Wowza! Well, here we go!!!
Kicking off the season, I was genuinely excited to meet the Sonja's friends at her party, but had no idea what I was about to walk in on. . .
These ladies were still dealing with issues from the past, and we new girls hit the ground running. After fussing over the slip that I wore from my line at the party, I decided to invite Ramona (who I had met briefly in the halls of HSN) to come up to my office to see what my brand, Yummie by Heather Thomson (yummielife.com) was all about. Although, we never quite get into the collection!
Since you didn't get to hear how I started my brand, here is the short version: After the birth of my little guy Jax, (who had a really rough start into this life to say the least), I went to the shapewear department to boost my confidence and whittle my middle. I didn't want people feeling sorry for me. Believing that looking good is feeling good (and the reverse), I wanted to attack the deflated inner tube my very large pregnancy had left around my middle. I was frustrated by the options then available to me, so I took matters into my own hands and created my patented three panel tank that quickly became a feel good, look good solution for women everywhere!
Trying to share this story with Ramona triggered her to go into her experience regarding the forceps delivery she had with the birth of her daughter, Avery. Any woman who has a less than stellar experience at childbirth has my full attention, but it was a little hurtful that Ramona never actually took the time to hear me out. Needless to say, there wasn't much sharing going on in this meeting.
A couple of days before I was expected at Ramona's dinner party, she tagged along to Sonja and my drinks date. My dad had died just a few days before we started filming, and it was a lot, as you can imagine -- lots of change, lots of responsibility with Dad's dealings and, overall, my emotions were definitely on the surface.
Ramona's comforting take on that was that I have "issues," lumping the fact that my son had a liver transplant into my dad’s death, with no warmth or concern and so I figured, why not also take the opportunity to really send her over the edge of real life struggles and share my dear friend Alexandra Elman's story? Like Ramona, Alexandra is in the wine business, but unlike Ramona, Alex lost her vision and ultimately two of her organs to diabetes in her late twenties. I probably don't need to tell you what an inspiration to us mere mortals Alex Elman is! (Go blind wine chick! She is a fabulous and fiercely strong woman who deals with her disabilities head on. This just pushed Ramona over the edge! LOL! Too much reality for Ramona to handle!
Anyway! There is no good time to tell someone who you've just met that you are going through some of life's bumps, but I can tell you the reactions I got were far from caring and supportive. I was incensed, but I figure some good old karma will make up for that!
What I didn't realize is that when I left the bar that night, Ramona had attached a target to my back. At dinner the next evening, I certainly felt the darts from both Ramona and Mario starting to fly but thankfully my shapewear pieces not only slim your line but they deflect haters too! Can you believe they invited me into their home and then attacked me? Ramona and Mario, shame on you!
Well, I am excited the new season has started and I can't wait for everyone to see all of the drama we get into during the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned and stay yummie!