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April 15, 2009

The Real Housewives of New Jersey...Fuggadaboutit

-28 When I hit my thirties my bed time started to get earlier and earlier, now throw in a 2 year old and demanding PR job, I never get to watch the late shows anymore.  However, I made myself and husband to stay up until 11 and watch the sneak peek of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  How could I resist my biggest guilty pleasure - reality TV - combined with my favorite state - NJ?  Talk about special occasions!  No matter what I had to do that night, this "real housewife of NJ" was watching her some trashy TV.  While not disappointed one bit by what looks to be the best Real series yet, I want to make sure anyone living outside of New Jersey gets a few things straight about Garden State Girls.

First, we aren't all Italian.  While yes many of us do come claim roots in the boot-shaped country, including myself, we don't all have grandparents we call Nonna and Nonno.  In fact, New Jersey is a real melting pot of cultures.  On any given day, walking through a town in New Jersey, you can find people with ties to China, India, Russia and yes Italy. 

Second, I have never uttered the phrase "fuggadaboutit" in my life until I wrote this post. I even had to google it to see if I was spelling it right.  If you watch shows like Sopranos or now Real Housewives of NJ, you would think that it might be a New Jersey baby's first word.  Wrong.  I actually don't know many people that utter that phrase.  Come to think about it - I don't know anyone that says that phrase. 

Another point I would like to make about New Jersey Housewives, all of our husbands aren't entrepreneurs in the construction business.  Don't get me wrong there are plenty of "entrepreneurs" in our fine state, and yes, I have dated men in this line of business who were very nice.  However, I ended up marrying a guy who works at an accounting firm not an owner of a sanitation company. 

Some of the women in New Jersey tend to wear their hair bigger than most (not much bigger than TX) and have longer, more bedazzled nails, but there are women here that have straight hair and short nails.  There are also housewives who prefer the JCrew look to the Bebe look.  While we all don't look or act alike, there is one thing for certain that I think I can say about most REAL housewives of NJ -- we don't really give a shit what people from other states think about us.  Big hair or bob - Italian or Polish - accountant or entrepreneur -- whether it be big and brash or gentle and quite, we all have an attitude and love it. 

This is an original post for NJ Moms Blog.  This real NJ housewife can be found blogging at The Kamienski Chronicles. 

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