Monday, March 3, 2008

Tom Cruise vs. Ward Cleaver

During times when I am not eavesdropping at Hip Hop class, I like (love) to read. This past summer I read Andrew Morton's book on Princess Diana. It was supposedly authorized by her before she died. It was extremely interesting and the guy sounded like he really knew his facts. Fast forward to this year when Andrew Morton published Tom Cruise's unauthorized biography. I thought, here is a guy I use to l-o-v-e in Top Gun, the Firm, the lawyer navy one with Jack Nicholson and Risky Business. Plus my all time favorite, "All The Right Moves". That goes back a ways. Anyway, I wanted to read the Morton dirt on him. Wanted to see where he was coming from because now I think he's a little bit of a freak show. Cute, but a freak show nonetheless. The book was down right disturbing. The whole Scientology thing is similar to a cult. OK, it is a cult, I just don't want to piss any of you readers off. It's not like I get 150 comments a day and have readers to spare. So it also seems, Tommy boy has been a control freak from the get go and kind of hard to tell fact from fiction when it is coming out of his mouth. I thought Katie had been sucked into his world without much of a chance and I guess I was right. Free Katie.

I knew I needed to change genres to get my mood from deep depression, so I grabbed Jenny Gardiner's first published book titled, Sleeping With Ward Cleaver. This reading suggestion came from my blog friend Manic. OK, so maybe we don't know each other, but I read her blog everyday (yeah kind of like stalking) and I know a lot about her, so therefore, she is my friend. Anyway the book is fabulous and I am giving it a 2 thumbs up and I am only half way through it! Parts are a little too close for comfort in the similarity dept. to my real life. I don't think my husband is Ward Cleaver, but I think he wishes he were. I think he wishes he were married to a more June Cleavery type girl too. You know the type, always looking put together (me, I really like comfy pants and tshirts), the house is neat as a pin (sorry, see a few posts ago), the kids are polite and say "sir" and all (OK, so they clear their dishes to the sink after dinner, but they have never uttered the word "sir") and June never asks for anything, but always seems great (2 words, mood swings). Anyhow, Jenny's writing really sucks you in and makes me want to ignore all chores and requests and just sit down and read. Of course, when I finish it, I will expect her to write another one immediately!

In conclusion, the younger, naive me would have to say Tom Cruise is way better than Ward Cleaver, but the blogging, more mature me, says Ward Cleaver, hands down!

14 comments:

Manic Mom said...

YAY! WE ARE FRIENDS, AND YOU KNOW WHAT??? Jenny is your friend too, especially when I email her and show her what a great post you wrote about her book! She will love you to death! How funny that you wrote about stalking and I wrote about stalking the exact same time. We are kindred blog spirit sisters i tell you! Friends for certain!!!!

ALthough I'm more of a Vince Vaughn, Ben Afflecky type, not a Tom Cruisey fan... Would Ward rip the bodice of my IT'S MY DAT t-shirt off me and make sweet love to me????!?!?!

Jules said...

Okay, just popping in to say hi! And then off to bed.

jenny gardiner said...

Manic is SO right! We are officially friends for life! SOOO glad you're enjoying Sleeping with Ward Cleaver and thanks for letting folks know! (ps I got an email from a woman the other day who said "uh, please remove the probe from my brain because obviously you are spying on my thoughts. And while you're at it take the cameras out of my house!")--so take comfort in knowing you are not alone--not many of us are achieving June Cleaver status LOL!
thanks again!

Sue said...

I am not worthy, I am not worthy!

OK, so psyched that you 2 (yeah and you too Jules) commented on MY blog! I told B about it this morning as I was skipping through the house and she said I should invite you all over for a playdate! So let me know if you feel like book signings on Cape Cod, I'll get you hooked up!

And Manic, I don't think Ward would want to rip your beautiful "It's My Day" tshirt, but once you carefully removed it and folded it I can see him jumping in the sack with you! :)

jenny gardiner said...

I would way love a book signing on Cape Cod! I will have to keep that idea in mind ;-) . Got family in CT so that's halfway there, right? Just keep on going...

Sue said...

OK, everything was on hold till I finished the book. Just finished. Helloooooo! Loved it! Thanks Jenny! Please keep Cape Cod in mind, we have cute little book stores and big ones like B&N and Borders.

Mustang said...

You are lucky, Sue. Now you have 2 author friends -- Jenny and Tomie dePaola. What could be better! Thanks for helping this morning.

jenny gardiner said...

Ooooh, my kids LOVED Tomie dePaola!
Sue I am soooo glad you loved the book! Thanks for reading it and please be sure to spread the word!
I'll definitely let you know if I can get up that way. I've never been (been to Nantucket once) but my brother goes up there every summer!

Lucille said...

Hi there - enjoyed reading your post - you have a very nice "wit" about you!

I'm not all hip into what these books are but I am intrigued...I'll be back to read more!

Keep up the good work on your blog!

Rebecca said...

Ward Cleaver is kind of sexy. I think I always would have picked him over Tommy Boy.

Manic Mom said...

HEY! I remember Tomie being on BARNEY!!! Right!!!?!?!?! OMG!!! I am cracking up over that!

And guess what!?!? Cape Cod is in CT, yes? (remember, I am geographically unstably numb and idiotic and I go blawblawblawblaw any time I am near an atlas and I always think North is automatically UP so there)... I am going to CT in May... but not close to Cape Cod--my sister lives near Hartford!

I am not sure how I feel about Ward gently removing my IT'S MY DAY t-shirt... hmmm... I'd rather be ravaged.

jenny gardiner said...

Ummm...we need to get you a map, Manic. But you can go ahead and look for it while you're in Connecticut if it makes you feel better ;-) .
The mention of Barney sent shivers up my spine. I hadn't thought about Barney in years and do not miss his theme song. I remember a kids bday party my kids attended with a bogus barney who reeked of BO and that was all I could take of him

Manic Mom said...

Hey, how 'bout this--I do know where Scituate, MA is because we have/had family there and we used to go there when I was little and it was the most fun and beautiful place I remember being. Is that close???

Sue said...

Oh, Manic, my geographically challenge friend, Hartford, Ct is about 2 hours from me. Scituate, MA is about 1 hour from me.

Yes, Tomie was on Barney. My mom knew him in college and kept in touch. He is a great guy and wicked funny.

A Barney with BO is making me throw up a little in my mouth. Yuck!