Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Outrageous Headlines

Teresa clears up some of the rumors that have been floating around.

Another crazy busy couple of weeks! Did you see me, Caroline, and Melissa on Regis & Kelly? I can’t say enough how much I love, love, love Kelly. She is so sweet, she’s a Jersey girl, and she’s gorgeous! I have so much fun with her and her adorable husband. They invited me back in November when Regis leaves. How much fun would it be to guest host with Kelly?

Yes, I heard from you all that I looked a little tense on the show, but that’s because I was. Having issues with my family blow up even bigger because we’re on TV together is kind of a nightmare. It’s not fun for me. I can’t pretend it is. I’m not gonna sit there and be all smiley and happy that I’m on a talk show when I feel like crying. I’d rather never have been on TV and have a happy family than go through any of this. And it’s hard to sit next to people who obviously don’t feel the same way and are loving every minute of it...

Caroline pointed out that with all her brothers and sisters, someone is always fighting, and I’m sure that’s true. She’s maybe more used to not speaking to her sisters or brothers for awhile, but I’m not. It’s just me and Joey, and I can’t stand not having him in my life. Hopefully things will get better, but as long as Melissa gets attention for saying negative things about me, I think she’ll take it. Once it all dies down, I’m looking forward to having our family whole again (I’m guessing that won’t happen until she fulfills her Britney Spears dreams though. Please, make it quick and painless. Thank you, Jeezus!)

Speaking of media attention, I seriously cannot believe how many magazine covers I’ve been on in the last few weeks! I heard when I’m on the cover the issues are breaking sales records or something. I guess I should be flattered, but it is super weird to see my face all over the place. And it’s getting harder and harder to keep the girls from reading the outrageous headlines when we’re in the store.

I want you to hear the truth directly from me, so here goes: I’m not pregnant with a boy. Joe and I were talking about “what if” we had a boy. Yes, we’d name him Franco, and never say never, but I think I’m done. Four beautiful girls are enough for us! And no, Joe and I are not headed for divorce. Not, not, not. Not now, not ever. As you can see again from this week’s episode, we’re still crazy about each other after over ten years! We are a team, we’ve always been there for each other, and we always will be.

The living room picnic he made for me was for our anniversary. When we were first dating, I gave him a surprise picnic, and he wanted to do the same for me. I love when he cooks for me! You didn’t get to see his present to me: it was the “love” necklace I’ve been wearing all season. I love, love, love it!

Don’t you love Lauren Manzo? So upset she doesn’t see her brothers enough. I can relate! You grow up really close to someone and you don’t want to let them go. How much did I love her red pepper flake stockings? A girl after my own heart... PS: I thought the green feather tree was fabulous! Maybe not for your only tree, but for the boys' Christmas in Hoboken, it was perfect!

Thank you, Jacqueline, for standing up for me with Kim G.! I really have no idea why Kim G. is so interested in me. I never called her Kim Grannytell (I don’t know where that’s from, but probably a nasty blog I don’t read...), and I didn’t call her elderly. I said on the show that I regretted pushing her out of my way because “I respect the elderly.” It was a joke, Kim G. Get over it! I don’t write nasty blogs about people or give nasty interviews or make friends with nasty bloggers who say horrible things about my friends and family. I know other Housewives are into that, but it’s just not my style. Sorry!

I was glad that I told Jacqueline to invite Melissa and my brother to her Christmas cocktail party -- it turned out better than I’d expected. I do really want everyone to be together and be happy, and I wanted them to hang out with me and my friends. We had a great time together. And no, please don’t dare my brother to do anything. He really will do it!

I was in Florida with Gia most of the week for her national dance competition. She did such a great job! I missed the other girls so much (Joe and our parents took them to the shore), but it was nice to have some mommy time with G to the IA! We were down there for the Casey Anthony verdict which was a horrible, heartbreaking circus. I do love that one Oklahoma mom wanted to do something about it, so she created a petition for Caylee’s Law which would make it a felony for a parent not too report their child missing within 24 hours. I signed it! Please, for the sake of missing and abused children, please sign it too: http://www.change.org/petitions/create-caylees-law.

We did see an amazing message in the sky in Orlando. Gia took pictures of it. They’re on my website (along with all her gorgeous costumes from the meet): www.teresagiudice.com.

I had the greatest time meeting my fans in CT and NY this week! I cannot believe so many people came. They ran out of books! If you’re having trouble finding FABULICIOUS!, it’s still on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.

Hope you all are having an amazing summer!

Tanti baci,

Teresa

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Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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