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Ever hear the myth that New Yorkers pretend they don’t know where New Jersey is? Well, this Brooklynite does – and last night Simon and I were at the Brownstone to celebrate the beginning of the season with most of the cast. We met so many Housewives fans that I lost count. We never even made it to the step and repeat, although we DID sample the food, which was great.
So, what do we think so far? I was glad that Jacqueline shared her home video of Nicholas’ birth, but have to ask…were the Sirens singing that day? ;-) Either way the footage looked great.
Next, it’s over to tomato time at the Giudice’s. I loved this scene – random trivia about our family is that we make Bolognese sauce once a month and freeze it – a big production the boys call "making dead cow sauce." Anyway, I can totally imagine Teresa screaming to herself, the baby is coming in two weeks, I HAVE TO MAKE THE TOMATOES!! No comment on the feminine hygiene discussion. Except to snicker. Just a little. Good on them – looked like a fun day.
Next, Danielle takes her daughters to Posche for after-school shopping. Fairly innocuous scene, until later, but let’s continue on the school front back to Teresa’s house. Cute girls, fabulous girls, running around with curls flying – I love that they packed their lunches. I kind of wanted to call all the organic snack companies Simon and I love for the boys and say, PLEASE send them some organic fruit squeezers, veggie straws and cheddar bunnies for the kiddos…not so much sugar! Though who am I to judge, I let my boys eat chocolate on TV season 1. Anyway…
Danielle confesses to the Father and advice is given – I appreciated the scene but felt like it was a little stilted from the priest’s end; how could anyone who gets to the point of being filmed for RHONJ not know at least part of the back story?
I loved how you and Simon were the "voices of reason this season". There were a couple of episodes where the two of you were the "comfort zone" for some pretty wild situations. I really enjoy the two of you. You're a great team. xoxox
Ok...glad you are blogging, BUT keep it about the RHO New Jersey. To much about yourself and family was injected into the blog. Try to give us more of your take on the story you saw on tv, not so much about how you got a checking account or you would have organics over a tastycake.
great blog alex, i was glad to see u were guest blogging this season and i thought the only one better would have been simon and then i was psyched to read the last paragraph of ur blog! as someone whose a universal RH fan i totally loved the cross cast referencing - cant wait to read more!
lol...Alex are the best!! I feel you are the only housewife that is down to earth. But didn't you think that this season Dina and Danielle are trying to hard to show something they did not show last season...Religion the greater being out there. Dina is more about the positive energy now and has the Buddha in her kitchen...And Danielle is now a devoted catholic with her priest on TV...How sincere are these women about religion??? or are they just doing it to try to win the audience to think they "kill with kindness" which they dont!!
OMG..."Kelly would say, STOOOOP!" I seriously laughed out loud! Great Blog Alex. You are my favorite NY Housewife.
What a gorgeous picture of you at the top of the blog. You are one of those fortunate women who get prettier every year. Good luck to you!
Alex. You are my Girl! You are so right about Jill and I cannot wait until you read her. Your eye is dead on about her character. I truly like you. I will ask that you give my girl Danielle a chance. I hate to see people double teamed, and these women, especially Teresa and Caroline,seem to love to hate her. I was neutral in the beginning, but now, I just don't like the way they act like they have done no wrong nor made any mistakes in their lives. You go Alex!!You've got a true Fan! and It's me! I am AA women , and I just love you disposition. Keep your head up and stay cool, maybe that will help with the hives.
Alex, I love your blog - you are spot on!! I like you more every time I see you or read what you have to say, you are true to your word and down to earth!! Glad to know we will be hearing you and Simon commenting on the blogs this season!!
Perfectly written and we LOVE the "here's what NY housewives would do/say". Glad to see you blogging with the Jersey girls.
Aww, I love Alex so much I think I want to marry her, haha. She always finds reason in a sea of lunatics. Although, in the case of Jersey, Danielle's insanity stands alone. She makes no sense, and to paraphrase Ayn Rand, those who deny reason cannot be conquered by it--it's best to not engage her.
LOL@you. Last yr it was your family they were calling weird and then they introduced the NJ clan. I was so disgusted with all the fighting in NYC HW this year, I almost gave up (except you standing up for yourself). The NJ HW is just ..hate to be mean..but ..just trash. It was great when the table went up last yr but they are now acting like they are in the WWF. Don't want to see that all the time. Public liked the table coming up b/c Danielle is so dishonest. But they think they have found their 'niche' in attacking each other. Come to think of it the OC HW were making chew toys of each other too. Ok I guess I am going to give up the series. I will miss you! Good luck.
I just have to know - what does the big girls have boyfriends comment mean? Am i reading it they way that you meant it?
You are so fair. I love it Alex. I am amazed you did not call anyone a w hore.lol. It is going to be one of those seasons where Danielle should just do her own thing because the ladies are gonna get her and she cannot win. They are thick as thieves. Great Blog
Love ALEXX so refreshing and kind. Probably the only true one on the show. Its about time someone shuts JILL ZARIN down and puts that bully in her place. Its not called Jills housewives. GO ALEXX!!!
Alex, love love love on what you have said in your blog. You are so right, Oh but then again, you are from Brooklyn and we from Brooklyn are in tune with real life and we see it from how it really is. I thought the show was great, I love to see Teresa and her family when they are together, it's beautiful. I can't wait till next week. Oh, please don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to Thursday because it's when I get to see you tell Jill off, sorry, but she really needs it. Alex you are great, I wish you and your family much love and happiness.
Peace & Love
Alex you're great, but can't wait to read Simon's take on the RHNJ!! I love his wit and writing style : )
I always liked you Alex. BUT, your comment on Teresa`s tomatoes sauce is wrong. I jar tomatoes too. Italians never jar meat sauces, ONLY tomatoes, or tomatoes that is passed through a machine to remove the skin. Then boiled and poured into sterilized jars. The jarring process was NOT shown and would be too dangerous for Gia to help because of the boiled tomatoes. Teresa should have explained this instead of the uncalled comment about the time of the month. Then people like you would not think what you think. Obviously you never jarred tomatoes or else you would know this process has to be clean and sterile, or else you get sick. The mediteraeian diet is a very healthy way to eat and there are so many vitamins and antitoxins in tomatoes and Red Sauce.
I love u and Simon's weirdness! I am so happy u r taking up for yourself this season. I want to hug you and Simon. And Lou Ann both are Wrong for talking about your boys them Louann tried to lie. U continue to stand up for your boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alex, why would a priest be watch RHONJ or any housewives? He's a priest!! I would be a little wary of him if he was spending his night watching Bravo instead of doing God'd work!!
You at 13 and Ashley at 13 are probably very different situations.
The way I saw the checking account situation is based on Jacqueline (and her husband) often commenting on Ashley's maturity level. She is very sweet but I think most of the attention was focused on things like getting through high school. I don't think anyone expected her to be "on her own" already.
Alex I love your stand-in voice for the NY Housewives in the Kim & Posche scene! I could soooo imagine everyone saying and doing those exact things! Oh LuAnn, "It's not countess-like!" lol... These Jersey women are definitely making things on the other side of the water look a lot calmer! I guess we'll have to 'wait and see' how these two seasons play out!
Glad you are both blogging. Not too keen on RHONJ -I hope season 2 is not more of the same fight of season 1. I'm bored already.I'm fed up of Danielle getting revenge and the Caroline "family" routine.
Alex, I'm really enjoying you on RHNY this season and am happy to see you blogging for RHNJ. Just one little thingy --- there is no old/new Danielle. If there is a change in her from last season it's that she is even more unstable. She needs help!
excellent blogging Alex! Yeah the priest scene threw me way off, but the show was really good though
Alex, God knows whether you review this show or your own, I can honestly say you're probably the only one on any of the shows that has an ounce of sense. You've come into your own on the your show, and although it's scripted, for the most part, you're "real". Other than that message to Jill, your actions have been above board. Team Alex and Simon!
Not a bad synopsis, Alex. I have to comment about Ashley/Jacqueline. I find it interesting that Ashley lives on her own now since she couldn't follow the "House Rules"...YET, her parents still pay her for her car,rent and give her money ??? How is that being on your OWN? I predict a spoiled adult in the making !!!
Great blog! I'm glad you aren't being biased. I really took offense to some of Teresa's obviously biased comments on her NYC blogs. I hope that the rumors planted by ????? are not true about you and Simon leaving RHWNYC because the show wouldn't be worth watching without you.
Spot on Alex! It's so refreshing to hear an intelligent, rational person on the blog. I miss New York Housewives already! I don't understand why the NJ group is so angered by Danielle, they must have major skeletons to hide. I feel she is in a very vulnerable state being the only one against that family. She may be a little off, but c'mon, that would be tough for anybody to handle. And let's face it, that family is not only dysfunctional but very shady...
I love your attitude Alex, you're so grounded and positive. I like not only reading your blog about your own seasons, but reading your guest blogs is great too. You seem to be the only sane one on RHWO(Fill in the blank), no offense to the other ladies, I'm a fan of nearly each one for different reasons! I'm just glad that we will still get to hear from you once your season is done. :)
Excellent blog (like always). Boy, I"ll bet you're glad you're in Brooklyn now, huh? It almost makes you NY ladies seem dull :-
Please get Ramona to blog on this episode as I"d actually pay to hear her thoughts on this.
I've just recently come to watching several of these housewife shows. And I just have to say with all of them. Every single time anything goes downhill, women revert to high school! I watch and think omg, this is just like high school. We never grow up, do we?! Girls will be girls - stuck in high school! Forever!
Beside that, it's entertaining and intersting to peek inside other peoples lives! Good luck to all.
Alex, I love your narrative on the jersey scene! And absolutely agree on your snack perspective, I feel the same way when I see my friends kids and daughter's classmates snacking on "junk" & pure sugar (actually witnessed skittles for lunch! Just skittles.) I'm not a sugar-nazi, I do try to throw in a freebie every once in awhile, but have to be honest my girls prefer the "good stuff" and I love that! My thoughts on Danielle: She would present herself in a much better light by not over doing the unnecessary cuts she squeezes into her 15 minutes of air time. Thank you for the much needed mid-day 'brain candy'~