Okay, I'm normally not a fan of reality TV. I never got into Survivor or American Idol. Yes, I do remember being an avid fan of The Real World, but after the first season, I lost interest. I'm not saying reality TV is bad, I just don't watch it. It is too much of a time suck and time is very, very precious these days.
Last night, after working out and eating, we were flipping through the channels. We half considered going back to Noggin, but felt that Mari had her fill of TV (she currently watches The Backyardigans). Anyway, I stumbled across DYAO on Oxygen. Quirky title, but it does get the point across. I convinced Don to let us watch one episode. We were expecting a trainwreck on epic proportions, and that isn't what we were after. The first bit was annoying with their screaming and food indulgences, but once they got down to business and started dancing, I immediately found myself hooked! The premise: Heavier people wanting to make a change, and using dancing to help them shed those pounds. If the Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars had a baby, you'd get DYAO. Yes, these people are heavier, but man, can some of them move! Don and both remarked how well they moved and it was a crying shame that we didn't dance more. Mari even got into the spirit of the music and started dancing away. Watching them prompted Don to do some sit-ups and push ups. I got on the ground to stretch and found myself not only groovin', but doing some push ups and sit-ups too! Immediately after that first episode, they showed another one and we paused to watch it too. I guess we have found our summer show to watch.
Sidenote: Don converted Mari's crib to a toddler bed. I didn't think he'd get
around to it until the weekend, but sure enough, there it was when I got home
and I did get a little choked up at the sight. I was curious to see how bedtime
would be and well, it was a little tricky. She signed to go to sleep, even
walking to her room and crawling into bed. But once we closed the door, open the
floodgates and screaming and hollering. She fussed for a bit and finally fell
asleep. It wasn't as bad as we thought! Although, I think we need to come up
with a different bedtime routine to make her not have the anxiety of going to
sleep. What do you guys do? Oh, and still no paci! We cut off the paci from her
homemade wubanub, and she's been carrying around her little Grover and Octopus
as comfort aides, but hasn't had the pacifier. Here's to hoping our will power
holds up and she doesn't ask for it! :)
Over the weekend, we rented Notorious. I've always been a fan of Notorious B.I.G. and was very interested in his story. Granted, this is a movie and not true life, but there was probably quite a bit of truth to it. Interesting to me how much of a friendship he and Tupac had and furthermore, I liked how they portrayed their riff, and unfortunately how it played out for them both. It was worth the rental as far as entertainment value. The actors did a great job, especially the gal who played Little Kim. Boy, did she put it out there! Antonique Smith, the actress who played Faith Evans was GORGEOUS! I don't think they did a great job casting Tupac's character. Anyway, if it happens to be on BET, then it's worth spending some time watching it.
The Tudors - television series loosely based on historical fact. We've watched the first disc of season one and it is growing on us. Not as awesome as Rome or Deadwood, but we're going to give it a shot to see how the rest of the season will play out. I really enjoy the costumes and Jonathan Rhys Meyers does such a wonderful job of being a jerk! lovesit. I'll let you know how it goes.