Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Reflections

I work as a temp at the same university my husband lectures at. I finished my latest assignment there last week and I asked the agency for a couple of weeks off before they give me another one. Although I do get holiday pay, this break is unpaid which is a bit depressing - not much spare change for treasures! I must admit that the more I think about it, the more I realise I'm not a career girl after all - I didn't go to university (partly through choice, partly through lack of opportunity). I've had several jobs since my two years of college, but none of which really led to anything I really wanted to do. I often worry about not having a career - it seems to be one of two expectations of my generation (the other being professionally unemployed, but that's another story) - but in all honesty I'm actually happiest being at home, pottering about doing my own thing. I achieve more satisfaction looking after my home, sewing etc than spending 7 hours a day, 5 days a week looking at a computer screen. (Thank goodness I don't have children as well, I don't know how I'd fit it all in). I really think we should be celebrating the women (and men) who want to stay at home, rather than 'just being a housewife/husband'. Don't get me wrong - a few hours work for an income of your own (and sanity) is important, but work shouldn't be the be-all and end-all of life! I'm very lucky that I can afford to be at home, but I also think we've been conditioned to believe that households must have 2 incomes in order to afford our modern lifestyles - after all, those 2 holidays a year, fancy cars and meals out aren't cheap.

Even if the current economic situation hasn't directly affected everyone, I think now is a good time to take stock and think about the real priorities. I honestly believe that we can all still enjoy life without lots of luxuries - family and quality time is the most important thing.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Home Envy

Inspired by the post over at athriftymrs, I thought I would share my one of my favourite TV homes with you:

The Halliwell Manor, from 'Charmed'
(Charmed - The Halliwell's Coven)

The manor was supposed to have been in the family for generations and, for me, it really did look like it on screen. I could picture the sisters and their loved ones living there and raising their families. It's not strictly 'shabby chic', but it has that air of lifetimes of knowledge and accumulated possessions!

Sitting Room
(Charmed - The Halliwell's Coven)

Kitchen
(innocently.charmed.com)

Parlour
(charmedonesworld.com)

My favourite room is probably the attic:

The Attic
(charmedones.com)

There are loads more photos on here:

charmedonesworld