ASL’s Letter From The Editor, Lisa Timmons

State of the Blog Address
Can I be honest with you guys? I went to bed last night with wet hair and woke up looking like a mix between Teen Wolf and Encino Man. And thank God, that I don’t have to video chat or interact with anyone in person for some time, so you guys get to imagine my glamorous locks swirling around my head as I write this. It will remain our little secret.

So, what are my current obsessions of the moment? I’ve become a huge fan of “Shaq’s Big Challenge” on ABC. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to check it out, either on TV or on ABC’s website, but it has become one of my favorite shows of the moment. The gist of the show is that Shaquille O’Neal has taken an interest in battling childhood obesity by tackling Florida first. The show has selected six morbidly obese children, who are instructed, along with the children’s parents, how to foster healthy habits. They’re given a trainer, work-out facilities and encouragement from Shaq.

More on Lisa’s love for “Shaq’s Big Challenge” after the jump…

First off, the kids are all pretty damn endearing, experiencing varying levels of adolescent awkwardness. They run the gamut from outgoing Kevin, who informs Shaq that he may be big, but that he makes up for it by being “smart” and “pretty,” to Walter, who barely tears himself away from his video games just long enough to reload on junk food. Then there’s Shaq, who is clearly more than comfortable around children. His larger than life presence works to his advantage and awes the kids, who run to hug him every time he shows up for a visit. He really gains their trust, as well as that of the parents, by being consistent and genuine in his concern for their welfare. One of his favorite threats to the boys is that he’ll kiss them on the mouth in class if they shirk their work-out responsibilities.

Since I already have a soft spot in my hear for awkward kids (Gee, can you ever imagine why?), I was pretty much drawn in from the very get-go and will catch the season finale tonight on the ABC website with high hopes that the kids have been able to reach their weight-loss goal. After that, I’ll be holding my breath for the announcement that there will be a second season of this show. Seriously, after watching this show, you’re going to find yourself wanting to volunteer at an after-school program, these kids are so sweet.

As for what’s going on in my real world at the moment, well, I’m getting ready to move into a new place. And with that, comes the task of having to go through all of my possessions and decide what I do and don’t need. And as annoying and time-consuming of a task I know this is going to be, I can’t help but be a little excited at the prospect of tossing some unnecessary junk–extra weight that’s been clinging to my metaphorical middle and slowing me down. Farewell, direct deposit notifications and old phone bills. Toodle-oo, almost completely-melted scented candles. It’s time for me to go on a junk-free diet.

Enjoy the video, it’s apropos of nothing.

Lisa T.
A Socialite’s Life

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