March was a month of draining demands, short fuses, heat and humidity and poor sleep, and I’ve never been happier to see a month come to an end. The worst was the lack of inspiration – I felt lethargic and most things seem to give little joy. When I can’t take pleasure in things, I know it’s bad.
Feel free to scorn me as the TV addict I clearly am, but one of the things that twinkled like a distant star and put a little smile on my face was the fact that “Mad Men” was returning in April. Peggy and Joan are in my opinion, the superstars among women characters on TV - ones that don’t ever do the dizzily-neurotic-yet-successful thing. They’re interesting, coolly competent, smart and not afraid to make a decision and take responsibility for it. I could say the same of the women of “The Good Wife”. They are the perfect blend of real-life and wish-fulfillment.
It made me wish for more real-life role models; the kind you encounter at the work place, or perhaps through a friend, or an acquaintance. A “six-degrees” role model, not just someone really well-known or from a TED talk. And people wonder why the lack of women in senior positions at the work place is a problem. Who’s going to set an example for the women floundering through the twenty-something career years?
Still, my month is winding down on a better note; I picked myself up from my slump and took pleasure in a few things that felt like fresh air:
- Nicole Krauss’ "Great House". Her writing flows like water; you fall in and float along for the ride
- The beautiful spaces and fashion editorials in Monocle – visually pleasing and for some reason it doesn’t make me feel like I need to go out and buy something
- Margaret Dabbs as featured in The Gentlewoman: love her conviction
- Chocolate and salted caramel tarts from Carpenter and Cook.
Happy weekend everyone!