Housewife News by NoMoreDrama
Lisa Hochstein promised “big news” in her blog this week. Her “big news” was a little strange. Apparently Daysy’s surgery went so well that she entered in a relationship with a rich client (she only cleaned house for Lisa part time and had other clients) and is now moving in with him. Her business is also thriving and she no longer cleans homes herself but has employees. Lisa calls it a Cinderella story. I’m sorry, but Daysy seems like a little bit of an opportunist to me. I’m still trying to figure out how she talked Lisa into giving her free plastic surgery – or was it all to promote Lenny’s business on the show?
As for the other news I was hoping for – Lisa explains that they’ve gone through two more “cycles” and neither of them were successful. It isn’t clear if she’s talking about in-vitro or surrogacy, but whatever the case I wish her the best of luck.
Finally Lisa talks about the home they are building on Star Island and has this to say:
“We spoke about the plans for our Star Island home. Little did we know our plans to demolish and rebuild the home would be so controversial. In spite of the building crumbling and being situated 30 inches below flood level, a group of preservationists who have never been inside the home to see just how bad it is are trying to fight us on it. Over 20 pre-1942 homes have been demolished just this year, but they have chosen to make an example out of us. Fortunately the laws of Miami Beach protect homeowners like us, but it just seems underhanded how these people are trying to change the laws retro-actively. I will keep everybody posted on our progress”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, according to the Miami Beach paper, the Miami Design Preservationist League filed paperwork to have the home listed on the Historic Register. “It’s loss would be like knocking a tooth out of the Mona Lisa,” explained Mike Kinerk, who filed the paperwork. Lisa’s husband called the group’s efforts a publicity stunt. “These people are misguided,” Lenny said. “I don’t know what it is about their personalities that they feel they can dictate to others what they can do to their homes.”
This is the situation as far as I can determine. The Hochsteins purchased the home at a foreclosure auction for 7.6 million. At that time (and today) it was not designated as a historic structure. But any changes to the house need to be approved by the city’s design review board (which is common in many cities). People have become concerned that many of the cities’ historic homes are being razed to make way for mega mansions, and this particular home was so iconic, and the Hochstein’s plans so gawdy, that it set a group in motion to protect the historic homes in this area.
Right now the design review board hasn’t approved the plans and needs to see more structural analysis, and would like the Hochsteins to integrate more of the original features of the home into the new home (in other words build of the architectural design that is there rather than put up something completely different).
This is so off topic, but would love to know what you all think about this issue. This sort of battle happens all the time where I live. If this was in your neighborhood and an iconic home, would you fight to have it preserved?
Meanwhile in Atlanta Kim Zolciak talks about her new home. Kim tweeted that they were at the new home “freezing their asses off”. Asked if it would have a fireplace she tweeted “eight” but it wasn’t close to finished yet. I suppose we’ll see this new place on her spin-off.
And finally, Kenya Moore is threatening to sue blogger and WWHL bartender Funky Dineva. Apparently one of Kenya’s
lies storylines is that she owns her Atlanta home. Funky Dineva got hold of a cancelled rent check that proves otherwise, and published it on the internet, so Kenya is suing for posting a stolen check online. “I have spoken to my attorneys and have filed a police report and will be speaking to the DA tomorrow to proceed with Criminal prosecution of Invasion of Privacy, bank fraud and a civil lawsuit. The first two 2 charges mandate jail time if found guilty.” Funky doesn’t seem worried – head her blog here.
Top Chef Seattle 12/19/12 by Sugar Magnolia
After the beauty of the Chihuly Gardens (I hail from the GREAT Pacific NW), we saw Eliza pack her knives and go home because of her chewey Elk. Other cheftestants were sad to see her go. Danyele is trying to convince us, or herself, that she has confidence. Josh really needs to cook some fantastic pork at some point, because he is hanging his proverbial and literal hat (and mustache) on his ability to bang some hog. Henceforth, he will be referred to as Stash.
Padma introduces us to S4 winner (and only female to hold the TC title), Stephanie Izzard. Included in her pedigree (thank you Kenya) is to be named as “Food and Wine” magazine’s Best New Chef. Please welcome Stephanie to the Top Chef kitchen. She is very pleased to be on the other side of the judging. Tonight the cheftestants can cook anything they want and begin choosing items from the pantry, however, every item is covered in Reynolds Wrap Foil (insert commercial here). And, once they open it, it MUST be used in their dish, and it will be their only cooking vessel. (cry for our chefs who like to sous vide everything). Stephanie and Padma explain that home cooks use this as do restaurants every day. (self disclosure–used Costco brand foil to make my chicken enchilada’s last night.) Immunity, but no other cash or prizes, is on the table. 30 minutes and time starts now…
It’s a race around the kitchen for supplies, with a strategically placed GE Monagram appliance logo, and Stefan states that he will be cooking with goat’s balls, but really salmon. Micah says you can only hope for the best unless you are Superman and can see through tinfoil. Kristen is making a cake–ballsy move. Bart is taking this foil thing wayyyyy too seriously. Did he really just use his head to make a bowl? I am certain that violates every health code in the world! Everyone is scrambling with various ingredients and the 10 minute mark is called. 5 minutes…the heat is on. Time’s up, hands up utensils down (will Padma EVER get this right? Utensils down, hands up would make much more sense).
Stew good, lamb too rare, and Stefan serves Champs (thanks to the 98% real OCHW) knowing that getting the judges drunk is a good move. Raw onion, cake is going over well. Padma and Steph, don’t eat the food from Bart! Hair is not a seasoning.
Brooke, Micah, and Stash are on the bottom. Danyele, Kristen, and Sheldon are on the top. Kristen wins immunity! (best Jeff Probst imitation I can muster)
Remlinger Farms berries and Head to Head battle. Stash was a wrestler (do not like the mental pic of him in a singlet–Phaedra rocked it way better than he could’ve). Steph gives them encouragement and Padma calls the top 6 from the Quickfire. Kristen will be cooking alone, since she has immunity. The top 6 get to choose their partners. Sheldon v Micah, Danyele v Stash (she wants to pull some Texas on his Oklahoma ass), Stefan v the Most Hated Chef Ever, Josie v Lizzie, so Bart v Brooke (who is flattered she is the last person picked) Outdoor event with 150 guests and the winner wins $10k. Check the cloche for your berry and head to Whole Foods (did you know you can get a fantastic fresh made pizza for $10? My WholePaycheck Peeps know when I walk in to put a fresh half cheese and half pepperoni in the oven).
Fight over fresh tuna between Stefan and Sheldon. Stefan gives in and buys frozen. Back at the condo, they are drinking beer and razzing stefan over his frozen fish choice. Another commercial, this one for Toyota, and a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound. (One of the most gorgeous places on Earth IMHO. We have season tix to the Seahawks and I hate football. I spend most of my time at the garlic fry stand and looking at the view wishing to live on one of the islands). But back to our programming. Off to the berry farm. Shockingly, there are not enough resources for the cheftenstants to use. Most Hated Chef Ever is going after Stash, Stefan is against everyone, the others are just talking heads, and Remlinger is vying for attention for their Bravo air time. Kristen talking personal, the rest just talking smack to each other while cooking.
Chef’s beginning to stage, and here comes Tom. The usual “I’m-trying-to-be-cordial-while-I’m-in-the-weeds-and-get-the-fuck-out-Colicchio” ensues. Did Micah really name his kids Sage and Saffron? Reminds me of Ab Fab and I can Edwina in my head saying “Saffy…), but anyhoo…
This is what they served;
- Josie–rolls that are not ready but being served to order–sockeye salmon roll and raspberry aoli (for the non-foodies, that is just mayo with herbs or spice)
- Lizzie raspberry and bacon–raspberry steamed cabbage roll with heritage pork and bacon stuffing
- Danyele–chicken pine nut terrine dressed with a blueberry vinaigrette
- Most Hated Chef Ever- white gazpacho with spanish chorizo, gooseberries, and sweet grapes
- Stefan (and his frozen tuna)-Cali crudo with radishes, gooseberries and spiced vinaigrette
- Stash-savory goat cheese mousse with blueberry compote with serrano ham on top
- Sheldon-Ahi poke summer roll with strawberries and sweet chile sauce
- Micah–Strawberry Fried Chicken with strawberry and bacon biscuit
- Brooke–spicy smoked chocolate pudding with a blackberry tapioca
- Health Code Violation, aka, Bart–blackberry soup with salmon and rhubarb yogurt
- Kristen–matcha goat milk custard with macerated tayberries
(commercial vignette making fun of Josie’s laugh)
Padma asks Jon, Josie, Bart, Micah, and Danyele (this is after Stefan asks everyone to suck his man parts in the stew room). Each lost their Head to Head battle, so on the bottom.
Each of the judges wrote blogs of their own and you can find them on bravotv.com. They say it better than I can. http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/blogs
Please send in the rest of your colleagues. All won H to H battle. Winning dish goes tooooooooooo Kristen!
And PYKAG is to Danyele chickn rubbery, cristini was hard….
Then a fight between Stefan and Josie….hello, they didn’t have to go home so STFU! (thank you Brandi!)
See ya next week chefs! Now I am going to enjoy a bagel with NW smocked sockeye salmon.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Cast Blogs by Stars99
Adrienne starts her blog by thanking her fan and her girlfriends for their support. She also calls Mauricio “an example of a true gentleman.” Gag. Falls on the floor laffin’ my fool head off.
“It’s difficult for me to elaborate on the events of the last few episodes; I am still in the process of my divorce and under a gag order, which prevents me from speaking about my family.”
Oh come on… come clean, for goodness’ sake… we have suffered enough, no? We have all speculated on what this “big secret” could be… and honey, none of it looks good for you. Seriously, when left to our own demented, maniacal thought processes, we can conjure up something far, far worse than what the big secret really could be… better yet, it’s probably everything all rolled into one big secret, which means allegedly, that you must be: Formerly a man and unable to physically give birth to children so you used a surrogate, but as a former man, you didn’t have eggs so you had to use someone else’s egg and Paul’s sperm – so they’re of no actual blood relation to you at all and therefore will not inherit any of the Maloof’s holdings since the only legitimate heirs are those of direct blood lineage, but it’s okay since your purported family’s empire of wealth is really all just a huge pile of hooey, and to relieve your stress you went to your manicurist friend, the morally bankrupt, Faye Resneck and you were mesmerized by her sparkling wit and personality so that you decided to take a dip in the lady pond with Faye, but much to your horror, Brandi walked in on you and Faye while you were ummm dipping and since Brandi refused to join in the reindeer games you decided to get back at her by having a torrid affair with Eddie Cibrian. No?
“I would have attended Kyle’s dinner party, but knowing Brandi was going to be there I didn’t want to put myself in a compromising situation — I’m tired of the cattiness.”
Compromising situation? Are you kidding? They all had already heard about the big secret – and you had your tag team of Kyle and Faye primed and ready to go to battle against the big, powerful, scary Brandi… But the truth of the matter is that it’s so much more fun to have others do your dirty work, isn’t it? We know from Faye’s blog that Bravo had posted and then took down (but not before NMD quickly captured it and wrote about it – way to go, NMD!) that Kyle clued Faye into what happened and that Faye subsequently had a lengthy conversation with Adrienne BEFORE the actual dinner party. The only thing better than playing a victim AT a dinner party… is playing a victim who was so distraught that she couldn’t even attend the dinner party. Right, Adrienne, the Martyr?
“I feel really badly that this fight between Adrienne and I went down at Mauricio’s event. I was sitting in a chair and the fight came to me so I defended myself. As I have said, I regret saying specifically what I said about Adrienne — although it is true and in retaliation to Adrienne’s prior attack on me and my family.”
I’m really confused… Kyle knew that Adrienne was going to find out about what Brandi had said. If it was important that Mauricio’s event be drama free since it was a professional business launch, can someone please explain to me why Kyle, as Adrienne’s friend, didn’t frantically call Adrienne BEFORE Mauricio’s launch to ensure: 1) Adrienne and Paul had the facts and had some time to actually process the information off camera before reacting to it; 2) Adrienne and Paul could choose whether or not to attend the event since they knew Brandi would most likely also be there; and 3) Kyle could convince them not to say anything at the actual event since it could cost her husband potential sales at his glorified open house.
The fact THAT it went down at the event was not your fault, Brandi. If all these women are such great friends of Adrienne, why didn’t they call her immediately after the event? I mean Kim… Kim of all people – is the voice of conscience at this point? Whoa…
“That being said I have always liked and respected Mauricio for not getting involved in the childish drama his wife and we ladies seem to be surrounded by. He has always been very kind to me, but I now see that he clearly does not like me. I am aware of this now. But two things I am definitely not are liar or a gossip girl. There are a lot of things about me that are not perfect and I wish that I could change, especially my temper, but I haven’t been able to thus far in life.”
Brandi, Brandi, Brandi, Mauricio may or may not like you or any of the housewives… he just kisses up to the ones who represent potential income for he and his family. It’s what he does – it’s the nature of his business. After the last couple of seasons, it seems like Kyle has received strict instructions from Mauricio that this little show had better not adversely affect his earning potential. It seems like he understands that drama has to happen – but that Kyle should always side with those individuals whose hands feed his business. Brandi, you are currently not in a situation where you represent potential business to him – therefore he can easily discard you. Yeah, you don’t seem like a liar to me, either – but it seems like you may talk about things without having all the facts of the situation. Also, to be honest, you do say things about others behind their backs whether it’s categorized as gossip or not – but I also feel that you don’t say anything behind someone’s back that you wouldn’t say directly to their face. I mean it may be awkward, but you would still stand behind your words.
“I went to Kyle’s dinner party but offered to stay at home if Adrienne was going to be there. Hind sight being 20/20 I should have stayed at home. Kyle brought her pit bull-slash-puppet Faye “Rancid” in to attack me about events and things she had nothing to do with and wasn’t even present for.”
It would have been really funny if you had stayed home that night – it would have taken all the wind out of Kyle and Faye’s sails. Faye is also not going to bite the Maloof hand that feeds her. It’s sad that Adrienne has to buy friends, isn’t it? Brandi goes on to say that Lisa came to her defense – but I honestly didn’t see much of that, at least not in this particular episode – but perhaps more is to come. Then Brandi specially named Marisa as someone that she really likes. I like her, too. I loved watching her face – getting more and more incredulous as the conversation ensued (Marisa – get out now while you still can! Run for your life!).
“Wow, there’s just so much going on in this episode. It’s hard to keep up. There’s a time and a place for everything. Mauricio’s event was not the right time or place to bring up what Brandi had said. I understand Kim wanting to tell Adrienne as soon as possible. Adrienne had the right to know since it is such a private personal matter that could effect her family. I just think Kim’s timing was wrong.”
You’re right – Adrienne had the right to know what was being said behind her back. Kim, by her own admission – had tried to connect with Adrienne prior to the event. I get bewildered about knowing when it’s okay to say stuff and when it’s not okay to say stuff. Evidently, it’s okay that adult confrontations take place at a 4 year olds’ birthday party – but not at a pretend open house. Go figure. Oh right… one potentially had sales at stake.
“The fight shocked me and caught me off guard. I wasn’t invited to the dinner at Sur, so I had no idea of what had transpired. As we ladies were enjoying a pleasant conversation, Paul walked by and confronted Brandi. All hell broke loose.”
Yeah, Camille, after Season 1, you recognized the need to reconstruct your image, but your new PR strategy has painted you a boring beige which means that you’re easily forgotten when identifying potential people who will stir up drama for the cameras.
Camille goes on to talk about how she thinks Paul was out of line – and how Adrienne tried to stop Paul from confronting Brandi at that time. Camille was surprised that no one jumped in to stop it. I was, too – but since there were TV cameras there – people probably had the sense that this was all just another “dramatic” moment that was semi-scripted and perfect for television. Camille discussed that how exposing this big “secret” is so much different than when Camille revealed that Taylor was being abused by her husband. Taylor disagrees. Read her blog.
“Taylor had told all of us what was happening in her life. We all knew and were very concerned for her. My speaking out about her generally known situation is completely different than a private matter that the involved family does not want to share.”
I thought that Brandi said that everyone knew about this “secret” but that she was just the first to say anything about it on camera… perhaps I’m misremembering.
“Faye’s one tough cookie. Brandi is no shrinking violet. Both can handle themselves. Everyone has the right to express their own opinion. Brandi had every right to excuse herself from the table. It was getting very uncomfortable for her. I’ve been in that position. Brandi was uneasy about the dinner before being there. She had informed Kyle that she didn’t need to attend the dinner if Adrienne would be there. I thought it was very sweet of Marisa to try to step in and say something helpful. At some point Brandi realized where things were headed so it was best for her to excuse herself and walk away from the table.”
It’s like Faye was hired as a hit man by you guys to assassinate Brandi – while all of you just sat there looking smug and amused. Don’t get me wrong, Brandi was not an innocent in all of this – since she is the one that actually divulged the big “secret.” However, no one to my memory, actively denied it at the time… we didn’t even hear anyone immediately respond with, “No, I can’t believe that’s true”, “How could you possibly know that?”, or even “That’s a horrible thing to say” when Brandi originally said it. There was nothing from anyone – except the sound of crickets chirping but perhaps that was due to Bravo’s manipulative editing… The best thing was for Brandi to get the heck outta Dodge…
“I don’t think any of us have been angels, any of us. But sending flowers to Adrienne and apologizing in this case, I’m not sure. It all depends. What was said was so personal, it’s unfortunate. No one comes out of this situation unscathed. . .You’ll have to wait until the next episode to see what happens during the rest of Kyle’s dinner party. . .and with Brandi and Adrienne.”
What can be possibly more personal than outing a sister’s alcoholism, a friend’s abuse at the hand of her husband, a marital affair, financial unscrupulousness, bankruptcy, wearing hair extensions/wig, etc. – it’s just so weird. I have this feeling that we all will be so disappointed when we find out about the big “secret.” I almost hope we never find out about it. It totally cracked me up that Faye actually suggested to Brandi that she send a flower arrangement after Adrienne sent that monstrosity to Lisa. Honestly, the LAST thing that I would want is a gratuitous flower arrangement to be sent to me when the actual issues haven’t been settled yet. Perhaps I can be bought – but hopefully, I’m not that easy.
“This week we start off back at Mauricio’s event at The Residences At The Ritz Carlton. My husband is someone that avoids drama at all costs, so I really felt bad about what happened. That wasn’t the only thing I felt bad about. Everyone there had come to support my husband and their night was also ruined. Everyone’s. At the time I was upset with Kim because I felt her timing was wrong. I do agree that Adrienne and Paul needed to know what Brandi had said because we all knew that eventually, it WAS going to get out.”
I somehow doubt that everyone’s night was ruined. Non-Bravo people came to see drama – and it’s drama they got. Bravo-related people came to create drama or to react to it – and everyone did their jobs. Paul overacted his part, though – and of course, Taylor is hoping for that Emmy for her acting – although I’ve got to say, that while the confrontation was happening, I could see that she was really uncomfortable. It was afterwards that I believe she was cognitively going for that Emmy. Kyle, if you agree that Adrienne and Paul needed to know – why didn’t you tell them? I just don’t get it…
“In my opinion, even if Brandi and Adrienne had had their issues, that wasn’t the way for Brandi to retaliate. If I have an argument with someone, I will discuss the argument — not secrets I know about that person. Brandi and I have come a long way and I really didn’t want to backtrack, but I couldn’t deny what she did was wrong. I was honest about my feelings with her and she had expressed regret.”
Are you freakin’ kidding me? Kyle, I can’t honestly believe that you had the nerve to even write this part… You KNOW you’ve said things about people that were secrets just for the drama factor. You’ve participated in gossip and corroborated stories about people behind their backs time and time again. You even exposed your sister’s alcoholism on national TV. It’s pretty danged hypocritical for you to say, “I will discuss the argument – not secrets I know about that person.” Yes, what Brandi did seems to be wrong – but don’t try to be all angelic, cuz you have skeletons, too, my hypocritical friend. Just sayin’…
“I asked Brandi what had happened between her and Adrienne because after Ojai we were all confused. When Kim, Brandi, and I had our argument last year, Adrienne was the first to support Brandi. As much as we can think “it’s nobody else’s business” we all know that in this group, that doesn’t exist. We had all been dragged into what was going on. We all spend time together off-camera as well and that obviously was a topic of conversation.”
Yes, you’re the one who started all of this, actually by asking Brandi the original question. To be fair, you didn’t know how far Brandi would go in her rantings about Adrienne – but really, you did start it.
“Mauricio rarely lets things affect him. However, this topic really bothered him. He considers Adrienne and Paul friends so he was in defense mode. Mauricio and Paul have developed a great friendship over the past few years and he did not like what he was hearing and seeing.”
Mauricio knows who butters his bread.
“I really wanted to have a nice dinner party with my girlfriends. My dining room furniture had finally arrived and the walls had been hand painted by an artist Faye Resnick had hired. In my fantasies, I was going to have a beautiful dinner party with great food and friends. SILLY ME!!!!”
Oh, puhleeze – you’d been trying to figure out an excuse to have all the women over to your house for weeks because you wanted to host a dinner party that was fraught with drama. Remember suggesting to Adrienne that you have a dinner at your house so everything could be settled? Frankly, I find it insulting that you think we can’t see right through your manipulations.
“Like I said in my interview, Faye has had an issue with Brandi ever since her comment about Kim and crystal meth. Faye has known my family for many years and felt that comment was reckless.”
Yet, Faye doesn’t seem to have a problem with the vile things that come out of your mouth and horrible ways that you act? Wow.
“I have spent more time with Brandi to get to know each other and we both have been able to move past that horrible night. Faye has not. It has been a bit of a sore subject between us. I love Faye and she is a very loyal person.”
Loyalty, in my opinion is to be applauded – but blind loyalty – not so much. Some of the facts of the matter were that your sister had been acting erratically over a period of months and spending exorbitant amounts of time in the bathroom while at social functions. In my experience, alcoholics tend to spend their time where the alcohol is – but if you’re doing something else like drugs of some sort, you go where you won’t be seen. Perhaps Kim had a really shiny nose – like Rudolph – and needed to powder it every 10 minutes. I dunno… Perhaps meth wasn’t the actual drug of choice… but it wasn’t a leap to think it was something like that… Kyle goes on to say that she thinks that if Brandi and Faye had met under different circumstances, that she thinks that they would have been friends. Cough… cough…Only if Brandi had been subjected to a lobotomy.
“I have to say, I was surprised by Lisa’s comments in her interview. Lisa said that maybe Faye was speaking on my behalf “once again”. Well, first off, I have never needed a mouthpiece. I have always been one to be honest. I told Brandi how I felt about what she said right away. I have NEVER needed anyone to speak on my behalf. Plus, Faye certainly has a mind of her own and would never be anyone’s mouthpiece. If Lisa was referring to the “Dinner Party From Hell” with Alison Dubois, Lisa knows as well as ALL of us, I had NO CLUE what we were walking into that night. I had never met Alison Dubois. None of us had. ANY speaking up Faye did that night was purely as a friend being defensive. As any good friend would.”
So, like, why didn’t any of YOU speak up for Adrienne? I actually don’t remember minding too much of what Faye said on that particular night with Alison Dubois – only that it all seemed so contrived between Camille’s minions and your body guard, Faye. Why invite Faye to your dinner that night? Because you had clued her into the situation and had a very good idea of what she would do with the information. You were a dutiful Bravo employee creating the ambiance for a potentially dramatic night. You only WISH Brandi had stayed longer. I understand that Faye had hired the artist that painted your dining room… but really, who cares? So she was there to get kudos from the rest of the cast at the wonderful paint job that she didn’t even do herself? Let’s be honest – you want Faye to become a housewife so you can have a little elf in your pocket at all times.
“So let’s try to dissect this complicated episode. . .we resume with the awful scenario at Mauricio’s event. Clearly Kim wanted to be a loyal friend and inform them, but she shouldn’t have ignited the situation there. But hindsight is 20-20!”
I may be crazy, but I actually think that Kim was way more concerned about Adrienne and Paul’s feelings than she was about Mauricio. I think she’s kind of over Kyle and Mauricio and their impact on her life. I’m sure she made life for them really difficult as an alcoholic… but I think Kyle could be a trigger in her life and she is going to have to distance herself away from them for a while until she’s strong enough to handle their relationship. Kim’s gonna have to set up boundaries that will make it safe for her reconnect with them.
“I had been briefly given the lowdown by Kyle the next morning and then, as you saw, Brandi comes over to see Ken and explain what had exactly transpired. When I viewed this episode I wasn’t prepared for the venom and ugliness, the temper of Paul, the vicious accusations by Adrienne towards Brandi, and I immediately understood why Taylor looked like a deer in the headlights, given her past. I cannot fathom how the other men stood by and let Paul verbally assault Brandi. It would never have happened if Ken had been there. Lord knows what would have ensued.”
I don’t know how ANYONE, male or female stood by and let Paul verbally assault Brandi like that… However, that being said, somehow Brandi and Paul are okay at this point in time. That says something – I’m just not sure what.
“I have always endeavored to be honest with my friends, fellow ‘Wives, and you the viewer. I would be dishonest if I let my support of Brandi supersede what I truly believed was right — she shouldn’t have said it. However I understood Brandi’s frustration with Adrienne, as I have been in situations manifested by Adrienne and her staff of complete utter nonsense, constantly on social media and in the press, that I have really wanted to respond to, but have somehow managed to ignore. Maybe with the support of my husband calming me. When I have been so insulted by the things written that have come from her and her staff, it has been somewhat easier. . .Brandi has had to deal with it alone. Brandi is, as you know, more volatile. She regrets what she said. Did I chastise her? Yes, to be truthful I did. She wished she could retract it. . .too late.”
It makes all the difference in the world to have someone in your corner who brings a balanced perspective and who has nothing but your best interests at heart.
“Ken, on the other hand, as thrilled as I was to have him home and doing so well, as you see, is a nightmare of a patient. He had been home a few days, had me up and down like a bloody yo yo. So when I witnessed him laughing with Martin, I know that, if there is another time. . .He can stay with Martin.”
Yeah, Ken… the jig is up… or should I say, the Giggy is up!
“I have to say anybody undergoing a hip surgery, this doctor was amazing and within a week he was pain free and back to normal. Incredible!”
That’s just crazy speak…it’s truly amazing! I hope that doctor gets tons of business!
“We were invited to Kyle’s house for dinner. If I had known that Faye was going to be there, all clued in, on what was supposed to be a secret, I would have possibly refused the invitation and advised Brandi to do likewise. I have memories of another dinner party where Faye was back up, mouthpiece, or whatever one would like to call her. It was an impossible situation. I knew Brandi had shown her regret but still felt indignant, and I agree with the fact that her feelings were valid too.”
Lisa, if Bravo somehow can’t read between the lines to recognize that the point you’re trying to make is that you don’t want to be included scenarios with Faye, then you may have to be more direct. Please, oh puhleeze tell Bravo that you won’t film if Faye is allowed to be a housewife. I think you’re probably one of the only people they’ll listen to at this point. Pretty please, with sugar plums on top?
“I would like to start my first Bravotv.com blog by sending love and prayers to the victims of the horrific tragedy in Connecticut. May those of us who are spending time with family during the holidays be grateful and safe and not take our blessings for granted. When tragedies occur we often put life into perspective and focus on the things that really matter. Often times we get caught up in trivial things and waste time and energy on issues that don’t deserve our attention. It is bad enough if we are dealing with personal issues, but why insert yourself into issues that have nothing to do with you?”
While the new kid on the block isn’t the only one to talk about the horrible tragedy in Connecticut, she is the only one that started her blog by mentioning it and by sending her love and prayers to the victims. I like her already.
“One thing I learned early on in this process is that this is a group of very strong women with equally strong opinions. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into, so I treaded lightly while observing what was going on. Again, the drama that was already brewing didn’t involve me, so I wanted to really understand the dilemma before I shot from the mouth. I am the kind of person that will give an honest opinion if asked, and I am happy to offer advice, but it is ultimately up to the person on the receiving end to decide if they wish to take it or leave it. I don’t recall Brandi asking Faye for advice; it seems they don’t even know each other. In fact, I don’t recall Brandi asking anyone for advice on the Adrienne matter. This is an issue between Adrienne and Brandi and should remain between them.”
Wow… what a concept! Marisa continues on by implying that certain cast members are controlling. Oh, Marisa – you have NO idea… lolol… she also says that she welcomes us calling her out on her mistakes and that she wants to know our perspective on things…lolol… wow – that’s an engraved invitation for snark if I’ve ever heard one. As in the words of one of my favorites of all time, Bugs Bunny, “She don’t know us vewy well, do she?”… lololol… dies laffin.
“Ken was so adorable teasing Lisa about caring for him. They are such a fun couple even during recovery from surgery. Now for the heat!”
Adorable is not the word I would have used. Seriously.
“Watching the explosion between Brandi, Paul, and Adrienne was difficult. That evening was such a disaster and seeing it again brought back some stressful memories. The level of anger from Paul was beyond anything I would have expected. It was so unfair to Mauricio to have this happen at his business event. Although Brandi and I have had a rough road, I won’t tolerate any woman being screamed at by a man. Although I did not agree with Brandi’s decision, I wanted to make sure she felt safe.”
Wait… but weren’t you one of the people who just stood there and let it happen?
“Camille is entitled to her opinion about the differences in airing secrets about the group. I did go to Camille as a friend and asked her advice about leaving my unhealthy marriage and how best to manage the transition for Kennedy. She had been through it with Kelsey and I thought she could give me some insight and advice. Unfortunately, she took our private discussion public. . .very public. That’s the past and I have moved on with my life and so has she.”
I’m surprised that Taylor didn’t describe her marriage as being “abusive.” Heck, my marriage can be unhealthy when I eat too much chocolate, no? I’m just saying, that having travelled this far down the road… I’m surprised after all the allegations, etc. – that Taylor only uses the word “unhealthy” to describe her former marriage. It seems like Taylor is striking a comparison to the level of secret that was divulged about her “unhealthy” marriage to whatever Brandi did to Adrienne.
“I am not sure how Brandi would know for a fact who has a book deal and who doesn’t, there are just too many book agents in the world to be certain.”
Yeah, you’re right – Brandi could not know for a fact that Adrienne did not have a book deal in place. That was silly for Brandi to say, in my opinion.
“Faye has known Adrienne for a long time and is not afraid to speak her mind. She has seen Brandi’s tendencies to gossip and attack. She saw how hurt Kim and her children were last year, she saw her attack me out of the blue at the reunion and she is close enough to us all to see how much pain she has caused. Faye is entitled to her opinions, just as Brandi is. Things are getting chilly in the 90210.”
Wait, did YOU really just say Brandi has tendencies to gossip and attack? Really, Heidi Hypocritical?
Yolanda H. Foster
“First of all thank you so much for all of your support and well wishes! My treatment is going strong but as many of you warned me, the Herxheimer reaction is a tough battle. I am optimistic though — I keep putting one foot in front of the other. Yesterday, I visited my best friend Ellie. She is battling ALS and starring death straight in the eye which really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?”
You’re right… REAL issues do bring perspective. They really make all the rest of this stuff just silly nonsense, doesn’t it? But sometimes some silly nonsense is just what we need as a welcome diversion from the hard, sharp, painful realities we deal with every day.
“When I watched today’s episode, I had a very hard time relating. It makes me sad to see such turmoil and disrespect in my new group of friends, especially knowing they are all coming from a place of hurt and they are having difficulty communicating. I am really hoping that one day they are ready to start living in the moment and move on from all these past issues.”
Starts to inexplicably sing, “To Dream, the Impossible Dream.”
“Please know that my observations come from a place of love and kindness. My goal is to give constructive criticism and hopefully not seem judgmental. So here it goes. . .”
Judge away… we do…
“Paul is understandably upset and should defend his wife, but under no circumstance is it acceptable for a man to use such strong language with the intent of intimidating a woman. Brandi should have never said what she said because, even if it is the truth, it’s a family matter that should have been respected. We have all agreed that Brandi should pause before speaking — she even admits that herself. But, like I said last week, you will see in the upcoming episodes that she does try and make numerous attempts to apologize.”
Yeah… the level of his anger was pretty high.
“Adrienne threatening Brandi with a lawsuit is so ridiculous and such an act of intimidation. Could she be so insecure that she can’t solve a disagreement with a girlfriend? Who calls a lawyer to fix personal problems like that? I guess money is not an object for her. I would take my friend to Starbucks and work it out before spending $500 an hour on a lawyer.”
Why yes, Adrienne is really just that insecure.
“Kyle seems to be very close to Adrienne so I am surprised she did not call her girlfriend immediately after lunch when the remark was made at the restaurant. Reporting this conversation at Mauricio’s event could and should have been avoided.”
“I have gotten to know Mauricio and he seems to be such a nice man that works extremely hard. He did not deserve this and everyone is wondering why Brandi did not send flowers and an apology to Adrienne? What about some flowers for Mauricio? Everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions. We all screw up, but how we recover is what is most important.”
Really, again with the flowers? As someone who just ordered flowers for two different people today, I’m not one to shy away from sending flowers, but come on, people… Mauricio has been part of this franchise from the beginning – he is completely aware of what could potentially happen during the filming of the show. It is absolutely the exception and not the rule when there is no drama between these people. As a businessman, he weighed the value from the national coverage of the real estate he was showing as part of this televised “business launch” against the potential fallout from any potential drama. He saw national dollar signs – pure and simple. He gambled. Did he lose? I don’t know.
“I appreciate Kim finding her voice and speaking her mind, but I do believe this was not the appropriate venue to report what Brandi had said about Adrienne. Especially because Brandi was 20 feet away when she decided to spill the beans. Kim lit the match and the fireworks were explosive.”
Perhaps – but Kyle actually struck the original match – when she directly asked Brandi what the problem was between Brandi and Adrienne when Adrienne wasn’t around to have any input. YoYo continues her blog by saying nice things about Lisa, Lisa’s playfulness with Ken, and Kim’s great relationship with her daughters. She talks about working out with a personal trainer and with her husband. They started working out together 6 months before their wedding – and she enjoys working out with hubster.
“Watching myself exercise makes me laugh. I remember thinking how annoying it was getting up at 6:30 to work out, and today just going up and down the stairs for breakfast feels like Olympic training! Now, I am taking one day at a time. . .putting one foot in front of the other. . .I know it’s easier said than done, but remember guys, don’t take your health for granted!”
“Now, who is this Faye, and more importantly, why is she not minding her own business? I am not certain why she wanted to put herself into the line of fire with Brandi and Adrienne. This matter is so not her business. I can’t imagine inviting my best friend to a Housewives’ dinner and having her insult my other guests. It is so obvious that she has only heard Kyle’s side of the story without taking into account that there are always three sides to every story. . .in this case Brandi’s, Adrienne’s, and the truth. Marisa on the other hand, seemed very nice. She made a polite attempt to speak after hearing the dinner conversation, and Faye rudely interrupted her.”
Have I told you recently that I love you, YoYo?
“Anyway, I think there are lessons we can all learn from tonight’s episode. Try and solve problems as quickly as possible. Trash talk is poison, and, sorry Kyle, but we are not all pitbulls. Life is hard enough as it is. Let’s learn to play nicely and cherish our friendships.”
I totally agree – and since you sign your blogs “Yo” – I’m going to take this opportunity to heretofore refer to you as “Yo”… cuz after all, we ARE besties, or at least we should be. On that note, I’m including principles from Robert Fulghum’s book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” – I haven’t read the book in years… but I still try to operate by some of its’ principles – Hope you enjoy – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!:
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum. New York: Villard Books, 1988. 196 pages ISBN 0-394-57102-9