"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're still here, we should dance." Author Unknown
Everyone has their dirty little secrets, the guilty pleasures in life that make them happy. For me, that guilty pleasure is bad TV. I often get made fun of by my husband-to-be and my family that I have the taste of a teenage girl when it comes to TV. My favorite shows? Well...my ultimate favorite show of all time (which crushed me when it went off the air but I have every single episode on DVD anyway and can quote verbatim) is Gilmore Girls. I also frequently watch Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Dancing with the Stars, Life Unexpected, and yes, I DVR The Hills. (Don't judge!!!!) Of course, I also throw in a little comedy, too, with Thursday NBC television, The Daily Show (mostly because I'm in love with John Stewart...sorry, T!), The Colbert Report, and Chelsea Lately. So I'm pretty diverse in my TV.
So just yesterday, as I was sitting in court waiting for my case to be called in, I get a text from my sister which says "So they just said on the radio that Gossip Girl will give you an OMG guarantee. Seriously?" To which I responded "OMG Yes!" She responded with "So are you so excited to find out if Sabrina has the STD?" (So many things wrong with this, first of all being her name is Serena and not Sabrina, but I digress...) This went back and forth a couple of texts, all in the name of good fun, but this isn't the first time I have been teased for my taste in movies and TV shows. Oh, and music, for that matter.
But I just don't care, and here's why...(clears throat and prepares to state my case) See, I'm an attorney in child protection services. What I see on a day-to-day basis could make the average person completely lose their mind and soul in one afternoon. It's some pretty dark and stressful stuff. So when I come home in the evening, it's time to relax. And relaxation to me does NOT mean watching something that requires a lot of thought and/or emotion. I mean, don't get me wrong, I do really care if Chuck and Blair end up together on Gossip Girl, but it isn't going to ruin my whole day if that doesn't happen. It's light. It's fun. It's entertainment.
I often get asked if I watch shows like Law and Order or (insert your appropriate court drama here). Nope, sorry. I have watched those shows on occasion when at my parent's house, and I have nothing better to do than just watch whatever is on their TV at the time. What ends up happening is I spend more time criticizing the lawyer's techniques on the show or saying things like "you can't ask a witness that!" or "it's not THAT easy!" that I end up irritating the people I'm watching the show with or end up irritating myself. Neither of which is pleasant. Besides, what's the fun in watching something that you have to deal with on a daily basis?
Yesterday I had a particularly bad afternoon at work, so I was excited to plop myself down on the couch with a glass of wine, some dark chocolate and watch the semifinals for Dancing with the Stars. Personally, I think it's Chad's week to go, but you never know. But watching shows like this makes me happy, and isn't that all that counts?
So yes, those who know and love me might think I need a 12 step program or to start watching age appropriate television shows (I'm not 30 yet!), but I refuse. Yes, my name is Nain, and I'm addicted to smut (if that's how you spell it) TV. And I can't wait to see who gets kicked off DWTS tonight.
On a side note (and a MUCH more important note)...only 4 months from today until I marry my best friend! I couldn't be more excited!
So, what's your guilty pleasure?