La Dolce Vita is Italian for 'The Good Life'. This is what I strive for every day. I strive for happiness, balance, fun and love. Here you will read about my insights and struggles and how I try to deal with life's challenges in a way that improves my life, the life of my friends and family and of my children.
I am a reality TV addict
My life has slowly started to revolve around my favourite reality TV shows and when Big Brother starts on Channel 9 it’s going to be worse than ever.
Already I plan my life around Masterchef. I watch it so regularly that my kids have made up a dance to the theme music (disturbingly my two-year-old girl seems to do a ‘bum dance’ to it).
I don’t have time to watch all the reality TV shows that I want (who does) but I make a concerted effort to watch my favourites and thank goodness for Foxtel IQ and other brilliant recording devices.
So to rattle off my favourites at the moment they go like this:
Bethenny Ever After
The Real Housewives of Orange County
The Amazing Race
And when they are on:
My Kitchen Rules
Doing a psychological analysis on myself when it comes to my choice of reality TV shows is easy. I watch these shows because they represent experiences I feel I either have missed out or am missing out on. I am not a very good cook (Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules), I always wanted to run a business but have never thought of a good enough idea (Bethenny Ever After), I wish I looked good every day (The Real Housewives of Orange County), I wish I had dated more before meeting my husband (The Bachelor), I missed out on travelling after uni (The Amazing Race) and I have never lived out of my family home on my own or with roommates (Big Brother).
I don’t know why I’m not interested in talent shows like The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, Australian Idol and X Factor. I’m just not. I did watch the last few episodes of Australian Idol when Guy Sebastian was on but that’s because he reminded me of my brother and I became obsessed with him winning (and have the phone bill to prove it).
I do watch other shows...Offspring, The Good Wife, Revenge...but once again I think my choices reflect my wants and needs. Offspring – dating, The Good Wife – being smart and composed, Revenge – looking good every day....
I know, I should probably put myself out then and actually go on a reality show.
Have you noticed how everyone now either knows or used to know a contestant on a reality show? It’s like a party game – Six Degrees of Realty TV Show Contestants. My favourite is my sister used to work with the sister of the stepmother of one of the contestants on The Voice. Huh?
It’s so funny to me to think of a world without reality TV but then when I am watching my shows I am well aware that I should be living life rather than experiencing it through other people. It’s all about balance, right? And in the break between Masterchef ending and Big Brother starting I plan to strike that balance. For at least a month.
Are you a reality TV watcher? What is your favourite show?