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I’m a little relieved that the Olympics are over.

After I get the kids in bed, I just want to kick back and watch a bit of “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” or perhaps “Project Runway.” That’s it. I’m not all fancy with my TV. I don’t need the HD channels. I don’t need sophisticated fare. Just some Kathy and I’m satisfied.

Except during the Olympics, I feel guilty. I feel shallow.

How can I possibly enjoy comedian Kathy Griffin’s romance with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (it’s incredible those two lovebirds didn’t make it) when the most amazing athletes of our time might be creating emotional Olympic moments of victory or defeat just a few channel’s away.

I mean, Kathy is admitting on Bravo that Steve Wozniak didn’t “click (her) mouse” (and yes, I believe she is talking about the big O) while Michael Phelps is wringing seemingly endless gold medals from the water cube. See? You really can’t compare the two.

So every once in awhile, fearing that I was missing out on the quintessential, inspirational sporting experience, I’d put Kathy on pause and put on the Olympics.

And it would be beach volleyball. Wait – that’s a different sport from volleyball? No. Really?

Or maybe long distance running, which is a lot of running for a very long distance.

Or a commercial.

So I’d switch back to Kathy.

I did get really sucked into some Olympic events. Like the diving. And the gymnastics. And the swimming.

But generally, I’m glad to be off the hook.

Except that the Democratic National Convention takes place this week. And well, then there’s the Republic National Convention. I’ve always felt passionate about politics and even did a stint in Washington, DC. So, how can I not tune in for at least the big speeches?

This only happens every four years for gosh sakes. In a few short months, the DESTINY OF OUR COUNTRY will be in the hands of the American public. Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Ted Kennedy are demanding my attention tonight.

Poor Kathy. That chick’s on pause again. Such is life on the D-List.

mama bird notes:

Contributing mama Daphne Biener has sent her baby to kindergarten and well, it has left her feeling a little achy and a bit breaky. You try not to tear up by the end of this piece. Click on contributing mamas to read more.

24 Responses to the olympics are not on

  • Cathy says:

    I’m a little relieved the Olympics is over, too. I didn’t think I’d get sucked into the DNC, but I got all weepy at Michelle Obama’s speech. Thank goodness Barak doesn’t get to Denver until Thursday so I don’t have to miss Project Runway.

  • Turbo says:

    Oh, I’m so on the g-list. G for GUTTER, that is. Just blue, and then I popped over and was reminded that in a few weeks, I’ll be seeing Miss Griffin LIVE!!!! (I feel the warmth of the sun just thinking about it!)

  • Raz says:

    Project Runway is amazing. I love it.

    Actually, I have been watching way too much of the Olympics. I found myself getting really into archery, and then decided I needed to go out. “Now!”

  • Jennifer H says:

    I couldn’t watch everything, or even most of everything (I tried to care about Olympic softball, but not very hard, really. I just couldn’t invest…)

    But everyone does seem pretty overdressed now. Which is for the best, really. Turns out, Olympic athletes really aren’t representative of how most people look.

  • Portia says:

    Definitely got weepy over Michelle and Teddy. Teddy looked great and still has fire burning within. Given what he’s going through right now it was truly an amazing accomplishment. He didn’t look sick AT ALL!

  • Daphne says:

    I wait for the Olympics to start and get so excited and even I felt I could finally take a deep breath and relax with them over. Don’t know about Kathy’s list, but loved Michelle Obama’s speech!

  • I haven’t watched PR or the other show you mentioned, but I am slightly ( : addicted to a few of the Food Network programs and missed the season premiere of ‘Dinner Impossible’ last week because of the Olympics! Luckily, I caught it when it was re-brodcast Sunday!

    BTW, loved the comment you left about a favorite homemade gift- what a thoughtful father you have ( :

  • Well, well, well…living on the edge, are we? What I’m thinking is that after a fancy vacation in Italy (oh, yes, I’m still jealous), you deserve a little guilty, kick-back-with-the-plug-in-drug pleasure in the old US of A. But, still, I hope you watched Michelle last night, I mean, no matter how you vote, this is a pretty big one! But keep us posted on Kathy, you know, if there’s any big news.

  • wa says:

    I\\\’ve already made it through all my recorded Kathys, now I\\\’m on to my recorded Interventions. When does th fall season start? January?

  • Rhea says:

    I should watch Kathy Griffin. She’s hilarious.

    I got addicted to the crack, I mean, Olympics for a while also. I’m glad it’s over. Whew. It was fun while it lasted though.

    Now the conventions. They DO deserve our attention, I agree. I watched parts last night.

    So much going on these days, hard to get back to regular programming! And, I DVR everything. Can’t stand commercials these days.

  • Shay says:

    I’ve never see Kathy G’s D list show…something about her…I just can’t watch.

    AND I love the running. Can you imagine?! Anyway, I’m a bit sad the Olympics are over and I’m not an American so theres no guilt over here. Just waiting for the Biggest Loser to start again.
    I’m not sure why but I LOVE that show!

  • Pearl says:

    I watch trash tv EXCLUSIVELY. I like to think it is because every other aspect of my life is so intellectual and sophisticated. Because butt-wiping is sophisticated you know.

    ps – thank you for your kind words on my last post.

  • Lanie says:

    I did like the Olympics but I was hoping to get to bed earlier when they ended – which is so not happening (but a girl can hope). Great post! 🙂

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