Is Vicki back with Brooks? / Shahs of Sunset / Top Chef Seattle

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Is Vicki back with Brooks? and Other Housewife News by NoMoreDrama

Is Vicki Gunvalson back with Brooks Ayers?  Vicki just recently confirmed that she and Brooks Ayers had broken up.  Now Terry DuBrow is tweeting photos of the couple in Deer Valley.  And they sure look happy.  I guess we’ll be seeing Brooks on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Orange County.

dubrows and vicki

Meanwhile Heather tweeted her Happy New Years to the entire cast:

Happy New Year @TamraBarney @vgunvalson @LydiaMJewelry@GretchenRossi @AlexisBellino ! Best of everything for 2013!#RHOC

Lydia McLaughlin is the new Orange County housewife, and is back on twitter.  I’m happy to see Heather included Alexis Bellino in her tweet.

Tamra Barney is in LA, turning her attention to planning her wedding now that her CUT Fitness Studio is open.  She posted on Facebook “Did I tell you … I’m getting married! Wedding plans had to be put on hold due to the fitness studio taking up SO much of our time. Now that the studio is done we are planning our wedding. I can’t wait to share it with you. XOXO.”

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That lovely Lauren Manzo put this sign out to welcome her guests last night, and then tweeted about it.  No words.

lauren sign

Ramona and Mario Singer are in Anguilla, and Ramona tweeted this photo with her Happy New Years.

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Shahs of Sunset – Please Bring A Man

Recap by Ana

Sorry for my absence! I’m abroad and the Internet is really slow – so here’s a quicker than usual recap:

Date Night

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-01GG and Omid are out to dinner.  I must say GG looks great on her date…hair down (wavy careless look) red lips and a cute flowy short dress. They sit down and immediately order drinks…hopefully GG doesn’t get plastered an ruin the date. GG in her talking head says they are “testing the waters” in the dating department.

Omid proceeds to tell GG that he’s been hanging out with Reza & Co…GG is not pleased that they are calling Omid to hang out with him and ignoring her. In her talking head she says “[they] are the ass in class.” Omid says they were “all cool” with him and then filled her in on the Lilly/MJ cattiness. He says that they said that they thought he misbehaved because of GG’s influence (which may or may not be true). GG says she’s shocked that they are all talking about her behind her back (which taking in her delusion into consideration was probably genuine).

Then GG says she would have had MJ’s back and thing would have gotten dirty. Really GG? This is why no one wants to hang out with you…things always get “dirty” when u mix GG, alcohol and any ounce of drama.

Mamma Mia

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-02Reza is out to lunch with his mother, who is looking fabulous in black shirt, long gold chain and fantastic gold-rimmed sunglasses.  Reza is wearing a plain white shirt unbuttoned with jeans (kind of a 70’s porn vibe truthfully). SHOCKER! Reza’s mom does not like his now famous mustache! She wants him to shave it, but Reza is having none of it.  Reza’s mom tells him he’s 40 years old (but he corrects her he’ll be 39) needs to cut the partying and save his money. This means no more Gucci Mucci!

Reza tells his mom that he’s partnering up with Mike. His mom thinks he’s a good guy, but then point s out she likes Mercedes (MJ).  Reza then tells her that MJ “betrayed” him: he was having issues with GG and MJ did not stick up for him and hung out together. (I will not get into this BS reasoning for fighting) His mother tells him that he expects too much from his friends and that he should talk it out with MJ, leaving negativity out of the equation. Reza is kind of surprised at his mom’s push towards reconciliation with MJ, but then again she knows that they have been friends for a very long time.

Overall Reza’s mom gave him great advice and hopefully he’ll follow it. Even though she says he doesn’t listen, she will continue to give it to him until the day she dies.

It’s my Party and I’ll invite whom I want to

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-03We are at MJ’s apartment (she’s wearing a blue flowy dress and her hair up) – although she usually doesn’t celebrate her birthday, this year she’ll change it up and throw a party.  She starts off by making an e-vite and in lieu of a gift; she wants everyone to bring a bachelor for her! Love this idea!  MJ doesn’t want people to think she needs to be set up or that she’s desperate…but despite her reservations she’s doing it.

MJ also decides to invite Reza to her b-day, although they aren’t on good terms he’s very important to her life and doesn’t want him to miss her B-day. Kuddos to MJ for being the bigger person!

Bromantic Photo shoot

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-07Reza and Mike meet up for a photo shoot. Mike tells us that they have both moved into a new office together, have made most of their promotional materials ready and are just missing their head shots. Mike thinks his looks will help him a lot in the real estate business. They take photos separately, together and it’s an overall lovefest with Reza. While they are in the middle photo shoot Reza conveniently receives MJ’s e-vite. Reza is a little shocked that he was invited and gives her kudos for her effort. Reza asks Mike for advice on whether he should go. Mike in his mediator role advised Reza that he should go and not to ruin their friendship over stupid stuff. Reza then asks if he should go to the party and act as if nothing happened between the two of them (a la MJ in the previous episode- for which he threw a fit over). Reza says he’ll take his mother’s advice and go because b-days in their world are important.

No Party for You

GG is at her apartment drinking red wine (probably hammered already). She is still brooding over her “friends” talking behind her back. GG calls MJ (whom is wearing ANOTHER jumpsuit – this time no print just fuchsia…girl get away from those!!!) GG asks MJ about the situation with Lilly, to which MJ responds that Lilly will soon be shipped back to the welfare line she came from before she came into MJ’s life. OUCH- bitchy much huh?  GG in her slurred voice says she has her back because she loves her.

MJ then tells GG that she’s having a birthday party tomorrow and that she’s calling her to tell her she’s not invited to the party because of GG’s craziness. (Didn’t GG call her or was it just weird editing?) GG is pissed that Asa is invited and she’s not.  MJ says she loves her and has had her back- that’s when GG hangs up and gets more wine.

MJ says that the decision to exclude GG is two-fold. It will be an olive branch she extends to Reza and Aza and so that GG doesn’t go batshit crazy and ruin the party. Personally, I think it’s the latter more so…

MJ calls GG again, and GG goes into a rant of how she’s always had MJ’s back. GG says she has never asked MJ not to hang out with any of her friends, that this is “disrespectful” …blah blah blah…. MJ then tells GG that she has always had her back and that she is not abandoning their friendship BUT that GG never has consequences to her crazy actions or the damage she causes. GG interrupts her and asks MJ if she’s her friend (while gulping her wine) MJ says she is her friend and has stood by her. GG goes back to the whole she’s not invited because of Asa…MJ says that everyone invited to her party is not going to be violent for no reason. GG is delusional and says that MJ is “diminishing her” out of MJ’s life, that she has had no reason…GG hangs up on her then calls her back. GG goes on a rant of how she should have done this in person, blah blah blah…Mj hangs up on her.

In her talking head MJ says she hoped this would have been a wake-up call for GG on her behavior but it was not the reaction she wanted or expected. I think GG is going to destroy her apartment in her hulk-style rage. GG thinks her friendship with MJ may be over.

Did you Know How Fabulous Lilly is?

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-13Lilly is out to dinner with her friend, whom is a blond highlighted version of Lilly. Her friend whom is married, has two kids, is a lawyer and they met at a Halloween party. SIDE NOTE: Do we only meet Lilly’s friends? So far she has zero forced interaction with the rest of the cast.

Looking at her friends life makes Lilly think about what her life would be like if she had gotten married and had kids. Lilly fills her in on her relationship with Ali. Lilly gave her boyfriend of 10 years an ultimatum: if he doesn’t move to LA by New Year’s, she’s done. Ali is an attorney in Houston. Her friend tells her that if its over it needs to be really over- she can’t wait for him forever.

MJ’s Love Connection Party

Mj is at her condo getting ready for her party. She’ll be wearing a lox v-neck spandex dress covered in sequins (not flattering) and Louboutin nude heels that are too high for any person to wear to any party without falling down. MJ says she always makes bad choices with the men she picks, so hopefully her friends will do better by choosing for her. She’s nervous. She tells her friend that the transportation is obscene…so be prepared!

The doorbell rings and Sammy Younai walks in with a giant bouquet of flowers and no man. Sammy is making drinks and asks if Reza is coming. MJ says yes and that she has to put on make-up. Then Tehran arrives with a Drake look alike named George (aka Drizzy) AND Arash for MJ to pick from. Asa trickles in with no man, then comes Mike with a mangift called Ebby. Omid (?!) comes bearing PEd as a gift. Reza comes in last sans a mangift. Reza has decided to set aside problems with MJ for the night and just to celebrate.

Asa wants to know who the lucky bachelors are and coincidentally they are all standing next to each other as if they were waiting for a rose from the bachelorette. MJ is hoping the guys are cute…6’4” and really hairy are her standards. Tehran is pretending to interview the bachelors (which is funny).

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-19MJ finally makes her entrance, they all sing to her, which seems like a Farsi Happy Birthday song. She greets everyone and meets all the lucky bachelors! MJ’s car arrives, “its so Persian, that its Saudi”…they all pile in and start poppin’ bottles and getting twisted…There’s a dance floor and they all begin dancing and having fun. Mike wants MJ to get laid on her B-day but MJ is a little nervous…I would be too.

Reza is feeling all warm and fuzzy towards MJ. Mediator Mike pulls Reza and MJ aside in the dance floor and tells them he doesn’t like them fighting. Reza starts with I love you but I don’t like you and MJ calls him out on this BS. Reza just says he always loves her and she says to take that BS line to his Fake Chanel Bag Contessa. LOL. They kiss and Reza tells her that no one will ever take her place, that he loves and adores her, but that they had a moment. They both decide like adults to have fun and discuss thing later not tonight.

Mike then throws in the I want all of us to go to Mexico and have an amazing time…Smooth Bravo! I guess the Shahs mandatory cast trip is to Mexico! Apparently the back story is that Mike is connected in Mexico and he wants to get the crew back together. They all seem excited.

A Fabulous Lilly Scene

Lilly gets a visit from Etienne (her CELEBRITY hairstylist for her DOG) at her apartment.  He’s there to do Coco’s hair. Yes you read right. BTW I am LOVING Lilly’s gigantic filigree earrings! They are almost as big as her head.

Lilly explains to us that Coco is not an ordinary dog, she’d rather be in a yacht than outside and hates dirt.

Meanwhile… Back at the Love Connection Party

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-22They all arrive at the party’s destination, a place called Sunset located in Malibu. Although MJ was hesitant about the mangift idea, now (with help from a little liquid courage) she thinks the party will be fun! MJ is schmoozing and crusin’ wit her bachelors and seems to be having a lot of fun. Apparently the Drake look alike will get he rose at the end of the night. Reza says that he’s a little young but then again MJ is the Queen of the Cougars…so to go for it. Ha ha! Asa also thinks he also looks just like Drake. They advise Drake on how to not mess it up with MJ. MJ approaches the table and likes that Drake has Reza’s endorsement.

Another Fabulous Lilly Scene

Lilly is at her apartment again and she’s frustrated with her boyfriend Ali. She calls Ali, she wants to know if there are any progress with regards to looking at places in LA. He says he loves her, hasn’t had time but wants to marry her, have kids…blah blah blah. Lilly says this is the last year and is very annoyed. They have communication problems: she states her problem/concerns he listens says whatever he can to pacify her and then ignores the problem. Seems to me that Lilly needs to move on, but after 10 years I can see why its hard. Thy fight on the phone and nothing gets resolved.

Meanwhile… Back at the Love Connection Party Again

Everyone seems to be genuinely having a fun, drama free event…proving MJ right about GG. Reza and Asa tell MJ and Drake to go for a little walk. They talk, flirt, hold hands…

Omid is talking to everyone and Omid says he thinks GG should be there and that its not cool. Asa and Reza get pulled into the conversation. Omid tells them that he loves them but thinks GG should be there to speak to her side of the story. He says that she cares about them, even though it may not come off that was but that she’s a good girl.

Asa and Reza are annoyed (rightfully so). Asa explains to Omid that this is not their first rodeo with GG, they give her chance after chance and she always messes it up without consequence. That pool party was just the last straw for them…they point out that GG hasn’t even made an effort to make it right. In her Genie Talking Head outfit Asa says that its been 4 weeks since the pool party incident and GG has made ZERO effort since then to contact them, because she doesn’t care.  Omid tries to still defend GG, but no one is drinking his GG cool aid. They agree to disagree and end the conversations like adults. (GG take note)

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-26Persian Drake and MJ are at a lifeguard station looking at the sunset (seems uber romantic)- they are talking and he’s laying it on thick. MJ is not buying it and has her guard up- her insecurities are surfacing. They have a nice conversation and MJ seems to be into him. They walk back to the party.

Reza and Asa bring out MJ’s cake, they sing Farsi happy birthday. They all get back on the bus and Mike moons everyone. MJ is totally into Persian Drake the hole bus ride home…Everyone is still having fun and are still drama free (aka sans GG)

Reza and MJ Work Things Out

MJ comes to Reza’s condo. MJ confesses that the idea of not walking out of there friends is unacceptable. (MJ is wearing jeans and a super flattering flowered top- she should dress like this more often.) Reza has set up a killer spread, but MJ decides for them to get their problems out of the way before they eat.

shahs-of-sunset-season-2-gallery-episode-205-30Reza starts in on what he’s pissed off about, and its basically: GG. He says that she is the only thing that has come between their 20+ year friendship. (I call BS) He goes in on the email/tweet thing, which was really insulting but not as bad as him going behind her back to plot the demise of their business partnership? Anyways he says he expected her to have his back, MJ is crying. MJ agrees she probably didn’t handle it well and apologizes to him. She hugs Reza and they both cry. MJ says she just wants their friendship to be real, Reza responds by telling her that they are not just friends they are blood, that their bond is too strong. Then in his talking head Reza plays it off as if it was magnanimous of him to have forgiven MJ- personally I think what he did was a worst betrayal.  WHATEVER: I’m just happy they  made up!

NEXT WEEK: Mexico!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year!

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Top Chef Seattle 12/26 by Sugar Magnolia

We begin this week at the TC condo with everyone waking up, having coffee, and smoking cigarettes overlooking the gorgeous skyline of Seattle. Stefan is still “stewing” over Josie and her big mouth. 10 chefs left, Kristen is happy with her wins.

Quickfire

Padma has left a note for the chefs to head to Bow, WA to harvest their main ingredient. Then they are to meet back at the TC kitchen. (Another Toyota commercial as they pile in to cars.) The chefs are expecting shellfish. We learn that Micah is the son of a pastor and raised kosher, so he wasn’t allowed to eat shellfish. Culinary school changed that (guessing Sage and Saffron are allowed the fruits of the sea). As they arrive they realize they will be harvesting oysters. Stefan comments, “It smells of sea and ocean.” Well, because you are right next to the ocean Ding Dong….of course it does! top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-02The cheftestants are having lots of fun harvesting oysters, and of course, Josie has to add her element of drama. She gets stuck in the mud and brings down Micah as he tries to help her out of it. They start shucking and eating them raw…YUM. I personally love oysters and could eat them any day. In fact, whenever they are on a menu, I just can’t resist! A few more talking heads about cheffing roots, if it’s going to be a shucking or cooking contest, and now we are headed back to the TC kitchen to meet Padma and Emeril.

top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-08Emeril introduces the oyster challenge. Padma says “Your challenge is simple; oysters on the half shell for Emeril.” That does not sound simple at all to me! Anyone who has ever been to NOLA, knows that oysters are king and can be prepared dozens of ways (in my head I hear Bubba from “Forrest Gump” saying “boiled shrimp, shrimp toast, grilled shrimp…”). Emeril has probably had tens of thousands of oysters so the bar is set high. There will be 5 blue and 5 red aprons for chefs to choose (or elbow and grab)–blue for cold preparation and red for hot. Emeril warns about overcooking. The winning chef will win $5k, 25 minutes, and time. starts. NOW!

Scrambling for aprons–some happy, some not, but hey, gotta go with the flow in the TC kitchen. Stefan, Brooke, Lizzie, Stash, and Sheldon are doing cold. Micah, Kristen, Bart, Most-Hated-Chef-Ever, and Josie are doing hot prep.

  • Kristen (hot)-oysters with carmelized honey tomato broth, celery leaves and chili
  • Stefan (cold)–smoked oysters with potato vinaigrette and flash frozen salt
  • Stash (cold)-oysters with pickled cucumbers, white soy, cilantro and red chili
  • Lizzie (cold)–oysters with crushed currant juice and crushed pink peppercorn
  • Brooke (cold)–oysters with salsa verde, cilantro, horseradish and red chili

Most-Hated-Chef-Ever (hot)–oysters poached in garlic butter with swiss chard and garlic parmesan foam (trying to replicate Drago’s in NOLA. John, BAD IDEA to spin something he probably eats weekly! And foam ala Marcel? Have ya watched the show before?) Going forward MCHE.

Josie (hot)-wood-roasted oysters with chorizo and cilantro cream (can she not cook without chorizo? I love chorizo con huevos like my Abuela made, but dang, find a new sausage!)

Micah (hot)–crispy fried oysters with arugula salad, hot sauce and lemon

Bart (hot)–oysters with champagne, butter and cream

Sheldon (cold)–oysters with chilled old bay broth and ginger scallion pesto

top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-20Emeril, who missed the mark? Bottom 3–Bart, Josie (shocker–thanks for keeping her around producers), and John (MHCE)

Now for the favorites. Top 3–Lizzie, Micah (which looked fantastic to me), and Brooke

Winner is Micah! His first win! Sage and Saffy are going to get new toys!

Elimination Challenge

top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-07Padma tells us they will be cooking for one of the hottest sports teams in Seattle. I’m excited because I’m thinking Seahawks? Sounders? Mariners? Who is it? Huge let down when the Rat City Roller Derby girls skate in. Seriously, do women still do this? Is this a career? Are there mud-wrestling teams too? Tonight is their last battle, and tomorrow is their wrap party, and the chefs will be doing the food. They will be cooking in teams of 2 and choosing their own partners. Stefan cannot help himself from drooling over Kristen and grabbing her right away. Each Derby girl has a moniker to which they will be using as inspiration for their dish. Teriyaki Terror, Jalapeno Business, Eddie Shredder, Kutta Rump, and Tempora Tantrum. They don’t want “fussy food” but not concessions either.

Each team gets to pick their Derby Girl, and since Micah won the Quickfire, he gets to choose first. Micah and Lizzie choose Jalapeno Business, Sheldon and Stash choose Tempura Tantrum, Stefan and Kristen choose Eddie Shredder, Brooke and MHCE choose Kutta Rump, which means Josie and Bart get Teriyaki Terror. 2.5 hours to cook for 100 people at the rink tomorrow, but tonight get to go the game (or match? or battle? or gross male fetish bash?). No budget was mentioned.

The chefs get a box seat, are drinking loads of beers, and Josie is being typically obnoxious. Drunk as a skunk, and everyone is annoyed. Chefs drink A LOT, so for them to say someone is too drunk means you’ve had 5 too many. They get home and Drunky Drunkerton immediately passes out on the couch. Or, so they think….The boys are talking about her stupidity. Josie jumps up and tries to school them on name-calling. Then she delivers a line sure to come up at the reunion, “This tree right here, you don’t want to bark up. Cuz this tree right here, knows who she is.” Then she proceeds to tell Micah he’s “hiding in the closet”, and cue R. Kelly “trapped in the closet” (best when Cartman does it, HA!). Instead of going to bed, she pouts on the couch. Girl needs to learn when to call it a night.

No shopping trip to Whole Paycheck this week, just the chefs arriving at the rink with coolers. Chefs begin cooking. Of course Josie is doing her normal I’m-going-to-annoy-everyone-to-throw-them-off-dance. Some are taking the bait, others are just ignoring her. We find out that MHCE lost his daughter in his divorce and Brooke reminds him of her. TH’s about each others dishes. “Stuffed jalapeno? How boring”, declares Stefan. Because inside out chicken sounds soooo much more appealing…And service begins.

top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-05Enter judges–Padma, Hugh, Emeril, and Tom. They are drinking Red Hook. Each Derby girl gets to judge along with them for their dish. Kutta Rump is up first. Brooke and MHCE are serving Thai beef with lobster jasmine rice and Thai slaw. Good comments over all. Teriyaki Terror is next. Bart and Josie have prepared Steak Teriyaki with forbidden rice, beet blood and green papaya salad. TT says, “wow, this is really unique.” Hugh asks her to clarify if it’s unique-good or unique-crappy. She is nice and says it’s just a little too earthy for her. Next up is Jalapeno Business. Lizzie and Micah present their crab-stuffed jalapeno with avocado cream, onion and pepper relish. I would eat 10 of those in 5 minutes. JB likes the Seattle spin by using crab, and how they took a party food and elevated it. Eddie Shredder is up. Stefan and Kristen have made a corn puree, chicken liver, and sunny-side up egg. All things I love, but “inside out chicken” sounds gross. ES likes the idea of it, but no comments on taste. Last, we have Tempura Tantrum. Stash and Sheldon are serving Tempura yuzu curd with shiso, fresno chili, sweet potato and vanilla. TT loves it. Judges think the tempura was not crispy enough. Off to judges table.

Commercial vignette is Padma on roller skates. I half expected her to start singing “Xanadu”. The men are all drooling.

top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-23MHCE & Brooke and Micah & Lizzie are called first to judges table. Favorite dishes this week. Lots of praise from the judges and raves from the eaters. Winning team was bold and adventurous…..Brooke and MCHE! No mention of what they won….Stash is complaining about M & L making a popper and getting to be in the top (Bitter much, Stash?). Bart & Josie and Stash & Sheldon are on the bottom and summoned to see the judges. top-chef-season-10-gallery-episode-1008-10Bart and Josie were all over the place, and Stash and Sheldon failed on the tempura. Tom makes a great comment in response to Josie. “How many times do you guys have to hear this? If something is properly seasoned and something is bland and you put it together, you end up with bland. I don’t understand this thought process at all. It makes me NUTS.” Holla Collicchio! Bitter Stash decides to call out the judges for choosing Micah and Lizzie and their jalapeno to be in the top 2. Judges no-likey and defend the popper.

Time for someone to PYKAG. Do the judges practice their stern looks in the mirror? Bart, please PYKAG. Padma offers to send him a bottle of salt! She must have had a few Red Rocks!

Next, Bart will face CJ in the Last Chance Kitchen.

Sorry for the delay, folks. Holidays mixed with DVR mishap and a family emergency all contributed to my tardiness

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Tuesday Night Lineup, January 1st (Happy New Year!)

8PM – Great Performances; Vienna Philharmonic (PBS); Dance Moms (Lifetime); Love It or List It (HGTV); Totally T-Boz (TLC); Dual Survival (Discovery)

9PM – Great Performances; Jewish artists excel on Broadway (PBS); Emily Owens, M.D. (CW); Dance Moms (Lifetime); Hawaii Life (HGTV); Storage Wars Texas (A&E); The Sisterhood (TLC); Dual Survival (Discovery); Hardcore Pawn (truTV); The Real Housewives of Atlanta First Look (9:10 Bravo); Doomsday Preppers (NatGeo); Nightmare Next Door (ID)

10PM – Million Dollar Decorators (Bravo); Parenthood (NBC); House Hunters (HGTV); Storage Wars New York (A&E); Sin City Rules (TLC); In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman (Own); Chopped (Food); Diggers (NatGeo); Evil Twins (ID); Biggest Baddest Model Moments (Oxygen)

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Housewife New Year’s Resolutions by Boston

boston - jill zarin new year's resolution

boston - kenya new years

boston - melissa new years

boston - joe new years

boston - gg
boston - kyle new years

boston - andy cohen

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Survey Results

Our first survey results have been compiled:

Who would be the most fun to hang out with?

Brandi Glanville – 25%

Lisa Vanderpump – 23%

Carole Radziwill – 11%

Ramona Singer – 9%

Who would you trust the most?

Lisa Vanderpump – 39%

Yolanda Foster – 11%

Heather Thomson 9%

Carole Radziwill – 8%

Who would you trust the least?

Kyle Richards – 17%

Taylor Armstrong – 14%

Tamra Barney – 13%

Teresa Giudice – 11%

Who has the hottest/best husband/boyfriend?

Lisa Vanderpump – 19%

Kyle Richards – 18%

Joanna Krupa  – 15%

Ramona Singer  tied with Phaedra Parks – 12%

Who has the yuckiest/worst husband/boyfriend?

Teresa Giudice – 22%

4 way tie – Vicki Gunvalson / Alexis Bellino / Melissa Gorga / Kathy Wakile – 10%

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More Survey Results Tomorrow ….

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Just a housewife ... who loves this place .... and loves to write ... You can reach me through this email: nomoredrama8@gmail.com. Lynn's Place is in tribute to Housewives blogger Lynn Hudson, who passed away in August of 2012.
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209 Responses to Is Vicki back with Brooks? / Shahs of Sunset / Top Chef Seattle

  1. TexasTart says:

    1sf in the 1st?! Good Morning, Powell?!

    • Powell says:

      Haha. Good morning everyone and TexasTart. Happy 1-1-2013! 2013 is going to be a good one for everyone. I can feel it. We’re going to have some new babies, New outlooks, New motivations and New beginnings. It’s going to be fantabulous!! NMD thanks for all your hard work w/all our elves lending you a hand and I look forward to you alls hard work throughout the year. BIG HUGS to you all. Have a great day.

  2. TexasTart says:

    Happy New Year! Wishing anyone who sees this message good health and prosperity in 2013! 😀

  3. TexasTart says:

    I can see this survey will likely be heavily sided with BH ladies, but regardless of the franchise The Grifter should have pulled down 99% in who’s least trusted! Seriously, folks!

    • plainviewsue says:

      I didnt vote, but I cant believe Wacko Jacko didn’t win in a landslide as to who is the least trusted!!!

  4. Iowagirl says:

    Is heather pregnant?

  5. BB says:

    HAPPY 2013! I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year!

    Tonight Dance Moms and Storage Wars New York premiere.

  6. Vegas Chick says:

    Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a year of peace, joy, love and lots of laughter.

  7. LavaLady says:

    Happy New Year everyone! I have just returned from short vacation in Puerto Rico with my family. It was wonderful.

    One interesting housewife related thing occurred. While buying a frozen yougurt in San Juan, a Blk Water bottle was perched on the display case. Apparently it is sold there? Weird. It kinda made my day though, because I immediately thought of everyone here, and how I wanted to let you all know.

    2013 – Let’s hope it’s a good one.

    • Powell says:

      Happy New Year LavaLady. I’m glad you had a great holiday w/the family. I hope you all ate til you popped and partied like you couldn’t party any more. 🙂

  8. TexasTart says:

    If there were a most physically fit couple category, I’d have to give it to the Singers despite the fact there are suitable younger couples that could fit the bill. Hat’s off to Ramona & Mario!

    Since I gave up giving the NJ freaks the time of day, I’ll have to break because there is a dog being disrespected! I can only hope that when Lauren’s time comes, someone will put a note on her door – leave it to your imagination what it could say – and I’ll tweet it to everyone! She needs to step back and look at herself.

    Enjoyed the captions, Boston!

    • Rebecca says:

      Ramona’s body is just sick. How old is she?

    • Cartwheels says:

      I love Ramona and Mario, they get each other, each of them can give but can also take.
      Lauren and her dog? What is there to say, maybe mommy wasn’t so generous with Christmas money this year and she couldn’t house the dog somewhere else but a sign? I do feel for poor Vitto, somehow I fear that this will be the year where they (Lauren and Carolwhine) would put an ultimatum on him. That poor boy doesn’t stand a chance.

  9. AZGirl says:

    Happy New Years Everyone!!! Quiet night last night. Up early and made Mr. AZGirl breakfast and I actually ate some food for the first time in a week.
    @Contessa-I posted yesterday on your thread about prednisone. I went to my doctor yesterday a.m. after a long weekend of bad coughing jags. She put me on it and I hope it will kick in soon. I posted my dosage breakdown yesterday. Take a look. Like Nurse Nancy said they wean you off gradually.
    I really think that our cough/colds are due to the pollution here. The inversion layer is yellow/brown over Phoenix. This is not healthy and probably making our coughs much worse. I hope you feel better.

    Vicki looks like she has lost weight. She is not as bloated. Maybe she cut down on the booze. Tamara: no one cares about your wedding number 3 with gay Eddie.
    @Boston: Love,love, love the captions on the pics.
    JZ was doing the countdown last night as some bar in NYC. I am sure the patrons are 1/2 her age and were thrilled to listen to her voice while she counted down.
    BBL!

    • T-Rex says:

      AZgirl, the patrons were probably totally ignoring THELunatic, not one person seemed to have tweeted that they were so excited she was going to be doing the countdown and went to the bar to see her. She is IRRELEVANT at this point, as was proven 100% by the begging of some assistant, which apparently no one took them up on, they had to actually pay for services. Poor Bawby that inheritance fund is shrinking by the day

    • Powell says:

      Hey AZGirl. I’m glad you were able to eat. That’s a good sign. That’s tough that the pollution is a contributing factor. I guess the air has changed in AZ as it has country wide. AZ was a place where people moved when they suffered w/many illnesses. I hope you recover soon. Happy New Year. 🙂

    • AZGirl….so glad you are feeling better and eating a bit. Hope you continue to mend rapidly!

  10. AZGirl says:

    Oh….I forgot one more thing. Memo to Lauren…..PUT YOUR DOG IN A PEN AND STOP BEING A BITCH TO YOUR GUEST. It is not funny. Your mom thinks it is funny and it is not. It is just like your mom calling you fat but says she loves you just the same. It is rude.

    • T-Rex says:

      As someone with a boatload of dogs I agree Lauren is an idiot, but she has proven that for quite some time.

      A) You can board your dogs for the evening if you are worried about them getting out during your party due to guests going back and forth through doors in your home

      B) Pre-select a room in your home for the dogs to reside for the evening,(this is what we do) we have a door that we can lock from the inside and only my husband and I know how to unlock this door. It’s a safe way for my animals to be comfortable in their own home, yet be safe from accidentally being let outside without our knowledge. We stuff the room with their blankets, toys, water(not too much so they have to pee a lot). We keep their collars on and randomly when we can take them outside on a leash to do their bidness outside, and maybe interact with some guests that want to see them, but as long as the front door is being used by guests, dogs are on leash.

      • Powell says:

        B- is so smart T-Rex.

        • Contessa says:

          It is so easy to take one room of your house and put your pet in that room for their comfort and safety and for yours as well. I have had cats for most of my adult life, some were friendly others wary of strangers. I live in AZ, which is an outdoor kind of state, so whenever I have company cat/cats go in their room with their box, food, goodies, toys, whatever they love, so there is no chance of them sneaking our while the sliders are wide open. Now please note I do not live in a huge 4-5000 sq. foot New Jersey
          suburban mansion, so I have to use my guest bedroom or the master bedroom. What I am getting at is Carol whines house is pretty large and they no doubt have a number of rooms they could use for this purpose. Anyway as everything with Lauren, excessive and stupid. Wonder how her weight thing is going? As much as I dislike her, I do hope she can keep taking it off and keep it off, as I know what that struggle is all about.

    • TexasTart says:

      ITA about segregating any pets to a room when there’s a party and don’t make your pets an inconvenience to your guests, also they should be comfortable. What struck a nerve with me was the part of her note that said
      “He is about to die…..” 😦

  11. T-Rex says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 IS GOING TO BE GREAT.

  12. VV says:

    I posted this on Yesterday’s blog, I meant to post here.

    Chismosa,
    Have you checked Bethenny’s Timeline on Twitter? Was she drunk or having a meltdown? It is uncharacteristic of her to send so many tweets in a row with “I love yous”

    Here’s the first one:

    “Happy new year east coast! I couldn’t love you more. I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for accepting me! Xo!”
    Reply

    • chismosa says:

      VV— i responded back i think– but yeah- — it’s very inconsistent. So she’s either literally taking to her phone directly and tweeting what she thinks her fans want to hear, OR she’s got business tweets coming from her assistants who deal with the Bethenny brand overall. I’m with you!

  13. Powell says:

    Mob wives is on for anyone that wants to catch up.

  14. Boobah says:

    Happy New Year! May 2013 be the brightest yet.

    Thank you NMD, BB, and everyone else for this wonderful place.

  15. Rebecca says:

    New Years Predictions! Post for a show, post for a housewive, etc.

    RHNY: Peopple will start tweeting photos of the Rotten Redhead getting escorted away from the cameras while the “real” housewives are being filmed.

    RHNJ: More producers will be fired for the horrible acting and writing of the former reality show.

    RHOC: Show will be cancelled after this season for viewer disgust, although producers will claim it is being retired.

    RHA: Weaves will be pulled, punches will be thrown, scratches will be dug into skin…. really not much of a surprise though.

    RHM: WIll become a Spanish language show with subtitles… and Mama Elsa subtitles.

    RHBH: Kyle Richards will be given awards for her charitable deeds, her ageless beauty, her class and her popularity among the less fortunate. BWAHAHAHA. I crack myself up.

    RHD; The newest franchise, the Real Housewives of Detroit kicks off with a drag race through the streets of Troy and a housewives brawl at a childrens hockey game. (I’d watch Detroit)

    • Powell says:

      Rebecca you crack me up. You know I’d watch RHD too. Keep this list for us to refer back to later. 🙂

    • TexasTart says:

      Enjoying your predictions, Rebecca. Some of those could come true! Lol to the Detroit housewives! 🙂

  16. Happy New Year everyone!! Make it the best one yet….and dazzle the world with your light! You are all stars that shine so bright! Thanks for being in my life! (yes, I am a poet, LOL!) 😀

    SMH at Lauren Manzo. I don’t do NJ or comment on them, but that sign is just redic. Poor doggie!

    And Vickie does look good….I hope she feels better about herself…but she needs to lose the other baggage standing next to her.

    THANK YOU NMD, BB, and all the other elves that put this blog up every day and make it the fantabulous place for us all to meet. It means more than you can imagine.

    Have a wonderful day….and Happy New Year to Lynn *waves up there*……and to Cathy Conner, Bobby, and all her family. May it be a better year for you all!

    Love & Hugs to everyone!
    http://fromthedeskofmardrag.wordpress.com/

  17. Powell says:

    I think Vicki is pulling a Kenya having a BF & also helping Brooks get a paycheck.

  18. T-Rex says:

    Regarding IckyVicky and the CriminalBrooks, we have to remember that IckyVicky is still that woman who cannot bear to be WITHOUT a man, no matter how horrible he is. She cheated on all of her husbands because she has to have her next man “lined up” before she can leave the previous one. She has never learned what she NEEDS in a partner only what she perceives to WANT, which is why she chooses the wrong partners for herself. She has never been without a man, women like this will never learn anything, they don’t care about Mr. Right, to them it’s all about Mr. RightNow. Until she grows up and learns to be alone for awhile to find herself so she can find a compatible partner, she will never find happiness.

    • Cartwheels says:

      isn’t it amazing? as succesful as Vicky is, she certainly could afford to be more selective, is she went back with that Brook loser, then she definitely doen’t have any standards and any man would do at this point.
      Please Bravo, make Tamra wedding a special and not into the show, in that way I can skip the whole episode. I don’t want to see anything related to her wedding.

      • T-Rex says:

        I am not watching OC at all, the cast is “tired” and uninteresting, they have zero to offer me, so there is no point in wasting my time watching this franchise. TrailerTrashTammySueTramprot is only marrying her gay boyfriend to somehow also still have her 15 minutes of fame, ugh it’s so annoying. I feel the same about NJ nothing on their interests me in the least, will just read the blogs here, although my New Year’s resolution is to ignore NJ blogs this year, hope I can stick to it.

    • AZGirl says:

      I totally agree. If I had a successful business and was able to pay the bills I would content to just travel and enjoy my kids. Why would anyone want a loser like Brooke in their life? But some women can’t be without a man. It is sad but true. I have a FIL that is on Wife No. 4 marriage No. 6 and he can’t be without a woman in his life.

    • Powell says:

      You’re right T-Rex. Tamra is the same. I doubt her relationship w/Eddie will last. Brianna is lucky that she’s got a good head on her shoulders and isn’t like Vicki. I feel sorry for Tamra’s girls cause she left Simon and started dating Eddie w/in 3 mths. Vicki & Jenna broke off their friendship & Jenna is the friend she should.have kept, not Tamra.

  19. Cartwheels says:

    Happy New Year to all of you guys
    Ana, thanks for the recap, I wonder what brought GG’s verbal rampage against Rezha. I don’t follow her tweetline so I was wondering if anybody knew what that was about.
    Boston, I LOL at the caption of your pictures, great work.

    • Ana says:

      Thanks and Happy New Year! Not sure, I follow GG and don’t recall seeing anything in her timeline…but my guess it was probably her hulk-like alcohol infused rage that caused it.

    • chismosa says:

      I’d be interested as well to see what brought that on against Reza. As far as we knew, since last season –Reza– had no problems with GG that were that big.
      Maybe off-camera Reza really laid into her on how she treated Reza’s bff Anita? (the gorgeous girl that accompanied them everywhere last year that GG fought with?)
      I don’t know……

  20. boston02127 says:

    Happy New Year!

    .
    Does Vicki have a fur hat on?

  21. boston02127 says:

    If Vicki is back with Brooks, imagine the ones she turned down? Eww.

  22. A very Happy 2013 to all of our lovely LynnFam!

    Wishing all of you good luck, love and prosperity in the coming year. It’s been a pleasure to spend time w/youse, talking over these crazy ladies – looking forward to another round of Real Housewives! 🙂

  23. melthehound says:

    Happy 2013 everybody.. I hope there aren’t too many hangovers and those who ventured out of their homes last night made it back safely and without any side trips to the pokey. My wish for everybody is just to have a great day. I’ll worry about tomorrow and beyond, when it comes.

    Boston, I’ve been missing your paste ups of the HWs and others. There’s one there I don’t recognize, I would assume because of that, she is from Miami. I’ve left her alone for the most part but with JIllz, all I can ask is WTF?

    Lauren Manzo… Is anyone really surprised? I’m sure the sign, in and of it self was meant to be some sort of joke but it looks like something one of my drunken fraternity brothers would have written after about the 30th cup of that nasty swill we use to serve at parties.

    • Powell says:

      Hey MTH. Happy New Year to you & The Hound. No hangover or pokey for me. 🙂 You are too funny.

    • Boobah says:

      Happy New Year, MelTH!

    • TexasTart says:

      Greetings MTH! How was the birthday? I’m curious if it’s a blessing the have a birthday on a day known for a party atmophere -or- a curse because people are too wrapped up in NYE?

      There’s not a Miami HW in Boston’s mix, so maybe it’s GG from the Shah’s that was not a familiar face.

      • melthehound says:

        I don’t watch Shahs either so that may be it.

        As to the ‘curse’, it’s more of a curse being born within a week of Christmas. Gift-wise anyway.

        • TexasTart says:

          I understandly so. My sister was born on Christmas Day and she has said it pretty much trumps the birthday every year.

          • chismosa says:

            Texas, if you see this— there was a very hysterical episode of Happy Endings, a comedy on ABC about this young group of friends— and one woman on there has ‘changed’ her birthday because she never wanted to admit she was a “Christmas Baby”—– so she picked some day in July. Then they find out the truth and it’s just—- sooooo funny. Because Jesus overpowers her, etc… and then she goes wandering around on Christmas one night in the street and hears singing of “Happy Birthday” and walks into a bar and all the people in there are Christmas babies and have united to celebrate together every year since they get forgotten. It was a very funny episode.

          • melthehound says:

            My aunt (by marriage) was born Christmas day as well. People always seem to forget it, except for her immediate family.

        • chismosa says:

          i always feel so bad for (Christian) people with birthdays in November/Dec/January— awwww. Especially ones literally days away from Christmas. That must have been hard growing up presents-wise. I feel for you!

          • melthehound says:

            It isn’t as bad as all that.. For me, it was the 51 week wait, as a kid anyway, before there were any presents again throughout the year. Now I get no presents unless I buy them myself but I don’t particularly care about it anymore either 😉

            • chismosa says:

              Good for you to turn it into a very positive thing. Very pragmatic (and Capricorn-like ;))

              I know, once we all get older, we don’t really care that much for birthdays. It’s just how it is :/

  24. AZGirl says:

    I just looked at JZ twitter timeline. She posted a picture of herself dressed up for her New Years gig and she is wearing fur muffs on her wrists. So she gets tweets asking “What is on your wrist?” and “Did you burn yourself?” Jill is completely clueless how stupid she looks and that people are ragging on her.

    Her answer to the burn tweet was “No, Bobby did my curling iron tonight”. So now we know there are no more stylist showing up at her house to do her hair and Bobby is now doing her hair. How far the mighty have fallen.

    • THAT is hysterical! Poor Bobby.

      I wondered about those fur muffs on her wrists but was afraid to ask in case they were some new fashion trend I was missing. Apparently not! LOL!

    • T-Rex says:

      Aaah well that answers the question on whether someone was foolish enough to give the LUNATIC a freebie styling, and sorry but went it comes to my hair and styling my husband is not even on the list of choices, I would “pay” someone first, but again Lunatic likes her freebies

  25. WindyCityWondering says:

    Happy New Year to all! May the coming year be filled with love, laughter, good fortune and lots of HW snark.

  26. Powell says:

    1,000 yr old Hugh Hefner married his fiance, ex-fiance, fiance Crystal NY Eve. May the Hefner’s have a long (maybe 5-10 yrs) and Happy marriage. Go ahead Hugh. Look in 10yrs Crystal will be 36 & married again & have kids. She’s living the life. 😉

    • Boobah says:

      LOL@ 1,000 yrs old!!!!! He sure brought in the New Year with a bang!

    • TexasTart says:

      Why in the world would Hugh want to be married?! His mind must be slipping!

      • Powell says:

        I don’t know. But he’s done everything he’s wanted to do in his 86 yrs so he probably is tired of “Girlfriends” & wants a wide at this time. I doubt there will be kids cause when he was w/Holly she wanted kids & he told her he didn’t want anymore. Crystal’s 26 & no kids is probably cool w/her.

        • TexasTart says:

          I was surprised Hugh didn’t in one way or another fullfil Holly’s wishes….silly as it may seem, I thought those two were good together…at least from watching The Girls Next Door. Maybe you watched that as well.
          Don’t know what Hollys been up to since her run on PeepShow ended.

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  28. designernailsdiana says:

    Happy NewYear!!!!!!

  29. lillybee says:

    I may be wrong, but I think that Lauren and Vito are doing a Kenya and Walter.

    • T-Rex says:

      I don’t I think Vito is faking this relationship, he is doing the Italian family tradition of dating the daughter of his familys’ friends, someone his parents probably approve of and she is nice to him. She on the other hand, is dating him because she has had zero other offers, I would probably assume that up until she met Vito she was a virgin(may still be who knows) but if she had to take one of her brothers as her date to prom, suffice to say that Vito has been her one and only boyfriend up til now

  30. Contessa says:

    To AZ and Nancy and all…

    Thanks for the medical advice, I have my prescriptions and am taking them (yes for the prednisone) and can’t wait for it to kick in. I agree AZ this is definitely something to do with our air — yuck. I have not been this sick in over 20 years. I have had head colds/ coughs whatever, the norm, but this has been pretty horrible. It’s been from bed to couch and back for the last 3 days, except when I shower (and that is so tiring).

    AZ – hope you are on the mend, I think I have turned a corner today, but either way I have to work tomorrow (from home – yay). By the way I might need an attorney for something very simple, what kind of law does Mr. AZ do? I don’t really know anyone in that field, outside of my divorce attorney from several years back.

    Also want to take this opportunity to tell everyone here I am sending Happy and Healthy Wishes for 2013 with love across the miles. You all have been a source of inspiration, laughter, insight
    and support in so many ways. XXOO

    • AZGirl says:

      Mr. AZGirl practices Business, Real Estate and Contract law. Our offices are on Alma School in Mesa. If it is matter that we do not handle I would be happy to refer you to someone that could help you, Let me know if you need my email. NMD or BB can help us connect.

    • Powell says:

      Contessa I’m so sorry that cold has been lingering but glad you’ve turned the corner. Happy New Year to you.

    • AZGirl says:

      Contessa: I just emailed NMD and gave her permission to send you my email address if you need to contact me. NMD is on vacation so hopefully you will get it soon.

    • TexasTart says:

      Well wishes to Contessa and AZGirl.

  31. Cityside says:

    Happy New Year to LynnFam.
    Just want you all to know that while I was battling colon cancer you were a safe place to land and laugh.

    Whoop Whoop to 2013.

    Love,
    Cityside

  32. IceNFire says:

    About Vicki and Brooke – Vicki really doesn’t have alot of options, actually she has no options imo. Brooke hunted her down. If any other man stepped forward, any credible man that is, Brooke would have been history along time ago.
    Happy New Year Everyone! Thanks for blogs 🙂

    • Powell says:

      She has options. According to Brianna Vicki & Brookes were having an affair when Vicki & Donn were having problems. Vicki said she & Brookes met thru work so Brookes knew how successful Vicki was, she started confiding in him about Donn & Brookes swoops in w/his Hallmark one liners & his cards everyday & feeding her what SHE wanted to hear & she fell for it hook line & sinker & now is blinded by his bull. She’s onl w/him cause she’s trying to prove everyone wrong that he’s not a grifter. He and Taylor should compare notes.

      • IceNFire says:

        Oh yeah, I forgot she had met Brookes in the Ins. biz. So her options were either Brookes or Donn but I think Donn was over her. She put her work 1st leaving Donn alone with time to find companionship elsewhere and then complained that she felt lonely. Not a big Vicki fan here but I reserve my hate for the red head bitch.

    • Mene Seela says:

      I used to really like Vicki, warts and all. But this Brookes deal has totally turned me off to her. What a hypocrite. Desperate desperate desprate.

  33. Mene Seela says:

    Happy New Year to you all.

    I was reading this article and have conflicting feelings about it. What do you think?

    Craigslist sperm donor forced to pay child support to lesbian couple – despite giving up parental rights to the baby BEFORE she was born

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255241/Sperm-donor-ordered-pay-child-support-lesbian-couple-despite-giving-rights-child.html#ixzz2GlT1JtKZ

    “The legal agreement that the three made in 2009 was deemed invalid by Kansas state because they did not use a certified doctor for the insemination.”

    • Powell says:

      So Mene they used a turkey baster?

      • Cartwheels says:

        LMAO, the article talk about artificial insemination, but you made laugh at the visual, LOL

    • Pghemtchick says:

      This guy was on Fox a few days ago. It seems from that report the women are supporting his choice to continue this in court. What’s really messed up is that the women couldn’t legally adopt as a couple nor can one file for child support from the other. The man isn’t listed on the birth certificate for a reason… He was helping two women who are physically unable to bring a child into the world together due to lack of outdoor plumbing. Should they have went about it differently? Yep. Sadly this wouldn’t even be in the news if she didn’t apply for welfare. Nothing at all against welfare, but what about the women out there who don’t know which one is their baby daddy? It’s just all sad and a set back for marriage equality IMO. If they are raising children as their own her ex should be responsible not a donor. Wasn’t this in Legally Blonde? “any masturbatory emissions could be wreck less abandonment!’ or something like that. Lol. In a year were marriage equality was front and center this makes me sad 😦

      • Cartwheels says:

        OMG, I have watched that movie a hundred times, LOL
        I think in Legally blonde the sperm donor was a regular donor who never kept track of any of his emissions until in one of them he claimed paternity and wanted visitations, so if he went about that way, he would had open himself for potential lawsuits of all his emissions that ended up in children.
        In this case the guy didn’t do this as a regular procedure and he in fact knows he is the biological father of the child, the three of them signed a contract where he would not be legally or financially responsible for the child but the argument is that they didn’t used a certified doctor or some other technicality. I agree this potentially could end up in discouraging guys who want to help gay couples.

    • Cartwheels says:

      What a complicated case
      I have more questions than answers for this case
      Did he receive any type of monetary compensation or did it out of the kindness of his heart?
      Did these two women had enough money to pay for artificial insemination, which I know could be pretty expensive, but are now requesting welfare?
      Is the biological mother using the system and trying to qualify for welfare under the false pretense of being a sole earner when in fact she has a partner and there are two incomes coming into the house?
      One way or the other it just seems so tacky, but I guess not at all unusual, to request for a sperm donor on craiglist, I wonder if now that he has to pay child support, would he be entittled to visitations?

      • Pghemtchick says:

        I can’t answer all but here’s what was said on Fox. The couple has several kids (iirc like 4-6). The ex has left and they’ve been separated. The one who applied for welfare supposedly lost her job or benefits or something due to illness. So since she was unable to provide insurance she went and applied for benefits. At first she didn’t say there was a father. The gov apparently told her she would be intelligible for assistance if she didn’t provide his name. The gov wants baby daddies to pay instead of giving hand outs (what I get from thAt). So this is when she learned the state doesn’t accept gay marriage and her partner can’t be the one charged for support. So it was give donors name or no benefits for the child. Legally the partner can’t be held responsible for the child’s benefits as well since she is not any legal relation. When they went to adopt only one was allowed to adopt so they adopted solo on the kids. (this is from a Fox interview w/sperm donor I wish I had an article to quote). It’s just a big cluster. Honestly, it sets back gay adoption rights like tenfold. At this rate, one can adopt w/ a partner and walk away w/ no responsibility. I would hope there would be love and moral obligation, but I guess some lack it.

        • Pghemtchick says:

          Ineligible not intelligible lol

        • Powell says:

          Boy oh boy is this complicated. O can ser this case or similar on the future going to the US Supreme.Court cause this 1st is about gay marriage, then legal parents. This would be interesting for law students.

    • Mene Seela says:

      In addition to the anti-gay marriage situation, I was initially puzzled about the legal requirement for doctor involved fertilization. The only reason that I can see for that it to distinguish between intentional “gift sperm” and the good fashioned accidental pregnancy from concentual sex.

  34. jeang says:

    I just found out two weeks ago when I had to be put in hospital for a blood clot in my leg, that I have lymphoma and will be starting treatments in the next week or so. This is a good place to come to be encourage by survivors, etc. I am a little bummed but have great expectations due to what the doctors and nurses and also internet articles tell me.

    • IceNFire says:

      Hi jeang – wishing you wellness and you’re right this is a great place to come to for support of any kind.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Jeang – you are part of the Lynnfam and we are here for you! You stay positive!

    • Powell says:

      Oh gosh jeang I’m so sorry you have to go thru this. I pray you’ll get thru treatment & have a clean bill if health. 2012 ended w/hard news for you but have positive thoughts that you’re going to have a great 2013 because you’ll be a survivor. A BIG HUG to you.

    • Pghemtchick says:

      Big hugs Jeang! You have my prayers and positive thoughts that even tho it might be a lil rocky road, you’ll make it through this w/ everyone’s love and support. Stay positive ❤

    • TexasTart says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Glad to hear you have great expectations because the mental aspect of your journey to wellness will be half the effort. So stay positive and we’re here if you need an ear or a little of nonsense, often leads to humor. Of course, laughter can be the best escape at times! Take care and check back in to let me know how your doing! (((Jeang)))

    • BB says:

      jeang – Sorry to hear about this and I am sending positive thoughts your way and you will be in my prayers. Please keep us posted and come here whenever you need a boost or encouragement.

    • Big hug to you, Jean – we will be here for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Jeang – you are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m a huge believer in positive energy, and I know with all of us supporting and encouraging you, you will have an extra boost to get through your treatment quickly and get on the road to recovery.

    • LavaLady says:

      I’m sorry jeang. I do wish you well and kmow you will be able to get through this. I know you will find what you need here.

    • VV says:

      (((jeang)))

    • NJBev says:

      oh man, (((Jeang))) I’m so sorry that this is how you are starting
      off the New Year~ My thoughts, prayers and best wishes to you.
      You seem positive and well driven. I have no doubts you will come
      out of this a stronger more determined, beautiful woman. xoxo

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      Thinking and praying for you Jeang. I am glad that according to the medical professionals are very optimistic. On top of that, please know and take comfort that a wealth of prayer is coming your way.

      • NJBev says:

        ((((((rabble)))))))
        Im so happy to see you!!
        Got any good ‘lil rabble stories from
        the holidays??
        i want you to have the best year ever.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      (((((Jeang))))) I’m sure you can kick this! (How’s that leg now?)

    • Nancy says:

      (((jeang))) We will help you get through this one day at a time.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      jeang. Hi darlin’ – we are here for you. You will be in my prayers. Please keep us posted!

    • chismosa says:

      Oh JeanG what a terrible time to find all this out. Biggest wishes of health and strength in all this for 2013. Everyone here is very supportive and will provide a wonderful refuge for you!

    • trudie says:

      jeang, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Jeang so sorry to hear about your illness ((( jeang))) we are here to support you. Praying that you will overcome this quickly & be better than ever. xo

  35. HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL….. Let’s start the year off with a giggle….

    The Winter Boots

    (Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this)

    Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her
    reception class pupils put on his boots?

    He asked for help and she could see why.

    Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots

    still didn’t want to go on.

    By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

    She almost cried when the little boy said, ‘Teacher,
    they’re on the wrong feet.’

    She looked, and sure enough, they were.

    It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was
    putting them on.

    She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet.

    He then announced, ‘These aren’t my boots.’

    She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and
    scream, ‘Why didn’t you say so? ‘ like she wanted to.

    Once again she struggled to help him pull

    the ill-fitting
    boots off his little feet.

    No sooner had they got the boots off when he said,
    ‘They’re my brother’s boots. My Mum made me wear ’em.’

    Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry.

    But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

    Helping him into his coat, she asked, ‘Now, where are your
    mittens?’

    He said, ‘I stuffed ’em in the toes of my boots.’

    She will be eligible for parole in three years.

    May 2013 be a whole lot better than 2012…whoop whoop wink…
    hugs and peace
    diva and mr ford

  36. BB says:

    You know it’s time for a New Year’s resolution to lose weight when you step on a talking scale and it says, “One at a time, please!”

  37. Pghemtchick says:

    Just wanna say, I’m sad I didn’t get to win tickets to the dance moms premiere party tonight at the casino. Would love to see the mom drama live! Lol. Anyways, loving this before show and anxiously awaiting this new season of ALDC! Lol.

    Happy New Year all!

  38. Contessa says:

    Jeang – we are all here for you and glad to know about the positive aspects you have found. You have been through so much and I know that you are simply grace under pressure. We think we are here to read about HW’s and various shows, but really to be part of this community for support, love and understanding. Whatever you need please tell us and we will try and make it happen. Sending you love and hugs across the miles. XXOO

  39. Contessa says:

    Lainey, lainey…where is the kid? Have you heard when she is coming back? Please tell her she is missed very mucho. XXOO

    PS…Thinking of Mr. Lainey as I know how hard a time he must be going through, but more important he has you there with him.

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi contessa, Lainey posted, very hilariously posted yesterday about all the NYE traditions she was going to do in a red thong 😉 she probably has yet to recover from all the fun, ha ha.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        TT – – -LOLOLOLOL!!!!! you are too funny!!! We make each other laugh too much!! It’s a good thing we weren’t in grade school together.

    • TexasTart says:

      Uh oh, sorry for speaking up here, I just realized what/who you were talking about!

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Hi Contessa!!! I have had the pleasure of emailing a few times in the last couple of weeks with “the kid” – — she is just as funny as ever (duh, of course). I will send your message along to her. She has very limited access to a computer right now. I hope that changes for her soon. She will appreciate you asking for her. Know that. 😉

      My husband is fine, thanks for asking…he misses his dad, but maybe he’s starting to get used to the new reality of not having him around anymore. It’s like re-routing a circuit…you know the path of his thoughts always went through his dad and now, well. The thought is interrupted by the void. A friend gave him that analogy…I think he finds that helpful because he’s an engineer and perhaps intellectualizing it is more comfortable for him. He says he replaces that “hole” with hope. The hope of seeing his dad again …healed and happy. He says if he didn’t have faith and hope; he would be pretty bad off right now. I am trying to be extra attentive.

      • Contessa says:

        Lainey, that is super powerful, what a great analogy and so very helpful for the way he thinks. Thank you for sharing and I have no doubt that you make him very happy.

  40. LavaLady says:

    Just watched Downton Abbey Revisited. So good. Can’t wait to watch the first epi of Season 3 Sunday night.

    • Powell says:

      Wasn’t it good? I’ve watched it twice.

    • NJBev says:

      Lava- are you still around? wanted to see how
      things were going for you in Lavaland.
      We slept in our house last night. 2 months to
      the day and the house is “usable” A miracle,
      truly a miracle considering the level of damage.

      We went into Manasquan. Just horrific, and I
      know it’s not nearly as bad as your area (you
      were luckier in that your home is still standing)
      Every house in a 6 block range from 1st to
      the Bridge is covered w/ the big red X. It looks
      exactly like the Katrina pictures. It really put things
      in perspective for me, I’m actually so grateful that
      only 1/3 of the house was destroyed. The condition
      of the beach is another matter………
      Keep me posted on your progress Lava~ I think
      of you often.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Wow, Bev, that’s very good news that you were able to ring in the new year in the house!

        • NJBev says:

          Thanks, Kansas. You’re so sweet.!!

          I really didn’t realize how lucky I was
          until driving thru the neighboring town~
          many homeowners weren’t as lucky as us
          to get demolition done the day after storm-
          It was so sad. so, so, sad.

  41. Powell says:

    I’m watching Sisterhood. The editing is very weird. You know how these reality shows hold the camera on the cast members faces? They hold the camera on their faces for a longtime & it’s chopped up. It’s very weird.

  42. Nancy says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

    • NJBev says:

      HAPPY NEW YEARS, NANCY!!!!!

      AND OF COURSE, EVERYONE ELSE!!!!!

      • Nancy says:

        Hi Bev,
        Read your post about your house. How are you holding up?

        • NJBev says:

          Hey Nanc~
          I’m so lucky. But I’m the type of person who see’s
          the glass half empty. I try so hard not to be that way,
          but that’s who I am. Hubs sees the glass always full.
          He’s the best, while I’m a PIA.
          I am so glad the holidays are over. My Mom is fading
          quickly, I had a huge falling out w/ my brother, and
          I have to take over the contracting with the house.
          (I also manage all Moms affairs, which is no big deal, but her
          house is falling apart and I I’m having trouble with
          contractors for her house-people Ive already given $$ to.)
          I don’t know how much longer My Mom can stay on her own~
          but that’s a whole other issue!!!!
          sorry for the ramble. I’m overwhelmed. that should have
          been all I said. I . am . overwhelmed.
          Thanks for asking mwah

          • Nancy says:

            I don’t think it’s wrong of you for seeing the glass have empty right now.
            That is a lot to handle on your own. I’m sorry about your mother.
            If my doc’s could figure out what’s wrong with my heart I would fly out
            there and help you. My bff is still dealing with her roof but that’s nothing
            compared to what you are going through. (((Bev)))

            • Nancy says:

              You are not alone re: the following out with your brother. My bff
              is at war right now with 2 of her brothers over who should financially
              help their mother. To me and my bff it’s a no brainer.
              It’s their MOTHER! Very sad as I sort of grew up in her house.
              Siblings can be very difficult at times. I hope you two work it out though.

              • NJBev says:

                I don’t know why brothers assume it’s the
                sisters job to take care of the Mother. He sent me
                an e-mail re: Our mothers xmas gifts to the family~
                he suggested that I felt i was entitled to more $$.
                I felt a nerve snap in me I can’t explain. I have
                supported my mother for over 10 years and the
                Gall of his e-mail sent me over the deep end.
                I sent him a scathing e-mail that probably ripped
                him to the core (actually, it was a draft that I was trying
                to save in the draft file and the next thing I knew it said” message
                sent”) At first i wanted to cry, but really, I was soo happy
                that I FINALLY said everything i wanted to. I have been
                holding in this anger for decades. He treats me like
                a stupid 12 yr old, and I have tried on many occasions
                to address this with him. But whenever I get close to the
                truth, or hit a nerve, he starts screaming at me the way
                our father wud yell at us.

                I don’t know if my Brother and I will ever speak again.
                (he told Mom he was busy this xmas and couldn’t see
                her, kind of like an F-U- to me, but I didn’t care. I see her
                xmas eve, our big day, and he lets her, usually stay at his
                house for xmas day-I usually bring her up to his house, my family takes 2
                cars, and I leave early to bring Mom home, It’s his responsibility)
                she sat at home alone for the Day

                I took her to the Diner Sunday nite and she kept asking when we were
                celebrating Xmas. the next day was new years eve.

                ON THE BRIGHT SIDE he’s been calling her on a much more regular basis,
                and actually visits her even when he doesn’t need to write some checks
                from her liquid assets
                to the family to break down the estate. For the last several years
                it seems he only stops to see her when he can write some checks out and
                walks out with $$$. He passes her house 2x a week going to his
                beach house but told me, and I swear, ” I don’t feel like listening
                to her bitch for an hour when I need to relax” He knows I spend 5 days
                a week with her. I just wanted a day off.
                Beach house,

                • Nancy says:

                  Isn’t that weird that you and Barbara are dealing with the exact same thing?
                  You two should get together and talk. I agree with it’s always the daughter that
                  takes care of ones parents. Your brother sounds angry. It’s his mother! I just
                  don’t get it. I’m sure this is hurting her which is sad.

                  • NJBev says:

                    My brother has been so use to me just complying with his wishes.
                    I don’t think he’s nearly as angry as I am. I only feel bad for my Mother.
                    She senses somethings wrong(she knows it, but seriously can’t remember)

                    The worst thing is that now is the time we should be
                    discussing everything about our Mother. But he “always
                    assumed I would take her in” I didn’t like his assumption,
                    or the way he yelled it at me. And I do not want to take her in because
                    he assumes it’s my responsibility. I would do it b/c I love her and for
                    no other reason.
                    But that again, is another whole story.

                    Nancy, if you read this, please ask Barbara one question
                    for me.
                    “Would it be easier to handle the responsibility of taking
                    care of your Mother if you were an only child??”

                    My answer is yes. Because I would know that it WAS my
                    responsibility, and I would know that no help would be forthcoming.
                    I would do what I needed, wouldn’t have to wait for a siblings response.
                    I think (for me) it would just be so much easier. I would know that
                    it was just me and things, believe it or not, would be easier to
                    handle.

                    kripe. another freakin ramble. I guess you can see that this has been on
                    my mind. (consumed it- i haven’t been civil to my poor husband in weeks)

                    I’m calling the shrink tmro. Cannot take this anymore..

                    PSS Nancy. Im so glad that your BFF is better.
                    I hate to say this. so I wont. Im just so happy for her.

                • chismosa says:

                  i have a close family friend, a woman who cares for her elderly father and she fights with her brother about taking care of the father all the time. Like, huge fights.
                  I worry because i only have my one brother and i hope we dont turn to too much fighting in years to come when our parents are elderly and need our help more than ever.

                  Maybe sisters deal better with this sort of thing? I feel i hear about it with brother/sister fighting more!?
                  NJBev hope things get resolved and you can work things out. Happy 2013 as best as can be to you

                  • NJBev says:

                    Dear Chismosa
                    I knew I would carry
                    most of the burden.
                    But when your
                    “brother” starts
                    suggesting how you
                    should handle things
                    when offering no help,
                    Put him in his place
                    quickly-DO NOT
                    sugar coat stuff and do
                    not”enable” HIM!!

                    oh my GAWD. Im
                    not kidding. My bro and
                    I have NEVER fought
                    or questioned money
                    issues, and I was so proud
                    of that~ now look.
                    and it s not even
                    about the money. He questioned
                    it and even asked if there
                    was something else
                    bothering me. DO NOT LEAD
                    with the $$$.
                    I didn’t even see anything
                    else he wrote……..
                    the anger was so deep.

                    Anyway Chismosa-
                    I love to see you
                    and thank you for
                    your kind words.
                    Happy 2013!!!!

                    • chismosa says:

                      Wow NJBev, i hope things can turn around in some way for your relationship.
                      I grew up sort-of fighting with my brother- not a TON, just a bit– -so i worry we will either 1) NEVER fight in the future, or 2) it will be world war 3.

                      Thank you for your kind words.

          • Putchka says:

            NJBev, honey please talk!

            • NJBev says:

              Thanks Putchka and Boston.
              Every now and then it’s just
              nice to see (feel) the love.
              xoxo

              • Contessa says:

                NJ BEV, This is the place to vent, where we practice unconditional love and true snark depending on the subject matter. In your case – you have every right to be PI$$ED OFF, your brother acted like a big jerk, not being with Mom on Christmas Day. By all means scream, holler, vent and good thing you sent that letter to your brother. The responsibility of aging parents does not/ should not fall around feminine/masculine roles.

                By matter of geography my stepsister has my step mother living with her (she is 90 and has some dementia). I moved to AZ in 2001, visited my Dad every six monthes and called him everyday, plus helped monthly with checks. When I was still in Illinois I was the one taking both parents to the doctor and to the market etc…as I lived the closest.
                I found out earlier this year my stepsister put my parents house in trust, immediately afer my dad died (it had no mortgage) with her as the sole beneficiary. She totally excluded her real sister and me the step sister. Her reasoning is that she is the one responsible and has been for the last several years and it’s too bad, but she feels it is fair. Never mind that I begged my Dad to sell their house, come to live in Arizona and they would have a great life. He wanted to, but my step mother would not leave the other daughter or my late brother. I sent my step sister a very scathing email with words of 40-50 years of repressed anger towards her, and my stepmother. So I truly understand where you are coming from. It seems so many things are assumed, and I for one have made provisions, since I do not have children, in case I become gaga.

                I shared the above with you so you know you are not alone, with crazy unfair siblings. I say the best thing you did was send that email. Your brother may not have known how deep the hurt is for you. Well you’ve opened his eyes and perhaps he will be able to view this from the right position going forward.

                • NJBev says:

                  I’m sorry that I didn’t get to read this comment earlier, Contessa.
                  Thank you SO much for sharing your story, it really helped me in
                  so many ways~ It’s ridiculous what your step-sister got away with.

                  I am continually telling myself “karma is a b*tch and what goes around
                  comes around” and I truly believe it. Thank you, again, for sharing.

  43. Nancy says:

    Well we are not going to fall off the cliff! 🙂

    • Contessa says:

      Thank goodness they managed to come together, and stop the dreaded falling off the cliff stuff. Godo example of people who can/should/will come together for the common good.

      Nancy I am taking the prednisone and starting the second day, first full day. How long till this kicks in? I am still wheezing like a purring old puddy cat, or in your world of music a very badly tuned scratchy cello with a broken string??? Did I explain that well??? LOL

      • Nancy says:

        Hi Contess,
        It should start working within a few days. The flu is spreading across the country
        big time. Also the flu shot isn’t protecting everyone as new strains are popping up.
        Hopefully you will be feeling better tomorrow or the next day. Hang in there.

        • Contessa says:

          Hi Nancy,

          I am a bit better today. It’s funny but I just got my flu shot a couple of weeks ago and now this. I was feverish, so maybe I did/do have the flu??? Either way I think I am over the hump. I’m not an alarmist, and have a high tolerance for discomfort, but this truly knocked me for a loop big time. Thanks for your help.

    • Pghemtchick says:

      While I usually try to avoid political chat here, I can’t be excited about this. It has nothing to do with my political affiliation, but everything to do with payroll tax being ignored in this last minute fapfest done by Congress. So people making $50k a year can kiss an extra $1k roughly gone to taxes. While it may not seem a lot, it’s a month of groceries/few utility bills/mortgage payment to already struggling families. Both sides just proved the little guys don’t matter. It’s sad. That’s my opinion on it anyways. I’m sure there are those that disagree, and that’s cool too. /end political talk from me.

  44. Contessa says:

    Texas Tart…no worries I was wondering about Detox and where the heck that child has wandered off to????

    I almost forgot about the red thong. I was so exasperated, because I only have a black faded thong (from many years ago, at least I think it is a thong), that will only fit my one thigh. I thought about wearing it last night, but decided black was not the color (per Chismosa’s rule). Also it wouldn’t count if I could only wear it on one thigh, so dancing around the house naked while using a faded black thong as a garter just wouldn’t do it. I apologize to our all our members if this is TMI. I think our Darling Lainey has a better chance in her pink faded one. Also Chismosa better have danced really hard in that bright red thingy as she is carrying us (who can’t) on her back….go Chismosa. XXOO

    • chismosa says:

      Contessa- me??? Dancing? I think you mean Cusi!

      I was the one advocating for yellow underwear— that is what my culture preaches, more for prosperity. Red is for love. We do yellow, but you can do red of course if you want.

      I never said anything about black! ha ha.
      You are so funny…….. (i dont like wearing black anyway so it’s funny you say that!)
      happy new year

    • LaineyLainey says:

      LOL CONTESSA!!! Thanks for the giggles.

      • Contessa says:

        Chismosa, I am so sorry. Please excuse my lazy a$$ for not going back to yesterday’s blog, but I am going to use the perfectly good excuse of being ill and on my fainting couch which unfortunately disabled me from further examination of seeking the truth of the red thong matter. I am high on cough medicine – so am pretty goofy tonight. My sincere apologies for Cusi and Chismosa, but either way if I could rock a thong, I would be very happy and it wouldn’t matter what color it was cause I would be shakin a tail feather for sure. Bedtime for me.

        • chismosa says:

          oh i’m joking… please— we are all so funny here it’s tough to be serious ! 😉

          please feel better! i love a fainting couch….. always wanted one.

    • TexasTart says:

      LOL contessa! 😀

  45. Nancy says:

    Good night all. It’s be a very long day.

  46. Contessa says:

    City – you are a true unspoken/unsung hero…never complained and always upbeat. So now I am going to speak your name loud and clear for all to hear: CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE CITYSIDE
    Sent with Admiration, Love, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    with Admiration

  47. VV says:

    WHY?!

    “I had Joe hang this in our gameroom;”

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