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The further we get into this season of Real Housewives of Orange County, the more I find myself liking Lydia McLaughlin. She calls it like she sees it, and she doesn't stoop to the catty level of her co-stars.  It's refreshing!  This week, she dishes on the tense relationship between Vicki Gunvalson and her daughter where Brooks Ayers is concerned, as well as that unsuccessful sit down between former besties Gretchen Rossi and Alexis Bellino.  

In her Bravo blog, Lydia discusses returning from the Great White North to a sense of normalcy.  She writes, "Coming off of the girls trip to Canada, it was good to get back to our normal routines. This episode really showed all of our personal lives rather then our relationships with one another. . .and I kind of liked that."  You know, of all these women, I think Lydia is the only one who truly does enjoy being normal and drama-free!

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She touches on Vicki's relationship with both Brooks and her daughter and how stressful the entire situation is to watch.  Lydia candidly writes, "The Vicki, Brianna, Brooks love triangle stresses me out. I want Vicki to be happy, but Brianna's concerns seem to hold weight too. Brianna and Vicki are obviously super close. So, for Brianna to feel so negatively about Brooks makes me think Vicki's relationship with him is doomed."

She adds, "A woman can never choose between her children and a man. The children will always win. Love should always be enough, but it seems that Vicki needs to listen to Whitney Houston's 'Didn't We Almost Have It All,' pack up, and drive away…" And now that song will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.  Thanks, Lydia!

Of that awkward overly-botoxed (I'm looking at you, Rossi) and terribly teary (ahem, Alexis) lunch, Lydia weighs in, sharing, "Gretchen and Alexis lunch didn't seem to resolve anything. Maybe they needed the presence of the 'friendship whisperer,' but something tells me there is just too much water under the bridge. They didn't have to say any words, just looking at their faces said it all. At least they tried to communicate. Sometimes a reconciliation just doesn't happen. Maybe they can take baby steps and rebuild that friendship, but they definitely have to start from ground zero. From what I can tell, they aren't picking up where they left off or hugging it out anytime soon."

Lydia was also thrilled that the episode focused on a facet of her life that didn't involve her co-stars, but rather her main support system of friends.  She reveals, "I loved showing my Life Group in tonight's episode. I believe in Jesus and my faith is very important to me, but it's also very personal. I know I'm not perfect. In fact, I am keenly aware of many of my flaws. That is why I try to spend time with the Lord asking Him to help me with my life.  Life Group is a time when I can reflect, be honest and have people support and pray for me." 

She concludes, "I would encourage anyone struggling with their purpose, or faith, or loneliness, or anything to seek a similar type of group. A lot of people ask me how I am so positive, and this is my answer. None of us have it all together, but together we have it all."  That's actually a really nice sentiment.  I knew I liked that Lydia!

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