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Friday, August 8, 2008

Guilty Pleasure

My Guilty Pleasure

I have a guilty pleasure and I hate to admit it. I am just going to say it. I love reality tv. It dates back to the Real World the show that started it all (unless of course you want to count Candid Camera – but really that was more about practical jokes. Okay, I am taking a detour here because as I said before – I hate to admit this). I don’t watch just any show, I have to take a
stance when it comes to shows like Paradise Hotel (okay, I admit I recently watched a couple of episodes but ONLY because a childhood friend is the executive producer for the show (and the station) and we were discussing this at our reunion in April and (oh, I am digressing again). I have digressed so much I am not sure where this trip is taking me. And where or how do I close the original parenthesis? Okay moving on. I watch Survivor, the Amazing Race, the Real World (it is not very high on my list, I missed the season finale and could care less), and the worst – I admit to watching I Love New York, The Flavor of Love and Charm School.

I’ve made this admission because last night I watched the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). This is a show that I have no regrets or shame about watching. I love to dance and watching the show brings back memories of my dancing days. As a matter of fact I have watched every season and right before I got pregnant the show inspired me to get up off of my lazy behind and take classes (which I did up until I was 22 weeks pregnant and placed on modified bed rest). But let’s get back to the show.

SYTYCD was phenomenal and I believe that this has been the best season yet. If you have not been watching the show you can get recaps on Vérité Parlant’s blog Whose Shoes Are These Anyway? . Her descriptions are so vivid you will virtually feel like you are watching the show. Although I have enjoyed all of the season finales this one was truly remarkable because 2 of the 4 finalists were untrained hip-hop dancers, a SYTYCD first. In previous seasons the hip-hop dancers are canned early on but this year it was a battle to the end (last night the guys did actually battle with a Russion street dance). Perhaps now you may understand why I had to watch the show. Yes, I recorded it too but I had to see it in real time as it happened. Which leads me to why this is my guilty pleasure.

Once the show came on EVERYTHING ELSE STOPPED. Fully aware that this would happen I fed my son before the show (didn’t want to have CPS on my back), prepared a space for him next to me on the couch hoping that he would be as entertained as I was sure to be. And just in case his attention waned I had numerous toys available for him to play with until bedtime.

After all of these preparations I realized I had to bathe him. So, we made our way upstairs and I decided to bathe him in the master bath. That way I could hear what was happening on SYTYCD even if I had difficulty seeing the show. Okay, I admit it. His bath was short, sweet and to the point. We were in and out of there in about 6 minutes.

I also have to admit that he had a bed time holiday last night. Because really, I could not miss great dancing while I put him to sleep. We watched the show, I played around with him, read him a book ( I did all of this while watching the show so no he did not get my undivided attention but he did get attention damn it) and when ten o’clock (yes, yes I know) came around he was exhausted and asleep in 5 minutes flat.



There you have it. My guilty pleasure uncovered. Please don’t call CPS. It was one night people and by letting him stay awake he was able to see daddy come in from work. And isn’t that the right thing to do?

28 comments:

Tara said...

oh I LOVE SYTYCD!!!

Kelly said...

I'm checking you out via SITS...Congrats on being named a "Saucy Blog"
I didn't watch "SYTYCD"; however, I watch my fairshare of cheesy reality t.v.
Finally you reeled me in with the sleeping baby picture...got to love those...so sweet!

Politi Gal said...

Great Blog you have here, and amazingly cute picture! Melts my heart just looking at your beautiful little man! Oh...Love Love Love Reality TV too, and gotta say, in my book, it is appropriate multi-tasking material for almost any occasion:)

Tracy P. said...

Hi Renee! Stopped by from SITS. Those diaper cakes are ADORABLE! But not as cute as that boy. ;-)

Jessica said...

LOL!!! I swear, if I didn't know better, I would think I wrote this post. I am the same exact way. I love, love, love reality tv. The finale of SYTYCD was amazing. My poor babe was trying to get my attention for those two hours and just finally gave up and went to sleep.

Your son is adorable by the way.

angie said...

I think if I told you had late all of my kids go to bed during the summer, you'd call CPS on me! :)

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Sage and Savvy said...

Oh, I have many guilty pleasures when it comes to reality tv shows. My current guilty pleasure is Tori & Dean, Home Sweet Hollywood.

Kelly said...

we all have our dirty little secrets! i love TMZ.com!

Momof3 said...

Your guy is definitely a cutie, thanks for the visit.

And the kids generally like to eat eggs. I got the egg molds to give Tita another option for her school lunch which she doesn't always eat.

Josie said...

My guys stay up till 10 every night- daddy doesn't get home until at least 9:30, so don't feel bad keeping him up late one night! Love those diaper cakes! Thanks for visiting my site too.

Laurie said...

Thanks for visiting my site. I love those cakes how cute!! I will keep them in mind if someone has a baby here soon.

I also love reality tv. I loved Temptation Island and then it was gone. That was one of my favs.

Liza said...

he is sooo cute and looks so peaceful. i like watching reality tv too ;)

Wendy said...

No, no! Not reality TV!! Oh, no, Mekhis!

Thank goodness you put in that precious, precious picture to help make up for this news.


LOL

PS - Oh, okay, I admit it. We like this a bit, too, but only reality TV for old people (Dancing with the Stars! Wooooo!) that is ripped from British TV.

JenniBeanV said...

Oh I loooooove SYTYCD!!!I really thought Katee was going to win but I was happy for Joshua, too!

I also love America's Best Dance Crew on MTV.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

First of all - thanks for checking out my blog on my big blog day! I really appreciate your comments.

Second - how CUTE is your son?? OH my GOSH... I just wanna squeeze him!!!

Third - You had me at The Real World.... I actually haven't watched in a long time... I was too busy watching Rock of Love...

Lynda said...

Thanks for visiting my blog all the way in Africa :) Your profile photo jumped out at me - what a lovely one of you & you gorgeous little boy ! I am amazed at the photo's you have of diaper cakes - they look almost edible ;) I have never seen/heard of them before before today !
Bye for now
Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

KaliNYAccents said...

Hi Renee,

Your blog site is really cute. We all have some type of guilty pleasure. Your posts are a fun read. Thanks for stopping by and congrats!

Maternal Mirth said...

I am ashamed to admit it, but I used to date someone from Paradise Hotel Season 1 ...

Your son is so precious, but I know, mama needs some entertainment from time to time of the non-animated kind.

tollesons4him said...

I watched SATYCD last year but never got into it this year, however I am addicted to reality shows and I am right there with you when it comes to the "Real World"

1stopmom said...

My guilty pleasure is I love new york and Flavor of Love too. I used to a big fan of Real World. Watched it from the very beginning, but these last few seasons could not hold my attention. The SYTYCD finale was really good. I really wanted Twitch to win. Btw, I tagged you. Hope you don't mind :)

Weith Kick said...

Every season I tell my wife I am not going to watch Dancing with the Stars and every season it sucks me in. I used to watch Real World too. I wish they'd bring back a new Surreal Life, because that one is my favorite.

Lula! said...

I would never call CPS on you...because all of us moms have done this at some point and time. You should've seen me at the beach last summer...

"Mommy? We're hungry!"
"Go get your Dad, I'm reading Twilight..."

"Mommy, can we go down to the beach now?"
"Go ask Daddy and Aunt Mandy...I'm reading New Moon..."

"Mommy, are you ever gonna play with us?"
"Yes...I'm sorry, my sweet girls...Mommy has been very selfish. I'll play with you. Right after I finish Eclipse..."

The End!

Shannon said...

I watch SYTYCD, too! I even went to see the tour shows for seasons 2 and 3... love the show and can't wait for next year!

Sleeping baby pics are the cutest! And yours did not disappoint!

MomMega said...

I have my own fair share of guilty pleasures (aka reality shows)! I have never watched SYTYCD, but maybe I will check it out next season!

Okay, your baby looks sooooo sweet! I love that he is holding onto his stuffed animals like that! I want to kiss his cheeks!

Casey's trio said...

Thanks so much for stopping by our blog and saying hello. Reality tv is one of my guily pleasures too! Love it. What a great way to unwind from the day.
And that picture of your son is too cute!

Mitch said...

Ray and I love SYTYCD! Go Joshua! I think Ray wanted to run off with him. Any time another dancer came on, she'd ask, "Where's Joshua?" She would have been so bummed if he lost ;)

Swirl Girl said...

I think this was THE BEST YEAR ever for SYTYCD. We all watched both episodes and cheered and danced and loved it.

I am in awe of those kids and their sheer athleticism. I loved Josh and Twitch and would have been happy with either winning. I hope to see them both in the future.

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