“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” -Salvador Dali
This episode reminded me of so many old adages: “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” “every person is a door to a different world,” “hindsight is 20/20,” and one of my favorites, which is not exactly an adage, but rather an old Indian prayer proudly displayed upon a wall above my family’s kitchen table growing up which read: “Do not criticize thy neighbor until you have walked one mile in his moccasins.”
Watching this show as an observer and not a participant was easier than I expected. While interconnected, each of us is forging our own path and embarking on our own journey. Joanna and Romain’s scene on the beach was fraught with the danger of impending doom. But it’s their journey and while there’s a lot of water under my personal bridge, it is neither my place to judge, nor my battle to wage. I hope that for their sake they face the realities of their relationship and make the necessary changes before it is too late.
Karent’s scene with her mom was very sad. Despite the fact that I have been on the receiving end of her accusations, unwarranted attacks, and judgment about my parenting skills, it was painful to watch. Most women long to build a life with someone and have a family. It saddens me to see a woman at that stage in her life possessing all of the attributes required to live a fulfilling life, yet still struggling to find her way. I hope Karent realizes that Rodolfo is the problem and not the solution and ventures outside of the confines of that non-relationship to seek true happiness.
While I was still reeling from the empathy I was feeling for Karent, it almost entirely dissipated with the scenes that followed. I am convinced that Karent lacks any semblance of social skill. She oversteps, over-shares, overlooks, and overburdens almost everyone she comes in contact with. As far as I am concerned she went to the Art Basel event for two reasons, to steal Adriana’s joy and to gratuitously badmouth Lea. Call me crazy but my empathy is waning.
Adriana’s photo-shoot was beautiful. Adriana is one of those people that just comes alive in front of the camera. She is photogenic to a fault and pretty brave if you ask me. Would I do it? Probably not. I am not the artsy type, which is code for I don’t have the balls to pose topless in front of a bunch of dudes.
INSIDETHEBELTWAY Eww really? I see Lea as is an obnoxious snot who is clearly intimidated by anyone who appears to have more than she does. I can't even stand watching her.
Why do keep badmouthing Lea? She has never said anything bad about you. Besides I think Lea and Marysol could work out their differences if you didn't keep stirring the pot.
Ana you are one my favorites!!! I really Admire you. As a future lawyer myself (1 year of law school left) and a Latina, you are an inspiration. Though your ex has only briefly made appearances on the episodes clearly you are the Brains behind your business. The only thing that concerns me is you don't seem to have that same wisdom when it comes to men. Why aren't you divorced yet. You ex has clearly moved on & you can SO do MUCH BETTER. If its a financial or business issue than I get it. But its some emotional thing, Chica it's time to MOVE ON! And I suggest you set some ground rules. I think its great that he goes to your house to have dinner with you and your daughters, but perhaps not the healthiest for you. Perhaps cut that down to just once a week or have your daughter go out to dinner with instead. Best of Luck!!!
Ana at first I thought you were a real down to earth person but I'm so doubting you... but maybe that will change. I just don't think you are innocent as you seem with Karent's boyfriend. Hopefully I'm wrong as I'm sure I'll see. Now as you saying Lea marrying a rich guy... that's not cool looks like she has been a successful business woman for many years as I've seen. Marysol is a solid woman and can fight her own business battles without your input, don't count her out as a weak person, she is a strong woman. Seems like you just need to be happy in yourself which maybe I'll see as time comes. I wish you the best and hope you wish the best for your castmates as well.
Tryin to figure out what hat suits you best-- Susie homemaker, daughters' best friend, attorney, mean girl? Dunno...
Ha ha! So true Ana. What is great about these shows is that everyone sh*t-talks and pulls this holier-than-thou crap about sh*t-talking right after. The only person who could pull that honestly after this episode was Alexia who just walked away. Yes, Lisa was warning Karent at dinner but the reality is also that Lisa and Joanna know that they have built their lives around their physical appearance and not academic or professional accomplishments and that is why they have singled the "other women" out and made a big deal about you all thinking that your "sh*t doesn't stink." They align with Karent because although she is professionally established, she also craves that validation on the same level as them. It's not a judgment, I think that they (Joanna and Lisa) are both sweet and endearing on the show, I commend Lisa for sharing her personal struggles with fertility and keeping it real about herself but it's true. I think you can let the whole Rodolpho/Karent thing rest already. I have an attorney friend just like Karent. She's one of the most big-hearted people I know who loves her family but she is also very status-seeking and insecure. You don't need to say anything more about her, we all see it, those are her struggles and if she continues along that path, she won't need anyone's help to be unhappy. More recipes and if you could share, I would love more insights on being a female attorney. Thanks! xoxo
I hope people see that your disdain for Karent is unfounded. The tweeting incident wasn't even an issue, nor were you at that event to add your two cents. I highly doubt Karent was there to "steal Adriana's joy," or "badmouth Lea." In fact, you badmouthed Lea throughout this whole episode, so stop frontin' like Lea isn't always throwing "indirectas." Lea's a a golden girl and get away with too much.
I think you are just publicly questioning Karent's relationship with Rodolfo because it turns out that a Rodolfo was not single and free to flirt with YOU. I'm sure you feel salty although he was wrong to have given you any hope. But to go around and accuse Karent of NOT really being in a relationship with Rodolfo Jimenez is to be a hater. He publicly claims her as his girlfriend, brings her to events, lives in her home, and he calls Karent's mom, "suegra." Regardless if he is having affairs outside of their relationship, doesn't mean that he is not in a legitimate relationship with Karent.
Since you are an attorney I believe you should know the meaning of "cruel", from what I understood, Lea was upset with Marysol about the event mishap. Marysol is stonger than you think and she can hold her own without your help! And your comment about Lea marrying a rich guy wasn't "cruel" but wasn't called for. Lea owned her own cosmetic and skincare line we carried in our salon for years in Dallas, she was very successful before she married. Also I see Mr. Black is a very high profile attorney, so I'd be nice.
Lea has put herself and a television show. She has opened up her life for comment and criticism. If I were Lea I would be the one to be nice. She reflects on not only herself---but her husband/attorney.
Ana, I think you are funny. I like that you gave it back to Karent. She was quick to judge you, and unrightfully so. For such a beautiful, successful woman she is not to confident. You just keep being your beautiful self.
As a long standing "Real Housewives of Anywhere" fan I am always intrigued by the clothes, entertained by the drama, and amazed at the lifestyles these women lead. You have already managed to stand out as someone with an incredibly witty (yet subtle) sense of humor. The relationship with your ex and daughters is so incredibly natural, playful, and fun to watch!! Love the candor of your family dynamics --your daughters (and ex) obviously adore you. That speaks volumes for anyone knocking your parenting style. You are doing something right!
Ana, I genuinely liked you, but after hearing you say that all Lea has done with her life was marry a rich guy, I am starting to believe that you are a snob. As a stay at home mom by choice, I made the decision to turn down the benefit of making money to be there for my kids. Are you begrudging Lea for being a SAHM? You better watch out before you alienate your audience. After all, the show is called "Real Housewives" not "Real workaholic divorcees." And if you plan on having a cooking show in the future, which I suspect is the case, who do think watch the show, anyway? I hope you can come down from high horse gracefully.
Good for you and Alexia. You did the right thing. Lea and James need to be shut down. They are out of line.
u r a rel s--t stirer (sp?) ....in a good way! I love ur loyalty to Marysol and r relationship w u girls :) I look forward to keep watching bc of u!
Loving you and your family Ana; you all crack me up. Enjoying your addition to the show.
Ana! You are quickly becoming my favorite "housewife"! You are very intelligent and level-headed and I think you're spot on with your analysis of last night's episode.
You seem smart and lovely and fun to be around, but all of you Housewives need to stop abusing the word "bullying." It's offensive to children and teenagers and the disadvantaged who really are bullied, and by using it in such a carefree and cavalier manner it takes away its true power.
Smart, pretty and a quick wit! Awesome family, even the ex. You have so much going for you don't lower yourself by talking about other.People put other people down whe they are threatened by that person. You shouldn't feel threatened by any of those women when you are so accomplished.