I've been reading a new book lately: Homemaking for Teen-Agers. (That's really how they spell it: "Teen-Agers"). It is a high school textbook published in 1958. On page 243, the book tells me that "An adequate wardrobe is one that includes the garments, footwear, accessories, and other articles needed to keep you suitably and attractively dressed at all times."
Dang. I am definitely not suitably and attractively dressed at all times. Sometimes I look like a downright slob. Isn't a housewife allowed to have slob days? When am I supposed to wear my old T-shirts and athletic sweats that I got in high school?
Today I decided that I was going to spend the entire day "attractively dressed." I woke up this morning, showered, and looked my best. I even tried to dress in a fifties style to fit with my project. On the agenda for today was cooking and grocery shopping...not something I would usually dress up for. It was kind of fun, though. I felt like I was getting ready for a date with Rex. It made grocery shopping way more exciting. Here is how I looked before heading to the grocery store:
Have you ever grocery shopped in heels and a skirt? It's kind of painful after a while. I felt pretty sophisticated, though, with a hint of creepy. Kind of Stepford Wives-y. It was a good way to make me buy healthy food, though, because I can hardly tap tap tap through the aisles in my beautiful outfit and then buy oreos and coke. I had to buy fresh produce and organic things so that other people would get the message that I am a good housewife. I dress up to go to the grocery store AND I buy healthy food for my family. Boom - beat that.
People were looking at me a lot, so I whispered to Rex "I think I look ridiculous. People keep looking at me." Rex whispered back, "No, you look fabulous. You just don't look like normal WinCo clientele. You look like you should be at Whole Foods or something." I guess that's true...I did look a little bit overdressed for WinCo. Still, the one time I went to Whole Foods I wore an entirely different outfit...you can read that story if you click on the link: here.
So anyway, I had a good time looking great at the grocery store even though now my feet hurt a little bit. That just means that I get to be barefoot while I cook dinner... I haven't found a rule against that yet. Homemade chili tonight - a new recipe! I wish you were here to try some. It smells delicious.