A Dose of Reality

22 Sep

I like this wireless keyboard. It’s allowing me to sit back, relax, and feel as if I’m still in that recliner I’ve been planted in most of the night. Today was a good day. Actually, it was pretty great. My dad, Julie, and I went to Cades Cove for a little sight-seeing and a day of hiking. We ended up walking Abrams Falls trail as I’ve done multiple times before. It was different this time, though. I think it was my favorite time visiting this trail because of the company I had. I don’t get to spend enough time with my dad and step-mom so I was elated to get some q-time together, just the three of us. It’s always nice when I get outside in God’s country and enjoy my surroundings (and more exercise can never hurt). Speaking of, who’s excited about Biggest Loser this season? This girl is! I watched it last night and it always gets me in the mood to go out and be more active. What about you? Dearest Jenn just wrote a post about how it does the opposite for her and I found it interesting.

I’ve conceded to the fact that this post may be full of plugs so with that disclaimer out in the open, I’ll continue. Another show that I’ve recently caught up on is Teen Mom. I like the show, but I’m really unsure why I watch it. It frustrates me for a couple reasons, most of which are selfish. I secretly harbor jealousy towards these young fertile women simply because I know so many people who desperately try and try to have a child and are unsuccessful. Just visit this blog, a favorite read of mine, to see for yourself. These young moms got pregnant so easily although I’m sure they sometimes wish it could have happened a bit differently, too (like later on in life!). Then I see people struggle with infertility and it makes me wonder what the reason is for all of it. Aside from that nagging thought that pesters me throughout the hour long show, I mostly enjoy watching. I think the reason I always seem to go to it is because MTV is the only channel I know by heart here at home.  I hate channel surfing. It bores me. The other day I was watching Teen Mom and I paused it (even though I had seen the episode a gazillion times before) and lo and behold I saw someone I knew once upon a time! One of the girls on the show, Maci, is from Chatt. I happened to date a nice feller from Soddy Daisy who kept many friends in the Chattanooga area. His best bud’s face was now all over my t.v. screen. Small world! I’m sure that wasn’t the least bit interesting to you so I’m going to move on now.

When I return to Alaska, I’m afraid my reality t.v. consumption will drastically be reduced. I don’t watch TV during the day at all. I prefer to read and surf the net, as you all know well. Winter seems to be knocking at the front door there and is sure to be moving in pretty soon. I can’t say that I’m upset about returning. I look forward to cooler temperatures, lighting up a fire, and submerging in the hot tub as snow falls around me. I honestly don’t know where I’ll be two months from now, but I guess that’s okay. It’s definitely part of the whole military experience. There’s an unknown, an adventure element that tells me I can handle whatever is next. Maybe we won’t be settled somewhere by the start of next year, but I hold on to the hope that one day we’ll have a place of our own- A home that won’t move around a lot and a house where all of my belongings can be in one place. I hesitate to make our cabin in Alaska full of personal touches because it just doesn’t seem like we’ll be there long enough to warrant putting them up. I can’t be the only milspouse who feels this way.

I’m going to end this post with those random musings. I’m tired and rambling. Bonsoi!


8 Responses to “A Dose of Reality”

  1. lovesofmylife September 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Hmm.. I haven’t seen Teen Mom, so I can’t form any opinions, but for the Biggest Loser I have many. I will be honest. I’ve probably only seen a few episodes in my life, but a few years ago I went through the audition stage several times. I even went to LA for sequestering for a week, and the whole experience changed me.

    I will say that partly owe the show for finally giving me the courage to make an effort to lose weight on my own.. it was a very positive influence in that manner. But at the same time it kept me fat for a long while first./ They encouraged me not to lose weight with promises that they would put me on the next season, and you have to sign all sorts of forms saying that they have the right to manipulate your life story to their liking, and you’re not allowed to tell anyone. And they made me fake cry on camera, which made me the most upset because I wasn’t an unhappy person.

    That being said, I’m sure each contestant has their own story and their own opinion, and it just makes me a little bitter. I still stand by the positive effects it has on people (like you) and if it does that then more power to it. But meh.

    I am glad you’ll get to go home soon! I know how that feels. And I can’t wait to have warmer weather, fosho!

    • Mrs. K September 23, 2010 at 5:52 am #

      It’s difficult to believe that you ever needed this show. You look great! Big props to you for being able to lose the weight on your own. It saddens me to hear that they claim to “have the right to manipulate your life story to their liking”- I guess I should expect that and know that it’s not all real, but it is disappointing. Again, congrats to you for not letting not being chosen affect your success in losing the weight. 🙂

  2. Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife September 23, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    I think I’m fascinated by Teen Mom because watching that train wreck makes me feel a bit better about my life. Is that horrible?

    • Mrs. K September 23, 2010 at 9:38 am #

      haha Nope. I have to fast forward through Amber and Gary sometimes because they are so ridiculous.

  3. Jenn September 23, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    I don’t want it to seem like the show does nothing for me. It is an eye opener for what can happen if I continually look the other way at what I do or don’t do. In that way it helps me. I’m glad for the positive effect it has on people though.

    Teen Mom, huh. I just saw this show a few days ago and watched several episodes. I look at like a real life situation. With so many teen pregnancies in this day and age, I think that it gives the viewer a chance to look at the what if’s. Seeing that its not a movie and everything isn’t always easy. I know its doctored up by the producers but I still find myself rooting for them. Hoping they succeed. That’s why I watch.

    • Mrs. K September 23, 2010 at 9:39 am #

      I root for them, too! Well, most of them. Amber seems beyond all hope, in my opinion.

  4. Lydia September 23, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    i love watching teen mom!!.. I see it almost every tuesday.. when i manage to remember hahaha.. i love maci!! who’s cthe guy you know? kyle? farrah is my least favorite.. she’s also dissing her parents when clearly they are trying to help her out.. she did have a problem with her mom, which i’m not excusing.. but every time her mom would try and make up for it or talk to her about it, farrah would just bitch out at her.. hahaha omg.. can you tell i just love that show?! 😦 lol

    as for the biggest loser.. well i can’t say i’ve seen it.. but sound like a great program.. definitely motivating


    • Mrs. K September 24, 2010 at 5:58 am #

      It’s not Kyle but it is one of his friends that he went out to dinner with! I agree…Farrah is a lot ungrateful and naive about life in general, but I still like her.

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