Mama Elsa Madonna’s Psychic? / Real Housewives of Miami – and blogs / Project Runway / Couples Therapy

Housewife News by NoMoreDrama

Was Elsa Patton from the Real Housewives of Miami Madonna’s psychic advisor for years? The producers from the Real Houses of Miami (the Purveyors of Pop have been confirmed as producers of the show by Lauren  Manzo) tweeted it as #thetruth, but when challenged backed off a little.  Let’s see how this story unfolds.

Fran Drescher (from The Nanny) filmed a book signing for a scene for the Real Housewives of New York that didn’t air.  Aviva Drescher (wife of Fran’s cousin) tells RumorFix that “Fran allowed the Bravo cameras to shoot us all at one of her book signings,” but it ended up on the editing room floor. The reason? “Maybe it didn’t have enough drama?”  She was a terrific sport. It was a fun and happy family scene.”  Aviva continues, “My relationship with Fran has always been great and still is.  She understands why I am doing this silly reality show and she respects and fully supports me.”

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Real Housewives of Miami by NoMoreDrama

Krissy wasn’t able to blog Miami this week – but will be finishing out the season for us.  NMD

This episode starts the day after Lisa’s party, with Lea Black setting up for the Black Gala. Lea has a friend – Norman Baker – who she calls a cosmic cheerleader.  She says her husband considers him a looneytoons (with the characteristic Lea laugh).  Norman’s job is to play the bowls and bless the room so that everything will sell well at Lea’s action.  Hey – if it works.

In sort of a confusing edit in two different locations, Marysol tells Elsa, and Adriana tells Alexia what happened the night before.  Adriana’s version is that she was trying to have a conversation with Karent when Joanna interrupted and started yelling.  As Adriana was walking away Joanna grabbed her shoulder and that’s when Adriana slapped her in self defense.  Marysol says sort of the same thing, but admits she went off to drink tequila and missed most of it.

In what must be later that day (what a busy day – I’ll bet some of the conversations were actually shot later), Lea brings Norman to her house to clear the negative energy and do psychic readings of the ladies before the gala.  Adriana bails at the last minute because she doesn’t want to see Joanna.  As they are getting ready for the guests to arrive, Lea’s housekeeper comes up to Lea and explains that their dog Leroy has been given too much medication and can’t hold his head up.  Lea is understandably upset because the little guy is also having trouble breathing, and she sends her husband to the vet with the poor little dog.  She then breaks down in tears worrying about Leroy just as Elsa and Marysol arrive.  Marysol interviews she’s never seen Lea so upset, and Elsa gives her a huge hug.

She seems to recover a little when the other guests arrive, and now it’s time for Norman’s reading. Lisa is first and asks when she and her husband will have a child.  Norman sees a little boy in her future.  Lisa asks if he sees more than one – but he’s firm on one. She’s firm that he’s incorrect – in a sweet way. Elsa whispers that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.  Joanna is up next.  He says Joanna and Romain have passion and are too much alike.  He says they shouldn’t get married if they can’t stop butting heads. Elsa is up next.  She does a reading on Norman.  Something about him having two mixed souls.  They then hug for what seems like ages, and Lisa interviews that this was the most action Mama Elsa has gotten in ages (but she says it in a cute way).  Marysol interviews that there is a big difference between what Elsa does and what Norman does, and that Norman is good for parties.  With that it’s over.  No readings for the rest of the room which included all the housewives except Karent and Adriana, in addition to Marta and Elaine.  Elaine and Mama Elsa keep their distance.

Later Lea takes Joanna aside and gets her version of the fight.  Joanna doesn’t seem to remember much except for Adriana being rude and calling her a wannabe.  She says the rest was a blur. She claims she never grabbed Adriana, and has never been in a physical fight before.  Lea says right to her face that their two stories are really different.  If I remember correctly, Lea was in a different room when it all happened.

Marysol and Ana have a heart to heart.  Neither lady is going to Lea’s Gala (Ana has another event and Marysol is still not over whatever happened the year before), so they meet for a drink.  Both ladies talk about how hard it is for them to end their marriages.  Ana has been separated for two years, but can’t seem to file the divorce papers even though she knows it’s over.  Marysol is clearly still in love with her husband, and doesn’t want to get divorced, but he seems to have moved on.  They both seem really sad.

Black’s Gala:  Finally they are at the Gala and it’s the first time Joanna and Adriana are in the same room since Lisa’s party.  Adriana has Fredriq on her arm, but Romain chose not to accompany Joanna.  We find out during the night that Romain hasn’t talked to Joanna since the night before and is still mad at her.  Adriana and Fredriq are at a table with Joe Francis and Elaine Lancaster.  Lisa and her husband are with Karent, and Joanna are at another table.  I’m not sure where Alexia is sitting.

Lisa greets Adriana, and immediately Adriana tells her side of the story.  Adriana claims she was the victim, and shows off her bruises and scratches.  She says she’s never had a physical fight with a girl before, and Fredriq says Joanna’s lucky she isn’t in jail.

Joanna and Alexia are chatting at a table without any extra chairs. Karent comes up from  behind and starts whispering in Joanna’s ear. Alexia bristles immediately, and says that Karent is always rude and she’s leaving.  Karent has clearly gotten under Alexia’s skin, and Joanna tries to make peace but Karent ends up leaving the table.

Now they are all back at their own tables.  As the auction is going on with Lea and Roy on stage bringing in big donations,  Adriana is saying bad things about Joanna and Joanna is saying bad things about Adriana.  Neither of them should be there IMHO because they are unpleasant to be around.  Joe Francis comes up and tries to apologize to Joanna, but that just makes her mad and she starts to rant.  She was actually doing okay until then.  Cut to Adriana who is calling Joanna all sorts of nasty names while the rest of her table kind of cringes.  Meanwhile Joanna is trying to text Romain but he doesn’t answer her, and she starts to get emotional.  Lisa tries her best to calm her down but Joanna starts crying and gets up to leave.

It looks like the rest of the party will be next week.

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Project Runway All Stars “Put on Your Dancing Shoes” by BB

The designers show up at the Nine West showroom where Carolyn tells them this challenge will be to select a 70s inspired shoe and design a disco look around it.  Anthony Ryan gets to choose the first shoe and then picks who goes next and so on.  This time Wendy isn’t picked last because she and Suede have become BFFs.  At least Wendy has a friend this time around.

The designers only have one day.  The prize is the winning design will be featured in the Nine West fall ad campaign.   The designers start sketching.  Uli grew up behind the Iron Curtain, so she doesn’t think her disco was quite like everyone else’s disco.  Then they are all off to mood.

The designers don’t have a lot of time.  As Anthony Ryan says, if you see a glue gun coming out, it’s OK.  Kayne is making a striped pallazo pant and realizes he doesn’t have enough fabric to line his stripes up perfectly.  He knows the judges have always been picky about lining up stripes so what’s he gonna do?

Two of the designers, Laura Kathleen and Joshua, make fun of Wendy’s outfit.  Laura Kathleen calls it a costume and Joshua says “Welcome to Thunderdome.”  Joanna checks on the designers.  Shane tells her he’s inspired by Donna Summer.  She tells him to make sure his stripes are lined up in the final design.  Joanna doesn’t think Laura Kathleen should be making a blazer.  This is a disco design, what’s with the blazer?  Joanna’s not sure Ivy is making a show stopper.  Andrae seems to be making the same design he made last time and Joanna has been to a lot of discos and has never worn anything like Andrae’s design.  She thinks Wendy’s looks like a Halloween costume.  She likes that Casanova wants his girl to be able to dance but still be comfortable.

The models show up for their fittings.  Each designer is saying what they don’t like about the other designers’ outfits once they see them on the models.  Time is up for the day and Shane calls them altogether for a surprise.  He has a disco ball and wants them to let off some steam with some disco dancing.  When they get back to the apartment, they get a letter from Carolyn.  She has sent them a video message from Karl Lagerfeld.  He really doesn’t say anything very profound, but the designers seem thrilled.

The next morning, Andrae is very worried about what his final design is even going to look like.  He’s second guessing his choice of organza material.  Wendy is feeling very confident, but Uli thinks her design looks cheap.  I have to agree with Uli.  Kayne is still scrambling to get done and he’s getting distracted by Emilio’s beautiful design.  Ivy gets help from Casanova putting embellishments on her dress.  Anthony Ryan says this is all stars and he won’t be sewing for anybody but himself.

It’s showtime.  I was definitely around during the disco era, so let’s see how many of this designs I think are really disco, or at least disco-inspired.  The judges tonight are Carolyn (with some side boob going on), Isaac, and Georgina along with guest judge Rafe Totengco, designer of Nine West handbags.

Emilio has made a long yellow-gold dress with a dark pink sash and neck straps. Impeccably made, but not something I remember seeing at a disco.  What can I say about Wendy’s outfit?  It’s black hooker pants with a black, red and white top with chain straps.  She’s also added a chain hanging from the pants and the models hair doesn’t look so put together either.  Anthony Ryan’s short strapless dress fits his model well, but there’s nothing disco about it to me.  Very simple.  Casanova’s bright pink dress has long sleeves and a plain front, but when his model turns around, the back looks great with a kind of fabric webbing look.

Suede’s design is an all gold top and long skirt ensemble.  Definitely a 70’s look.  Andrae’s model’s hair and make-up look straight from the 70’s and his skirt and top look OK if a little plain, but what is that purple gauzy jacket she’s wearing over it?  I really like Ivy’s dark green dress over shorts with the gold trim.  Now that looks 70’s to me.  Uli made a very pretty white short dress with lots of fringe and beads on it.  However, I’m not sure it evokes the 70’s or disco.  It looks good on her model though.  If it were in another challenge, I’d say it would definitely make the top three.  I really like Joshua’s aqua top and pants with the low cut back.  It think it’s a good modern take on the disco look.  I also liked Laura Kathleen’s silver and gold jumpsuit with the shiny jacket.  It was 70’s but modern.  Jumpsuits were the thing in the 70’s.  I’m not a fan of Althea’s burgundy dress.  That’s all I have to say about it.

Anthony Ryan, Emilio, Althea, Laura Kathleen, Joshua and Suede get to leave the runway.  There are six left, three with high scores and three with low scores.  Ivy is up first.  Georgina likes the way she cut off her pants underneath the dress.  Carolyn loves the deep green color.  Rafe thinks she’s a little too pulled together.  Wendy is next.  Carolyn is not crazy about it.  There’s too much going on for her.  Georgina likes the color and print of the top.  Rafe thinks it has everything but the kitchen sink.  Isaac thinks it looks a little too junior for him.  Carolyn is not crazy about the top of Kayne’s design and Isaac thinks it looks J-Lo instead of disco.  Georgina likes the colors.  Rafe loves Uli’s design and says he would take that model dancing anytime.  Georgina thinks she looks modern.  Casanova is next.  Carolyn loves the back of the dress.  Isaac thinks it’s a very sexy dress but not too dangerous for the dance floor.  Georgina loves the color and thinks it evokes the 70’s.  Once again, Andrae cannot explain his design very well.  The hair and make-up look great to Georgina.  The judges hate the coat Andrae had on his model, but like the rest of it.

The judges love Uli’s dress but is it really a 70’s dress?  They wonder if Ivy’s dress is disco enough.  They love Casanova’s dress except Georgina wasn’t wow’d by it.  They did not like Wendy’s chain, but Georgina liked her creavity.  They think Andrae’s design is random.  Georgina thinks Kayne worked hard on his design but there was no mystery to it.

Casanova is safe and gets to leave the runway.  Uli wins the challenge.  I don’t agree with the judges tonight.  Uli’s dress was pretty, but I don’t think it really evoked the 70’s or disco.  I would have picked Casanova, Ivy, Joshua or even Laura Kathleen over Uli for this challenge.  Ivy is safe and can leave the runway after she’s told she did a really good job.  Kayne is safe and leaves the runway.  That leaves Wendy and Andrae.  Andrae is safe and Wendy is out. In his private interview, Suede says “Suede’s heart’s broken,” because Wendy is going home.

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Couple’s Therapy Episode 6 by Mr and Mrs Lulu

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Dressing Courtney

This episode picks up where it left off last week the ultimatum. Dress respectful or leave!  Courtney is soo beside herself and insulted!  How dare Dr Jen make her change her wardrobe!   Doesn’t Dr Jen realize she’s saving the world!  Dr Jen then takes Courtney clothes shopping who surprise surprise hates everything. She finally dresses somewhat appropriate and asks Nik how she looks.  Nik wants nothing to do with her and blows her off.  It’s clear that Courtney is always seeking male attention.  Shayne voices that it still has yet to change Courtney’s behavior.  That sets off Doug in a woe is me and me is woe!  OMG the world is against us!  What did we do to deserve this!?!?!?!  Seriously  what on earth did they expect!  They NEED to GO AWAY!

Group Therapy

This weeks topic is childhood trauma and how it is effecting their current relationships.  Alex begins by talking about her childhood. Her father owned a oil rig and spent most of his days at the  trailer.  She had very fond memories of him till he was diagnosed with a mentally debilitating disease.  Too be honest I have no idea of the name of it.  She says it “maldivers?” SP!  He became very angry and lashed out at Alex.  Then one day while Alex’s mother was on the phone with him he became incoherent, prompting them to rush to his trailer.  Once outside the trailer Alex’s mother hesitated so Alex opened the door.  Only to discover her father collapsed on the floor.  Dr Jen tells her that she shouldn’t have been the one to discover her father in that state.  Next is Tiny who tell a very heartbreaking story about a horrendous molestation she suffered at the hands of a family member.  She continues to say just how much has impacted her marriage.  This prompts Shayne to somewhat of a breakthrough.  She thinks of her daughter and tears up can’t imagine that would happen.  Lastly Courtney is asked about her childhood.  She proudly proclaims nothing but roses and sunshine!  Alex quickly points out how everyone is suffering but her.  She has a facade that she refuses to let down.  Personally I think she has to be related to Kelly. Both are locked in their universe of perfectness and everyone  else is flawed!  After Shayne points out that Courtney is being fake.  Doug is quick to throw the “victim card”  They’re being picked on again!!  This has the be the seriously most annoying delusional couple I have ever seen!

Alex and Simon

Dr Jen asks Alex about the door moment.  She says it symbolize her need for control.  She feels that her mother should have been the one to open that door.  Because it set Alex up for a lifetime of control issues.  Alex goes on to talk about her issues with her mother.  Also just how much watching RHNY has hurt her mother.

Dourtney

Courtney surprise surprise refuses to abide by the rules.  She dons her hookerware and proclaims to be the 21st century Erin Brockovich!?! Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t Erin of the 21st century!!!!  What a moron!  Ms delusional goes on to profess she the poster child of “antibullying!”  She is saving lives!!!!  Just then Nik stops in the room and sees Courtney’s violation.  He just voices that she’s breaking the dress code.  Courtney could care less after all she the 21st century Erin Brockovich!  Dr Jen is told by staff of  what Courtney is wearing.  She quickly confronts them.  Courtney with her usual B.S is a brick wall.  During this time Nik asks Alex if that was her daughter what would she do.  Alex says she would give her a time out!!  That is completely age appropriate for Courtney!  The next scene Alex gathers a wad of money and then shoves it in Courtney’s nonexistent skirt.While saying “this is how the house feels about you.”  So Dr Jen kicks them out!!  But don’t get too excited she invites them back the next episode!!!  What the heck is wrong with Dr Jen!!! I get they need therapy but NOT group!  I’m surprised that no other couple left!  I would have!  It’s going to be a long long remaining who knows how many episodes.

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The Trials of Dourtney,

Courtney is narcissistic, I don’t think there is much doubt about it at this point. Doug, he is just a means to an end for her, but is by no means a victim either. I honestly do not understand why Dr Jenn is bothering with either one, or allowing them to stay and continue impacting everyone else progress. It is like she is trying to run a rehab, but allowing patients to stay there that are still using.

The entire segment of Dr Jenn taking Courtney shopping was painful to watch. More so because you were watching Dr Jenn as a dedicated, and compassionate, professional trying to reach Courtney, and her not seeing that Courtney isn’t closed off, or unable to cope with things, but is a narcissist. It is like watching a world class dolphin trainer trying to get a shark to be more people friendly.

Group Therapy… Derailed by You Know Who…

Hearing these really brave woman discuss these events that have had such an effect on them was very moving but hard at times to watch and listen to. Both Alex and Tiny’s stories were without a doubt the most empathetic moments I have ever had watching reality television. And listening to Shayne’s reaction, from the impact Tiny’s story had on her, was also equally moving…. And then?

Courtney is the Jar Jar Binks of Couple’s Therapy. Just like that stupid character pretty much ruined any chance of Star Wars Episode I being watchable, Courtney pops up in every place on this show where a person can make a human connection and inflicts herself on it, cheapening it, and severing any in the moment connection you have to the other people you see there that genuinely want to work on their relationship and get help. I’m not going to even go into what she said, other than it being the usual narcissist behavior, ‘I’m great, your all crap, Ha Ha Ha Ha, Dourtney rules.’ And ‘Me Too’ which is what Doug has become to Dourtney, as he pretty much is more blind follower, that mindlessly rambles off rhetoric to support whatever sophistry his wife comes up with next.

Alex and Simon,

Really wanted to pay attention and watch this. Sadly, since the show was on earlier my two year old son was still up, and decided he needed Daddy’s undivided attention. Between tiny hands swatting at my face, crying, a dog running for its life, and much appreciated hugs around my neck, I think I missed a lot of the more substantive parts in the segment.

I understood Dr Jenn’s wanting to get Alex and her mother together in therapy. But at the same time, and maybe this is the Irish Catholic son in me, who is the last person a sane human being wants to be in therapy with?

All Roads Lead to Dourtney…Again,

She is totally Erin Brockovich, if Erin Brokovich was a narcissist late teen with no personality or talents and didn’t care about anyone else but herself….

I was there with the rest of the house, especially Shayne, as they watched them leaving. It felt like there finally would be some progress, and more of what makes the show worth watching. And than, the previews for next week came on…. Damn you Couple’s Therapy producers, damn you straight to hell. At least Lucas learned his lesson and cut significantly Jar Jar from the sequels. You brought her back, along with Dr Jenn’s somewhat unlikely explanation (← I say the producers made her.)… Why? Why would you do that? I’ll go out, I’ll buy your advertiser’s products. Please, just please, let Dourtney die all ready, they are killing the rest of the show, they are like a big fungal growth right on a beautiful face’s nose tip.

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Miami Cast Blogs (from Sunday’s Episode) Blogged by IDon’tBelieveinUnicorns who is Still without Power

Joanna Krupa

Joanna took a page out of Caroline Manzo’s book and is using the hurricane as a way to avoid blogging about her horrible behavior.  She literally says nothing about the episode in her blog.  She is no longer a mere passenger but is now driving that crazy train full speed ahead.  I respect her passion for the love of animals but her behavior is doing nothing to help the cause.  No longer much of a fan… what a difference one episode can make.

Karent Sierra

Karent is stranded in NYC with Joanna but was able to eke out a paragraph or two about the episode.

Now you all had the opportunity to see the second part of Lisa’s lingerie party. Joanna had received a text that Joe Francis was coming to the party while Lisa, Joanna, and I were upstairs in her bedroom getting ready before the party started. She explained how he would spread lies about supposedly sleeping with her many years ago every time that he would see her at a party. Before you see me asking him directly if he had slept with her, I had already heard him spreading those rumors to someone at the party, I wasn’t sure if I heard correctly, and I would hate to accuse someone of saying something if I wasn’t completely sure. I had already gone up to Joanna once and mentioned that I wasn’t positive, but that I was pretty sure that I heard him saying just exactly the same lies that she had mentioned to me before about sleeping with him. I just wanted to make her aware, since she is my friend, but made sure to tell her I wasn’t 100% positive. No more than 10 minutes had passed when once again he is bragging about supposedly sleeping with both Krupa sisters. That is when I knew that my ADD hadn’t kicked in, LOL. I could not allow him to continue with those lies about someone I care about. So, then you see me asking him once again to be triple sure of what I heard. Joanna appreciated the fact that I came up to her right away to tell her, the same way I would’ve appreciated someone telling me.

Karent must be a contortionist the way she is twisting what happened.  Sounds like a bunch of hooey to me.  I understand there is editing involved so we don’t see everything but Karen specifically ASKED Joe Francis if he had slept with the sisters.  What we did see just does not jive with Karent’s account.

Adriana once again decides to pull out an article that some reporter had written about me when I met her at a party. I never consented to an interview, nor did I know she was a reporter. The only thing truthful in that article was that I said, when questioned about the other women, “I would kill them with kindness.” Joanna and I have become very close, and we have shared conversations that we would always “have each other’s backs.” That is the reason she walked over to see what was going on once she heard Adriana screaming at me. Adriana immediately started screaming at Joanna telling her to leave. Why is it OK for Alexia to walk in uninvited into a conversation between Adriana and me, but then she immediately starts yelling at Joanna to leave? Seems like she carries double standards at her convenience.

Alexia was clearly trying to calm the situation where as Joanna came in on the attack.  I don’t know what was said during the non-interview, but Karent has already lost credibility in my eyes so…

Lisa Hochstein

We discover early on that Marta did indeed sleep with Joe, which adds fuel to Joanna fire. The whole situation put her in a defensive, confrontational mood. I am relieved Marta helped stop her from confronting Marysol to avoid another unnecessary fight in my home.

Joanna always seems to be in a confrontational mood.  What added fuel to the fire was the alcohol.  Clearly, Joanna shouldn’t drink since she can’t control herself.  Of course it does make for a perfect Real Housewife.

Justifiably I became very frustrated and exploded at my guests for their behavior and lack of restraint. This side rarely surfaces unless something really matters to me. Disappointment is an understatement of how I felt. In all the years of having parties at my home, there has never been such chaos. Most people who are invited guests at my home understand the correct way to conduct themselves and are simply there to have a good time, not to stir the pot or make it about them.

Welcome to the Real Housewives.  You really didn’t expect anything different, did you?

I thought the best way to get past this was to invite the girls into the kitchen away from the madness to have a drink together. Apparently this was not a wise decision. Adriana and Joanna seemed to have disregarded my wishes completely. Adriana decided that she would confront Karent about the Botox for brains news article and Joanna decided to come to Karent’s rescue. Although this conversation should have been had at another time, it should have been between Karent and Adriana. Things were said that clearly touched nerves and escalated this argument quickly. Joanna should not have chased Adriana as she tried to walk away. And Adriana should have used more self-control and not smacked her. There is never an excuse for physical violence. I really did not see who assaulted whom first. It is possible that Joanna grabbed Adriana from behind. Either way, it was wrong and I was unhappy with both of them. Confrontations mixed with alcohol make for very bad hangover.

Bringing all of the housewives together for a drink is usually not the best idea.  All of the women in one place fighting for airtime!  YIKES!  If Joanna hadn’t inserted herself into Adriana’s confrontation of Karent, we would have been left with Adriana waving the copy of the article in Karent’s face until she finally walked away out of sheer frustration of Karent standing there smiling at her.

After voicing my issues with Lea and my feelings towards her, I felt we began to understand and have a newfound respect for one another.

Lea can be annoying but is usually level headed and Lisa is surprisingly becoming one of my favorites.

Adriana DeMoura

Joanna had decided earlier that night that she was going to fight with somebody and she clearly stated that to her sister: “I’m going to kick someone’s ass tonight.” Marta pleaded with her to not start another fight, but she was angry and wanted to take it out on somebody, and I was the victim of choice for that night! I was alone and she felt she could bully me,First she insulted me, making fun of what I was wearing and said I was “wearing a turd on my head.” Like that wasn’t enough, she even dissed Elsa, who wasn’t even there, by saying: Elsa is a f—— devil, bitch, burn in hell!” I was appalled to see how low she could go, even attacking an older lady, who wasn’t even present. At her age she deserves some respect!

I didn’t record this episode so I’m not sure if it showed Joanna saying she was going to “kick someone’s ass tonight” and/or exactly what was said but Joanna seems to be a very angry person.  Dissing Elsa will do nothing for her fan base and will certainly not be well received by her boss, Andy Cohen.

Later she saw the opportunity to gang up on me while I was trying to clear the air with Karent in private. I found myself being cornered by her and her fiancé, who later tried to stop her from going crazy, but she pushed herself past him and went on to curse me out, putting her finger all over my face, told my I was a “nobody,” and called me a f—— whore! After all these insults and confrontation, I still manage to disengage and was trying to leave the party when she chased me down the hallway, shouting more insults and trying to stop me. I continue to walk away from her, but when I felt the PAIN of her fingernails in my flesh, my instincts kicked in and I reacted in self-defense.

Somewhere I saw this scene on the web and watched it over and over and just can’t tell if Joanna grabbed at Adriana while she was walking away.  While I don’t condone violence, if this is true I can better understand Adriana’s reaction which was a slap, not a punch.  On top of that, it was none of Joanna’s business in the first place.  She just made things much worse.

Marsol Patton

Poor Lisa! I know Lisa worked very hard to put together the perfect fundraiser, and it was such a shame that such a beautiful intention was destroyed by so much havoc and chaos. In hindsight, I wish I had rented a helicopter with mom and dumped sacks of rice and holy water over the house to spook that Joo Joo that was looming over the party.

The “Joo Joo” wasn’t the problem… it was the Bravo cameras.

Then there is the fight, which was ONE of the most frightening things I have ever seen in my life; everyone was really shaken up. It was a dreadful situation for everyone (those directly involved and the onlookers). I hope I never have to witness anything like that again. But there is a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel and that is that Lisa raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a cause that is very close to my heart.

Frightening?  Eh, we veteran Real Housewives viewers are used to it.  Actually, we’ve come to expect it.  So if RHoM continues and so do you, buckle up buttercup.

Ana Quincoces

In this corner: a feather sporting Marysol being forewarned that she was inappropriately dressed. In another corner: Joe what’s his face boasting about his sexual escapades with the Krupa sisters. In a third corner: Elaine as James resolving an argument by pushing someone into the pool and damaging thousands of dollars’ worth of DJ equipment in the process. In yet another corner: Adriana and Karent discuss the finer points of journalistic integrity and the now infamous newspaper article where we were collectively called “classless fame addicts with Botox for brains.” (I think, but don’t quote me please). By the way, quotes — air or otherwise — have caused quite a bit of controversy so far, no?

The last corner had the most activity, which just mushroomed into many mini and not so mini arguments and then spontaneously combusted into that fateful hallway scene. Punches, slaps, embedded nails, a broom stick, “Meees Lisa’s” best friend-for-hire offering comfort, and several unsuspecting reality TV cameramen, grips, audio guys, and producers who couldn’t believe their luck, I mean, eyes. And I had only been there 20 minutes!

20 Minutes?  All this happened in 20 minutes?  Amazing how Bravo got two one-hour episodes out of it.

Karent really really wants to be liked, which causes her to behave in an overcompensating manner. Is that a heinous crime? No. But it does create a ripple effect, which has caused quite a bit of damage — damage mind you, that I do not believe she intended or expected. But are we to ignore that so many of the evening’s “run ins” were somehow triggered or somewhat influenced by her behavior? Even the most fervent supporter would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to deny that.

I’d hate to see what she’d do if she wasn’t trying to be liked.

So what have we learned boys and girls? Only that there are two sides to every story and that the truth lies somewhere in the middle. That we will never know the whole truth by watching bits and pieces of literally hours of footage (until the reunion). And that no singular cast member will appeal to all people at all times.

Okay, so was this hours and hours of footage or just 20 minutes?  Seriously, I understand what Ana is saying and it’s nothing we don’t know already.  It’s one of the Real Housewives favorite references along with blaming editing.  Miami wives may have gotten off easy at last year’s “reunion” that was actually a one hour live show… I would imagine that this year Andy will have a full blown Real Housewives’ reunion.   Ana obviously has no idea what’s she’s in for.

Lea Black

I find that when it comes to people, I either like them more the more I get to know them or less the more I get to know them. I have found this to be very true on this Housewife journey. I think as it plays out over the next few episodes, you will be surprised to see how all the relationships play out.

And you don’t deal with stupid.  There’s a clue for us.

Tonight’s episode exceeded any craziness even I could have imagined at a South Beach party, and I’ve been to a lot of Miami parties throughout the years. Keep watching, as it only gets more intense from here. We are at a time in the season where people have formed opinions and alignments, and we have passed the “nice to meet you, let’s be socially correct” phase of our time together.

That “nice to meet you, let’s be socially correct” part must have been edited out.

To sum this week’s episode up:

Lisa – a party’s success is determined by if it’s memorable!

Adriana – the Sharon Stone moment of uncrossing her legs has been replaced by the “bitch slap heard around the Housewife world.” (A quote from POP)

Joanna – don’t expect her to turn the other cheek.

Karent – she may be polarizing, but seems to do it with grace, style, and a Colgate smile.

Romain – always the gentleman.

Lenny – always have your parties on Saturday so you can confirm everything is done on Saturday morning instead of after work on Friday. It will be less stressful! And thanks for moving it to Friday to accommodate the Blacks Annual Gala.

Alexia – you didn’t miss a thing. Ha.

Marta – the truth sets you free, ha ha!

Joe – it’s never a dull moment — and he does have a heart of gold.

James – good looking man, pretty lady, thanks, Lisa, for inviting him. What would a party be like without a pool splash?

Lea makes it clear that she didn’t bring the crazy James, Lisa invited him, the guy who essentially shut the music down and just about ruined the party.  That just emphasizes that Joe was NOT actually invited.  I wouldn’t call him crazy though… more like sleazy.  I think I’d rather deal with stupid.

Hope everybody effected by Sandy is okay.  We lost power on Monday night until yesterday but our internet server still wasn’t up and running.  We had a small generator that we shifted from our tv/DVR and police monitor to our fridge every few hours.  I really missed our bigger generator but we made it through only losing one large pine in the yard.  Most of the town still doesn’t have power however so there’s no place for groceries or gas.  Seeing pictures of the devastation that others are dealing with is horrible and makes me realize how lucky we are.  Seeing the Jersey shore forever changed saddens me immensely.  For the second year in a row, Halloween has been postponed until Monday, Nov. 5th.

Again, I am praying everyone of Lynn’s Family is safe and sound.  Hopefully I can catch up on some of the blogs and comments soon.  I’m praying for those dealing with difficulties far worse than mine.

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Friday Night Lineup by BB

8PM EST – Hurricane Sandy, Coming Together (NBC); Undercover Boss (CBS); America’s Next Top Model (CW); Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (ABC); Kitchen Nightmares (Fox); Gold Rush (Discovery); Monsters Inside Me (ANPL); Family Guns (NatGeo)

9PM EST – CSI New York (CBS); Nikita (CW); Grimm (NBC); Shark Tank (ABC); Fringe (Fox); Home Strange Home (HGTV); Say Yes to the Dress Bridesmaids (TLC); Gold Rush (Discovery); Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (CMT); Ghost Adventures (TRVL); My Ghost Story, Caught on Camera (Biography)

10PM EST – Blue Bloods (CBS); 20/20 (ABC); HHI (HGTV 10:30); Brides of Beverly Hills (TLC); Jungle Gold (Discovery); Dead Files (TRVL); Mystery Diners/Health Inspectors (Food); Deadly Women (ID); Cursed (Biography); Man Caves (DIY)

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Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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274 Responses to Mama Elsa Madonna’s Psychic? / Real Housewives of Miami – and blogs / Project Runway / Couples Therapy

  1. Powell says:

    Good morning. Have a good day.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Sorry if this gets posted twice, but you have to see how Jacqueline has been busy – tweeting up a storm of her own:

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    I’ve been trying2teach Nick sign language.He also watches videos on top of that,but he’s still not picking it up except 4 “please”.Any tips?

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    My husband Chris is @chris_laurita You should follow him.:0)

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    So glad I got my hubby into tweeting.We both enjoy it together.We also surf the internet.It’s entertaining…among other things.;0)

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Its amazing how I can walk&chew gum at the same time.I can also cook,swallow food,go2thebathroom,clean,chase my son&tweet during family time

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    I’m really enjoying the family time right now. They always make me smile.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    SEE…..not just giving out Blk. CJ helped deliver with ALL kinds of supplies today with the boys. http://moby.to/trair2 via @chris_laurita

    Rebecca ‏@mom2abby08
    @JacLaurita @sally729 incorrect spelling. It’s http://m.fema.gov/
    Retweeted by Jacqueline Laurita
    View conversation

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    “@sally729 @JacLaurita 4pple who lost everything go online&apply 4 FIMA, a govt assist that helps ppl who lost homes bc of natural disaster

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Proud of CJ, @chris_laurita @AlbieManzo @chris_manzo@Joe_Geee for Heading2Hoboken in Blk van w/water,food,supplies&22 coats2help out!XOXO

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Its stressful rt now but things will get better.Bond w/family&neighbors.Help others.It’ll make u feel good.Good things will come

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Im trying2find positives in negative situation.Bare w/me.Wash ur important parts,4get rest,natural oils&rest from heatstyling r good4ur hair

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Yay! I hadn’t heard that. “@bubblishass: @JacLaurita the mayor said Halloween is going to be Monday November 5th for Jersey!!”

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Those stuck w/out power,y not stay strong&warm by doing a workout. Crunches,push-ups,dips,lunges, squats,toe raisers,jump,stretch!

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    I took the warning 2prepare 4the storm &stocked up on GF/CF/SF food 4Nick bc I knew he’d b hard2feed.We can eat whatever but he can’t.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    I keep worrying if people have enough to eat or enough water.Stresses me out.I know it’s hard rt now.Get w/ur neighbors.Combine what u have

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    We have a generator 4 our most used rooms.Kitchen,playroom,bathroom Bedroom @lisaybrice @JacLauritahow r the kids fairing with no power?

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Trying setting up a camp in one of your rooms. Use flashlights, get ur blankets & pillows. Play old school games! Enjoy family time.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Trick-or-treating has been cancelled tonight. Hide candy around the house for your kids to find.Dress up anyway.Take pictures.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Power around here may be out for 7-10 days still! I hope everyone is keeping warm&safe!Great family bonding time.Get creative2keep busy!XO!

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Some of Nick’s snacks (minus his gluten-free chips) he enjoys in here…(looks like he got into the cookies) pic.twitter.com/sTo6dRMM

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    And I like my cereal in containers in the pantry like this…pic.twitter.com/W69jER1b

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    I have an obsession w/plastic paper covers & laminating things. I also like all my labels facing forward.I alphabetize things too. Lol!

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    “@ashleeholmes wrote a letter to the tooth fairy when she was little asking her to please not take her tooth but just leave her some money.

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    My husband @chris_laurita said he just tweeted about my obsession with laminating things.Today it’s Ashlee’s childhood art work & notes 2 me

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Here he is embarrassed that I’m taking pictures…pic.twitter.com/5YaSK4P9

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    Here he is again pic.twitter.com/mwxbg9tX

    Jacqueline Laurita ‏@JacLaurita
    CJ was Waldo pic.twitter.com/6K1qWwRH

    • Rebecca says:

      So let’s recap:

      – She’s taking it upon herself to teach her son sign language instead of letting a real teach er do it.

      – She publicly embarrassed her two older children.

      – Who hasn’t heard of FEMA for goodness sake? (no that isn’t me correcting her.) If you’re going to take it upon yourself to spread information, make sure its the correct information. If you’re not going to take the time to verify, then just DON’T.

      – The GOVERNOR moved trick or treating to Monday. Geesh!

      – Using a good act of donating helpful supplies to promote BLK? Wow.

      – If you have no power – exercise you lazy bums!

      – Wash your important parts? Are you effing serious????

      – Wasting “family time” tweeting.

      Clueless – the woman is completely clueless. 100% clueless.

      • vilzvet says:

        She is such a moron.

      • dch60 says:

        Interesting that they picked Hoboken to donate. It’s nice I suppose that they’re helping but who the heck would want BLK water when I’m sure they’re desperate for clean, refreshing drinking water? Just drink the water from the street. Gag.

    • Vegas Chick says:

      I saw that too and couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jacqueline. Her OCD has collided with her ADD, and she’s probably clinically depressed. Of course, the meds aren’t working because she drinks so much.

    • ATLnNYC09 says:

      Hey Rebecca, How long did this tweet fest go on for?

    • kit9 says:

      She’s clueless yet you’re obsessively following her every tweet, then running to report on her tweets and dissect each one of them . I can’t stand Teresa the Vile so I’d rather stab myself in the eye then follow her Twitter feed. Much less obsess over it.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        She’s like a train wreck. Hard to not watch it. Hard not to make a comment about it. It is she, after all, who puts herself out there. That’s the whole point of tweeting, to have people read your tweets, comment on them, react to them. We can either discuss it or pretend it’s not happening and then berate others for seeing and commenting on what she’s doing so publicly FOR ALL TO SEE, FOR ALL TO COMMENT UPON. Please don’t stab yourself in the eye, your hate for Teresa isn’t worth that type of a violent act.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Thanks for posting this, Rebecca! Since I do not tweet, I like knowing what’s out there in twitterland. I might not be interested enough to look up her timeline myself, but it is interesting when I see it here. She wants people to see this so I find nothing wrong with you posting it here.

  3. LA_Debra says:

    That is a great recap of RHOM, thank you! And nice to hear you have your power back, and your loved ones safe.

  4. PJ says:

    Alex said her father started to get Alzheimer’s.

  5. melthehound says:

    Happy Birthday Scorpiosue 🙂

  6. Good Morning! Sending warm thoughts to all east coasters, and hopes that things will get steadily better.

    BB – great Project Runway recap! I grew up in the disco era…and went disco dancing every weekend in Hollywood…..and I had to chuckle watching them dance last night. The only disco going on was from the ball hanging from the ceiling! 😛

    I also agree that most of the outfits did not reflect the 70’s or disco at all, and also agree Uli’s dress was great, but not a winner. I am not sure WHO should have won that one as I would not have worn any of them in the disco days. Wendy did deserve to go for her awful pants and top. Eeek!

    Getting ready to watch the ever awesome Aerosmith on the Today show in a few minutes! 50 years and counting these guys have been making their classic rock music. Love these guys!! Grew up with them and still listening. Yup…I am a rock and roll girl from way back. “Walk this way….”

    New post & stuff is up. have a great day! Hugs!!
    http://fromthedeskofmardrag.wordpress.com/

    • Boobah says:

      Hi Mardrag, I posted a msg to you on your blog about your daughter’s creative Halloween cookies. I don’t think it posted. Probably because I am doing everything from my cell and I am getting spotty service. I just wanted to mention how impressive they were. She is very talented. Those cookies were awesome! I bet they taste even better than they look. I love creative desserts and try to bake but I just don’t have the talent. I would love to see more of her work. If by chance she does Christmas cookies please post more pics!

      • You are so sweet Boobah! Thanks for your kind words. Of course I think she is talented but it is nice to hear others do too. She has a chocolate cake recipe that is awesome to taste! And she will definitely be making things for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I will post pics! And I will pass on your message to her. Thanks again hon….and sending you warm hugs for your Friday!

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi Mardrag, I recorded the Today show and I’m looking forward to seeing them, an all time favorite, actually “Walk this way…” was my introduction to rock and roll!!!

  7. lovemamaearth says:

    Hey Lulu and DH thanks for the recap of CT. Cute picturing the baby face slappings for daddy’s attention. I was glad Nick and Simon could discuss the women’s stories afterwards and that they were disgusted by baby wife. Baby wife sounds a lot like Kelly in her golden unicorns and lollipop comments. I was so glad Dourtney left and wish that they weren’t coming back.

    I hope you’re all doing well. Lisa Renee I heard you lost your home and I’m so sorry.

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi lovemama, I posted about this in more detail under Shamrockblonde, but just to clarify Lisa Renee did lose a home, but it was to hurricane Opal.

      • lovemamaearth says:

        Thanks for the clarification.

        Trudie I agree DH wouldn’t blog with me about CT. Kudos to Lulu and DH for united efforts. At best they learn together from the therapy experiences or they could disagree and cause discord. Seemingly it’s worked for the positive making it enjoyable for us. 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      LME thank you.

      I’m so sorry to hear about Lisa Renee lost her home.

      • trudie says:

        I love the blog by you and your husband. I give him a lot of credit. There is no way my husband would watch the show let alone blog about it! You have a gem.

  8. Kansas Girl says:

    Our missing list is dwindling, but not to nothing yet. I was glad to see Vilzvet back and I Don’t Believe in Unicorns blogging. Still not checked in yet:
    lori
    NJBev
    NorthEast Lurker
    Maryla
    NorthEasternGirl
    Bluesky1forever
    Just Wondering in Jersey & the tree

    • Boobah says:

      Hi KG. It’s good to see the list get smaller and smaller. I haven’t hear from your “SIL” yet. Lol! (Love that). I’m eager to see all the names off the list.

      My thoughts and prayers continue to go to all impacted by Sandy.

      • TexasTart says:

        Hi Boobah, as I recall you are part of those impacted and I hope things are not too uncomfortable and you will get power restored soon! Take care!

        • Boobah says:

          Thank you TT! I just came home last night only to turn around and go back to my parents (they got their power back. WooHoo). It’s getting cold here. Temp’s will drop to mid 40’s then high 30’s starting tonight and for the next few days according to weather reports. Too cold for my blood! Hubby will come with me this time!
          I’ll tell you what though…the gas situation is not looking good. People are fighting over it and the lines of cars are incredible.
          The power company is saying maybe another week before we get power. I have a feeling it will be sooner. Positive thinking!

          • TexasTart says:

            Glad you have an alternative place to go when it’s so cold at night. Have been seeing these incredible lines for gas on the news and honestly, I can’t figure how you don’t run out of gas waiting in line! I’m sure many do. And of course others of you from the east coast here on this blog have logged great concern about the same.
            Positive thinking is good ‘fuel’ for the brain in any situation! 🙂

          • Kansas Girl says:

            And now they’re saying a Norwegian will come through the area next weekend. Talk about hitting while you’re down!

            You can always come to Kansas. I can find room! There’s water, hot showers, plenty of laundry soap, and gas is about $3.26 right now.

            • Boobah says:

              I am seriously considering your offer! Sounds like a vacation! I’ve never been to Kansas…would love to see the sights. Lol.

              I pray the weather settles down. No one needs another storm of any size right now.

              • Kansas Girl says:

                You come right on, any time! It’s like a garden oasis here. Well, ok, not really. But it’s not a bad place to live as long as we ignore politics. There’s lots to see and do here. And it’s NOT FLAT like people think.

                We’re expecting a big snow storm about the time your nor’easter hits. So get a move on!

                • Boobah says:

                  You’re the best! Packing bags now…bringing my snowsuit and boots. I will take the snow over this any day! Wait a minute….snow in Kansas?? Whaaattt?

                  Someone tell me when they spot the locusts so I can go to confession.

          • dch60 says:

            Luckily we have a propane heater which doesn’t need electricity to operate and our wood stove which is what we use in winter anyway. We have propane baseboard heating but we found out it costs a fortune when we used it when first moved in. We went through $1000 worth in three weeks. We had the system checked because we thought for sure there was a leak somewhere but everything was fine if you want to call it that. I almost feel guilty for having heat and electricity.

            One thing I did to keep food colder in freezer and fridge is I filled tons of plastic bags with water and froze them. I kept them in my freezer and my fridge and it really helped things keep cold. Then as they melted, you would have extra water. We had a small generator but we had just gotten it so we didn’t know what it could handle. Luckily it worked if we used it exclusively for the fridge so we kept swapping it out between our fridge and our tv/DVR/police monitor. The frozen bags really helped too but unfortunately they won’t last for days on end.

            Soon things will get back to normal for most of us. For others, some things will never be the same.

            • Boobah says:

              Don’t feel guilty! I am so happy you have heat and electric. The more people safe and sound, the better.

              Excellent idea about freezing water in plastic bags! Thank you. This is something I will definitely do next time (PLEASE don’t let the ‘next time’ be anytime soon) and I will pass it on.

              I learn so much from this blog!

      • Kansas Girl says:

        And JWIJ and her tree. I hope we were able to hold that darned tree up with our thoughts. I’m so eager to hear.

        • TexasTart says:

          Me too, KG. I remember all she discussed about her concerns before the storm hit and I hope the only problem is lack of power.

        • dch60 says:

          Oh no… worrying about a big tree that your house is in the way of if it falls is very scary. Hope it held up.

        • Just Wondering In Jersey says:

          You will be happy to hear and I am happy to report that the tree is still standing and didn’t drop a limb; a few branches but no limbs. The problem was the shearing off of the top of the utility pole across the street which left the transformer dangling and pulled the wires down. It looks like a war zone in this small town. Everywhere you go are downed trees and wires but they are steadily working to open the streets.

          Lost power Monday eve and they replaced the utility pole Friday afternoon so power was restored Sat. morning. Got hold of the cable company last night and low and behold the guy was here to reattach me about a half hour ago. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was starting to run out of new books to read LOL.

          MTH I owe you big time for telling me how to light the stove. The warmth from the coffee and a hot meal kept me going when I was so cold I wanted to cry. Seriously I am truly grateful and I was able to pass the info on to my friend who also did not know.

          My house/property have no problems and it appears the other houses on this street are also OK. Several trees went thru houses on the other side of town but that’s all I have seen. I have had no news; just what I could see while trying to find my way in and out of town to see where I can get gas/supplies. We are on even/odd rationing just like it was back in the 70s with all the long gas lines. I went to our local deli on Thursday and the two women who run it were sitting in the dark but they had the batteries and fire starter and bananas I wanted LOL. Unreal.

          I have so much to catch up on and it may take some time but I wanted to report in as soon as possible and also to thank MTH/Jeff again. Also, thanks BB for the email. It’s good to be back and in time for Real Housewives tonight. I must stay Cablevision is Johnny on the spot when you need them!

          • TexasTart says:

            JWIJ !!! Great to hear a full report and to know that you, and the tree made it through okay! 😀

          • melthehound says:

            Glad I was able to help 😀 Very glad to hear from you…

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Just Wondering!!! How great to hear from you!! Wow – the tree is still standing. What a great blessing. Again, so good to hear from you.

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      I am so thankful to know that many of our east coasters have checked in. I am thinking and praying of the ones on the list. I hope we hear from them soon.

    • Thoughts and prayers for those still on the list too. Pics from there are so heartbreaking. Love and Hugs to all on the east coast.

  9. contessa says:

    Keeping all of our above members in positive thoughts and prayers! I have a friend that lost their house and all their cars 5 (they are a big family). They are doing well under the circumstances.

    I want to thank everyone for their blogs, all of you even though I don’t watch all the shows reported, I do read your reports – we have a group of wonderful and powerful writers. NMD – thak you for all you do – you are pretty awesome!

    Miami HW – Joana riles me up, her behavior is nasty and yesterday she alluded to the Joe Francis thing as the reason Romain was not at the gala. Previously she implied it was her behavior – well Joana you cannot have it both ways. She has not addressed her behavior at all and is hiding behind her PETA association to deflect. (I am all for every kind of animal support as I treat mine like children, and am on a first name basis with my vet). Also want to bring up the fact that Marysol was not wearing fur (was very evident to me at first glance), she was wearing an old fashioned maribou bed jacket/evening jacket. Karent is a snake, and she is Joana’s go to beyotch. That being said, I was taken aback by Adriana’s behavior last night…I like Adriana most of the time (I probably would have slapped Joana as well, if she grabbed me forcefully as it appears on my DVR). However calling Joana a whore etc., at a table full of people was horrible, she should have taken the high road at this point. I understand her anger and how volatile she is, but that was mean and nasty and totally uncalled for. Karent whispering in Joanas ear while she was talking to Alexia was also uncool and I am glad Alexia called her out on it. I also noted Joana did not come to Karent’s defense as I suspect she understands the pecking order with Lea and Alexia (probably more powerful and influential in the Miami scene). In my estimation Joana is
    a mess, with her egocentric behavior, drinking and her dysfunctional relationship with Romain and her sister. I feel badly for both Romain and the sister, as Joana is truly a mean person.

    I was impressed with Lisa’s bouncing between both sets of friends. I do think she is more upset with Joana in the long run. I truly like Marysol and Ana, even though their stories are not dramatic. They are true working women. I also cannot say enough about Mama Elsa, adore her and like the fact (cracked up) that she would have been there in the middle of the fight on behalf of Adriana. I now remember that Joana did attack Mama Elsa and called her a name as well – disrespectful POS.

    The jury is still out on Lea, not sure where she stands on anything, but I do like that she came right to the point with Joana asking her directly about what happened. My heart went out to her about her doggy and I cried during that scene as it brough home the 3 time in my life I had to put my beloved pets down.

    One last thing, sorry about the length of this, but I have that poor Mother and Dad in my prayers, the one who lost her two children in the flood, when they were yanked out of her arms when she was caught in the midst. I cannot not imagine her pain and frustration, and no one helping her in the night…

    • Kansas Girl says:

      You mentioned Karent whispering in Joanna’s ear. Did you notice that Alexia was walking away and Joanna grabbed her arm, pulled her back, and forced her to sit down. She had THAT tight a hold on Alexia’s arm. That infuriated me. I’ve had that done to me (I’m small and people seem to think they can pull me to make me do what they want), and it is so, so rude.

    • Boobah says:

      I heard about that poor mom and her children. That makes my stomach turn everytime I think about it. One of the saddest things I might have ever heard.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I didn’t even know about her. Staten Island lost so many people, it’s so, so sad. here’s one articlehttp://www.ibtimes.com/glenda-moore-staten-island-mother-lost-2-sons-hurricane-sandy-neighbors-refused-help-858160

    • dch60 says:

      Eastern part of Staten Island got it especially hard. The woman who had her sons ripped out of her arms is absolutely heart wrenching. I can’t imagine her terror she will probably relive that over and over and unjustifiably beat herself up over it. Just horrible. Unfortunately the death toll in NY is at 40 and I’m afraid it will go higher. 14 in NJ so far.

      I agree with almost everything you say about Miami. Joanna has made a fool out of me as I was really rallying for her. I am an animal lover myself however that doesn’t automatically make you a good person if you treat people like crap. I like Adriana and her feistiness but she needs to cool her jets a bit. I like Lisa much more than I thought I would. I really like Marysol and Alexia and of course, Elsa. Like Ana so far. Lea is hot and cold with me. Karent is a poser and it’s fitting that she and Joanna are such good friends. They’re the only ones who will put up with each other. I can’t STAND that Joanna claims Adriana and some of the others is just jealous of them. I hate people that use that as an excuse for their bad behavior. Adriana was friends with Karent and was the one that suggested her for the show. Would she have done that if she was jealous? Ugh… that assertion is really a pet peeve of mine.

      So far I’m enjoying Miami. I hope the ratings don’t hurt the possibility of a third season. I’m sure Bravo aired it on Sunday to see if it would do better in a popular (RHoNJ) time slot. It did better but not by much. Too bad. I wonder how many episodes there are.

  10. rabblerouser2010R says:

    Thanks everyone for the blogs. Even though I don’t watch Couple’s Therapy I am really into the his/her blog about it. It’s upsetting to read how the producers seem to keep on pandering to Courtney. It reminds me of Celebrity Rehab when Kari Ann Peniche was allowed to get away with pretty much everything, including physically assaulting a staff member (it also disgusted me that the staff member lost her job because she grabbed her by the arm to stop her)

    • Lulu says:

      thank you! All I know is we are barely hanging on. Each week it’s the same and it’s getting old fast.

  11. LaineyLainey says:

    It’s interesting in Aviva’s quote about Fran Drescher “…she understands why I’m doing this silly reality show….” She doesn’t act like someone who is taking it as a light-hearted silly show…a fluffy romp…SHE IS DEAD SERIOUS about everything; constantly beating everyone over the head with her scoldings! She is always Aviva’ing everyone.

  12. LavaLady says:

    Quick update from northern NJ. Still now power at home and LavaMan’s office. Generator is making life easier though. Long, long lines for gas and groceries. I am able to go to my sister’s house every day and use her appliances and internet and tv. No school yet, so no work for me. Hopefully Monday, but who knows?

    LavaSon’s jet ski trip was successful. Saw our beach house up close. Significant water damage to first floor, will have to be totally redone. Mostly like all furniture, applicances, clothes etc. will have to be thrown away. Already registered with FEMA and insurance company. No one can enter the area yet, so all cleanup has to wait. Marine police told my son not to attempt another visit. There has been looting in the area.

    Thanks for all your comments and well wishes. Coming here is sometimes the highlight of my day. But many, many more are so much worse off then me. Hope to hear from those on the list soon.

    • contessa says:

      Dear Lave,

      So sorry about what you are going through, I cannot even imagine how horrendous this is for you and your family and everyone else affected. Please know you are in our thoughts all the time. I wish there was something I could do from this distance. Sending you hugs and more strength (you already have tons of it). XXOO

    • BB says:

      Lava, so sorry to hear about your beach house having so much damage. Hope y’all get power soon.

      Happy Birthday, Scorpiosue! Have a good one.

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      (lava) Thank you for updating us. I am sorry to here about the beach house 😦
      xox

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi LavaLady, thanks for checking in with us. Thinking of all of you affected during these trying times. Sorry to hear the beach house had as much damage. Amazing your son could get in there and I presume that area is protected by Marines..
      Hope you can obtain more fuel, or better yet get power restored soon!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Lava, thanks for keeping us updated on you and yours. I think it helps all of us worry less. It’s hard to be far away, worried, and not be able to even imagine how you all are doing.

      I’m still amazed at Lava Son’s jet ski adventure, and good for him going off on this trek. I assume he could get close enough to see? do I remember right that your house is back a bit, so I wonder how he was able to see. Of course things likely shifted around a bit. So maybe that’s a dumb question.

      Sorry your house is so washed out. I hope the foundation is still sound and you really can redo it. It was time for a new decor anyway, huh? At least we can put a positive spin on it.

      • LavaLady says:

        Hey KG (and everyone else) – He was inside the house! He took some pictures. Here’s the story. He goes to college in southern NJ. He traveled by car to Toms River to a friend’s house (sound familar? Toms River is where Melissa has a so called beach house, but it is not a community even on the beach) From the friends house they traveled to Lavallette by jet ski. Although it sounds like a James Bond adventure it is a 15 min jet ski ride across Barnaget Bay. They landed on our dock, still intact, and entered the house with a key.

        I am looking at the pics now. Actually does not look too bad, but of course need to see it in person. I would not advise anyone in the same situation to do the jet ski thing, as it is
        breaking the mandatory evacuation order that is in place.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      So sorry to hear about your beach house, Lava Lady. I hope your FEMA and Insurance Co will help you out.

    • Boobah says:

      LavaLady, I am really sorry about your house. (((LavaFamily)))

    • Powell says:

      LavaLady I’m sorry about your house. Your son was very brave to take that trip. Like I said I’m sorry but at least now you have some idea of damage and you’ve started the process.

    • KTinCT says:

      so sorry for what you and your family are going through, LavaLady….. You remain in my prayers….

  13. shamrockblonde says:

    oh my gosh – so sorry to hear about Lisa Renner’s home! – I will be keeping her and all of her care in my prayers as well as all of those affected by this mess of a hurricane – still no power here, but I am getting very worried about the gas situation – I have half a tank – and the gas lines are just plain scary – they go for blocks and blocks and you can only use cash – ten dollar limits at the pump appear to be the norm – not good at all –

    thanks so very much for all of the recaps – most of the time it is at the very least a great way to spend my lunch hour reading about the previous night’s craziness,, but these days, the blogs have become my eyes for the shows too – and you all do such an amazing job – thank you so very much – it means more than you know –

    keep safe, all of you – and check in often, as it eases our hearts to hear from you

    *hugs entire board really hard*

    • Lava & Shamrock….so very sorry to hear what you are going through. I sit here and words fail me, I too wish I could do more from this distance. But, if the only thing I can do is send love hugs and courage, please know you have that in gargantuan proportions!

      Shame on the looters. 😦 As if you didn’t have enough to worry about.
      ((((((Lava, Shamrock & All)))))

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi Shamrockblonde – glad to hear updates from your neck of the woods and I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with all this uncertainy. I hope things get better soon.

      As for Lisa Renee, I tend to think when said Lisa Renner, it was probably like how my phone likes to suggest words other than what I type?! If so, I believe there is some confusion.
      Lisa Renee has previously posted her personal experiences with hurricanes and advise about FEMA was on 10/31. She lives near the Gulf of Mexico and has stated that she lost her home to hurricane Opal. She’s waited out Ivan and maybe other storms. Lisa did lose a home, which awful at any given time, but did not occur in conjunction with hurricane Sandy.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Texas, thanks for clarifying that. I just got back from class and saw several comments, and wanted to post just this clarification. Lisa Renee did tell us the other day about losing a house (thus, her FEMA expertise), but it was some years back. She is OK now. I suspect she’ll come on the blog and read about herself and think Holey Moley what happened! Thanks again TT!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      (((((Shamrock)))))

      What is up with the gas shortage? Are they not able to get the tankers in to replenish the stations?

      • dch60 says:

        I’m in nw NJ and we have the same problem here. I’d like to know what the problem is too. Many of the refineries are here in NJ – maybe they were effected? It’s an even bigger problem because none of the grocery stores around here have power so it’s quite a ride to the one that does and even if you get there, there’s not much available. At least Jacqueline has a full pantry. Insensitive twit.

        • dch60 says:

          I’m I Don’t Believe In Unicorns btw.

          • Kansas Girl says:

            Incognito? LOL!

            I did a bit of reading and the Internet says the gas shortage is a combination of some stations having no electricity and supply not being able to get to the remaining stations. But the question remains, why? The roads are available, so why can’t the supply trucks get there. I’m still mystified. One story on CNN said outright that the supplies are there and not reaching the stations and that it is unclear what’s happening to it. Sheesh!

            • dch60 says:

              Kansas Girl… lol not purposely incognito. This site doesn’t allow you to simply change your name like Lynn’s did and I had always used dsc60 on other sites. At one point I hadn’t used it in a while and forgot my password so it was easier to just make a new one hence dch60. Now I can’t recall my password for IDBIU so i’m using dch60. I’m an idiot for thinking I’ll remember my passwords and not writing them down. I finally learned my lesson.

              Hi Lava Lady… We got power back on Wens am and internet back up several hours later. As I mentioned below, we are REALLY lucky to have power as most of those around us don’t. We have a substation nearby which I believe is the reason we have power via the generators there. Still no grocery stores with power so everything is in short supply and no gas either. I mention it down below. How did you make out? IIRC, you were effected by Sandy too.

              • dch60 says:

                Responding to LavaLady below.

              • dch60 says:

                LavaLady… Reading upward and just saw your comment. So sorry to hear about your beach house. The destruction along the shore is unimaginable. At least you were safer where you are. Your sister is lucky to have power and you’re lucky to have her nearby. Hope you get power back soon and I hope FEMA really pulls you through. This is just crazy.

            • Powell says:

              If there are supplies and the roads are clear then to ne it sounds like thus is being done on purpose. :/

              • dch60 says:

                Huh? Not sure what you mean. Not all roads are clear quite yet and supplies that are available are being bought up quickly… I would imagine that’s the reason. That’s assuming they’re getting some deliveries. They have no power so they can’t keep goods that need refrigeration or freezing. They had to throw out everything in the store and actually had a security guard by the dumpster to make sure nobody took anything that was thrown out from it.

              • dch60 says:

                Never mind Powell… I thought you were talking to me.

          • LavaLady says:

            Hey there IDBIU – How did you make out in the storm? Do you have power? I think the tankers are having trouble getting to the stations, but as more and more stations open it will hopefully ease up. I think a refinery in Linden was affected as well. I went to a grocery store this am and there was nothing fresh, like produce and meat, nothing at all.

            • Kansas Girl says:

              The supply trucks must be having trouble getting through, then. Grocery suppliers too. Perhaps warehouses were damaged or have no power to run the business.

              • Boobah says:

                The last I heard from the local news was that several of the refineries were impacted by Sandy. I wish I could remember exactly what was said. They showed a map of maybe 10 or so refineries inland in NJ (NY, I believe gets gas from NJ) and most of them were “down”.

        • Beckygrey says:

          I believe some of the problem is that it takes electricity for the pumps to work. So there will be some plans by Gov.Christy. I watched it today. I live in southern NJ and was blessed. I find it really difficult to hear about people of means equating their losses with those who have lost their homes and lives. To me the latter deserve my prayers and assistance the former not so much.

    • Powell says:

      Shamrock I’m so sorry for you all to have to go thru this. The gas shortage is just incredible. I guess all you can do is take it one day at a time.

    • KTinCT says:

      (((((shamrockblonde)))))

  14. boston02127 says:

    from gov christie

    a rescue hotline has been set up for residents who left their pets behind when evacuating due to sandy. the # is 1-855-407-4787.

    plz pass it along

    • chismosa says:

      I’m sorry. WHO leaves their pets? My blood is boiling reading this. These people don’t deserve the privilege of owning a pet If I’m leaving then SO are ALL my family members. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

      • dch60 says:

        It’s terrible that if people have to be evacuated after the storm, they cannot take their pets. There are usually some shelters that will take pets since that’s a major reason why people don’t evacuate. I would NEVER leave my pets behind. If I had to drive somewhere and stay in my truck just to have my pets with me, I’d do it. We had our cat carriers and dog leashes all ready to go if we had to evacuate for any reason.

      • Powell says:

        Mmmm hmmm.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        I agree, but I have to admit there have been tornado warnings here when I went to the basement and could NOT get the cats to go down with me. And there’s no time to mess around chasing them. So if someone were in a time-sensitive situation in leaving, I could see how this could happen. It makes me sick to have to leave them to their own devices tho, and likely those owners too. (And carrying a 20-lb cat in a travel case is like lugging around a very heavy gyroscope. Neither of them will just lay down.)

  15. Nancy says:

    I cannot believe that they are still going to have the NY Marathon this weekend.

    I FINALLY heard from my bff this morning. Her fish died because the tank was no longer heated.
    She said she looks like a homeless person as she is wearing three outfits at once. They have been in their backyard aroung a fire pit as it’s too cold to go inside. They have to walk eveywhere as they dont have any gas or food. I love her to death but she is a major control freak so I am
    Sooooooooooooooooo glad I’m not out there with her. LOL

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Wow, that has to be hard. I hope they get their power back soon!!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Marathon has been postponed to spring, I think. Just this afternoon.

      • Nancy says:

        Well that’s good news.

      • I am so glad to hear this too! I was pulling my hair out this morning thinking were they REALLY going to go ahead with the marathon?!? So many people need those resources. I am, however, disappointed that it took the backlash that it took for them to postpone it. It never should have been an issue in the first place!

      • Powell says:

        Did they say they are going to put those generators to good use then?

    • Lisa Renee says:

      Nancy, that is great news!! I too am confused about the marathon. If I understand it, a 26 mile path will be cleared for the race & buses dispatched to staten Island to start the race. Aren’t there people still stranded wet & hungry in Staten Island? As far as looking like/feeling like a homeless person, after Opal crying on the phone to my mom I told her that if I had a heroin habit I didn’t even own a teaspoon to cook my dope in. She said only I can lose a home & come out with the sickest sense of humor. I am glad your loved ones are accounted for, Lisa

      • Nancy says:

        Humor is the best medicine at times. KG posted that the marathon will be moved to a different date. I don’t know what they were thinking.

        Sorry about what you had to go through during Opal.

        • leahBee says:

          I understand where you guys are coming from about the maturation, but have to respectfully disagree. The marathon brings in hundreds of thousands of people to the city (many internationally), and much needed revenue for the city (that most likely they were counting on).! Not as important, but worth mentioning, are the runners whov’e spent countless hours training, and some count on the award money….

          • leahBee says:

            WOW….meant marathon! lol

          • Hi LeahBee – welcome and thanks for sharing your opinion! I guess they ended up cancelling it because of public outcry. I don’t think they were wrong to try to think of some way to hold it, despite the storm. It had to be a really tough decision. I was thinking it would be a ray of hope for the city if they could pull it off – a sign of their resilience and determination – but others saw it differently. And yes, very hard on those folks that have trained and traveled a long distance for this marquis event for marathon runners. No one is winning here.

            • LaineyLainey says:

              NMD and LeahBee – Good morning! The marathon: it’s a perfect example of the double edged sword.

              • LeahBee says:

                You’ve hit the nail on the head; there are no winners and no easy answers. My dad is in his mid-50’s and still runs marathons. I’ve been to a few, but when I went to watch him in NYC a few years ago I was just astonished by the excitement and supportiveness there. The marathon really does bring people together in an amazing way.
                I’ve been reading since the I Hate Jill Zarin days, but have not posted since Lynn’s passing. I still think about what her responses would be to the shows every day 🙂
                I’m getting very excited for RHOBH and RHOA next week! I was worried ATL might be boring this season, as it seems NeNe and Kim are both just collecting a paycheck and not into the show anymore. However, after seeing the trailer, I changed my mind…cannot wait to see Kim’s lazy butt get evicted :).

                • LaineyLainey says:

                  I love it when Kim’s hubby says, we’re moving (out of) a house, it’s not brain surgery. Or something like that. It tickled my funny bone.

    • Powell says:

      I’m glad you heard from her, it put your mind at ease.

  16. djprincessc says:

    Idk if anyone saw this but somebody submitted Alexias son on The Dirty website he truly looks like a kid who needed guidance. Heres the link :

    http://thedirty.com/2012/11/alexia-echevarria-son-peter-rosello-is-an-idiot-real-housewives-of-miami/

    • Nancy says:

      Am I reading this right? Alexis husband is a sex offender?
      Her son needs to go to rehab.

      • djprincessc says:

        I’ve heard that before about her husband being a well known cocaine smuggler and sex offender. Idk why he’s a sex offender though. I’ll try and and see if I can find anything.

    • Powell says:

      Wow! I just don’t understand. 😦

  17. Lisa Renee says:

    Hi everybody, just to clear up any confusion & so prayers are for those suffering now….I did lose my home to Opal. I spent a year in a rental & choose not to rebuild so I bought a home inland (and at highest elevation) in Pensacola. That is when I first became familiar with FEMA. As for Ivan, which is #5 on the list for costliest storms (18 billion dollars) I did hunker down & ride it out. I sustained 96K in damage but the house was still standing, this is when I learned about the Army Corp of Engineers because my roof was leaking bad. 17 people(and pets) total evacuated to my home & had 2 small generators. All those people were in low lying areas & suffered flood damge. It was over a week before anyone could even think about leaving. Our water & sewar was destroyed & people were using my pool water to be able to flush their tanks. My husband is a McGyver & hooked up our house with hoses to our well & people were able to shower, strangers who were in shock whose children were filthy got to bathe, cold water but better than nothing. I opened my home to be used as a cooling station for the elderly. My neighbor is a judge & despite no infrastructure Court must keep moving & his wife spread the word I was OK with anyone who needed coffee to bring their Thermos. Did spend alot of time worried for our personnel safety as we were the only house with lights for miles. After 26 days we got power back, but a large potion of my town went 3 months. I was beyond prepared as far as water & food. There is so much more but rest assured, I still feel like the luckiest person in the world. We did have loss of life, people who rolled the dice & paid the ultimate price. It is why I posted if you are in mandatory evacuation to heed the command, no one would be able to get to you for days. I am waiting to see the military descend to the hardest hit towns with water & MRE’s (meals ready to eat). It was a true life saver for those who lost everything & those who didn’t have funds to prepare the way I was able to. Post Ivan I upgraded my generators to a larger one & had natural gas pulled to the house. The hours spent trolling for fuel in Alabama was beyond taxing & people were on their last nerve. Several weeks post storm I had people I never met dropping off thank you gifts. Unbeknownst to me my husband helped more people than I was aware of. I heard stories of him fixing phone lines & internet lines dangling off people’s houses that were an easy fix if you had a butt set, he did. His extension ladders to help get trees off peoples homes so they could get a blue tarp. He was able to help others because despite our damage, he didn’t have to worry about us. To this day & at the time I had no clue, he is credited for helping Gulf Power figure out why our cul-de-sac couldn’t be powered up. Their blue prints were outdated & my husband was more familiar where to troubleshoot. He is about Power poles & trucks the same way dogs chase fire trucks. He is also the type of person who reports limbs that need to be cut back with or without a storm coming. He is nuts but I picked him. The reason I told JnntJ to not feel guilty she only lost power is because she will be able to help others when she does get power. The communities affected are going to have to pull together & get each other through. You have to look outside yourself & offer a hand up to those who have it worse than you. I believe this will happen. I also stand by my assertion for all we have gone through, it is nothing compared to what those affected are going to have to do to find their new normal. My prayers & good thoughts are with all of them, Lisa

    • Kansas Girl says:

      ((((((((((((((((((((Lisa Renee)))))))))))))))))))) Hero! You need to be running the recovery! You are one organized and experienced lady!

    • (((((Lisa Renee))))) you and your hubby need to be cloned….and could you send a clone of him over this way? 🙂 I feel like a great deal of the hardship is exacerbated by confusion and disorganization….and if they can organize for the freaking marathon, why can’t they organize food, water and shelter for those still without?!? Sorry for the rant. I have a bit of OCD and even the dust bunnies under my bed are organized, so I wish I could get there and help with that!!

    • trudie says:

      Wow! What an amazing story. You and your husband are truly wonderful people.

    • Powell says:

      Wow Lisa. You and your husband are my heroes and should be commended for all you did. It’s truly remarkable and amazing. And you’re right. Neighbors ate going to have to help neighbors to get thru this. How did your husband know what the workers didn’t know? You describe him perfectly as MacGyver.

      • Lisa Renee says:

        Hi Powell, the power guys had outdated blue prints. Our neighborhood loses power from a bad thunderstorm storm so he familiarized himself with the hot spots on GP. Also, alot of out of town power companies were here to expedite & not familiar with the landcape. Our house butts up against an elementary school & we are on the same line. The road leading up to our home was able to get on line but our cul-de-sac & the school were a mystery. The blue prints defied the school & our cul-de-sac being on the same line, he knew better from other storms. Some mensa member made a decision when fixing something & never updated the blueprints. Also, the underground feeds were not properly marked, he knew what homes they were located at, cuz he’s crazy & these are the things that interest him. I’m sure it would have been resolved eventually but after 26 days he was not getting out of their truck until they checked out everything he was familar with & they were greatful for his help. We were no more heroic than anyone else, just helped where we could. Lisa

    • Eastbayca says:

      (((Lisa Renee))) many blessings to you and your family.

      • Lisa Renee says:

        Thank you, I have had more blessing than I can count. Maybe all my prayers weren’t answered but the ones that were are more than the ones that weren’t. Does that make sense? Just trying to convey I am grateful 🙂 Lisa

  18. Nancy says:

    This is so funny.
    Mark Cuban just offered Donald Trump a million dollars if he would shave his head! LOL!

  19. LuvMyGals says:

    Lisa – That’s a very inspirational and encouraging story. I wish there was some easy way to get people the help they need, but unfortunately there aren’t any simple fixes. Your advice is very comforting. I hope they are hearing that from someone.

  20. Kansas Girl says:

    I showed my students video of the NYC subway full of water. They asked a few questions and then someone said “So I guess I should not go to New York for Thanksgiving vacation, huh?” Made me laugh. Monday they were not even aware there was a hurricane. Today many of them asked if the “tornado” will come to Kansas. And a few really understood what they were seeing and were amazed. Sometimes I just wonder what is going on in their heads.

    • Lisa Renee says:

      Hi KG, FWIW, I think teachers walk on water. My DD was lucky to be surrounded by some of the best. I would never try to homeschool, I blew my education despit attending the finest schools NYC had to offer. My biggest rule was never challenge a teacher on the spot. Do as you’re told & it can be discussed after class. Haven’t met a teacher that won’t make themselves available for any discussion, AFTER. Thanks for all you are doing here & for educating our future. You rock, Lisa

      • Kansas Girl says:

        I tend to walk AROUND water — can’t swim! LOL!

        I may well be educating our future. I’m teaching college-level international students who, according to them, will be world leaders in the future. (Frankly, some of them will never get through college unless they grow up to be more responsible.) But thanks for the support! I view it as my peace mission — helping people of the entire world understand each other and stop trying to kill each other.

        • zanne says:

          What would you do with a college student that said the atomic bomb made a mess of the
          south during the civil war. Only to find out how little she actually knew of American History. My daughter gave her a quick study of American wars only to hear I have not had Am. Hist. yet. She was told I knew the basics of this before I started middle school and the rest by the time I fin ished high school. Then went on to explain that she had better learn something because making statements like atomic bombs is the civil war would keep her from a job even with a “degree”

          • Kansas Girl says:

            It’s amazing how self-assured young people can be over their “expertise” and it’s hard to convince them they’re wrong. They do mostly eventually learn. We were probably that dumb too and just don’t remember. But looking at it from the perspective of life experience, it’s pretty breathtakingly stupid.

  21. chismosa says:

    Hi everybody just checking in. Here in Long Island it is like some JJ Abrams TV show with regards to getting gasoline! I got some today so I’m happy.

    I don’t want to read too much of the blog bc I don’t want to hear too much about Miami as going to have to catch up on demand. I just overall think Joanna I protesting too much about the Joe Cocaine Francis thing so it make me think she did sleep with him. I really live Alexia so I’m so sad over what I happening to her. Maybe her ex is a scumbag and that got passed down to the elder son? 😉

    I love Elsita but Ingrid Caceres is one of Madonna’s oldest friends so she would know. But since WHEN is bravo and Andy allowing the PRODUCTION companies to start piping in on their shows? They are supposed to be behind the scenes, these shows are “Bravo’s” so that is fishy to me.

    Ok hope everyone up here in ny/nj is staying safe. It’s such a gasoline battlefield out there! ( someone asked above, it depends on when each gas station gets its delivery, weather affected many refinery station /distributors)

    • Powell says:

      Chismosa I’m glad you’re doing well. I’m so sorry NY & NJ are going thru all of this. No power, gas, heat Its heart breaking. It seems like time is standing still cause progress is moving so slow.

      • chismosa says:

        Thanks for your warm wishes Powell.

        Sorry my grammar is so off above, on my phone and it’s not great.

        @Lisa Renee- heart wrenching story, just now catching up reading everything down >>up as I tend to do. Plus I want to avoid TV spoilers.

        Have a good weekend for anyone doing anything fun this weekend!

  22. dch60 says:

    Finally heard from boyfriend’s sister. She was five blocks from the ocean in Seaside. His niece was one block. Niece evacuated. Good thing because her house is destroyed. Sister would not leave. She had to be evacuated by helicopter. Now they’re both back up here in nw NJ staying close by with relatives. His sister sold her house up here and bought her condo in Seaside just a few months ago. Still waiting to hear from my cousin who was near the ocean in Forked River.

    Only a very small portion of our town has power and we are part of it. I honestly can’t believe how lucky we are. Lent our generator to a friend not far away and gave them some gas. Had to get some medicine for our cat today and our vet didn’t have phone service or power. She’s working on generators. I just hope those who are relying on generators have plenty of gas.

    Sadly, a few of the deaths were from carbon monoxide poisoning so anyone out there using generators make sure they are kept far enough away from the house. Luckily many of the NJ shore houses are vacation homes so I’m sure that kept the toll down. So sad we had to lose anyone at all.

    I see Kansas Girl made a list of posters from the area effected. That was so nice of you Kansas Girl. Sorry to see there are a few not yet heard from. They are probably still without power and toughing it out. Hope they check in soon. Prayers are with them. Hope everybody else made it out with little or no damage. This was a doozy. Two Halloweens in a row that have gotten postponed… that’s crazy. In all my years we’ve never had to do that before.

    • Powell says:

      dch60 its good to see you and that you’re safe. Thk goodness your BF family is safe and I hope you hear from your cousin soon.

    • dch60, so glad to hear you are ok and that people are trickling in with contact. I have such empathy for what everyone is going through! I actually will share that I and my family lived right smack in the epicenter of the huge earthquake in L.A. many years ago and experienced what you are experiencing now. Our house moved 18 inches off its foundation, my mom lost a kidney from being banged around, no water, food, gas or power for a long time because of the aftershocks. They were afraid something would happen so they waited to get it going. It was a wild time that I would not wish anyone to go through…and here you all are. 😦

      My utmost love, hugs and blessings go out to all of you!!

      I am worried about Just Wondering in Jersey and her tree. I hope she checks in soon.

      • Nancy says:

        MD,
        I was living in Sherman Oaks during that quake. I thought we were being bombed.

        • That’s right Nancy…you are in So Cal! I also thought we were being bombed and was seriously prepared to meet the Maker. I said my prayers and everything, in those seconds, and made a pact to let my family be ok. We made it through though, minus a few body parts!

          • Nancy says:

            My mother and her parents lived in London during the war and they would tell me stories of the bombings so I assumed that was happening to us. I was still very young then.
            Funny how that happens. I’m so sorry to her about your mother. Is she ok? May I ask where you lived? We didn’t have a lot of damage to our home which was strange because it was a really old house. Actually the Northridge quake made it literally fall to the ground. It was very sad to see it even though we no longer lived there.

            • The one I referred to was the 1971 quake..epicenter in San Fernando/Sylmar…and we lived in Sylmar (my childhood home), so we were in the thick of it. I was in high school, and it was the most terrifying thing I have ever gone through. My mom had to have emergency surgery, but then she passed away a couple of years later when I was 18 yrs old. She never really recovered and then got cancer and went very quickly. By the time the Northridge quake hit, I had moved out of state. Sorry to hear about your house there.

              Your parents really must have some stories to tell! It seems there is something that happens in every generation that stories are passed down about, isn’t there?

              • Nancy says:

                I was talking about the 1971 as well. I was in 6th grade. I moved to San Fran only weekd before the Northridge quake. My sisters apt building was the one that was shown
                many times after the quake. Thank god they weren’t hurt. Again I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I lost my mother when I was young as well. I don’t think one ever gets over that.

        • Lisa Renee says:

          Hi nancy & MD, I was fortunate to visit San Fransico. Amazing city, best time ever. I was never so happy to get on a plane. Earthquakes scare me more than hurricanes & tornados. I don’t know how y’all do it, Lisa

      • LaineyLainey says:

        Oh my gosh, MarDrag – incredible!!

      • dch60 says:

        Thanks MarDrag and Powell. Mardrag, the thought of being in an earthquake terrifies me. The most I’ve ever felt here was more like a slight tremor. It’s awful your mom lost a kidney, that’s some incredible power to cause that. What happened to your house? Did you have to rebuild? I know others who have said you get used to the fact that an earthquake can occur at any time… I just can’t imagine that. Then again, I also couldn’t imagine living someplace where the threat of tornadoes is common. Scares the crap out of me. Again, we’ve had them around here but they’re nothing like what you see in other prone areas.

        • Thanks for your kind words everyone. I didn’t mean to hijack the comments! :/

          I think when you grow up in a certain area you become accustomed to whatever natural threat is normal to your region. Growing up in So Cal, it was always earthquakes and we felt a lot of them, smaller than the one I was speaking of….so you get “used to them”. We had regular drills at school to hide under your desk if you felt one coming. Sorta like fire drills, only you didn’t run outside, you got under your school desk to shelter from falling debris. But I would be afraid to live in an area that gets tornadoes and hurricanes, because they frighten the heck out of me! But those who live around them are accustomed to them. Life is so conditioning isn’t it!

          Having said that, yes, we did have to rebuild, but I and my twin were the youngest and graduated high school soon after and all of us moved away when my mom passed. (Dad & she were divorced). I thought about where to move that didn’t have natural disasters and that is…nowhere! LOL! So I opted for someplace with no earth movement.

          What I am seeing on the east coast just brought up a lot of memories and I was literally weeping earlier when watching the telethon….peoples stories are so heartbreaking and it is so sad to see so many people suffering. I want to help and can’t, save for sending love, hugs & money. I did get to see Steven Tyler, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon perform “On The Boardwalk” together tho. That was awesome. What a group, eh?

          Love you all and thanks for the love back!!

  23. TexasTart says:

    Good to hear from you both chismosa and dch60 (IDBIU, right?) lucky that your bf’s sister survived! I’m glad you’re both safe and so sorry for anyone dealing with the post storm situations.

    Thanks to NMD for the Miami recap and IDBIU for the cast blogs… “She (Joanna) is no longer a passenger, but driving that crazy train full speed ahead.” LOL!

    I thought the most shocking part of last night’s episode was the fact that Mama Elsa drives!!! Marysol was a passenger, oh my gosh! I didn’t even think Mama Elsa can move her neck side to side.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I watched it again and sure enough there was Mama Elsa driving!!!!! wow, I too thought she was unable to move or turn her head from side; it seems like that would really limit her range of vision.

      • TexasTart says:

        So you did see that…well, I’m glad we don’t share the same roads! I wouldn’t trust her reflexes, much less let her drive me!

        • Nancy says:

          With no seat belt!

          • TexasTart says:

            Ahhhhh! Very observant, Nancy!

            • Nancy says:

              It drives me crazy on these housewives show because it happens all the time.
              Let me tell you if you come into the ER and tell us that you were not wearing a seat belt
              it changes everything. Meaning we don’t have a lot of compassion for you. Sounds mean but it’s the truth.

              • Realhousewifeva says:

                I know a girl who is completely opposed to seatbelts. Her fiancé was killed in a car accident and something to do with the way his seatbelt restrained him aided in his death. His passenger, who was not wearing a belt, lived. She’s very passionate about her stance. I am very strict about seatbelts. My cousin was killed when he got into an accident and flew out of the vehicle, crushing his skull 😦

          • LaineyLainey says:

            Yeah, I noticed that, too!

  24. chismosa says:

    Dch/idbiu — people have been dying from carbon monoxide ?? Omg I hope I can watch the news tonight if we have sufficient power

    • Nancy says:

      I feel the same way about our pets. I would never leave them behind.

    • dch60 says:

      Yes, actually several people have died and others have been hospitalized. The ones I read about either had the generators in their garage or basement. I even read about others becoming sick because of so many being used in tight neighborhoods during the actual hurricane and the wind was blowing the fumes into homes. They can be very dangerous if you’re not very careful. They should always be outside and at least a bit away from the entrance where it’s placed. We also have a carbon monoxide detector by our propane heater which has a battery backup. That’s just about as important as a smoke detector IMO.

  25. Realhousewifeva says:

    I am in so much misery today. My 10 month old and 3 year old both have hand,foot and mouth disease. It’s the virus from hell. They have blisters in their throats and besides Tylenol and ibuprofen there’s not much I can do. I haven’t slept at all and they both cry all day from the pain. God please give me strength. Sorry, needed to vent. They are finally sleeping, but I’m sure it won’t last long

    • Oh my goodness sweetie……so sorry to hear this! How awful it must be for them and for you! There is no remedy for the virus? Prayers are going out to you for strength and courage!! And that the little ones pass through it quickly! Can you get some help to give you a chance to rest?

      • Realhousewifeva says:

        Thanks 🙂 no remedy for viruses… I wish there was! We actually sent my mother in law to my brother in law because she has advanced cancer which has been our main focus and we don’t want her to get sick since its so contagious. So it’s just me and the hubby. All 4 kids are sick but only the youngest got the blisters. The older ones are manageable. Thanks again for your nice words

    • Realhousewifeva says:

      Ok I just realized that I probably sound insensitive since so many are going through so much worse. I apologize. It’s the lack of sleep and constant crying

      • trudie says:

        You are allowed to vent. You are not being insensitive.

      • Lisa Renee says:

        RHVA, not insensitive, I am horrified for you & your babies. I have never heard of this, sounds like a nightmare. I thought hoof&mouth was for horses. I had a case of chicken pox (virus?) doctor said worst case he ever saw, blisters in every orafice & head to toe. Could be related?? & maybe try an oatmeal bath & calamine lotion for itching. I am no doctor, check with yours. Nothing worse when our children are in pain & you are running on fumes. Rest when you can, Lisa

        • Realhousewifeva says:

          Hi Lisa, they are two different illnesses. People can’t get the animal one and vice versa. It’s such a nightmare because the Meds wear off every couple hours and they just scream and don’t want to swallow new Meds cuz of the pain from swallowing. Thanks for the advice

        • I agree Lisa….not insensitive RHVA….its ok to vent. Also agree on the oatmeal bath & calamine…good for calming the burning and itching. Hope those can give the babies and you some relief!

    • BB says:

      Oh my, RHV. I’m so sorry to hear that. I’ve never had to deal with it, but it sounds painful. I hope you all can get some rest.

      • Realhousewifeva says:

        Thank you, my older 2 never got this so it’s new to me too… I thought it was ear infections ( I wish it was! At least they’d get antibiotics)

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Oh dear, your babies are in my prayers. Praying for a quick healing for your sweeties.

    • dch60 says:

      Sorry to hear about your little ones. Sounds awful for them AND you. I hope they get better fast.

  26. trudie says:

    A little humor to pass the time away (click through the ads)

    http://photos.ellen.warnerbros.com/galleries/clumsy_thumbsy_autocorrect

  27. Eastbayca says:

    A tweet from the teacher begin sued by “that country singer who stole somebody’s husband”. Allegedly.

    Hi! Sorry that I’ve been MIA, but we’ve had a lot going on. First I want to say that I hope all of you are safe & warm from the devastation, that was Sandy. It is devastating to see the loss & suffering that people are experiencing.

    I want to thank each and every one of you who have donated money, bought a shirt, or tweeted your support; it all means more than words can express. Knowing that we have your support makes this nightmare more bearable.

    I also wanted to clear up some confusion that I’ve seen posted in a few places.

    1. We did not post the audio online, nor did we create the blog. Leann sent a C&D to the person who did, yet they still make it seem like we were responsible.

    2. Leann’s known about the audio since March, yet she’s just suing us!?

    3. Leann was in a very busy restaurant eating lunch with 2 people at the time she called me. The restaurant staff, her guests, & the patrons could all hear what she was saying. She had NO expectation of privacy, & while CA is a 2 party consent state, there are exceptions & expectation of privacy is one of them.

    4. Leann is suing us for hundreds of thousands of dollars, not 25k. The suit says damages are in excess of 25k. She’s also suing us for her attorney fees, which could easily be a half of a million dollars; her attorney charges $900 an hour. :/

    5. We did hire an attorney, but we just had enough to put the retainer down. Our legal fees could be 100k plus, & if she adds more people we will use any funds raised to help them as well.

    I realize times are tough, but if you could just donate a small amount & encourage your followers to, we could easily raise enough money. If we could get five thousand people to donate $20, we’d be at 100k. I hate asking for money, but my husband & I are both teachers with 6 children (5 at home), & we could never afford to fight this on our own. I was attacked in February by one of my students & have had to have extensive surgery & possibly more in the near future. Due to my injury I’ve been on workmans comp., which reduces my normal salary by over $1500 per month, so we are already stretched thin. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.

    Leann has no intention of dropping this suit & her attorney has even made it clear that my private tweets will cost me my job, once they release them. Odd that she has access to my private Twitter account, no?!

    I created a new site, as I was worried about @jana_LaMoo having to explain to the IRS why she was collecting money on her personal PayPal account & then sending it to me. Jana went above & beyond & I love her for everything she’s done; the last thing I want is for anybody else to have to deal with attorney fees!

    The new site is http://www.gofundme.com/HelptheSmileys You can pin it, tweet it, post it on your FB wall…..anything. Also feel free to copy the link to this twitlonger & tweet it, so others see it.

  28. cocfarm says:

    Hey, I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but it is probably a good idea for everyone out east to be aware. There is a nor’easter that is starting to show up on weather models for next week Wednesday or Thursday. Not suppose to be a sandy, but bigger than your average storm.

    Thinking of you all. Stay safe.

    • BB says:

      I saw that. I’m hoping it goes away. 😦

    • dch60 says:

      Thanks. My boyfriend said something about that. He also said it may actually be snow for us. Fingers crossed. The coastal areas especially don’t need this right now.

  29. Kansas Girl says:

    Hey, east coast people, a facebook friend in Yonkers is wondering if going north and east (like CT) there might be gas available? She and hubby say they’re desperate. (They took the train to work and it took a long time. They want the car available and are currently in a long line waiting for gas to be delivered to the station at 10 pm.) Advice for her from those on the front line?

    • Nancy says:

      Hi KG,
      My bff has the same problem. They told her power will still be out for another 10 days.
      She can’t find gas either. I’ll let you know if she finds a place.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Thanks, Nancy. That would be great. Frankly, they’re a young couple and now realize they didn’t plan well. Didn’t fill up before the storm. I don’t know if they stocked up on food either. I suggested they get their 10 gallon allotment and use it tomorrow to drive north in search of gas and groceries. They’ve not lost power or internet, so I think they’re doing well, but this gas problem (lol) is huge to them.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      LOL. One of her facebook friends just suggested she call AAA and ask them to bring her gas. Can you hear me laughing?

    • Kansas Girl says:

      OMG, this just gets better. The tanker is stuck in traffic, but is on the way. They’re in line and not at the end, so they’ll not get to the station to find out there’s no gas. Hubby has made her go indoors with the boy, as the line is right in front of their home. They don’t have enough gas to keep the car running, so she’s worried he’s cold. For heaven’s sake! I told her to take him a cup of something warm and a warm cap.

      I’m now completely cracking up at this drama. There are people who are homeless and crying over gas is just so trivial. Sheesh.

  30. dch60 says:

    The gas situation is a real problem. I’ve heard that people have been on the verge of rioting at the few stations that have gas. I hope the problem is taken care of quickly. My truck is a gas hog so I don’t want to go anywhere unless I absolutely have to. Just sold my 6-cylinder car. Really wish I didn’t have to do that.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Since she’s in line at the station, she’s entertaining herself with facebook apparently. They drive a Focus and she says 10 gallons will last the week. (still not sure why they must drive to jobs, as they did take the train) The grocery store near them is open and well stocked, so she says they will drive or walk there tomorrow to stock up for the coming storm and week. I suggested they WALK and save the gas for trips they really need. Interestingly, she seems to not see far into the future about what problems may be coming. I hate to boss her around, but… well I can be a little bossy.

      • dch60 says:

        Unfortunately it’s a hard lesson to learn. We have had a few bad storms in the last few years and I’ve learned to prepare. The gas situation is exceptional so I can understand how it caught them off guard. You’re right to suggest they walk and save the gas. Who knows what this next storm will bring considering everything is already a mess. I really shouldn’t complain about anything since so many around us are suffering and I’m sitting in a heated house with food and electricity.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          I’ve tried to gently point out that they have everything when so many people have lost everything. I guess it bothers me when young people post so much on Facebook that is such trivial and self-centered stuff.

          They’re 20th in line. And the gas truck has now arrived. So now I wonder how they’ll handle their weekend and if they’ll learn from this. (Yesterday she ran the car out of gas and her father in law rescued her with a gallon of gas. So today’s “problems” might indicate the lessons have not sunk in yet.)

    • dch60 says:

      I feel even worse for the people that need the gas for generators too. I can’t forget that.

  31. Kansas Girl says:

    😦 My favorite coffee company just posted to facebook that they are on the east side of Staten Island and will have some problems shipping coffee for a few weeks due to damage. It’s like one more face I know in the long list of people touched by the storm.

    • dch60 says:

      Yep and then there’s the ripple effect that you are now dealing with too.

    • klmh says:

      I bought something from Ebay on Sunday evening, and the seller was from Hoboken, NJ. Haven’t heard a thing, Sure hope the seller and the family are ok…

  32. dch60 says:

    The storm surge was a huge factor in this storm. My bf’s sister was five blocks from the ocean and her entire first floor was under water up to the second floor. She was getting ready to go into the attic. This storm may very well be unprecedented in this region. I’m going out on a limb here to say that I think it’s only going to get worse. The planet is fighting back.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      It may be. I saw you post above about the boyfriend’s family and their stories. Lucky the one right on the water decided to evacuate. I hope people learn to heed warnings a little better. Warning systems are really good now, and they don’t put them out for nothing.

      I was so glad to see you post on the blog this morning. While I know the “missing” are most likely ok and just can’t post, I’m still worried and would like to hear they came through ok. I was really glad to see your name! Hugs!

  33. boston02127 says:

    Hi All, I hope everyone is doing ok and is safe. Praying for all.

  34. Sorry but I slept in and haven’t started working on the blog. I’ve got a few things to get to before I post – so carry on here please.

  35. trudie says:

    Continued prayers for everyone impacted by Sandy.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Amen, Trudie!! Still so much rebuilding for so many, so much loss of life, so many with only the clothes on their backs; it is really sad.

  36. LavaLady says:

    Update from northern NJ. Went to gym this morning. Trying to get back to normal. Still no power and no word on school for Monday. Good news is I was able to fill my car up this morning. Only had to wait about 20 minutes.

    Still not able to acess shore house. Lavallette is doing a great job of keeping everyone informed. They are actually slowly but surely taking a picture of every house in the borough and posting them on Lavallette.org.

    Still using internet and appliances at my sisters house. The town I live in (Mahwah) is getting power back slowly, but still questionable. Power company is Rockland Electric.

  37. LaineyLainey says:

    Lulu, I am just now getting to read yours and Mr. Lulu’s blog, I love this from the – her blog: “How dare Dr Jen make her change her wardrobe! Doesn’t Dr Jen realize she’s saving the world! ” So funny!

  38. Eastbayca says:

    Per Andy downtown has power…
    Andy Cohen ‏@BravoAndy
    Power is on downtown. Good to be home. So much work to be done in the area. #Surreal

  39. Good Morning (still morning here on the West Coast) New Post is finally ready
    http://wp.me/p2FHcY-NH

    xxoo NMD

  40. AZGirl says:

    Good morning everyone. This morning Arizona sent a planeload of APS and SRP utility workers to NY and NJ to help with getting power back up. Along with the utility workers are National Guard trucks to help transport gas to areas that need it.
    Hope things are getting better for all of the east coast people.

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