It was great catching up with Lauri — we all miss her so much. I talk to her weekly, but don't get to see her as much as I would like. Lauri, Vicki and I share a lot of the same values and I always like to get her opinion on things. She is more conservative than me and always helps me to see things in a different light. She tries very hard NOT to get involved in all the drama, but it's not always that easy. In fact, I just got off the phone with her and she just can't believe all the drama that is going on this year.
Hat shopping was so much fun, the St. Regis is an amazing resort. I am glad Vicki liked her hat we picked out for her, I was so afraid she would hate it. A week prior, the stylist called us and asked what color hats we wanted. I bought a new pink/ black silk dress and wanted a hot pink hat. I guess Gretchen wanted the same and walked in and grabbed ALL the pink hats before anyone could try them on, then didn't wear any of them. I wish she would have called me and told me — I would have borrowed one of them. I ended up buying a new black dress and settled with the red and black hat and made the best of it.
Del Mar was a first for me. It was a lot of fun getting dressed up and hanging out in the suite. I am not much of a gambler so that part did not excite me. Going down to the paddock and seeing the horses and their jockeys was exciting. Vicki's "honey I shrunk the kids" comment made me laugh my butt off.
Let's get straight to the drama at the track! Actually there was not as much drama as it was made out to be. I have NO issues with Lynne or Frank and felt bad to hear her say that we did not let her in our group. I had no idea she was sitting alone — my back was to her. I would have loved for her to sit with us. The seating arrangements were not ideal for a large group. The four of us sat at our table and the rest crowded around the other. We were all moving around, it was not that we didn't want too talk to Lynne and Frank.
I was confused and shocked with Gretchen's comments about me in this episode. She knew exactly why we were keeping our distance and not wanting to sit with her. The truth of the matter is I was keeping Simon away from her. Simon was upset after information that was brought to us at 1AM that morning that kept us up all night. I gave her my word that Simon and I would not talk about it on camera and we didn't! I would have expected more gratitude and appreciation — not to be called catty or two faced!