Read this blog post at your own risk. I have PMS and hay fever, which is not a good combination. I'll do my best to be coherent.
Raising kids is tricky; some days you feel good about what you're doing and other days might as well be branded "epic fail." That's how I felt watching the footage of François' birthday and the piano. I should have listened to my instincts that day. He had a great birthday in all ways but one this year. It was a half-day at school, so we picked him up and took him on a shopping spree, then came home to the piano. Little kids are brutally honest with their emotions, and he wasn't into it that day. I should have shut it down. It made me ill to watch his reaction. It doesn't matter that he loves the piano, and his lessons, and even back on that day wanted Travis from NYFA to play all sorts of requests. One thing that did make me feel better was watching Episode 2 of Simon's webisodes.
Watching the scene with Jill was bittersweet. It's hard for me to analyze it as I'm so close to the situation and not objective at all, so I'm not going to. Each week I'm constantly reminded how much really happened during this period -- it was such a race to get from one situation to the next at that time that only now am I beginning to be able to digest it all. It will be very interesting to see what happens next. By the way, on a side note if you'd like to know what I made for lunch in that scene, the menu is here.
I'm not sure exactly how Kelly felt Ramona's text message was threatening, but it gives a good indication of how thin-skinned she can be. You need thicker skin than that to navigate a reality show without going bananas; that puts more than a few things in perspective. LOVED Sonja's impression of Ramona, except the only time Ramona says "darling" is when she is impersonating LuAnn. Next time I want to see Sonja do Kelly impersonating Simon.