Pin awful dressSince AAR’s Annual Reader Poll began nearly two weeks ago, I’ve been watching a lot more TV than usual. Each evening, after working out and eating a quick dinner, I spend several hours entering ballots. Last weekend I spent a good chunk of both days in the same way, and since I’m so far behind right now, it looks like this weekend will be more of the same (but I’m not complaining, keep those ballots coming in).

Sadly, I can’t read print books at the same time, and can’t even listen to audio books while I enter ballots (just too distracting). So, I’ve resorted to more TV.

Fortunately, sometime in January each year, we begin to get some new TV shows, as well as the return of non-reruns for other shows. So, I’ve had quite a selection to watch out of the corner of my eye.

Happily, a new season of Project Runway has just started. This has always been one of my favorite reality shows, but last season (in L.A.) was a big disappointment.  So far, I’m really enjoying the new season. It’s back in New York where it belongs, and Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are back as regular judges. Overall, the quality of the designers seems pretty good this season, with some interesting personalities.

In fact, the only irritating aspect of the season so far was the non-elimination of Ping two weeks ago for the dress posted above. I wish I could show you the back of the dress. Believe me, it showed way more than anyone wanted to see. But, Ping was booted this week, so I’m happy again.

I’ve never been a huge American Idol viewer, but have even watched the auditions the past two weeks. It looks like there are going to be some good singers this season. However, I just can’t get over strange feelings about the season. First, Paula Abdul is no longer a judge, and instead, she’ll be replaced by Ellen DeGeneres. I have nothing against Ellen, have even enjoyed her show a few times, but she was just awful as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance a few seasons ago, and I am not looking forward to seeing her on AI. And then, the news that Simon is leaving the show, leaves me wondering if this might be the end of the show.

On a brighter note, I’m continuing to enjoy Castle. In particular, I love the growing banter and friendship between Castle and Beckett. Admittedly, some of the mysteries are convoluted to say the least, but the cast is so enjoyable, that I keep watching.

Yes, I’ve even watched some truly dreadful things to entertain myself. Just what are those women thinking on The Bachelor?And The Real Housewives of Orange County? Yuck! I’ve actually enjoyed — in a guilty pleasure type of way — the New Jersey and Atlanta versions, but the O.C. version is just too much even for me.

Okay, back to entering ballots, and to a What Not to Wear marathon.

Any guilty TV pleasures for you? Do you like Castle?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.