Cast Blog: #RHOC

A New Me

Vicki reflects on her journey in the O.C. and welcomes Heather to the fold.

Welcome back everyone to Season 7. I hope you enjoyed the first episode of this brand new season. I have been told by Bravo, that they feel this will be our best season yet. Although there won't be any tables tipped over or wine thrown. . .you will see some of us get a little heated up with screaming outbursts instead. Something I for one am not proud of, but when it's needed. . .it's needed. I'm apologizing ahead of time if any of you are offended.

Tonight's episode was pretty mellow, I thought. I laughed at myself when Mike and I were straightening up the house and looking at my pillow smashing technique. I started asking some of my friends if they do the same and they agreed that all pillows need to be smashed in the middle. Not up for negotiations.

This morning while I was driving up to Los Angeles in the dark, I reflected back on where I was seven years ago when we launched our first episode. My family and I were naïve to reality TV, and really didn't have any clue on what was in store for us. Briana was a senior in high school and Michael had just gone off to college at CU Boulder. Now they are 25 and 26 and off on their own. I was working in my home selling life insurance with Lauri, and nobody in the outside world really knew my name. Wow, my have things changed.

Watching Gretchen and Tamra go to lunch and discuss their past issues was interesting to me. How can Gretchen just put the past behind her and simply forgive Tamra for all the hurt she has put her and Slade through? From what Gretchen has told me, it was easier to forgive then keep fighting. Maybe that's a lesson for all of us. I just don't know if I could do have done it. While I was watching Tamra give Gretchen a friendship bracelet with a key on it and "locking up the past and entering a new future," I thought WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?!?

Tamra introduced Heather to our group by inviting her to my dinner party. When I met her, it was an immediate "Wow" moment. She was absolutely stunning, classy, and the only one who brought me a hostess gift. I liked her immediately and thought. . ."finally someone I can connect with."

I felt bad for Alexis tonight seeing Peggy walk in my dinner party. You could cut the air with a knife. The ended the season finale last year with such an uncomfortable situation with Alexis finding out Peggy dated Jim. How uncomfortable.

My business Coto Insurance is still growing, and I still love working there. As most of you know Donn and I are at the final stages of settling our property and our divorce. It's unbelievable that it's already been 16 months since I filed and we separated. Donn is still active in my kids' lives, and we are very amicable, which I am very grateful for. We truly want the best for each other, and realized we weren't the best for one another. My son Mike is doing a fantastic job, and he is growing his book of business and really becoming an amazing insurance specialist. Briana is still practicing nursing and works the night shift and fortunately still loves her job.

As you will see this year, I am dating a great man named Brooks. He has become my best friend, my true partner, and someone that I really enjoy being with. I hope you enjoy watching a new me this season.

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Well that's all for now. . .just fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the season. Thanks for watching. Woo hoo.


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Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Lizzie thinks Tamra's comments about her children were meant to deflect from her own problems.

Happy Labor Day!!! I am going to make this blog short and sweet. It’s a holiday and I am going to be spending the day with family in Newport wearing a Sun Kitten and a smile. I hope you all are having a great holiday weekend.

To be honest, the second half of the Reunion was hard to watch. I think it got too ugly. I am not going to insult any of your intelligence in explaining this episode. We all know that misery loves company, and "projection" is as easy to spot as a $2 dollar bill. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that everything miserable that comes out of Tamra's mouth is a direct reflection of what is going on in her life. In my opinion, children are off limits. It's quite apparent that Tamra does not fight fair and when all else fails she will throw your kids, marriage, and even your body under the bus in an attempt to hurt you. We filmed the reunion for over 10 hours and after listening to so much ugliness my heart just couldn't take it anymore.

I do not regret telling Shannon all the things that Tamra said about her. Everything I shared with Shannon was something that happened and was said on camera. I didn't take anything and create unnecessary drama. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would think my friends would do the same for me. I simply did not know the truth about Tamra. Danielle told me all the things Tamra said about me. That is why after my birthday I was so hurt by her. It's hard for viewers to understand because these things weren't in the show. She could have called me and said she wasn't coming. I called her after sitting on the bus for over an hour. The next day she made fun of me to Danielle, in addition to asking plenty of questions looking for negative details regarding my party.

On that one-year free membership to Cut Fitness: Let's delve into this shall we? I was the one that contacted Tamra days after my party. She did not contact me to give me present. I had invited Tamra, Eddie, Danielle, Joe, Heather, and Terry to the Kentucky Derby and Tamra was the only person that had not sent in the RSVP. It was past the deadline and it was getting borderline rude at this point. Tamra, in fact, was making fun of the Kentucky Derby and the charity event that would be hosting us to Danielle. So, I reached out to Tamra regarding the Kentucky Derby and she texted me back saying, "I want to give you a free membership to CUT for your birthday." Tamra knows I am already a member to a sports club and that was the last I heard of this "free membership." I never received any kind of certificate or card for membership. I suppose she thought I would have the gall to show up and say, "I got a text message from Tamra for a free membership!" It's almost laughable. Needless to say, I don't go to her gym and she didn't attend the Kentucky Derby with me.

There is nothing else to say regarding the Shag, Marry, Kill game that I haven't already discussed in great length in any of my previous blogs. I said the word "marry" and that's that. Tamra even glared at me on the way out of the Valentine's Party and repeated it. "Marry you?" Tamra has said multiple times she couldn't even remember because she drank too much and there are even text messages where she says it too. Her story changes continually, like the words that come out both sides of her mouth.

During the Reunion, Tamra said many more hurtful things that you didn't see. She went on to talk about my son Preston and my marriage. We all remember the episode in the park where Preston hit me on the head with his elephant. He was asleep in the car and he had a mini temper tantrum. He was three -- it happens. I would assume most mothers have had it happen at some point. In addition, my husband and I got in a fight on my birthday. I feel awful about it, yet it made us closer. I just wanted what every woman wants -- to feel special because of her man. I am a big time believer in learning from your mistakes and that won't ever happen again. However none of those incidents had anything to do with Tamra. But on her quest to hurt everyone, she managed to drag in some irrelevant topics. I know it's all to deflect from what's going on in her life and to make someone else look bad. . .but it does hurt nonetheless. My babies and my marriage are my life so I guess her goal was to attack the things closest to my heart because she can't fight fair.

I hope you enjoyed this season and I hope you had a fabulous summer!!! The fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so I say bring on football and cooler weather.

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