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.
Alex, You are my favorite on the show and your comment about your son makes me admire you even more. You're right- a spectrum disorder is NOTHING to be ashamed of but it does not pertain to your family. You said it, clearly and respectfully. I just think you're great!
I can't believe that anyone would suggest that there was something wrong with Francois. He was absolutely bored and trying to entertain himself. That person must not have children. He is a typical kid who probably wanted Legos but got a piano. I am so glad to see the new Alex. Am loving it.
Keep it up Alex you are fantastic. Dont let the *itches get you down. They suck and you dont!!!! oxox
Alex i must say I you are my only hope for sanity in this show. I think you are the most real, down to earth, woman on this show. I love how you have come to your own voice this season, and stopped taking others BS. My only pointer is to work on delivery. Obviously these women cannot be told something without getting all raddled up about it, i mean once you tell them they are not the most faboulous classiest women you've meet hell breaks loose, but plese dont stoop to their level. I have hope that you can rub off on some of these ladies. Especially Jill and Luanne!
Alex, Good for you, keeping it real this season. (At times it seems like you need to loosen up a bit, thoug, so you come off in a way that I think people could misunderstand had they not watched you on previous seasons).
It's interesting for me to contemplate --if it weren't for sort of pre-formed alliances at the beginning of the season, I think you and Cindy could have hit it off, as she is also "real." You're different, but both coming from a place of level-headedness. I could also picture Cindy and Bethenney being friends, and love the fact that you and Bethenney became close, btw --it is as if I could have predicted that would happen eventually....once people weed through each other's true natures. Stay strong!
Alex your manners and personality are amazing... Just keep being you.. I adore you and Ramona.. the others... nah my cup of tea!!
I agree with everyone... you are the best. Love your blogs. They are always right on. I miss Betheny. Oh, I like Simons song.
Could you tell us what exactly does Luann do. Does she have a job?
Alex, you continue to be the epitome of class that the clueless Countless can only aspire to while she pretends to be the paragon of virtue. The let-me-jump-the-gun-and-badmouth-Ramona -while-I'm-misinformed-again Countless is the epitome of Krass and Klass, nothing more and nothing less. I liv for your weekly comments. Thanks!
Alex You are going to get lots of comments about your son, so hold strong to the discussion closed statement
I like Ramona but she did make Bethenny (I mean a break down and cry) cry at least twice. She does have a mean streak.
Watch Sonja the most, I don't think any of you have come across a Sonja, she is the type that could destroy someone and not even bat a lash.
Hope the song goes well.
Hi Alex. You are truly coming into your own. Kudos to your hubby for his song. He will get more accustomed to it and not as nervous as times goes on. You guys love each other and that is what viewers want to see. I have a weird question. Have you ever noticed how Kelly plays with her hair and actually puts in in her face.. and then constantly licks her big mouth a lot. She always has her tongue out licking her lips. Have you noticed and does this bother you at all?
I was pleasantly surprised hearing Simon sing--he has a wonderful voice-it reminds me of David Bowie!!! He did a wonderful performance, and it was so sweet seeing how proud you are of him!!!!
Thank you Alex!! You see it correctly, as usual. Those who say you see most things clearly, but also want to criticize how you see Ramona should understand: just like with everyone else in the shows, we viewers do not see all that happens, so if you remain in Ramona's corner even when she goes off the rails a little bit, I for one, get that you see a lot more than we do and have a better perspective.
Ramona is emotional and is not perfect, but Jill professes to be a better, non-judgemental person and then turns around and does the exact opposite. When someone pins her down on it, she bails out of the conversation. The funniest part of it is she always ends the conversation with "If you have something you're upset about with me, please just tell me", and then runs away. That is what the other person is usually trying to when Jill cuts the conversation off with this little nugget. What a phony!
Alex- you are the only bright light in this group now that Bethenny is gone. I am so glad you are friends with her. Much love and success to you and yours.
Alex, Jill is doing the same thing to Ramona that she did to Bethenny last year. That didn't work because Bethenny had support from you and Ramona. Keep supporting Ramona. I think the viewers will see that Jill is in the wrong. Your blog is the best!
Totally agree with path@ny ...but maybe you hopped on the bandwagon so RS would stop bad-mouthing you and your family. I saw the other seasons where RS treated your husband like crap. It was Jill who thought enough of your husband to ask him to play tennis when the pro did not show. Honestly I am really thinking that you have to not like Jill because Bethenny would not be your friend anymore.
You looked gorgeous last night, you should consider going dark with your hair. The color was sooooo good on you.
LOVE YOU ALEX!!!! WAY TO GO YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!
HOPEFULLY BRAVO WILL PUT THIS POST ON, SINCE I'VE PUT AT LEAST OVER TEN POSTINGS AND NEVER NEVER NEVER SAW ANY OF THEM, WELL BRAVO MAYBE YOU PUT THIS ONE ON.
We love you Alex!
I guess now, Jill will be requiring "guest lists" to be included in her wedding/party invitations?
Thanks Alex, I appreciate your honest account of what happened on last nights episode. That's exactly how I saw it.
Well said, Alex. Stay the way you are. Anyone could tell you son was bored with the whole piano thing, he didn't want to be bothered at the moment. You have a nice family, Simon is a little different, but you can tell how much you both love each other. Best of luck this season.
Alex you are right..love ya..keep up the good work and dont let those witches get the best of you. god luck to you and your family.
Thank goodness for you and Ramona. It's pitiful to see Jill going after ANOTHER person on the show. You and Bethenny both survived her campaign of hate. I hope Ramona does, too. Please remain wary of her so you're not caught off guard. I think you're terrific :)
Keep on keeping on Alex. Those women all (except Ramona) are so seemingly jealous of you. I would try to avoid as much as you can. I honestly don't see where they are worth it. love you and your family.
Alot of the housewives change with each season and become divas but you just keep getting better and better! Love you and Ramona!
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!
Alex You are right on. You seem to have the best persceptive on the whole picture. And maintain an open mind, Good for you.
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!
Well said. I really like you, Alex. Level-headed, a straight-shooter and most importantly, loving and compassionate. A true friend.
Alex...loved your comments...right on the money! Love you and Simon and your kids!!! You are awesome!!!
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, you are a breath of fresh air! Most common-sense, reasonable and accurate take on the episode I've read. Good for you!
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.
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!