LynnNChicago Happy 4th Of July!
It is dangerously hot and very uncomfortable outside for much of the country today. Everyone please be safe, drink lots of water, use and re-apply sunscreen often and check on friends and neighbors who have lost power or who may be living without air conditioning. Don’t leave pets outside for extended periods of time and be sure they have plenty of water too! (some tips from the City of Chicago that apply to many of us) Love you all, be safe!
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, fun and wonderful holiday! I love fireworks!
Pregnant in Heels by BB
Rosie gets an ultrasound with Daron at her side. The doctor writes down the sex of their third child and puts it into an envelope. They will go to one of their favorite places and open the envelope together.
Amy Stein and her husband Seth are having their first child in six weeks. Amy works in fashion and has taken some time off to get ready for the baby. They love to travel and want to make sure the baby adjusts to their schedule instead of them adjusting to their baby’s schedule. They need for the baby to be “flexible.” Good luck with that.
Rosie gives them the Mommy IQ test. They think you only need to have wipes and diapers when you take the baby out. I used to pack almost the whole house when I took my little ones anywhere. Seth thinks a newborn only nurses three times a day. Rosie is starting to worry about this couple. Suffice it to say, they fail the test. They tell Rosie they don’t want to be rigid like other couples they see who have their baby on a schedule. They don’t want to lose their independence. Hey guys. Your life is about the change dramatically. Get over yourselves.
Akua is pregnant with her first child. She will be a single mother. She used to be a model and has close friends for support because she has no family nearby. She is not in contact with her baby’s (who will be a boy) father. Akua wants to be in love and keep moving on with her life, even if she’s pregnant.
Rosie gives Akua the Mommy IQ test. Akua passes the test with flying colors and does much better than most of Rosie’s other clients. Akua tells Rosie she didn’t plan on having a baby and she will be on her own. Her friends want to help but they don’t have any children of their own. Akua tells Rosie she wants to date while pregnant. She tells Rosie her friends want to set her up. She’s 8 months pregnant. Rosie doesn’t even know where to start. Akua thinks a real man would understand her situation – it’s real life. Rosie is happy to be able to help Akua move on with her life. Rosie tells Akua that her friends need to get some lessons on how to take care of a baby since they don’t have any experience.
Rosie has Akua’s friends attend a mom prep camp. None of them have any experience with newborns. One of them is handed a poopy looking diaper and gets grossed out. Rosie starts to teach them how to burp the baby and one of the ladies drops her baby on the floor. They need lots and lots of practice. Rosie goes over what they need to do over and over until they are comfortable with it. Akua is very proud of her friends.
Rosie wants to show Amy and Seth that the baby is not responsible for adjusting to their schedule. Rosie brings her robot baby and they will all be going to visit a winery. They go on lots of road trips and don’t plan on changing their activities after the baby arrives. On the way, the robot baby starts crying. Amy tries to calm the baby with a toy. Rosie thinks the baby is hungry and needs a bottle. Amy starts to take the baby out of the car seat while the car is moving, which is a big no-no. The baby starts crying harder while Seth tries to find place to pull off and stop the car. Seth can’t deal with it and is being a bigger baby than the baby. Rosie tells them they need to calm down and stop yelling at each other around the baby because it’s just making things worse. It’s going to be a long day.
Seth and Amy take a tour of the winery with a group of others. Of course the baby starts crying during the tour. Seth asks the others if they want to help them with the baby. He gets no takers. They figure out the baby is hungry and needs to be fed. Seth tells Rosie they are missing the tour, but Rosie tells him the baby is their first priority. Amy is going to think twice the next time she gets annoyed when she hears a baby cry. Next comes the wine tasting and the baby starts crying again. Seth abandons ship and stays at the tasting while Amy and Rosie find a place to change the baby. Amy tells Seth maybe a winery wasn’t the best place to bring a baby. Seth and Amy get into a little tiff about Seth not helping Amy with the baby and wanting to proceed with the wine tasting. Seth thinks the day was very stressful and they fought more that day than they have in two years. They both seem pretty shell-shocked, but Rosie isn’t finished with them yet.
Rosie is going to have a class with Akua about dating while pregnant. Later Akua is going to have a date with a guy one of her friends set up. They go over what to wear on the date. Akua definitely should not be talking about her baby’s father or any of her exes. She also should not ask her date to touch her belly or talk about future children. Rosie is glad she had Akua come in because Akua isn’t sure what she should be talking about. They discuss safe sexual positions, but Akua doesn’t think that will be necessary on a first date.
Rosie takes Amy and Seth to dinner to discuss their yuppie fantasy about having a flexible baby. They are starting to see their plans are not going to go like they want. Rosie tells them the baby needs to be on a schedule and they need to think about appropriate places to take a baby, probably not a winery. They should work out who should be taking over the care of the baby when, especially when they are out. Seth needs to not let a crying baby stress him out. They realize that a new baby is going to be a big change for them. They have time to deal with their emotions about it before the baby comes, which is good.
Akua is about to go on the date her friend has set up. She is so nervous, she asks Rosie to be there. Akua is afraid she’s going to say the wrong thing. Rosie tells Akua she will be wearing a mic and ear piece, so Rosie can guide her while watching the date on a camera. Akua’s date Isaac arrives and tells her he likes her outfit and he can’t even tell she’s pregnant. They talk small talk and things are going well . . . until Akua asks him how he feels about going out with a pregnant woman. He’s says he’s cool with it. Akua starts to talk about her pregnancy and the baby kicking. She asks if he wants to feel the baby kicking. He declines. Rosie tells her to stop talking about the baby and let him get to know her as a person.
They start talking about food and cooking. Things are going well until Akua starts talking about food cravings. She goes off the rails telling him about how her life is going and gets pretty emotional about her ex. Rosie tells Akua she cannot cry on a first date. Isaac makes a toast to a new friendship, which means he’s not interested in a love relationship with Akua.
Rosie has Amy and Set meeth with other couples who explain how they work as teams and still are able to take their kids places. They answer questions for Amy and Seth. Their kids are present and seem to be behaving themselves. It makes Amy and Seth feel better seeing what happy families they are. Rosie thinks they finally get it. The baby is not going to shrink their lives, but expand it.
Rosie takes Akua out on the town because her date didn’t go well. She hasn’t heard from Isaac and she feels rejected. Akua admits she’s trying to get the puzzle completed and she wants a whole family. She was completely shocked when the baby’s father pretty much abandoned her. Rosie explains that she might not have romance in her life right now, but she does have a lot of love around her. Rosie tells her the puzzle is complete for her right now and she’s not lacking anything. They go out with Akua’s friends for a girls’ night out. They look like they are having a great time and Akua realizes she has what she needs, which is love and she doesn’t need to go looking for it.
Amy and Seth have a baby girl they name Beckett. They are making it work and adjusting nicely. Akua’s baby boy is named Nnamdi. Akua is accompanied by her friends when she visits Rosie’s shop. Akua starts dating three months later while her friends step in to babysit.
Rosie and Daron open the envelope. Rosie thinks it’s going to be a boy and Daron thinks it’s going to be a girl. It’s a girl!
Fantastic Blog BB Thank you! I was so happy for Rosie when she learned it was a girl too! :) Lynn~
Real Housewives of New York – The Blogs
I thought it was very group friendly of Aviva to have a talk with Heather. After all, we are socializing all the time together. I for one cannot begin to figure her out. I find that Heather contradicts herself constantly. First she’s saying she has a problem with me because I was rude to her. Then she says she has a problem with me because we don’t “jive.” Sitting down and speaking to her at the store went basically nowhere.
I think from Heather’s perspective it is a bit of both. I think Heather sees Ramona as less than formidable and doesn’t feel as though she needs to try to impress Ramona. (rumor has it she’s had some talks with “she who must not be named” too!) On the other hand Heather clearly tries to impress Aviva and Carole. Heather also sees what we all see, these two women just do not and will never “click”. They are uncomfortable and awkward around one another. It happens.
The difference between Heather and Ramona is the way that they each handle the situation. Ramona apologized to Heather and tried to make things better. Heather is determined to dislike Ramona and refuses to compromise even a little bit. Stubborn!
When I finally decided to confront Heather to find out what her real issues with me were, I brought up what people told me. I said point blank, “Heather, Aviva told me you were upset about the fact that I said that you talk too much, and you don’t give other people a chance to talk.” (Because it’s not that she talks so much, it’s that she doesn’t stop! She doesn’t leave space in there for anyone.)
I was about to pee in my pants when she said, “OK let’s have Aviva come over here.” Are you kidding me? Who does that? Aviva confirmed that she did say it, but Heather wanted to beat up on her for that. Heather goes on and on that it’s not the reason, but it is the reason that she tells everyone. There are other reasons also, but I don’t want to give any more written time to this, as I don’t know where Heather’s head is at — nor at this point do I even care. I’m just going to be myself and she can either accept me or not accept me. I can’t worry about this anymore.
That is the problem and was from the beginning. Ramona thought that Heather was simply upset over the “you talk too much” comment and an apology would quickly and easily fix everything. That was never the case. Heather disliked Ramona almost upon sight.
I thought the store Curve had great clothes. The outfits that the owner selected that Aviva and Carole were wearing when I walked in were beyond fabulous. Do you think perhaps Heather might have told the owner she doesn’t care for me so much, because I wasn’t getting the great outfits they were trying on. . .
It sure feels like a set up to me, we did see some cute clothes
I feel like I have a great fashion sense and am very comfortable with my look. It always changes. Thank you for all your comments saying how much you love my clothes each week.
I find it very interesting that Heather is critiquing my fashion look when she wore those very strange plaid pants tucked into boots that must have come from 30 years ago — but to each their own.
To be in the company of other recipients of the Stevie Award such as Andrea Jung, head of Avon, and Janet Robinson, CEO of The New York Times, was beyond incredible. The Stevie awards is an organization that recognizes successful women around the world for their business accomplishments. I can’t begin to tell you how it felt to be surrounded by so many self-made women and presidents of major corporations.
It’s amazing how Carole is a princess. They always tell you that people who have the most money or the most impressive titles are the most unassuming. What Carole told me over lunch proved that to be true.
Carole and I have developed a really fabulous friendship, and I respect her tremendously. I think it’s great when women can share their success with each other and not be threatened. I was very happy when I heard the news of her pilot, and of course I had just gotten some very exciting news too that I wanted to share — that my Ramona Pinot Grigio was going into Target stores. For the other women to infer that I said that to top her is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. I have to question the type of women they are. And when else am I supposed to share good news? They were all leaving for London without me. LOL!
Aw, poor Ramona, don’t you feel sorry for her? Seriously, I think she is hurt that they’re all going without her, I realize Aviva is staying behind but that is by choice, at least Heather invited Aviva.
Retail Therapy: Sometimes it works, sometimes it just doesn’t.
Not inviting Ramona on the trip was simple and it was honest and sincere. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it because I know how much we have discussed this over the past few weeks. Every time Ramona and I are together we wind up in on opposite sides of a debate. With the other ladies, it is just so much easier. And I can’t imagine myself inviting someone I didn’t have a easy relationship with on a trip across the Atlantic, nor would I ever sit down and tell them I was planning a trip to London and why I wasn’t inviting them. While I appreciate honesty, there is such a thing as too much honesty.
There is a big difference between taking someone on a plane away from home for several days and inviting people over to your house for a few hours for dinner. My interludes with Ramona have been nothing less than uncomfortable, straight up painful at times, and stressful. None of these things however, would prevent me from being polite and friendly to her, or to prevent me from still trying to find a connection with Ramona.
I invited her to my favorite store Curve to shop with the owner, my friend Nevena because I wanted to illustrate that the absence of an invite to London was not a sanction against Ramona.
I thought she would like the store and maybe a little Retail Therapy would do us some good.
For someone who didn’t want to talk about it, four paragraphs later…are we done yet? People feel the need to explain in great depth, typically feel as though they’ve done something wrong and try too hard to convince us that they’ve done nothing wrong. (RHONJ comes to mind)
Oh and she invited Ramona to her favorite store to give the store some exposure and in hopes that Ramona (and the others) would spend money in her friend’s store. Heather forgets that we’ve been watching longer than she’s been on the show.
Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as I planned. Ramona is a gorgeous woman and she wears her clothes well. But that day she was not clicking with the store, the vibe, whatever, and she came off a bit rude to my friend Nevena. We tried to clear the air about London and sat down on the sofa and laid it all out, but I guess Ramona and I are too far apart in our views on this to get past it yet. Trust me when I say, there is much more to come.
Oh we know there is much more to come, we’ve been around you Housewives before, maybe you forget that you’re the newbie, not us.
Aviva is so open about her leg and her accident. She handles herself with such grace, glamour, and always humor. She makes us feel so comfortable about the situation with her prosthetic that you often forget she even wears one so when it comes up we all kind jump in the conversation like we are a part of it. It never crossed my mind to tell Nevena about Aviva’s leg when I invited her to join me for the shopping extravaganza. But by not giving Nevena the heads up, I created an uncomfortable scenario when she was trying to get Aviva to try shoes. I wanted to jump in and explain to Nevena why Aviva wasn’t “doing shoes” and I upset Aviva in the process. You know me and talking!!! This time I over-shared a friend’s story, but I did it from a good place, and I really care about Aviva.
Where is your apology to Aviva? Don’t you think in Aviva’s many years of shopping she has learned to deal with sales people and her leg? I doubt Aviva needed you to jump in and explain anything! Heather should not have told her friend in advance and she should not have told her on the spot either. This is Aviva’s situation to deal with as she sees fit, Heather is too damn pushy and it’s true, she never shuts up! Heather was much more inappropriate in that store than Ramona.
Retail therapy. . .sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t!
I can’t imagine anything working with Heather! She is an odd bird, difficult, weird and fake. She claims that not inviting Ramona was “real” and made her “authentic” but the truth is, she failed to invite Ramona and then proceeded to make up all sorts of fake reasons that don’t even make sense. Besides that her business associates in London, if they are true Londonites are likely more wild and crazy than Ramona!
Before we went on our shopping trip, you got to see Jax and I go for his weekly check up with Dr. Emre. Jax is a special little guy, I love him dearly. He is a fighter and I am very proud of him. Jax had been battling a cold that any normal kid could have shrugged off, but with Jax, every minor infection has to be treated seriously and many times we would wind up in the hospital. As you saw, our visit to the doctor’s office has become routine over the years and thankfully Jax is doing very well and we crossed a milestone when we celebrated his seventh birthday. Even with all of his challenges and we know there are more to overcome, Jax is one of the lucky ones. With over 114,000 people in the U.S. waiting for organ transplants, we need to do more to raise awareness and get people to sign up. Like I said on the show, you don’t need ‘em when you’re dead! Check out New York Organ Donor Network at DonateLifeNY.org for more information.
Heather’s son Jax is such an adorable little boy and you can’t help but feel for him deeply as we learn more about his struggles. To hear Heather call her son “one of the lucky ones” is admirable, as she could easily be angry and think “why me” and “it’s not fair” but she doesn’t have a negative attitude, and it’s really sweet to see mother and son together.
It is great that Heather is promoting Organ Donation. Let’s not forget that it is not only New York City that has a shortage of Organ donors, this is a big problem throughout the country.
On average, eighteen people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.
The total number of patients waiting for an organ transplant today numbers more than 112,000. More than one-third of them will die before a donor can be found. More than 600 of them are 5 years old or younger.
The waiting list for organ transplants is growing at the rate of 4,000 per month. Another name is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.
Thank you to Heather for bringing this tragic situation into focus for many of us. From Heather’s bio on her website:
In addition to her work as the Founder/ Chief Creative Officer of Yummie by Heather Thomson, Heather is a valued advocate for multiple philanthropic organizations. She is a Cause Celebrity for Organ Donation and deeply involved in supporting the public education efforts of the New York Organ Donor Network. As a board member of the Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation, Heather works to reduce the incidence of pediatric liver disease by raising funds and awareness for the foundation. Having personally experienced the impact of these advocacies with her son, she makes every effort to promote and support their initiatives both locally and nationwide. Most recently, Heather was honored with the City of Hope’sannual 2010 Spirit of Life Award recognizing her tireless efforts to promote power and self-confidence in women of all ages around the world.
This New York Housewife is a true philanthropist unlike the fake Countess who finds and jumps into charity work only while filming simply to pretend she is involved. Well done Heather, we have to give credit where credit is due!
Dirt bikes! I grew up with a brother racing dirt bikes and me riding my pony around, trying to see what the boys were up too. It’s great that Heather is giving her kids the outdoors and that she can get down and dirty with them and still keep up with the fashion bling and pop culture of NY. I think it’s important to teach kids to entertain themselves and to be entertaining. Sometimes I feel like kids these days don’t know what to do with themselves if they don’t have 20 dollars for a movie.
Michael Musto in the background of the black and white clip of Ramona cracks me up. He adds spice to ANY party! He’s a friend who writes for The Village Voice.
Heather now makes it clearer that its a business trip and she has these international relationships that she is worried about and she feels she needs to protect them.
Heather is only trying to bring her business on air in order to get more exposure for her shape wear line, nothing more. What is typically not done is to intermingle the Housewives with the business associates. We’ve seen Housewives turn business trips into social fun trips but never bring them together, the fun begins when the business ends and they shouldn’t overlap. Heather is worried about Ramona insulting these people? Has she met the passive-aggressive Luann de Lesseps? She is more inappropriate than any of them!
Donor egg?! Prenatal vitamins for two years?! Gosh! I Had no idea LuLu had been practicing for so long. First comes love! Then comes baby carriage! Then the marriage. . .? That’s so European Lu! Mind over matter when Lu says she feels her ovaries moving with the first pin pricks at the acupuncturist! Hilarious! Talk about a placebo.
I love that Sonja calls her “Lulu”, I remember Luann telling Sonja that she loves to be called “Lu” but I’m not so sure she feels the same way about being called “Lulu”. Who is she kidding? Marriage isn’t in Luann’s future, she’ll lose her financial support from her ex-husband if she marries Jacques. Lulu doesn’t just get child support, Alex de Lesseps sends spousal support payments too! Then a little dig at Lulu’s ovaries, well done Son.
I don’t know how I could handle going to the doctor like Heather with Jax with such a devastating disease. My sister’s son lost a kidney and a half and nearly died to cancer. He had Wilhems disease at 18 months old. We found out Christmas Eve! Somehow moms do what they have to. I’m so fortunate to have my health and to know my daughter is thriving. Money cannot give a life back; a child or a parent. I try to cherish every moment for this reason. Sometimes I feel I’m too “busy” around my daughter. It bothers me. I consciously plan “mommy and me time” for this reason. Just her and I and no phone, emails, or other people. Even if it’s just being together doing nothing but being together.
I really wish we could see Sonja’s daughter on the show, I’d love to see Sonja interacting and spending time with her little girl. I totally understand why she made the decision to keep her off screen but I feel like we’re missing out on seeing an entire side of Sonja’s life by not seeing the mothering side of Sonja.
Aviva, not knowing Ramona, is not sure if we are fighting. That’s just Ramona venting and displacing her anger on me. Like I said Ramona puts up with me!!! I’m not perfect. Ramona’s comments to her husband were private. I don’t really think she meant them. She’s allowed to go off the rails with her man. Besides that’s her opinion! Beats the name calling other people practice.
Ahhh another dig, who are the people practicing name calling? hmmm
Whoops! I can see I’m going to get some harsh cuts on this first Sonja in the City party. Wouldn’t be fun to watch if my party went off without a hitch, now would it? I can plan aparty in my sleep, and you have seen it over and over. The Social Life party was fantastic. In fact, you missed the band! If only Ramona had stayed. I guess Carole is right — all the drama is around Ramona! She leaves and the cameras leave! I have to admit the party I threw the first episode ruined everyone’s hair! It was 100 degrees and humid so the garden deflated everyone’s hair. . .oh well. Didn’t stop Ramona and Lu from going at it. No party goes off perfectly. You just roll with the punches!
We’ve learned that Sonja was given very little time to put this party together, she learned about the party just a few days before leaving for London and the party is just a day or two after Sonja returns from London. Everyone is preparing us to see a bit of a fiasco at this party, aren’t they?
That was a fun morning just easing into the day with the interns. It’s the calm before the storm.
It took many online forums of all types of religions, just to be notified that I’m in the 3 percent of “unmatchables.” Which of course I knew! I just didn’t want to see it blaring at me on my computer screen. But, I’m not going to lower my standards to be with just anyone! Any other religions I should try? Currently I’m reading about the Kabbalah, and haven’t tried Scientology.
I would love to see Sonja’s application for the on line dating site, I’m guessing her criteria for a man is somewhat like her ex-husband, likely no one has registered on this matchmaking web site with that kind of wealth.
I do whatever it takes to keep me in balance, strong and able to manage everything, and still go forward while enjoying my life and the people who love and support me. It’s not always the bottom line for me. It’s that I have lived the life I want and with who I want. Most days are so busy that once I have dinner with my daughter along with the interns, violin teacher, or whoever helped out that day, and she’s off to bed, we all just grab a movie or take last minute advantage of an invitation. That can be anything from Andy Cohen’s book signing, art gallery opening, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City, backstage at The Actor’s Studio, private townhouse garden cocktail, Cirque du Soleil, or Fashion’s Night Out! Then we get up and do it all again, but we all love what we do or we wouldn’t be doing it in this wonderful, crazy city!
Here Sonja introduces us to each of her three interns and tells us what each of them do to keep her life somewhat balanced. We’ll skip that here but you can read Sonja’s entire blog here:
More highlights from Sonja’s blog:
So if that is too boring, I hope you skipped through! But I do love the people I spend my time with. They make me laugh and they cry with me too! They are in my private home so it’s rare I have privacy. This means they go through the ups and downs with me. I couldn’t do it all on my own. It’s the team that makes it possible!
We did skip through, thanks Sonja!
Sonja’s is one of the more interesting Newsletters. Many Housewives send out regular newsletters but most who do are usually just trying to sell us something. (Bethenny, Ramona) Sonja’s newsletter will have an ad or two but she includes a lot of interesting fun items and keeps the selling to a minimum.
Luann de Lesseps
My experience with acupuncture was really pleasant. It looks more painful that it actually is. You can feel a calming energy emanating from the needles and the acupuncturist was really professional and encouraging. Now, let’s see what happens.
I’m not against IVF in general but Jacques and I have decided to go the holistic route. I don’t want to inject hormones into my body or have fertilized embryos implanted just yet; instead, I’m using vitamins, acupuncture ,and other naturopathic approaches. Jacques and I are very much in love and we continue to try the “old fashioned” way!!
Ahhhh! I need some brain bleach! That is TMI and I do not want to picture Luann and Jacques doing anything the “old fashioned” way!
I admire that Heather is standing her ground and deciding for herself whether or not to invite Ramona to London. She has every right to invite whom she likes and to have a fun girls trip without the constant pressure of appeasing Ramona. Heather is very independent and secure with herself and she has plenty of friends who love her and make her happy. I think Sonjasummed it up best when she said, “you can’t always be invited to the birthday party.”
I wonder what Luann would say if it was someone else that was left out of the invitation to London. What if it was Luann who was left off the list? I’m sure it would be a different story and she would refer Heather to her manners book. It is rude and inappropriate for Heather to leave Ramona out and Lulu knows it, she is taking this stance simply because it is Ramona who was left out and Luann doesn’t like Ramona. Plain and simple.
Aviva’s attempt at making peace between Ramona and Heather was admirable, but they are big girls and can work out their differences (or not) without Aviva’s well-intentioned assistance. Aviva is truly a nice person and I admire her willingness to step into the fray, but I’m not surprised that both girls threw her under the bus for trying.
Look who is talking, the queen of getting in between feuding Housewives! It is perfectly find for Luann to jump into arguments and take sides but if anyone else does it, they are big girls and can work it out themselves. What a hypocrite!
I respect Carole’s title even if she chooses not to use it. To use or not to use a title is an individual decision.
Oh Lulu, you’re never going to convince us that you are a Countess and the fact is your title is meaningless in the United States and in fact most of the world so shut the hell up! Carole behaves like a Princess, she has class and style and she doesn’t need to use it because she is well-respected and unpretentious! Luann really needs to stop comparing herself to Carole.
Heather’s worked in the fashion and entertainment industries for years and knows a lot of top stylists including her friends at Curve. I wasn’t surprised that Ramona dissed the boutique and the clothing, nor was I shocked that she got into it with Heather even though Heather extended an olive branch by including her.
Heather’s “olive branch” was merely her attempt at making Ramona look bad, she seemed to have chosen clothing in advance that is no where near Ramona’s style and I’m sure she knew Ramona wouldn’t go for those clothes. Maybe Lulu missed the rude comment that Heather made about Ramona needing a “make over” and that she’s stuck in a rut. Ramona was honest and didn’t “diss” the boutique or it’s clothing in fact Ramona admired many of the items that Heather and Aviva tried on. Luann needs to shut the hell up!
As for Ramona trying to one-up Carole’s news about her new book being made into a television show by sharing that Ramona Pinot was going to be sold in Target, what can I say. . .tacky.
Yes you are tacky Lulu! Luann failed to mention Heather blurting out Aviva’s situation with her leg to the boutique owner, that was much more tacky and rude than anything that Ramona has done.
Carole’s blog speaks for itself so no comments from me are necessary….I can’t improve upon perfection! lol The truth is Carole’s blog does include a lot of references to Twitter so if you’re not familiar with Twitter it may be a bit odd…she is one funny, fantastic writer!
I didn’t think I was into this whole “social media” thing. Blogging, Facebooking, Tumbling, Pinteresting. What? I’m a writer. I like to get paid for my words. Plus I am old school — you know, like pink While You Were Away slips and Sonja Morgan fax machines. I listen to vinyl albums at home (check out my crib). But old school is so 16,000 followers ago. New school is the new old school. And new school is like having recess all day. Two months ago, I didn’t know what Twitter was and now I’m retweeting, livetweeting, and hashtagging quicker than a short fuse on the 4th of July. I communicate more with @suzyq485 and @wtf27 than I do my own mother. #himom.
A few days ago, my downstairs neighbor @trippswanhaus came upstairs with coffee and the news that @tomcruise and @katieholmes were divorcing. #shock. How fun to tweet I want to be wife #numberfour. We’re just in my living room. It’s just me and Tripp. So @trippswanhaus and I amused ourselves. We tweeted. Mrs. Tom Cruise #tomcar, #tomrad, #radzitom, Mrs. Cruisiwill. I could have gone on but then my sister @teresadifalco called. From Oregon.
“Hi Carole. What’s going on?”
“Yeah, I see that. Are you tweeting that you want to marry Tom Cruise?” @teresadifalco asked, as she scanned her Google alert.
Apparently it wasn’t just Tripp and me. A web site (Wetpaint) was also reading my tweets and now Tom Cruise and I are romantically linked in cyberspace. Forever. Me and Tom, just like that. I am both scared, and in awe of the power of social media. #irony
@teresadifalco banned me from Twitter, indefinitely. She doesn’t know this, but I snuck back.
Showdown at Bethesda Fountain: Redux
[Insert Carrie Bradshaw voiceover here.]
On an island of nearly 2 million people, I couldn’t help but wonder. . .will we ever all get along?
From the looks of it, maybe not. Is Ramona upset that Heather wasn’t upset or is Heather upset that Aviva said she was upset or is Aviva upset that Ramona told Heather that Heather was upset? And didn’t I too say at that now infamous lunch that I thought Heather was upset that we talked behind her back about her talking too much in front of us? I’m losing track of who is upset and why.
Aviva wants an alliance with the cool girls. Hello, Vivs? I’m #coolcarole. Heath is #gangsterchic. #keepitstraight.
I think the difference between the oldies and the newbies can be summed up in this one scene. While @IamHeatherT and @avivadrescher had a disagreement over who was cool and who was not and who was going and who was staying behind, neither of them mentioned their shellacked three-week manicure or their pinot-filled hat.
Meanwhile, @ramonasinger wanted to pow-wow with me about London. I wasn’t expecting her to come in her shiny blue cocktail dress, but the thigh high leather boots, Jackie O sunglasses and mini-me mini-skirt really threw me off. Ramona is nothing if not surprising, and this is why I like her. She is also obviously still upset about not being invited and she doesn’t even know that Vivs has told Heath she isn’t cool. When I suggest to Ramona that she suppress her rage over the dis-invite, at least just while we shop, she looks at me like I’m a #unicorn and assures me she is perfectly calm. Did you see my double-take? Can you believe I made the famous Housewife hand gesture? Ramona’s calm is HERE at Kelly Bensimon levels, and the rest of the world is here, with Bethenny. I promised myself I wouldn’t do it and here we are — only Episode 5 – and I couldn’t help myself. #reflex. I wished I had Mario’s calming spray. In lieu of, I ordered the cheesecake.
All of that princess talk came about because I was planning a practical joke for @CountessLuann, to play out in London, and I wanted Ramona in on it. It involved titles, of course, and a curtsy. I wanted to trick LuAnn into curtsying to me, in public. Ramona loved the idea of LuAnn curtsying, which is why she curtsied, although it could have been the pinot. I can’t be sure. I didn’t go through with the joke. I chickened out, so LuAnn never curtsied but Ramona did. And I think I like the word “curtsy.”
Instead I went all Jersey Housewife on everyone. Don-t f–k with Cinderella. Yeah that’s right. I have Franklin Lakes street cred, too. I hung out at the Paramus Park Mall and I went to Asbury Park after prom. Watch out for my tag line next year: “Life is short, bring on thedrama.” #iheartjersey
London Hollywood Calling
Like I promised last week I was sticking close to Ramona. Walking to Curve we were practically holding hands. I wasn’t going to let her out of my sight, but then I had that work call to take and sure enough — I walk out to the street and Ramona walks Heather to the couch. I’m still confused over who is upset at whom but when I walked back in the store, Ramona bounced out of the dressing room right into my arms when she heard the commotion. You see, Ramona knows to stick thisclose to the drama. She matched my up-and-down jump with a #pogostick and raised me a case of pinot. #target
Date with Destiny
It’s hard to watch yourself on a date. It’s a blur, it’s a swirl, it’s a swivel seat. Peyman may not have looked 31, but I look like a 12-year-old at the Woolworth’s counter waiting for my banana split. Like I said, it’s hard to watch yourself on a date. It’s also hard to watch yourself say #pussy. Full disclosure: I grew up Democrat but might be Republican by injection. #datedatexan
Sonja’s drink date with Aviva goes better than mine when they discover they both love bows and also Ramona. Sonja loves Aviva, too, but for some reason is keeping the truffles off her truffle mac and cheese muffins for Aviva’s anniversary party. Is there more to this story? I can’t say.
My favorite scene of the week again involves @sonjatmorgan. #ilovesonja. How can you not? Even American Express sent her $1.47 worth of love. But why didn’t I know Sonja when she had five houses, a yacht, and 75 in staff? I’m getting the bankrupt, tap water drinking, poop pill popping Sonja, the one with only one to three interns a day.
And, speaking of interns. Last week I launched a #stealingmillsaps campaign but that was before I knew there were three. I need between one to three interns a day, too, even though my apartment is all on one floor. #stealingnaomi #stealingtyler #stealingmillsaps. In addition to faxing, I can teach them about the answering machine, the virtues of a VHS tape, and introduce them to my P-touch label maker. Also, of course, Twitter. We will spend lots of time with the #tweet.
Until next time, loves.
#peace #pottymouth #rickperry #cool
Our own Boston02127 has recently read Carole’s book and will be bringing us a review of the book very soon! Can’t wait Boston! xo
London. Ramona did not get invited. I stayed back from London, in part, because being a mother and wife will always come first. It is what is most important. As I write, I am sitting here with my youngest daughter, Sienna. She is 22 months old. We just returned from crabbing at Flying Point beach. As I dressed her in her bathing suit for the beach, I said to her, “Little girl, get out there and own it!” I know I know, she is only 22 months, starting the lectures early. Yet, empowering women is so important.
That was a bit of a dig at the other women, with the exception of Carole, all of the ladies are mothers and I’m sure that they put their children first before going on a trip to London, but it doesn’t make them bad mothers or poor at prioritizing.
I would like to give a shout out to all the “cool girls” I have the opportunity to meet, and their “cool-ness” comes from facing life’s challenges and never giving up. Good luck to those who have the courage to follow their dreams at the London summer Paraolympics and Olympics. . .Always give your best and learn from your experience!
Back to London on RHONY. In general I am not fond of cliques, groups, or exclusion of any kind. While I understand that Heather was offended by Ramona, in this case, I am not sure the punishment fit the crime. In my opinion, it was a huge statement to exclude one person out of six on a trip. I would sooner have an unpleasant trip or feel uncomfortable before hurting someones feelings.
Well said and it’s true, the punishment certainly does not fit the crime, particularly since there was no crime. This was a mean girl move on Heather’s part, no way around it.
I would think that Heather made you much more uncomfortable by forcing you to tell the boutique owner about your leg. Heather was bang out of line and an apology was in order, an apology that never came!
While the girls are planning their trip to London, I am so excited thinking about a potential anniversary party. As I wrote above, family is what makes me happy. When discussing with a collaboration with Sonja, please note that when planning dates and parties, I was subject to a very packed schedule. Dates are often out of our control because of so many schedules, trips, etc. Unfortunately in order to have the party when all of the ladies could attend, the schedule was determined by higher powers.
Understood! I think Aviva and Sonja are preparing us for some “issues” at this Anniversary party upcoming and ensuring that everyone knows about this schedule was not chosen by Aviva or Sonja.
I am having so much fun interacting with you all on Facebook, Twitter and through my Website. You feel like an extended family and your feedback is always appreciated. Thank you for watching, reading and interacting.
Short and sweet, I like that. I’m still on the fence with Aviva, she talks about being thrown under the bus but you can’t get called out for what you said if you don’t talk shit about people behind their back. Plain and simple. Aviva seems to agree with whoever happens to be sitting in front of her at any given moment and she doesn’t apologize for it, she says it is her way of surviving this whole experience of being a Housewife.
From The Daily Beast:
I Would Never Have Dreamed of Outing Anderson Cooper by Kathy Griffin
My friend Anderson Cooper is the scion of one of America’s great shipping and railroad families, the Vanderbilts. He’s covered the military coup and eventual unseating of the democratically elected (albeit bat-shit crazy) Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He’s covered the small wars in Africa that use children as slave soldiers. He knows more about the women of The Real Housewivesthan perhaps even I do. He’s covered the seemingly endless large wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And by “covered,” I mean he’s really gone and covered them—with a security detail and without; embedded with troops and unilaterally—not from the relative safety of the Green Zone in Baghdad or the international zone in Kabul. He’s sat down with despots in countries like Somalia, covered the atrocities in the Balkans and Burma. And he also happens to be gay.
Funny thing, that …Kicking around for as many years as I have, I’ve done countless interviews pushing Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, stand-up comedy specials, live comedy dates, the Kathy show, and everything in between. I’ve talked to everyone from a local gay blogger to Timemagazine. I’m not really sure at what point it changed, but the press—or at least the press who covered my little carnival—became fixated on Anderson’s orientation. And for years, I talked around it.
Believe it or not, I don’t “out” people. It is neither my business nor my desire. Remember, folks, I am a comedian, not a journalist. These weren’t questions where I could make a joke about Ryan Seacrest getting a mani/pedi. This isn’t a joke I make about whether Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I have no idea if Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I doubt they are, but as a comedian, I find some comedy in picturing those two girls running the world as a power couple. Anderson is someone who has led a very specific kind of professional life, who never talked and simultaneously exhibited social contradictions. And quite frankly, he never gave me permission to speak about something that represented the one part of his life he was not comfortable having confirmed in the media. But in my dealings with a certain sector of the press, that simply was never good enough.
So while I’ve tried to protect my friend and represent him the way he would most prefer, I was never exactly clear on just how to do it, how to say it. One year, while in the middle of doing several interviews to promote New Year’s Eve Liveon CNN, I had a discussion with Anderson about it. “For Christ’s sake, Anderson, I’ve been getting asked as much about your sexuality as I have about my own show!” I said.
He said: “Kathy, I don’t get asked as much about my sexuality as you get asked about my sexuality. But here’s my standard party line: ‘I want to report the news. I don’t want to be the news.’”
I recently read an article that quoted a gay Army officer friend of mine saying how freeing on so many levels the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been, that he and his now legally married husband might someday finally adopt and begin a family. The “ethical nonstarter” of having to teach a child to lie so that she might protect her fathers was no longer even a glancing consideration. Well, there is an unspoken kind of DADT among the press, and Anderson’s party line only revealed part of it.
The reality is that despite the very real, the very necessary, and the very life-changing progress we have made in this country in treating people across the sexual orientation spectrum with dignity and respect, America—the world—is not fully represented by Chelsea in New York City. It’s not fully represented by DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C.; the Castro; or West Hollywood. Hell, it’s not even Ft. Lauderdale and its Wilton Manors or Denver’s Capital Hill neighborhood. America is, in large part, small towns like Oxnard, Calif. It’s Sevierville, Tenn. It’s Laramie, Wyo. And it’s Wichita, Kan., where I was eating recently at a local diner and a patron asked me, “Kathy, how do you deal with so many goddamned fags?”
Many of my young gays don’t know about Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” initiative, which was developed with the help of some extremist American evangelicals. Many don’t know about Stonewall or, more recently, the importance of Lawrence v. Texas. They don’t know about Cuba’s jailing of HIV patients or even that Iran has sentenced gay teenagers to death by hanging. They don’t know that in large portions of Baghdad, honest LGBT folks are hunted and summarily executed by roving bands of so-called morality police, who kill with impunity both the “out” and those simply perceived to be gay. What many young people do know is what they read in short bursts on celebrity Twitter posts or on TMZ. And what they read and see is how freeing being honest can be. What they don’t see is that it remains, in many places, very dangerous to do just that. And that dichotomy is deeply troubling to me.
Look, I’m a comedian. Anderson reports on the world’s toughest stories. He speaks truth to power. I, on the other hand, make fun of the spectacularly silly world of reality television and Hollywood’s fame whores (and those who love them). I don’t pretend to understand the complexities of the worlds Anderson moves in. But I do know that I don’t want my friend to face that part of the world, where he might die a very different kind of death than someone who isn’t quite so honest.
Anderson writes: “I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed, or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”
A Chicago native, Kathy Griffin was a student and later a teacher at the Los Angeles Groundlings Theatre. She built up her resume with guest spots onER, The X-Files, and Seinfeld, and co-starred on Suddenly Susan. In 2005, she entered the world of reality TV with her double Emmy-winning show,Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List for Bravo. Her stand-up specials Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell (2008) and Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch (2009) were both nominated for an Emmy. Griffin has been nominated four years in a row by the Grammys for Best Comedy Album, and her memoir Official Book Club was No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list. She received rave reviews on Broadway for her one-woman show Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, and she is a recipient of the GLAAD Vanguard Award, the Trevor Project’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award. Griffin currently has a talk show on Bravo called Kathy.
Kathy Griffin is multi-talented and this article was very well written. Whomever decided to join this unlikely pair together for the New Years Eve broadcast is a genius, Kathy brings out the fun side of Anderson.
Real Housewives of Vancouver
LOVE seeing that many of you have been watching Real Housewives of Vancouver on line. I have seen one episode so far and plan on watching as many as I can today to catch up to you all who have been watching. I love reading all of your comments about the Vancouver ladies and hope to join in on the discussion as I watch more episodes. I see many of you are really enjoying the show. I think the first season of any Housewives show is typically the best. The ladies typically don’t know what is going on with filming and editing and so they seem to share more during their first season, it’s always a good time!
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