7:08 PM  
Blogger KATE said...

I love Elvis dahling! Which movies did you watch? I love his old movies!!
That sounds like a fabulous day, tummy bug & all. I love cuddling with the kids & watching great movies! yay
I'm glad you're feeling better now!

I would like to sign up for one of those live in maids!! Where do I get me one of those?

11:32 PM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Oh, I love these movies! You're right, they tell each other off with such panache!

3:37 PM  

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