Project Runway – Rock The Wedding

Project Runway

S13E6 “Rock The Wedding”

By Princess Pindy

I have to say I love, love, love the title of this week’s episode. The real song by Billy Idol, “White Wedding” was out when my husband and I were married in 1984. I really wanted it blasting from the church as people came in….it would have been awesome. But cooler heads prevailed. I still love that song and Billy Idol!! So the challenge is to create an unconventional wedding dress and a dress for the reception. My daughter and I have spoken about unconventional wedding dresses many times. We have talked about what we would make for her and it usually involves a lot of bling, spandex, and perhaps a cape, lol!

pr13-ep6-episode3[1] There are two guest judges this week, Dita Von Teese and Chiara Ferragni. From Wikipedia: Dita Von Teese (born Heather Renée Sweet on September 28, 1972) is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularize burlesque performance and was once married to Marilyn Manson. Chiara Ferragni (born 7 May 1987) is a widely-followed blogger and fashion designer who has been employed by Guess as a model/spokesperson. As a blogger, she is known as The Blonde Salad, which is the name of both her blog and her first published book. She has done a broad array of fashion collaborations with leading designers.  I knew of Dita Von Teese but never heard of Chiara Ferragni….so I did the Google work for you!  What can I say, I’m a giver!

pr13-ep6-episode28[1]As usual the episode starts off at the apartments….  Korina called Amanda a phony…when did this happen????  I must have missed it..”Awwww, someone’s crying.”

The designers go nuts over Dita…I don’t get it, lol.  Tim calls her a “Fashion Icon.”  Dita says that she and Tim are not getting married..and then Tim says that if they did it “would wake my Mother from the dead.”  Tim is pretty funny.  RUT ROH, it’s a team challenge.  The teams are:  Fade and Emily;  Alexander and Samantha; Kini and Sean (has immunity);  Sandhya and Char.  And SURPRISE, it’s Korina and Amnada… .DRAMA!!!!!  What did I miss…I need to watch the end of the last episode and see if it was said after the vote…  The teams decide to have each designer do one look.  Divide and Conquer! Off to Mood!!

IN THE WORKROOM…

The tension is high with Korina and Amanda, Samantha thinks Korina is trying to psyche her out….could be, mind games…what happened???  LOL!  Char said, “F&$*#ing Leather”, that is so funny.  Probably one of the most honest, real reactions I have seen this season!!  Char says to one of the guys that she told Amanda that she doesn’t think it is fair that Amanda was brought back.<—–a clue

Well thank goodness for Fade!!!  He was there to talk to Amanda so now I know that I didn’t miss anything last week….all the drama happened off camera.  Amanda tells Fade that Korina told her she was “a big fat phony”…Char told Amanda all of her wins are taking wins away from other people….wow it happened off camera…but fortunately Fade was there ON CAMERA for Amanda to tell him, lol!

Well, guess what Korina and Char???… Boo Hoo, this is what Project Runway wanted for this season. You signed up for it so play the cards you were dealt!!!  If Amanda is winning that is not her fault.  I know a lot of people don’t like her but I like her.  I think she does good work, may not be my taste but it is still well made.  Do your best work and don’t look at other people.  Yes, the judges are allegedly insane with their choices so just do your best and be proud of that.  Don’t blame it on someone else that is so ridic!!  Typical Real Housewife behavior, don’t take responsibility for your own actions and blame your failings on someone else’s success.  “Who does that?”

TIME WITH TIM

Tim doesn’t like weddings, lol

Sandhya and Char are using bright yellow, Big Bird yellow!!! Tim tells them, “I’m Worried.”  He should be. Char isn’t doing well with her “Leather and Lace” look…she should have told Sandyha aka “Little Miss Bossy Pants” “No!! I don’t want that shade of yellow!!!”  Tim is worried about Korina not having innovation and Amanda’s look is all about innovation…  Amanda is trying not to do a Happy Dance, lol!!!!  You can tell she is just thrilled that Tim is saying this to Korina after how much Korina hurt her feelings!!  I noticed that Tim is giving ideas this season and I don’t remember him doing that in the past…guidance yes, but not actual ideas… I could be wrong.

LAST MINUTE FRENZY

Amanda offers to help Korina with her pants.  She has to do it or Korina won’t have pants.  I don’t know if Amanda purposely cut the pants wrong for Korinas suit, or if it was an honest mistake..hahaha.  Kini makes the shirt for Sean’s look because Sean is taking forever to make his pants.  I am not sure anyone is going to be saying “Yes to the dress”. In her TH Sandhya says, “Korina came in thinking she was the best and treating everyone badly…” YIKES!!

THE RUNWAY

LOL, the designers barely say hello to the other judge they don’t know who she is!  They greeted Dita with such love.  Heidi introduced Chiara Ferragni they we less than enthusiastic, it was funny, IPPHO.

I liked Fade and Emily the best…and I think Sandhya and Char are the worst, we will see….if they are the bottom team they will send home Char, they won’t get rid of Sandhya, IPPHO.  The other designers showed nothing new as far as design.

I am just going to say that this episode the judges were really mean in what they said to the designers.  I don’t know if it was really constructive criticism as much as it was just a bunch of insults.  I think that they just are really insensitive to the amount of work that the designers have done to get this looks to the runway.  I don’t think it is called for.  I was writing down everything they were saying and I deleted it all.  It was just too much.  Yes, Sandhya and Char’s look was bad and Alexander and Samantha didn’t show anything new.  However, it just seems like a competition between Nina and Zac to see who can be the biggest “Mean Girl.”  Heidi seems to be at least trying to be as nice as she can and not crush the designers.  Zac and Nina don’t care, lol.

CLOSER LOOK

I really like that we get to see the looks closer up.  The judges just are shocked by the way Sandhya and Char made their outfits.  The construction is really bad.  Nina can’t understand what Char was doing with all her time….Nina, Nina, Nina…what have you ever made????  Time is the enemy!!  So Kini made the shirt that the judges love and no one has told them…they think it is Sean’s work. They are going back and forth between Kini and Sean…. Heidi really pushes for Kini.

The winner is Sean…that is not fair, Kini made the shirt they all loved.  Kini should have said something when they were showing it.  SPEAK UP PEOPLE!!

The bottom two are Char and Sandhya….the looser is…..Char. I knew it!   You can see the looks here:

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Real Housewives Of Orange County – Season 9 Reunion Part 1

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Real Housewives Of Orange County

S9E19 Reunion Part 1

By HydrangeaHussy

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Shannon Beador, Tamra Judge, Andy Cohen, Heather Dubrow and Vicki Gunvalson via Twitter

Rather than give a straight recap of the reunion, I thought that it would be better to divide it up by issue.  I don’t actually expect to get any answers to my questions, but here we go!

In the intro, Tamra says that she’ll admit to whatever she said.  I don’t believe her.  It’ll be more of the same from her, lots of dodging and weaving and blaming everyone but herself.  Here’s the seating arrangement: Heather and Tamra on couch one; Lizzie, Vicki, and Shannon on couch two.  We haven’t even started and Tamra’s already giving Lizzie the evil eye and making snarky comments under her breath.

Issue 1: Lizzie v. Tamra

Lizzie is asked about Tamra’s “Kentucky fried titties” comment.  Lizzie blows it off, saying that she’s used to mean people making fun of her body.  For someone who used to pride herself on her big, fake boobs, Tamra needs to stop making fun of other peoples’ bodies.  Unfortunately, that’s about all we got on this one.

Issue 2: Heather v. Shannon

The two began as future neighbors, but things quickly went downhill.  Heather says that, in the beginning, she felt picked on by Vicki and Tamra.  Then she introduced Shannon to them and she was left behind.  She now realizes how sensitive she was at the time.  She apologizes to Shannon for the chair thing and for over-reacting to Shannon’s exit from the bathroom.  Shannon feels like Heather kept repeating false ideas about Shannon in the hopes that the viewers would think they were true.

As for the hoedown, Shannon notes that Tamra stirred the pot by telling Heather that they were talking about Shannon’s tardiness.  Heather says that it would have been better not to say anything.  Of course, Tamra doesn’t own causing that argument.  On to the Christmas party at the Beadors.  Tamra doesn’t think that Shannon yelled at Heather.  Shannon doesn’t apologize for jumping into the conversation because she felt that Heather was being condescending to Tamra.  Heather clarifies that she didn’t ask Tamra to choose between her and Shannon, she asked Tamra to either be her friend all of the time or not.  Shannon doesn’t see the difference.  When asked if she regrets jumping in, Shannon says no.  Tamra says that she’s entitled to her opinion.   Oh, how Tamra turns on people, but that’s a whole other issue.

David and Terry join the ladies.  Both men have lost weight.  First, the email – David says that he communicates better via the written word, which Heather agrees with.  He says that he loves Shannon and his family, and that writing the email was very difficult.  He apologized to Shannon the next day, but it’s still talked about Tamra opened her mouth.  Tamra and Heather both maintain that Tamra had good intentions and that the email wasn’t revealed in a gossipy manner.  It doesn’t matter why Tamra told Heather about the email, it was wrong, period.  Just admit that you screwed up!  Shannon thinks that Tamra just stirs the pot, listing many of the things that Tamra has said about her, including her drinking.  Tamra has no room to talk about anyone else’s drinking.

Tamra was mad that Heather repeated what she was told about the email.  Heather apologizes again to Shannon and admits that she should not have repeated it to anyone.  Heather says that, at the time Shannon was at her house, she didn’t know what was going on with Shannon.  Heather does say that, in hindsight, she wouldn’t have thrown Tamra under the bus (cue the satisfied look on Tamra’s face), but would have been softer with Shannon.  She apologizes again.  They still can’t agree on whether Shannon was kicked out or asked to leave.

Andy asks Tamra if she sees why people think she’s a sh*t-stirrer.  She blames Shannon for bringing up the “take the Beadors down” comment at Lizzie’s party.  Umm, she’s the one who brought it up at the table.  Shannon quietly asked Tamra about it, then let it go.  Vicki says that she was told about the comment by Tamra, but doesn’t know if Terry every said it.  Tamra thinks that Shannon drinks and twists things.  Lizzie finds it odd that Tamra brought it up at the table, as do I.  Andy notes that Tamra was in the middle of Heather and Shannon’s issues regarding Shannon’s marriage.

Issue 3: Vicki & Brooks

Vicki’s divorce is final and she paid Don a lump sum for spousal support because he was entitled to half of her business under California’s community property law.  At this point, Briana isn’t open to seeing Brooks, but understands that he and Vicki are together.  Vicki is still keeping her two lives separate.  Vicki is asked about the recording that Briana referenced during last year’s reunion.  She says that it was wrong and that Brooks has never abused her.

Vicki is asked about Tamra’s comments about Brooks to the new ladies.  Tamra interjects that she never brought Brooks’ name up, but that she answered a question.  She maintains that she never said anything mean about Brooks, only that he isn’t a good guy and isn’t good for Vicki.  Yeah, that’s not negative at all!  Vicki wants to know why Tamra thinks that she knows what’s best for Vicki.  Tamra’s voice raises and she shrieks “because it’s my opinion!”  Here we go.  Just because you scream it, doesn’t make it true.  Tamra doesn’t admit that her comments were negative toward Brooks.  Rather than take responsibility for hurting Vicki with her comments, she blames Lizzie for repeating what she said to Vicki.  Shannon says that she sees how happy Vicki is with Brooks, and has gotten to know him.  I thought Shannon was a nut for most of the season, but I’m impressed with her composure during the reunion.

Issue 4: Terry v. David

The Bali dinner – Terry doesn’t look happy watching his outburst at the final party.  At least he looks embarrassed by his behavior.  Everyone looks uncomfortable watching the footage from Lizzie’s party.  Shannon says that it isn’t pleasant reliving the season.

Terry says that he was upset because he had been told that David said sexually inappropriate things about Heather in front of his mother.  What Eddie said was ok because he’s Terry’s friend and it referenced Terry and Heather, not just Heather.  Am I the only one not seeing the big difference here?  Terry says that he lost two months of sleep because of what David said.   David looks surprised that Terry would lose sleep over him.  David agrees that it was an inappropriate comment and apologizes again.  I still don’t think that will be enough for the Dubrows.  Terry admits that he was “scary angry” at the dinner.  Terry refuses to apologize because David did make an inappropriate comment and he had been wound up by other people.

Terry says that he didn’t mean the construction comment in a demeaning manner, but Vicki says that’s how people see it.  Terry says that Vicki wound him up by telling him that David was being flirty at the hoedown.  Vicki thought it was jokey, but he apologizes to Shannon for being flirty because that is disrespectful to his wife.

Issue 5: Tamra & Ryan

Ryan moved two weeks after bringing his Instagram girlfriend to meet Tamra.  As we know, Ryan has moved and his fiancé is pregnant.  Tamra doesn’t know when the wedding will be.  She thinks that Ryan’s diagnosis affected his rush into a relationship.

Issue 6: Vicki & Briana

Vicki tears up watching the footage of Briana leaving.  As we know, Briana has had her second child.  Vicki has been there 7 times in 3 months.  Briana skypes in and we get to see Owen, who is sooo precious!  Vicki is told that she isn’t the most popular person in Oklahoma, thanks to her “Oklahoma is a forgotten state” comment.  She’s given 30 seconds to address the state, but uses the time to list all of the negatives.  Classic Vicki.

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey – Roses Are Red, Dina Is Blue / Don’t Be Tardy – Outward Bound

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S6E7 “Roses Are Red, Dina Is Blue”

By HydrangeaHussy

This week we begin with Amber visiting Melissa.  Melissa’s aunt recently passed away and Amber brought some comfort food for the family.  The boys don’t understand what’s going on, but Antonia does.  Amber feels for Melissa’s family because she is a cancer survivor.  Melissa really appreciates Amber’s support during this time.

Nicole is cooking for her dogs.  My grandmother used to do that, her dogs ate better than most people.  Valentine’s is coming and the whole family is going to Rino and Teresa’s restaurant for the holiday.  Bobby and Nicole are doing well, even though her mother hasn’t seen him in a while.  She finds Bobby different because he doesn’t need to be around Nicole constantly.  Nicole admits that Bobby moves a little more slowly.  Apparently moving fast didn’t work out in the past, so maybe moving slowly is the way to go.  Nicole’s mother seems way too focused on marriage.

Melissa visits Teresa, who has been signing books.  Juicy took the girls out for a date night.  Melissa appreciates that Teresa still has a great work ethic, despite everything that’s going on.  Teresa is glad that the two can hang out again.  Melissa wants to check up on Teresa.  She says that as long as she and the kids are healthy, she is happy.  Teresa seems to be putting on a brave face, but you can see how worried she is.  The two curl up on the couch to watch a movie – The Godfather – which Teresa says is all about family.

Dina is at her attorney’s office.  She is very emotional about her divorce.  She and Tommy have been separated for over a year, and she wants to know her options.  Tommy is keeping the house and Dina doesn’t know how she’s going to live on her own.  Her money has always been play money, not mortgage money.  Dina says that she isn’t ready to pull the trigger yet.  She isn’t sure if she’s doing the right thing and if she’ll ever find love again.  Her attorney advises that, although Dina doesn’t want to let go, Tommy isn’t completely present in the relationship.  Dina decides to wait until Lexi leaves for college.

Nicole and Teresa are getting together to discuss Bobby.  Nicole wants to send a cute picture to Bobby, not a risqué one.  She poses by the fire in one of Teresa’s dresses.  Nicole is upset because everyone is putting pressure on her and Bobby’s one-year mark.  She wishes that her family would back off a little.  Nicole wants things to fall into place naturally.  Teresa thinks that Nicole is over-reacting.

It’s Valentine’s Day!  Teresa and Juicy are reviewing their calendars.  She wants to keep up with any meetings that she needs to be present for.  Teresa says that things change as you get older and have bigger lives going on.  Holidays like Valentine’s aren’t as important as they used to be now that they have their own businesses to run.  Juicy feels like they have a good group of people around them right now to help them with their businesses.  Teresa is the breadwinner and Juicy is supporting her.  She is the brand and Juicy is the brawn.  Lol, I think it’s nice that the two are working together and communicating more.  I’m finding myself liking Teresa again this season.

Dina is spending Valentine’s night alone with her cats.  She’s in her PJ’s eating chocolate.  Tommy proposed on Valentine’s day, so she’s having a pity party.  Luke, her assistant, calls and she opens up about losing her marriage.  Dina is using a “dream spa,” which is like a tanning bed for your face?  This is just pathetic, especially when compared to the other ladies’ nights.  Why would she come back on the show if this is all she has going on?

Melissa and Joey are having a romantic dinner.  She’s glad to have a partner to support her during tough times.  Joey tells her that his real estate business is back on track.  She worries that he won’t have time for the family with everything else going on.  Apparently Joey tried to take their son to school, but took him to the wrong place.  Wow, he doesn’t know where his son goes to school.  The desert menu comes out and includes a series of sexy photos that Melissa took for him.  Joey, of course, loves the gift!

Teresa and Nicole are with their families for dinner.  The ladies are all in red, but Bobby and their father are not.  Rino toasts to a wonderful family, that he hopes Bobby will be a part of at some point.  Way to put the man on the spot!  They go around the table and tell the story of the first sweet thing their significant other did for them.  Teresa admits that she and Rino have had their ups and downs, but they ended up together.  They were married young and divorced at 28, but always loved each other.  When it’s her turn, Nicole asks if Bobby is a confirmed bachelor.  She feels like he has given her enough right now, but there’s always room for more.  Their mother goes on about how they want the best for Nicole.  Bobby says that they’re in a great place right now and feels like they need to really get to know each other before marriage.  He seems to really have a good head on his shoulders.

Teresa is at a Fabellini event.  She finds the public judgment upsetting and wonders if anyone will show up to her event.  She feels good when people come to support her.  Amber arrives to show her support, even though her husband is trying to maintain a distance.  There is a huge line to see Teresa.  Victoria Gotti arrives.  She and Teresa have been friends for several years.  Victoria invites Teresa and Amber to stop by for a drink afterward.  Amber seems unsure whether she should go, considering her husband, but decides to go.  I’m so over them acting as though Jim is above all of these people.  He runs a quickie-mortgage company, he’s not the attorney general!

Joey brings home a cute puppy!  Antonia is so excited!  Joey wanted to make the kids and Melissa smile.  Melissa says that, when she’s sad, Joey will do anything to make her feel better.

Amber and Teresa stop by Victoria’s house.   Teresa mentions that Amber lives in Colt’s Neck.  Victoria asks how long Amber has known the twins.  The timeline of events wasn’t too clear, but here’s the gist: Victoria says that she went to a restaurant years ago and the owner, Rino, came by her table.  He seemed enamored with Victoria.  She had surgery several weeks later and Rino visited her.  He brought her a diamond Rolex, which she didn’t accept.  The two stayed friends and Rino talked about Teresa constantly.  Later, he told Victoria about his divorce.  He said that he cheated on Teresa with Teresa’s mother.  Amber and Teresa are shocked!

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Amber says that she had never heard that and doesn’t know if it is true.  Victoria says that she doesn’t know if Rino was joking, but that he said it in front of many people.  Amber doesn’t want to know any more about Teresa and Nicole’s family issues.   Hopefully she’s learned not to repeat idle gossip, but I doubt it.  Once Amber leaves, Teresa and Victoria continue discussing Rino.  Victoria says that she’s often wondered if Teresa A was aware of the rumors.  Teresa is most upset that her business is being affected by her legal troubles.  Victoria tells her to rise above it.   They read a letter that Gia wrote to Teresa.  It’s heartbreaking to see how hurt Gia is by what’s going on with her family.

Next week will be the plea deal and we’ll see how it affects all of the families.

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Don’t Be Tardy

S3E8 “Outward Bound”

By TexasTart

Last week Kim and Kroy were trying to help the boys’ nanny find a man.  This week opens with Kim talking about how much she lavishes online shopping and one of her favorite things is when the FedEx truck comes. It’s like Christmas.  She has a lot of packages. She opens some more Louis Vuitton luggage and then opens an Amazon box that has a portable shower and a device for peeing in the woods. Kim remembers that Kroy told her she would have to ‘pay’ for the last LV luggage purchase.  She finds Kroy and he’s amassed a collection of camping and survival supplies in the man cave.  He’s as excited about his supplies as Kim is for her handbags and shoes.

DBT S3E8_1Oddly enough, they go from discussing camping supplies to a trip to the dermatologist, Dr. Cole.  Kim has Shun and Kroy along with her. She’s getting Botox on her face, as is Shun. Then she talks Kroy into a chemical peel. And he has one. Seriously? Back at the house Kroy calls a meeting for everyone except the little kids.  He has a printout for everyone about surviving in the woods and informs them they’re going camping.  The teenage girls say they are not going. Kroy assures them they are going.  He tells them no cell phones. They can’t even put down their cell phone for the meeting.  They will be unplugged while camping he says.  Sweetie, Lana and Kim are a bit concerned about the black bear instructions.  Kim is not happy about all this, but he tells her to look at the positives and not the negatives.

It’s a new day and Shun shows up with shopping bags. You might remember she’s Kim’s friend and personal stylist.  Kim greets her at the door and notices Dick’s Sporting Goods shopping bags and Shun says with indignation, “Never in my life have I shopped at Dicks!”  Kim says if she’s going through with this, at least she’s going to look good.  Shun has a lot of camoflauge.  Kroy said that Shun has confused hunting with camping. Shun wants to know what you wear then, and he said, like what you have on, T-shirt and pants.  Kim and Kroy proceed to talk her into coming along on the trip.

DBT S3E8_2It’s the day of the trip. Kim is dressed in overalls with a white shirt, bandana on her head and hiking boots. Kroy is loading supplies in the truck and catches a glimpse of her and thinks she is so cute.  Kim wants to make sure they pack some wine in a Louis Vuitton bag. What?  She said in a talking head that she has super powers when she drinks wine. Fine, but pack it in a LV?  Kim is now admiring Kroy’s behind while he’s loading the truck.  Sweetie comes out of the house, she looks to be dreading this trip. Kim said that since she’s nervous about leaving the babies, she wants Sweetie to stay behind so she can call her all the time asking about the little kids.  Sweetie was so excited she almost broke out into a dance.

Kim goes in the house to check and see what Tracy the chef has and I spy another LV bag on the kitchen counter. Maybe that’s the one for the wine. Or is that a special one for sandwiches?   Tracy has the sandwiches already made and wrapped, she says they are for the drive.  The other food Kroy had her get is to be cooked there. Kim recoiled a bit about the cooking part. And then she wondered if there was a Waffle House in driving distance and then she had another thought that maybe she didn’t want to eat so she doesn’t have to shit in the woods!  Kim said that Kroy is from Montana and he’s really in his element with the camping.  Kim says goodbye to Kash. I guess he’s staying home, which makes me wonder why Lana is going.  Kroy is still loading the truck and Kim is putting wigs in the back seat of the Escalade, with seat belts on, and still loading more LV luggage.  I assume LV doesn’t have wig cases.  It’s all so ridiculous, I can’t stop laughing!

They’re on the road and using walkie talkies. Lana is in her own car jammin’ to some music and eating, so she doesn’t hear mama Kim calling on the talkie.  Shun is in the Escalade, which is probably loaded with clothes. And wigs.  Has LV failed to design wig cases? Egad!   Kroy is driving the truck, with Kim, Brielle, Ariana and KJ.

They arrive and this is where you park and then haul of your stuff into the woods on foot to find a place and set up.   Kroy is trying to get things hauled in and set up and the poor guy has a bunch of rookies with him.  Kim is praying she doesn’t have a bear encounter.  Lana has war paint on her face.  Kim is exasperated that this is a lot of work and they haven’t even set up camp yet!   They’re setting up a frame for a super large tent that you can stand up in. Looks like it would fit everyone.  All the ladies are pitching in except Brielle is on her phone oblivious to everything. In effect, she has broken the beware of your surroundings and no phone rule shortly after arrival.  They finally get it set up and Kroy realizes it’s inside out!  Kim thinks they should have hired a service to set it up. I think it should come with it’s own LV bag. Chuckles.  Next week there will be some fishing and hanging out around a campfire playing truth or dare.

The funny clip at the end goes back to when Kroy had the family meeting and Kim was holding her instructions shaking them and told Kroy “like, this is not Survivor, this is Don’t Be Tardy!”   Sweetie is giggling like crazy.  Kroy is very serious and replies, “this is basic camping!” and Kim comes back with “you’re on the wrong show!”

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey Cast Blogs

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Dina Manzo

Dina lets us know she I aware that she wasn’t in much of this episode.  She tells us how much she believes in the mumbo jumbo of vision boards (Oprah was all about these years ago.  I don’t get it.  My fridge is my “vision board”.  Unfortunately, I post things like recipes and holiday cards which might explain a lot of my probs.)  I don’t the Vision Board is gonna get TerEsa out of her FEDERAL legal issues.  I am also dumbfounded that Dina made a Vision Board when she was married to her first husband and now she wants us to believe she has everything on that board now…did her Vision Board include hopes for 2 divorces?  Dysfunctional relationships with siblings?

Now I’ll touch on a few of my favorite moments from this week’s show. How adorable is Giovanni? He’s got such a gentle way about him for a boy his age, it’s exciting to see the next generation of a family business bloom. I’m sure Teresa and Rino are very proud of him and his desire to keep that tradition alive. I can tell you first hand that the food is GREAT at their restaurants, and please when you visit will you buy that man a drink?

I thought this was a real scene.  I have a 16 year old son and that is exactly how he behaves when I am in the car with him.  

Speaking of restaurants I appeared to be a bit quiet at dinner with the crew, didn’t I? That’s a LOT of personalities at one table. I tend to shrink in situations like that and do more eating and observing while everyone else takes the stage. I loved to see Rosie happy with her new love. Rosie and I had many talks about her relationship since me and her girl are both Pisces. I tried to give her an inside peek into the wonderful sensitive minds of us fish. You’ll have to stay tuned to see how it worked out for them. I adore Rosie and wish her a lifetime of happiness, she deserves it.  

I didn’t realize Dina saw herself as a shrinking violet.  Hmmm.  I love seeing Rosie happy.  She has always been REAL on the show and I think she comes off as very sincere.

Finally I have to say it was nice to see Amber and Nicole work out their differences…at least for now. I see the good in both the girls, we all mess up once in a while, right? OK, OK, so it might be a little hard to relate to a slutty first responder throwdown, but you know what I mean.  

Yeah, it was nice.  So what.  It ain’t gonna last.  Dina bids us farewell and tells is to get crafting.

Teresa Giudice

TerEsa thanks us for watching this week and was excited for us to see her family.  She is very proud of Gia.  I have a feeling Gia is the most mature one of this bunch.

Milania… again with Milania! I can’t believe she hid my present for Gia in the fridge! I know you only see her acting out, but she loves attention and likes to play up when other people are around. In private though she’s a sweetheart. Believe me, I don’t let my kids run wild. They are all such good kids with good hearts. They make me so proud!

OK, Milania is back to being the adorable Milania we have grown to love.  Here is a tweet from my favorite tweeter, @TheFauxMilaniaG.  If you don’t follow her, please do yourself a favor and check her out.  It is HILARIOUS!

TerEsa tries to make us believe the inmates are not running the asylum.  Not buying.

Gia’s gift was a pave ring that my mother gave me when I was a teenager. I’ve been saving it for her. It’s too big for her to wear now, but she’s mature enough to understand how much it means. I don’t think there’s any better present than something passed down from your mama, no matter what it is.

Contrary to most, I thought this was a very thoughtful gift.  I have a ring that was my great grandmother’s and it has a lot of sentimental value.  Yes, it is a bit big and “costumey”, but I am sure she can wear it for special occasions.

How funny was Joe and Gia’s talk? I love that they have such a great relationship. It’s important for girls to have a strong father figure in their lives. Gia is a daddy’s girl just like I was, and still am! Their heart-to-heart talk was so cute. I can’t believe Gia admitted to her dad that she’s kissed a boy! Ah marone! I don’t even want to think about it. Joe’s so funny: “Next time that kid comes here, I’m gonna kick his ass.” He’s kidding of course, but any boy that wants to date any of our daughters better realize they have to go through me and Joe first!

We are definitely seeing a softer side of Juicy this year and I like it.  He loves his girls.  He also knows the likelihood is pretty high that he will not be seeing these girls grow up.  Very sad for those girls.

TerEsa loved meeting all her fans at her Fabellini signing.  Wonder how much she charged for pics with her.  She wishes us Tanti Baci and signs off.

Melissa Gorga

Melissa still tries to make us believe she wanted wings on that damn truck.  I am really hoping she is not that dumb, but now I am not so sure.  Also telling the Scientist that she is only familiar with the scientist from Back to the Future.  Um, she has a college degree.  Did she get hers through the mail?  Was it a lottery?‎‎‎

I have to say I absolutely loved watching the scenes of Teresa and Rino and their handsome son, Giovanni. It still amazes me that these two were actually divorced and ended up back together and stronger than ever. It really does go to show you that true love conquers all! These two really entertain me and the more you get to know them, the more you’re going to fall in love with both of them!  

I am not that entertained by them.  But I do love that the kid is going into the fambily business.  

‎‎I loved that Rosie introduced Ellen. You can see it in her eyes that she really loves this woman and feels really comfortable with her. Rosie is such a joy to be around and always makes everything fun!

As I have said again and again, Rosie is the most real person on this show.  I wish we had more of Rosie and wonder why she and Kathy don’t blog?

Can’t get over how big Gia is getting. Love seeing the moments with her and her daddy. There’s nothing like the father-daughter bond. I see it every day with Antonia and Joe. No one gets a little girl’s heart like her daddy!   

‎Beautiful and bitter sweet.  We are all fully aware that the likelihood of Juicy being around for her 14th birthday is HIGHLY unlikely.

Watching Nicole do her thing at work was so great. You could tell she definitely brings the sass and energy to that office! She’s such a doll and she always makes me laugh. 

I actually found this scene to be annoying.  Who else is hoping she is not using that annoying voice on a speaker phone all freaking day?

‎‎‎I really was so happy that Amber and Nicole finally decided to talk to each other. That’s really what I wanted to happen from the beginning at Bobby’s party, and I also wanted to be there with them to explain my part to Amber so she could understand why I told Nicole. It wouldn’t have been right for it to be out there for everyone to hear without Nicole being able to explain that whatever Amber heard through the grapevine wasn’t true. I’m glad they finally talked it out and hopefully we can all move on from the nonsense.

Liar liar pants on fire!  There is no freaking way that when you set this ball in motion that your ultimate goal was for Nicole and Amber to have a polite sit-down to hash out their differences.

Melissa promises she will talk to us next week and tells us she is a busy little bee working on her holiday jewelry line.  Gee, I hope there is a Back to the Future themed piece in that line.  Maybe a Delorean pin?

Amber Marchese

Amber has taken it upon herself to write her college thesis for us each week.  It gets longer and longer as the weeks go by, but the theme doesn’t seem to change.  Amber tells us she doesn’t “want to beat a dead horse” but she goes on to do so anyway.  Yes, she has to rehash “through the grapevine” story.  Great.  We get it.  You didn’t think Melissa would tell anyone.  I am gathering you NEVER watched a real housewives franchise before you got casted, right?  Because that’s what happens on every episode.  Like the old game of telephone, one person tells another something allegedly private or personal and that person tells other cast members and adds a little extra something to make the story better.  We saw it on OC with Tamra and Shannon and on BH between Brandi and Lisa.

What I still do not understand is how this situation ever escalated the way it did in the first place. It would have been a hell of a lot more sane if this “sit down” conversation happened prior to the spectacle that Nicole had put on at the party. Either way, I learned a very valuable lesson from all of this. I pray we can honestly all move on.

Let me share this with you my young Jedi, it happened because you get paid!

As far as Bobby goes, please understand, there is so much back story this situation. Bobby hurt us, my family, and destroyed a long term friendship with my husband.  Jim has done nothing but bend over backwards for Bobby! I have had many conversations with Bobby, and I do not like how he treats people. Whether it be his friends, his family, or women, I have cringed at some things that he has said to me. If Rino, Teresa, or Nicole for that matter wants to turn a blind eye, that is their choice. Trust me when I tell you, I held back what I really wanted to say to Nicole as a friend, and there are things I have kept quiet because my loyalty was with Bobby for a very long time now. However, after what Bobby did to us, I wanted so badly to warn Nicole. I did not feel like she was ready, so I shut my mouth.  Remember Nicole, there is nothing for us to gain by telling you, however, you are handing him everything for free, including notoriety and fame, without so much as a ring on your finger. I hope everyone caught Bobby’s response at the dinner table when asked about his future with Nicole: “Is that grape?” In the end, I warned her and what she does with the information is her decision.

You start out telling us this was your hubby’s BFF, but all along you knew he was a scumbag?  Weird.  Your hubby was hanging out with this guy for YEARS and only know have you found your voice and decided to tell everyone what a terrible person Bobby really is?

Now, I am going to gush over my children! They were amazing and so adorable! Their personalities just shined! The Mortgage Now commercials are just so much fun for us as parents to watch.  It helps our children learn their lines and perform, as well as breaking them out of their shells and learning to be comfortable in front of others. Whether they want to pursue acting, public speaking, public office, or anything for that matter, this gives them the foundation to do all of that.  Jim and I could not be more proud as parents. Jim and I truly love being parents. We really feel we are an amazing duo together with the same values, morals, and ethics. We want to raise amazing gentlemen and ladies. Here is a flash bulletin, the commercials are for fun and for the Mortgage NOW, Inc. website, they are not supposed to make you apply for a mortgage – they’re there to make you smile and make it clear the company is service oriented and family based. 

<snooze>  I get it.  Jim came on this show to hopefully get some exposure for his business.  And then, he opened his mouth.

I want to take a moment to remember one of my all-time favorite people, Robin Williams. My heart goes out to his family. I also want to take a moment to outwardly speak about the hate mail/tweets that his daughter received after this tragedy in her life. I don’t understand the level of depravity to send her anything but condolences. I really don’t. She does not deserve this. She only deserves our love and support. 

Yes, this is totally off topic but I 100% agree with her.  First and foremost, we lost one of the most talented actor/comediennes my generation has known.  His children lost their beloved father.  And bastards out there in the world took this opportunity to twist the knife a little more in order to make his daughter hurt more.  There is a special room for these people in hell.

Her experience with hate tweets made me think of #RHONJ. Please, support your favorite Housewife, but it really upsets me to read hurtful, viscous tweets about any of the Housewives. It is OK to have a point of view, it is OK to not agree with us, it is OK to like and support us, however, it is never OK to be mean, vulgar, judgmental, and/or nasty to any of us. I may not agree with a particular Housewife, I might even be angry with her, but I still do not want my supporters becoming nasty to her. We can all get our points across without being cruel to one another. Our supporters are what make this show so amazing. This should all be enjoyable and a fun process, leave the nasty and hateful comments out it. 

OK, you lost me here.  Comparing your situation with Robin Williams’ daughter is just wrong.  She never asked for any of this.  You signed up for a show knowing full well how previous cast members have been treated.  You knew it going in.  Shame on you for trying to get sympathy for being a fame whore.  If you don’t like the negative attention, delete your twitter account, stop going on facebook and get yourself off reality TV.  If your gonna dance, you gotta pay the fiddler.

She closes by thanking everyone (yes, a long list) for their support.  I was not listed so she is not thanking me personally.  I do, however, appreciate her not mentioning the c-word!  My liver thanks you, Amber!

Teresa Aprea

It’s the end of summer and TEReSA is watching it fly by.  She enjoyed this episode and especially liked the dinner with the whole group.

Every scene with my son Gio makes me smile. I’m sure you can tell by now that my son, my one and only, steals my heart. Gio is a good driver, but all you moms know how nerve wracking it is driving with your child in the beginning. As a mom my advice is to constantly reinforce with your children that speed really kills. My heart breaks for so many lives lost this past week in our area from car accidents with teens. I am constantly praying for the youth today to “get it” — drive slowly. Kids think they really are indestructible.

I enjoyed the driving scene.  It was just like watching my son and I when we are out driving.  Sad to hear there has been a lot of loss in her community.  Our community lost 4 teens in an accident the night before graduation a few years ago.  It was a huge blow and hopefully a wake-up call to the other kids.

Having dessert in little Italy with Rino and Gio was quite amusing. Obviously Rino and I have different parenting styles. His conversations with Gio are a lot different than mine, so I will leave the “double, triple bagging” suggestions to his dad. That is definitely a talk that should have been between father and son, without me there. My conversations with Gio definitely pertain to the heart, the way to treat a woman, respect, cherishing, and a lot of love. Rino’s conversations tend to head south. LMAO!

The relationship between TEReSA, Rino and Gio is very sweet and you can see how very much they love their son.  I think it is really exciting that he wants to take over the family business.  TEReSA then goes on and on about the renovation and the new restaurant.  I got a snack.  I wish I had some of those desserts TEReSA and Gio had at that restaurant.

As for Nicole, my sister, my twin, her heart of gold always shines bright. Witnessing that conversation with Amber once again reflected the class act that Nicole is. I wish I could say I felt sincerity on Amber’s part, but I just didn’t see it. There was just so much attitude, so sad, enough already.

Nope, I didn’t see any sincerity either.  I do not see anyone putting this storyline to bed.  Amber is gonna continue to beat this dead horse til it is dog food.

I love that Dina does a dream board. Although we have never spoken about that, having been in the Personal Development arena, I also do dream boards and believe they are a tremendous tool in getting laser focused on your goals. I add a Bible verse under each picture, which I believe makes it so powerful. Thank you, Dina, for sharing this for the world to see — it can be so beneficial to many people.

We have now come to the portion of the blog where we suck up to Dina.  I don’t get the whole dream board.  Dina is a little too kooky and crystals for me, but hey, whatever works, right?  TEReSA checks out and thanks her fans and friends for all their love and support.  You’re welcome.

Nicole Napolitano

Nicole starts out apologizing for her blog being a wee bit tardy.  She didn’t post her blog until Saturday morning.  Let’s jump right in.

It was great to finally get an apology. Going back to that night and remembering how I felt, it was a really good feeling to forgive and let go. I truly feel what I said in my interview: “Bitterness is leprosy to the soul.” At this point weeks had gone on with a lot of hurt , lies, and deceit, and with all the anger that I had towards Amber also came deep hurt. Once it involves my family, then it must end. Again I always feel people make mistakes, and if they are really sincere, they should be forgiven. So I left that café after our long conversation feeling really happy we were in a much better place and actually feeling hopeful for our friendship. It was hard for me to go back to that happy place this week due to the negativity in Amber’s blogs this season and both Amber and Jim’s comments on social media. There’s a difference between right and raunchy, and my children do not need to be subjected to their vile and inherently evil comments. Especially since my children loved and respected my boyfriend, Gary! So my advice to Dina, since you are separated or may date a man who is separated, is make sure the Marcheses don’t call you a “home wrecker” next season.

Hmmm, seems as though we are getting a clue into where the whole “homewrecker” came from.  Did Nicole date a guy who was separated and then his scorned wife claimed he was a cheater and Nicole was a homewrecker?  Whatever.  I am so sick of this “storyline.”

I actually enjoyed seeing myself at work. My office is like my second home. One of my best friends, Adriana, is one of the assistants in the office, so I absolutely love seeing her in the morning and having our coffee together. It wasn’t a shock at all for my office to hear that phone call, because I’m extremely close to all them. They are like my second family, so they knew exactly what had been going on for weeks. I hope everyone will get to see more of me in the workforce, because it’s really exciting and I would love for you all to see some amazing private jets. That is what I call sexy!

I found this whole scene annoying and staged.  I am still hopeful that she is not on her speaker phone all day.

Loved having dinner at Ponte Vecchio with everyone. Not only is it a beautiful restaurant, the food is outstanding! It was a great group. Joe Giudice’s homemade wine was outrageous, and I truly love the two Joes. They both have a genuine sweetness about them and I enjoy being in their company along with their beautiful wives. We had such a great dinner at Angelo’s with Teresa and Joe that I was excited to have them at Ponte Vecchio. I loved seeing Rosie happy. She deserves the very best, because she has the BIGGEST heart and gives so much! Her sisters Kathy’s cannolis were out of this world too! Amazing how Rosie and I started dating our significant others both in March. Yes, my brother-in-law mocks Amber and says “Nicole and Bobby’s relationship is facazy.” Well I don’t know why Amber keeps on questioning or even cares so much about my relationship and whether Bobby is with me for the right reasons. Well I had a magnificent dinner with Bobby that night as well. We always have an amazing time wherever we are as long as we are together! 

Yes, Rosie deserves to be happy, but I guess not with this gal.  It has been all over the gossip sites that this woman felt used and that her relationship with Rosie was more casual than the show made it out to be.  That makes me sad for Rosie.  Amber is one of those women that doesn’t wish happiness for her friends.  She must be pretty miserable in her own head.

It was incredible to see Dina’s dream board. I had a personal development business for five years and I feel strongly about dream boards. Dina has a beautiful spirit and I love what a great friend she is to Teresa. Those are the kind of friends people need in their lives.

Whatever.  I don’t believe putting stuff on a corkboard gets you any closer to the things you want.  WORKING HARD is what gets you closer things you want.  Nicole closes by asking us to pray for the family that lost 2 children and a father and boy who are in critical condition.  She asks us to talk to your children about speeding (also mentioned in TEReSA’s blog).  I will take a moment to do this today.  We all live in this lightening fast world and we just need to remind ourselves to slow down.

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey Tonight!

“Roses Are Red, Dina Is Blue”

Roses are the flowers of choice in the Garden State as the ladies celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own unique ways. And in a shocking turn of events, Victoria Gotti reveals a scandalous rumor to Amber and Teresa that could shake the group’s foundation to its core.

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Don’t Be Tardy Tonight!

“Outward Bound”

The time has come for Kim to meet Kroy’s challenge and face her biggest fear…camping! Shun styles Kim in over-the-top camo fashion as Kroy prepares his inexperienced family with a Camping Survival Guide. Is Kim crazy for going along with Kroy’s idea of a family vacation or is Kroy for daring to go camping with all women and a toddler?

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Happy Birthday

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Real Housewives Of Orange County Cast Blogs

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S9E18 Cast Blogs Blogged

By HydrangeaHussy

 

Vicki Gunvalson – Vicki Wants the Best for Tamra

Vicki tells us that it was hard to relive Briana and Ryan’s move, but “fortunately, we are able to FaceTime a lot, so that has been helpful, but it’s never the same thing as being together.”  She realizes “that’s our job as a parent to let them GO — but it doesn’t mean it won’t hurt.”   I think it might actually be good for their relationship to be apart a little.  It’s nice to see Vicki letting go a little.  “All I can pray for is that they will one day be able to return to Southern California so we can all be near each other again. If not I’ll be there supporting every decision they make with a smile and missing them with great big tears.”  I think all Briana wants is her mother’s unconditional support.

On to the Bali party!  “I was so proud of the way my house turned out for the Bali party. I have such an amazing team of professionals who were able to transform my home for, not only the party, but also full time!”  Remember, Vicki remodeled/redecorated after Donn moved out of the house.  She hints that she may be looking for a change, though.  “I am so proud of owning this home on my own. I have bittersweet thoughts about one day moving near the beach. I have such amazing great memories living where I am, but now that the kids are grown and I’m on my own, I feel like it’s time for a change.”  Watch what happens!

“I was glad that Tamra decided to show up to my party and face the “music” as they say. We ended our Bali trip on such a bad note, that I really didn’t know if she was going to show up or not.”  Despite Tamra running away and claiming that we’ll never see her again, of course she’d be at the finale party!  Vicki says that, “although I don’t agree with everything Tamra does, I want the best for her and don’t want us to be fighting. But the truth of the matter is I don’t agree with what she has done. I personally think Tamra steps way too much into people’s business and I’m hopeful that she has learned a lesson. You can’t go around talking crap on people and expect them not to compare notes.”  No truer words!

Vicki was most hurt because she thought Tamra was a friend, but “if she was truly a friend of mine, she would have kept her mouth shut about some things that happened early on our relationship, and allowed my friends a chance to meet him and formulate their own opinion.”  Vicki admits that Brooks has made mistakes, but says that he has gotten help and asked for forgiveness.  She points out that Tamra has done the same, “so I have asked her for the same respect to us that she wants for herself.”

“It was really great getting to know Shannon this year and despite all the drama in her life, it was good to spend time with her one-on-one in Bali.”  Vicki thinks Shannon is a great person, who has fun and makes her family a priority.  Vicki also admits some of her mistakes.  “I felt bad about how I treated Heather at times. I am proud to call her my friend, and hate that I was part of any of her hurt.”  Also, she touches on Lizzie, “although we started of on a rough note I really have come to like her a lot. She has a spitfire personality and I love a woman to can stand up to Tamra.”

Lizzie Rovsek – Lizzie Forgives Tamra

“After the final dinner in Bali, I really made a decision to dismiss Tamra from my life. I have never in my life heard a woman say such horrible things to other women before. It’s interesting to hear Heather say to Christian at the dinner table on tonight’s episode, how “everyone was yelling at Tamra” in Bali. Were we at the same table? I didn’t hear anyone yell at Tamra at the last dinner in Bali. In fact I think the only woman yelling was Tamra. We were all genuinely hurt and defending ourselves.”  I also thought that was interesting.  Not that it was appropriate to confront Tamra at dinner, but I didn’t see anyone jumping on her the way she has jumped on others.  Tamra was the one who escalated the situation.  Lizzie’s plan for the dinner at Vicki’s was to stay away from Tamra.  “I honestly had nothing left to say to her. She does not tell the truth and she does not handle conflict well.”  Understatement of the year!

“Of course, Tamra brings up the “Marry, Shag, Kill” game yet again! There is nothing else to say, but “I’m sorry” for whatever she thinks I said or didn’t say. It’s a crazy he said/she said and no one can possibly win — and who wants to?”  As I’ve said before, that’s Tamra’s MO.  Anytime she feels attacked, she gets defensive and brings up anything/everything from the past.  The game was a horrible idea and I’ll just leave it at that, I’m tired of talking about it.  “I can’t walk around on eggshells for another person. I don’t have the power to change anyone, nor do I want to. I get to be me. Tamra gets to be Tamra. However, I get to make decisions on how I let people affect me — and I get to decide who or what I want in my life. I forgive Tamra. I forgive myself. I choose to be around people that love and support one another. Conflict is OK. It’s even OK to lose your temper here and there. But when the behavior becomes habitual without remorse, you have to make a conscious decision about what you allow in your life.”  I could not agree more!

Lizzie tells us that she has reached out to Tamra since the custody battle began.  “As a mother I felt the need to support her. We are all in this life together. We made a bit of amends and both shared what we were hurt over in Bali. We even talked about getting together with our hubbies. But that didn’t last for long, as you’ll see at the Reunion.”

Shannon Beador – The Difference Between Shannon and Heather

“And so it begins again. . .Tamra making up more things about me and pulling Heather in. When I first met Tamra, she continually complained about her relationship with Heather. I never suggested that Tamra stay away from Heather, that Heather was evil, or that Heather was a horrible person.”  We all know that Tamra twists everything around to suit her goals, so I’m not surprised by her back-stabbing.  “My continual suggestion to Tamra was that she should tell Heather how she felt and communicate with her. You can actually see me tell her that early on at Vicki’s Fakes-Giving dinner.”

Shannon says that, like Heather, she went to the source, Tamra, to find out what unkind things were said.  Did she really expect a straight/honest answer?  “I asked Tamra whether she told Heather about David’s email and she denied it. I asked Tamra to confirm what she told me numerous times that Terry wanted to “take the Beadors down,” and she denied it. Going to the source has been of no benefit to me, and in fact, has given me false information.”  Shannon thinks Heather is smart enough to know that Tamra lies.  “As far as my friendship with Vicki, most of the times when Tamra’s name comes up, she tells me that Tamra came between her relationship with Brianna. I have been hurt by Tamra and Vicki has been hurt by Tamra. When I am close friends with anyone, I don’t want to see them get hurt. I have and will continue to tell Vicki to proceed with caution in any friendship with Tamra.”  I don’t see anything wrong with that, as Vicki is also warning people about Tamra.  Shannon says that “I do not split up friendships. In fact, I always encourage people to talk it out.”

As for David’s comment about Heather, I personally find the whole situation ridiculous.  If Terry was that upset, he should have said something by now.  Shannon says, “I was surprised to hear that he would say such a thing, but I knew he consumed many drinks that day. Although I was confused why Terry had not brought up the topic when we had seen him months earlier, I let David know as soon as I returned home for our trip.”  As we saw, David apologized as soon as he knew of the offense.  “David’s apology was sincere. We both thought it was strange that we were hearing about how Terry was so upset months after the fact, but David was willing to take responsibility and ask for forgiveness for his statement. He even did it in front of others which I thought was so admirable. True to form, the apology was not good enough for the Dubrows.”  It seemed to me that Heather got exactly what she wanted – a public apology, but it wasn’t good enough.

As for Tamra, “I said my peace to Tamra in Bali. I asked her for an explanation for her character assassinations of me and she gave none. I don’t expect to ever get one. I am ready to move on. But yet she seemed to goad everyone on at the end of dinner.”  Of course she did!  Tamra always has to have the last word, or scream.  “David  attempted to remind Tamra about how she instigated the argument between he and Terry on the night of Lizzie’s party with the whole “take down the Beadors” comment. Terry jumped in and said that wasn’t what he was upset about at Lizzie’s party — he was really upset about David’s spread your legs comment. What? Then why didn’t we hear about it at Lizzie’s party? Why didn’t he “go to the source” months earlier? And even more so, why was there no anger towards Eddie with his comment “Show us how you ride Terry”? Aren’t they equally offensive?”

Shannon was very insulted by Terry’s comments regarding David’s job.  “My husband started his company on his own and works very hard. He has multiple degrees. The fact that Terry called him stupid and insulted him as a construction worker is unacceptable.”  I certainly saw a different, angrier side of Terry at the dinner.  Was he just acting out to stir up interest in his own show?  “I truly thought Heather and I were on a path to potential friendship, and I was completely shocked at she and Terry’s air of superiority at the dinner table.”  I will never be shocked by Heather’s superiority.  Finally, Shannon says that she has great friendships with Vicki and Lizzie.  She’s focusing on her family and marriage now.

Heather Dubrow – Heather Weights in on the Dinner Party

Heather indicates that she wasn’t going to post a blog on this episode because she made all of her amends in the Reunion (which we haven’t seen), but “because of the overwhelming response to the final dinner party, I thought I’d make a few comments.”  She begins by commenting on editing, which I’m so tired of hearing about!  “If you filmed someone for a year you cut together two very different movies of their lives. You could show every amazing thing they did and said and make them a hero — or you could show every regrettable moment and misstep and make them a villain.”  Both could be true, but it’s the way you behaved regardless.  Just accept your actions and more forward with no excuses.  “Many of these you will understand after watching the Reunion, and some were just regrettable and required apologies.”  Great, a whole reunion of excuses to look forward to!

“You as the audience are privy to what’s going on in everyone’s world. We are not and sometimes we act and react differently than you’d expect because we didn’t have that knowledge. There were also many situations this season that became such a big game of telephone. It was hard to keep track.”  I will agree with that statement.  There was a lot of he-said, she-said going on.  “Terry and I have been together for almost 18 years and I have never seen him speak to another person as he did to David at Vicki’s party. SO not like him. All I can say is Terry never heard David OR Eddie yell out lewd things to me at the hoedown. We were told repeatedly by a very reliable (or so we thought) source about what David had said and they made it sound VERY bad. That was what Terry was reacting to.”  Still, there was a better way to handle the situation.  She says that they didn’t hear about it until right before Bali, which is why Terry never brought it up before.  Heather also makes apologies/excuses for Terry’s condescension toward David.  “Terry is not elitist. He was raised by a plumber/construction worker and was making a comment referring to guys on a worksite whistling at girls going by. The reference wasn’t meant to be demeaning. Of course it came across terribly and he is very sorry about that and he apologized to David.”

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Project Runway “The Klum Of Doom”

 Project Runway

S13E5 “The Klum Of Doom”

By Princess Pindy

Tonight’s episode of Project Runway is a challenge to make a look for Heidi to wear to a Red Carpet Event. The 2014 Creative Art Emmys. There have been pictures online  this past week of Heidi wearing a “Blue string” dress and rumors that this is the dress from this challenge (and it wasn’t Amanda that made it, lol).  We will see if this is true.  The guest judge is Lindsay Vonn.  She is the Olympic Gold Medal winning skier that is dating Tiger Woods, so already I am not at all impressed with her taste or choices.

The designers must mix their point of view with Heidi’s style. She says she likes unexpected, fearless, fashion forward and does not want to be on the worst dressed list.  Amanda has immunity from winning last week’s challenge.  The designers are exited.  Tim feels the need to say that it is an elegant and sophisticated event, “Mitchell”, yep, Tim called him out. They get a half hour to sketch and then it is off to Mood with $250 and they have one day.  Tim tells them, “The success of our challenges begin and end at Mood.” and I agree, they have all picked such hideous fabrics in past challenges, even for additional fabric,  IPPHO…I hope this is a different, but it won’t be.  The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior.

*****Sean is designing a blue fringe, floor length gown and that is the dress that she wore to the CA Emmys so we know who won, lol.******

TIME WITH TIM AND HEIDI

LOL, they had thunder sound effects when Heidi walks in.

Heidi is going to be wearing this look and she is taking NO PRISONERS!!!  I think we are seeing the real Heidi, IPPHO.  She is being brutal and honest, in other words, or the same words, brutally honest!!!  She doesn’t like much of anything she has seen and I don’t really blame her.  I’m just not impressed with these designers.  Tim was right, it comes down to what they choose at Mood and they ‘chose poorly.”  I just don’t understand why they pick such ugly, dull fabric.  I don’t know what is in their heads, they got a dossier of her past looks….wth??  Most of the designers are struggling.

SHeee’s back…..Heidi is scared and that they need to start over…so they are going back to Mood.  They each get $100 and 20 minutes to shop.  You don’t have to go and can give your $100 to another designer…  Sandhya goes around asking everyone that is not going for their money….before anyone else can..she ends up with $400 and being able to buy $120 a yard fabric… Emily is not happy with the second chance, she feels that the designers should have picked the right fabric the first time, I agree.

A lot of the designers are really having a hard time with this challenge, even after getting new fabric.  There also seems to be a undercurrent of anger towards Sandhya from those who know what she did and how much she spent.  But hey, she hustled and asked them for the money, they could have said no or asked for the money themselves. We know she didn’t win, ha!!  The last two hours of trying to get the looks done and hair and make-up is fairly frantic.  I feel so bad for them all and know the stress they are feeling, I don’t have to imagine, haha!! With ten minutes left there are looks that are complete and then there are looks that no amount of time would help.  This is sad.  I am really disappointed in this group of designers, truth be told.  Even more disappointing, I am feeling sorry for Mitchell

THE RUNWAY – IPPHO

Char is first, it looks pretty but it is nothing new!!!  Emily’s dress is very short but it looks like a cave man dress.  Mitchell, his look is a “hot mess express”, lol.  Korina, it looks like a first sewing project, it is bad.  Fade, I like his dress but some of the seams don’t match, stripes need to match.  Alexander’s dress the back is SO short, not good at all.  Sandhya, it is nothing special, the material is doing all the work, not the design, nothing new.  Samantha’s look is not bad.   Kristine’s is a boob fest, it is bad, poorly made.  Kini’s look… something is off with the hips, they look weird.  Maybe I’m just not use to seeing a model with some booty and hips.  Sean, a breath of fresh air in this lineup of farts.  It is beautiful. Yes, I said farts, I was trying to wax poetically and be all “Writer Girl” but the stuff coming down the runway was pure shit, so farts seemed appropriate!  Amanda’s beaded dress is too heavy on the beading, it’s pretty but off.

TOP AND BOTTOM

Kristine, Kini, Korina, Sean, Mitchell, Amanda are the six that had the best and worst.  We know Sean won, and I think Amanda is in the top, Kini might be in the top too, but I thought there was something funky with his seams.  But Korina and Kristine are definitely in the bottom and Mitchell is a self described, “Hot Mess Express”…stop making me like you Mitchell!!!

The Judges say:

Kini,~ Heidi, fantastic, $1000s of dollars, gave drama, Lindsay thinks it is stunning.  Nina thinks it hugs incredible, well done.  Zac’s highest score.

Amanda, ~Heidi, thinks it is beautiful, Zac, allergic reaction to the beads.  Nina, blah, blah, blah.

Kristine,~ Sac, boob canyon, Lindsay devil wears Prada, Zac indecent exposure, Nina like paneling if done properly it would have looked well, badly executed.  Heidi, too sexy. (I never thought I would hear that from her, she really meant that it looked unfinished and I wouldn’t be caught dead in that piece of crap.)

Mitchell,~ “the fabric beat me up” Oh Mitchell, that is so cute and it is so true…   Heidi, back is rough hurts my eyes.  Lindsay, tried too hard.  Nina, this red looks like a Christmas ornament, matronly, unflattering.  Zac, you were out of your element.

Sean ~ Lindsay, different, beautiful.  Zac loves it everything about it. Nina, was worried it would make her look bigger, bareness in the back balances out the heavy of the fringe.

Korina~ Nina, doesn’t know where to start, old lady. Heidi doesn’t like the color.  Zac wouldn’t wear it either.  I think he would, lol.

I didn’t get everything Lindsay said, she was dull, dull, dull!!

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Basically, the three top looks are well made, no surprise there.  The three bottom looks are as Nina says were, “Amateur Hour.”  They are really, really, badly constructed and the designs are just not good.  Zac seemed less touchy, feely this week.

THE WINNER AND THE LOSER

We already know the winner is Sean….and Kini and Amanda are safe.   Mitchell is out, :(  I am sad!!!   Kristine is out too!!!!  WOW, two out…good!!  Korina is safe, but barely.

You can see the looks from this week’s show at this link:

http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-13/rate-the-runway/episode-5#id=1

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Photo credit Huffington Post: Heidi Klum arrives at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Heidi Klum arrives at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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Real Housewives Of Orange County – All Apologies / Real Housewives Of New York Cast Blogs

Real Housewives Of Orange County

S9E18 “All Apologies”

By Stars99

Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow , Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge & Lizzie Rovsek

Shannon Beador, Heather Dubrow , Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge & Lizzie Rovsek

It’s finally the finale!  Woo hooo! Can you believe it? Don’t worry, though… there’s still 3 reunion shows and probably a lost footage epside – so you haven’t gotten rid of the RHOC too quickly…

This season we’ve seen and learned… Briana’s pregnant again and is moving to Oklahoma City… Tamra’s son Ryan had a health scare, is moving, and is getting married to the Mother of his unborn child… We watched newcomer Shannon’s marriage and other relationships fall apart… We witnessed Tamra be low down and dirty – So, nothing new there… We gasped when Her Royal Heatherness threw Shannon out of her house… We grimaced when no one showed up to Lizzie’s birthday (boo hoo)… We heard accusations that Terry allegedly wanted to “Take the Beadors down”… We learned that Pageant Lizzie doesn’t take crap from anyone and she gleefully spilled the beans on what Tamra had been saying about everyone all season long behind their backs… We experienced a trip to Bali… Tamra ran away and she promised we would never see her again, but like every other promise Tamra makes, she broke it 2 seconds flat.  Daganbit… And once again, Vicki got really hurt by Tamra.

Tonight’s finale begins with everyone anticipating the dinner at Vicki’s house. Tamra is cooking spaghetti but tells Eddie she isn’t going to eat any of it. She felt so attacked and accused of so many lies in Bali. Poor widdle Tamra. Because of course, Tamra has NEVER wrongly attacked anyone (pick the season)… It’s tough when the accusing finger is now being pointed is at you, isn’t it TamTam? Tamra felt oh so hopeless that she had to take early flight home from Bali all alone. This is such a pattern with so many trips these days…  C’mon Bravo – Can’t someone buy a new storyline? Sorry, Tamra – it’s really tough to feel any empathy for you. Well, except for the custody issues you’re having with Simon – Because there’s a lot of crap that I believe and can say about you – But all that aside, I do really believe that you’re a Mom who actively loves her children and who would never knowingly put them in harm’s way. Custody issues have got to suck.  Tamra doesn’t really want to go to Vicki’s party but wants to go to prove them all wrong…

S and D talking at home

David and Shannon are home talking together about Vicki’s party that starts at 8:00 PM.  This is way past their bedtime now that Shannon is going to bed with David and getting up with him every single day. Shannon says that she went on the Bali trip with a lot of perceptions about the others, especially Heather. It was surprising to her at how much she and Heather have in common.  She honestly feels there is a possibility that they can develop a friendship. Really, she’s relieved she’s no longer at war with Heather. David said that he will be sure to apologize for the crass comments he made about Heather at their groundbreaking. Shannon reinforces that Heather said Terry was incensed about his comments.

Heather calls Tamra about Vicki’s party. Tamra tells her that she doesn’t know if she wants to go. With all of the gossip flying around, Heather decided to confront the source of the conflict, in this case, Tamra and ask her about what happened. Heather says she is going to believe Tamra because she’s her friend. Okay, I snorted Diet Dr. Pepper thru my nose when I heard that… Tamra is Heather’s friend? Isn’t this the Tamra you weren’t speaking to for the whole first part of the season? Does Good Day LA mean anything to  you? Lololol… Tamra decides to go to the party because she isn’t going to just run away from it all. Dangabit – I just KNEW it was too good to be true that we wouldn’t see Tamra again.

Tamra on cell

Vicki has hired a caterer and a party planner to do everything for the party.  They’ve got plenty of booze and Vicki is tempted to tell the caterer, “No sharp knives.” I hope Vicki put plastic slip covers on all her furniture.

As Lizzie is getting ready, she tells Christian that she wants to stay away from all drama tonight. She is going to steer clear of Tamra. She thinks it’s sweet of Vicki to host an after Bali party. Christian recognizes that it seems like Tamra is at the center of most of the drama. Lizzie uses her talking head interview to delineate the red flags of a sociopath: They exaggerate and make up lies; They feel no remorse for anything they say or do; When accused they say mean and hurtful things. She says Tamra exhibits some of these red flags. Whoa…I’m certainly no fan of Tamra but I’ve never called her a sociopath.  Yikes!

In the limo on the way to the party, Heather and Terry are talking about how Terry is going to handle David… Terry says he’s not because he absolutely has no interest in David. One of the biggest slams you can make against someone else is implying that they are not worth your time or energy. Heather thinks Shannon purposefully comes into between people.

Brooks arrives and Vicki isn’t dressed and ready for dinner yet.  Vicki says this is the first time she’s had Brooks over to her place for a party. Vicki thinks she probably should have written off Tamra years ago… but that they have some sort of a magnetic force that draws them together.  Yes, that force is named, “Bravo” and without it you wouldn’t give each other the time of day.

Heather and Terry are the first ones to arrive and they knock but no one answers. Of course, this is because Vicki is getting ready – but you’d think they’d have someone at the front door or something. It’s not like there isn’t an army of people serving at this party. Heather made one crazily funny statement to Terry as they walk through Vicki’s house. Heather said, “No matter what happens, don’t put your feet on the couch.”  I died laughing – until I saw the rest of the episode.

Terry and H not accepting apol

The minute that Shannon and David see Terry and Heather at the party, David starts to apologize. I mean the second after they say their “hellos” – He apologizes. David said, “I have to apologize to you guys – I guess I said something really bad at your party – I guess I offended you and I sincerely apologize for it.” Terry said, “That thing about spreading your legs?”  As a point of explanation, David said that everyone was kind of yelling at Heather as she got onto the bull.  They show the footage of exact scene. It was very clear that David yelled at Heather, “Spread your legs – Get on there, baby!”

However, as the footage continues, we see for the first time that Eddie was front and center ALSO yelling at Heather, “Show us how you ride Terry” – but did he get in trouble? Nope… nope…nope.

David continues in his efforts to apologize by saying, “Honestly, I meant no offence by it and I sincerely apologize for it.” Terry says the issue was that his kids and his 80 year old Mom were there.  David continues to apologize profusely. David is still saying things like, “I’m so sorry… I hope you can forgive me, I really do – Because I sincerely apologize. I meant no offence by it whatsoever…  I hope I didn’t offend you too badly.” Her Royal Heatherness and Two-Year Old Terry don’t seem to be very accepting of his seemingly genuine apology. Vicki doesn’t understand why they don’t accept his apology… David confides to Shannon that he all he got were nasty looks from Terry and Heather.

D apol to H

Heather and Vicki go off separately to talk about Shannon behind her back. Heather just doesn’t understand or trust Shannon. She said Shannon stopped liking Heather very abruptly and now Shannon likes Heather very abruptly. Heather wonders if this whole thing isn’t more calculated. Vicki says that she thinks Shannon really does like Heather but is afraid that Heather doesn’t like her. Gosh, are we in 2nd grade again, people? Maybe you could pass a note to Shannon during math class so she can check the appropriate box and return it back to you. Keep in mind that Shannon mistakenly thinks she and Heather are in a good place at the moment. But then again, this IS Shannon’s first finale and this is NOT Heather’s first rodeo. Giddyup!

After everyone sat down for dinner (No Chairgate 2014©™® Revisited, unfortunately) Vicki made a speech thanking the guys for letting the girls go to Bali (Wait, I don’t like the whole “allow” concept. The reality is that Bali was a work trip for all of the women. I do know that arrangements for watching their kids had to take place, and I’m sure the husbands pitched in more than usual to cover all the bases. It just didn’t sit well to me for some reason…) Vicki went on to say how all the women had a really great time… but of course Tamra interrupted Vicki with a very sarcastic, “Oh, it was lovely” and then Tamra physically rolled her entire head.  Lol… Awkward moment at the dinner table… Vicki quickly tells everyone to loosen up and have some fun!

brooks and T

Tamra excuses herself to go to the bathroom but then a couple of moments later she magically is sitting down with Brooks (Ugh!) away from everyone else and they’re having a heart-to-heart talk. She tells him that a lot of stuff happened in Bali even though no one is talking about it. She said that the girls said she said some stuff about Brooks (Ugh!) and that she’s not innocent in all of this. Brooks (Ugh!), in his greasy used car salesman kind of way (no offense intended towards used car salesmen), tells, Tamra, “Listen to me, I don’t care what really happened…”

Tamra interjects that she and Vicki never used to fight. The first fight they ever had was about Brooks (Ugh!). He says they’ve all made mistakes but that both he and Tamra want the same thing. They both want what’s best for Vicki. I’m guessing they both disagree on what “the best for Vicki” is… but I digress. Tamra tells him that he needs to just keep Vicki happy and he assures her it’s all that he wants to do. They hug it out and say they’re moving forward. I’d like to say that somewhere a bell rang and an angel got their wings – but I suspect instead that hell froze over. Tamra has told Vicki that she would be happy for her as long as Vicki’s happy. That doesn’t mean she has to like Brooks (Ugh!) but as long as Vicki’s with him, she will support her.

Heather refuses to take home the phallic bottle opener that Tamra brought for everyone as party favors from Bali. Christian says his 3-year-old kid would probably want to take it to school. They talk about games and it quickly turns to games they DON’T want to play, including Vicki’s Alphabet Game and Heather’s Marry/Shag/Kill game.

Brooks (Ugh!) glanced over at Heather and asked why she thought it would be a good idea to ever play that game… KMN – because I completely agree with Brooks (Ugh!) Dagnabit… Heather said it was because she had been told to ‘lighten up’ and the game was supposed to be silly.  We have yet to see footage showing any part of this game – at least I don’t remember it, if we have.

T and E not having L apology

Tamra asks Lizzie outright if she’s ever going to admit that what Lizzie said to Tamra about Eddie was wrong. Lizzie starts out with a wonky apology, “Whatever you think I said, I apologize…” But Tamra is so not going to let her get away with this.  Lizzie then corrects herself, “Whatever it was that I said…” but Tamra again interrupts and asks, “What DID you say, Lizzie?” Lizzie insists she said, “marry” – But that it wasn’t literal, she was just referencing the game. Then Lizzie tries to use the lame explanation that she was upset about no one coming to her birthday party as the reason why she said it.

Tamra tells us that Lizzie gets mad whenever she doesn’t get her way and that she’s like a spoiled, rotten child. Takes one to know one, doesn’t it Tamra. Neener, neener, neeeeeeeeeeeeener.  Terry confirms that he also heard Lizzie use the “F” word for shag… Christian thinks that people took the game to heart and got hurt feelings over it. (For those who are confused, allegedly, Lizzie told Tamra that Tamra’s jealous of Lizzie because Eddie wants to F*** her… but Lizzie says she used the word “marry.”)

They go back and forth and back and forth. In an unexpected twist, Tamra says that she’s really mad at Lizzie because during the game she had said that she wanted to shag Eddie since she wanted Mexican/Italian babies. Tamra tells us that in light of their recent “shall we have another baby” [stupidly false] storyline that she was sensitive about the subject. In her talking head, Lizzie says she doesn’t feel sorry for Tamra because she has 4 kids, has been married 3 times, and is almost 50 years old.  Lol… Lizzie insists they were all just having fun and playing the game. Lizzie makes the mistake of calling Tamra “honey” And to be honest – it really did sound condescending to me…lol… but it was funny because you know – it was towards Tamra.  During Tamra’s talking head interview, she addressed Lizzie by saying,  “Listen, Kentucky-Fried Titties…” Whoa, Captain Hypocrite… She who is without breast implants, should cast the first silicone. Tamra says that Eddie wouldn’t touch Lizzie with a 10 foot pole. That’s okay, because I’m guessing Eddie’s not touching Tamra with a 20 foot pole – I mean, who would?  lol…

H and T call S 2 facedThen Heather, because there wasn’t an icing bow in sight that she could throw a fit over – Decides to go after Shannon yet again for screaming and yelling at her over and over again throughout the season. Deep sigh.  Heather’s mad because she’s heard that Shannon has said that Heather has black in her eyes and that she’s evil. Heather’s also heard that Shannon has been telling others not to bother to make-up with Heather. Shannon clarified that she said that Heather’s eyes were dark one time and that was when she was thrown out of Heather’s house.

Heather then starts excitedly reciting from her previously written, overly rehearsed script. The carefully crafted words just poured effortlessly out of Heather’s mouth. Heather tells Shannon the last time she had seen her was when Shannon was screaming at her in her living room. (Déjà vu or what? Oh, I so do NOT want to rehash this again…) Heather thought it was nice of her to even welcome Shannon into her home and offer her a drink. Wow… She made Shannon sound like a homeless person to whom she was giving a nice beverage. By the way Heather, the camera crews were all there – There was nothing “nice” about it – It was a filming opportunity. Give me a break.

Shannon tells Heather that she’s apologized to her and asked her to forgive her. If Heather doesn’t want to forgive Shannon – She doesn’t know what else to do. Shannon turns to Vicki and asks Vicki if she thought she had been screaming at Heather the night in question. Vicki told Shannon that she had an elevated voice. Shannon uses that as confirmation to assert once again to Heather that she wasn’t actually screaming.

Her Royal Heatherness, in this week’s edition of, “I Kid You Not” says, “Your behavior is incredibly pugilistic – That’s just you – You like to argue.” I had to look up the word because I wasn’t sure of its full and exact meaning. I found that most dictionaries define the word “pugilistic” (or its various forms) as fighting with the fists especially in professional boxing. I’ve not seen Shannon physically throw a punch at anyone, so it kind of cracks me up that Heather misused one of the million dollar words she loves to toss around in our faces so much. I have no problem with people using their large vocabulary because it helps us all learn, but if you’re going to peer condescendingly down your royal nose at someone else’s implied lack of intelligence, it may behoove you to look up a word before you use it in an attempt to disparage them. Shannon is blown away by how Heather is treating her. Shannon honestly came to the party thinking that she and Heather were on a path for getting together as friends… Silly Shannon…lol… This was another of Shannon’s rookie mistakes.

Shannon turns to Tamra, who has now gotten in on the action. Shannon says, “You questioned my marriage. You questioned my sanity.” Tamra responded, “You were crazy at that party – You were acting f*ng crazy.” Shannon acknowledges, “I snapped – Because you told me that day that I was lying again – That I was concocting the lie about ‘taking the Beadors down.’ I didn’t make that up.” Then David said, “Tamra, you put the same thing in Terry’s mind who then confronted me.”

Terry said that he was actually “pissed” because David had said, “Spread your legs” to Heather in front of his 80-year-old Mother and his four kids at the groundbreaking party. Terry says that’s the statement for which he’s holding David accountable.

Terry inexplicably continues, “You were either drunk or stupid or both for doing that…” David admits,  “Probably both.” Terry agrees and repeats David’s own words, “Probably both – Cuz you’re a construction guy used to holler at that girl crap – calling girls names – (Shannon is saying, “wow” in disbelief… While Christian holds up his hand acknowledging in solidarity that he is also a fellow construction person).

Terry calls D a P

David somehow keeps his cool and says, “We cannot all be as educated as you, my friend.” Terry, who is seemingly auditioning for his own spin-off show, continues to go off on David, “And then 3 months later, coming off with a BS apology… That’s right, smile David – We have a term for you in medicine, it’s called ‘penis!’”

Okay, first of all, are we in the 2nd grade again and resorting to name calling?  And “penis” was the best you could come up with? Wow. David said nothing disparaging to Heather – Just that she should spread her legs to get on the bull. Crass, yes – Disparaging or negative about Heather, no.  In addition, I think it was silly for Heather to ride the bull while wearing the dress she had on. She really had no excuse because she orchestrated the whole event – She knew they ordered the bull in the first place. She simply could have worn something else. I think everyone would have still hollered and screamed at her as she got onto the bull – but I think what she was wearing made what was being said sound even worse, if that makes sense…lol.

Second of all, in my opinion, what David said wasn’t HALF as bad as what Eddie yelled which was for Heather to ride the bull like she rides Terry. That was much more embarrassing to me. It makes me crazy how they focus on one person’s words while another person is saying worse things.

And lastly, it took Terry 3 months to get this worked up about what David said – Even though there have been countless times when he could have talked to David in the meantime? Sit down, Terry. Zip it.  In her talking head interview, Heather tells us that in their 17 years of being together, that she has never ever heard Terry talk to another human being this way.

David and Shannon insisted that he apologized but they were quickly corrected by Terry and Heather that it was NOT an apology. Terry patronizingly refers to the apology as, “That sarcastic, sardonic – You might have to look that one up…” David somehow hilariously said that he’d have to look up the word “pugilistic” too.  I completely fell on the floor and died from laughing so hard that I barely heard Terry arrogantly retort, “Obviously.”

S and D at dinner

Heather, whose indisputable disdain for the Beadors is dripping from her Royal Tupperware enhanced face, equally snobbishly and grotesquely offers to buy David a thesaurus.  Really, Heather… A thesaurus? Don’t you mean that you will buy him a dictionary – I mean that IS the book of definitions, is it not? He doesn’t need a book of synonyms… You are both strongly insinuating that David is a stupid construction worker and doesn’t know all of the meanings of the words you’re using to communicate with him. So who is the ignorant one here in this situation? Is it the one that may or may not know the meaning of the million dollar words you’re purposefully tossing around? Or is it the one who foolishly communicates to another person by using words whose meaning may not be known? Heather and Terry are acting like snobby, petty, idiots. It is appalling, really.

Oh and the best part to me… What kind of jerk makes broad sweeping generalizations about the stupidity of construction workers like this in the first place? It’s ludicrous. It’s wrong on so many levels and completely untrue – I mean you can even use David as a perfect case-in-point of it being entirely erroneous. David has obviously done very well for himself and his family. It takes a complete moron to disparage constructions workers by implying they’re all stupid. But, I must say that it takes a special kind of moron to disparage construction workers WHILE CONSTRUCTION IS STILL BEING DONE ON THEIR OWN HOUSE that’s not due to be completed for yet another year!

In the understatement of the year, Vicki says that Heather and Terry are “cutting David down.” Vicki says that’s exactly why everyone thinks Heather is so condescending. Heck, most of the first part of the season was about that very subject. Somewhere off in the night, Stars inexplicably starts to sing, “Which brings us back to doe, a deer, a female deer…” David succinctly summarizes the entire conversation, “So I’m this dumb construction guy…” Heather snottily corrected, “That’s NOT what he said.”  David tries to get Christian to confirm what he thinks he heard, but Christian said he zoned out of the whole conversation 5 minutes ago…

Shannon says just wants to be happy. Wow, wasn’t that what her husband was saying just a couple of months ago? Shannon is thankful for the Bali trip. She thinks they all need time to heal. Lizzie thinks everyone is blowing everything way out of proportion.

They all watch a slide show about the Bali trip. I’m glad Vicki’s caterer hid the knives because I’d hate to see the amount of blood on the floor if he hadn’t.

I’ve got to hand it to Bravo – because they included a fun, short scene with all the housewives humorously apologizing for some of the things they’ve done throughout this season that was actually worth watching the entire rest of the episode to see:

Heather wants to apologize for stemless glasses. She also apologizes to anyone who got a rescue dog and hates her because she did not. And because she can’t help herself from being a condescending gooberhead, Heather says that she wants to apologize that SHE got a chef and YOU have to cook – Wait… nope… she’s not sorry for that after all. Scratch that.  Oh, I get it – she THINKS she’s being funny. I find nothing humorous about you, Heather – Especially after tonight’s episode. Off with her head!

Vicki wants to apologize to the state of Oklahoma and all Oklahomans. She also apologizes to Dr.  Moon’s finger. She apologizes to Italians and Mexicans for confusing them. However, she will never ever apologize for snoring because she considers that to be her God-given right.

Tamra apologizes to people who drink wine at the wrong temperature. She also apologizes to “pricks that drive Porsches.”  Yeah, I didn’t understand either of those things, either. Except the latter may refer to Simon?

Lizzie seems to be just so sorry, so sorry… She says that she’s apologized for things that she’s not even sorry for… Oh yeah? So is that considered a real apology, then?

Shannon is sorry that she’s such an over-protective Mother and she knows it drives everyone crazy. 

Epilogues

Shannon:  She has learned that friendships can turn on a dime and that family is the most important thing in life. She wants and needs to be a present wife and mother.  Bravo says, “Shannon and David want to simplify their life, and plan to downsize. Their perfectly feng-shuied house is currently on the market for 13.5 million. Hospital grade air and crystal-embedded foundation included.”

Lizzie:  She knows that no matter what happens – life goes on. Lizzie has learned that she needs to stay true to herself and not change no matter how her friends may act. She wants to ensure there’s a lot of love surrounding her and her family.  Bravo says, “Lizzie and Christian have designs on adding another baby to their family next year. They plan on starting after Lizzie’s next birthday. Christian has promised to throw her the ‘best birthday party ever.’”

Heather: She would really love it if everyone could accept each other exactly how they are. Bravo says, “Heather is now appearing in the new drama series, ‘Sequestered.’ Her new house is about a year away from completion. She’s already planning a ‘Ribbon Cutting’ ceremony. The party will start promptly at 12 pm.”

Tamra: Sarah and Ryan come over to say their final goodbyes as Ryan moves up to Northern California. Tamra tells us that she is having some really bad family issues with Simon. Bravo says, “Tamra’s child custody battle with her ex-husband is still ongoing. But finally there’s positive news in Tamra’s life… She’s going to be a grandmother. Ryan and Sarah are expecting a child early next year.”

Vicki: She knows everyone is human and that everyone makes mistakes. She is hoping that after all the fighting that it’s possible to move on. In a heartbreaking scene, Briana, Ryan, and Troy are saying their last goodbyes as they move to Oklahoma City. Vicki knows that from that day forward, her life will never be the same. Briana reiterates that Vicki can be in their lives as much as she wants.

Vicki tells Ryan that he’s taking her family away from her and she’s losing her best friend. What a nice thing to tell someone in the military, Vicki. Briana doesn’t think she’s losing anything because it’s not like they’re moving to Japan. Ryan callously says that they could move to Japan. Of course this is true, because they’re in the military and could be stationed just about anywhere – but it was still a brutal thing for him to say at that juncture. Vicki says she feels like part of her body is missing and that part of her heart is moving with Briana. She doesn’t think Briana has a clue as to how much she loves her.

Bravo says, “Vicki has traveled to Oklahoma seven times since Briana moved. She’s also put her Coto house on the market and is looking for a place closer to the beach. If Brooks (Ugh!) moves in with her, she says she’ll charge him rent.”

Happy Trails! Thanks for reading!

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Special thanks to Stars99 for recapping Season 9!    HydrangeaHussy will blog through the reunion!

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By Ramonacoaster

 

Aviva Says Bye for Now

Hi All! And Bye for now!

Season 6 is over! What a rollercoaster ride for all involved. Reality shows are a huge production in every way. Behind the reality are some amazing people who must be thanked for all the fun, craziness, and laughter that you get to see on your screens. To everyone at Shed Media — thank you for the opportunity and the fun — and for always making us look so. . .good — even as you made us seem so bad. You guys are so talented, patient, and kind while operating in this strange universe and delicately balancing work, feelings, production and reality. You have become like family over the past three years and I love you. To the crew on the ground: your ability to capture it all while remaining so invisible is astounding. Even when you giggled under your breath — I DID hear you! Busted!

I seriously doubt anyone found you funny so cut the act.  They probably just had a weird sneeze.

Thank you Andy Cohen and everyone at Bravo for this platform to help amputees and the physically challenged. Having this front row seat and backstage pass into the television world of pop culture has been incredible. I am truly grateful.

Most of all, thank you, the viewers. Even though I didn’t always come out to good, I’m impressed by your involvement and loyalty to the show.

I am so honored to have worked with a group of women who have courage, strength, and tenacity. The Real Housewives of New York City are an amazing group of dynamic women who really can overcome anything once they have gotten through a season! I loved Ramona’s wisdom and experience, Sonja’s wit and humor, LuAnn’s groundedness, Heather’s strength, and Kristen’s beauty (I could look at Kristen for hours…). Carole and I have had our differences this year, it’s true, but I’m an optimist — I try to find the good in everyone. With Carole, I’m afraid I’ve failed; I just can’t find anything good there. Truly, there is no “there” there. But contrary to the old saying, one bad apple can’t spoil the whole barrel. And I had a ball in that barrel. As life returns to normal, I’ll miss it.

This sounds more like a good bye for good letter.  I’m sure if Aviva never comes back to the show Carole would do the dance of joy.  I’m not shocked that she had nothing good to say about Carole.  Once again, she’s taking this issue with Carole a little too far and really instilling enmity with her.  Carole was the most emotionally receptive and sensitive person out of everyone. 

The Countess: Sonja and I Are on the Outs

Here we are, the end of another great Season! Personally for me, I’m so grateful to Bravo for giving me the opportunity to share my life and lessons learned once again with you!

I thought it was very classy of Luann to be a team player.  Despite not getting housewife status, she still did the job as if she were.  I’m sure if Bravo were to offer her the apple next season, they would remember her contribution to the show.

The double date I had with Carole did look worse than it actually was. We all had a great time talking about the realities of dating these days and Carole opened herself up to Nick who was good looking, but is clearly not into having a serious relationship — to put it kindly. I’ve grown very fond of Carole and think she’s a great girl who has plenty of opportunities to date, but at the end of the day, she really likes being independent! Plus, it’s hard to find a good man these days!

If they sign on the current housewives, Luann, Carole, Ramona and Sonja will be single and out on the town.  That should be really interesting.

When Carole first started the show she thought she really knew me and had judged me! The show is just a small glimpse into my life as there are so many lives to follow. I’m not surprised she had preconceived notions about me. It’s hard to get to know someone well through Housewives! Since then, we’ve spent more time together and have gotten a lot closer.

I think Luann looked better without Jill at her side.  She seemed less conniving these past two seasons.  Luann knows who to be friends with that can win the upper hand in an argument. 

Speaking of being close. . .Carole and Heather are tight! I understand why Heather came to Carole’s defense towards Aviva — that’s what you do when you’re a true friend! I would prefer she doesn’t say MF, but that’s what I like about Heather. . .She’s GANGSTA CHIC! (maybe that’s my new dance single. . .LOL). She really doesn’t care what people think. I thought Aviva said enough to Carole that was hurtful, so throwing out the age comment was really uncalled for!

There have been several age digs thrown out this season and it is really idiotic& unfair.  Imagine a man making those comments and you would throw a shoe at him.  A very sharp heeled pointy shoe. 

I admire Heather. She has two beautiful children, a huge business to run and Housewives! Wonder Woman indeed. The way she handles her son and his illness on the show is inspirational!! I wish there were more women like her on the planet!

She is very inspirational.  She is a good example of someone that should be on this show to showcase strong, successful women. 

When Ramona brought up Sonja’s financial problems I was surprised. It’s really considered inappropriate to talk about the money problems of others! Like I said, “Karma’s a bitch!” I hope Ramona is in a good financial place after the unfortunate split up of her and her husband! Can’t even say his name. I’ve never been very fond of that man! NO big loss for Ramona! Ramona is a survivor and will do just fine!

I thought she was discussing this as a warning to the other women – please back off Sonja, she is not in a good place.  Luann is too self-centered to listen.

I’m sure its not the first time Aviva has thought about throwing her leg at someone? It’s highly likely she gave it thought. I’m not so sure how these things work but it came off really quickly? LOL! Thank goodness she has many limbs!

Not too long ago in the news, a woman’s body parts were found scattered all over Long Island and her neighbor was arrested for her murder.  This story came to mind when I think of Aviva’s anger and picture a bunch of her back up limbs piled in a closet. (feverishly whispering) What if they are not all plastic?

On that note, what a Season 6 we’ve had. Our trip to Montana was epic for me so, Thanks to Kristen our newest Housewife for that! I’m happy Carole and I are closer and sad Sonja and I are on the outs. Until now we’ve had no contact with each other. You all know how I feel about Ramona, and Aviva still has her leg by the way. I love all of you ladies for whatever crazy reason! Doing the show is a very bonding experience that most people don’t get to have so again, I’m grateful!

I think there are a lot of unspoken men problems between Sonja and Luann (and I’m not talking about Harry).  I think Harry was just a tool used to convey what Sonja was feeling regarding Luann.  It would be entertaining if Luann once again would just let it all hang out.  Ramona’s outburst regarding Luann stealing Sonja’s men had an ounce of truth there that Andy let slip through his fingers. 

Sonja: Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

At this point, I am numb to the whole BookGate debate. I am not on anyone’s side, I just hope that both books are bestsellers and that Carole and Aviva are making enough money to pay the bills with their books because BookGate has definitely taken an emotional toll on their friendship. I know that they were close and had great times together. In fact, Carole was once the godmother to Aviva’s daughter. How can this come between them? Such contention over the accusations! I don’t know why they let it get so heated. It’s not worth it! I just hope that they can forgive each other at some point. As you get to know someone, you get to see their strengths and weaknesses — and you have to accept those if you’re going to be friends.

Bookgate got tiring after the first episode.  I think most people saw through Aviva’s  made up drama.  Also, even if you are not referring to someone who sponsors a child’s Christian baptism and maybe Aviva used the term godmother as appointing someone her child’s legal guardian in the event of both parents’ death, why would you pick someone you have only known a short time?  Ridiculous!

I was surprised when the girls laughed at me discussing my ability to forgive and voicing my Christianity. I think that it is one of the reasons that I can live my own life and not worry about everyone else’s or the grass being greener. It’s all relative. We are on Earth for such a short time. I am enjoying every day of my life. I am grateful for the family and friends that I have and my beautiful daughter.

I think the game plan was for everyone sitting on the right side of Andy to scoff and laugh at everything that was said on the left side of Andy.  Luann, I’m sure gave lessons to the other ladies on how to do this beforehand.

I have so much more than many other people, and I remind myself of that every day with the charity work that I do. That’s why I feel so much more comfortable working with artists, animals, the LGBT, and children. It’s such a sensitive, caring, and loving place to be. I love my Sonja In The City event planning business because it lets me be me — an artist and a promoter — while helping others reach their highest capabilities. Plus I get to do all that while helping me get my daughter through school in a stable environment. It keeps me connected to the movers and shakers who help me manage my investments. I love to produce and to contribute. It makes me feel good.

I’m glad you left out the part about having an absurd amount of employees working for you.

I believe some of the women fail to take me seriously because I only show them my party side. There is a private side to me that most people don’t see, because they only see me out at social events and while I’m entertaining. I throw a lot of events, so a lot of people only see that side, as it’s my business and the way I broker some of my deals.

As long as your making money and paying your taxes. 

It is amazing how moms like Heather find strength to do dealing with their children’s issues, like her son’s health and hearing loss. It’s what we do with loved ones. We do it with marriage partners too! I surprised myself when my ex had a terrible accident and I was called upon to deal with all of the doctors, therapists, and financial advisors.

Once again Sonja is living in the past.  When it is family (and your spouse is family), you automatically deal with the ups and downs.    

I dont feel that Ramona called Aviva vile. She said that she had a vile side. That’s different!

Aviva can be vile.  What’s with word discrepancy?

I’m not upset that Ramona spoke behind my back about my financial problems. She’s human, and I spoke my feelings then and we worked through it the way that family does. We have too much water under the bridge to let opinions or men get in between us.

People knew what was going on anyway.  I think she wanted everyone to back off from hurting you further. 

Heather questioning the legitimacy of my friendship with Ramona is just silly. She knows that we have been friends forever and whatever I have said about Ramona I have told her to her face. Heather knows this very well — since I’m very upfront about my feelings with her.

I’m sure she saw the love fest between you and Ramona on the couch. 

The girls saying that Aviva’s leg throw was staged is silly. I let Aviva know that everyone was saying she was fake. Even if she plans to throw it on the table to make a point, that doesn’t make it staged. It just means she was pushed to a limit. I thought she was hilarious. After all, it was a private party in the back room. We weren’t in the actual restaurant. Aviva doesn’t go around throwing her leg around in normal restaurant situations. Maybe she and I should take her act on the road! A real dog and pony show! I always said I was a performer, a comedian, and a producer. At my Sonja In The City parties, now we can include Aviva as part of the show!

I’d cringe at the thought of you and Aviva on a stage.  Having thought about the leg situation, it really doesn’t matter if it was planned or unplanned.  Aviva tried to make a point & get a reaction that would point out the worst in people but it just made people uncomfortable and make Aviva look even more manipulative and scheming.   

My overall thoughts of the season was that the reunion had more drama. I felt the season

flip-flopped around quite a bit. Harry and I will always have a very strong relationship, just as Ramona and Aviva will always be in my life. Aviva’s son Harrison is like my family. 

Ramona was definitely going through something this season. I let her know I was upset, but I can’t change her and she can’t change me. We accept each other the way we are and we work our differences out.

Too bad Luann can’t do that.  It is her way or no way. 

I didn’t know LuAnn was going through a breakup. She never shared that with me, and I was getting upset that she wasn’t trusting my friendship and was blaming me for everything. I didn’t give any credence to any of the rumors that were going around town through the salon that Satoko worked at. Kristen and I just asked the facialist to tell us for fun. I can’t stop LuAnn from running out of parties with my guys — just like I can’t stop Harry from taking off and leaving me because he knows I want commitment and he wants to fool around. But that doesn’t mean LuAnn’s not my friend and that I can’t speak my mind in front of her, and it doesn’t mean that Harry isn’t someone that I love as well.

Luann is a never let them see you sweat type of person.  She doesn’t like to show her bad side.  She won’t even show her bathroom. 

I hope that you found the season entertaining. I hope that you don’t take yourself too seriously! And when the naysayers back you into the corner, just say what Glinda the Good Witch said to the Wicked Witch of the West “Be off with you, your black magic doesn’t work here!”

Heather Says That’s a Wrap

That’s a wrap! Thanks to all you Yummies for tuning in to watch us every week and for tweeting with me through the good, the bad and the crazy. And thank you to the RIGHT side of the couch (and boy is it right!) Lu, Carole, and Kristen — you continue to show me what true girlfriends look like.

Being right doesn’t always make for entertaining tv.  Most of the season and the reunion was not interesting or compelling.  The right side of the couch was more worried about how they looked to the audience than providing the audience with something new to chew over.  If it wasn’t for the antics on left side of the couch, there really wouldn’t be a show. 

Aviva is always literally putting her foot in her mouth or maybe should I say on the table!

“At least I am not 50?”

“Well I thought she was older?”Kristen on Surviving Her First Season

Hmmmmm. . .I am not sure saying you are older is ever a compliment unless it was targeted at a six-year-old kid.

Didn’t you make ageist comments towards Ramona?  Something about not getting her period anymore and all the symptoms that come along with it?

Ramona nailed it, Aviva has no sense of humor. Don’t you all just want to see Aviva let her guard down, let loose, have fun and not take everything so darn literally? Because I know I do. “This isn’t the hood it’s the Hamptons!” What? Heather acts like a gang member?!? Aviva knows nothing about the hood. . .please!

I feel like singing like Cartman “In the Ghetto, (in falsetto) in the ghetto” an Elvis Presley song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpufzJNrZ2Y

Hello, Heather, is the most authentic person I know. She has her own style and way about her that makes her Heather — and we all love her for that!

Ramona saying that I am the new girl, dismissing me, and saying that my voice doesn’t matter and that no one will listen to me. Wow. . .OK. . . I know where I stand #staytuned.

If she threw a glass at you, it means she heard what you were saying and didn’t like it. 

Well there you go, I survived my first Season of RHONY. It’s over. No more blogging and live tweeting. It will be a bittersweet void in my life not doing it, and I will miss you all and really appreciated the opportunity to have this experience in my life. We will all stay tuned in for the future.

Carole on Elitists and Bitches

Dear Fans,

Let me start with something I stole it from Twitter this week. “The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth.”

Even more dangerous is when they have a strong personality and charisma that makes other people believe it.  Thank goodness Aviva has neither of those qualities. 

I’ll say it again. The blonde at the end of the right couch, the one who’s prone to lobbing limbs and insults, is an Insulting. Bitch. Some of you didn’t believe me. Maybe some of you still don’t. But after watching the reunion shows I imagine it’s harder and harder to cheer for the anti-hero. Just when you think she can’t get any faker she does.

I believe you. 

The story according to Aviva makes me laugh: We were arguing, she insulted me, I called her a psychopath and that prompted her to affectionately compliment me on my age. Sure. Her disdain for the intelligence of the audience is palpable. It was too stupid for me to even reply. But as I was watching the reunion, and particularly Aviva and the way she treats people, I was reminded of something my Grandma Millie used to say. (I love everything Grandma Millie used to say.) “At 25, you have the face you’re born with. At 45 you have the face you deserve.”

It’s the beauty on the inside that counts.  Aviva is not even pretty.  It’s too bad she didn’t redeem herself this season.

I’d rather be 50 and me than be 45 and Aviva, any day of the week. She aged worse this season than a president in his first term. Holy short dress, I don’t mind at all how I look. Overbite and all. I’ll take it.

Anyone notice how Dubya didn’t age by the end of his term?  It’s like he never had to worry about running the country. 

When I first met Aviva she was lovely. Really lovely. I meant what I said on the couch, I wish we had seen more of that. Her easy laugh and funny neurotic ways. Instead all we saw was a mean and angry woman. All because I asked her if she hired a writer — a writer she did hire. It makes no sense. Three years ago she told me she’d read my memoir, What Remains. This was a book published in 2006 about my childhood, my family, my career and marriage, and then the death of my husband, Anthony Radziwill. A man I loved more than anyone I had loved before or have loved since. She gushed over my book. She quoted from it. We hugged. She seemed so sincere. Flash forward and she now believes it was written by a ghostwriter. She even knew his name, and it wasn’t Truman Capote. It was Bill Whitworth, she told me. She repeated this over and over to anyone who would listen. And it doesn’t matter how many times she repeats it — it will never make it true.

It’s her crazy storyline and she’s sticking with it.

When they stopped listening she started saying in the press and on social media that not only was my book written by someone else but that it was not my place to have written a book about my life, and my marriage. And, as if I didn’t remember, she reminded me that I’d written about people who had died. Um, yeah. I know. It was my husband and my family and my closest friend who died. Just. . .wow. But I wasn’t important enough to tell my story because my husband’s family was famous, or historic or whatever she said. Because they had money and privilege and yachts. Really. Who do I think I am?

I remember when that book came out and a lot of people were interested in reading that story.  I’m surprised it is not a tv miniseries yet.

I’ll tell you. I’m a girl from upstate New York who grew up in a loving, if sometimes kooky, Italian working class family. I worked for everything I earned, just like my parents did and their parents before them. I have a proud family history of hard work and small but precious rewards that followed. My family won’t be in any history books. I didn’t grow up privileged. We didn’t spend summers in Europe or Christmas in Palm Beach. A day spent at the town pool or playing in the woods behind our house was great. Much like Heather, I was taught strong values and decent manners. I learned to live with integrity and honesty. I’m proud of my upbringing and the woman I became, as was my husband. As is his family to this very day. I’ve known people who lived in what Aviva would consider the “ghetto” who have more class and decency than she shows.

All this talk about class and ghetto — you’d think we were living in communist Russia. Here is the thing. This is America. In our country it doesn’t matter a lick where you are from, it only matters where you’re going. So don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough because you didn’t grow up on Park Avenue or in a family that had some history, or because you enjoy saying mother-f—er now and then. I’ve met people from all walks of life. I spent time in refugee camps in Southeast Asia, and in the projects of Chicago. I’ve been to State dinners with Presidents. I met the Queen of England on a beach in Anguilla. No one is any more valuable or important than you are. No one is more important than your family and your friends.

It sounded like Aviva really made Carole feel bad about herself and she is pushing back.  I’ve known women like Aviva and it’s really their own insecurities talking.

Let the elitists go slow into the night.

In spite of the BookGate dust up I had a great time this season. I made wonderful new friends in LuAnn and Kristen and my friendship with Heather is more special and important to me than I could have ever imagined just three years ago. Friends have each other’s backs. I love her, madly. And while we didn’t always act appropriately, we had a lot of laughs. I hope you did too.

I wish the editing showed more laughs.  I would have been able to connect with the show better.

Thank you all for your supportive and funny and brilliant tweets. And while we didn’t all agree on everything all of the time I enjoyed your participation in the show. Even the mean tweets about my skinny neck and my overbite were amusing. Like I said, I’ve stolen some tweets already. You may see others as dialogue in my next book, and yes, you can all say you were my ghostwriters.

Ramona on Her Divorce From Mario

Well everyone it’s an end to Season 6. Little did I know until we finished filming several weeks later in October that my husband was having an affair. Little did I know I was the last one to find out. I was shocked beyond words.

It must have been embarrassing on so many levels.

When I filmed the reunion Mario and I had reconciled only the month before. I so wanted to try to get our relationship back on track. Mario was extremely adamant about me not speaking about our relationship and his infidelity. This is so not who I am — I always speak freely on all subjects. I was allowing my husband to control my behavior.

Now why couldn’t he say that to his crazy psycho mistress?  

Yes it was not filmed on the show, but it is still, as Andy said, part of my current reality. I must say I was not as respectful as I should of been to Andy. I also now understand what LuAnn went through and should have been more kind to her no matter how she pushed my buttons.

It was bad form but she did bring it up first and challenged you on the state of your marriage.   

Having your husband betray you is the worst feeling in the world, and I wish it on no one. How ironic that last week during Reunion Part 2 when I was protecting my husband and not being polite to Andy, just the week before I kicked Mario out and it came out in the press a day later, August 6.

And pics of Mario and the mistress at a restaurant came out before that.

So I am opening up now about why I was not candid as I should have been. Yes Andy all the women on the show, including LuAnn, were supportive of my situation with Mario. My friends were also. Without them I would never have been able to handle what I was going through. I thank all my fellow Housewives for their support and continued support.

That’s nice.

I feel like I was emotionally bruised for the past five months by Mario. I felt at times as if I was walking on eggshells. We were working with a marriage counselor. I was in a fragile state.

No mud pies? 

Thank you viewers for supporting me and RHONY.

Ever since Sonja said in Morocco, “no one wants to see Ramona single” I said, “yes I do.”  I thought it would be entertaining for her to be out on a blind date or try to flirt and see how out of practice she is.  Ramona goes to parties in the city and the  Hamptons so there are many eligible bachelors out there.  The dating scene is very exciting and I’m sure there would be some entertaining footage out of that.  

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That’s all for RHONY Season 6!

Special thanks to Empress for sharing her recaps with Lynn’s Place and Ramonacoaster for translating the blogs for us each week!

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey – The Family Business / Don’t Be Tardy – I Need A Man

RHONJ LOGOReal Housewives Of New Jersey

S6E6 “The Family Business”

By HydrangeaHussy

This week we begin with the Gorgas at the car dealership.  Melissa wants to overhaul the big, blue garbage truck that Joey purchased.  She thinks that the motto “going green gives you wings” is great and wings could be added to the truck.  The dealer isn’t impressed.  He suggests painting the truck black and adding a logo.  It looks professional, much more so than if it had wings.

Amber and her kids are making cookies.  She still feels betrayed by the twins and Melissa, so she’s focusing on family.  Amber is using a house-shaped cookie to explain that their dad helps people buy homes.  A group of media people arrives to preview the commercial that the family shot.  We’re treated to the cheesy commercial for Jim’s quickie-loan company.  Amber doesn’t care if her acting was good, as long as she spent time with her family.  Hmmm, I’d be more concerned about the acting if it were my commercial.

Rino is at work.  His family arrived in the US in 1969 and have been in the restaurant business ever since.  Rino and Teresa A. took on the renovation of his family’s restaurant, Ponte Vecchio, in Brooklyn and he’s proud of their work.  It was nice to see him walking around, greeting customers and having fun at work.  If you don’t love what you’re doing, the money isn’t worth it.  The twins have invited everyone to dinner.  Well, everyone except Amber.

RHONJ S6E6_1The twins tell Melissa that they haven’t spoken to Amber.  She tells them about lunch and that Amber didn’t apologize.  Melissa doesn’t feel bad about telling Nicole what Amber said.  She wants to get out of the situation.  It’s between Nicole and Amber now.  Nicole says that she would forgive Amber if she apologized.  I don’t see that happening, but stranger things have happened.  Nicole agrees to meet with Amber.

Nicole is all over Bobby before dinner.  She’s been more expressive of her love since Amber’s comment that Bobby wouldn’t marry her.  Juicy arrives with some home-made wine for Rino.  Kathy brought cannolis.  Rosie has brought her new girlfriend, Ellen.  She seems really happy and says that they are really comfortable together.  Ellen is the girl that Richie introduced Rosie to at a bar last season.  The two take some good-hearted teasing and seem to really care about each other.  I’m glad to see Rosie happy.  They’ve been together the same amount of time as Nicole and Bobby.  Rosie makes a toast to Ellen, thanking her for inspiring some change and for being a wonderful friend.  I like the softer side of Rosie!

RHONJ S6E6_2After her divorce, Nicole had to find a more lucrative job to support her family.  She is a private jet broker, making all of the travel arrangements for the wealthy.  She’s one of the most successful jet brokers.  Nicole calls Amber from her office to invite her to lunch.  Amber seems hesitant, but Nicole assures her that they need to clear the air.  Amber is worried that Nicole will get aggressive in a restaurant, but Amber is the one who gets defensive on the phone.  Nicole makes is clear that she is upset that her reputation is being smeared.  Nicole tells her that she’s at work and isn’t going to argue right now.  They agree to meet for lunch.

RHONJ S6E6_4At Teresa’s house, Milania is causing trouble.  It’s Gia’s 13th birthday and Teresa wants to know what her friends at school did to celebrate.  Gia is a typical teenager and wants her mom to leave her alone.  Teresa sees some of herself in Gia.  She’s proud of the young woman that Gia is becoming.  Gia didn’t want a party and Teresa is respecting that.  She and Juicy give her a ring, which belonged to Teresa’s mother.  It’s a huge diamond ring!  Teresa gives Gia & Juicy their own time.  Juicy notes that she is the oldest and is a role model for the younger girls.  He wants her to stay on track.  It’s really sweet to see Gia opening up to her father.  She admits that she has kissed a boy, but won’t tell Juicy who it was.  I can’t believe how much she has grown up.

Teresa A. and Rino are visiting their new restaurant site to check on construction.  Taking over an existing location is easier and less expensive, but they couldn’t find a location that they liked.  Rino says that he hopes to leave this restaurant to his son – he sees this as a learning experience.  Teresa will run the front.  Teresa’s father is a builder, so he’s helping with the construction.

RHONJ S6E6_5Joey and Melissa are going to the destruction facility.  He wants her to understand the business so she can effectively sell it.  Joey thinks that having a beautiful woman selling his product will bring in business.  They tour the facility with a “scientist,” who shows them a device that burns the waste instead of burying it in a landfill.  The gas spins a turbine, which produces power.  Melissa follows him around with a blank stare.  She’s never met a real-life scientist before.  The scientist isn’t convinced that Melissa understood him.  I’m not either.

Teresa is visiting Dina to make a vision board.  She made a vision board when she was married to Lexi’s father.  When they divorced, she paced the board away.  Years later, she found it and the board had everything that she wanted on it.  She wants Teresa to imagine where she and Juicy will be in the future.  She’ll then put everything on the board to focus on the future.  Teresa appreciates that Dina is trying to lift her spirits.  Teresa has been looking at new, smaller homes because the court case has been financially draining.  Is she really being responsible about money?  I’m impressed!

Teresa A’s son is learning to drive in the city.  She feels like she did a good job raising him.  She admits that she freaked out a little in the car.  They meet Rino for desert.  Gio will be graduating soon and plans to go into the restaurant business.  Rino is really proud of his son.  They discuss the future of the New Jersey restaurant.  Rino plans to pass the baton to Gio once he learns the ropes.

RHONJ S6E6_3Finally, we get to the meeting between Amber and Nicole.  Amber has Jim drop her off.  She thinks that Nicole is a good person, but has a lot of bad around her.  Jim calls her a “Shakespearean tragedy.”  I wonder if his BFF Bobby knows that he talks badly about Nicole.  Bobby drops Nicole off.  Tensions are high because Nicole doesn’t know if she’s getting nice Amber or nasty Amber.  Amber is glad that they’re meeting.  Nicole says that she’s over the anger and is now just hurt.  She asks why Amber, who was supposedly a friend, would slander her name.  Amber gets defensive, and says that they “were” friends.  The past tense isn’t lost on Nicole.  Amber says that she wants to go way back and that she heard from many people that Nicole had an affair.  Nicole says that is a lie, but Amber refuses to call it that.  Wow, way to believe a rumor over your supposed friend.  I would be pissed if a friend listened to nasty rumors about me and didn’t stick up for me.  Nicole is sad that Amber doesn’t believe her.  She wants to focus on Melissa telling the Nicole, rather than admit that she was wrong to perpetuate rumors.  Nicole points out that Amber would want to know if a friend was talking behind her back, but Amber keeps the focus on Melissa.  She admits that she told Melissa about the rumor, but it wasn’t in a malicious way.  To me, it doesn’t matter why or how it was said – if my friend repeated a nasty rumor about me, they were in the wrong, period.  Nicole points out that it was wrong of Amber to repeat and perpetuate the rumor.  Amber doesn’t feel bad about hurting Nicole, despite saying that she does.  Her whole demeanor shows that she doesn’t think she did anything wrong.  She admits that she shouldn’t have repeated the rumor, but says that Nicole was wrong for not hearing Amber’s side first.

RHONJ S6E6_6Nicole tells Amber that she was really hurt her when Amber said that Bobby wouldn’t marry her.  Amber, rather than apologize, says that she only said it out of anger but that Nicole knows it was true.  They’ve only been together nine months!  Geez, give the relationship some time!  Nicole says that things are good between them.  Amber keeps talking about how Bobby doesn’t really love Nicole and how he’s talked about Nicole to her.  Amber apologizes, though I’m not sure I believe her.  Nicole hopes that things will move forward in a good direction.  Nicole believes that Amber is truly sorry.

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DBT LOGOWelcome back to the Biermann household in Atlanta.  Last week Brielle thought of being a cheerleader and then thought not to be a cheerleader is easier.

This week we find the family and Lana are gathered around the island in the kitchen.  Lana is the nanny for the boys, KJ and Kash. She’s worked for them 2 years. She’s of Bulgarian decent and has a bit of an accent and an endearing difficulty with words at times.  What we’ve seen so far in the season, Kim is attached to her like a family member.

Lana is listening to a motivational speaker recording. The gang in the kitchen wants to know why she listens to that. Lana says it can make you happy.  Kim is thinking Lana needs a man to make her happy and not all that talk.   Kroy asks if she’s tried speed dating. Lana says, “oh no!”  Brielle points out that Lana has big boobs, so why not wear something low cut and show them off. Yes, the 17 year old suggested that. Lana recoils at the cleavage suggestion, saying it’s disgusting. Meanwhile, I found myself distracted by Kim’s breasts during this scene, so I guess I’m disgusting too.

DBT S3E7_1Kim is suggesting to post on Instagram and Lana is trying to pose for a selfie. Brielle told Lana she needs to put on a seductive look. Kim’s eyes shoot directly at Brielle threatening her against making seductive looks of her own.  Kim might find out more about Brielle from this discussion than of Lana.  Lana is trying to pose with her fingers in a “V” below her mouth. Lana thinks that stands for victory. Kim said not when you hold it at your mouth!  It’s carpet munching, Kim says. Lana recoils when she realizes what she was doing but also laughs. Lana laughs at herself a lot, she’s a good fit with this family.

Kim asks Lana how her most recent date went.  Lana said, “first of all, I wanted to leave right away, he took out his teeth and then he wanted to kiss me. I bit him instead.”  The looks on the faces of the Biermann family were priceless. Kroy is astonished and wants to know why she bit him. She said, in anger “because you’re not supposed to kiss me after you show me your teeth!”  Everyone is bugging out and Kim says to Kroy “is this bitch for real?”  Chuckles.  Brielle suggests Lana pretend she’s her date for practice and Brielle says a lot of complimentary things.  Lana complains to Kim “this is so sestistic”. That’s not a real word, but she meant too sexual.  Kim said you need to be confident and there’s things you don’t do on a first date, like bite people, say the f word and do shots.  Aside from the biting, I wonder how did Kim ever make it through the first date with Kroy?!

The family decorates the back porch for an intimate baby shower for Jen and her husband. Lana is very enthusiastic, she marches in with some of the decorations on her body.  Sweetie begins to tease her and Kim told Sweetie to let her have her fun.  There is an amazing, over the top cake. They play games and Kim has gifts for Jen.  One of which, is a baby suitcase.  It was not a Louis Vuitton, it was what a child’s suitcase should look like.

Lana has her hair and makeup done by Sweetie and Kim.  This takes place in the kitchen too, of course!  Sweetie is impressed with how Lana looked made up.  Kroy explains his adversion to some women who are too made up they’re not the same person without it all. Obviously, he doesn’t feel that way about Kim.

I enjoy the between scenes on the show, with the security cameras. Kroy lifting his boy Kash to the basketball rim so he can make a basket. Lana dancing through rooms or doing martial arts moves, Jam cleaning and Kim floating about in her white robe.

Kim, Kroy and the makeover version of Lana head out in a sports car for happy hour at a Mexican food restaurant.  Kim is going to help Lana find a man. Kroy mumbles, we can’t go on a date by ourselves, ever!   Kim told Lana there’s no shots and no asking of penis size.  Kroy brought along his spy kit and has a speaker to insert in Lana’s ear that will be wirelessly connected to a mic that Kim will have.  The funniest thing was the mic was full sized with a table mount. They had it on their table in the restaurant.

Kroy and Kim sit at a table, and Lana is across the way at the bar. Lana orders a large Margarita. So do Kim and Kroy. Kim gives Lana advice (through the earpiece) of how to talk to the guy at the bar. She tells her to gracefully, spit out the gum, it makes her look sexually frustrated chomping on it. Lana is encouraged to talk to a man at the bar and she’s giggly.  She’s trying to adjust to Kim talking in her ear and that is a portion of the giggling.  She meets another guy and the giggles start again. Kroy spies a wedding band on this guy and Kim says “abort!”  Kim continues to give advice. Kim tells her to go to the bathroom. Kim meets her in there and says she needs to pull herself together. Lana realizes that she’s drunk with her boss and can’t take care of KJ. Kim reminds her that she gave her off work for the night and it’s okay.  Lana gets all mushy and picks up Kim off the ground in a bear hug saying “I love you!”  If that surprised you, then think how surprised Kim was!  And she did it a second time!

DBT S3E7_2Back at the bar, Lana had a man who was flirting with her and she suggested they do shots.  Kim and Kroy are saying “Oh no!” Of course, Lana broke rule number one and did shots. So it’s time to go!   Kim is thankful she’s not single at 36.  They called Brielle to pick them up since they had a few drinks too.  Brielle arrives and Kroy wants to know why she brought the gold Honda?  I think she did to ‘punish’ them for making her drive the gold Honda, she wants them to know how awful it is. Kroy is being a back seat driver, asking Brielle why she’s going the long way. Lana is in the front seat feeling very woozy. Kroy and Kim are kissing in the back seat.  Lana is saying she’s going to throw up and starts to scream that she needs to now and the back passengers are saying “Not in the car! Out the window!”  Thus it appears the screaming in the preview for the show was not a result of Brielle’s driving, but the three intoxicated riders.

Kim goes to the hospital to see her friend Jen after the baby is born and gets a little teary eyed seeing the baby.  Jen feels like she was run over by a train and found an orphan on the way home.  Kim talked her into the placenta smoothie ahead of time, because it helped her a lot.  The smoothie is handed to Jen and she brags how good it tastes. Then asks if she has to drink it all, or are we going to do shots. Kim laughs, no we are not doing shots.

At the close of the episode there’s an excerpt of the bathroom scene with Kim and Lana at the restaurant. Kim reveals she was so focused on Lana, she left without putting on her wig!  Why bless her heart. Hey, that’s whole lot of healthy looking hair with good color, why in the world tuck all that in a wig?  I don’t get it!

Next week, pack up the wigs, the Biermann Bunch goes camping!

Click here for a video of Lana and the staging at the restaurant.

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Real Housewives Of Orange County Tonight!

“All Apologies”

The women gather at Vicki’s for a post Bali dinner party and with leftover tensions from the trip still running high, the ladies lay everything on the table. Tamra comes face-to-face with Brooks, and an apology from Shannon’s husband David sparks an unexpected fight. Meanwhile, Vicki’s daughter Briana and Tamra’s son Ryan officially say goodbye to the OC, leaving their mothers in tears.

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Shannon Beador: There’s No Hope Tamra and I 

Shannon jumps right in with the fallout from the dinner/drinks, “I never met up with Vicki and Tamra after our dinner in the prior episode, and stayed up talking with Lizzie and Danielle. As our group got together in the morning, there seemed to be a bit of a divide between us new gals and Vicki, Tamra, and Heather.”  Shannon was still upset by the information she received the night before, but knew better than to confront Tamra in front of the group.  Good girl!  Shannon is learning the ways things work!

They had a busy day “visiting a temple and trying new and adventurous things.”  Shannon admits that she has been very vocal about her dislike of fish, so she was really proud of herself for putting her feet in the water.  “I was also shocked that I allowed a monkey to climb up my body — multiple times! I figured that if I traveled halfway across the world to come to Bali, I should absolutely participate in everything that I could. . .”  I’m finding myself liking Vacation-Shannon.  She’s much more laid back and willing to try new things.  It was fun to see her outside of her crystal-comfort-zone.

By the last day, Shannon “was ready for a little pampering and relaxation at the spa. I couldn’t take another car sick van ride!”  And they even had a crystal healing facial for the crystal queen!  “I had a moment to sit with Vicki alone at the spa and decided to tell her about my long conversation with Lizzie and Danielle. I told her that they both apologized because they made some inaccurate judgments about me before they truly got to know me. I also let her know that Tamra was involved in telling the girls false things about me.”  Shannon says that she opened up to Vicki because she knows that Tamra had hurt Vicki in the past.  She didn’t want to get involved in he-said/she-said, so she suggested that Vicki talk to Lizzie and Danielle herself, “because apparently Tamra has said unkind things about Vicki’s life as well.”

Shannon doesn’t understand why Tamra says so many cruel things about her.  “I haven’t done anything mean to her. I don’t lie and I’m not crazy — and she knows it. I want an explanation as to why. I am a loyal friend, and was a loyal friend to her. I don’t understand it.”  I may not have like Shannon in the beginning, but she did seem to avoid talking behind people’s backs.  She says that she tried to speak with Tamra alone, but never had the chance.  “Tamra was upset that Lizzie told me things that were said behind my back and questions why Lizzie told me. Tamra never denies saying any of those cruel statements. She doesn’t apologize for them. And I never got an explanation before she stormed away from the table.Typical Tamra – deflect, accuse others, then run.  “Time to move on and know that Tamra is not my friend. Friends don’t talk behind each other’s backs like that.”

Shannon was happy to have “some fun moments with Heather on this Bali trip. I thought it would be a nice gesture to pull Heather aside on our last night to thank her for including me on the trip. Heather also extended an olive branch by apologizing for talking about my email to her group of friends.”  I still think that Tamra bears the majority of the responsibility, but It was nice to see Heather take responsibility for repeating gossip and apologize.  Shannon wasn’t there when David made the comments that offended Terry, “so this is the first time I had ever heard that David made such a comment. I know my husband, however, and I know that he said it in tequila-fueled fun. He had no bad intentions, just some bad judgment. I know that when I point it out to him, he will apologize right away.”  She doesn’t know why Heather waited so long to bring it up.  Maybe because you haven’t spoken in a long time?  I do agree that it should have been dealt with when it happened, or let go of.  She chose to tell Heather what Tamra had said about their friendship.  “I did not want to hurt Heather’s feelings, but I always believe that people should know the truth.”

Lizzie Rovsek: Tamra Has it Out for Me

“The Bali trip is coming to an end and I think we are all ready to go home.”  Lizzie addresses the temple outfits first.  “We had an itinerary, and on this day it said to wear workout clothes. So, I packed workout clothes for this afternoon excursion. In addition, when you go to the temples they wrap you in a sarong; so having on shorts isn’t disrespectful in any way.”  Lizzie found it amusing that Tamra commented on her clothes when Tamra’s shorts were pretty short too.  “Tamra seems like someone that just wants to be mad or has to be right all the time.”  I completely agree!  Tamra can’t just be happy and let things go.   “It’s becoming more and more evident that she can’t get over the ‘Shag, Marry, Kill’ game. Every time she tells the story she tells it differently. If her husband said he wanted to shag me maybe she should be mad at him, not me, I didn’t say that he did. Get over it!”  I’m so tired of hearing about this stupid game, it was a horrible idea!

Lizzie says that she was happy to relax at the pool with Danielle.  “Never in my life have I known anyone like Tamra. It’s apparent that she seriously has it out for me. Her interview bites are just appalling to me. It’s one thing to get upset and say something in the heat of the moment, but to be that ugly on a daily basis and to say such vulgar things about another woman is so tacky to me.”  She rightly notes that Tamra is not a happy person.  The women all say ugly things in the TH’s, sometimes prodded by producers, but Tamra rarely has anything good to say.  “I really do think that with the birthday debacle, she could have really taken that and been the bigger person and just said, “Gee, Lizzie, I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.” And for the record, she has never apologized.”  That would have been the mature thing to do.

“Everything that I shared with Shannon about things that Tamra said about her were all things said ON THE SHOW. Danielle and I told her what was said to just her. We didn’t tell her in front of the whole group.”  I’m so tired of these ladies claiming that they said something “in confidence” when there were cameras there.  “I would hope that any friend of mine would tell me if someone was talking cruelly about me behind my back also. Shannon went to Vicki on her own, to talk about Tamra. When Vicki and Shannon came back to the cabana, the women told me a lot of things that Tamra was saying about me, too!”  Lizzie read Tamra’s last blog.  “How dare she say anything about my family or me as a mother? How dare she say I was drunk when I was absolutely not at the Valentine’s party.”  That’s just part of the deal when you join this show, Tamra is going to tear you apart.  “In my experience when people reach at those things about other individuals it says so much more about them.”  Truth!  “I don’t even have to say anything about Tamra Judge. The way she acts and the things that come out of her mouth speak volumes about her character and integrity.”  Well, Lizzie has said a lot about Tamra, but I agree that Tamra’s behavior speaks for itself.

As for the confrontation, “It’s important to understand that everyone was just really hurt by Tamra. Not one of us had any intention to attack her or call her names.”  I must admit that it was nice to see Tamra get some of her own medicine.  “It’s clear to me that Tamra does not handle conflict well. She immediately goes into defense mode; fight or flight. Even in simple conversations.”  Then Lizzie goes back to the stupid game.  I’m over that.  I don’t care who said what on Valentine’s Day.

Lizzie isn’t proud of the name-calling.  “I am not proud of calling Tamra “crap” or “insecure.” I just couldn’t help myself. She even attacked my marriage and said “Everyone knows you have a horrible marriage!” I’m sorry, why this woman has any room to speak about anyone’s marriage or parenting is beyond me.”  She goes on to say that Tamra didn’t have to run away screaming, she could have talked things through like an adult.  “A few things I have learned about Tamra: a) Don’t invite her to any parties or special events b) Don’t play games with her and c) Unless you want it to blow up in your face, don’t confront her on ANYTHING.”

Tamra Barney: Lizzie is the Worst Kind of Person

“I would have to say that overall Bali was a wonderful experience, and I’m trying to find the positive takeaway of what happened at that last dinner. After months of thinking about it and now seeing what actually went down while Heather and I were at the rice fields, this is what I came up with.”  Tamra says that Heather is a great friend and that she appreciates Heather standing up for her.  Tamra says that she isn’t trying to play the victim.  Yeah right!  “I know I throw out a lot of shade and I have NO problem admitting it. What I do have a problem with is being accused of things I never said. I did not say 95 percent of what I was accused of saying — and what I did say was twisted and taken out of context.”  Isn’t that exactly what Tamra has gleefully done all these seasons?

Tamra doesn’t understand why Lizzie has a problem with her.  “She can not handle NOT being the princess of O.C., and she will fight for the RHOC crown. Good luck girl I am not giving that up without a fight.”  Wait, since when is Tamra the OC queen?  Tamra accusing someone of wanting to be the center of attention at all times is ridiculous.  “Lizzie is the worst kind of person in my eyes. She is a manipulative person who can lie straight to your face without any remorse. My God, she was sitting in front of six people when she said what she said about Eddie and still she will not own up to it or apologize.”  Pot, meet kettle.  Rather than admit her own mistakes, Tamra continues trying to prove that Lizzie is a liar.  “I invited everyone to go on a bike ride, and last minute they decided that they wanted to stay back and hang out at the spa and pool. . . Hmmmm wonder why?”  Maybe because they couldn’t stand to be around you anymore?

“When I sat down to dinner I knew something was wrong, Vicki kept mouthing across the table “I love you” and she had this very somber look on her face. I was worried that something happened at home and she didn’t want me to know about until we finished dinner.”  Really?  Why would Vicki do that?  “I asked Vicki to go to the bathroom so I could talk to her and she refused. Wow what a great friend!”  Tamra knew that she’d been talking trash about Brooks, both on camera and off.  Did she really think that Vicki wouldn’t find out?  What a great friend that Tamra is!

Then Tamra tells us what she actually said.  “Did I say Shannon sees green men? YEP, but not exactly how she was told I said it. As you all saw in the flashback, when asked where Shannon heard about “bringing the Beadors down” I jokingly said “I don’t know, the green men in her head.” That’s a little bit different than saying, “Shannon is crazy and she sees green men.” Did i say Shannon drinks too much? Hell yes I said that — everyone at that table has said that from day they met her. The girl travels with a bar on wheels and I am not joking.”  Ok, it doesn’t matter if what she said was taken out of context, it was mean to say it behind Shannon’s back.  And, if I recall, Tamra didn’t seem very joking when she talked about Shannon’s “little green men” at Lizzie’s party.  And who is Tamra to judge Shannon’s drinking?

“Now let’s address Brooks: CAN WE NOT LET THIS STORY DIE? I WILL SAY THIS ONE MORE TIME AND I WILL NEVER ADDRESS THIS AGAIN. I did not say anything remotely bad about Brooks this year.”  Did she watch the same show as me?  Maybe she wasn’t as awful as she’s been in the past, but Tamra certainly took every opportunity to talk Brooks down to the other ladies.  Tamra need to learn to keep her mouth shut!  “Early on I was asked by the new girls about Brooks. I was honest and said I think there is someone better out there for her and that I didn’t think he was a good guy. BIG DEAL! Given his past who wouldn’t say that?”  So if I say that Tamra isn’t a nice person, I’m not saying anything remotely bad about her?  I’m not sure that she’d see it that way.  “From this day forward I will answer: “I’m happy if he makes Vicki happy”  Good plan.

“The bottom line is Vicki is my friend and what she allowed to happen in Bali is sick! I would have never allow that to happen to her. I would have pulled her aside and talked to her first, because that’s what friends do.”  Again, Tamra was all for attacking Alexis in Costa Rica and didn’t think there was anything wrong with Gretchen joining in.  It was nice to see Tamra getting called out for her BS.  “I choose to run away because I was ready to say or do something that I would regret. I now wish I would have stayed and kept my composure and gotten my words out. But that is what the reunion is for! At that moment I had a flashback of Alexis in Costa Rica — and I want to publicly apologize to Alexis for being any part of that night. I had no idea how bad it hurt to have so many people coming at you like that while being so far from home. But now I do and have learned so much.”  We’ll see how that ‘calmly getting your words out’ at the reunion goes.  I have a feeling it’ll be more screaming and accusations.

Tamra thanks Heather for sticking up for her.  “Thank you for being smart enough to see what they were doing. I am sorry I ever doubted you as a friend, and I love you and cherish our friendship.”  Tamra tells us that she never called Heather anorexic.  “Danielle was talking to me about how Heather and I maintain our weight after having four kids. We are 10 years older than her and several pounds thinner. I told her that you rarely see us eat on camera only because it simply looks ugly.”  Umm, how is that an explanation?  Or an answer to the question of how to maintain weight?  “I know I speak before I think too many times. But I am a human with real feelings — and yes what happened in Bali did hurt, especially since most of it was lies.”  I’m just tired of listening to Tamra try to explain away her bad behavior instead of work to improve it.

Vicki Gunvalson: I’m Tired of Tamra Causing Problems

Vicki updates us on Briana’s new son. “He was in the hospital for a few days with a fever and a respiratory infection — and was discharged today. I’ve been fortunate to go to OKC every few weeks.”  Prayers for little Owen.

“Now onto Bali. I am not that fond of heat and humidity (bad frizzy/curly hair), or a callous fish eating pedicure, a monkey petting zoo and any type of friendship betrayal. I had thought we would go on this spiritual journey to relax, pray, and simply bond together as girlfriends are supposed to do. Boy was I wrong!”  Vicki admits that she may not have handled the conflict with Tamra in the right way.  But, “I was so hurt and so upset that I really wasn’t interested in hearing her side of the story.”  She doesn’t agree with Tamra’s accusation that Vicki wanted to take her down.  “I’m tired of her causing problems and never being called out on it because of people fearing her backlash. Every season and every year, she has gone after someone. I don’t know if that’s for the show or if it’s really how she is.”  I am really enjoying Vicki this season.  Very astute observation, even if it took her several seasons to figure it out.

Vicki explains that she thought Tamra had moved past her bad feelings toward Brooks.  “When we left for Bali, we were on really good terms, and, although I didn’t really trust her with personal information on my relationship, I didn’t have any issues and had hoped she supported my decisions as I did hers. In fact, she would tell me “let’s us four get together for dinner” or “plan a trip together” or “go to church together,” and on and on.”  Vicki just wants the hurting each other and talking behind backs to stop.  Wow, she sure has grown up!  “I have come to be very good friends with Shannon and she’s a great wife, friend, and mother. I was proud of Lizzie to stand up for herself to Tamra and have really come to like her as well. Heather was in a tough spot that evening and I am proud of how she handled herself as well. I think Heather has gotten some unnecessary “heat” this year — and I for one am sorry for being any part of any hurt I caused to her.”

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Teresa Giudice

TerEsa gives us her greetings and explains the Lion King like debacle.  Our neighbor keeps chickens and also has a German Shepherd.  The chickens and the dog chase each other around the yard.   She comments briefly on Dina and Lexi’s tattoos suggesting that when Audriana turns 18 maybe?

As for the ugliness of the first responders party and what came after, I will say I’m very proud of my brother for keeping his cool. Jim Marchese came at him, said terrible things, and he didn’t take the bait. I did feel sorry for Amber because she was just in a physical fight and what her husband was saying wasn’t her fault. But I wanted to hear the rumors about what Jim said directly from him. So I asked him. And he lied. Right to my face. That is not what an honorable man does. Dina and I were giving him the benefit of a doubt, trying to be nice to him, and he got even madder and uglier with us. You don’t need to speak to women like that, you don’t need to speak to anyone like that.

I’m not sure I would call Joe’s reaction as “keep his cool” but compared to his past overreactions, this was mild.  Jim was incredibly rude to TerEsa and Dina.  Actually, he was a chauvinistic pig and I do not feel sorry for Amber.  I am sure this is not the first time (nor the last) that Jim has behaved in this manner. 

Then we got to hear Jim’s little lawyer speech. There are no words. What professional talks like that? I know Amber tries to defend him saying he was protecting her and got dragged into all this, but that amazingness was all said in an interview with him, apart from the fight. No one tricked or forced him into saying those awful things. That was all him.

I am stuck on the work “amazingness”.  WTF does that mean?  She says she doesn’t blame Amber for her jackass’s behavior, but I kinda do.  She goes on to tell us that the bird poop facials left a little to be desired.  Didn’t she says something about the facial smelling like peanut butter?  Never smelled bird poop that has a peanut butter scent.  TerEsa bids us a “Tanti Baci”

Melissa Gorga

Melissa starts out telling us she is not enjoying writing her blog.  Boohoo.  You are getting paid a small fortune, write the damn blog!  Melissa tells us she thinks Amber came back into her life to spread feelings.

I don’t buy that she just wanted to rekindle our friendship and make me “her friend of the year.” I don’t see her trying to be my friend at all. 

I agree.  She isn’t your friend.  I also don’t think you wanted her to be your friend again.  Funny, I think Melissa views Amber the way TerEsa viewed Melissa when she entered the show.

Amber wants to act as if I’m not loyal? Well, where is her loyalty to me? Was she being loyal when she came right off the bat saying that I married my husband for money? Is she being loyal when she came on accusing me of being a horrible friend, after not seeing me for close to ten years and accusing me of not being there for her when she had cancer? No, I don’t see that as a friend trying to rekindle a friendship at all. I see it as an old friend coming around to try to throw me under the bus. And there is A LOT you didn’t get to see, so no, I don’t believe Amber has nothing but good intentions. 

Shit.  Melissa mentioned cancer.  (drink)

…Amber, do me a favor and stay out of my family business. It has nothing to do with you and you don’t know the true details. You were a guest at my wedding ten years ago and never even met my children. So the ONLY things you know about what has been happening in MY life is by watching our show as a fan for the past three seasons.

Well, it is kinda hard to stay out of your family business when you air your family business on national tv.  She goes on and on about this and I got bored and got a snack.  Trust me, you don’t need to read any more about that topic.  She then went on to whine about the spa visit with Dina and TerESa.  I got up and got a glass of wine.

As far as Dina calling me passive aggressive, I actually found it kind of funny because I know throughout the season you’ll probably see me call Dina passive aggressive too. I really feel like she gives a lot of mixed signals to a lot of people, especially Amber. She’s constantly questioning her sincerity, her tears, her authenticity. She’s constantly rolling her eyes at Amber and she definitely doesn’t like her husband. So if I’m passive aggressive, then I guess pot meet kettle, LOL! 

I am not sure I would call Melissa passive aggressive.  I do think she likes setting a situation in motion and then stepping back to watch the chips fall and then claim she had nothing to do with it.  She has no loyalty and will move whichever way the wind blows.

And finally I want to say that I am proud of my husband for having self-control with Jim. I know it probably wasn’t easy, but I think he took one for the team for what it’s worth.

This is just creepy that everyone is SO proud of Joe for behaving like a normal adult, although I still think he overreacted.  He should have shut down the conversation with Jim when it got heated and walked away.  He had no reason to follow him outside.  Melissa tells us…There’s plenty more to come!…  And I feel we have all been safely warned.  Watch at your own risk.

Dina Manzo

Dina starts out telling us that this was her “—hole” episode (does Bravo not allow potty language?)  She goes on to discuss the date…

Let’s start with my date. I came across as so cold, didn’t I? Well I won’t say it wasn’t awkward, but I certainly was not rude to him. I didn’t just turn down the hot yoga offer, I explained to him that I think hot yoga (or as I like to call it bacteria yoga) is so gross. Sweaty, smelly butt cracks in my face is not my idea of a good time, so that’s why I said I doubt that will happen. I swear everyone in my life tries to drag me to hot yoga, so maybe there is something good about it and I’m just being a germaphobe nutcase. Anyway…although there were no sparks on my date, I will say that Matt’s mom raised him right. He’s sweet and kind and a COMPLETE gentleman. We still keep in touch, and one day he is going to make some YOUNGER girl very happy! Oh yeah, and that BJ comment? My mother will be washing my mouth out with soap for sure! Oops!

I actually don’t think she came off as cold and I would have been pretty pissed if I had been sitting alone for 3 mins.  The guy could have at least texted to say he was running late.  And hot yoga?  WTF?  Does anyone here do this horrible activity?  I do not like to sweat.  I have a treadmill and I wear a Fitbit (I swear by this little bugger).  I walk 15k steps a day and have lost 24 pounds.).  I bought box fan earlier this year and placed this fan at the very end of my treadmill.  I keep that fan on HIGH when I walk.  When I start to feel sweat, I am done.  I also keep Gold Bond on the bathroom counter.  I swear by that shit!  Ask any guy in the military and they will tell you that Gold Bond is a prized possession.  Anyhoo, hot yoga just sounds disgusting and not something I would ever want to do with a hot guy.

Now let’s talk about the first responders fall out and what I said to Amber’s husband Jim. At this point in our relationship there was so much sexual talk between us girls that you didn’t get to see. You know chicks get together, open a bottle of wine, and the giggles begin. Amber had shared some of her hysterical stories of shall I say…taking over in the bedroom with us, and I would tease her endlessly. 

Very common.  The part that is uncommon is the part where Dina embarrasses Amber over something that was shared privately and as a joke.  Not nice Dina.

So calling Jim a bitch and telling Amber to shove it up his ass was COMPLETELY inappropriate but actually more of a joke, because I knew Jim didn’t like it when I teased Amber about their bedroom life. It just went along with what I know would annoy Jim, but it was wrong and I’m sorry. And guess what? If he does, more power to him — a healthy sex life is all about keeping it interesting. Watch my video on taking back that BITCH word here, and find out  why I don’t put up with men talking down to a queen EVER. 

Um, I am at a loss for words here and that doesn’t happen often.  I have to go scrub out my eyes with acid cause I got a visual of this.  Excuse me for a moment.

Let’s move on to our bird sh– facials. I could have saved time and money and just stayed home and spread my parakeet poop all over my face, but Amber invited us and we did have things to discuss. I felt for Amber, I don’t think she was completely innocent, but I don’t like that all against one mentality. I am super sensitive to it, because looking back on Season 1 it was wrong to do that to Danielle. Although some made Danielle think she was not alone, trust me, she was. She did bring most of it on herself like Amber does, but I learned from that experience, and now I vow to always try to hear the other side of the underdog’s story. 

OH!  So that’s what Dina meant when she became all “ZEN” and shit.  I get it now.

How cute were the heart tattoos Lexi and I got? It did hurt like a mother and guess what? The guy went easy on us because they hardly took! We’ve been trying to get them touched up for months now. I’ll post a pic on my insta when we get them redone. This time I’ll tape Lexi’s mouth shut so she doesn’t drop the F-bomb. My mom will have to double up on the soap so there’s enough for both of us! 

I didn’t think it was cute.  I find it weird.  I am not one of those people that believe your kid should be your BFF.  You are PARENT; not a friend.  You have plenty of years ahead to be friends with your kid when they are in their 20’s, but it has always been my belief that my kids have plenty of friends and they last thing they want is me as their FRIEND.  I see this is a Dina issue.  Lexi is all she has that is all hers and I imagine this is hard.  But no reason to project your issues on your kid.

Oy vay.  Dina then goes on to educate us about betrayal and loyalty.  She admires TEReSA’s loyalty to Nicole and was pleased that Joey Gorga stuck up for Joe Giudice.  Now this is the part where it gets juicy…

I am a FREAK about loyalty and I am loyal as a freakin’ dog until you are not to me. Then guess what? I don’t go out for revenge, I simply cut you out of my life as if you died. I am BAFFLED when I see people put their loyalty where it doesn’t belong. I don’t always agree with what my friends and family do, but I WILL ALWAYS have their backs. That is unless I’ve had a funeral in my head for you because you didn’t have mine. Watch more here, and yes, the funeral in my head is real, I mourn your loss and then I move on. It may not be very spiritual, or perhaps it actually is…think about it. 

Hmmmm…did she just give us a clue?  Has she had a funeral in her head for Caro and Jacqueline?  Maybe this is why she cannot answer my pleas for more info because in her little noggin, they are already gone.

Dina bits us farewell and tells us about her party planning class at a local college.  Oh, is this like underwater basket weaving?  I just don’t see parents being really happy shelling out their hard earned $$$ to have their kid take party planning courses.

Teresa Aprea

After apologizing for her blog being late, TEReSA jumps right in.

Getting into Sunday’s episode, I’ll start off by saying how great it was to see the Giudices having wonderful family time together with their new chickens. Being the family-first person that I am, I absolutely loved seeing Teresa and Joe with their kids. Milania was adorable with the chickens. Can’t wait to get some of those fresh Giudice eggs.

Milania was adorable in THIS episode, but in previous episodes this season we have not seen this version of her.  Perhaps Bravo only shows us the ridiculous?  WHAT?  They would never do that!  However, I do blame Joe and TerEsa for any and all judgment her girls get for their behavior on the show.  Other RH make an effort to protect their kids from the cameras and keep their kids away from the spotlight, but not Tre and Joe.

Seeing Dina and Lexi together is always heartwarming. I can relate to the love of a mom and her “one and only.” The connection is immense, and I love the bond the two of them shared getting their heart tattoos together — a permanent symbol of their love shining bright. 

Still weird to me (channeling my inner Carole)

As for Melissa giving Nicole a head’s up on the rumor that Amberzilla is spreading… That is not called betrayal, that is called being a girls’ girl and having Nicole’s back. Amber must stop insulting the intelligence of everyone watching, because it is obvious to everyone that she is one BIG habitual liar, and she is constantly back peddling. Also thank you, Melissa, for reiterating what took place that night at the first responders party about how Amber did grab Nicole’s arm first while having dinner with Amber. Amberzilla was the aggressor and Nicole was defending herself — the truth always comes out!

Um, no I call it “shit-stirring”, but you say tomatoe and I say tomato.

TEReSA signs off by complementing Rino for standing up for his new friends, she believes minions have taken Amber’s mind captive.  She loves David Arquette (he does have a fun laugh) and thanks all her fans.  She says she is blessed.  Argh

Amber Marchese

Amber decided this week she needed to compete in the longest blog olympics.  I will attempt to cut out the crap that makes me wanna take a nap.  Amber wastes her first paragraph asking Melissa what she did to deserve this and then telling us disloyal Melissa is.  All very boring and re-hashed from last week.  Moving on.

Nicole says she wanted an apology. Hmm, well, I would have loved a chance to apologize, however she acted like a lunatic right off the bat. Nicole wanted a scene, not an apology. She made sure everyone was there, which kind of makes you think she planned it all along. We are all human, we all make mistakes, but we cannot go around attacking every person that speaks about our mistakes. I could have told her who was telling me the rumor and we could have dealt with it together. The fact that Nicole escalated the situation like that is just disgusting to me. She could have talked to me. I would have heard her side of it, and she would have gotten an apology out of me for not coming to her first. Maybe she reacted that way because she had no intention of just dispelling a rumor. Maybe there is more to it, and the reaction was a distraction from the truth…apparently, it is working.

Well, not sure a simple “I’m sorry” was gonna get your out of telling the national audience that Nicole was a homewrecker.  I think Nicole was justified in being a little bitter about the whole thing.  She then goes on to criticize Bobby for being a crappy host and for being unaware of the tom-foolery that was going on in his basement.

As far Joe, trust me when I say this is a condensed version. Not only did my husband just watch his wife get ganged up on, Joe thought this was an excellent time to confront Jim on his reasons for not attending bowling night. It took a lot to provoke my husband to lash out as he did. Sad thing is, Jim never got a chance to know Joe because of the smack Bobby and Rino filled Joe’s head with about Jim. I have been raving about Joe for years, minus the fighting part, I really wish they got a chance (without Bobby and Rino’s influence) to know one another. I really think they would have gotten along. They are true family men, great fathers and husbands, and hard workers. I do not understand what was happening at that point, I just knew it stemmed from Bobby and Rino. 

And this is when the episode turns into the Real Househusbands of New Jersey.  I’m gonna go take a little snooze.  BRB.

The next day, Bobby comes to our house and pretends like he did nothing… Really, is it normal to invite a couple over and have them abused by your guests? At a minimum he should have told us in advance that the guys had an issue and so did the girls. We would much rather have stayed home with our babies. Also, he should have told his soon to be “brother-in-law Rino” to back off. You are watching it and have background, but Jim and I had no idea what was coming. We were going to Bobby’s house like we had a hundred times before. For the record, we missed lots of nights out in the past and were never ganged up on like that for it. 

I’m back, but I am not happy about it.  I DO NOT think you were abused by Bobby’s guests.  You got your “just desserts”.  Take it and move on.  Jim is a big-boy (or little boy) and a big talker.  He was handling himself and did not need Bobby to step in and fight his battles.  I thought Jim behaved like a jackwagon and, perhaps, Bobby just didn’t want to associate himself with that kind for ridiculousness.

Side note to Melissa, after reading excerpts in your book on marriage and then watching your husband tell you to “shut up,” it does not lend much credibility to your opinions on marriage. More laughable is Joe saying how much he loves Joe Giudice and Tre. Does he not remember the fights, the name calling? He called his sister a scum bag and started a fight. Please, before you share your opinions of how you think my husband treats me, look into your own home. My husband treats me like gold. I appreciate your concern, but I actually feel bad for you, since your husband does not think before potentially putting you and your family in harmful situations like mine does. 

Amber has a point here.  Joey “defending” Tre and Joe is pretty silly given the way Melissa and Joey have talked about them.

Melissa and I go to lunch and instead coming in with complete concern for my wellbeing, she lays into me on how it was my fault for getting ganged up on! It is clear that Melissa does not care about me. She did not have any empathy or even take some responsibility for why it occurred. Instead of owning a modicum of anything that happened, she twists it around to validate her actions. 

Amber, are you high???  Why would Melissa go on and on about your wellbeing???  Your hair was pulled; you were not scalped!  Nicole did not bite you.  You were not burned at the stake.  Get over yourself.

And no, Joe, insecurity is when you hear a rumor and go ape sh– on someone for it. Or you need to get aggressive to prove you’re tough. What I was doing was defending myself after being given no explanation as to why everyone was ganging up on me. Joe, you should realize that disputes can be resolved with simple communication at the right time. Last point, the Joes need to stop talking about my husband’s height, since they are shorter than him. And, everyone needs to most definitely stop talking about my husband’s penis. After three strong boys and a beautiful little girl, trust me, faculties are marvelous. 

I just threw up in my mouth.  Please stop.

…Or is she mad because she feels like I am on her turf?

DING DING DING!  I do believe we have a winner.  Tell her what she won, Bob!

Amber signs off telling us she had so much fun with David Arquette and again bringing it back to what a hard time this has been for her and her husband.  Yes, I am sure it is super hard going to the bank and cashing your Bravo checks.

Nicole Napolitano

Nicole tells us all how much she enjoys chatting with everyone on Twitter.  She says we are amazing.  She needs to wait before passing judgement.  She tells us she enjoyed seeing David Arquette and “Scamber” on WWHL.  Not sure I like that nickname, but whatever.  She then overshares and eludes to the fact that she shared too much with Amber about her previous marriage…guess Nicole even shared the NAME of the woman who may have been with her X?

…My response to you, Amber, is to turn the other cheek and not cast pearls before swine. So I choose not to roll in the mud with you!

Um, I am at a loss.  Is this biblical?  Is it Caroline Momily?

This episode had some really fun scenes to watch and of course some filled with drama. Starting off with Jim being a condescending ass.

He was just being himself.

 I wasn’t surprised one bit. After speaking so horribly to Teresa, Dina, and Melissa it was a little painful to hear Teresa ask Dina if he was looking to help the Giudices. That answer was pretty obvious. Happy this episode at Bobby’s house is over. Again this was supposed to be a fun-filled night for all…along with a chance to hear an apology that now (knowing SCAMBER’S true character) I realize she had no intention of giving. This was the first time ever that Bobby and I were hosting a party at his home. I never wanted it to go there. We had our friends who are police officers and fellow firefighters from our town attend, and I would have never wanted to put them in a bad position. I was happy to hear Melissa state when she met Amber for lunch how Amber was the aggressive one and how she whacked my hand first. Amazing how when the Mar-crazies left the party it was like all the evil was swept out of the house. The black cloud had lifted!

OK, I am NOT going on the defense of the Mar-crazies, BUT you did plan this confrontation beforehand.  You knew you were gonna have a “come to Jesus” chat with Amber well before the party.  You cannot be upset that there was a scene when you were the one that wrote and directed that scene.  Yes, I agree you had every right to confront her, but you could have chosen another place/time.

I love how Bobby had my back going over to Jim and Amber’s house. I’m proud he went over there returning her hat so calmly and looking to have a normal conversation, which they both didn’t even deserve after Amber’s filthy mouth called me a “two bit whore” and how out of line they both acted in Bobby’s home. So frankly I think Bobby was a complete gentleman and gave them a chance to redeem themselves. But of course, as us viewers could have bet any amount of money on, it doesn’t go that way and Jim starts making up tons of lies right to Bobby’s face about me. I’m glad Bobby was a gentleman and smart enough to just leave at this point. 

<snore> 

Now on a lighter note, I loved watching me and Bobby at the gun range. We had a blast on our date and a lot of fun. Bobby was an awesome teacher and loved how I got a bull’s-eye! We have a really good time when we are together! Watching Milania, Rosie, and Juicy buying chickens was a cute scene. Dina and Lexi were adorable getting tattoos. Again, Lexi is precious and so sweet! I wish Dina’s date had gone better. She didn’t seem too stimulated at all. I guess she could have gone to Dylan’s Candy Shop next store if she wanted eye candy.  

I’m not a big fan of the gun range, but whatever blows your skirt up I guess.  The Milania, Rosie and Juicy scene was fun and as I have said multiple times, if Bravo could just give us Rosie and Juicy every week, we would love it!  At least I would!  Nicole closes by telling us next week her nephew will be on…will we see her kids?  She thanks us, her fans and offers blessings.  I feel better and can sleep now.

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Real Housewives Of New Jersey Tonight!

“The Family Business”

It’s a family affair in New Jersey as Melissa and Joe strive to take their new age garbage business to the next level, and Teresa and Rino embark on plans to expand their family’s restaurant empire. Nicole and Bobby, meanwhile, try to prove Amber wrong with a little PDA, and Rosie introduces her girlfriend to the family. Isolated from the rest of the group, Amber turns to her own family for support, until a phone call from Nicole changes everything.

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Don’t Be Tardy Tonight!

“I Need A Man”

Kim and her family teach Lana the art of snagging a man. With a makeover from Sweetie and Kim, who can resist the beautiful, Bulgarian nanny? Thanks to a little happy hour coaching from the pros, there’s no way Lana can fail. Or can she? Kim throws a baby shower for her soon-to-be-mommy friend, Jen.

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Remembering Lynn Hudson

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In Honor Of Lynn Hudson

Today marks Lynn’s birthday and the 2nd year anniversary of her death and our loss.  For those who were not fortunate enough to know her personally or through her writings, Lynn was an amazing blogger who also somehow cultivated this amazing blogging community that NoMoreDrama was able to carry forward by creating LynnFam.com aka “Lynn’s Place.”  Lynn’s gift of snark and her love of all things related to the “Real Housewife” franchises captured national attention and translated into highly entertaining blogs to read, discuss – and occasionally to argue about, too!

In honor of Lynn, I’m going to repost last year’s heartfelt anniversary post and provide links to some of Lynn’s work.  Feel free to contribute your personal memories in the comment section today as we fondly remember Lynn and the impact she’s had on our lives. We miss you, Lynn!

TexasTart

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August 16th 2012

Lynn Hudson’s 49th Birthday.  Her blog was filled with well wishes.  Lynn was absent from the blog; that was typical.  She had a full-time job and young son.  After posting the morning blog she’d rarely check in – yet we all expected her to say something to acknowledge the birthday wishes. When a new morning blog hadn’t been posted on the 17th, posters began to get worried.  Boston posted “where are you Lynn?”.  Word began to seep into the blog that she had passed away.  It came from twitter – from Carly – the pair did a weekly radio show on Real Housewives.  Wall Street Lady (WSL)  confirmed the news to Boston.  At that point it became real to the rest of us.

We will always Remember You (thank you Boston for creating this)

We will always Remember You (thank you Boston for creating this)

To me it felt surreal.  I had never met Lynn, but she was part of my daily routine.  Her blogs on the housewives touched a cord in me that made sense in a sometimes incomprehensible world.  She stood up for the underdog.  When Queen Bee Jill Zarin tried to get Alex McChord fired; tried to get viewers to hate Bethenny Frankel, it was Lynn who took aim and fired squarely.  “I Hate Jill Zarin,” her blog’s headline blared.  Not once, but for over a year.

Who can ever forget this photo!

Who can ever forget this photo!

Lynn was the first housewives blogger to meet the housewives.  After chit chatting with Simon on twitter, she hosted a party for SilEx (Simon and Alex) when they visited Chicago.  She rubbed elbows with the DC crew at Kat’s book signing.  She met Bethenny at one of her events and was assured that Bethenny (and Julie) read the blog every day.  She was photographed with Andy Cohen. lynn hudson and andy cohen

Lynn Hudson and Bethenny Frankel

Lynn Hudson and Bethenny Frankel

The blog was labelled “the hate blog” by Bobby Zarin on national TV.  SilEx was lambasted for meeting Lynn and spending time with Wall Street Lady – a poster who became a good friend of Lynn’s.  Jill and her assistants reported the blog to wordpress every day to try and get it shut down.  Eventually Lynn moved the blog to a new platform; she kept posting daily.  It was the wild west of  housewives blogging, and Lynn was forging the way. Lynn was outspoken, committed, and fearless.  She was also kind, caring, and welcoming, and her blog became more than a blog about irrelevant reality show stars – it was a blog that created a place for people to share, lean on each other, and build friendships.  Lynn made each day a little brighter.  She is missed. NoMoreDrama

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THOUGHTS OF LYNN HUDSON ON HER BIRTHDAY by BB

On August 16th, 2012, Lynn Hudson posted her last blog.  It contained recaps of Million Dollar Listing LA, Top Chef Masters, the NJ blogs, and all kinds of other interesting things about reality TV put together by the ever-enthusiastic, hardworking Lynn, who loved all things housewives.  I had also posted a small tribute to Lynn because it was her birthday that day.  Little did we know it would be the very last blog we would ever see from our beloved friend Lynn.

There were many hits on the blog that day wishing Lynn a Happy Birthday, with a few of the usual nasty trolls along the way.  The blog happily rolled along that day with its usual discussion and overall happy, sometimes snarky, camaraderie.

The next morning, at around 10 a.m., one commenter asked if there would be a new blog that day.  Some of us thought maybe Lynn had been out celebrating her birthday the day before and she was taking the day off (which would have been very unusual).  At about12:37 p.m., someone noticed that Lynn had not been on twitter that day.  I started to get an uneasy feeling and I e-mailed Lynn about that time to ask if everything was ok.  At about 12:52 pm, another LynnNChicago regular posted some disturbing twitter feeds from PrettyPlusMore (Carly Hall) that Lynn had passed away.  Nobody wanted to believe it was true and we were all hoping beyond hope it was some type of cruel hoax.  Sadly, it turned out we had lost our beloved Lynn on, of all days, her birthday.

Needless to say, I was completely shocked, stunned and didn’t quite know what to do with myself.  I’m sure my family thought I had lost my mind getting so emotional about someone I had never met, but they were very understanding just the same.  They knew I had become attached to this blog and fond of Lynn because I talked about it and her often.

On August 18th, Lynn’s good friend Carly Hall posted a wonderful tribute on the LynnNChicago blog.  That same day, a regular poster, NoMoreDrama (formerly HouseWifeAddict) posted this:  “A space has been set up for us to continue our comments at LynnFam.wordpress.com.”  Some of us (me, Kansas Girl and others) were collecting e-mail addresses so we could all somehow keep in touch.  Another regular poster, Disgrazia, started a “Friends of LynnnChicago” Facebook page.  Our own boston started the Chatzy room.  I know I’m forgetting to mention others who worked hard to keep us all afloat during that time, but you know who you are.

I never met Lynn in person, but just from the communication I had with her through e-mail, I felt like I had added another good friend to the many I’ve made throughout the years.  Today, I like to think of her looking down from Heaven and feeling happy, honored and proud to know that her love of talking about those darned housewives still lives on through this blog and other social media outlets.  She was a special person who can never be replaced.  I just wanted to take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday Lynn. I miss you and think of you often.”  Always, BB.

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If you would like to reminisce about the days that Lynn wrote here are some links. Lynn’s websites no longer exist, so keep in mind these are just some pieces of the past and they are subject to have missing pictures, non-functioning links and comments.  Now don’t get lost in there and make me have to send a search party for ya’.   TexasTart

October 22, 2013 Lynn’s Place by NoMoreDrama “A look back at LynnNChicago’s first blog”

August 3, 2011 IHJZ blog

Date unknown The Final IHJZ blog

August 6, 2012 LynnNChicago blog

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August 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Empress

Happy Birthday Sasha

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