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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fireworks, Guns and Doing the Splits -- American Style

I love a long weekend -- who doesn't?  This Fourth of July was special because Cameron could participate.  Last year he was only a few months old and basically a lump that I had to keep out of the sun and heat.  This year he was a maniac, riding his bike (well, being pushed on it) in the 4th of July parade, swimming in the lake with me (floating more like it) and enjoying many snacks that random family members let him try.  He had a blast and I loved watching him.  Fourth of July has always been a big deal in my family and is typically celebrated down at a small lake community where the club puts on a midway, pool games, a parade and fireworks.  Total Americana.  Did I mention that summer is my favorite season? 

Back at work today I was pretty dismayed to hear the Casey Anthony verdict.  I don't even want to go into it, but I do understand that there was a lack of conclusive evidence to convict her...I just wish there hadn't been.  I look at my son and even though he drives me a little bonkers every so often, I could never hurt him.  Hell, being pregnant I can't even drink a soda without feeling guilty -- even a caffeine-free one.  I just hope that the real story comes out someday so that Caylee's family can have peace... or at least the guilt will drive Casey mad.

On a lighter note, I am still processing last week's Real Housewives of New Jersey.  All I can say is wow.  The episode featured Teresa and the gang going to Joe Giudice's family cabin.  When I say gang, I mean Jacqueline and her hubs, Teresa and Joe, Caroline and the Manzo boys, her sidekick and possible new cast member Dolores and about 689 members of Joe Giudice's family.  I don't even know how to describe this, but there were about 700 people there and apparently only 2 bedrooms.  I assume Bravo rented the entire rest of the mountain to put up the cast and crew b/c I can tell you that Caroline did NOT stay there...by her facial expressions, it was clear that she was looking for the purell the entire time she had to appear at this location.  It was totally one of the circumstances where her real response to the invite was hell to the no, but her contract said otherwise.  Quick recap of what you would have seen:  Teresa and Melissa half-heartedly making up (or should I say resolving to "move forward"); Teresa shooting guns; Joe attempting to do the splits; Jacqueline actually doing the splits; a picture of a younger (still beefy) Joe doing the splits and sporting a mullet; a 1:30am pizza making contest; Teresa talking openly about a certain uh, intimate toy; more shooting of guns, and oh, a visit to the chapel situated at the end of the driveway.  Yeah, it was a goldmine.

I almost forgot -- the other 1/4 of the show featured Joe and Melissa taking their daughter Antonia to her ballroom dance performance and Kathy and Rich looking at starting a restaurant.  Both are too ridiculous to cover, but if you want nightmares, check out the other performers at the dance school (all are about 30 years older than Antonia) and Kathy's restaurant location shopping outfit --uh, what?  I can't take it. 

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