I was beyond shocked when I saw the renovations. I had been talking to Brad about renovating my apartment for 2 years. I really wanted to move, but I admit, I was a little lazy. It takes a lot of energy to move. My priorities are Allyson and Bobby. I was working at Zarin Home at the time, and just didn't have enough time to move. Brad knew this and really wanted to help me. He always means well. However, he was a little too enthusiastic and told the film crew to come to apartment and film him talking through some ideas he had. I approved it and was excited. I did not know he was actually going to move out all my furniture and personal items without us actually going through everything. In fact, our passports were still in our night tables. Thank goodness Bobby is perfect and remembered that. We had to ask the movers to bring back some personal items in the furniture. It was not a good way to start the project. The other problem was Brad had planned his annual month long trip to Morocco in August. He would not be here to supervise the critical part of job. He created the look I wanted, but Katelyn and the entire team at Zarin Home had to execute the plan in August alone. I was very frustrated.
I wish Alex and Simon had invited us over sooner for a consultation. I think they hired very professional people, but it always helps to have a decorator's eye look things over. I can't comment on the finished project until everyone sees it.
LuAnn gives Bethenny some dating tips, and she tells Bethenny to play the "damsel in distress." I can see LuAnn's point of view, but it sets women's rights back about 40 years, don't you think? I have a lot of tips on dating, but I will wait until someone asks my opinion first. Certainly, Bethenny has no problem finding dates.
I love Bethenny's book. It is affordable, easy to carry, and has lots of common sense tips in one place. Bethenny has some great one-liners that are easy to remember when dieting. I have not read Luann's book yet. I have met her collaborator, Diane, and love her. I told Alex I didn't think a parenting book would be credible from them. Even I don't claim to be the authority on parenting and Ally is 16. I think there are other ideas, like relationships and online dating that might work for them. I think it's best to have a book deal in place before promoting it. There was a misunderstanding recently about a book party they had with press. The press thought their book was out and in fact the book had not been picked up yet. Maybe during Season 3 it'll be their turn?
As for me, well, I have been thinking about what book would I write if I did write one. I read all my blogs at jillzarin.com and bravotv.com to find out what people want to know. Is it relationship advice, financial advice, how I got on the show? The answer is yes - I would like to write a book. If anyone reads this blog, I hope they tell me what they'd like me to write about! I have asked Gloria (my mom) to also think about a book. She is all about giving advice, the best advice there is I might add.
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