We start out this week with Ramona's photo shoot, and I've seen the end result, which looks great. With Andrew behind the camera, Maya on makeup, and Sonja and Melissa cheering her on, the initial stiffness didn’t last long and they got some great images.
"I've never met anyone who was willing to go up against her; I'm so happy!" These were Jill's words about Ramona to Cindy. "No one has anything nice to say about Ramona," said Cindy. Jill at least had the presence of mind to remind Cindy that I must have said something nice about her. In fact, every time I'm alone with Cindy, I say nice things about Ramona, and if Cindy is an honest person, she should admit that. She didn't out and out lie about my feelings toward Ramona, but she minimized them as much as she could. She thinks Ramona has changed? Well, I've only known Ramona four years, but her methods of communication haven't changed one bit. Has she become more emotional due to her daughter growing up, and has she reacted to life changes? Certainly. Has her personality changed? Nope. Cindy thinks Ramona's core is not good? I'm beginning to think Cindy should take a good look at her own inner core.
It's simply not true that "everyone" is saying bad things about Ramona. Cindy, Jill, Kelly, and LuAnn are. Jill said Ramona makes everyone cry. The only person I can remember whom Ramona has made cry is Jill, and possibly one interview applicant. Jill thinks that Ramona doesn't make Cindy feel good about herself. Ramona bent over backward to introduce Cindy to all of us, including Jill. There's one thing she wanted to clear the air about -- Cindy's brother -- and that's it.
You really need to stay out of the Jill and Ramona disagreement and mind your own business. You are constantly sticking your nose in situations that have nothing to do with you.
Great blog. You seemed fair and it seems like you try to stay objective. I know what everyone is saying about "lose your voice" but I think its true that we are starting to see you for who you really are more now. You are a passionate person about certain things and if you're going to do something you do it 100%.
I like you more now than before... I hope you keep poised & try to see the good in others. That's really the only way to successfully deal w/people. But I like Sonya said... "squeeze the negative (people) out"... Love SONYA too! No apologies. She seems like she would be a riot to hang out with. LIVE life!
Alex, Luv you, You are a very classy woman, and you know the true meaning of being a friend, I luv Ramona too, and yes her personality is different from the phonies on the show, but that what makes us Love her and you. You have a beautiful family and are so devoted them and supportive, your boys are lucky they have a wonderful, honest, respectful, sincere MOTHER like you. OF JILL ,CINDY,(Cindy's acts like a twin to JIll) She backstabs and lies all the time. She also thinks she's better than everyone like Luann, It's the 21st Century and alot of Woman have their own businesses and raise babies really by themselves, not with all kinds of help, so she is actually less than great, do it yourself without nannies, housekeepers, & etc., I don't see you with all kinds of hired help, that's why you are soooo much more of an inspiration to us woman, you are the GREATEST! Luv you, Keep up the great job, and kiss Simon for me., 1 of your millions of fans, Marcia
You have the most unbiased view of what happened than any of the other ladies. The only "scene" I think you mis-read was the one with LuAnn badgering Ramona with her (LuAnn's) newly learned knowledge of wine. It seemed more like she was trying to embarrass Ramona than impress her. The costume party looked like a lot of fun and you and Simon looked great!
Alex, Great blog, as usual. Thanks for the insight into what really goes on and putting an end to speculation regarding your son. You have a wonderful family! You and Simon demonstrate by words and deeds your desire to make your community and the world a better place in which to live. I admire your ability to do this while having to jump hurdles placed in front of you by so many of your cast-mates. Best wishes to you, Simon and the boys.
Love you! You are so spot on in your blog. I actually feel like we are watching the same show. Some of the blogs of your co-stars seem like from another show. Loved Simon on WWHL. Thank goodness he came on because Kelly and Cindy were soooooooo boring. He really saved the show!
Alex, I think you are great! Why are you the only housewife that can see things clearly? You think before you react. You have all the personalities of your co stars exactly right. Keep being true! Love you!
I want you to remember something because I have been a faithful viewer from the beginning...It wasn't too long ago that Ramona was always picking on you and Simon and NEVER had anything nice to say about you and your family.She was very hateful and malicious!That is why it is hard for me to understand how you two can be so " buddy-buddy" now?It is true that Jill has made some mistakes in your friendship but she has not even come close to the stuff that Ramona did to you.I think it's kinda unfair and wrong that you can forgive Ramona so easy and not do the same for Jill?Atleast she's trying to mend things and make her wrongs right.Ramona claims she never does a thing wrong.She is fake!
I am glad you are Ramona's friend & possibly Sonja. Not real sure of her yet. You are like Ramona and can't let things go. ie: Bethenny. Can either of you move on past that? It's getting really old hearing it over and over again. I have watched you come out of your shell and some has been good some has been bad. Your husband seems like he is a blast, I like seeing him on the show. Your boys are adorable & I never thought (being a parent myself) that there was anything wrong with your son. I imagine being on the show can be overwhelming to someone so young. They are rowdy as young boys are by nature. Keep supporting Ramona (until she hurts you) she is going to need it. She has done so much to so many that they are keeping a distance for a reason and I don't blame them.
Alex, I love reading your smart, articulate blogs! It's an amazing ability you have to look at what has happened clearly and not recall it as something completely different. Not all of the housewives possess this super power! Jess
Loved your comments but please do not fall into the habit of being judgemental. You can comment on what happens on the show without judging other people. You are too intelligent not to know there are always 3 sides. You are my favorite housewife & I love that you do not expose your children to this every week and rarely have them on.
Alex, Why do you always defend Ramona? I just don't get it. She is clearly out to get Jill all the time. Even if Jill did say something to Jennifer at the wedding, you do not confront someone at a party in front of mutual friends. It's rude and classless. I will admit that Jill has some insecurity issues that make her say some stupid things at times, but I believe that her heart is in a really good and she wants the best for everyone. You on the other hand can't seem to give her a break like you did for Ramona who was pretty evil to you and Simon in the past. If Jill sees you giving her a break (an honest and true one), she won't have to always be on the defense with you and Ramona. In my opinion, Ramona has a drinking problem and other issues to deal with. No one is that manic without having some sort of issue going on. Also, I think Cindy is a refreshing new member to the show. She is not all about status, which the rest of you find so important. It's laughable to the rest of us watching! Good luck and I hope you lighten up on Jill.
Go Alex! You're the most thoughtful and intelligent of all of the NYC housewives and this blog is right on. Love you and have since season 1. I'm glad you've found your own voice as you and Ramona really know what's up with this group. I hope you're very careful with Jill - she's not a true friend. What she said to Jennifer, the beautiful bride really showed her true colors. I hope you look after Ramona this season. She's become everyone's new target this season and it's very hard to watch.
Thank you Alex for telling it Exactly like it is. You are so right about Jill and Cindy! LuAnn sees only what she wants to...her comments and judgments this year are unbelievably harsh, not funny even tho she laughs. Stay strong!
Alex, you're just great. So eloquent. The only thing I'd say is don't suppose you know why Jill said anything etc. Jill has already apologized to you, so when you comment on her and Ramona's disagreement, just comment on what's been said not reasons behind it. I love, love, love you and I so wish you would start you're own fashion line, with Simon of course because I think he's so talented. The outfits you two pick out for you to wear and then they way you wear it with such confidence, I think a lot of women would enjoy shopping you two's fashion line. Think about it. You know, I too, was wondering what's wrong with your son. I think he gets very uncomfortable with the camera around that he becomes shy, then loopy looking and strange acting. You might decide to have him on camera if the camera person can stay a certain distance away from him, to give him space. Also, you were doing what a lot of mother's do, which is become embarrassed, then try to show everyone that your son is OK, and grabbing him and holding him down to talk to him. Keep an eye on him, and make sure he's comprehending, speaking appropriately and is not delayed in any way. He does seem odd at times, but it's probably the camera or like you said you would've noticed. You're still my favorite RHW. Lots of love to you, Simon, and the chums.
I'm so glad you are in Ramona and Sonja's corner!! I'm wondering if the reason there's no blog for Jill today is because we all SAW what she said to Jennifer and it to scared to write something? I always liked you Alex but now, so much more - loving how you defend your friends and stick up for yourself!! Best of luck to Simon with his song!!
I would think that cameras, camera and sound staff, etc. would be enough for any child to have the same response regarding the scene with Francois and the piano.
Didn't Ramona make Bethenny cry last season? I think Cindy is right, you guys simply condone her poor behavior, which is fine because is a grown woman. Yet, to make it seem acceptable and as if there is nothing wrong with it is rediculous. I think expectations for her to change are acceptable since she has been this unfiltered, rediculous person from the beginning, but making it seem "O.K.' and not calling her out on it like Bethenny would do and Cindy is doing right now is crazy. Cindy is calling a spade a spade and stating its not good behavior.
Your assessment about everything is dead on. I think some of the girls are quite mean to Ramona and are so unforgiving.
I like you better and better each episode and each blog you write! Thank you for the truthful perspective on everything! I hope the "others" read your blogs!
Love you Alex, you are a fighter and I like that, dont mind the rest just be you. You and Simon are great.
Class Act! you and Ramona are the only redeeming factors on this show full of people that haven't a clue about friendship, nurturing and telling the truth. Love love love you and Ramona.
Alex love your blog! So truthfull, you know, i don't like the way Jill and LuAnn are making fun, and gossip of Ramona and Sonja. I do like the fact that you stay by your friends side. So you show you are a mature, and true person
François was just being a typical child! I think its great you let him be one! Children dont perform on command. They are people! I saw the episode and actually laughed because I thought to myself 'typical child with the kind of "sigh...yes mom" look while they are bored and ready to do something else. I say good for you and Simon for allowing your children to be individuals! It is nice to see a couple so happy to have hands on time and a real relationship with their children!
Great blog Alex. It's an obvious clear division between you girls but it seems like the "other side" is trying to make Ramona look bad, as a viewer Ramona really doesn't need any help - I am one of those who are on the Ramona is Ramona train - I like her, so thanks for sticking up for her.
Alex, you are a breath of fresh air! Most common-sense, reasonable and accurate take on the episode I've read. Good for you!
Love you Alex! You always keep it real. Ramona had every right to talk to Jill about what she said at the wedding. Jill got caught. How rude to go to the bride and question WHY she invited certain guest's....takes some balls to do that! Love Ramona too! Cindy...she starts problems in the group and I don't care for her. Whatch out for her Alex! Jill, LuAnn, and Kelly don't want to be judged yet they are the ones judging others? Just keep being you and keeping it real!
Alex...loved your comments...right on the money! Love you and Simon and your kids!!! You are awesome!!!
Well said. I really like you, Alex. Level-headed, a straight-shooter and most importantly, loving and compassionate. A true friend.
Your blog was perfect as usual. You continue to be the voice of reason for the show. Every time Jill is confronted with her behavior she cries and says she was "bullied." Althoug Ramona has no filter and sometimes speaks out of turn, she is honest and caring. Love to you both!
Alex You are right on. You seem to have the best persceptive on the whole picture. And maintain an open mind, Good for you.
I loved seeing Simon sing live last night on the AC show....he was awesome! I also laughed at the pants....they were PERFECT! Simon is the best sport and I have loved watching him take hits and turn them into something cute and hilarious. You are such a sweet friend on this show! You dont need to change a thing! You are so right about Cindy and Jill.....and you are also right about what we, the viewers see about Ramona and everything going on. It seems like there is some kind of unspoken thing going on to bring Ramona down...and she hasnt changed one bit, so why now? I think it could be to deflect from their own behaviors. It is great that you arent mixed up in all of that! Stay real!
Alot of the housewives change with each season and become divas but you just keep getting better and better! Love you and Ramona!