Lydia: I really like Lydia, I think she's been a fun addition to the group. As for the whole "magazine cover" debate. It was OK for me to ask, and it was ok for her to say no. End of story. Lydia and I are friends and (thankfully) I never had to pop a vein!
Gretchen: I miss Gretchen. Things have been awkward since the reunion, even though we had dinner after the filming.
I want to say that my comment about feeling "hollow" after watching her engagement was about none of the girls being at the party, not about the actual engagement. I thought Gretchen did a great job and it was a very sweet moment on the rooftop.
Even though Terry and I were sad to not be included in Gretchen and Slade's special day -- we still celebrated with them. Terry and I took them out to dinner and bought them an engagement gift.