Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Can I make a confession?

I don't talk about this very often with people that don't know me very well. I mean, my close friends and those who hang out with me a lot know all about this. It makes me embarrased, ashamed, and yet oh so excited... about Tuesday nights. Because...



And not even that - I've religiously watched ALL of the Real Housewives spin-offs (especially New York; those ladies were fab!) and try to catch the marathons on holiday weekends. I even bonded with a few co-workers today as we discussed what we thought of last week's episode and the possibility of Gretchen hooking up with Tamra's son this week. Seriously, that's how addicted I am.


The funny thing about this show, and the majority of the spin-offs, is that very few of the "housewives" are actually housewives. Some aren't even married, and basically all of them hold full-time jobs. I think that makes them much more relate-able to people like me, though. I'm not married, I don't have kids, and I have a full-time job (that could potentially be a career). Yet, at the same time, I really do consider myself to be all about the family. And even though it is reality television and they do get painted as certain "characters" through editing, it's nice to see women being successful as mothers, wives, and career-women all at the same time. Basically, I use the hour on Tuesday nights to pretend that this is a life-style I can live at some point in the near future without having to sacrifice a family life.

I also spend a lot of time (while I'm watching the show) thinking about which housewives I'm most like. I think the most like these two:


Vicki is (probably edited to be) a little more neurotic and anal than I am, but I can definitely understand her desire to having things organized and by-the-book because I'm the same way. And I'd have to say, of all 3 iterations of the show that have been broadcast so far, Bethenny from the New York version is the most grounded and independent and, therefore, relate-able. She and I share the facts that we're both career women, not married and without kids, and determined to not compromise ourselves while still having it all.

Plus, I can always dream that someday I'll be in the "position" to be a housewife, can't I? :D

7 comments:

Habbala said...

SAD! I used to watch Real Housewives all the time, but I don't have Bravo right now!!!!!!!

All the good shows are there!! I haven't seen Project Runway or Top Chef in so long!

Jay said...

I've never seen the show, but whoever is doing their marketing posters needs to put the lady in the blue dress behind the others...

Rachel said...

Well now that's not very nice, Jay.

-Rachel/Jeana

SuzANNE said...

LOL, this is a great show. A guilty pleasure of mine as well. Plus they're my "neighbors". I shop where they shop and grew up in Orange County. They recently got makeunders on Oprah! WTF, they're fine the way they were. ;)

Jay said...

Sorry, but it's marketing 101. Sexy sells. And she is unfortunately not the best example of sexy on that show.

Rachel said...

Well, it was a douchey choice of things to comment on. Isn't this blog about positive living? Yeah.

Jay said...

Well if that's the case, I'm POSITIVE those posters should go back to the drawing board.

And for what's it's worth, calling me douchey will only serve to make me like you more, which I'm guessing isn't what you were going for.