The original Housewives are back for Season 9! The blogs were pretty short & simple this week. I guess when there’s no drama, there isn’t too much to try to explain away.
“ALOHA! We are back!” Heather begins by reminding us that it’s easier for her to rekindle her acting career now that Collette is in school. I know that it’s tough to make it in Hollywood & Heather is probably doing better than a lot of people, but I don’t get the impression that she’s in high demand as an actress.
“Traveling with Tamra and Vicki is always an adventure. Two things to count on for sure — Tamra will make me do something adventurous and completely out of my comfort zone, and Vicki will make me LAUGH.” At least she admits that surfing was out of her comfort zone, “I have never been on a surfboard before and anyone that knows me knows I’m scared of the ocean.” The queen can even laugh at herself! “These waves in Waikiki felt like 20-foot waves to me, so it’s funny to watch and see how tiny they were!” I must admit that I was a little surprised that she didn’t take offense to any of Vicki’s comments.
Then Heather moves on to her new ‘home.’ “As for Terry’s closet. . .The man wears scrubs every day — how much room could he possibly need?!?! In all seriousness, Terry had a few special requests for this house and of course we incorporated them into the design.” I sure hope that she did! I’ve always been disappointed in the way that Heather talks to Terry. You never know what goes on behind closed doors, but he seems like a good guy.
On to the new girl, Shannon. Heather tells us that she & Shannon immediately hit it off. “She was quirky, funny, very open and shared a lot of personal details with me that day about her marriage and family.” Quirky is a nice way of saying that Shannon appears a little nutty, but I’ll reserve judgment for a few more episodes.
Heather didn’t go to NYC for press because her kids were on spring break. It’s nice that she passed up work for a family vacation. As for the season, “alliances are made, friendships are tested, things are not always how they seem.” I wouldn’t expect anything less from the original Housewives!
Shannon is excited to be writing her first blog! We’ll see how she feels as the season progresses. She jumps right in to her somewhat alternative lifestyle. “I readily admit that I choose to live a lifestyle that is quite different from most people in Orange County and am looking forward to giving you a glimpse into my life!” I hope that her kids don’t suffer for the ‘different’ lifestyle that she’s putting on TV for the world to judge. “It is surreal to watch real things that have happened played back to you on a TV screen and after watching the first episode of the season, there are things that I am both happy and not so happy with.” Is that a little introspection & self-reflection? The rest of these ladies could take a hint & think about how their behavior appears to the rest of us.
Shannon defends her ‘traditional’ style, saying “I am proud of my “grandma” style because it does remind me of my grandmother, who was a woman of impeccable taste.” I’m not sure Heather meant that as a compliment, but good for Shannon to not over-react. She also defends her green house. “New home construction today is filled with many highly toxic materials. As we started to build our new home, I wanted to limit toxic chemicals my children would be ingesting. I cannot control the environment in general, but I can control the environment of my home, and I choose to make that the healthiest one possible.” I’m no parenting expert, but I’m pretty sure you could prevent your kids from ingesting the toxic building materials. Your kids are getting exposed to things everywhere. I get the impression that Shannon needs to lighten up before she drives her husband & children crazy.
Clarifying the DNA test, she explains that there was some confusion at the hospital regarding the twins. “The day we took them home from the hospital, Stella’s wrist ID said Twin A and her ankle bracelet said Twin B. Adeline’s wrist ID said Twin B and she had no ankle bracelet. Right before we walked out of the hospital, the nurse said, ‘If one of their APGAR results [a health assessment test for newborns] comes in negative, we’ll have to do it again because we don’t know which twin is which!’” I can understand her concern, given that hospitals aren’t infallible and that mix-ups in the nursery do happen.
Shannon goes on to say that she hopes to instill “work ethic & the value of a dollar” in her children. “They do the dishes every night, sort their laundry, and clean their rooms. If they help me with certain projects, I will pay them a small amount per hour.” I hate when people say things like that when they’re living in a 20,000 sq. ft. house. I’m sure that you can raise them to have a good work ethic, but they’re still getting far more than the average kid. I guess we’ll get a chance to see how down-to-earth she really keeps her kids.
“David works incredibly hard and as such, we do not spend that much ‘alone’ time together. We have never gone away together without the girls, and I have been complaining about it quite a bit in the last couple of years. As I watch myself, however, I am mortified to see how much I nag and criticize him. What motivation would he have to go away with me if I am whining and complaining?” What?!? More self-reflection in the first blog? I felt so bad for her husband! At least she seems to realize that he wouldn’t want to be around her if she criticizes so much.
“So many things have changed. I’m married, Vicki is divorced, Heather has moved. But most shocking, we lost three ladies and gained two new O.C. beauties.” There sure are lots of changes! Personally, I was glad to see Gretchen go. Alexis & Lydia didn’t bring much to the table, but I liked them.
“Tonight’s show was refreshing, silly and a lot of fun.” I agree that it was nice to start the season without any drama. I’ve always enjoyed the lavish lifestyles and mansions of the OC ladies. All of the fighting, back-stabbing, & bickering wear on me after a while.
Tamra then goes on and on about CUT Fitness. “It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have ever done in my life. Eddie has left the family law firm to run our ‘family’ business. Ryan is working for us, and Sophia loves hanging out in the kids club (she thinks she’s in charge).” I’m not recapping her descriptions of all of the programs the studio offers. She adds a link to the website, which Stars99 already noted is under construction. Funny she mentions Sophia when it’s everywhere in the news that Sidney & Tamra’s relationship is strained, to say the least. Is she trying to play up her image as a good mother?
Tamra explains her comments about Gretchen saying, “the last time I saw her was at my wedding. She showed up, ate, drank, danced, smiled and acted like she was happy to be there. Then I hear she and Slade were giving interviews saying that the only reason I got married was to get a spin-off show. Very hurtful!” Did she really expect more from Gretchen? Who cares? That was last season, let’s move-on.
As to the new girl, “Shannon seemed to fit in immediately. I don’t want to give too much away, but friendships are put to the test. I did not get the pleasure to meet Dr. Moon in person but heard a lot about him. I’m fully confused what he does after seeing this week’s episode, but trying to keep an open mind. I love that Shannon lives a holistic life….or does she?” I suspect that Shannon isn’t nearly as ‘green’ as she claims to be. With their lifestyle, it would be very difficult.
Tamra loves seeing the babies grow up & hints that she wants a baby. Foreshadowing? She says that we won’t see her kids this season, which I assume is due to the ongoing custody fight with Simon. “It’s hard sharing custody, I miss them so much when they are with their father. But I realize it’s part of divorce, and it’s best to have both parents in your children’s life, so we share 50/50 custody.” Again with the role of the good co-parent!
The OG of the OC begins by welcoming us back for Season 9. “For those of you that have watched me from the beginning, can you believe it’s been nine years since we innocently started taping this show from just a little “idea” of what it would be like to film a documentary while living behind the gates of Coto de Caza?” I can’t believe that we’re on season 9!
Vicki keeps it short & sweet this week. Like Tamra, Vicki notes that this episode was light-hearted. “It was truly refreshing to see some laughter and fun, instead of all the screaming and chaos that we have known to bring to the TV. I, for one, really enjoyed this episode, as it brought some laughter as Heather, Tamra and I experienced our first girls trip to Hawaii together.” We all know how serious Vicki is about a girls’ trip!
“When Tamra came up with the idea of surfing, I was like, ‘Sure…I can do this.’ Holy crap, I had no idea it was that difficult to do. I could not get my balance on that darn board.” It was hilarious watching the women learn to surf. It makes me want to give it a try sometime! “At least I didn’t give up, and finally after what it seemed like 200 tries – I made it. Bucket list checked off for surfing. Done!”
“Driving the jeep around the island was a lot of fun. Stopping at the shrimp truck, eating corn on the cob, and having fun with Heather about the name of the tree made me laugh.” It was nice to see the ladies picking on each other without getting into a screaming match. Sometimes things are said in jest and not everything is meant as an insult.