The drama continues in Morocco. It still appears to be cut as LuAnn's trip, when we were co-hosting. More to come. . .
After flying overnight from New York to Casablanca, and then flying to Marrakech, then a van ride, and then arriving at lunchtime, Ramona and I powered through the day without sleep starting with our fabulous lunch at La Mamounia by the pool, then back to the house to do fittings with the designer, cocktails with the designer after he hung up his measuring tape while the brunettes dressed, and then Brad's party that we had just been invited to!
But we are troopers and we are up for anything!
Especially on the first day of vacation Ramona and I tend to burn off the extra energy after being cooped up on a plane all night. Point is we had a ball, but it was a long day. This tends to happen when you travel with a large group.
I was blindsided when the fortuneteller said other women had eyes for Mario. Not because I don't know this -- he is an attractive man in an enviable marriage, but because it brought back painful memories of my own separation, and it made me emotional. I don't want any woman to go through that. I had an amazing marriage and family life, was full of confidence, yet one has no control over others. You can have the best husband in the world, yet outside influences and circumstances can tip the scales.
I also have my doubts about where this fortuneteller came from. It may have been a hoax.
LuAnn and I were co-hosting this trip together, and I had planned a lot of activities. That first morning after the never-ending day into night we wanted to finally regroup and discuss. Therefore LuAnn wanted to sit next to me on the way to the souk. Why does Cindy get in the van and insist on sitting next to me after she said she was upset with me the night before? It's clearly bogus, just as the supposed abuse that she said she got from me in the van with Ramona the night before. That clearly never happened. I am not aggressive and it would be totally out of character for me. I think this clearly tells you that no one took Cindy's hangers either! The fun banter in the van was meant to break the ice between her and Ramona.
That was my intention, just as my invite to tea was to try and help Ramona and Cindy.
Have to ask, didn't you think it was strange that Cindy went ape sh*t on you regarding the van when at that point you two were not on good terms?
It just seemed strange watching it on tv, that a girl who had issues with you, all of the sudden wants to sit next to you for a car ride?
Sonja -- I think Cindy was wrong to get so upset about the seat thing ... I can only imagine how the Countess would have reacted had her seat been taken by anyone! However, I think that you sometimes come across as haughty in your tone of voice and demeanor and that can be real off-putting. Your use of the phrase "pecking order" was also very high school. If you meant that Ramona was the person who brought Cindy into the group and she should be treated with a certain kind or amount of "deference" and/or respect, you should have said that. Pecking order implies that Cindy is somehow at the bottom while Ramona is at the top. There is no "pecking order" amongst friends ... ther emay be long-standing friendships compared to new acquaintances, but it's not a "pecking order". Perhaps you need to think before you speak.
As for the camel incident .. actually, I find it absolutely hilarious that it was LuAnn's camel that went berserk ... what with LuAnn being so prim and proper all the time it seemed a good comeuppance for her ..although I am glad she wasn't hurt ...
you are amazing... no matter what crazy thing you say or do, you are never above trying to see someone else's point of view and forgiving other people. You always say nice and positive things! way to be! ALL the ladies should learn from you! You have more class than the countess!
I do not blame you for riding the camel even though I spent time on one in Jordan. I saw that bruise on your a** LOL!
Stay fun and I enjoy watching you. I am sorry about your divorce and I know it was sad for you.
You are so eloquent. While this is reality TV, I think subjects such as finances and children have no place on the show. It should be the interactions of the seven women only. Thank you for raising above those who can't be and let be (i.e., the catty brunettes).
Kelly is the very last person who should be talking about another's finances. In addition, Cindy does nothing but cause conflict and use people.. Quite frankly, she is not a very welcomed addition to the show.
You seem to be the most grounded of all the ladies on the show. You are real.
Cindy is so, so silly. If one of my girlfriends said that they were saving a seat for someone becase they wanted to talk about something, no problem. People have saved seats for me, it just happens sometime.
You have been keeping it real and your audience and fans appreciate that. Life is not perfect as the show, shows of the rich and glamorous life of all of you ladies. You are a strong, self-made female who is an inspiration to us all.
Sonja, I get you. I feel that you made a huge mistake at the march but who the hell is perfect? I just wish you would have taken the hit and just said "I was an ass" and moved on. Viewers from last year know you are a good person going through a lousy time in your life, we just wish you would have been a little more gracious to Alex and Simon. IDK. Again, no one is perfect, but I feel in my gut that you are a good person with a generous heart and I don't believe for a second you would plot to hurt anyone. BTW, if I was going into that snake pit (NOT the one at Brad's party) I would have snuck off with you and Ramona to have some fun and re-group. I would choose a camping trip (and I am not "outdoorsy) with you, Ramona and Alex over the most luxurious, no bars holed, extravagant vacation with ANY of the brunettes, at least I know I would laugh, alot! Love you dear, keep your chip!!!
Thanks for the info but you don't owe anyone an explanation. I can tell that you, Alex and Ramona truly care for each other. It's nice to see that in the midst of all the madness. I'd travel with you over Luann any day :)
Sonja, it seems like you're going through some difficulties this season. Hope everything works out because you are such a joy to see on the show!
I am so sorry about your sadness on the episode last night. I completely understood what you were saying to Cindy. She told Kelly about your plan to have Ramona at your toaster oven teach, she lied and said she swore on her kids that she didn't say anything, and in the out takes, we see that kelly told Cindy that she talked to you and told you it was Cindy who said what the plan was. Cindy lied, betrayed you and then rather than accept any responsibility, she turned it around to be about pecking orders. I think she is like Jill in many ways. She is like LuAnn, Jill and Kelly rolled into one. She keeps saying don't talk behind her back, yet, that is what she does about you to Kelly and then smiles wide with glee when Kelly defends her. I don't like unfairness. Yet-kharma definitely happens as you must realize. You were unfair to let Simon speak as you were the one who had the power to say yes or no. You didn't listen then. As much as Cindy owe's you an apology, you owe one to Simon and Alex. Good luck.
Bravo should remove all the Housewives series with the exception of the Beverly Hills ones. They are the real rich ones who have lives worthy of being shared. They also have class and can put a coherent subject and verb together in the same sentence. Did any of these women go to college? I know on the ATL Housewives Phaedra and Kandy are educated....the others....yikes! Especially that big haired Theresa on the New Jersey Housewives!!!
It's pretty obvious that Cindy's 'issue' with you is something more than just the seat in the van. Maybe the real issue will surface soon.
Great blog, Sonja. Your'e too nice, especially when it comes to giving Jill a pass, but I if that's how you feel, then so be it. I still like you.
i became unsure of you at the wedding march but am back loving you again. you seem so real and nonjudgmental - and you prove your nonjudgmental not like others that don't realize that saying it doesn't make it so. keep on keeping on being Sonja!!
I had the impression that you knew more of what the fortune teller was talking about....... again is NY and things happen.
I still love ya' Sonja! You and Ramona are a hoot and I would love to hang out with you two ladies anytime because you clearly know how to have a good time. I also love Alex too. She is the voice of reason and I find her to be more classy than the Countess!
Sonja you are great! You Ramona and Alex need to have a spinoff. THE REAL REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK. Leave the crazies and meanies behind. You three are the only reason to watch. I hope everything works out for you.
Sonja, you are so refreshing. A word of advice, you need to put a cork in Kelly's mouth once and for all! You are always so politically correct when you have an issue with any of the women. You discuss the problem rationally and then move on. No ill feelings, but Kelly was way out of line speaking about you, your lifestyle and financial situation. You need to have her over for tea. Love you on the show!
A solid marriage is impervious to outside influences. If you married a cheater, you will eventually be cheated on. Don't blame others for an unfaithful spouse.... What does the fact that you were his fourth wife say??? You are not so smart, regardless of your resume.
Why are you so quick to forgive Ramona and not other people? She actually said you married for money and that your husband was old! Did you hear that?
good luck tip-toeing around cindy...what a nightmare she is becoming! i think she is trying to divide and conquer ;) so glad you are standing by ramona who has become the "bethany" of this season. you may be a little quirky but i like you!
Cindy wants to make waves this season to stay relevant and hopes to be in line for next season. She is most definitely picking fights with you because she too knows the pecking order and sees you as the least established as cast on the show, next to her own self of course.
You are a class act and my favorite next to Alex. How the "Brunettes" (seriously, Jill is a redhead and Cindy has black hair; so where does this come from?) treat Ramona is reminiscent of last season with Bethenny. Its clear that they think they can bully a cast member from season to season to stay relevant. Ramona has been tame this season in comparison to others. Why is this all coming out now? Suspicious.
Please understand: Cindy is a very thoughtful, smart and beautiful person. You need to accept that for once.
Sonja - you are fantastic.
Cindy is about zero in the social common sense dept!
Love you Sonja. Glad you joined the RHoNY last year.
Sonya; I'm sorry Andy was more involved in his birthday than speaking to you on WWHL. I would have liked to hear your comments. Hang in there; many of us have been in your shoes, but, you're a strong woman & will be the better for it after all the changes in your life. Best to you!
Sonja, change is hard.
I really like you. There is more to you in the FUTURE than what there was in the past. You led an interesting life, but now it's time for some new chapters. I think you will get there, and probably amaze everyone when you do.
I see a very hurt, and kind of scared woman who feels she has lost everything that made her who she was. There is truth in that, as far as the "outside" of things.
The bigger truth though? It's not what you look like, it's who you are inside. Your looks and personality got you through the first 1/2 of your life. Now you must rely on the "real" you, the inner you to get through the rest of life. The sexy coquette is over. The sensual mature woman is wanting to come out. Just release, and have a little faith in the "real" you.
Your soul doesn't age, it just becomes wiser. Don't fall into the chasing youth mistake of most of these "housewives." Become better! I think you have it in you. Find your real power, as a mature, experienced woman. Embrace the new.
Hang in there. We all go through these times.
Sonja, Love Love Love you on the show. You are honest in the way you present yourself, in other words YOU ARE REAL!. As far as Cindy, I think once she sees herself and her behavior on camera, she will recognize it was childish behavior on her part.....or maybe NOT!... LOL.... I don't understand why Kelly keeps attacking you. You are my favorite, continue being real!
Omigoodness. Cindy has a very harsh style of communication. I would not want to travel with her. She lied to you twice. About having lunch and then later about telling Kelly. Who is she to get so uppity about behavior? How did she get on this show?
Sonja-good luck, financial and personal matters are always pressing on the mind and body. you really do come across as plain spoken and liking a person for just being your friend. keep on playing the game "your way." I wanted to watch and hear some updates from you on Andys' show, but Sandra B. needed to take all the air time with her sarcastic remarks.
Hi Sonja, No need to ever feel like you have to explain things to your fans. We love you and admire the woman you are. Just keep being you, you're wonderful!!!
Sonja, maybe the focus is on LuAnn because you're clearly very uncomfortable being in Morocco? And while she encourages the group to do things together, you're spending a lot of time alone with Ramona? anyway, I hope this "blondes vs. brunettes" nonsense ends soon. It embarrasses me to see women act the way Cindy did at the souk and in the van, and talking over each other and not listening. You seem to be one of the only ones truly interested in everyone getting along, and I appreciate that about you.
Sonja you are really fun to watch in all scenes - I look forward to them. I love the "housewives"franchises to watch pretty women, in pretty clothes, shopping, traveling, getting spa treatments - all the things that seem unattainable in a middle class persons' life. Pure girly entertainment that you do provide. I do NOT watch for arguments, drama. I have no earthly idea why they had Cindy join this show. She is not pretty, all of her clothing is hideous, she doesn't even bother to put on makeup. She is extremely controlling and in fact, quite immature and unable to share for someone her age. I will just have to DVR all future shows so I can spin through her scenes.
I really like Sonja, but she and Ramona are acting a little too diva-ish. Ya'll come on back to earth where the rest of us live and get up and get your on log, for the love of Pete. Jeeze.
Sonja your a doll! Your full of happy energy I would love to see none of these woman or the show get 2 you because your a joy to see
Sonja, you are such a loyal and dear friend to Ramona, I love watching you both! I was very proud of you for patching things up with Cindy after the way she acted. It was very big of you and I couldn't of done it. But it seemed the only solution to get that ridiculous monkey off your back so BRAVO to you!
Sonja Sonja Sonja I adore you. You just seem like such a truly original person. I think your antics are a bit much sometimes, but I can see how genuine you are in general. You seem ready to be who you are; ready to let your flaws be exposed and your eccentricities guide you. I think it would be great fun to go to one of your parties.
When I saw you crying about Ramona's reading (your divorce) I truly felt connected to you. I know exactly how it feels to have a bit of wine, and then realize how devastating the whole thing is, and even to project it onto the situations around me, I commend you for being so nonreactive to Ramona's somewhat cruel response to you. You seem like you are ready to accept people for who they are (once you know them...I can also see that you react to people according to what you know of them..I like seeing your relationships evolve)
I also saw you on WWHL, I was laughing because if anyone can out eccentric you it has to be Sandra Bernhardt, you seemed so subdued next to her.
Keep your head up and keep smiling, Sonja. It's a difficult time for you but I have faith you'll come out on top! I hope you really take Kelly to task for her cruel comments about your financial situation. She of all people should have more compassion. You and Ramona are the only interesting housewives this season. Without you guys this season would be a major snore fest.
I am really lucky that you are posting toaster oven recipes...strange as it may seem, I am currently staying at a B&B for a while...and they only have a toaster oven...and I have a young daughter and it would be great to make the cinnamon treat with her! Also, I didn't realize how young your daughter is..only 10...aw...I am so sorry that your marriage didn't work out and how hurt you must feel in terms of how it ended...being a single mom isn't easy. You are a great addition to the show, you have great style and an amazing personality...and a unique beauty...and I wish you only the best, Sonja.
Sonja- You bring fun, humor, and common sense to the show. Stay away from Cindy... she is a troublemaker,; no wonder she immediately gravitated to Jill and LuAnn!
I frankly think you are taking yourself WAY too seriously. You were the co-host with Ms.Know it all and you left with Ramona soon after arrival? I think you put on a really good act last year to assure a position this year. So far you seem rude and off kilter and what's with the no underwear thing? Kelly seems far more centered than you do. I think your bragging about your previous opulent life style doesn't quite ring true and what must your ex and your daughter think of your behavior on the show?
I really like you last season you seemed so nice and down the earth. This season you spend too much time talking about you status and dropping so many names and places that it has become annoying. I were very rude in the car ride from the airport to the house, I felt so bad for the driver to hear you talk about his country like that. As a supposed Co-host your certainly didn't act the part because you Ramona and Alex isolated your self from the group immediately where as Luann tried to get everyone to spend time together
Love you. Cindy has lost her mind. Why would she want to sit by you after going off on you? She needs to act like the businesswoman she is. Keep being the funny girl that you are. Sorry that you lost your marriage. You make the show enjoyable and mean girls like Jill are ruining it for another season.