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Pauline as Joan Crawford

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’m back. And thank you for coming back yourself. So, where have I been? I’ve been finishing the next novel in the Lambert Falls series. As soon as I can tell you more, I will.  Promise. For now, we’re back to living a champagne life on a beer budget.

Do you remember the movie Mommie Dearest? In one particularly memorable scene, Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford goes completely crazy, screaming “No wire hangers!”  Well, if I have one thing that makes me crazy like that around living a champagne life, it’s plastic grocery bags.  In my opinion, plastic grocery bags can be used for transporting groceries, lining a garbage can, cleaning out a litter box, or curbing your dog.  In a pinch, they can be used for a dirty diaper or a wet swimsuit.  Otherwise ~ yeah, I’m somewhere screaming “No plastic bags!”

See, the the whole point of living a champagne life is feeling good about ourselves, feeling put together, confident.  Very little can make us feel that way like having the details right.  That’s why purses, sunglasses and the right jewelry can do so much for an otherwise mediocre outfit.  Can do so much for us on an otherwise mediocre day.  So why do we pay attention to those details and then shove our lunch, our papers, our overnight things into a bag that can be used to line a trash can?

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll look at beer budget ways to get that last detail up to champagne life standards.  Until then, go ahead and use those grocery bags – for your kitty litter and your pooper scooper and yes, to line your trash bag. Because as we’re discovering, it’s easy to live a champagne life.  Even when it’s on a beer budget.

~ Pauline