Tonight was an easy night for me. I stayed out of trouble and only dropped in at the dentist to see Brooks. There is plenty of drama coming your way -- and when you see the finale and the reunion, you will totally know what I am talking about.
So right now, right here, as I write this -- yes, I am in a good place. I am happy and I am on the road to making my life more rewarding in every way -- career and personal life. My life is always under construction but I am the one doing the driving -- so I am OK and I will be OK. I hope you are OK, too.
I challenge all of you to live your life -- not through consequences, but by choice. I love life. I love success. And I love that I always have a choice in life to choose which road I take. You do, too. Don't let anyone ever take that away from you. If they do, tell me and I will definitely give them "the Vicki treatment."
I want to thank those of you who have sent me heartfelt emails and messages through my website and for your encouraging words. I love all of you for staying with me and being "Team Vicki." Thank you for all of your positve Tweets at @vgunvalson.
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vicki, i been a die hard fan of the orignal housewives since day one!!! you being my initial favorite and have yet to disapoint me lol...i love how strong, independent,caring,loving, and genuine you are. you have the biggest and kindest heart of anyone on these shows.i think that its very big of you to be taking the high road and getting along with all the ladies even when some dont deserve your kindness. im completely shocked by the way Tamara treated you and Brooks, shes supposed to be your friend and even if she felt that way about him a true friend would have never approached you like that with other people around i thout that was discusting she should have talked to you and only you about her concerns and if she was a genuine friend she should have done it in private,tamara used to be one of my favorites also but after seeing how she treated you all season and her kissing gretchens tooshie jus showed how PHONY she is, so she definately shouldnt be calling alexis PHONY! i think alexis is also very kind hearted and yea she may come off a little bit like a prima donna but i see shes a genuine fun-loving girl and she lifts my spirits every time i see the show. i think Brooks is an amazing guy and if being with him is what makes you happy then you be with him it is your life and its obvious you know what you want out of life so GO FOR IT AND HAVE NO REGRETS!! my heart truly goes out to you in regards to you and Briannas relationship and i hope that you guys are in a better place today . its obvious Brianna only wants whats best for you and she did have lagite concerns but im sure the more she sees Brooks and how he treats you shell grow to love him too, you just need to make sure Tamara is not in her ear telling her negative things about him. its no ones place to tell you who you should be dating or to question his motives when they dont even really know him is un-called for. i love you vicki your an amazing woman and i hope all works out with you and Brooks,Brianna and Michael. dont let anything get you down. seeing you be this independent woman with all this sucess truly drives me and makes me want to be sucessfull in my life. you showed woman everywhere that you cant let anything break you, you have to stay strong and grow always and i appreciate you soo much for that
Who knows why Vicky was so unhappy with Don to break up with him to go out with this obvious loser Brooks. Something about him is slimy. Dan is a handsome man and frankly was lucky to get away from Vicky and her disrespect for him. She was so disparaging to him on the previous seasons. I felt embarrassed for her. When I first saw them together I thought that woman is lucky to have a man like that. Then to show up with a less then man how embarrassing. Vicky stop parading Brooks around like you have some prize. Because if anything he's just a last place one. Sad when you're an intelligent hard working strong woman to lower yourself to that kinda man. And be smart Tamera rolled her eyes because you tossed Alexa for no reason who was there. That is not the evil eye. Brooke's is a freak.
Vicki, we are beginning to see fracture in your friendship with Tamra. Isn't she too this or too that ... where she is always the center of drama, her mouth with her judgments on people is a lethal weapon, no love for anyone else, except herself, her boyfriend, and family. Why don't you own 100 percent of the wine business? Do you really need to have that kind of unstable energy in your life? Without her influence on people, you have began to see the good in Alexis. I don't trust Tamra, Heather?, and Gretchen. They deserve each other. Team up with Alexis and Heather stops being so negatively infurenced by Tamra, she might start seing the good in Alexis as well. Perhpas you should have a talk with Heather alone?
Vicki, I agree with you about Tamra. She is a very mean girl and it seems she has to pick on and attack someone new each season. I know it'sjust a show and she thinks it makes for good reality tv but honestly, it's getting boring with all of her negativity. She has a different person each season. Last season it was Gretchen she attacked and this season it Alexis. She is a very jeolous woman with very deep insecurities. But what really makes me sick is Gretchen, Tamra, and Heather ganging up on Alexis at the dinner in Costa Rica. Talk about blindsiding!!! I wish someone would have stuck up for Alexis instead of attacking her. All of those woman are fake and pretentious so why just pick on Alexis?
Vicki, I respect you as a person, a parent and a business woman but I'm worried that you are not seeing the "forest for the trees". Brooks seems very charming and sensitive at the right times but it's hard to tell if he is being sincere. Everyone is vulnerable after a separation or loss and it would be easy for an opportunist to take advantage of someone with a kind heart. I do realize that we only see what the cameras show us so it's hard to judge someone based soley on the show. Just be careful and be sure you have your eyes and ears open when it comes to your heart. Take into consideration the people who care about you the most and have your best interest in mind. I wish you all the best. Blessings to you and your family.
Vicki, I'm very proud of you for being so kind to Alexis in Costa Rica, good job! Tamara is a rattlesnake, and so full of herself it's beginning to hurt the show. With regard to you getting Brooks veneers, if you did it to make him feel good about himself, or if he's self conscious about his teeth, that's your call. I think you should move forward with your life, and take a good look at the manner in which your alleged friend has been treating you. Tamara is not in a position to advise anyone on relationships!
So...it was okay for you to berate Slade every chance you got but it is not okay for anyone to question Brooks motives or background. Why don't you or Brooks just clear up everything for everyone. Or can't you?
it's funny that the way the episode was shown, it made it seem like you did pay for them. honestly even if you did, men pay for their gfs cosmetic surgeries all the time!! so who cares if a successful woman does. the women on this show hate everything and everyone including themselves so who cares if they don't like brooke, coulda seen that one comin' right?
Very grown up of you! I'm glad that you are in a good place. Congratulations on being a gramma soon - only when your daughter is a mother herself, will she truly understand you! I'm glad you are standing by Alexis! She will be a truer friend to you that Tamra could ever be to anyone. Or Gretchen. I will say, I wish that you had been more honest with Donn & what you were doing on the side to him. That is never an o.k thing.
blah, blah, blah. It amazes me how quickly you can dump and old friend. I tend to think someone who screams about how happy they are, in reality are trying to convince themselves of that fact.
Vicki you are one of my favorites on the show. But I agree you were very critical of Gretchen and others with Tamra so now the shoe is on the other foot you know how they felt at the time. As for Tamra she is loose cannon. She is a wild person who was caged so long that she is making herself look stupid. To me getting married to Eddie is a younger version of Simon. Remember when you have friendships with women you always have to keep most of your secrets to yourself because you never know when they will turn on you. Just look at New York friends, and the other reality tv shows.
Hi Vicki. I am happy that you are happy with Brooks and that you have found some sort of solace in your life after your divorce, but one thing still strikes me while reading your blog. You said, "...It gets tiring hearing about it," when discussing the ladies views on Brooks. Why is it ok for you to talk about Slade, and his financials, and his life, but it isn't ok for Gretchen to do so? Why was it ok for you to talk about Simon, but it isn't ok for Tamra to adress her concern for you? I feel that if you dish it out, you should be willing to take it, and that is the one thing that I think you should learn or take away from this season. You had no place to stick your nose in others buisness and the two of them have no place to do that to you. I feel that you, Tamra, and Gretchen need to stop talking about significant others and move on. You are getting absolutely no where and no resolve will be formed. I also think that it was very nice of you to go check on Alexis when she was hurting and being there for her. That was something that you should be proud of. Congratulations on all of your successes! WOOHOO!
Vicki let me start off by saying I have been a fan from day one! I love your honesty I love your work ethic, You have proven yourself to be a very worth business woman, and most important a loyal friend!!! Therefor you don't owe anyone any explanations on where or how you spend your money... This season was very hard to watch, I thought Tamra was especially catty and mean girl.. Every season she seems to figure out a way to stab you in the back.. She brought a new meaning to the word hypocrite this season! and I think I will seriously be nauseated if she asks Gretchen to be a bridesmaid!!!!!! Lastly I hope you had a wonderful day at Brianna's wedding, I saw the beautiful wedding pics!!
We love your spirit Vicki. You do what's right for you. If Brooks is right for you he will be around for a long time. I think Alexis is good for you as a friend. Not as mean. The others would be great as well if they didn't have such a mean streak. I like how your secure enough to do things without dragging your man along. Sheesh that bugs me about women sometimes. You get that concept. Good luck.
I am so sad to see that you and tamara aren't on the same side. You are like tweedle dee & tweedle dum you are like peanut butter & jelly. I feel like you had the friendship everyone wanted to have. I think you need to go back to the "hoe's be for bro's" mentality.. If brooks loves you & is a good guy he would encourge you to patch things up & forgive tamara for any comments she made or times she put her foot in her mouth.. The man that love you will grin & bear it tolerating your friends because they are your friends. I hope you can be the bigger person & get over whats gone on this season since we both know tamara won't be the one to say sorry.
Vicki, you are the best. It is a shame that you always have to explain yourself. Who cares who paid for them. You are in a relationship and support each other (financially or emotionally) is what people in love do. Hang in there.
Well put, your life, your choices. Nothing more needs to be said. You are clearly happy and in love and I am happy for you.
VERY HAPPY FOR YOU VICKI. I PERSONALLY MYSELF THINK WE ALL MAKE OUR OWE CHOICES AND DECISIONS IN LIFE, SOME WILL BE GOOD ONES, SOME ONES WILL BE NOT SO GOOD ONES, BUT THEY ARE OUR CHOICES AND NO ONE ELSE. IF FRIENDS ARE TRUE BFF'S AND CARE FOR YOU , THEN THEY RESPECT YOUR DECISION, BAD OR GOOD. I HAVE NOT ENJOYED ALL THE PICKING ON THIS SEASON AS LIKE HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS. LIFE IS SO VERY SHORT AT BEST,JUST ENJOY IT AND LET YOUR FRIENDS ENJOY THEIR LIFE ALSO. WISHING YOU MUCH HAPPINESS , JOY AND BLESSINGS IN THE YEARS AHEAD. GOD BLESS. XO
Woohoo! Vickie! Woohoo! Stay happy and positive! Hang out with those who make you feel good about who you are!
You've been really sweet to Alexis and I admire you for doing the right thing by her. Tamara did nothing for you but darken your heart towards people. Rekindle your friendship with Jeana...she was a true friend...Tamara talked you out of that one. Don't be talked out of treating people good.
I've always liked you. I felt like I understood you when most viewers didnt. But I don't think Tamara is to blame for the backlash you have recieved with Brooks. His actions come across fake. I'm not saying they are but to the general public they don't seem authentic.
I'm glad you cleared up that Brooks paid for his dental treatment, as that wasn't clear on the show. I honestly can't believe the criticism people are giving you that Brooks is "after your money." If there is one thing about you, Vicki, it is that you are not stupid when it comes to your finances. I understand that have such a long marriage with Don caused co-mingling of assets (plus, when you two got married you both probably didn't have what you have now) but that is a natural consequence of such a long marriage. For people to think you are going to allow yourself to be taken advantage of by anyone is laughable, IMO. I am sad about you & Don splitting -- it seems like a classic case of people growing apart -- but I think you were both good people who, unfortunately, let your relationship become a secondary priority (if that). Nonetheless, I do hope, if you are happy with Brooks, that it works out for you. I also hope that you realize that Tamra was never a true friend to you. This isn't the first time she has treated you badly -- she used you to blame for her troubles in her marriage to Simon and then she used you for support when she decided to leave him. Now that she doesn't need you, look how she treats you. I can't wait to read your book!!!
I think Tamra has always been a BAD friend to you, and you have always forgiven her, maybe its time you dont forgive her. I dont know if Tamra knows how to be a good friend to anyone!
you are better without tamra.
you're going to write a tell all book about tamara? thats so low! can't believe you... well maybe i can!
When you were Jeanne's friend, I thought you were a hard working great girl. When you became Tamra's friend, I thought you were a mean girl. Now you arent as good of friends with Tamra - I think you are a hard working great girl.
Vicki, You are happy with Brooks and that is all that matters! Who cares what anyone else thinks. I hope you realize by now that Tamra is not and hasn't been your friend. She is a mean, trash mouthed trailer park hussy. If she was so happy with Eddie then why does she trash you and Alexis. I sincerely hope that Bravo takes her off next season. She said when you and Brooks are over that she "will be there to catch you". If she is not here for you now, why would she think you would want her around later. I hope you continue with your happiness and forget everything else negative(Tamra).
Vicki, who cares even if you DID pay for Brooks' teeth/tooth. When two people are in a relationship and love one another, they help each other out. I would do that for my man if needed.
You're an amazing woman Vicki and have gone through a tough time in life. I find it a shame that your housewife friends have not been there to support you, but have judged and gossiped about you and who you are dating. Sometimes it's nice to just have a friend be there to listen and someone you can lean on..they don't have to agree with you and what you are doing. You're the most successful of them all and I'm sure they are jealous. Keep on doing what you're doing!! :)
Sometimes the people arpounmd you that care for you see wht you don't - Tamra and Briana just are trying to make sure you don't get hurt - especially since you broke down in costa rica about Don - i think you still love him. and if he would hav ran after you - you would be together - the renewal vows were amazing i watched you needed to put 100% into that relationship and traveled all the time for business if your love tank was empty you were never there for him to fill it ...
I like ya Vicki. When I am having a bad day sometimes I sit back & think of what you would do to push forward and be successful. Life is tough ... at least you have proven to be successful and raise two awesome kids. And what you spend your money on is who's business?? Yep, no one's ... only your own.
Vicki you are a beautiful and genuine lady. I'm so glad that you are finding the happiness you deserve!!
Vicky I understand that you are upset about your friends comments and reaction to Brooks. My feeling is they are being protective of their friend who has gone thru a hard time and a lonely time. You should be grateful that your family and friends care enough about you to be concerned. Brooks might be the most wonderful man in the world, unfortunately the way he comes across does not put him in the best light. I hope you remain as happy as you seem. I wish you nothing but happiness and that your "tank" remains full.
Well said Vickie...You will always be our favorite housewife. You are an AMAZING role model. You’re a smart person. You would NOT be in a relationship with Brooks if he wasn’t a good guy. By the way - How in the HELL did you get roped into going into the wine business with Tamra? If it was just YOUR business we would be happy to buy wine. I wouldn't contribute a penny to anything MEAN GIRL is involved in. We miss the way the OC show used to be. Lots of real life - a little drama. Now the tone set by Tamra and Gretchen, and Heather has ruined it to almost an unwatchable hour. We can all relate to being bullied, and I refuse to watch Alexis being persecuted by the soul-less trio.
I really love you this season!!! Thanks for not being a "mean girl" along with Tamra & the others with their dispicable treatment of Alexis. For some reason Tamra seems to think she knows everything about everything & everyone including you & Brooks...she really just needs to mind her own business & be happy for & supportive of her friends. I wish a long & happy relationship for you & Brooks!!!
Vicki, you will always be my favorite, although I have never seen you so quite on edge and emotional as I have in the costa rica episode. I truly hope your in a happy and better place like you say you are now. Divorce, Breanna's marriage, etc. was just too much and thats understandable. But I hope you are no loger at that place in your life because you deserve more than that. ;)
I started off liking the new Vicki this season and ended up being grateful that I didnt' have to look at you or hear about you very much in this past episode. I understand that you love your man and want to protect him. Do realize however that your "friends" and "daughter" were/are just looking out for you. It's a shame that you get upset that they love you enough to want the best for you, even if that means bringing up some negative things about Brooks. It wasn't that long ago that you were doing the same about Slade and Gretchen. (Pot calling the kettle black here). Watching you, you seem to over react instead of thinking things through so that there is a better and more promising outcome for everyone. Glad you are in a good place now. Hate the fact that you scream like a banshie next week at Tamra....seems like your Brooks wanted the heat off of him and to seem like your "hero" and creates a little drama between you and her. I'm just glad this one is coming to an end. Hope next season is better!
I think the reason why Tamra and Eddie haven't had to deal with the backlash of their relationship the way you have is because Eddie does not have children (nor to my knowledge been divorced). Many people don't understand that being "happy" comes at a price. No matter if people "agree" or "disagree" its true. Serving yourself and your happiness costs. Either with loss of relationships/friendships to creating a lot of complicated life situations. In your case I understand after having 2 failed marriages that you want to be happy more than anything. Totally understandable. However, don't feel victimized by the world. Your daughter and son have been through just as much as you have through these failed relationships. Except they didn't "choose" their life, "you did". I realize you probably have guilt about this but no matter what we ALL know you love your children incredibly! But, you can't take this role of "why me?" Because the answer is "decisions". Your life choices have brought you to where you are and even though you are "really happy" in an aspect of your personal life. I think we all know there have been some "unhappy" times in your personal life as well. No one in this world can have a perfect life. But we can make the best decisions we can but can not be surprised when some of those decisions come with consequences we don't like. If you truly love Brooks and he is the one for you...great. But, the cost of that decision shouldn't be a surprise nor is it unfair. I wish you all the best in life. You are a good person but realize that sometimes drama follows you because you wear you heart on your sleeves. Maybe next season consider refraining from acting out emotionally and reserve judgment until after the situation has passed. This way it gives you an opportunity to experience life without drama versus the opposite. Have a great summer and best wishes in ALL areas of your life. Congrats on becoming a grandmother soon! You're a gorgeous Grandmother!! :)