Cast Blog: #RHONY

Ball Breakers

Mario reacts to Silex's renovation, Bethenny's date, and Jill's latest remarks.

 

Well we finally get to see Bethenny on the dating scene. Her friend Frankie definitely has good taste and set her up with a very handsome gentleman who seems very secure. Of course Bethenny has to mess with his head by telling Patrick that she loves to be a ball breaker. Hey Bethenny, here’s an update for your recent dating rules: Men don’t like women who break their balls. As we Italian men say, Non mi rompere I coglioni.

Alex and Simon give a tour of their house in progress. The renovation has taken longer that the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Though the kitchen was very nice, I do have to agree with Bethenny (but she will probably take it back) about the bordello look. I was waiting for the escorts to come downstairs and join the party. Simon, the living room definitely works with your shiny red pants and black jacket look. Sorry we were unable to attend as we had previous plans with very good friends and they were not up for schlepping to Brooklyn. We were not trying to diss you and Alex. Maybe another time. I’m pleased to see how much better your boys are behaving since last year. Can’t wait to read the parenting book that you and Alex are working on.

A "girls' night out” will now hold new meaning for LuAnn. Don’t worry about getting dating tips from Kelly. And why does she always play with her hair like an adolescent girl? Better you go with Bethenny’s rules of dating.

Oh, I can’t forget about my favorite, Jill. Was that comment about Ramona needing an IV attached to a bottle of wine supposed to be funny? If I were Bobby, I'd constantly need a drink in my hand to be married to you. Also if the show is the Real Housewives of New York, then why have I seen your father, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, husband, gay husband, (whew) did I leave anyone out?

Oh and if I have to see Zarin Fabrics one more time, they should add to the title of the show: “As brought to you by our sponsor Zarin Fabrics.”

On another note, my daughter Avery just had her Confirmation yesterday. It was a beautiful ceremony that took place in her school’s chapel. Today she left for a three day trip to visit Washington D.C. She told me this morning that she was disappointed that they were only doing a drive by of the White House. Why do I think that if Avery were in charge she’d probably get the class to meet President Obama!

All the best.
Mario

Dorinda: Sonja Is a Trip

Dorinda talks about meeting the other ladies and explains why she was nervous to meet Bethenny.

OMG, I’m on again! Is this really going to happen every week?! Funny how I’m still freaked out by myself on TV…

As you may or may not know, I am not a Hamptons girl; I am #TeamBerkshires. But hey, this could be fun too, right? As close as Ramona and I are, I have never actually stayed or even seen her home on the beach, so I was excited to go. Meeting Lady Morgan was a nice little adventure, too. She’s so beautiful. And I can totally see why Ramona gets flustered with her and her tendency to monopolize a conversation. But Sonja is a trip. I really like her.

Luann’s estate sale was something, huh? In the Berkshires, we call it a tag sale. Not as fancy, but much more real. After 22 years, it’s got to be hard to see the home where you raised your kids and built a family be taken apart and sold to strangers. But it was time for Luann to move on and write the next fabulous chapter of her life, as well as unburden herself of the past. (I need to start thinking about doing some of that in my life in Great Barrington. As my Mom would say, “Only when you’re good and ready, and not before that.”) I was excited to see Luann’s new house and watch her new beginnings flourish. I’m so proud of her.

So this was the weekend to reconnect with the girls I knew and meet the "new girls” I hadn’t met. Meeting Kristen and Carole was a breeze. They strolled into the estate sale with Heather and were as kind and as a welcoming as I expected them to be. Very, very sweet. I have to admit, I was a little nervous to meet the whole gang (operative word: gang), but I figured my closet helps me keep up with the best of them, and for this weekend, it was all “Hamptons Country Chic.”

At the cocktail party that night, I finally met Bethenny…at last! I was excited and a bit nervous, since she has quite the reputation. And all the good things I’ve heard…they were right! All the girls seemed happy to see her, but there was some sort of weird tension with Ramona that I didn’t really understand. It was almost like a Mexican standoff —a designer standoff, but a stand off. I was surprised to see Ramona “KellyBensimoning” Bethenny. It was weird and pretty tense, to be honest. It appeared to be about some brunch plans on a Sunday, but beneath the surface, it felt more like a timeless power struggle. Not comfortable with all that, and I’d hoped the next day would go smoother after it was all sorted out.

Honestly, I don't care where I go to brunch, as long as there’s food and good company. After that night, I was mostly concerned with getting through the weekend and making friends and/or figuring out who I had to keep my eye on. Ideally, I wanted to have a fun girls' weekend, not have to be the "hostess with the mostest" for once, and just get to relax...NOT!

For me, that weekend was mainly about supporting Ramona and really letting her know that I was there—that we were all there—for her, and that I understand what she is going through. After a long, happy marriage, divorce is a real bitch. Part of you dies. It’s that serious. Especially after 25 years…that’s a quarter-century! As much as I am so sad Richard is no longer here, I know it’s over, it’s ended, it’s done. I have to go on without him. In a weird way, this allows me a freedom to cope with what’s in front of me and continue with a new life. With divorce, you don’t have that “luxury.” (Weird way of putting it, but there’s a peace that comes with a solidified, unchangeable event that has no tomorrow.) Divorce, of course, keeps two people going, rebuilding their lives, and you know all about it. Whether through friends or social media—or even tabloids, in some cases. You know about their next act. It can be really difficult. After a divorce, you have to untangle your life emotionally and financially with expensive lawyers and sometimes in the public eye, though in front of family and close friends can sometimes be more draining than a tabloid can be.

In the end, if there ever really is an end to a divorce, you end up splitting your life up in half… (but it’s really “half of the half,” because the lawyers took most of it), only to run into the bastard in the grocery store with a new woman two weeks later. That’s a pretty crappy situation. You know what they say, "Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together." All true, but boy…the process sure is daunting!

Signing off, see you next week!
xxx

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