Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sarah, Ryan & Tatum

For the past five years or so in the Allred home, we had a few satellite/cable channels but no network channels (no ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc.). Then for all of 2010, we had no television at all. Now in our new/old home, we have entered the twenty-first century with a large flat-screen LCD television and a two-year contract with the dish. Is is a good thing? Jury's still out. I sometimes now find myself watching a lot of TV. When I am tired and sore and my back hurts, which is often, it's easy to pour myself a tall cold one and snuggle into a deep corner of the sectional sofa with a few strategically placed pillows, and before I know it hours have passed. I learn some things and am entertained some, but mostly I am just wasting time. I need to back off. I am working on it.

That said, I have found a couple of new shows that are proving quite therapeutic for me, which may or may not be a good thing. It's Oprah's fault, and I must say that I have NEVER been a fan of Oprah. Her new OWN network features "Finding Sarah" and "Ryan & Tatum," both of which are explore-your-dark-history, go-to-lots-of-therapy, talk-through-your problems-while-the-cameras-follow-your every-move reality shows. Again, I have never been a fan. But I am finding some solace in these shows. I am finding snippets of wisdom that are helpful to me, but at the same time they bring up feelings of frustration. Both of these shows were on this evening and now I am in an emotional fog. I guess I will sleep on it and decide tomorrow if this is a habit I will continue or not.

Anyway... So, our Steph came home for a quick visit this weekend. Some friends of hers from Folsom who are attending school in Utah & Idaho were coming to CA and offered her a place in their car. They came on Friday and went back today. It was wonderful to see our girl! She is lovely inside and out and I just dig that girl! So very proud of her.  

OK. Tired. Good night!

"All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?"  —Nicholas Johnson 

"Television: chewing gum for the eyes."  —Frank Lloyd Wright