Monday, July 24, 2017

Sometimes I miss having a landlord

When it rains, it pours I guess. Last week thought the dryer was busted (thank goodness it wasn't); this weekend the alarm went off twice in the middle of the night because after the foundation work my back door doesn't close properly; the oven is broken and now my A/C is only blowing hot air. (Perfect timing, since it will be over 100 this week!)

Thank goodness I have a home warranty which should cover the A/C and the oven, but seriously folks. Might just drive to work and keep on going.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fake it til you make it

My second "Louis Vuitton" purse arrived this week. I put it in quotes because it's a fake from China. And it's the second one I have purchased. Now, even the fakies aren't cheap - $200 - but still much more doable than the real ones ($1200+). I will carry my Chinese bag with pride (until someone with a real one walks in - then I will hide it behind my back).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Game Set Match

I'm trying to be more involved in the country club to make friends make it worth the money, so I tried going to a women's beginner tennis class on Saturday mornings. But no one else showed up, so after one private lesson they cancelled the class. The only other one I can go to is on Wednesdays at 5:30, which I can only get to if I leave work at 4:30. (There are other classes during the weekday of course - as most of these women don't work.)

I probably don't need to be in a beginner class, but I like building my confidence back up and it's nice to know what I'm doing for once in a while.

Yesterday was hotter than hell (literally 106 on the court), but so fun!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Move that bus!

Started a bit of construction on my house, and my OCD anal need for cleanliness is suffering. First, fixing some foundation issues in the garage/driveway. Which apparently was so jarring on day one I thought I was going to need a new dryer. (Thank god it was just the breaker.) Next, we are transforming the garage into some sort of guest room/playroom/workout room/closet shenanigan and building a new garage behind it. Should be very interesting, especially when my mom suggested a "yard sale d├ęcor." Um, no. But it will be nice to have a little more space, assuming they finish at some point soon and stop tracking dust through my house. (Gives me anxiety just thinking about it. And yes, I know babies are messy. I'm working through it.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bachelorette recap: For whom the gong tolls

It's hometown date time, folks! Where Rachel runs up to each guy in his hometown and straddles them we see the good, the bad and the bizarre of where the final four guys come from.

First up: Baltimore with Eric. Wasn't sure how this would go since he told Rachel he didn't get love from his mother. And because Eric hasn't brought a girl home since the damn prom. But his mom was there, along with a ton of other family members. They were excited and happy to meet Rachel, and she felt the same about them. There was even some dancing. LOVE. Rachel talks to Eric's aunt about being the black bachelorette, surmising that love has no color (preach!), and explains to his mother that he challenges her and she likes that. She's IN. Eric tells her he's falling in love with her, and then oddly has to explain what that means (he cares about her, duh). But Rachel chalks it up to a good first hometown.

Next: Bienvenidos a Miami with Bryan. Who, as we recall, ended his last relationship because there was tension with his mother. Rachel is understandably apprehensive about meeting his mother Olga. After playing dominoes with the locals and sampling typical Miami fare (as well as salsa - the dance, not the dip), it's time to meet the Madre. And she's tough - complete with closed captioning to break down the thick accent. She tears up toasting her only child - the "most precious thing I have in my life" (oof) and pulls Bryan aside to show her skepticism for this whole experience. He has dated SO MANY WOMEN and can meet SO MANY MORE - why this one?? Bryan says he thinks - no, he knows - that Rachel is the one. Olga reminds him that no matter what happens in marriage, blood is blood - mother is mother. Alrighty then. Rachel learns that the previous gf wanted Bryan all to herself and didn't want to share him with his mother. So when she talks to Olga she makes sure to mention that she is excited about marrying his family too. Olga is happy enough with this response, but threatens to kill Rachel if she hurts Bryan. Rachel laughs but I don't think she's kidding...#cuepsychomusic
Bryan tells Rachel he's in love and we have another successful hometown date in the books.

Third trip: Madison, WI to see Peter. Rachel is thrilled but wary - is he going to be ready to propose in 3 weeks? She didn't come all this way for a boyfriend, guys. Girl needs a husband. Come on, gap tooth. Man up. After a tour of Madison, Peter introduces her to some of his racially diverse friends. And admits to his boys that he is terrified about the idea of proposing in three weeks. Hmmm. (Props to his buddy for telling him not to eff it up.) Rachel loves seeing him with his family - especially his niece - but his mom doesn't calm her fears by saying although Peter is ready for commitment, he's not necessarily ready for marriage. Peter doesn't help matters by refusing to say he's falling in love with her. He's "happy," which is all she's going to get at this point.

Finally: the Most Dramatic Hometown of All, Aspen with Dean. We know Dean doesn't really want to do this - he hasn't talked to his father in years and they have been estranged ever since his mother died over 10 years ago. But producers convince him to suck it up buttercup, and here we are. After riding ATVs, Dean confesses to Rachel how terrified he is. She asks if he tried to communicate with his father, and he comes back with "is it MY job to maintain a relationship with my dad??" (A feeling I have possibly shared personally about my father, but bygones.) The most important thing we learn before meeting the family: Dean's father converted to Kundalini Yogi Sikh and now goes by a self-given name of Paramroop Singh Khalsa ("divinely beautiful.") He's married to a woman also in the Sikh faith who goes by Santantar, and Dean has only met her twice. Holy crap this is going to be good.

Rachel and Dean head into Paramroop's home and join everyone on the floor. Dad wants to play the gong for the group, and asks everyone to lie with their heads pointed towards the gong. Rachel is such a good sport - she's digging the energy, man. (Whereas Dean looks like he might vomit.) Paramroop (I just like writing it at this point) gives feathers to Rachel and Dean as a symbol of his late wife and even tears up talking about the "most amazing woman he's ever met" (aside from his new wife, seated right next to him). A healthy dinner centered around the mung bean is next, but too bad Dean ate beforehand. (?) Dad and son have a chat, but it doesn't go well. Dad messes up by saying he must be a great dad because look at his son! They end up yelling at each other and Dean accuses Paramroop of not being there emotionally (albeit financially) after his mother died. Paramroop says he was angry at his late wife for dying and did the best he could. He wishes Dean well and leaves the house. Rachel tries to talk to P (whose positive chakras have since departed), and he basically tells Rachel she is welcome to come back, but for now, he's out. Dean tells her he's falling in love with her, and she says she's falling, too! #mungbeanpower

In Dallas (!) for the rose ceremony, Rachel is hit with the severity of the night. She doesn't know who she's going to send home. But somehow figures it out - bye, Dean! He questions her saying she was falling for him, but she says she meant it. I feel like he blames his father for this, which won't help the family dynamic any time soon...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trip Advisor

Absolutely loved Chicago. (Granted, have never been in the winter, but man the summer is NICE.) 80 and sunny during the day, 65 at night - a nice break from the 100-degree heat of Texas. Hamilton was of course amazing - my mom was super sad because our seats had a partially obstructed view, but we were able to see 95% of it and that 95% was brilliant. Have had the songs stuck in my head ever since.

Our hotel was in a great location right on the Chicago river - but also right across from this:

"Room with a view," my ass.

Saturday we walked around Millennium Park (saw the Bean and the beautiful gardens), then walked to Navy Pier and took an architecture cruise down the river. It was really informative and we had a great tour guide.

Walked around the Magnificent Mile, although all of the shops could be found in Dallas so we weren't all that impressed, but found the coolest building unintentionally:

Ate pizza at Lou Malnati's - my mom got the deep dish and I had to settle for a thin crust (gluten free), but somehow managed to eat the WHOLE DAMN THING. Dear god. And then the trip came to a bit of a crashing halt when my mom realized her wallet was gone. We think it fell out of the cab and someone grabbed it, because within an hour they had tried to use it on the South Side - $800 at Target, anyone? So that was kind of a bummer, but all in all it was a great trip and I'm super psyched about my Cubs hat. #believe

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Headed to Chicago tomorrow - never been, so I'm excited! First of all because we're seeing Hamilton, but also going to cram in some touristy stuff: deep dish pizza (gluten free, sigh), architecture cruise, Navy Pier and Second City. Hoping to come back with some sort of accent. Practicing by watching the Da Bears skit on SNL.