Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Now THAT'S bedside manner

So I have to go to two doctors a month - high-risk and regular. Today I was at the high-risk (everything looks great - baby weighs almost 2 pounds!), and the doctor is just the nicest. He makes you feel like a total superstar, even when you have nothing to do with it. Examples:

"Your cervix is perfection." (thank you?)
"Amazing amount of amniotic fluid." (again, thank you?)
"Wonderful placenta." (alrighty)
"All around A+." (YES)

I mean. A girl could get used to this.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Emmys fashion breakdown

Yay Handmaid's Tale! Boo Sean Spicer! And now for the most important part - the dresses.

I loved Thandi Newton (doesn't hurt that I think she may be the most beautiful woman alive):


Gina Rodriguez brought it:



As did the ever-age appropriate Millie Bobby Brown:


I was not impressed by Sofia Vergara, however. I feel like she looks the same every time. We get it - you have a Jessica Rabbit body. Sheesh.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Better than lipstick, I guess

Sometimes living with my mom is excellent practice for living with a kid. Twice in a row now she has done laundry and forgotten to check her pockets. Which apparently always have Kleenex in them. And yesterday, a grocery list. Shredded tissue paper makes for a very festive, if messy, load of laundry. I speak from experience. And I guess will now be checking all pockets before I start a load.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Praise be.

Time to start thinking about Halloween costumes. Can't really go as "pregnant Beyoncé" at work, so I think I will opt for this instead:


#ofsarah

Thursday, September 14, 2017

No my first name ain't Baby. It's Janet. Miss Jackson if you're nasty.

Janet tonight!! Debating if I should wear my "Nasty Woman" t-shirt, since it didn't get much wear post-election...


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This post brought to you by the letter J

WHY am I still watching Counting On? I had actually stopped watching last year because it got so annoying, but now that two more Duggars have married I had to see this trainwreck for myself. The thing that kills me the most is how they court for a few months, get engaged and are married within a year (although more like 6 months). I think it's because they really want to have sex. Which is why they all get pregnant immediately. (Well, that and they don't believe in birth control.) I also feel bad for the oldest daughter (Jana, yes I know her name) - she must feel like a spinster. Get in line behind me, sweetie.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: the grand finale

Finally a wrap on this season in paradise. And of course ABC had to milk it for all it was worth, complete with a live hour with the cast and yet another appearance by Corinne and DeMario (yet this time, together). Ugh.

It's the last day in paradise, which means the couples need to piss or get off the pot. (Break up or bust out the fantasy suite, in more Bachelor terms.) And a lot of breaking up ensues: Christen dumps Jack Stone and goes off swimming in the ocean, likely to find more scallops. Tickle Monster and Jasmine decide just to be friends. Diggy dumps Dominique, then promptly gets dumped by Jamie. Robbie is shocked that Amanda doesn't think it will work in the real world. And Dean tells D-Lo he wants to try again with Kristina. Ouch.

So after all the break-ups and shake-ups, we're left with the final three couples: Lacey and Canadaniel, Adam and Raven and Derek and Taylor. Lacey tells Daniel she's fallen for him (and tells the camera she would say yes if he proposed - WHY), and he says he is falling for her. Cue the "privacy please" door tag. Taylor needs to have sex with Derek to make sure she's in love with him (alrighty) - cue the "privacy please" door tag. But Raven doesn't want to mess things up by spending the night with Adam too early. Cue the live show.

Corinne and DeMario are one big happy family (after lots of therapy). Can we PLEASE move on. There's no love lost between Christen and Jasmine, who was apparently "bullying" Christen on social media. Dean takes the hot seat and reveals he still loves Kristina. This is news to D-Lo, who says they have gotten together since filming. And apparently he and Kristina tried to patch things up as well. But now both ladies are like peace out, dude. Thank god. The twins, needing more air time, call Robbie out for cheating on Amanda after they started dating post-Paradise. Robbie denies this, saying the photo sent to Amanda just showed he was "close" to another girl. NOT making out. Sure.

Finally, it's time to catch up with the final three. Lacey says Canadaniel fessed up after the cameras were off that he was NOT in fact falling for her. And camera footage showed him talking to producers the next morning saying no way would he change his FB status to say "in a relationship with Lacey." Oooooh burn. So Lacey is dunzo with this chach. Adam and Raven are amazingly still together, and she had him meet her family LIVE ON TV. Nice. But has she met Adam Jr.????
Taylor and Derek are in love and grateful to have met on the show. Which they make official by Derek getting down on one knee and popping the question. Ah, young love. Good luck crazy kids.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Alone again, naturally

So I went to a 6-hour "prepared childbirth" class on Saturday. Holy information overload, Batman. (Breech! Epidural! Meconium! Giant adult diapers! Etc.) I guess I'd rather have more knowledge than less, but jesus. Also fun? Being the only single girl in a class of about 25 other couples. And the husbands were all super-supportive: holding their wives' purses, getting them popsicles, picking up the handouts...oof. It wasn't too bad until everyone had to get up and practice the labor moves with their partners. I just sat quietly on my mat - and frankly would have found it too cheesy/dumb to do even if I HAD a partner. Maybe they all thought my husband was out of town or something. Sure. Might as well get used to it, I guess. #doublepopsiclesforme

Friday, September 8, 2017

Slow Jams 4-evah

Going to see Yacht Rock Revue tonight - love them so much. Besides the fact that they rock bellbottoms and leisure suits, they play slow jams from the 70s and 80s. Think Christopher Cross. Billy Joel. Hall & Oates. Etc. Cheesy goodness if I've ever heard it.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Strike a pose

Thanks to an introduction from a friend, I'm going to be in DFW Baby magazine's fall issue. (They spotlight 2-3 women who are having babies, and I'm one of 'em.) Now don't get too excited - it's one of those free publications and I don't even know where to find it or when it's coming out. But I was interviewed and yesterday the photographer came over to take my picture. It was very weird (and sad that I didn't get hair and makeup, ha), especially because I don't look that pregnant and the nursery isn't ready. So we'll see what the magic of Photoshop can do. Particularly with my forehead wrinkles. #imissbotox

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Twinning

God I hate the twins. I hated their reality show. I find them to be so very annoying. And yet...they're back. One wants to date Derek, the other wants tot date Dean. Both guys are taken, and even after literally throwing herself at Dean to an embarrassing extent, the twins have to go with their last choices, Jack Stone and Tickle Monster. But at the last minute, Jack Stone decides he would rather pursue his budding relationship with Scallop Fingers (I loathe myself for typing these words, I assure you), so bows out. The twins are livid - the only synonym they can come up with for "angry" - and flip off the cast and crew and storm out of paradise forever (please??), but not before throwing scallops out the window. I hope scallops are making a killing out of product placement on this show.

Jamie is also a new arrival - she of the nose ring, blond curls and oh yeah - bisexuality! Who will she pick for her date - girl or guy?? Oh, the tension. But she goes tame and chooses Diggy. He admits he has never met anyone like her. #duh

Derek is falling in love with Taylor. Robbie and Amanda seem solid. D-Lo and Dean are exploring life post-Kristina. And Daniel and Lacey are being weird. Coupling up is happening, and it's a good thing - Chris Harrison announces it's their last day in paradise!

#decisiontime

#onemorenightofthisshow

#thankgod

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: there are tons of scallops in the sea

Anyone else never want to eat or see another scallop? Thanks, BIP.

Dean realizes he's being a total asshole and that Kristina saw him canoodling with D-Lo in the pool. He apologizes, but she explains that it's not fair to ask her to "be patient" while he tries to get with someone else. "I don't understand how I can have the most amazing girl in front of me and I'm flirting with another girl in the pool," says Dean. "Duh," says America.

More dudes arrive to complicate matters further (although these putzes don't really complicate anything): Blake and Fred, both from Rachel's season, both humiliated. Blake for having a catfight with Whaboom and saying "Wocka wocka fart joke"; Fred for only being seen as a bad kid. The ladies think Fred is hot, but Blake is not (aside from the intense amount of sweating he is experiencing). Blake narrows in on Christen, who is now in a "love square" between Blake, Tickle Monster and Jack Stone. Tough spot there, especially considering Blake tells her he asked her (after asking two other girls) because it wasn't like pulling teeth and she seemed "awake." Nice. She agrees to go on a double date with Blake, Fred and Dominique, but it's a nightmare because the boat makes her seasick (it made me sick just watching), her contact almost flies into the ocean and her mascara is running down her face. At least Dom and Fred are having fun on the blob.

Back at the resort, Christen apparently told people Jack Stone was a bad kisser, so the other girls pitch in to ensure America that he is in fact quite a good makeout. So he kisses Jasmine, Raven and D-Lo, all of whom are in agreement: #teamjackstone

Chris Harrison arrives to say no new arrivals, but the rose ceremony will be tonight, not tomorrow. This makes Jack Stone, Diggy and Tickle Monster nervous, since the girls they like are currently on dates with other guys. Robbie gets a date card and asks out Amanda, natch. (Barbie and Ken!) They hit a street carnival and Robbie cracks open the piñata. Chemistry is forming between these two pretty kids.

Ben Z decides to leave before the rose ceremony - he loves his dog the most - and everyone else starts fighting for time in an effort to win a rose. Diggy pulls Dominique aside for a little homemade game of "Diggin Deep with Diggy," and she then turns the tables with "Diggin Deep with Dom." Aw.

At the bar, Raven and Christen take a shot and Raven accidentally says "cheers to Scallops!" So Wells has to tell Christen that everyone calls her scallop fingers. She doesn't get why this is a big deal - she just likes scallops, guys. (And mahi mahi.) Christen then gets kissed by each guy in her love square, just to make the decision a little tougher.

D-Lo (and her weird rhinestone bra) tells Dean she likes him, but would he accept a rose from Kristina? Dean says he wants to pursue a relationship with D-Lo so has to go break things off with Kristina. The Russian is not amused and lets off most of her aggression on Raven, who tells her to be mad at Dean, not D-Lo. A fight ensues until Wells asks Kristina "why are you fighting for someone who's not fighting for you?" PREACH WELLS.

Time for the rose ceremony:
Lacey and Daniel
Taylor and Derek
Amanda and Robby
Raven and Adam
Dom and Diggy (bye Fred)
Jasmine and Tickle Monster
Christen and Jack Stone (bye Blake)
Kristina decides to leave and give her rose to no one
D-Lo and Dean

Doesn't seem like many of these couples will make it out of paradise aside from Taylor and Derek and Amanda and Robby...bur we shall see!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Gaspocalypse 2017

Okay, this "gas shortage" thing is insane. Most stations are out, the ones that have fuel have lines three cars deep. The most ridiculous part? There isn't a gas shortage! But when everyone in Dallas decides they need gas on the same day, we run out. It's putting my OCD-ness to the test - I usually panic when I have a quarter of a tank left. (I currently have a little under half a tank, but by the time I get home I should have a quarter of a tank.) I woke up at 2am wondering if I should go get gas and beat the rush, but also wondered if I would get shot. And it's just not worth it. Thankfully going out of town tomorrow, and maybe by Monday the panic will be over? Otherwise I guess I'll be working from home indefinitely.

#calmtheEFFdown

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic...and Rolled Eyes

It's back to school time again, which I know by the blinking school zones and by the inundation of photos on my Facebook feed. Everyone looks so cute and excited, but I do have one question - why do some schools start on a Thursday? After 3 months of summer, a 5-day school week is too much? Come on kids.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

At least there weren't any zombies

We did an escape room teambuilding event yesterday at work. We were split into three groups and had 45 minutes to "escape." Two of the groups (including mine) were assigned to the "Lost Worlds" experience, which was very Indiana Jones-esque. The other group had "Encounter" where they were abducted by aliens. They were the only group that escaped. Which leads me to believe that obviously ours was harder, ha. Hell - we asked for all the clues we could get, and STILL couldn't figure it out. I wonder who sits around and comes up with this stuff. Probably while smoking weed. Still...fun.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Make Paradise Corinne again

My mistake - the eagle has not landed. Canadaniel is no longer an eagle - he's a wolf. Pardon me. So the WOLF has landed with an hour to give away his rose, and he's not thrilled that he only has the "leftovers" to choose from. As he put it, the only girls left are the ones with a 5 o'clock shadow and hair extensions falling out. And he said this to Lacey's FACE. And she still wanted to go out with him. Sigh. He "interviews" Christen and Jasmine (the other leftovers) but decides to give his rose to Lacey.

Most roses are obvious, but Adam gives his to Raven and Dean gives his to Kristina. To her dismay, Ben Z saves D-Lo so Dean can still have his cake and eat it too. Matt returns to give his rose (but not himself) to Jasmine, who has perfected Resting Beach Face. Thus, Sarah and Dolphin Girl (aka Alexis) have to say adios.

Some crazy frat bros lucha libre dudes come screaming through paradise the next morning, hinting at a date card that Canadaniel gets. He invites Lacey to a romantic day of Mexican wrestling, because why not. Jack Stone was hoping to bond with Christen, but she gets asked out by the tickle monster, who is actually a doctor! (Bless his heart.) Their date involves feeding each other with tiny hands, and I guess the jokes about shrimp and scallop fingers will just never go away. Sigh. They smooch but she later tells Jack Stone she's not sure there were fireworks.

Back at the homestead, Dean gets closer and closer with D-Lo, telling her she's the kind of girl he could fall in love with. Meanwhile, Kristina is done. Nyet. Not happening.

Cut to another lame live show, though clearly taped on the same night as last week because Jasmine is in the same outfit. We learn that Wells and Danielle did go on a date years ago but nothing ever came of it...but that kiss was GOOD. Raven explains about the near threesome between herself, Sarah and Adam back in Dallas, and Jasmine is able to confront Matt on leaving her in Mexico. Booooring. Also boring? Corinne's interview. Basically she was on meds and mixed them with a ton of booze, leaving her unable to make good decisions or remember what happened. (aka college) She says DeMario did nothing wrong - except talk to the media - and she is sorry for what happened. Not sure why no one asked her why she called herself a "victim" if nothing happened, but I just don't care enough to care. I would have also liked to hear about Raquel, but that's neither here nor there.

On to the next!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Brought to you by scallops

I think the moral of the story is: don't mess with Jazz. (Jasmine, self-proclaimed Queen of Paradise, not the form of music.)

The recipient of Jazz's wrath? Virgin Christen. Who, although still maintaining her virgin status, does arrive in Paradise with a new set of boobs. Atta girl. She takes stock of available dudes, is warned NOT to go after Matt by Jasmine herself, and decides to ask him out anyway. Ohhhh snap. Jasmine downs several tequila and sodas and, after announcing to the camera crew that she's "giving good TV," barges in on Christen while she is brushing her teeth. I guess poor C has to just swallow the toothpaste as she defends her actions and blames Matt, who specifically came to her and said he was NOT tied down and would like to go out on a date. Jazz laughs this off and proceeds to keep drinking and swapping out bandanas.

Christen and Matt have a good date - drinking, snacking and shopping for bikinis (for her, thank god). She goes for the kiss while swimming in the ocean, which Wells correctly predicts will lead to an atomic bomb going off. That bomb? Jasmine. Wells also has several confessionals with a cheerleader puppet who represents Christen. Not sure if he brought this puppet with him? If he's auditioning for the Muppets after he returns? Or what is happening. But I did find it amusing.

Back in paradise, we learn from Alexis that Christen's nickname is "Scallop Fingers" because she once got her scallops to go, at them in the car and then proceeded to touch Alexis' shoulder with the same scallop fingers. (The horror!) But the story gets around and even becomes her moniker (see below her name):

Upon their return from the date, Jasmine pounces on her man and makes out with him right in front of Christen. (Take THAT, virgin!) Christen shrugs and grabs some shrimp in her hands, and hugs Amanda with what are now SHRIMP FINGERS. Oh the humanity. (Also this is what I am telling myself since I can't believe I am watching this show and this is the topic of conversation.)

Robbie keeps trying to make fetch happen out with Amanda, but she keeps rejecting him and making him kiss her on the head. Or on the cheek. Or on the neck. She finally relents and they have a nice makeout sesh. On the lips. Way to go, Ken doll!

Derek and Taylor are also having some highs and lows. He says "f*&# you" after she tells him she's worried he reacts to arguments by running away. He claims he's being sarcastic, but it's a trigger for past abusive relationships and she is done. Her emotional piggy bank is full, guys. (And yes, that's a direct quote.) But they take a beat, he apologizes and she forgives. All good in paradise, peeps.

Not so good for everyone, though. Matt tells Christen she probably won't be getting his rose, but instead of promising it to Jazz he leaves, citing technical difficulties they are too different. Jasmine is like "duh," but the tears flow and she wants to cut a bitch. More tears from Lacey when Diggy tells her he'll be giving his rose to Dominique. She tells him she's disappointed in him. Because THAT will make him change his mind... #sarcasm

Finally, Adam deals with HIS love triangle - sort of - by telling Raven he wants to get to know her better and he likes that she challenges him. Sarah interrupts and gives him the hard sell, and he tells her he likes her transparency. Because a girl can't hear that enough. Dean is also stuck between a rock and a hard place and tries to juggle Kristina and D-Lo. He makes Kristina feel better by saying he puts her feelings above his own, but can't officially get rid of Danielle either. Hmm.

But instead of a Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony ever, Canadaniel appears! The eagle has landed. Until next time...

Monday, August 28, 2017

I pity the fool

My mom woke up this morning and I noticed that she slept in the gold bracelet she had on all day yesterday.

Me: "Wow, sleeping in your jewelry - fancy!"
Her: "I couldn't get it off."
Me: "Sounds about right."

Friday, August 25, 2017

Vile? Viall? Either way.

In the Everyone Saw This Coming category, Nick Viall and Vanessa have broken up. (For those playing along at home, this is the previous Bachelor and his final rose recipient.) They haven't looked happy together - well, ever - maybe it's Raven's chance for redemption?? Or Nick can go back to Paradise for a record fourth time. Sigh.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

All neon all the time

Tonight marks the final concert of my #80ssummer concert series. We will be closing out with some hits by Berlin, Spandeau Ballet, Bananarama, Wang Chung and more.

I feel like I've basically seen as many acts this summer as I would if I could ever go on the 80s cruise, and for a lot less money (and a lot less tan). But still - this remains a bucket list item. Perhaps for my 41st bday??


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Bandanas in Paradise

Sorry, but I haven't seen this many bandanas on girls since the late 1980s. What gives??

Sarah arrives and apparently ALSO hung out with Adam and Raven in Dallas over the break. What the hell kind of wild orgy happened that week? And why does everyone already know each other?? So she invites Adam on her date, although all the other girls try to push Ben Z on her, and they have a smashing time, complete with smooches. This makes Raven nervous, since the guys have the power this week.

Lacey whines her way into a date card, and then whines that she doesn't really like anyone. But she made out with Diggy before, and the girls need the guys' roses, so she invites him to the "most romantic place in Mexico." Which turns out to be the first stop on Jorge's Tour-ges, as they all three (!) ride horses on the beach. Yay, Jorge! Lacey is all smiles after the date, but the smile turns to eye-liner tears when Dominique and her braids arrive on the island.

Dom is interested in Diggy, and Taylor encourages this love-fest, much to Lacey's chagrin. Sure enough, they go out and have a hot and heavy time in the hot tub. Taylor tries to apologize to Lacey, but it's pretty low in emotional intelligence if you ask me.

Danielle M has not found love, and has a job offer to go help children in Africa. So she decides to leave paradise, just as bartender Wells realizes his feelings for her. He gives her a romantic smooch as she gets into the exit limo, and I have high hopes for these two.

The rest of the episode was a weird live show which once again talked about the Corinne-DeMario situation. And the Carly-Evan baby situation. Both of which I'm kind of tired of hearing about. But then DeMario came out and did such a good job, keeping his sense of humor and refusing to bad mouth Corinne or take the race card bait. Next week with Corinne should be interesting...


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: Deanie's a weenie

One more thing I can blame Trump for: interrupting Paradise. #un-American

But I will try to focus on the task at hand - the recap. The girls are hungry for fresh meat, and who should arrive but Adam (and creepy Adam Jr., of course). He dives right in and asks Raven on a date, much to the chagrin of Ben Z (who keeps bringing up his dog, bless his heart), and to a lesser extent Robbie. They have a good date - apparently they met up in Dallas during the "break" (??) - and Raven is torn between a doll and a hard place on who to give her rose to.

Robbie bounces back with Amanda, but knows it's delicate territory since he's friends with her ex-fiancé Josh. (Of course he is.) He asks for a kiss, and Amanda says no thanks. Hmmm.

Dean and Kristina have a chat, and he wants to slow things down a bit - but wants her rose because he wants to keep getting to know her! Sure he does. The bloom is off the rose for me with this guy.

After five long hours of television, we finally have the first rose ceremony. Vinnie (in an unfortunate rose shirt), little Alex, Iggy (too many bromances, too few romances) and Nick (Santa Claus) did not get roses and head home in the exit suburbans. Shout out to Vinnie struggling with his seat belt. Bless.

But the storms aren't over - next to arrive is Danielle L (aka "D-Lo"), who prances around in a low-cut number and has every guy drooling. She wavers between Ben Z and Dean, but decides to ask Dean on a date. To Kristina's horror, he accepts. Again - kind of getting a d-bag vibe from this guy. They went on their ATV date and shared a kiss - which Dean later admitted to Kristina. But what really set her off was Dean presenting a piece of cake to Danielle in front of everyone for her half-birthday. D-bag, meet D-Lo. #perfectmatch

Monday, August 21, 2017

Have you SEEN me??

Is pregnancy attractive to guys? Because I'm getting some weird vibes lately. In Santa Barbara, I was walking down the street and a guy whistled at me. I literally turned around and asked, "me??" Because, duh. And after posting a "bump" photo on Friday, a guy who I have never met but we matched on a dating app a few years ago and randomly became FB friends started messaging me "hey sexy pregnant lady" etc. Plus a couple of guys I dated long ago came out of the woodwork and were like "we could have helped you have a baby for a lot less money and a lot more fun..."

SERIOUSLY?? Where have you dudes been the last 5 years?

Whatever. I do NOT feel cute so just find all of this hilarious, frankly.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Turn around, bright eyes

We're having an Eclipse Watching Party at work on Monday, so I went on Amazon and bought a bunch of safety glasses. (Yes, I double-checked that they are legit - it would not be a good PR move if I blinded the entire company.) They look like the crappy glasses you get at the eye doctor after you get your eyes dilated. But then you put them on. And it's like a total blackout. No WONDER these things are safe - you can't see anything! (We did test them with the flashlight on the iPhone - it looks super small and far away and then you take the glasses off and nearly blind yourself because it's so much brighter in real life.)

#becausescience




Note: I had no idea where to look when taking this selfie because I couldn't see a damn thing.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

And now, a very special Bachelor in Paradise

I was totally reminded of the "very special" episodes of 80s sitcoms last night. And not really in a good way.

The first 45 minutes was Evan and Carly's wedding, which I mostly fast-forwarded through because who cares. Then we're back to Paradise, and Chris gathers the cast together two weeks after production is shut down. (Well - the cast minus DeMario and Corinne...) The group discusses what went down, talking about consent and race and alcohol (we learn Taylor doesn't drink) and how producers DON'T MAKE US DO ANYTHING. This part was reiterated several times (thanks, ABC lawyers!). Everyone feels bad for both parties, but they don't think any wrong-doing occurred. Would still love to see the video footage to determine this for myself, but whatevs. Back to drinking and dating and debauchery!

We learn that both Robby and Ben Z "hit up" Raven over the break, and she ghosted both of them. Atta girl. And Dean visited Kristina in Kentucky, which went well but he seems disinterested back in Paradise. Taylor and Derek are a solid couple, even getting a date card which leads Taylor to decide to sleep with him! #consent

Poor little "fun-size" Alex keeps chasing Amanda around, but she is not interested buddy. Lacey wished Canadaniel would show up (side note: he and Vinny were just on Millionaire Matchmaker, for what it's worth), and things aren't going great for Jasmine either - Matt seems to be putting on the breaks. Cue fresh meat...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bachelor in Paradise recap: the calm before the storm

Chris Harrison welcomes us back to Mexico - but where is everybody? No cast. No crew. No Jorge behind the bar (we'll get to that in a minute). Ah yes - production was halted due to some "inappropriate behavior" between DeMario and Corinne. But somehow the reality gods looked down upon ABC, because the show continued, and we got to see the first few days BIB (Before Inappropriate Behavior). YASSSSS.

First to arrive is Raven, and she's over being Nick's runner-up and is ready to find love in a hopeless place. Hell - it worked for Jade and Tanner. And Evan and Carly. Why not Raven and (insert dude's name here)?

Next up: Dean, fresh off his break-up from Rachel. All the ladies love cool Dean and those baby blues. Sigh. (NOTE: he is all of 25. Snap out of it.)

Danielle M saunters in, looking 6 feet tall, and then comes Ben Z. who talks to Raven about all the dogs he's ever owned. Bless. Iggy arrives and is weirdly excited to see Dean - they even do the jump-straddle typically reserved for Bachelorettes. Kristina, Jasmine, Jack Stone ("not a serial killer") and Shark-Dolphin Alexis arrive next (and yes, Alexis is in costume. Really getting her money's worth out of that thing.).

DeMario comes in hot and incessantly blowing a whistle, but not everyone is thrilled to see him (i.e Raven, who flat-out asks if he's single). He tries to win her over by saying he's really there to be the wingman for the "awkward homie in the corner who doesn't know how to relate." (Um, like yourself?) Sigh.

John Krasinski look-alike Derek arrives, as does his show rival tiny Alex, plus Corinne, who is ready to make Paradise Corinne again. Great. She's also been learning Spanish, and knows the words for "nap," "cheese pasta" and "champagne." (I guess "Raquel" is "Raquel," so we're good there.)

Dean and Kristina have a quiet moment, bonding over their messed up families. And their perfect smiles.

More new arrivals: Lacey, Vinny, Diggy, Matt (in a penguin suit - cue Alexis!), Nick (in a Santa beard - cue the psychologist!) and Amanda, who arrives and returns her engagement ring she got last year in paradise from Josh. Not sure why she continues to do this to herself, but later we learn she was rejected by Raya, the "celeb" dating app. Ouch. Paradise it is!

Taylor is back, and doesn't want to talk to her archenemy Corinne. So instead she'll wear shorts that are basically underwear and bonds quickly with Derek, who proves he's a man and can build a fire.

Corinne and DeMario hit it off immediately (hmmm) and take things into the pool - Corinne still fully dressed and drunk by 4:30, according to the play-by-play commentary of Alex (who clearly has nothing else to do).

Chris Harrison gathers up the group for a sad announcement - Jorge is leaving to pursue his dream of starting Jorges Tour-ges (YES! I am on board with this idea!), and Wells will be our bartender from here on out! The women are handing out roses this week, and Kristina gets the first date card. She chooses Dean, and they hit it off over dinner and folklorico dancing.

Danielle M is bummed - she liked Dean - but while spilling her guts to her "good friend" Wells at the bar, I see a future for these two Nashville kids. Just saying.

Lacey and Iggy start to bond, but Nick gets too drunk for Jasmine so she makes out with Matt instead. (Thankfully in Paradise there are just extra make-out partners in spades.) The next morning, Lacey learns her grandfather has died, so she has to leave, leaving Iggy without hope of getting a rose. Robby arrives with an odd new hairdo - people keep touching it and talking about it, so it's clearly odd not just to me - and a date card. After briefly chatting with a few of the ladies, he asks out Raven, which bums out Ben Z. (But he DOES miss his dog, so if he has to go home there's a silver lining.) Robby thinks the date went great, but Raven isn't feeling it. She doesn't want to go out with a guy with better hair/teeth/abs/Instagram followers than her - she even made a secret drinking game for every time he touched his hair. I still believe he may be gay, and this kind of cements it for me.

Matt gets the next date card and asks out Jasmine. They go to a drag club, and Matt agrees to be drag-ified into "Virginia." Jasmine loves it.

It's do or die time before the rose ceremony, so Ben Z decides to make one more play for Raven, and luckily he's a better kisser than Robby! Taylor and Derek are also smooching, and Danielle M and Jack Stone seem to be getting along...

But then the shit hits the fan, with cameramen ordered to stop filming as producers grab Corinne and DeMario. TO BE FREAKING CONTINUED

Monday, August 14, 2017

See? Addictive.

My mom claims to hate reality TV - in fact, she makes a point to mutter disapproving remarks when I watch any and all Real Housewives programs. But this weekend she came into my room while I was watching Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, and stayed for two full episodes. Even calling out candidates by name ("Ooh, that's Brianna!"). She is so busted. Up next: Bachelor in Paradise.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Do the right thing, ABC

Ladies, if you're not following The Bachelorette's Peter Kraus on Instagram, here is what you're missing:

You're welcome.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Suddenly in the mood for chicken.

Why do I love this so much.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

California love (shout-out, Tupac)

Santa Barbara is so beautiful - mountains, beach and like 80 and sunny every day. I even saw a bunch of homeless people and totally got it - if you have to be homeless, what better place than Santa Barbara?? The hotel was right on the beach, so I got nice and sunburned (damn you California weather - when I don't sweat I don't feel like I'm burning!) - and I even rented a bike (and helmet, mom) and pedaled into town for fro-yo and shopping. And it was great seeing one of my besties from high school as well - we ate some fabulous food and enjoyed catching up face-to-face for once. Probably my last trip for a while, so I tried to enjoy the calm (and gluten free toast) as much as I could.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bachelorette recap: Bad idea jeans

Oh, Rachel. Silly, silly Rachel. You picked style over substance, diamonds over destiny - but congrats I guess? That's right, folks - another season is over and another Bachelorette couple is doomed engaged. She was clearly in love with Peter (#teamgaptooth), but wanted to be engaged so badly that she let him walk away - even after he told her he would propose. ("But I want you to WANT to propose!" #eyeroll #eyeroll #eyeroll)

The after the final rose was very tense - clearly there are still feelings there - and I found it interesting that Rachel said several times how the Bachelor scene just wasn't right for Peter. Is she trying to convince producers NOT to pick him?? (don't listen to her, producers!)

So we're left with Bryan. Ol' "red flags" Bryan who the guys warned her about, her family warned her about, and Bryan's ex girlfriend basically warned her about (his mother is a DOOZY y'all). He's 37 and single in Miami. Methinks there's a reason for that. Ohhhhhh, Rachel.

Here's to sweet Pete being the next Bachelor, and here's to Eric for having the most upstanding break-up I've seen in a long time.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Going back to Cali

Headed to Santa Barbara tomorrow for a long weekend (so no blogs until Tuesday). I've never been there, and I've heard awesome things so I'm excited. I guess it's a "babymoon," although does it qualify as a babymoon if you're single? Meh.

Going to the spa, the beach, the pool, renting a bike to peddle into town, etc. And my friend from high school who lives in LA is going to come down for one night and play. Yay!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I'll take Justin Bobby any day

Watched Siesta Key, the new reality show on MTV that follows a group of 22-year-olds in Florida. I assume it's supposed to be the new Laguna Beach/The Hills. It is not. (Note: this could be because I am practically twice these people's age, so roll my eyes instead of feeling like Lo and I could be friends 13 years ago. Which would never have happened, but you catch my drift.)

But I do applaud MTV for trying. First bringing back "reality" shows, then TRL - what's next? Music videos???

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bachelorette recap: The Men Tell All. Or not much.

You know it's going to be kind of a snooze-fest when the first ten minutes are "most memorable moments" from PREVIOUS Men Tell Alls. Oh goodie. (Did make me realize that I've forgotten about most of these people, however.)

Otherwise, I can sum up last night's two hours thusly:

  • Whaboom showed up in - what else - a Whaboom tank top. I enjoyed when one of the guys called him a joke. #truthhurts
  • DeMario claimed not to know the woman proclaiming to be his girlfriend, then backtracked to call her a "side-piece." Nice. He even tried to use the Bill Clinton defense. Not sure that works, man.
  • Kenny and Lee. This went on for MUCH longer than it needed to. Kenny harbors no ill will - and his daughter gets to go to Disneyland! Lee admits he made mistakes and lied. Then they bring up his old misogynistic and racist tweets. He says he is sorry, but the guys aren't buying it. If he was so sorry, why wait a year to apologize?? (Also, he keeps claiming the comparing of the NAACP to the KKK was "cut off" and only "half the joke." Dare you enlighten us with the second half?? Once Rachel comes out, she tells him off but good. Methinks Lee is done for. No Paradise for you, bub.
  • Dean is a crowd favorite (and DOES get to go to Paradise). He asks Rachel why she would tell him she's falling in love with him, just to send him home. She swears her feelings were real. Probably doesn't make him feel much better, but props to Dean and Alex for their wild tux jackets.
  • Rachel addresses Adam and Matt, the two guys who got no screen time but made it quite far - she says America didn't get to see their relationships. Intriguing. (And where was Adam Jr.??)
  • Finally, bloopers. Which Chris Harrison makes it seem like people LOVE. Not sure that's true, but I did enjoy seeing the tickle monster again.

Next week, this season comes to a (dramatic) close at last. #teamgaptooth

Monday, July 31, 2017

Phone Home

OMG guys. E.T. is still so fantastic. I laughed. I cried. I spotted a young C. Thomas Howell and Erika Eleniak. #randombuttrue

Couldn't find a gif of my favorite scene where E.T. is dressed as a ghost and says "Thank you," so this will have to do:



Also, did you know that M&Ms turned down the offer, paving the way for Reese's Pieces? Idiots. Especially considering they didn't have to pay to play:

Hershey did not pay to have Reese’s Pieces used in E.T., but it did agree to do a tie-in between the movie and the candy after the film was released. A deal was inked wherein Hershey Foods agreed to promote E.T. with $1 million of advertising; in return, Hershey could use E.T. in its own ads.
Within two weeks of the movie’s premiere, Reese’s Pieces sales went through the roof. (Disagreement exists as to how far through the roof they went: Sales were variously described as having tripled, experienced an 85% jump, or increased by 65%). Whatever the numbers, though, Reese’s Pieces — up until then an underdog confection only faintly known by the U.S. candy-consuming public — were suddenly being consumed in great handfuls. And all thanks to a shy little alien lured from the bushes and into America’s hearts by a trail of peanut-butter-in-a-candy-coated-shell confections.

#randombuttrue

Friday, July 28, 2017

Wait that guy looks familiar

I love finding celebrities on reality shows before they were "famous." (Yes, I realize I need to get a hobby.) So imagine my excitement when randomly watching the first episode of The Ashlee Simpson show on youtube (again, I realize this is fairly sad) - she was dating Josh Henderson (of Dallas and now The Arrangement)! Of course, he broke up with her by the end of the episode and the rest of the time she dated Ryan Cabrera, but it got me wondering about Josh so I Googled. Turns out, not his first reality show rodeo - he was one of the six winners of Popstars 2 which created some band called Scene 23. Which of course then I had to start watching. And also saw Kimberly Caldwell of future American Idol fame. Two for two!

Okay, reading this back I really might have a problem. Perhaps I could take up cross-stitch?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Best thing since sliced bread. Is sliced bread.

I haven't had bread since 2016. I don't eat bread all that often, but when you can't, you miss it. So last week I caved and bought gluten free bread and sliced deli turkey at Whole Foods. Toasted the bread and heated up the turkey (apparently not supposed to eat it unless it's steaming hot; whatever) - and let me just say, the resulting sandwich - while boring (I don't do condiments) - was close to orgasmic. I can't wait to have another one.

#sadbuttrue

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Big hands I know you're the one

So apparently I have to stop sleeping on my back towards the end of pregnancy. (I typically sleep like the dead: flat on my back, hands clasped across my chest. And I don't move.) I have been trying to sleep on my side, but dammit if I just don't know what to do with my hands! I curl them under my chin/put them under my ear, and they fall asleep. I tuck one under my pillow; same problem. Maybe I'll just start sleeping in a big chair. Although I really could just start getting used to living on 2-3 hours sleep. Excellent parenthood prep. #problemsolved

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bachelorette recap: Rio-uh-oh

We start out in Dallas to meet Rachel's family. She switched things up since her sister is 8 months pregnant and can't travel, so all three remaining guys get to meet the parents. (Actually, parent - Rachel's father isn't there, and I can only assume it's because he is a judge and frankly doesn't want to be on this show.) Her parents live in Highland Park - of course they do - and I love how racially diverse they are.

Peter gets the first meeting, and it goes very well. Especially when he tells Rachel's mother he is not asking for her blessing to get engaged, but just to date her. Done and done. He does admit to the family that he's in love with Rachel, something she has also just learned. Good timing, buddy.

Eric is  up next, and he is sweet and sincere and so happy to meet her family. He tells his own sad family history, and I only cringed a little when he "axed" her mother for her blessing, even though "nuffing" she said was going to deter him. The family liked him, but were a bit perplexed at the fact that he had never been in love or brought a girl home to meet his family. Were they on the same page??

Finally, it's Bryan's turn - and he gets to meet up with two of Rachel's gal pals on the rood of HG Sply Co (nice choice!). They are impressed by his age and his no-nonsense answers. Not so much her family, who thinks it's all just a little too good to be true. She was his girlfriend on night one? He loves her family after one hour? A bit much, but this of course makes Rachel defensive.

She has lots to think about, but has lots of time to do so on the flight to La Rioja, Spain. Three men, three fantasy suites...ole!

Eric gets the first date, and they take a helicopter ride to the most beautiful old monastery overlooking the water. They make a wish and ring the steeple bell three times. Super romantical, especially when Eric's wish of telling Rachel he is in love with her comes true. He says love, he gets the fantasy suite. Bada bing!

Peter is next, and after being adorably serenaded by Vitorino of the Good Wine (not to be confused with Becky with the Good Hair), he admits to Rachel that he only asked her parents to bless their dating - and how does she feel about that? (Hint: not good.) Before she can answer, they are interrupted by an adorable little girl with flowers and then must stomp grapes a la I Love Lucy.

That evening, it's time to pay the piper. Rachel admits she wants an engagement, not a boyfriend. Peter says engagement = marriage and he just needs to be certain before they get to that point. Rachel begins to cry as they realize this might not be something they can get past. Is Peter a goner??

TO BE CONTINUED


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 décor." 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

Chi-town



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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No can do

Y'all. Hall & Oates are 70. 70! They still look and sound great - although it seemed Oates was wearing a Member's Only jacket (which would actually be amazing). And DAMN Tears for Fears was great. I realized I don't know their names and if one was standing next to me I probably wouldn't know it. But still. Had to buy a t-shirt. And love concerts like this where everyone is our age.  #showstartedat7 #earlybirdspecial

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bachelorette recap: The Geneva Accords

We continue our whirlwind tour of Europe with a trip to lovely Geneva. There will be three one-on-one dates and an awkward three-on-one date where two guys get sent home (no rose ceremony). So much for Switzerland being neutral...

Date 1: Bryan. Rachel buys them matching Swiss watches (a "forever gift," according to Bryan) and they take a little boat trip. They bond over having attended private school (shout-out!), and he informs her that his last girlfriend broke up with him because of his mother. Cue Rachel giving him the rose (and the ensuing hometown visit!)...

Date 2: Dean. They attend mass (in French) and dance in the rain to a man with an accordion. Dean is super nervous about taking Rachel home to meet his family, because his family situation isn't great. But they hash it out and she says HER family is fine and she wouldn't expect HIS to be. Rose/hometown visit.

Date 3: Peter. A helicopter ride into the Alps ends with a dogsled ride. Interesting that all of Peter's dates involve dogs, but I love it. Peter later admits to almost wanting to leave and feeling guilty about abandoning his ex-gf a few years ago. I'm a little confused, but he's crying and he might not propose if he wasn't feeling it. Uh-oh. But Rachel is smitten and he gets the rose/hometown date. Phew. #teamgaptooth

Date 4: Eric, Adam and Matt - two of whom have barely spoken and have not been on one-on-one dates. Doesn't bode well. And sure enough, Adam and Matt are kicked off. In France. Where they took a boat over. #becauseeurope To her credit, Rachel cries over Matt and we hope Adam Jr (aka the creepy doll he brought night one) can use his French to get them all home safely.

Next week: final four hometown dates!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Secret's out.

Today is a big day. I'm 40. And pregnant. 14.5 weeks, to be exact.  It's been a long and expensive road (and that expense is just starting), but I'm thrilled. And I promise this won't be a "baby" blog - still have to recap the damn Bachelor/Bachelorette, after all. Stick to what I know.

If you're interested, I documented my baby journey here:

https://greatbabyproject.blogspot.com/

And here she is, in all her glory:



In this one, I choose to believe it represents #shepersisted




Friday, July 7, 2017

Crotchety.

I have been worse and worse about catching up on Facebook. Frankly, it's exhausting - and nearly impossible - especially because I'm part of a bunch of those online garage sales and I feel like all I see are posts about stuff for sale. So I hope I haven't missed someone's important or super cute post because I'm just old and lazy. Instagram has become my jam, and not just because it rhymes. I find it much easier to get through and just happier in general. Still don't understand Snapchat (aside from the funny selfie filters), and can only handle Twitter like three times a week because it overwhelms me, so basically I am 900 years old.

Someone bring me my Blackberry. (And get off my lawn!)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Boom boom pow

Successful first 4th of July at the country club. We learned our lesson from Memorial Day and arrived bright and early to secure a lounge chair. By the time we left two hours later, the place was packed - crawling with tiny kiddos. We came back at 8pm to find a spot for the fireworks, and were able to plop down our blanket on the golf course. Ended up basically with front row seats to an awesome show, although it didn't start until 9:30. How all those kids were still awake is beyond me...

Then of course it took forever to get out of there, because there were so many people - but all in all a good time. #worthit

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Whisky River. Any river. Any body of water would be fine.

Survived the concert - 7 hours in the sun with just a slight sunburn is definitely the best case scenario for me - but we were so tired by 9:30 that we only got to hear like three Willie Nelson songs. We got there at 2:30 (concert started at 3) because we wanted to get a good spot to sit and to park. Turns out that was NOT a problem. No one was there. Like closest parking and seats I've ever had in 25 years of going to Starplex. Apparently others were smart and didn't come until 6 to see Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Willie. Good to know for next time. However, I loved Lukas Nelson (Willie's son), Hayes Carll and the Avett Bros - even downloaded some tunes when I got home. For $20, think we got our money's worth. (Plus like $15 for water and freaking $8 for a sno-cone...)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Full Circle



Willie Nelson was my first concert, back when I was 8. I got the tickets in my Christmas stocking, and my dad took my best friend Amy and I. Somehow we had floor seats at Reunion Arena, and it was greatness.

Going to see Willie again on Sunday - this time at the Outlaw Music Festival, also featuring the Avett Brothers and Sheryl Crow. Here's hoping it's equally great (and Willie remembers the words.)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kevin and Winnie forever

Decided to diverge from my normal bedtime routine of watching Friends on Netflix - now I'm hooked on The Wonder Years. I'm sorry - such greatness.

Particularly the "Stout-Hearted Men" episode:
http://www.yourememberthat.com/media/12049/Wonder_Years_Eighth-Grade_Boys_Choir/#.WVULZjZK3Gg


And yes, I peer particularly closely at Paul Pfeiffer to see if those Marilyn Manson rumors were true.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bachelorette recap: Something stinks in Denmark

I liked this headline. Pretty much sums it up.

We land back in no-man's land Norway with Kenny and Lee, and Kenny cannot believe what blatant lies Lee has told Rachel about him. Lee then lies to Kenny's face, denying he said that, and Kenny calls him a snake (again), so when Rachel tells Lee she doesn't trust him and it's time to go, he whines (again) that Kenny is the aggressor. Dude. Let it go. Boy bye.

But Rachel isn't 100% sold on Kenny, either, and they have a chat later in the evening about where they are. She decides he is telling her the truth and gives him the rose.

At the rose ceremony, Rachel shocks Josiah no one when she sends Josiah and Anthony home. Have to say I was surprised Adam and Matt were sticking around, seeing as how they have barely said two words. Oh, and Adam Jr is still lurking around.

Off to Denmark, with a one-on-one date with Eric. He is so smiley and cute, he's a new man! They chat with a couple who has been married for 35 years and even dare try out the public hot tub (complete with naked man - in adjoining tub). Eric admits he didn't feel love from his mother, but wants to with Rachel - and she melts a little and gives him the rose.

On the group date, the guys row a Viking boat and compete in reindeer Viking games - complete with costumes. Adam and Kenny are the last two Vikes standing, and both end up with cuts above their eyes. Not very Viking-like, if you ask me. Later, Rachel and Kenny keep it 100, and she tells him he should go home to his daughter. They part very amicably and Kenny cries for like the 7th time. Peter gets the rose.

Will has the final date, and they sail over to Sweden to complete the Scandinavian trifecta. But there are lots of awkward silences on this date - perhaps because Will only dates white girls?? Bye, Will.

Rachel is a crying mess at the rose ceremony, even quoting Shakespeare - as she bids adieu to our favorite Russkie, Alex. Sad to see him and his suits of many colors go. But I predict an appearance on Bachelor in Paradise...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bachelorette recap: Oslo he didn't

It remains the Kenny and Lee show in Hilton Head, but Bryan takes the group date rose following the spelling bee date because he kisses the best, obvi. Kenny confronts Lee about telling Rachel he is "aggressive," but Lee refuses to back down. Kenny whispers that Lee is a bitch, but is convinced he's not being aggressive because he's using his inside voice. All Lee does is stir the pot, and we get the sense that his racist tendencies are coming out. (Why is he even on this show - I guess to promote his singer/songwriter career??) Will even tries to explain that the word "aggressive" has racist connotations, and Lee decides Kenny is playing the "race card." Okay.

Jack Stone, the Dallas attorney who is perfect for Rachel on paper, has his one-on-one date and they shuck (oysters) and shag (dance). But Rachel isn't feeling it - although of course poor Jack is. She finally has to break it down over dinner that the x-factor just isn't there, and he looks like someone killed his cat.

At the rose ceremony, she eliminates the tickle monster (who goes in for a final tickle, to the amusement of the guys) and poor sweaty Iggy. Kenny and Lee remain miffed that the other still remains to taunt them. #thanksproducers

Up next: Oslo! Why not!

Bryan gets the first one-on-one date, and they rappel down a giant ski jump. (I personally would have liked to see them ski off the jump, but whatever.) They kiss, Spiderman-style, while hanging mid-air, and Rachel is a smitten kitten. But she worries - how is this guy 37 and single? What is she missing? He calms her fears by telling her over dinner that he used to be a skinny dork in high school and that he's falling in love with her. BOOM. And rose.

The rest of the guys get a group date to play handball in tight wrestling onesies. The rest of the guys EXCEPT Kenny and Lee, that is. Which means...two-on-one date! #thanksproducers
Kenny video chats with his daughter, which is super adorable, while Lee pumps iron in his cowboy boots. The scene is SET.

On the group date, Will steps up his handball game and Peter just gets handsy with Rachel. She is impressed by all the guys - Will, who tells her how he got dumped around the same time that she did and is just now ready to open up again, Alex, who reads a letter he wrote to her, Josiah with his Trump joke about hand size...but it is handball wizard Will who gets the group date rose.

Finally it's game time. Kenny versus Lee. Two men, one rose - one stays, one (or both?) goes. Lee tells Rachel Kenny put his hands on him. Which is clearly a lie - he would have been kicked off the show - we are left with Rachel asking Kenny about this and a big fat TO BE CONTINUED.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Drop a beat

After sitting in my DVR cue for nearly a year (thanks to a free HBO weekend), I finally watched Straight Outta Compton yesterday.  And found it to be brilliant. I wasn't an NWA fan, but I sort of want to listen to old-school Ice Cube and Dr Dre now...also loved seeing Tupac, Snoop, Suge, etc. I kept having to Wikipedia everyone - could I BE more white??

One interesting tidbit: Dr Dre's net worth is like $800 million. Well played, sir.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Clearly I'm no Agassi

I keep trying to do things at the club to make my membership worth while. I went to a beginner tennis class a few months ago - was the only one who showed up, and after hitting three balls the coach told me I was not a beginner. (Duh, but I never play so want to start from scratch.)

Went back last Saturday and apparently they cancelled that class due to low participation (see above), so the only other beginner class I can (sort of) make is at 5:30 on Wednesdays. (There are a few in the morning for the lucky ladies who don't work, but obvi that's not me.) So I left work a little early and still got there a few minutes late - but it was fun. Only 5 ladies, just drills for an hour.

And I am so sore. Didn't even really PLAY. So sad. Such a disgrace to my family name.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blessed be the fruit



Was a bit behind, but finally finished the last episode of Handmaid's Tale the other night. And OH. MY. GOD. I am so obsessed. We read this in high school and I was obsessed back then - remember using it in several college essays - but watching the show made me want to re-read it. And wait (im)patiently for season 2.

Also, already looking for a Handmaid's costume for Halloween. Comfy with a message. Doesn't get better than that.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Say cheese

Driving to work this morning, I saw this ad for Mint Dentistry:


I mean, does she even HAVE teeth? This is the strangest ad for a dentist I have ever seen.

(Then again, it got me thinking about the company all the way to work, so perhaps this advertising strategy is working after all?)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bachelorette recap: Hooked on Phonics

Rachel is having a rough time. She just got rid of DeMario (again), and now has to deal with guy drama thanks to Lee and Kenny. I will admit that Lee is super creepy and annoying, literally giving Kenny 16 seconds to talk to her and standing right in front of them while they tried to carry on a normal conversation. He likes to pick fights with the other guys, particularly the black guys - and since recent tweets have proven racist, I guess that's his M.O. Awesome.

After a brief (and very real, making me love her more) cry, Rachel pulls herself together enough to kick off Diggy, Bryce and some other guy. The rest are headed to Hilton Head!

Dean gets the first one-on-one date, and they go up in the blimp. She takes the wheel, he is super nervous, but they kiss and the blimp floats past the guys' hotel and flashes "Rachel and Dean 4evah" to make everyone jealous. At dinner, she hopes he will open up a bit and asks about his family. His mother died of breast cancer when he was 15, and he was basically on his own after that. He cries, she tries not to, and instead gives him the rose. They then "stumble upon" a concert by some guy I've never heard of.

The group date is a huge bunch - everyone but Jack who will get the second one-on-one. They are on a boat (cue the music), and with Rachel rocking the captain's hat, limbo and rap contests, it's quite the booze cruise. Peter even jumps into the rap game, impressing her with his white boy skillz - although I'm not sure mentioning farting is very "street." After the boat, there's another test: a spelling bee. Now, some of the words were legit difficult: boutonniere (which took me about four tries, not gonna lie), etc. But words like stunning? Boudoir? Façade? Coitus? (Yes, that was a word. And no, the guy did not get it right.) Come on fellas. Josiah wins on "polyamorous," but by this point he is working the crowd and taking entirely too long and I'm over it.

I also had to giggle when the "champion" received this trophy:
#typo #spellingbeefail

Lee told Rachel Kenny was the aggressor; Kenny said he didn't handle the situation well but Lee was very disingenuous. Let's just put them both in the ring and let them duke it out, shall we?

TO BE CONTINUED

Monday, June 19, 2017

Just hanging at a halfway house, looking to make a deal

So I bought my first item off one of those online garage sales this weekend. And it was certainly an adventure. First of all, the woman posted in the North Dallas group and said she lived in north Dallas. She did not - lived closer to me, in an equally bad area of town. I asked if 1pm on Saturday would work, she said she was free all weekend so that was fine. She messaged me around 10am to confirm, and I said yes, 1pm. I decided to bring my mom with me, just in case, and I'm glad I did. Initially we were waiting in her apartment complex parking lot, but after seeing one sign that said all residents had to be indoors by 10pm, and another that said "no bare skin, no sagging," we opted to go across the street and wait in a shopping center parking lot. We were the only white people there, so were getting some weird stares, but whatever.

I messaged her around 5 til 1 that we were running 10 minutes late, and she said that was fine, as she was heading back from Forney. Um, Forney is not close. She didn't end up arriving until 2pm. ONE HOUR after the time we had arranged. I did end up buying the item (for $40 less than she was asking), but MAN. Being a novice, I have to wonder if this is normal? (I'm sure if you're in the Highland Park one, it's much more of a streamlined experience, but I can't get in that one...)

Oh well - live and learn.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Just in time for the Top Gun sequel

My dad runs this non-profit where they go to army bases and teach tennis to the families living there. Some of his old pro buddies come, and it's a pretty neat deal. Even cooler: this year, they are doing their first event at a naval base, and the tennis lessons will happen on the deck of a freaking air craft carrier!

Kind of like this, but cooler.


My one question: will the ballboys be in scuba gear?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Get off my lawn!!

People who borrow stuff and never bring it back annoy the crap out of me. We have a cart outside of our office that clearly says "Property of Internal Communications." Anyone is free to use it, just give us the courtesy of letting us know. But it disappeared for a week and was found locked in some random closet. And now, our cooler is gone. Again, just ASK people. Otherwise we're going to have to start bolting things to the floor.

Not sure why, but I blame millennials.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Perhaps still in BIP mourning...I bring you BP

Started watching Bachelor Party for the first time this weekend. Not sure why I never saw it back in the day (although it's fairly racy for a then 8-year-old), and not sure why I randomly decided to watch it now. But Tawny Kitaen?? That was a surprise. Didn't know she could do anything aside from writhe on the hood of a car. Atta girl.

Bonus: the movie is so very 80s. Which makes everything more fun.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paradise lost

No Bachelorette last night, so I will instead focus my rant on DeMario and Corinne, whose behavior has apparently halted production on my treasured summer trash TV show, Bachelor in Paradise. How dare you. I say again, how dare you. I mean, what else am I going to do this summer - go outside???

In the meantime, this could be yours:


Monday, June 12, 2017

I predict a new trending baby name will be Hippolita

Didn't think I was going to want to see Wonder Woman - not a huge comic book movie fan - but went yesterday and she's a total bad-ass. (And looks stunning doing it.) Some cheesy lines/moments, but all in all an excellent girl power movie.

Side bar: where can I buy her boots???

Friday, June 9, 2017

Peter Cetera, where are you when we need you most?

Went to see a Chicago cover band last night. They were NOT good. Now, Peter Cetera has a voice that is hard to replicate. I get it. But man. we made it through the first set and I couldn't take a butchering of "You're the Inspiration," so we left. Not a "Hard Habit to Break," as it turns out. We could "Look Away." (Okay, I'm done. Plus I don't know any more Chicago songs.)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Are you listening, Jimmy?

Anyone else think there should be a Comey-themed Mean Tweets on Kimmel? (of course with Comey reading them)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Visions of dinner rolls danced in my head

Being (temporarily and voluntarily) gluten free is a real pain in the ass sometimes. Like tonight - going to this Italian restaurant that is supposed to be awesome, and basically the entire menu is pizza and pasta (um, obvi). I called to see if anything could be made GF, and the answer was "not much." So everyone else will be digging into a delicious pizza and I'll be over there with my little salad (and no breadsticks), like "hey."

We took communion in church on Sunday, and I couldn't even partake in that. #sorrygod

#funtimes

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bachelorette recap: topless dudes on horseback (almost)

Another week, another few reasons to love Rachel Lindsay more.

She sends DeMario packing, even after he pleads with a "joy and pain" speech about wanting to move forward. She tells him he should move forward - right off the property. BURN! #boybye

Whaboom tells Rachel that Blake stands over him at night while he sleeps, licking a banana. Although Blake denies this, Rachel realizes both of these doofuses are, well, doofuses, and sends them packing. Which leads to the girliest catfight I have ever seen between two men. Neither of them will be getting laid for a while, methinks.

Another one who won't be getting laid but is somehow still around is the tickle monster, Jonathan - who busts out these babies (as modeled by Chris Harrison):


Seriously. He uses this while chatting with Rachel. I would say #facepalm but you could really hurt yourself.

Ready for a fresh start, it's time for a group date with Bryan, Jonathan, Alex, Peter, Will and Fred - on the Ellen show, of course! Ellen makes the guys take their shirts off and give lap dances to the women in the audience - including grandmothers. Alex the Russian makes a good impression, both dancing and playing Never Have I Ever, where three guys admit to kissing Rachel and the other three are left feeling stupid. One of these is poor Fred, who can't seem to break out of the "bad kid at camp" memory for Rachel. So he asks if he can kiss her, and while she rolls her eyes at the awkwardness of that, he goes for it. He is thrilled with the result; Rachel, not so much. She escorts him right out of the building to the exit limo and instead gives the group date rose to Alex. Da!

Anthony gets the one-on-one date, and it involves riding horses down Rodeo Drive. Into stores, on horseback. Of course the horses poop in the stores because that's what they do, but Rachel and Anthony laugh it off and enjoy their new boots and hats and "too glam to give a damn" shirts. #productplug At dinner, Anthony talks about his parents and how he wants to be a good father, and Rachel wants to know more. He gets the rose.

At home, Eric is freaking out a bit, telling everyone he doesn't know how Rachel feels and maybe she's playing a game until she gets what she wants. He's just going to ask her. Iggy tries to calm him down but just gets yelled at. Eric is happy to know he's on the next group date (Iggy is not), along with Brady, Dean, Adam, Kenny, Bryce, Lee and Jack. Rachel's posse from Nick's season is back (Corinne, Jasmine, Alexis and Raven), to give her the dirt on who's here for the right reasons. They hear from Bryce and Lee that Eric isn't, but before they can convey the news the guys have to mud wrestle. In front of a huge crowd of rowdy women. Yeah, role reversal!! The guys once again doff their shirts and hit the mud, and after a closely fought finale, Bryce beats Kenny.

Eric manages to get his coveted time with Rachel and asks about her feelings, She reassures him by giving him the group date rose.

But Rachel later tells Eric what Bryce and Lee said, leading him to blow up and deny ever saying anything. Lee thinks Eric needs to know more about life, having never been in love, but Eric doesn't agree. The fight escalates and we're hit with a To Be Continued...

Monday, June 5, 2017

All I know is "don't fall asleep!"

Driving to work this morning, I passed by a business called Concussion Rehabilitation. Do concussions really happen so common that this is necessary? I guess they do - thanks, contact sports.

#wearahelmet #maybeindoors

Friday, June 2, 2017

Don't make me come down there

I don't know why this Paris Climate Accord business has my panties in a bunch, but it does. I mean, every day there's something new and jaw-dropping (how exhausted must reporters be from the daily "breaking news!"??), but this is a new low. And so late last night when I couldn't sleep I decided to let the leaders know how I felt. Via angry tweets, of course. I tweeted Trump, Melania, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. I know they won't read them, but somehow it made me feel better, like I was doing something. You're welcome, world.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

You just got trivia'd

Played bar trivia last night with a friend, and I was able to contribute a few key answers:

  • D-Day: June 6, 1944
  • VE Day: May, 1945
  • Morpheus in the Matrix was played by Laurence Fishburne
  • "Vacation" the song came out before "Vacation" the movie (yes, this shiz is important)
  • Truman was president at the end of WWII
  • Owen Wilson provided one of the character voices in the movie Cars (which I have never seen, mind you)
  • Lindsey Buckingham sings the "Vacation" movie theme song

Ta daaa! That's a $250K education, folks. My parents would be so proud. (And no, we did not win)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Making a splash, per usual

You know how I was afraid of getting kicked out of the club for bringing my obnoxious float? Well, it was almost for another reason. I hopped into the pool on Monday and my bikini bottoms came down. I am fairly certain a man behind me saw. I quickly pulled them up and swam to the other side. A man over there looked down at me, and I realized a boob had popped out of my top. So a few lessons learned:
1. Be thankful I decided not to go down the slide
2. Wear a one-piece next time
3. You're welcome, fellas

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bachelorette recap: crazy exes and pants that fit like coke bottles

In this episode, I grew to love Rachel even more.
1. She brought her dog on a date. And that dog had a broken leg.
2. She told a suitor "I'm going to need you to get the fuck out" when his ex/current girlfriend showed up. YAS queen.

But first, some dates. The first group date puts the guys through an obstacle course to see who is "husband material." Some of these obstacles include changing a baby (doll, thank god), putting on a baby bjorn, vaccuming and washing dishes. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are apparently big fans of the show and help facilitate this dumb challenge. And speaking of dumb, Whaboom Lucas wins. He asks Ashton to give him a "whaboom" and Ashton refuses. Thank you sir. Later that evening, Rachel isn't getting a romantical vibe from any of the guys. (No! Jack Stone!) At least, until Dean comes in, blue eyes blazing. She admits to being a little miffed that he beat her to the punch on getting to use "once you go black, you'll never go back," but they laugh and her faith is restored. Whaboom presents her with a nice poem, but Blake apparently lives with Whaboom's ex (and is currently evicting her?), so tells the guys and Rachel that he's not here for the right reasons. He wants Whaboom to be a thing (stop trying to make Fetch happen), and just wants to be on TV. (Um, don't they all??) He even tells Whaboom that he threw him under the bus, and it leads to an annoying white boy fight. Kenny excuses himself at this point and talks to Rachel about his 10-year-old daughter. She is intrigued. But Dean gets the group rose and walks her to her car, where he finally mans up and kisses her - red lipstick be damned.

Peter - he of the matching gap-toothed smile - gets the first one-on-one date, and they jet off to Palm Springs with Rachel's dog Copper in tow. Barkfest looks like the most fun - dogs in the pool, photo booths, dog treats, the works. Peter charms both Rachel and Copper, and they later find a commonality in both having gone to therapy to get better at relationships. He gets the rose, she gets a kiss - and poor Copper gets traumatized by fireworks.

The last group date is a basketball date - featuring Kareem Abdul Jabbar! The black guys are psyched, the white guys are mortified - but everyone is a good sport and even in front of a packed house they have a decent game. (Involving many MANY air balls.) DeMario's team comes up short, but he impresses Rachel with his athleticism. After the game, people hang around to take photos with the Bachelorette. Including Lexi, who identifies herself as DeMario's girlfriend of 7 months. Like current girlfriend. She says he disappeared for a few days and then she saw him on the Behind the Rose special, proposing to Rachel. He still has keys to her house, dammit! Floored, Rachel goes into the locker room and gets DM. All the other guys think this is good news, that he's getting the rose. But no. This is not good news. He sees Lexi and literally says "oooh hey, who is this?" Like "new phone, who dis?" When you know EXACTLY who dis is. Lexi goes off on him and Rachel tries to get his side of the story. The problem: his story keeps changing. He met Lexi a "few times" ago. Then they dated for a few months but he broke up with her in person. Then he doesn't have her keys. Then he mailed her keys back to her. But ooh Lexi has been screenshotting the convos, dude. You are busted. I mean clearly Lexi is crazy. But DM is caught between a rock and a crazy place. And Rachel ain't having it. She sends him home. BOOM.

She breaks the news to the other guys, who are in shock, but man up and show how they handle adversity and how protective they are of her. Group date rose goes to Josiah.

At the cocktail party, DeMario resurfaces and wants to talk to Rachel again because "stuff broke down" and his character was assassinated. Um, alrighty. Chris Harrison tells her it's her choice if she wants to see him. She wants to hear his lame excuse. But first, the rest of the guys empty onto the driveway to protect her honor. TO BE CONTINUED


Friday, May 26, 2017

Are cabana boys included??

The day has finally arrived - Monday, the country club pool opens. The main reason I forked over the cash to join the place. Wonder if they will allow my rose gold swan float...

Could be the shortest membership in history.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Music wormhole

So yesterday at work I was still thinking about the NKOTB concert, and decided to watch some old videos on youtube. (Greatness, btw). Then the NKOTB Behind the Music popped up, so I watched that. And THEN I had to watch the Guns N Roses Behind the Music. Which makes me realize two things:
1. I miss Behind the Music.
2. I need to find more work to do.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Total Package Tour. Done and done.

Last night was fairly awesome. Boyz II Men sounded amazing as ever, Paula Abdul looked amazing as ever (let's be honest, she's not singing), and NKOTB was a great blast from the past. I'm sorry - Jordan Knight is still a total hottie. Is he married? (Because if not, you call me Jordan.)

A few pics from the night: