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We’ve all done it.

That polite smile.

You know what I mean… the type of smile when somebody you’re talking to goes on and on and on (and on…) about something you already know about, but you still must stand there listening.

I don’t know about you all, but I often find myself doing the polite smile.

Yesterday, for instance.

I had to go to the DMV to update my license. Not something that’s ever fun. EVER.

I was prepared for the long wait, so I brought some magazines and my latest Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, The Heir.

As I was settling in, I heard a voice say to me… “When are you due?”

I turned around to see a woman about my age, sitting there with a big belly that matched mine.

I greeted her with a smile. Not the polite smile, a real genuine, oh-cool-someone-I-can-chat-with smile. For those of you who know me… I’m a talker. I could chat for hours. Just give me a willing individual!

It turns out the two of us are due about 2 weeks apart. Both with boys. Both having C-sections.

Ironic, huh?

So we began to chat about our pregnancies.

And truth be told, I really didn’t get a word in edgewise. Looks like I was up against the talker-of-talkers. She went on and on (and on and on) about everything pregnancy. About everything baby.

I guess, in some ways… she viewed herself as an expert.

I did get a word in here and there.

“Oh yes, my oldest son had a Papasan.”

“No, I formula fed all my kids.”

“We found out the sex of all our boys.”

“My 3rd son had horrible acid reflux.”

And you know something is a little amiss with your conversation when, after chatting for a half hour or so (and saying the statements above) she asks me…

“So is this your first?”

Ahhh… that polite smile.

That polite smile that speaks a million things going through your mind… but you can’t possibly say those kinds of things in a public place.

“No… this is my fourth.”

To which she replied, “Will this be your first boy?”

Polite smile. (And an eyebrow raise.)

I pretended my phone was buzzing.

Said a polite “good bye” and “good luck with the rest of your pregnancy” and got up and walked away.

The highjinks of Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie had suddenly become much more interesting!

– Audrey

Cross-posted at New England Mamas


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The other night my girlfriend and I were talking about Celebrity Moms.

With all the crap that goes on in Hollywood, and all the hit and misses with parenthood, my friend and I were playing the “Well, if I were a kid, I would want ______ to be my mother” game.

And, of course, we had the “Can you imagine if ______ was your mother” (ahem… Britney) conversation.

So… let’s see if you agree or not.

Here is my top 10 list of Celebrity Moms I wouldn’t mind having as my mother…

1) Reese Witherspoon
I just like the fact that she seems to be with her kids a lot. That’s kind of, you know, important when you’re a parent.

2) Courteney Cox
Not only is this woman gorgeous, but I love how she is out and about with Coco all over the place. And how cool would it be to have Jennifer Aniston as your Godmother?

3) Brooke Shields
I love this woman. She’s smart. She’s talented. She’s in love with her husband. And she absolutely loves her 2 little girls more than anything. I just commend her on her journey to recovery and just being honest about her Post-partum Depression.

4) Goldie Hawn
OK, have you seen where these people live? It’s GORGEOUS. And she’s crazy and zany and just looks like a whole lotta FUN! I mean, to let your grandson have hair that long and not say a thing… she’s a lady!

5) Jennifer Garner
She’s one of my top! She wears jeans. Sneakers. No make-up. And she’s always out and about in a non-celebrity way. And she’s married to one of my favorite Boston Red Sox fans.

6) Angie Harmon
Basically for her genes. And for her jeans. This woman always looks immaculate.

7) Kelly Ripa
Her energy. Her style. Her humor. I’ve seen her a few times out in NYC with her kids. She says “hi” to people. She is always with her kids. And she is just a “normal” mother. That’s pretty cool. (Not to mention her husband is gorgeous.)

8 ) Julia Roberts
She obviously puts her kids first. To give up her career (when it was hot) and stay at home, not even in Hollywood… to raise them? Very cool.

9) Tina Fey
I just would be laughing all day. All night. This woman ROCKS.

10) Angelina Jolie
Purely for my adopted Dad, Brad Pitt. If he wouldn’t mind adopting a 29 year old. With 3 kids. And a husband. I’d be there. Oh, I would be there. Not to mention, being able to travel the world.

I’m going to do a bonus one here…

Kimora Lee Simmons
I’m addicted to her show. I wouldn’t mind having my own “James”. My own estate. My own anything-and-everything-I-want. I can’t say that would be a bad thing. I promise I wouldn’t allow myself to get a spoiled attitude!


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