IHJZ Happy New Year – Bravo’s RHONJ and RHODC Recaps

I Hate Jill Zarin January 1, 2011 Happy New Year!

2010 was Bravo’s year of the housewives, airing two series at one time was a new thing for the network and they chose Monday nights to air The Real Housewives of New Jersey while The Real Housewives of DC continued to run on Thursday nights.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

One of Bravo’s highest rated Housewives series, the New Jersey franchise was the most disappointing season in recent memory. The first season pitted four housewives against one and the reunion left many baffled as to why Caroline was so upset at Danielle. For viewers who don’t read the internet articles and see the rumors on blogs, they literally had to wait for the Season Two reunion to learn anymore about Caroline’s outburst.

Many speculated on what the series would do and how they would create storylines that really just mirrored season one, the four against one had already gotten old but surprisingly, Bravo felt that was enough to carry another season.

Caroline, Jacqueline, Dina and Teresa did nothing at all except discuss Danielle throughout the first four or five episodes. The planning and scheming as to how to get this woman out of their lives seemed to be the only thing on their minds. As far as the viewer could see, Danielle wasn’t in their lives so I, for one, was confused.

We did see one scene of Danielle driving her kids and considering driving past Caroline’s home, where a party was being held but her kids talked her down from that ledge, so crisis averted.

Best we could tell Danielle was very clear that her cast mates wanted nothing to do with her and she seemed to keep her distance. We learned that Dina made some attempts to be civil to Danielle by texting her now and then and so Danielle invited both Dina and Jacqueline to a strange luncheon to celebrate her daughter’s modeling career. Strange, because her daughter wasn’t invited but well, that’s Danielle.

When both Dina and Jacqueline turned down the invitation Danielle seemed to go a little crazy, but again, she didn’t really do anything other than maybe talk about them. We learned later that Danielle had done some filming in a salon that was owned by Dina’s ex-husband’s family and that upset Dina. I’m not sure why Dina wasn’t upset with the salon owners, who had to have given consent for the filming to take place.

Danielle attended an event at the Brownstone, owned by the Manzo family and she did create a scene, according to the Manzo’s Danielle showed up with a party of 10 people who were not expected and while Danielle and one guest had an assigned seat, the rest of her entourage did not. Chaos ensued and the gang left the event, the only good thing that was accomplished was the charity did get some added publicity and hopefully some additional donations from viewers.

This whole scenario was just too convenient to be a coincidence. Why would these people invite Danielle to the event pretending not to know that Danielle had any connection with the Manzo’s? You cannot convince me that everyone in that town didn’t already know that there was a history there and that Danielle co-stared in a television show with the Manzo’s.

Why would they single out Danielle with a personal invitation to this charity event? Bravo just didn’t have enough drama to fill the season, moving on…

The drama at the Brownstone and the filming at the salon ultimately triggered Dina to decide to cut Danielle out of her life. Was she IN her life? The over dramatic scene meant Dina insisted on meeting Danielle in person to tell her she wanted nothing to do with her was just absurd.
This was to be Dina’s exit from the show, and while everyone could see that meeting Danielle in person to basically tell her to go to hell was not going to go well, was unnecessary and really just a stupid thing to do. Who does that? Bravo’s producers had so little footage of anything interesting to air that they actually turned this ridiculous meeting between Dina and Danielle into a drawn out scene spanning over two episodes of the show. Dina was surprised that Danielle didn’t react well to her “stay out of my life” speech. The only surprising thing is that Danielle didn’t ask, “How exactly am I IN your life?” Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are ya Dina? What made her think that meeting would go well?

And so we’re down to four New Jersey Housewives. No loss there, watching Dina walk around her house talking to her ugly cat was more like an episode of Hoarders than Housewives.

The official reason for Dina leaving the show was that she refused to appear on the show with Danielle, however, there seemed to be much more to it than that. Dina’s husband Tommy continued to refuse to be filmed with his wife and her daughter did not have permission from her father to appear on the show any longer.

We later learned that Caroline’s outburst at the Season One reunion had to do with Dina’s daughter Lexi, rumor has it that Danielle notified Dina’s ex-husband that he had the right to deny permission for his daughter to appear on the Housewives show and that Dina forged his signature on the permission form. Dina’s refusal to talk about this at the reunion, does seem to confirm these rumors, we also learned that Danielle got a gag order ensuring that Dina wouldn’t talk about Danielle’s part in what happened.

The show seemed to feature Jacqueline’s 19 year old daughter Ashley more than some of the housewives, she probably got more face time than Caroline, only because she was a spoiled, horrible brat who called her mother a bitch and showed absolutely no respect then asked if she could move back home.

Teresa’s legal problems, the bankruptcy, her husband’s stint in jail, the accusations that the couple lied about their assets, failed to file their tax returns and continued to spend irresponsibly were not caught on film.

Ashley terrorized Danielle’s 16 year old daughter Christine on Twitter by posting some horrible email and text messages about Christine and said some really nasty things about the girl. This was all eventually deleted as viewers of the show chastised Ashley for her poor choices in attacking an innocent young girl whose only crime was being Danielle’s daughter. Bravo didn’t film any of that either.

Jacqueline and Caroline also met and had dinner with Danielle’s ex-husband the ladies were privy to the results of a polygraph test that he had taken that seemingly proved Danielle was lying about her accusations of abuse against him. This wasn’t filmed either.

A whole lot of interesting things happen with these New Jersey housewives off screen, a whole lot more than we see on screen, do you suppose Bravo’s producers are just unlucky and miss filming all the good stuff?

They did catch Jacqueline’s daughter Ashley pulling Danielle’s hair at a fashion show. That entire scene seemed set up, Teresa wanted to say “hi” to Danielle? Jacqueline chasing Danielle through the country club screaming 25-year old criminal charges at her, and finally Ashley grabs Danielle’s hair and pulls it out of her head “because she’s a bitch”.

It just seemed to me that New Jersey didn’t have enough footage to air, not enough drama to show to viewers and producers told the ladies to “amp it up”, because none of it made any sense. It was more frustrating to watch because it was just so stupid! If Bravo’s cameras had been around for the really interesting moments, maybe the season would have been better.

Next season can’t possibly be worse. We know that Danielle isn’t on the show any longer and so Bravo brought in more housewives to create drama. Keeping with the “family” theme, Teresa Giudice’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga has been added to the cast along with one of Teresa’s cousins. Rumor has it that Teresa doesn’t get along with either of these two family members, so get ready for more Teresa tantrums.…

The Real Housewives of DC

Bravo’s unlucky casting of Michaele Salahi as a DC Housewife doomed this series almost from the beginning. After filming for months with this woman and her cast mates, Michaele and her husband Tareq attend a White House dinner, uninvited. This one event made world-wide news and suddenly the network is in hot water as people question whether or not the Salahi’s were auditioning to get on the show.

Bravo’s decision to air the episodes with the Salahi’s was met with a lot of criticism. Many felt that they should not have been given a platform, more notoriety or any more publicity than they had already received for their stunt. I’m sure many people watched just out of curiosity, who was this crazy couple and why on earth would they do this? On the other hand, many boycotted the show because they were appalled at what Michaele and Tareq Salahi did and how they humiliated our government.

This couple have been caught in lie after lie, at the reunion alone their uninvited attendance at the Black Caucus dinner, Michaele’s lies about being a Reskins Cheerleader and the fact that people were terminated from their jobs due to their behavior were all revealed. Lynda’s statement that this couple don’t pay their bills was confirmed by Tareq Salahi himself. These are con artists, liars and thieves and they proved it all on this show.

Cat Ommanney met, fell in love and jetted off to the United States thousands of miles away from her friends and family in England with her two children in tow. Her back story never really came out during the series but we learned at the reunion that she was unhappy and seemed to be left alone a lot, having not met any friends in DC yet, the show seemed to give her a bit of hope for a happy life in America. But it was not to be, as her new husband Charles was unhappy with her participation in the Housewives series and preferred she keep to herself as he seemed to be a very private person. Cat never blamed the Housewives show for her ultimate divorce, but she did acknowledge that it played a part in illuminating the issues in the marriage.

Lynda Erkiletian, a southern born mother of four didn’t seem to get the air time to really get to know her well enough. I think that she is fascinating as the owner of a modeling agency but more than that, her herb burning, her interest in astrology and readings and her declaration at the reunion that she used to be a pot smoker but now takes prescribed medications along with a bit of scotch now and then. She is a little spitfire who has no problem telling it like it is and while she insists that she won’t ever marry again, she has a hot young boyfriend who seems to adore her.

As the series opened it was difficult to really like any of these ladies due to their constant criticism of Michaele Salahi, but as the episodes began to air, it became clear that each housewife had their own personal reasons for the negative feelings toward Michaele and they were all very valid.

Mary Amons possibly one of the worst offenders of Michaele bashing seemed to be criticizing the fact that Michaele was a make-up salesperson at Nordstrom prior to meeting her husband Tareq. Mary’s statement that Michaele had “improved her station in life” really made Mary sound like a snob of the highest order and she took a lot of hits for that statement. We learned later however that Mary meant no disrespect to Nordstrom or its employee’s, she was merely explaining that Michaele was thrust into DC’s society with very little knowledge of what she was getting into including the Salahi’s family scandals.
Mary explained that she met her husband Rich, fell in love, got married and had children, just not in that order. I have to give her a lot of credit for owning that, while it’s perfectly acceptable now to have a child out of wedlock, 20 years ago it may have been frowned upon, particularly in Mary’s family as she was raised in DC high society. Mary’s easy going manner, long time marriage and mother of five children, she made for the perfect Bravo Housewife. America had a fascination with Mary’s closet door lock to keep her eldest daughter, Lolly from “borrowing” her clothes. The faces that Mary made watching her daughter walk around in her clothes was hysterical resulting in Mary’s admission that she must have forgotten to lock the closet door.

Staci’s family was just as warm and loving, her husband Jason who clearly would do anything for his wife found a way to research Staci’s biological father resulting in a very heart wrenching explanation from Staci at the reunion telling viewers about her subsequent phone calls with her new found family. Bravo missed the boat again as I would have liked to see Staci’s family visiting her father in Nigeria and learning about her extended family there.

There is a lot of speculation as to whether or not Bravo will green light another season of the DC Housewives, personally I think the reunion revealed that there is definitely more to see here with the four housewives, minus Michaele Salahi and her creepy husband. Provided they don’t replace Michaele with Erika, I hope that Bravo moves forward and gives this series another chance.

I posted a new article in the series, Portrait of a Housewife, this time Jill Zarin is the focus, I hope you’ll take a look:

Portrait of a Housewife – Jill Zarin the Real Housewives of New York @ http://look.ac/gUD6kv

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, hoping that you all get exactly what you deserve in 2011, health, happiness and success and I sincerely hope that all of your dreams come true.

Thank you for all the well wishes you’ve sent my way, I love reading all of your posts and hope you’ll all continue to join me for new Housewives craziness in 2011.

Until Next Time…

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597 Responses to IHJZ Happy New Year – Bravo’s RHONJ and RHODC Recaps

  1. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I Brought this over from previous page..
    Wishing Everyone Peace & Health & Lots Of Love & Laughter~Thanks Jill~
    I didn’t mention before that last night just before midnight an extremely close friend got a call & she ran into the ladies room & was crying hysterically. She told me that it was her son & he was in jail & his wife/gf not sure was arrested as well for manufacturing with intent to sell something. They also had their 6 month old baby with them. The other grandma has the baby now but cannot watch him full time. My friend works 5 to 6 days a week from 7 am to 3pm. She was scared to death that the police are going to put the baby in foster care so I told her I would watch him while she’s at work & figures out what is going to happen. This is not her son’s first arrest. I am so worried & feel so bad for all concerned. Another friend told me since the baby was with them we just don’t know what is going to happen. I feel honored to able to help & look after the child till they can get a regular daycare system set up.
    I cannot imagine my friend must be just unbelievably in shock still.
    Just needed to get any thoughts or anyone who knows the law a little better than me.
    Thank you all~I love you Lynn Fam

    • Adgirl says:

      You are very good friend indeed.
      The only good thing that could come out of this mess if your friend’s son & his wife might finally come to their senses and get clean. It can happen, and this might be the very thing that changes everyone’s lives for the better.
      God bless you and your friend (and that innocent baby).

    • lillybee says:

      I know that Social Services will always prefer to place a child with a family member over a foster placement. In Calif. foster care is always a last resort situation.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Oh dear- that poor baby.
      Thankfully between you and the grandmother, he will be okay. Please keep us updated.

    • twoile says:

      @ BB So kind of you to help your friend & her grandson. In my experience this situation (ie manufacture/sale/use w/child present)may result in parents having to prove fitness via (getting clean/attending mtgs/attending parenting classes). It is very possible that this will necessarily mean that your friend will become the (Placement of choice)for an extended period of time. As the placement for her grandchild she will be eligible for food/clothing/medical/daycare allowance. It is important to note that from what you’ve written, it appears that there has already been an emergency removal hearing resulting in the above…including attys assigned to parents/child usually via Social services aka Child & Family Services. It would be a good idea to meet w/ the Social Worker to get all the info as well as get all the services I mentioned IN PLACE ASAP. The social services ppl r busy so it may/probably will take several calls to get this in motion. It is also very important that your friend get into an ALANON meeting ASAP. She will need to hear from others who are aware of the issues involved & not get caught up w/parents & their attys…..motivation there is self preservation understandbly so keeping in mind that the social worker is trying to bridge parents/child for ultimate reunification, s/he is the best contact for G’Mom & babys support. There may be an Independent Court Investigator assigned to the case who represents the courts interest ie judge for a comprehensive study of the situation along with recomendations for the short/long term planning. The Investigator is not always appointed, & the court relys on the Social service report. I hope I’ve ans Ur question. Take care & enjoy that little one. Jeanne

      • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

        Thank you Rabble~twoile~adgirl~lillbee~klmh~
        You have been extremely helpful & you are all precious angels~
        I have not heard from my friend yet & I will let you all know as soon as I do. I was scared to take on such a challenge believe me, but I keep remembering my own nephew who I told you died right upstairs from meth & whatever drugs he was doing while waiting for a kidney transplant. He had just turned 21.
        I probably won’t hear anything till the court opens in the morning & I hope they all get the help you are talking about Jeanne.
        I am excited as well to have a 6 month old here. They are so sweet & a lot easier to take care of before they start walking.
        He should be thrilled in this house with 4 kitties & I will love taking care of him.
        Thank you again for your input & sweetness.
        Love & Hugs To You All~Patty

    • klmh says:

      Hoping for the best outcome for you and the baby.

      • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

        I have not heard from my friend yet so I am assuming she has someone to watch her grandson today anyway. I imagine she & her son & his wife will be in court today. I am hoping they find someone this poor baby already knows. As much fun as it would be for me I keep thinking what a shock it will be to this baby to be with people he has never seen before.
        I will let you know what happens as soon as I speak to her. I am planning on calling them today as well.
        Thank all of you for your wonderful & informative & valuable information.
        I love you all 😉

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          That poor baby, it makes me so sad to know that drugs can have greater hold on someone then parental love.

          • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

            I called my friend yesterday but only got voice mail..looked at local newspapers online but haven’t seen anything yet. I will see her Friday night hopefully. She is usually there with her bf who she lives with & he is the bartender at the club.
            She had not told him until everyone had left NYE.

  2. Waxdiva says:

    Lynn: In re to Stacie Turner finding her father, I posted a short update on her a few days ago:


    • LynnNChicago says:

      Thanks for that update, sorry I missed it when you originally posted it.

      Too bad Bravo isn’t filming that, it would make for some good scenes in a 2nd season of RHODC??? OR are they filming it? lol

      • Waxdiva says:

        No problem! I haven’t heard about a second season for the RHODC, have you? So doubt that they’re filming… but hey, I’ll just ask her and find out!

        Lynn: Can you believe the crap weather that we’re having for the Winter Classic? I still think it’s going to be a great game under the lights tonight. Will you be watching???

        • Adgirl says:

          OK that was interesting. So Staci will be going to Nigeria shortly. I hope they will have a great time with her father. That would blow my mind, the meeting and the very different culture and circumstances of his life.
          Her website is extremely cute and professional.

          I had to copy this comment from stoopidhousewives b/c it made me laugh out loud and scared my dog.
          “Miles Perkins says:
          December 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM
          Hey, Girlfriend:::::::::::::::::
          While you’re in Nigeria, give a shout out to any one or all of the thousands of dem Nigerian homeboys that could be Barack’s daddy. Oh and please tell your birth daddy to quit sending me those letters asking for my bank account numbers so he can hide all that excess cash he accumulated while being the finance minister. And don’t forget, that just like in Obama’s case, those birth records can really get misplaced and mixed up, so hold onto your checkbook since things might not be as they seem. And make sure you get vaccinated against every disease known to man, because they got ‘em all in Nigeria.”
          Oh, and bring toilet paper because they never heard of it there.
          World traveler, Miles

          • Adgirl says:

            Sorry, I didn’t include this as a politcal thing, just thought the reference to email scams was funny, and how come this guy is on stoopidhousewives in the first place?

            • BessiB says:

              It WAS funny..

            • Waxdiva says:

              It wasn’t the first time he (or she, who knows!) commented on the blog… and I thought his comment was very funny!

            • Waxdiva says:

              One more thing… if any of you have travelled, especially some places in Europe, SAmerica and Middle East aren’t big fans of using toilet paper. If you are going a trip anywhere smoosh down a roll of tp and pack in your suitcase… you will not regret it.

            • Waxdiva says:

              And another thing… I know that he’s not the only guy who reads my blog (if he’s a he) and I’m sure Lynn has a ton of men reading IHJZ. Guys are all embarrassed to say that they watch the HW shows, let alone admit that they read or comment on a blog about the HW, but I’m glad he did leave a comment… Every guy that I’ve spoken to about the HWs feign idiocy and have no idea what the HWs show is, but minutes into the conversation, they suddenly know the HWs names and say they watch it only because their wives/girlfriends have it on TV and they’re forced to watch. Hilarious!

            • skogsstig says:

              Well – I’m glad somebody found it funny.
              As to the TP issue, I guess you could say better safe than sorry… I have not traveled in in South America, but I have been happy to visit in many of the European countries (including Russia) and places in Africa. From my experience, it is not that people are not “not big” on toilet paper, but it is an economic issue – food or tissue…

          • Jennifer Neehan says:

            Happy New Years, and may it be a healthy, happy and prosperous New Years for all. XOXO

            I do a lot of volunteer work with African refugees helping them assimilate into American life. It is difficult for them, especially the families coming here from the Congo and Nigeria. They have a very close and loving family structure (we could learn from them) and are a giving people. Stacie and her family are blessed to find relatives.


      • California35 says:

        I know a situation similar, one of the grandmas act quickly and asked (or applied) to be the guardian right away. This way the children didn’t go anywhere while the parents went through all the process. The children were safe, and eventually the mom was free, but still on prevention so the children are still under the grandma’s supervision.

        • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

          Hi Cali~
          My friend said that the other grandma is only able to take care of the baby from Friday to Sunday at the most. That left no one available yet to watch from Monday to Thursday. That’s why I said I would till they found someone in the family hopefully that can help.

      • LynnnSoCal says:

        Lynn, just wanted to mention that I enjoyed your take on Jill over on Assoc. Content. Way too nice, but really how long would it take to list all her foibles and transgressions? I signed up and typed in a lengthy comment only to have it disappear into cyberspace. Dang! I thought it was some fine word-smithing. I kid. Will try again later. Why doesn’t she get that only she is responsible for how people see/ respond to her? Poor spoiled little princess.

      • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

        Just finished portrait of JZ~
        I thought it was perfect. Cannot wait to watch new season.
        It’s so much more fun to watch HW’s & be able to speak with people who enjoy them as much as I do.
        My hubby & most people I know just aren’t into them so this is a whole new experience being able to gawwwsipp about them.
        Love & Hugs & Thank You Lynn & Q for great blogs & a place to call my 2nd home.
        Happy New Year 2011 Yeah!

  3. klmh says:

    Loved the recap Lynn.

    Did anyone notice Dina’s demeanor last night? Looked like she ate some lemons and just was not a happy camper. Didn’t seem to play well with the other ladies either, imo. Everyone else seemed to be having a good time.
    The more I see Nene, the more I like her. I enjoyed her laughter and shocked at hearing from Tamra what someone said a minute earlier about another housewife being pregnant out of wedlock (Kim). Just loved her reaction.

    • Waxdiva says:

      That was Jeff Lewis who made the ‘out of wedlock’ remark about Kim. Love him! IMO, Jeff Lewis is Andy’s best guest… his worst, IMO, is Nate Berkus.

      Did anyone else notice the faces Nene was making at Kim when Kim first came into the clubhouse, sat on the sofa and was talking? If you have this on tape (or whatever) it’s so interesting to watch this show over and over to catch all the little nuances between all participants. And I love the fact that Andy was actually drinking… it reminded me of a gay ‘Playboy After Dark,’

      • klmh says:

        I saw that scowl and howled!
        It was so interesting to see how these ladies affected each other, behind the action being filmed. Best part of the show.

      • Adgirl says:

        I want Jeff Lewis to be a housewife. If there is a table tossing he’ll have Zoila clean it up. He can compare lip expansions with Taylor. I’d like him to offer to “Jeff Lewis” the Maloof mansion.

        Most of all I want Jeff Lewis to meet Allison Medium Drunk. He might ask her for some urine to ward off the coyotes.

        • klmh says:

          What a great idea. He would bring a lot to the show.

        • quincyil says:

          Did Jeff Lewis have a full wig on during the New Year’s Eve show. I know he wears a toupee, but that looked so lush and full that I wondered what happened. When they have surgery for plugs, it never looks that full.

          Maybe, Jeff is developing a male wig line like Kim Z’s.

      • TLM says:

        Was anyone impressed as I was at the toned-down elegance of both Kim and Tamra? And unimpressed by Lisa VDP’s gaudy outfit?

        I may be in the minority, but I am really sick of that damned dog and all the outfits. Doesn’t this woman have anything else to do all day besides dressing up a dog? It’s starting to make me worry about her. I also feel doing all that to animals is stressful to them. I know she views it as showering attention on the dog, but I am generally opposed to carrying dogs around everywhere and/or dressing them up all the time. Feed them, wash them, give them a loving home. But let them be dogs.

        • lillybee says:

          I worry about the dog. Pets should not be used as accessories.

          • quincyil says:

            She said he was hot under the lights with his outfit.

          • BessiB says:

            Some dogs were bred to be exactly that.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Hi Bessie, yes maybe they were breed to be just that but it’s not what their dna or body wants they to be….they need to be a dog even if it’s a dog living a dogs life in the lap of luxury. There are three small dogs on my street that are carried around a lot, I am always reminding their owners to put them down & when they do I can see the dog is so much happier. They run & prance & wag their tails & play; when they are in their owners arms the sleep…these are young dogs they need play time more.

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          I think it’s weird.
          I like dogs, I think they can be loving and faithful companions. I think they are beneficial in therapeutic ways such as aid and service dogs. When my DD was in the hospital, she received a visit from a therapy dog and it brought a smile to her face.

          But they are not children to be dressed up- or handbags meant to be carried around.

        • Jennifer Neehan says:

          Yes I agree with you both. I love Jeff Lewis. I love his show too. I respect a lot of his work values, even if he is extreme in how he treats his employees.

          Did any one notice how he kept offering Kim alcoholic drinks?


          • Jennifer Neehan says:

            Sorry that posted in the wrong place. It should have gone at the start of the chain. Oh well, what can a little ole black woman do.

            I feel sorry for Lisa’s little dog. He doesn’t seem to be a happy dog to me. And did anyone notice he has no hair on his rear end or tail? I think if he was let to live like a dog he wouldn’t have the neurotic physical problems he has.


      • fluffnstuff says:

        Nene was making a pretty nasty face when she was talking about unnamed people that were being cut out of her life, too. She assures us this time when she says she’s done it means she’s done but she’s said it all before.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Noticed Dina wasn’t a happy camper too – maybe Grandma Wrinkles wasn’t getting the attention that Giggy was getting from Andy??? Too many egos in the club house at one time? And NeNe looked like a giant next to just about everyone! NeNe’s dress was very unflattering as was Kim’s get up.

      • Adgirl says:

        Is Dina constipated or something? Maybe Kelly can bring her a cleanser as a get acquainted gift.

      • klmh says:

        I couldn’t believe her cat was so calm. Mine would have been up my dress. Poor thing, Grandma really took it in stride. Maybe thats why Dina was so sour, but she seemed to come to the set with a pissy attitude. I don’t think she cracked a smile.
        I wonder, does this mean she will be on HW again?

        • quincyil says:

          I think Dina will be back this season. It’s a gut feeling.

          • TrillianAlice says:

            Sharing the same gut feeling. Plus her appearance on the Fashion Show with the other housewives.
            We will have watch and see as Bravo likes to tell us.

          • klmh says:

            Yea, I think you’re right.

            • quincyil says:

              I liked her hair at the New Years event.
              Jeff Lewis said in some interview that Dina was gorgeous. I’m sure he’s truthful since he usually speaks his thoughts. He thought Kim Z was more beautiful in person than on TV too.

          • LynnnSoCal says:

            I think she may want to be there, also contractually she’s obligated to Bravo. With Manielle gone there’s not any reason for her to be part of the cast; sans daughter.

      • TLM says:

        I didn’t get that Dina was unhappy. Everyone seemed ok to me except for a while Jeff & Jenni looked bored in the background. It was apparent Nene and Kim did not care to have contact, but no one made a scene over it. I thought Andy was kind of an ass to put Nene on the spot and ask what she thought of Kim’s performance, when he knew they weren’t on speaking terms.

        • Waxdiva says:

          But that’s why Andy’s show is so great… he asks the questions that will make visitors to his clubhouse squirm. It’s good to see people squirm a little.

          That’s why IMO Jeff Lewis is the best guest on WWHL… he’s the only guest who has made Andy squirm.

          • Blue Sky says:

            I loved it when last year Jeff called Andy a pedophile, in reference to Ben Weiner. It was great, put Andy in place for his Ben obsession.

            • TLM says:

              Agreed Blue Sky…I think Jeff actually asks the tough questions and makes the bold remarks. I almost think Jeff should co-host WWHL, so he and Andy can play good cop-bad cop. LOL. I think Andy often glosses over or completely omits questions people would like to be asked.

              I took issue with Andy on this one because people already knew Nene and Kim weren’t speaking, and he took a fun moment and made it uncomfortable. The time to have grilled her would have been earlier when she was on the couch, not while everyone was celebrating the New Year.

              • Waxdiva says:

                Andy WAS grilling Nene at the beginning of the show and she was playing coy. I didn’t see anything uncomfortable about his Nene conversations… any of them. All of the bravolebrities know that when they are in the clubhouse there’s a possibility of being made uncomfortable.

    • BessiB says:

      I snatched this from RCH’s twitter.. She is just a bitchy woman.

      dinamanzo: I think I’m just cranky because my dress is REALLY tight. I can’t breath or eat till next year. Well tomorrow…same thing. I’ll stop now

      dinamanzo: And he’s got the window down. Who puts the window down with a bunch of dolled up bitches in the car? We just got our hair did Pal!!!

      dinamanzo: God I hope he doesn’t follow me on twitter : \

      dinamanzo: I’m going to hurt this driver put ur hands on the wheel put the coffee down & pay attention puuleeezeee! #preciouscargo #grandmawrinkles
      about 21 hours ago via ÜberTwitter

    • boston02127 says:

      I did noticed Dina’s miserable face. I think if it’s not all about her she’s not happy. It’s such a joke on her part for her even being on that show as an X-housewife. Also, I don’t understand if her husband owns the Brownstone why he’d have to work on a holiday. Why isn’t she ever with him?

  4. Wall St Lady says:

    Buffy,I am so happy u have a gent who deserves u ! That’s what matters ! And u sure make pretty babies ! Keep up the good work or just enjoy the process ! 🙂

    • buffywood says:

      Thanks WSL, I definitely breed beyond my normal genetic capabilities. At 42 I am done. My boyfriend is 7 years younger than me and when we got together I felt if he wanted a child I wasn’t going to deny him of that so at 39 I had Garrett. If you click on my Gravatar there are a few more recent pictures of my kids. Wow, they grow up fast.

  5. Katie says:

    Happy new year everyone. I hope this year is wonderful for the entire Lynn fam. Lynn, congratulations on your success. I bet you will be in the bravo club house next year! Just don’t eat any jellybeans there.

  6. TrueLifeDiva says:

    I am so glad I get OWN on my cable package. I am officially middle aged now ;-). Off to the gym now.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      whew! I’ve been packing ALL day. iHop, Ikea, Costco with a filling station here I come!

      • Adgirl says:

        So cute! My husband informed me that the chain restaurant with the highest avg caloric score on their meals was IHOP.
        I guess gooey pancakes, butter & syrup are even heavier than gooey pasta smothered in alfredo at Olive Garden.

        • vilzvet says:

          I haven’t looked for OWN yet, it feels like it would take forever. But I assume I have it somewhere…

  7. Waxdiva says:

    The ‘Bravolebrities’ New Year’s Resolutions:


  8. Melinda says:

    Thanks for the end of the year wrap-ups! love them! now headed over to comment on your latest “portrait of a housewife” 😉

  9. lillybee says:

    Happy New Year to all. May 2011 be the best year ever.

  10. ramonacoaster says:

    Happy New Year everyone! Hope every year is better than the next. Wish good health, wealth and happiness for you all!

  11. Smompy says:

    Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone here and to Lynn, a special congratulations!

    Lynn, I remember when you were still at your original location and just starting to become popular (or build up steam, or however one wants to put it) and started talking about expanding the I Hate Jill Zarin thing a bit. At the time I was honestly worried that adding extra responsibilities for yourself might become a burden. I figured you might end up getting burned out and eventually quit this whole thing, which would really suck for those of us who so enjoy your bogging skills. I’ve seen many others burn out, especially after expanding their workload and dealing with constant troll attacks, etc. But I have to say that you have risen to the occasion better than I ever could have hoped. Even though the scope of your blog and your popularity have both grown exponentially, the caliber of your work has never suffered one iota. If anything, I feel like you have become even better at what you do. You’ve not only managed to remain the same down-to-earth person you were…as is evidenced by your genuine love and concern for your readers….you’ve also demonstrated some great and unexpected talents along the way. I absolutely love the pod casts and other extras! So I just wanted you to know that although I can’t always keep up with the posting any more myself, I still feel very proud of you. I realize this is ridiculous of me, of course, being that I played no part whatsoever in your success, but that’s how I feel anyway! It’s kinda like when I develop a crush on some random Olympic athlete before they’ve even competed, and then when they go on to win the gold and I feel like I somehow played a part in in their achievement:)

    Anywho, although I don’t actually have right be proud, I hope you’re proud of yourself. If anyone has a right to pat herself on the back for a job well done, it is you. I’d say “keep up the good work” but clearly it’s not necessary. I know that you’ll continue to do the job with confidence, skill, grace and, most importantly IMO, humor. And I sincerely thank you for that!

  12. Amber...Real Wife says:

    Happy New Year!

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”. A chance to start fresh, making resolutions and trying to keep them. 🙂 Bringing new energy to fill one with joy, hope and laughter! Life is for the living, and we must live life to the fullest!

    Yesturday we celebrated at my parents house. My dad, 78 diabetic, felt tired and told us to call him before the new year. Well at 11:58pm, my mom discovered my dad unresponsive and started trying to raise his blood sugar while we were ringing in the new year. LOL Give me a moment, you’ll understand.

    Everyone becomes aware of Dad being sick and immediately the music is off and we’re all working to get him up, bringing juice, peanut butter and taking his blood levels. He’s talking but the sugar is still dropping so the ambulance is called over his protests of the costs.

    Five burly, good looking, fireman/EMT’s show up. They quickly infuse him and bingo! He’s out in the livingroom, laughing, taking pictures and criticizing my mother’s turkey as the culprit. We all chide him, to take his meds, eat his meals and snacks AND always test his blood sugar prior to going to sleep. Thank God it was New Years Eve, as the story could have been much different. God blessed us all!

    This afternoon I called and spoke with Mom. She hurriedly talks about the party, and Dad’s scare. Next thing you know, I hear Dad asking Mom “Are we leaving or what?”. You see, the old man with diabetes, that was unresponsive 12hrs ago, was dressed and ready to go the Hard Rock Seminole Casino! LOL

    I love my dad. He lives his life and enjoys it as much as he can. He fears death but will ride this life ’til the wheels fall off! I’m going to do the same! 🙂


    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Thank God things turned out well for him. My heart started to sink for a minute.

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        Your heart! LOL My dad knows how to stop a party! LOL
        Thanks Rabble Rouser and Happy Birthday to you!

    • TLM says:

      Wow. Glad your Dad is ok.

      Did you get any phone numbers of the burly/goodlooking/firemen EMTs for me?!?

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        Nope, but my single sister was looking. While they were finishing with dad they got a call for a fire. We thanked them and wished them well.

    • AZ Girl says:

      I hope your dad wins big today at the casino. Good for him. What a trooper. Your Mom must be quite a gem also. She is “riding that wave” of life with him.

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        She is a trooper. She’s already “saved” him over 7 times. I worry about the caretaker stress, but she relieves it at the casino with and without him! LOL I think those two will outlive me, doing my rosaries at the casino! Let’s all wish them luck!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Happy new year, Amber! Glad that worked well. I totally understand and agree it’s amazing how fast they bounce back. Last summer a friend announced he needed food, plopped into a chair and a minute later it was the death rattle and me keeping him from tipping out of the chair. EMT arrived, his daughter arrived, he revives and immediately asks what the problem is as he’s been much lower than that. And then began berating me for calling for help. LOL. Like we’d wait and see what happens! So, glad your dad is up and at ’em!

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        I know right! My dad comes to asking “what happened and why’d they call the ambulance!” . After the inital outrage of the fees the ambulance and the “government” will charge, he starts joking around making plans to win the lotto before he dies. God Bless Him!

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          Amber- what an awesome story- made my heart stop for a second but your dad sounds like a hoot!

          • Amber...Real Wife says:

            You’ve no idea! I just realized he’s actually 79! He was born June 1931, so he’s 79. He’s confused me, claiming to be 78 in front of the ladies! LOL

    • klmh says:

      A perfect New Year story, with a happy ending all round. Hope he wins big at the tables this evening.

    • ramonacoaster says:

      Glad your Dad is ok. He’s got a great outlook on life!

      • Amber...Real Wife says:

        Til the wheels fall off! He lives life and makes no apologies. He’s argumentative and crazy! He’ll give the shirt off his back, but will also tell you to eff off and send you to hell in a NY minute. That’s my dad! 😉

  13. Rabble Rouser says:

    Thanks for the recap Lynn. I think you may have been a little to kind to Jill in your portrait of her 😉

    What’s with Andy and this Ben Wiener kid again? MAZEL OF THE YEAR? Please, for what? It’s not like he raised a million dollars for cancer research..he watches adult themed tv and expresses opinions on it.

    Who watched Andy’s New Year’s Eve show? I thought NeNe looked awful. She is way too full figured and busty to be dressed like that. She looked more like a dominatrix than a Diva and gave Kim a run for her money in the tramp department.

    More so, I thought she was incredible rude to Lisa. I think NeNe should watch her self before her head gets too big. She need not look any further thank Jill Zarin to see how quickly the worm can turn and how far a housewife can fall from grace.

    Especially with her new catch phrase ‘Bloop, bloop, bloop’ what are you a fish? I won’t be saying it, KNOW THAT! She better figure something else out.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      I was amused to see Nene in the back at the end doing a MAJOR haul upward of her top. Very ladylike!

      Agree that her triple bloop is not going to catch on. I know I won’t be saying that. I like that about me.

      • Mookies1mom says:

        Yeah, there is no freaking way that NeNe is a full c cup. Im a c cup and I don’t have that kind of cleavage. This is the second time I’ve seen her with a top that she constantly has to keep pulling up. Put some straps on those cause I don’t want to see her girls popping out!

        • quincyil says:

          Maybe she was a c cup, but she might have gained weight. It’s winter…

          • Mookies1mom says:

            No offense quincil, but my mom was a d or double d and she and NeNe have the same type of cleavage. I know NeNe is a large woman (not fat large but tall, I mean even though she had on heels last night she had quite a few inches on Andy) and if I remember correctly she said last night that she was a full c cup. I could be wrong though and if I am my apologies in advance. I just wished she had worn some straps because it’s distracting to watch her having to keep re-adjusting her top so she didn’t expose herself. That was really my main gripe.

            • quincyil says:

              I’m sure you are correct. All of the women seem to have problems with the strapless dresses. I can remember Bethenny and Kelly both hoisting their dresses up.

              I don’t see Jill Zarin having problems with that even though she is large. She knows that undergarments are important. That’s another thing I like about Jill Zarin.

              • TLM says:

                Kelly had problems with a bad boob job, and in addition was delusional that her breasts looked great. She often didn’t even wear a bra, and just didn’t get that it looks horrible. Nene got a breast reduction but still doesn’t accept that she’s too big to wear strapless garments. There is nothing more uncomfortable looking than watching someone constantly pulling their top up. Andy said Nene even had a nipple exposed off camera from that dumb top she was wearing. It is equally uncomfortable for me to see Bethenny pulling tops up or wearing dresses where the bust is skin-tight. She got implants that were too big for her body and not proportional. I am wondering if they might be better now because breast feeding tends to shrink the natural breast. Neither Tamra nor Jenni were pulling their tops up, and that’s because Tamra got her implants out and Jenni had a breast reduction. I thought Tamra and Jenni looked fantastic. I am glad that the Giant Breast Syndrome in California is finally dying down. But I doubt Alexis Bellino (ie “Jesus Barbie”) will ever go smaller.

                • quincyil says:

                  Alexis can’t because she has Jim. Ick…

                  • Rabble Rouser says:

                    They also can’t afford the surgery….but on the other hand it didn’t stop Lynn Curtain.

                • Nene’s exposure was on camera while she was on the sofa when she was sitting with Sandra Bernhard. Her stylist, off camera, told her that her areola was showing and Nene kept hiking up her top more.

                  • IMJ says:

                    I hated her top. But she wasnt rude. She said what she thought about Beverly Hills being boring. Its her opinion and Atlanta is one of the consistently top watched housewives shows.

                • BessiB says:

                  According to Bethenny, hers are not implants, but were lifted about 10 years ago (12 now).

      • TLM says:

        Maybe Nene was inspired by Dave Chappelle’s Aquaman joke.

        One of my favorites. Anyone else remember the Dr. Katz show on Comedy Central?

    • Waxdiva says:

      IMO, the thing about Ben Weiner is that he is a 13-yr-old BOY who is a HW addict (I don’t know any 13-yr-olds who watch HWs, let alone a 13-yr-old boy)… and besides that, and probably most importantly, he is Isaac Mizrahi’s cousin.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        It’s like a poor excuse that his uncle is Issac and therefore it is perfectly cool for Ben to watch a show that is clearly not for children!

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          I don’t know what Andy’s motive was/is- but the blow back from when it was first introduced should have been enough for him to leave it in the past and not bring it up again.

      • quincyil says:

        I did a lot of research on Isaac. I love him now. He is so creative and a really hard worker. He has helped a lot of designers in the industry too. I’d love to see some of his fashions sometime.

        • Waxdiva says:

          Q: Have you seen ‘Unzipped?’ Isaac’s bf at the time made a documentary about Isaac’s life and work leading up to his fashion show. If you’ve already seen it, I want the fur jumpsuit for dog walking…

        • If You Had It Like This says:

          Target carries a line of his that’s affordable.

    • BessiB says:

      Turns out, I have it on the DVR. I did not know the NYE thing was Watch What Happens Live. I may fast-forward through it before I delete it. Is there anything I SHOULD see?

      • Waxdiva says:

        Nene’s boob starts to show a little while she’s on the sofa with Sandra Bernhard… she has huge boobs and that top barely held her in.

        • quincyil says:

          I am dense… I have read that blog from links here and never knew it belonged to you. I guess I need to read more carefully. Great job …

          Maybe, it’s my eyes. I bought a magazine with Cat O on the cover in a bikini thinking, I could share her exercise secrets with the group going on a health kick here, but it turned out to be a 26 year old girl that I had never heard of. Bethenny and old photos from early summer were there so it wasn’t a complete loss.

  14. Adgirl says:

    If Bravo wants to bring DC back then they need a group project (charity event?) for the ladies to work on together so there is more action and interaction.

    Other than the Salahi scandal and Cat calling everyone “filthy” there wasn’t much for a viewer to become attached to.
    I felt claustraphobic this past season.. small venues, small groups, polite ladies (mostly)…yawn.

    Although… I felt the same way about Top Chef DC so maybe “DC” is just a terribly sleepy suburban boring area except within the offices or events Bravo can’t get into (goverment-political stuff).

    If Cat moved to NY I’d love that. She’d give Jill a good old fashioned British reaming.

    • BessiB says:

      I agree. DC was a snoozer – kinda even with the Salahi’s. When I think back, I remember Mary: I think of a woman, sitting on her couch & complaining that her kid got in to the closet that was never locked after all the hullabaloo about the hi-tech lock device she had installed. Can hardly wait for more. ZZZZZzzzzzz.

      • Adgirl says:

        LOL. I forgot. If I had the same problem the lock on the front door would be changed, not on my closet.

        • quincyil says:

          I can’t imagine how the show would be improved… You don’t think Andy is going to bring Megan McCain on board as a housewife from DC? She was there last night with Andy at the club house. She would add spice to the mix as she is politically involved and outspoken.

          • Waxdiva says:

            Was Meghan McCain a former guest on WWHL? I missed the connection between her and Andy. Does anyone know?

            • quincyil says:

              I don’t know if she ever was. I never saw her there. I think she’d be on the DC housewives if Bravo asked her because she loves being on TV.

        • TLM says:

          ROFL Adgirl!!!

  15. Waxdiva says:

    I really need to vent…

    I’m watching RHOBH and the Stanger’s commercial keeps running. Her next show will be featuring a plus-sized millionaire who wants a ‘Matthew McConaughy’ and the Stanger totally disses her. WTF??? Who in the hell is SHE to be telling this woman who she can and can’t have in her life or what she wants in a man. If she’s such a matchmaker, she should go out and find the woman what she’s looking for. There are a lots of ‘Matthew McConaughys’ who are looking for someone like her. Not all men… I should say mature men… are attracted to a woman totally for looks.

    Oh…I just hate the Stanger.

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      I don’t know.
      I don’t think there are lots of Mathew McConaughty’s looking for plus+ sized women unless they are motivated by money.
      If I was a single millionairess, I wouldn’t be looking or asking for a 10. Give me a nice solid 7- the type of guy who I could probably land on my own sans the wealth.
      If it was a plus sized man asking for a 10- I think Patty would say the same thing.

      • quincyil says:

        There are a lot of fairly attractive people who are willing to date millionaires that are not perfect on Patti’s show. Even the so called great looking people are often artificially enhanced. Patti calls out women on their weight in the cattle calls all of the time. She tells women who look normal to me to drop 20 lbs.
        I actually pay attention to what she says to the women in her interviews.

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        I have a hormone problem. I’ve talked about it on other posts. It makes me crave carbs to the point that I could easily sit down and eat 2 loaves of wonder bread at one sitting. I have done it.

        It is under control now, but when it wasn’t, I was a size 22. I was a pretty blond with blue eyesand I always took care of myself. Truly? I had amazing boyfriends. And really super cute ones too.

        That millionaress reminded me of me when I was her size, she’s as flirty and as confident as I was.

        Anything a thin girl has, a fat one can get. My clothes were as nice, my boyfriends were as cute, my job success was as good as when I was fat as when I was thin (ner!).

        BUT my arches gave out and I was diagnosed with plantar facetiatious ( ok I know I spelled that wrong) The pain was excrutiating just to get up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom was major torture. I had to literally hold onto the walls to make it.

        the night I crawled to the bathroom to hoist myself up onto the potty was the night I said – umm yeah…no. I lost 80+ lbs and never looked back. Which actually helped the hormone condition, as fat holds hormones in or something like that- quincy can explain it better than me.

        My point? That millionaress can absolutely find Matthew whoever. Everyone who met my boyfriends when I was a Large Marge always looked at me a little…puzzled, and with a lot of surprise. You’d be surprised, some men actually prefer it.

        My last boyfriend kept telling me I needed more meat on my bones. At a size 12/14? LOL

        • Adgirl says:

          @OMiB Every time I read one of your posts I am so impressed with you!!

          Awesome. And you crack me up too.
          Too bad you are engaged and I am married. Maybe we can meet each year ala` Same Time Next Year.
          Separate rooms though. LOL.

        • quincyil says:

          12/14 is sexy.

          I was heavy in high school and had no dates…not one. I went to college, lost 24 lbs.. and had men constantly asking me out. My face was the same.

          I am not losing weight as we try to improve our health for the rest of our lives. I am in the low part of normal for my height and my age. At 58 and 20% body fat, you don’t lose weight even if you are not the weight you were in college. I am going to work on lean muscle which looks good even on grandmothers. I think that developing muscle is the way to go. You can eat more and your body can do amazing things like run up the steps and jump rope. I told my physical trainer that I will go to St. Louis with her running group for a huge charity race in Oct. I am going to train for the triatholon as I swim and ride bikes also. She’s really happy. They run outside in winter and sometimes in the dark. I am not a fan of this, but I am going to do it. I think I need one of those helmets with a light on it like the miners were in the coal tunnels. Where do you buy those?

          • Adgirl says:

            I see on the Amzing Race all of the players have little lamps on elastic that goes around their head. They look pretty light so easier to run with.

            Fantastic about your triathalon. I could never do it. Can’t run 2 blocks. I can walk 20 miles, but not run at all.

            • quincyil says:

              I see a lot of people who think this. Somehow, they all start running with the class and they are like gazelles at the end of the summer. Really old gazelles..that is.

              Walk fast…walk fast…jog for a bit… walk fast… slowly do it. Measure a distance …jog slowly…. push yourself.

              I think that you can do it. My 79 year old mom pushed herself into walking fast. I think you can do this.

              • alicia says:

                You could try “ride and Tie” on horseback. It combines riding and running alongside your horse !

                • quincyil says:

                  LOL… I was a barrel racer when I was a girl. I just ride for fun now. I help some girls in 4 H, but that’s it. I pay some college girls to put hours in on the horses too. They love this job.

          • Kansas Girl says:

            Sports stores. I think LL Bean has some. Probably Target carries them. I’ve seen little kids get them as Christmas gifts, so they must be common.

          • AZ Girl says:

            You can get them at camping stores like REI or Sports Authority in the camping section. We have 3 sets for camping. I need to know if I am going to step on a snake if I go peepee at night. 🙂

            • quincyil says:

              Thanks… I am going to get it. It will help when I am looking for missing cattle in the middle of the night too.

              • AZ Girl says:

                Ha! Who knew the range of headlamps. Everything from snake protection to cattle roundup.

                • quincyil says:

                  Oh.. I don’t want to step on a snake when I am looking for lost cattle in the middle of the night too.

            • buffywood says:

              My son just got a child size one for christmas. It is now part of our bedtime routine for reading his bedtime stories. He just loves it!

          • lynnnsocal says:

            I just saw those at Big Lots. LED with an adjustable strap. My son has Retinitis Pigmentosa so I’m always on the lookout for convenient emergency lighting. He’s completely night blind and also profoundly deaf so light is major to him. The new LED flashlights last forever and are incredibly bright. $6.00

        • Waxdiva says:

          OMIB: Thank you for your story! Just proves that the Stanger is full of it. Maybe she should start looking for what the client wants instead of forcing them to accept what she thinks will be good for them. Her success rate might just improve.

          • quincyil says:

            I think she wants to be ridiculous now. The way she is screaming at staff and clients seems over the top this year compared to last year. I admit that I have every word from her mouth memorized for this season as my mind does that when I really pay attention for the blogs. I can’t believe that Patti thinks this is a service to find true love and marriage. She has made a cartoon out of her own life and the match making service. When the tv series ends, her business is gone.

  16. knocknoc says:

    Latest news from Prince and Princess of Aruba:


    • WindyCityWondering says:

      How pathetic is JZ that she feels the need to tell total strangers where she goes for New Year’s Eve and then is tacky enough to tell everyone Bobby paid a “fortune” to make this happen???? Guess she wasn’t having that great a time since she managed to stop by here under one of her many “names”!

      • BessiB says:

        It is what she always does. And she seems to try to make it all out to be Bobby’s idea, when it is not. She nagged Bobby into the P.P. to take her kid to the spa, she nagged Bobby to show her kid how to bowl – “Bobby, help her. Bobby, Bobby, I told you to help her” then does the talking head about how Bobby is so good with her kid. Jill is alway telling us what Bobby does and Bobby says, but we never see him do anything without her first telling him to. Bobby is just there in the background, or so she says.

        And it kind of seems that Bobby’s kids and grandkids are there too, so my guess is that he is footing the bill for everyone, so yea, it was not cheap.

        • BessiB says:

          And on second thought, if Bobby’s kids and their families are on this trip (grandkids were mentioned on copies of Twitter), she really would not be very nice to go on about how Bobby spent a fortune for the trip to happen. It is not the kind of thing people like to have rubbed in their faces.

          • Obsessed with RH says:

            How many times did that article, I mean Jill, mention that Bobby spent a forrrrtunnneee. We get it Jill! Maybe instead of Aruba you could get Bobby to pay for someone to give you a decent haircut…..I wanna rip those bangs off her head!

    • lillybee says:

      I wonder what was meant in the article when it was said that Jill wanted to get away before all hell breaks loose when RHONY airs.

  17. MickeyMouth says:

    Happy New Year!

    I am nowhere near up-to-date on blogs or comments and I can’t stay 😦 right now. I just wanted to wish Lynn and her family of blog mates a Happy New Year!

  18. Adgirl says:

    Sleepless in Seatle is on. I think I’ve seen it 514 x. I’m painting my hallway and watching.

    Tiramasu? Is that something I’m suppose to do to her?

  19. Adgirl says:

    Why can’t Bobby Zarin just buy Jill an island??
    Empress Jill can hold court while perched upon her Liberace-Versace golden throne. She can ban website access to sites named after her. The Countless will have to bow down to her.

    • BessiB says:

      Then she can thank all her ‘subjects’ instead of just her ‘fans’.

      [Jillzarin: Thank you to all my Aruba fans who have been so sweet and kind to my entire family. I loved sharing behind the scenes stories with you!
      about 21 hours ago via web]

      • Adgirl says:

        I can visualize her in her tiara and septor granting wishes of her little subjects. At the evening banquet when she’s fearful of over eating her lady in waiting pours diet coke onto the plate.

  20. TrueLifeDiva says:

    Here is a great website I subscribe to and follow on twitter for weight loss tips and inspiration.

    • quincyil says:

      I signed up. If someone else has a link, let me know.

      I wish I had an exercise friend here. None of my friends will do this with me. They thought I was crazy when I sent myself to grandma bootcamp last year.

      • LynnnSoCal says:

        I wish you were here, Quincy. I’m a baby and like to have a partner to walk the beach with. Walking on soft sand is great for the calves and the mile long stairs down to the water do wonders for my aging bee-hind. I can walk forever so people regularly bale on me. My resolution is to just do it by myself, like it or not! I sign up too and carbs are no longer my friends. Happy New Year! Here’s to Geezer Hotties! Aloha!

        • quincyil says:

          My trainer took a lot of classes on nutrition too. I ate wonderful whole grain bread during my weight loss. She told me to look for a bread that tastes great and look forward to eating it. I took a half turkey or tuna sandwich with raw veggies for lunch. In winter, I would take some home made soup with vegetables too. I think it was very much like Jackie Warner’s diet. I started at 1500 calories and during a plateau went to 1300, but I’m back up to 1750 to 1800 a day which is easy to maintain. I’ve gone over with a dinner at a restaurant, but when you consistantly exercise, your body maintains a status quo. I weigh once a week and put the scale in the linen closet afterwards. I love stairs, carrying bales of hay and walking even in the cold.

          • LynnnSoCal says:

            I’m fortunate to have friend who is also a personal trainer. She’s incredible looking and in amazing shape. She did explain to me the importance of adding complex carbs to my diet. I have added steel cut oatmeal as a breakfast food. I’m normally not hungry early in the morning. At work I have plain yogurt w/ fresh berries and 2tbs of a low fat granola. Really fills me up and I’m not hungry again till 5:30. I sometimes do make myself have a vegetable soup or salad for lunch. For me diet isn’t the problem, its not exercising enough. I have a back issue that is improving but dang, it kills sometimes. You know, it hurts so I want to strengthen it, then I’m in pain from doing that. Yoga and core training are on my friend’s get me stronger list. I’ve always been a physical person so the back betrayal has cramped my style a bit. Stairs and hay! Wow, you must look fabulously fit.

            • quincyil says:

              I am so strong. She helps me do back exercises too. We do strength/weight lifting in circuit training then core and back. I have two private lesson, two group lesson and one kettle ball class.
              Plus the barn… I am very strong.

    • TLM says:

      Thanks TLD… I am bookmarking that one!

  21. deehub says:

    Lynn, thank you for setting up this wonderful, funny, informative, and lively site. I have enjoyed the snark about the HW and all the OT comments. This site is filled with love and caring of the posters for each other.

  22. Jennifer Neehan says:

    I want to discuss something no one picked up on. TERESA and the non-filming of her bankruptcy stuff and other problems.

    I read somewhere, I think it was the Franklin Lakes Newspaper or the Northern NJ paper that the housewives tell Bravo if they will be doing something worth videoing or not and it is all planned ahead. The article said Teresa never told Bravo anything, saying she wasn’t doing anything interest on those days. Most interestingly was when the article was written it said Teresa went to the Court House with her husband when the bankruptcy was filed, but now they are saying Teresa didn’t even know the bankruptcy had been filed.

    Sorry but I am obsessed with how Teresa is getting away with the Bankruptcy, forged Tax Returns and all and how she is idolized by so many Americans, they think she is Saint Teresa. God help this country.


    • Adgirl says:

      LOL. Just another boring day for Teresa! Nothing to film here.

    • Sparkles says:

      Teresa is only obligated to tell the producers about interesting events in her life, like making spaghetti sauce in her driveway and buying dresses for her four pet monkeys.

    • buffywood says:

      Jen, I am with you. I too am obsessed with that dumb bitch and I hope she goes to jail. Your right, if that behavior is to be idolized we are so screwed.

      • klmh says:

        I am seriously wondering if she is as dumb as she seems, and as time goes by, I think she might be!

        • buffywood says:

          I don’t buy the whole “I know nothin” bullshit she is trying to pull. I think she is a co-conspirator in everything. Two out of the three properties on the bankruptcy filings were hers alone. She thinks her shit doesn’t stink and by playing the victim (Joe lied to me, Joe didn’t tell me, Joe signed my name), she is trying to gain back fans and keep her ugly ass out of jail. Can you tell I am not a fan of this vile bitch? Man, I could go on and on but I will refrain.

          • Waxdiva says:

            Buffy: I have the bankruptcy documents. If you want to know who they owe and how much, let me know. I’ve also researched their property holdings. Teresa’s name is signed on every one of the mortgages, documents, etc. For her to swear in court that she knew nothing is beyond belief. However, IMO, I think she and Juicy agreed on this before being put on the stand and Juicy would take the fall. She is not innocent in all this, believe me.

            • quincyil says:

              Well, if he claims he signed her name then he will be punished for that too. He probably thinks the judge will be lenient.

            • buffywood says:

              Thanks Waxdiva but I have the documents as well and spent more time than I can to admit looking at their property holdings as well. Yep, preplanned that Juicy will be the fall guy and I hope he falls far. It is interesting that the bankruptcy filing doesn’t have a notary signature required. If she is going to lie on the stand I hope some of the past notaries (on previous documents) step up and say “whoa bitch… I watched you sign”.

              • Waxdiva says:

                Buffy: Sorry… didn’t mean to possibly insult you by the offer. I now recall (God, how long ago was that… that we were all talking about their s***) that you and WSL are just as obsessed with Treetrunk and Juicy Joo-dice as I am! I just cannot wait for more news on their bankruptcy… and hoping they go down. I always laugh when I see a photo of her with her latest little gorilla, in bed with her animal print pajamas, ’cause she bought them at Neiman’s and she owes N-M around $6,000.

                • buffywood says:

                  LOL… I LOVE the fact that you and I both feel equal disgust for her!!

                  • Obsessed with RH says:

                    I too am sadly obsessed with the foreheadless one and her troll husband getting their just desserts. I truly hope that the attorneys and judge in this case take zero leniency and realize that they are lying through their teeth and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

                    Here is a tip for the attorney, compare the foreheadless one’s signature on the b’ruptcy documents with her signature on all her credit card receipts….something tells me they’ll be identical and Teresa’s lie wont hold water anymore…..I hope they rot in jail for the rest of their trashy lives.

  23. quincyil says:

    Alicia Goster…. not alliteration, but suspicious..

    It’s a name on the comments section of Lynn’s blog on Jill. The link is above in our blog. Alicia Goster, probably not her real name, say that she knows Jill and Jill is the most wonderful person on Earth. Well, her best friends Ramona and the Countess probably wouldn’t go that far. If it was Alicia Alabaster or Genny Goster, I’d say it was Jill herself. Jill is the most generous. Did we see that when she was discussing her donation to the charity? You know.. the one where raising 100,000 dollars was enough until Ramona made her donate 5,000 dollars. We have watched Jill for 3 years and read her thoughts in blogs and twitter. Does anyone her think Jill is the nicest person on Earth? I think that some of the people here are way nicer than Jill and we visit a “hate blog.” Jill’s own sister has issues with Jill. I was trying to think of a person that might think she is the nicest and i can’t think of one. Even Gloria rolls her eyes when Jill makes comments.

    Also on the last blog a very nice person from Miami tells us how to change our email addresses. Why would I every do that though?

    • AZ Girl says:

      I saw that comment and had some doubts. What does JZ have some command center with a paid staff scoping the internet?

      • quincyil says:

        Well, I can’t say that I know a perfect person in my life, can you? I am friends with a couple of sisters/nuns and they have their moments. I think we have a new name for Jill though: Saint Jill of Aruba. I think it has a nice sound.

        • Adgirl says:

          Maybe she lives on another planet named Earth. All by herself.

          • quincyil says:

            Jill’s sister was worried about Jill becoming a reality star. She said in an article that she has never seen it turn out well, but Jill wanted fame so the family said, “Yes.” The support her wishes even though it has caused problems for them. They are adults and they all made these decisions.

      • quincyil says:

        It’s New Year’s Day. Surely Jill gave staff the day off. She wouldn’t be so cruel as to make them work today.

    • LynnnSoCal says:

      It’s like that fantasy website she put up after the reunion. All about her gorgeousness and kindness. What a load of… Oh sure, I believe it. “Bawwwby, there’s no place to put my cell phone in this $150k car you just bought me”.
      Nice! She’s just too awful. I don’t use the word hate in my everyday life. I do find myself intensely disliking her. The loud, whiny, abrasive, constantly complaining voice. I wish she would just not speak if she can’t say or do anything nice. Honestly, the last word I would use to describe anything about her is “nice”. She grates on my last nerve.

      • quincyil says:

        Gosh, I don’t remember that. She should put that back up now that the season is starting again.

        Surely, her PR people know her personality and they would not be so willing to claim she is an angel. I keep thinking it’s Alli… I guess Alli is too smart to have a name so close to her own. I just think Alli is the one person on Earth that would defend her mom.

      • quincyil says:

        I use “hate.” I hate disease. I hate infections. I hate cancer. I hate war. I hate poverty. I hate ice when I have to drive in the dark to work. I think I am a hater.

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          I hate housework!

        • LynnnSoCal says:

          I may feel it, but my mom would give me a smack if I used either that or shut-up as a child. It’s maybe a case of semantics? I abhor poverty, incurable diseases, war etc. Also, I work with elementary age children and don’t encourage the use of the word hate in relating to other kids. Our high school has a Hate Free day. What’s that tell you? We have ongoing problems with race issues, gay bashing, sexting and bullying. Quincy, you are the opposite of a “hater”. On the other hand…I have no problem with anyone else using it or having it as the title of this blog site. It is apt considering who we are occasionally discussing. Now there’s a “hater”!

          • buffywood says:

            My family was the same way, and I do not allow it to be used in my house either (ironic huh?). My daughter says “Dislikes intensely or dislikes immensely”. I was always taught/and I teach my daughter that it takes too much energy to hate and by hating someone you are basically giving them a power over you. The ultimate goal is for those negative things (i.e. Jill Zarin) to be nothing to you and ultimately nothing to others as well. There is no bigger insult that to be a nothing.

            • LynnnSoCal says:

              Thanks for your input. Exactly, re: Jill Zarin, in the big picture she’s nothing worth that kind of passion. She certainly does exhibit some nasty character defects. Im beginning to think in her mind she’s an A-lister star/socialite. Sadly for her, 99.9% of the population neither know or care who she or any of the housewives are.

            • Rabble Rouser says:

              It’s kind of interesting how we are talking about using the word ‘hate’ around children (namely ours) . My kids are only 1.5 and 3.5 years. I don’t even know if they have every heard the word. They hear the word LOVE every day but when it comes to negative emotions, I encourage them to say things like “I’m mad”.

              I don’t even like when they use the word MINE (which seems like the babies favorite word right now) I tell them it’ not a friendly word.

              • LynnnSoCal says:

                I’m hearing it a lot more often with our kindergartners especially if they have older sibs. I’m a sign language interpreter and work with mainstreamed deaf students. I follow my assigned student up to high school. Not always. I’m now back at grade school after 10 years with older kids. I’m shocked and saddened by the hyper awareness of these very young children. Our school is in a very high income neighborhood. I think it’s what they’re exposed to on TV, video games(violence) and peers. So many parents both working to pay mortgages and buy more unnecessary “stuff”. I’m stopping now before I become glued to my soap box.

                • Rabble Rouser says:

                  That’s disappointing to know.

                  My three year old is in a special day class at the local school because of her developmental delays associated with her epilepsy and NF1 diagnosis. The kids in her class range from 3-5 and somewhat sheltered. I wonder what some us might be in for if/when our kids are mainstreamed into a ‘regular’ class room.

                  In another discussion, I am interested in your insight/knowledge with your hearing impaired students use of conjunctions and prepositions in written language.

                  I knew a deaf guy and when he would communicate in writing, it was hard to understand because it seemed like he was thinking in ASL and would just write those words out. e.g. ( I found a reference on the net)
                  Instead of ‘ You can go to the party but be home by midnight’ would be ‘Party go midnight home’.

                  Do you find that is less of an issue with kids that have some hearing or verbal language skills?

                  • LynnnSoCal says:

                    Oh definitely. There’s so much controversy regarding ASL vs English as a first language. You not using or hearing those words so it’s not an automatic assumption that “they will pick it up”. Older deaf adults were usually placed in residential school where it’s all ASL. Socially, it’s great, written word doesn’t always come easily. My hard of hearing and most Cochlear Implanted kids do rather well. As long as they have parental support. It goes in cycles, right now we have majority of hispanic children. Poor or zero health care, migrant workers exposed to pesticides etc. These are the children that fall through the cracks. No English spoken at home and no sign. It’s tragically isolating.

  24. AZ Girl says:

    Love the comments on diet and exercise. All of you have me back on track .

    Breakfast: Oatmeal, fresh fruit

    • quincyil says:

      What’s for dinner? I might copy your menu. I hate thinking of something to cook.

      • AZ Girl says:

        Grilled chicken on top of salad. Marinate the chicken in olive oil and red wine vinegar with chopped garlic and basil.

        My problem is lunch. I just don’t eat. Usually cottage cheese and fruit when I get home from the office around 3 p.m.

        Drink water all day long. Found some carbonated water at Safeway. Refreshe is the brand name no calories no sodium. I think our Safeway is your Jewel.

        • California35 says:

          Thanks for mentioning the carbonated water. I don’t like the taste, but it fills you you up more than regular water but has less sugar and calories than sodas. I will try to like it 😛

  25. floridagirl88 says:

    Happy New Year to all. Thank you so much Lynn for your blog, a great meeting place for intelligent people who like to snark and whine and bitch about the housewives. I continue to hate Jill Zarin. She is an idiot. Jill is just too funny, blogging “anonymously” from Aruba where her husband just spent a fortune trying to help her get away from it all. She wants so bad to be a part of this community she is willing to make up a name and try to join the group, only she never learned how to play well with others. She will be a continuing source of entertainment here because she just doesn’t get it.

    • quincyil says:

      I’m sure that someday, the show will end and people will forget all of this. It’s just a reality tv show. Bravo wants fans to discuss Jill because that makes people want to watch her. Jill knows this.

      • Adgirl says:

        LOL. Jill “knows this” like Allison Medium Drunk “knows that”.

        • quincyil says:

          I’m sure she’s figured out how to handle the fame by now. She’s with a lot of fellow reality stars and they are in the same boat. Last night, we saw a bunch of them having a good time in the Bravo fun house with Andy. They are making money and living good lives because fans watch them. They know it’s part of the business.

  26. boston02127 says:

    Personally I’m getting sick of this diet already. It’s only 8:45, not even a full day. I’d give my right arm for a candy bar.

    • buffywood says:

      Didn’t you get the memo? No dieting is allowed to begin until Monday the 3rd. It is always good to start things on Mondays.

    • LynnnSoCal says:

      Quick, have some tea or a glass of water. It will pass. The first couple of days are the toughest. You’re so young the weight will fall off before you know it!

    • quincyil says:

      Boston, every thing in moderation. Keep your journal and record everything. You can have a piece of candy, just write it down and calculate it into the program. Weight watchers had some candy in packages in our Walmart… they also have desserts and ice cream. You did not commit a crime and you are not on lock down. Besides, this is a change of lifestyle for health. They say that chocolate lowers your blood pressure. Save your arm and your sanity. Just write it down.

      • LynnnSoCal says:

        Ooh Quincy, you’re always the loving voice of reason. I’m impulsive. Keeping a food log is really helpful. When I see what I’ve eaten, it’s easier to make adjustments. I’m grateful that I looooove veggies and water. My weakness is cheese. I avoid my beloved Trader Joe’s if I’m hungry. Stilton and creamy gorgonzola, orgasmic!

    • California35 says:

      No, let’s not starve – I suffer, get headaches, and will get fustrated. I am hoping to be consistent on the excercise, and eat smaller portions.
      I am still debating if I will star on Monday or wait one more week, but am already setting my mind to it. I hope I succeed –
      I hope we all succed 🙂

    • floridagirl88 says:

      If you like chocolate, try the WW Giant Fudge frozen bar. Under the new plan, it’s 3 points, but tasty.

  27. quincyil says:

    Alicia Goster…

    Allison Ghost er She might be really mad at us for discussing her and…. she can read minds so she knows how to find us …. plus I think she knows how to google…. “photos of Faye Resnick in Playboy..””

    rotfl… if someone would do that….

    • quincyil says:

      new name on Lynn’s AC

      Susanna Graver…. as in grave…er… rotfl.

      I’m tired and have to go to bed, but this is not Jill. She’s way too clever to be Jill Zarin. I actually like her and wish she would come and discuss her feeling and reasons for her support of Jill on our board. I like thinking people.

  28. Robyn says:

    Michaele Salahi was the only Real Housewive on DC we liked or could relate to. The other wives were bitter and jaded. The re-union shows were disturbing to watch how they acted towards Michaele. Who knew Michaele is the only one who we care to watch on the DC Show.
    The others are so boring .

  29. TLM says:

    Has anyone noticed how much everything we can buy seems to cater to us being a nation of sloths? Snuggies, those ugly adidas plastic slides I see teens in everywhere, Ugg boots, people wearing pajamas bottoms on the street, flip flops as shoes, jeggings, and now…Pajama Jeans?

    I’ve been getting rid of suits and clothing I held onto for years thinking I’d fit into it someday but never did. But even if I still fit into those things, I can’t say I would wear them anymore. Things have really changed in my world and my clothing long ago became more casual. I can’t really relate to the fancy dresses they wear on many of the Housewives shows – you know, the kind of dresses that if you live an ordinary life, you think, “Where would I ever wear THAT?” But I can’t really relate to a suit, either.

    I confess I’ve become addicted to yoga pants and sneakers, which is going to make it tough to start actually getting *dressed* again when I get back to work. Unless, I guess, I take a job in a gym somewhere.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      You put into words something I had thought and not even realized I thought it. No one here dresses like the housewives, even when dressed up. And jeans go a long way around here. “dressy” jeans for good, of course. There have been times I really dressed up (tho not to the housewife level) and people ask me where I’m going “all dolled up”. I guess I assumed it was the midwest being more casual.

    • California35 says:

      I’m with you TLM whatever happened to dressing up or profesional? I thought it was my job, engineers don’t really dress up, and although I work in an office, it felt like I was dressing for an interview and out of place. I would get coments about it, with time and with a few pounds gained I began buying less professional clothes, although I still don’t wear jeans (or pants :-P). It is dificult to get clothes that are somewere in the middle. With the few more office people joining the company, now I feel too casual.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      I wear a suit or a dress every day. High heels too. Spanx everyday too, full on war paint every day, even Sundays. Saturdays, I still “dress” but in nice casual clothes. I even iron my jeans-I like a crease in them.

      People say stuff to me too, when one girl quit on me she told me I was all dressed up with no place to go and that I was pathetic. (umm…hope you never need a reference…)

      whatevs- I know I’m cute and that’s all that matters

      • quincyil says:

        I’d like to by your stylist. I wear slacks a top and a white coat every work day and jeans with a sweater or tee shirt at home. If you hire me, it will look good on my resume. Thank you.

      • California35 says:

        You keep giving me reasons to like you 🙂 used to dress like that. I was constantly told I dresses and acted older, but no one was mean about it. I dint mind, that was my style and I worked in an office how else was I supposed to dress? I dress kind off in the middle now, no suits, but still wear office clothes.

        I iron my clothes daily (even the jeans too :-P)

  30. Wall St Lady says:

    Jennifer Neehan says:
    January 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Jen I am triple obsessed. Any time u want to obsess on how Teresa is not in jail yet,
    COUNT ME in !

    Ad girl. The Island of Jill,
    Bought by Bobby is brilliant !
    I think that would entail giving up one’s citizenship. That means ur USA time is limited. Also Bobby could reduce his taxes some what.
    Bobby, Bobby where ever u are.
    Ad girl has an idea for u !

  31. Adgirl says:

    I did promise myself to say something nice about someone every single day.
    Jill, I like your hair. It really looks good.

  32. California35 says:

    Everyone on the diet train — let’s not starve – I suffer, get headaches, and will get fustrated. I am hoping to be consistent on the excercise, and eat smaller portions.

    I am still debating if I will star on Monday or wait one more week, but am already setting my mind to it. I hope I succeed – I hope we all succed 🙂

    • quincyil says:

      They recommend that no woman should eat less than 1200 calories. Your body needs food to take care of essential functions. So eat a tad less and walk a bit more….. I am going to clean one room a day from top to bottom because housework is great exercise. The people who have success in permanent weight loss are those who don’t look on the process as a punishment.

      Bethenny’s first book, “Naturally thin,” has some pointers. Bethenny had a 20 to 30 lb weight issue for most of her life. She said that her interest in food led her to the classes and to her chef career. If you can make plans and make interesting food for yourself and your family the changes will be incorporated in to you life as it was with Bethenny. We don’t have to be prepared for a PETA shoot in NYC or SWTS. No one has to be thin like Bethenny. We need strength and to feel better. The smaller size pants are a bonus.

      Be sure to work on your upper body. The large muscles in your arms burn a lot of calories too. A strong upper body will make your waist look smaller. When Jackie Warner has to get a movie star ready for a red carpet in two months she works their upper body.

      I hope you have something to write on in this journey. Take your measurements when you are ready to start. Write them down. Try not to weight every day. Our female bodies weight go up and down because of hormones so if you can weigh once a week, it will help your mind to stay on task.

      Remember to have small goals and the large goal. When you reach a small goal, like today is the day I start, give yourself a non food reward like a nice relaxing bath or a few extra minutes with a good book.

      At the end of this week, I am going to buy one of those inexpensive Walmart bouquets and make an arrangement of flowers for my table. I love flowers in winter. It makes me feel like Lisa of BH.

      • Sha2000 says:

        I love fresh flowers in the house. As, one of my Christmas traditions I use my Grandmothers silver tea & coffee pots filled with white flowers in my kitchen, they look fantastic! I wanted to share that idea with you guys because who uses those old coffee & tea sets these days? Just make sure to put a plastic cup in as a liner since it will have liquid in it for a week or more.
        They have a little life left so today I’ll remove the red berries & fresh fir & just have the flowers. I love how the White & silver look together. White flowers are my favorite (especially white tulips), LOVED Lisa’s white flowers too.

        • quincyil says:

          Monet’s all white gardens….

        • quincyil says:

          Thank you so much for this idea. I have a big juried competition coming up for paintings and other forms of art. The new trends look like slabs of stone. I wanted a series…. I have a zillion close up shots of purple iris’s in almost abstract forms. I am going to change them to white with black paper and use pastels. I just looked at some of Monet’s garden photos…. Yes, this is it… Thank you so much for the inspiration. You are my muse.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      When I lost all that weight, I decided NOT to go on a diet- because all that did was take AWAY food and then I felt deprived and binged.
      Instead I ADDED food.
      I read that tomatoes cut cravings, so I have big tomatoe with a little pepper on it before breakfast.
      I have a cucumber, 2 carrots, and 2 celery stalks before lunch, no dressing just straight.
      And I have a huge plate of steamed broccoli before dinner.
      I still eat the same comfort food that I love every day, but by the time you eat all those vegtables and throw in about 12-14 glasses of water, I only can manage a few bites of it.
      My only real indulgence is real cream and sugar in my coffee in the morning. I feel like life is too short to always deprive myself of anything yummy and delicious.
      This works for me, maybe it will work for you.

      • twoile says:

        @OMIB, Great ideas. I’ve been battleing weight since age 10 & I’m many decades beyond that now…I was not blessed with your self esteem however, & always delayed living until I would lose wgt. This could be the answer to the sense of depravity…great thanks again.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          you make a very interesting point.

          I see it everywhere- the magazines that women buy, in the movies, on TV- that unless we are thin, we are not “good” enough to have everything in life that we hope and dream for.

          Patti’s answer in the MM promo to the Large Size Lovely when she described her ideal man only reinforced this idea of being a less than person if you have a plus size body.

          I wonder how much of this contributes to women just giving up and throwing in the towel and never experiencing their greatness no matter what their size?

          Life is not a dress rehearsal.

          This is it. No do overs.

      • California35 says:

        Great Tips OneMoston and Quincy – I actually copied them to add to a diet notebook I plan to start. I will also have Bethenny’s book. I do remember what I read, but need a refresher 🙂

  33. lillybee says:

    Housewife fans seem to be everywhere. I post on a board that has absolutely nothing to do with Bravo or the housewives and I found people there who watch these shows.

    • Adgirl says:

      It’s a pandemic. I wonder if there is a vaccination we should take?

      • quincyil says:

        I have a 28 year old son who told me that he wished I would write a blog on something other than rich women. I need to write about Teresa or Tamra to satisfy his wish. I watch the news and I know the finances of our school board. I serve on the board of our Salvation Army. I just am overwelmed by the sick economy and cruel world. Like the people who went to watch Shirley Temple in movies theaters in the 30’s, I want to get away.

        I think the technological understanding of some of our “visitors” is amazing. Some write beautifully too. I wish they would join in the discussion rather than hit and run. I really don’t mind people disagreeing with me. Of course, there are no personal attacks allowed on this board. That is Lynn’s golden rule, but I love reasoning with people and I will change my mind if I see they are correct in their logic.

        I would have a conversation with Jill Zarin over all of this too. Unfortunately, I would listen to her closely and ask questions that hopefully would make her think also. I think the cast of NYC for the most part are interesting people who have accomplished a lot. I doubt I would take the time to listen to Kelly, but I’d try to do cartwheels with her in the grass.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Hi ladies, happy new year to you all! ADgirl that was funny. Quincy tell your son that in writing about the hw’s you get to converse with women from all walks of life here, the Real Housewives of IHJZ blog : )

  34. TLM says:

    To Lynn or anyone else — I am trying to track down the following fashion info from New Year’s Eve. Can anyone tell me:

    Who Kim Z’s dress was by
    Who Tamra Barney’s dress was by
    Who Dina Manzo’s necklace and boots were by

    Any info is appreciated, as I haven’t been able to find anything so far.

    • quincyil says:

      I’ve seen Bethenny and others answer these questions on their twitter.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Taylor had a beautiful dress on at the event at Lisa’s restaurant too. Didn’t notice it until I caught the show a second time for a sec switching channels; I’d love it in black or white. Love to know who’s the designer.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Quincy, I’ve never had a response! I did have Simon follow me to message to plug his book….smart marketing boy, but I replied nicely that with an 8 & 12 year old girls that I should be the one giving him parenting advice ; )

        • quincyil says:

          Taylor has nice clothes, but she is very thin. I think Kyle said size 0 or less. When my sister in law came from Iran to visit in 82, she was a size 2 at 5’7″. They were on food rations as was the entire nation and every time Iran cut back, she got thinner. Taylor does that by choice.

          • Sha2000 says:

            Wow, 2 at 5’7″! I wanted to ask you for awhile, have you ever visited Iran? If so whats it like? I’ve had several friends through the years in NY & Italy from Iran & they were smart, funny, sophisticated…most get a bad rap because of a few bad apples, which is sad because like I said up thread a nation should never be defined by it’s worst but instead by it’s best.

            • quincyil says:

              I went before the revolution. I am not a fan of the current regime. My husband goes and family comes. Everyone wanted me to attend a wedding 20 miles from the border of Afghanistan and 40 miles from the most dangerous part of Pakistan. A relative who is a General in the Army/doctor offered to have his guards stay with me. I turned it down. The Taliban smugglers run the roads in that region. An American visitor would be gossip. I didn’t want to cause a problem for America because I wanted to go to a wedding.

              I don’t see a trip any time soon. I can go to Kuwait, Dubai or Turkey and family can come to see me there.

              • Sha2000 says:

                We are planing to visit my husbands family in Cairo hopefully this spring; a little concerned after reading the news of a attack on a church there…not that I plan on visiting any churches, but it’s a concern as a tourist visiting with children. Glad you didn’t go to the wedding for your own & your family s safety. I never told you but long ago in the 1980’s I was friends with a Persian girl I met at work in NYC, her dad was someone who worked for their govt. under the Shah & was imprisoned in Iran after the Shah left. She lived in the Shah’s home in Manhattan on Beekman place as a favor from the Princess/the Shah’s wife. It was a beautiful home on the water & prime NY real estate, back then 1980’s it was on the market for $25mil. My friend was woken by the butler one Saturday for a showing & it was Woody Allen & Mia Farrow looking at the place. It was beautiful but sad because it was empty & stuck in a time warp of 1970’s decor. My friend finally moved back to CA, but it was fun back then to be young & go out to clubs & come back and stay over in that particular home…it made for a good story to share with you.

              • twoile says:

                @ Q OT but an interesting piece of history. My (Irish American)Uncle who was multi lingual was in Army intelligence (spy) stationed in Iran +, this would have been in 1943. My only impression is that the USA has had a representation (under cover +) since that era…& I wonder to what end……. Many if not most citizens of US think our presence in ME to be fairly recent (60-70s) or so… Both you & Dr. Q must have a unique perspective & possibly corrective history as mine is conjecture. Jeanne

                • quincyil says:

                  I think some Iranians would love to over turn this regime. Is the US dabbling in Iran? Probably…..

                  • Sha2000 says:

                    We saw the protests & know the true outcome of their election; yes I agree most in Iran do not like the current “leadership” there.

        • quincyil says:

          Taylor had her stylist on during the trip through the vintage clothes warehouse. I bet the stylist has a web site and has her favorite designers listed. She probably makes a living dressing a number of women. I’ll go to the recording and see if I can catch her name. That should help.

          • quincyil says:

            Julie Waldorf is Taylor’s stylist…


            She has twitter and facebook accounts also.

            I think Kim’s stylist was on as they were getting ready for the Kandi show…. I’ll see if I can get his name. I see contact numbers there so anyone could send a request for information too.

            • Sha2000 says:

              Thanks! Not that I’m going to buy that dress but you never know; cost aside like most I’d like to drop 20lbs.

            • quincyil says:

              I don’t have that Atlanta show saved anymore. There is scene where Kim is trying on outfits for Kandi’s show and the male stylist was introduced. I know she said his name, but I can’t remember it. Some people on the board might know more because they said that she had a different stylist last year.

    • quincyil says:

      Several fans of Dina have asked her this question on her facebook. Dina seems to respond to them so she may answer that question today.

      If I hadn’t read Dina’s mean twitters to Lynn, I would think that Dina was a really nice person. Her comments about children with cancer are really good. Even with her peers at a joyful party in Andy’s club house, Dina seemed sad to me. I really haven’t paid much attention to her at all. When the NJ show started, I liked her. Who knows what was going on behind the scenes there to make her change on camera and in cyberspace at times?

      • Sha2000 says:

        I’m placing my bet too that she returns to the show, I’m sure they all pushed for it. Either that or she dose so many cameos that she’ll be a regular, okay by me I’d rather watch her than Danielle any day.

        • quincyil says:

          Each time you appear, you expose your life. She’s taking a risk that her husband and her ex husband would prefer she not take. She wants to be famous just like Jill.

      • klmh says:

        Maybe that’s what it was in Dina, sadness. She looked perturbed to me too, though.

    • quincyil says:

      OK, this is officially scary.. I remembered that Tamara Barney is styled by a lady who opened a boutique in OC.


      I keep this information in my brain next to Steptococcus B and the West Nile Virus. Honestly, I don’t know why I remember this stuff.

  35. quincyil says:

    Ramona Singer is doing Turtle time in the Bahamas and is going out with friends on the boat. So…which is better Aruba or the Bahamas? I completely forget about Ramona in off season. I wonder why that is.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Aruba, Bahamas….beginning line to that Beach boy song isn’t it? I’s in my head now, lol!

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Which is better? That is easy! The one without JZ!!!!

      • quincyil says:

        LOL…. So many choices… I looked a travelocity and for a week in Aruba, they have hotel and air on sale for 2800. That’s down from the normal price of 3500. It seems Aruba is discounted right now. That’s probably why Jill waited until after Christmas to go. She got the sale price.

        • butterisafruit says:

          I’ve been to Aruba many times. My dear best friend married a wonderful business man from the Netherlands Antilles. She’s been there since the early 70’s. When we first started going there is was just a desert island with a few shops. Then they brought in casino gambling and the big hotels started up. The beaches are wonderful. It rarely rains (when it does it can be bad) and the Arubian people are very nice. It was a refuge for Dutch Jews during WW2. Many times people have their children’s Bat/Bar Mitzvah at an old synagogue on Curacao which is made out of driftwood. And they then vacation on Aruba.
          This is peak season for Aruba, now till March. If you go any other time the heat is horrible.
          When the Holloway case happened Aruba took a big hit in their economy. You can get all kinds of deals now. I’d book a vacation there tomorrow morning if my husband had his health.

  36. Sha2000 says:

    I’ve been in & out of this blog (busy with the holidays, life, off season-no NJ,lol); is Olivia gone for good or has she been in & out like me? I know she was talking about taking a break….Just wondering.

  37. Sha2000 says:

    BTW all, I got a few emails today saying that people are following me on Twitter. Long ago I blocked Twitter emails as junk mail so I knew it was most likely phishing stuff & not real Twitter emails. Sure enough I logged in to twitter & no such followers. My point is, be careful, it could be phishing or it could be a virus. There’s also an Amazon one out there recently too. It said thanks for my $69.00 Amazon purchase that I didn’t make…**never ever** check with their link through the email, went to Amazon & checked, no such charges, they were trying to steal my cc info. Heads up!

    • Blue Sky says:

      Remember those emails from people in Nigeria that had to send money to the US, or maybe it was you won the lottery there, now all you have to do is send them $1,000 ? And then you would get tens of thousands…whatever those scams were, it’s been a long time since I received one of those bogus emails. So maybe the Nigerian scam artists have switched to twitter. LOL, ain’t going to work on me …. I’m twitter free. Sometimes for fun, you can go to twitter.com, then put in a name, say Bethenny for example, then see what’s being tweeted to & from them. Try putting in Lynn’s name, to see what’s up. I like checking on putyourhairup, that’s RealCityHousewife’s twitter name too.

  38. klmh says:

    Important Data on TSA Airport screening:

    Year to date statistics on Airport screening from the Department of Homeland Security.

    Here are their “discoveries.”

    Terrorist Plots Discovered 0

    Transvestites 133

    Hernias 1,485

    Hemorrhoid Cases 3,172

    Enlarged Prostates 8,249

    Breast Implants 59,350

    Natural Blondes 3

    • Sha2000 says:

      Lol! Is that true or one of your famous jokes Klmh?

      That reminds me of a story I heard recently on the car radio…a woman stole someones identity to get larger implants. The procedure was done but they caught her because apparently they are tagged w/a bar code & matched with an owner-weird right?

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        That was how they identified the remains of the wife that was killed by the realty TV guy that was on Make Meghan a Millionare or something inane like that a couple of years ago.
        He had burned her body beyond reconiction and pulled all of her teeth, but they were still able to ID her and nab him because of the serial #’s on her breast implants.

      • klmh says:

        Just a funny!

    • buffywood says:

      hehe… i guess as a natual blonde I am a rarity according to your stats.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Ironic that Jill has to plant her Aruba ditty and Bethenny gets a beautiful article about the life she earned the old fashion way – using her talents, her brains and her business acumen. Poor Bawby has to spend a fortune ever time his wife wants to look like she is meaningful!

    • California35 says:

      Articles about her are about the work she does, her business and the show coming up. All business related, she looks great on the pictures too… wether she is made up, or casual.

    • Waxdiva says:

      Am I looking at the right article about Bethenny? It’s photos with captions about her favorites places… which, IMO, big whoop and who cares. Is there more???

      • California35 says:

        Hhmm I better get back to it, all I saw was a picture of her in a multicolor two peace bikini., and the article about her being back to NY, etc.

      • OneMoreInBoston says:

        yeah you are in the right place- maybe I shouldn’t have said a spread on her, more like by her.

        I think it’s a pretty big deal though- they are making her into a go to person for “Bethenny’s New York.”

        They’re casting her as an opinion leader. Which is awesome for her financial bottomline, that’s what you always want for your business, to be the “authority” on something.

        I was impressed- maybe I’m easier to impress then you tho? I don’t get out much…LOL

        • Blue Sky says:

          It’s awesome to me that Bethenny IS a tastemaker, whereas our Kelly…is just an idiot!! This NY Post pictorial on Bethenny must be making Kelly foam at the mouth, lol.

        • California35 says:

          I am too 🙂

          I like her and respect her opinion about food and restaurants (I like food :-P). Also, I have never been to NY and like to read stuff about it.

  39. OneMoreInBoston says:

    oh yeah-
    I almost forgot to mention this:
    I received my Jan issue of house beautiful 12/31 and just had a chance to look at it today, they ALSO have a table setting designed by Bethenny. It was supposed to be for a sophisticated baby shower.
    I didn’t really like it, it was a little TOO sophisticated for me, lots of black crystal glasses, but it must be stabbing Jill in the heart as she fancies herself the home decor style maven.

    • California35 says:

      The magazine’s name is “house”? I’m curious to see the table setting…many I can find it on line 🙂

    • BessiB says:

      Well, way back when Bethenny was on the Apprentice, she said she wanted to develop a modern ‘Martha Stewart” type business. But I think she should probably stick to the healthy food end of it. That is something she does a lot better than Martha Stewart.

  40. Sha2000 says:

    Did anyone see this hysterical pic on Andy’s FB page?:

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Why does NeNe wear dresses that smash her breasts? Andy looks hammered!

      • quincyil says:

        Do you think the dress is just too small?

        • WindyCityWondering says:

          It seems all her dresses are more than a tad too small because she looks smashed in, no attention to her figure to speak of and somewhat hookerish not stylish in most of what she chooses to be seen in. She is a large woman and maybe she sees herself as a waif……

          • quincyil says:

            She may be more “over the top” now because she wants the attention of men.

            Lisa went to the DMV with too much cleavage and was surprised when the icky guy kept talking to her. I’m not surprised.

        • BessiB says:

          NeNe just cannot hold the dress up. Remember when Kyle was trying on dresses (in NY, I think) and she was tugging a strapless up and she said “no way, you have to have implants to be able to wear this”? That is what she meant. They would have to be fake to support the dress.

          When I use to wear formal strapless, I had an underwire bra with had support all the way to the waist to be able to hold my boobs and the dress up.

      • lillybee says:

        Isn’t Andy hammered a lot.

      • Waxdiva says:

        Andy was hammered… another reason I loved the show.

        • quincyil says:

          LOL…. I think everyone was drinking but Kim Z.

          Kim Z was in a mood there. So was Nene. They must be at war again.

    • quincyil says:

      Well, I actually think there is merit here. Addictions don’t have to be drugs or alcohol. They can be twinkies and ice cream.

      There are a number of alcoholics in my family and there is obesity.

      Caffeine and cigarettes are addictive.

      So… yes…it could be true…

  41. quincyil says:

    No one on this board, will believe this.


    Kim Zolciak claims to be a size 2. Ramona is a 4-6 and she is tiny compared to Kim Z. I know that because of the Brooklyn fashion show designer. Alex is a 4. Think of Kim Z running down the road looking for beer in Atlanta. Was she a 2? Kim is tall with big bones. If she was bone thin after the laser treatment, I don’t think she could possibly be a 2.

    • Waxdiva says:

      If you have dresses made for you, designers always lower the dress size. A designers 2 is more like an off-the-rack 6-8. So, KimZ might be a designer 2, but in real life, she’s more like a size 8-10. No way is that woman a size 2.

      • quincyil says:

        Kinda like the Chicos sizes. I like their clothes, but everything was cut wrong now that I have fallen into the rabbit hole and shrunk. I miss Chicos.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Kim must have really really bad hair or very thinning hair. I cannot imagine wearing a wig in Atlanta in the warmer weather, period.

          Oh! Got myself the Instyler for Christmas & it really does work! Easier & quicker to use than a hot iron; highly recommend it.

      • BessiB says:

        Well, I am going to start re-labeling my close to a 0.

    • BessiB says:

      Kim Z is a LIAR!

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        She demented, I can’t beleive she would say that with a straight face. I bet she also refers to her shoe sizes in UK measurement.

  42. Obsessed with RH says:

    I am rewatching the Atl housewives where Phaedra made her “canned food/white household” comment and my blood started boiling again. If Andy doesn’t bring that up at the reunion and pin her against the wall until she cuts the lawyer – diversion crap I’m going to go to the bravo clubhouse and strangle him myself.

    Also, I noticed as Phaedra was making the comment she was ever so classy shoving the fork into the corner of her mouth and chomping down on her food with her mouth open so everyone could see the half masticated delicacy she was eating. She is such trash it infuriates me. I want to kick her off her soapbox and I don’t believe the “acting” for a reality show nonsense at all.

    I don’t know why but she gets to me almost as much as teresa……

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      “half masticated delicacy”

      know that

      • Need a Hobby says:


        • Sha2000 says:

          Thought about that today; how it’s been said here many times that Andy dosen’t ask the tough questions… keep it in perspective it’s all entertainment & not news, soft core fun. He did come through as best as he could with the SaLIEhi’s though at thee reunion I thought. I admit I’m an Andy fan.

  43. quincyil says:

    Some interesting articles if you google “Gretchen Rossi.” She still in court with Jay. He is the ex boyfriend from hell. Who cares if Gretchen cheated on her dying fiance? Only Tamra would get involved in that. What bothers me about Gretchen is she took jewelry and lived the high life when her fiance was not paying his own bills. That is so Teresa G to me. He owed over a million dollars when he died.

    I love home improvement shows and was shocked one day to find the outdoors of Gretchen and her fiance’s house being done on a show. It was absolutely gorgeous.

    Alexis has a friend from her real life on OC this year. No doubt they will gang up on Vicki. I think Don gave Vicki an ultimatum about the chaos that these women brought into their lives and she chose the show. I would chose Don.

    The thought of Slade Smiley coming back just sickens me.

    • buffywood says:

      I saw a new show last night that I like, “Addicted to Rehab”. I loved that she restored old homes. I’ve done so much work on my barn I have learned a ton. This summer though I am getting the 3rd floor totally redone which when finished will be very cool.

  44. buffywood says:

    Any word on Quincy being our offical coach? There was a good bit of replies of people interesting in doing a group Lynn’s Family Losers. Either way I am planning on losing the 15 lbs. Here is what I’ve seen so far. If there is a ? it is becuase there was a reference to changing eating habits and or getting in better shape. The numbers are individual’s weight loss goals. We can offically weith in tomorrow morning. While nobody needs to post their starting weight we could simply report in on Mondays our weight loss for the week. Lynn has my permission to give everyone my e-mail address if they wanted to e-mail me and I could post a weekly recap. What about other goals?


    TrueLifeDiva 20
    American Idiot 20
    California35 20
    Beverly in NJ 20
    Buffywood 15
    2stupid 25
    Mookies1mom 20
    SEVA 30
    Rabble Rouser 20-25
    Blue Sky 20
    BaaBee Loves Kitties ?
    Zoekayla ?
    AZ Girl ?
    Vilzvet ?

    • AZ Girl says:

      I have a program BUT I need to incorporate yoga and/or pilates. Right now that means working out 7 days a week. The 7th day being yoga. This is going to be really hard for me because I really HATE yoga. I am so inflexible I look like an idiot. Got a mat so there is no excuse.

      • buffywood says:

        AZ Girl, if you really hate yoga then don’t do it. As an ex gymnast and gymnastic coach, there are so many ways to increase flexibility that you can enjoy. It is amazing what a simple towel can do while you are watching tv.

        • quincyil says:

          Well, it looks like you have this all in order. I’ll do whatever you all decide. Personally, I don’t want to lose weight, but I will be working out every day as I have for a year now. Everyone seems to know how to do this healthfully. I will be here if someone needs help.

        • AZ Girl says:

          I know. You are right about the towel and stretching. But I also need yoga for balance and stress. I thinking for the New Years that I need more “quiet” time and harmony. HA!

          • AZ Girl says:

            Oh…I have a doll in my kitchen which holds a sign in her hands that says “All I want is world peace and thin thighs”. He,he,he,

        • quincyil says:

          Buffy, I bet you know about stretching before and after exercise. It might be a good idea to remind those who haven’t done it in awhile to work into your routine over time. Build up your cardio/walking…. or exercise bikes…. over a few weeks… not in one day. Your body will thank you for this. Good shoes are important. If you walk look at the articles online. It’s not a good idea to carry weights. After a really long time, I started to wear a weight vest and it’s been months and I only carry 12 lbs after so many months. That is the top weight that is recommended. I researched this.

          So… cardio and strength training…. look at ways to work your upper bodies. Read…. about this on the net or buy books.

          Studying how to get in shape helped me so much. This is for the rest of your life. Keep that in mind every day.

    • LynnnSoCal says:

      I’m in for 20. Now I’ve committed. Food log and exercise. It’s so frustrating that I get comfortable and then, Wham, it’s back on again. I’m going to be grateful its not 30 or 40, I’d just shoot myself!

    • vilzvet says:

      Put me down for 10. I’m in.

      • boston02127 says:

        I’m in for getting heathy. When I’m nervous I don’t eat and when I do I haven’t been eating well. I can tell that I’ve lost over the past months by my jeans. I need to get in shape thou. Today I ate well, I had salad and I made brown rice and I put the left over smelly chicken in it. I’m stopping drinking tonic too. That’s going to be a killer for me. I had one today, it was the last one in the house. I’m going to miss tonic & candy.

    • California35 says:

      Thanks for bringing this up. I wasn’t sure how we were foxing to tell the group our progress or our request for support, etc. Will we just jump in the blog of the day or do we go to a specific place to talk only about this?

      I am on board for 20. The exercise bike daily (already started 30 minutes a day … Average of 6 miles) and the 1 mile walk with my dog. Regarding food – this week will be smaller portions while I figure out foods, and/or diet. I will take out my Bethanny book and DVD. I will read the book, but not sure how consistent in can be on the yoga, that is something I could do on the weekends, but not the nights.

      There are a couple of 3 to 7 day diets I know that we can all (or who ever wants to) do to start us up…but as I said before, I am concern to do strict diets because what we want to do is change our habits for life. Let me know if I should I write them down any ways.

      This work week is going to be HARD, and won’t be able to focus too much on dieting, but I will defenetly keep the small portion part in mind, and the exercise will be a must to relax after the day.

      • California35 says:

        Corrections 😦
        1st paragraph
        …we were supposed to tell the group…
        2nd paragraph
        …how consistent I can be…

      • buffywood says:

        I think this is really up to Lynn. I certainly don’t want to do anything here on her blog that she does not want us to do. I can look to set-up my profile to be a “blog” so there is a link we can post to if need be. While I do know a good bit about fitness and working out, I would really like Quincy’s input on our journey.

        • Blue Sky says:

          Buffy, that sounds like an excellent plan! I love hearing what everyone’s eating (if it’s healthy, lol) and it will help us all to share. Thank you for offering.

        • quincyil says:

          I haven’t contacted Lynn, but she was cool about Thintervension on our board.

          I think Boston has the right idea. I also think that Bethenny’s ideas about the inner food voice are true. Trainers never really deal with the mind. They give rules, but you and I are the ones who put that food in our mouths. I think Bethenny dealt with weight issues from childhood and how she looks is a part of who she thinks she is. It’s going to be hard to age if you think that way. Of course, the real housewives really don’t age so they won’t have to deal with that. rotfl.

          I had mentioned to my physical trainer that Alexis Bellino has said that it was 60% food and 40% exercise. She nodded, but said that was for some people. For some people it’s 80% food. For others, it’s 100% food. Bethenny made a twitter comment that she was so busy that she hadn’t been able to go to yoga, but it didn’t matter because is really all about what you eat.

          I think you want to lose fat and keep lean muscle. The only way you can do that is to exercise and eat less, but eat enough that you do not to go into starvation where you cannibalize your brain and muscle tissue. So… try to take away 500 calories a day through diet and exercise. 500 calories times 7 days, is a pound a week. The first week might be more as you lose water weight. You have to make sure you get fiber. I eat shredded wheat or oatmeal. Most of the cereals have too much sugar. Drink water (Jackie adds lemon and I add a little truvia.)
          Jackie says to drink 2 liters. In small portions, it is not that difficult. I saw someone mention cottage cheese… that’s great. My trainer liked protein in the evening with less carbs. She also wanted me to have protein snack which could be a string cheese or peanutbutter on apple slices within one hour of my work out. We all drink water during the work outs. It is required.

          So… write notes to yourself and tell yourself how you are going to change. I have two sides on a page in my notebook. One side is the food and calories…the other is exercise and what good things I did for myself. I include laughing and doing things to help others on the exercise side. I’ve helped older people load their water softner salt and large bags of dog food in parking lots. It’s exercise and I helped someone. I offer to take carts back for older people or mothers with children because it makes me walk more. They always say, “Thank you.”

          Housework is wonderful exercise. When I was pregnant, my doctor told me to wash floors on my hands and knees and crawl around. Crawling is an excellent execise. Shocking, but true.

          I think the right side of my notebook page is me..becoming a better person. Everyone should try to improve themselves, Bethenny told us that too.

          • boston02127 says:

            @quincyil–I didn’t watch ever episode of Thintervention but I read all your blogs. I was doing good back then because I started reading labels. I was really becoming aware of the amounts of sugar in everything. That’s what I’m doing now is watching for sugars again.

          • buffywood says:

            Quincy, I said awhile ago that I think we must somehow be related because we are alike is a lot of ways. While I don’t do housework, I get a ton of exercise doing landscaping and yard work.
            Last summer I got a local fitness place here in Philadelphia to partner with the city to do some “Urban Bootcamps”. We took volunteers from the gym to go in and clear out abandon lots and make them community gardens. We hauled tires, brick, cinderblocks, and tons of crap. The city provided the dumpsters and we got local nurseries to donate plants, trees, mulch, and a few benches. This spring I am hoping to get my company to institute this in the markets in which they operate. It is one hell of a workout and so rewarding.
            Check locally as well for events such as this. Our town has a ton of parks and a hiking trail and twice a year they do community clean ups. We have a volunteer program where you can sign up to cut the lawns and take care of gardens for the elderly. We also have a Shade Tree commission that takes volunteers to plant free trees for people as well.

            • quincyil says:

              I was surprised that so many board members are like me. I see it all of the time. How can this be? Could we all have a set a genes in common? Those genes make us “hate” Jill Zarin and love the music of the Beach Boys. It’s very strange.

          • AZ Girl says:

            If I started crawling around the house my husband would be “did you lose a contact?”

    • kbinldo says:

      Can I join in? I need to lose a lot of weight & exercise more. Being part of a group would be fun! 🙂

      • Blue Sky says:

        of course! the more the merrier

      • quincyil says:

        Even lurkers are welcome. If you don’t want to write in, do keep your journal and take you measurements. I read a lot of sites when I was losing weight and lots of people helpe me along the way. I know a lot about the reality stars and their journies too that I thought I would share since that is what this site is about. Both Gretchen and Alexis of OC were fitness trainers at one time. Jason Hoppy was a physical trainer on the side. Surprisingly, Kim Z was never a fitness trainer. ROTFL….

        • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

          I don’t own a scale so I don’t know how much I weigh right now. A while ago someone said that weighing yourself too much can make you lose touch with your weight loss goals. Sometimes you may gain muscle weight for example. I always weigh myself at mama’s or dr.’s office. The last time was about 2 months ago & I weighed 16o. So if I lose 10 lbs. of belly fat that would be great & I would be more than happy at 150 lbs. & 5ft 4 inches.
          My legs & hips are fine thankfully~most of my weight like I said is in my upper body.

    • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

      Hi Lynn Fam~
      I will have a goal of 10 lbs. Thank you for all the information you have collected & I am looking forward to getting fit & strong again. If I lose more than 10lbs I will have to buy new jeans lol. If I can just lose in my tummy & upper arms it would be fabulous. Q for our coach would be great too.
      Thank you Buffy

      • BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

        I think somewhere I said I going to be 53 & I meant 52 ~whew
        that’s aging a little too fast lol
        Cranberries & almonds, rolled oat clusters & bran & wheat flakes
        with organic vanilla soy milk
        my exercise today is cleaning

  45. AZ Girl says:

    Cleaned out the frig today. Went to the store and I have my chicken, salad makings, cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit, and cashews. It even more boring when I type this list out. I will feel so much better in a few days once back on track.

    • vilzvet says:

      My daughter did get me for xmas a yoga mat, yoga DVD, and pilates DVD plus light hand weights for walking. So I am prepared! Guess I have to get on the scale tomorrow, uh-oh.

      • Sha2000 says:

        in that pic you look tiny vilzvet !

        • quincyil says:

          like Thumbelina…

          • vilzvet says:

            Ah, you are too kind, well I’m only 5’2″, but I know I’m 120 and I really want to be 110. I believe the starting point is 5 feet tall = 100 lb and 5 lb. for every inch over?? Who made that cruel rule…and by the way just had my last snack, pistachio cake. That’s it, I’m done.

            • buffywood says:

              So I guess that means I should be 5’10”? So much depends on body type and muscle mass. Not only am I pretty big bones (broad shoulders, big back)but I have a good amount of muscle and at 5’4″ 120 lbs for me would be an unrealistic goal.

              • quincyil says:

                The percentage of body fat is a better measure. Height and weight does not take frame size into account. Age makes a difference.

                I don’t like bmi as a measure either.

                Since we can’t check body fat, we will have to exercise and cut back on calories. The exercise helps us keep our lean muscle.

                Eating 5 times a day helps. Eating protein within one hour of exercise helps. Muscles burns more calories so that will help with the over all loss.

                We are saving tons of money. We won’t have to pay for tummy lipo, no fancy Kim Z laser treatments, no double chin surgeries, our breasts will naturally get smaller, and we can use the clothes that we have stored in the back of our closets. Just think of the thousands of dollars this would cost Real Housewives.

    • California35 says:

      I have not gone to the store to fill up the fridge with goodies, but I do cottage cheese, yogurt and fruit in a can, wallnuts, milk, oatmeal and cereal. I will do cottage cheese, fruit and walnuts for breakfast tomorrow. Is that really healthy? I am not sure, but it will fill me up until lunch. I am having Thai at wok, so will try to have smaller portion and even smaller on the rice. I will have chicken breast and steam vegetables or a salad for dinner. If I can’t wait until dinner, I will have an apple.

      Wow -it is true – planing ahead helps, now I know the whole menu for tomorrow…now if I keep doing this and stick to what I write.

    • Blue Sky says:

      AZ Girl, I love cashews but check out the nutritional value here


      I like walnuts & almonds too. Sometimes I weigh them, on my little kitchen scale, to figure out the calories. You sound way more in shape than me (I’m 53 and have lots of weight to lose!!)

      • Sha2000 says:

        Medallions of beef on a salad here tonight & shopping for an elliptical…we are all in the same boat w/dieting it seems.

      • quincyil says:

        I was 57 when I started… you are a baby.

      • AZ Girl says:

        I love the cashews but just a few as a snack in the afternoons with fruit and cottage cheese. I am 53 but retired aerobics instructor. Certified through American Counsel on Exercise.
        I taught step and hi/lo at LA Fitness and other local gyms for 12 years. Stopped teaching when kids need to be driven here and there after school. Kids come first. Trust me I am struggling in my 50’s like everyone else. Metabolism has crashed through the floor and it just sucks.

  46. Adgirl says:

    @ quincyil you mentioned Gretchen upthread.
    I recently lived in the OC so there was a little more attention to those RH than they usually get on this board.
    I’ve watched RH since the beginning so I remember most of the ladies and I can tell you the recent batch are all mostly awful.

    Gretchen has bugged me from the get go. I found it strange that she and Jeff were so “in love” and he was dying however he managed to buy her loads of jewelry and a motorcycle etc.
    Why no marriage??
    There are tons of rumors about their relationship, but really who cares at this point. The Jay Photoglu situation I believe most have something to do with some secret financial arrangement they had and she re-nigged on.
    The most repugnant thing about Gretchen is her relationship/engagement to the loathsome Slade. He doesn’t have a job (neither does she) but he lives fairly well all the while he avoids paying child support on his 2 boys, one of which is dying of brain cancer. Their mother has stated he seldom spends time with them even though he lives only a few freeway exists away.
    So that is the love of Gretchen’s life….. ick.

    I am speculating here … but I wonder if the demise of Vicki and Donn’s marriage is alcohol related.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Whenever a young thing is engaged to an much older man it’s suspect to me, but the men are not fools & they know this, so really one is a whore for money & one a whore for sex, it’s a mutual unspoken deal but the women always get the bad rap. Old broke men never get a 25 year old, but many still try. My 8 year old daughter recently said to me
      “mommy I want to be a gold digger when I grow up”.
      What!!! I said.
      She answered : “not digging for gold in my nose, digging for gold & diamonds in a cave”.
      My husband & I joke that having lost so much in equity a gold digging daughter may be retirement plan B.

      • Sha2000 says:

        On a serious note, I had not heard about the little boy being sick…my best friends neighbors boy had a brain tumor @ 9. He is cancer free now for nearly two years; hope the best of the Smiley boy too!

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          Sadly, Gray has a very rare form of inoperable cancer-I think it’s described as having cancer cells sprinkled like sugar throughout the brain instead of a mass they can remove.

          This is his website

      • quincyil says:

        You know how I watch people. Well, I see those couples everywhere. I saw a man practically unable to walk in Lake Tahoe, buying a young blond diamonds. The way he held on, he was not her grandfather. Why would Gretchen do that? He parents seem to have money and she was very successful selling houses.

        • Blue Sky says:

          Quincy there aren’t enough good people on earth…sadly those girls that will steal an old man’s money are a “dime a dozen.” No morals, no integrity, just greed. Plus sometimes the old guy (if he still has all his marbles) wants it that way.

          • Sha2000 says:

            “Plus sometimes the old guy (if he still has all his marbles) wants it that way.”

            EXACTLY my point Blue. They want the girl they couldn’t touch with a 10ft. pole when they were younger & poorer. They are both using each other but the woman gets the title of gold digger; it’s an even exchange the way I see it; not something I’d do or want my daughters to but it’s an agreement never the less.

            • Blue Sky says:

              It galls me that the old guys that hook up with the pretty young thangs don’t care about their families…if they have children. One of my friends took care of her & her husband’s money by making it “bimbo proof” lol. She means that if he divorces her or she dies first, their children will still get all the money. Not sure how she did it.

      • boston02127 says:

        I’ll never understand about Gretchen & Slade. They’re and odd couple. My mother use to say “there’s an old sock for every
        old shoe”. Because of how Slade is, I’m guessing she’s just as much of a low life as he is behind all her makeup & expensive cloths.

        As far as Kim & Big Daddy. She’s just plain slutty. She’s not kidding anyone. I believe if he’ll cheat on his wife he’ll cheat on you too. I’m not going to act like having money isn’t nice, it is. But it can’t buy you respect, dignity and morals. Three things Kim will never have.

        • Blue Sky says:

          Boston, you are so right!!! I’d rather have my self respect than diamonds on every finger. To do what Kim Z & Gretchen did makes me vomit.

        • Blue Sky says:

          Maybe Gretchen deserves Slade, would that be karma?

          • Adgirl says:

            I think Gretchen’s taste runs to scummy guys. Just look at Jay Photoglu and Slade. She also posted pix of herself on the toilet (she was not taking a pregnancy test) which grossed me out.

            In all the OC women are distasteful without the high camp and humor of ATL.

            • quincyil says:

              ATL have never has a toilet photo out there. Bethenny just doesn’t get it when it comes to this stuff.

        • Sha2000 says:

          Well said Boston! & did you see her face on the reunion when Ben Weiner asked her about big Poppa? She couldn’t hid her distain even though a child was asking her & she was the one that had the affair….low class in my book.

      • California35 says:

        Lol this is a cute story 🙂 I’m glad she explained 🙂

      • Rabble Rouser says:

        LOL- your DD is funny.

    • quincyil says:

      Everyone in the show drinks like drunken sailors. Not one teatotaler in that group. Gretchen pretends to be so nice, but the interviews show that she is as mean to fellow castmates as they are to her. I think Vicki is mean. She certainly makes comments in interviews that are off the chart rude. I have no favorites in OC. I am looking forward to Lynn’s first blogs on the OC.

      I am really looking forward to NYC. I can’t imagine the show without Bethenny. I will record, but I usually skip through Ramona’s work and the Countess singing.. I think they recorded after fashion week this year so I’m not sure they will be fighting in fashion shows. Kelly is going to drive me mad without Bethenny’s balance. The NYC women drove Bethenny off of the show, so I sure hope they won’t bitch about Bethenny for the entire season.

    • Sparkles says:

      Gretchen’s relationship with Jeff bothered me because she was so phony about it. If there was a quid pro quo — for example, she takes care of Jeff and he buys her things in exchange– fine. But Gretchen claimed to be with Jeff for love, not money. And she denied having an affair with that guy Jay despite all the evidence to the contrary, including photos of them kissing. Please, we are not that gullible.

      But Slade is even worse. Here you can read all about the deadbeat dad. And he has the nerve to be on TV with Gretchen talking about having kids with her!


      As for Kim Z., it’s funny how quickly she got over Big Poppa as soon as he hit financial trouble. She moved quick to get on an 18-year plan with a pro athlete. Also, she always claimed not to be with BP for his money (yeah right) and that he was separated from his wife. But if you watch the 2009 Cribs episode with Big Poppa’s family, he clearly lived with his wife. Heck, they were interviewed together. If his wife did move across the country, it was probably because she later found out that her husband was two-timing her with trashy Kim.

      One more thought…do you think that Kim reported BP’s gifts on her taxes?

    • Rabble Rouser says:

      Gretchen is horrid.
      She sent me a DM on twitter when she saw I refereed to Slade as a dead beat- and said “What do you know about the relationship he has with his son”.

      I know he is 80k + in arrears in child support. I know he had the money he earned from HW put in your name so they couldn’t garnish it from him. I know he rarely see’s his son (as per YOUR words and Gray’s mom).

      (To Gretchen) That’s what I know bitch…and that’s plenty.

      I also know, your engagement to Jeff was more of a relationship of convenience. According to numerous sources, the Harley was ‘borrowed’ from the dealership-and the ring didn’t have a real diamond. That the courts have proven you to be a liar.

      I know that when Jeff’s ex wife (The one he married twice and the mother of his children) went to see him- you flipped out. Is it because it interfered with your plans to get him to change his will? IS it true his will was changed only 6 weeks before his death when he was heavily sedated with morphine to include you?

      You deserve Slade Slimey and everything bad that’s going to come your way as a result.
      MY prediction for 2011- a ‘stolen’ sex tape featuring you two being released by Vivid.

  47. Blue Sky says:

    It’s already helped me get back into a routine, reading about what everyone’s doing. I go to 2 gyms – LA fitness, & another one that has great step classes & a weight class with barbells. My favorite class has become pilates. I couldn’t do anything when I started, but it’s already getting easier, & I’m getting a tiny bit more flexible, just after 1 month. I think I had too much muscle, from lifting weights for years. So in order to lose the weight faster, I’m using lighter weights…but more cardio. So here’s what I’m doing so far:
    Monday step class, then a barbell weight lifting class (lots of squats & lunges too)
    Tuesday could do kick boxing. Or Zumba.
    Wednesday ? have to figure it out, maybe treadmill/stepper while watching tv @ gym
    Thursday Zumba!!! then pilates after
    Friday step class, then work out with kettle ball, stretching (yoga), lifting weights, etc.
    Saturday step class, then my own workout stretching, etc.
    Sunday step class with weights, it’s an awesome class! then a pilates/yoga class I love

    Sunday is my favorite day, after those 2 hours, I crawl out of the gym…love it!

    Buffy, put me down for 40. My ideal weight would be 65 pounds to lose, but 40 would be a good start! It’s so important to watch what you eat. So I’m going to eat 1400 to 1500 calories a day. Don’t forget to take a vitamin. And nothing white – no sugar, no white rice/bread & especially no corn syrup!! If you can cook everything from scratch, make enough to last at least 5 days. Then you are less likely to fall off the wagon. Take a stool softener if you need to (low carb diet can be constipating).

    Here’s what I ate yesterday: oatmeal/dried fruit/walnuts/skim milk & tea for breakfast. orange & 1 oz lowfat cheese for a snack. Chicken, potatoes, yam, & fat-free plain yogurt (chicken marinated in Indian spices, plus ginger/garlic paste) for dinner. That added up to 1420 calories. After working out for a couple of hours in the am, breakfast becomes lunch. I was not hungry at all.

    Salsa is 0 calories, mustard is like 5 calories a tablespoon…you can spice up your food & still lose weight. I like to eat carrots/celery with tuna salad (use mustard, & very small amount of low fat mayo to make the tuna salad) for a high protein snack.

    Try not to eat after 6 or 7 pm. Eat small meals, with snacks between. You will never feel that hungry, & your metabolism works better this way. I liked OMIB’s way of eating veggies before meals. Thanks for inspiring me everbody, I sure need it! It will work if we all report in, it’s easier to lose with the “buddy system!”

    If you don’t like gyms, then turn on the radio and dance at home! It works. Housework is good too. Nothing like scrubbing the bathroom to work up a sweat.

    good website for determining calories, nutrients in foods you are eating:

    • California35 says:

      Wow Blue Sky, that is a lot of exercise. With all of that I don’t see why you wouldn’t loose the 40 to 65 pounds you want to. I couldn’t join the gym, I have no time…I will have to start slow. I joined a gym before where it was for woman only. There were so many fun classes, but themost of em during the day, and they do have some at night, but i couldnt make it to them (work stuff) and added to my fustrations,. I wish i would join it again if only for the classes… A full hour of fun exercise after work was always good. I will look into the specialized gym types, to see how much they are. I would love to be able to do aerobics or pilotes once a week to change the excersise environment.

      Your meal ideas are all good too, I am adding your post to my exercise notes 🙂

      • Blue Sky says:

        You being younger, your metabolism is better. I used to be lots thinner, but menopause, stress, & eating too much did me in. I think I’m trying to get back to the exercise addiction that I had from 18 to 40, lol. Cali35 you could do hikes, dancing, or kick boxing with your bf. Great way to spend time together…hmm, maybe you already get lots of excercise with him, lol!! (I think I’m blushing) ; )

        • California35 says:

          Lol 😛
          We go for our walks with the dog every night, it is fun but there is not so much cardio there. We do the exercise bike while watching TV, you can say that is together. He does a higher label and inspires me to follow his steps. In the weekends, we use our real bikes (beach cruiser) but we haven’t since the summer. I hope I do loose the weight so that I don’t get too tired too soon when we go back to our bike rides this coming summer. Any ways, I will suggest we find other fun indoor exercise. Maybe he joins me do yoga with the help of Bethanny’s DVD.

      • quincyil says:

        I bought a sears exercise bike. It was on sale for 150. There are used bikes out there. They are not too hard on you knees.
        That bike is my winter salvation. It was 20 degrees today with a wind that made your fingers freeze. I had to ride the bike for cardio. Look around and see what you can find. I ride the bike while watching tv shows that I record. You get used to riding and watching so the exercise seems like a breeze.

        My bike gives calories used, miles, time and speed on a dial. I usually use 350 calories in an hour.

        I think it’s an investment in health.

        • Blue Sky says:

          350 calories per hour, that’s some resistance you are doing Q. Great idea to put a bike in front of the tv too.

    • American Idiot says:

      Blue Sky: I see you do several step classes a week. I used to go 3 or 4 times a week, but had to cut down due to pain in my knees and achilles. Now I go twice a week, but ideally I would like to do more. I only use on riser on each side of the step. Any suggestions – what type of sneaker do you wear.

      • buffywood says:

        I know you didn’t ask me but I will give my 2 cents worth anyway.

        Shoes – for step classes I would recomend cross trainers. Running shoes may not be the best bet as they could be causing you to step incorrectly (too much heel). As for your knees it could be a medical issue, how you are stepping or both. Woman can have a chronic issue (Chondromalacia patella) with their knees because our hips are wider that our normal stance. This causes the exterior muscles in our legs (quads) strengthen more than our interior muscles. When you use your legs it can be pulling your knee caps outward with each step. I stabilizer brace can help. Don’t let your knees go forward past your foot either when stepping or lunging and make sure your foot is planted facing forward and not outward at all.

        • American Idiot says:

          Thanks Buffy, I appreciate it. I really don’t mind working out, but I hate when it hurts. I think I am going to invest in new sneakers. Right now, my knees are not too bad, but I do have what OMIB had, plantar facisitis, basically an arch problem. So I am dealing with that. Podiatrist says I have to stretch 2x a day.

          • buffywood says:

            I know what you mean. There is good pain when working out and bad pain and usually you can tell the difference. It reminds me of my dad when I was competitive in sports and something happened. He would ask me “Are you hurt or are you injured?”. Hurt meant you sucked it up and got back out there, injured meant a trip to the ER. Of course my definition and his sometimes differed.

          • Blue Sky says:

            American not! Idiot,
            I don’t use any risers on the step, too much on my knees. Use your arms more, overhead, to raise your heart rate & you will get a great work out, even without the risers on the step. I’m 53 & weigh too much, so no jumping jacks either…I do low impact (stretch one leg out to the side, arms overhead) “jacks” instead.

            The Planter problem: I had that for years, starting around 38. The only thing that worked for me is foot massage – do it where the pain is, rubbing your foot hard! before you get out of bed. Do the foot massage 5 x a day. You won’t believe how this will cure the problem. I am pain free after suffering many years with this problem. You can use that foot roller massager too, that helped me. I find that if I don’t get exercise, the foot problem comes back. I have very poor circulation, when I don’t get my heart pumping daily, my fingers, feet, legs, even my face swells.
            My feet ached so bad in 2009, I cried after workouts, but within 3 weeks the pain was all gone! Exercise is the cure – & eating healthy.

  48. boston02127 says:

    Pic from Kelly’s tweet: Sea and i take the polar bear plunge for the East Hampton food pantry. Happy new year http://yfrog.com/h3quagcj

    Notice the only people in bathing suits are her & her poor daughter that she’ll be (or a nanny) will be pumping vitamins C in to next week.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      anything for a photo op in a bathing suit. meanwhile everyone else is wearing coats- she’s such an idjit

    • Blue Sky says:

      Lucky for the Kellidiot it was almost 55 degrees in NYC area yesterday. With the wind, and the temp. of the ocean…crazy to go in the water. Poor Sea.

    • klmh says:

      I must say, she looks great in that one piece suit. So much better than a two piece. I’ve said it before and will say it again, the lady has great legs.

  49. Blue Sky says:

    This is a very good story about how to just spend $100 in NYC…just don’t look at the donuts too long!!


  50. Happy New year everybody!
    Thank You Lynn, for this great place.

    Looking forward to a happy, healthy 2011!

    Love you guys……………………..

  51. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet—- the March @Playboy cover/story was shot Sept 09 at Milk Studio in NYC. This is what 42 can look like. Celebrate age.

    “This is what 42 can look like” Kelly stop kidding yourself…THIS IS how you look!

    • Blue Sky says:

      celebrate retouched photos Kelly you moron!

      • buffywood says:

        Not just retouched but re-cycled if I remember correctly. Didn’t they publish some photos that her ex-hubby took of her several years ago? That would be like me posting my wedding photos on Facebook and saying look how good I look for 42.

        • Blue Sky says:

          I was thinking of sending Lynn one of my college days photos…lol so you’d really believe me that once I was in great shape. Maybe it was just the one photo of Kelly of how she looks now, & you know they had to erase the wrinkles etc. from that one!! I don’t have the stomach to actually look at those pictures. Few do.

        • quincyil says:

          rotfl.. I have college photos that look great at 58. Maybe, I will get into Playboy

    • BessiB says:

      Ahh hahaha!

  52. boston02127 says:

    O/T —Luv my b/f very much. We’ve been together for a little over a year. He’s a good guy & a hard worker, smart & has a dry sense of humor which I love. His family is so loving and normal. He doesn’t party. He’s been so supportive towards me and my brother over the past year. I can’t say enough good about him. He doesn’t bug me and a lot of people do so that’s a plus. He owns a condo not far from here but is here all the time. We never hung out at his condo because I needed to be here in the past so we were always here. He works rotating shifts (fireman) so he sleeps odd hours. That doesn’t bother me either. Now the but….sometimes I just want to be alone. I love his company & miss him when he’s working a lot of overtime. Other times he can just be sitting watching TV quietly breathing and I want to say …will you go to work. Am I normal?

    • buffywood says:

      SO NORMAL! I am the exact same way. For the longest time it was just me and my daughter, then about 4+ years ago my boyfriend moved in. It was really an adjustment for me. I work from home and he was offered the same opportunity and thought it was a great idea. I said “no way”. As much as I love him, I love my time away from him as well. Even during some evening there are just some times I rather watch TV by myself or read and it took him a while to lean that it didn’t mean I was mad at him or anything, I just need my “me” time. It’s funny how you mentioned “breathing”… I would go into the bedroom to read and he would want to come is as well just to lay there and relax. The sound of his breathing drove me nuts!

      • klmh says:

        Boston, do you think its just getting used to him being there that you feel this way?
        For me, with the loss of my sister, I wanted to be by myself so much more than before. Its part of depression I think, don’t you? With your mothers passing and someone new in the house, I would feel the same way, however much I loved and adored him. It will get better.
        Sounds like you found a wonderful person to share your life with Boston.

    • Blue Sky says:

      After 27 plus years of marriage, I do love it when I have time alone, lol. If you really love someone, it’s okay to want to be by yourself sometimes. If you are good friends, laugh a lot together, and enjoy listening to each other’s thoughts, then that’s what will keep you together. Friendship IMO is really important. Just as important as the initial attraction, sex, etc. Because looks fade, beauty takes a hike, but the smiles you put on each other’s faces when you share a joke, well that can last a lifetime.

      If you close your eyes, ask yourself “is this the person I’m meant to be with?” Listen to your heart. I saw stars, meaning lots of bright lights when I asked myself that question back in 1982…and we have not had an easy time. Different cultures, religions, skin color, etc. but still together even so.

    • California35 says:

      Growing up I always had to share my room with my sister (or my cousin when I was at grandma’s). When I left home at 18, I could never afford my own place and I had at least one roomate. Once I got my own place, as small as it was I LOVED it. I have been single and on my own for years, and now I live with my BF. It took a while to get used to it, but I think I am finally figuring it out. It is ok to have “me” time, he has his also. It isn’t the same as living alone, but I make do. There are still some times when I think “when is he going to do his own thing!!!!”

    • twoile says:

      @Boston…normal is what ever you want it to be….he sounds wonderful but so does peace & quiet…….give yourself a lot of leeway after all you are a young woman who has shouldered an adult level responsibility for a protracted length of time …..time to say ahhhhhhhh for a while as you exhale. You experiences have probably left you a bit raw so naturally you react to “breathing”:)…..very understandable….now maybe you could “change it around” & spend a night at his condo etc…you can just exit if you feel the need….and explain you would like the change of venue for now…many memories etc. Hope this makes some sense, take care Jeanne

  53. Blue Sky says:

    justanothermary, praying for you today girl. Sending you warm rays of sunshine for tomorrow.

  54. Adgirl says:

    It’s strange but I think these women believe they “run” their RH franchise:
    Vicki G
    Jill Zarin
    Caroline Manzo
    DC – who cares?

  55. TrueLifeDiva says:

    *Fitness?Weight loss tip*
    For those of you counting calories, I have Calorieking.com bookmarked on my BlackBerry. They have calorie info for most restaurants and fast food chains plus averages for home cooked foods.
    I keep a food dairy and jot every thing I eat in it religiously. I’ve found very pretty journals at Ross for $3-$5 that range from 3-6 months in size and fit nicely in a medium purse. I’ve also found cute 30 day journals at Michaels in the $1 notions section. I guess I’m a teenager at heart because a pretty journal and sparkly pen to write in it with makes me get all giggly ;-). I’ve become obsessed with finding the perfect one and have at least a dozen blank ones as back up. The best one so far was a plain black hard covered one with the word journal embossed in silver. Inside it had 29 lines, approx 6 months worth of pages+, and the size of a smallish paperback for $4.95 at Barnes & Noble. I’m 1 month into a 3 month journal now. I think I’ll buy another black one when I’m done with the current one.
    Reading everyone’s resolutions reminded me to check out Craigslist and Freecycle for used equipment for the days I can’t go to the gym.

    • Blue Sky says:

      TLD, you do inspire me. The other day I actually thought of you, and did not eat the cookie lol. Know that! I’m into day 2 of my journal…it worked well for me in 2009 when I lost 45 pounds. Thanks for the inspiration. ; )

  56. American Idiot says:

    I was away for New Year’s with no internet service, so I just want to wish everyone here a Happy New Year, with all the best for 2011.

    I am getting ready for Lynn Family Losers. I just cleared some food out of the fridge and tomorrow I am going to note my weight and several measurements in a diary, and well as keeping the food diary.

    I think e mailing our results to a specifice person on a specific day is a good idea. Or maybe posting them to a separate blog that is part of this blog. I am not good at computer things, so I don’t really know how that would work. Whatever is decided, I will participate with enthusiasm, know that.

    • buffywood says:

      I am in the process of creating a basic “blog” under my name now. How do you like the tag line “Haters” that want to be “losers” too.

    • California35 says:

      Sorry you had internet issues, but glad you are back. Happy New Year to you too!

      “Lynn Famil Losers” lol that is funny… Let’s loose those pounds together 😛

  57. AZ Girl says:

    Good luck to all of you and your fitness goals! So many of you have some great advice and will be a wonderful support system to the other here.

    O.k. where is my Aleve…..:)

  58. jeang says:

    Boston, I did love my time alone when my larry would go to work, and have felt guilty about that this past nearly two years since he died. He would take time away from me too sometimes and sit by himself in the backyard with the three dogs, his radio, his miller light and cigarettes. Its normal and you will figure it out. Nothing to feel bad about at all.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:


      something about the way you posted “…sit by himself in the backyard with the three dogs, his radio, his miller light and cigarettes” I could almost see Larry in front of me… makes me want to be there to hug you.

    • boston02127 says:

      @jeang–I’m so sorry if I brought on sad memories. After reading what you and others had to say I think that it is normal to like to be alone sometimes. I’m sure Larry is your angel now watching over you. ♥

  59. Adgirl says:

    If I didn’t have my “”alone/me” time I would have plenty of it, enforced by our penal system after I was found guilty of first degree murder. LOL.
    Althgough, somehow I believe it I had a true jury of my peers (smart sassy women) I would be let off with and given a Medal Of Womanly Restraint for not eliminating my husband or kids earlier. LOL
    Sometimes even the animals bug me. “The Girls”, an elderly bulldog and a silly cat both hover around me all day. All Day. I go to the kitchen, the bedroom, laundry, weed the yard, paint the hall …. and The Girls shadow me. All of the time. Bathroom? Yep. And the bulldog gets annoyed that I change rooms forcing her to get up and relocate so she grumbles, All Day. LOL
    Sometimes I make the husband take the big Girl on a ride in the Blazer to get them both out of my hair. She sites staring out of the rear window like a bobble head having a great time.

  60. TrueLifeDiva says:

    Tweet from Jeff Lewis:
    @JL_Jeff_Lewis: Still recovering from NYE. WWHL camera didn’t catch @KimZolciak throwing her drink on me after my off color comment. I probably deserved it.

    • American Idiot says:

      I found Jeff’s comment very funny. Don’t care if it was inappropriate, it made me laugh.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Love his humor. Inappropriate or not, I’m sure he considered the brunt of the joke was worthy or not.

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          If Kim threw a drink at him, it must be because the truth hurts.

          I don’t know what Kim’s divorce decree says, but as long as she is still eligible for those 250k support payments, there is no way she is marrying Kroy who has a short-term contract that isn’t worth millions.

      • Sha2000 says:

        Love his humor. Inappropriate or not, I’m sure he considered if the brunt of the joke was worthy or not.

      • klmh says:

        I loved it as well. One of the highlights of the evening.

  61. Adgirl says:

    How can you guys be dieting while talking about food all day?? LOL.

  62. jeang says:

    Hooray for Jeff! I mentioned this the other night and wondered if I should share this, but I will. It was just a few seconds past midnight on the 1st and I of course crying since this is the 2nd new years without my husband and my landline rang. I wondered who else was up that would call me, thought maybe my son. I looked and it was larrys cell phone, in my pocket. I pulled the phone out and it was not lit up like normal when a call is made or incoming. I dont know what I thought I was going to hear when I answered the land line phone. cause of course no one was there, but you know what I BELIEVED . I take this as my sign from God that of course He and larry were and are with me that night and every night. I feeled blessed to have that sign.

    • Sparkles says:

      That’s beautiful.

    • Adgirl says:

      Oh jeang. You made me cry.
      My ex died almost years ago and our 20 yr old children were devasted. Really blown away.
      A few days afterwards my son was awoken from a nap by his cell phone “DAD”.
      My son, groggy was trembling when he answered. Turns out the wife of my ex “lent” the phone to a family member who called my son on it.

      I do believe that souls linger. They don’t want us to be sad. They want to know we are OK and think happy thoughts about them. Your husband wanted you to know he thinks about you and knows you love him.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      Is that what you were referring to earlier on another blog and you said you would share it soon? I’ve been waiting and waiting to know what it was?

      That’s beautiful.

      My mother gave me a coach bag before she died. It is really too small for me, just fits a wallet and a lipgloss in it. I am a fanatic about having clean purses, always empty them out every night,etc, and I never ever use this bag…

      well anyway, took out this purse to wear to xmas services, and lo and behold there was a penny in it- with my year of birth – 1963- (so you know that was an old penny LOL) it rolled right out onto the bed when I was getting ready, it was still pretty bright too. I have it taped on my nightstand.

      I felt my mom then, and I know you felt Larry. I believe it was him.

    • klmh says:

      I have had things happen to me as well when my loved ones passed. When it happens to you, it gives such hope that you will see them again soon. I wasn’t looking for anything either. Didn’t believe that could happen, but they did and I am so appreciative…

  63. Adgirl says:

    Headline on Dlisted: Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp might be Doing It
    I had to laugh at loud at the photo. She is in her granola-goth uniform and he is carrying a cane LOL.
    I just spent all weekend painting my hall and watching “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry met Sally”.
    NOOOOOO! This is not cute!
    And why is Meg Ryan always mentioned when a midlife crisis marriage breakup occurs (Susan Saradon & Tim whatshisface)?? If Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedwick break up will Meg be there to pick up the pieces??


    • Adgirl says:

      Comment on Dlisted: Not to be a killjoy, but you all realize that John Mellencamp has a condition known as Spina Bifida and most likely hydrocephalus, right? That would explain the cane and larger head.

  64. American Idiot says:

    One More In Boston if you are still here, I read above that you suffered from plantar facisitis (sp?) I am going through that right now, and it is affecting my exercise program. Had one cortisone shot by the Podiatrist, and it was ok for about a week, but I can feel it returning. Do you have any advice for me?

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      I’m so sorry-it is f*ing painful isn’t it?

      My doctor told me I might have to have surgery, and that really scared me. I got out a towel, and did some excercises to stretch the ligaments, I stopped wearing high heels so much (that hurt me more than anything) and had to stop taking walks or jogging ( that part didn’t bother me so much LOL) and it gradually healed. I had it in both feet.



      I also was going to get an insert for my shoes but it cost like $100 so I was going to do that as a last resort. The excercises, plus losing the weight, really helped.

      • American Idiot says:

        Thanks, OMIB. I am going to really try to do the exercises every day. The Dr. does not think I need the surgery. I think I have to reinvent my exercise program. Maybe do a spin class for cardio instead of step. FYI Dr. also said that 2 in. heels are best, not high, and never flats or barefoot or flip flops.

        • Blue Sky says:

          American Idiot (not!)
          See up thread, I gave you the way I cured mine….it will get better!

    • AZ Girl says:

      I have been suffering from this for 5 years. I had 4 cortisone shots in 3 years. Finally broke down and had orthodics made and they really did work for me. You have to break them in slowly.

    • kmuellfa says:

      Count me in the plantar fasciaitis (SP?) club. I had it years ago as a flight attendant, changed my footwear (merrell shoes work for me), incorporated stretching, and anti-inflammatory meds and it worked.
      Recently it came back with a vengeance in the left foot. I bought a new pair of merrells, and have started stretching again. Here are a few examples of stretches that work for me:


      Another trick I learned was to freeze a water bottle and roll your foot over it, the cold helps with inflammation, and the rolling stretches the plantar fascia. There is also a ultrasound treatment, but i suggest trying the at-home remedies before cortisone shots etc are attempted.

      • kmuellfa says:

        Also, I wanted to add, find shoes with good arch support (if you don’t use inserts/orthodics), this will place less stress on the plantar fascia.

  65. boston02127 says:

    If it wasn’t for Christmas & New Years I wouldn’t have any clue what day it was. Having days off messes me up lately. My point, I just checked the TV guide and it looks like the housewives is a repeat.

    Going to go take off my crusty face mask & get caught up on things. Have a good night everyone.

  66. jeang says:

    Thanks to you all for your support. I have felt better than I have felt since he died. Last year every time I was in the bathroom, I would just look out the bathroom window, and couldnt believe I didnt see him outside having his private time with his dogs and cat, drinking his cold beers and listening to his radio and smoking. I finally feel at peace now cause I know this was an absolute sign from God to get on with my life and know again, that He is with me always, as He has been these past two years. The self indulgent pity party is over. Moving on with my remaining family who deserve all of me, not just part.

    • Sha2000 says:

      Jeang so sorry to hear of your loss, but glad that you are putting your life in to focus…best wishes.

    • Blue Sky says:

      ((((jeang)))) join our fitness group, & feel better. Someday you will meet again.

  67. jeang says:

    ad girl, so sorry for the children and their loss. I cannot even imagine how horrible that would be both for them and you as a mother to see them have to endure that. God bless you all. Larrys first wife and he divorced when his 3 sons were in there early teens and she didnt commicate anything to him and before long all three were under her influence and without him were all in Florida dept of law enforcement incarcerations and still she kept all info from him. they only called him before their birthdays and christmas just to get some money. Thank God he had my son and his family and my sister, mother, nieces and nephews and aunts, uncles, as well as his sisters and brother. when he got sick he never let any of his kids know anything until he died.

    • Adgirl says:

      Holy Moly, how we grown ups ruin kids. My exe’s #2 wife was just like Larry’s #1. All head games all of the time. I’m sure that’s what happened to the ex, he just caught chewed up by the machinery.

      You sound like a wonderful person and I’m sure you made Larry a very happy man.

  68. jeang says:

    omib, that was what happened on new years night. Thanks so much for all the times you have supported me. I hope now to help others because I now feel I need to get out of this self pity rut and do as much as I can for others. God saved me that day from that heart attack with the ems and the heart surgeons and now I need to give to others and figure why God saved me and for what.

  69. jeang says:


  70. California35 says:

    OT – is anything going on tomorrow with the NY show or NY girls? Ramona said something on FB/Twitter that got us thinking and a bit confused.

    • icantstandthetoxicity says:

      Ramona tweeted that they are still filming RHONY.

      • California35 says:

        I must have missunderstood…

        I was trying to copy and paste, but was not able to. She said hat we should tell her how we like the show, that whe will be watching tomorrow night.

      • BessiB says:

        Jill tweeted the same thing – filming when she gets back. Bravo must really have crappy footage to ask them to do more at this stage of the game. Maybe the rumors that they wished Bethenny would do more is true.

  71. icantstandthetoxicity says:

    This is Jill’s latest tweet:

    Jillzarin: I just heard some of you have been bullied AGAIN by hate blogger.My cyber assistant will start blocking any of their followers. I hope helps

    • Adgirl says:

      Damnit did I miss my chance to reach out and hate someone??

    • quincyil says:

      I read everything that Lynn writes and she didn’t bully anyone so it has to be one of the other thousands of hate bloggers out there.

      • vilzvet says:

        What the hell is Jill talking about? What a way for her to start the New Year, idiot.

        • OneMoreInBoston says:

          nope- don’t you see?

          She came here as Katrina asking when the hate would end-meaning when are you changing the name of the blog.

          She extended what she believed was the olive branch to Lynn.

          Then she read all of our posts, and probably read Lynn’s assessment of her (which was more than fair) and now she’s PISSED because no one is buying her nonsense.

          So now she’s back to trying to control the entire internet.

          Lather. Rinse.Repeat.

          • BessiB says:


          • Rabble Rouser says:

            Bawby- you said I could have anything I want for my birthday and I WANT THE INTERNET.

            Or at least buy me AC and wordpress….

            The Jill Zarin cult has been trolling here- the AC article and twitter. They pushed- got pushed back- then went to mother hen. Boo hoo.

  72. Sparkles says:

    I haven’t seen much discussion of Lynn’s latest blog, but I think she hit the nail on the head in capturing the dynamic on RHONJ. Lynn reports some interesting stuff that I never knew before, such as how Trashly harassed Danielle’s teen daughter online. Horrible!

    The other NJ housewives should *thank* Danielle because their obsession with her added the only interesting story line on the show. They are delusional to think that they’re so wonderful on their own that viewers want to watch Caroline’s kids play the ham game and the clan take a field trip to the pumpkin patch. Surely that’s why Teresa’s SIL is now added to the cast.

    I can’t believe that I used to like Caroline. Now I see her as a smug, attention-seeking, entitled, know-it-all bully. The Manzos think they are above Danielle, but they are just fine with the tax cheat/DUI Guidices. Hmm.

    • Adgirl says:

      NJ is the only Rh I don’t watch just for the reasons you describe. Just a bunch of jumped up suburban housewives who have accomplished nothing on their own and have nothing of interest going on in their lives except sniping at one another. They accept anything as long as you can still live in the right neighborhood and like/don’t like the same people they do.

      • Error404 says:

        I think you are being too kind to them. The show really resembles “bad girls club” more than RH. OC may be jumped up housewives, but NJ is really more like former strippers and prozzies, none of whom are above criminal action. True low lives.

  73. ches says:

    Sorry if this was already posted. It’s a link to RH’s Christmas pics.
    I was a little surprised at Kelly’s tree. Maybe she’s too busy jogging down the streets of NYC to buy tree lights….or more than 10 balls. Charlie Brown must have helped her decorate.

    • Adgirl says:

      Gackkkk. After I saw Dina’s over done 1980’s table top I had to shut it down. Is there such a thing as decorator malpractice?

      • TLM says:

        No, but there should be such a thing as reporting malpractice. Jill and Bobby are both Jewish and would never have an Xmas tree; that tree looked like it was in a lobby anyhow. The Umanskys are Jewish and it looked like the just dressed the dog up for fun. And if Kim is dressed up as a reindeer, then I guess all reindeer have a single red candy cane-like thing coming out of their heads rather than antlers.

        • vilzvet says:

          Kelly’s tree is sooo lame, and what is with the “she is LITERALLY staying in the Hamptons for 2 weeks….” What is with that overused and ridiculous word, it’s getting to be a pet peeve of mine, lol.

        • Sha2000 says:

          I agree, looked like a lobby

        • Rabble Rouser says:

          I wonder it Kyle might still celibate Christmas though since she wasn’t raised in the Jewish faith, she still might want to hold on to some of the traditions she grew up with.

          The Spellings celebrated Christmas in a big way and they are Jewish. For many people it’s just more a festive celebration than a religious one.

    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      wherever do I begin? the RH are like the gift that keeps giving. Like herpes.

      At first glance I thought Caroline was decorating the White House Tree? This must be the Brownstone’s tree?

      Kelly’s tree is pretty pathetic, all I could think is maybe the dog knocks over the ornaments on the bottom so she only hung them above doggie height? It’s a pretty tree, it would have been nicer done the way Ramona’s was with just white lights.

      I think Kim is wearing a mistletoe headband, otherwise she looks like an idiot. Scratch that. She looks like an idiot no matter what the hell it is.

      Jill Zarin actually looks very, very pretty in this picture (see Joe, ain’t I nice, ain’t I?) She looks happy, healthy and relaxed.

      This is the only picture I’ve ever seen of alexis that wasn’t displaying her “Jugs for Jesus” So it was OK.

      And finally Dina.

      You all know I love the way that Dina decorates, 80’s and all. I actually did my dining room chandelier exactly the same way after I saw hers, (mine is nicer…no not really… but the colors are prettier) I, however, do not care for glitter, and did not “do” the glittery golden calf being led to slaughter. Oh wait. I meant:reindeer.

      Still no explanation for the weird octopussy thingy climbing into the poinsetta, huh?

      Oh Dina. You are an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Not.

      • Sha2000 says:

        I like Caroline tree & it looked like her living room.

        • klmh says:

          I liked it too. Didn’t think much of Ramona’s though. Kind of sad.

          • ches says:

            I didn’t even think of Jill being Jewish. But she probably had a tree anyway so she wouldn’t miss out on the Christmas presents. Why get presents from only one religion when you can get them from two? And it did look like a lobby tree to me too.
            The Umanskys seem like the type to celebrate both (in a good way). Portia is so cute, she looks just like her father in that picture.
            Ramona looks like the anti-christ in that pic with the weird lighting. Loved the glowing eyes.
            I realize that some people are broke and might not have much money for decorations but Kelly’s tree was the worst. There are people out there with nothing who make their own decorations. It would even help her bond with her children. It doesn’t take much to make a tree look nice. The least she could do is is even the ornaments out a little so they’re not all clumped together.
            I’m undecided on Dina’a. I like it but it looks like it was decorated by the love child of Ethan Allen and an elf. A little too overdone and meticulous.

  74. BessiB says:

    I looked through the Life & Style article on Camille, and it was BRUTAL. It quotes one of her friends saying that Kelsy is playing mind games and Camille is cracking under the pressure. Then the friend says that Camille could lash out an hurt someone, that she’s dangerous – in talking about how far she would go for revenge. It lists her worst moments, with inviting nasty medium to diner as #1.

    2. Making up the thing she says Kyle said
    3. Whining about the tests she had to do to her Cancer-stricken mother
    4 Flirting with her cast-mates’ husbands in Vegas (doing her Hoochie dance)
    5. Bragging about her boobs while doing shots with the husbands in Vegas
    6. Not taking care of her kids. and it called her explanation of the surrogate because of IBS ‘absurd”
    7. Saying she and Kelsey liked to dress up and were kinky.
    8. Bringing Nick as a date to Vegas.
    9. Exposing DiDi’s financial troubles to the world.

    The rest of it was pretty much repeating what was out there already, like she and Kelsey had not had sex in a year before the break up.

    • Adgirl says:

      The thing I find most intersting in the no sex for the last year… what was that about I wonder?? Seems to me that he didn’t want sex with her or they already had an informal separation (oh, he snores alot…).
      If you are regualrly refusing sex with your husband then it better not last long unless you are a gambling type of woman.

    • California35 says:

      Yikes, God save Kelsy and the new girl friend. Hopefully the children will be fine.

      • vilzvet says:

        Oooh, I’ll have to pick up that issue, looks like good stuff.

        • Error404 says:

          Save your pennies v. Just add and extra “the” and “at” to bess’s recap above and you have the whole article. Lol the 10 worst moments were actually captions to screen stills from the show that took up like 4 entire pages.

  75. BessiB says:

    Is she talking about you, Lynn?

    Jillzarin: I just heard some of you have been bullied AGAIN by hate blogger.My cyber assistant will start blocking any of their followers. I hope helps
    about 2 hours ago via web

    • LynnNChicago says:

      Well, I haven’t bullied anyone so I don’t know how she could be but she lies a whole lot so I wouldn’t be surprised. ???

      I don’t talk to Jill fans, I have nothing in common with 17 yr olds from Australia

      • Waxdiva says:

        Lynn: I did a total ‘investigation’ into the little Aussie lass and came to the conclusion that she was a sweet, misled child who had reality stars in her eyes. That was months ago and I have now altered my opinion about the wacky kid mainly because I still haven’t gotten to the root of the reason as to WHY she is so smitten with jillzarin (all one word). I now think she’s a bit delusional in her adoration just as jillzarin is delusional in her thinking that she can explain away how she comes across on RHONY.

  76. California35 says:

    I’m all cut up, today was fun to be able to come here on and off. I wont be able to this coming week.

    Good luck to all the dieters – hoping you do well, I will try 🙂

    Everyone, have a great week.


  77. TrueLifeDiva says:

    You are misinterpreting the tweets. Andy tweeted he was watching a rough cut of the OC premier episode. Ramona tweeted back, “what about NY?” Andy said something about NY was next (to preview) and Ramona said, “Let me know how you like it” and Andy said he’s gonna watch NY’s rough cut tomorrow on a plane. Didn’t mention where he was headed. No new episodes yet, still being edited. Andy gets final say so.

  78. Noelle says:

    Are you lurking about?

  79. Noelle says:

    Happy New TLD!
    I love you girl. 😀

  80. TrueLifeDiva says:

    @Noelle, Happy New Year to you too girlfriend! I’ve missed you so much. Don’t stay away so long ever again 🙂 Smooches!!!

  81. Noelle says:

    I am back working….Major….feel sick almost.

    40 to 50 hours a week. I lie….60 and then some…..
    I see my own answer.

  82. Noelle says:



    • OneMoreInBoston says:

      my Noelle!

      Where have you been my darlin? miss you!

      Happy Happy New year, I wish you nothing but peace and love for 2011.

  83. boston02127 says:

    Have a good day everyone.

    Hugs & prayers for you justanothermary.

  84. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Good morning

  85. error 404 says:

    Just popping in to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year!

    • Blue Sky says:

      same to you error! Been missing your dry sense of humor, too.

      good morning Baabee!

      now, have to go to the gym. Be good today Lynn Fam, eat right & exercise.

      • vilzvet says:

        Happy New Year, error!

      • American Idiot says:

        Blue Sky – Thanks for your response up above. I will try the massage. I guess more blood flow will help.

        Also thanks to the others who responded. I appreciate it.

        Gym at 10:30 for me. Then picking up a few items at the grocery store. Had egg whites for breakfast, along with a bananna.

    • American Idiot says:

      Happy New Year, error – miss your posts.

  86. TLM says:

    For all the New Year’s downsizers: consider a vegan diet. This is a great article!


  87. TLM says:

    Vegan news article:

    Downsize yourself in 2011: Go vegan

    December 30, 2010
    Come gaze into my crystal ball and see what the new year will hold. I predict that early on, millions of people will resolve to lose weight, gyms will offer special membership rates, exercise equipment will be sold at half price and companies will peddle “miracle weight-loss pills” and discounted diet plans. Much of the nation will be excited about “downsizing.”

    But by spring, few people will be as “significantly reduced” as the price of a workout tape. Many will have forgotten their resolutions entirely by the time the ball drops in Times Square. Others will struggle to eat healthy for a few weeks, only to see their resolve stall in the McDonald’s drive-through by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Mark my words: This will happen—or my name isn’t Carnac the Magnificent.

    OK, well my name isn’t Carnac. I don’t even own a crystal ball. But I’m confident about my predictions because the same phenomenon occurs year after year. Revelers ring in the new year by making resolutions to eat less and exercise more. For many, this just means switching from fried chicken to grilled chicken (in the mistaken belief that it’s a lot healthier) or forcing themselves to do crunches and eat cereal that tastes like cardboard before giving up and going to Sonic for a Footlong Quarter Pound Coney. Is it any wonder that their resolutions are doomed? If you’re serious about losing weight, take a cue from Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper and try exercising regularly and eating a healthy vegan diet.

    A vegan diet isn’t actually a “diet” at all. It’s just easier to maintain a healthy weight if you eat plant-based foods rather than animal-based ones, because most plant-based foods are naturally low in fat and calories. They’re also high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, which help boost your metabolism, so you burn more calories. There are slim meat-eaters and heavy vegans, of course, but according to the American Dietetic Association, vegans are less likely to suffer from weight problems. Research even shows that vegans are a whopping nine times less likely to be obese than meat-eaters are.

    Of course, I’m not suggesting that everyone eat three square meals of salad a day. But you won’t lose weight if you slip into unhealthy patterns that include eating lots of fish sticks and chicken sandwiches or fall prey to commercials advertising extra-large, extra-cheese pizzas with eight types of cheese and cheese-stuffed crusts.

    If you want to lose weight—and save animals—try eating a variety of delicious plant-based meals, such as “beefless tips” sautéed with asparagus and onions; pasta with spicy marinara sauce; three-bean chili with (or without) ground “beef” crumbles; lentil and spinach soup with warm whole-grain bread; oatmeal with almond milk and blueberries; soy sausage, scrambled seasoned tofu and hash browns; bean burritos; and creamy mushroom risotto.

    As that long list of options shows, you don’t have to deprive yourself or resort to fad diets in order to lose weight. With so many vegan choices available, you can enjoy great-tasting foods and stay in shape without harming a soul. I foresee good things for those who go vegan this year: good karma, healthier hearts, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Your loved ones will likely see “less” of you in 2011 too—and that’s a good thing!

  88. AZ Girl says:

    Article in the Arizona Republic Arizona Living section. Randy Cordova the local “gossip” columnist (The Scene) slams Allision Dubois appearance on HWOBH. Starts by calling her a “train-wreck”. Summarizes her dinner appearance and finishes with a comment of why didn’t Allision “see” the upcoming demise of Camille’s marriage? Oh SNAP!

  89. TLM says:

    Very exciting news about a new diagnostic test developed to spot cancer cells. This would eliminate biopsies and they hope to have it available in doctors’ offices.


  90. quincyil says:

    Jill Zarin tweeted another attack into cyberspace today.

    I just heard some of you have been bullied AGAIN by hate blogger.My cyber assistant will start blocking any of their followers. I hope helps.”

    I think that Jill Zarin believes the sins of the Father fall on the sons. That is an Old Testament belief that no one should ascribe to in out modern world. Jill Zarin uses faulty logic when she blocks people who happen to follow a blogger on the internet that Jill Zarin hates.

    I bet we all remember our high school English classes where we diagrammed sentences and determined if the statements in our essays were logical or not. We did this in preparation for college and for our adult lives. I believe that Jill Zarin has an association fallacy, guilt by association, when she bans people who have followed specific bloggers from her twitter, facebook and personal sites.

    From Wikipedia:
    “An association fallacy is an inductive informal fallacy of the type hasty generalization or red herring which asserts that qualities of one thing are inherently qualities of another, merely by an irrelevant association. The two types are sometimes referred to as guilt by association and honor by association. Association fallacies are a special case of red herring, and can be based on an appeal to emotion.”

    Premise A is a B
    Premise A is also a C
    Conclusion Therefore, all Bs are Cs
    “A” satisfies the requirement that it is part of both sets “B” and “C”, but one can clearly see that it is possible that a part of set “B” is not part of set “C”, refuting the conclusion that “all Bs are Cs”.

    A is the group that follows Lynn Hudson and “hate” Jill Zarin. B is the group who follow Lynn Hudson. C is the group who “hate” Jill Zarin . Clearly there are members of the group who follow Lynn Hudson (B) who are not members of the group who “hate” Jill Zarin (C.) There are also members of the group who “hate” Jill Zarin, but are not members of the group the follows Lynn Hudson (B.)

    “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” – Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice,” act III, sc. V, l. 1”
    Jill is publically punishing people who simply followed a reality housewives blogger because she believes they agree with that blogger without evidence as they did not respond negatively to her. Jill practices guilt by association, in my opinion, when she does this.

    Many members of the IHJZ site, have proclaimed that they do not hate anyone. If Jill Zarin and her assistants are monitoring this site, they surely are aware of this fact.

    This is my opinion: I believe that Katrina Katzowski was Jill Zarin. For some reason, she thought she could go to the IHJZ board and send a private message to Lynn Hudson. Members of the board, knew Jill was in Aruba from her twitters, knew she has used alliteration for names in the past (Susan Saunders in the Amazon attacks on a reviewer,) knew that something was up with Simon from rumors on the net, and recognized the writing style of Jill Zarin from her blogs and thousands of tweets. Why would we not comment on that? Later, Lynn confirmed that the email had an Aruba address. Leave it to Jill to leave a trail of bread crumbs with her Amazon personal profile or a hotel in Aruba.

    I also think this weekend’s interaction with Jill might affect the show “Real Housewives of NYC.” Jill has blamed Alex and Simon for interacting with Lynn Hudson in the past. At the time of the Chicago visit for Alex’s book tour, Jill Zarin let others know that she was very upset. Could Jill Zarin be upset that she contacted this site and was so quickly discovered? Her assistants could easily have gotten Lynn’s email and Jill’s communication could have been private. We would never have known or been able to discuss her contact with Lynn in a public forum.

    Jill Zarin is on a TV reality show where she shares her life with millions for the chance to sell bedding, fabric, and gain fame for herself. She is the only reality star at war with people on the internet. So, today Jill Zarin will have her assistant ban more Bravo fans just because they read a blog. That says more about Jill Zarin than it does about the fans or the blog.

  91. Prince says:

    I just love what that Miles fellow had to say! He is so funny and to think that there are people out there who have no sense of humor and took offense at what he wrote about Stacie visiting Nigeria. And I agree with SHA2000 on what she says is for some an economic truth, IE: buying toilet paper over food, since most people in underdeveloped countries just wipe their bums with their fingers and then wipe their fingers on anything that’s handy. ( They could be cooking your food, so if it tastes shitty, that’s why ). But the real question is how could anyone take offense at the truth? I suppose that there are a lot of bleeding heart leftist liberal elitists that would be offended, but then why would they be watching real housewives since there is always something offensive in every episode. Now, let’s get back to that food vs. toilet paper issue. I think I have a solution. Just eat toilet paper. It’s very easy to prepare…………..just brown one side. Ha ha ha ha. Get it? Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Gotta’ go now girls so I can catch some of my favorite reruns of project runway.
    Princey Poo
    P.S. For goodness sakes, I hope nobody was offended

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