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We are an Emotional Bunch
Kyle tells us how emotional this time was for her. I don’t think anyone can say Kyle isn’t a loving mom. She talks about Lisa V. attempting to motivate Max, Yolanda moving Bella to NYC and Eileen seeing her stepsons off to college.
We decided to all take Alexia to school together, because her sisters wanted to see where Alexia would be, and it postponed saying goodbye for a few more days. Besides, leaving our house was emotional enough when Alexia had to say goodbye to our dogs.
This was very sweet although I have not heard of many other families all traveling to move a sibling in at college. Usually it is just mom and dad, but that is probably because not everyone can afford to take the whole fam to move a kid into college.
When Mauricio and I sat down to have breakfast to discuss Alexia’s budget, I had been crying all morning and was too embarrassed to admit it. Figuring out Alexia’s budget was a bit challenging, especially because of where we live. The price of a meal in Tucson versus Beverly Hills is quite different. I had to laugh watching that…
I imagine Kyle was more than embarrassed to see this aired on TV. Yes, I imagine BH is very expensive. I kinda want Andy to play that game at the reunion and ask each lady how much a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread and a roll of paper towels. I imagine the answers would be pretty enlightening.
More comic relief came in watching Lisa Rinna do her mouth exercises in the car. Hilarious. I have to say, I have never tried that. I would have loved to have been in the car next to her.
I gottta admit, I laughed through this whole scene. I love Lisa more each episode. I imagine she would be so much fun to hang out with. She is probably the life of the party.
My family had to have a conversation about how we were going to say goodbye. We knew it would be hard on all the kids, as well. Alexia said that she wanted to be alone when she said goodbye to her sisters, and Sophia was too emotional to be seen by anyone. Yes, we are an emotional bunch.
When I watch this episode, I am reminded of how proud I am of Alexia and also how we love our kids so much it hurts sometimes…
I can relate. My love for my kids is unending. I cannot imagine how hard it will be when they want to move out and spread their wings. I hope Brandi is around to feed me Xanax…
Lots of Transition Happening
Lisa addresses all the transitioning going on between the houses. I don’t think anyone can deny that these ladies do love their children. Lisa tells us she was sobbing during Kyle and Mo’s goodbye with Alexia. She says watching Yolo set up Bella’s apartment tugged at her heartstrings. She compliments both women for raising wonderful women.
Being a mom to only girls myself, I always find myself so intrigued when I watch Lisa V. with Max or Eileen with her brood of guys. There’s definitely a different vibe with their relationships and it just seems so fun, yet authentic that mother-son/stepmother-stepson bond. What an accomplishment for Eileen and Vinny to watch Duke enter his final year of college. Their other boys have good footsteps to follow in. And I love the support Lisa and Ken show Max. It’s the perfect mix of love and expectation. Just like Kyle and Yolanda, I think Lisa and Eileen are also great mothers.
I agree that they love their boys as much as Kyle and Yolo love their girls…BUT, I am gonna call out The Divine Ms. Pump. Why oh why would she compare Pandora to Max AND add insult to injury by pointing out he is not genetically related to her and Ken. OUCH! In a previous life, I worked in the field of international adoption. My biggest concern was for children being adopted into homes with biological children. This is not to say that Lisa doesn’t love Max unconditionally, but the fact that she said this out loud…OUCH! SO NOT APPROPRIATE. Yes, I imagine you might think that in the quiet recesses of your mind, but keep it to yourself and your therapist.
Always such a delight to see my good friend, Penn Jillette! Penn and I worked very closely on Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars, and he instantly became one of my favorite people on the planet. So when he crowd funded a movie called Director’s Cut that he wrote, hired HH to be the lead and wrote me in to play the role of HH’s wife, I didn’t even think twice about joining the fun.
I remember watching that season of Celebrity Apprentice and noting that Penn is wicked smart!
And yes, I really actually do warm up my voice and lips in order to be camera-ready. Seriously, if you ever see me driving somewhere and it appears that I look like a crazy person talking to myself, you will now know that:
- I am a crazy person sometimes, so you know, I might be talking to myself.
- Hopefully I’m just headed to an audition or job and getting these lips ready.
Try it before you have to speak in public next time. It works! #RedLeatherYellowLeather
This…this right up there is why I kinda love her! She is not afraid to put herself out there and just be real AND fun. Lisa then discusses her jewelry party. Who woulda thought that these Beverly Hills ladies have jewelry parties just like us normal folks. I can’t count the number of Premier Design and Silpada parties I have been to. I checked out Stella & Dot and see they sell reasonably priced pieces. So I guess those BH ladies aren’t all dripping in diamonds.
I have to say, I guess it’s really not that odd that Brandi invited her friends over to watch her ex-husband’s reality show, because she’s Cuckoo LaRue. I don’t know, maybe she hasn’t moved on completely, and to me, it seems as if she’s pouring salt into a wound. But hey, to each their own.
OK, can we stop right here. Lisa just named Brandi/Bobblehead “Cuckoo LaRue” and I kinda sorta maybe love this new name. I also love that Lisa is making fun of Brandi and not in a light teasing way. She is seriously taking a dig at her. I do not in any way shape or form think it was normal that Cuckoo LaRue watched her X’s reality show with her friends on her bed while being filmed for another reality show. If I was in Cuckoo LaRue’s shoes, would I have watched? Abso-fucking-lutely! I would have been parked on my couch with my BFFs and a great big bag of chips, a container of Lawson’s Chip Dip and a bag of Sweettarts. I would have hovered through all these snacks before the first commercial break requiring my BFFs to head to the kitchen for Doritos and Pringles. To claim she was upset with them for speaking her name is really just beyond me. Calling LeeAnn a “cunt-tree” singer is just lame and really disgusting. This woman is your children’s stepmother, after all. Every week Brandi helps Eddie’s case for full custody. Lisa then bids us farewell and reminds us that this week was just the calm before the storm. I am so excited I just might pee my pants!
Being a Stepmom is Challenging
Eileen posted her blog during the NFL playoffs. Who knew we had so much in common? Eileen shares how emotional it was watching Kyle and Yolanda send their girls off to college.
Lisa V. talking to Max really brings it home that parenting doesn’t end once your child is a certain age. The concern really does go on forever. We all want our kids to succeed and have happy lives. Lisa V. wasn’t kidding when she said, “A mother is only as happy as her saddest child.” I wish Max the best. We have so much respect for him working his way up in the restaurant business. With such terrific parents, we think he’s going to do great!
Yes, the conversation was REAL. The topic of insurance and car registration is just an example of how maturity doesn’t just happen cause you are of a certain age.
I love that Lisa R. is still doing those voice exercises! I remember doing those all the time when I was first studying acting, and I was trying to get rid of my SoCal Valley voice. I’m not sure how well that worked for me, though! LOL! Vinny says I mumble. Hmm. I might have to ask Lisa R. for a refresher course. Seeing Lisa R. and Harry together is always fun. I love those two. What a great match!
Raise your hand if you tried the tongue twisters after watching Lisa R. do them? Lisa and HH do seem like a perfect match and complement each other very well.
I love my boys! Husband, son, stepsons, and their friends! I meant it when I said it is a very different experience being a stepmom. More challenging (in a different way) from raising your biological children. But it is so incredibly rewarding. Both Duke and Vinny Jr. have brought so much to my life. The Mother’s Day cards I’ve received from them over the years and the things they’ve written in them always make me cry. I am so proud of them. I’m in awe of them. Two intelligent, sensitive, incredibly handsome, talented, caring young men. They have taught me so much about parenting and love. And so much more. I never would have known how amazing being a stepmom is if it weren’t for them. The boys’ mom, Betsy Russell, has been absolutely incredible. We’ve had challenging times, because of our different parenting styles, but we’ve worked together to raise these boys and have become good friends in the process. This experience has made my life better in so many ways. I can only hope I’ve given them just a little bit of what they’ve given me.
This is actually so very sweet. Most women gripe about their stepchildren and Eileen seems to have managed to participate in these boys’ lives in a very special way and also give their mother all the credit. I imagine this was a very strained relationship very early on given the circumstances for how the relationship started. Kudos to Betsy Russell, Vincent and Eileen for putting the boys first and making their lives better. (Brandi, Eddie and LeeAnn might want to ask if they are available to teach a workshop on how to co-parent and do it right!)
I Want Max to be Ambitious
Lisa tells us this was a pretty gentle episode. The calm before the storm? She talks about Max coming to the house and leading her to believe he was no insured to drive the girlfriend’s car.
I have nagged him over the years, but he has to decide what he wants for himself and…yes, I am well aware that he had had his electricity cut off from not paying his bill. Now I know that is inconvenient, but tough love, cold showers, and lighting a candle will suddenly bring the slow realization that I am not going to pick up every bill. I help with the rent, but a few extra shifts will do him no harm whatsoever. I want Max to be ambitious, and not because I think finances are of utmost importance, but pride in what you achieve is paramount, but I see now that he has an older girlfriend there is pressure from another direction.
I am a strong believer in tough love. I am impressed that Lisa held to her word and allowed Max to work to get his bills paid. BUT, I hate that she aired her dirty laundry and shamed Max in such a public way. Pointing out that Max is adopted and comparing him to the very perfect Pandora is just so wrong.
Love to see sweet Bella in New York and am definitely happy to see how seriously she took this situation. The letter was so poignant. It was a mistake, and she learnt from it. Yolanda has to be proud.
Wow, nice that Lisa can give Yolanda a compliment without throwing shade. Yolanda should take notes. Lisa goes on to say this episode is about learning, experiencing and saying goodbye (although only temporarily).
I loved seeing all the segments with Lisa. She has such a sense of fun, pokes fun at herself, which I always enjoy, but yes, Lisa, we adore costume jewelry maybe even more than the real stuff–less pressure.
See, we all love Lisa R.! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I Wanted to Hold Kyle
Let me start by saying that our darling Veena and I are a little suspicious about Kim and Brandi’s blogs this week. We are pretty darn sure neither of these ladies wrote their own blogs. You be the judge. Our darling Kim hopes we are having a terrific week. Watching Kyle and Yolo pack their girls off to college was emotional. Kim says she is still adjusting to Kimberly being in college.
I don’t know which was harder to watch: Kyle and Alexia saying their goodbyes or Maurice and Alexia at the curb? By this moment, I couldn’t stop crying! I could feel my sister’s pain watching her in that hotel room. I wanted to jump through the TV and hold her. I also remember the day I was sitting in a room just like that and experiencing the same thing. I think there are a lot of you out there that have had similar moments. For those of you whose day is coming, I promise you it does get easier!
That’s one thing we have never really seen from Kim. She has never jumped in and been there for someone else, especially Kyle, who needs here. Kim is a “Hollywood Friend/Sister.”
Happy Anniversary, Lisa and Ken! They really are very cute together. They really love each other very much…oh yes, and their doggies, too!
OK, who else was jealous of Lisa with all those flowers? I was a little, but must admit, I am kinda cheap! On my birthday this past year, I was at Costco and they sell 2 dozen roses for like $16.99. I thought, “Well, I am totally worth it!” and I grabbed them. When I got home, there was a sticker on my front door telling me my local florist had attempted to deliver flowers. Turns out, my husband had sent me a BEAUTIFUL bouquet of roses (which I am pretty damn sure didn’t cost $16.99). I doubt very much that Ken went to Costco to buy all those roses.
I went over to Brandi’s to watch Eddie and LeAnn’s new show. Mark, Peter, and Brandi’s friend Jen were all there. I think there was a side of her that didn’t want to watch and also a side of her that thought she needed to. Are her children featured? Do they talk about Brandi? So we watched. I personally did not find it that entertaining.
Let me say Brandi’s friend Jen has had some face work done. I remember seeing her on that show with Dr. Drew. Her face looks very puffy and her lips are just “off”. I get distracted easily so, that whole scene was me looking at her face trying to figure out what she had done.
Kim tells us it was nice seeing Eileen seeing her stepsons off to college. So, basically Kim’s whole blog was bland vanilla. I am bored and need to get a cup of coffee now. BTW, in the background I am watching Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances. (Yes, I watched that horrible Whitney movie this weekend which should have been called, “Bobby Brown Did Not Introduce Whitney to Cocaine.” (Remember kids: “Crack is Whack!”)
I Won’t Make Excuses
As I mentioned above, I don’t believe that Bobblehead/Cuckoo LaRue wrote this blog. There are way too many big words and thoughts are put together in proper sentences and paragraphs. Brandi’s past writings are scattered. She apologizes for not doing a blog last week. Perhaps her ghostwriter had a hair appt. She tells us how very busy she was traveling to NY and dumping wine on people. Very busy indeed.
A quick overview of last week, first. The lunch with Lisa V. finally happened. Whether the relationship can be repaired, well, you’ll have to tune in and watch, but I’m hopeful. There was a lot of preparing for college children to leave the nest, which we saw more of last night. I won’t make excuses for the wine toss. I shouldn’t have done it, but it was a misunderstood moment that has passed. Eileen was sweet to accept my apology, and no, I really wasn’t buzzed, so I can’t really “blame it on alcohol” like Jamie Foxx says. Yolanda’s party was great fun. It was so nice to see her really being herself, letting loose and dancing along the fire pit. Yep, I was a bit naughty and should have eaten more. Nikki and Babyface are a super amazing and cool couple, and I’m glad you got to meet them, too. I just adore them, and I’ve seen and hung out with them since, and I recently emailed with Nikki–she is awesome. Yo and David are such a fun and sweet couple. It was a magical night. Watching Lisa R. in Yolanda’s fridge was only part of it. Do you think she was trying to convince us that she actually eats? Haha. It was a great party as only Yo can throw.
So this is all she is gonna say about her behavior last week. Her lunch with Lisa was weird and nothing was resolved. Eileen accepted her apology, but there is no way Eileen will want to be in the “friend zone” with this lunatic. By saying she can’t blame it on the booze makes the whole situation even stranger. Do I think she was d-runk? Yeah. (but, I think she is d-runk all the time…) She was more than naughty with Babyface. She was downright rude. Perhaps Nikki is only being kind to our Bobblehead remembering “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
Moving on to this week’s episode, which is all about family. I feel like we are constantly seeing the ladies send their sons and daughters off into the world and to college to become amazing young adults. We saw Ken and Lisa V.’s son Max, whom I’ve met and like, negotiating his next educational move and bumping up against his parents a bit. Lisa V. says we should “blame the parents,” but the truth is it’s a natural progression. Then Alexia and Bella were the latest being prepared to go out into the world. We met Eileen’s stepsons and see Eileen doing what all moms do: cooking dinner for family. She really seems to understand exactly how to be a great stepmom. We also see Yolanda creating a cozy space for her daughter’s next step in life. Who didn’t tear up over Bella’s deeply sweet card to her mommy or Mauricio hugging his baby girl Alexia before sending her off? It made me really proud and sad for them last night, but as long as my kids don’t grow up too fast, then I hope I’ll be just fine. Right? Really, I wish I could do 2nd and 6th grade homework for the rest of my life! But time flies. I wish you could see my boys, too. They are the biggest most important part of my life. I treasure the time I get to spend with them: the homework, cooking, caring, playing, scolding, school runs, just all of what goes into being a mom. They grow up so fast.
Blah blah blah. The ghostwriter decided to keep it easy with only a little dig at Lisa V.’s comment “blame the parents”. It’s always interesting how everyone holds everything Lisa says against her; even her jokes. This little comment was made as a joke to her parents and not for a minute did I believe Lisa was blaming Brandi’s parents for her horrible behavior (we have seen that she treats her parents as badly as she treats her friends).
Then we returned to more pressing matters, a meeting with my lawyer Ron Rale explaining that my ex-husband demanded a huge payment of the money he claims to have overpaid me since our divorce. I was surprised, disgusted, but ultimately angry. I work very hard at several jobs to support and provide for my children, something that my child support didn’t at all cover. At the time you see us discussing litigation and that instead of bowing under again and giving him my retirement fund, I’m ready to litigate and let a judge decide.
Yawn. We have heard her weave this tale in many different ways. The fact is, when the divorce happened, Brandi was not employed. After she was divorced, she started on RHBH and then got the book deals and radio show which would be a HUGE change in her income. Therefore, Eddie would be an idiot if he didn’t go back to court and ask that child support be modified. Yes, it’s a double edged sword for a single mom. If you get a good paying job, your child support can be reduced. Happens to women every day.
My ex was, again, necessarily a part of the show last night. Backstory: As some of you know, my ex-husband and his wife created a VH1 reality show (since canceled) based around their very serious issues with me living happily and their having to cope with their immense fame. My lawyer suggested I view the show to monitor if my children, as rumored, were filmed. This is related to several legal edicts from my ex, forbidding my children be used in any of my own TV work. I decided to make it fun and invite some of my friends. I watched their initial show and, like most critics, realized it was just a forum to talk about me, reference me, and bash me. I was disgusted that my children’s images were used in the opening titles of a show that was about disrespecting their mother. I wanted to fight it but chose to pick my battles. Money not spent on lawyers is money for my boys’ future.
I highly doubt Brandi’s lawyer suggested she watch this show. As I mentioned above, I would not have watched this without a big pile of food sitting in front of me. And the last line above, “Money not spent on lawyers is money for my boys’ future” is such bullshit! If this was her priority, she would not waste her money on the expensive car lease. Brandi closes her blog offering prayers for Yolanda, her brother in law and her big sister. Wow. She is so spiritual.
I Would Like to Apologize
Yolanda wants to apologize for not blogging for a while. She shares that her recent relapse has been very bad for her. Let me say this, many people are questioning whether or not Yolanda has a true illness. I believe she does. I see no reason for her to “fake” this since it doesn’t have an upside. I could see other HWs faking an illness for attention and we have seen a few do this. It is odd that when we see her on the show she appears healthy and looks beautiful and then as soon as filming stops, her health declines and is overseas getting treatments.
Lyme Neuroborreliosis is a spirochete infection in the brain that can leave one with severe brain impairment and neurological issues. I have lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV, because I can’t process information or any stimulation for that matter. It feels like someone came in and confiscated my brain and tied my hands behind my back to just watch and see life go by without me participating in it.
I gotta say, this sounds horrific and terrifying.
The most frustrating thing is that there is medical data on Lyme and spirochete infections going back all the way to 1908, but yet we still I have proper diagnostic testing, a vaccine, or a cure for Lyme disease while we are living in the United States of America, the most extraordinary country in the world. Something doesn’t add up here, and I will made it my life mission to figure this out, because nobody deserves to suffer this way in 2015. Unfortunately, I am of no use to anyone or anything at this moment while weathering the storm.
I know little to nothing about Lyme Disease. A friend’s son was but by a tick last summer and it was thankfully caught within a week. He was hospitalized for a couple weeks but made a full recovery. Unfortunately, it sounds like Yolanda’s was not caught early on and there is possible damage that cannot be undone. She goes on to say that she does feel hopeless, but her spirit makes her fight and travel in order to get treatment. She shares that the FDA has blocked many medications and ancient therapies that are available overseas. It reminds us all that it doesn’t matter how much money you have in your checkbook. When you have an illness, you are in the same boat as everyone else and at the mercy of the healthcare industry.
I am blessed with the unwavering support of my husband, my children, and a handful of true friends, and I would like to thank you for all your sweet messages and support on social media. As a human being battling this everyday invisible disability, I ask you to join me in making a kind gesture to someone every day, because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so your kindness goes a long way, and together we can make a real difference in someone’s day.
Hmmm…I wonder who the handful of true friends are. Probably not Hollywood friends. I will take up Yolanda’s challenge and do something kind today. I should probably just keep my mouth shut.