Brooks and I will be going to the Kentucky Derby May 2-6, and Mike and his friend Wes from Colorado will be joining us as well. Michael will be playing the Celebrity Poker Tournament for "Backpack for Kids," which is an organization that supplies under privileged children with food for a year for only $80. This will be my second time going to the Oaks and the Derby, as I went last year. This will be Mike's first time and he is really looking forward to meeting those "southern bells" that I’ve told him about. Wow, last time I was there I could not believe the beautiful people in the south.
Thank you all for your amazing support and encouragement. I'm all about plowing through the "ick" in my life and the people that try and throw it in my way. I'm happy and my family is healthy.
Tamra and I are only a few weeks away from our launch date of "Wines by Wives" on May 8. We are so excited to launching our wine membership on a national level. If you are interested in learning more about it, please visit our website at WinesbyWives.com
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Have a great week and don’t forget to smile! It will confuse everyone!
So glad that Briana is cancer free! I have been on synthroid since 2006 after the birth of my son...I could definitley tell the difference. I hope she is feeling much better :)
I was never a big fan of Gretchen until this season. Your excuse why Brooks was not paying the full child support is the EXACT SAME as Slades. So why are you busting Slade's chops???????? It makes want to walk out of the room when I see you fighting about this. Clearly, it's ok for your situation BUT not Gretchen and Slade.. Gretchen, if you read this, you might as well talk to a wall because she's never going to get it.:)
In your blog you wrote: "Obviously she felt different than me and wanted to continue this bickering back and forth by not apologizing back." Vicki, you are an adult so you must know that the point of apologizing is to clear your side on anything you should not have done. You don't apologize demanding or expecting an apology in return. If you do, then you haven't learned what you should out of the situation.
You have a great daughter and it shows on camera. You can see who Briana is. Likewise, you can see who Brooks is. Unctuous and smarmy define the image he presents. He and Slade are cut from the same cloth.
Gretchen is a drama queen period! She has no life she needs to keep drama going with someone now that she and Tamra are "best gal pals". Ugh! Remember when Tamara tried to make up and invited her to her house a couple of seasons ago and how grabbed the evil eye capto ward tamara off? Plus the end of the seaon party when Tamara said she sorry and Gretchen was wouldn'y let it go.
Plus I laugh ever single time I hear "singing". it reminds me of the moaning my cat did when she fell down and hole and it took us a day to get her out. She is riding that "I lost my voice because of Vicki" for all it's worth. She can't sing period! She is joke and not worth you time or energy. Let Tamara have her.
Vicki, I think watching you and Brooks together is absolutely one of the best highlights of this season! You look so happy and you two together are adorable and hilarious! I dont know if it is because you are opposites or what, but I laugh every segment that you two are in. As for Gretchen, it goes back between the two of you to the very beginning when she was younger and with Jeff who was dying. Your apology would have to be layers deep for her to heal and get past it....the bunco party was just the tip of the iceberg! Hopefully, you two can patch it up because it changed Gretchen and now she has grown some claws! You look great all of the time on camera...makeup artist or not...but honestly, I have NEVER seen a more horribly made up face than last night...poor Alexis! It was hilarious watching her and Jim and so cute. Cant wait to see you next week!
Hiya Vicki, I enjoyed your stint with Lauri last night on WWHL. You really are a good sport when it comes to Andy's games that he plays on you. That said, it must have been shocking to learn that Brooks came up last in the viewer's poll for best mate. At least you have no worries that somebody wants to steal him. Regarding your defense of the ridiculous fight with Gretchen: the hypocritical part she refers to, is that you are dating a man who was jailed for child support problems. That makes him equal or worse than Slade. The mere fact that you date that man, makes it hypocritical for you to criticize Gretchen or Slade since Brooks is cut from the same cloth. You can't have it both ways. You can't insult Slade for the very issue that Brooks is also guilty. On the brighter note: I'm SO glad to read that Briana is in better health. She's such a wonderful young lady. I wish you and your family all the best! xo
I don't see what Gretchen needs to apologize for. You have been beating her down for seasons about Slade and she comes at you ONE time about you being in the same situation. Gretchen doesn't need to apologize to you at all. However, I do find it classy that you apologized to her for what you did, but you need to own 100% of it. Had you not been so nasty to her and Slade all these years then she would not have blown up about you being in the same situation. And when has she ever said she condones him not supporting his child the way he was able to before? She never did. The two of you are dating men who have been in the EXACT same situation.
Now that you are being loved , you are more willing to love others :) I think you and Alexis are a great fit on friendship , her and Gretchen ?? Not do much, and so far it looks like G is being a lil hater just like tamara . I really don't like Gretchen . And why is Tamara hating on brooks so hard ? Talking about u guys behind your back? I wish ANDY Cohen would do a lil remix of that:) just Tamara and all her insulting.....
Hey! Vicki! I have to say I like the place you're in this season! In the past, I have gotten aggravated at you but this year you seem a little more open and understanding! Glad to hear that Briana is well! I live about an hour from Louisville; the Derby is always GREAT! Glad you come and enjoy yourself!
VICKY- Did it ever occur to you that your friend Tamra is just being protective of you when she urges you to be cautious with regard to Brooks? I would agree... as would the countless viewers who voted on last night's "Watch What Happens Live". Good luck!!!
Vicki, I'm 56 and finally acne free. After trying all the antibiotics and getting monthly facials (the skin gym ones that clear out your pores plus blu-light to kill bacteria, not the buff and puff girly kind my dermatologist finally ordered a blood test to check for high testoterone levels. Yep, that was the culprit even though I'm not hairy or any weird stuff that you might think. The good news is that I don't have to be on a hormone to treat this. Spironolactone is a testosterone blocker. I tried it for a month at 25mg morning and evening but was still getting some "undergrounders" so we doubled the dose and my skin is totally clear. I do use a Clarisonic skin cleansing brush as well. I'm not kidding, Vicki, for the first time in years I don't wake up dreading what cropped up overnight. No side effects either. Not always your fan on the show but girls gotta share what works! Best to you.
Vicki I am so happy that you finally took Tameras advice... Kill them with kindness.. isn't that exactly what she told you to do in the first place.. Rewatch the show.. You will see.. As for you and Brooks.. Go for it Vicki, you deserve to be happy.... So what if he is just like Slade.. Slade is looking better then ever lately.. You should be happy... Oh yes... I know what your daughters news is.. I understand completely why she didn't tell you.. Congrats to the newlyweds.
When one gives an apology, if they are truely sorry, it should be given without any expectations. It is like a gift, you don't give one from the heart if you expect something in return.
Briana probably takes 225 MCG of synthroid per day. 225 MG per day would kill her. Anyway... I think she is an amazing person--you raised a smart, kind daughter, and I was so happy that she is does not have cancer!! I have to agree, it seems like Brooks is telling you what you want to hear (because you never heard those things from Don). You are such a smart, independent woman, Vicki. I would hate to see you being used by a slimy man. I think Slade comes across on camera as a much more genuine person than Brooks. I am also refreshed to see that you are much kinder this season. You almost have all of the "mean girl" out of you. Keep working towards being a kinder person. It's something we should all do.
WTH was Brooks talking about at dinner? Were you embarassed? He does seem to try too hard. Tell him not to be a DB.
Vicki, the fight at Bunko started because you made snide comments to Slade about his comedy act. YOU instigated, they fought back. You can NOT expect to dish it and not get it back!! You wanted Gretchen to just apologize right back and feel the same way you did IMMEDIATELY??? Has it ever occured to you that she is not ready not forgive you? Has it occured to you that her believeing rumors about Brooks (who she actually speaks rather highly of when not bringing up the child support issues to make a point that YOU have been out of line with Slade) is EXACTLY what you have done for YEARS with Slade? You don't like Slade because he burned Laurie. You both talked crap about him AND Gretchen last night on WWHL, you said "Gretchen is clawing her way to the top this season" and you want everyone to just LOVE you for saying you're sorry ONE TIME?!?!?!?! Vicki, you are SO delusional. Good luck with Brooks, your perfect perfect man of the hour.
Vicki- I think these women are possibly used to men who are a bit more cynical. People, especially men, from the south have wonderful manners and are so polite. They may think something negative about someone, but they have been raised to keep that to themselves. They really are gentlemen and I don't think this group "gets" that. Brooks may have shady things going on, but I would never presume to judge him by the behavior we have seen so far this year. I think he seems really nice and he gets cuter every time I see him. He brings out the good in you.
I am glad that you and Tamra are making positive changes in your lives. I do believe that when you are being loved that it is easier to give love. Having said that, I wish you both continued work on your progress.
Asking why Gretchen can't get past the Bunko incident is like asking you why you can't get past the Slade issue. Wouldn't make good television.
Vicki, Like I have written before, do you ever read what you write before you post it. When you truly apologize to someone, if you are sincere, you do not expect anything back! My gosh Vicki grow up already! And your protesting about how Brooks and Slade's situation with the child support is so different, get a clue, it is no different at all, you are blind and refuse to see the truth of the matter.
Now you understand how Gretchen felt when you and Tamara kept fueling the fire on Slade not paying his child support. Give it time and let her see that you are sincere about your apology cause you gave her grief for a long time. Glad Briana is cancer free and doing better. Also, Tamara is just trying to look out for you think about it you went from a relationship that you were not happy with and now seem so fulfilled in what seems like minutes. She just wants to make sure that her friend isn't hurt.
Oh Vicky, Vicky Vicky. The information about Brooks is all over the internet. It's exactly the same regarding child support, probably worst. Gretchen doesn't to apologize to you at all. BTW, I watched last nights episode, what was Brooks talking about in the dinner? It's embarrassing....he's too creepy.
if gretchen can apologize to tamra (who was horrible to gretchen from day 1) why cant she apologize to you when you make an honest attempt with her. guess she needs someone to fight with to keep her storyline interesting
The truth is that you're just TOO GOOD for Brooks!
Sorry Vicki, but a gal like YOU can do MUCH BETTER than THAT!!! Keep the bar high Honey.
When you are truly sorry for something, you don't concern yourself with making sure that the other person apologizes. Besides, I don't see why Gretchen needs to apologize. She didn't do anything to you. Your issues were with Slade, not with gretchen. It seems to me that you think Gretchen was just supposed to sit there and say nothing while you tear her apart. The minute she defends herself, you think she's wrong? What is your thought process? Who do you think you are?
Geez, Gretchen is a like a dog with a bone. She won't ever let it go and I really cannot remember a time when she ever took responsibility for anything she might have done wrong. I really do believe that she lacks the capacity to be reflective about her own behavior.
Um I see you saying nice things about Heather and Terry's conversation, but where are your comments on the Alexis and Jim conversation. I think you are staying out of that so you will not look like a mean girl. Everybody knows she is back peddling and everything she has said her marriage is about, now that she has a job. What has happened to her "traditional Bible marriage" and "Jim makes all the decisions"? You know that conversation made you mad being the independent woman you are.
Brooks does seem a little shady to me, Love is blind.
"I decided years ago that Slade's support orders are none of my business, nor do I want to be involved in them."
Seriously, Vicki, are you kidding? That's just laughable.
Nice blog Vickie! I like how you are just living your life and not trying to conform to other's opinions as to how you should be living it.
Vicki, you apologized and were the bigger person. If Gretchen can't move forward from here then that is her problem. If she is holding anger over you still, she will never be happy and that anger will destroy her. Stay positive and since you apologized move forward and do not look back. It is on Gretchen now.
Her voice problem is not from her fight with you. The truth of the matter is she just does not sing that well period. She needs to keep her day job of selling handbags and cosmetics.
Everyone likes the nicer you.
You still don't get it and I quess you never will. 50% wrong, try 100%. You seem to have your own special "twist" on everything.
Way to change your mind when you changed your man....Regardless, I have always been a fan of yours.....but I am worried about you and Brooks too! Don't be mad at people who are cautiously concerned about you and this new relationship.....time will tell!
Really vicki, you were expecting an apology from Gretchen? For What? You have been on her case since day one. You want her to apologize for calling you out? Gretchen was dead on with what she said and it just stunned you to your core. Gretchen owes you nothing!! Just because you think she should apologize to you does not mean you will get it. She may make you work for it, I hope she does. Just don't hold your breath.
First i want to say how happy i am that Briana is feeling better and i can't wait till she drops the bomb on you next week as most of us already know what it is. It was really sad on last weeks show when she said she felt she had to hide her boyfriend Ryan from you. Wow that says everything about you. You also need to apologize for so much more than the bunko party. You owe both Slade and Gretchen a HUGE apology for tons of things you have said over the past few years. Brooks is creepy, thousands of people feel that way it shows on your blogs here and it really showed on last nights WWHL show. Watch yourself and please give that ring Donn bought you to Briana it will really mean something to her and we won't have to watch Brooks run his fingers over it anymore.
I don't think Mike will be looking for a "Southern Bell". I think he may be looking for a Southern man-which is fine too!
Of course this won't be posted because my posts NEVER ARE!
Vickie you need to get a grip you dog Gretchen every chance you get and she owes you an apology? I think you deserve Brooks.
All I can say to is thank God that Briana is doing well. Now I'd love if Vicki would become the woman she used to be in the first seasons. I cannot stand youcompared to all the other housewives in your show. You're just as obnoxious as Theresa from the NJ housewives. Will you be leaving soon?
Just because you apologized and yes you needed too...doesn't mean you get an apology back. You really have been mean to Gretchen and Slade. Just know you took a step...keep going forward Vicki. I could like you again.
Tamra is not being 'protective' she's stirring the pot. Loves the drama. How can you really honestly believe that she ever has (or had!) your back.. it's not Gretchen questioning your guy, it's Tamra...and she makes all those mean comments, she says bad things about you all the time (and anyone else who is not in the room). I know it's a TV show and you all have to have drama to keep people coming back, but I would love to see Tamra put in her place once and for all and feel like everyone else does, when a bully is after them. Sheesh!
Give Alexis a break! Befriend her! I feel for her in this pit of vipers ..she doesn't stand a chance. You can change that .... please do!
Look into a medication called Spironolactone for your cystic acne. I recommend it to all of my patients suffering from hormonal acne, like yourself. It has done wonders for me!
Vickie, Your amazing that you can dish it out the most and take it the least. Slade had no right to do what he did, but it wasn't Gretchen's fault. And Brooks is downright creepy. Youre so smart, how do you not see it? I miss Don.... Those cards he gives you are just words on paper. Hallmark is filling your love tank, not Brooks. And lastly, you were rude to Tamra after her surgery. She looks great. Women don't need to walk around like cows with huge swollen udders in order to look good. Half of the cast look pained having to carry around huge implants. Be proud and supportive that she did something healthy for herself. You are such a Debbie downer and negative nelly.
I think that you misunderstand what Gretchen means by calling you a hypocrite. Neither you nor Gretchen has ever said anything about condoning non-payment of child support; rather, the issue is that for quite a while now you have attacked Slade for being a "deadbeat" dad and not paying his child support or owing back child support. It would appear that he is in this situation due to the crash of '08. Yet, Brooks, who also got behind on child support from the crash of '08, is not a problem. It becomes hypocritical by your not seeing that the situation is extremely similar, but in one case it is okay, while in another, it is not. Consequently, no matter how you might try to spin it, it does come off as hypocritical.
I think you went on for so long about Slade but then when you were dating someone with the same issue it looks like now it isn't your business about Slade. It looks like now your backtracking. Gretchen and Slade are right on this one and they told you off. Now everyone can move on. Both you and Gretchen should just drop it. It's been played out. I do agree with you on Brooks, if he makes you happy that is all that counts.