Friday, May 03, 2013

Something I (am not embarassed to) Know A Lot About

Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)

This was a challenging prompt for me! Like a lot of people, I tend to be overly critical of myself, and so I had a hard time identifying something about which I felt confident "tooting my own horn." So, I opted I'd go the non-serious route...

I know a lot about reality television. Probably too much as far as most people (my husband being one of them) are concerned, but I am unashamed. You name it, I probably watch it at least somewhat religiously and can recite random facts about the show/contestants. I love it all. I realize it is most likely rotting my brain, but I'm willing to take my chances :-)

What I'm Currently Watching and Know A Lot About:

Dancing With the Stars (watching an episode as I type this)
For some reason, this show makes me tear up at nearly every episode. I don't know what it is. I think it has something to do with the fact that I danced for nearly 15 years, and watching this makes me miss dancing. At the school where I taught in Houston, there were a group of teachers who watched religiously and would recap/analyze/wager in the teachers' lounge the days following the show. At the end of the last season before I moved away, I had several teachers over for a finale watch party. It was a blast!

The Voice (this is the VOOOOIIIIIICE!)
Again with the crying on this one. Can't explain it. And plus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton?! What more could you ask for?! Oh wait, how about Usher- that's what more you could ask for! :-)

Ready For Love
I got really invested in this new show from the first episode. It's like a much smarter "Bachelor." They actually use professional matchmakers to screen and coach the girls on dating and relationships. However, I just learned that it's being cancelled and the rest of the season will only be shown online. Sad!

More Trash Shows I've Been Known to Obsess Over:
*this list may or may not be exhaustive....

The Biggest Loser
Another cry-inducer for me. It has proven impossible for me to get through an episode of this show without shedding at least a few tears. And I'm a sucker for a good Jillian Michael's reaming.

The Bachelor / The Bachelorette
I think I have watched nearly every season of this show. Half of the fun of watching this one though is poking fun at some of the ridiculous situations and contestants. This past season, my sister and I tried to coordinate our cross-hemisphere viewings of the Bachelor and got a kick out of exchanging texts with our insightful/mocking commentary.

American Idol
This is probably one of the shows I'm least invested in. I only started watching in the past 2-3 seasons. I LOVED when J. Lo and Steven Tyler were judges, so I'm missing them this year. Although Nicki Minaj and her shenanigans are pretty entertaining.

Teen Mom
Oh how I miss having MTV. In my previous, MTV-having life, if a Teen Mom weekend marathon was on, I would drop everything and hardly move from the couch. And if there was a Dr. Drew Follow-Up Episode? Even better!

Just About Any TLC Series - (Including but not limited to... Say Yes To The Dress, My Strange Addiction, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Sister Wives, A Million Kids & Counting)
The more off the wall, the better. It's the whole rubber-necking phenomenon- most of these shows are just so ridiculous and strange that you just can't help but stop and stare with your mouth open. Also, these shows make me feel so very normal. Sometimes I need that. :-)

The Kardashians (and any of the spin-offs)
This is a bit of a sensitive topic for me right now. This is one of the few shows that I haven't figured out a way to watch in Australia. Of course, this WOULD happen during Kimye’s pregnancy. The horror!

Giuliana and Bill
I actually didn't get into this show until I moved here. I found Season 1 on Hulu and watched the whole thing in record time.  She's a little annoying, but they're so cute together. AND, David even kind of likes this one- he thinks Bill is pretty cool.

My husband is a pretty good sport about my affinity for reality TV, bless his heart. Amazingly though, we have discovered a new Reality TV in Australia show that we both enjoy. It's called "Customs."I'm pretty sure it's actually a UK show, but Australia steals most things from the UK so that would make sense :-) It's basically just about customs officers at airports and all the crazy things they encounter.

Surprisingly, I have never watched any of the Real Housewives series. Shocking, I know! Honestly, I'm pretty sure I would love them, and I think I'm just avoiding them because I am well aware of my addictive reality TV show personality, and I know that if I started, I wouldn't be able to stop. I'm sure it won't be long though…



  1. I agree with you on Ready for Love. I'm not a huge fan of the Bachelor stuff- watching all those women embarrassing themselves for one guy that they probably aren't going to end up with makes me cringe, but the matchmakers on Ready for Love really add an extra something that makes me like it. Plus I love Giuliana & Bill so them hosting is fab, although they need to use Bill more. Super sad that it's been cancelled but apparently there's hope it might get picked up by a cable network.

    May I recommend So You Think You Can Dance? Total fulfills my dance cravings and makes me cry every time.

  2. Fingers crossed it gets picked up! Let me know what you hear about it!

    Lauren loves SYTYCD, too! I will totally give it a shot! It's about to start a new season, isn't it? I'll see if I can get it on Hulu here.


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