The Real Housewives of …

I consider myself to be an intelligent, responsible and interesting person. I enjoy deep conversations with my friends and loved ones over bottles of wine and coffee where we discuss art, fashion and spirituality. While I feel all of this, I do know that I have one major weakness… any possible Real Housewives of ________ shows. I think this brings me down a few notches on the cool scale.

All joking aside, I really can’t get enough of this trash television. I never miss an episode. I love when two seasons are on at one time. I know way too much about all of the cast members. While I am 90% sure that I don’t like the fact that I watch the show so much, I thought I would indulge and write a little bit about the show on here. These are just ramblings and random thoughts.

If I had to put them in order, it would be:

  1. Orange County – The original, so I have to put this on the top
  2. Atlanta – I love Nene
  3. Beverly Hills – So much drama
  4. New Jersey – I am sucked in because I really want them to get along
  5. New York – Since everyone was fired, I am not sure what this will be like moving on
  6. Miami – Is this even going to be on again?

Best moment in Housewives history

  1. The table flip from season 1 New Jersey – this stands alone as the best drama filled moment

Favorite Housewives

  1. _____ I don’t want to put anyone on top of this list
  2. Caroline Manzo – She is just such a badass
  3. Kyle Richards – While she can be an attention hog, I like that lady
  4. Nene Leakes – Fabulous
  5. Vicki Gunvalson – Original housewife and powerful woman
  6. Bethenny Frankel – I really wish she was back on the show

These shows are completely scripted and don’t promote anything positive. The ladies should not be famous and I shouldn’t care about them. However, hey… it’s entertainment!

So I Watch a lot of Netflix…

Like most of the people that I know, we have decided that we no longer need tv. As a teenager and little beyond, I would probably have been considered a tvholic. In college, my roommate and I were the only people that we knew of that actually paid for cable. But my new outlook on life helped me to finally reach a decision to cut the cable. But now there seems to be a bump in that road: hulu and netflix… and there doesn’t seem to be an end to the library at my fingertips.

Now this isn’t just a post about how much I love to be lazy and watch movies, it’s an opportunity for me to share what has captivated me lately. I like to recommend movies to friends, and this will be an easy way to share with a wider audience. As I was drafting a list, I realized all are really documentaries, or tv documentaries…so hopefully you are into those.

Recent Documentaries I Enjoyed:

Unmistaken Child (2008)
I have seen this film twice, and have recommended it countless times. It follows a Buddhist Monk named Tenzin Zopa who is searching for the reincarnation of his master, Lama Konchog. He follows the advice, and signs from fellow monks and travels to the country lands of Nepal & Tibet, and more specifically to his hometown. He is only given a few clues as to who this child could be (location, what letter the father’s name begins with, possible age) but is determined to find a child that could be no one other than his master. The scenery is beautiful, the spiritual nature is inspiring, and the story is just captivating. I recommend this to anyone who wants to be swept away by a great story.

Unmistaken Child

Praying with Lior (2007)
I should preface this by saying that I cried so much watching this documentary. Mostly happy tears, but sometimes I was just overcome with emotion. It follows a jewish boy with down syndrome, Lior, who is getting ready for his bar mitzvah. He is the light in his family, school and synagogue and is loved by everyone. He says some really profound things, as do those who are close to him. A very heart warming story that I think anyone can enjoy.

Lior with His Friend Shawn

A State of Mind (2004)
This documentary follows two young gymnasts and their families as they prepare for the national Mass Games of North Korea. The Mass Games are put on for a number of special occasions in the country, and involve thousands of performers. Before watching this film, I knew nothing about North Korea. Watching this will give you great insight into their daily lives and their unique history. There is also amazing visuals involving these talented young ladies.

Mass Games

Documentary TV Shows We Caught Up On:

Dogs Decoded Nova Special (2010)
The moment after watching this special, I sent a link to all the dog lovers that I know. Nova specials are always so interesting, and the great thing about Netflix is that they post new ones pretty regularly. This one is all about dogs and their connection with humans. It was completely fascinating, and further confirmed my beliefs that dogs can truly understand us. You won’t look at dogs the same way again, I promise.

My Dog

Buster (My Dog)

30 Days (3 Seasons)
I just began watching these yesterday, and already we watched about 8 of them. This show was created by Morgan Spurlock, the man who made Supersize Me. It places someone in a foreign situation for 30 Days to experience what life could be like. It reminds me of Wifeswap in a way because it tends to place someone who holds a certain belief in a situation where they are confronted directly (minuteman living with illegals, right-winged Christian living in Gay San Francisco). But what I respect is that they take people who are educated and willing to learn. It is a really well made show and covers really interesting topics.

Hunter Spending 30 Days as an Animal Rights Activist

Out of The Wild (1 Season)
For those who love wilderness specials, this is perfect for you. It follows 9 people who love the outdoors, but don’t have much experience and places them in the Alaskan wilderness with a mission to find civilization. They are out in the wilderness for a month and have to do almost everything by themselves. They are pushed to their limits, and overcome so much.

Out of The Wild Cast

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I feel like there are many more that I could recommend, many that I have watched throughout the last 2 years, but I think this is a good list for people to start with if they are looking for some recommendations. Maybe later I will recommend some more.

A Perfect Match -infoMania

What do get when you mix witty comedy, advertising, and pop culture? Answer, my new love. During the Super Bowl, I did my usual routine, try not to watch it. Most people like me watch it for the commercials, but for me, football just isn’t entertaining enough to keep my focus. This time I decided to get some work done, and turn on the old tube. I turned to current, the user generated news network. Typically when I watch current, I see some really interesting story, and this time it was some comedy show. I wasn’t too excited about that, but I was in for a treat. For those of you who like The Soup, there is show on current that you must catch, especially if you are a woman, it is InfoMania. Specifically there is a segment called Target Women. It is amazing. The host Sarah Haskins is hilarious when it comes to her critique on female culture. 

Just had to share this link with ya’ll. If you have current, it is on Thursdays at 10pm. But you watch online as well.

Pepsi must love Obama

The other day I was watching tv (usual) and watching the commercials (unusual, but tivo gets mad at me sometimes and doesn’t cooperate). I was so surprised to see that Pepsi had actually changed their logo. 

This logo to me of course resembles the old logo, but doesn’t it also look like Obama’s? I had been thinking about this a little more each time that I saw it. Not to mention that it also looks like the Korean Air logo. Not to original if you ask me. I wasn’t the only one who saw this though. In fact, Pepsi has even responded to the overwhelming criticism. Kinda sounds like Pepsi almost suggests that Obama saw inspiration in Pepsi. Mr. Frank Cooper from Pepsi, also seems to turn a press conference into an opportunity to reflect upon the state of the nation. It doesn’t seem to matter who is the copy cat, because actually both logos are supposed to reflect on optimism and happiness. :)

Patriotic much?

I don’t think that I am the only one who is much more interested in political & economic issues this year, vs previous years. Everyday I run into little reminders that show me how much this world is changing. At first it was just the gas prices that frustrated me. $50 to fill up!? Are you kidding? Now it is more like $66, and on top of that, my groceries have gone up by a noticeable 15%.

I am learning to scrimp, save, look for better ways to spend my money, but it just hitting me at a bad time. I have finally started my career. I am learning, growing, and expanding my skills with every new day. However, when I come home, I still am living like I am in college. I don’t think I will ever get to a point when I can say “oh who cares, I can buy dinner for everyone.” But I would like to get to a place when I don’t have to say “I’ll meet you guys the next time you go out.” I think that all I need to do is get a step ahead. But that is easier said than done. When I am listening to npr on my way to work, I usually hear stories of how the housing crisis is horrible, or how student loan interest rates are going through the roof. How do I get a step ahead of that? Impossible, at the moment. There are so many out there like myself that are taught by the media to sweat the small stuff. We can’t just forget about today’s little problems, we are now already dreading tomorrow’s challenges. I am not saying that we can not plan ahead and work together to prevent the horrors that we face; I am simply saying that current problems of the world are consuming us in every aspect of our lives.

All this being said, there is a little ounce of hope. I believed it started with the election. I hope it feels how a new school year felt, a fresh start. No more worries. Though the US has its permanent record that follows, we will have a new leader, and chance for an ounce of redemption. And it wasn’t just the election… the Olympics gave the US another opportunity to stand up and be proud of who we are. Watching the faces of all the Olympians was truly inspiring. We are truly a diverse country. The US has Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, and as many mixes and you can create. I was proud to be part of such a nation that sends such fine athletes. Yes, Michael Phelps was amazing. His performance was unlike anything ever seen. These Olympics provided the best escape from the problems that face us. Hope was given to the US, but now it is vanishing from the headlines. I hope that our fresh start can carry on the feelings and passion that the Olympics gave to America. Our new President should not divide us, but unite us. We all need to get a step ahead, and look forward to a future.