Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sister Wives - 12/29/13 - "I Kiss Better Then I Cook" (Misspelled intentionally)

Sister Wives is back! The Brown clan is living in the cul de sac and rebuilding their life as a whole family...and they're calling it the plyg-de-sac.

The family discussed how they thought the new homes would be like fairy dust and fix everything, which it didn't for the adults - they still feel as if they're leading separate lives. However, Kody likes that he can run house-to-house without breaking a sweat.

The family had to discuss their financial matters, including college tuition. Primarily, the fact that Mariah's tuition will be high going to Westminster College. Kody said that he doesn't support student loans. (Which is awesome except they have like, a million kids to send to school.)

The topic of who has cars came up. Aspyn and Logan have cars, but Mariah doesn't, and Meri doesn't want her to go without a car in Utah. So, more expenses for Mariah.

Things got touchy in the conversation when the family discussed who is responsible for paying for what and how Meri's going to be an empty nester.

Mariah was called in for the discussion. Robyn immediately tried to ask her if she'd consider going somewhere besides Westminster, even though she's clearly said it's all she wants. When Meri pressed about why Mariah wants to go to Utah, Mariah got emotional, stating that she wants to be in a place where there are like minded people - like those who want sister wives. She feels that she's unable to move forward with that lifestyle in Las Vegas. Which is valid.

The family pledged to help Meri get to Westminster and make it so Mariah doesn't need to stress about it.

Next up was Mother's Day. For this holiday, all four mothers in law and Kody's own mother were visiting.
- Meri's mom Bonnie was there. The women reminisced about how they'd have Bonnie talk to Kody if they wanted something from him.
- MIL Sheryl (Janelle's mom), also in attendance, is married to Kody's dad.
- Christine's mom Annie was also present.
- Robyn's mom Alice joined too, and because of a remarriage situation, she's been both a first and second wife. 
- Genielle is Kody's mom. She has 10 biological children.

Kody noted that he likes and dislikes some of his mothers in law, but wouldn't say which he likes and dislikes, which is a very smart idea. Although saying he dislikes one or more of them probably wasn't smart to begin with.

Kody took the MILs (and his mom) shopping for gifts for their daughters. The moms were not shy about their opinions. Kody talked about buying a sign for Janelle that says, "I kiss better than I cook". Sheryl was not amused by it, even after Kody's explanation that Janelle can cook but she can also kiss. He kept saying things like "she can kiss good" which made the grammar lover in me go a bit crazy. The concept seemed to make Sheryl quite uncomfortable.

Bonnie said she loves Kody, although she admits he makes stupid mistakes.

Kody's mom made a point that he should choose equitable presents for each wife. He said he shouldn't have to be concerned about what the other wives think when he buys a present for each wife.

Kody talked to the moms about the family's mission statement and current issues since they've moved closer to each other. He talked about how the family isn't as close as he'd like them to be. Kody addressed the discussion from their therapy retreat that the wives wouldn't stay a family if he wasn't there. The MILs seemed to be pretty positive about the situation - they seemed to think things would work out now that everyone lives near each other. One MIL noted that now they're a united family, and she'd heard an older child say that she was happy with the new situation because the younger kids will have the same situation they did - having their siblings all together.

To celebrate Mother's Day, Kody decided to gather the kids and make breakfast for all the mothers. Kody seemed very overwhelmed. He wanted to set up a buffet for the moms, but a blown fuse got in the way. While Kody and the kids cooked, the moms and MILs hung out. In the end, it all worked out, and Kody gave an emotional speech before anyone could eat.

The wives, in the confessional after breakfast, seemed to actually be on the same  for once- they realized they have to laugh at Kody's antics. It was nice to see them united.

The wives asked the MILs for advice on being a sister wife. The advice included realizing that everyone is an individual and contributes something to the relationship. Kody's mom talked about her experiences with jealousy and understanding that change has to come from you, not expecting someone else to change. She also said you have to accept everyone for who they are and need to love unconditionally. There was more talk about broken marriage, trust, long term commitments, etc. To close out the episode, Kody said that he hopes the commitment ceremony he's planning helps to bring the family together to be the family he wants it to be.

Update: Thanks to those who commented to note that the "I kiss better than I cook" sign actually said "I kiss better then I cook." So, as was pointed out, it technically says that Janelle kisses better (than the other wives or whoever else) and then she cooks. This reminds me of the time I saw a shirt that said "It takes a women". Are companies really not hiring proofreaders for this stuff?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kim Kardashian Wants Two More Kids With Kanye

Kim Kardashian revealed that she wants two more kids with Kanye West. Which is fine and all, but once you name a kid North, what do you name the rest?

Here are my guesses:

The typical ones: South and East. Although this leads to a problem if she has South and then gets pregnant with twins. Then what...West West?

Some kind of action: Walk West. Go West. Run West. Drive West. If it's in this category, though, my guess is on March. March West. It sounds like their kind of thing.

The same first letter trend. The Kardashian girls are all K names, so why wouldn't Kim continue the tradition with N names? If they go this route, I vote for Nifty or Nonpariel...but I somehow doubt even they would choose those names. How about just the name Name? They could call her Nami for a nickname, like Nori...I guess.

If they decide on only two kids, I vote for Thorn as the second baby. It's like North but with the letters mixed up. Although that'll hardly give kid 2 his or her own identity.

What do you think Kim and Kanye would name babies two and three?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Jenelle Evans is Pregnant, and It Was Planned.

Jenelle Evans of Teen Mom 2 fame is pregnant with her second child. She and her boyfriend each have one child that they do not have custody of already.

Per RealityTVWorld, Jenelle and boyfriend Nathan Griffith planned this child, although they've only recently begun dating, and Jenelle's still legally married to Courtland Rodgers, who is behind bars.

Crazy Days and Nights reports that Jenelle is drinking and smoking pot during her pregnancy. (The pot is to alleviate morning sickness.) I hope for her sake and the baby's that this isn't true.

There isn't much more I have to say about this except I hope this pregnancy helps Jenelle get her life back on track and make better decisions for herself and her family.

Update: Jenelle and Nathan got into a fight and Jenelle's been arrested. Okay, then.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Brandon Blackstock: Don't Cheat On Kelly Clarkson!

Kelly Clarkson found her man. She got pregnant. And then rumors started about her husband, Brandon Blackstock, cheating. Unfortunately, a woman is claiming the cheating rumors are true...and she's the other woman.

According to a letter to The Dirty, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous is claiming that she and Kelly Clarkson's beau Brandon Blackstock (who is Reba McEntire's stepson) have been intimate. While I'm usually inclined to believe that when people want to stay anonymous they may not be telling the truth, I kind of believe this woman. Why? Because her alibi is that she's got her life and kids to protect, and she's not making this affair out to be something huge - she openly admits that she and Mr. Blackstock never entirely did the deed.

Plus, Crazy Days and Nights has been posting blind items about Brandon's infidelity for quite some time.

Kelly, we wish you all the best with this.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Generation Cryo: My Thoughts/Review of the First Episode

I finally got a chance to watch Generation Cryo on MTV, which tracks 17 year old Breeanna's journey to find the 15 brothers and sisters she's gained through her dad being a sperm donor.

Like her siblings, Breeanna was conceived when her parents decided to get pregnant via a sperm donor. In Breeanna's case, her parents were lesbians. One parent is her biological mom and her other is not. Her parents split up when she was young, and while she's close with both parents, she currently lives with her non-biological mother.

At seventeen years old, Breeanna is on a mission to meet all of her half siblings. On this episode, she met Jonah and Hilit, who are full siblings to each other (biological mom and sperm donor dad). In their situation, their father was unable to produce sperm to impregnate their mom, so they went to a sperm donor to have a family.

Breeanna's interaction with the family proved to be quite interesting in some cases, while being mundane in others (much like real life). The sibling interactions were pretty standard (let's eat bagels, let's do our nails, let's go to a party that MTV probably staged...) but the parent interactions were fascinating.

Hilit and Jonah's mom straight up told the cameras about their dad's inability to produce sperm. And she did not do it subtly. She said something along the lines of "not a sperm in sight", which I'm sure did not go over well when the dad saw it on TV.

Image of Breeanna from HollywoodReporter.com
The other truly interesting part of the episode is when Breeanna and Jonah had to ask the parents if they could send Jonah's DNA cheek swab (Breeanna asked him to do it because she needed male DNA) to a lab to try to find their biological father. Eric, Hilit and Jonah's dad, seemed totally against it at first, seemingly due to his insecurities about not being his kids' bio-dad. On the other hand, Teri, Hilit and Jonah's mom, was all about it, citing that she'd love to meet their bio-dad so she can understand her kids better. It's also important to note here that Hilit and Jonah referenced meeting some of their bio-siblings before, so as emotional as their dad was about maintaining their bio-family, he did let Breeanna in their home and was open to his underage kids (they're 17) meeting their siblings.

Other parts of the show were pretty mundane, like Breeanna asking her parents' permission to travel to meet her siblings and meet her bio-dad, primarily because that part had to be staged. I mean, MTV cameras don't just follow a 17 year old around with a camera without her parents' permission in hopes that they'll agree to let her film the show that they're already filming.

Here are some interesting pieces from / my thoughts on the show:

- One of Breeanna's moms remained a lesbian while the other did not, and one blames the other for Breeanna being a lesbian.
- It was super creepy when Breeanna and Jonah talked about what they like when they hook up with people. I guess it wasn't that weird, but it was strange that siblings that just met discussing their  mating habits on camera...on a show that their parents are sure to watch.
- This show is interesting but a bit dragged out. Breeanna's got a great idea with what she's doing, but because she likely wasn't cast by MTV to be a 'character' (like Snooki or those types) the show isn't gripping. Like, I could walk away for ten minutes and pick back up without feeling like I missed something incredible.
- The best part of Generation Cryo is learning about the similarities between the siblings and seeing how they and their parents feel about the siblings meeting and their quest to find the sperm donor. For example, Breeanna really wants to find him whereas Hilit seems to barely care. And no one seems to want to make him part of the family - those who want to know just want to know.
- I wonder how the sperm donor feels about the show and if we'll find out. It must be interesting to have a show focused on you, even if you take no part in it.
- I would be willing to bet that MTV didn't come up with the idea of this show. If anything, Bree's family contacted MTV to film it, or someone at MTV met Bree's family and went about convincing the executive team to give it a go. Why? Primarily because this seems like an idea Breeanna had way before the cameras followed her around, and because MTV must be paying for all of Bree's travel, so she probably saw this funding as a way to make her dream come true.
- The show is good. Not terribly exciting (very raw and real for MTV), definitely partially staged, and worth seeing through because there are a finite number of episodes (unless MTV plans to show more reunions as the siblings get to know each other). That being said, if your TV schedule is pretty full already, this show's not exciting enough to bump another one out of the way.