Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guilty Pleasures

My biggest guilty pleasure has a bit to do with schadenfreude: reality TV! My two favs right now are Grand Designs and Kitchen Nightmares (Gordon Ramsey's latest statements aside).

Grand Designs is a show that follows people who have decided to build their dream homes. Generally, without an architect, project manager, unrealistic timeline and budgets! The houses usually come out looking fab in the end, but over budget and months over time-wise. These people want to build their dream homes, have been planning this for years and still can't seem to get it right. Hire an architect, project manager and let them confer on the budget and timeline. It will end up costing so much less in the long run. Liam and I have talked about building out own homes and we are certainly taking notes on what not to do.

Kitchen Nightmares, on the other hand, makes me want to never, ever, ever eat in a restaurant again. I am a firm believer in the, if you walk in at 7pm on a Friday and it's empty, turn around school of thought. After watching a couple of these shows you'll know why. What some people will serve in their restaurants is amazing. Moldy, slimy, dirty, just disgusting food is generally the norm. That more people don't get sick from these restaurants is a testament to the strength of the human stomach. I guess this is just another reason to cutback on the eating out, if not for the calories then for the fear of bad eateries.

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