Cast Blog: #RHOM

Lisa Loves Texas

Lisa dishes on her trip to Texas and meeting Lea's family.

Apologies for being absent for the last week! I'm playing catch up after a very long, difficult week in NYC. My week started off great at Watch What Happens Live with one of my favorite hip hop artists, Ja Rule, and then nonstop press. The reunion, which is never fun to film, was stressful. I cannot tell you how happy I am to be home.

I had no idea that I would fall in love with Texas, but I did. The people in Texas and their southern hospitality truly remind me of my hometown Toronto, Canada. I've always connected to people from the south for this reason. Almost everyone I meet from the Midwest is down-to-earth, polite, humble, and kind.

My husband Dr. Leonard Hochstein lived in Texas after beginning his medical career when he applied to medical school as a merit scholar high school senior. He was able to surpass the customary four years of college and go directly from high school into medical school. He attended the accelerated program at the Louisiana State University Medical Center where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. He received his M.D. in 1990.
He continued his training in General and Trauma Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas from 1990 to 1995. My relationship with Lea has really grown this season. I was flattered that Lea trusted me enough (even though she puts up walls occasionally) to go to Texas with her to meet her wonderful family. They welcomed me with open arms and treated me like family. I felt right at home. They are beautiful people inside and out. I see where Lea gets her big heart from. I was also deeply saddened to discover that she had lost a sister not too long ago. My heart goes out to them. I know their sister is watching over Lea and her family.



I was thrilled to learn about Lea’s accomplishments. She is a self-made woman who has worked hard her entire life. She has motivated and touched so many around her. Meeting with her girlfriends in Texas was such beautiful, positive moment highlighting women empowering one another. Something I would like to see more of on TV, especially in reality TV. I mentioned that Lenny and I were having tension in our relationship. I wish I said that differently, because it sounded like a bigger deal than it was. The whole baby making thing is of course creating tension. Of course no relationship is perfect. For the most part I would say about 90% of the time my relationship with my husband is wonderful. Whenever you see something play out on TV, it just becomes magnified.

My prayers go out to Elsa, and it breaks my heart to see Marysol so upset.
My skincare line Skinfinity will be available to buy on skinfinitybeauty.com in less than 2 weeks! I am so excited to share my skin care line with you. It’s something I have been working on for the past year! Thank you always for the continued support.

Quote to live by: Girls compete with each other, women empower and lift each other up.

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Hoping to Move Forward with Lea

Marysol shares what she hopes will come out of the reunion.

For me the reunion is a forum to hash things out and engage in verbal mud wrestling and hopefully come out cleansed from the tension and disagreements. I would like to make it clear that I do not hate anyone; I am not a person that likes to live in anger as it only makes you miserable and takes away from the precious moments of our lives. It is no secret that I have spent a couple of years being accused of lying by Lea when we do not see eye to eye on something. It is very frustrating to have issues with someone and always end up at the same place of “her word against mine.”

Unfortunately, my father this year has also had a rapid decline in his health and has spent the better part of the past few months in and out of the hospital. While dad was in the hospital with nothing else to do besides sleep, read, and watch TV he watched every episode of RHOM. He was very upset when he saw Lea saying I was lying when I said she didn’t call, write, or send flowers to mom for 8 weeks. He called me and said to figure out a way to video tape me and put it on that show of yours because I’ve had enough of the lies. My father was by mother’s side every day from the moment she went into the hospital to the day she came home (2 months later). He saw everyone who passed by, saw every flower and card that was sent etc. I truly was uncomfortable videotaping him in a hospital setting, but I was leaving for the reunion and he called relentlessly several times a day insisting I let him speak his mind for the cameras. If you thought Mama Elsa was tough, guess who she learned it from, that’s right, her husband of 52 years, Donald Patton. You never met anyone more ornery, stubborn, or tough, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

I have said my peace, which is what I went to the reunion to do. I have moved forward and forgive those who have hurt me and I forgive myself for those I may have hurt. I truly want to move forward to a better place with Lea to the best of our ability. We may never be best friends, but I’d like to think we can at least be in the same room, be cordial, and maybe even share a laugh someday.

It has been a fun season with the ladies and it provided a great distraction from the personal emotional struggles I was going through with my parents’ declining health.  I hope you enjoyed the season, thank you for all of your support and best wishes for my mother as that has been the greatest gift the show has brought us.

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