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Roll the Dice

Sonja thanks her support system and discusses the fetes in this week's episode.

This was a wonderful episode full of fun, family, and friends. Victoria and Avery are both wonderful girls and will go far, I'm sure.

Both parties were extraordinary. I wish I could have gone to both but my day was busy, so I chose to go to just Avery's nearest my home, and where I had planned on going for the longest time. Ramona had been planning forever and had been sharing the process all along. She had a private room off to the side out of view from the Sweet 16s.

I understand Avery had reached a moment where it was time for us to move to the private "parents room," but for Kelly to get between Ramona and her daughters relationship is wrong and to make further comments was wrong. I would have let Avery vent on me and left it at that. I would not make more out of it then it was.

I know LuAnn would have loved me there for her daughter's party but she always cancels me last minute, so I am sure she understood. We have that kind of social friendship. If we make it, great, if we can't it's fine.

Jill's sister, the lovely Lisa Wexler sent an email and offered to help with my financial situation, which is kind of her. Unfortunately, my many separate cases besides the Chapter 11 filing make for a complex situation, because they many times impact each other. Prioritizing has been difficult.

I have always put my daughter, and our time together, first. Whatever time left is devoted to my family, friends who are there for me, dating, my divorce process, my finances, and maintaining our home and gardens. On top of that is my charity work, movie business, my writing, cooking videos, my new gig on RHONY, and sharing my toaster oven recipes and lifestyle tips, appearances. Whew! Oh, and one should always make time for themselves, even if it's a bubble bath, a download yoga, a book, or a walk. Health is everything.

Ramona introduced me recently to Jeff Landers. He's Divorce financial Strategist and the president of Bedrock Divorce Advisors, which exclusively helps women like me going through a financially complicated divorce and/or women who need financial planning. He is helping me put together a "Master Plan" that will get me back on track and keep me there going forward once I gain my footing. Part of my problem has been that I didn't have one trusted, qualified person to coordinate all my legal and financial issues synergistically. Finally I found that person.

RHONY has been a fun distraction from the stress of my legal cases, and my charity work since I've been a young lady has always grounded me and reminds me that I am very fortunate.No one needs to feel sorry for me, I choose this lifestyle but I worked very hard from a young age and I have to "fight the fight" to keep what's rightfully mine. I have so much to be grateful for even during these tough times of change, because I don't know what I would do without the team of people who want to help me succeed and better their own lives alongside my dream. I believe in myself and the goodness in others, and I think anyone who rolls the dice with me has good odds. But really, at the end of the day, we don't calculate how successful the day is only by results, but by the quality of the time we gave each other and our commitment to each other. Of course, we have the goal in mind, but when we get there, we get there.

I loved Jill's party at Chez Josephine. I always loved that place and the host Jean-Claude Baker is a "one of a kind" personality.

Alex is right about quitting smoking. One has to be ready. I quit in 1991 after 10 years. I used SmokEnders, and it worked!

Avery definitely has a chic set of friends. I enjoyed spying in on her cute conversation. When Victoria was trying dresses, I said that is where my daughter will pay me back for all my short skirts. That is when I will have to wear a longer length for sure. If not already!

Why does everyone have so much criticism about each other's parties when they should be enjoying, eating, dancing, and flirting?

It's weird to me that Jill and Simon were friends in the first place, exclusively of Alex. So the fact that they have an issue now is perplexing. I think Alex's relationship with Jill should move forward without Simon. However, if Alex chooses to let Simon's beef with Jill come between her and Jill -- that's her decision.

Simon takes care of Alex and Alex takes care Simon. There are a family with children and it works for them and I would not want to come between that and any way.

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Kristen: B and I Are Not Besties

Kristen tells us how she really feels after not being invited to Bethenny's party.

Carole is so hilarious. I love that she met Adam, hit it off, and they are hanging having fun. You go, girl. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.

I have to agree under 35/over 75 seems like a great way to go when dating. The Halloween puking in a pedicab thing is OMG, too funny! He held her hair back out of the way! #truelove

I actually didn’t know that Adam dated Lu’s niece. It seems to me that Carole just fell into this. The feeling is mutual, and I would have to agree it’s a bit awkward to tell Lu too soon. Carole doesn’t even know what’s happening at this point!

Bethenny's birthday dinner seemed like a lot of fun, LOL. I didn’t know that she shared the day with her mom, that seems like somewhat of a sore subject. I do remember hearing years ago that she hated birthdays. I love that Sonja is with her German boy. I think it's nuts how these women just keep inviting other men as guests--they clearly didn’t get the plus-one only invite. OMG, the young boy not knowing Jordache jeans?! How is that even possible?

Cheers to expecting the unexpected!

The phone call with Heather catching up and then finding out that I wasn’t invited was interesting, and very much what happens. Simple question: Gee, why wasn’t I invited? Listen, anytime you are in a group and you are not invited, I don't care what anyone says, it’s a bummer. I was last with all the girls in the Hamptons. I felt that we had a nice time at Bethenny’s brunch. Last I saw, Bethenny and Ramona had a huge fight.

When you do meet a new group of women, sometimes it’s nice to include them all, especially when random young dates get to tag along. 

Kristen Taekman

I was just surprised that Bethenny and Ramona made up so fast and were hanging out already? That’s all. I get it--B and I are not besties. When you do meet a new group of women, sometimes it’s nice to include them all, especially when random young dates get to tag along? The guest list was clearly not that tight. Oh well…there’s always next year’s birthday!

Dorinda and Hannah and Dorinda and John. This all seems very complicated, stressful, and a lot of work. Dorinda is really so lovely. It’s hard to believe that she leads a double life. How hard is that? Unless John is really not good for her, it seems that Hannah has to allow her mother to be happy.

Ramona and AOA.

This restaurant is in my ‘hood, just a few blocks away, great spot. It’s really funny that Ramona is an investor in a sports bar. WOW things really have changed!

It’s interesting how Ramona says that she did so much for Mario and didn’t realize how much work he was. It’s nice she is taking time for herself, she really deserves it. As she said, “Trying to look on the brighter side.”

Ramona and Peter are both very, very flirty…hmmm, more than just business??

Dorinda and John seem to love each other. But we are seeing so much fighting and bickering. I am betting that the making up for them is fun after the fighting. 

Rebranding death. I hear Bethenny, “late husband” does seem weird, but I think it’s better than the alternatives, that’s for sure. When I heard about Anthony’s ashes, I became sooo emotional. I can’t believe it, all that that must have stirred up in Carole all these years later. She told me that he would have gotten a kick out of it all, that’s the kind of personality he had.

I am not losing sleep over not being invited to Bethany’s birthday. I was just confused as to why everyone else was invited, and I wasn’t. The last time I saw her, things seemed good between us. She knows we all hang out together, you would think she would say, “Uh, well, now that everyone else is coming, what’s another two? I should invite Dorinda and Kristen.” Right? But no biggie, she didn’t even think of it, because we aren’t friends. Little side note… uh, that’s how you get to know people! I invite you to do things, you invite me…no harm, no loss. Heather is a great friend for having my back! All good. #staytuned


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