I know this is supposed to be a housewives chat – but there are too many good shows on tonight to limit the chat to Bravo.
Atlanta is on an hour earlier than usual tonight. I have no idea why but perhaps they want to completely cover prime time, or maybe they don’t want it to go head to head with Downton Abbey. Either way I’m glad since while I love the housewives, Downton Abbey has me hooked.
We’ll be heading into the 1920’s this season. Cora’s mother (Shirley Maclaine) will arrive from America and take on irrepressible Maggie Smith. I’m sure the dry one liners will fly. As for the rest of them …. Will Mary and Matthew stay together? Will Bates be released? Will Miss O’Brien grow a heart?
Real Housewives of Atlanta – Off the Hook
From Bravo’s Website:
“As NeNe prepares to leave for LA to begin shooting “The New Normal,” she has many challenges thrown her way. Kandi and her boo continue to settle into their new life together, causing her to confide in Porsha about the thought of marriage. A pre-nup conversation is far off for Kenya – things haven’t been right for a while with her and Walter. After heart-to-hearts with Aunt Lori and Kandi, she takes Walter on a fishing date to give it one last shot at reeling in her man.”
Shahs of Sunset – You took an Ambien
“The friends decide to take a long weekend in Cabo, but Reza and Asa refuse to go with GG, so the group must make a tough call. GG decides to make the best of being cut out of the vacation by digging in and taking over the launch party for her extensions line, hoping to prove to her sister that she has what it takes to be a real business woman. Lilly and MJ bristle at being forced together by the rest of the gang, and tempers flare when Asa blurts out loud what everyone in the group has been wondering.”
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Real Housewives of Miami Cast Blogs Blogged by IDon’tBelieveInUnicorns
As you saw, I did not participate in the first part of the reunion, and I’m not going to lie, one part of me was very glad and the other part of me wished I would have. I don’t know… I don’t even know how I would have reacted or what I would have said. You know, I watch it now and say I would have done this and said that, but you really don’t know until you are actually sitting there on that couch how you will react to someone else’s comments. It was very difficult for me to watch from the dressing room where I was getting my hair and makeup done. “Wow” is all I can say and will say. Why speak about it now? Some things will never change and some people will never change!
Thank the Lord she wasn’t there for the first part. It was bad enough to have her there for the short time during round two.
In regards to Joanna and Karent’s distasteful and ridiculous comment about Herman, I can only say that I don’t need to defend myself with ugly words and violence, because it didn’t hurt me as there is no truth to it. On the other hand, THEIR truth hurts. Their lives are empty and miserable, because they have not found the happiness that every woman longs for –to have a great man/husband by their side and children, to have a family. I have been in a solid relationship for almost 14 years with a man that respects and loves me and my children unconditionally. Even though Joanna is so beautiful in the outside, she is very ugly on the inside. Even though she and Karent are always bragging about how beautiful and successful they are in their careers and with their “boyfriends,” they really are not and you saw that. What woman like them envy the most is other women’s happiness. I actually feel sorry for them and hope that one day they will be as fortunate as me and meet their better half and fulfill every woman’s dream of being a mother and a wife. I feel that will help them grow as individuals and feel better about themselves. So don’t hate on me, honey, I’ve been through my fair share in life!
This follows a paragraph explaining how her sons have caused the greatest sadness AND happiness and how blessed she is for her sons and husband. Sweet. She goes on to say, in so many words, that women’s lives, without husbands and children, are meaningless. Ouch. I’d be willing to bet she lost an entire faction of her fanbase with this statement and I don’t think it was huge to begin with. First there are those that choose not to have a husband and/or children in their lives… then there are those who would like but aren’t blessed with a husband and/or aren’t, for whatever reason, able to have children. Is she that ignorant or self-involved not to realize that she wasn’t just slamming Joanna and Karent? It’s a horrible and presumptuous thing to say. I’ll bet she’s going to have a lot more “honeys” hating on her who don’t give a crap about her fair share of anything. And all this for naught because I really don’t think either Joanna or Karent is envious of her in the least.
Well, it’s time to say goodbye for now. Thank you for watching and for your love and support. I truly have appreciated all the beautiful comments. I am thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had to share just a little bit of me with you!
Good riddance. I’ve noticed she didn’t get too many “beautiful” comments this week nor did she deserve any. Sorry… she hit a sore spot. Guess she didn’t think of her castmate Lisa’s feelings either… or didn’t care.
The reunion was brutal and hard for me to handle. When it was over, I didn’t remember most of the filming, because I was that emotionally drained. I won’t pretend I am that tough, because I am not. It was definitely more than what I expected, because I felt attacked by Adriana. Not only did she attack me at the reunion, but also during and after the filming of the show. Some women definitely showed their true colors at the reunion.
Adriana was a beast but it’s difficult for me to see Joanna as a victim. It’s not as if Joanna doesn’t give it as good as she gets it (or better). I don’t have the best memory, but if I remember correctly, the incident that started the feud was at Lisa’s lingerie party. They were BOTH wrong but it wouldn’t have happened if Joanna didn’t insert herself into a conversation between Adriana and Karent. At the end of the season, they were far from best friends, but it seemed as if they had decided to let bygones be bygones. But in real housewifeland, emotions resurface when it’s talking head time, then again when it airs. For the most over the top moments of course Andy perpetuates them on WWHL. Lastly, there’s the reunions. Truces don’t stand a chance. Friendships are tested. Then there’s the family members… YIKES! Everyone looks for different things for fulfillment but most would never look for it on a “reality” show.
I don’t have much more to say besides what I said during the reunion. I have dealt my whole life with bullies, and that is what has made me a strong person. This only gives me more power to work harder and become more successful, because I love my work. My focus is to build my empire so I can give back to all charities that support abused animals and children.
Okay, so Joanna’s not tough but she is strong? She may be a bit confused but I don’t think she sounds like someone whose life is empty and miserable. I believe if she really wanted to be married with children she would be married with children.
“Whether in the courtroom or in the kitchen I bring the heat.” The thought of having one particular tagline define me or any of the ladies on this show always seemed a bit simplistic. I found solace in that the message was mostly positive albeit a little silly. Asking someone to look away if they don’t like your smile or announcing that you don’t deal with stupid speaks volumes and could not have painted a more accurate picture of what was in store this season.
So many people were surprised to see the dramatic fallout at the reunion between Lea and myself. It seemed to come out of nowhere. Lea and I interacted very little on the show save for the Marysol debacle. I never felt I had much in common with Lea and for that reason kept my distance. I always got the impression that she was all “smoke and mirrors” as I said many times. She wanted people to buy into this persona and she tooted her own horn incessantly. Nothing about that particularly bothered me. I just kind of found her to be an odd yet amusing bird.
I would really like to include Ana’s entire blog but it’s quite long. Personally I really like Ana… a lot. I believe there was a method to her madness so I will forgive the nasty “old lady” comments although I don’t think she should have gone there. Many took her comments as cruel and ageist… well they were… but since there was a lot we didn’t see they may have been taken out of context. Okay, I know, I may be giving her too much credit, but I’m not giving up the possibility that Lea said something like “don’t pick on an old lady” and Ana just exploited it. Sometimes I forget how much I dislike certain things about Lea. Ana reminded me. Anyway, IMO Ana does clear up her vehemence towards Lea. I’m satisfied. I’ll let you all decide for yourselves without interruption…
Weeks before the reunion I started hearing that Lea was boasting about town that she was “coming after me at the reunion.” I was taken aback because we had never had much conflict. I knew she was upset about my defending Marysol but there was certainly no need for retaliation of that magnitude. There is a saying in Spanish, “Guerra avisada no mata soldados.” It means that when you announce a war ahead of time you don’t get to kill any soldiers. And so I prepared. This soldier would not go down without a fight. It didn’t take very long and I didn’t resort to unethical means or ultra-sleuthing to discover anything. It was all there for the taking to anyone who spent a few minutes researching. I tucked all my findings neatly into the now infamous file folder and hoped I wouldn’t have to use it.
The reunion was sure to be a long and draining experience and I arrived at 7 AM as requested. I spoke to no one the night before except Joanna who came to my room to discuss jewelry and wardrobe. About 20 minutes before I went on set I was again reminded that Lea was “gunning” for me. I took my file sat in my designated spot (on the most uncomfortable couch in the western hemisphere) and hid my file behind a throw pillow. Within the first 3 minutes Lea attacked me without being provoked. Twice. The first thing she said (quite aggressively) was that my husband (now ex) has been sleeping around for years. I was not sure how that was a character flaw on my part. After all, even if that were true it certainly can’t be imputed on me. She then corrected herself when I reminded her that we had been separated for two years. She backpedaled and retracted saying that she never said “cheating.” Sleeping around = cheating no? Thesaurus? So that was the big plan of attack she had spent weeks boasting about? She then took out what she believed was her piece de resistance; the dig about the little “mortgages at US Century Bank.” To which I retorted by pulling out my file. What occurred after that was a cross-examination never before seen on a reunion show; so unexpected and full of interesting information that the other cast members were rendered speechless. Where, how, why? Good question. Stay tuned for that story.
What you did see were bits and pieces of a very angry Ana and a very stunned Lea, a Lea who never expected certain information to be divulged. Sadly, the whole situation could have been avoided had she not bragged repeatedly about her reunion take-down. It became a domino effect. The thought of Lea’s audacity brought to the surface a lot of the things she had done and said all season long both in and outside the purview of the camera: Her never ending desire to damage Marysol’s business, her questionable friends, her constant digs followed by “JUST KIDDING!”, her incessant name dropping, the disparaging manner with which she “handled” her husband (unless a camera was present), and finally, her ever shifting alliances on the show. One minute Lisa is a dumb wannabe philanthropist, the next she is her spiritual adviser and fertility cheerleader. One moment Karent is an annoying chatterbox and tool, the next she is the victim of unrequited love and the “mean girls”. Is anyone buying this? Anyone besides her hired guns and diligent blog posters? I think not.
Lea’s pattern of retraction, her disclaimers like “that is not my recollection”, her tired overly rehearsed little lines about not “building her life into the camera but rather building the camera into her life”, are a testament to her pattern of finding the proverbial escape route. Intelligent people don’t buy things like “my reasons are both qualified and quantified” because the statement is both nonsensical and laughable. People are smarter than Lea thinks — both her cast mates and the viewers. She did not fool anyone.
Don’t mess with Ana! She didn’t take crap from Thomas Kramer and she sure as $h!t isn’t going to take it from Lea. Anyway, that’s a good portion of her explanation as to why it went down the way it did. I read through some of the comments and, suffice it to say, most either love her or hate her. I had to laugh at one who said “It was unwise of you to attack Lea Black.” HA! If I had to have someone in my corner, it wouldn’t be Thomas Kramer, it wouldn’t be Lea Black, it would be Ana Quincoces. That’s one reason I like Ana so much… she’s not wooed by Miami’s “rich and famous.” She doesn’t kiss up to them like all the others did, for example, at Kramer’s menagerie… er house. She stands by her convictions and that’s a trait I admire most.
I will not spend too much time on the “socially awkward” comment as it was the subject of many interviews I’ve done and practically trended on Twitter. I know most of you who post here know what really happened and perhaps even feel a little embarrassed that it was the viewers and not I who dubbed RJ that. Had Lea really thought I was referring to her son she would have lunged across the cocktail table at me. She sprung to her feet for far less at least 10 times during the taping. So many times in fact, that Andy had to ask her repeatedly to take a seat. The fact that she now uses her 10 year old son as a scape goat to garner the sympathy of the viewers after spending an entire two seasons in a vicious and bigoted attempt to attack and discredit the Cuban girls on the show is pathetic.
THIS! It’s ironic that the viewers blame Ana for what is their own perception. The fact that Lea ran with it immensely saddens me for her son. Ana opines a bit more about Lea’s bias of Cubans. I don’t feel comfortable commenting about it. It is likely it’s a common bias in Miami however, that doesn’t denote Lea’s guilt of it. Something else I think Ana should have left alone.
You had the opportunity to see a bit about what I’ve accomplished. I’m proud of my success as a lawyer for many years, and now I’m excited about my new plans to continue writing my books, launching my food line, and toying with the idea of opening a small restaurant. Unlike others, I have not sought to pimp my wares each and every week here on my blog, but instead shared an appropriate recipe that you might want to try. So, just in case you are interested and want more of my recipes, yes, you can buy either one of my books, Cuban Chicks Can Cook and Sabor, by going to this link:http://www.anaquincoces.com/shop/.
There were many comments accusing Ana of being hypocritical here… Ana takes advantage of the opportunity ONCE at the end of the season, yet this is somehow the same as the others doing it “each and every week.” Oh well… it is true that when there is dislike of a housewife, just about anything can be twisted into a fault. The opposite is also true, I may have overlooked many ’cause Ana happens to be one of my favorite housewives anywhere.
More About Me than You Probably Want to Know
Trust me, it’s an understatement. But I’m going to be kind and not bore you with it all.
My 11-year-old son is an accomplished pianist (I wish his recital was included in the show). He’s studying three languages and is also fluent in Spanish. He’s an honor roll student in the 6th grade and was awarded the citizenship of the year award five consecutive years while in elementary school. And did I mention he has a heart of gold, always offering up his college fund for anyone in need, or he is the first to donate money if a random person holds a sign up or a cup out? He loves “random acts of kindness” as he calls it.
Thankfully nothing is mentioned about him NOT being socially awkward, however, through NO fault of Ana’s, the damage is done.
My husband and I have been together, faithful, and happy for twenty years… He is so… blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah… The typical defense of a defense attorney… I realize that opinions of defense attorneys can be harsh, mine included at times, however, someone has to do it. I’m just wondering why Lea felt the need to do so.
I welcome aging — what’s the alternative? I always wonder why people find such glee in criticizing one’s age. I feel we are lucky every year we live a year longer. So I’ve filled my years working, trying to do the right thing, and enjoying my friends and family while working on charitable causes I believe in. I have a philosophy that I live by and I wrote a booklet about it that goes out with each Sudden Youth order; you can also read about it on my theworldofleablack.com website. It’s a philosophy that has served me well, that philosophy and the principles in the book Do You Quantum Think allow me to create and design my life, live in the moment, and enjoy the now. Life really is made up by “moments.”
I agree with Lea and am passionate in my belief that it’s a ridiculous card to use, however as I said previously, I can believe that editing may have made it worse than it actual was. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, Lea ceased the moment and turned it into a plug.
The Blacks Annual Gala has been going on for 19 years… blah blah blah… just another plug. If you’re interested you can always go to the Bravo website.
I started my first company in the mid ’80s with a small loan from the bank… blah blah blah… you guessed it, another plug plus a pat on the back or two.
Spread the love and keep the peace and #don’tdealwithstupid.
I have begun to find her overused “don’t deal with stupid” motto rather rude, crude and unnecessary.
I’d like to use my blog to reflect on all of the positive things that being a part of The Real Housewives of Miami brought to my life. Being a part of the show taught me many valuable life lessons, which have made me a stronger person, and for that I am grateful.
I like Marysol. I think the following quote applies to her… “Don’t confuse my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness.” (I apologize for not knowing for whom to give credit.)
As I reflect back on my favorite moments this season, I truly enjoyed the time I spent in the house in Bimini with Ana, Alexia and Adriana. It was so wonderful to just be the silly, playful girls that we are. I remember Ana and I fighting over who would get to share the room with Alexia (inside joke). Ana won, of course, like the savvy attorney that she is! Ana was making us these amazing drinks all day long that had about four different liquors and several different fruit juices. It truly was the nectar of the Gods. The three of us had a pillow fight that started out fun but soon turned competitive. Then I jumped so high on the mattress I hit my head on the ceiling fan. AHHH good times! Adriana would come out and model 52 outfits for us before each outing which was very funny. Then we would all jam in the bathroom to do our makeup. Ana does amazing eye shadow application and I was the designated fake eye lash applicator. It had been almost a year since Alexia’s son’s accident, so spending a few days alone with her, just us girls, was very special.
Hmmmm, did she not enjoy the time in Bimini with the others? She only mentions, as they’re called, the “three As.”
Last, but not least, I met three new women that I probably would have never known had we not shared the experience of working together. In closing, I want to wish everyone a positive and joyous 2013. If you dream BIG and believe, great things will come to you!
Okay… she didn’t ignore the others completely… except for one. Bloop!
One more year has ended, our second season is ending — so many emotions and so many moments in which we cried and also laughed. Difficult moments with Joanna, hilarious moments with Elsa — gotta love her! It is hard to say goodbye. Harder yet is to look back and see the moments in which we did succeed and the moments in which we failed. And for the moments in which I wasn’t acting on my best behavior, I will apologize. I’m only human and can only take so much. Nonetheless, I will take the high road like I should, and I will apologize.
Hey at least she apologizes. I still like Adriana. Sometimes there’s not a clear reason. This is one of those times.
I apologize for misunderstandings, and I apologize for the impetuosity of my responses. I’m not a hater, au contraire, I’m always cheering for women. It makes me happy to see women succeed in life and to find their inner peace and their real love; love that is not toxic, love that heals, love that brings out the best in us. And that is my wish to each girl in our show — may 2013 bring you healing from the losses we had in the past year and may we dream for bigger and better things at the dawn of this new year.
More apologies. This is her blog in it’s entirety. I’d bet she’s feeling the backlash and doesn’t like it. Other than Alexia, she’s getting the harshest comments.
For our Bravo and RHOM fans, I say thank you for watching and following us during Season 2. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon, and you can be sure that is always better when we are together! Happy New Year!
I don’t get it… “it’s always better when we are together!” Is she talking to us? Sounds like a plea to be kept for another season… if there is one. Any bets? We’re getting a lost moments episode so I’ll go out on a limb and say yes. I hope so. I enjoyed this season.
No blog from Karent since December 10. Thank you Jesus!
In case you didn’t catch the game ….