Posted by Ilana Angel
I saw this video today when a friend of mine shared it on Facebook. It is perfection. The music, the lyrics, the video, and the message is perfection. I have watched it a dozen times and it makes my heart smile, cry, ache and soar. The singer songwriter is Josh Ritter and the puppeteer is Liam Hurley.
The Curse by Josh Ritter
Video by Liam Hurley
Enjoy, share, and keep the faith.
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May 9, 2011 | 11:14 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
It is the season finale of Bethenny Ever After. We know she is coming back for another year so this will be a brief farewell. I really had high hopes that Bethenny would end the season with some class. She achieved all of her goals, but ultimately could not end like a lady, instead she was a spoiled brat who continues to dishonor her father.
Bethenny is on her speaking tour and I get why people think she is charming, but she is also crass. I don’t have a problem with crass, I do have a problem with her selling herself as an expert when all she really is, is lucky. She is a maker of margaritas but also Kool-aid and her impact is impressive as well as unsettling.
Jason and Bethenny are at lunch with Bryn and his parents. Bryn is an adorable, sweet and funny little girl. When she was eating Bethenny’s soup I could feel my ovaries convulsing and I had a deep seeded urge to have another baby. Thankfully it passed quickly. They are blessed she is so healthy when she came so early.
They are in Pennsylvania and Jason’s family is at the show. Bethenny looks painfully thin. Not wish I was that skinny, but oh my God what is wrong with her skinny. She tells the crowd Pennsylvania is important to her because so many people in her life are from there.
She mentions her assistants before Jason which was weird. She is giving advice about reaching your dreams and it’s sad because she is giving advice that she clearly read in a self-help book. What she says is important, it’s just not her original idea, which is what she wants us to think.
The audience looks young. Why do young women look up to a woman who got pregnant at 39, married while about to have a baby, hates her parents, and lies about everything? It’s interesting that she is a role model to so many when her success is based on luck.
The moments after the show, when she is with her in-laws, are lovely and nice to see since she has been so horrible to them all season. One would hope that they can work out all their crap so they can continue to see Bryn. There are a lot of eggshells being walked on, which is too bad.
You can see how bad Bethenny’s hair loss is when she wears a ponytail. It’s stress I’m sure with all that is going on, but also it has to do with the guilt she feels for achieving her success while stomping on the body of her dead father and crushing the soul of her estranged mother.
The tour is over and they are back in NYC. Bethenny agrees to the sale of Skinny Girl and is now a millionairess. Just what she always wanted. Instead of taking the high road, she is in therapy and decides, again, to drag her dad through the gutter. Her hate of him is very unsettling.
She speaks in such a hateful way about him that it’s sad. She ended last year with her wanting to have peace with him, with him when he died, which was another lie that Bethenny has spewed. She did not let it go. She is harboring insane hatred for him and their life together.
The deal comes through, the sale is complete, and Bethenny achieved all her dreams. She is a millionaire, married, mom, and planning to have another baby. They do a flashback of her life throughout the Bravo years and it’s amazing to see what she has accomplished.
The season ends with a gift from Jason. He shows her their wedding album and their relationship is summed up on the front page, which Bethenny claims is the best picture she has ever seen, yet Jason’s head is cut off. I would be completely pissed off if I were him.
Jason married a 39 year old pregnant woman, who hated her family, and was barely scraping by making her living as a reality television personality, and ended the year married to a millionairess, a father, and his face not included on the cover of his wedding album. Bravo Jason.
I wonder if they will change the name of the show for the third season. It’s had two names in two years so I think it would be cool to change it again. Bethenny now can afford to call it the Oprah Show if she wanted. We have a little break from the lies, but she’ll be back, so keep the faith.
May 9, 2011 | 4:44 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
The show starts with Tamra, who is in a divorce and custody battle with her husband Simon, saying that she had a lesbian moment and who cares? She has young children and I think it is horrific that she thinks her behavior is in any way appropriate or acceptable. She is a nightmare.
Peggy goes to visit Alexis and see why Jim blew off the party. Alexis says he did not come because he does not want to hang out with the group anymore. I think its crap. Since when would Jim, the camera whore, not go be at a party that was being filmed? Jim is hiding.
They are in yet another house, so I’m guessing that Jim is crumbling financially and does not want to talk about it. Micha and Peggy have money, Jim doesn’t, and he does not want to be around all their money. Alexis says she is sorry she lied and happy God will forgive her.
Vicki and Donn are hanging in the kitchen and it’s very uncomfortable. She is bitchy, he is confused, and we are watching her marriage disintegrate in front of us and it’s very sad. Vicki’s kids are grown but it’s got to be hard for them to watch this marriage end when they love Donn so much.
Slade is now a full time schlepper for Gretchen. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Is he so busy shipping ugly handbags that he cannot take a shower and wash his hair? Seriously dude, take a shower. Gretchen talks to Slade like he is a child, and he takes it because he no longer has balls.
Peggy, Tamra and Vicki are going wine tasting. These chicks drink a lot. All the housewives, from all the cities, drink a lot. Who has time to be drinking all the time and why does Vicki have time to go wine tasting but no time for dinner with her husband? Priorities ladies.
They are off to wine tasting number two. Vicki no problem treating her husband like garbage for us to see, but does not want to talk about her marriage ending with the girls? She is so drunk she makes a racial slur and none of the drunks say anything. She is a mess.
Slade’s mom has come to visit and decides to air his dirty laundry for the world to see. We find out that his mom never really spent time with his son’s mother. That’s a little weird. His own mother describes him as a sleazebag who leeches off of Gretchen. Hilarious.
His mom says Gretchen will need to work harder to help get Slade in a better financial place. Gretchen hears that and bails out to go shopping. Too funny. His mom does not believe he even has a job and I am laughing at how insanely pathetic this man is.
Tamra and Fernanda are together for a drink and to look at their naked pictures together. Mother of the year is not going to happen for Tamra. Fernanda is trying to explain how gay relationships works and Tamra is not getting it. Poor Fernanda loves her and is setting gay chicks back a mile.
Alexis is taking photos for her dress line. Her “assistant” can’t help her because he has school and she says he should skip school because she is a better education. Okay. Sidebar: “Alexis Couture” is the name of her dress line, and also the name of a tranny porn star. Classy!
The photo shoot is hilarious and Alexis is impressed with herself. I would be too if the goal was to look like a bad porn star. Gretchen is in Texas selling her crap and let’s be clear, her bags are hideous. They are cheap and ugly looking, and the name of her make-up is stupid.
Back in OC the photo shoot continues and Jimbo shows up to direct some of the pictures. He is posing her like a hooker and it is too funny. She is trying to be classy and he has her ass sticking out. She is a beautiful girl with a killer body, and he has her ready for the pages of Hustler.
Alexis is sharing lessons from the bible and I would be willing to bet a million dollars she has never read the bible. Peggy is doing a photo shoot for her husband so when they are 80 and walking on the beach, he can remember that she once looked like a hooker. So romantic.
The smoke detector goes off in the St. Regis during the fashion shoot. It disrupts the entire hotel but not to worry, God will forgive her! This show is pathetic and even more pathetic that I watch it. Let’s talk for a minute about Bethenny who showed up with Andy on Mother’s Day.
Bethenny showed up on the Watch What Happens Mother’s Day show with Andy Cohen. It’s also her daughter’s 1st birthday. Rather than celebrate her first mother’s day at home with her husband, she is whoring herself out on television. No mentioned Jason of course, only Bethenny.
Bethenny is bagging on the girls for wearing fur vests and thigh high boots in Southern California, which is odd since that is exactly what she wore during every visit that she had to LA during her show. She has once again forgotten about her own life and the lies are flowing.
Bethenny looks painfully thin and unhealthy. Her face is concave, her bones are sticking out, and her hair is clearly falling out as without extensions, it is barely there. She does not look well and it’s sad. Perhaps it’s from stress from being unable to keep track of all of her lies. Poor girl.
She confirms that she sold Skinny Girl to Jim Beam and she says she would still have gone out with Jason if he had no job. Right. That is a crock pot of crap. She would never have married him if he did not have a job and now that she is a millionaire she will dump him soon enough.
Bethenny states that Sonja is unhinged this season. By unhinged I’m sure she means high. She denies getting a facelift, which I never thought she had. She looks different because her skin is hanging off her body, as there is no fat anywhere on her body. She needs to eat a sandwich.
She says she regrets nothing that has been shown on her show. I think that is sad for her kid. That this is the legacy she is leaving for her child is sad. Bryn has hours of her parents fighting and her mom belittling her dad. Sound familiar Bethenny? Karma is knocking on your door.
The poll question was who would you like as your mom. Bethenny came in 3rd which makes sense since the audience is drunk. Season finale of Bethenny Ever After is on in a few hours so I will see you back here then. Will we make it through another season? Let’s keep the faith.
May 9, 2011 | 9:30 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I’ve got a ton of housewives to catch up on so here is a quick recap of last weeks NYC ladies. I will be back shortly with the women of OC and then tonight we have Bethenny. Oy Vey!
- Jill is back from Australia vowing to not gossip anymore. She’s back for 5 minutes and gossiping as is her life depended on it because she simply cannot help herself.
- Why are there no people in the restaurant while they eat lunch? Where in NYC is there a restaurant with only one table of guests at lunchtime? Even the dumps have people I them.
- Sonja is high.
- Alex and Simon are creepy and the scene of them giving their boys a piano made my skin crawl. They are weird, they talk to their kids weird, and the kids are clearly humiliated by their parents.
- Sonja and Kelly have lunch with Sonja. Kelly’s job is to make sure she has friends, not acquaintances. She is too old to not be friends with people. Kelly is oddly sweet, although totally a whackadoodle.
- Ramona says sorry about her drunken text. Kelly and Ramona work it out and try to clear the air to be friends. Neither one of them means it, but the faking is entertaining. The speech about understanding where people are coming from made me laugh out loud.
- Cindy goes over to Sonja’s for tea. Sonja’s furniture is 20 years old and her “household staff” is actor wannabes who probably “work” there for free.
- Sonja lets us know she is a socialite and needs to help Cindy behave properly. Sonja tells Cindy there is a pecking order and people are friends with Cindy because Ramona tells them to. Ramona is the Queen of the pack.
- Sonja is high.
- Ramona is selling her jewelry as if it were Tupperware and then says she and Mario came up with the idea of women selling at home. Really? Ramona invented women selling things form home like Bethenny invented the margarita.
- LuAnn is mortified by the Tupperjewels and drinks Ramona’s wine to be kind but clearly does not love it and makes fun of Ramona and her lack of knowledge of where her wine is made.
- Kelly and Cindy run into Jill in the park and the gossiping continues. These chicks are insane and do not behave how me and my 40 something friends behave. I’ve never seen anything like it.
- Sonja is at a baseball game in the most ridiculous outfit I have ever seen a grown woman wear. She looked like a whore and I imagine at some point her ex-husband will have something to say about it in terms of the custody of their child.
- Sonja invites people over to learn how to cook in a toaster oven. The oven is 20 years old. She is clearly having financial problems. Just because she owns that townhouse does not mean she has money.
- Sonja is high.
- Jill goes to make up with Alex. Alex does not feel safe with Jill. Alex craps all over Jill, Jill says she was sorry, and it’s all quite sad. Jill is never going to cut a break from these women and Alex is insane.
- Ramona has drinks with Cindy and Cindy tries to understand her so they can be friends. Ramona is having none of it. She stares at Cindy like she is about to kill her. It’s creepy and crazy.
I am slowly losing interest in these women, which is a drag because they were always my favorite. It’s sad to watch them. Jill is still the most entertaining, but even she has become pathetic in her attempt to get along with anyone.
I liked her better when she had balls. Alex now has Jill’s balls but you can’t put Jewish balls on a waspy supermodel and expect her to know how to handle them. This show is dying a slow and painful death. I will stick it out till it’s last breath though, so I’m keeping the faith.
May 7, 2011 | 8:26 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
My mom is the most amazing woman in the entire world. I love her so much. She has always been there for me through thick and thin. I know she will love me forever and I will do the same. She is so caring and has such hospitality. She is the nicest and funniest person I have ever met. I am blessed to have her as my mother and I will always be her son. She is the reason I am where I am in my life. She has given me so much throughout the years. I will always love her and she will always be my mom.
Since she likes to make lists, here is my list for her. It is 75 facts about my mom for Mother’s Day.
HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY MAMMA!
With unconditional love,
75 facts about my mom for Mothers Day
1. She is an amazing cook
2. She can make me laugh when I am sad, ALWAYS
3. She is the HBIC at all times
4. She looks pretty in her glasses
5. She has really shiny hair
6. She has really cute freckles
7. She cannot stay awake for an entire movie at the theater
8. She has an obsession with Justin Bieber, our cat, and George Clooney
9. She is very affectionate
10. She is a pescatarian
11. She is the cool mom to my friends
12. She cooks me meat against her will
13. Her eyes are bright green when she cries
14. She cheats at Monopoly
15. She gave me the master bedroom so I would have more room and my own private bathroom
16. She is kind of short
17. She conquered her cat allergy by getting a cat
18. She loves fresh flowers
19. She gets very scared, very easily
20. She hangs my art from elementary school all over the house
21. She watches more reality TV than anyone. Period.
22. She lets me cuss at home
23. She is a great writer
24. She has a very close connection to our faith
25. She is very modest
26. She is on the phone more than anyone
27. She loves to watch me be happy
28. She is a beast on the dance floor
29. She loves Celine Dion
30. She opens me up to new things everyday
31. She has a very large personality
32. She will hurt you if you hurt me
33. She has a great sense of humor
34. She thinks I will go far in life
35. She loves her life
36. She embraces her flaws
37. She has fun at whatever she does
38. She likes yoga
39. She likes to take baths
40. She loves to write her blog
41. She thinks LA drivers were sent from hell to ruin her day
42. She uses weird voices to talk to the cats
43. She has a heart of gold
44. She always wishes to be taller
45. She never asks for anything in return for her good deeds
46. She likes small things
47. She will go crazy if she doesn’t clean the house everyday
48. She loves naps
49. She seldom ever drinks alcohol
50. She looks 10 years younger than she actually is
51. She has tattoos
52. She is addicted to the iPhone
53. She has many goals
54. She takes pride in our home
55. She sends me texts during the day saying she loves me
56. She is really upset Casey Abrams left Idol
57. She loves the color green
58. She had a cornea transplant in both of her eyes
59. She has unconditional love for those close to her
60. She has a crap-load of shoes
61. She wishes for everyone to be happy and healthy
62. She is the greatest organizer
63. She seems to know every song on the radio at all times
64. She is beautiful all the time
65. She has confidence in me with whatever I do
66. She cries at everything, especially kleenex and jewelry commercials
67. She and I have a lot of private jokes and secrets together
68. She hates the word hate
69. She loves babies and sushi
70. She loves to sing
71. She likes old school music along with new hip hop
72. She makes sure to know where I am and who I’m with at all times
73. She loves me and is very protective of me
74. She remembers everything I have ever done or said
75. She taught me that no matter what is going on, good or bad, we must always keep the faith
May 7, 2011 | 7:40 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
Manny is fighting tonight against Shane Mosley. He will win. I’m certain of it. Shane is impressive certainly, and at 39 years old, bravo to him to giving it a shot, but Manny will win. I’d be willing to put money on it.
Actually, I did bet on it. I bet my friend Mike dinner that Manny will win. When Manny wins, Mike owes me a sushi dinner. Mike says Shane will win and I will cook him a home cooked meal. Poor delusional Mike.
On his way home from church this morning Manny’s car was in a minor accident. Nobody was hurt, but it must have shaken him up. He will pull it together, be strong and focused, and knock Shane on his tuchas.
Whether he is boxing or singing, I love him. My previous celebrity crush, I say previous because it’s over, was George Clooney. I loved George for twenty years and so it’s a little sad to break up with him.
Since this is a fantasy crush, and only matters in my dreams, I don’t need to think about the fact that Manny is not Jewish, which is my thing, or that he is married, which is never my thing, and I can just love him in my mind.
I love how he loves his family, how he sings, how he fights, how he helps others, his connection to God, to his fans, and most importantly, I love Manny because he is a decent, kind, and inherently good soul. Manny Pacquiao is a hero to the people of the Philippines, as well as this Jewish girl from Los Angeles. I wish Manny well tonight. Not luck, as he does not need it.
To Shane, I actually do wish you good luck. You will need it because Manny is perfection in the ring. I love you Manny. You are proof that good guys finish first and being decent matters. I am keeping in you in prayers for tonight and always. You are my hero and my crush, so be safe and keep the faith.
UPDATE: Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao earned an unanimous decision over Sugar Shane Mosley. It is his 14th consecutive win. I LOVE YOU MANNY!
May 5, 2011 | 12:36 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I met a wonderful man named “Matt” back in January. By “met” of course I mean I chased him down in his truck. We went out, probably because he felt sorry for me, and in a way that I will never understand, he filled a missing piece of my soul in a way that now allows my heart to sing.
For those of you that read my blog regularly and have been following my journey with Matt, you know that he has been battling cancer and fighting the good fight. He told me he was sick on our first date and part of our great love has grown through the power of his fight.
It’s odd because we have become so close and connected, yet he has never met my son, and my son does not know of him other than I have a friend called Matt, because Matt did not want to meet my boy until he felt better so should something happen, my child would not feel a loss.
I don’t agree with his logic, but it’s how he chooses to handle it and I respect his wishes. He does not ask me for much, but gives me so much, that who am I to say no to his one request of me? Friends do as they are asked without putting up a fight sometimes, because it’s right.
And so today, I am doing a couple of things that my friend has asked of me. I am sharing with all of those who have followed our story, and sent in such wonderful letters and notes wishing him well, that he has passed away. He went quietly, surrounded by love, and with no fear.
The other thing I will do for my friend is share this message with the readers who took the time to share their prayers with him.
“To the readers of Ilana’s blog, thank you for your prayers. That strangers can be kind is special. When some crazy woman honked and asked me to pull over, I was a little freaked out. It was flattering, but creepy. The greatest spontaneous moment of my life, and I will thank God for her when I see him.
Transfer your prayers for me, to her. She deserves happiness and love. I know there is a man out there who will mend her broken heart. She is special beyond comprehension and there is power in prayers. You do your part here, and I will do my part from upstairs.
To Ilana, you are an angel. Thank you for listening to what I wanted, for changing my name, and making small adjustments to protect my privacy. You are a blessing and to use your own words, you have eased my pain and allowed me to breathe. I am grateful for you.
Ilana, I know you are dying to have the last word. Actually, I am dying to have to have the last word! ☺ I figured out a way for us both have the last word. All we have to do is say the exact same thing, at the exact same time. Okay ready? One. Two. Three. Keep the faith”
May 4, 2011 | 1:54 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
I owe Ryan Seacrest an apology. I wrote last year that I thought he was the weakest link on American Idol, and I did not get why he was as insanely popular as he was. I take it back and offer him my sincerest apology.
I have been listening to Ryan on the radio in the mornings and he is quite entertaining. I look forward to his chatting more than the music. He is quite funny, fast on his feet, and it turns out I not only get him, but might actually love him.
If you did not listen to him this morning, you must go online and listen to today’s “Ryan’s Roses”. It is the most shocking one I have ever heard and was screaming it the car at the outcome. Go to Kiis FM Los Angeles. You will not believe what happens!
Back to Ryan Seacrest, I’m sorry for saying you were lame Ryan. You are fabulous on the radio and while your dramatic pauses are occasionally annoying on American Idol, you are a vital part of what makes that show work.
I feel free now that I have professed my love for Ryan. Who better to crush on than Ryan? He’s the perfect man in that he is metrosexual enough to go with you to get your eyebrows waxed over sitting at home watching the game.
Speaking of which, I love my eyebrows. I have changed brow looks over the years and regardless of how I wear them, they are always fabulous. They are waxed to perfection and something I get complimented on a lot.
Eyebrows are important. They frame your face and define your expressions. Yesterday I saw the most fascinating eyebrows. A woman at the place where I get my brows waxed, had hers waxed in two separate lines, giving her 4 brows.
Each brow was waxed through the middle, lengthwise, so she had a double-decker brow over each eye. Not anything I would ever do, but on this girl they were really beautiful. Her jet black brows matched her lime green hair perfectly.
I had my brows done yesterday as I have a date this weekend. We’ve talked on the phone and I think we will have a good time. He’s sarcastic which I love. I am due for a good date so I hope this one does the trick and breaks my losing streak.
I am currently on Match.com. They have a certain feature that I just don’t get. You can “wink” at someone, which lets him or her know you are interested. Really? If I were out in public and a man winked at me, I would not think it was cute.
I would however think it was lame. A “wink” tells you they are interested, but it is passive aggressive because it leaves it up to you to respond. You can wink back or write them, which is weird because they were the ones interested in you.
If you are brave enough to be dating online, and have your picture up for everyone to see, then you should be brave enough to send someone an email, not a passive aggressive wink which then puts it into their hands, not your own.
My profile states I will not respond to a wink. Furthermore, it says if you send me a wink I will know you did not read my profile. I also say I am not interested in dating men outside of LA. I got 4 winks today, two of them from out of state.
Really gentlemen? Speaking of winks, last night I took my son out shopping for clothes. He is very entertaining to shop with because he is focused. He knows what he wants, grabs it, tries it all on, and decides instantly with no hesitation.
After we got what he needed, we went to dinner. We were chatting all about his school day, my work, and life in general, then all of a sudden, in the middle of a sentence, my son winked at me. It was hilarious and I could not stop laughing.
He did it at the punch line of a joke and it made perfect sense, but for some reason my son, my baby, winking at me struck me as insanely funny. Once I stopped lauging I told him to never wink at a woman as an attempt to hit on her.
My delicious child was proud of the response his wink got. My son often tells me he loves it when I laugh, which touches my heart. He didn’t know why I thought the wink was funny, but my laughter put a twinkle in his eye, which I treasure.
Motherhood is the single greatest joy of my life and with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I am very aware of what a blessing it is to be able to love this child each and every day. I am so looking forward to my special day with him.
I was winked at online by two lame men, got a real wink from a precious boy, professed my love for Ryan Seacrest, and felt profound love for my child. Life is good. Enjoy your Wednesday as the weekend is near. Thanks for reading. Keep the faith.