A lot of interesting things happened this week, but I can't tell you about any of them.
It's difficult when so many exciting things happen, and you are itching to write out your thoughts, but you realize you can't talk about any of them in the interest of protecting privacy and avoiding gossip. So what do you do when that happens? You write about TV.
This is why I usually avoid starting shows at all if I know they are going to be too questionable in content. Because (I think you can all agree) it's way harder to quit in the middle of a show than to just never start watching it in the first place.
So no, this season stunk, but we have to discuss something because I had an epiphany last night. After watching Nick pick Vanessa, which I thought was a dumb decision, I started thinking back on previous seasons of the Bachelor, and I realized something.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette almost never picks who I want them to pick. And (here's the kicker) - when they pick the person I thought they shouldn't, it usually ends up sort of working out. On the rare occasions when the contestant did pick who I thought they should, the relationship usually ended within six months!
Basically, I should never be a matchmaker. I'm good at picking a spouse for me (my husband is a gem), but apparently I'm not so good at picking people for other people.
I started watching Shark Tank this year and got hooked! My favorite sharks are probably Lauri and Mr. Wonderful, but I think it's ruthless and rude when they withdraw their offer just because a business owner wants to hear all the offers on the table first. I guess I understand the strategy behind it, but really, who wouldn't want to know all the offers before picking one?
I have also embarrassingly got sucked into buying products because I saw them on the show. I definitely understand why people want to go on, because it's great exposure for any business. The show is basically a sneakily more interesting version of The Shopping Network, except only the shark that makes the deal gets a financial advantage from this little series of infomercials.
Now we move on to YouTube, because that's where half of entertainment resides these days. Really, there is precious little that is worth watching on the actual TV.
I have been a fan of Dennis Prager for so long, mostly for his weekly "Happiness Hour". The man has more insight into the topic of happiness than anyone else I can think of. Lately I have rediscovered PragerU, which is full of helpful and informative five minute videos. They are five minute bites of common sense.
Most recently, "War On Boys" was interesting, and "Is Your Child Getting Enough Vitamin N" was great, and "I Learned More At McDonald's Than At College" gave me hope that not all college students are unprepared for life (at least if they've worked before), and "The Sexiest Man Alive" was just so true. But poke around, especially in the Life Studies videos, and you'll probably find something you like. Especially any of the videos on happiness!
Also "Coolidge: The Best President You Don't Know"! Okay, I'm done now.
On YouTube that is. I'll just run through a few I've been enjoying lately.
Favorite Homeschooling Channel: A Farmhouse Full. She vlogs about a lot of things, but I have really enjoyed her homeschooling videos because I'm fascinated by the fact that she has eight (nine?) kids!
Favorite Book Channel: My friend Felicia's channel, Little Prairie Library! I love seeing all the books she reads and finds, and I've found several good ones through her channel.
Favorite Makeup Channel: Emily Noel. She just seems like a normal person to me. Other makeup channel people just...don't.
Looking Forward To...
Survivor, of course! When does that start back up again?
What are your favorite shows these days?
Old School Blogger Shoutout
I've been enjoying The Lady Okie blog - she is the type of old-fashioned blogger that I've always enjoyed reading. She even wrote an introduction post last Friday, which is pretty convenient for all you newbies to her blog. Stop by and say hi!
What I'm Drinking: Baked Cinnamon Apple Tea. It's yummy if you don't mind teas that are already a bit sweet. I have to be in the right mood for it.