Welcome back for Episode 2! I hope you enjoyed watching it as much as I did. To me, this episode was fun, and it was great not seeing any fighting or backstabbing. This is the way I choose to live my life, and I don't like seeing any type of conflict on TV. There is enough of conflict and hurt in most of our lives, and watching this episode made me realize that we can have good TV without all the negative energy that tends to be around other reality shows.
This week you saw our newest castmembers Peggy and Micah go to a shooting range. I had no idea that Peggy and Micah owned guns. Her comment that, "You have to have strong survival skills to live in Orange County," I think was a little extreme. I would never think that I need to own or know how to shoot a gun to “survive” in Orange County. Although I believe in self defense, I still have a fear of guns and don't think anything good can come out of owning them.
Seeing Tamra cry when she talks about her life now that she is single was hard for me to watch. I have become very close to Tamra, and seeing her cry about going through a divorce right now with three small children makes me sad. I reflected back to a few years ago when Donn and I and Tamra and Simon went to San Francisco to the wineries, and we all seemed so happy. Life and our marriages seemed easier for both of us then. I wish things would have worked out in Simon and Tamra's marriage. When she said, “What happened to my life,” it made me reflect on my own life, and I related to that comment. I wonder if either one of us would have done things differently knowing the outcome. I am a firm believer though that it takes two people to get married, and two people to get divorced. It's never one partner's fault for the demise or a marriage.
It was nice seeing Alexis and Tamra spending time together. It was interesting to hear Tamra say that Jim and Simon were somewhat alike. When I look at their personalities and traits, I see two men that want to protect and shield their wives from outside influences, which isn't all bad. I think it takes a very secure man to have their wife be on TV and to trust that their marriage can withstand the trials that come with the stress and demanding schedules. I am hopeful that Tamra is wrong when she said that if she was a betting woman she would guess Jim and Alexis' marriage won't last. Divorce is very hard on people, especially children, and my prayer and hope is that they will stay happily married forever. I guess only time will tell.
Taking my Coto Insurance staff and Briana to Seattle this week was a highlight of my summer. I have never taken Briana on a business trip, and I think it made her realize that although my business is housed in South Orange County, I have partnerships in other states as well. I also wanted her to realize that although I travel a lot, I am in good hands with "my people." When I was awarded at the conference as the top recruiter and top agent for 2010, it was such a great honor and surprise. My career sometimes tends to be lonely and unappreciated, it's great to be awarded and reminded of all of my accomplishments in the insurance industry. Coto Insurance has developed a life insurance selling system (www.cotouniversity.com) that allows either people interested in joining the business for the first time due to a career change or for existing licensed agents to be part of a team that will train and mentor you to be the best in the industry. By being recognized as a top recruiter, it shows me that even while the economy is not doing good, we have been able to recruit and train potential insurance agents on how to own their own business in the insurance industry. Once trained, our agents have an opportunity to work for themselves the way I do. If you are looking for a change to your current job situation, I would highly recommend checking out our website at www.cotoinsurance.com.
Regardless of how you percieve yourself Vikci; your judgements are so severe and blatant. Why is it so important for you to judge others?
Hi Vicki! Love the fact that you earn your own money and are not one of these entitled women with nothing better to do than spend money they didn't make. BUT... it also seems that work is your #1 priority in life. Work is supposed to be to earn money to pay for your REAL life... it's not supposed to BE your life. Other than you, "your people" all looked like they were at work and doing what they had to do for work on the trip. The flip side, it is wonderful that you love your job. I just feel sad knowing that your marriage is over now. Hard to watch you and Donn headed that way. I sure hope you didn't weigh out work over Donn wanting to be happy and comfy at home (which is where you are supposed to be happiest). I have single friends out there trying to sift thru the crazy world and find someone to love and trust. The novelty of being single wore off REAL FAST.
If all you have to blog about is your business, please save your breath. I am tired of any of the housewives using their blogs to shamefully push their chosen profession so blatantly on viewers. It would be better to show your family interactions. I totally adore your daughter Brianna. And you are right in telling her that she will meet someone when you least expects it. Who knows it could be a doctor at her hospital or a handsome young man at the coffee shop. She will definitely find someone because she is a beautiful human being.
Vicki, It is so gross to watch Slade and Gretchen on the show, I agree with you that he is an opportunist and sleazy. You look fabulous this season, just glowing.
Love you !!!
Vicki, you are great! So what if you are blatant! You are the only real housewife and are so much fun to watch. BTW, were the green earrings you wore in Seattle from Stella and dot? Stay real!
You and your daughter's relationship is so much like mine and my oldest daughter, Melissa - that scene where you went in to wake her at the hotel - I could have been in that same scene! I dote on my daughters and baby them - and they are 25 and 28 - never too old to be my little girls! Let em sleep all day too!
Love watching you on your show! You're a "real" person with a great life and family!
Actually I like Slade. He's a lot more down to earth and pleasant than Vicki is. How do YOU know what his motives are? You are ASSUMING he's an opportunist, just as Vicki also ASSUMES things about him. Must be nice to be a clairvoiant. Lol!
I'm really glad you're back! You're an "Old G" and the only one to remain from the very first season of the very first RH series. Whoo Whhoooo
My daughter and I are so much like your daughter and you (my oldest daughter, Melissa). I'm all about - no matter how old they are they are never too old to "baby"! The scene with you and Briana- waking her - could have been us! I want everything for my girls - happiness, peace of mind, and love. I'm sure if you could make it all happen for your kids - you would too - but we really can't do it all can we? Are we control freaks or just highly overprotective Moms?? Ha- I've been called both!
Love your love for your kids - you're a great Mom! ps - I posted a similar post a moment ago - but didn't see it so here's try #2
Briana, My heart goes out to you. You are a wonderful young woman and you will find your soulmate in due time. You're are young and beautiful inside and out. Live your life and enjoy every moment. I wish you only the best! You truly deserve it! Take care:)
Vicki, you always talk about the drama as if you weren't the one behind it. Last season you said so many mean things about other people and then walked off when confronted. I wish you'd just own up to it. I admire your work ethic but it apparently doesn't keep you happy enough to let others be. I feel you have some deep rooted insecurities.
Forget the bowling alley scene......what was up w/you & your staff being in such close quarters in Seattle & them sleeping & getting dressed together! Talk about no boundaries & unprofessional! Is that how people in the insurance business always act on business trips...........WEIRD!!!!!! Didn't anyone have enough common sense to know that you didn't have time to order room service?
I love u on the show , I think ur a self driven person that I so wish to be !! But I hope u really know what ur doing about ur marriage . I know we only see what's on the show but Don seems to be a pretty awesome man !! Hope everything works out for u and tell Don I said Holla !!! Lol
I'm wondering, was it your company in Seattle, who hired Heart, to play, at an event in March, 2010? Around March 7th? It would be the day after Heart, played at the EMP, and taped their concert there. Your staff, and company is so lucky!
Your "business" trip was inappropriate. A business owner should NEVER put their employees in the position that they are forced to share rooms or pay their own way. Your daughter is not just protective she knew what was happening between you and that gentleman at the bowling alley was not appropriate and crossed the line. I thought you were a strong business minded woman but this event showed otherwise. Team building events are abundant, they do not have to be alcohol fueled boating excursions or co ed sleepovers.
If you couldn't afford for your staff to have separate rooms, then you shouldn't have taken them all. I was mortified by what I saw. I can't imagine my boss watching me get dressed or even seeing me first thing in the morning while laying in bed. It's highly inappropriate. You seriously need to rethink that for next time.
On another note, Briana is a wonderful girl -you should feel so blessed her head is on so straight!
Im glad Don got away from you Vicki you did not treat him with any RESPECT you can love your job but love your man also you was always on other men you should have been on your own man i think you want your love tank touched up by someother then Don he is a nice guy when all your party days end you will see but i still like you its like the show ends everyone relationship
Of course you enjoyed last night's episode, Vicki, because it was mostly about you! I'm glad that you are doing well in your professional life but I have to wonder if it has not come at a cost. Good luck in the future and I hope that you find true happiness.
Vicki -- there is a time and place for everything and you may find yourself losing out on alot because you work too much. I think you are one of the better parents of all the other housewives ... you seem to have really good moral values, but you seem to care only about your job and making sure that everyone around you is worshipping the ground you walk on. I feel really bad for Don ... finally at a point in his life where he can slow down and relax and you're off and running. I would be thrilled to have a husband who worked hard, made a good salary, had good values, and then looked forward to taking it easy.
You believe your staff really love you because you take them on these trips ... it didn't look like it to me.
Vicki, PLEASE stop screaming woo hoo. OR Dear Bravo, Please let us know when to mute our televisions!
Glad you enjoyed Seafair Vicki, but yes, to reiterate Bellevue is NOT Seattle. You partied in and you love Bellevue. Please make this distinction next time you visit. The real Seattle people find this offensive. Bellevue is plastic with corporate domination and soccer moms with their huge SUVs. Bellevue does not equal Seattle.
No one is perfect, but you are one of my favorite housewives, so I wanted to stop by and offer my opinion. Hard work should be respected but using the wisdom that God gives us is even more important.
On an upcoming episode you say that God hates divorce. The reason why we as human beings face doing something that God hates is b/c we usually did some things along the way that God hated. It all piles up and leads to disaster. God hates divorce, but when you are putting work way before your husband you began divorcing him a long time ago. I don't know why Christians equate divorce in God's eyes as a piece of paper that is signed in a court of law. God does NOT condone divorce in even the worst circumstances. We as Christians have to remember that marriage is NOT about us a human beings. It is a picture of Christ and the church.
You have to keep God at the center of your relationship b/f you reach the point where you want to get divorced. However, God can fix anything.
You have to put your spouse before anyone else on earth. This does not mean you ignore your kids and friends and employees. However, when you marry someone you become one with them.
Here is a word of advice. If you don't learn to put your husband before work, you will be unhappy and alone regardless of what happens with you and Don. The fact is that Don put up with more than most people would when it comes to a woman being consumed by her work. Although, I am not saying he is perfect.
All of your employees that you love love being around, they will go on with their lives and Brianna will go on with hers and you will just have your work. The joy of that will NOT last forever. I want you to be happy. God wants you to be happy. Look to God for guidance in this situation. HE will give it to you. HE can fix anything....even a broken marriage. To say there is no hope in your marriage is to say that God is limited. We know that HE has no limits.
I loved this episode. You were where you belonged. with the right kind of people. BRAVO: More episodes like this please. It is important for young people to see that life is more worthwhile when it is earned!
You are right. You can see it in the staff's eyes that they are losing respect for you. I respect a person who is able to obtain balance in their life with God at the center. You are just getting on your staff's nerves. Trust me they will be looking for other employment if you do not set some boundaries b/t you and your staff.
Vicki, Vicki, Vicki. Your constant pursuit of the ultimate Woo Hoo in life is well, sad. You are clearly an intelligent, hard working woman but that side of you has always been difficult to watch. Still is. Makes me wonder what is going on that you cannot recognize how phony that whole side of you is. It's all so fake and manufactured. Your kids always have wistful sad looks on their faces as they watch your performances. You've got a kind, sensitive, caring, supportive, hard working man in Don and he's not enough. Some slime ball in a bowling alley is better? I don't get it. Get some therapy Vicki! It's not too late...
Men don't cross their legs? Comments like that just add fuel to homophobia and gender stereotyping. Shame.
I have to agree with you! And to rip covers off with your camera on that pay only you Vicki ?! Thats real low. Vicki needs to get her frinda ship with Jeana back and dump Tamera.
Poor Briana! I can't believe that Colby got married. I hope that she finds someone wonderful to share her life with.
Hi Vicky! I agree, I loved this episode and especially your energy. It was so much fun to watch. Also I'm from Seattle, so seeing you constantly compliment the Pacific NW was truly awesome. I agree we have a WONDERFUL town here :) It certainly looked beautiful in the episode.
You seem like so much fun, someone to get a drink with any day of the week. Next year you're in Seattle, you should advertise a "meet-up" so your fans can meet you somehow! Wouldn't that be great :) p.s. I loved your comments about guns in the home. Right on.
Since when does taking the high road mean constantly judging people? If you want to work 24/7 and it makes you happy that's fine, but it's not what most people want to do. This does not make you better than them!!!!
A true class act. Vickie melds strength and humility into a secure and compassionate package of a woman. Thanks for being real.
Vicki, Thank you for being such an inspiration for young women that are trying to be successful business women and not have to depend on men.
You are the "realest" housewife!
Congrats on all your success!
I'm just watching a rerun of last week's episode and had to comment about some of the things Vicki said. When she and Tamara were having a drink together and Gretchen and the other girls were having some loud fun, Vicki implied that because it was only six o'clock it was inappropriate for them to be so loud. I've watched most episodes of the RHWOC and saw on many occasions Vicki wooo hooing it up whenever she wanted to no matter where she was or who she was with. Why is it okay for her to be loud and obnoxious when she wants to but not others? Also, the comment about what brand of handbags she would buy (Gucci, Chanel, etc,) is the sure sign of someone who thinks that the cost of their possessions gives them class or status. She should study the habits of truly wealthy and successful people and realize that they NEVER mention how much money they have or how much they spend on what they have.
kudos to colby for breaking things off and moving on. It's just not a good idea to marry someone you dated as a high schooler, unless you go off separate directions and love brings you back to each other. I'm 26 and only even talk to one person I knew in highschool, everybody changes so much which is great because everybody knows highschool is the pits. Brianna should definetly bust out of the little oc bubble. I could picture her doing well in Chicago (where I grew up) also because it's a place where she has other ties, and a place where men don't mind a little meat on the bones. She would probably meet a man in a second there. Someone with similar midwestern values as you used to have Vic.
ps. It's nice to see the guy not get his heart broken for once.
Vicki, you may think you are taking the high road but it seems to me that the same Vicki is just changin locations with the same attitudes toward the others. As far as your accomplishments, kudos for your hard work, but it DOES NOT make you better than the others. You love to diss the work ethics of the others but it feels work is the only thing you are in control of.......food for thought!
Hello Vicki - You are wonderful to watch so far this season. Please keep it a pleasure...! Oh and we want Jeana too. Tamara can fade into the sunset and Alexis along with her. We'll be ok without them. kisses from Mi
I've been watching the OC since the first season. Vicki has and always will be my favorite! She seems so honest, real, and stands in her truth. I love and respect that!
I think you are the only one who has some substance on the show. It's funny when the other ladies say they work. Tamra, until recently didn't work, and for Alexis to say that she works because she takes care of her husband and children-that's hilarious. That's great that she does that, but that isn't "working"! Working means engaging in an occupation or career that you actually make money from. That's why the other ladies can't relate. They are used to being taken care of and are intimidated by your independence and intelligence.
VICKI,I AM SO PISSED OFF AT THESE BLOGGERS SAYING YOU ARE TOO OLD!!!????WTF???THAT IS SO FRICKING WRONG! YOUR AT THE PRIME TIME OF YOUR LIFE,I AM 42 AND MY SINGLE MOTHER&BEST FRIEND IS 59,SHE HAD ME AT 17. YOU ARE SO NOT TOO OLD TO BE A REAL HOUSEWIFE!! I BEEN WATCHING RHOC SINCE EPISODE 1 SEASON 1!! PLEASE DONT QUIT!! ALTHOUGH I DONT ALWAYS AGREE WITH ALL YOUR OPINIONS,I DO ADMIRE YOU AND YOUR STRENGTH AND EMPOWERMENT AS AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN!! TRY NOT TO BASH GRETCHEN SO MUCH,SHE IS YOUNGER AS HAS LIFE LESSONS TO LEARN,NOBODY IS PERFECT.GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING AND KEEP THE WHOO HOO GOING ON!! LEANNE- PITTSBURGH PA
There are many things that I admire about you Vicki. For example, I admire how you have your own successful business and that you are self-sufficient. I appreciate that you have done a wonderful job of raising your children to be kind, well-adjusted, productive members of society.
On the other hand, there are some things about you that are not so attractive. For example, as other people have mentioned, you are extremely judgmental. You are quick to express your displeasure with the way someone else is living their life. You set yourself up to be the highest example of how women should conduct their lives. You give them disapproving looks, you tell them in no uncertain terms just what they are doing wrong and how they should correct themselves. Who died and put you in charge?
The way you interacted with your husband on the show was particularly disturbing. He seemed to try to laugh off your insults and put-downs, but it had to hurt badly. It was quite uncomfortable watching him being humilitated by his own wife on national TV.
Then there is your relationship with Tamra. The two of you are the epitome of the "Mean Girls." Both of you seem to think you should get all the attention wherever you go since you think you are the best-looking women around. You appear to be threatened by other attractive women especially if they are younger and maybe even sexier. It was beneath you to back up Tamra in her tirades against Gretchen. Tamra has her own issues, but your participation in that whole situation was shameful. While we are talking about Tamra, I believe Simon was right in suspecting that you were helping to stir up trouble in their marriage. Simon was too controlling, but so were you.
I hope to see a new and "improved" Vicki on the next season of HWOC. Woo hooo!!