So, first things first… I had my baby!!! Megan Hope. Born January 12, 2009, 6 lbs 7 oz. I’m going to write about that in a separate blog (nothing too graphic, lol) , so stay tuned. For now – here are my thoughts on tonight’s episode! ☺
I got the WORST sunburn during the challenge this week. Lol. Only because I stupidly forgot to put sunscreen on my chest, so, my face and neck are fine, but there were the most awkward burn-lines along the neckline of the shirt I was wearing. Oops. But how incredible was that challenge? We shot it on Catalina Island. About an hour (by ferry) off the coast of LA. Oddly, it’s sort of famous (infamous?) for being the home to a huge population of Buffalo. Apparently a movie production shot a western there in the 40’s or something, and left the buffalo behind. Now, they are an attraction. It is really cool to see them roaming around. Anyway, while we were waiting for the Challenge Dept to set up the paddle boats for the challenge – the contestants and I were hidden away around a cove waiting. Fillipe, Jerry, Helen, Blaine, a bunch of people were all skipping stones along the water. Is it weird that I’ve never tried to skip a stone in my entire life? Well, if we were playing “I Never” I’d be drinking right now. (especially since I’m not pregnant anymore! Of course how many people are playing I Never in a maternity ward? Nevermind. I’m out of it.) Because they all got me going, trying to teach me how to skip rocks. I wouldn’t say I was good, but one time I got the stone to skip three times. That’s something, isn’t it?
It’s so inspiring to see Jerry accomplish so much in such a short period of time – from fainting on day one, to climbing up that hill two short weeks later… it’s truly remarkable what he has accomplished. And it was also such a great example of what a great group of people we have this season, to see them all going back, even though they were exhausted getting to the top, they went back to help their friends make it too. Such an awesome display of camaraderie.
The crew, everyone there had the same strong reaction to seeing Jerry lose only 2lbs. It was truly heartbreaking. The emotions we see on the scale effect me a lot. I get that question all the time – “how do you not cry every day at work??” But mostly, I try to keep my own reaction contained because they are all experiencing so much, that I don’t want to in any way distract from what each person is going through. Does that make sense? But Jerry’s gut reaction to seeing his weight loss, it was impossible not to be affected by. It was clear how difficult it was for them to decide to vote for Jerry. And how impossible the decision would have been if Jerry hadn’t made the plea he did to keep Dan on campus. I know Dan has no intention of letting Jerry’s sacrifice go to waste.
The Sound of Music
Special encore presentation Saturday 8/7c. Watch the special online now.