Like pretty much everyone in the free world, I’m obsessed with Downton Abbey. I watched last season and kept it on my DVR until Christmas, when I got the DVD and now my mom and I feverishly await each Sunday night like scone addicts in need of a fix.
My mom loves all the downstairs stuff – in a previous life she was a maid of some sort cleaning or cooking. I am fixated on the upstairs – the life of leisure and beautiful dresses. We figure that in a previous life I was a Lady of the Manor and she was my Ladies Maid and we were reunited in this life as mother and daughter!
I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking up all the tedious things I would not have to do if Downton Abbey were a real place and I lived there as a real Lady.
Instead of doing all THIS stuff, I could focus on the very full schedule of taking strolls, tending to my correspondence, going to parties and having tea!
Things I Wouldn’t Have to do if I Lived at Downton Abbey
- Make a grocery list
- Buy groceries
- Put groceries away
- (basically anything involving groceries)
- Make breakfast
- Make lunch
- Make dinner
- (basically anything involving cooking)
- Wash dishes
- Sort laundry
- Do laundry
- Fold and put away laundry
- Clean the house
- (particularly vacuuming, if they had vacuums at Downton)
- Make my bed
- Pick out my clothes
- Select my accessories
- Dress myself
- Undress myself
- Brush my hair
- Do my hair
- Shine my shoes
- Drive to my job
- Have a job
- Warm my boots on a space heater before leaving my job
- (basically any sort of job or labor of any sort)
I mean, I’m exhausted just reading that list and I have to do that crap ALL the time!! I would much rather get involved with village gossip and give in to the demanding rigors of having to stand there while my maid put on my dress and did my hair and fastened my jewelry!
But there is still some way that I can be a Downton Abbey Lady – and that’s by closely studying Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, played by such superb perfection by Dame Maggie Smith that I am thisclose to putting her on my Stalking List with all the rock stars and vampire boys
When I am an old lady I will wear enormous dramatic hats, purse my lips disapprovingly and say clever things so politely, that it will take people a moment to realize they’ve been insulted.
If for some insane reason you are not watching Downton Abbey (and I can’t imagine what that reason would be, unless you Hate Things That Are Amazing or you are Thomas the Evil Footman), you can catch up here, you can buy Season 1, watch Season 2 on PBS and you can see what to expect from me when I am Dowager Countess Amy by watching this:
(and visit the Tom and Lorenzo blog where I snagged most of these fabulous pics!)