Vicki Gunvalson

Is Vicki Gunvalson a workaholic? She doesn't think so.

on Dec 2, 2008

If the other housewives accuse me of being a workaholic then I'll take that title. I have a very demanding business that requires me to work a lot and to stay connected while I am out of the office. I enjoy what I do, and to me, it is not work. I don't think they understand what's it's like to have a career and the pressure of bringing in a commission-based salary. On our limo ride to Sonya Dakar in L.A., I needed to work on my laptop to meet important deadlines, because I was basically taking the entire day off of work. Taking a personal day is difficult for me to do without staying connected to my office, my agents, my customers and my insurance companies. Bringing my laptop in the limo and working on my iPhone was actually the smart thing to do, because when I returned home I didn't need to spend another 4 to 5 hours catching up on emails. I just don't think they understand with the level of success I have achieved, also comes a lot of responsibility. If it was a man gone for the day checking his iPhone or Blackberry it would be acceptable — but when a woman does it, she's pegged as a "workaholic."

Briana is a very dedicated, hard worker and I definitely see similarities between us. She works two to three 12-hour shifts at the hospital and also has 17 hours of school per week. She has one more semester to go until she graduates with her BS Nursing degree. She finished a typical 5-7 year curriculum in 3 years without me "pushing" her at all. She is very driven, very focused and I couldn't be more proud of her.

For the first time, my sister Lisa and I planned to take her three kids and my kids to our condo in Mexico, and Donn had planned to go fishing in Hayward, WI with Lisa's husband and my brother. When we were in our backyard discussing the trip and he said he wanted to go to MX with us, I was shocked because we had already discussed the plan beforehand. He agreed that it would be nice for me to spend a week with my sister and her kids and he would spend time with the guys fishing. It was not that I didn't want him to come with us, it was that we had already finalized our separate vacations. Donn knows he is always welcome to go to the condo anytime with me.