Monday, January 16, 2017

The whiniest season of #thebachelor yet

Blogging on The Bachelor is some kind of sick self-punishment, and I'm not even sure what I did to deserve it. Yet, here I am on a Monday night after a long day.

The show picks up where we left off last week. Not with a rose ceremony, but with Nick confessing his relationship with Liz. The next morning, the women who were on the group date tell the rest of the women what happened. We don't have to suffer through the day, thankfully. We jump to the cocktail party. When Nick comes in, he tells everyone what happened. The wedding, the deed, the fact they didn't exchange numbers, where we are today.

That should have been enough, but we have to hear the women talk about it at the cocktail party and the women talk to Nick about it. Just drop it with Nick. Try to further your own relationship with him. I don't know who any of these women he's talking to are.

Meanwhile, upstairs, Corinne is practicing being slutty in the bathroom. Unfortunately, I who she is.

Nick is so optimistic because the women take the whole Liz situation so well. I mean, they had to know he was a rounder, so...

Corinne makes her way down stairs with her rose which she got on last week's date by being a slut. She doesn't need the time. Nick asks if she is wearing a dress or a coat since she's dressed strangely. She's set up a blanket on the ground and has a can of whipped cream nearby. It gets as nasty as you think it might. He likes it/her a lot. Of course, he does. He doesn't think giving in to her is going to help the situation with any other women. He thinks he needs to slow things down.

Inside, the women are talking about the fact someone saw her going out with the whipped cream.

The women question being here. Jasmine is wandering around trying to find Nick. He calls her over realizing she's walking around. Corinne leaves and heads upstairs to cry and confide in some woman that none of her plan worked out and now she wants to go home.

Nick really has no other real conversations. While all of the women come down for the rose ceremony, Corinne is upstairs snoring in her bunk. Nick gets ready to hand out the first rose and looks around. He realizes Corinne is not there. He asks where she is. (He knows this can blow up in her face, and he doesn't want to validate that behavior.) He apologizes for whatever reason, then proceeds.

(Remember Danielle M. got the rose from the one-on-one date. If anyone got the rose from the date where Liz went home, I have no idea. I must have missed it.)

This part is taking me forever to pause and play because he mumbles so bad I can't understand him, and have to look at the cast pictures to make sure I have the right names.

  1. Astrid
  2. Taylor
  3. Whitney
  4. Kristina
  5. Danielle L.
  6. Rachel
  7. Vanessa
  8. Raven
  9. Jaimi
  10. Dominque (I had to play it four times because I thought he said Hominy)
  11. Sarah
  12. Alexis 
  13. Brittany
  14. Josephine
  15. Jasmine (she was shooting daggers with her eyes)
I must have missed two somewhere with all the mumbling because numbers aren't adding up. Christen was one of them because she goes on the first date. Elizabeth, maybe?

There are two women going home are Lacey and Hailey (her lacy bra and way too low cut dress was terribly slutty). 

Onto the next day and the first date card. Chris Harrison comes in asking if they slept well. He tells Corrine looks rested.

"Danielle L., Christen, Kristina, Whitney, Taylor, Jasmine, Corinne... EVERYBODY!"

Photo from WashingtonPost.com
Someone comments, "That's the Backstreet Boys." Cue the music and the Backstreet Boys enter. They have a full day planned, and warn to not wear heels. They then sing a little bit of "I Want it that Way." 

Jasmine comments about dancing, and Corinne asks if she was a dancer. Jasmine asks where she has been, sleeping. Someone points out that Jasmine was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. 

Corrine is glad to have the group date because she was worried she wasn't going to get a date.

When they arrive at the venue, Nick has been working on his dance moves. The BSB tell them they are looking for background dancers. One will be serenaded with Nick on stage that night. 

Nick notices Jasmine and Danielle are doing the best. Corinne is flopping around like a fish out of water. She's whining to the cameras about how she doesn't feel pretty and is uncomfortable about last night. She goes into the bathroom and cries to one of the other women (Taylor, I think). The remaining women wonder where she is now.

It's showtime. They have to dance in front of 500 people. After the song and dance, the BSB pick Danielle for the one-on-one dance. Corrine's stomach drops when she sees Danielle kiss him. 

When the evening portion of the date starts, whiney, insecure Corrine has to take him off first. They talk about the day. Planned dancing aka choreography is like her worst nightmare. She apologizes about the rose ceremony. Nick asks if she apologized to the women. Corinne says she did not because she didn't think anyone knew she was upset. He tells her not to worry about last night. Afterwards, she's so exhausted and needs a nap. She's snoring again.

He comes back and takes Danielle out. Today was the first day Nick thought she seemed comfortable. Cue make out session. They slow dance some more with his hands firmly planted on her butt.

At the house, the next date card arrives. "Vanessa - You make me feel like I'm floating."

The women speculate it's a hot air balloon. Dominique complains about being tired of waiting and needs validation. 

Corinne comes back in for her nap and asks why the women didn't tell her she had a nip slip. They somehow move to talking about kids. Corinne has to prepare Raquel for that. Who is Raquel? Her nanny who does EVERYTHING for her. Jasmine cannot control her unbelief. It has her tripping over herself. 

It's time for the group date rose. It goes to Danielle. 

Corinne knows she wouldn't get two group roses in a row because Nick doesn't want to put a target on her back. 

The date with Vanessa is actually a weightless date like they are astronauts. She was afraid they were going skydiving. 

The plane takes off and a series of ups and downs is what creates the zero gravity sensation. They float around and get to act like kids, but trying to make out is trickier. 

After a while, she gets nauseous. Danielle's mortified she's going to puke on him. Nick is a gentleman and takes care of her. He enjoyed comforting her. 

The last date card arrives at the house. "Rachel, Alexis, Astrid, Jaimi, Sarah, Brittany, Dominque... I'm done playing the field."

Back on the date, they go to the tallest building in LA and have a date on an observation deck. Vanessa tells Nick she liked how close he is with his mom. Family is important to her. Her grandfather just died a few weeks ago, and all of her family strongly supported her coming. Yet the limo and the red rose at the funeral was symbolic. They talk of his past relationships. Blah, blah, blah. Nick being so vulnerable with her makes the possibility of heartbreak worth it. She gets the rose. 

The next day, Nick is running on a track when the women arrive. Dominique is excited because she and Rachel are the only ones who have not been on a date yet.

They are joined on the track by Allison Felix, Carl Lewis and Michelle Carter. They are going to have a Nick-atholon today. They have to compete in several events. 

They start with the long jump. Some are better than others. 

No one seems very good at the high jump except Alexis.

The javelin is next. It ain't pretty. Dominique hurts herself. 

We didn't have to watch the shot put they said would happen.

Three go on to the next round. Rachel, Alexis and Astrid. The winner of the 100 meter dash gets hot tub time with Nick. Rachel gets there first, but she doesn't grasp the wring she was supposed to get. Astrid bends down for it and Rachel shatters it. Astrid gets enough of it to win. 

Dominique is always, always, always overlooked, or so she whines.

That night at the date cocktail party, Nick takes Astrid off first. Rachel goes off to the restroom with Dom (because I miss an i every time I type her full name). Rachel thinks Dom is thinking too much about others and not about her. Dom says she tries to make a connection and make contact, but it's so frustrating since this is her first time out of the house. 

Nick has one-on-one time with everyone. He and Rachel talk about cabin fever. She's happy to be there right now. Dom interrupts their kiss, or at least she wants to. She skulks nearby. 

Dom finally gets her time. She says she won't BS him. She feels she didn't get a fair chance today. He thought she did give her attention. The conversation must have rubbed him the wrong way. He goes ahead and cuts her loose. 

Nick comes back to tell the women he went ahead and sent Dom home. He liked her, but couldn't see it long term. It's time to hand out the rose. It goes to Rachel. 

The next morning, Chris Harrison shows up and tells the women that there is a rose ceremony tonight. Rather than a cocktail party tonight, he wants a pool party today. 

The women get all greased up for Nick to arrive. 

When he gets there, Raven lathers the sunscreen on Nick. While everyone else is down at the pool, Corinne is putting on her make-up. She has plans. A bounce house. 

The women realize Nick and Corrine are missing. They go around to find them. The women are grossed out by what they find. "Do you feel comfortable with me?"

The women decide to wander back off because they can't watch this anymore. 

Raven pulls Nick aside and tells him she thinks he's making a huge mistake with Corrine. Raven tells him that Corrine is twenty-four years old and has a nanny that does EVERYTHING for her. 

Taylor tells Nick that some of the women are questioning what he wants and doubting themselves over how he's interacting with Nick. 

Vanessa questions his intentions. Given what they had going on the other night, but she saw him riding Corinne. Vanessa says she isn't questioning Corinne's actions, but is his. What does he really want?

Evidently, that line of conversation continues next week.
As the show closes with the credits, we have to watch Josephine sing a very awkward original song to Nick. #awkward

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

In fairness to Rachel, I had to get myself in the video (sort of) too.



I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Public Domain

I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back, No turning back.

The cross before me; The world behind me.
The cross before me; The world behind me.
The cross before me; The world behind me.
No turning back, No turning back.

 Though none go with me, I still will follow.
Though none go with me, I still will follow.
 Though none go with me, I still will follow.
No turning back, No turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, No turning back.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

The project I may never get done

I have to be honest. I have a special order (actually two) that I have been putting off because I know how tedious it's going to be to hand draw out and letter everything... in print. I hate printing.

Here's a sneak preview...


I had to come upstairs to bring out a couple of things I have to trace off, then need to get back and work on more of it. 

I also should have started earlier in the day. But Dad and I moved a couch from my studio to Virgil & Maudie's. Then we had to take the trailer back to my uncle's where it stays in between trips. After that, we went to an estate sale. When I got home, I had to organize all my two hundred or so books (because I had to move a bunch of them to get the couch out, then stack the 94 I got this week). Then I decided I needed a few things I forgot at the grocery store which is a sure sign I am trying to avoid something. 

I rarely pencil anything out, but penciled out the "Home is where..." and still goofed the spacing between words when I painted it.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's time to weekend

Sometimes I really wish I could tell you some of the crazy stories involving my job, but sometimes I just can't. Those stories mostly involve some of the potential project inquiries we get.  I haven't had a lot of those stories to share lately, but they seemed to all hit this week. I don't know if it's just the first of the year or a full moon or what.

In any case, my week had a good bit of that involved along with other things that kept popping up. Now, here I am on a Friday night at 7:00 and just now logging off. I ended up putting in an extra hour trying to finish something off because next week is going to be bananas for a whole other reason.

Then, I was trying to upload a video from my phone to my computer and it took me 15 minutes to figure out where the video was because it's not in the same place on this phone as my last, and it wasn't labeled with a "VID" name even though I thought the last ones were. That's enough to make me crazy in and of itself.

I snacked instead of eating lunch, my stomach is growling, and the chances of me cooking are now about zilch.

Yes, I'm tired and whiney. Since you don't want a picture of me whining, here's one of Peyton from her game last night.

Hopefully, tomorrow I will have a craft project completed to share. It's going to be a doozy too!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Don’t forget your prayers of praise

Part 2 of an interview with Amelia Rhodes,
Author of Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community

To read part 1 of this interview, click here!


When faced with more prayer requests than she could count, Amelia Rhodes realized how often she was failing to follow through on praying for others long-term. She longed to participate fully in lifting up those around her rather than simply offering quick, fly-by prayers as she learned of needs. Rhodes sought the Lord’s guidance and help with being more disciplined in her prayer life, and an idea started to take root in her heart. “I realized how many people I knew were struggling with the same types of things — adoptions, cancer, marriages. The idea of praying by topic seemed natural, and then I decided to see if I could make an A to Z list of all the needs and struggles facing our communities today,” Rhodes explains.

Rhodes’ new book, Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy Inspired) helps readers get a better handle on the prayer needs of those around them. Covering matters such as abuse, depression, hunger, persecution and more, Rhodes helps readers categorize requests into manageable groups. Each letter of the alphabet covers five topics, the first three of which are for prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of one’s life. The last two topics for each letter offer opportunity for praise, acknowledging God’s character and His work.

Q: Why is it hard for us to pray with focused intention for the requests of those around us?

Our world has become increasingly chaotic, with an endless stream of chatter and alerts from our tech devices. Every week the news reports more heartbreaking tragedies. I find with so many things calling for my attention, it can be easy to let prayer get squeezed out of the day. Sometimes I just don’t know where to begin, or I can’t find the words to express the ache in my soul. My heart and mind often jump from need to need. Writing and then reading these prayers and verses has become a starting place to bring my focused attention to God in prayer for my community.

Q: Why do you encourage readers to write down their requests, the names of those they are praying for and the dates they started praying?

I know how easily I forget things. I find writing down requests and dates serves as a testimony and a record of what God has done. Reading back through what you’ve written, you will see things you’ve forgotten or didn’t realize how God specifically worked in a situation. It helps us remember His goodness and prompts us to continue to pray for people who are still in the midst of a struggle.

Q: Is Pray A to Z best used individually, or does it work in a group setting as well? Is it appropriate for parents to use with their children?

Pray A to Z works well as a personal prayer guide as part of developing and deepening your private conversations with God. It also works great in a group setting. Whether you use the book to open a small group meeting or take the entire group time to pray through topics together, Pray A to Z can serve as a starting point for prayers together. Many times people are uncomfortable praying out loud in front of others, and reading a prayer from the book and inserting names and situations specific to your community can help ease that discomfort. I’ve had parents say using Pray A to Z in their family has opened the door to talk to their children about important topics. It’s a blessing for parents and children to pray together and see how God answers throughout time.

Q: Tell us about your process of prayer-walking in your neighborhood.

Whenever I am roaming the streets of my neighborhood, I turn my inner conversations to God and prayers for those who live in the houses I am passing. Whether it’s walking to and from the school bus stop, walking to work or running the neighborhood for exercise, I make a point to focus my thoughts toward God, specifically for my neighbors and any situations I know they are facing. If a house is for sale, I’ll pray for the people who will eventually buy it. I prayed over empty lots before houses were built. I also pray for those I don’t know and ask God to direct me into building a relationship with them.


Learn more about more about Amelia Rhodes and Pray A to Z at www.ameliarhodes.com, on Facebook (ameliarhodeswriter) and via Twitter (@amrhodes). 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It looks like a hoarder moved in

I think the Fed Ex guy may have hurt himself today while delivering these. I guess the guy that shipped these to me from eBay bundled them together as to not pay for individual shipping boxes since he was paying the shipping.

I'm just glad he put them inside my door and I didn't have to haul them in from the porch myself. I had to cut them apart to be able to move them, and they were still quite heavy. 


"What's in the boxes?" you ask? There were 94 Reader's Digest Condensed books. I stacked them up on the table, and anyone walking in may question if I am a hoarder. They better not look at my craft room right now. It needs some straightening. It doesn't help my cause. There's lots of books in there too.

Dad's going to need to start cutting books again soon.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Keith Korman’s ‘Eden’ Kindle Fire Giveaway and Blog Tour

Return to the story of Jesus and read it from a new perspective in Keith Korman's Eden: The Animals' Parable. In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden. Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

Settle in for some winter reading and enter to win a copy of Keith's book and a Kindle Fire!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Eden
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on January 24. The winner will be announced January 25 on Keith's blog.



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{MORE ABOUT EDEN}


Eden: The Animals’ Parable (Liberty Island, April 2016)
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you.” —Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice—the animals follow their master’s journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings—even if they don’t fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.
Keith Korman

{MORE ABOUT KEITH KORMAN}


Keith Korman is a literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally-known writers of fiction and non-fiction at his family’s literary agency, Raines & Raines. The idea for “Eden” first came to him as a child when he saw the little calf jump across the stable in the prelude to William Wyler’s “Ben Hur.” And he’s been thinking about it ever since.
Find out more about Keith at http://www.edentheanimalsparable.com.


Monday, January 9, 2017

This week's superlative is #raunchiest season of #thebachelor ever

From the official +The Bachelor Twitter account.

Last week I predicted that this was going to be the skeeziest season every of The Bachelor. The previews are proving that it indeed will be and I'm hating this season already.

This season, more than any other, is going to focus on getting Nick to bed. That right there is saying a lot because if you have watched the show, especially with Nick in the past...

Chris Harrison brings all 22 remaining women into the living room to tell them there will be three dates this week, and not all of them will be a part of a date. With that, he gives out the first date card.

The card reads "Corrine, Vanessa, Sarah, Alexis, Haley, Lacey, Brittany, Jasmine, Raven, Danielle L., Taylor, Elizabeth W. Always a bridesmaid..."

They pile into 3 convertibles, and off they go. They pull up to another large house, I'm guessing the one where Nick is staying. 

Nick warns that group dates can be weird, and he wasn't always that great at them. Their date is taking wedding photos. Franco, the photographer, pulls out a rack of dresses. Each dress has a theme - 80s bride, shotgun bride... The Adam and Eve bride only has a bottom. After the photographer assigns the brides' dresses, he says the rest are bridesmaids.

All the girls get their hair and make-up done.

Alexis didn't know what a shotgun wedding was. Too young to hear the term, I guess.

Corinne tells everyone who didn't already know that she has kissed Nick and hopes to do it again today. She has on a skimpy bridal bikini.

Brittany is strutting around with her long hair covering her upper half, and that's it. Someday, hopefully, a woman will refuse this crap and stand up for decency instead of going along with this trashiness.

All the women parade back out onto the grounds for the photo shoot. It's about to get raunchy because they are all out for the best shoot knowing there's a prize waiting at the end. There's the Vegas elopement with Sarah. There's a biker wedding with Hailey.

Alexis the dolphin trainer is from New Jersey, but pulls out her best southern accent for her shotgun wedding. The 80s wedding with Vanessa has the ugly bridesmaid dresses. Jasmine is the dirty bridesmaid making the mood on the groom. She kisses him for the photos making every other woman want to do the same, especially for the traditional wedding with Danielle.

The princess wedding belongs to Taylor. Their kiss seems too sincere to all the women.

Corrine is ready to step up her game

At the house, the women are sitting around. Josephine is holding court talking about Corrine already kissing Nick. Liz plays innocent saying she didn't kiss him last night. No, that was 9 months ago. 

Nick puts on his little outfit to be Adam with Brittany's Eve. Corrine is jealous. They go to do their shoot in the pool for the beach wedding. Corrine decides she can be topless too. The women are shocked. They are uncomfortable as Corinne is putting on a show. Nick seems uncomfortable even.

After all the photos, the photographer decides Corinne is the lucky winner. All the others are disgusted. She then actually puts on a dress. They evidently go off for a while on their own date. Maybe? Thankfully we don't see it.

That night when everyone is clothed again for the rest of the date, Corrine takes him off first. All the women thinks she needs to tone it down.

Corinne says she wears her heart on her sleeve. He says he loves how she takes initiative. That's when she moves in for the makeout session.

All the women muse about how great they think he is. Corinne comes back and rubs in how amazing it was getting naked with him. TRASHY. It leaves everyone wondering if they have to get nasty because that's what he wants. Everyone tries to shove their tongues down his throat after that.

Raven and Nick actually do some talking. He finds her honesty attractive.

Back at the house, a date card arrives. "Danielle M. - Our relationship is about to take off... - Nick"

Corrine wants to talk to him again and is wondering why some of these others haven't made their move. She decides to interrupt the awkward Alexis. First a dolphin (she was a shark), and the pregnant bride.

Everyone is now really mad at Corrine who comes back saying her nipple may have been out the whole time they were talking. She tells them they shouldn't have come if they didn't like to be interrupted.

Nick asks about Taylor's psychology studies. They barely get started talking when Corrine steals nick AGAIN. He's hesitant, but says, "ok." Corrine wants to say goodnight and suck face again. She asks how the day has gone.

Taylor thinks Nick isn't about this. He may like it at first, but when it comes down to it. Taylor comes back to break up Corinne's time and steal him back. Corrine is now pissed even though she's the one who was the one that called the *itches if they didn't like to be interrupted. Corinne complains to all the other girls, saying she's classier when she does it.

Taylor does a little psychoanalysis. She says she likes how he gets a little one-tracked minded and this look on his face. Corrine and Taylor try to settle things. Mainly Corrine calls her out and is a mean girl. Corrine gives them all a speech about the fact it will get weird, and you have to do what's good for you.

Nick gives Corrine the group date rose even though he says each of them deserve it. Rightfully so, in this case, all the women are defeated. There's going to be a cat fight really soon. Corinne says her dad would be proud. When none of the women would talk to her, she says, "I was just being myself."

Raven's observation is this: "If Nick likes someone who is just leading with her sexuality, no wonder it's his fourth time."

Amen, sister. Amen.

The next day, Corinne is bragging to Lacey about her vulgarity the day before. Lacey is confused about the kind of woman he is looking for. Lacey is glad Danielle got the date because she is so nice

We find Danielle M. and Nick on a helicopter. Nick does an act of being a traffic reporter. They land on a yacht. All yacht dates are the same.

He says he feels more relaxed today. More normal.

Back at the house... the women are pondering what might be on the next date card. 

Liz is anxious and wants to talk to someone about her past experience with Nick. She decides she can trust Christen. She tells everything that happened. Christen says it was not Monday night family-friendly TV details. I don't think Christen really wanted to know all of this. There's three outfit changes during their discussion.

Liz really wants to just have a conversation with Nick. 

There's a hot tub on the yacht, by the way. Thankfully, we don't see much of that. We catch up with them later at dinner. Danielle says she doesn't know much about Nick, but she did watch Bachelor in Paradise. Nick gives his rundown of falling for both Andi and Katelyn.

Nick talks about falling fully and being in love. She finally gets her chance to talk about her past. She was engaged, but she found her fiance dead from an overdose. She had not known he as an addict. Her other relationships have ended shortly after revealing her past.

She gets the date rose, but is so soft spoken that I sadly think she won't last long. However, Nick thinks she has many qualities she is looking for in a wife. She's the anti-Corinne which is interesting. They do their kissing on a Ferris wheel. Remember when the Bachelor/Bachelorette tried not to kiss everyone. It was a few years ago...

At the house, the last date card arrives. "Christen, Josephine, Astrid, Jaimi, Kristina, Liz... We need to talk..."

That means that not getting any date time this week are Rachel (who got the first impression rose), Dominque, and Whitney. I think that's right. 

The next day, the women are both excited and nervous. They pile into a limo and find Nick in Hollywood. He takes them to the Broken Relationships museum. He donated a relic as part of his past. He doesn't tell them what it is at first. They have to find it as they go through the exhibits. They find a rose and the engagement ring Nick picked out for Kaitlyn. It was actually too gaudy. He is glad for the experience. He sees the ring as a sign of hope because he knows himself better now.

Their tour is interrupted as they hear yelling. A couple is yelling at each other, acting out a break-up. It was part of a live symposium. All the women are going to have to act out breaking up with Nick.

Before that though, they continue to tour the museum. Nick is nervous with Liz since they have a past and he feels he's being too secretive. Christen thinks there's some tension there. Liz cries to the camera because she wants to talk to him, but he's practically ignoring her.

When it's time for the break-ups, Astrid goes first. She gives a rose back.

Kristina does a weird skit about oral health. He didn't floss.

Jaimi makes it about a messy bathroom.

Nick plays back with Christen. Theirs is funny.

Josephine slaps him. He's surprised. She calls him a drunk.

Last up is Liz. She reads off a letter to him. She tells their whole story. Christen can't believe this is happening. Liz tells him why she wasn't ready to give him her number. Liz says that she hopes he will fight for her now since he didn't really try before. No one except Christen really understands what is going on. Nick is confused. He's put on the spot.

Nick wants to talk to Liz and make a decision about whether or not he wants her to stick around.

Later that evening, Nick tells the women that the day went much better than his group dates.

He knows he's going to have to talk to Liz tonight, but he takes off Astrid, then Josephine off. He's hoping all the women don't know what happened with Liz. He doesn't want to keep a secret, but doesn't want Liz to be the one telling.

During his time with Jaimi, she admits she dated a woman in the past. That caught him off guard. But he doesn't sense anyone knowing about Liz.

When Nick and Christen talk, they talk about the awkward moment of the day. Christen reveals she knows about their history. He wants to know what all Liz shared. She gives the short version, then spurts out the big reveal. Nick explains why he thought they were done. Nick says he needs to talk to Liz, then make everyone aware.

The time has come. He wants to know why Liz is there. If she wanted an opportunity at a relationship, why didn't she pursue something back then? Is she there just to get on TV now? Nick tells Liz it has raised a lot of questions. Why didn't she try to get in touch with him by now if she were truly interested.

She doesn't like phone conversations after having a connection with someone. Nick claims to the cameras he wants to find a reason to keep Liz around, but she's making less and less sense.

The women realize how long Nick and Liz have been gone. Christen is vague in telling the women they needed to have a conversation. They don't understand what's going on. Meanwhile, Nick cuts Liz loose and sends her home. He walks Liz out.

Nick takes a moment before going back in to the other women and telling them what happened. He doesn't want them to think that he's been lying. I guess it's up to these five to tell the other 16. He spills the beans. The women looked shocked, and that's how the night ends.

No rose ceremony. The next episode will start with the rest of the women finding out. 

EVERY week should end with a rose ceremony. Now we'll be off whack for weeks. 

The credits roll with Alexis having cupcakes with Nick to celebrate her boob birthday. It's been a year since she had them done.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands


He’s Got the Whole World

He’s got the whole world - in His hands
He’s got the whole world - In His hands
He’s got the whole world - In His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the little bitty babies - In His hands
He’s got the little bitty babies - In His hands
He’s got the little bitty babies - In His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the mommies and the daddies - In his hands
He’s got the mommies and the daddies - In his hands
He’s got the mommies and the daddies - In his hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the brothers and the sisters - In His hands
He’s got the brothers and the sisters - In His hands
He’s got the brothers and the sisters - In His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got [insert child’s name] - In His hands
He’s got [insert child’s name] - In His hands
He’s got [insert child’s name] - In His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

I have so much to do, but can't find the time.

I have had a craft project I have been putting off because I'm not just real excited about the tediousness it's going to require. It's a special order, and I need to get it done.

I've been using the excuse that I don't want to work on it at night because I need to do all the writing at one time and doing it at night when I'm tired would not be a good move. I had been planning to work on it today, but on Thursday, I found out Peyton had a basketball tournament on Saturday. 

Because it has turned cold again, and my window is limited, I crocheted for orders between games. I have had a list for the weekend! 

The thing is... I have to get back to the order next Saturday. I have to! Just wait until I post the pictures of it.