It’s a Brad Brad World / The Rachel Zoe Project / Best Survivor Tribal Council EVER!

It’s a Brad, Brad World by Johanna

This episode is the Dubai trip we’ve been seeing in the previews..

It begins at Brad and Gary’s house. Brad and Lindsay are packing Brad’s clothes for Dubai. They are going to Dubai because Kate Spade is expanding their brand to the Middle East and apparently it’s part of Brad’s job to go to these amazing parties. Brad and Lindsay discuss all the rules for women’s fashion in Dubai. I must confess, I am really clueless these rules so I hope I don’t sound too ignorant and I’m totally not trying to offend any one.

There’s a quick shot of LAX, and then-Magic!- Brad and Lindsay are in Dubai. It looks amazing. He says it’s like being in another planet and from what I see, I agree! The architecture is just like nothing I’ve ever seen, I’m so jealous! The view from their suite at the hotel is amazing. Part of their job in Dubai will be styling socialites and celebrities and other “influential people” in Kate Spade for the party. Brad asks Lindsay if they should go clubbing while they are there and Lindsay says that one of the rules is “no dancing”. She says its like Footloose and Brad laughs and makes other Footloose related jokes. I laughed. Love Footloose!!

As they get in the car to go about their day, Lindsay begins to read off some of the laws in Dubai. No swearing, being drunk in public, making rude gestures, PDA, sex outside of marriage, women cannot wear transparent clothing, anything above the knee or cut out back and shoulders. It is also illegal to be gay in Dubai. Brad brings up the client they are about to meet, Tala. He says he can’t wait to meet her. They arrive at her house. She has a fashion in Dubai. I can’t tell is she American or European? She doesn’t have a very strong accent. She’s gorgeous and so is her home. They all go over the clothes on the racks and she tries on several dresses before deciding on “the one”. Brad asks her about the fashion rules she has to follow in Dubai. She says she’s thinks twice about anything too provocative but that Dubai is a little more liberal than other areas in the Middle East and you’re not going to be arrested for it.

Next shot, Brad and Lindsay arrive at the Mall of Emirates He says it’s mind boggling to see women in head to toe Gucci juxtaposed with women wearing burkas (spelling?) and carrying Birkins. They go to the Kate Spade store in the mall and meet with some of the women working with them to prepare for the party. We are introduced to Brad’s next client- Andree,who is a blogger and personal stylist who works between the UK and the middle east. Brad will be styling her. She tries on several dresses. I love them all! I never knew much about Kate Spades clothes only the purses and they are beautiful!

Back at the hotel, Brad Skypes with Gary. Gary is in London working on a new show. Brad jokes about a lot of guys in Dubai being on the D.L.. Gary’s not into it. They discuss how they are living such different lives now but they end their conversation with a very sweet love you!!

The next scene there are several Kate Spade employees in Brad’s hotel room. There are three hundred RSVP’s for the party and they are planning on there being many more people. Brad is supposed to be fitting several models for the party and only two show up. That’s no good! Brad and Lindsay show up at the party and it looks so cool. Apparently everyone in Dubai is early for parties and even though Brad is on time, the models are already dressed but Brad still has to look over everyone. Only seven models are there to represent the entire holiday collection, in New York he had thirty models to do the same job. Stressful!! Brad worked it out and like I said the clothes are so beautiful and vibrant. Brad says the buzz is that this could be the best party of the year in Dubai. Tala and Andree show up styled by Brad and they look awesome. He says one of the things he learned in Dubai is that not everyone wears traditional clothing and a lot of people are evolving and embracing the fashion.

The little filler scene is Brad and Lindsay the morning after. They are joking and laughing together. I seriously love Brad’s relationship with his employees.

The show ends with Brad and Lindsay and a few others driving out to the desert to ride a camel. He’s says he’s wearing Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutins and it’s perfect desert wear, I think he looks fierce. Brad and Lindsay share a camel. It’s absolutely beautiful, I can’t even put it into words it’s just amazing. They laugh together that’s it’s another weird thing they have done together..

Next Week Season Finale!!!


Rachel Zoe Project by Amy

At Rachel’s house, Rachel is ordering Skyler organic candy when the subject of Rachel having another child is brought up. Rachel reacts passionately that she feels that she works too much to devote time to 2 children. She says she isn’t sure how another pregnancy would go because she feels she got lucky with her first pregnancy. Her stylist, Joey, points out that she lives the ridiculous everyday. Rachel agrees with him in her talking head. Skyler arrives and Rachel is very excited to see him.

At her office the girls prepare for the handbag prototype review. The whole handbag team is coming to go over the fall line. Rachel says she is always about accessories. She loves that she can change anything about the bags because it is her brand. None of the bags are particularly my taste but they look like bags that will sell well. Rodger interrupts the meeting because he can’t find Skyler. Mandana remarks about Rodger’s style, or lack thereof, and Rachel says she needs to give him a makeover.

Cut to Rachel and Rodger shopping for Rodger’s makeover with Joey at Allsaints. Rachel says she has to style herself, her son, and her husband. They bicker about all of her choices. Rodger wants brown and Rachel vetoes that. Rachel then gets distracted with pieces for herself. Rodger jokes about getting himself and Rachel drunk to make a second baby.

Rachel talks about the Glamour shoot. They discuss outdoor location and 70s fashion. They even talk about using some of Rachel’s own collection. Rodger meets with William, vintage dealer/friend, who helped Rodger pick out his anniversary gift. William tells Rodger that he’s brought a few pieces that Rachel will love. He asks Rodger about where Skyler is and Rodger isn’t so sure but tells William he should come to the office.

At the office Rodger brings William and the things he has picked out for Rachel. He also brings along her belated birthday present. Skyler runs around the rack. William presents Rachel with a 60s dress designed by Karl Lagerfeld when he was in his 20s, which Rachel absolutely gushes over. Rachel meets with Eileen to discuss her latest shoot with Glamour. They want boho chic and what was in Paris. Rachel doesn’t want it to be too “hippy dippy”, even though she’ll probably style it that way.

Eileen pulls looks for Rachel’s shoot while Rachel and Rodger go to NYC for Good Morning America. She styles three looks for them in a little fashion show. Then they head to Dreamdry. On the way they call Skyler to say good morning and rachel styles him. Dreamdry is open. It looks exceptionally Rachel Zoe with the chevron floor.

Rachel and Rodger arrive back in LA to her office and show off Rodger’s new appearance. The day of the Glamour shoot arrives and it’s foggy. Rachel gets her bangs trimmed while they wait for the fog to clear. The shoot can finally be underway and Rachel loves the pieces, although I’m hard pressed to remember a time she didn’t. She feels so amazed that her collection is on a model next to a model in Tom Ford.

At Rachel’s house she is cooking dinner for Skyler. She says this is a ritual that she would never change. She also says that she can’t imagine doing everything that she does with 2 children. Rodger asks Skyler if he wants a sister. I’m not a fan of using children to manipulate your partner but we’ll see where this goes next week.


Survivor 26 Caramoan Fans vs Favorites by MelTheHound week 10


Dawn Meehan
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Age: 42
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor

John Cochran
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member
Age: 25
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student

Phillip Sheppard
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – Made it to the final 3
Age: 54
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer of Enter Software Sales

Andrea Boehlke
Previous Season: Survivor: Redemption Island – 13th castaway voted out/ 8th Jury Member
Age: 23
Current Residence: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Entertainment Host and Writer

Edward “Eddie” Fox
Age: 23
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.
Occupation: Fireman/EMT

Reynold Toepfer

Age: 30
Current Residence: San Francisco, Calif.
Occupation: Real Estate Sales

Sherri Biethman
Age: 41
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee

Brenda Lowe
Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member
Age: 30
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner

Erik Reichenbach
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member
Age: 27
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist

Malcolm Freberg
Previous Season: Survivor: Philippines – 15th castaway voted off/8th Jury member
Age: 25
Current Residence: Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Bartender

The Jury

Michael Snow

Voted out week 9, First member of the jury.

Zipping Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Welcome back Castaways. Last week, Malcolm showed his ass to his alliance when he talked Reynold into playing an idol for him. It didn’t matter if either of them played it because after Andrea got wind that her name was in play, she talked everyone into the easy target, Michael. He was voted out and became the first member of the jury. At the time, I wondered if Malcolm was playing everyone or if he really believed he was in trouble. Our hostess posted in my recap, a tweet from Malcolm that just said “teehee”. At the time I thought he may just have been playing one alliance against the other but there is more to that “teehee” than met the eye. This week, as the castaways return to camp, Pinky calls a meeting. Everyone is invited except, Reynold, Eddie, and Malcolm. I guess he’s out of Stealth R Us because he’s pissed off Pinky. They make an early decision that one of these three has to go.

sur1The following day, Cochran and Pinky are chatting about Dawn. They note that she has leaked a lot of information (to help her alliance and herself, I’ll add to that) and betrayed a lot of people. Cochran is saying basically that when it comes to the mind game, she’s capable of just about anything. Pinky says she isn’t a big threat in any of the challenges. About that time, we hear Dawn scream “Brenda, I need you quick”. She is screaming and sobbing as if she’s just been bitten by one of those creepy monkeys on the island. Turns out, that at one time in her life, she got hit in the mouth. Didn’t say by whom or what but the result is, she wears a partial lower plate to replace the teeth she lost. Apparently, she was in the water and dipped down to get a drink (that must be some clean water there), and the plate (retainer she calls it) fell out of her mouth, into the lagoon and sunk to the bottom. She says she’s not going to continue without it, she will pull herself from the game. This is the preview we saw last week.

-Side note- A little MTH family trivia. My mother had false teeth out of necessity. Full upper, partial bottom. To wear the bottom plate, always hurt her so she didn’t wear it (she had most of her lower front teeth so this plate was like the molars). She kept in her purse, wrapped in a paper towel in case she needed it for some reason. Well, one day at work, her car got broken into and her purse was stolen. Yep, the partial plate of teeth was in the purse and gone forever. I was pissed because A: some asshole had stolen my mother’s purse and B: I had Bought her that purse for Christmas. Whoever stole the purse didn’t get any cash because by that time, she carried it in her brar and she didn’t believe in credit cards. A minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things but still. For years, we wondered about the look on the thief’s face when he pulled that partial plate out of her purse and laughed our asses off about it. -end side note-

Dawn has Brenda look for her teeth. I don’t know why Dawn couldn’t do it but that’s what happened. Maybe she couldn’t use the snorkel without them. Anyway, Brenda does find them and all is right in Dawn-land. So now Dawn can go back to spreading her infamous disease, Meehan-itis.

sur2 sur3How about a reward challenge? We have seen this game before. In fact, I think it was last season or the season before. Some variation of it anyway.. The object is to race through this obstacle course, collect 5 bags of balls that are buried in mudpit, crawl under a beam in a rice filled box. There are 5 to a team and once all 5 bags are collected, they can begin shooting the balls into that basket. First team to get 12 in the basket, wins reward. The teams are, Malcolm, Sherri, Brenda, Eddie, and Andrea (orange). For the other team, Erik, Reynold, Cochran, Dawn, and Pinky (Purple). This is a race folks. The first part of the course is a winding balance beam. Then, a water slide into the mud. Then into a boxed off mudpit to collect the bags of balls, through the rice box and to the end platform. Once a team member makes it to the platform the next player can begin.

First up are Malcolm and Erik. Malcolm spends a lot of time finding all 5 bags of balls, Erik uses his time to clear a good path in the rice box so no one else has to dig. Malcom is still looking for his balls as Erik finishes and Reynold runs for his team. He liberates his and the other three bags for his team and continues on as Malcolm finally gets to the end of the course (having found all 5 bags). Before Malcolm gets to the end however, Dawn is on her way for purple. She slides down the water slide face first, I hope she didn’t lose her teeth in that slop. Malcolm finishes and Andrea is next for orange. As she is working through the course, Dawn finishes and Cochran takes off. This guy is an animal in these challenges lately. He’s hauling ass, Andrea finishes and it’s Sherri’s turn for Orange… Cue Jeopardy music here as she is just kind of strolling along the balance beam part of the course. I don’t know if she’s scared or doesn’t believe they have a shot at winning. Geeze Sherri, the Work is done. All you have to do is run the course. Cochran finishes and Pinky, the last of the purple team, can go. Sherri manages to get it done (of possible interest to perhaps no one, Sherri had a wardrobe top malfunction. The only reason I noticed, they blurred it out) and Brenda can go, followed by Eddie. By this time, purple already has their bags open and are quickly filling that basket with their 12 balls. Orange never had a chance to shoot because purple was so far ahead it was over in no time. Purple wins reward. Remember here for near future reference, these people are covered with mud and whatever else they’ve been collecting for the past several days.

sur4The reward is an afternoon at a resort complete with a shower, a clean pool, and a table full of meat lover’s goodness. Protein and plenty of it. As they are going into the area, the host/guide, invites them to take a shower, have something to eat, and enjoy the pool. Everyone takes a shower except for one pig of an asshole. Guess which pig I’m talking about? Yep, Pinky. That’s him and the cloud of mud that came off of him when he wallowed into that clean pool. TH Erik notes in so many words that Pinky is one of the most disgusting people ever. I agree. I think he even took his shorts off (ewwww)..

Back at camp that evening, everyone is sleeping except Dawn who is lying awake thinking about stuff. TH Dawn says she’s exhausted, slept perhaps 2 or 4 hours in the last 3 days. She’s paranoid about where she stands among this group of 7. She must have fallen asleep at some point because she was completely refreshed by morning. Whatever, Dawn. She continues on noting that Andrea is growing quite chummy with Reynold, Malcolm, and Eddie. She’s concerned that Andrea is going to flip and that group of 4 can take her (Dawn) out. Cochran in his TH thinks she’s flipped her wig thinking that she’s enough of a threat to be on top of anyone’s take down list. Pinky tells her she is not the target.. Anyone who goes against the alliance, he says to her, is gone. In TH however, he throws out Dawn’s name because she’s obviously losing it. Got that? There is some other pre immunity challenge chatter among Stealth R Us (Sans Malcolm) about splitting the vote between Malcolm and Reynold. One of them will go home regardless of which one of them may have an idol. Got that? Hold that thought. I think there’s another day mixed in here somewhere but it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is that Malcolm and Reynold are the true targets. Let’s just get to the immunity challenge.

sur5 sur6Here’s the drill kids. On each of these platforms on one end, there are two rings. The object is to get them to the post on the other side, To do so, they have to run across the platform and jump into the water. Then they have to pull themselves back to the other end, under water, via a tow rope. Then, climb out of the water, grab a ring, and transfer it to the other end. Once they’ve done that with both rings, they are done. Two heats of five, only the first two from each will move on to the final round. First up are Andrea, Reynold, Cochran, Dawn, and Sherri. Andrea and Reynold win this round, I think Reynold finished first. I couldn’t even tell you if Sherri got one ring transferred. In the next group, Eddie, Malcolm , Brenda, Erik, and Pinky. But wait folks, Pinky isn’t going to do it. No sir.. He’s askeered. He says he had a bad experience as a boy. Perhaps he did, I don’t know but this round will be four people. Probst all but calls him a dumbass noting that at 28 days, the only thing that can guarantee the 29th day, is that immunity necklace.  Eddie got the first one pretty quick but on his second pass, he missed placing the ring on the end post so he had to go a third time to correct that. That allowed Brenda and Malcolm to slip into those other two final round spots. Final 4, Reynold, Malcolm, Brenda, Andrea. There are 5 rings this time and cutting to the chase, Reynold wins immunity. Ruhroh… Remember the plan for council?

Back at camp, TH Reynold is happy he has won because now he can do as he pleases. About Pinky he says, that he’s all talk. Never does anything but talk and it’s sacrilegious to not even try for the idol. In other words, Pinky thinks his spot is locked in this game as ‘The Specialist’ (my words, not Reynold’s). Especially if you have lions and gorillas tatoo’d on your body. Pinky first pulls Andrea aside and then Dawn, he tells them to still split the vote. Replace Reynold with Eddie. In a game with a numbers advantage (7:3) it doesn’t matter. One of them is going home. Idol or not. He believes if he can get to final 3 and these people aren’t bitter, he may even win (yeah, dream on Pinky). We then see Malcolm and Reynold head off to look for the hidden idol. Eventually so does Eddie (who I don’t think ever seriously looked but doesn’t know Malcolm already has one), and they are also joined by some of the girls, Dawn and Andrea. Guess what kids, As soon as the women show up, Malcolm finds the idol on a hole in a rock. They don’t know if he already had one and put it in there to fool them into thinking he just found it or if he legit, just found it. Point is now, half of the entire cast now knows he has at least one idol. They share this info with Pinky, he says doesn’t matter, split the vote between Malcolm and Eddie, flush out that idol, get rid of Eddie, boom, done, Malcolm is next. TH Eddie, the entire camp now knows that Malcolm has an idol, Eddie is convinced he’s done. Gone. Kaput. Going home. Got all that? Let’s get to council.

Tribal Council…

Probst ushers them in and invites Michael to take his seat on the jury bleacher. The Probsting begins. To Reynold, it’s pretty obvious after the previous council, he, Malcolm, and Eddie are on the outs with everyone. Reynold says yes, he knew he had to win the idol in order to stay in the game that night. To Eddie, who is convinced he’s done, agrees. One of the three of them is going to have to win it every time. To Andrea, Eddie is talking like he’s already gone. She says true, everyone is looking at Eddie because Malcolm happened upon the hidden idol. Then a big shit eating grin comes to Malcolm’s face. Malcolm pulls out said idol and hangs it around his neck. Andrea continues that Reynold won the idol when he needed to, Malcolm found one when he needed to. To Cochran, Probst says so then that is why everyone is aiming for Eddie. Cochran answers that Eddie wasn’t anyone’s first choice but, it is what it is. First choice was actually Reynold because he could charm his way to the top and is a huge threat. Hold that thought Cochran. To Pinky, Probst admonishes, You made history. Can’t think of another time anyone gave up a shot at immunity. Pinky then tells the story (again) of when he was a boy, he got caught under the swimming dock in a pond/lake. He got disoriented, and the owner had to pull him out of there. So since then, he has a thing about being under water under things that could keep him down there. Let me step away from this for a moment to note that last week, during the immunity challenge, he was under a steel grate against a rising tide. He didn’t last very long and I don’t know if he just simply quit or actually couldn’t do it. Either way, same concept because there was a huge hole in those platforms, partially to force players to walk the edge but I’m sure as well, in case someone had to be drug out from underneath. I’m calling bullshit on Pinky’s story but it doesn’t matter. I don’t think he could have done it anyway. He says he would make the same decision again and again. To Andrea, How is camp life. She says everyone is paranoid, and in particular, about her because she was once on the same tribe with Malcolm, Reynold, and Eddie (during the mixup).

This next part is simply beautiful and deserves it’s own paragraph. Remember a couple weeks ago, everyone voted out Corrine? That move is about to bite them all in the ass. Because, Corrine was the only in in this faves alliance, who knew, Malcolm had an idol almost since day one. She apparently stayed loyal to that secret because I think they all shit a brick when Malcolm pulled that second idol out, and handed it to Eddie. He states, that the three of them, are voting for Pinky. Asked why, Pinky… Malcolm says he’s the fun sponge… He just sucks the fun out of everything. I know Erik has hated this guy since day one. I think I saw all these people raise three inches in their seats as they soiled their pants because Now, they didn’t have a clue of what to do. They all have this priceless confused look on their face as if they really don’t know what to do. Pinky, in his ever cockiness, says, everything stays the same. If they both play their idols, and he goes home, he’s fine with that because he doesn’t want to be there with people who are going to disrespect him. Boo Freaking Hoo, Pinky. Ummm, Dumbasses, Backup plan? Dawn? How about the true dead weight, if you wanted to keep Pinky around (which I don’t think they did), Sherri. Did you See her during that reward challenge? Malcolm knows that the following day, they will be idol-less (unless they are put back into play again), and it will be 6 against 3 but one of those Stealth R Us alliance is going home tonight (or rather, to the jury). By the way, Michael, is L.O.V.I.N.G. This. Cochran, who has written college papers about the Survivor game can’t even believe what has just happened.

sur7Time to vote. They go into the vote with the hope that either Malcolm or Eddie won’t play the idols. The only one we see is Erik who votes for Pinky (fillup!)… Probst collects the votes and asks for the hidden immunity idol. Against Pinky’s hopes, both Malcolm and Eddie play them. Both Idols, for the time being, are out of the game. The votes are read. I absolutely cannot believe what Sheep these people are. Not a damn one of them, except Erik, to my knowledge, can think for themselves. I think Erik was still disgusted by Pigpen Pinky. So named by me because of that brown cloud he had around him in the pool. Anyway, these dumbasses still split the vote or tried to. Maybe looking at it now, they weren’t so dumb and knew the idols would be played and ‘the specialist’ would be gone. In the end though, that’s what happened. The final vote count was Malcolm 2, Eddie 3, and Pinky 4 because, Erik flipped. Malcolm didn’t need to play his idol and for that matter, neither did Eddie. Given a little more thought and planning, they could have kept both of those idols and absolutely ruled the game into the final 4 or something like that. Going into this, I don’t think either Eddie or Reynold knew who they were voting for, they just followed Malcolm’s lead.

Exiting Pinky just got up to storm off as Probst was telling him to bring his torch. He brought the torch, Probst snuffed it, and then, Pinky stormed off. He’s hurt, He tried to play the game like Boston Rob (Thank You baby Jesus, we don’t have to hear that phuckin name from Pinky again), he feels disrespected. You get what you give, Pinky. Buh-Bye… My only regret here, is that he wasn’t voted off before Corrine so we wouldn’t have to look at him again. Next week kids, It’s the Survivor auction, Cochran is still feeling his oats, and The Three Amigos are looking for a few new sheeple  recruits.

Watch it here  at your leisure. Close ad and watch as free user – Start Video (you may have to press play as well). Download nothing and just close any pop up windows. Some players may ask you to enter a word or phrase to proceed. I’ve tried that, successfully, with no ill-affects that I could see. That is, I’m suggesting it’s safe to do so. Ask if you need help with that. You can also watch at CBS.COM (with the commercials and it is torture because you can’t skip them).

See you next week. Til then,

Peace, MTH aka WTFIJeff


Thursday Night Lineup, April 18th by BB

8PM – American Idol (Fox); Community (NBC); Vampire Diaries (CW)

9PM – Project Runway Finale Part 1 (Lifetime); Parks and Rec (NBC); Beauty and the Beast (CW); Wife Swap (ABC); Glee (Fox); The First 48 (A&E); America’s Worst Tattoos (TLC); Men at Work (TBS); World’s Dumbest (truTV); Swamp People (History); The Real Housewives of Atlanta First Look (9:49 Bravo); Mysteries at the Museum (Trvl); Braxton Family Values (WE); Brunch at Bobby’s (Cook)

10PM – Tabatha Takes Over (Bravo); Hannibal (NBC); The Moment (USA); House Hunters (HGTV); Ridiculousness/Failosophy (MTV); The Killer Speaks (A&E); NY Ink (TLC); Auction Kings (Disc); Upload with Shaquille O’Neal (10:30 truTV); Chasing Tail (History); Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell (Food); Waco (ID); Yardcore (DIY);  The Graham Norton Show (BBC); Cooking Channel’s Masters (Cook)

11PM – WWHL:  Jessica Walter (Bravo)


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434 Responses to It’s a Brad Brad World / The Rachel Zoe Project / Best Survivor Tribal Council EVER!

  1. Donna says:

    Good Morning

  2. Malcolm tweet

    Pop champagne. Throw confetti. Launch fireworks. Dance in the streets. Take off your clothes. #Survivor

    • ladebra says:

      Best tribal Ever! And first Survivor I’ve watched live in long long time. What a Hoot! Can’t wait to read MTHs blog!

      • plainviewsue says:

        I’ve already rewatched that tribal twice & am not deleting from DVR anytime soon!! It was pure great television.

        Cochran saying that this is why Survivor is so friggin great when he wrote his vote sums it all up.

        There are great seasons; there are not so great seasons. But Survivor remains IMO the best of the best.

    • Michele in Ohio says:

      Agreed– best tribal ever!! Frickin’ amazeballs!

    • Boobah says:

      Survivor was awesome last night!!! Thanks for the great recap Melth!!!!

    • T-Rex says:

      This was most certainly the BEST Tribal Council Ever, what only could have trumped that was if the guys didn’t play any of the idols and Pinky still got voted out, that would have been Priceless, woohoo the PigPenPinky got outplayed yet again!

    • melthehound says:

      You’re all welcome 😀

      T-Rex. that is the only way it could have been any better is if, Malcom and Eddie had kept the idols.

      • T-Rex says:

        I bet odds are good that Malcolm or Reynold find another idol. Those two can sniff them out pretty handily. I bet the girls are going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off, because I don’t think Cochran will be able to muster the troops and a couple of the girls are going to flop on over to the “Dream team”(okay in my dream cause dayum those guys are easy on the eyes)

      • shamrockblonde says:

        thanks for the great recap Jeff!! – tribal council gold!!! – I still don’t like Malcom, or Reynold, but that was just priceless – watch for Malcom’s head to expand immensly after that move!! and that pool thing? groooossss!! eww – that was more than just disgusting, it was also disrespectful to his host – they probably had to drain the pool after that – and he was NAKED in there – MY EYES!!!!!! – *runs off to find the bleach*

        *hugs Jeff really hard* – just because –

      • LaineyLainey says:

        I’m regretting that I’m not a survivor watcher….now, I’m gonna have to watch the last episode…so many kudos!!! REading your recap will help me follow things.

      • melthehound says:

        Ladies I always look forward to your comments when I write these blogs. I think there’s very little in the blog world that can top a SRB Hug 😀

  3. Powell says:

    Good morning everyone. Wow another tragedy in Texas. I believe 13 people are dead. It’s just so sad.

    Then no changes to the gun laws. A brother & sister of a little guy who died in Newton were on Capitol Hill with their parents and want changes for their little brother. How can these Senators look into those kids eyes and not want to do the right thing. Very sad.

    On a bright note I saw how the whole stadium sang the National Anthem at the hockey match in Boston last night. They were holding up the American flag, holding signs of positivity & support. That’s great.

    I hope you all have a great Friday eve.

    #PrayForTexas #PrayForboston

    • Rebecca says:

      The gun law stalemate was a surprise. Thinking like a capitalist, the background checks would have been an opportunity to create badly needed jobs. Oy vey!

      • Catseye says:

        I agree.

      • Powell says:

        Rebecca I didn’t think of that. You are so right. It could have been a win/win in so many situations.

        • Rebecca says:

          Right? So…. Knowing how our Congress behaves, what piece of pork was included in the bill to make people vote against it? It’s never as black and white as it seems and they never seem to out each other’s pet projects when they reject good bills.

    • viki55 says:

      Nothing in that bill would have done a thing to stop another Newton. Nothing. Those poor children are being used a pawns to illict this exact response. Laws rushed through based on emotion with no hope of addressing the real problem cause more problems. Just enforce the laws we have. A lot more kids die in Chicago every day than Newton because they won’t use the gun laws they have. We need more research into mental heath solutions and the effects all the drugs we are giving to our kids are having upon them. We need to look at the problem and the solution not political agendas.

      • Powell says:

        But viki we need A start somewhere. The huge problem as I see it is that too many elected officials are thinking about that money they get as donations from NRA, gun manufacturers, etc & think about their re-elections first, their constituents & this country last. I don’t think the kids are/were used as pawns. Those kids siblings are gone. They & their parents hurt everyday. They can’t vote. They want to do something that counts, that is in tribute to their sibling & in all hopes that it doesn’t happen again.

        • melthehound says:

          I am not going to get into a political debate here but I have to disagree with you here Powell. I absolutely think those kids are used as pawns. I know they lost something but that’s tv politics 101. Parade out the kids, in any situation.

          • Annie Okie says:

            Okay, I get it now. Political debate is off limits here, but it’s A-okay to regurgitate republican talking points. Thanks for clearing that up.

            • melthehound says:

              I didn’t say it was off limits, I sad *I* was not going to get into a political debate.

              You have a nice day too.

              • djprincessc says:

                Where did that “Republican” shit come from?? WOW!! lol.

              • Annie Okie says:

                Whoa, whoa, whoa, you aren’t the same melthehound who crucified Nancy not that long ago for posting a political comment you didn’t agree with? You weren’t the one who blasted her for trying to have a political debate here and you didn’t declare that this is not the place for any kind of political debate? And that isn’t the reason you tried to apologize to her yesterday? My sincere apologies then, I guess I made a mistake; you’re not the phucking hypocrite I took you for and some Republican asshole is using your name, oops. I had a great day, thanks.

                • melthehound says:

                  For the record, NMD DID declare this a no politics zone. That said, I see, You’re one of those. Is that you KerrieOkie? You have a nice day too. Where’s my popcorn?

                  • rabblerouser2010R says:

                    wow…glad I missed the crap fest…so I don’t feel the need to chime in on that regard.
                    You know my opinion on the issue my friend…:)

                    On a sad note…the lottery tickets I had on my recently recovered wallet…were not in fact winning tickets…. which came as quiet a shock to me. 😦

                    • melthehound says:


                      Lottery tickets: Damn… I was hoping you’d be able to spring for a nice cruise for everyone here (or pay for the girlie’s college education at least).. I don’t do boats though so I would have had to pass anyway 😉 Glad you got your purse back with it’s contents though.

                    • rabblerouser2010R says:

                      Oh brother…you know if I won the big bucks…we are all going on a cruise…maybe a Disney cruise and I would make you all dress up like Pirates for their Pirate themed night lol..

                    • melthehound says:

                      Hehe 😆

                • Well hello Tin Man. Couldn’t stay away and snuck back under a new name? You know the rules here as well as anyone. No attacks. MTH does not need me to defend him – but to call him a hypocrite for apologizing is just mind boggling.

            • mrs peabody says:

              that’s not what mth said

      • melthehound says:


      • TexasTart says:

        Viki, I agree that there was nothing in that bill that would prevent another Newton.

      • shamrockblonde says:

        agree – what happened at Newtown started long before that boy got his hands on guns – those children are being used to further an agenda –

      • kendo says:

        I agree! I don’t own a gun!

      • BB says:

        I agree with you Vicki.

      • trudie says:

        Interesting article regarding mental health and gun laws:

    • Lulu says:

      I always hate the “gun” debate. It’s not the gun that kills it’s the person behind it. Owning a gun is our right if you choose it. Many don’t and that’s fine but it’s our constitutional right. Of course our politics want to ban it because it opens the door to completely trample over our other rights i.e Freedom of speech. For that reason alone I would never in a million years ban guns. Besides the biggest gun runner here is Obama just pay attention to Africa for example. One minute one side is losing ground then voila out of thin air guns for all conflict over. Obama is not the only guilty party though look back at our presidents and you will see their guilty as well. I personally don’t own a gun and never will not with 2 children in the house no way!

      Taking guns away from responsible owners is not the way to go. In parts of Alaska it’s absolutely mandatory that you carry a firearm with you at all times. Man is not your worry bear and other predators are. I’m sure some politician out there would debate that you should try to talk nicely to a 700lb bear that is about to eat you! Not to mention those in parts of Minnesota that for their families survival hunt wild game to feed their them.

      The focus is too narrow we look at sick individuals that got a hold of a firearm illegally, in the case of Sandy Hook stolen from his parents. I don’t like to think of it but we live in a society that is brutal and no matter how cautious we are, measures we take to prevent it. You can’t stop a sick individual from wanting to hurt other people. We don’t know what makes them snap or when will they snap.

      Whether you agree with me or not I will always vote to keep ALL of our constitutional rights intact.

      My thoughts and prayers to go the victims in Texas.

      • Lulu says:

        Have to love my grammar mixed with nonstop “What my mom’s undivided attention is NOT on me ALL the time! I have to put a stop to this!” Life with a toddler

      • melthehound says:

        Well said, Lulu.. I have to admit that “I’m sure some politician out there would debate that you should try to talk nicely to a 700lb bear that is about to eat you!” had me LMAO.

      • cocfarm says:

        How would it have “taken away guns from responsible gun users?” I did not hear anything about that.

        Yes, using kids could come across as pawns and yes, no one at newton would have been spared…and the newton folk were the first to say that. They know the new would-be law would not have saved their kids. But other than that, what was wrong with that bill? I’m curious. I do not care if someone has a gun or not. I don’t want to take anyone’s gun away, but you don’t need 30 rounds to kill a bear…and good luck pulling the gun on the bear in the first place!

        Just a peaceful inquiry…not looking to ruffle feathers.

  4. designernailsdiana says:

    Pinky is gone!!!!
    Good Morning my fellow bloggers!!

  5. not THAT Jill says:

    Jeff-great blog!! I don’t even watch the show now-I just read your blog. It’s way more entertaining than the actual show-however I will be watching this epi on demand b/c I must see this Tribal!!!!
    Off to see Maggie perform at her spring concert-her hair and clothes HAD to be perfect this morning…she thinks this will be her big break…in a first grade concert!!! This little Diva cracks me up!!! Have a great day everyone.

  6. TexasTart says:

    Good Morning! Looking forward to reading each of the recaps later! 😀

  7. BB says:

    MTH, Loved the story about your mom’s partial plate. My grandmother used to go to Woolworths or Grants stores downtown and eat lunch every so often. She would either take out her uppers or lowers to eat (can’t remember which). Well, you guessed it. She wrapped them up in a napkin (so nobody would be grossed out) and left them on the Woolworths or Grants counter. My aunt (her daughter) went back later to see if she could find them. Of course, by that time they had been thrown away as trash. Needless to say, my aunt was not a happy camper because she is the one who paid for them and had to take her back to get them replaced.

    • melthehound says:

      Hehe 😆 My father use to put his, in his shirt pocket.

    • cocfarm says:

      I had a girlfriend in grade school sleep in my garage (w/o me knowing) because she threw her retainer out for a second time in a month by accident (lunch tray mishaps). My dad nearly clubbed her with a baseball bat thinking a raccoon was in our garage :/
      She got to spend the rest of the night in the house.


    Sounds like Aviva is back as well, and Heather is doing an event with LuAnn so I think they may all be back.

    • BB says:

      Ugh, I hope when they negotiated Aviva’s contract, they put a clause in there banning her from bringing creepy George to any functions. Oh, wait, this is Bravo we’re talking about. What was I thinking?

      • I Need A Life! says:

        Oh well, looks like I’m down another Housewives Show. I can’t watch Aviva, but I especially loathe her husband. But, BOSTON…my daughter and I did NOT blink last night during the Crazy Obsession show. At first we were angry that they would spend so much money on a squirrel. I can’t imagine my husband working 70 hours as a teacher and tutor to support my squirrel addiction. But like you, I thought, “Damn. To be so happy all day long while dressing my squirrel.”

        Off topic…If you have lost your ability to earn a living in the aftermath of the Boston tragedy, who pays for it? I’m just curious. If a victim does not have insurance to cover the cost of anything happening to them right now, what happens? Is there a national fund for victims? Does it come from private donors?

        • Amalfi says:

          That is such an interesting question that I googled this about 9/11. It is interesting that the airlines were the ones to make the settlement even though it turns out they too were the victims:

          The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was created by an Act of Congress, the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act (49 USC 40101),[1] shortly after 9/11 to compensate the victims of the attack (or their families) in exchange for their agreement not to sue the airline corporations involved. Kenneth Feinberg was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to be Special Master of the fund. He worked for 33 months pro bono. He developed the regulations governing the administration of the fund and administered all aspects of the program.

          Feinberg was responsible for making the decisions on how much each family of a victim would receive. Feinberg had to estimate how much each victim would have earned in a full lifetime. If a family accepted the offer, it was not possible to appeal. Families unhappy with the offer were able to appeal in a nonadversarial,Official Fund website (archived) informal hearing to present their case however they wanted. Feinberg personally presided over more than 900 of the 1,600 hearings. At the end of the process $7 billion was awarded to 97% of the families; the average payout was $1.8 million. A non-negotiable clause in the acceptance papers for the settlements was that the families were to never file suit against the airlines for any lack of security or otherwise unsafe procedures.

          A stumbling block to settlements was the fact that many of the World Trade Center victims were highly compensated financial professionals. Families of these victims felt the compensation offers were too low, and, had a court considered their case on an individual basis, they would have been awarded much higher amounts. This concern had to be balanced against the time, complications, and risks of pursuing an individual case, and the real possibility that the airlines and their insurers could be bankrupted before being able to pay the claim.

          This is a separate fund from the similarly named September 11th Fund, and from the World Trade Center Captive Insurance Company.

          • I Need A Life! says:

            Thank you, Amalfi. I hope that because the number of victims in Boston is drastically smaller, that the government has existing funds. This might sound ignorant or just dumb, but I was initially surprised after the Sept. 9 horror, that the U.S. stepped up to pay victims. I’m wondering what happens if the jackass who did this was not involved in a terrorist plot. It would be like you or me trying to sue someone who slammed into our car and took off leaving us with the bills.

        • Powell says:

          I Need A Life LOL. 🙂 When I was a child and lived in NY there was a squirrel that would come to my window daily so my mom started getting me nuts that I could put on my window ledge to feed it. Maybe if I had stayed in NY I’d have a squirrel obsession. LOL.

          When I was watching CNN w/Anderson last night he interviewed a guy who was injured and the sis of two brothers that had their legs blown off, this guy said that he and his friends those brothers included that they are independent contractors & said what you said about now having no income, medical bills and their continued livelihood. I know the funds families received from 9/11 took some time to get but maybe the state of Mass will have something like that. The Boston Marathon may have insurance also. I don’t know. Just a thought.

          • I Need A Life! says:

            Two brothers? I hadn’t heard. Son of a gun. Their mother must be in serious pain, but grateful that they’re alive. There’s one really good thing about Aviva’s story. Her leg seems so natural. If these boys or men find the money through grants, public donations, etc., they might be able to live a normal life again and work. I wasn’t aware of the enormous medical progress on replacing limbs until Aviva’s leg was introduced. (I don’t mean this in a funny sense.)

            • Powell says:

              Hopefully Aviva & her foundation will do something. Her limb is fantastic looking.

              • realhousewifeva says:

                I saw a headline that she is helping somehow but I didnt read it so I’m not sure exactly how.

      • Powell says:

        BB I hope your mom is doing well. I’m sure she’s glad to be home. Take care of yourself.

        • BB says:

          Thank you Powell. I got her up early this morning, made her breakfast, gave her her meds, made her take a shower and she’s been back in bed asleep ever since. Lo.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        if he’s needed for an episode I will let him out of the box. Or better yet, I’ll just ship the crate to NY since I never opened the box when I “won” him the last time I was first to comment.

    • Powell says:

      LOL. Maybe Aviva will be alright this season. If she doesn’t talk too much about her phobias & her father is not on screen she may be ok.

      • ladebra says:

        And if she takes her meds, allegedly. She has a cray cray switch.

      • ramonacoaster says:

        I think Bravo will give her chance to be redeemed. I heard she has reached out to Boston marathon victims who have lost their limbs so Bravo may film that. It will be fun to see if she keeps a tight lid on her anger when she’s around Ramona.

        • I Need A Life! says:

          I was just writing a thought on Aviva and her story before reading your comment, ramona. Good for her. I know she’s sincere in helping and that filming isn’t a motivating factor.

          • ramonacoaster says:

            I hope Aviva through Bravo raises a lot of money for victims who lost limbs in Boston. They both need the redemption. She wasn’t so bad during the first part of last season so maybe they’ll show only her sane moments. George and his libido can stay in Florida.

        • Powell says:

          I just said that below to I Need A Life that I hope she helps. That will be good.

      • Orson says:

        I suppose after seeing herself in the episodes and the comments on all the blogs and recaps it’s possible she may have learned how she appears. And if my bubbe had batzim, she’d have been my zayda.

        • chismosa says:

          And I hope Ramona stays Ramona and doesn’t “””make up”””” with her just for the sake of cameras.

          Don’t take her back Ramona ! Vile vile vile

        • Contessa says:

          Orson, love you, you made my day. My ex-h was Jewish and I loved hearing and learning the yiddish words from my late MIL and FIL. I haven’t heard bubbe, batzim(a fav.) and zayda in a long long time. You took me a time in my marriage that was happy. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories.

          • Orson says:

            You’re quite welcome. I’m glad I could stir up some happy memories for you. Now I fondly look back on how my grandparents’ and great grandparents’ generation mangled English. You may want to read “The Joys Of Yiddish” by Leo Rosten.

    • AZGirl says:

      I guess we need to shrink wrap horny George and ship him back to Florida so he can film. I had him last week so who has him now? Powelly Poo?

  9. HuskerHuny says:

    Yes people, it’s true – it’s snowing in Huskerland. My pansies look quite pathetic. It’s bad enough that it’s such a depressing week already with the Boston and Texas explosions. Plus last night I went to a visitation for friends of mine who lost their 38 year old son to a heart attack. Had to stand in line for 90 minutes to give my hugs, but I never saw so much love in one room. So sad but at the same time, it really lifted me up. I hope the family felt it as well.

    At least this is the type of snow that doesn’t have to be scooped and the moisture is needed. And next week’s forecast says we will have more of this white stuff.

    But enough of this sadness. Let’s all have a great day and make lemons out of lemonade (did I get that right?!?) as one intellectually-challenged NY housewife once said. Viva Thursday!

    • I Need A Life! says:

      Husker, that’s a tough loss. I’m sorry.

      Your pansy situation reminds me of the lyrics to a song I learned while playing the piano as a kid….”Oh poor little daffodil what will you do. You have no place to go. Of poor little daffodil what will you do. It has just started to snow.”

    • AZGirl says:

      Wow you Midwestern people have had a really long hard winter. Hopefully the weather will change. We are enjoying some unusually cool weather this week in AZ. Last cool down before it gets hot.

    • lizzle says:

      Sorry about your friend’s son. That is the exact age of my friend who just had a heart attack. Way too young to go. I know you are probably tired of the snow, but I wish you could send it my way. I would love to feel the snow again. We are about to embark on a brutal summer down here in San Antonio. And I am with you on the great day… as long as it’s not Aviva Thursday… lol.

    • Powell says:

      Husker winter isn’t leaving your city alone.

      I’m sure it wasn’t easy going to the visitation. That’s very sad for a loved one to die so young. I hope you are ok.

      • HuskerHuny says:

        It’s now noon and it’s STILL SNOWING!!! I’ve never seen it snow so late in the season in my entire life! I’m so ready to get out my new lawn furniture that I bought at the end of last summer, my grill and my fire pit for the cool evenings. But I don’t want to stand in snow flurries to do it! And it’s snowing those big, fluffy flakes. Would be pretty if it was December. I really don’t believe in global warming, but this is ridiculous!

        • Powell says:

          I can picture you with you mittens and snow boots on shivering over your grill flipping burgers. 🙂 Snow go away!!

          • HuskerHuny says:

            I hope I’m not grilling and setting off my 4th of July fireworks in mittens and snow boots, I’m starting to worry now . . .

  10. lizzle says:

    Thanks everybody for the kind words about my friend yesterday. And Cathy, I am sorry to hear about Bobby’s injury. Injuries are tough when sports are a big part of your life. Maybe this will give him time to observe his sports and learn from the sidelines. I can’t believe he didn’t cry… he sounds like a resilient little man.

    I just got a smart phone, so when I comment from it… I think my little quilt changes. Anyways… it is very hard to write on a smart phone. Writing on a tablet was tough… but smartphones… forget about it. I probably won’t be commenting too much from it. But it was kind of cool to hear something on the radio and then tell you guys about it. Just to be clear… NPR never said anyone was arrested. They just mentioned that they found him on video. I gotta stand up for my NPR! I am a public radio nerd. Speaking of NPR (not to be confused with NRA)… I know Powell was asking about monetary assistance to the victims after a tragedy…. NPR was just doing a piece on the Sandy Hook Village after the Newtown tragedy. The Sandy Hook Village is suffering because the school is no longer occupied and tourists aren’t really comfortable with stopping there anymore. Many shops and cafes have closed. I never think about the aftermath that a tragedy brings to a town. These stores and restaurants are indirect victims of the Newtown shootings. It is sad all the way around.

    Much love to everyone! Thank you to all the bloggers, commenters and especially NMD… I appreciate every one of you guys! My days are brighter just being around all the love that surrounds this place. I am now off to watch Rachel Zoe and Brad… before I have to pick up the lil one from school.

    • Powell says:

      Lizzle I tell you you all open my eyes everyday. First Rebecca & now you have pointed out something I didn’t think about. Because of the Newton tragedy jobs and livelihoods have been affected because people are unsure about that area. That’s not fair or right. More casualties.

  11. AZGirl says:

    I posted up thread but need to repost for George’s welfare.
    With Aviva (a/k/a Paper towels or PT for short) is back on HWONY we need to shrink wrap and ship horny George back to Florida for filming. Who has him? Powelly poo?

  12. AZGirl says:

    This is crazy. I know Chicago was getting a lot of rain but I never expect this to happen in the city.

    • Powell says:

      Oh gosh!

    • Amanda says:

      Crazy! I live in Chicago and had not heard about the sink hole yet. That is pretty scary There is tons of flooding going on. On my way into work even the Chicago River looked high and that rarely happens. Two of my co-workers are at home today because one has a flooded basement and the other has a leaking room and a basement prone to flooding. Its days like these I am glad I live on the 9th Floor.

    • trudie says:

      My sister’s house flooded for the 4th time. When it rains this long/hard, the sewers can’t handle all the water so they open the locks to Lake Michigan. Every time they open the locks, their house floods.

    • cocfarm says:

      Wgn covered it live as the third car got swallowed up. It was funny to hear the reporter sort of flip out after it happened. It rained horses and cows in Chicago today.

    • Powell says:

      No pics of other HWs or family support.

    • plainviewsue says:

      Wondering if the Manzo boys are still involved with BLK or if they left their uncle Chris holding the bag

      • Powell says:

        Good question.

      • Amanda says:

        I finally saw BLK water at my local Jewel in Chicago. I was almost tempted to buy it, just to give it a try, but I couldn’t bring myself to touch the bottle. I had flashbacks of table flipping and people being called Garbage, so I decided to try a new Aloe Water instead.

    • princesspindy says:

      Star Studded Party, Where were the Stars, where were the Studs????

  13. pat says:

    Jodi Arias spoof:

  14. Good Morning Lovelies! it’s good to see you all!

    Thanks NMD for putting the blog up! And thanks to the show recappers for their hard work and contributions!

    Love and Prayers go out to Boston as they begin the healing process with their events today. We support you!

    If I may, I would like to pose a question to this spectacular community. My DD is looking at changing the direction of her life…yeah!…and is moving toward doing what she has a passion for in the food/baking industry. We went to a culinary institute last Sat. to check it out and she has an appt. with the admissions officer this Sat. She is determined to get out of the corporate world…again yeah! It is time for her.

    My question is…she will need financial assistance and we are looking at grants, scholarships, etc. There is ALOT of information to wade through as well as scams and mis-information to look out for. We are newbies at this…so I thought….what better place to go for advice than this amazing community where we have so many smart, successful, savvy people, as well as some students, who may have some tips to point us in the right direction. I would appreciate any feedback…and be forever grateful. Thank You!!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful Thursday…or Friday Eve as Powell would say. 🙂

    No new post at my place today. Letting yesterday’s post stand one more day. So many thanks to those who visit my blog. I love you all!

    • not THAT Jill says:

      I have no advice to offer but good for her!! I love to hear about people following their passion! Good luck to you guys!!

      • Thanks Jill! That means a lot! I waited a long time in a corporate job to follow my passion…and the universe had to kick me in the arse for me to take the step! I am thrilled that DD is taking these steps on her own before that happens to her and striving to live her destiny, which will lead to a happy life. Bless you doll!

    • Boobah says:

      Hi Mardrag!! Does the school have a Financial Aid office? Check there website to see if they do. If so, call and set up an appointment. They can walk you through loans, help you apply for grants, etc. Hope that helps.

      BTW, love yesterdays/todays blog. Very uplifting You have a lovey way with words.

      • Thanks for that tip Boobah! I will add that to the questions she has for the admissions officer Sat.

        And thank you about the blog. I can only hope that my words inspire in some small way. Bless you!

    • Catseye says:

      I just googled Pell Grant and found some info. The highest amount someone can get is about $5500. I think the website was

    • Rebecca says:


      Make sure to google your ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation and veteran status. All offer some kind of educational aid.

      For example, Sons of Italy promotes the welfare of Italian-Americans and offers scholarships and grant money. I’m sure there are other organizations for other nationalities.

      Also – tell her to get straight As! My first semester’s tuition was refunded to me for getting a 4.0. I never repeated that, but it was an awesome surprise Christmas gift!

      • Thanks for the info Rebecca. Funny you should mention Sons of Italy…as my family were Italian immigrants and my mom and uncle belonged to Sons of Italy. I will check them out. (mom and uncle passed a long time ago).

        Regarding grades…DD was always a great student and had a 3.8 in high school and2 yrs of college a while back…so she should do pretty well. She is a smarty pants! LOL! But I did not know they gave “grade refunds”, so I will research that or have her ask the admissions officer.

        There are soooo many ways/orgs that give grants for one reason or another ….it is overwhelming trying to collect all the info…so thank you very much for pointing these out for us! You rock!

    • Powell says:

      MarDrag how about scholarships from food companies?

      • Ooooh…Powell…great idea!! Thanks for that! You rock too!

        You are all so great! Thank you for your feedback and ideas. 😀

        • nyc mama says:

          Mardrag, also check out local non-profit organizations and foundations. Some foundations can be found at Some offer tuition reimbursement and some organizations will also. A few only ask that your daughter give back by volunteering but some just have money alloted to help those with tuition. The school should be helpful in some respects on knowing where funding can be found and applied to. Your local Knights of Columbus and other similar organizations also sometimes offer help for those who want to return to school for retraining.

          Good luck to her!!

    • mygirlsmom says:

      Mardrag, for financial aid you need to fill out the FAFSA. Fill it out asap for the Fall semester 2013. It has been available since 1Jan and schools usually have priority deadlines and those that turn in the FAFSA by that deadline are more likely to get more grant money if they qualify. Even if your daughter doesn’t qualify for the pell grant, fill it out anyway because she will still be able to get subsidized and non subsidized student loans. Be careful not to click on the wrong site for the FAFSA. There are some sites like FAFSA.NET that are actually sites that require you to pay for them to fill out the form. You want FAFSA.GOV. Also, there is a website called college confidential with a wealth of information on their financial aid forum where a few people who work in financial aid offices take the time to answer questions. Good luck to your daughter!

  15. Powell says:

    The Best Tribal Council Ever! Haha. MTH I’m not watching this installment of Survivor but let me tell you I was on the edge of my seat reading! I could just see them. I think they were blown away by the fact that they didn’t need to play the idols. Too funny. Great stuff. 😀

  16. Nancy says:

    boston…this is the one we had at our wedding. I think your mom would have loved the harp.

    • Nancy says:

      Bringing this over from the previous blog. I liked it but didn’t love it to be honest w/ you
      but if you liked it that’s all that matters. George and I would love to pay for the music
      as our wedding gift to you.

      • Powell says:

        Oh so sweet! Nancy and George. ❤

      • Contessa says:

        Nancy, you and Dr. George are a CLASS ACT!!!!! That is one of the most beautiful gestures I have heard in a long time!!!!!!!!! Please note I used a lot of exclamation marks as I am excited about their thought and generosity. We see this constantly on this blog, whether materially or spiritually. This is definitely a loving community.

        • Nancy says:

          Thanks Contessa and Powel,
          I have a special place in my heart for boston as I too lost my mother at a young age.
          She has added so much joy to the blog and I cried like a baby when her fiance finally
          purposed to her. 🙂 I sure wish I had her wisdom and her courage at her age.

          • shamrockblonde says:

            further proof that angels are in indeed among us – hwat generous hearts you both have –
            *hugs Nancy and Dr. George really hard*

          • Cathy Connor says:

            Nancy , I have tears in my eyes that was so sweet and kind of you ! This is just one of the many reasons I never want this blog to end you renewed my faith once again in the fantastic people who come to the family gathering place called Lynnfam. XOXO

            • Nancy says:

              Hi Cathy,
              Your sister loved boston too. Don’t worry this blog will never go under. I promise you. 🙂
              Your sister gave us such a gift.

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        So sweet…God Bless you both 🙂

      • LaineyLainey says:

        ooooh!! so sa-weeeet!!!

  17. TexasTart says:

    Thanks to Amy, Johanna and MTH for the recaps – enjoyed them all. Thinking MTH enjoyed writing up this episode a bit more than others! 😀

    • melthehound says:

      You would be correct TexasT.. In fact, I almost just skipped right to the good part in writing the recap.

      • TexasTart says:

        HA! Your recap made me wished I had watched, although I still would have had to endure Pinky up until the end, ha ha.

  18. not THAT Jill says:

    On Sunday MY ENTIRE family will be heading to Washington D.C. to participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. I have a 6 year old niece, Abigail and a 28 year old nephew, Christoper who both have diabetes. Please visit our family team page and feel free to donate if you can. If you cant-visit the page anyway and check out my gazillion nieces and nephews! There are about 30 of us who are going to be walking-all the kids are participating which is so great-i hope they all make it to the end (its a 3 mile walk around DC). There is no pressure to donate-NONE!! But I did want to share my family page with you all!!


  19. rabblerouser2010R says:


    So this morning, I checked with the office at my daughters school and it wasn’t there…went for a walk with a friend then came home.Before I went through the process of canceling everything, I took the advice a Lynn Family suggested (a big KISS to Lava Lady) to call the grocery store again since maybe there was a break down in communication, sure enough…I called and YES they did have it. The had it the whole time…and the guy I spoke to just completely missed it when he checked.

    I am so relieved.

    Thanks to everyone!!! xo

    • not THAT Jill says:

      THANK GOD!!!!! You must be so relieved!!!

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        Oh yes….I am dancing. 🙂

        • Catseye says:

          That was great! Too bad they didn’t look in it and give you a call though. I’ll remember that if I ever find anyone’s wallet in a store, to at least check the ID and call to let them know, after I turn it in.

          • rabblerouser2010R says:

            Hi catseye.
            The lady I spoke today said she tried to get my number from the customer card..the problem is when DH went to sign us up for some sort of thing, our old number which was our phone number didn’t work so he used some made up thing..where instead of our area code and number..he gave our number followed by 222,so I guess they couldn’t figure it out. Also our land line is under my DH’s last name 🙂

            Hopefully whoever found it left their info so I can thank them.

            • Catseye says:

              Well that’s nice to hear, that they at least made an attempt to reach you.

              • rabblerouser2010R says:

                Yes, I also offered a reward to the clerk who handed it in but they said it wasn’t necessary and that they would pass along my thanks.

                It makes me smile when I know that so many people in this world do try to do the right thing.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I do love a happy ending!!!! wooooooo and hoooooo!!!

    • BB says:

      That’s great. I know you’re relieved.

    • Powell says:

      A big SIGH of relief I’m sure. I’ve never had to go thru that. I’m sure its stressful. Good for you and the advice of Lava Lady. 🙂

    • melthehound says:

      Kewel 😀

    • shamrockblonde says:

      oh YAY!!!!! – *doing the happy happy joy joy dance* – that is great!!!!!

      *hugs rabblerouser really hard*

    • Just Wondering in Jersey says:

      Phew. Good for you! What a relief.

    • LavaLady says:

      So happy for you RR. What a relief.

    • rabblerouser2010R says:

      Thank you again everyone…hugs and kisses to all…an extra big hug to Lava Lady for encouraging me to call again.

      • nyc mama says:

        Congrats RR. Glad it was a good day for you.

        • rabblerouser2010R says:

          Thanks doll….

          everyone I tell this story to laugh when I tell them how the missing lottery tickets stressed me out the most…..I am kind of a freak like that lol

  20. Nancy says:


  21. yea for rr….. makes your day I am sure…
    got called into work…ggrrrrr…. tonite was suppose to be homemade split pea and ham soup / cornbread nite with mr ford…. now it will be dinner at midnite…..
    BTW… I wear black pants and a really cool looking navy blue dress shirt for work… sooo professional looking for this crazy chick…but… I needed some new pants…bought some yesterday… GOD I HATE BUYING CLOTHES..ESPECIALLY PANTS… CAUSE I DONT LIKE WEARING THEM….. well…gotta take them back…they are tooooooo big…lol lol lol
    so all that walking has paid off once again…my back , legs , and feet hurt…but I got baggy pants now..
    pants on the ground….. pants on the ground….
    off to the coal mines….
    hugs and peace

  22. Contessa says:

    Housewife News…Nene has her wedding spin-off and it was headlined on the Yahoo page. It is a Bravo show with Nene’s company and she is an Executive Producer – she will make serious bucks for this – gotta pay for that bling ring. I believe the wedding will be in Atlanta and of course she has a wedding planner (forget the name) and the article said Cynthia will me in it and surprise – Marlo as well. Very interesting, as also this morning there are comments on a FB HW’s page that Nene’s sister posted basically saying the bad blood is still there…Nene and Greg do have a past, as they were foreclosed on and sued. Also Greg has had some problems with the law and lawsuits with regard to money. I did see that on the net, and saw all the court documentation, can’t remember the particulars. This is the woman who screamed her head off at Phaedra, now I am believing the sisters approached her first, but I have no doubt Phaedra also asked a lot of questions but to her credit did not use the issues on camera.

    • not THAT Jill says:

      “I dream of NeNe” is the name I think…WTH???

    • Powell says:

      NeNe is making money. Good for her. If Greg did some underhanded things w/money then I hope he pays for it but I don’t know why NeNe’s sis is on FB saying there is still had blood & Greg did A to Z what purpose does it serve? It sounds so much like things Mel did/said about Tre. Now NeNe’s sis wants the media to contact her so she can get in on the act. Andy loves NeNe so for once I hope he doesn’t fall into the family trap for ratings.

      • Powell says:

        NeNe should have kept the info under her hat and not on the reunion.

        • Contessa says:

          If Nene had kept quiet about this, it would not have become a focus. But on the other hand, she probably brought it the front knowing something was up with her sister, and had the occasion to blame Phaedra, dragging her in the mess. With regard to Phaedra, she met with the sisters way before this, and as I said above did not use this on the show. I think Nene is using Phaedra as an excuse for the issues with her sisters. I have no doubt there is jealousy as happens in families, and on top of that she was not raised by her mother and her sisters were. Nene was left with a gm/or aunt, while the sisters were raised by the mother, as I believe there is another father involved.

      • chismosa says:

        i don’t know what to believe in terms of the Nene’s 1/2 sisters issue, as Nene has always been SO straight up about her life, remember back in s1 or s2 even showing her getting a paternity test, always being open about her past life as a stripper, victim of domestic abuse, single mother at a young age, chastising her son for his terrible behavior and laziness, openly showing her issues with Greg and how they were not sleeping in the same room (hmm i seem to remember someone in Jersey doing that too), etc….

        She is an open book to me, so i don’t know. on the complete OTHER side you have PhaKedra who hides in the shadows behind her smirks and squinty faces. Mmmmmmm hmmmmmmmm.

        There are many Nene ‘haters’ – ( i despise the word haters!)— so no matter what, many will not be pleased to hear about her new show.


    • realhousewifeva says:

      All the dirt on Nene came out after Season 1, its old news. The local Atlanta news even did a full expose on her. Her ‘sisters’ need to relax and stop trying to ride her coattails.

      • chismosa says:

        glad to hear this! i don’t know how to make the little ‘boiling’ smiling or angry faces on here. 🙂

  23. TexasTart says:

    RHOC news: Gretchen Rossi proposed to Slade Smiley on April 14 – of course, he said yes.

    • not THAT Jill says:

      I saw that on FB last night and wanted to post it here this morning…I forgot all about it!!

      • Contessa says:

        Here is my question about that proposal – did she buy him an engagement ring?

        • Powell says:

          No. 🙂 Gretchen will definitely not be buying Slade a ring. I think now that NeNe gets her wedding spin-off after last yr Tamra & Eddie getting all the mag covers & Tamra falling to get a spin-off Gretchen wants her spin-off wedding. That’svwhat this is all about. I think the financial problems Slade has are still there so what’s different now that Gretchen wants to get married? 😉

    • Catseye says:

      She and Tamra should’ve had a double wedding, complete with matching dresses.

    • stellastars21 says:

      Oh no that’s gonna be associated with the day I was born. I don’t like it. Lol

      Hi everyone. Couldn’t comment with y’all in a while. So happy Boston and fiancé are ok.

  24. princesspindy says:

    OK, So I added the “popular” guy from high school, I don’t really do FB, but I wanted to see his friends, lol!! I said yesterday that I thought he was a cop…..well, he isn’t but when I checked his page today, his Dad died yesterday, 11 years ago and he was a Cop…..weird….. So that was my excitement. I saw one of his friends was a guy I liked for a little bit and he is bald, HA! but oh the names, funny, cuz I went to elementary, jr and high school with the same bunch and it is funny to see them. How did they get so old??

    Survivor was great, I got home just in time for the tribal so that was great timing.
    Southland finale last night, I love that show.
    And I have been watching Breaking Bad, started from Season 1 and OMG, OMG, OMG, it is SO GOOD!!! I have about 4 more shows in the 5th season. I have not been watching the news, I have been in avoidance mode…. I usually don’t watch the news anyway and just skim headlines, it’s better that way when you battle depression, anyway. Love to all!!!!

    NMD, thanks for keeping the blog going!!!! It means a lot to me!!!

    • Powell says:

      Your new friend. 🙂

    • AZGirl says:

      I know exactly how you feel! All these people I went to school with are sooooo old! Me….nah. Right 🙂
      Off to get my hair colored..he.he.he….just In time for another birthday.

      • princesspindy says:

        IKR??? I just was looking at some of his photos and I saw my elementary school love!!! He use to skip the bus and hang out with me and buy me ice cream and then walk home, I lived across the street, lol!!! BUT OMG, HE IS AN OLD MAN!!!!!! Thank God he is not on FB!!! My daughter laughed at him, 😦 He was the sweetest boy….and I looooooovvved him, lol!! I don’t know if I can take this, hee hee.

    • mrspeabody says:

      You know that happened to my friends from high school too, they all got so old, I just don’t know how that happened as I am still very young. It must be something going around.

  25. Powell says:

    Have you seen the Target Education commercial with the kids finding out they have been accepted to College? I love that commercial. I love Target commercials. 🙂

  26. Stars99 says:

    Mel – loved the recap… while I’m not excited about the strong guys banding together – I was THRILLED Pinky went home… if the strong guys are smart – and Erik continues to go with the strong alliance… they will almost be unstoppable – because one of them will be so likely to win each of the individual immunity challenges… although they didn’t seem to read all of the votes – the 3 strong guys have to figure out that one of them didn’t write the artistic “Fillup” on their vote – so they know someone on the alliance actually did flip their vote… and I totally agree about last week’s challenge being held under water by a grate while the tide came in would have done created a similar flippy-out experience for Pinky… I haven’t seen the other shows yet – and will read the blogs when I do… thanks for all your work! = )

    • melthehound says:

      Hiya Stars 😀 Glad you enjoyed the recap and I agree. They could really take over the game if they play it right. We’ll see if my suspicion is right and Reynold and/or Eddie are too stupid to get it done.

      • princesspindy says:

        I think you are right, I don’t see it happening, one of them is going to do something stupid…

        • melthehound says:

          Reynold didn’t have much chance to do anything stupid because he was immune from getting any votes. I guess he could have voted for someone else but that would have been beyond stupid.

      • princesspindy says:

        Hopefully it will be EPIC!!!

      • Cathy Connor says:

        Hi MTH. Doin the happy dance. Pinkys gone vweeeee heeeee. Great recap . Hope the muscle trio enjoys there victory . The looks on the 7 were priceless best tribal in a very long time , if not the best ever. Thanks hon ((hugs))

  27. Powell says:

    FBI Briefing on HLN. They have photos of 2 suspects.

    • Nancy says:

      They got a real good look with #2. He better start running.

      • cocfarm says:

        He looks so stinking’ young. And like he was being lead…What’s he thinking wearing his hat backwards too? It gave me chills that they detonated minutes after being placed. Sheesh. You have to be one cool operator to do that.

        • kit9 says:

          Yep, can you imagine being one of the easily identifiable people standing near them…that woman in front of them with the balloons, for instance. Imagine how she’ll feel seeing that they were right behind her..chilling!

        • lizzle says:

          That’s what I was thinking! The white hat guy looks like he is almost smiling in anticipation. WTF! It must really suck to be the most wanted men in the world… with everyone knowing what you look like and on the hunt for you. I hope they are caught soon! I guess the facial recognition software didn’t bring up any names.

          • kit9 says:

            The fact that he was pretty blatant, with the hat on backwards exposing his face make me worry that he wasn’t concerned about being ID’d. Like he’s not from Boston or didn’t spend enough time there to be identified by anyone.

            • lizzle says:

              That’s what has me worried. They were pretty bold about it all. They had to know there are cameras everywhere nowadays. It looks like the guy in the white hat is talking on a cell phone in one picture. I wonder if they have a way to gather info from the cell towers. It might take a while for the authorities to wade through so much evidence… but I feel like there is a good chance that these guys will be caught. I just hope that their bold behavior is a sign that they lack intelligence…. not a sign that they have a fool-proof plan and they know they cannot be caught.

            • cocfarm says:

              I think he is young and a lemming. The other guys hands are clean by making the young ignorant kid do the dirty work…but that is my ignorant take on it! Either way, Catch the kid, catch the leader…hopefully.

        • Nancy says:

          I agree, so much hate for being so young.

      • kit9 says:

        That side view is very good. Suspect 1, however, not so good. Very hard to make out features.

    • chismosa says:

      the cover of the NY Post has two men on the cover today so i guess they got this info yesterday- or maybe it’s two new men? I’m sure with ALL the cameras around, something will pan out. I watch too much Criminal Minds for me to not think so

      • Amalfi says:

        Those boys on the NY Post’s front page were two high school boys who were in no way ever official suspects — and the Post even said in the article they didn’t know for sure if the men (boys!) were the same ones the FBI would be looking for. But that didn’t stop them from printing the story and the pictures.

        The Post is garbage. Rush to tell instead of rush to tell the truth.

        • chismosa says:

          i mean i read it knowing most is garbage-y, however i thought those were the same suspects i saw on the news LATE last night, as papers ‘close’ late at night to make the printings, no?
          So i had not known it was something totally off the wall.

          I grew to love the Post at an old job i had where we got it for free every day. I know it’s junk,i truly do realize it. But i balance with the Times so i guess i get the best of both worlds.

          in terms of pop culture i will say, the Post breaks things (as does the National Enquirer) weeks to months before legitimate sources confirm them. I know people hate to hear that. Sorry !

          • chismosa says:

            ps- to any of my dog lovers out there— LA CHICA ? or was it LA DEBRA? who talks dogs with me?
            -the Post had a review of a book out, and it was about how to extend the life of your dog. I literally bought a 23$ bag of frozen dog food today, it was one of his tips. I’m so out of it with dog food. So many good good tips. i’m scared to death of regular dog ‘food’ out there.

            If any of you two see this, i kept trying to find a link to the Post article to put it here but could not, so i will have to tell you the book’s name from the article. Fantastic pointers.
            Flea/tick meds/ neutering/spaying— all things i did not know to NOT do anymore.

            • lizzle says:

              People will never learn. Those pictures came from Reddit… the Reddit community was trying to solve the Boston bombings on their own. They had a whole thread devoted to indentifying the bombers. The post that got bumped up to the top was one called “Does anyone remember Richard Jewell?” This is what followed:

              If not: he was a security guard at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. He found a suspicious backpack that wound up being a bomb and manage to save more than a few lives.

              Unfortunately, he was suspected of planting the bomb himself for the fame and notoriety. He went through a trial in the public eye, and his house was raided. It was full of pornographic movies and magazines.

              Ultimately, he was cleared of all wrongdoing and the real bomber was later caught.

              Why am I bringing this up? Because this sub is dedicated to pointing to random people in a crowd photograph and declaring your suspicions. You’re starting the trial by public aspect.

              Who knows? You may get lucky and your pet suspect turns out to be the bomber. But I’ve seen at least 10 people singled out, and not all of you are correct. You should be very very careful about picking and choosing who you think might have killed three people and wounded many more, based on where they were standing and if they were carrying a backpack or not.

              • Amalfi says:

                Exactly Lizzle…. they mention Richard Jewell in that article and also reference the 17 yr old boy that saw his “brown face” splattered all over the Post and social media.

                Bad media is vile and dangerous, beyond compare.

                From the article:

                “In addition to the harm that comes to an individual, there is harm to the investigation in that the public begins to believe authorities know who they are looking for, and there is no need to help further. [Poynter]

                Immediately following Monday’s bombing, the Post erroneously reported for hours that 12 people had died. That same night, the paper said authorities had a Saudi suspect in custody, though that too proved false.”

                Bird cage liner. 🙂

              • cocfarm says:

                Perfectly stated! I felt so bad for jewell. They ripped his life apart and kept going. No innocent until proven guilty.

            • chismosa says:

              But Amalfi you know what they are FABULOUS at? Covers regarding Anthony Weiner’s triumphant return and things like that
              Bar none. Lol

              • Amalfi says:

                Again, chimosa, they should stick to that shyte then and i will always look to them first for any Weiner news, if I am in the market for that 🙂

                What sucks is that because there are people who will (innocently) believe the garbage they spew.

        • nyc mama says:

          The NY Post is trash and I am being kind. It’s owned by the same sleeze that owns the (British) Sun, which has been underfire for several years and many of their reporters exec’s have been indicted or under investigation.
          My heart goes out to those who were misindentified and have been living in fear since. There are no words.

          • lillybee says:

            He also owns fox news.

          • rabblerouser2010R says:

            I just read about some poor boy who is stressing since some news agency posted his picture as a potential suspect….( I don;t know which agency it was…so I am not commenting on the political dynamics of it all) . But as I have been fearing…the which hunts will begin in the quest to try and find the person or persons responsible.

          • chismosa says:

            Of course the gross Rupert, I’m all too familiar — I used to work at one of his companies. He’s terrible. Even did a law and order episode on his marriage to that terrible woman
            But hey, Fox News is a huge success in this country so what can we say. I look to the post for other stuff and leave the hard-hitting to the (usually?) correct nyt

            I was merely pointing out a picture on the cover and had not watched the Nightline episode tonight devoted to the INCORRECT id’ing in these types of situations.

      • Donna says:

        LOL I watch Person of Interest and expected more street cameras.

      • cocfarm says:

        That royally ticks me off that they put innocent kids on the cover. They guessed. Those two could have been harmed by someone due to the posts sloppy work. What a horrible paper.

  28. Nancy says:

    Finally a news conference with suspects! I hope we get them.

  29. AZGirl says:

    What a week. Can’t wait for Friday! Not only the 4 a.m. rise and shine to get my workout in but I had my annual pap smear and I gain 3lbs last year. WTH! I got in the office this a.m and the internet was down which causes Mr. AZGirl to go ballistic. Fortunately he was out of the office and I dealt with Cox. It was the router which is an easy fix. Just disconnect. We don’t need wireless. Plug everything back in and we are up and running. Now if I can only get some people to pay their legal bills.
    I might have to hire Diva to collect fees. She does have the magic touch when it comes to winning over people. 🙂

    • Nancy says:

      We both graduated the same year and our birthdays are only a day apart.

    • chismosa says:

      ….just say no to wireless….. my motto!

      Glad to hear you are in good health, you are such an inspiration for working out AZGirl.
      I’m under 40 and want to get my first mammogram. I heard they changed the recommendations. I have NO history at all of anything in my family but i would get a colonoscopy now if i could too.
      oh wait, that involves pooping-subject matter, is this allowed? 😉

      • Powell says:

        😉 You silly lady.

      • AZGirl says:

        I would talk with your doctor. My mother had breast cancer so I started in my 30’s. But the imaging has gotten so great. All digital. Procedure is nothing but then again it depends on the technician.

        • chismosa says:

          Thanks AZGirl

        • chismosa says:

          Thanks AZGirl

          I even get upper endoscopies, I mean esophageal cancer is another preventative cancer that can so easily be screened for.
          I’m a little psycho with the health stuff

      • Catseye says:

        Speaking of p**p, there is a fascinating show on PBS called GUTS, where this guy swallows a camera and they show pics of what happens in your stomach to food and follows it down the digestive tract. Somewhat gross at times, but very informative. The stomach is normally the size of an apple, but can stretch up to 2 liters! And food can take up to 3 days to pass through our bodies. The same guy, Michael Mosley, did a show called EAT FAST AND LIVE LONGER, which got me interested in intermittent fasting.

  30. Powell says:

    Cocktail Country: Outstanding Drinks From All 50 States — Grub Street New York
    Check this out. I hope the link works. I did it from my phone. First time. Fingers crossed.

    • Rebecca says:

      Damn they missed the boat with Arizona. If you go to Kai, ask for the Songbird. Mint and papaya and ginger and vodka and yumminess.

  31. An Afternoon Thought…..

    Can I just say (again) what an amazing place this is?!? Skimming through comments today we have discussions about Reality TV Shows, 2 State Tragedies, Gun Laws, Diva Children, Squirrels, A Shrink Wrapped Horny Guy, Snow & Rain, The Sorrow of Lost Life, Loony Trials, Education Support, Wedding Music, A Diabetes Walk, The Joy of Retrieving A Lost Wallet, Diva’s Loose Pants, Back to HW’s Shows and Old School Chums. With everyone chiming in, adding their support, opinions, joy, love and encouragement!!

    Who ever said this was just a Housewives Show Blog?!? It is sooooo much more.!!!

    Thank you Lynn…and thank you NMD for keeping it alive!! 🙂

    • chismosa says:

      ……………….and this one i know not to read, it’s clear………..
      i get too emotional

      took my younger doggie for an echo cardiogram today, first time. 😦
      hope news is not too bad, just a mild heart murmur found.

      • Nancy says:

        Hi chismosa,
        It has a great ending so it’s a safe one to read.

        What kind of dog do you have? Please let me know what the echo shows.

        • chismosa says:

          Thanks Nancy, you are too sweet.
          I have two Havanese- -but they are big Havanese. My big one looks like a mini-wheaten terrier, EVERYwhere i go people are like ‘what kind of dog is that?????!!!’– he is 23 lbs. –
          the younger one is black curly haired and looks like Obama’s dog, a Portuguese water dog, but he’s a havanese at 16 lbs. These are sturdy weights for a Havanese.

          The eldest- is 10- he has had IBM, or the dog equivalent of this, i have him on mini doses of prednisone and imuran (human chemotherapy drug) every few days, very very very VERY minimally—- he had a terrible problem years ago. but i love my doctor and he has him on the barest minimum of this stuff just to keep him safe. He is on psyllium fiber (Konsyl) for every meal, to help his stools (poop again!)

          The little one, he is 9, healthiest as ever- doctor always says he has an amazing body ‘shape’, he was always fine. Doctor just found a minor heart murmur. Now could be nothing. But 400$ later, we’ll see.
          The older one, IBM one— he always had a heart murmur. But he’s fine.

          They are my family’s dogs, but live and die for me, i’m glad to say. I’m very strict with them! lol

          Thank you and i will keep you posted.

          My next dogs will be rescues, for sure. For anyone who wants a toy dog breed that is top notch, Havanese is amazing. We had a bitchy maltese before, and i know about 10 people with shit-zu’s and they’re ok. I love my Havanese.
          And i like pugs, you know! My dream is to get a rescue english bulldog but my vet yells at me No no no! health issues! lol….
          i want big dogs, i think i would prefer big dogs.

          ok, synopsis over!

          • Nancy says:

            I had to post this…I will answer your e-mail in a bit.

            • chismosa says:

              Will watch Nancy as I’m done helping out my father with something. Already looks unbearably adorable

            • Powell says:

              Too darn cute. 🙂

            • nyc mama says:


              Nancy, I found this on my fb page today. I gave an audible oooh when I saw it. i think you will too. 🙂

              • Nancy says:

                Hi nyc mama,
                Isn’t that beautiful. We baby sat years ago for one of our friends and Emily never left
                his side. She stayed there for hours like it was her baby. I have many pictures of this.
                Amazing animals they are. Thanks for putting up the link. 🙂

                • nyc mama says:

                  You are talking to an animal crazy here so no convincing me. I come from a long line of them. It wasn’t strange for my father to come home with “another one”. Sometimes he found a home for them but if he didn’t they became permanent members of the family.

                  My cats and dogs are the same. I had a setter that thought it was my nieces mother, and like yours, didn’t leave her for a minute and even tried to get into the tub with her when she would be bathed and had to sit next to my mother in the car when they drove somewhere. We were stopped at a red light one day when a drunk approached us and said to my mother “your daughter has beautiful hair”. :).

                  I also had a Maine Coon that would stroke your face with his paw so you would give him a kiss.

                  And a friend of mine had a mongoloid pug named Maizey that was the sweetest thing you ever met.

                  Unconditional love..

                  • Nancy says:

                    I think I would love your dad. Our home growing up was the LA Zoo. One of our
                    siamese cats put her paw on my face too. It’s so sweet as she’s a feral cat.
                    The “Your daughter has beautiful hair” was really funny. I feel sorry for people that
                    don’t have a pet in the home. I didn’t know there was a mongoloid pug. I would like
                    to see one. They are a funny breed.

                    • nyc mama says:

                      Dad and grandpa were the same. When my grandfather came to this country he was an engineer but like so many was unable to get a job in his field immediately so became a “dog catcher” for a time and all the dogs that he caught never went to the shelter…they came home with him. They both had a natural, uncanny ability to work with animals and we joke that they were the original Dog Whisperer. My brother and now his son are also cut from the same mold and have this ability that just came naturally. We are all animal lovers but don’t have “it” like they do and animals just instantly respect them.

                      Maizy was supposed to be put down but my friend wouldn’t allow it. She was a bit quirky (so was Jane) but so loving and fun and was so ugly because she was somewhat deformed that she was adorable. My friend and I still talk about her and this is from when we were in Jr. High school.

            • pat says:


          • Nancy says:

            Ok I give. What’s IBM? You have quite the pack. I love Obamas dog but after you “own” a pug there is no going back. It’s imposible to be in a bad mood around them.
            We got Emily from a Pug Rescue and she had IBS all through out her life but we managed. Like you I would do anything for my pets. Hopefully the echo won’t show anything bad. Keeping fingers crossed.

            • chismosa says:

              I meant IBS but for dogs. They don’t officially call it IBS like they do for humans. It’s called something else

              He had a very bad case

          • Catseye says:

            Yeah, big dogs are nice. But little ones live so much longer :D.

  32. boston02127 says:

    Well, now I’m crying once again, a good cry thou. Thank you Nancy for such a kind & loving and gracious offer.

    I left that link there for you to listen and find out what you thought. I don’t think I’d like it for walking down the asile. It’s pretty but such a long piece. By the time I got to the alter, J would have gray hair. He’s got a few already.

    Thank you so much and please tell George thank you also. We still have 18 months for all the planning.

    • Powell says:

      Save up those good tears. 🙂 That was sweet of Nancy & George.

    • Nancy says:

      Hi boston,
      Your are more than welcome. It would be our pleasure.
      Re: the video you put up. I thought you were going to use it while walking up the asile
      and I agree that it’s too long. It would be a beautiful piece otherwise. I’ll look around
      YouTube and get back with you with the ones I like. I gave George a “few” gray hairs
      too. lol

    • chismosa says:

      that was all so sweet Nancy…
      Boston, just want to say happy you and your fiance are safe and sound, i was not around the blog the day of/ right after to appropriately get everything in.

      ps i love gray hair on men. so sexy! i always tell my 34 year old brother to NOT dye them out

    • AZGirl says:

      18 months????? How are we going to ever get this done on time!!!! 🙂

  33. chismosa says:

    Hi NMD and everyone,
    i am still sifting through the 400+ comments from yesterday’s important blog and it’s message, regarding the ‘state’ of things here.
    I was unable to get on yesterday to add anything but i just want to say thank you so much for everything you do NMD and it shows what heart you have and what a strong head you have to realize that the Bravo ship is sinking sooooooo fast.
    I don’t know what is going to happen there — where will they be in 2, 3, 5 years? All Housewives all the time with minor iffy shows that don’t do well in ratings? I thought they had a new head of Bravo and i thought she would input some good changes and hopefully take Andy away from all of the HWs stuff and keep him in his stupid clubhouse in Soho and take away executive programming responsibilities. I just don’t care for him.

    I just want to say thanks to everyone here who always are so open and gracious with insight and advice, and input on all things everyday. Truly you are all such a special group and i’m so happy Lynn’s legacy has lived on.

    Ok, sorry i couldn’t put this on yesterday, phone/computer problems.

    Now– how come i’ve heard that Brad’s show gets renewed while Rachel’s is in jeopardy of being cancelled? i heard his ratings were worse than Rachel’s- so why should she be cancelled? i feel like Andy favors shows with males at the helm if it’s a single person show, not a group. Just like he was going to give that Jeremiah (Nate Berkus’ fiancee, former Rachel assistant) his own show. WHY? There was nothing that appealing about him? Andy likes when it’s a GROUP of women if it can add a catty flavor. But he never gives one female her own show unless he is head over heels for her. So annoying.

  34. chismosa says:

    and i’m sorry i’m not happy Aviva is returning. I guess i will be happy to have someone to HATE but i don’t like her and i hope she is not into this whole tragedy with Boston and that she and Bravo do NOT use it in a shady way to show her in a good light this year. I get she does good things with that but not when she’s screaming ‘IT’S ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!!!!’ when she should be on xanax.

  35. chismosa says:

    LAINEY if you’re out there: DANIEL DANIEL DANIEL tonight!!!!

    2 hours, can’t wait! Watching later but can’t wait

  36. looneylucy says:

    I typically read the blog in the morning w/coffee and at night after all chores are done and I’m settled. This morning, cocfarm posted it was raining like heck in Chicago and she was leaving from the north side to go the the south side. Shortly thereafter, the news showed the rain was so bad that a sinkhole had swallowed several cars on the south side. Has anyone heard an update from her? I also hope Huskerhunny hasn’t had enough snow to have to shovel. What crazy, crazy weather.

    Prayers to those in need. Too many to list and I don’t want to leave anyone out. BB, the nebulizer is a piece of cake once your mom uses it a few times. The benefits far outweigh the aggravation of getting used to using it. It can save a trip to the dr/e.r. 20 yrs ago, it was $75 for a breathing treatment for my mom. We got a nebulizer thru Medicare and an Rx for the treatments, and it was a lifesaver for many yrs to come and about ten cents a treatment.

    • looneylucy says:

      I also forgot Lainey”s daughter came home! How’s she doing momma bear?! I bet she’s happy to have the opportunities, buy yet happy to come home to mom & dad, home cooking and everything else coming home entails!?

    • ladebra says:

      Hi, croc farm posted up thread around 1.5 hours ago, so she made it 🙂

    • cocfarm says:

      Awe, thanks for thinking of me looneylucy! We got 6″ of rain in my area over about 24 hours. Expressways were shut down all day and some have still not fully reopened. Saw too many accidents but all is well. I think 50% of Chicago stayed home today which was good. Many neighborhoods are under water here but the farm flock is fine too. Thanks for thinking of me. Where are you at?

  37. Orson says:

    I managed to come up with one thing to look forward to with the next season of NJ: Their mangling of the English language. Who knows what those wacky folks who brought us “youses” and “ingrediences” will bring us next?

    • Catseye says:

      Speaking of stupidity, on Tamra’s facebook page she has a copy of flyer advertising the classes at her gym for a course on “Self-Defense for Kid’s,” when someone pointed out that she should take the apostrophe out and her reply was that “it’s to late.”

      • Catseye says:

        *OOPS, should’ve left out and. 😳

      • Orson says:

        Am I the only one who thinks Tamra has no idea that there’s more to running a successful gym than wearing ‘cute’ outfits and giving out misspelled flyers? Do she have any idea what it’s going to cost her to pay staff to do all the things that will need to be done that she’s too good to do? I just can’t see her folding towels after she’s run them through the washer and drier. Or trying to adjust some cable on a weight machine.

  38. not THAT Jill says:

    NMD-I gotta say…YOU ARE A TOTAL BAD ASS!!!!

  39. lillybee says:

    There is a Manzo style family on wife swap tonight. Should be a hoot.

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I’m a little behind on the blog. Did you watch it? that would have been right up my alley.

    • Orson says:

      I always thought if 2 women had the same mother and different fathers than they were, in fact, half-sisters. When did that change?

    • Catseye says:

      Yikes! I did read in the comments though that someone said it was a robbery suspect chased onto the campus. But still.

  40. kit9 says:

    The poor young man that lost both legs in the bombing and who was photographed being wheeled away from the scene saw the bomber, looked him right in the eye.
    And, new photo of suspect 2, from spectator, not FBI. HA! That didn’t take long, just hours after FBI released photos and already new, better pic of him revealed. Come on, people, find this pos. From the New York Times..

  41. kit9 says:

    Omg, cannot believe what I’m seeing on my tv. It’s 1am here and I can’t go to sleep. Suspect 1 from bombing dead, Suspect 2-whitecap at large and being pursued right now in Boston. As the two were chased by cops earlier, they were throwing explosives out of the car at the cops. Absolutely surreal.

    • princesspindy says:

      I’ve been listening to the Boston Police scanner for hours now. There are 3 injured officers..some of the twitter pics and videos are wild.

      • chismosa says:

        Princess I don’t know how I didn’t realize you are in the Boston area. Stay safe!

        I saw a Greek archbishop at the interfaith service yesterday with Obama. The Greek newspaper had lots of pieces on what is going on, the head of the trauma surgery dept at Mass General is from Greece.

        This is kra kra

        • princesspindy says:

          Oh, chimosa, I’m in San Diego. I was listening online. I was on another board and someone mentioned a shooting at MIT. The news had nothing so I went to twitter. Someone had posted a link so that you could listen to the scanner online…. So between twitter and the scanner I was up to date. The cable news channels really dropped the ball. It was hours before they had any coverage.

    • butterisafruit says:

      I just woke up to this. You’re RIGHT it is surreal.

    • chismosa says:

      This is so crazy!!!! Are they foreigners? The one still alive sounds like a Russian name or something

      This is CRAZZZZZZy

    • cocfarm says:

      I’m so glad they know who they are. I’m surprised at their country of origin. Hope they catch white hat soon.

  42. chismosa says:

    Why isn’t Anderson Cooper there? I feel like he always rushes to the middle of the action. His show is on reruns this week

    • realhousewifeva says:

      He was in Boston the day after the bombing, because I was listening to the radio that day and he talked to Ryan Seacrest from Boston. I think he then went to Texas, probably going back to Boston now…

  43. I Need A Life! says:

    Wasn’t Cooper on CNN last night from West, Texas? This news from Boston is incredible. Our FBI rocks.

  44. realhousewifeva says:

    Wow so much happened with the Boston suspects overnight! One dead, one on the run. City of Boston basically shut down. Looks like the suspects are of Russian origin? So much for all the racial profiling of the middle eastern guys at the marathon… (sorry, it still rubs me the wrong way…especially the 17 year old who’s face was plastered all over the New York Post)

    • cocfarm says:

      Take this w a BIG grain of salt, but one media outlet was saying the dead brother may have had terrorist training. That area of the former ussr has many extremists that moved in after the crumble of the soviet block.
      Will be interesting to see after the dust is settled what is and is not true. Can not imagine Chicago going thru this.

    • chismosa says:

      It was on Nightline last night, I had a feeling the kid looked Moroccan and he was. Sad No French-English accent though, interesting.

      That is very intriguing about members of the soviet block moving to that particular area. Wow

      • cocfarm says:

        White hat has been here since 2003 if they have facts right. Father sought asylum here in the USA.

  45. cocfarm says:

    I find it surprising the 19 year old drove over his brother in his escape. The brother was wearing an IED. Would think it would have exploded. This is all so terrifying for Boston. All you Bostonians stay safe. We are pulling for this to be over quickly.

  46. butterisafruit says:

    Something is happening now. I used to live in Watertown, it’s a great little town.

  47. cocfarm says:

    They r saying they know where he is now. Moving in on white hat.

    • butterisafruit says:

      He’s not going to get away, why doesn’t he give it up.

      • chismosa says:

        Just suicide by cop most likely it will be

      • cocfarm says:

        He may want to go out w a bang, sorry to say. I’m nervous for Boston.

        • realhousewifeva says:

          Seems like it. He knows he won’t get away with it. Where are their parents, I wonder… I read an uncle confirmed their identification

          • cocfarm says:

            They lived here 10 years. Curious that they are really our own, that they would do this. Came here as 16 and 9 year old.

            • chismosa says:

              That seems old enough to remember any war time issues that may have happened in their homeland. And maybe built-up resentment to the US?

              I don’t know….. Thinking very criminal minds / law and order about it. ??

  48. butterisafruit says:

    I’m getting a lot more info from Fox Cable News, than the local affiliates. They filling in their backgrounds.

    • butterisafruit says:

      …They ARE…filling the the backgrounds.

      • realhousewifeva says:

        Fox news is saying they came to US with intent to kill people…but they were here for over a decade, which would have made them around 9 and 16…do you think they came here at the age of 9 with intent to kill? I hope they find the 2nd alive so they can get answers and make sure there is no one else working with them.

        • butterisafruit says:

          I think they may have been indoctrinated with other family members. The expert said all cities need to be aware of this type of method. Although I’m sure they are.

  49. cocfarm says:

    Seems like they went reckless last night. Like they never thought they were on camera or could be culled from the crowds to be id’d.

    • realhousewifeva says:

      I don’t think they thought about all the security cameras and citizen phone cameras that could capture their images…otherwise wouldn’t they have went to greater lengths to disguise themselves? I mean, white cap was in plain view, even his cap was backwards to make his ID easier.

      • cocfarm says:

        Agree. I don’t think they figured they old be zeroed in on. But that is good for all would be copycats. You will be caught.

    • Amalfi says:

      People with a master plan do not rob 7-11s in order to fund a getaway … and they are also not in the area 2 days after a bombing. They seem inexperienced with little if any stragetic or financial backing from a terrorist cel.

      Stupid stupid stupid. So sad for the victims – living and dead and their families- whose lives were irrevocably changed.

  50. realhousewifeva says:

    Police have surrounded a house, guns drawn…

    • realhousewifeva says:

      So I asked upthread where the parents are, and their Uncle says they are in Russia now.

      • cocfarm says:

        One station saying dad was a Chech official and sought asylum 10 yrs ago w family.

        • realhousewifeva says:

          Ya but supposedly their uncle is saying the parents are back in Russia.

          • realhousewifeva says:

            I’m watching Live here, where they are talking to another uncle


          • chismosa says:

            Interesting so they got asylum here and then returned back to Russia.

            To visit or permanently? Hmmmm

            I’d be scared even in my own home that someone would break in……
            This guy must be trying even private homes to break into to hide

            • Catseye says:

              True about a criminal on the run possibly trying to get into a private home. Another reason to want to own a gun. (Just sayin’).

  51. Boobah says:

    OMG! This is horrible! Boston is on lockdown?! Businesses closed, SWAT going door-to-door, one brother ran over by other brother? Dzhokhar is the white cap guy’s first name, Russian I take it?

    Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston. They must all be so scared. This is awful!

    • not THAT Jill says:

      The fear they must have! I’m scared and I’m no where near it. I hope this ends soon-Boston has had enough!!!

      • Boobah says:

        I know, I keep thinking about all the people that are stuck in their homes, afraid to even look out of their windows. Everything is shut down! Schools, work, everything! Boston is being terrorized!
        I am no where near it either, and I am scared too! I have friends from around the area (I lived in MA for a few years) and I have heard from all but one.

        I agree a million percent – Boston has had enough!!!

        • Kansas Girl says:

          Frankly, I’d rather be at home inside than out with this going on! Even if I couldn’t look out the windows.

          • not THAT Jill says:

            I agree-but I would be so scared.These poor people!!!

          • Boobah says:

            I was just thinking of that anxious, trapped, helpless feeling. In my haste, I came off all weird in my comment. I just get so anxious that I don’t think myself out before I type. I hope I didn’t come off as insensitive. I feel for everyone in Boston. This is very scary.

            • not THAT Jill says:

              I don’t think you came off weird-I think it’s perfectly normal. My anxiety level is through the roof right now just thinking about all of the people that are directly involved in this-from the citizens to the police!!!

              • Boobah says:

                Thank you for that, JNNTJ. I am anxious. About all of it. I just want them to catch the guy and release Boston from this terror. I am thinking about all the Bostonians also.

            • chismosa says:

              You weren’t weird at all!

              But I’d be scared to be in my home. This guy would break in to a house like no big deal

              • Boobah says:

                Thank you Chismosa. I was remembering my old Worcester, MA apartment, one could easily break in without any problem. And the windows were big but old and easily accessible form the ground level porch. It was a big, beautiful Victorian style home that was turned into apartments. These were very common in the area I lived in but I think they were pretty common in MA in general. I would NOT feel safe in that apartment right now.

  52. Holy canoli! I just got up and turned on the news. Wow! Prayers. & Loving Warm Thoughts to all those in Boston!

  53. cocfarm says:

    Ap says they talked to father in Russia nd he said his sons were angels and one is a med student. Will see if I can I’d it online. Chilling.

  54. Kansas Girl says:

    Have we heard from “our” Boston? Has someone checked on her? I suspect everyone has TV and Internet on, even tho cell phones are likely blocked.

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