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Now onto Episode 2.
"1987 called, they want their bidet (be-day) back"
Why the obsession with cleaning your chucky Danielle? I haven't seen one of those things since the late 80's ...
Anyway, in the first scene with Danielle they show me saying how I felt bad for her and the situation that she was in with her home. I know that makes me look like a really great person, BUT to be honest with you, when I said that I felt bad for her and her children I was referring to the fact that I think the woman is unstable. When I said that I hope she gets the help she needs I was referring to Psychiatric help. I said years ago that Danielle should have gotten a job and did what she had to do to comfortably support her and her children. I do feel so horrible for any woman in that situation, I'VE BEEN THERE, but having a BIG home is not what it's all about. Her children are in school all day and there is NO excuse not to go to work. When I asked her last year why she didn't get a job, she told me and I quote, "I'm too pretty to work." Yes, you read that correctly. When I got divorced, did I want to work two jobs and live in my sister's spare room sleeping in the same bed as my daughter? Hell no, but I did what I had to do and showed my daughter that when you get knocked down you brush yourself off and do what you have to do to survive. I am grateful that I had my family to turn to, but if I didn't I would have lived in a shoe box rather than to be at the mercy of a man for money. Our children learn by example, we need to remember that.
The ham game is SOOO gross, there is nothing cute about lunch meat stuck to the kitchen cabinets. What is cute is Lauren and Vito, I think they are perfect for each other. Vito in my opinion is the best thing to happen to Lauren, I hope to design their wedding one day, not soon but one day. From what I know Vito is a good kid and although I understand Albie's point, I think if Vito is a good enough person to be such a good friend to him then he should be grateful that Lauren is not with some random tool. I am sure he knows "too much" about Vito's wild college days, but what boy didn't have his man whore days in school? Let it go and appreciate the fact that your sister is with someone who loves her and not someone just out to get her ehum... "goodies."
"And take your laundry with you"
I am not going to say much on the Jacqueline and Ashley thing. Raising a young girl is not always easy, especially in this day and age. I suggested the good old fashion Italian beating because it worked for us growing up. Although my dad never really laid a hand on us girls we always had the fear of the wooden spoon or his belt strap in the back of our minds. Hell, I'm 38 years old and I'm still afraid of getting my dad mad! What I find really entertaining with all these scenes is that little bobble head Nicholas just sits there and watches them go at it with a look on his face that's like, "What's wrong with you crazy bitches?" Take notice of his face. It's super cute.
"I'm talking the talk and walking the walk ... work it gurl"
No words for Gia and her catwalk. That kid is going to be somebody! By the way, SO NOT COOL of Danielle to say what she did about Gia not having what it takes. She's a kid Danielle, what's wrong with you? REALLY? Gia has the most amazing personality and looks to go with it. She could be whatever she wants to be in life. Again, I like to pay attention to the little things in the scenes, don't you just love how Gia is in her room all dolled up just practicing her perfect gymnastic splits when Teresa comes to give her the good news of her landing fashion week? Too funny!
I have to say that Danielle has really outdone herself, when you and Jaqueline had clearly said that you weren't going and still made a point to steer you guys into the mix. I can't believe that she dissed Gia, I mean she is a little girl and none the less, she should of never even made a comment, she is so lucky it wasn't my daughter's name coming out of her mouth, ugh, she really irks me with her stupid and out of place comments. As to her Luncheon, how do you have a luncheon in honor of your child without your child, I think that's called look at me i need attention. I cant stand how she carries herself and then tries to act like she is so classy and proper.
Not only am I an interior designer, but I live in Wayne...and, rest assured, my bathroom is way nicer than Danielle's out-dated, multi-color mess of a bathroom. Dina, you called it perfectly with the 80's bidet - that cracked me up! Too funny...and sooo true. Danielle needs to pick up a home decor magazine or two if she thinks her bathroom is that great...wow.
Hey Dina! Went to Village East on Saturday to get my Lucky Lock! I think it's a fun, unique way to raise money for Ladybug, not to mention the fact that it looks cool too! I think I have to go back to get more lol.
Dina why is it ok for Caroline to talk about Danielle's children but it's shameful for Danielle to say something about Gia being short? She only stated a fact, your sister on the other hand was pretty nasty.
I am by no means a Danielle fan, however, I can't help but feel sorry for her with your clan ganging up on her.
i just love you! this season is turning out to be great. way to keep up the positive energy while still being funny as hell!
Dina, I have to say that I see you as very docile on TV, but I"m wrong, really. I think you know what to say and when to say it, which is very refreshing. Much love in your life.
Dina, you're fabulous and by far my favorite Housewife. Love the Power of Now, love your cats, love your dry humor! Keep it up!
I adore you so much, I can barely stand it. You were handling everything with total class, especially while you were still giving Danielle a "second chance", though I'm sure those days have since past with all the best reasons... and I can't wait to see them ;)
Firstly let me say that you are truly and inspiring woman. From what I can see, you handle every situation with grace and class. Your kitties are so cute! And let me tell you, Lexi is a stunna, a dime to be exact. ; ) As far as you not attending Danielle's luncheon, you have every right in making your decision. I believe, from what I can see, she is not a changed woman and should be focusing on the women that did attend her soire and not worry about the women who chose not to. "just sayin"
All my love to you and your fabulous family. RJ Taylor @reej_taylor xx
We all have had to deal with Damniels in our lives, but we are able to cut them out when things become clear. I feel for her kids because they don't have that option or clarity at this point in their young lives. All we can do is send them love and pray for them. It really hurt her daughter that her mom made it a celebration about herself. Christine deserved to have a party for her friends but what Damniel did was one of the worst selfish acts I have ever witnessed.
Not enough Dina in this episode! You and Jaqueline are my favs so you better show up more. As for Danielle she is sutch and itch and makes me sick who talks badly about an eight year old come on...Im 21 and 5 foot 2 so im sure when i was eight i was like 4 feet tall. And love the red extension i want one but no salons in Miami have them and i do my hair at a friends house how can i get one?
You are by far my favorite. Its nice to see that you did truly try to be civil w/Danielle & move on as ADULTS do. But you always keep it real! Very admirable. And its great to see your constant involvement with your charity! :)
All I have to say keep doing what your doing forget about DRAMA D because she is quite jealous of you all for being happily married and wealthy.
i read most of all your blog and i just wanted to say to you from the absolute bottom of my heart i totally get what your saying about letting things get to you we all have our insecruities but at the end of the day when u lay your head on ur pillow your alone w/your thoughts and nothing else matters people say things all the time but they dont pay your bills their not in your life and they dont know you like u know yourself and your family other peoples opinions dont matter there is always gonna be someone that doesnt agree or even like you but..to that one person theres gonna be 20 more that love you and think the world of you and the good you do for the world focus on that theres always gonna be a danielle around in the crowd but remember those are her insecruities and faults not yours and shes the miserable one not you i know those people all to well and unfortunatley i have an aunt who is just like her and from her terrible ways im now a 30 yr old woman whos taking care of her 15 yr old son becuz of her actions majority of the world that sees this show can see right through her shes making an ass out of herself you caroline jacqueline and teresa however are the classiest bunch of bitches ive ever seen xoxoxox love u all
why didn't you comment on Caroline talking about Danielle's kids to Teresa and Jacqueline at their lunch? Clearly it was rude and inappropriate. And clearly Jacqueline was uncomfortable. Not classy AT ALL. Not defending Danielle in any way, but Caroline is just as catty as the rest when it comes to talking smack. Why did they even discuss Danielle at their lunch? Guess it's for TV....and they have to.
i am a good friend and true.i do not like talking bad about people.christine is tall and pretty and long legged.the daughter should not have to pay for the sins of the mother.you and jacqueline have the biggest hearts.the to first shows you seem to show the least.we hope to see more of you.lexi,is so cute and bubbley tell her bev said hello. and miss her.we were blessed with to sons.they are older,we started young and are 45 and 46 and have been married 28 years.he is my bff.you girls my fav.take care and god bless.thanks bevy!danielle,i pray will suport her daughter for her. not to live off the money aspect of it.her having a party without christine i thought was not the norm.next time.bye dina.
I didn't care too much for you at the start of last season, but I really like you this season! You seem like a very dedicated friend, wife, and sister. Forgiving, yet smart enough to know when enough is enough.
Great blog, Dina! I'd love to see you do a book about decorating. Your style is bold without being over the top and I love it.
I couldn't believe Danielle invited you to that luncheon. It's like she needs fresh rejection to justify her obsession with you. Don't EVER be alone with her! I hope her daughter is a huge success so she can get away from her.
Teenaged girls are hard to deal with no matter what the mother does. You and Jacqueline are doing fine from what the audience sees. Being on screen in your teens when you're going through so many changes would be very difficult. Most girls won't even let you take their picture. I hope Lexi doesn't look back and feel as if she missed out, but she's got to do what is comfortable for her. You shouldn't feel guilty no matter what she decides. I just hope you don't decide it's not worth it because I love seeing your interactions with your family and friends.
I agree. What was up with that luncheon? Where was Christine? I know you said at school, but how do you have a luncheon to honor someone and when the person being honored is not there? Crazy! It should have been something with Christine ATTENDING with Christine's freinds. Instead it was Danielle and Her friends. I saw some of them hand her gifts. I am crossing my fingers that the gifts were for Christine! No guarantee, but I hope so. The 2 empty seats and her bringing up that you guys were not there was T-A-C-K-Y just plain tacky. I thought you handled the phone call very well. You were right to handle it the way you did. There is no need to be ugly unless ugly is called for! I don't think she really thought you would attend. Most likely, she just invited you just to be able to say she did. Also, she would not have been able to pull the drama with the 2 empty seats if she had not at least invited you.
I love the Power of Now, it has been so enlightening and I love that you are so informative about it! More people need to know about this book :) Also, don't worry about talking to your cats, everyone does it!
Wow! So much to comment on! First, I love you Dina! You're so beautiful and I'd love to be friends with you personally! I'm 28 from Totowa - you're my fav NJ housewife! I work in NYC in law but I love the entertainment business and I think it's so cool that you have planned weddings, do interior designing, and working on having your own entertainment business! I'd love to work with you! :) I love how you do it all-everything that you desire! Second, wow this episode went so fast ---so much content in it! Ugh I don't even understand the whole bidet (be-day)?! Seems gross to me and kind of trashy! Lol ... the whole ham thing---very silly and kind of cool (I don't have sibblings) but I do understand how it's kind of nasty to have ham stuck on kitchen cabinets (It just hung there!). I def think Jacqueline's daughter needs to respect her more. I'm 28 and I lost my mom to cancer and now my Aunt just died and I really really miss them! Mother's day was the worst! I love Gia's confidence and Danielle is just so toxic! Dina, I saw you "puffy chuck" on twitter and had no idea... did Teresa talk about that with Caroline? My volume on my tv must have been low b/c I def did not hear any mention of that. But ummmmm gross lol ... that's a very large paragraph to be talking about that! Haha and it doesn't even phase you! Lol I think you're classy so I hope no more talk about puffy chuck! YIKES! But u know I guess there is a point about that ... that's certainly not a talk you'd have with everyone (haha except for the Housewives fans)!But I'm glad you talk about everything - not everyone has moms, sisters, Aunts, or close cousins- so you women talking about everything enlightens other women! I would def buy a book that you would write - esp a coffee table book on homes! I feel like Cinderella when I'm cleaning- I def have so much clutter and it doesn't make me feel glamorous! I'm really so disappointed I couldn't come to the Brownstone but I hope you ladies do it again (my Aunt had just passed away and I was preparing for her funeral)! Seriously, I just think you're so amazing!Much love to you and I'd love to meet you one day! Big hug!Enjoy LA and Come back to NJ real soon! Love your fan from Totowa! xoxo
I think the relationship you have with your daughter is so nice. It's loving and peaceful. It's hard to see them grow up and mature but it is exactly what is suppose to happen. She's healthy and normal, thanks to her mom. ps~~~my husband has not signed his name in 16 years. Best to you and your family Dina.
Dina, those 2 empty chairs were a total set up. How creepy was that lunch? She is having a celebration for her daughter and it was obvious it was all about her. right down to the 2 empty chairs. You told her you thought you might have another obligation and she heard that. Jacqueline came right out and told her she would not be there and she heard that. I hope all those women who were there and voiced sympathy to her for you 2 dissing her see that they were played and made fools of. I won't even comment on Danielle's behavior at the photo shoot - she said she has boundries?? Where are they? And how sad that she made it very clear that now her daughters are going to be her meal ticket and that it is now their job to buy her a big hoouse. Why doesn't her ex get those girls to safety? I feel so sad for them. I hope Lexi realizes how lucky she is to have a mom who puts her first.
I have to say I love the grace and poise you show with danielle she is poison .you always take the high road and I admire that in you although I know your breaking point is surely coming everyone's does at some point.I still admire your class and I love the cats. I think you have a wonderful family and I will always be your families biggest fan
You are the housewife I like the best (so far). Even though you have some difficulty with Danielle in the past, I believe you are handling it with class most of the time. I realize you are on a drama, but some of the comments coming from everyone behind each other's back is inappropriate. BTW, I absolutely love your cats. I have three. They are calming and will listen to whatever I have on my mind. I also respect your decision to keep your time with your husband and daughter private. 'Bravo' to you. You seem to be a wonderful mom.
Why don't you and your gang quit picking on Danielle. Your group is the one who brought that book out.
Thank you for being a classy lady who also knows how to use the word "tool" appropriately. Ah, Jersey.
Jono J., Astoria, NY
I am very impressed by your demeanor and your attitude. I believe instead of Danielle it is you that has made a positive change. You seem more relaxed and free of drama and I hope it stays that way. Good luck in the rest of the season.
Dina, I really admire and like the 'new' Dina. I think you more than anyone has risen above the 'chaos' and have found the perfect way to deal. Kudos to you! I would also like to thank you for not chiming in at Caroline's benefit for the sheriff when the Danielle trash talking began at the table. THAT showed real class, something the others could certainly learn from you. You've raised a beautiful and intelligent daughter and I adore your two cats. All of mine (3) died over the last two years and where we live now does not allow pets. So I relish watching you with yours, it brings back so many good memories of mine. The calm they created when I was around them, the loving purrs and gentle leg rubs and 'head bumps' they would give me to show how much they loved me come showering over me when I see you with Grandma Wrinkles and LadyBug. They are gorgeous felines, enjoy every second you have with them. Take care and God bless you and your family.
Dina...I just love you! You have really shown yourself to be a lady through all the drama with Danielle. I couldn't believe she made that comment about Gia. I have not heard any of the other Housewives make any negative comments about Danielle's daughters, why she would choose to criticize an eight year old child is beyond me. Good luck to you!~
Just have to say, I dont know how you and the rest of the housewives put up with Danielle. You are a class act, Dina...and I admire how you have handled all you have had to deal with.
I do miss seeing you and Lexie, though.
Very cool about project ladybug. Congrats! Don't worry, no one truly believes anything Danielle says anyway :)
Chuckelina equates to "baking cookies" for us. . . you know, how cookie dough "rises" when it gets warmed up. Gotta love it! Dina you are really the best!
Love you Dina (and your cats)! I just feel bad the four of you have to be exposed to someone who is certifiable when the show would be entertaining enough without her.
I just wanted to let you know that I really miss Lexi on the show. I think she is the most well adjusted, sweetest and most entertaining kid on any of the housewives shows. Your blogs are hysterical and make so much sense, and I really hope that we see you more on the upcoming episodes!
I can already tell you are in a better place than last season and I am happy for you. Allowing Lexi to be a young lady and not in the drama of what I am sure is to come is a smart idea. I saw her in a picture here on Bravo.com and she is budding into a beautiful young lady, just like her mother. I would love to see you write a coffee table book on decorating. I look forward to seeing your line of home decor as well. Your house is very beautifully decorated, so I am sure your line will reflect your lovely taste.
I know you love your sister and sister-in-law, Teresa, but I do hope that you don't get caught up in the Danielle drama that they seem to like to talk about all the time. You seemed a bit uncomfortable last week when they were talking about her. Regardless of your feelings for her, I think it takes a really strong person not to go there. I do hope that Danielle can find peace in her life and I do hope her daughter finds great success in her new career. I don't see a problem with Danielle having a luncheon to honor her daughter's magazine cover and story. She is proud and she wants to celebrate her daughter's achievements. What proud mother would not want to brag? I think in a way her inviting you was an olive branch extension, but when you and Jacqueline couldn't make it, that is all that should have been said, I agree. Maybe the two chairs were there in hopes that maybe at the last minute, there would be a change of plans (and heart), but when there wasn't, the party should have gone on and the celebration should have remained about her daughter and how proud she was of her.
Your cats are awesome, Dina! I am by no means a huge cat lover, but I do appreciate a cat with personality and both of your cats exude great personality. Poor Grandma Wrinkles. She gets such a bad wrap! LOL Her name fits her perfectly and she is so funny looking, she is cute! Miss Lady Bug is adorable too. You can tell they are very much loved by you. You can see the love outpouring from them as well. Animals really do bring a positive energy into the space they live don't they? I just love my two dogs, Callie, and Mandy. You just have to love the unconditional love our fur (and furless) animals give us!
I am in 100% agreement about Vito. He seems like a really nice young man and I know he will treat Lauren well. He seems to really care for her a lot and I don't think he would ever intentionally hurt her. Albie just needs to chill and let their relationship develop. After all, if Vito is good enough to be his best friend, he should be good enough to be his sister's boyfriend and who knows, one day a brother-in-law. Albie has to remember that Vito sees his sister in a totally different light than he does and he is fully aware that there is more at stake if his relationship with Lauren goes south. I think Vito and Lauren are quite smitten with each other and probably are in it for the long haul. :)
Keep staying in the positive, Dina. You seem like such a lovely gentle woman. Like with all of you ladies in NJ, I wish the best for all of you and your families.
I like you and staying away from D is the only way to go. She had the luncheon to talk unkind about you and your sister. It wasn't for anything but attention. I know why they pay her to show up. Trouble. Will be watching and you watch your back.
LOL Dina! I know! Little Nicholas's face was so cute when he was watching his big sister while his mom was chewing her out!! LOL!! What I thought was really super weird was the way Danielle actually pointed out the empty chairs to her other guests. Like, who does that??!! God, the woman has no pride.
hahah Dina I love you! im 20, will you be my mom =P haha, when you said a ladybug meeting at first I thought you meant a meeting about your cat! you are really the best and i love the way you deal with danielle's nonsense. that lady is soooo scary. It's so inappropriate what she said last week, particularly about ashley and gia. Disgusting! I feel so badly for her kids, and hope Christine will be really successful and rise above her mother's issues. Anyhow, keep on being fabulous!!!
Dina last year I was on the fence about you, but this year, I truly, truly love love love you (as Teresa would say). I was a bit miffed at Caroline talking about Danielle's girls at the lunch with Teresa and Jacqueline. So NOT cool! I love the way you just "do not go there" when you don't have anything nice to say. Looking forward to more of the "puffy cat" Ladybuy (I love Persians) and Gramma Wrinkles. I just love them, they are too cute for words!
How low rent of Danielle to comment on the fact you worked at the nail salon. I agree with you that when your situation changes, you suck it up and move on. Good for you for taking charge of your situation. This is a priceless lesson for young girls to learn and Lexi is very lucky to have a strong woman like you for a mother!
I won't waste the space on your blog with what I think of Danielle's mothering skills. There isn't enough room any way :).
Love love love you!