Is Jennifer Dalton a new New Jersey Real Housewife? and Other Gossip by NoMoreDrama
Twitter is difficult to follow, and people tweet in innuendos when it comes to housewives so please forgive me if I have gotten this wrong, but I think that Jennifer Dalton is one of the new Housewives.
The trail started with this string of tweets, where it looked like Sheila Giudice was trying to tell the others that @flygirljennifer was the New NJ Housewife.
Who is this @flygirljennifer? Jennifer Dalton, and she tweeted this a few hours ago: “Great night! Housewives of NJ season 5!!!!” with the following photo.
The photo above was the last in the string of photos from an event last night. Many of them were with the woman above (who I think is Jennifer) with the Housewives. Here’s a couple of the photos. The first is with Teresa Giudice and party planner Elvira (who has been on the show before) : @Teresa_Giudice @PartyElvira great night, great event!#hurricanesandyrelief #housewivesofnewjersey#spaceodyssey
Then there was one with Joey Gorga, Melissa Gorga and Richie Wakile and Elvira.
So it looks like at least half of the cast was at the event. (Jacqueline Laurita tweeted that she was in California, and no indication that Caroline Manzo was there – but Caroline has told the press that she and Teresa Giudice are on “speaking terms” which must mean they’ve filmed together a little.)
So is our lady in white Jennifer Dalton? And who is Jennifer Dalton?
Here’s the photo from Jennifer’s twitter feed:
She looks pretty different, but here’s an earlier one:
Then one taken at the Teresa Giudice’s Fabellini party last year (with darker hair).
And when I googled her, it turned out she was listed as a co-star to Rosie Pope for Pregnant in Heels, with this photo. You can find these last two photos, along with some of Jennifer and Dina Manzo (I think from the Fabellini party) here.
It sure looks like we’ve got ourselves a new housewife. And more importantly, they are all filming together. They’re baaaack.
Let’s check in with those Miami ladies and see how the reunion filming went. From twitter.
Before the day started. Lisa Hochstein “Today is the day of doom”
“Never been so happy for a day to be over! Lol”
“the light will always overcome the darkness”
“After filming the reunion tonite i definitely need to be cleansed with holy water…more evil than good”
“Tough day but made it through with the help of my amazeballs glam squad”
It looks like Tamra Barney‘s wedding is continuing to be a storyline for the Real Housewives of Orange County. This time the cast was filmed in LA going into designer Mark Zunino’s boutique. Tamra, Gretchen Rossi, former cast member Lauri Waring Peterson and new cast member Lydia Stirling McLaughlin and Vicki Gunvalson were photographed walking into the boutique. TooFab caught footage of Heather Dubrow arriving separately. Alexis Bellino fans please don’t worry. She was invited as well, and arrived by limousine according to the article.
Are Reality TV Fans More Neurotic? and Other News by NoMoreDrama
BB sent me a link to a TODAY Article with the Headline “Reality check for reality TV fans: You’re more neurotic” a few days ago. I had to absorb it before blogging about it, because some of the findings in the article rang true.
Here were the main findings: “TODAY.com surveyed nearly 19,000 people and found those who watch reality TV consider themselves more extroverted, more neurotic, and say that they have lower self-esteem than folks who aren’t fans of the genre. Seventy percent of reality TV fans reported being extroverts compared to 59 percent of non-watchers. And 24 percent of those viewers considered themselves neurotic, compared to only 14 percent of non-watchers, the survey revealed.”
On being an extrovert …. I don’t consider myself an extrovert. According to TODAY’s doctor/expert: “Extroverts are people who gain a lot of what they want from the outside world. Obviously watching someone else’s world is exactly that.”
On being neurotic … “Neurotic people tend to be worried about how others will judge them. Then you have “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” — here’s the family who’s the epitome of ‘we don’t care.’ That would be an enjoyable thing to watch for a person who’s walking around thinking ‘I have to think about what people say.’”
Hmmm. Here I was thinking it was NORMAL to understand that people do judge you and that you should be concerned about the impression you make. What if the people on reality TV are NORMAL and I’m NEUROTIC?
On having lower self-esteem … “Although both watchers and non-watchers of the genre report relatively high levels of self-esteem, the survey revealed that some viewers actively turn to reality shows to make them feel better about their own lives.”
I do that. I’ve never thought that it was because I had low self-esteem. I don’t think I have low self-esteem – but watching the train wrecks on TV does make me feel better about my own life.
Oops – apparently I shouldn’t do that.
“That’s clearly about schadenfreude — taking pleasure in the misfortune of others,” psychiatrist and frequent TODAY contributor Dr. Gail Saltz says. “On the one hand, what’s wrong with feeling a little better about your house when you see someone on TV with a mess and 50 cats? On the other, it’s not a helpful defense mechanism when you have your own things going on that you should be attending to.”
Crumbs. I’d better turn off the TV and clean my house.
Sister Wives, Season Four, Episode Two, by BB
In last Sunday’s episode, Kody and all four wives go en masse to the high school teacher conferences with their various kids’ teachers. I kind of sympathize with the teachers here due to the fact I think it would be hard enough meeting with a one mom and one dad together, much less one dad and four moms. I question their motives for going all together. Is it because all four moms are that concerned about how the other kids are doing in school or do they just want to draw attention to themselves? They meet with four teachers of four different kids (none of them Robyn’s). The only thing interesting about this 20 minutes is that we find out Christine lets one of her girls miss class when she doesn’t feel like going, while Meri would never allow her daughter to do that.
Meri gets a call from her realtor saying she can’t have her wet bar (wet bar?) off the pantry in the kitchen without adding a fifth bedroom. Wait a minute, is Meri getting a house with four bedrooms? Why, when it’s just her and Mariah, who will be going off to college? Oh, it’s because she loves to entertain and have people in her home. She has to have a wet bar, her island, her huge great room. Janelle got frustrated with Meri for wanting that home and thinks it’s too much home for just Meri and Mariah. So do I.
Flashback to Janelle complaining about having to handle the finances and trying to conserve when the others weren’t, including Meri. Of course, Meri says if things had gone according to plan, she would have needed a seven bedroom home for her eight kids, but those weren’t the cards she was dealt. So what, does that mean she still should get the four or five bedroom home with the huge great room, wet bar and large island? Even if she decides to go the in-vitro or surrogacy route is no guarantee that she is going to have more children. I think Meri is a little spoiled. She hasn’t contributed much financially to this family, she’s not been the main caretaker in the past (Christine has), so I’m not sure where she gets this sense of entitlement. Is it because she’s the first wife?
So anyway, Kody shows up and Meri explains the wet bar/fifth bedroom problem and off they go to discuss it with the realtor. When we come back from commercial break, all the adults are sitting on the couch together talking about how they came to the decision about having four separate homes. They decided each wife would get the same budget for each of their houses. Christine said when they first talked about it, she thought Meri should get a smaller home. Janelle thought she would lose out on what she needed because everything was being divided equally among all four wives.
They all meet with Mona the realtor and the builders to talk about the changes they want. They discuss Meri’s wet bar/fifth bedroom problem and the builders don’t have a building plan that will solve it; i.e., allow her to have the downstairs she wants and not have to add another bedroom. Meri says it came back that she HAD to have that fifth bedroom. Really? She keeps saying she needs the space for all the kids. So I guess Meri got her way and the budget doesn’t end up being equal. She talks about how bad she feels, but I don’t think she really feels that bad about it.
Logan (Janelle’s son) is graduating from high school. The family had just returned home from a road trip and nobody seems to know the details about the graduation, like what time, where, how long it’s going to last. It’s a fustercluck. Robyn decides she’s going to purposely show up late because the ceremony will be long and she will have the baby. She just wants to arrive in time to see Logan walk. The ceremony is taking place at UNLV because there are so many graduates and their families attending. Meri texts Robyn and asks her to bring her camera because Meri forgot hers. The whole family is happy to be at Logan’s graduation and to be open about their polygamous lifestyle. Christine practically raised Logan because Janelle worked outside of the home. Robyn gets lost on the UNLV campus and can’t find the auditorium. Kody keeps worrying about her and Meri tells him to concentrate on the graduation. Right before it’s time to hand out the diplomas, Kody leaves to go look for Robyn. Janelle freaks out because she thinks he’s going to miss seeing Logan walk across the stage.
Kody gives up and comes back so he can see Logan get his diploma. Janelle totally missed it because she was messing with her phone getting ready to take a picture. Madison caught it on tape. Janelle was devastated. Robyn arrives about 15 minutes after Logan walks across the stage. Later on the couch they talk about how everything went so haywire that day and how it was Logan’s day and they should have done better. Logan was just happy they were all there for him.
In the last segment, Meri goes to visit her younger sister (by five years) Elaine who has just had another baby. They have both struggled with fertility issues. Kody wants Meri to have another baby, but Meri feels like she’s in a different place than she used to be. Her sister doesn’t see her as desperate to have a baby as before and Meri admits she isn’t. She is very conflicted about having another baby. Kody reminds her the clock is ticking. Meri keeps trying to get everyone’s opinion and Kody tells her to get God’s opinion. She says she’s trying. Kody gives her an ultimatum and she tells him she’ll decide by the end of the year, the month they move into their new homes. Kody tells Meri he’s going to have more kids regardless (is that to make Meri feel threatened or something?). Here’s my opinion; If Meri is that conflicted, the answer should be no. I think Kody thinks that once she moves into her new home, she will want another child.
Teen Mom Episode 3 by Rabble Rouser
(RabbleRouser is going to blog Teen Mom for us again. Yay! NMD)
Chelsea is getting ready to go out to see her boyfriend Adam’s motor cross race, but has not told her father who will be watching Aubrey where is going. She has also neglected to tell him that she has allowed Adam to move in. After she leaves her Dad, working on probably a tip by the producers enters the house and looks around to find all Adam’s stuff; feeling deceived and disappointed he calls his daughter to express his feelings. Instead of feeling guilty or ashamed, his shiftless over indulged brat of a daughter turns it around and demands to know why her was in her house (a house that her father has mostly been paying the rent on, sans one or two months where Chelsea was bring home a paycheck while working in a tanning salon- a job she abruptly quit with no notice).
She meets with Adam at the track and cheers him on as he competes with no one other than himself since he is the only competitor to be driving a 4 wheeler. I bet the idiot still lost.
Later, her father comes back to the house and forces Adam to move out all his stuff. Chelsea complains to a friend that this has caused strain in her relationship with her boyfriend and that she thinks moving forward that her dad and Adam will ignore each other. She texts Adam and asks if he will be going to their daughters birthday party, he says he will although he is not looking forward to seeing her dad. I am sure her dad feels the same way. My husband said he would flip if some guy treated our daughters they way Adam has treated Chelsea in the past but in many ways I think her dad bares some of the blame. He has completely enabled his daughter in the past by finically supporting her and providing additional child care even though she has failed to accomplish any thing (such as obtaining her GED) with the help she has been given. How can he expect her to stand up against grease balls like Adam, when he has never taught her to stand on her own two feet?
Chelsea and her friends are setting up the table for Aubrey’s birthday party. She is concerned that Adam is not there yet and wonders if it’s a result of their fight the night before. She is upset that she went early to set everything up and that he hasn’t even shown up on time. Adam shows up to Aubrey’s party over 2 hours late, He does seem to enjoy seeing his daughters delight as Chelsea brings out the jeep she brought for her. After the party, Adam and his family want to bring the child home with them. Adam surprises her with a new bike that he takes out of this truck. He tells Chelsea how much she liked it but Chelsea decided to one up him and mentions how much she REALLY like her jeep.
Leah is at home with her friend and shows her a letter that she received from in attorney in regards to her pending divorce from Corey. The tentative agreement is that she will receive $250 every two weeks in child support and that Corey will get the girls 3 weekends a month. Leah starts to vent that she doesn’t feel that they really gave the marriage a fighting chance and they Corey should have at least agreed to go to marriage counseling (despite her being the one that filed for divorce) . She neglects to say that she has cheated on him twice with her ex-boyfriend with the last time being just days before their wedding.
Leah is taking the girls to see Cory; she is upset to learn that he has a bought a new truck since that is one of the issues they were fighting over prior to separating. When he hands her a check for child support, she makes a sappy remark asking if he can still afford to support his kids giving this recent purchase. She then says this is the reason why they split up which causes him to laugh….Leah seems to be very much in denial about what was the straw that broke the camels back. She continues to make little jabs about the truck and how their children would rather their parents to stay together than to their daddy get a new truck. This upsets Corey and he tells her that is pisses him off that she continues to say this is the reason why.
Leah tells a friend how Cory got a new truck and she sees it as a betrayal- saying how she just wanted a home for their family. She feels guilty that her children will grow up in a broken home because they were unable to work it out. Her friend panders to her saying how well Leah has done, given the difficult of having two kids, a job and a husband. She states that she loved Corey. I wonder where that love was when she was sleeping with another guy, while Corey was home with their kids, probably writing their wedding vows.
Leah and Cory meet to exchange custody. Cory asks her what is the REAL reason why they are getting a divorce and says “Is it the tuck?” She says that she feels that is the part of the reason. Cory brings up the inconvenient truth about her sleeping with her ex boyfriend right before their wedding and how hurtful it was. She downplays it by saying the have both done things to hurt each other but that he doesn’t want to admit that he has done anything wrong. Cory says he never said he was 100% blameless. Leah brings up again how she wanted to try marriage counseling and they go back and forth for a minute before Cory finally says by that point he was DONE. They both end the conversation by saying they want to get along for the sake of the girls. I do have to hand it to them, given the dynamics and emotions that were at play, they both were able to speak to each other in a reasonable tone.
Cory and Leah attend a mediation conference to finalize their divorce. The terms were agreed on and their marriage is legally over. They both seem sad but again say they want to do what is best for their children.
Janelle is talking with her friend about her most recent legal issue. She has failed a drug test while on probation and her options are 45 days in jail or a 9 month extension on her probation. She does want to go to jail but she really doesn’t want to do another 9 months of probation because she would be required to take drugs tests which she knows she will fail. .She also invites her friend to a Keisha concert.
At home Janelle gets another call from her lawyer who tells her that the probation officer offer is still only offering a choice between 45 days in jail or extended probation. Janelle tells her lawyer that she doesn’t think she will be able to pass her drug tests which why she does not want to have a longer probation. He reminds her that she was able to it in “Malibu” (rehab). Janelle hems and ahhs and says she doesn’t know what she wants to do. She then tells her mother the options that are on the table jail but adds “Can you believe that” as if that is the proposal is a public lashing. Her mom suggests that she does probation but Janelle quickly shoots it down saying that the issue with probation is that she won’t be able to smoke weed. Her mom suggests that she just put her mind to it and give up her drug use and go to NA. Janelle informs her weed is not a narcotic. It gets loud and heated, so Janelle tells her son Jace to tell grandma to “shut up”, her mom tells her not to encourage him to say that. Janelle then gets up and walks out the door saying she is ‘stressed out’ while her mom calls her out saying that she is probably going to go get high.
Janelle goes to see her lawyer to let him know she has decided that she would rather do the jail time rather than addition probation. Her lawyer tells her that the offer is her to do her sentence from the 8th to the 23d for a total of 16 days in jail. Janelle protests explaining that on the 9th she has tickets to see Keisha; and they are in the second row. Her lawyer tells her that is not going fly with her probation officer but Janelle explains that he doesn’t understand…It’s Keisha we are talking about and she is “like ummm her idol”. Her lawyer tells her again that he is not going to go to her probation officer and ask the dates to be changed because she wants to attend a concert. But Janelle says that she can’t miss this concert and how she got feathers in her hair for it and bought new cloths and booked a hotel room. Her lawyer tells her that she has until the end of the day to give her probation officer her decision and that he think she should take the jail time because off of this will be behind in a couple of weeks. Janelle replies that no one understands that this just isn’t a concert to her, its KEISHA. The person….her IDOL…she watches her on YouTube 30 times a day.
As it turns out, the choice was taken out of Janelle’s hands because her probation officer showed up to her house for a surprise drug test which she failed. She was taken directly to jail, if this were monopoly; she would not be able to pass go or collect $200. She needed the money too since she called her mother and ask to be bonded out. Her bail was $10,000 which would require $1,000 bond. Her mom refuses to get her out despite Janelle’s pleas. I think jail would be the best place for her to get clean, even Amber from Teen Mom 1 knew that would probably be her own chance.
Kaitlyn is trying to repair her relationship with Jordan, her ex-boyfriend that she cheated on with Joe, her baby’s father. A friend sends her pictures of Joe with his new girlfriend which they snark over, noting that in one of the pictures he looks drunk and that even the caption says “Tipsy”. It then occurs to her that this picture was taken is when Joe had visitation with their son which makes her very angry and resentful.
She calls Joe and says saw the pictures of him and his girlfriend, where he is drunk. Joe denies being drunk but does say that he did leave Isaac with his mom that night. She says if he is not going to be there then she should just have him but then she launches into 21 questions about his relationship with the other girl. This makes me question her motives about making this an issue. My husband, who was watching the show, said that he thinks she is obsessed with him and is trying to use their son as a means to control her ex.
Kaitlyn tells her friend about the situation with Joe being out and drinking on a night he had custody of their son. Her friend, kind of dismisses it saying how the baby was probably with his grandmother (Joe’s mom). She then asks her if she still has feeling for Joe. Kaitlynn kind of dodges the question by saying that she put her relationship with Jordan on hold to try and work things out with Joe but it back fired. She says she thinks that Jordon is good for her because he is reliable and has always been there for her and her son. She tells her friend that is going to take Joe to court to get more time on weekends.
Kaitlyn goes to see her lawyer to ask if she can have her son every other weekend. Her lawyer thinks that is a reasonable request but husbands reaction to her was “What a bitch”. I have to agree. From a previous season, it was made public that Joe is paying $750 per month to support his son, before Kaitlyn had a boyfriend Joe’s family would watch Isaac so that she could go to school or work. Kaitlyn also lived with Joe’s family even after they broke up so that they could have a roof over their heads and now motivated by jealous and resentment, she wants to limit the time Joe and his family get to spend with the child. I can understand a parent wanting first right of refusal when it comes to childcare, but it should be a two way street. While Kaitlyn is sitting her lawyers office in her attempt to take time away from Joe with his son, her BOYFRIEND is watching the boy. This girl can’t see her own hypocrisy. She returns home and tells Jordon what her lawyer said. She seems optimistic that Joe will comply.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Cast Blogs by Stars99
Adrienne starts her blog by making a point that SHE asked Lisa to meet so they could “settle our issue once and for all” and that they both have said stuff that hurt each other in the past. Don’t normal people settle these things as they’re happening so it doesn’t get to a boiling point?
“I don’t know how many different ways a person can apologize. For the record, several apologies have now been said, an extremely large floral arrangement has been sent and it’s really time for us to move on. There are more important things in life to worry about — the whole thing has been a little bit high school-ish in my opinion. Regardless I am moving forward with my life in a positive direction and I hope my friendship with Lisa moves forward in a positive direction as well.”
The incongruity of this issue continues to baffle me. On the one hand, Lisa jokingly called a dog “Crackpot” instead of “Jackpot” and suggested the name of a shoe line be called, “The Maloof Hoof”; and, on the other hand, Adrienne outright accused Lisa on national TV of selling stories to the tabloids resulting in a potential adverse effect on Lisa’s businesses. It just doesn’t make sense. I can’t help but think if anyone had said something of that nature about Adrienne that they would have been immediately served with some sort of correspondence from her lawyer. That’s probably what Lisa should have done to Adrienne – instead she only required a sincere apology. And it took an act of congress for Adrienne to get the apology out of her mouth during their sit down.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t get through dinner without Brandi overreacting. Kim is a good friend and of course when you see a friend crying it’s normal to ask if they are “OK.” For Brandi to react the way she did is just ridiculous; she is way too quick to attack and judge. Come on Brandi, you’ve got a chip on your shoulder, it’s time to lighten up!”
Adrienne – Brandi and Kim were having a very heartfelt conversation until you interrupted the entire table with your outburst. You’re the one who loudly announced, “Someone’s crying.” If you were sincerely worried about Kim, since you were not seated right next to her… you should have either subtly attracted her attention somehow or walked over to her and inquired if she was okay in a soft voice. There is nothing like being the one who is crying and having the whole world suddenly stop what they’re doing and stare at you. Your reaction made Kim sorry that she cried… read her blog. Brandi was merely sticking up for Kim. You’re the one who is ridiculous.
“This episode is about to kick off what is set to be a bumpy ride to the end of the season for me. It starts out innocently enough with a much overdue, yet uncomfortable, apology from Adrienne to Lisa. Of course, Adrienne thinks she is still owed an apology, which is just ridiculous.”
I find it amusing that Adrienne calls Brandi “ridiculous” and Brandi calls Adrienne “ridiculous” in their blogs. Brandi goes on to talk about the meeting she had about her book and about how Lisa talked her into the magazine photo-shoot. Brandi describes herself as being “very self-critical”… ya think? Most of us would kill to look perfectly gorgeous in a photo with the single exception of a teeny tiny wrinkle on our thumb. The sad part was that Brandi wasn’t even fishing for a compliment when she complained about the wrinkle while looking at her pictures – but it was her actual hyper critical assessment of herself. Brandi – That wrinkle on your thumb… it’s called a “knuckle” and it’s what allows you to actually bend it. And no, don’t try to Botox your thumb.
“After the shoot we head to Ojai for Kim’s trip, which we were arriving late to. When we arrived we were given our room assignment and basically we were put in the kids’ room over the garage and disconnected from the main house. But it gave Lisa and I some good bonding time.”
I actually didn’t mind the room assignments too much – they got there last, and should have received last pick of the rooms, in my opinion. What drove me crazy were the petty, catty comments that the other women made about the room assignments. Oh, and the imaginary competition Adrienne had with Lisa about making sure she got a better room than Lisa. Puhleeze, dahling.
“We headed off to dinner and somehow Kim and I ended up sitting across from one another. . .drink STAT please! The table made light conversation in which Kyle stuck up for me over my divorce situation, and it makes me see a good side of her. It was the “girls’ girl” side of her that I am finally seeing that I have heard so much about. So far so good.”
That was really good to see.
“I sympathize with Kim on a lot of levels, and I realized she wasn’t her self last year. So we dove into a conversation that got emotional, but not in a bad way. We were actually relating. Then, of course, Adrienne, sitting a few seats away, had to make sure the whole table knew that Kim was crying and that it was my fault! We were having a good conversation and she ruined it. I don’t deal well with entitled people so I let her know that she needed to STFU. . .”
And cheers were heard around the world…
“I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to this woman, and you will see why down the road. I have a hard time masking my real emotions. The table is in an uproar over my “f bomb.” Listen everyone at this table says the “f word” (maybe not as often as I do), but all of a sudden everyone is acting like I committed a crime! So over it!”
Wait…Adrienne said in her blog that you had a chip on your shoulder… and you’re saying you have a chip on your shoulder… I’m guessing that exact wording comes up in conversation in a future episode. Yes, you’ve committed a crime, Brandi… you STOLE the words that many of us have wanted someone to say to Adrienne for a long, long time.
“I am relieved not to be involved in any drama so far and that I can just be excited for this new season. I’m looking forward to the Ojai trip and spending quality time with the ladies. It’s fascinating to see how everybody is getting along (or not), the progression of things in their lives and how new relationships are forming as others seem to change and morph. These interactions are always interesting, to see during this time who is befriending whom and which relationships are on the outs and who are becoming closer.”
Camille just loves to watch the drama as long as it doesn’t include her. She goes on to talk about how the drama between Lisa and Adrienne is “so unfortunate” because “life is too short.” Both are true statements and I realize this is Camille’s first blog of the season, but aren’t we tired of this topic? Sigh. Can we please not talk about this anymore?
“As far as sharing rooms, I was not that apprehensive about it. I’m a team player and was OK to room with any of the ladies. The thought of whom the other girls would want to share a room with came up though. Since Lisa took my second master suite at the ski house, some of the ladies were making comments about who should take the larger suite this trip. I always think of these times as funny and comical, and of us enjoying and joking around with one another and it’s only fair to rotate rooms. I thought the girls putting Brandi and Lisa in the small suite with the little twin beds was comical. It was just part of the ladies being silly and having fun.”
Camille, you said, “I thought the girls putting Brandi and Lisa in the small suite…” – Did I miss something? Were you NOT part of that conversation? Lol… the funny part about this whole thing… is that I totally would have preferred being in Brandi and Lisa’s room than being in the main house with the rest of these girls. Camille continues on by talking about how things are going with her main squeeze, Dimitri. They cooked a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together and had 22 people over. No caterer – but Camille’s assistant helped out. That’s exactly what a family needs during the holidays… to be together if at all possible.
“And while we’re talking about dinner. . .In Ojai, we were having this lovely dinner and I just thought the appetizers were so scrumptious, so delicious. As we were eating, I sat next to Brandi and Kim, but was talking to Kyle. I didn’t hear what was going on between Kim and Brandi. Watching the show, it seemed like basically Kim and Brandi were working through things, which was good. It seemed very positive. Then Kim starts getting upset and emotional. Adrienne looks over and notices Kim getting upset and reacted.”
Don’t’ you mean Adrienne “overreacted?”
“I was a little surprised to hear the “shut the F up” comment at the dinner table because I thought everything was going really well. But hey that’s Brandi. You just go along with it. “Oops there it is.” I don’t know what else to say.”
Nope – Brandi said it all.
Kim started her blog by talking about how nice it was to have some one-on-one time with Yolanda and how she was excited about the trip to Ojai. She doesn’t say much about the 5 rooms for 7 people issue – but it sounded like she found out at the same time as everyone else did. Something’s fishy here… cuz isn’t that the first thing you confirm when making reservations – that there are enough rooms for everyone? Oh wait, that’s right… Bravo actually planned the trip and the drama of having to share rooms.
“In talking with Brandi, I felt like I really began to understand her and that we were connecting! She started talking about how when she’s alone in her home that she drinks, and I did too. And then she said when her kids are gone she’s lonely and she drinks, and I said I did too. And then she said all her friends are married and she’s lonely and she hasn’t had a lot of people to talk to and she drinks, and I said I did too! I completely related to her in this whole conversation! And it triggered some real emotions in me, reminding me of how painful some of these experiences have been.”
It really was quite awesome to watch… especially since Bravo had already shown us scenes from last season that included unpleasant exchanges between the two of you.
“But when she brought up Game Night, that’s when I put my hand up. I wasn’t angry at her at the dinner table, but it took me back to a place that was way too too painful for me. I just didn’t want to talk about it. When she brought it up again, it was just one of those moments what was just too painful and hurtful and too much for me! I don’t think that Adrienne was trying to cause problems. I think she saw me crying and was truly concerned. Nor do i think Brandy meant to yell “f—” at the table! I think she didn’t want me to be embarrassed for crying! I don’t think anyone that night was trying to make a problem. I didn’t mean to cry!”
Well, thanks to Bravo editing – we didn’t actually hear Brandi’s references to the infamous game night during dinner that night. However, I do have to actually disagree with Kim on one point – I think Brandy DID mean to tell Adrienne to “Shut the f*** up” at the table. Yet, the only reason Brandi had to even make that bold, clear statement is because she was responding to Adrienne’s question about what Brandi meant when she initially said, “call it out.” Oh, and the fact that Kim actually wrote the words in her blog, “I didn’t mean to cry” makes me crazy. Kim, you were just reacting to the moment in an honest way. This is not your fault!
“I think this is the beginning for Brandi and I. And I really do get to know her a lot better! Every one of these women are beautiful and have sensitive sides. I’m truly thankful for this experience in growing with them and learning more about who they are. I’m growing every day and learning more about myself!”
As someone who really did not want to see Kim back on the show this season, I’ve got to admit that I was wrong. She is obviously in a good place right now judging by what we’re seeing on the screen and by what we’re reading in her blog. The fact that the blog is being written after all the episodes were shot with the exception of the Reunion shows… further demonstrates this season must come out somewhat favorably for Kim. It’s so nice to see Kim and Brandi give each other another chance. Kumbayah.
Kyle starts out her blog talking about her sister and how important friendships are important in life.
“Brandi looked beautiful at the photo-shoot. I laughed out loud when she said she didn’t like that her thumb has “wrinkles.” We are so hyper critical of ourselves. With legs like that, a little thumb wrinkle is only fair.”
“I was so stressed taking Alexia to the DMV. I wouldn’t have been as stressed if she hadn’t failed twice already. She was scared and so was I. I knew there would be tears if she failed again. Fortunately, she passed.”
I understand you’re on a Bravo show and all… but I don’t think the whole world needed to know your daughter had failed her test twice… Now, she’s never going to hear the end of it. I understand from reading the rest of the paragraph that you really saw her getting her license as a huge step towards independence – which is hard on a parent sometimes. However, you might want to try to think through your potential Bravo storylines and how they will affect your kids. Cuz well, you’re the parent.
“There is an ongoing joke with the girls about who gets the best room on these trips. This started way back. Lisa will joke and say to us “How is your hotel room? I don’t know why I got this huge suite. I don’t need five bedrooms,” knowing that we are ALL in the same one bedroom rooms. Then I will say “Don’t you love that we have a piano in our rooms?” To which all the girls would reply in unison “YOU HAVE A PIANO IN YOUR ROOM?” Kidding!”
I’m relieved that there’s an ongoing joke about who gets what room – because the comments seemed quite catty and petty to me. Brandi and Yolanda thought they were childish, too… perhaps they need to be brought in on the joke. Heck, even Adrienne thought choosing rooms was some sort of a competition.
“Truth is ALL the rooms were beautiful, but don’t think I was going to miss the chance to tease Lisa and Brandi for getting the room with the unusually small twin beds.”
I hope those twin beds were extra-long… cuz Brandi is tall. Just sayin’.
“I loved watching the girls’ faces when we were told we would be sharing rooms. Everyone was thinking “who am I going to share with?” Some combinations of the women could have been flat out awkward. At least Lisa and Adrienne didn’t have to share.”
See… now that’s catty, no? Perhaps I’m jaded…
“The dinner started out really nice. I was happy to be out with the girls and really having fun. All the girls were really bonding and getting along. I could not hear what Kim and Brandi were talking about. All I know is all of a sudden I heard “Shut the F— up.” Oh no. . .The fun has just ended. In watching the episode, I see it differently than I did that night. Because now I can see and hear what was going on. Although I think there was a better choice of words for Brandi to use, I can see where she was annoyed that Adrienne announced that Kim was crying. I DON’T think Adrienne meant that to be mean in any way, perhaps it was a lapse in judgment on her part. Whatever it was, the dinner shifted after that. . .You will see next week. . .As far as the previews of us doing gymnastics. . .well . .You’ll see. . .”
Yeah, I don’t actually think Adrienne was TRYING to be mean… I think she’s socially awkward, has very little self-awareness, and tries to blame Brandi for all the drama that happens.
“Welcome back, we open with this ongoing situation between Adrienne and myself. After my thank you note, she had reached out to initiate a meeting. It was a long awaited resolution that was clearly needed in order for us to move on. I have always, since entering into this domain, been open and honest with you, and now as you witness this attempt at repairing a friendship that lay in tatters, I can’t deceive you and pretend that it will ever be resolved truly, as it has been too long and too convoluted to ever hope for that friendship that was once there. . . However due to circumstances, it was essential that this came to fruition otherwise I was unwilling to even engage her.”
Hopefully this is the last we have to talk about this subject.
“There have been too many manufactured, unfounded stories in the press, given by one of her employees since then, that I have never reacted or retaliated to, for me to believe that this apology was sincere and her goal was to bridge the divide between us.”
Sighs… hangs my head… Itissonotoverdagnabit!
“I had an idea that a photo-shoot with Brandi for the magazine I worked for, Beverly Hills Lifestyle, was just what she needed. She is a beautiful woman and her level of confidence is not what it should be, as a result of the path that her life has taken. The whole layout, which you can see in the magazine, was a complete success, which I am sure even Brandi will agree on. . .or not.”
I love that you’re altruistically looking out for the continued wellbeing of one of your friends.
“So off we go to Ojai, chatting in the car lightheartedly, but then you see signs of the vulnerability that has endeared Brandi to me, little glimpses of the struggles that she has had to overcome. I knew she was a little nervous about spending a weekend with all these ladies, but it was a much needed break.”
I’d be nervous, too.
“When we arrived, obviously we were unaware of the room allocations that had happened previously, but when we were shown to the attic, that was separate from the house, I understood and to be honest really didn’t care. Brandi and I have no issues. We are totally relaxed together and it was a situation that drawing straws for example was potentially fraught with danger!”
Giggles at the “attic” reference.
“At dinner I was fascinated when I viewed this scene between Brandi and Kim. As I hadn’t witnessed it, I had really only become aware of a problem when I heard Brandi tell Adrienne to shut the f— up. Something I wish I had done a long time ago but, at that moment it seemed inappropriate. However I heard after and now realize that it was just another snarky attempt by Adrienne to imply that Brandi was causing a problem. Not so.”
It’s funny how everyone was in their own conversations and not paying attention to what was transpiring between Brandi and Kim, except Adrienne. No one was even aware that anything was going on until Adrienne called everyone’s attention to Kim’s crying. Who does that?
Taylor’s incredibly long blog (not) starts out by saying that she’s proud of Kim’s recovery, she likes Ojai, and that being at the house reminded her of “the start of a slumber party from childhood.” She was looking forward to having some fun. And drinking. Well, she actually didn’t say that last part.
“Tune in next week when the fun really gets underway. . .for most of us that is. Speaking of childhood slumber parties, I feel a cartwheel in my future. With all the stress and responsibility of our everyday lives, I love the fact that my friends and I can get away, kick up our heels, and act like kids again just for a moment.”
Taylor, you act like a spoiled, entitled, bratty child most of the time. How is being in Ojai any different? (Please excuse the snark. I just can’t help myself.)
Yolanda H. Foster
“I hope you had a great week! Thank you all so much for your kind words and, for those of you who weren’t too kind, please take a minute to go to Yolanda.com and read my “About” section. It would be nice for you to know a little bit about my background, which is probably very similar to yours, rather than just judging me based on an episode of RHOBH, which just seems so shallow.”
The Yolanda haters must be making comments. I think that perhaps Yo Yo (as I do love to call her) could come off as being somewhat pretentious… but her actions actually resonate differently to me. What other housewife has invited Kim over to her house for a one-on-one? When Kim was crying at the dinner table and Yo Yo became aware of it – she immediately put her hand on her shoulder and tried to console her. I kind of think Yo Yo lives so far above the fray that she just sees cattiness as unnecessary and she wants to communicate with people on deeper levels than about some petty argument or their latest clothing acquisition.
“Also, please remember, this is all very new to me. I have never been involved with any social media. I understand it goes with my choice of getting on the Bravo train and becoming a Real Housewife, but, in all honesty, I did not get an iPhone, Instagram or Twitter until this past august when David and i went on vacation to Europe. Of course, I have seen our children become pros, but I am an electronically challenged idiot when it comes to that stuff.”
And according to a previous blog, she hadn’t ever seen an episode of the RHOBH before signing on. Silly her.
“Once I got completely stopped in my tracks with a brain virus this past September, I spent most of my days home in bed without any stimulation, so I had all the time in the world to play with my social media outlets and write a blog, which I really learned to enjoy. Anyway, on to the important stuff: I am glad to finally see Adrienne and Lisa face-to-face. Lisa has rightfully stood her ground. It was so important for them to open their heart, tell each other how they really feel, be acknowledged, accept the apology and move on. You might not be able to be best friends with everyone, but I don’t believe in enemies and I hate leaving unresolved issues floating around in the universe that can poison our lives.”
Wow… a brain virus? Yikes. Life is indeed too short for pettiness.
“I was actually excited to go to Ojai. It’s the perfect place and I was really hoping to connect with all of the women on a deeper level. So far, it has been filled with very shallow conversation because they always end up rehashing the past — but I am hopeful that that will soon change.”
I start to inexplicably sing, “To Dream the Impossible Dream.”
“I am really excited to see opportunities come Brandi’s way. She is a beautiful woman and deserves it. I can’t wait to read her book because I am sure it’s going to be in true Brandi form. We come from similar backgrounds (just different cultures) and we make different choices in communication skills. I just really appreciate her directness and honesty. I also respect the fact that she is not sitting on the couch weeping, but working her butt off to make a life for herself while supporting her boys.”
Whoa… did she REALLY just plug Brandi’s book? I love the statement, “we come from similar backgrounds – just different cultures” – how true that is for so many of us!
“It’s endearing to see Lisa care for and support Brandi. I love it! I felt such sadness when Brandi made a comment about the wrinkles on her thumb because she really means it. Infidelity leaves such a brutal mark on a woman’s psyche and self-worth. I know because I was there many summers ago, but it still hits home. You will see our bonding process in the coming episodes.”
I dunno… but I find that I really like what she’s saying. Yep, the teams are being set – Team Lisa, Brandi and Yo Yo – and then there’s everyone else. Someone else may join their team…like… perhaps Kim? Whoa… wouldn’t that just flip Kyle’s fig that her sister Kim landed on the cool girls’ team and she didn’t? Dies laffin’ at that thought…
“I can’t help but feel bad for Kelsey Grammar having a bunch of girls discussing his private parts. So disrespectful. . .so high school. . .”
Perhaps. But I’ve lost all respect for Kelsey and I must confess that I don’t mind him being brought down a notch or two. I’m not necessarily a Camille fan… but the way the demise of their marriage played out on TV was horrible.
“I love how Lisa thinks I should have gotten the cupboard. Haha. Honestly, the house is so stunningly beautiful that I would have been fine bunking up with three girls if i had to. I did not come to Ojai for a luxurious vacation but for the camaraderie with the girls.”
See? Our Yo Yo DOES have a sense of humor! Bunking with three girls… ummmm… which three? After saying a couple brief things about the dinner, Yo Yo signs off… but then includes the following postscript:
“p.s. (to me): my husband is the most extraordinary human being I have ever met and his kindness, dedication and commitment to philanthropy far exceeds the Grammys on the piano and for that I am honored and thankful to be in his company every day! And yes in my household, he is king!”
Perhaps she got flack about David’s Grammys being displayed on the piano? Perhaps some negative comments were written about David controlling the music situation the night they had the dinner at her house? I love that she’s fiercely loyal to him. I’m also guessing that means we’re not going to see Yo Yo do anything too crazy that would reflect badly on her husband. While she may be up for bonding with the girls, playing games and acting silly – it will only be to a certain extent – we’ll never see her babbling in a drunken stupor or causing unnecessary drama. Wow, there may be hope for this franchise after all…
Saturday Night Lineup December 1st by BB
8PM – Made in Jersey (CBS); It’s a Wonderful Life (NBC); Elf (Family Channel); Under Cover Christmas (Lifetime Movie); The Santa Clause 3 (Disney); A Bride for Christmas (Hallmark Movie); College Football FL State/Georgia Tech (ESPN); College Football Texas/Kansas St. (ABC); College Football Nebraska/Wisconsin (Fox); Holiday Kitchen Takeover (HGTV); College Football Pittsburgh/South Florida (ESPN2); Kelsey’s Essentials (Cook 8:30)
9PM – My Crazy Obsession (TLC); Redneck Island (CMT); Welcome to Sweeetie Pie’s (OWN); Motives and Murders (ID); My Wedding David Tutera (WE); Celebrity Ghost Stories (Biography); Renovation Realities (DIY); Noteworthy at the Opry Women of Country (GAC)
10PM – 48 Hours (CBS); Love at the Christmas Table (Lifetime Movie) House of Style (MTV); Holiday ER (TLC); Chainsaw Gang/Big Texas Heat (CMT); Wedding Band (TBS); Pit Bulls and Parolees (Anpl); Iyanla, Fix My Life (OWN); Fatal Vows (ID); The Haunting Of… (Biography); Untold Stories of the E.R. (FitTV); Family Under Construction (DIY); The Graham Norton Show (BBC)
It was one year ago that the Lynn’s “I Hate Jill Zarin” blog name was retired, and the site was renamed to LynnNChicago. We all miss you Lynn.
Reminder about the Fundraiser for Lynn’s Son