I Look Forward To Many Happy Times With Jenny And Also Her Block

The overwhelming collective opinion around these parts was that I should give the new American Idol a try. And so that is exactly what I did. For the most part y’all said that you were pleasantly surprised by the new judges, and after watching the first episode, I would definitely agree with that assessment. Plus, last night’s show featured the first breakout superstar of this AI season: Jennifer Lopez’s hair. MY WORD IT’S GLORIOUS.

Honestly, I thought I’d abandoned my J-Lo hair obsession back in 2003 because, well, Gigli. But I am here to tell you that last night’s AI premiere has fanned a flame of hair envy for which I was not prepared. Her hair is spectacular, isn’t it? It’s so very long and lustrous and shiny. And I’ll tell you something else: I’m not exactly sure what day-to-day activities are the norm on Jenny’s block, but I’m thinking that deep conditioning is pretty high on the list.

Hair obsession aside, I thought Jennifer Lopez was a comforting, maternal presence. She was kind. She wasn’t silly. And she came across as very real and very funny and very likeable. I’m still not completely sure about Steven Tyler, but he was definitely quirky (in a good way). More than anything, I didn’t miss the contentiousness between the judges, and I thought there was a lot of talent among the kids. So, you know, I’m in.

Next thing.

This afternoon I was in the kitchen, just starting to pull out everything I needed to get supper ready, and I turned on Food Network to keep me company. After a few minutes I decided that I wasn’t terribly interested in whatever was on, so I called down the hall and asked Alex if he’d like to come sit on the counter and read me a book while I chopped some tomatoes. He was all about it. After he found the book he wanted to read, he walked in the kitchen, and when he saw the TV was on (I don’t normally watch much TV in the afternoons), he grinned at me and said, “Mama? You need to turn off that TV and LEARN THE WAYS OF NATURE.”

I have no idea where that came from, but I thought it was hilarious. I have a feeling he was paying tribute to my daily reminders that it’s time TO TURN OFF THAT TV AND GO PLAY OUTSIDE.

But let’s face it: “learn the ways of nature” sounds so much better.

I just hope the ways of nature involve air conditioning in the summertime and some complimentary peppermint mochas in the winter.

Really, it’s the least the nature could do.

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  1. the title alone of this post made me laugh! i can’t wait to watch the new season…however, a broken cable box is getting in the way of me and some awesome and/or awful singing.

  2. The nature is a good thing my friends! And so is having someone read to you whilst chopping tomatoes! What a blessing the little man is!

  3. I began this season with very low expectations, and I find myself enjoying Steven Tyler much to my surprise. I am feeling hopeful. Idol may not be dead to me after all. And I totally agree about not missing the contentiousness, especially Simon and Ryan’s banter.

  4. Our local newspaper’s TV critic commented that Steve Tyler looks like a scarecrow. Try as I might to shake the image, that is all I could see when I watched AI the first night. RUINED it for me. Just RUINED.

  5. Oh my word. I can’t stop singing Jenny from the Block.

    I’m partially blaming you. And I BARELY even watched any AI last night or tonight.

    You! Ugh. And 2002. Darn you Jenny and the block you strolled in on.

  6. I’m up not sleeping (insomnia all week — new to me. and I hate it) so I watched Thur night’s AI on the dvr. Girl, I sat here in tears after the last audition. The girl singing was great, her daughter with hydrocephalus was adorable, but Jennifer’s reaction to her? Broke me. I was tearing and had chills all at the same time. I love that she relates and invests in the people standing in front of her. She was deeply touched, and I love that she didn’t hide it.
    (Maternal presence was a great way to describe her)
    (and yes, let’s all commence with the hair envy)
    ((please, someone tell me she has hair extensions too… that would make me feel better somehow))

    My husband and I both like Steven Tyler, and neither one thought we would. You can tell watching his face what he thinks of each performance in a honest, transparent way.

    I know there’s a lot of auditions to come still, but don’t you think we may have seen a few real contenders in tonight’s auditions??

    I think it’s gonna be a great season!

  7. I have been pleasantly surprised by the AI judges as well. And, sweet mercy…JLo’s hair. Such a thing of beauty. My disatisfaction with my own hair keeps me from being able to think about it too long.

    Anyhoo…I love Jennifer Lopez…and her realness. What a breath of fresh air….and I would have never known! I wasn’t a JLo fan really before…not that I disliked her…but had no idea I would adore her! Ya know? (Sorry…it’s the wee hours of the morning and I can’t sleep…hence the rambling.) And, Steven Tyler is quirky indeed. But, my past love for eighties hair bands and the legend that is Aerosmith means I can’t help but love him.

    Just thought I’d share my rambly, sleep-deprived two cents. Have a beautiful day!

  8. I’m with you…
    “Waiting for Tonight” with Jenny.
    I like their chemistry & I will be watching :)

  9. That’s hilarious! Does he tell you not to blog what he says? Mine does.

    After this week’s shows, there’s no way I’m NOT watching this season of AI. Did you cry along with Jennifer during that last audition? I sure did.

  10. I thought the same thing – her hair is just beautiful! And she was really sweet. I’m glad afterall that she’s a judge!

  11. And her lip gloss!!! Oh I want to know all about that. I like Steven Tyler much, much more than I thought I would.

  12. You are right on the money with AI. It was NICE not to worry that Paula was going to say something embarrassing and painful to watch. It was NICE not to worry that Simon and Ryan were going to start their ridiculous verbal sparring. It was NICE that they showed waaaaay more good auditions than those horrible (potential fake) bad ones.

    So far, so good!

    And I kept thinking the same thing about her hair – FABULOUS!!!!

  13. I really should be more careful about when and where I read your blog… My husband and kiddos think I’m crazy when I laugh out loud at the computer:)

  14. ha ha ha ha! I love the randomness that comes from kids’ mouths! Love it!

  15. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    I think he is a wordsmith like his mama! ! ! ! ! ! He cracks me up! ! !

  16. “LEARN THE WAYS OF NATURE.” That is the best/funniest thing I have ever heard. When is he getting a blog? I think I’m going to steal that line.

  17. I’m so glad you watched the first auditions on American Idol. The girl from North Carolina who talked about appropriate skirt length for a lady and then pulled out the “yo yo dawg” (in 12 syllables instead of 3) was priceless! I played it over and over and laughed until I cried and then woke up sore the next morning! I could just “hear” you calling her audition DELIGHTFUL! :o)

  18. Not an AI fan. But Alex’s comment is so super cute! Clearly you are doing a great job with that boy. :)

  19. I am a closet fan of AI. I hate that I love the show so much. I cried my eyes out woth the last girl’s audition and the sweet 15 year old boy who totally rocked “Sittin’ on the dock of the Bay”… I love Steven, Randy and especially Jennifer. What a beauty!

  20. I’m still undecided on AI as a whole this season but I, too, was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the trifecta of judges-without-meanness. I’m holding final judgement until Hollywood week, though. That usually brings out the tough in all of them.

  21. Hey, at least he’s been listening. :)


    I hereby pledge to use that in everyday conversation at least ten times this week. That is all kinds of awesome.

  23. I’m with ya on the idol show….LOVING her hair!!! It’s going to be a good season, hopefully!!

    As for Alex….MY WORD!!! I miss that boy—can’t wait to be together in CA SOOOOOOON!!!