When Peggy made her grand entrance in Lydia's room before dinner, I couldn't help but laugh. Her shirt says "WHATEVER" but her face screams "HIGH MAINTENANCE." She lets Lydia know right off the bat that she's cold, she's starving, she's tired...and Lydia, being the gracious host she is, scrambles to make sure Peggy is comfortable. It's like watching Smithers and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. And just like Monty Burns, Peggy is ready to release the hounds.
First of all, to answer this week's burning question, Tamra and I were NOT laughing at Peggy. At one point in the night, we all went and got into our pajamas. When Tamra and I came out of our rooms, I was banging on Vicki's door and Tamra was banging on Shannon's door. We did it at the same time, and looked at each other and just burst out laughing. I can't tell you why it was so funny—I guess you had to be there. Then Peggy opened her door and started screaming at us to stop laughing at her! It was so bizarre, it made the whole thing even funnier, and we laughed even harder.
The only weird thing about Tamra and I having a good time was Peggy's compulsion to record us on her cell phone. Who does that?
I appreciate that Lydia tried to explain to Peggy that when I said I would have my dad call her dad, I was using a figure of speech. I'm not surprised that Peggy still insisted on taking it as a personal insult. In Peggy's world, everything is all about Peggy, all of the time.
Because it was our last night in Iceland, Lydia had organized a viking dinner experience for us. They really pulled out all the stops. It's too bad Lydia had to miss most of the fun because of Peggy's pity party. When we walked into the dining room, I truly felt like I was transported into a Stanley Kubrick movie, with all the men in their matching sweaters. When they revealed themselves to be the Karlakór Rangæinga Choir, it was surreal to say the least.
Now I know what Sigurder, our host, meant when he said there would be singing and fighting at dinner...but he probably didn't know the half of it. Only Peggy would show up over an hour late, keeping Lydia, and act like it's a gracious act of compassion. It's just plain rude! She acted like she was doing Lydia a favor, by ruining the last night of her trip. Who does Peggy think she is? Am I the only person who finds this a little outrageous?
The a cappella choir was the perfect soundtrack for Peggy's arrival, wearing satanic red. I think Shannon bolted up to join the chorus because she wanted to be anywhere but at our table. She knew nothing good was going to come from this late arrival. She probably would have run off and joined the Vikings if she could have!
I apologized to Peggy at dinner because I was worried about her feelings. I was being sincere. Her response was as cold as I have now come to expect. I always liked Peggy and felt like I had gotten to know her back in the O.C. But seeing her away from Diko and the safe spaces of her Lambourghinis showed me who she truly is. I might be coarse with my language and sometimes I like to drink, but I'm not a bad person! I just want everybody to get along and have fun...and Peggy is the ultimate buzzkill.
I think Peggy's accusations at dinner, attempting to reveal her phone recording, and her spontaneous attack on Meghan's parenting threw everyone for a loop. As I said then, I will say now—it's beyond. But did you notice how the second she left the restaurant, the mood lifted? Lydia seemed truly relieved to stop babysitting her. And you'll notice no one was talking about her after she was gone. Earlier, Peggy had told Lydia that she hoped we were saying bad things about her. She wants us to be the villains, and it couldn't be more transparent.
Taking a step back and looking at the big picture, I think Peggy is out of her depth with these women. She said she had never been on a girls' trip, and earlier in the season she said she was coming into our circle in order to make some new friendships outside of her family bubble. In groups like ours, we drink, we argue, we apologize, and we move forward. Something that was so silly and could have been quickly resolved the next morning turned into a cataclysmic event for Peggy. It's not that serious!
Have you noticed that Peggy loves to police other people's behavior? She even wants to censor crying infants. (Newsflash: babies cry.) Shannon and Vicki have much deeper issues than Peggy does with Tamra or myself. Yet, still, the two of them were able to get along, be civil, and even share a few laughs. Tell me: whose behavior is more inappropriate?
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