Confession: most days, I spend my lunch hour with whatever food I can dig out of the fridge & a DVR of some reality TV show.
Sometimes it's the Real Housewives (especially NJ...oh how I love the Manzos). Other days I might cue up the ridiculous Rachel Zoe (it's eye-opening to spend a half-hour with someone who HONESTLY BELIEVES that clothing matters more than people) or some Jerseylicious (how fun is the possibility that life could be so simple: big hair, big tan, big bling?)
I call these my guilty pleasures...but I don't feel guilty about them at all. I watch the shows that make me smile, and make me feel like I've spent time with some especially crazy friends. (It's sort of like the summer I lived in Montreal with a bunch of guys who had just been dumped by their girlfriends and HATED women. I spent 3 months watching Sex and the City DVDs just to have some semblance of female bonding.) And in a surprising way, these shows inspire me. Not the fighting, but the real parts: we mostly want the same few basic things in life, and we use the resources we have (sometimes that's relational/intellectual/financial/spiritual...other times it's spray tan/stilettos/hairspray & bedazzledness) to try to make it from where we are to where we want to be. As a speaker & writer, this stuff is GOLD!
(And how do you like THAT for a blatant attempt to justify a daily hour of mindless television? There's my law degree at work!)
Do you have a secret TV escape that makes you laugh/inspires you? Do share...