Enjoying the Snow by Quincy IL
Francois van Kempen answered the age old question in this webisode (2 minutes 32 seconds) when asked by his father, “Where are your gloves?” Every parent in the Northern USA and Canada who watched Simon’s short film listened to his answer and had memories of their children pop into their heads when Francois said, “I don’t know. I lost them.” Simon simply handed his own gloves over to his son and said his own hands would be cold as they shuffled out the door into the wilderness that they call their back yard in Brooklyn, NYC.
Alex McCord is raising three boys: Francois, Johan, and the inner child of Simon her 40 something husband. The boys have waited all day for Francois to come home from the bus so they could go out into the snow and play. I bet both Johan and Simon talked about their adventure to come while they waited anxiously too.
The backyard was covered with inches of a clean, white fluffy snow which was perfect for a sophisticated snow man with slices of cucumbers where common farm snowmen have pieces of charcoal for eyes. For a nose there was a partial carrot. I bet they ate the rest before going outside. There was a very long slice of a yellow pepper as a mouth. No scarf for a sophisticated Brooklyn snowman. That is not in fashion this season. I’m sure the snowman’s black plastic flower pot hat will be the only part of him left when the snow melted later in the spring.
Simon tells us in an interview that they have created a nice life for themselves and for their chums, their children.
As all three boys played, made a snow man, and learned the art of snow shoveling; we see an interview of Alex, their mom, explaining that she and Simon had a lifetime of not wanting kids before they changed their minds and created a family of four who love each other. Having read the book, “Little Kids, Big City,” I remember the chapter on that period of their lives and I think they are happier in Brooklyn than living in Manhattan as a young professional couple.
Alex confirms my thought when she adds, “Simon is a great father. It was the best decision in the world!”
What little boys would not love an afternoon in the snow with their father who actually plays with them? Simon tosses loose snow balls at his son’s tummy and Johan protests, but smiles as he continues his project of moving snow. Francois is shoveling and pretends to hit Simon who reacts as if he was hit, but doesn’t say a word.
I watched Simon’s hands get redder and redder as he played with the boys and then took a photo of his sons next to the snowman. Simon did not complain once as having Francois hands protected was more important than his own cold fingers. I concur with Alex McCord. Simon is a great father. He also was looking forward to going back into the house and warming up after that adventure.
My major competition for blogger of webisode Pulitzer Prize is Simon van Kempen himself. There is a secret committee of IHJZ commenters on my twitter who can vote for the winner this week. In last week’s competition, Simon won for being able to write the most words on a 3.23 minute video. I fear he might win this week for his content. He was there after all and knows stuff. If I have to lose ever week, let it be to a Bravo reality star.
To be fair here is Simon’s link:
I’ll let you know what my twitter followers think. Simon follows the people who follow him, so he gets a vote too.
This is the webisode: “Enjoying the Snow”
Great job Quincy, I love Simon’s webisodes, he is so great with his boys! Simon must have read my blog suggesting some team sports for his boys, he just tweeted that he’s playing a little t-ball with his sons! I love it Simon!
I Hate Jill Zarin Real Housewives of New York – The Blogs by LynnNChicago
All seven New York Housewives have posted their blogs, Katie bar the door these women are not holding back. They want their side of the story told, they want to fill in the blanks and they want to sway public opinion.
Jill Zarin has never been shy about blogging, even last season she started out strong, she was blogging away telling anyone who cared to read it about how horrible Bethenny had treated her, how Bethenny didn’t even visit Bobby during his 12-hour hospital stay or how Bethenny told her to get a hobby.
That didn’t last long as Jill quickly went spiraling out of control last season and her plan to gain public sympathy and bash the horrible mean and vicious Bethenny Frankel didn’t work. As Jill sank, her blogs became fewer and the ones she did post became shorter and shorter. She had no defense, she could say nothing.
This is a whole new season and a whole new Jill Zarin. Jill’s blogs are bold, they’re brutally blunt and she holds nothing back. The problem? Just because you say it, doesn’t make it true. Or in this case, just because Jill types it you can pretty much assume it is a lie.
It is obvious that this season the goal is to paint Ramona as the villain, this may be in Jill’s contract for all we know, she may have even said “it’s her turn!” The best way to do that to a woman like Ramona who definitely loves her wine and now has even created her own wine is to make her out to be an alcoholic.
Jill already tried to make Alex a villain and that failed miserably, as Bethenny said, “Alex is toxic?” It is just not believable. We do know for a fact that Jill hasn’t changed her mind about Alex, we heard her call her a F****n bitch and say that Alex was socializing above her status. Jill is simply moving onto another target since she knows that this season viewers expected Jill to go after Alex and Jill knew it would be another season like last season if she had done that.
And so Jill turns to the only target she can, Ramona Singer. Is Ramona an alcoholic? This is a bit more believable and Ramona even helped Jill out by launching her very own wine, but I’m not buying Ramona as an alcoholic, she’s been on The Real Housewives of New York for four seasons now, sure she drinks wine, maybe even a lot of wine but as Alex explained they all drink with the exception of Jill and they’ve all had a bit too much to drink on occasion.
Why is Bravo going along with this game, they show Ramona as the only one holding a glass of wine, asking for wine everywhere she goes and pouring and drinking wine constantly. Does Ramona suddenly drink more wine this season than past seasons? I really doubt it. Editors are very creative and we’ve seen them manipulate scenes and throw things out of sequence, this season they’re working the Ramona drinking thing pretty hard and based on the previews things only get worse for Ramona and her reputation as a drunk. Once Bravo’s editors get a bug up their ass to do something like this, they’re relentless.
Why are they focusing on Ramona? We’ve seen Jill go after Ramona, Cindy treat Ramona like she’s insane, Luann is relentless in her attacks on Ramona and Kelly claims that Ramona threatened her and was refusing to go on the trip to Morocco because of Ramona. Sorry Ramona, Bethenny is gone so you’re the new target. The brunettes have the power in numbers and they’re locked and loaded with Ramona as their target.
Jill Zarin’s blog goes on for paragraph after paragraph about Ramona, Jill is calling her a hypocrite because Ramona criticizes Jill for talking behind other people’s back and says that Ramona does the same thing. Who remembers Cindy Barshop sitting crossed leg on her kitchen counter talking with Jill about Ramona? That wasn’t gossip Jill Zarin? “Her core is not good” were Cindy’s exact words. Is she kidding? Cindy doesn’t know what she’s talking about but Jill was loving it.
The first paragraph of Jill’s blog is a commercial for all her junk that she’s selling so let’s start with the second paragraph:
It was interesting seeing LuAnn and Ramona have lunch together. I am so grateful that LuAnn tried to stick up for me. Ramona is a hypocrite. She says “talking behind people’s back” as if she doesn’t? The entire show is about us living our lives and then talking to the camera and sharing our real feelings. Is that gossip or a TV show? Ramona has said horrible things behind my back too. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. At least I own it. She admits to putting her foot in her mouth, and her opening line says it all, “If people can’t handle the truth, it’s really not my problem.” When Ramona said she didn’t have a problem with anyone I almost threw up. When talking about Cindy she said “I don’t have a problem with her”! No of course you don’t Ramona. You just say and do whatever you want. Then when she doesn’t like the reaction? She attacks. She should realize that her actions cause reactions.Ramona has a pattern of doing this and has done it to all of us at one time or another. Ramona likes to pick fights out of nowhere. Why did she attack me at her party in front of her guests? Was time of the essence? Why wouldn’t she let Jennifer tell me to my face what she told Ramona? I’ll tell you why. It was because she knew that they set me up and Jennifer could lie behind my back, but not lie to my face. She talks out of both sides of her mouth. First she tells LuAnn “I don’t want to talk behind Jill’s back,” but then she talks behind MY BACK with Jennifer. Hypocrite?
Jill has really gone round the bend here, of course they talk about each other, Ramona really does tell it like it is but she will also say the same thing that she says in talking head interviews directly to your face, we’ve seen it. For Jill to even mention the opening line is just ridiculous because we all know that those opening lines mean very little and are usually chosen by Bravo’s people. Does Jill think we believe her opening lines? She blabbed on about her “Fabulous circle of people” for the past three seasons and we never believed that for a second either.
Ramona should really be flattered that Jill spent the majority of her blog talking about her, this is typical Jill, she beats the hell out of one thing but ignores what she refuses to deal with. Ramona didn’t “attack” Jill Zarin at her party but I’m so tired of these women saying that the time and place were inappropriate for these discussions. In this case it was Ramona’s party she can do and say whatever she wants to do or say. Jill says she was there to support Ramona but she was supposedly there to support Ramona last season at Ramona’s True Renewal skin care products when she did nothing but slam Ramona so when Jill says she is supporting someone simply means she shows up when the cameras are rolling.
Ramona said she would talk to me before our trip. I did tell Luann I didn’t want to go anywhere, with anyone, without at least resolving past issues and starting with a clean slate. I felt really good that I had made up with Alex. We agreed that anything we did or said about each other before that day we would forgive and start over. I can honestly say that I have tried to get along with Alex and not had any conflicts.
Jill is trying to say that she actually considered not going to Morocco if she had past conflicts with anyone who was going on the trip? Is she friggin kidding us? Jill was not going to miss this trip for anything.
I was so overwhelmed after her speech. When Ramona came over to me and said “you didn’t notice her face is deformed,” I didn’t know what to say. Now I know why Kelly won’t let her around her children. Can you imagine if Jennifer heard that? (Of course she did now.) I am embarrassed by her behavior. My mother always told me you become more of who you are when you get older. Ramona becoming more “Ra-mean-a” every week.
Whether you like Ramona or hate her I don’t think you can deny that Ramona wasn’t being mean when she made that comment. She definitely used the wrong word, “deformed” but her comments came from a good place, she was trying to be complimentary. Leave it to Jill to twist things.
Jill goes on for two paragraphs about Ramona’s wine at her charity event. Jill admits that her assistant Darren made a mistake and it was a complete misunderstanding yet she continues to try to blame Ramona. I’d still like to know where the money for this charity event went to, it was never mentioned and we still don’t know who benefited from this event.
Of course Ramona’s rudeness is not exclusive to Jennifer. When she said “they don’t respect women in Morocco” regarding our upcoming trip, it made me cringe. Here she is gossiping behind the backs of all male Moroccans.
Really Jill? Ramona is “gossiping” about all male Moroccans? I don’t even know how to respond to that, it is probably the stupidest thing Jill’s ever said. Ramona was generalizing and seemed to be confused about the country and it’s culture but “gossiping”? Seriously?
I have to say Ramona and I have always had a strange relationship but something always keeps us connected. This too shall pass…I hope.
I don’t believe for one second that Jill hopes that this will pass, Jill only wants to make Ramona look as bad as possible.
From Kelly’s blog:
The big V — for those vagina obsessed, hats off to you. I’m just focused on my own vagina. (Potential TMI.)
As for Sonja and her cookbook, she has a really clever and easy idea there. We didn’t need to see her vagina to help her sell books. Oof! See what I have to deal with?
Kelly really is a complete moron, seriously, she doesn’t have any common sense. Somepeople have book smarts and some have street smarts, some even have both but Kelly Bensimon has none of the above. What the hell makes her think Sonja was trying to use her vagina to help her sell books? This from a woman who has a photo of a crotch in a bikini on the cover of her book.
Kelly’s blogs aren’t even worth the 30-seconds it takes to read them.
Cindy Barshop is really pushing this “Blondes vs. Brunettes” mentality. She was the first to say it and she mentions it again in her blog this week. Cindy says:
I was excited to get to know these dynamic women better and was so glad I didn’t invite the others. At the end of the day, I did it just to not ruffle any feathers — we all know how these birds can get about their “pecking” order.
Obviously Cindy is referring to Sonja in this comment and we saw Cindy have a conflict with Ramona as well so while I think Cindy was rude to exclude the three blondes, what was Cindy’s reason for not including Alex McCord in her spa day at Canyon Ranch? Simply because she’s blonde? How ridiculous!
Cindy is a poor addition to the cast of The Real Housewives of New York, she may be considered eclectic and she built her own business, is a single mom but she really has a very blah personality and she dresses for shit. Her attire is not only inappropriate for her age but it is ugly for any age, if she were in her 20’s, she’d still look absolutely idiotic.
Someone needs to buy this woman a full length mirror.
From Cindy’s blog last week:
Sorry, I don’t have time for this, so please excuse yourself while I sip on my martini after a crazy day at work, and catch up on emails! Buh-bye!
We’re very sorry to take up so much of your valuable time Cindy, Real Housewives blogs are optional so feel free to skip it in the future, yours are meaningless anyway. If you do blog in the future why don’t you address the lies that you told to Sonja about revealing to Kelly, Sonja’s plan to invite Ramona to her toaster oven cooking get together? Hopefully now you’ve learned how filming works and that when you lie on camera, everyone sees it, Just a suggestion.
From Luann’s blog:
I’ve been to Morocco many times since my ex used to race in the Moroccan Classic Car Rally. I chose Morocco because I want to show the girls that this country is beautiful, exotic, and sophisticated. The Moroccan people are so gracious, and the girls are going to have a great time on this trip.
From Alex’s blog:
LuAnn and Sonja acted as co-hostesses this year for our girls trip, and I was thrilled to get back to Morocco. One thing; I was surprised to see in the episode that LuAnn said she’s been there often, since when we traveled she told us she’d only been there once 15 years ago. Maybe I was confused, and it’s not important AT ALL, I just hate contradictions. But I’m letting it go.
I may be a bit biased here but since Alex has never lied to us and Luann has been known to stretch the truth I am choosing to believe Alex as far as LuLu’s claims to visit Morocco. We know for a fact that Luann’s ex-husband traveled extensively without his wife so while he may have visited Morocco frequently, I tend to believe he left his wife behind. Luann is also going on about how she chose Morocco and she’s hosting the trip, viewers know better, Bravo is sponsoring the trip, paying for everything and they decide where they send the Housewives. Luann is so out of touch with reality, with viewers and is another NY Housewife who thinks that she is smarter than viewers.
The backstory on the Ungaro debate with Ramona is that she told the designer David Meister that he couldn’t lend any of us dresses and that she was wearing him exclusively on the show. Although I love Ungaro, I wear many designers, and in this episode my dress was by Teri Jon (who I love). I think it was petty of Ramona to prevent the rest of us from wearing dresses from any designer. Who is she to make the rules about what we can and cannot wear? You would think David would want more people wearing his clothing, especially women who will wear his dresses well.
From Alex’s blog:
LuAnn had a bee in her bonnet for a number of reasons. First of all, she’d been caught “designer-stalking,” by Ramona, and was angry. It’s kind of funny that any time LuAnn has admired a dress I’ve worn, the next time I see the designer he or she tells me that LuAnn’s team has called asking for the same dress. You can set your watch by it. Personally, I don’t care because imitation is a form of flattery, and I tend to work with newer designers who want to get their name out there. However, other women do get annoyed by LuAnn’s copy-cat behavior, particularly when she pretends she has no idea. It’s like when someone sits too close to you at dinner, and orders the exact same meal. I see a pattern here. Find your own voice and opinions. Find your own dresses. Hmm.
There are literally hundreds of dress designers who would give anything to have theirdresses worn by the Housewives on the air. Why does Luann insist on contacting the designer that Ramona has a relationship with? The fact that the designer refused to provide Luann with his clothing is very telling, even if it originated with Ramona’s request to be the only housewife to wear his designs, he clearly agreed to that and Luann really shouldn’t put the designer in the middle. Luann’s ridiculous comment about “wearing it well” was petty and childish,Ramona always looks great and well put together while Lulu wears clothing that doesn’t suit her, ugly clunky jewelry and over does the one shoulder numbers that look really horrible on her. I can see why a designer would prefer not to supply people like Kelly and Cindy with clothing, they would probably cut holes in the fabric and grunge them up for the cameras.
I don’t know what is going on with Sonja’s blog, if I had to guess I’d say she was drinking while she wrote her blog. Sonja’s blog is six pages long and the first two pages consist of her resume of experience in the restaurant industry. She does a whole lot of name dropping (even drops Bethenny’s name) and mentions her relationship with some of the most famous restaurants in New York. What is your point Sonja? What does this have to do with the show?
I really want to be a fan of Sonja’s this season, I liked her last season and I really appreciated her giving me an interview but I just don’t understand what she’s doing this season. I really do believe that she has Season Two disease that we see so frequently with housewives of every city.
If you have limited time or the RHONY ladies blogs bug you, may I suggest reading only Alex McCord’s blog, it is the most honest and open blog out there!
Jill tweeted no less than three times to Gayle King during Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night, Gayle didn’t respond to any of them. Good job Gayle!
Jill’s tweets just annoy the hell out of me, she is so desperate for attention, she not only tweets live during the show but she writes no less than three blogs. She posts one on Bravotv.com, she posts one on her own web site then sends another secret blog out to subscribers, she covers all her bases. If she could mail one to each viewer’s home I’m sure she would do that too. Jill Zarin, just because you say it, doesn’t make it true.
US Magazine on-line reported on the battle between Ramona and Jill that has been going on over on Twitter and on Facebook. (Thanks Boston02127 for the link)
I’m a bit behind but I finally caught up on Real City Housewife’s blog on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, brilliant as always!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Baptismal Brawl:http://t.co/kJKArIt
Follow her on Twitter @putyourhairup
My interview with Sonja Morgan:
A Guest Blog by Carly, my producer for Reality Buzz and writer in her own right. Follow her on Twitter @Prettyplusmore
Top 4 Reasons to Hate this Season of RHONY
4. SUPPORT…and I’m not talking about a braless Alex.
For all of our foibles as women, the one thing we’ve always had going for us is that we come together in times of trouble. Thru all the jealously, ranting, gossip and travails, women can form powerful walls against personal tsunamis when necessary. But not this group, it’s every man (ahem) for himself.
One need not be an MD to see that Ramona is approaching menopause. She put the P in peri. You can see the effects of hormone-related goings-on reflecting even in her countenance. But does one of the other housewives hand her a Suzanne Sommers book or offer her a progesterone cocktail? Of course not. It’s all snickers and strange looks, whispers and gossip.
LuAnn ( a nurse) even references that she suspects this is what’s happening, but simply laughs about it. Just like Kelly on Scary Island (and I can’t elaborate here but hope you can fill in the blanks), some in this ensemble have no problem kicking a good woman when she’s down. And why not??? After all, it’s TV mah friends.
3.. Bitch-Ass Producers
I don’t know if I have the self-control required not to curse through my entire rant here concerning producers, directors, editors, etc. My hate-hate relationship with them was cemented in the episode with Silex and the piano. Have they, I asked while watching, no shame? I was so mad I almost spilled my Skinny Girl (I kid, it’s not available here).
In this episode, it was clear-as-a-bell that the attempt to make Alex’s kids look like dopey goofballs was in full effect. I, however, having nothing better to do on occasion, had already watched a Simon webisode and knew this not to be true of the chilenz. So why, on God’s green earth, would anyone attempt to MAKE kids look bad? Unbelievable.
Apparently I was not the only one who thought this was deplorable behavior. While checking out twitter while on a long drive the day after the episode aired (don’t panic, I was the passenger), I noticed a tweet from a former #rhony producer. She said something to this effect; “For what it’s worth, I found those kids funny and smart.” Now, I don’t want to put words in her mouth, but this sounds like a fire-back strike against what even she noticed to be immoral behavior on the part of show producers and editors.
Currently, we see Ramona being handled in the same way. In the past we’ve seen Sonja being edited to look like a brutal snob. We see the ending of a party on an island as though it’s at it’s pinnacle.
The Bravo gang thinks the viewer is an idiot. Fail.
2. Jill Zarin.
1. For Giving the Countess LuAnn a Paycheck.
I mean, really? Really? Is this the best they could do for the viewer? Was there no one else on the entire island more interesting than this over-sized meanie? Did Bravo really think a woman so inept and fake that a fellow Bravo-babe took her down on a Bravo show would make for good television (all hail Cat Ommanney)? It doesn’t. It makes for ANNOYING television and that is not why I watch my plasma.
There’s mean all around. I get attitude when I go to my local deli (not sure why the women there are so bitchy). I get to bump into hateful each time I get my oil changed and some ass tells me I need a new Frankterpump on my Schenetocrank in order to try and rip me off. There’s Al Qaeda and Gaddifi and the IRS and who needs more?
I’m not interested in her life, her kids, her boyfriend or her Kmart accessories. I’m not interested in her lessons on class (I’m Southern and could teach her a thing or two). I never want to see what she’s wearing or where she’s going. I just want to see her leave.
Thanks Carly! Nice work!
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Until Next Time…