Now although I am a somewhat self-proclaimed TV lover, I can honestly say that it is a rare day that I watch TV during the day--and definitely not when my kids are home! Well, I can also honestly say that the past two days, those rules have left the building! And whose fault is it? Blame it on Oprah!
Since the beginning of her last season, I have just set the DVR to record all of her shows, and then occasionally I sit in front of the TV with the recordings list in front of me and begin to delete the shows I could care less about. Lisa Marie Presley? Delete. The woman who sued her husband for $12 million and won? Slightly interested but Delete. Teen heartthrobs? Well, that one I did watch--just to see Shaun Cassidy! Holy cow! I think I owned every Tiger Beat they showed, and I definitely had more than one of the posters that they had up! Did anyone else have the life-size one taped up behind their bedroom door? Guilty! But I digress . . .
So on Sunday night, because the football game was so awful, I started going through the Oprah list. Much to my surprise, I realized that The Sound of Music 45th reunion show had passed, and I had forgotten about it. Thank goodness for the DVR! Note to self: Be sure and watch this soon.
I kept cruising the list and came across the first of a 2-part series with Oprah and her best friend, Gayle, taking a camping trip to Yosemite. Since we camped near there this summer and will probably head there next summer, I thought I would take a quick look and see what Yosemite is like these days. I went there many a time as a child but haven't been there in more than 20 years. Well, I started watching, and I started laughing almost immediately! It was SO funny to see these obviously non-camping women try and do it! But what was even funnier to me was how they talked to each other through it all. It reminded me of my friend Shellie and me. There is pretty much nothing that we won't say to each other. And I honestly don't believe that we have too many of those kinds of people in our lives. I definitely had to move on the Part 2--which--get this--I did on MONDAY MORNING after my kids were at school. I just really felt like sitting on my fanny, relaxing and laughing. And laugh I did! As melodramatic as this may sound, watching that show made my day! I was definitely in a better mood. I called a couple of friends as I realized that it is not good to let those friendships dwindle. And even better, after telling Shellie about it and making her laugh just by talking about it, she and I have decided that it is time for a little "sista's trip"--although it will definitely NOT be camping in November or December!
So there's the first dreaded secret--TV during the day! And here's the second--I watched The Sound of Music one today--during the day--Gasp!--and I did it with Sarah! Shock! I will also admit that I lost count of the number of times that I teared up or actually started out and out crying while watching it. Such a sucker! But really, if you loved The Sound of Music, you should watch this show. It was really a treat to see all of them. The men still looked like the little boys that they were. And Christopher Plummer is a hoot! I want to read his memoir after seeing him on the show and hearing that he was really a gadabout and taught "Lisele" how to drink!
And for those of you who, like my husband, think that the movie is corny and whatever else you might think, there were interviews of "ultra fans" on the show, and one was a Vietnam war veteran whose wife made him watch the movie a few months before he was sent to Vietnam. He said that he watched the movie 127 times while in Vietnam, it being 3 hours of time where he could be peaceful. That was powerful. Also, a young woman who is profoundly deaf who heard "The Hills Are Alive" the first thing after having a cochlear implant put in her ear. The looks on the actors' faces when these were over was astounded.
So now that I've admitted to my TV indiscretions, I hope that you don't think less of me! And please don't report me to the Bad Mother Police!