Daytime talk show hosts are an odd breed. Now I do love me some Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres but their couterparts sure do provide some serious entertainment. I mean remember Ricki Lake? How about Sally Jessy Raphael? Montel Williams? Maury Povich? The majority of daytime talk shows are hysterically pathetic. I always thought Dr. Phil was no exception.
Enter my friend, who at Christmas time gave me a book. She had to issue an assortment of disclaimers before the book was revealed so I wouldn’t be offended or think she was a big dork for reading it let alone giving it to me. At the time I thought, surely it can’t be that bad. Then she hands it to me…”Love Smart” by Dr. Phil McGraw. Yeah, I know. A Dr. Phil self-help book…for dating. Yikes. My friend is one of those make lame things cool types and so I accepted the book in the spirit it was given and really did think it was a funny/nice gift from her. Then I realized that I would probably have to read the book. She was bound to ask me how it was coming or what I thought. Yup, I was going to have to read it. I did NOT want to read advice from Dr. Phil.
Because I love my friend and because, frankly, dating advice couldn’t hurt me�??I started to read the book. To my horror, I sort of enjoyed it. Let’s just say, I not only read it, but I did the little exercises in the book. Yes, I not only own the book but I have marked it up with notes.
Now why am I telling you all this? I don’t know. It is a totally embarrassing confession akin to me crying during the high school graduation episode of the 90201 kids. But who knows, Dr. Phil quite possibly could help my love life. I have even applied some of his wisdom in a recent dating interest. Perhaps the book is just in time. Or perhaps I am just as pathetic as Dr. Phil. Either way, I actually would recommend the book to all you single women out there that are looking. Really the best advice in the book is to 1. figure out the qualities in a partner that you can’t live with out and 2. discover the wonderful things about you and find out how to showcase the authentic you in social situations. See even writing that makes me sound dorky.
In knitting news, I am almost done with my gauntlets (finished with one and half way through the other) and should have pictures up by the end of the week. Hopefully I am buying my fabric for my clutch tomorrow so I can get that sewn this weekend. Then who knows what is next. I kind of like that I have several projects in the queue so I can pick and choose what I feel like doing. One of these days I really have to finish and fix my intarsia sweater and Paula. I just need to lock myself in a room and force me to do it. It is just so hard to get excited again about a project when it has already dissappointed you. Mr. Darcy once said that his good opinion once lost is lost forever. Perhaps that works with knitting too.
The following 3 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
You’re too funny. If Dr. Phil helps, good for you!
I used to make fun of Dr. Phil too. And then, back when I was staying home with the little person I somehow ended up watching it almost every day.
The man just has an odd charm, what can I say?
By the way, here I’ve been reading your blog for a good couple of months and I had no idea you were from SLC!
I’m just glad to know you read it. You already know where I think it will lead….