Top 10 Surprising Things at Teresa’s Book Signing by Stars99
Note: We had someone in our midst attend one of Teresa’s book signings yesterday and she was kind enough to give us a play by play of her experience on the “Friends of LynnNChicago” FB page (Which can be accessed at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216776385117892/) Clearly, I completely took great license with her description of her experience as well as some of the accompanying comments (plus some of my own) and thus created the list below – It was a team effort:
Top 10 Surprising Things at Teresa’s Book Signing
|Teresa wasn’t wearing a bright, shiny green Christmas tree gown. (Although both she and Joe were indeed wearing green – how cutesy of them!)|
|There were no cue cards showing Teresa how to correctly spell her name so she could autograph the books.|
|Joe was actually her “bitch” – She got to order him around and stuff.|
|When taking pictures with her fans, her photo face and her pose were so perfected that she could have been easily replaced by a cardboard cutout.|
|Not saying he’s short, but Joe could easily get a job at Christmastime as Santa’s little elf.|
|Melissa must have borrowed all her glittery eye shadow – because she wasn’t wearing any.|
|She still thinks Jacqueline is psycho – like “Heckyll and Jyde.”|
|She didn’t have audio prompters that helped her remember how to pronounce her own last name.|
|Joe can actually read a book – Although, arguably most of Teresa’s cookbooks do have lots of pictures.|
|And the Number 1 Surprising Thing at Teresa’s Book Signing: Her table wasn’t nearly big enough to flip.|
Real Housewives of Orange County Blogs Blogged Part 2 by BB
NOTE: As I was putting the finishing touches on this and getting ready to submit it, Gretchen Rossi’s Bravo blog appeared on their website. Needless to say, this made me groan with frustration. Just giving it a quick read (8 pages long as she describes herself as a writer), it’s mostly about her dislike of Vicki and her confusion about Tamra’s friendship and loyalty. Sounds to me like there may be future trouble in paradise for these Gretch and Tammy Sue, and perhaps this is why Gretchen has been noticeably absent from Tamra’s recent wedding events. It doesn’t really parallel the other blogs so I’ve decided not to include it, nor will I address it as a separate blog. When I saw the name Grayson mentioned, that made me madder than a wet hen. Oh, and you’ll get a kick out of this. She says, “On another note, I’m getting tons of requests about the bikini I wore on the beach, and I’m excited to say it’s one from my own line!!…” Surely (don’t call me Shirley) she’s not alluding to that harem getup some of us were commenting about during the chat. That’s a hoot! OK, enough about Gretchen. Let’s get to the others.
TOPIC 2: “The Wrath of Furry”
TAMRA – “Going back to the room at 2 am was scary and I felt like a teenager that snuck out of my room in the middle of the night and got caught. Gretchen and Heather were pretty pissed off and they had every right to be. . .I think? I’m not so sure I would have been that mad if I had said I wanted to go back to the room and sleep while the others went out. More than anything I would have been more concerned for the others safety, not knowing what happened to them. Again sorry, Gretchen and Heather.” I wouldn’t have been that mad either, but if there’s no conflict amongst the housewives over something trivial, then what would be the point?
VICKI – Vicki doesn’t see what the big deal is and why the two that chose not to go were mad. She and Tamra had a blast and Vicki felt like they made headway in their friendship. I’m pretty sure that was Vicki’s weekend goal all along. Vicki was more worried about her “leak” incident. She says, “After a few tequila shots, no time to stop for a bathroom break I leaked when I was laughing so hard. Please excuse that as my formal apology as I was not proud of that whatsoever and very embarrassed. Ugh.”
LYDIA – Lydia talks in her blog about the next day when they go on their 3-hour tour. Even though Heather and Gretchen had said they didn’t want to discuss it and wanted to move on, it was obvious from the tension in the limo they had not moved on. After what Lydia describes as a “random bull extravaganza”, she says, “…Tamra brought up the previous night and I blurted out how much fun it was. Am I an idiot? Yes. As the words tumbled out of my mouth, I wanted to quickly put them back in. Has that ever happened to anyone else? To be honest, the trip was not much fun for me at this point. The day before felt very long. The bull fight was extremely hot. The car ride was tense. So, the dancing was the most fun I had. I know it was thoughtless and wrong to say and I wish I could take it back. I certainly wasn’t trying to rub it in anyone’s face, it just came out. I’m not perfect.” Lydia says looking back and watching it, she can see Gretchen talking about her to Heather even after she confronted her about it. She further explains the tension between her and Gretchen went deeper than that incident and they had never really connected. Lydia always felt like Gretchen was very cold, distant, and short with her and she was pretty much ignored by Gretchen. Lydia says Gretchen just recently explained to her that it had nothing to do with Lydia, but issues she was dealing with in her own life. Lydia says, “Of course, I didn’t know any of that at the time. I just felt like I was the new girl and she didn’t even know my name. So, when we are in the limo and she’s mad at me, I am equally hurt and frustrated with her as well.”
HEATHER – Her Heatherness didn’t have a whole lot to say except she has no words for Vicki peeing on the bed (really, what can you say about it?); she was proud of Gretchen for “rallying” for Tamra’s sake after being ditched the night before (because it was such a tragic thing to overcome); and that “Navarro” the bull was saved because of them. She says, “Bulls can only go into the ring once. So our Bull “Navarro” was going back to a farm to live out his life in peace and not fight! Phew! Good going Gretchen!” Again, how noble of Gretchen. I’m sure she knew all that when she planned the outing.
TOPIC 3 – “Bargain Basement” Bachelorette Party
Gretchen had already spent her big bucks on giant dildos and such, so she didn’t have the money left to hire a top of the line stripper like Ridikulous from Kandi Burruss’ 35th birthday party. I’m sure Phaedra Parks could have secured him at a discount price had Gretchen only asked. I didn’t watch this portion of the episode, but I get the impression it was a raunchy and disgusting spectacle.
TAMRA – Tammy Sue must really want to erase this night from her memory bank, because there is not a word about it in her blog. Nothing, Nada, Zip. Nothing about how fun it was, nothing about Gretchen’s efforts and hard work, no mention of that night whatsoever. Silence speaks louder than words sometimes.
VICKI – “The strippers that showed up at the condo, were again very embarrassing and disturbing. I did not know Gretchen had booked them to show up, and quite frankly if I did I would have stayed back in my room. I do not think it was classy or appropriate for them to jump on me or the other ladies, and I wish I had never been around it. I felt bad for Tamra because they were very forceful and I know she felt very uncomfortable with them there.” She goes on to say the bachelorette weekend was disturbing, but it’s now behind them, and Tamra is very much in love with Eddie and will be getting married soon.
LYDIA – At the beginning of her blog, Lydia explains how she is embarrassed by this episode because it’s so full of drama, strippers and gossip and those are words she’d never use to describe herself nor does she want to be associated with it. Really? She signed up to be a cast member of the Real Housewives of Orange County! Doesn’t she know that drama and gossip are the cornerstones of this show? The strippers were just an added bonus. She says she knew Gretchen had planned the strippers. That’s funny, because Vicki says she didn’t know. Oh well. This isn’t the first time housewives have contradicted each other, nor will it be the last I’m sure. Lydia was there to have a good time and support Tamra, but was not comfortable with the stripper portion of the trip. She explains there is a difference between dancing until two in the morning at a bar and getting a lap dance from a stripper in a hotel room (I think this took place in Vicki’s condo, according to Vicki; there goes that contradiction again). I agree with Lydia HO-heartedly. Even going to a large venue in Vegas to see the Chippendales or Thunder from Down Under is totally different from getting “up close and personal” with some gross sweaty guys from who knows where. Lydia says, “For Tamra to say that my dancing at a bar is the same as seeing strippers is ludicrous and really hurt my feelings. It is in no way the same thing. If I have to see strippers to hang out with the Housewives, you can count me out. No thank you every day of the week. I don’t judge them for seeing strippers and I would expect them to respect my decisions, as well.” Well said, Lydia, especially the “No thank you every day of the week” part.
HEATHER: Heather should have done herself a favor and just not mentioned stripper night. Instead of admitting the whole incident was a fiasco and should have never happened, she calls Lydia out for her “double standard.” Note to Heather: What Lydia did the night before compared to stripper night is totally not the same thing. Looking back, I’m sure Heather wishes she would have removed herself from the situation the way Lydia did, no matter how much she wanted to support Tamra. Heather says they had a good laugh when it was over, but I’m betting she had a few scary flashbacks and nightmares about it. I know I would have.
Up Next: Vicki responds to Lauri’s allegations, Tamra’s “Dark Past,” and other flotsam and jetsam.
Real Housewives of New Jersey – Teresa Giudice and Kathy Wakile Blogs
Teresa Giudice – “Hi Loveys! I loved that this episode began the same way I begin every day: with my four fabulous daughters! I wake up in the morning smiling, because I know I’m going to see their faces. They just make me so happy. We have crazy days like everyone does, but that’s just part of being a parent. The fact that they’re healthy and happy though puts a smile on my face no matter what. I love love love being their mom!”
Quickly looks around for Mrs. Thurston Howell III (Sorry, obscure Gilligan’s Island reference). Ya gotta love someone who loves being a mom!
“After that, we made cards for my dad who was going into the hospital to get a pacemaker. It was such a stressful time for us. You can see I could barely talk about it without crying. I still can’t talk about my parents without crying. They are everything to me. I can’t start my day without talking to them.”
It was awesome that Tre’s kids made “Get Well” cards for their “Nonno.” He is, after all, “A nice little fellow” and Milania likes him – That’s really the only stamp of approval that I need to like him, too. While I understand being close to your parents – it almost feels like Tre has a very odd reliance on them even at this phase in her life. (On a personal note: It was also weird to me that she would actually tell her parents how horrible it would be for her if they died. It felt off to me that she was adding additional pressure to an already very stressful life/death situation. Perhaps her strategy was to scare her dad into coming out of surgery and living… I totally understand communicating how much your parents mean to you and that you’d miss them – but I guess it seems to me that you can do that while also communicating that they did an amazing job in raising you to be strong and independent and that they can be proud of the legacy they’ve built. Arguably, it’s just probably my own baggage because I’ve handled my parent’s grave illnesses very differently – I found myself in the position with each of my parents completely assuring them that both my bro and I would be okay – no worries. I’m sure neither approach is innately right or wrong… just different.)
“When I was growing up, like most kids, I thought my dad was too strict and my mom didn’t know anything. Now they are my best friends. My dad is my shopping buddy. I adore him. I named Gia after him (his name is Giacinto). My mom is who I turn to for advice. She’s always telling me not to let things upset me, that you’ll make yourself sick with worry. We do have a small family — it was just me, my brother, and my parents. That’s why it was so shocking to have my brother not want to talk to me. I didn’t grow up with lots of siblings — some you talk to, some you don’t. It was just me and him, and we never fought.”
I remember commiserating with my friends about how our moms were the strict disciplinarians in our lives – it wasn’t our dads. Plus, I only wish my parents “didn’t know anything” because they really did know way too much. I was even convinced for quite some time that my mom actually had eyes in the back of her head. I can remember brushing her hair when I was like 6 or 7 and feverishly looking for those eyes as I brushed. Okay, you can all stop laughing at me, cuz in my own defense, it’s what my mom told me – And she would never ever lie to me, would she? I love that Tre has such a great relationship with her parents. She will treasure this time she has with them for the rest of her life. It must be devastating for her parents to know how this stupid TV show has helped exacerbate the rift between their children. Shame on Tre and Joe for letting it get this far. Again, their parents must just be so danged proud of their kids – Not! Dad’s pacemaker surgery should have also been another opportunity for the kids to reconnect. It’s like they’re getting all these signs that they need to mend their relationship and they’re both so danged stubborn to do anything about it. It’s just got to be frustrating for those around them.
Tre goes on to say that it was difficult to hear Mel say once again how they wanted to move because she didn’t want her kids to grow up near Tre’s kids. Tre compliments her brother’s construction skills (cough, cough) and tells us it’s in his blood since her dad did construction in Italy and also when he first came to America. Tre tells us that she was very unsure what Caroline wanted when she first texted her about the big summit meeting. Tre says that she just wanted everyone to forgive and forget… Right.
“I was confused at first when Caroline said my brother had asked her to meet with me. I didn’t mean he was “scraping the bottom of the barrel” as a personal insult to her, it’s just that if Joey wanted someone to be a go-between for us, why would he ask someone I wasn’t in a good place with? Then she said it was her idea to talk to me for Joey. That didn’t make any sense to me either, since unless she had figured out some magical way of fixing her own problems with her siblings, she didn’t have any more answers than I did. I didn’t ask her about her family to start a fight, I just wondered (and was hoping) that’s why she thought she could fix my family. Then I decided that maybe this was her way of trying to reach out to me, sort of her way to apologize for last year. I’m glad I met with her, she did look good, and the place we met was adorable.”
It seemed pretty clear that Tre wasn’t intending to insult Caroline with the “scraping the bottom of the barrel” remark – Although it’s hilarious that it has been taken that way. It would have made more sense if almost anyone else other than Caroline would have met with her. I’m not sure who Tre trusts at this point – but Caroline surely wouldn’t have been on the list. The fact that Tre showed up and didn’t flip a table was pretty amazing. Although, I’m sure it’s much less fun flipping a table without a live audience.
“I did want to clear up one thing from our 2-hour conversation. Caroline asked why I was still friends with Kim D. when Kim admitted to trying to set up Melissa as a stripper. I mentioned my brother apologized to Kim D. for the fight they had about it, but still wouldn’t talk to me. The rest of that story is that my brother and Melissa MADE UP with Kim D. They were all fine. If they were fine, why wouldn’t I be OK to hang out with her? Caroline and Jacqueline were also good with Kim D. I don’t know why if everyone that was there that night was good with Kim D., I should be the only one to suddenly turn my back on her? I don’t do that to people.”
Caroline is again sticking her clown nose into something that is none of her business. Tre is an adult and can pick and choose her friends. There is a real reason why none of the cast wants to cross Kim D. and it’s not just because she owns a boutique store and throws a fashion show. That’s all I’m saying cuz I don’t want to cross her, either. The real issue is that Tre needs to pick better friends. While Kim D. absolutely did set up Mel, she also set up Tre as the scape goat. Also, I’m not sure how Tre knows that her brother has both apologized to and has forgiven Kim D. – other than through Kim D. since Tre and Joe aren’t talking. It is clear that Tre did NOT want to be the only one still mad at Kim D. I wouldn’t either. Lol.
“Kim D. never did anything to me, and she actually apologized to me for dragging me into the whole thing with Melissa. I had nothing to do with it. Melissa knows that, Caroline and Jacqueline know that, and my brother knows that. Kim D. admitted it to everyone, apologized, and they accepted her apology. And yet they were all still mad at me. For what?”
Tre, they’re mad at you for so many reasons – but you just don’t want to remember because then you’d have to take responsibility for what you’ve said and done. But they’ve done so much, too – and should also take responsibility for their actions and words. Somewhere in the night I start hearing the song, “To dream… the impossible dream….”… lol.
“I apologized to each and every one of them last year as many times as I could for anything I did or said to them. They accepted my apology, we were good, and then they all used the Posche Fashion show and Kim D.’s attempt to reunite Melissa with someone from her past against me. They knew all along it was never me. Why they pretended to believe it was, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll ever know.”
Saying, “I’m sorry” is easy. Sincerely promising, changing behavior, and making the effort not to make the same mistake again is a whole nuther Oprah. I think they all had help in believing that Tre was in on the set-up because they had members of the production team sending text messages to them. However, once Kim D. showed up to the reunion and took the blame – the story should have been clarified in their mind regarding this particular situation. It’s probably just hard to trust Tre’s words because of all the negative things Tre may or may not have said to Caroline and Jac about Mel before she actually joined the cast. But puhleeze people… Tre doesn’t like Mel and Mel doesn’t like Tre. Stop the presses! Sound the alarms! Big freakin’ deal. Yawn.
Kathy Wakile – “Being old fashioned and from New Jersey, I have to say, we are really a unique breed! I’ve had the pleasure lately to travel to some beautiful cities across the country, and I’m learning how different we really are. It’s one thing to be Italian, but combine that with old fashioned and living in New Jersey and it becomes a whole different story.”
Aliens. No seriously – You guys must be aliens.
“Like many old fashioned households, we were brought up having huge family gatherings. Traditionally the moms did everything and the girls of the house pretty much followed the same tradition. Well, at least in most of the families that I knew. Here’s an example. When I was getting my driver’s license, my mother was also. Can you believe my mother raised five children without a driver’s license? Luckily my brothers were quite a few years older than Rosie and I, so we had them to take us where we needed to go. Since my father left the house so early in the morning, by the time he got home it was late and he was way too tired to do anything… but I do remember the time he took me out for driving lessons. We went one full block from my house and he told me to stop the car and put it in “park”– he made me get out of the car and go in the passenger seat… and told me we were going home. I guess that driving lesson was OVER! Ha!”
Lol… Sometimes parents aren’t the right person to teach their kids to drive.
“Another thing about growing up, as old fashioned as my father was, he REALLY wanted me to go to college. I unfortunately made the mistake of getting a job at 13 and got used to the working life. I wanted to go straight into the work force; I was a hairdresser and I loved it. I will NEVER say I regret the life I chose or the path that I decided to take but I will say I wish I had listened to my dad and gone to college while I was working, just for the experience.”
It was uncomfortable listening to you talk about that with your daughter. You didn’t actually mean to imply she was a mistake and you regret having her so young… but unfortunately, it came across that way.
“When we were in the process of visiting college campuses for Victoria last season, I actually had a change of heart for her and tried to encourage her to go away to school. It all happened when we went to visit The University of Maryland; something just clicked and I really wanted my daughter to experience living further away. Despite that, it didn’t work out…but I know we all made the right choice, and most importantly Victoria made the right choice for now. I believe all the pieces eventually come together the way they were meant to be, and Richie and I are so glad that Victoria chose Caldwell College. I guess the moral of that story is to not push so much in any one direction, because things have a way of working out.”
It’s too bad your daughter didn’t decide to go and live at college because that’s really where the “experience” part of college kicks in – Especially because you still do everything for her including her laundry. That is just so weird to me…
“I wouldn’t mind sending Rich to charm school after this episode. Sometimes I wonder what he is thinking, or if he is even thinking at all when he opens his mouth? Really, Rich? Do you even realize the s— that comes out of your mouth? Believe me, I have shaken my head more than you could imagine in twenty years of marriage. I am surprised I don’t have a concussion!”
Charm school? I don’t need him to do anything that would delude him into thinking that he is even more charming than he already thinks he is. Rich is a caveman in every sense of the word. His inane comments on national TV about how Victoria’s college friends look like they’ve taken good advantage of the meal plan were horrible! Take a look in the mirror, Enrique Suave! And all the sexual innuendos in the car with their son, Joseph – OMG! You are not his big brother –you’re his dad… Please quit embarrassing everyone! I would have KILLED you if you had said that crap to our kids. You are not funny. You are not charming. You’re a Neanderthal. Wait… it’s not fair to put down Neanderthals. I will, however, give you a pass on playing around with the plastic dummy in the classroom… I’m sure you’re exceptionally comfortable around and drawn to blowup dolls.
“But you know what? This is Rich. I love him for everything he is. The good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s what REAL couples do. Nevertheless, the Manzo boys and Greg don’t call me “Saint Kathy” for nothing!”
Actually, real couples lovingly hold each other accountable for what they say and do. They teach their kids to respect others by their words and actions. Take the halo off, Kathy… A saint – You ain’t!
Happy Birthday KansasGirl and Catmom1