After spending a week on modified bed rest (read: lying down most of the time), I thought I would write a blog about what I have done to pass the time.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time meditating, doing homework, and napping. Most of the time, I don’t nap on purpose; however, many people don’t understand that the longer you lie down, the more tired you get. What does that mean? I nap for eight to ten hours a day and am still exhausted at the end of that! Additionally, I’ve been having fun feeling Spaceman move around, and I’m at the point where I can start to see my belly moving when he kicks. That alone can entertain me for hours. At some point though, I have to find something else to do…and that’s where the trashy television has come into play. I will go out on a limb and say that more often than not, daytime television programming is all trashy reality shows. Some of them are just painful to watch. Others, though, are so painful that you can’t turn them off. I will talk a little about those…
What Not to Wear
This show is not trashy in itself, but the people who are on the show are just painful to watch. If you haven’t seen this show before, people nominate someone in their life who is an exceptionally bad dresser. Most of the people who go on this show are constantly dressed in pajamas, scrubs, clothes that are 40 sizes to big, or clothes that are 40 sizes to small. Occasionally they have people on the show who are 50 years old and share clothes with their nine year old children. I’m currently watching an episode where a 46 year old woman dresses like her seven year old daughter because “dressing like a grown up means you’re old and going to die.” Crazy. Anyway, this is a show that is painful to watch the people who are on it; however, I like to watch it to see how they turn out at the end. That being said, I fully realize that the majority of the time I dress in yoga pants and some sort of long sleeved shirt; however, the difference is that I understand that and don’t think that I look amazing. Also, while pregnant, this is the easiest thing for me to wear without going out and spending $500 on new clothes. (side note: more stores need to carry maternity clothes…not just online. PREGNANT WOMEN NEED TO TRY ON CLOTHES IN THE STORE!!!)
Toddlers & Tiaras
This is TRULY a painful show to watch. It’s like a train wreck. The children are horrendous, the mothers are RIDICULOUS, and once it’s on, I can’t turn it off. This show follows around toddler beauty pageant contestants and [generally] their mothers. These are mothers that take their children (usually daughters) to do things like spray tan, get waxed, get fake teeth (flippers), and spend upwards of $1000 per outfit in order for them to compete in glitz pageants. Apparently the most cut-throat divisions in these pageants are the 4-5 age group and the 6-8 age group (or something like that). These little girls (and their mothers) are one short step away from pulling a Tonya Harding at every pageant. Just in case you haven’t seen this show, here is a clip of one of the girls who is frequently followed. And yes, she’s almost five years old and flipping out about her pacifier (Ni-Ni).
Police Women of Broward County
This is actually somewhat entertaining (at least to me). It’s a show that follows around the female police officers of Broward County, a la COPS. The train wreck part of the show deals with the people who are being arrested. Many of these people are…well…not the brightest crayons in the box. My favorite quote of last week occurred when a female drug dealer was being arrested. The officer was patting her down, and out of her bra falls some weed. The dealer said, “oh, that’s not mine. It’s windy out here…it must have blown in there.” Okay really? How windy does it have to be for weed to blow into your bra? Also, this statement wouldn’t have been *quite* as heinous, if the weed that fell out of her bra hadn’t been SEVENTEEN PREPACKAGED quarter-ounce bags. I mean…really? 17 quarter bags blew into your bra? WOW. If you’re going to lie to the police, at least make up something that MIGHT be plausible (although in that situation, there really isn’t a good lie short of alien abduction, which is only believable if you live in New Mexico).
Okay, so that has basically been my week. Fortunately, most of the programming has been so terrible that I have finished most of my homework for the next five weeks. Yep, motivated to do homework when nothing is on television!