I'm turning 50 on March 27 and am on the Oasis cruise ship as I write this blog. It's kind of a surreal moment, to know that I'm out of my 40s. I have heard the 50s are the best of times, and I am going to embrace it with all that I have in me. Thank you everyone for your kind birthday wishes.
It's been another busy week for me, and I apologize for the delay not in getting my blog in by the time this episode aired. I hope you have enjoyed the season so far, and by the looks of the high ratings you do. Stay tuned -- there are a lot more episodes still to come.
This past week has been a very good week for me at work, as I have had one of my highest weeks of production in my career. There is something to be said about owning your own business and controlling your own destiny -- both with flexibility of my time, as well as setting your income level to be whatever you want it to be at. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I terminated two of my key employees due to the fact they were no longer being "team players" and were actually weighing me down from reaching my full potential. I now have a staff that is eager to learn, one that is proactive on "thinkin"” and inspires me to be all that I am meant to be. Amen to making changes! One of my favorite quotes that I love to live by is: "If you keep doing the same thing, you will continue to produce the same results." None of us like change, however sometimes change is good . . .and I am proof I am able to do it with no regrets.
Wishing Briana nothing but the best, she is so real and sweet! Speaking of sweet, can Don get his own blog site?
Thank you Vicki for sharing your life with all of us the past 7 years. You are truly a class act and one of the few real American women left on reality TV. I have laughed with you and prayed for you and will continue to do so as long as you continue on RH - thanks for a great escape from my own life each week. God Bless!
Vicki, In your blog this week you thank the readers for the kind wishes.....Why don't you mention the readers who have criticisms of you. It is like you are egnoring those of us who have been very disappointed in your horrible behavior this season. What is up with that?
Well how about that... somebody actually bothered to update their blog. Guess these housewives care about the show as much as I do. And this used to be my favorite show!
Vicki: There is a scene in episode 5 where you tell Michael "if you pose yourself as smart, you'll be fine". Not exactly a ringing endorsement on his ability as an insurance agent. You also suggest that he get into retirement planning. The poor boy looked like a deer caught in the headlights. I think perhaps you had better just let him deal with insurance quotes for the time being.
You say you got into retirement planning 4 years ago. I find it curious that someone would ask people to trust them with their life savings when you are not able to manage your own finances. I give you the example of you needing your future ex husband to still live in your house in order for you to pay the bills, which you said to Tamra in episode 1. You may have had one of the highest production weeks of your career but if you still need Don's money in order to meet your financial obligations I for one would question whether you are the right person to handle my retirement. Just saying...
I can totally relate--I have my father's german "roman" nose, and I am very proud of it. It's not a petite little girly-girl nose, but all my facial features are large so it's in proportion. I think your face is unique and beautiful. Also, nice to hear you being supportive of your co-stars this week. This is the Vicki we want in our living rooms! Beautiful inside and out!
Vicki, Praying that your daughter is well, and there is no cancer. Now...I really have a problem with you justifying your actions that you have voiced your opposition to when it comes to the other ladies. Example, child support, phone calls taken at the table, etc. You need to live by the same rules you harshly seem to place for the others. Also, PLEASE stop all of the advertising on this blog. Is it gross and I am sure that I am not the only one sick to death of it!
Vicki, Vicki, Vicki. Thank God that Brianna is okay! She is the most genuine person on the show besides Donn. I don't know what else to say, and don't think it really matters...We watch your show, and read your blogs, but it is pretty apparent that you don't read anything that any of us mere peasants write. We are not people hiding behind a computer. We are fans who see a train wreck and want to alert the conductor to it. When I read your blogs I feel frustrated that you are not getting the point!
You are still a hypocrite and you have an excuse for everything you do that is wrong! I hope you are not back next season. And PLEASE stop plugging your business on this web-site. I am so tired of it!!!! Please try to be a better person and not so self -centered. Life is not all about Vicki!
Dear Vicki, i am so glad Briana is doing well. She is such a lovely young lady. After reading ur blog, wanted to let u know that i have a similar condition to Brianas, my vocal cords are paralyzed, which make it very difficult to breathe, my airway is only about 20%. My thyroid is enlarged but they dont think it is pressing on my vocal cords. i think that it is and is making matters worse. But u know dr.s they dont listen! so maybe this was a much more needed surgery than anyone realizes! Continued blessings for Briana!
Once again, its all about Vicki. Wow, you spared a couple of lines about Briana and Michael but made it seem like all about you. What nerve to try and push your business on your blog. If anyone calls I'll be surprised. When did you become an Alexis fan. Seems I remember you dissing on her quite a bit before and after San Francisco. Make up your mind.
Hi Vicki, I really think all of the challenges you faced the past few years has made you a kinder. more compassionate person. Brianna has been in so many peoples' prayers...what a wonderful, brave young lady! You looked wonderful in the last episode! The dress, your hair your make up...everything! For those hiding behind their blogs and judging your looks, shame on them! For someone who works the amount of hours you do and has dealt with the stress of a sick child as well as a pending divorce, you look fabulous!
It hurt YOUR feelings that Briana didn't want to stay with you after surgery?! What about HER feelings?! SHE just had surgery. SHE needs to be where SHE is most comfortable. I like you less and less as the season goes on. And blaming the younger girls for all the drama is ridiculous. YOU and Tamra are usually at the root of the problem. And blaming the younger girls for potentially hurting your business is the dumbest thing. You need to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror.
I am so tired of you Vicki. You are such a hypocrite. You have spent the last several years sitting in judgment of everyone else and now that some of the same issues are in your life - you defend yourself by saying "it's different". Rude is rude. Getting up from a luncheon to talk to your boyfriend is inexcusable. Oh but wait, it's different from when Alexis did it, I forgot! Not paying child support, for any reason, is wrong. Oh, but wait, your boyfriend not paying is different from Gretchen's boyfriend not paying, I forgot! Get real or get off the show.
50 is a number, your age lies in your mind and how you decide to carry yourself. I turned 50 not long ago and most people can't believe I am that age everyone thinks early to mid 40's. I'll take that and appreciate it. I've never stressed over age and refuse to do so. Once you do that is when things start to happen...its a number! Ok I have to say one thing, you need to stop with the constant selling of your self, its enough. The shameless plugs all over the place...good grief it can and does turn people off. If you are so in your face now before anyone buys anything tells me once you sign on the dotted line you will be on my answering machine every evening when I get home and that is just annoying. The occasional plug is ok but each and every week for what 7 years...goodness. Kudos to you Vicki!!! Finally you have a blog with out one mention of Gretchen or Slade it must have pained you to not go there. I only hope you continue on this road.
How many times do you need to plug your business? Really? No class...at all. And you still have yet to address your behavior the night of Tamra's party and how unfair you've been to Gretchen. You still take no accountability. Please Bravo fire her!!!!!
Have a very "nifty 50" birthday Vicki. I'm so jealous that I'm not on a cruise too. Enjoy your vacation you have earned it.
Stop with the SELF PROMOTING of your insurance, wine and anything you and Tammi Sue want to hock. You are a hypocrite and a very self serving individual. Here's to Bravo ending this tiresome show and the likes of you! Cheers...........
I love how you address only some of the issues that people have brought up to you ... like your looks. You have completely ignored and failed to address your ongoing hypocrisy which proves to me and I'm sure a lot of people that it is true and you won't admit you are wrong. Also, stop hawking your products and businessess -- watching you on the show convinced me to never trust YOU with my money.
You are beautiful. I'm not just saying that because it's the 'cliche' thing to say to women.... you really are beautiful. Slade is nothing but a slimeball looking for some tv time. And as for Tamra... I don't think she's changed at all. She might have changed WHO she targets, going from Gretchen to Alexis.... but nonetheless, she's still a bully.
Seriously, how many times must you mention your business in your blog? We got it ... you sell insurance ... got it --- now please quit pushing it on us.
Vicky so sorry again about Brianna, I hope she is on the road to recovery and also for peace..I wish her well...
With that all said...Vicky you are still not addressing the fight with Gretchen..Why do you ignore this subject...Gretchen has a good point about the Slade/Brooks comparison..Seeing you scream at Gretchen was unbelieveble for something your boyfriend has done with worse circimstances..I really do believe you either need to address the issue or aplogize..I am not a Gretchen fan but its really the right thing to do........ Just saying Vicky!!
Karma Vicki!! It seems you can dish it and make judgement on others but when it comes to you it's a whole other story!! You rep what you sow! As far as Alexis nose that's her choice and not your business.
Everyone is entitled to success as long as they work hard - you do not have the monopoly (not the game- refer to a dictionary) on this.
Perhaps I am alone in this but that 'stay tuned for next week to find out what the results from the biopsy are' line really didn't sit right with me - it's like Vicki are using Brianna's potential cancer to benefit ratings for the show.
Again Vicki is manipulative and playing the victim by mentioning that the Miss Piggy comment now has her thinking about surgery - a real plug for the sympathy vote if ever I saw one. This is from the same person who in my opinion humiliated a former employee in one of the early Seasons by bringing her to a spa to get waxed and made over because she didn't look how Vicki thought she should. And didn't Vicki also give staff a botox and spray tan party as a bonus? Not exactly a nice way to make people feel good about themselves.
I think the excuse for talking to Brooks during lunch is pretty poor too - Vicki has always been rude and full of her own self-importance and thinks that she is the only one entitled to behave a certain way. It was the same in San Fran when reading work emails and constantly playing with her phone after castigating Alexis the night before. Once again it's all about Vicki!!
Please quit advertising for your business in your blogs! It's very rude, and it makes me think you are getting desperate!
Also please quit being such a hypocrite! You are the first person to judge and condemn everyone else for the simplest things, however when you do the same thing it is all ok!
I do pray however that Brianna is ok! Thank goodness she doesn't have your personality.....
I am sure that it is difficult to have your every move captured on camera for the world to see, and with that said, there are none of us that would be shed in the perfect light. I think that you do the best to your ability, given the circumstances, and I commend you on your behavior. I think you are truly an inspiration for all successful business women, and those who do not think so are either jealous or insecure. As far as your looks, you are beautiful, charismatic, and intelligent so obviously there will be those who view you negatively. I am sure that you are not concerned with those who do not approve of your behavior becuase there is only one true judge, so they should let him do his job. Can't wait until next week :)
If you are reading the comments, why is it you continue to do a sales pitch for your businesses? All of us are sick and tired of your whining and justifying. I think it is time for you to step back and leave the show. As for your opinion on Heather and her friends attempting to open a restaurant, did you know all about insurance before you started your own business? They seem to have the money to invest and they are not worried about failure. I would think you would support these women because they are willing to try to do something that is their own. Thank goodness Brianna does NOT have cancer. She is a breath of fresh air and honesty on this show.
You mentioned to Gretchen that she has know idea what it is like to be a mother until you have physically pushed a baby out of you. How dare you say that considering there are thousands of parents that are not able to have children and have adopted babies and love them just the same. That is a horrible, ignorant statement! I have just lost what little respect I had left for you.
Happy Birthday Vicki!!! You have amazing children and you can tell that you've raised them well. I will continue to pray for Briana that she'll have a long healthy and sucessful life (she's so beautiful!). And Michael...what a pleasure it must be to have such a well-rounded sucessful and responsible son. Congratulations to him and good luck with everything you and your family are doing!! Much love to you all!
Once again, Bravo you never cease to amaze me. I thank you for bringing light to serious issues such as young people and cancer, domestic violence (especially emotional and verbal abuse), family's emotional states after suicide, among other things. We often correlate cancer with mid aged women and not women in their twenties. It is sad but reality and it is unavoidable. Thanks bravo we need to experience her journey visually to help educate ourselves and others.
Thank you JESUS Briana survived surgery. She is a great daughter and young lady. Also, i am happy she and Don are very close and you do not intrude in their relationship. You are back to the old fun Vikki now tamara's is out of your life. She ruined your relationship with Jenna. Bravo aired some great between you both. You should reach out to her and rekindle that relationship. Unlike tamara, you can have more than one friend at a time. By the way, great job for giving alexa and jim a chance.
I like your new guy friend his is great. I am a southern girl and married to a man from Mississippi and he is great. They are hopeless romantics and believe in treating a woman like she should be treated. We watched you evolve on camera over the years and it was worth it. You were my favorite and then my not so favorite after you befriended tamara and your attitude changed now I like you again. Please Bravo do not remove Vikki. I want to see her new relationship evolve into a romantic love story and Brianna's health and life unfold. With Alexa being her new friend, you all should show them having fun shopping and hanging out. We miss that aspect of the OC. One thing about Vikki, she always acknowledges the economy with sound financial advice regardless of how someone feels and that's a great person to have around.
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY VICKI! You look beautiful and unique and you do not need a nose job! Enjoy the cruise.
I think you are great. I don't know what 'awful behavior' the other posters are referring to. I don't even know what show they are watching! Keep taking the high road. I think you are a strong, independant woman who is a great role model.
Loved this blog-- glad you are being nice to Alexis-- she was obviously not making up the problems with her sinuses (ugh, am I right!?). She doesn't shy away from telling people about surgeries and sometimes people are just jealous and rude. I am glad you really are taking the high road. As for the phone call, you deserve to talk to your honey, just like anyone else- Again, anyone who doesn't like it is probably jelly, Girl!
Vicki, You look beautiful and are aging well. What a nice blog entry!!!
Best wishes on your birthday for you and your family!
i felt so bad for lex also.she is a sweetheart and i hope you 2 get to know each other better the rest of this season.you 2 are our favs this season.god bless
Vicki, I do like you, HOWEVER, I have been so disappointed in things that I have seen on this show. First off, you demand that Tamara be devoted to you and your friendship. but it appears not only do you want her to be devoted, it appears you want her to solely be YOUR friend and not the rest of the group. I actually enjoyed seeing Tamara and Gretchen make a effort to become friends and that should NOT be a threat to your friendship with Tamara IF you 2 have a good friendship. I was hoping that with you being on the show as long as you have and a sucessful business woman that maybe you could of been a role model for the rest of the group. Instead, you have gotten caught up on the back stabbing and gossip. As far as Slade issue, I don't feel it is ANYONES business about it. The Courts and his ex will deal with those issues. That as why people should watch what they say because it can come back to bite. In your situation it may have, since you now have a man in your life that had the same issue as Slade. Granted he has caught up and Slade hasn't, but your boyfriend may be in a place to get caught up and Slade hasn't gotten there yet. Whether it is from lack of effort or not, is NOT for any of us to judge or make our business. I feel our personal business, IS our personal business, IF Slade chooses to discuss it he will, I don't like how it appears that the women on these shows seem to LOOK for things to make the others LOOK BAD to the world and then when it back fires and something happens to the women that originally stir the pot, they get angry. Like you did, saying how dare you. Was it wrong for Slade to make fun of your looks ABSOLUTELY. I do think you need to ask yourself, have I done anything wrong to Slade that would cause him to have anger with me and maybe why he would do such a hurtful thing. You can't hurt others and expect them to accept it and not come back at you with is. I am NOT defending Slade per se, I am defending people in general that are attacked and then if they dish it back, the person that stirred the pot to begin with now is shocked and being on the receiving end of it. As far as Donn, I think you had a WONDERFUL husband, that man really did love you, REGARDLESS if he didn't say it as many times as you needed to hear it. When you renew your vows and those tears came down his face, I could tell through the t.v. how much he loved you. It really seem like YOU wanted HIM to change and be the one to make VICKI happy and do everything VICKI wanted and it didn't matter what DONN wanted. I think you lost a REALLY GOOD MAN (regardless of how he may have talked to you, I am sure he did out of frustration with your situation going down hill for so long) I am CONCERNED that you will REPEAT the same way with this boyfriend. Not many men want to give 95% in the relationship and you only have to give 5%. You used your business to stay away from the family/ your husband. I have a wonderful husband, just Donn is. Instead of running to work to avoid, I would of been running to counseling to MAKE IT WORK. I just worry that you may find yourself alone or going through several failed relationships, before you get it. if you ever do. Every aspect of your life you have shown being self centered. That came right out of your own daughters mouth. Listen to her and people that try to tell you that, before it effects everyone that is important to you in your life. I really hope that Donn continues to be in your kids life. I just wish that they would call him the title he DESERVES. that is DAD. my husband adopted my 2 youngest daughters, ADULT ADOPTION. I know I will never get divorced, but if I did, I would push to keep him in their life. I hope that happens for your kids. They are great young adults. I would LOVE to see Donn STILL go ahead and do a ADULT adoption, I think it would mean the world to your kids. It hurt me to hear your daughter say she doesn't know where her place is, in this divorce. That is sad. I HOPE the only thing that happens is her relationship and your son relationship with Donn GROWS. I hope they can call him DAD. The kids and Donn deserve that right. I hope you sit back and when you watch the shows STOP focusing on everyone else and if they are being devoted to you. do yourself a favor WATCH YOURSELF. and ask yourself if YOU are being a good friend to others, a good role model to your kids, a good girlfriend for your new boyfriend. I feel you got into that relationship, to quickly. It was disrespectful to your marriage that isn't even over yet. I really think you owe Donn an apology, I know IF you read this, when you read that line I JUST typed, you will think to yourself, Donn should be apologizing to me. That is sad. I hope someday you think of others before yourself, because I really do like you Vicki, it bothers me to see how you're portrayed on this show. I really wish that things could of worked out for you and Donn. If I thought for a minute that you would talk to a complete stranger, I would love to talk to you about my experiences in my past and what I have now in my marriage and how I have LEARNED from my experiences from my past divorce. I just want you happy and I still don't see you heading in that direction. IF your boyfriend is a good man. I don't know him, that is the ONLY reason I say that. He too will get tired of things that you do and say that drove Donn away from your marriage. I am NOT putting all the blame on you, don't get me wrong. I am just saying that you did have a part in it. I HOPE things turn around for you. I just hope you watch YOURSELF on these shows, I think you could learn something and could be a much happier person. I watch it and learn alot from it. I make sure that I don't treat people the way I see people treating others on this show. Take care.
Happy Happy Birthday Vicki!!! Thank you for staying true to yourself, not changing the way you are for other people, and keeping it real on the show. Much respect for you!!!
really liked what you said sometime the show can really make you all out to be the B word and that is not the case i get reality t.v. now. I love all you gals and i always look forward to the show after reading your blogs you all have hearts of Gold and you really do care about each other. I think that is wonderful i wont miss tonights show want to see how Breana is doing Bless you all. A big fan karen in Ky
vicki i think you are just so full of life and one of the best people on the RHOC. you are never a hyprocrite. everything you say makes perfect sense. And you dont plug your business. what is everyone talking about?? You have the most common sense and business sense than everyone combined. Not!!! that is everthing you arent. bravo get this crazy chick outta here!!!
Vicki, I am so happy to hear Briana is going to be ok. She seems like such a sweet girl. Sometimes I disagree with some of the things you do, but you must be an excellent mom to have kids like you do!
in response to JDinIL: I think Vicky only meant to call Gretchen out on the fact that she was speaking as though she was an expert on something she had no experience in (something which I think she deserved to be called out on for) I'm sure even you have put your foot in your mouth during a one on one conversation because you worded something wrong, only difference is your comments aren't overheard by the entire world to pick apart. Besides, I'm pretty sure that happened years ago, ease off the poor woman! To Vicky: Bravo for not joining in with all the bullying happening regarding Alexis and her nose. I', glad there is someone on the cast willing to act like an adult and stick up for her.