I hope you all are enjoying this Labor Day weekend. Jimmy and I just bought a vacation home in Idaho and I am typing my blog from our new cottage right now. It's been a cold and lazy weekend here, nice to escape the hustle and bustle from OC life.
Watching Jimmy and I eat dinner alone at our house was relaxing to see. We rarely do that. We travel so much so we either eat on the go or go out and catch up with friends. I think the dinner date at home alone with your spouse is underrated - we need to do more of that!
I can relate to Briana with tornados, having grown up and still living in tornado alley myself. What I can't relate to is the size of that storm shelter! When Jimmy and I watched this episode we both said "Oh my gosh what if a tornado comes through and a car blocks the shelter's exit?!" Sometimes in St. Louis we will spend up to a couple hours in our tornado shelter which happens to be our finished basement complete with a family room, toys, TV, etc. I can't imagine spending a couple hours in a tiny shelter!
I'm sure every single one of you reading this blog has known someone affected by cancer and I am no exception. Breast cancer runs in my family, so when I went in to my doctor to get my lumps checked out, I randomly took the BRCA gene test at the same time. Even with my rich family history of breast cancer, no one has been tested for this gene. My mom didn't want me to get tested until I was ready to "take the next step" which would be a prophylactic double mastectomy (like she did) and she knew I wanted to have a baby before I had that surgery (if needed). She didn't want me to live with a) a cloud hanging over my head that I have the BRCA gene and not getting surgery right away or b) false hope that I will never get breast cancer. In my mind, neither of these options would've happened to me which is why I got the test. I finally got my results and they are negative but I continue to be vigilant about doing my monthly self-breast exams.
I loved watching Heather and Terry talk to Evine about Consult Beaute. I think it speaks volumes about the effectiveness of their line that they were willing to put over a million dollars of their own money into their product. I know they've been very successful and if you've ever seen Heather without makeup you would know why - it works!
Wow. The end of this episode dropped a bomb on me. I had never seen Briana on a full episode of RHOC until this one and I have to say - I love her. She seems so real and down to earth. But when Vicki was speaking to Briana at the end of the episode something stuck out to me: when Vicki said, "Say thank you!" to Briana. I am beginning to see a pattern; Vicki attempts to control negativity (or perceived negativity) in her life by overcompensating with "positives" she can control, such as a new car or invitation to stay at her home. Therefore she becomes a victim when a sore subject arises because she deflects to all the positive she has done.