18 Oct 2010

Housewife, Delayed

So, I was all geared up to start my special edition of the 50s housewife experiment. I had read the books, planned a few meals, did my grocery shopping ...

And then last night I got really, really sick (you thought I was going to say 'drunk', didn't you? Well, normally, you might have been right, so I don't blame you. It was a Sunday, after all).

Long story short, I didn't get to sleep (on the couch - aren't I nice?) until about 6am and by the time Patrick was getting up to go to work, I was totally drained, had no voice left due to a combination of coughing, dry heaving and not-so-dry heaving, and was still feeling pretty hellish. I somehow doubted that throwing on a bow and a spot of lipstick would have disguised that or prevented me from retching into Patrick's fresh-squeezed orange juice.

So, I'm currently laid up and delaying the new experiment until at least tomorrow. BOO.

Now, I won't deprive you entirely of a 50s experience, though. As luck would have it, there is information in Foods & Home Management (a 1957 textbook by the BC Department of Education) for what to do when one is ill (click to expand):

That all sounds rather pleasant, provided that you're a-ok with being referred to as an "invalid." But here's why I'm not embracing this today; this is what people in the 1950s fed their loved ones when they were feeling ill:

Nothing says "get well" like a not-at-all-puke-and-phlegm-inducing menu of eggnog, gruel and toast dripping with milky white sauce.

I don't care if it's served on the shiniest of silver platters and with linen spun from gold thread, none of that will help the situation. In fact, just saying the word "eggnog" during a time like this is likely enough to send some "invalids" flying to the nearest toilet.

I'll be sticking with my water and Premium Plus crackers, thanks.

In other sad 50s housewife news, the grande dame of 50s housewifery, Barbara Billingsley (a.k.a. June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver) passed away on the weekend. Below is part 1 of the last episode of Leave it to Beaver in which the family basically does a "best of" flashback episode:

Anyway, I hope to have a better update for tomorrow!


Chris 4:45 pm, October 18, 2010  

I can see the whole barley water thing working. It reminds me of the barley tea that's a Korean staple. It, umm, "works", if ya know what I mean.

Anonymous,  10:36 am, October 19, 2010  

Get better!

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