You gotta love reality tv- mostly because reality has nothing to do with it. I saw a commercial for "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" or something and all I could do was laugh and shake my head. Seriously, name five stay at home moms YOU know who actually spend their day at the spa and go out clubbing at night! It just make me wonder, is that what single people really think we do? Or are these just the abstract stereotypes from those execs in NYC and LA?
On Regis and Kelly the other day (yes, I admit I was actually watching that show- I turn on the tv for background noise when I clean) they were reading a list out of a magazine on the top fads women hope will go away in the next decade. Now, I can't remember them all, but here are the few that I do remember:
1) fake tans
Kelly's reaction: What?! Absolutely not!
My reaction: Whatever, maybe there will be less skin cancer if people stop wasting their money fake baking.
2) dark nail polish
Kelly's reaction: No! I love my dark nail polish!
My reaction: I am lucky if I get my toenails painted when I wear sandals in the summer. Forget about fingernail polish, no matter what color!
3) fishnet stockings
Kelly's reaction: Well, maybe, but they are still nice to wear for certain occasions.
(Jeff Probst who was co-hosting that day: "No way! Those are sexy!")
My reaction: That's a current trend? I haven't worn fishnets since my dance recital when I was 9.
4) skinny jeans
Kelly's reaction: I don't know. They look nice but sometimes it is hard to get them over my heels.
My reaction: I have had three kids. There is nothing skinny about my jeans!
5) ultra low rise jeans
Kelly's reaction: No! I love those. If jeans sit at the waist then you have to pop open the button at dinner. (Jeff Probst: They are sexy!)
My reaction: Not practical for crawling on the floor with the kids plus not very compatible with g's.
6) big SUVs
Kelly's reaction: No! I love my SUV. How else would I get my kids and their stuff where they need to be? Of course my next one will be a hybrid.
My reaction: I have to agree with Kelly on this one. Seriously, how do you expect to go anywhere with a husband and three kids and all of the stuff that accompanies them in a little four door sedan?!
(I actually had a friend once tell me that there was no excuse in the world to need a minivan or suv when you could just drive a subaru or four door sedan. I wanted to introduce her to my neighbor with nine kids or let her see my back of my minivan which was full of a stroller and other necessary baby gear that would not fit in a smaller vehicle. Of course, that was her point of view before she had kids. I wonder how she feels now that she has one?)
So my point- (I do have one, honest) is that whoever is producing these shows and magazine articles are so far off base with what average, run-of-the-mill stay-at-home moms think and feel and do. Or I am a lot more boring than I thought? Are my other "Mommy Friends" actually spending their days at the spa and clubbing at night in fishnets and skinny jeans?