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What a Trip

Sonja shares her true thoughts on George, Miami, and traveling companions.

These girls are really too much with the who gets invited on the trip and who doesn't! Not everyone is invited every time!

I have organized so many trips in my life, and the success of the trip really depends on the mix. If you're going to be at sea for 12 days with six couples on a yacht, or at 12,000 feet in the mountains with 12 couples, you have to be very careful who you invite or else you will not only ruin your guests' and possible business partners' vacation, but your own as well!

Face yoga, seriously? Ramona and I like to have fun and that was just going on far too long. Let's face it, I wasn't convinced. Let's be honest, my girlfriends from India are so lucky, their skin never shows age! Try to do what Ramona and I do at our ages; our skin should look like paper bags! I have my tricks and Ramona has hers.

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Amazing that Carole has been working on her current book for four years but these things don't happen overnight. I feel like I'm giving birth to the toaster oven just as Carole says she thinks she's giving birth to her book!

I've been working on my toaster oven, and my cookbook for two years now. Reworking and tweaking both. If you really want to give something your best, it takes time and patience. With my movie production company, I produced an award-winning, seven-million-dollar film starring Forest Whitaker and Gabrielle Anwar, and had a slate of four more films, but was moving too fast. I got caught in the wake of that ship and it sailed!

At the same time I work on my current businesses, I still enjoy my life and my time with my daughter, family, and friends. Kids, they grow so fast, and I don't want any regrets! I loved producing movies and now I love cooking in the toaster oven for folks and my catering business is a joy, but I also live for my family and friends. So everything has to groove together. I have seen at my age how quickly life can end and how little money can do about that.

Ramona and I always get ready together! It's no big deal. I'm in France now as I write. I have my own room, but I'm always in my girlfriend Carol's room. It's her house, and she's my best friend. We are like sisters, so we want to be together before going out -- giggling and having a good time.

We like to tease Reid because Aviva acts so prim and proper and Reid really likes to have a good time and party. We share the scotch! Ramona and Mario, they know how to take a joke too. I actually fix Reid's shower in St. Barths, so now we are even for him having to repair the Miami shower! Anyhow, he loved every minute.

It's not like I'm sexy in the clod-hopping shoes and a comb in my rats nest called hair! We are girls being girls!

In fact, sometimes I have more fun with the girls getting ready for the party that at the party, if you know what I mean! Not my parties, of course. My parties are always fun, and never a dull moment! At minimum, we have a costume malfunction or a young singer taking advantage of the limelight to get her "Britney" on (Did you see Cara Quici perform on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen?) At least I'm still supporting the arts and feeding the Dreschers! No press is bad press folks.

Some parties you never know how they will turn out, so you have to enjoy getting ready because it might be the best part of your evening! You have probably seen the last couple of seasons, I always have friends over for a glass of champagne in my bathroom when getting ready. I'll have my niece, a date, girlfriends, my stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist, or interns. I live in the moment! it's not the destination, it's the journey

Everyone loves Harry! Love the Harry love fest with Ramona et al and especially when Reid says "We love Harry too!" Happy family, happy children! I like that LuAnn's family has that too -- respect for the ex. It's so important to the development of a child's self-esteem. Money will come and go, but memories are forever.

I don't think George is a sex addict, I just think he's a big flirt who has no boundaries!

Dissing Harry? What was Ramona sensing. I missed the whole thing.

First squirting orgasm for Carole? I think Mario had one! Straight out of his mouth onto the table!

Now we see George isn't a sex addict, he's just a cheater. Ramona says if you're not married, it's OK. I don't agree. I have to agree with Aviva and glad she pointed out I like to flirt with the best of them, but once I commit I like it to stick. I am very sensitive, and in fact, have been accused of living in the past. There's nothing wrong with yearning for the same kind of commitment once again. I won't settle.

Ah the age old discussion of designer exclusivity! We all borrow dresses from designers and we get territorial with our connections. I don't want to see myself coming and going in the same dress as someone else. So I like to be exclusive and if I see a designer I'm wearing dressing someone else, I'm going on to the next designer. It's simple. Everyone likes to feel special. Would that make LuAnn a designer addict? Or the designer a star addict? LOL. I don't know. But to be fair, the Kahns (OK guilty of name dropping -- takes one to know one) are not just a designer contact, they are Carole's dear friends and she obviously felt her toes were stepped on. It's not like she can drop her friend over this. And, the friend admits LuAnn does wear a dress well! Ouch!

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Dorinda: I Was Surprised to See How Open Bethenny Was

Dorinda weighs in on the Luann/Carole drama and discusses Bethenny's willingness to open up about her past.

So we’re back from Atlantic Titty, as I like to call it. Strangely, that trip left me feeling more connected with the women. It’s not easy making friends—especially at my age and after the life I’ve lived—but I’m starting to feel “familiar” around them, if that makes any sense. The sheen of being a “NY Housewife” isn’t entirely there anymore, because I’m one of them, you know? During and after the Atlantic City trip, I started to feel more comfortable, more at ease, and more like “one of the girls.” Considering how they carry on sometimes, I’m not quite sure if that is a positive or a negative just yet. Maybe a little of both? I don’t know…It’s always interesting to put eight women together for a few days, that’s for sure. You see the politeness slip a bit, the “veneer” get a little cloudy, and you really see them in all their glory—and in all their realness. All and all, it was a fun trip…and a bit of a learning experience.
The good news is this: Never a dull moment! For example, Ramona is great about having the never-ending birthday that never ends (redundancy intended). In reality, her birthday is November 18, but the celebrations start shortly after Halloween and continue throughout the month of November, Thanksgiving be damned. It’s like Ramona Heritage Month. Our next stop on the birthday train was at Fishtail with ALL of her friends. And I mean ALL of them. These girls run the Upper East Side with an iron fist. They basically buy out every season at Bergdorf’s before it makes it to the floor. They’re a fun crowd—colorful characters—and Bethenny was right: It’s like the Cantina’s greatest hits from Star Wars. Of course, they’re all jockeying to be Princess Leia, though c’mon, Ramona’s the birthday girl. We know she’s the princess in our midst. After all, it is November…
I don’t typically run with these girls, but over the years of living in this ‘hood and being one of those “ladies who lunch,” I guess I can comfortably say I’ve claimed my seat at the table, so to speak. Seeing Heather, Carole, and Bethenny there was like spotting animals that wandered into the wrong habitat. Not really their “downtown diva” scene, but the effort is all that matters. Carole, babe, I know you're coming back up “here,” but I think that hat needs to stay downtown. “Hobo chic” doesn't really play well north of 57th Street. I do like how Heather is versatile and adapts to any and all situations and just knows how to turn it on (though “mama” and “holla” are as out of place as Carole’s beanie, in all honesty). Watching Bethenny was the most entertaining for me: She just wants nods and smiles and gets out as fast as possible. Kinda wish she would’ve taken me with her…there’s only so much chat about personal shoppers, the traffic on Fifth Ave., and what a disaster DiBlasio is that one can take before they start obsessing over fine lines and poodles.
By the way, I wish I had been invited to the boxing match! I love boxing! It’s such a rush and makes you feel alive. You saw that first-hand. Boxing takes the meekest of beings and makes them want to see blood (ahem…Kristen). Wow, girl, you got into it! Don’t let that “pretty” thing fool you; she was ready to jump in and knock some teeth out. I was very impressed. Last time I saw her this excited, it was when another box of Manolos just popped up out of nowhere. I like this side of you, KT. It shows what I’ve seen in you all along: real passion is your super power.

Oh…and then there’s the Carole/Luann situation getting some more meat on its bones. This one is a hard one, because I get the way Luann feels: She’s a mom, and it’s her niece at the center of this issue. At the same time, I also get Carole’s perspective. She's never been a mom, of course, but she lives a very youthful life, downtown, surrounded with young people. I believe her and Adam really do have some sort of connection—no doubt about that. Is it love? I don’t know, but obviously it is something. I hate to get involved with people’s private lives—it is so personal and really private. At least to me. I draw the line at critiquing one’s decisions. As long as they’re happy and the person they’re with is happy and they’re not hurting anyone by being together, then I’m fine with it. The details of the Carole/Adam tryst and the family connection to Luann is still a bit cloudy to me, so I don’t know. I just hope they work it out, because it’s gotten pretty heated and tense. Let’s face it, they were great friends, and I hope they find a way to rekindle that friendship. Listen, I’m just trying to figure out my life and my relationships again, and I’m trying to keep it simple. Naturally, that means keeping other people out of it. Am I right? You're welcome.
Speaking of private lives…I was so surprised to see how open Bethenny was about her past and her family. In may ways, she and I grew up around the same people. My grandfather loved race horses, being around the track and all those characters—some of which were colorful, to say the least. Evel Knievel was one of them, so that might give you a sense…
But despite how I could relate to some aspects of her childhood, it was a tough scene to watch at the end of this episode. Listen, we’re all looking for love. Some of us are looking for a love we once knew, others for a love we see others enjoy, and some are just trying to find what love means to them. In the end, we all want to be needed, wanted, and desired. But there’s nothing that completes that quest quite like a mother’s love. One can “suck at relationships” till they’re blue in the face, but not finding love or a mate to love you or make you feel loved is, at its core, entirely conditional. It truly depends on the who, what, when, where, and why…and all of those rely on you. They are yours to determine. A mother’s love, however, is unconditional. It’s a given. It’s something that gives those of us blessed to have it, an accelerator, a momentum in life. Knowing you have a “home” in someone’s heart because they are part of you and you are part of them is sometimes all you need to go take on the world. Without that mother’s love and affection, it’s got to be difficult to not feel lost. That said, not having that in your life really makes you appreciate it so much more, right? You come to value how priceless and profound an unconditional, immovable love can be. This is why Bethenny is such an amazing mother. So devoted, so compassionate, so unconditionally in love with her daughter…it’s inspiring to see and moving to a fellow mom. As you’ve come to see, Bethenny’s a titan through and through. She found it in herself to foster that momentum and catapult herself into the big leagues. Would she have had the same drive and determination had she not experienced that kind of pain? Is that where she gets that hardcore, no-nonsense attitude to petty crap? Is that why a clash with Bethenny is like clashing with no other titan?
It’s all fascinating to me. And now that I finally feel like “one of the girls,” it’s some of the best popcorn drama I’ve ever seen. I almost can’t wait to watch what happens next. It’s all so…yummie.

Till next week, xx!

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