Tuesday, February 2, 2010

the REAL houswives of Delaware Co.

You gotta love reality tv- mostly because reality has nothing to do with it.  I saw a commercial for "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" or something and all I could do was laugh and shake my head.  Seriously, name five stay at home moms YOU know who actually spend their day at the spa and go out clubbing at night!  It just make me wonder, is that what single people really think we do?  Or are these just the abstract stereotypes from those execs in NYC and LA?
On Regis and Kelly the other day (yes, I admit I was actually watching that show- I turn on the tv for background noise when I clean) they were reading a list out of a magazine on the top fads women hope will go away in the next decade.  Now, I can't remember them all, but here are the few that I do remember:

1)  fake tans
Kelly's reaction:  What?!  Absolutely not!
My reaction:  Whatever, maybe there will be less skin cancer if people stop wasting their money fake baking.

2)  dark nail polish
Kelly's reaction:  No!  I love my dark nail polish!
My reaction:  I am lucky if I get my toenails painted when I wear sandals in the summer.  Forget about fingernail polish, no matter what color!

3)  fishnet stockings
Kelly's reaction:  Well, maybe, but they are still nice to wear for certain occasions. 
(Jeff Probst who was co-hosting that day:  "No way!  Those are sexy!")
My reaction:  That's a current trend?  I haven't worn fishnets since my dance recital when I was 9.

4)  skinny jeans
Kelly's reaction:  I don't know.  They look nice but sometimes it is hard to get them over my heels.
My reaction:  I have had three kids.  There is nothing skinny about my jeans!

5)  ultra low rise jeans
Kelly's reaction:  No!  I love those.  If jeans sit at the waist then you have to pop open the button at dinner.  (Jeff Probst:  They are sexy!)
My reaction:  Not practical for crawling on the floor with the kids plus not very compatible with g's.

6)  big SUVs
Kelly's reaction:  No!  I love my SUV.  How else would I get my kids and their stuff where they need to be?  Of course my next one will be a hybrid.
My reaction:  I have to agree with Kelly on this one.  Seriously, how do you expect to go anywhere with a husband and three kids and all of the stuff that accompanies them in a little four door sedan?! 
(I actually had a friend once tell me that there was no excuse in the world to need a minivan or suv when you could just drive a subaru or four door sedan.  I wanted to introduce her to my neighbor with nine kids or let her see my back of my minivan which was full of a stroller and other necessary baby gear that would not fit in a smaller vehicle.  Of course, that was her point of view before she had kids.  I wonder how she feels now that she has one?)

So my point- (I do have one, honest) is that whoever is producing these shows and magazine articles are so far off base with what average, run-of-the-mill stay-at-home moms think and feel and do.  Or I am a lot more boring than I thought?  Are my other "Mommy Friends" actually spending their days at the spa and clubbing at night in fishnets and skinny jeans?


Jewels said...

HA HA HA! Oh, Erin, you are right on the money--I have NO IDEA where these moms are that spend days at the spa and nights clubbing! File this one under "which moms did they talk to, exactly?" -- follow link to article titled "Moms Have More Leisure Time Than They Think, Researcher Says" NO WAY!! http://www.parentdish.com/2010/01/29/moms-have-more-leisure-time-than-they-think?icid=main|hp-laptop|dl3|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parentdish.com%2F2010%2F01%2F29%2Fmoms-have-more-leisure-time-than-they-think

yamsey said...

Thanks Jewels. That researcher (so typically male) must have been counting sleep time as part of the 30-40 hours of free time. He must also have included bathroom breaks, shower time and the five minutes of reading before we pass out unconscious. What blather! =)

Andrea said...

I totally agree with you Erin. Although, I have to admit that my cute hubby bought me a massage package for my last birthday. So, for the first time in my life, I can actually say that I spend at least an hour at the spa every month!!

yamsey said...

What a great gift!! I said that I don't spend my days in the spa, not that I don't WANT to spend my days there!

International Tease said...

WHAT!!?!? You don't spend your days at the spa and your nights clubbing??? I'm SHOCKED!!!

Fret not about what we single girls think housewives do--at the very least, we all know that reality tv bears precious little resemblance to reality! Pretty disappointed about the fishnets, though... :)

Heather said...

That is why I avoid the TV. It never ceases to amaze me the STUPID things people think about run of the mill stay at home moms...Hello...we don't even fit in a normal mini-van after Tuesday, since they cut them all down to 7 seaters, what are we supposed to do take 2 cars to go the dr. in the middle of the week while dad's at work? Um Yea...get real. I love your take on it though. I needed the laugh. :)