Jon and Kate

Cheat Sheet: 5 Things You Missed While Living Your Life

January 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm , by

1. It’s COOOOOLD Out!
Pretty much everywhere in the country. To warm up, I made the jambalaya from our wintry casseroles story, and am attempting to take Gab’s advice on how to look cute while staying cozy — though I hope she doesn’t notice how utilitarian my snow boots are.

1710-happiness-books.jpg_full_2382. The Happiness Project
A great book for the new year (with my favorite subtitle in recent memory), The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, hit number 2 on the Times Bestseller List. Gretchen Rubin already had a pretty good life, but was suffering from “midlife malaise,” and so decided to do something about it. “I wanted to change my life without changing my life, by finding more happiness in my own kitchen.” Rubin also has a blog where you can join a happiness challenge for 2010.

image0013-150x1463. Kate Gosselin’s Hair
I know, I know, we’re not supposed to talk about Kate Gosselin anymore. But I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself (similar guilty pop culture pleasure: The Jersey Shore Name Generator)! I’m glad to see her looking and sounding happy, even if it’s for a superficial minute. And I’m not the only one: Erica did a great Beauty Coach on hair extensions because of it.

4. Kid Stuck Behind the Couch

A little in the vein of “David after Dentist” in that you wonder why the parents thought it was a good idea to tape it, but when the boy says “thank you for saving me,” it’s hard for your heart not to melt a little.

5. It’s COOOOOLD Out!
Think warm thoughts until next week!

Photo via WisDoc

Dirty Laundry Overload: Jon and Kate Gone Wild

October 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm , by

jk3Is it just me or have Jon and Kate finally gone off the deep end? Kate’s latest claim – that Jon withdrew all the money in their joint account, leaving her unable to pay bills or feed her many kiddies – is just the latest in a salacious string of tabloid-happy headlines from the warring couple. First comes love, then comes accusations of affairs with 20-year-olds, then comes bankruptcy.

I realize these two formerly private people are now living a public life, but don’t you think some things should actually be kept between you and your divorce lawyer? What do you gain from discussing your bank-robber ex aside from embarrassment for your kids and maybe a tiny bit of sympathy from those who still care about your situation? With all the J+K overload these days, I doubt you’ll find many of those people left! But seriously, what’s the point?

Of course, this is a reality “couple” whose 15 minutes has ballooned into 500, and the he said/she said game is par for the course. But in my own relationship, I’d never dream of discussing something so personal in public. In my mind, there are certain things that will always stay within the walls of my relationship, whether I end up hating him down the road or loving him forever. Any sympathy I’d get from admitting something like my husband’s awful behavior would be overwhelmed by how pathetic I’d feel, I think.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m growing a bit weary of seeing Jon’s pimply mug and Kate’s seagull hair (though maybe she’s changing it? ) on the cover of every tabloid on the newsstand. What do you think? Does this kind of gossip keep you interested? Or is it like a car accident – horrific and shocking and sad to see, but you can’t turn away? Do you think talking about these kinds of personal things helps others in the same situation, or do you think they should stay private?