WUW: August Edition (A Week Late)

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This post is a week late because of Hurricane Harvey & the Houston Flood.  Shay focused on ways to help Houston last week, which I so appreciate.

Let’s get started shall we?

What I’m eating this week…

I’m still working from home due to Harvey (our office was really damaged), so I’ve been cooking a lot, particularly soup!  Soup is basically my favorite food!!!  I get that from Mama J.  I made chicken noodle soup & a clean out the pantry/fridge vegetable meatball soup!

While I was glued to the Harvey coverage, trying to figure out if it was safe enough for me to venture out to find a Dr Pepper, I snacked on this here charcuterie board that I threw together. charcuterie

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m reminiscing about this beautiful caramel macchiato I had yesterday at the Coffeeshop Company. Coffee

Y’all know how much I love coffee, and this cute little cafe has tasty macchiatos.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving 2 things right now.  One, this drying lotion.  Amy from the Bobby Bones Show did an Insta Story on this zit cream, her skin is flawless, so…  You apply it to any blemish on your face before you go to bed & the next morning it’s gone!  It kinda looks like Calamine lotion, which takes some getting used to.   Zit CreamTwo, at Shay’s recommendation of his pumpkin mask,  I bought this Peter Thomas Roth mask kit.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend that much money on just the pumpkin mask (what if I didn’t like it?!?), so I bout travel sizes of all of his masks to try them out!PTR masks

What I’ve been up to…

I have been in the thick of it with Hurricane Harvey.  I feel like I’ve aged 100 years.  I don’t know what day it is.  You can read about my experience here.  There was so much fear, waiting for my house to get damaged, & then when it didn’t I felt guilt, shame, & helplessness because so many people lost everything.  It’s still hard to reconcile it all in my mind.

What I’m dreading…

Tomorrow, I have to take CPR re-certification class.  I don’t mind taking the class, but I have to drive to our Galleria office & it will take about 1.5 hours to get there in traffic.  😦

What I’m working on…

I am working on researching hotels, Airbnbs, & inns for my big Fall road trip!!!  I found the cutest one in Maine!  The Cove

Who wouldn’t want to stay here?  I’ll do a full trip post once we get back.

What I’m excited about…

See above.  October is fast approaching & soon Brigitte & I will be joining our friend Jessica to then join our friend Norma!  So, B & I are flying to Fayetteville, NC to pick up Jess, heading north, taking five days to get to New Hampshire.  We’ll be spending time in Washington DC, NYC, Mystic, Cape Cod (if we can squeeze it in), Boston, Salem, Kennebunkport, & finally Lincoln, NH.  If you have any ideas for must sees along the way, please share!!!  I’m pretty excited to do a Monuments by Moonlight tour in DC.  I wanted to go to the Chihuly Exhibit in NYC, but it’s in the Bronx – which I think is kinda far out.

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m still working on reading the Outlander series…the shortest book is 850 pages!

Aside from the news, I’ve been watching Bachelor In Paradise.  You guys, is it just me or is this season so BORING???  None of these fools like each other romantically, except for Taylor & Derek.  This is by far the worst casting BIP has ever done.  How Ben Z remained single, I’ll never no.  Could be that he talked about his dog Zeus too much.  It could also be that he went by Ben Z, when he was the only Ben there?

Do any of you watch Younger?  This season is so good!  #TeamCharles

What I’m listening to…

I’m currently obsessed with the podcasts: Pod Save America, Pod Save the People, & Lovett or Leave It.  Pod Save America is hosted by four former Obama aides (I have a  crush on Jon Favreau).  Pod Save the People is hosted by DeRay Mckesson & he basically discusses culture, social justice, & politics.  Lovett or Leave It is hosted by Jon Lovett, a former Obama speechwriter, joined by comedians, etc. to discuss the week’s top news.

What I’m wearing…

Y’all, I’ve literally been wearing pajamas daily for the last two weeks.  The best perk of working from home.

What am I doing this weekend…

I will be on the hunt for a new perfume.  I’ve worn With Love by Hilary Duff for the last 10 years or so, it’s not made anymore & I think I have officially bought & used every last bottle I could find.  So, although I’m devastated, I must move on.  I’m VERY particular about perfumes, so it won’t be an easy task.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Next month is October, so duh – my trip!  Y’all this is the longest vacation I’ve ever taken.  Fall road trip

What else is new…

I hope everyone in Hurricane Irma’s path seeks safety & shelter.

I’m not going to answer the bonus question this month, as it is about school lunches & I have no children nor do I go to school.  I think variety is key.

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Harvey: Houston Strong

Hi All,

I do promise to get back to recapping our favorite shows, Bachelor in Paradise, Real Housewives, etc.  But, I want to take a moment to talk to you about Hurricane Harvey & the Houston Flood.  This is my personal account of my first hurricane & the last six days…that’s right, six (6) days!  This is truly analogy of my reality.

Let’s start at the beginning…

Thursday, August 24th:  Houston expected some rain with possible flooding.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit between Brownsville, TX & Corpus Christi, TX.

I had no idea what I needed to do to prep for a hurricane, but my fellow coworkers quickly educated me.  I was told to go buy as much water as I can, food that doesn’t need to be kept cold & food that I wouldn’t have to cook, & to fill my bath tub with water (I thought this one was so strange).  By Thursday evening, most water was sold out from grocery stores, but I managed to get six 32 ounce bottles from Walgreens, which I will be donating to a local shelter.  I was told the purpose of filling up your bathtub is for when the power goes out, you can use that water to boil & to fill your toilet tank so you can flush it.  Color me shocked!  I also learned to charge all electronics & keep them plugged in as much as possible – makes sense.  I’ve never been so happy that I spent $40 on my 10 foot charging cord.

Thursday evening I discovered that my water heater had been spewing water all over my garage for part of the day, so that was fun.  I had to call my landlord out to turn it off as I couldn’t figure it out.  Let’s just be clear here, not a huge problem by any means, but I had no water at the start of a potential natural disaster.

Friday, August 25th:  Light rain falling in Houston
Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Corpus Christi, TX, which is 200 miles from Houston.

I went into work as usual.  I arrived at the office around 7am, & I was the first one there – this never happens.  I immediately got worried that the proverbial “they” had cancelled work & forgot to tell me.  I went about my business & turned on all the lights & got to work.   After about 15 minutes, other coworkers arrived – whew!  Around 9am, our HSE Manager informed everyone that our four Houston offices would be closing at noon.

Since Friday was a pay day, yes that really made a difference, I went back to the grocery store to get food that didn’t need to be kept cold or cooked.  Bananas, apples, bread, peanut butter, crackers, batteries for flashlights…you get the idea.

Around this time, my landlord informed me that a plumber couldn’t to my house until Saturday as they were prepping for the rain, which I thought was crazy because the weather was supposed to be worse on Saturday.

At this point, Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner (I love him) told Houston residents not to evacuate; we still assumed that the Houston area would just be getting some rain much like San Antonio & Austin.  Governor Abbott, who does not reside in the Houston area, told people to evacuate.  Clear miscommunication here.  You can’t see me, but I’m rolling my eyes at Governor Abbott.

Once I got home, I was glued to my TV watching the Weather Channel.  At 10pm, Hurricane Harvey hit Port Aransas, TX as a Category 4 hurricane, moving at only 2 miles per hour.  Parts of Port A (Texans call it that) were a 100% loss.

Harvey’s projected path as of Friday: Harvey's Path

Rain steadily increased throughout the night.

Saturday, August 26th:
Lots of rain as I woke up Saturday morning.  However, this was the view from my front porch in The Woodlands, about 15 miles north of Houston.  This ditch fills, but drains very quickly…My house

My TV wasn’t working, so I got a lot of my news from social media this morning. I turned my AC way down, anticipating that the electricity would go out at some point, & thinking that it would help take time for my house to heat back up.  Its still August in Texas, y’all.

I learned that Hurricane Harvey had been downgraded over night to Tropical Storm Harvey, but only moving at 1-2 miles per hour.  That meant it was spinning over Port Aransas & Victoria, TX & that the “dirty” side of the storm was hovering over Houston dropping 3-6″ of rain per hour.  At this point, people were being asked to shelter in place as the roads were quickly flooding.

Good news was that my water heater was fixed!

Sunday, August 27th:
I woke up to this image on the news Sunday morning: Sunday

My house was still safe & dry with only 20″ of rain falling so far at my house, but I could not turn away from the devastation being reported.  Let me put this in perspective, I had 20″ of rain over 2 days; parts of Houston got 20″ of rain in a few hours.  Some people had flooding in their homes in a matter of 45 minutes.  I couldn’t help but be so thankful that I was safe & warm; I also cried intermittently because I was so overwhelmed at the loss I was seeing.

People were told to get on their roofs, & if they couldn’t to put a white sheet, towel, or paper in their window so first responders knew to evacuate the people in those homes. Hospitals became flooded.  All of the news coverage was focused on Houston & southern suburbs, so I kept checking Facebook for updates on The Woodlands.

Spring Creek, which runs throughout The Woodlands & Spring, finally crested & over flowed Sunday afternoon.

Help from everywhere flooded the city & surrounding areas.  Citizens with jet skis, boats, & high-water vehicles were asked to lend a helping hand. Neighbors helping neighbors. Help arrived in the form of: the National Guard, the US Coast Guard, the Cajun Navy, Red Cross, FEMA, United Way, local & state law enforcement, fire fighters, & so many others.

Monday, August 28th:
My office was closed due to flooding.  Luckily, our suite is on the second floor.

The rain seemed to slow down a bit, at least at my house, but the water was still on the rise.  All rain north of the Houston area was flowing south trying to get to the Gulf of Mexico.

Things finally seemed calm enough for me to venture out, so I went to my friend Amy’s house.  Her husband was bbq’ing, & I learned how to play “Crazy” Rumi, with special family rules.  We have to take the light-hearted moments where we can get them.

Tuesday, August 29th:
The office is still closed.  I’m working from home, while gathering clothes & such to donate.

Harris County (Houston) & Montgomery County (The Woodlands) are doing controlled releases of the local reservoirs & levees to help maintain the integrity of the dams hoping to minimize flooding.

As of 2:22pm, 9 civilians & Sergeant Steven Perez, of the Houston PD, have lost their lives.  Please keep the fine folks of Texas in your thoughts & prayers.

Why didn’t people evacuate?
Red this article: Why Didn’t Officials Order The Evacuation Of Houston?

Victim

How you can help:
General help:
Text 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Donate to the United Way
Donate at youcaring.org/JJWatt
Purchase a Texas Forever tshirt from theshopforward.com or Magnolia
Purchase something from Kendra ScottKendra Scott

Help children:
Donate to Texas Diaper Bank
Donate to The Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi

Help animals:
Donate to Houston SPCA
Donate to Austin Pets Alive!

Help people with medical needs:
Donate to Portlight
Donate to Direct Relief USA

Help farmers:
Donate to STAR Fund

Help the homeless:
Donate to Coalition for the Houston Homeless

Food Banks:
Houston Food Bank
832-369-9390
houstonfoodbank.org
Galveston Food Bank
409-945-4232
galvestoncountyfoodbank.org
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
361-578-0591
victoriafoodbank.org
Closed Friday
Corpus Christi Food Bank
361-887-6291
foodbankcc.com
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
409-839-8777
setxfoodbank.org
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
956-682-8101
foodbankrgv.com
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
979-779-3663
bvfb.org
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
512-282-2111
centraltexasfoodbank.org
San Antonio Food Bank
210-337-3663
safoodbank.org
You can also list your home on Airbnb for those displaced.

Things I’ve learned:
Ant beds float…as if bugs weren’t gross enough.
The Texas Rangers are assholes.  Read this article from Deadspin.
Houstonians are beautiful and awesome and hopeful.  This is the America I know & love. Houston
The reporters covering this catastrophe need raises.  They risked their lives to help rescue folks in need.  ABC 13’s Courtney Fischer gave me all the feels.

I’ll be honest, I’ve really had to force myself to not be offended by non-Texans talking about things other than Harvey.  I’m sorry, but I can’t bring myself to care about the MMA fight, or the VMAs, or Taylor Swift’s new song right now.  I just don’t care.  These trivial things do not matter at the best of times.

I’m happy to be safe & dry.  I will be volunteering this week at local shelters.  Please do what you can to help, even if it is just sending positive vibes our way.  Thank you.

Kiss Hug,

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WUW: July Edition

Well, it’s that time again…What’s Up Wednesday!  I missed June as I was crazy busy with work.  I can’t tell you how many times a fell asleep sitting straight up on my couch last month.  To be fair, I often fall asleep on my couch, but it’s not usually at 7:00p.  Such is life sometimes, #amiright. Questions

What I’m eating this week…

Okay y’all, so I’m still obsessed with salads…it’s just too hot to turn on the stove.  I’ve been loving this spicy Watermelon Feta Serrano salad from Chef Marcella Valladolid from The Kitchen.  salad

I’ve also really been into Shay’s (yes, I use her name like we’re real friends) Panzanella Salad.  Her recipe calls for goat cheese, but I use feta because I ALWAYS have feta in my fridge.

I really like making salads because usually by the time I finishing cooking hot dishes I no longer want to eat them.  I tend to taste as I go, & with all the smells, I’m just over it by the time they’re done cooking.

What I’m reminiscing about…

I’m reminiscing about days when my back didn’t feel so tight.  You know when you get a stitch in your side & it feels like your lung is stuck on a rib?  Well, I’m getting that sensation but in my upper back.  I’m going to a chiropractor today, so hopefully all will be well soon.

What I’m loving…

I’m loving the Essie & OPI gel polishes.  I recently gave myself a manicure, using OPI gel basecoat, Essie gel color, & OPI gel topcoat…y’all, it has lasted for 2 weeks so far!  That is unheard of me!!!

What I’ve been up to…

I’ve been doing a lot of babysitting, house & dog sitting.  Lexie is one of my favorite pooches. Lexie

What I’m dreading…

August is usually the hottest month of the year down here in Texas… Whah Whah.

What I’m working on…

The big project I had for work finally went live for my 200+ consultants.  There were a few hiccups, but it went much more smoothly than I thought it would!  You can’t see me, but I’m giving myself a pat on the back.  It went so well, that the proverbial “they” have given me more responsibility.

What I’m excited about…

So, I recently booked a trip, which I am soooooo excited about!!!  My friend Brigitte & I are flying to North Carolina to meet up with our friend Jessica.  Then we are going to take a few days to drive up to our friend Norma’s house in the mountains of New Hampshire for a few more days before heading home.  Any recommendations for the East Coast, please let me know!  We plan to stop in a ton of cute little coastal towns.  Road trip!

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m still watching this never ending season of The Bachelorette.  I think Rachel is the best Bachelorette we’ve ever had, but I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by the season as a whole.  ABC has done a horrific lack luster job of handling the delicate issue of race, in my opinion.  Plus, I miss Chris Harrison being more involved…I mean he’s only been the host for 100 years, so maybe he’s burnt out?

I’m about to start reading the Outlander series, per Brigitte’s recommendation.  Thanks for loaning me your 850 page book. Outlander

What I’m listening to…

I’ve been listening to Christmas music to celebrate Christmas in July!!!  You can listen to all my playlists here.  C in J

What I’m wearing…

I’m really into my new pinata tassel earrings!  Mine are in rose gold, silver, & gold, so they go with everything!Tassel 1

What I’m doing this weekend…

My only plans are to have dinner with a couple friends on Saturday.  And, possibly going to a friend’s brunch for her new business.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

So far, I don’t have anything planned for August…

What else is new…

Any curling iron recommendations?  Mine is dying a slow death, & I just can’t get the hang of wands.  I have so. much. hair.  this translates to me having no patience for wands.

Bonus: What’s my favorite thing about summer…

To be honest, I hate summer.  The heat – yuck.  The humidity – yuck & a half.summerI’m a cold weather person, which is easy to say being from Texas – I don’t truly know what cold is…blah, blah, blah.  I love winter holidays, my birthday is in December, I’m very fair skinned, so it just makes sense that I’m a winter person.

That being said, I do love “firework holidays.”  The Fourth of July is basically the only time I go outside in the summer that doesn’t involve a pool, air condition, or a cold adult beverage.  This year we played bingo at Whole Foods (it was a Tuesday after all) & watched the fireworks from the parking lot as they were across the street at Northshore Park.  Unfortunately, WF decided to have bingo outside, which was miserably hot; y’all, I got so desperate that I put ice down my shirt.  Fortunately for us, most people were too smart to play outside in the heat, so our group won most of the games!

How was July for you guys?  Anything fun planned for August?

Until the next WUW…

Kiss Hug,

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Southern Charm: Final Thoughts on Season 4

Okay, so I kinda failed big time at blogging Southern Charm this season.  I felt like I was saying the same thing every week…you know – they aren’t that charming, Craig & Naomie need to break up, Landon is awful, Shep is an old frat boy, blah, blah, blah.  I basically got sick of myself & them, so I focused on The Bachelorette instead.

But, after the finale I decided to recap my thoughts of the season as whole, by individual.

Austen:
I honestly thought Austen was a very “safe” addition to the cast.  If he lasts another season, I think we’ll see his real personality – hopefully not the was we saw Landon’s on her second season.  I get what people say, he is the younger version of Shep; they do look kinda similar & clearly have the same taste in women.

Cameran:
I’m back on board the Cameran Express.  It doesn’t bother me that her husband isn’t a part of the show, but I do hope we get to see her mothering skills next season. I feel like she allowed herself to open up to Kathryn, & perhaps see a different side of her. However, in the same breath she bulldozed Shep & Chelsea into getting together.

Chelsea:
Oh Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea…  I like her, but there is something about her that annoys the shit out of me.  I do feel like she kinda played Shep & Austen against each other because she liked being pursued – what women doesn’t?  I loved that she was on #TeamKathryn as opposed to #TeamLandon.  Chelsea may be a “champion” for Kathryn.

Craig:
I have NEVER disliked Craig more than I did this season.  I think he has a drug problem, I suspect Adderall…he has lost an astonishing amount of weight.  He was angry all the time, the way he treated & spoke to Naomie was disgusting. Craig seems like a lost soul, but he’s also the worst Type A ever.  Craig’s ambition is waning.

Jennifer:
So, at the end of last season I decided I liked Jennifer after all.  Well, I’m a fair weather foe because I’m back to distrusting her.  I do not trust anyone so buddy buddy with Landon.  I’m delighted that Ascher is a happy healthy baby, but as a 30-something woman, she leaves a lot to desire in a friend.

Kathryn:
I’m so proud of Kathryn this season.  She’s definitely not out of the woods, but she has made huge strides in her recovery.  I think she handled herself well with the entire cast; although, I do still wish she could eloquently say what’s on her mind in the heat of the moment.

Landon:
Ugh, nothing nice to say about Landon…except that I slightly liked her better than Craig. She’s just not a girl’s girl.  She only cares about herself, & will knock out anyone in her way, especially on the way to steal your man.  She’s gross & I wish this would be her last season.

Naomie:
I pretty much agreed with everything she said to Craig this season, but she came off as a nagging brat.  Her delivery wasn’t great.  However, she never “gossiped” about Craig, she was simply venting to her friends.

Shep:
Whew, Shep!  Talk about someone who’s a lost soul…  He got a deservedly bad edit this season, which I was surprised by since he is getting his own show. Now, most of y’all know that I am ride or die for Shep, but even I was a little disenchanted with him.  Mama J was not impressed at all!  I do get annoyed when people say that Shep only gets “mailbox money,” which by the way, how can I get some of that?  Shep does own a couple bars & a cap/t-shirt line, so I assume he makes money from that?  Shep might be a bit full of himself, but I thought his analysis of Craig & Landon was spot on.  His comment about the Bay of Pigs was hilarious.

Thomas:
Yuck!  Thomas is the scum of the earth, always & forever.  He fathering skills did not impress me.  His human skills did not impress me either.  I find him to be a vile human being.  He can have Landon.

Whitney:
I found Whitney to be very charming this season.  That is all.

What did y’all think of Season 4?  Who do you love? Hate? Love to hate?

Until next season…

Kiss Hug,

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Three Things

I randomly saw this on another blog & thought, “what a great idea.”  So, here we are. When I first read the title, I thought of the Jason Mraz song 3 Things, & the first line goes like this: “There are three things I do when my life falls apart…”  Don’t worry, this is not what this post is about. 🙂

Three things I’d never give up:

Reading
Cheese
Pajama pants

Three favorite vegetables:

Tomatoes (my favorite food of all time)
Onions (Mama J would be shocked by this)
Bell peppers (I eat about one a day)

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end:

Gilmore Girls
Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I still watch…and cry)
The Mindy Project (I’m sad this is the last season)

Three places I want to visit inside the US:

Niagara Falls, NY
Charleston, SC
Seattle, WA

Three places I want to visit outside the US:

New Zealand
Giraffe Manor in Kenya
Italy

Three things I always have with me:

Ponytail holder
Chapstick
iPhone

Three things that are always in my car:

Sunglasses
Change
A pen

Three most recent calls were from/to:

One of my associates
Accounts Payable
Our office admin

I really, really hate talking on the phone though.

Three most often used makeup products:

This concealer (life changer if you have dark circles)
This awesome mascara
This lip gloss (Sophia is my favorite color)

Three things that make me laugh:

Other people’s laughs
Bachelor/Bachelorette commentary (which you can read on my Tweet-Cap)
Practical jokes

Let me know your three things!
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The Bachelorette: Hometown Bores

You guys, this will be a Tweet-Cap as this week was uninspired.  The only things I learned were that 1) I love Aunt Verna; 2) Eric for the next Bachelor; and 3) ABC/Mike Fleiss really love to exploit peoples’ vulnerabilities.  Rachel really shouldn’t have been put in a situation that she had to mediate between Dean & his dad.  Ugly.  Sloppy.  Lazy.

Without further ado… E8.1E8.2E8.3E8.4E8.5

I’m not sure why, but I always seem to lose interest during this part of the season.  I would like for all females int his franchise to stop with the run & jumps. run & jumps

We were left with these men as the final three, no one was shocked. Final 3

So, here’s how I’d like to see the rest of the season play out:
Dean for Paradise or Winter Games
Bryan for Rachel
Eric for Bachelor
Peter for me

I don’t think that’s asking too much?  I find Peters salt & pepper hair a real turn on.  Hubba hubba!

What did y’all think of last night’s episode?  Bryan’s mom was pretty scary, but exactly as I thought she’d be.  Peter’s mom & Nick’s mom clearly have the same hair stylist.  We should have met Dean’s friends instead of his family…or maybe just his siblings.  Thoughts?

Later this week, I’ll post my final thoughts on Southern Charm.

Kiss Hug,

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The Bachelorette: Swiss Cheese

The gang moved on to Geneva, Switzerland.  Rachel informed the guys that there will not be a rose ceremony; seriously, what does ABC have against ending an episode properly???  She told them that there would be three 1-on-1 dates & a 3-on-1 date.  If you don’t get a rose – syanara.

First 1-on-1: Bryan

Bryan reminds me of Ari from Emily Maynard’s season.  He has nothing to say, so he just makes out with Rachel.  Not much to say about this date.  Bryan doesn’t care about the United Nations, they drove a fancy car, they got fancy watches, & then made out for eleventy million years.  Their lips must be so chapped, & Rachel’s face probably has a rash from his beard.

Rachel said she’s sees a different side of Bryan every time she’s with him.  I only see the side of his tongue as he rams it down her throat… BryanJosh Murray called, he wants his gross schtick back.  Luckily for Bryan he’s not quite as gross as Josh, but he’s not as smooth as Ari either.  He’s stuck between a tongue & a hard place.

Bryan got a hometown date.

Second 1-on-1: Dean

Rachel took Dean to a French Catholic mass…worst date ever?  I really only ever want to be at church if I get to sing Christmas music, but I digress…  ChurchDean totally pulled a Will – he was in his head worrying about hometowns.  Rachel basically had to be his therapist.

Dean confided that his dad wasn’t able to be the father he needed him to be after his mom passed away.  I get it.  He is so leery of Rachel meeting the fam.

Dean got the rose – hometown bound.

Third 1-on-1: Peter

They toured Switzerland in a helicopter & dog sled.  The madeout in a blizzard & Peter had half up-half down bangs…still hot AF.  Peter told a sad story about his ex.  Peter is taking Rachel home – duh! Peter

Group Date: Adam, Eric, Matt

Boat ride, big waves.  Adam hates difficult things.  Eric thinks Rachel works hard, but she doesn’t give herself enough credit.  Matt made Rachel cry because he’s her BFF in the house, but she sent him home.  I feel like a date with Adam is always going to be a 2-on-1 date with Adam Jr.

Eric got the rose; Adam was surprised he went home – how?  I actually liked Adam’s personality, at least the two seconds we saw.

I called this weeks ago, but the Final Four are: Final 4

Favorite tweets from the night: E7.1E7.2E7.3E7.4

What did y’all think of this week’s episode?  Rachel was starting to lose her shit, right?  The previews for hometowns look CRAZY!

Kiss Hug,

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The Bachelorette: Snakey ReptiLEEan LEEzard

Sorry for no blog posts last week…and late this week.  Better late than never, right?  I got a new laptop & things took a while to load & work properly.  Plus, I was super swamped with work.

Quickly to recap last week’s episode… On the first 1-on-1 date, Dean was terrified of heights & blimps.  He also had a sad childhood.  Dean got the rose.  On the group date we learned that the guys can’t spell, except for Josiah.  He was very modest about it.  Lee is still a racist jackass, & Iggy is not far behind him in the drama arena.  Lee took great pleasure in provoking all the guys Kenny by making him seem like the stereotypical “angry black man.”  I find it so irresponsible of the producers to perpetuate this…Kenny thus far has been nothing but nice; he’s also a father of a young daughter – this could have damaging effects on his real life.  Not to mention that they are allowing Lee to make a fool of everyone, but most importantly Rachel every week they make her keep him around.

At the start of the episode, we are left with the guys below:Beginning

Monday Night:

This week picked up still on the Spelling Bee group date.  Four minutes in, Rachel & Bryan are making out.  While Lee made all the other guys super uncomfortable.  Never trust a man who willing orders champagne while not at brunch.

Bryan got the group date rose.

Jack got the last one-on-one.  Rachel said they have a lot in common on paper. They went Shuckin’ & Shaggin’ in Hilton Head.  Jack Stone proved to be a special kind of dancer. Jack Stone

Back at the hotel, Will very thoughtfully schooled Lee in the basics of racism.  Lee doesn’t understand the “race card.”

Jack did not get the rose.

No rose ceremony, which I agreed wasn’t necessary.  They all suck at this point, except for Peter, Bryan, & Dean. E5 Men End

Iggy & Tickle Monster go home…rightfully so.  However, we never did learn from Iggy if steroids in the nuts is a new form of birth control for men.

Moving on to Oslo, Norway:

1-on-1 Date: Bryan

Dean & Bryan have a rivalry.  Bryan & Rachel repelled 187′ the Ski Jump of one of the Winter Olympics; 1-8-7 is apparently code for murder.  Surprisingly Rachel was terrified & Bryan easily calmed her down – by smacking lips with her.  He is in it to win it y’all.  Final four contender for sure.

Back at the hotel, Eric expressed his concern that 1 out of the 5 1-on-1’s was with a black guy – Anthony.  Wise ol’ Anthony pointed out that the “brothas” are not interchangeable in her mind, but that she needs to build trust slowly.

Bryan got the rose.

Group Date: Adam, Dean, Anthony, Peter, Matt, Will, Alex, Eric, Josiah “I’m looking for a man that’s good with his hands.”

They play handball…a combo of basketball, soccer, & buns up?  I wish, just once, they’d play a fun round of SPOONS, Sardines, or Heads Up 7 Up…maybe a domino tournament, you know good old fashion fun.  Will was the best ever at handball.  They basically ran around the gym in Spanx while we all hid from TMI.

At the cocktail portion of the group date, Rachel pointed out to Josiah the he talks at her, but never asks questions & definitely doesn’t listen.  He didn’t seem to get the hint.  I LOVE Peter!!! She always pursues Peter, which I think bodes well for him.  Don’t we all want to get in the bone zone with Peter?

Will got the rose.

2-on-1 Date: Kenny & Lee “Your fate is up in the air.”

I could easily skip this date.  Call me crazy, but it just doesn’t seem right for ABC to put two black people in the woods with a white racist who works out in jeans & boots.  Isn’t Get Out based on something kinda similar?  Rachel’s inclination is to trust Kenny; Lee’s inclination is to ruin that.  I’m disgusted by Lee, he makes my skin crawl.

Favorite tweets from Monday Night: E5.1e5.2E5.3

Tuesday Night:

We pick up with the 2-on-1 date.  Oddly enough, this was our first helicopter of the season.

Rose Ceremony: The Men E6

Josiah – take notes from Anthony…such a graceful exit.

Moving on to Denmark.

Rachel has a view of a castle that was Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet.  Ummm, wasn’t Hamlet a dark play?

1-on-1 Date: Eric “‘Copen’ to Love”

Eric is still so dance-y.  This is where Josiah failed, Eric asks real questions & is genuinely interested in Rachel.  They just played around the city of Copenhagen.  This is my favorite date so far.  Shockingly, this was our first date with a hot tub.  These Bachelor staples are crippling my fantasy league.

Group Date: Dean, Kenny, Bryan, Alex, Matt, Peter, Adam “I’ve taken a viking to you guys”

The guys are forced by Tom & Morton to play some kind of Larping game where they dance fight in Viking gear. larping

Kenny & Adam got hurt, but ultimately Kenny won the challenge.  During his time with Rachel, she & Kenny agreed that he should go be with his daughter.  All that drama with Lee only for Kenny to take himself out of the running…what the what?

1-on-1 Date: Will

We head to the land of IKEA…wouldn’t that be a fun group date challenge?  Make them all assemble IKEA furniture.  Where are Ashton & Mila to make this happen?

Will forgot how to talk on this date, so Rachel sent him home.

Rose Ceremony: Final 6

Is everyone shocked that Adam & Matt are staying over Alex????  What am I missing?  Rachel only spoke to Matt about how Kenny’s eye was doing.

Favorite tweets from the night: E6.1

What did y’all think of the two night event?  I could have done without Tuesday’s episode.  I’m so glad we’re back to our regularly scheduled Rose Ceremonies.  Who are in your Final Four?

Until next week…

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Southern Charm: Emotional Rollercoaster

Y’all, this episode was so emotional!  I legit cried myself to sleep because it brought up unexpected feelings for me.  I found myself relating to Cameran, Shep, & Landon – words I never thought I’d write about Landon.  I thought this particular episode seemed to be shown out of order & referred to things off camera, so instead of following the episode like I normally do, I will recap by situation.

Cameran & Chelsea:
Cam called Chelsea to get together for HH, but Chels was already planning to meet Kathryn to pick out outfits for a photo shoot.  FashionChelsea invited Cameran along, which she seemed happy to accept.  I think my girl Cam has really turned a corner from her bad attitude last season towards Kathryn…at least for now.  On the other hand, did Chelsea & Kathryn’s budding friendship not get filmed? I’m a little confused.

Landon & her Dad:
Landon drove out to some properties that her dad wants to develop.  He’s clearly showing her this because he’s tired of footing her bills; he’d rather have Landon on his payroll.  Daddy Clements is still real confused about “Roam” that has no name, us too dude, us too.  The only nice thing I’ll say about Landon, & I’ll deny it if you ask me, is that I appreciate that she wants to make it on her own.  I don’t have family that bank rolls my lifestyle, but I can definitely relate to wanting to be successful without the help of my parents.  Ugh, how dare Bravo make me feel sympathy for BLandon!

Kathryn, Cameran, & Chelsea:
Chelsea met up with Kathryn at a boutique so that she could become a “J. Crew Bitch,” which is now my new favorite thing.  Kathryn adamantly states that she is anything but in her confessional…pretty sure her outfit to Saint’s birthday party could’ve been straight out of the latest J. Crew catalog.  Hey, who am I to judge if you want to pay $180+ for a sweater.

Cameran showed up, grabbed a glass of wine, & demanded a fashion show…she also invited both gals to her birthday weekend in Key West..  Fashion Show

Chelsea & the Love Triangle:
Okay, here’s where I also get so confused…  It seems to me that Chelsea neither confirms nor denies when Shep &/or Cameran has point blank asked her about her status with Austen.  Austen will also not confirm if they are dating.

Chelsea tells Austen that Shep tried to kiss her a few times the night before; which infuriates Austen.  They were all three out together at Commodore, & Shep also said what he really thought of her & Austen – they don’t got it.

Shep & Austen…and Craig:
This was just bro by blow!  So, Craig, Whitney, Austen, Shep, & Shep’s friend Beau (how you doin’?) got together for drinks.

Oh hey, Beau: Beau

Sorry Sheppy, you’ll have to move on & forget about me.  Somehow, I think you’ll live. Can we still be friends?

Anyways, enough of my mooning over my new beau, Beau.  Austen laid into Shep immediately; the producers did a horrible job trying to villain-ize Shepparoni, as he had a reasonable comeback to each of Austen’s accusations & he apologized.  They seemed to bro it out, until that stinky weasel of man, Craig, just had to add his two cents.  He kept telling Austen that Shep was an awful friend & tried to fck Naomie, which obviously means he also tried fck Chelsea…blah, blah, blah.  I am hating Craig this season.  Does anyone else feel like Craig is still mad at Shep for sleeping with Kathryn season 1? Whitney, being his charming self, & my new boyfriend Beau tried to diffuse the situation. They both basically thought Austen was a diva & Craig was a shit-stirrer.  Shep ended up walking away with Austen no longer a friend…at least until next week. The Broforce is broken.  broforce

Just so we are clear, if you neither confirm nor deny your relationship status with a person I think that means anyone can keep pursuing you until you shut it down.

Kathryn & Kensie (and the father):
Over in the civilized world, Kathryn & Kensie enjoyed the cutest, sweetest, most lovely photoshoot.  I thought this was a really special scene for Kathryn, maybe even Thomas.  K & K

This part got me so emotional.  Kensie did not want to leave Kathryn’s side & essentially threw a tantrum, as Kathryn so eloquently put it – Kensie can’t express in words how she’s feeling, so crying it is.  Kensie was cognizant enough to go to Kathryn’s SUV & try to get in to go home with her.  This was so heartbreaking.  I bet they all just felt so helpless.

Shep & Cameran:
After Shep’s little incident last week, Cam checked in on her pal.  Shep was up, eating, & reading all before noon!  Once again Cameran encourages Shep to pursue Chelsea – I can see why Shep would be confused – mixed signals everywhere!  Cameran also pointed out that she & Shep were a lot alike – she has trouble with opening herself up to the possibility of motherhood & Shep has trouble opening himself up to love.  Sheppy disagrees & says, “I’m not afraid of getting hurt; I’m afraid of doing the hurting.  I have no connection.”  I totally related to Shep on the connection thing; the longer you go being single the easier it is to close yourself off.

Side note: Cam did admit to both Chelsea & Shep that she encouraged him where perhaps she should have let it be.  She just wants her friends to be in love y’all.  We all need a “my angel” in our lives, right?

Craig & Naomie:
These two morons head back to therapy to bitch at each other.  I honestly think this is the only time they actually communicate with each other.  Craig is right in saying that Naomie should have his back; however, in private Naomie should be able to voice differing opinions freely without retribution from Craig.  It’s a two-way street that neither seem to be able to navigation.

Favorite Tweets from the night: SC4E10.1SC4E10.2

Cameran gets my vote for “Most Improved” since last season, Whitney is a close second.  What do you all think?  Is Shep a villain?  Is Cameran meddling too much? Where do we stand on Chelsea?

Until next time…

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The Bachelorette: Rachel “Left Eye” Lindsay

Sorry for the delay in getting this post up!  So, let’s just dig right in, shall we?

We open right back up where we left off last week; Paulie holding DeMario back from the gate, & Chris Harrison finally doing some real work – holding the guys back so that Rachel can have a private(ish) conversation with DeMario.  His character was assassinated – not to self don’t try to use that kind of talk with a lawyer.  Rachel told him, “I need a man, & what I saw was a boy.”  She sent him home again.

Cocktail Party Continues:
Blake is apparently in love with Lucas & stands over his bed, eating bananas, as told to Rachel by WhaBoom.  This is obviously a lie because Blake is on a Ketogenic diet & doesn’t eat carbs.  Lucas & Blake are so annoying.

Luckily for us, Rachel sends them both home to save our weary souls.

Men left standing after the Rose Ceremony: First Rose Ceremony

Afterwards, Blake & Lucas have the dumbest fake fight.  Seemed real rehearsed to me.

Group Date 1: Bryan, Jonathan, Peter, Alex, Will, Fred
Date Card: Lights, Camera, Action

They went on the Ellen Show.  Rachel claims Ellen is her spirit animal.  The guys strip, why again?  Alex twerked.  What the hell were those pants? Group Date 1

The guys played Never Have I Ever on Ellen.  Alex said something weird about Rachel looking him in the eye, left eye to left eye.  I found a few interesting articles regarding eye contact…you can check them out here & here.

Fred is so sweet, but kind of a sad sack Eeyore.  Three of the six guys kissed Rachel, which made Fred insecure.   He finally kissed her & it was the most awkward…and loud, very smack-y.  Rachel said she felt like she was kissing a boy.  She couldn’t get “bad Freddy” out of her mind.  Rachel did the only decent thing she could & sent Fred home…while holding the Group Date rose, which was kinda cruel.  Alex got the group date rose.

1-on-1 Date: Anthony
Date Card: Meet Me at the Rodeo

They went horseback riding on Rodeo Dr.  They rode their horses into a store to get boots with the spurs, big buckles, & cowboy hats.  This is not the OK Corral, it’s more like the Not Okay Corral.  Anthony's Date

As much as I like Anthony, this date was boring.  Anthony got the rose.

Group Date 2: Brady, Dean, Adam, Kenny, Bryce, Lee, Jack, Eric
Date Card: Sometimes in Relationships, Women Have to Take Charge

Waiting for the group date, Eric’s insecurity is showing.  He attacked Iggy, though a producer Iggy egged him on.

Rachel’s girls from last season showed up & planned the date – Raven, Jasmine, Corinne, & Alexis.  Rachel said “my girls” 11, 234, 987 times…I counted.  I was so uncomfortable with this date.  Mud wrestling.  Bryce won, beating poor, tired Kenny.  Not going to lie, for most of this date I was hiding behind my laptop laughing hysterically…similar to how I behave in front of strippers. group 2

Surprisingly, Eric got the group date rose.

Cocktail Party:
Iggy questions Eric’s fit for Rachel…to Rachel.  Iggy is the Evan of this season.  Lee talks shit about Eric screaming at Iggy.   Okay, so based on Lee’s social media, we learned this past week that he is racist…unapologetically.  But, is he not an equal opportunity racist?  He has a problem with Eric, but not Iggy.  Looks like he’ll have more issues with Will & Josiah (or was it Kenny?).

To Be Continued…

There were a lot of fantastic Tweets from the night; these were my faves: E3.1E3.2E3.3E3.4E3.5E3.6E3.7E3.8E3.9

I hate when we don’t get a rose ceremony, it really throws off my bracket picks.  Who are we loving?  We obviously hate Lee & Tickle Monster, right?

Until next week…

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