Cast Blog: #DCHOUSEWIVES

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Bullying Tactics

Secret Thoughts

A Rewarding Experience

Man Rule Refresher

Wine Woes

Something for the Grandchildren

Man Rules

McGyver, Jack Bauer, ... Jason Turner?

Just Say ... Yes?

Love, Communication, and Mutual Respect

Mary's Best Moment

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No More Drama

Edge of Your Seat Drama

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Q and A With Stacie

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Shining Just Where We Are

Time to Press Delete

Mary's Worst Moment

Be Careful Who You Trust

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Gracious Offerings from Burkina Faso

No Stones Left Unturned

The White House Cirque Begins

Miss Understood

There's Nothing Pretty About Being a Mean Girl

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"Some People are Not Destined to Be Friends"

Ask, and I May Tell!

I Live for "Today!"

High Heel Fatigue

The Many Faces of Mary

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Let's Hear it for the Boys

This Oasis is Not a Mirage

What is Salahi-ism?

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Time Is a Healer

Vineyard Vindication

Breaking the Man Rules

Who wants to Shoot Tareq?

Making Wine, Housewives Style

Reality Check

Grape Expectations

I Laughed, I Cried, I Cringed

'Tis Better to Give Love Than to Receive Meanness

Bullying Tactics

Michaele was shocked and hurt by the other 'wives behavior at the reunion.

 

Thank you to all my new friends, I love you! For without you, I just wouldn't have made it through! Your loving messages mean the world to me! Wow! So much happened this season! 

What seems to make the other wives on the show thrive and be happy is to bully me, wish ill upon me, and hurt or insult me. Sad to have to see any human being act this way. I was happy I never experienced it in school, and I couldn't believe that women who are mothers would act that way. Many of you have messaged me that exact statement. I agree. Disturbing. Seeing them sit around drinking wine in the morning and cheering at the television set during the Congressional hearing as if they were watching sports was uncivilized behavior to me.

I remember leaving this reunion taping and feeling dirty. All I knew is that I had to take a shower to feel better. The other women really enjoy bullying me and take great pleasure in it.    

The continued bullying tactics from the wives against me about my illness was really shocking, heart breaking, and a rather disturbing experience. The behavior in this reunion and the insults and attacks on me are not how women I know act. I hope that no one has to go through this type of thing and endure it along with an illness. Very painful. 

When people don't have the grace to respect someone's illness, it's sad.

Stacie was inaccurate about what real estate we own. Doing her own research as an agent would be best, not going off others' opinions and gossip. I agree with what Naomi Campbell said to her, "why do you feel the need to tell Michaele they are all talking behind her back?" Gossip and hate only consumes those who hold on to it. Thank You Naomi for looking out for me! I love you!  

 From what we had been told, Lolly was aware of the theft of a car and polo gear. This was hard to hear and see. It hurt everyone.  While we put this behind us, it was brought back up again at the reunion. Lolly's Facebook friend was the one who drove the car. Her Facebook friend has since apologized to the police and some of the gear was recovered from him. Last we heard from the authorities, he was going to meet with the others involved and get a few more of the items they had taken to give back. All we know is what the authorities told us. Throughout the reunion the term "hat" was given. In fact it was a helmet that was worn. While this was painful to go through, we forgave and moved forward. Mary refers to her closet and clothes being removed by Lolly and how it upsets her, can you imagine those who aren't family and experience the same treatment of having things stolen. Enough said.  

Jason Backe ... his statement was "Michaele invited us." No. Jason and Ted in fact asked the night before the dinner if they could be added to go. They asked! Our attourney was able to help them attend. Again neither the Secret Service nor Security ever removed us. His story is so outrageous.  

In fact, many witnesses interviewed saw us enter through the main entrance with other guests enjoying the entire evening including one of our attorneys. The facts is (and I don't know why we seem to always be defending ourseleves) we never crashed that event or the White House.  

The facts are proven best by watching the episode of the show, which as we indicated previously, are when pictures are worth more than a thousand words. We are especially proud of when Bravo showed the video portion of the producer asking me what to look for. I'm glad they kept it real.

Let's get back to helping the stray "Cat" about her invitation to the White House. I think she was uninvited by her husband not by the White House. Keepin' it real Cat! Your Dad went in your place and that was the right thing to do, to share.

I was very happy to see Tareq defend me, rise above it all, and even apologize to Lynda. However, I was sad to see Lynda couldn't do the same to me for all the pain she has caused me. I really hope she blesses herself instead of the yard, it is much needed at this time.

I will be appearing at and supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis event in Chicago, November 13th, at the Hard Rock Hotel. For more information, please go to www.Multiple-Solutions.org. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for watching Season 1 and I hope you enjoyed learning about us. More to come!

Here is how you can stay in touch with me:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MichaeleandTareqSalahi 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelesalahi 

My website at www.MichaeleandTareqSalahi.com 

Love you very much!

OXO

MICHAELE

 

A Rewarding Experience

Despite her cringe-worthy moments, Mary's had a blast.

Nonsense

n.

1. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning

2. Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.

3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity

4. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness

5. Insolent talk or behavior; impudence

One thing that no one can ever take from you is your word. I was raised with the motto say what you mean and mean what you say. The reunion was extremely difficult for me. All of the nonsensical behavior that we have been subject to this season from Boris and Natasha came to a head that long September day. It was difficult to watch myself become so exacerbated by the lies and false accusations, and to see myself visibly display the emotions I was experiencing: anger, hurt, and frustration. Even when confronted with solid proof these people still arrogantly sat there denying all. It was unreal. After a season of fabulous fun with my family and friends it made me sick to see it all end this way.

As parents, one of the primary values we teach our children is the importance of being honest. As I sat on the sofa during 10 tedious hours of filming, listening to lie after lie coming from a couple who are masterful storytellers, I wondered how we got to this point. I have never in my life been put in such a confrontational and frustrating situation nor watched two grown adults be so blatantly dishonest. My family, close friends, and my charity have all been negatively affected by these individuals. At the end of the day I know what I signed up for, and in the reality TV world the name of the game is drama. What I was experiencing was not drama. This was about two delusional individuals who still can not answer a "yes" or "no" question. Ultimately for me they stooped to the lowest of lows by falsely accusing our daughter of a serious crime that she had no involvement in whatsoever. I can easily say that I am relieved that we can all move on from spending precious time and energy talking about these people. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'm ready to move on!

In some ways this reality TV experience was like being pregnant for the first time; many people offered sound advice but nothing can really prepare a person for such a surreal experience. As a family, we have had a blast on this roller coaster ride and have enjoyed watching snapshots of our "functionally dysfunctional" family relate to each other through the challenges of being a large family. The love of a family is the greatest blessing, and I am overwhelmingly blessed with a large loving family. I want to thank them all for taking this great risk and jumping on this ride with me.

The cross! I have had an overwhelming number of inquiries about how to find the cross that I wear regularly. I purchased my cross a number of years ago on a trip to the Carribbean. Unfortunately, the cross is no longer available, but I am working closely with the company that produced it and will be launching a new version soon! Additionally, I am excited to share that I am currently designing an entire cross collection. Look for more information coming soon on my future website www.maryamons.com!

If in the DC area on November 4th, please join me as Labels for Love hosts a spectacular event called the Modus Union Salon Party. This evening will feature the incredible works of 75 juried artists, live painting, musical performances, trapeze artists, vendors, nibbles from local restaurants, and of course cocktails! All artwork will be for sale and the proceeds will benefit Fran Drescher's organization, Cancer Schmancer (www.cancerschmancer). For more information, go to www.labelsforlove.org. I hope to see you there!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all that helped make this year incredibly enriching and rewarding. This entire experience has been a very humbling and rewarding one. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and witnessed many cringe-worthy moments to learn from ... and avoid! One of the best aspects of making the choice to do the show was the beautiful friendships that developed and strengthened over the last with Lynda, Cat, and Stacie and our incredible crew. We shared many laughs and had a ton of fun! Although a friendship with Michaele didn't develop, I wish her and each of my cast mates only the best for the future. Thank you all for the support and encouragement over the our first season! 

Peace and Blessings!

ox,

Mary

 

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