Catherine Ommanney

Cat's back and commenting on the past two episodes (and probably wearing something pink). 

on Sep 15, 20100

 

Mmmmm. I went off the radar last week, so firstly I want to say a huge thank you for all of you who have written so many kind things and really lift my spirits in very challenging times. Also, even those of you who write nasty negative things, thank you too, because no one is ever too old to learn and many of your comments I've taken on board (not the one who complained I've got too much pink in my wardrobe!! You can keep your opinions to yourself!! If your going to slag me off,  then don't make it about color - we've had enough crap about that in the show so far!!!).
 
So last's weeks episode - Sarah Palin/Edwina stuff?? Had to. Compulsory to lift the mood. This town can be way too serious for a mildly insane woman like me. And this week's episode? Well... firstly, loved the scene of Mary and me discussing who had more "mothers guilt." We had such fun on so many occasions - LOVE that lady! I know you see me teasing her, but I'm very protective of her. She also wins, hands down, for the funniest facial expressions of any friend I know! Watching her watching Lolly at the Men Against Breast Cancer event was hilarious! And from laughter to tears... I was dreading seeing and reliving the pain of losing my dear friend Phil - such an incredibly painful time for all of us who loved him so deeply. A true character in life. Made me so happy and was one of the most positive people I know - he always made my problems disappear, and he used to take me out dancing in London until we could dance no more and leave me with the biggest smile on my face when he dropped me home.The expression "time is a healer" can be true, but I will always, always miss him...
  
I'm so grateful and lucky to have so many friends here in D.C. who care for me and in particular Lynda, Mary, and Paul kept me going whilst we were filming. Thanks again to you all, and especially to my beautiful girls who always keep me going with no shortage of hugs and loving going down in our house between the three of us. You see - I do have a heart. It's just very deeply hidden. It's my way of protecting myself, putting on a brave face. So for all of you who thought I was the iron lady? Think again... Until next week! Adios. Xx

 

242 comments
DianeE
DianeE

Mark my words, you will be getting your own show! Cat, you are awesome. Don't let anyone tell you different. I hate to say this, as I try not to judge people, but your assessment of the party crashers are pretty on point. To me, they are wannabe's and try hard to get into circles that they really aren't welcome in. It's very sad to see that they ruined your legitimate Christmas party invite. I would hope that Mr. Obama will find out about how badly you wanted to come and invite you at a future event.

I saw the previews of the reunion, and Michaele had some nerve to speak about your marriage when her's is a clearly a codependent roller coaster. Talk about living in a bubble.

Live your life to the fullest, and enjoy it. I can't wait to read your book!!! As for the Salahi's book? Well, who cares - is the only phrase I can think of.

SheilaB723
SheilaB723

Cat, I'm so very sorry about the tragic events in your life. I enjoy you so much on the show and hope you will return next season to keep everyone on their toes. I wish you and your children the best of fortunes in the future.

Linda/Kevie
Linda/Kevie

Cat, I truly belive you are probably are a good friend. Yet, nothing shown after the editing would attract you to us as a friend. You are abrasive. It was at no suprise to hear of your divorce, the scene in your kitchen with your husband was cold and indifferent. It would not be out there to think your uninvite was the potential of embarrasment to your husband with his employer. Children as they grow up learn to have a self control switch, you don't have the ability to turn yours off. What you see is what you get is self absorbed. You will not find true happiness or friendship outside of snarky superficials friends until you learn to just be kind. Wish you luck. Rewatch the shows we all still don't think you get it. You of all of the DC wives make me love my friends I am so blessed.

DlovesBravo
DlovesBravo

Hey Cat, I have alot of friends who are European, English and Irish. It seems most Europeans are just very open and frank. My German friend seems to offend alot of people and it just cracks me up. It seems like so many of us Americans tend to walk on eggshells around each other and are afraid to speak their minds. Don't censor yourself! Be you and you'll be much happier. I'm sorry to see the stress and loss you have suffered through. Keep smiling!

Cheers!

Myshka
Myshka

Dear Cat,

Americans seem to always rush into love/hate relationship with anyone they encounter. I'm European and neither love you nor hate you. I love the fact that you are on the show, though. It is refreshing, indeed to see a lady that wears pink and has a mouth of a truck driver (in a good sense). I think you are an undercover (read pink feathers :) prophet that was sent to D.C. to wipe those fake smiles away from the US ladies. It's hard to get what you say behind your accent (my lazy brain is too used to AmE), but whenever I understand, you talk to the point, no bull....Keep up the good work and I hope you'll find your soulmates in US-it's hard to be a foreigner in this country, Miss Understood :)

Jerilynn King
Jerilynn King

Cat, I am so glad to see someone who tells it like it is. That is why people are taken aback by you, the truth hurts. Stay true to yourself. Also, the comment I just read where you are not sure if Michaele has MS or not. I have MS and I know it does not cause you to be thin, not eating causes you to be thin. I have had it for 8 years and give myself shots everyday and I take 1800 MG of pain medication a day. I work and still take care of my family. God bless all the MS patients. Thank you Cat for being a real person.

Shelly Burke
Shelly Burke

Cat, you are a hoot to watch!!! I really enjoy women who are not afraid to be true to themselves and others. How odd that sounds, since we are talking about a gossipy housewives show. But no matter, stay true Cat! Lots of love

SSDelene
SSDelene

Cat, you are my favorite.

I would love to read your next blog entry, about you and Erica, but apparently Bravo has your links messed up and all the links go to the blog page choice of Real Housewives of New York.

I watched the 'Erica' show last night and I really do feel for you. Some people think they can eventually harrass you into believing what they want, and why is she always telling you what to do? I don't love Tyra Banks, either, and I wouldn't want to be forced to by anyone, especially someone I don't even know.

lh
lh

Cat- I have thought you were fabulous from day one. You are very classy but do not seem to have to try to be. I have completely agreed with all you've said from the first episode including the comments about Tyra and the differences in George Bush and Obama. You are very up front and forthright, which can be taken in different ways. However, I still feel like you are one in a million in today's world, and I'm so glad to know that there are people with good sense still out there! You seem to be an excellent mother and have your priorities straight in life, which is becoming so rare. Don't let anyone change you or make you back down from who you are and what you believe. I love that you are still kind and nice but stay true to you and don't bend over backwards to make everyone like you. BRAVO! :)

Carol Anne
Carol Anne

Cat,

You by far are my favorite housewife of DC! I've been watching The Real Housewives since the very beginning with Orange County and I've never blogged until now because I felt the need to tell you you're such an awesome and a good hearted person! That Ericka lady that was soo rude, should really get some tips from you..keep up your good spirits!!!

JerzeGirl
JerzeGirl

Cat I thought you were great from the first episode. It is soooo refreshing to have someone say what their thinking and not making small talk being phoney. Maybe you should be a Jersey Housewife we would have no problem with you. Love you keep up the laughter.

triple t
triple t

Cat!!!! You are my favorite housewife ever!!! I love the way you are so honest and upfront (unlike some people on your show!) but you remain such a classy person. Love your style too! Can't wait til Thursday!!!

Joesph Taylor
Joesph Taylor

Dear Kat, Keep up the great work, you are seem to be such a wonderful person. Forgot about the haters.

Kim Austin
Kim Austin

Cat, I think that you are a fabulous woman! I find that you are very refreshing in a world that is so fake.. So thanks for that. Love ya

Viewer1234
Viewer1234

CAT-YOU ROCK!!!! You are the only reaso I watch this show!! YOu are amazing and hilarious!

Viewer1131
Viewer1131

Hi!

I don't know what it was the first few episodes - bad editing, nerves as a result of the camera crew around - but I was not a huge fan of yours initially. As the episodes evolve, and I get to see you more and more, I genuinely like your personality. To me you are the least rehearsed woman on this show. I seems that the rest of the women have a script they have developed for themselves and playing a role of who they want the world to see. This may be acceptable, and even functional, possibly normal, in D.C., but on T.V. people can see through their contrived, uni-dimensional characters. In spite of, or maybe because of, your initial missteps, your personality is quickly endearing itself to my heart - you feel like a person to me.

Amazon Woman
Amazon Woman

I find your edginess so refreshing! Loved the Sara Palin show. You call 'em as you see 'em.

Cheers

divinitycb
divinitycb

Cat, I love you...the pink clothes, and I hope you know that for everyone who has something negative to say, there are some of us who love you twice as much. I too, have had to exist with a strong exterior and understand and appreciate your candid nature. I hope things are getting better for you and I was so happy to see you on Andy Cohen's show. Thanks for letting us in.

ChrisW
ChrisW

Cat-ur the best!

Kros
Kros

I love the parts with you and Mary. You two are so funny. I really wish Bravo would show more friendly moments between all the women. I am so sick of the crazies that Bravo puts in these shows. But what keeps me watching are the moments like you and Mary talking about your mothers guilt.

averagemom
averagemom

We love you Cat!!! Realest housewife yet.........

Sherman
Sherman

I really respect you, Cat. I think you're a great Mother.

Kimberly rue
Kimberly rue

Cat, I think you are wonderful and I liked you better than any housewife in Bravo's history of housewives. You are honest and smart and up front and some people don't like it because in my opinion they have hidden agendas. I adore you and you have nothing to apologies for.

skinnylady203
skinnylady203

First sorry about your friend, thats a real loss, a great friend. Secondly, if the rumors are true that you and your husband have split up, for that I too am very sorry....another very difficult situation.

Kat, for some crazy reason I want to like you, maybe I see a teeny part of myself in you and that is when I am unhappy I have a biting tongue, no patience, and can be a little nasty. Perhaps with all that was apparently going on in your life, this made you bitter..because that is how you came across thus far. I could never understand why you were so rude to Stacys aunt, or how indignant you were to the Salahis at THEIR home,it goes on and on...if you don't like someone THEN DONT' GO TO THEIR PARTIES.

But now I see there is more to the picture than what we saw on the show and you have obviously been feeling a lot of pain and hurting, and I am sorry for that. I see why you are so close to your girls, they are all you have. I am giving you another chance becuase I really feel like deep down there is a great, fun loving, warm and genuine person there!! Again see a bit of myself in your personality (less the abrasiveness part) In any case, good luck in the days ahead....you looked smashing on Andys show! Pink really suits you........dont' give it up! Cheers....

TX-Andi
TX-Andi

So sorry for the loss of your friend Phil. I have delt with the suicide of my best freind and will NEVER understand or forget. Take care of your girls...they are lovely.

Keep up with the pink! It suits you well. You looked great on Andy Cohen's show very tan...possibly a tad too thin!

Sorry to hear about the divorce...I can only imagine how hard it has been to deal with the loss of not only a marriage but a twenty year friendship. Just remember "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger".

As for your opinions....well, lets just say you are entitled to yours! I don't always agree but I respect you for having your own!

eve4ever
eve4ever

Cat you are a very strong woman as so am I, by being so strong we sometimes are not given a shoulder to cry on because others feel we do not need it and that we will be just fine. This is false we need to be held and appreciate kind gestures as well. Cat you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear friend.

Sage Phoenix
Sage Phoenix

I have never really been into any of the Real Housewives series. Then you came along. I watch it because of you and your interaction with others. I'm fascinated by you. At first, because I'm the most non-confrontational person there is, I would get uneasy watching. Then I understood my fascination. My inner self is so you. I am inspired by you. Keep being you. I adore you.

Natalya
Natalya

Dear Cat !

Thank you for letting us to know you. I know you paid a high price for that. But life is full of surprises I hope this show will create tones of opotunties for you!

Lisa33
Lisa33

Cat, You're awesome! Please don't change, you just say what everyone else is thinking and it's great! I hope you are on the show next season!

Sherry Obsheatz
Sherry Obsheatz

Dear Cat,

I don't know if you'll actually read this, but thank you so much for addressing the health care issue. If Edwina would like to talk to someone with no health insurance and a pre-existing condition, she can talk to me. Why do I have the feeling that Edwina could care less?

Cat thank you for having the "balls" to speak you mind. Don't ever change, we need more people like you!

designermom
designermom

Kat, sorry about the tragic loss of your friend. I have to say firstoff I was NOT A FAN. So appalled at your behavior by day 1. HOWEVER if the rumors are true that your husband and you are no longer together, then I am thinking perhaps that stress that was there in your life no doubt was largely a reason for your behavior? You were miserable, sad and unhappy and it was hard to mask it so you chose to put it out there in the form of sarcasm, meanness, and rudeness? IF thats the case, i can start opening up to maybe giving you a second chance.....though I am sure some of that callousness if part of your personality. A divorce/separation is a very painful thing to go through and it would certainly explain anyones negative behavior. I am sure in the coming months the truth will be out, I hope you are doing well...your daughters btw are lovely. I am still not made up my mind about you but do wish you well, and hope you can try to be a sweeter and kinder person to others. There is no good in making someone feel like crap.

CCSS
CCSS

Dear Cat,

If I had to describe you in one word, it would be "refreshing." You are indeed the kind of person who lights up a room when you enter it. Your thoughts and your sense of humor often mirror my own! I must admit to being confused and perplexed by your behavior at Stacy's house and again at her aunt's home because I feel that all of us were born equal, despite our various races.

I am truly sorry that you lost your friend, Phil. How lucky you were to have known him! Your daughters are precious and never fail to make me smile. You seem to be a wonderful mother, who shares a real closeness with her daughters.

Best wishes to you!

Janae
Janae

Cat, Just watched the episode tonight of where you lost your friend Phil. As soon as you got the news it immediately reminded me of the moment I got the phone call that our friend Scott took his own life as well. I got a big lump in my throat and tears welled up in my eyes. I was folding clothes while watching the show. The scene then was at the benefit dinner where you met the man that reminded you of Phil. At that very instant I turned the tshirt I was folding inside out, and it was the shirt that our friend Scott gave to my husband. I know exactly how you feel, missing a friend in that manner. It is fine to cry in public, and those reminders of them and weird coinsidences keep their memories alive. I'm really sorry about your friend Phil. Your heart will eventually heal some, in time. Sincerely, Janae

Stop the crap
Stop the crap

Hey Kat, I must say you are my favorite housewife. You keep it real and hold no punches....you say whats on your mind, and you stick to your morals and beliefs even if it might not be the most popular at the time....I would love to see more of you and Mary because it looks like you and her could become the best of friends if you are not already. I think that you should of went off on Malachia what ever her name is and her assistant who do they think they are. Kat lovin you

ShannonMI
ShannonMI

Cat I wish I was more outspoken like you! You have balls lady and I respect that. I am sorry fo the passing of your friend :( You looked amazing on Watch What Happens L!ve! You have the best arms...what is your secret? You looked beautiful...keep it up!

Brian in Phoenix
Brian in Phoenix

Love you Kat! You always say what you feel! You are brilliant! xxxooo Brian

Susan in VA
Susan in VA

Dear Cat,

This lady in VA ADORES you. I think you're funny, smart, loving, candid, bawdy...you know, all the things that my best friend is to me. Don't listen to the negativity. They don't know what they're talking about and I can surely say most wouldn't put themselves out there. Takes a brave woman to open her life up to the public knowing full well nasty things will be written. I think you're fabulous and would LOVE to have you in our group of friends.

God Bless.

xoxo

pbl168
pbl168

Cat, " The first Lady of Real Housewives of DC." I also applaud your wit and candor and appreciate that you don't back down. They just can't handle the "Truth." The Sarah Palin outfit was priceless; I'd never laughed so hard. Your girls are beautiful. You so remind me of my mother, when speaking to us when we were kids. Allot of moms sugar coat truth, but you always keep it real. My sincere condolences of the passing of your friend. lol

rachel.l.g
rachel.l.g

Cat I just wanted to say I think you seem like a great mom. Your children are so well-adjusted and mature. The conversation between you and your daughter this week made me smile. I can only hope the relationship between my daughter and I is like that in 9 years. Keep up your comments and don't let what other people think bother you. I'm constantly told I come off as mean or brash, but I will do anything for those I love. I just like to keep up the sarcasm and honesty because it weeds out the fake people around you.

Sheila36
Sheila36

I must say, Cat I had you wrong I am loving you know, LOL!!! You have guts!!

jsegarra
jsegarra

Cat, you are largely misunderstood, admittedly even by myself initially. however, your personality is exquisite! i misjudged you at first glance based upon the guided sway of television - whos job it is to push and pull our emotions and insinuate mirage. by the 3rd episode my hubby and i were completely in love with you! you're real, you're down to earth even with your financial security (understatement) and you speak your mind/the truth at every turn. you're genuine. i think however some of your outbursts are due to difficulty in social settings, especially very intimate settings i.e. the dinner at the Aunties house. it seems you do better getting to know people one on one and then merging into group setting. anyway, never bite your tongue, unless of course it's prepped to say something truly hurtful. keep calling people on their B.S.! I think you're intelligent, adorable and a great person. sometimes your slight of hand with regard to American culture is a painful blow but for the most part accurate though not across the board as nothing ever is. just keep being you and know that there ARE some Americans who have the Old English decorum, class and charm ;)

Jaydan
Jaydan

I loved the dress you were wearing on the "Watch What Happens" episode with Andy and Ramona...where do you shop???

AllPinkedOut
AllPinkedOut

Cat, love your name, and love that you wear pink, my favorite color as well...I love it soft pink, middle pink and bold pink. Pink Flamingos are my favorite bird because they are PINK! I love them so much I have a small Christmas tree devoted to just pink flamingos...I had been buying so much pink at one time, my closet looked like someone had thrown up pepto bismol all over it, so I had to tame it a little...and you are right, why hassle a person over a color? I want to mention your friend, Phil, and tell you that I have some personal losses regarding suicide and will tell you that it is one of the hardest kinds of grief to heal...there are so many unanswered questions we have, but one thing I have learned about that kind of loss is that the person who is gone most likely wrestled with the decision to take themselves out of life for a long time. While it is hurtful and painful for those left behind, we need to remember whatever turmoil was in their life and the struggles are no longer giving them pain. When we hear of young people who take their life, it is always tragic because we think there are things that could have been done to prevent it. When we hear of an adult who takes their life we wonder why they didn't reach out to us....the guilt can be consuming. For those of us who love life, we can't imagine such a line of thought but one thing I know for sure is that I will see those I have lost in another place and time, where I won't ask, Why? I'll just say, "I missed you"...

d1962
d1962

Dearest Cat, I am so saddened to hear that you and your husband have divorced. You were such a beautiful couple. You looked absolutely stunning in your pink sequined dress on Watch What Happens Live with Andy the other night as well. I am a pale pink lover myself. I am sorry that some of our American's have been giving you a hard time over your whit and humor. Cat between you and me it takes a relatively sensitive and smart person to understand British humor. I was born in the wrong country since we share this same humor and think you are a strong and courageous woman to return to America to heal after losing such a love. I wish you and your girls all things beautiful and hope that you find true love in your future!

Candace10
Candace10

Dear Cat, I enjoy seeing you and the other housewives. Each of you has a distinct perception of what is happening while experiencing the same event and different as your individual takes are, they are all interesting. You are my particular favorite but Mary, Stacie and Lynda are lovable. The loss of your friend Phil was difficult to watch as I saw how undone your were. I felt I was intruding on a deeply personal level and I felt very much as if I wanted to protect you. I am so glad that you do have not only the 3 ladies I mentioned above but other friends in DC whom are comforting you at such an enormously difficult time. I am also sorry for the difficulty in having to deal in a public manner with a divorce. I'm not going to listen to any of that gossip as I know well that there are 2 sides to every divorce and I am praying that your ex will consider the girls. Funny how the memory becomes so selective when it comes to a broken marriage. He used to love you and that seems the first thing a bitter ex forgets. You are beautiful and looked amazing on the 'Watch What Happens' episode with Andy and Ramona. Good, good luck to you and I hope you will be back next season to further enlighten people that they should think about the healthcare here and to speak up when being wronged. Candace

mb1
mb1

You are the most beautiful housewife!

mary from ny
mary from ny

Cat, thank you. You have given me a new perspective on my mother-in-law. She is from swindon. She has a biting tongue but it also very loving and warm deep down. I thought at first it was just her but maybe it is an English thing?? Your sense of humor and fun sense of style remind me of her as wwll. Ive seen her closet and heats the stories of her old dance club days. Cheers to you and know that you have fans that love you.

anne0
anne0

Deepest sympathies for the loss of your friend. At the beginning I found you to be rude-brash & like the young lady from the vineyard stated "bitchy". But as of late, you have softened w/out losing your great wit. Again, heartfelt thoughts for healing.

SuziD
SuziD

Cat, I watch the show because of you. I applaud your wit and candor and appreciate that you let no one get away with rudeness. I wish all walks of life could be represented and know that Bravo allows only so much on TV, but again thank you for your refreshing point of view!

houstongal
houstongal

I couldn't stand you, until the last episode. The way you talked to Edwina about health care was priceless. Sarah Palin at health care dinner was priceless. Anyone who does those two things wins a place in my heart! I have a friend like you. It does sting when her mouth is pointed at me, but I still love her! People need to not take it personal, as Cat does it to everyone, it is who she is. lol