On Second Thought: Episode One

So, it’s crazy to see your life unfold on television! Before the premiere of Lifetime’s newest show, “Life’s a Tripp,” I was a little nervous. I’d almost gotten used to the cameras being around back when Mom filmed “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” but this was different. This was my life. And honestly, I sometimes don’t know what my life will hold. After all, I’m only 21 years old. Where will I end up living? What will I end up doing for a job? What sports will Tripp end up loving? Who will I end up marrying?

I look at my life as one big adventure waiting to happen. And most of that life has happened right here in Wasilla, Alaska. I love my home state. I want to raise Tripp in a true Alaskan-fashion – that means, I want him to know how to bait a hook, to play hockey, to ride snow machines, and to be able to withstand the below-zero weather that sometimes drives “flatlanders” away in the harsh winter months. Alaska is a part of me, just like it’s a part of everyone in the Palin family. (In fact, my brother Track even got a tattoo of the Alaska flag before he deployed on his first tour.)

However, if you saw tonight’s episode, you saw me make a decision to leave Alaska and head to Los Angeles. It wasn’t an easy choice. I love dad, mom, and Piper. Oh, and there’s Gino. Some of you might not have realized that I’ve been dating Gino off and on for several years. As you can see, he wasn’t too happy about me packing my bags and heading to California. I think he was worried that I’d find someone in Los Angeles that would sweep me off my feet. After all, everyone there is much more glamorous than what we’re used to. What he doesn’t realize is that I’m not attracted to men who wear oversized sunglasses and skinny jeans. Please. Give me Carhartts and a flannel anyday.

And so he – reluctantly – gave me his blessing. Mom also encouraged me to go. She wants me to try big things, always with the assurance that I can come back home anytime. Of course, this is hard with a three year old.

That’s where my sister Willow comes in. She rolls her eyes more than most people blink their eyes, but she’s also my best friend. Well, depending on the day. We are four years apart, so we’re sometimes best friends and at other times worst enemies. (You’ll see both before this season is through!) When I asked her to leave Wasilla to help me take care of Tripp, she wasn’t too excited. After all, she’s an Alaska girl through-and-through. When she was a kid, Willow loved hanging out with Dad at Valley Polaris, which sold ATVs, watercrafts, and snowmachines. Mom said Willow was raised there on Dad’s hip – that’s where she learned mechanic lingo and became a “motor head.” I couldn’t imagine her living Los Angeles, but sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone!

Thankfully, she did decide to go with me. I wouldn’t have been able to go without her!

On Monday

At the end of tonight’s first episode, you saw at least part of the infamous bar scene, when a man called my mother a whore. On Monday, I’ll talk about the next episode (and that scene in particular as well as the immediate aftermath when I called my mom to tell her about it).  Please come back to this blog for the whole scoop on that unfortunate incident.  I’d love to be able to completely explain what happened and why I reacted the way I did.  To make sure you don’t miss any updates, please subscribe to my blog here!
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  • TheresaAK

    No explanation needed but I’m sure you would like to express your feelings about this horrendous encounter.

    Bristol, as a mother of 3 sons and 1 daughter, all grown up, let me just say my daughter is my best friend….and I have wonderful sons. My daughter didn’t grow up with sisters and I was her parent first, now that she is grown, I am so blessed to be her best friend.

    As a mom and a fellow Alaskan, I am so proud of you and your siblings….you make us proud…so very proud.

    God Bless You, and All of Your Family

    • Jinky

      You’re not exactly the demographic the show is looking for!!!!

      • ellen

        Why it’s on Lifetime? Lifetime televison for Women, I’m sure TheresaAK is exactly the demograhic sought.

  • otlset

    What I would like to do if I lived in Alaska is catch and eat lots of fresh salmon — as much as I could. Salmon is so good for you. I swear I barbequed up some salmon fillets once and after eating my fill (mmmm so good), I could actually feel myself get stronger and healthier as the day wore on! I never forgot that, and now try to eat as much salmon (a bit expensive though here in the lower 48) as I can. The body knows.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled blog program…

  • reid

    Maybe you could rent out Tripp to do commercials. Since he has make the money for you it seems logical. Why waste a child when you can make money off them!!! Sure they end up screwed up with problems, but hey, you made money so all is good!!!!

    • Truth101

      You are the one that is screwed in the head you nutjob freck.

    • http://yahoo.com john norton

      U can go back under the brige where u CAME FRM…

      • Jinky

        Hey John

        Did you ever watch the Mr L’s Tavern youtube episode where he mentions your name????
        Continue to work on your spelling.

    • Lynne

      Is that what happened to you reid, you could always try counseling. Some times it help depending on what you are smoking. You should go start your own blog, maybe Bristol could give you some tips.

  • reid

    Palins ROCK!!! What a classy family. They are America”s royal family.

    • liberty

      Well your family disowned you after they found out what you did to that child.

      • liberty


        • Allison

          Just stop.

    • Linda S

      Yes, the Palin’s rock!

  • reid

    Bristol, the Queen of young Mothers who use their children to make money!! GO BRISTOL, GO PALINS !!!!!

    • liberty

      Well reid you should talk about using children YOU CHILD MOLESTING PERVERT.

      • Allison


    • Valentine

      Shoot, can someone remove my post? I just saw more of reid’s comments and realized I’m treading awfully close to the proverbial “pearls before swine” with those two lines. More like “scrolls before trolls” actually.

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  • otlset

    reid has obviously graduated to the more powerful *shower* salts, with predictable results.

  • ellen

    Wow Bristol I hope you will take the time to delete some of these sicko post.