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The weather outside is frightful

December 23rd, 2007

We’re spending another day inside because it was so windy overnight that we couldn’t sleep due to the wind blowing the rain against the window loudly. So when the alarm went off I was too tired to get up. Plus it’s still crazy windy out and I didn’t feel like dealing with that on top of the last minute shoppers. Of course now I’m questioning that since I’m going out of my mind from being inside so long doing nothing.

Anyway, it only took me close to four hours to get through the backlog of People magazine my friend gave me and I didn’t even read half the articles! In light of my extreme boredom, I’m going to celebrity-dish, which I rarely do. Probably because my response to most of the gossip I read is “who cares?” I don’t give two shits about Britney Spears or her pregnant 16 year old sister.

I’m more inclined to read the “true life” articles of people who have triumphed over disease or murder-mystery stuff because the fact that People magazine thinks the women currently dating George Clooney and Matthew McConaughey are lucky is enough to make me want to vomit. How is it lucky that they are dating womanizers? They are just a temporary stop on the way to the next woman. That’s not luck, that’s stupidity.

Ew, and don’t get me started on how John Mayer seems to have a new woman every week because I just don’t get it. He’s a big dork, and not in a cute Zachary Levi way either.

But here’s where I became disgusted over something I read. It was an article in Parade on Katie Holmes. In it, she’s talking about what a great father and husband Tom Cruise is, and then goes on to say, “His first two children are incredible, really smart and kind. They call me “Mom””. Now you tell me, was that really necessary? I personally don’t care whether or not it’s true, I just know it’s extremely disrespectful to their actual mother*, Nicole Kidman. Being a step-parent myself I think it’s wrong to expect a child to call you mom, particularly when they already have one. Someone should slap Katie across her face for such a remark. It literally makes me sick to read that. She has a lot of nerve. Was it a passive-aggressive attempt to hurt Nicole, or is she really that naive? In any case, the little respect I have for her is completely gone after that remark. Yea, I’m sure she’s going to cry over that one.

* For all intents and purposes, she’s their mom even if they are adopted.

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  1. December 24th, 2007 at 15:37 | #1

    I thought the same thing about the Katie Holmes interview. Especially since, at least from the article I read about the mom thing, Nicole Kidman just had an article come out where she said that her kids refuse to call her mom, and refer to her by her first name. So it was extra tacky of Katie to say it.

    If I were a step mom, I would never expect my kids to call me mom, but I guess it depends on the circumstances. Scott calls his step dad Dad, and thinks of him as his dad, not a step parent. However, it probably makes a difference that his biological dad is dead, and his step dad has been around for nearly 30 years.

  2. December 24th, 2007 at 15:40 | #2

    I was reading the travel agent stories, and it reminded me of something funny that happened at my last job.

    There was one guy at work who was a real pain in the butt, and he recently got a new secretary. The very first day on the job he asked her to make travel plans for him and told her to call the airline directly (a total no no for the government) and request the “sunny side” of the airplane. His new secretary was just what he needed – she laughed at him and said “It’s called learning how to pull down the window shade.” We all knew she was a keeper then.

  3. December 31st, 2007 at 17:53 | #3

    I was taken aback the first time my nieces (my sister’s daughters) referred to their step-mother as “Mom.” However, unlike Tom’s kids, they live with their step-mother and rarely see my sister, who essentially abandoned them and their dad some years ago.

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