On Second Thought: Episode 11 – Grin and “Bear” It

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now! 

Episode Eleven, Air Date: July 24, 2012

I miss my sister when she’s not living in the same city.  Because we’re four years apart so we’re either best friends or worst enemies depending on the day! Willow went to Arizona to hair school, and I’m proud of her for pursuing her dreams.  But I missed her and – finally — Gino, Tripp, and I packed up and went south for a visit.

Also, this blog made its Lifetime debut!  Many of you awesome readers have been here from my very first post.  I so appreciate having a place like this to share my life with you guys.  Thanks for sticking with me all the way.  (If you want to be a super-reader, please subscribe by clicking here.  I can have each post sent to you by e-mail!)  If you’re a long time reader, you know that normally this blog consists of my thoughts about faith and family, and sometimes politics. Once or twice, I’ve written posts that caught fire.  As this episode was filming, we were dealing with the aftermath of this post in which I questioned President Obama’s decision-making process regarding gay marriage. Which, you might remember, was quite strong.

However, that’s the good thing about America.  We have the right to speak out.  In fact, if we love our country, we should.

In this episode, Willow asked if Gino lives with me.  However, Gino and I decided long ago that living together before marriage is not the right thing to do.

Things I learned during this episode: Willow doesn’t have a high tolerance for pain.  (She was scaring me when she went first on the Cool Sculpting!)  Also, I don’t think she really wanted a bear in her apartment!!

Oh, and one more thing I learned.  Bull riding is scarier than I thought it would be.  That was a long few seconds, but I was proud of Gino for doing so well.

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  • sally

    who cares?

    • hrh

      You crack me up.

      Obviously you care because you took the time to come here and comment.

      Irony eludes you apparently.

    • Emma Lora

      it is great for a single girl living alone… Now all you need is a sound system that will roar when the door opens. It will scare the intruders unconcious!!

      • Allison

        They have a multimillion dollar house in Scottsdale, with lots of security. There is no way Willow lives in that apartment. I doubt she actually attended “hair school” either. But I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.

  • Joseppi

    I think for you two marriage should be off the table at least for a few years. Neither of you are ready nor have you shown the qualities that it takes to make a marriage work. Stop talking about it, stop expecting it, just enjoy your time together without the underlying pressures of marriage and see how you do together.

  • ManxMamma

    I think it’s wonderful that a single mom and her sister who is in hair school can afford $1,500 apiece so that they can spend some time together. I sure wish I had that kind of spare change. I’m lucky to get a mani or a pedi every six months!

    • ManxMamma

      That’s the cost of a CoolScupture treatment.

      • Jellybean

        But jut yesterday, mother sarah while at a Hollywood hotel (NBC cocktail party, so much for their hatred of Hollywood and the lamestream media)commented just how “real” the show is. How it shows the problems that single mothers have. This whole frickin family is delusional and beyond hypocritical.

        Yes cool sculpting is a problem every single mother has. Trig Palin is the only good, decent member of that family.

        • Piscean Gal

          what he hell is “cool sculpting?” Bristol Palin doesn’t even KNOW the trials and tribulations of a REAL single mom, and it really surprises me when single mom’s “support” her. What exactly are they supporting? I’m a single mom, and I certainly don’t have the “perks” SHE has. I do agree, TRIG is the only LOVELY one out of the bunch, for real…

      • jojo

        It’s quite possible the “show” footed the bill…. :)

        • hrh

          Or the cool sculpting place itself since the facility had a prominent role.

          It’s called product placement.

          Libs never think through their insults.

  • Sara

    I loved the bear! Ha I want one in my house! I love you Bristol and will always support you. You’re such an inspiration to me.

  • LissaLang

    Oh my gosh jellybean, if you hate Bristol and her family so much then don’t watch her show or read her blog!! Get a freaken clue!!!

  • Sue Lynn

    Love the show “Life’ a Tripp” it’s real and teaching at the same time!

    • Jellybean

      ya, like ya know, it’s just so real, ya. Ya, like it teaches us that, like, if we get preggos and stuff, we can, like, get a reality show.

    • Piscean Gal

      it’s real? It teaches? REALLY? Hmmm, haven’t seen anything of the sort on the show at all…

  • lizzie tullis

    lol… i think the bears hilarious… i would tottalllly do that to my sister!!!! poor willow… i love how creeped out she was when she was eating..
    but as gettin married.. lifes full of obsticles.. but u n gino look like a happy on love couple.. and you’ll make it!!!! with patience.. prayer.. you guys will be fine <3<3<3. plus. u have great parents as role models…

  • jojo

    I wonder how many people REALIZE that REALITY shows are mostly SCRIPTED to make them more interesting ….just sayin’. Don’t believe everything you watch.


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