The trip back to school was a little chaotic. My mom is such a pain to drive with. She is, hands down, the WORST "backseat driver" known to man. She slaps, she screams, and she'll also randomly GASP and make me feel like I ran over a small kitten or something (when in reality she just thought I was "too close" to the car 50 feet in front of me). My mom and I are a lot like sisters, we fight, we share shoes, and we also drive each other completely nuts (but I would argue that I could never love a sister as much as I love my mom). So, whenever I get in the car with my mom, whether it's her or me behind the wheel, the experience is rather high-strung. When I was learning to drive, I cried on multiple occasions from the pressure and stress. "JESUS CHRIST KARA! That's not a stop. YOU'RE TOO CLOSE TO THE CURB!! Let me drive. I'm not ready to DIE. I give up — we'll just pay your brother to drive you around. Is this because Shane took your Barbie Jeep and never let you drive?" So, naturally, the trip to Berkeley was, without a doubt, the most infuriating seven hour drive. I felt like I needed a Valium or something. When she drove, all I wanted to do was close my eyes and pretend I didn't notice her driving on the wrong side of the road, or the curbs she leveled... However, I value my life too much! She thinks I suck at driving, well, Tootsie, LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER. The obnoxious thing is that she really believes she's a good driver.
Anyway, when we finally got to Berkeley, all I wanted to do was see my new place and start living the dream. She wanted to eat, socialize, and walk around Berkeley. So I was a spoiled, whiney little brat until I got all my stuff moved in. For her, going to Berkeley was a vacation. For me, it was business. I am a type-A personality and when I know something needs to be done, I can't relax until it's done. I'm very much like Vicki in that sense. I was pretty irritated with my mom throughout the trip because in the back of my mind I was sorting out all the things I still had to do — pictures to hang, couches to move, refrigerators to fill. My mom's very laid back when it comes to moving, (she's a realtor and it is something so common to her) but I am not. Moving can be a stressful time for most people, just not for my mom. At the end of the trip, I just thought back and laughed at all the ridiculousness. I called Colton and told him all the "Jeana-isms" that made the trip memorable. I swear, talking about my mom with my brothers is among my Top 5 Favorite Things to Do. She really is the most entertaining mother a girl could have.
I was shocked by your lack of compassion for others less financially fortunate than you. To compare the homeless to animals at a zoo was revolting and downright heartless. I seriously hope that at some point you will consider others hardships with a sense of empathy.
You are adorable. I love how you defend your brothers. My daughter would do the exact same thing. I actually completely understood Shane's reaction to the cameras being at his game. I can't imagine the grief he must take from other baseball players for his part on that show. And Colton clearly has her best interests at heart. I got the impression on that episode that it was Vicki who was really the source of his irritation. (Who could blame him??) Anyway, I just want you to know that a mom in Ohio thinks your mom is da bomb! She is my favorite housewife, and seems to have a heart bigger than the OC. Enjoy your time in college, no matter where you end up. It is such a great time in your life. And, don't worry too much about your mom. Her spirit may be a little bit bent, but I don't think it's broken!
Kara, you are awesome, I wish they would have shown more of you and your brothers. Some of us who are still young totally understand what it means to throw attitude your mom's way when you feel like she's being dramatic and/or annoying. And glad to see you're adjusting to Berkley, it's not easy to move away from home into a totally different environment and while I disagree w/ your views, I still think you handled the situation like a mature young adult.
BTW, your style is awesome, I loved the episode where you worked at the boutique, you've got style and personality. If I were a meaner person, I'd totally hate. Please give us some of your workout tips, your figure is amazing!
You've been totally hilarious on this show. Your personality shows your confidence, assertiveness and most of all, your awesome humor. Although what you said about the homeless was bound to offend people, it was so obvious that you meant no harm by it. You are a young girl, going into new situations....you're not going to address each one w/ perfection all the time. You were just kidding around.
Although Shane's comments really were hard to listen to and made me cringe, it's awesome that you stand up for your brother. I really hope he hears how he talks to your mom, and tries to stop. -and I love that you pointed out Colton's reasons for denying your mom the snacks. It's obvious that he's really good to her, and makes so much sense.
Anyway I just wanted to say that you are fabulous. Keep on keepin' on sassypants!
Thank you for proving once again Orange County is full of of self centered spoiled brats who live to look down their plastic surgeon altered noses at those less fortunate.
You are my favorite 'OC kid' on the show. You have a good heart and you have your head on straight. I have read the comments that people have left about what you said about the homeless and I think you should disregard all of them. I don't think you meant any harm and everyone has said something that came out wrong at a point in their lives. You are not a spoiled brat.
Kara, Hey! I think you are pretty funny! You are a very pretty girl and seem to be very smart. Good luck @ Berkley! Be careful about moving for a boyfriend, you are just getting settled at Berkley and now to move for someone who may not work out could be pretty risky.Only you can make that decision so just think wisely. I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter and I hope she and I can be as good of friends as you and you mom! I think it is great you have that relationship. Do you kids ever talk to your dad? I never really hear you speak of him. Do you have any relationship with him? Take care!
I have to say you and Bri are my favorite out of all the kids!!! You seem very driven and not spoiled like most of the kids on the show. The fact thats your going to college and your doing something with your life is wonderful!!!! You are truly not the typical OC kid at all and thats really refreshing to see!!!! Go you and keep being you!!!
Kara, Congratulations on the new appartment. Your comments are helpful. Anyone can see that you possess intelligence, drive, direction, and even compassion. We don't see enough of you, now that you are away at college. Not that your mom isn't interesting, but it would be nice to see what your typical day at UC Berkeley is like.
I just wanted to write in and let you know I think your hilarious and that you have the best mom. I'm finishing my third year in undergrad and I also encounter a lot of strange people at my school so it was nice to hear that someone as social as you feels that way too! Good luck with everything and just remember to appreciate everything you are blessed with your a lucky girl!
Your blog was really good. I love your Mother on the show. One for her big heart, and the fact she never seems to put on airs for anyone. The ride up to college with you, would have been the same for alot of other people too. Who hasn't been in the car at one time or another without a camera and the same things go on. I drove my Mom all over and I use to spaz at her being my copilot, but it's rides like those you will long remember. Treasure your Mom as much as you can. I think your Mom has done great by all three of you. I think your brother Shane, should think of how he spoke to your Mom either way, all guys see things in black and white, it shouldn't give them the notion to act how they feel without getting any flack back. Maybe your Mom went for other reasons your brother doesn't understand right now (his career??) Coulton is adoreable, I'm glad your Mom has him there. Weight is a number, not the person. I am overweight, it always takes time for people to know me not my weight, and it's always a fight to loose. You seem like a great daughter, I'm sure your Mom misses you while you are at school. I applaud her for being both parents to you. Your Dad should thank her too, all three of you seem to have good heads on your shoulders. Good luck at school sweetie. patty
I felt sooooo bad for u during ur road trip!! Man u poor thing!! LOl Well thats moms for u!! Well keep up the good work.
I think you are so cool, funny, beautiful, and intelligent! I do not like any of the OC kids except you and Brianna, I think you'd be fun to hang out with and I used to work in Berkley and your take is dead on ball accurate and you make me laugh every time. I remember your mom from the ZZ Top Vids from the 80's so it is kinda of fun to see what she's been up to lately.
Keep being yourself!!!
Instead of always complaining about Berkeley and how much you hate it, why not make the most of it. You must have known what types of people went there when you applied. If you didn't then you should have found out before deciding that that was where you wanted to spend the next four years of your life. Stop being so judgmental of everyone and have an open mind about life experiences. If you don't you will miss out on a lot of things that life has to offer.
You are so cool, down-to-earth, and smart. Your mom is also my favorite housewife. I think you are the best "kid" on the show. I wish you were featured in more episodes because you crack me up.
Kara, I think you're great. I wish you the best at Berkley. My daughter is at Cal State San Fran. Works and pays her rent, and loves it up there; so, enjoy yourself! God bless, and do good in school!
My girlfriend and I think you've rocked since the show first started, and its been cool to watch you grow into a young adult. Having a wonderful mom and having to tolerate Shane all those years will always pay off and add to your great sense of humor and superior inner strength no matter what you do. I attended UCLA, but have been living in New York for the past six years working in media, advertising and technology, and I think you'd thrive in this environment and take a greater life maturity back to California. Pretty soon you're going to need a summer internship outside of the OC that feeds your brain, gives you national connections, and helps you grow. Maybe this summer its NorCal, interning in SF or the East bay somewhere, or maybe its the East coast with Hamptons weekends, Park Ave shopping, and really learning the fashion industry. When you're ready for the center of the world(not the wonderful bubble of Cali) let us know. We'd love to help you find your career, expose you to New York's work ethic, passion and fast paced life, and prepare you to dominate whatever career path you choose.
Best regards, DR
Hi Kara! I have a very important question for you. I noticed that in the earlier seasons your hair was blonde and now you are brunette. I have the exact same color brown hair as you and am dying to go blonde as an experiment. Yours looked so natural, so I am wondering how you did yours (i.e. if you did it gradually or all in one appointment, what shades you used (and if you used highlights/lowlights))? I would reallllly appreciate hearing back from you on this gravely important matter:) Thanks so much!
love your momma and btw love your POLITICAL VIEWS AND BERKLY HAHA YOU CRANK ME UP HAHA KARA YOU ARE REAL
I couldnt stop laughing during the ROADTRIP...girl, i have been there and done that with my own mom. congrats to both of you making the journey. I agree with you that people need to get a life and stop living thru one shown on a television show. good grief. buncha haters!
You and vicki's daughter will always be my favorite girls of the OC moms. YOu both are hilarious, down to earth, and just plain strong women like your moms. Good luck with school, hope everything works out for you and your family, cant wait til next season! -Ariel
You and your mom are my favorite on the show! I love how you are a real girl, not stupid and full of drama!
You are so smart and pretty! And your mom is very pleasant and down-to-earth. (The only thing she did that bothered me is when it came out on the reunion show that she'd told one of the big-mouths that Jeff's clothes were on Gretchen's bedroom floor - yeeeesh.) Anyway, I think it says a lot about your good parenting that you and your brothers are close and that all you kids are able to vent your feelings to your mother without fear of her freaking out and/or withholding her love and caring for you. I think your father must have been wonderful before his head injury caused a personality change for the worse, which is real sad. You three kids are smart, sensible, caring, motivated, high-achieving, and sensitive, and your parents must be very proud of you.
From that scene i seen during the party, I saw maturity in u refusin alcohol and also in the way you looked at the others partying. I'm only 19 but I share that outlook... partying and drinking are wayy too overrated. Don't ever lose that!
Kara, I am the divorced mother of a major league baseball player and your words about your mom brought tears to my eyes. I met your mom and dad at a CIF game your brother and my son were playing last season at Colton's school. My husband left me for another woman he had been seeing for the last 3 years of our marriage and what you said about seeing your mom with such low self asteem saying she was fat made me wonder how my words make my kids feel sorry for me. But they are the 3 greatest rewards i have been given by God as I am sure your mom feels about you kids. I have never thought you kids were awful to your mom as a matter of fact i think that you all are the most honest on the show and i look forward to watching you all the most. Good luck in all that you and your brothers have going on in your lives.
I love goofball behavior. As a viewer I'm uncomfortable but with t.v. so polished it keeps me coming back for another show. You have plenty of time in the future to hone your diplomatic polished personification.Imperfection builds character and brings out the best in us.
I hope you and your brothers appreciate your Mom. No she's not perfect but she truly cares about all of you and thats a real plus in todays fast paced world.I hope all of you will talk nicer to her...a little more respect fully. Good luck in College.
My advice, don't listen to all these people. I believe you earn more respect for speaking your mind and being yourself. That's what I think you should do. You are never going to please everybody, and it's not worth the headache of trying. Instead, concentrate on pleasing yourself and making yourself happy. I think you are a vey BEAUTIFUL, intelligent, funny, and driven young woman. Anybody would be lucky to be your friend, or more. Don't apologize for what you have or how you think. Just continue to be yourself. Personally, I like you!
Kara, the dress u wore to the last dinner on this season was very pretty. Do you mind sharing where one could look to find one similiar to that? My sister's and I are fans of yours!
I wanted to know where did you bought your dress you wore at the last episode. It looked gorgeous (white/yellow – halter)
hi kara!! i see im not the only one that loved your dress on the final episode...it look so beautiful on you! was really curious where you got it and what brand it is?? totally want it!! thank you!