Well as you saw last week, my effort to get everyone together did not turn out as planned. I wasn't as disappointed as Lisa described to Kim and Sheree on tonight's show. However, I did feel that Kim and Sheree could have just called or sent a text message to say that they weren't going to make it (rather than say in their interview that they had no plans on attending). We are all grown! No one has to do anything they don't want to do.
Fortunately, Lisa was successful in getting the group together. As you saw, there were a lot of hurt feelings and a lot of misunderstandings. The conversation should have taken place a long time ago. I think Greg's speech was the perfect ending.
There was so much footage during the filming that you all only got to see a "snapshot" into our lives--you did not get to see everything. I did a lot with my boys, I did a lot with my foundation girls, and NeNe and I visited and ministered to women in the domestic violence shelter (for her non-profit, Twisted Hearts)... I was happy to see that the scene with Eric and me on our basketball court made it on the show. How cute was that! I think you all got a good glimpse of the history we have together. As I said before, Eric and I met freshman year in college. We had the name of our first-born picked out before we even graduated (we had him three years later). We didn't really know where life would take us, but we knew we would be together through it all.
Eric has definitely had a blessed career. Since taping the show, a lot has changed. He has not officially retired, however he is "inactive due to a career-ending injury." Meanwhile, he has accepted a position as Studio Analyst with NBA TV. He does a live show on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights. He loves it! I am so proud of him. For the past, I don't know, maybe four to five years I have been prophesizing that I would replace his income by the time he retires. Well I have a little less than a year, and I still am very confident. We joked about him taking the backseat to me (on the season finale), but he really is excited for me and really don't mind chilling out with the boys. The cooking scene with Lisa and I was funny too.
Yes, I do know how to follow a recipe!
I never have been the domestic type ... not in college and not in our early years of marriage. When the opportunity to hire a chef became available, it was no brainer!
WOW!!!! I can't believe that the season has ended already. It is sort of bittersweet. I am so thankful for all of your support and comments. Thank you for making us the No. 1 show on the network. Our lives are forever changed. Please join the Insider's Club on my Web site to find out all of the latest news, and to read my personal blogs. I plan to post answers to the most frequently asked questions during the airing of the show.
Prayerfully, my online store will be live before the reunion special (which will air next Tuesday at 9 p.m.). You will have a chance to own a piece of my brand. Among the many items, I will have my "Shawnee Says" collection. This is a t-shirt line that has various things from the show that I have said that the world had so much to say about (good and bad)!
Please make sure to watch the reunion special. It will be full of DRAMA and you will get answers and clarification to a lot of things.