You could cut the tension between Lisa and Brandi with a knife -- not to mention the awkwardness between Carlton and I. After I gave the necklace to Carlton, I found the crown that goes to the necklace in my closet. I certainly wasn't going to throw away a piece of jewelry, and it made no sense to keep it.
I didn't feel comfortable walking up to Carlton, since she clearly doesn't like me and I didn't want to risk it turning into a fight. Honestly, it probably was part peace offering and part just what it was. . .the other half of the necklace. Everyday I would look at it and be reminded that it was the other half of the necklace that I gave Carlton. I would rather her have it than throw it away -- and it actually looks really cool together. The fact that Carlton viewed my having Brandi hand her this gift as doing my "dirty work" is exactly why I didn't feel comfortable handing it to her myself. She so desperately wants to hate me that she even views a gift as an attack.
The controversy over the necklace was ridiculous. There was so much "she said, she said" that I will let you come to your own opinion on that as I am still a bit confused myself. I do know that after Carlton had Brandi give it back to me that it was then given to Brandi, who then didn't want it, then to Yolanda, and then to Joyce later and then it went missing altogether. All this over a piece of jewelry!
Joyce had told me that her father was ill and that she was going to visit him. She asked me not to tell the other women. When he actually did pass away, I didn't think that she would have still wanted to keep that private -- especially since we were all going to Puerto Rico and it was certainly bound to come up. I know when my parents passed away I wanted all the support I could get. I thought by letting them know they could reach out to her and hopefully offer support.