Hudson, Carolyn Age 49, of Lake Zurich. Loving wife of James Smith; beloved mother of Kevin (Mika) Lorence, Julia (Gerald Jr.) Wilkison and Bobby Smith; dear daughter of Richard and Cathie Mulholland; fond sister of Cathy Connor; grandmother of Nicolette, Isabelle, Sophia, Hailey and Alexandra; friend to many. Visitation Monday, August 20, 2012 from 3:00-9:00p.m. at Cuneo-Columbian Funeral, 10300 W. Grand Ave. (one block East of Mannheim Rd.), Franklin Park, IL. Funeral Service Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Cuneo-Columbian. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL.
I really didn’t know what to put on the blog today. I began to think about something that made Lynn happy, and meeting Bethenny in Chicago and the trip to New York came to mind.
As her family and friends say goodbye to her this morning, let’s remember all the joy she brought into our lives. NoMoreDrama
Bethenny In Chicago! Jan 29, 2011 by LynnNChicago
What a beautiful venue. I’d driven past the Genessee Theatre in Waukegan many times, I used to work in Waukegan and this theatre is one of Waukegan’s proud landmarks. Jack Benny, before he was on TV used to broadcast his radio shows right from the stage that Bethenny graced last night.
The VIP room / lounge area in the Theatre is named after the late great Jack Benny and that is where I finally got to meet our favorite Skinny Girl!
But first, the “Conversation With Bethenny Frankel” was impressive! I have to say that the show went beyond my expectations. After being introduced, Bethenny walked straight up the center aisle greeting fans and high five’s all the way along, when she took to the stage sitting in a high bar stool like chair with just a table of her books, some beautiful roses, a glass of water and of course a Skinnygirl Margarita.
Jason sat in the front row just in front of me and my friend who skeptically came along with me, but she’s thrilled that she went, she was unexpectedly surprised at how entertaining Bethenny was just talking to the crowd.
Also sitting in front of us was Jason’s friend and baby Bryn’s Godfather, and Bethenny tells us at this season on her show Bethenny Ever After, Baby Bryn gets “accidentally baptised”. I can’t wait to see how that happens. Bethenny described her and Jason as they sneak into a backyard of a home in Los Angeles that they’re considering buying and it really is a hilarious story.
Relaxed and easy-going, Bethenny spoke with confidence and poise. One of her opening remarks prepared the audience that she had absolutely no intension of bashing Jill Zarin, she was clear that they had been very good friends and she doesn’t say anything negative about friends, past or present. She did add that Kelly was fair game, however, since they’d never been friends. (lots of laughter there!)
Bethenny explained to the large crowd that she would not be going back to Housewives, no surprise for those of us who follow Bethenny’s career. She explained that the negativity wasn’t good for her or her family and that her show was so much fun and so positive and upbeat that it just didn’t make sense to spend time with certain people who only bring negativity to her life.
We learned that Bethenny does keep in touch with Ramona and Alex, mostly through text messages but everyone’s lives are so busy that she doesn’t see them too often. She also shared with us that Ramona actually asked Bethenny if she could be in the delivery room as she gave birth to Bryn. Obviously Bethenny turned down Ramona’s generous offer, but we were all allowed in there through Bravo’s cameras so I’m assuming that Ramona simply wanted more air time on Bethenny’s show. That Ramona is a crazy broad!
Bethenny talked about her book, “Naturally Thin” and while I had already read it, as I’m sure several others in the room had as well, Bethenny explained in a bit more detail what each step of the process entailed and had some really funny remarks to make and personal stories to tell about each area of the book.
Her upcoming book, “A Place Of Yes” that will be released on March 22 was another short topic of discussion, she told us how her positive outlook and constant efforts to succeed are what created her life, her business and even her family. She is living proof that you really can have it all!
Toward the end of Bethenny’s show, she did a Question/Answer session allowing audience members to ask any question they’d like, I personally didn’t learn anything new, in fact, I probably could have answered the questions for her, although not nearly as clever and funny as Bethenny did. She really does have an amazing sense of humor and a quick wit.
There were a few dozen others who were allowed into the Meet and Greet where Bethenny signed autographs and took photos with fans. She was so upbeat, and personable, her laugh is contagious and her genuine warm welcome was so incredible. My friend and I stepped up when it was our turn and I could see a brief recognition on Bethenny’s face when she looked at me, it was as if she’d seen me somewhere before.
My friend announced that I was “Lynn In Chicago” and Bethenny screamed, jumped out of her chair and gave me a huge hug. It was so wonderful! She was telling her assistants and even the theatre crew that I was the one who wrote the “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog. (I wasn’t going to mention the name of the blog, but Bethenny did) Bethenny’s assistant, Jackie told me that she reads my blog and Bethenny gave me a signed copy of her book on DVD in addition to these little mini Skinny girl mirrors that you can attach to your cell phone.
My friend and I brought Bethenny and her staff a few gifts, we found these great lotions and bath gels with scents called “sweet dreams” and “relaxation” which are perfect for our Skinnygirl who doesn’t get enough rest or relaxation. I also bought baby Bryn her very first Chicago Blackhawks baseball cap and little t-shirt both with the Blackhawks logo on them. Finally we found these great Chicago oven mitts and kitchen towels with a chef cooking a deep dish pizza and Chicago written on them. Another perfect gift from Chicago for a chef.
Bethenny’s assistant, Julie was instrumental in getting us the VIP tickets and meet and greet passes. I wanted to go and see Bethenny and my friend knowing what a fan I am was so thoughtful and wrote to Bethenny’s assistant Julie that she and Bethenny’s biggest fan, LynnNChicago wanted to attend the show.
Julie was kind enough to leave two tickets at the VIP will call counter with our 2nd row seats and our meet and greet passes. Julie couldn’t be with Bethenny in Chicago but she brought her other assistant, Jackie and so my friend and I brought each of Bethenny’s assistant small gifts as well.
It was an amazing evening, we really enjoyed hearing Bethenny speak and meeting her was so great! She’s everything that you see on TV and so much more! Take a look at Bethenny’s tour schedule, if you get a chance and she’s near you, make an effort to attend, it is well worth it!
Until Next Time….
a photo of Bethenny and me…
Mar 6, 2011 Real Housewives Of DC Cat Ommanney’s Book Launch Inbox Full by LynnNChicago
New York Baby!
As most of you know, I interviewed Cat Ommanney for Reality Buzz a while back and we talked about her new book, InBox Full. Shortly after the podcast interview with Cat was edited and released, I got an email from Cat inviting me to her book launch. I was overwhelmed by her kindness and I knew I had to figure out a way to get to that party!
With a lot of help from a very good friend in New York City, I made arrangements and gratefully accepted Cat’s very generous offer.
The private party was held at Ted Gibson’s Salon in New York City and Cat sent me the official invitation just about a week later. Cat also told me that there would be an after-party planned at a bar close by called Boxers that would be open to the public. Here is my invitation…
I RSVP’d the same day!
I really wanted to let everyone know that I was going to the party but to be honest, I wasn’t sure if some of the New York Housewives would be attending (ie: Jill Zarin) and if she would have tried to get me uninvited if she had heard I was going to the party. I read that Jill had a book signing scheduled in New Jersey that evening so I knew she would not be there.
Sorry I missed you Jill, maybe next time I’m in New York we can chat!
My NY benefactor was amazing, she not only let me stay with her while in New York, she arranged for my hair and make up to be done before the party and ordered a Town Car to take us to the event!
We arrived a bit late, about 7:45 but as luck would have it, so did Lynda, Ebong and Cat! Gibson’s is on the second floor and there was a tiny elevator to take you up to Ted’s Salon. As we walked into the small hallway we were stopped by security and gave our names to the event organizer, as she checked the guest list, in walked Lynda, Ebong and a few of their friends!
After chatting with Lynda and Ebong on Twitter I felt like I knew them already so I introduced myself. (as Lynn In Chicago) They were both so wonderful, we all hugged and they introduced me to their friends who all told me that they read the blog, they complimented me on the writing and said they enjoyed reading the blogs.
There were two elevators on the wall but unfortunately only one was working and it was extremely slow considering it was going up only one level but that turned out to be a good thing because as we waited with Lynda and Ebong for the elevator, the guest of honor arrived and the party started right there in the hallway waiting for the elevator!
Cat is so charismatic and her smile is infectious! She greeted everyone with hugs and air kisses, it was so great to see that Cat and Lynda are genuine friends, it was obvious that both Lynda and Ebong adore Cat!
Cat made her way over to us as we continued to wait for the elevator, Cat commented, “what a great day for just the one lift to be working”. I told her who I was and more hugs and air kisses all around for me and my friends, Cat said she read about the boycott and agrees that we should get a bit of recognition and she’s our biggest supporter! She thinks we need a bit more love from Bravo. Cat assured me she would be introducing me to Andy Cohen.
Cat, tall and thin looked amazing in a animal print dress with her hair coiffed to within an inch of its life. So beautiful!
The elevator opens directly into the Salon and the minute the doors slid open the flash bulbs started popping non stop. Cat had arrived!
The Salon had been transformed from a place where people are made beautiful to a place where the beautiful people were celebrating. Everyone was there to support Cat Ommanney’s book “Inbox Full”.
The step and repeat was set up just to the right as you exited the elevators, Cat was immediately escorted over to the step and repeat and after several photos she began the endless interviews as her guests mingled, drank champaign and enjoyed the party.
Ebong made his way over to the bar to get Lynda some Champaign and while he was away, I was able to get a photo with Lynda. She had already done her duty at the step and repeat.
Lynda couldn’t have been more gracious, she is so petite but really a huge personality with a smile that shines from across the room. She talked with us for quite a while and when Ebong returned, she blazed up a dubie and we all got stoned. (Just Kidding!)
This is Ebong and I along with a new friend I met that night, Her name is Dr. Rosetta and she’s a New York plastic Surgeon with an impressive client list. I think she’d fly to Chicago and kick my butt if I listed her clients, but the list is long and impressive A-list celebrities.
A celebrity in her own right, Dr. Rosetta is the coolest, hippest doctor I’ve ever met. I was lucky enough to be able to speak with her extensively after the party and learned that she’s a closet Housewives fan. We laughed all night long! She’s a fascinating woman!
Before I left for New York, I sent a DM to Rich Amons hoping that he would be attending Cat’s party. I interviewed Rich for Reality Buzz and he was so open and fun to talk to. The show’s producer worked hard editing that interview because it actually went on for about 90-minutes and had to be cut down to 45-minutes. Rich is so easy to talk to and he even asked me a few questions. Unfortunately he said he was on baby-sitting duty but Mary would be there supporting Cat for the Amons clan.
I ran into Mary near the bar, she is really easy to spot as she’s really tall and could easily be a model Mary is stunningly beautiful and so sweet we talked about my interview with Rich, she laughed and asked if he behaved himself during the interview.
After spending a few minutes with Mary we met Cat’s father, a nicer man you will not meet. When I introduced myself as just “Lynn”, he asked if I was the “Lynn from Chicago” and he said that Cat had told him all about me. He thanked me for supporting his daughter and his British accent was adorable. He saw the camera in my hand and asked if I had gotten a photo taken with Cat yet, I told him I hadn’t yet so he offered his arm and escorted me over to his daughter and insisted we take a photo at the step and repeat.
This father daughter duo are madly in love and it is so adorable!
As we took the photos just a few yards away someone stepped off the elevator that created a ruckus at the entrance, lots of flashes from cameras and even a few “whoop whoops” were heard as the buzz at the elevator grow louder and begin coming right toward us. Andy Cohen was being escorted directly toward us to the step and repeat to have his photo taken. It was a bit surreal to be honest.
In a skin-tight black turtleneck and jeans, Andy is exactly as he appears on television. He arrived alone but didn’t stay that way for long. He was immediately surrounded with people wanting to greet him.
We all cleared off the step and repeat area so that Andy could take center stage and then the flashes really started popping.
The crowd really started to gather as Cat joined Andy for a photo, then all of the DC Housewives were rounded up to have photos taken together with Andy.
When Andy was finally released from the photo area, he walked right toward me and my friend and so we introduced ourselves. My friend told him that I was the “blogger” and Andy said, “You’re the one who writes the ‘I Hate Jill Zarin’ Blog.” I was fully prepared to defend myself but he then chuckled and I knew that I wasn’t going to have to defend anything. My friend assured Andy that I write about all of the Bravo shows and he said, “oh, I know”.
Smiling throughout our brief talk, without needing any prompting he brought up my email and the open letter.
He said, “I saw your email about the blogs, I answered you!” When I protested, he said, “Wasn’t there something too with a Cranky Old Housewife or something” I told him, “Yes, Real Old Housewife but as far as I know, she didn’t get an answer from you”. He insisted that he responded to us because he remembered something about including a “Cranky Old Housewife”.
I don’t know what he was talking about with the “cranky” thing but unfortunately before I could say another word, the Salon owner, Ted Gibson tapped Andy on the shoulder and asked him to meet some of his friends. Unfortunately that was the last chance I had to speak to Andy Cohen. I’m not finished with him just yet! lol
Cat was introduced by a friend and DC DJ who thanked everyone for coming, thanked Ted Gibson’s Salon and reminded everyone to support not only Cat and her book but the charities she supports, “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” and “Human Rights Campaign”.
Then he introduced Cat who also thanked us all for coming and told the lovely story of her father trying to get through immigration in New York after flying out of London using his photograph of himself with President Barak Obama. You may remember that Cat was banned from the White House Christmas Party and Cat’s father went in her place.
Cat personally thanked her cast mates, Lynda and Mary for supporting her and of course introduced Andy Cohen to the crowd. Cat said that she knew Andy wouldn’t be staying long as he had dinner plans but she appreciated him putting in an appearance. And then he was gone.
Cat also noted in her speech that Staci was supposed to be there, she apparently said she was coming but hadn’t made an appearance yet, Cat announced, “I am not a fan” after being stood up by Staci.
After Cat’s speech, I was able to get near Paul Wharton who had been surrounded by a crowd all evening. I can certainly see why all the DC Housewives love Paul to much, he is so kind and generous with his time. He was focused on whoever he was speaking with and while so many were vying for his time, he gave me his undivided attention as I talked to him about how great it was that he was featured on the show, and how lucky the ladies were to have such a great friend.
As the party started winding down and people began collecting their coats, Staci did make an appearance. With literally just a few minutes left of the party she arrived without her husband Jason and quickly greeted her cast mates and friends who were left at the party. As she came over to where Paul Wharton and I were talking, I introduced myself and asked her how Jason was, we took a photo together and she was off again.
It was difficult getting Staci to stand still for more than a few seconds, as Dr. Rosetta attempted to get a photo taken with Staci and Paul Wharton after I did Staci kept wandering off in every direction trying to say hello to people before they left the party. Staci wasn’t gracious to the fans at all, it seemed as though we were an annoyance and even Paul rolled his eyes a bit.
The salon owner, Ted Gibson was the best surprise of the night. This man walked up to every single guest at the party, introduced himself, thanked them for coming and made everyone feel so welcome. With a constant smile on his face, he never missed talking to everyone in the salon. A nicer man you won’t find anywhere!
I actually got a bigger surprise as I made my way through the crowd I felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned to find Alex McCord standing there next to her husband, Simon! I had heard that Alex would be there and I caught glimpses of her and Simon across the room but didn’t get a chance to speak to them as they were surrounded by people wanting to talk to them all night.
I didn’t take this photo (obviously) but this is Alex and Simon at the party.
Alex told me that filming was really exhausting, they started in September and they truly had only just finished filming a few weeks ago. Alex said she was surprised when Bravo announced that The Real Housewives of New York would begin to air in February as they hadn’t even completed the talking head interviews and she was equally surprised when they postponed the series debut. She explained that with so little time they wouldn’t be able to get proper previews prepared and time to view and blog on episodes as they were just airing too fast. She added that the whole cast was relieved at the delay in the air date.
Alex looked great, she was glowing as always and her black outfit with her blonde hair suited her so well.
I got a chance to talk to Simon as well, he said the kids are doing well and we talked a bit about blogging as that is an area where Simon is so very talented.
The book launch was so much fun! It was a great party and I was so lucky to meet some amazing people. Yes, they are cast members of a Bravo television show but they’re so much more than that! Cat couldn’t have been more gracious and kind. She supports all of us “Hobby Bloggers” and even as she hosted dozens of guests, she took the time to write this really sweet entry when I asked her to sign my copy of her book “Inbox Full”:
I highly recommend getting a copy of this book for yourself!
You can see all of the photos taken by professionals from the party here:
Check out this gallery: Cat Ommanney’s “Inbox Full” Book Launch Party on @photoshelter http://bit.ly/i1I4qO
More New York Trip Fun!
Standing out in front of the building, Bobby Zarin pulled up in his black SUV, parked illegally right in front of his store, pulled something out of the back of the SUV and took it inside the store. He was in the store for maybe 30 seconds, came back out, hopped back into his SUV and took off again. It all happened so fast I missed the chance to take a photo and admittedly too stunned to say hello, besides he looked like he was in a hurry!
I didn’t go inside of the store, the display in all of the windows are loaded with Jill Zarin’s pictures, Jill Zarin’s book and Jill Zarin’s “decorating tips” on faded cardboard signs.
All prior reports that I’ve read are correct, Zarin Fabrics is located in the middle of ChinaTown, certainly not the prettiest part of town, but in their defense, so are many, many other fabric stores. Apparently in New York same type stores are all lumped together making it much easier for a consumer to check many stores for what they’re looking for. It also benefits the consumer forcing these stores to compete in the pricing area. I saw similar set up’s in New York with lighting stores, and appliance stores. On the flip side, the competition must be really tough for the retailers.
This is Rockefeller Plaza, I’ve seen Andy Cohen film video blogs from his office and the view out his window is looking down onto this area. Although I visited this area between 5pm and 6pm, no sign of Andy leaving for the day.
This is the view from my amazing home away from home while in NY
This is the East River
Not too far from there was Jill Zarin’s building. I heard she was at a book signing in New Jersey while I visited:
This is St. Patrick’s Cathedral an amazingly beautiful and famous church in the heart of New York City.
I took this photo above. The photo below is the exterior of the church, I didn’t take this photo:
I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, having no idea where I was going just took the same stroll that Bethenny and Ramona took just last season on the Real Housewives of New York. They met Alex and Simon on the other side, I didn’t.
I highly recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge if you’re ever in New York. The views of the city and even the Statue of Liberty were breathtaking. I got very lucky as the weather was perfect, almost 60 degrees and everyone I met was really nice!
A blurry shot of Times Square
I visited some outstanding restaurants from Chinese to Brazilian, Italian and had a great Lobster Roll in a quaint little restaurant in the West Village. With so many different neighborhoods, all with a different “feel” to them, it is like visiting several cities in one trip. My first trip to New York and I can definitely say that I Love New York!
We have three new blogs today – Real Houswives of NY and Push Girls by BB (thank you BB – you’ve been such a rock for this group as they struggle to get through this) and Gallery Girls by LuLu (thank you LuLu for your first try at blogging – great job!)
Housewifeaddict (currently nomoredrama) – Lynn said she could never get used to the new name.
Real Housewives of NYC “All How You Spin It” by BB
We open at the end of last week’s party with Heather chastising Aviva about talking behind people’s backs (while Ramona is listening in behind Heather’s back). Ramona does another one of her hit and runs with Heather; you know, where Ramona screams something at her but doesn’t give her a chance to respond? This has become Ramona’s MO. Heather tells Mario his wife is crazy, which seems to upset Aviva more than Mario. Heather then backtracks and says Ramona is acting crazy. Aviva chastises Heather for telling Mario his wife is crazy and Heather chastises them all for talking about Jacques and Luann right after they left the party. Mario tries to calmly take up for Ramona but Heather is having none of it. Aviva tells Heather Mario is just taking up for his wife. She turns to Reid and says “You would take up for me, wouldn’t you?” He replies, “To a certain point.”
Heather tells Mario she is tired of Ramona starting things at parties and would be glad to talk to her in a more appropriate setting. She’s also tired of Sonja’s flip-flopping all the time. Mario asks Heather if he should call Ramona over to discuss the matter. Heather wants to, but Ramona and Sonja (giggling like little girls) refuse to come over. Ramona tells Mario not to fight her bottles, err battles for her.
Aviva then has to once again bring up the whole Ramona not being invited to London thing. Heather reminds Aviva that she didn’t invite her (Heather) to Miami. Aviva says that was different in that she only invited two people; she didn’t invite everybody except one person. Aviva has a point there. Heather just gets frustrated and leaves.
I give Heather props for at least wanting to get to the bottom of conflicts. She’s not afraid to talk it out and get down to the nitty gritty of an issue, even if I don’t always agree with her explanations for her side of the story.
I agree with Carole’s observation that Aviva overreacted and Ramona was acting like a crazy person. And can I just say that the bright red lipstick doesn’t look good on Aviva OR Heather.
I’m not going into a lot of detail about Sonja and Ramona’s visit to the plastic surgeon’s office to get some work done (not plastic surgery, heaven’s no!) for the upcoming trip to St. Barts. Is it St. Barts or St. Barths? Well, if you’re English-speaking, it’s St. Barts. If you’re French-speaking, it’s St. Barths. Sonja gets some injectable work done in the abdomen area and Ramona gets some buttock injections. You can tell Sonja has lost weight. The usual sexual innuendo ensues.
Aviva is holding a speed cycling event for her charity, One Step Ahead, which helps children get prosthetics. Luann shows up ready to cycle, an Aviva has to remind her it’s a charity event. Luann conveniently forgot it was for charity; probably so she didn’t have to make a donation. Carole (who hates to exercise) and Heather also show up. Heather is still a little peeved at Aviva, but would never not show up for such a good cause. Ramona and Sonja call in that day saying they can’t make it. Aviva is upset they aren’t coming, especially since she invited them to Miami. I guess Aviva keeps score on those kinds of things.
O.M.G. The spin class leader starts playing the Countess’s “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” I was hoping I would never have to hear that song again for the rest of my life. Carole has never heard it before and thinks it’s goofy. I think it’s horrifying. In her talking head, Aviva points out this is a charity, not selling pinot or a skin care product (take that Ramona!). She tells Carole Ramona gave the excuse of a doctor’s appointment and Sonja had to take her dog to the vet. Aviva thinks if there were drinking involved or getting their photographs taken, they would have been quicker to attend.
There is one awkward scene, I guess for the purpose of giving Ramona the Bravo bitch edit, where Ramona and her cute dog are taking a taxi ride. Ramona tells the taxi driver how to do his job. She asks him which route he’s taking and when he tells her, she wants him to take a different route. She also tells him she doesn’t like to be asked the address more than once and he should write it down so he doesn’t have to ask her again. She tells him he’s lucky she’s more relaxed than normal that day. Oh, Lord, talk about a control freak.
Aviva and Carole are window shopping and stop in at a jewelry store. While they are trying on jewelry, Aviva tells Carole how hard it would be for her to go to St. Barts because of her panic attacks. Carole tells Aviva she has had two panic attacks and one was in a small plane. She doesn’t like to ride in small planes because of what happened to her best friends (JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bissette). They sit and talk about St. Barts, and Aviva talks about how bad things can happen, like the freak accident when she lost her leg. Carole calls Aviva a catastrophist and tells her the odds of something happening to her on the trip are one in a trillion. Aviva’s not convinced.
Carole tells Aviva she’s afraid to introduce her boyfriend Russ to all the girls. She talks about Russ and their relationship and how he is perfect for her because of their long distances from each other and his unavailability. She’s afraid of getting too emotionally attached to anyone. Carole has commitment issues probably due to losing her husband so soon after they were married.
Luann and Ramona go bikini shopping. Luann won’t try on a bikini even though Ramona wants to see one on her. Luann tells Ramona shopping for bikinis is like masturbating, it should be done when you’re alone. Ramona tries on several bathing suits to get Luann’s opinion. They seem to be getting along better, even though I don’t think they will ever be good friends. I must admit Ramona has a pretty good body for her age.
They get on the subject of Aviva. Ramona has called Aviva to talk to her about the trip and tell her they understand her anxiety and will support her. Ramona wants to know how Aviva went to Vassar all by herself. She can’t seem to go anywhere without Reid, and Ramona doesn’t want to have to hold Aviva’s hand the whole time they’re in St. Barts. Ramona wants to party. Luann tells her they’ll take turns babysitting Aviva.
Aviva, Carole and Harrison go to A Step Ahead to present a little boy named Jake his first set of running legs. Aviva goes to the back and gets the legs. She comes to the front and presents them to Jake as a surprise. He’s so excited. He tries them on and starts trying to run with Aviva and the Step Ahead guy holding his hands. They go outside to try them out and he gets to the point where he can walk fast with them. Carole is so glad she was there to witness it. Maybe one day Jake will be in the Olympics.
Carole and Sonja are at Ramona’s lovely apartment. Aviva will be showing up later and Carole tells them both how Aviva was disappointed when they didn’t show up for her charity event. Sonja and Ramona tell Carole why they weren’t there. Carole thinks their excuses are a little lame. Carole tells Sonja it will be a mistake to go into detail about her dog with Aviva. Aviva shows up and they make a toast to new friends. Aviva seems to be in good mood, to Carole’s relief. They sit down to eat and Ramona gives Aviva a check for her charity. Sonja is a little put out because she can’t give her a check. Sonja has her own charities to support. Aviva starts to give them a lecture about not coming and they both start making excuses. Sonja starts talking about her dog and goes into detail about how old and sick she is and what Sonja is going through with her. Carole feels Aviva’s anger while Sonja is talking. Aviva tells Ramona she should have scheduled her doctor appointment for another day. Ramona agrees she could have. Aviva tells Sonja someone else could have taken her dog to the vet. Sonja gets upset and tells Aviva that every time she takes Milieu to the vet, she may have to put her down. They both tell Aviva they are sorry they didn’t make it to her charity. Aviva loses it and tells them it wasn’t about her or her charity, it was about THE CHILDREN WHO ARE MISSING LEGS!
Sonja also tells Aviva it wasn’t about her, it was about her dog Mileu. They keep arguing about how important pets are and how they are like children to some people. They all calm down somewhat and Aviva tells them the take away from all this is they now know how important Aviva’s charity is and next time they will make it to her events when she asks them. She says something about assholes and then makes a toast. It’s the first time Carole has ever raised her glass to assholes.
Next week begins the trip to St. Barts. I think it was Ramona who said Scary Island was nothing compared to this trip. I can’t imagine anything topping Scary Island. That was Kreepy.
Push Girls “In the Deep End” by BB
Mia is at the Y to have her last swimming practice before her competition. It’s been 17 years since she competed. Kenneth, her swim coach, is there to encourage her. He knows she has to get past the psychological block she has about competing against able-bodied competitors. Mia doesn’t feel she’s ready for the race.
Typhany feels the need to stay physically fit and attends a class that makes her feel not paralyzed. She had never been into fitness before her accident, but now she’s never felt better in her life.
Eric and Auti are attend a parenting even though they’re not pregnant. Auti needs to find out how she’s going to care for a child being in a wheelchair. They practice dressing the baby (with dolls of course). Eric seems more of a natural at it than Auti. He’s definitely ready for a baby, but Auti isn’t so sure.
Tiphany talks to Angela about doing a 5K race. She demonstrates her upper body strength and shows Angela how tough she’s become. Tiphany has been training very hard so she’ll be ready for it.
Mia’s mom has come into town to watch her compete. They have a complicated relationship. Her mom has never fully accepted her paralysis, but she’s gotten better about it. Mia realizes having her mom there is going to be much more stressful than she thought. It’s hard not to associate her paralysis with swimming, for both her and her mom.
Mia and her mom arrive at the hotel since the meet is over an hour away from her house. Her mom is surprised Mia has gotten back into swimming. Mia has only been training for a month. Her mom is afraid she might have a spasm during the swim. Mia is getting more and more nervous, especially when her mom keeps talking about it. Her mom tells her she doesn’t care if she wins the race, but she hopes she does. Her mom’s not really helping matters at this point.
Tiphany participates in the 5K race. Being in a wheelchair, she can’t just step over things in the road, like mud and rocks. Things get caught on her wheels and hurt her hands when she wheels herself. At the end of the race she sees people passing her while they are going uphill, but it just motivates her to keep going. She experiences a high when she crosses the finish line. Tiphany is excited about her future and getting back into fitness.
Eric and Auti have another discussion about having a baby. Eric doesn’t want to rush her into it. He went through the foster system and knows what it’s like so fostering would be an option for him. Auti thinks she would get too attached and not want to give up a foster child. Auti doesn’t feel like she’s ready to have a child right now, whether it’s through in vitro, adoption or fostering.
Mia gets up the morning of her meet and is very quiet. Her mom knows she’s nervous. They get to the outdoor pool 3 hours before race time. Mia gets very emotional when she sees all the able-bodied swimmers and realizes she will never be one of them. Her mom is doing her best to comfort and encourage her.
Eric and Auti continue discussing options for having a child. Eric thinks Auti is being self-centered about it. Auti tells Eric wanting to have a child for him is not self-centered. Eric tells Auti either she wants to have a child or not. Eric thinks Auti is more focused on her career and she agrees. Eric thinks talking about it is like beating a dead horse. He thinks they should table having a child right now and reassures Auti that he’s not going anywhere. I hope Auti realizes what she has in Eric.
Mia tells her coach she’s nervous but she needs to do this as a first step. She just wants to get through it. Auti, Tiphanny and Angela come to support Mia and are surprised she’s competing against able-bodied swimmers. Her mom just doesn’t want her to get hurt or injure herself further.
Of course Mia swims nowhere near as fast as the other swimmers. She’s really struggling and having a hard time getting through the race and her friends are shouting encouragement to her. She’s glad she did it, but it’s not the same as when she raced before. Her mom is sad she will never be at the level she was before, but she’s proud of her at the same time. Her friends see her cry for the very first time since they’ve met her. Mia has always hidden her feelings and this is kind of a breakthrough for her. She finally accepts the fact that she can’t do everything perfectly and things aren’t the same. Because it’s harder for her now, she feels like she’s accomplishing more by doing it.
Gallery Girls Episode 2 “What goes on.” by Lulu
I wrote this blog in the memory of Lynn. I hope I’m making her proud from above. I will never forget her kindness and incredible talent for writing.
Opening day at the End of Century gallery. The ladies were suppose to arrive at 8am however at 10 Claudia arrives to a complete mess (shocker!) Poor Claudia spends the next 2 hours cleaning and straightening. At 1245pm Chantal after doing yoga and having her French pressed coffee arrives with her boyfriend Spencer. Chantal immediately announces that she has to depart. After scheduling issues are discussed Chantal refuses to work more than she has too her and Spencer leave.
Next at Nespresso cafe in Soho Kerri meets with her boss. Out of all the ladies she is the only one that has a full time job. She works for a lifestyle management company that books dinner reservations and handles social life events for out of towners. Kerri was concerned that her internship would conflict with her job. Her boss still expects the same level of hard work and hours despite the internship. Once the meeting was done she was tasked to bring bagels to a jet that was about to depart. At the same time the art advisor Sharon calls to ask her to pick up artwork. Her days are spent running literally!
Now onto Maggie at Eli Klein studios. She is treated like a servant by the jerk Eli. The woman has an art degree and was tasked to clean out the dog water bowl set in front of the store. As well as rearranging doggie waste bags?!?! It’s no wonder why she had to take a break. She is only there for a reference from Eli but it’s been months. I have zero faith that Eli will either give her a job or provide a good referral.
The ladies all meet at Phillips auction. Which is a painfully boring scene unless you count an odd your shirt is on backwards directed at Claudia. We witness a painting being sold for 16k Oooo drama!
Back at End of Century gallery. A customer arrives to view the artwork. They are confused by the clothing/art/jewelry trying to determine what kind of gallery is it and purchase nothing. When their first bill arrives from the the electric company they are already panicked?!?! I have to wonder if they had a business plan? Savings? Anything? A solution was reached though Chantal the dedicated co-owner announces that she will work hard to bring in foot traffic. Need I say more???
Amy versus Kerri. Amy questions how Kerri got her internship. Since Kerry has no experience in the art industry. But Amy has 2 years of experience (unpaid internships only) and not to mention a degree in art. It will be interesting which one lands a paid job first.
In long island Kerri visits her family. Her father takes her to a bar to discuss finances. It was very sweet of him to be so concerned about his daughter. She does express that she is spending more than she is making due to new outfits related to the internship. Her father’s words of wisdom “When we are backed into a corner is when things happen.” Hopefully she can keep afloat.
In the final scene Eli takes Maggie to a bar after work. While a very clever Liz declines. Something has happened between Eli and Maggie. Which Liz has eluded to in her talking head. Eli is trying to get Maggie drunk. This won’t end well that’s for sure.
Special thanks to Lady C for keeping an eye on the moderated comments, and fishing posts out as they land there.
Happy Birthday Nohausfrau!