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Hello from New York City! I am writing this blog from my bed at the hotel, overlooking Central Park. It’s an incredibly beautiful day and even though I wish I was running up and down 5th Avenue or strolling through that park right now, I am excited to rest up to go and see Andy tomorrow night on Watch What Happens Live!

Thanks again for all your well wishes. I am on Day 54 of my treatment and I continue to see some bright spots in my days.

Looking back, though, I can see myself struggling to keep it together and participate as each episode airs. The Lyme disease had so severely affected my brain functioning that it was extremely hard for me to think, form sentences, and stay focused. I was always trying to be so extremely healthy because it was the only way I could get through my days.

Anyway, on to the Bravo matters!

This was the perfect Saturday afternoon in Malibu, and it was so much fun having Lisa and Kyle over for lunch at my house. I absolutely adore Suzanne and have a lot of respect for all the awareness she has brought to anti-aging and bio-identical hormone replacement. I have read every one of her books and whenever I spend time with her and her husband Allen I always feel inspired by how energetic and vibrant they both are.

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My Lyme disease wasn’t diagnosed at that time, so I thought all my symptoms were a sign of peri-menopause, which I thought would maybe be an uncomfortable but interesting lunch conversation. Most woman probably choose to suffer through it very privately, but I love sharing and comparing notes on these issues with my girlfriends, because it is for sure a subject that is going to come up for all of us at some point in time. It certainly sucks to see gravity set in, but it’s part of growing older, and it’s always going to be a better option than not being here at all. Suzanne is fighting the battle in the most educated and eloquent way and I feel we can all learn from her.

I have always said 40 is the new 20 and I truly believe that, but it for sure takes a lot of hard work, education, and discipline to keep it all together as we make our way to 50 and beyond. Like Suzanne, for me, it’s a lifestyle choice that I made some time ago, and I am happiest when my body and brain run on all eight cylinders.

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In Chinese medicine, menopause is called “second spring” because they believe it’s the most powerful time in a woman’s life — a time we approach a passage where our family duties calm down and we can start thinking about ourselves.

OK. . .it sounds like it, but I honestly don’t have anything against plastic surgery, Botox or injectables. . .do what makes you happy. But I do believe that staying young and growing old gracefully starts from within. The point I was trying to make was that it’s sad to see how a lot of woman in this town feel the need to rush into facelifts, etc. to keep up with the new generations coming in, rather than using their age and wisdom to empower themselves.

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Brandi is so naughty that I wish she had invited all of us for a little practice run before going to Vegas, but now we know the real truth as to why we look like beginners and she looked so hot wrapped around that pole. Haha! But let’s be honest — if you had to pick the one of us that would be the most comfortable on a pole, I think we’d all choose Brandi. Not a bad contest to win. . .

Sophia is gorgeous and it was nice to see Kyle in her family element; as a true Capricorn, that’s where she truly shines.

Lisa is always able to give me a good laugh  out of every situation. I know she is not excited about going to Vegas, but she is going to rally and be a good sport to support Brandi. She says she is not going to wrap her legs around anything, but wait til you see her flying around that pole. . .Believe me, it’s going to be smoking hot so make sure to tune in next week!

Unfortunately, I had to miss the first night in Vegas, but I had to prioritize because David was coming back from a two-week working trip in Italy. All of our time apart and his hard work did pay off as we are enjoying Andréa Bocelli’s new album Passione being released this week and reaching number one on Amazon as I’m writing this.

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As you can probably tell I was so excited to see him, and we needed to reconnect even though my chocolate soufflés sucked (it was the thought that counted right?). I was raised to take pride in homemaking and it’s something that I always love to do. I know I share that pride with millions of other women all over the world. It’s a good feeling and it makes me happy. I have always been fascinated with romance and how to keep it alive so you got another little glimpse of what I think is important!

Once in  Vegas, I learned there was a lot of hesitance going around about going pole dancing. I believe you don’t need to be a stripper in order to pole dance so I just say — let’s just keep our clothes on and have fun!!! I was there to support Brandi in her new business adventure. If she is going to be financially independent by doing pole dancing events then who are we to judge? It’s sweet to see Brandi find her way back to Brandi.

Like I always say the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. . .Brandi is getting closer.

On that note I hope you all have a great week! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking the time to post your comments.

Much love,