Monday, July 21, 2014

I doubt they really tell all


Tonight's episode of The Bachelorette presents viewers with "The Men Tell All." I bet the men don't tell us much we don't already know.

We can all hope for juicy tidbits, but in reality, it's going to be watered down blah, blah, blah.

Before it even starts, we find out that a good chunk of the time is devoted to a live ultrasound to tell the gender of J.P. and Ashley's baby. Ugh. OOOOOHHHHHH!!! But, we find out who lied during the lie detector tests. Chris Harrison has a copy of the results that Andi didn't tear up.

More men than ever before told Andi that they loved her teases Chris Harrison. Before we learn which of the guys that have been brought back to talk about their experience... Marcus, Marquel, Farmer Chris... we have to talk to Ashley and J.P. about their upcoming baby.

They are so over the top happy it's sickening. Not only are they moving to Miami to escape the polar vortex, Chris teases they are moving closer to Juan Pablo. Who cares? For some reason, they are surprised with a live ultrasound. She's due October 7th. They could have had this done long ago. In fact, they probably know if the baby is a boy or girl way before this whole "live" thing. When asked if they are excited, they are speechless.

She luckily has a split in the side of her long dress to be able to do this. Maybe it wasn't a surprise.  It was all staged, or actually, it looks like they tore the seam out of her dress. Her fluid is good we are told. TMI. Finally, after floating the wand around, we're told it's a boy. Ashley tells that she felt like it was a boy all along. J.P. is happy to pass along the Rosenbaum name.

When we come back from the commercial, do we get on with the guys telling all? Of course, not!

We get previews of all the crying from Michelle Money, nasty Claire, Ben the daddy, and all of the others on Bachelore in Paradise. Lots of "kissing" in the ocean is sure to ensue since everyone is on the show looking for the hook-up. Will everyone fall in love? Will everyone pair up? There will be new arrivals every week, including Lucy, the "free spirit," Marquel, Marcus, Chris the crazy guy that tried to meet Andi, Cody, and lots of other undesirables. An ambulance shows up... there is blood on the floor... is there a murder?

Finally, thirty minutes into the show, we are introduced to the men who are telling all. Even the ones who were booted so early they have nothing to tell.

Carl (the fire fighter - don't even remember him), Brett (the hairstylist who may or may not have been into bachelorettes), Andrew (the one with the creepy grin who may or may not have been racist), Patrick (forgettable guy in ad sales), Bradley (the opera singer), Ron (the man of color who was not Marquel), Craig (who also has a weird smile), Nick (the golfer), Tasos (who seems very effeminate to me), J.J. (and his pants of many colors), Marquel (sans cookies), Cody (and his muscles), Dylan (he's going to get busted on the lie detector results, I just know it), Coach Brian, Marcus (who is so very nice to look at), and Farmer Chris.

They are all wearing scarves, and looking quite dumb indoors with them, I will add. Obviously, it's some joke about the season. Maybe the producers read one of my tweets from earlier in the season. Even Chris Harrison has one on and mentions it being the "scarfiest" season they have ever had. I'm pretty sure they saw the the Pinterest pin about the 30 ways to tie a scarf because everyone had them tied a different way.

What was it about Andi that stuck out?

Farmer Chris found her to be beautiful, but also had so many things she was looking for. Marquel thought it was a blessing to be in this situation (or a curse... a blessing or a curse). Nick the golfer was intimidated by the builds of all the other hot guys.

Our first clips of the season has all the guys oogling and googling at her. After checking out her, they start checking out each other. Then, they get jealous. Then they bad mouth each other, accusing others of "not being here for the right reasons."

Chris Harrison picks "the most sensitive issues of the whole season" involving Marquel confronting Andrew about allegedly making racist comments. Then, on stage, Andrew gets Ron and Marquel's names confused. #busted

Andrew calls J.J.'s reputation into question for being the person who tried to get something going. Chris tells J.J. that he was always trying to start something like a politician - why didn't he just go to Andrew who he had a problem with? There's a lot of he said/he said that is hard to follow exactly.

I don't think that Andrew does the greatest job of defending himself. He doesn't seem to deny it exactly. When they come back from commercial, it's time to put someone in the "hot seat," but J.J. speaks up to defend himself since he got slammed in the earlier conversation.

First up in the hot seat is Marquel, complete with his stupid looking cookie pin. I think he stole it from Cookie Monster. It looks like a Sesame Street prop. Before he talks, we see a montage of his greatest moments and his tears over being "nothing special." The crowd goes wild. J.J. must have given him some pants, by the way because they are a very loud red-orange color.

Marquel laments about being stuck in the friend zone. He does take some responsibility for not getting out of the friend zone. Chris Harrison asks him why he just didn't kiss her like everyone else -- that he was missing some signals. In retrospect, he would have done some things differently. Teasing the upcoming series, Harrison asks him if he would do something different if he found himself in Paradise. He says he would take advantage of the opportunity. We shall see. Before his 15 minutes of fame ends, he throws out giant black and white cookies to the audience.

Next up... Marcus. He was the first to tell Andi that he loved her. Is he still heartbroken? I heard he was engaged to someone from Bachelor in Paradise, so I think he just falls in love too quickly. Marcus' clips from the season are full of Andi complimenting Marcus... until she doesn't give him a rose after home towns. He can barely watch the recap from the hot seat. In fact, he has tears in his eyes. His gorgeous blue eyes.

After a great hometown date, when asked, Marcus still has questions about what happened. He has mixed emotions about what happened. He was embarrassed and disappointed, but he did not mean it when in the limo he said, "I never should have told her I loved her."

Marcus is open to finding love again, and he too may find it in Paradise.

One more guy before Andi comes out... Farmer Chris! Andi found Chris' farmer self to be sexy. His family was greater than she had imagined. Yet, she just couldn't get past Iowa. I'm still impressed with how he took it when Andi decided it wasn't going to work for them. He too has an emotional moment.

The only thing he would have differently was to spend more time to tell her what she was willing to do for love. Chris Harrison shares that Andi said that the hometown date to Iowa was her favorite.

Harrison does ask Chris what will happen next for him. A random woman from the audience speaks up from the audience and asks if she can ask him a question. This small town Canadian woman named Ketra (?) in her very short shorts outfit (like her butt hangs out the back when she sits down) comes up and sits next to him. She asks Chris if he thinks he will find someone in Iowa. She'd like to date him. In an awkward moment, they get to talk during commercial. It turns out that she came from the Toronto area just to come to the show. She gives him her phone number on a post-it note before exiting the stage.

Will the fact that he is not quizzed about finding love in Paradise mean Farmer Chris will be the next Bachelor?

FINALLY!!! It's time for Andi to join them. Some of the guys look a bit miffed to see her (like Dylan).

Chris gets the first chance to ask her a question. Being caught off guard, he asks what it was that changed during that last date. She felt like maybe Chris was giving her an out by asking more than once, "do you see yourself in Iowa?"

Marcus asks if the fact that he was so open about his feelings was what scared her off. His puppy dog eyes are killer. (Maybe his engagement from Paradise has already ended?) She explains that she just didn't see her feelings catching up to his in the time that they had left.

Cody speaks up and says that Andi never got to see the real Cody. She said it was painful to let him go on a one-on-one date, but it was better than putting him through a rose ceremony.

Marquel asks about the friend zone. Andi said that sometimes it is there, and sometimes it isn't. They were always about having fun. Marquel accuses Andi of being to shy to kiss him. She turns it on him and asks, "were you too shy to kiss me?" which he denies except the fact he didn't realize everyone else was kissing on the first date.

Nick the golfer thought her guard was up during any time they had together.

For some reason, Chris Harrison makes Crazy Chris, the one that tried to get in the first night, stand up. Harrison points out that you'll be able to see more of that Chris in Paradise. One shameless plug right after the other. Of course, no one but the most die hard of Bachelor fans is going to watch it -- even among loyal fans.

Chris Harrison tells Andi that she is not out of the woods yet. He asks Andi if she is pregnant, after all, there is an ultrasound machine in the back. She denies the story.

However, Harrison does have lie detector results. Do you like it when Andi says, "stooooooppp?"

Brian, Marcus, J.J., Chris, Dylan and Josh were on the lie detector date. Three men told no lies -- Brian, J.J. and Chris. Shame on Marcus, Dylan and Josh. No wonder Josh was so upset about it all.

Marcus said he had slept with fewer than 20 women, but that was a lie!

Dylan didn't lie about his personal hygiene, but he lied about preferring brunettes to blondes. He's also not ready for marriage.

Harrison asks Andi if she would like to know about Josh's two lies. She's a bit conflicted. Brian tells her not to do it (though he ripped into her answers). Dylan says to trust him. Andi isn't completely sure though. I want to know!

Then, the blooper reel rolls. I was less than impressed.

As the show closes, it's a look at the final two men. Nick vs. Josh. I would have chosen Chris.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

When the Roll is Called up Yonder

Since we're in Revelation which talks about angels and trumpets and all, I thought this song was appropriate for today. Except, I thought they would have known it a little better. You can't tell we practiced it first.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Blah, blah, blah

So, obviously, July has not been a big month for book releases as evident by no book posts this week.

As busy as April and May were for new releases and tours, coupled with prepping for ICRS in June, it has been nice to catch up on the items of my to-do list that kept being pushed down the line. My email inbox is remarkably empty as I tend to things as they come. However, I know there are also things I need to get ready for upcoming releases, but I digress.

This is one of those periods of time that prove just how boring my life is with no idle chatter to fill each day's post. The girls don't have any sporting events going on right now, so there's nothing to post about there either.

This week has been a bit different. My grandmother had surgery Wednesday, and I took her sister up to visit her today, so that's two days that I have been away from the house.

Thankfully, everything went well and evidently smooth. The most eventful thing of yesterday was when I scared myself half to death changing lanes. I looked in the mirror. I looked over my shoulder like I always do. I had my signal on, but as I start to easy over, I realize there is a car in the other lane that either sped up in that lane or came around me as I was about to change lanes. I swerved back in my lane, had a very dramatic moment of straightening up, and thankfully no one was on my right. It shook me up for the day and made me wonder if I would have rolled my old car. My aunt was very calm for the whole thing, but I was a basket case. Everyone was safe and sound outside of the scary moment.

One can only hope something fun and exciting can happen soon... for my own entertainment and yours.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The payoff is never as good as the tease

So, only two more weeks of The Bachelorette... sadly about the only thing on TV that I am watching right now. Further proof I need to find better things to do like go walking and have a heat stroke in the evenings (I should have gone this week when it was record lows for July), work on crochet projects or read.

There was a commercial with a good tease about the "Men Tell All" episode, but it's not up on the site. Will Andi question her choices? I doubt it. The payoff of the actual episode is never, ever as good as the tease.

But then again... would we watch if the commercials said, "There will be nothing unexpected and everyone pretty much minds their Ps and Qs."

Here's the only preview from the site for Monday night.


In other boring TV news, the "season" finale of Sister Wives is Sunday night. I think it's a bunch of rehash of rehash of their lives and how each wife joined the family. The commercial teases, "is Robin pregnant?" Probably not. She's probably just going to announce that she is giving up on My Sister Wives' Closet so she can try to have a baby or something. I'm over the Brown family too.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

May the new TV season come swiftly

Tonight I have been contemplating how I really hope time flies, and we get to start the Fall TV season soon. Usually I can cope from TV series withdrawals by watching the Texas Rangers for the summer, they have been so absolutely horrible this season, I just can't do it.

On a Thursday night in the summer -- which is normally my favorite TV night -- the pickings are slim. As I scroll through the channel guide, my choices include TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and VH1's Dating Naked. I may watch a bunch of dumb reality crap, but I do draw the line somewhere. I do have my standards, and obviously my morals. Even if I do end up watching the train wreck that Bachelor in Paradise will be. I don't plan to blog my way through it, but that could change.

I "tried" to watch NBC's debut of Welcome to Sweden. I give that show less than a month before it is cancelled. I found it that annoying.

With all this horrid swill on TV, maybe that contributes to the fact this is the BEST thing I've watched all week.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Because I know you have missed posts about my latest crochet project

As I am sure you know, because I posted so many pictures here, I did a lot of crocheting last fall/early winter for Christmas presents. That hexagon blanket big enough to cover the top of my parents' king size bed, a couple of headbands, and more hats than I can remember (at least 10). 

By the time I started a baby blanket, I was so over crocheting, I had to put it away. About 1/3 to 1/2 way through a baby blanket I promised someone, I just couldn't do anymore. I told my co-worker, Christen, that Scout would have it by his first birthday. 

Getting the itch again, and after buying more yarn that I didn't need yet bought anyway because it was on sale last weekend at Hobby Lobby, I pulled my project back out this week. I'm hoping to whip it out. It may end up more of a vertical stripe blanket because I think I'm going to run out of yarn to make it be horizontal stripe. 

This year, I'm hoping to make up a bunch of hats before winter and have ready to sell before Christmas. However, you know me and my good intentions.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you do?

As I mentioned Sunday, it's a light blog tour week, and I need something to ramble about this week. 

Maybe it's because I don't venture far from my little corner of the world, but people frequently ask, "where do you work now?" or "what are you doing now?" While well meaning questions, for some reason, they always seem to come off with a sense of "do you have a job?" 

I'm sure that's just me. I'm sure they don't mean it in a way that sounds like, "are you an old maid that lives with your parents?" Since graduating college (when I lived away for three years), I stayed with my parents for only two brief intervals: 1) less than 6 months when I graduated and was looking for a job, and 2) about 6 months when I needed to move out of the 'hood I was living in after an incident of coming home to find police in my front yard looking for gun shell casings and another time of finding out the apartment on the other side of my wall had been broken into during broad daylight.  (That's the only time in 17 years I haven't lived in my own place.)

Obviously, these people are not my blog readers. Inspired by the sermon this morning where the visiting preacher said, "I'll just answer the obvious questions now. I am 6'6", and yes, I played basketball."

Yes, America, I have a job. Other than a less than two week transition period in 2012, I have had a job consistently since April of 2002. Before that there was a three month period where I was looking for a job after deciding my mental well being was more valuable than the education of 20 fourth graders who were driving me to the brink of insanity. For 9 years and 11 months, I worked at one company doing PR work. Then, I changed jobs, but for over 2 years and 4 months, I have worked for another company doing the same kind of thing I did before.

Although I do the same think I've done for the past 12 years, now, instead of going to an office outside of my home, I get dressed and go to another part of the house every morning.

On behalf of all people that work from home... You can have a full-time, actual work from home job. It's an actual living. It's not like answering some weird classified ad on Craig's List. Yes, I have some hermit tendencies that I've always had, but it's not some odd taboo thing or just something people do in order to be able to homeschool their children (that's the usual situation - I'm not downing anyone). You don't have to be a stay at home parent to have a real work from home job.

The "what do you do?" question though gets me. For over 12 years, I've tried to explain it, and my dad still calls me by the wrong job title (one I haven't had in at least 10). I might as well work for the CIA. It'd be easier to say, "it's classified" or make up something. The problem with making up something... it's mostly people at church that ask.

Do any of you have some kind of odd job or working situation that people ask you about? Have you worked at one place for ages, and people just don't realize it?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Who will make the final two on The Bachelorette?

I gave up an invitation to go swimming with Paige and Peyton tonight so that I could go to the grocery store (I had no form of cheese or eggs) and be able to blog with The Bachelorette live.

Actually, I went over to my parents house to eat after work and left late enough to have to run through the grocery store, and I'm still 20 minute late starting The Bachelorette. I'll be caught up by right after an hour in though. That's how many commercials there are.

As much as I hated to say no to a very chipper sounding Paige, I was down to my last 4 Coke Zeros in the office fridge and goodness knows, that is more troublesome than being without cheese. Plus, I didn't want another late night of blogging on the episode some other night like I have for the past two or moer weeks.

So who will Andi invite to the fantasy suite? Word around the web is that one of the three guys will be let go before the invitation is extended. I don't guess there is a chance that the word of it being Chris isn't true? I don't think Josh is the best choice, but I can't stand Nick.


After Andi's last fantasy suite experience with Juan Pablo, Andi is fearful of a guy being one way on camera and another behind closed doors. I think the time has come for a lot of second guessing.

To start off the week at the Dominican Republic, she's glad each of the guys are there for a different reason.

Josh has a personality Andi thinks most women are attracted to. (Yeah, the cocky guy...) Outgoing, funny, lively, kind, and compassionate. She has so much fun with Josh. I don't know that I would say easy going like she does. He has been pretty intense since the whole lie detector thing. It is hard to resist tall, dark and handsome. She admits to being giddy around him.

He admits to falling in love with her.

For all the positives, however, a red flag comes up with the former athlete type she has had trouble with before. (Juan Pablo ring a bell?) She has been guarded with Josh because there is that side that came up after the lie detector test when he went crazy about trusting him. Blame the show, not Andi is all I have to say about that.

Chris is a sweet, smart, light-hearted and funny guy. He is cute, charming, romantic and makes her feel like he is there to find love. Andi is attracted to the manly qualities of the farmer. He impressed her by writing down and sharing his feelings for her. In her words, Chris is mature and sexy.

Until Andi met his family, he couldn't even begin to picture herself in Iowa.

Nick has always stood out to Andi for reasons I will never understand. His shy and skeptical side has always been memorable to her. There is a mental connection that intrigues her. Flattery evidently gets him everywhere.

He is sweet, affection, smart and serious, in her words. His lisp gets me. He gets her, she says. He sees her (according to a poem) and has that passionate side. Evidently, he is a good kisser.

The potential of growing old with him is there.

Sigh. Go ahead. Take him off the market. I don't know who wants him if they have watched the show.

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There isn't even a video of Nick's boring date available on the site.

Her first date - or the first date shown - is her date with Nick. She wants to talk to him today about his past break-ups. Evidently, his version is not as dramatic as his family described them to be.

Nick is ready to share how he feels about Andi with her. He's been wanting to say something since Belgium.

They hop a helicopter and try to make out while wearing giant earphones with microphones. They land on a private island (or at least beach) for the day.

I'm getting a sunburn watching them. The cameras pan them both taking of their respective shirts and cover-ups. I'm struck by the side shot they didn't edit out of an obviously padded bikini. I mean, the padding is coming out the side.

Now, it's time for Andi to pry into his past relationships. Andi says it was more like his family was more worried about him getting hurt than whether or not they were a good fit. Nick says one time he broke up with a girl and didn't speak to much of anyone for six months. I'm not sure if it was the same or a different relationship where a fiance broke up with him. I'm not backing it up to listen to him any more than I have to in order to figure out the details.

He admittedly rambles on a while. I don't even know what he was talking about. Now he can't spit out his feelings.

Later that night, Andi tries to get Nick to open up. She starts by asking what is his most embarrassing thing is--like are you clumsy? He just owns up to being quirky. Then, he says he has to show her what he's been up to this week... what any 33 year old guy would do... write a fairy tale. I think he may have pulled out his box of 24 Crayola crayons to illustrate the story.

I thought it was a cheezy retelling of the season. She found it childish in a really, cute, fun way -- but very romantic. This makes her think of a side of Nick being a father and reading to their children.

There are a lot of blank pages left to finish off the story. At that point, she hands over the envelope with the invitation to the fantasy suite. She asks him what she thinks, and he rambles on for a while about talking her ear off when she finally interrupts him to ask, "is that a yes?"

FINALLY, and I do mean finally, he says, "I love you." He's been rambling to the camera forever (like weeks) about wanting to say it.

I try to block out their loud sucking face noises during their make-out session before they go off for the night.

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Next up... A day in Santo Domingo with Josh. Josh tries to show off his Spanish. I think he remembers about as much as I do which is not much.
Andi is putting a lot of pressure on this date. They spend the day soaking in local culture - food, shopping, street dancing... She then takes him to watch a local sandlot game of baseball. The two get out and play with the kids. They are Dominican, so it's future Major League Baseball players here.

Josh feels for Andi something he's never felt before. He asks Andi what she thought about his family. Andi admits to be a little scared of his mother. He understands why.

He loves her, and tells her that he knows that she can't say it back. This makes her more giddy than she already was.

That night at dinner, it gets more serious. She needs to know that he is serious about proceeding in a relationship.

Looking back, Josh admits he thought he was done after the first night when he came off as cocky, or just maybe overly confident. They move on to talking about what kind of parents they picture themselves being. Josh talks about picturing the future when they are around kids like they were today. I think she can see his level of seriousness about a family now. He says he is ready to propose and get married. After a little kissy face, her mood changes a bit. She brings up him being happy all the time which seems to be problematic for her.

Out comes the invitation to the fantasy suite. Andi says she wants to see how she is without all the cameras. So, off they go, but not without a swimming pool/hot tub moment first. *gag*

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The final date is with Chris. Before the date starts, she expresses to the cameras that it is a make or break date for them as she isn't so sure she's at a point that she is ready to spend a night with him. There's the admission it isn't just talking all night, as if there was ever a question.

They go horseback riding which is a fantastic idea for someone who isn't really comfortable around horses. He's quite comfortable. I don't really think about corn farmers riding horses. It's been like 20 years since she has ridden. The horse starts trotting more than Andi was prepared for, and I thought she was going to lose it. They observe farm life much more manual than Chris experiences now before stopping for a picnic. He seems more talkative than she is, thanking her for their time together in Iowa. They talk a bit about her impressions of his family. Chris' dimples show as he smiles while listening to her talk about his family.

She's much more somber on this date than the others. They try to make it a little more light-hearted by playing hide and go seek like their date in Iowa ended.

That evening things get real. The poor guy really likes her. She's just mentally in a not great place for the date - probably over thinking everything. He doesn't want to beat a dead horse, especially after riding horses all day, but asks her, "what do you think of Iowa?" Understandably so, she's concerned about the transition. Chris tells her that he is willing to make sacrifices. She starts onto her struggle, not only with the thought of Iowa, but the seriousness of the fantasy suite card for her. He asks, "where do you want me to try to go with this?" Alls he really wants to do (he starts saying alls, I notice) is let her know he's in love with her and try to work it out.

He's in a tough spot. Chris is in a family business. Farming is in his blood. He's willing to try to work it out. He's told her all of this, but Andi is going to have to make the call if it is worth the risk to her. I really think he's done all he can do -- it's up to Andi to decide if she likes him enough to pursue it further.

Now she starts ugly crying that she can't see herself in Iowa and that she doesn't see herself in the relationship where he does. Andi needs a paper bag as she is just short of the hiccups. She says she has more respect for him than to say it's just Iowa and wait for a rose ceremony. At this point, she cuts him loose. Chris stays really calm and listens to her. Finally, Chris pats Andi's back, tells her he is disappointed. She rants on about being an idiot, then says her head and heart doesn't match up. Chris tells her that she's not an idiot -- the whole thing comes down to her feelings. He awkwardly can't decide how to make his exit. She walks him out, and he tries to calm her by saying that she did the right thing. He graciously takes his exit.

Chris tells the camera that he didn't see it coming and that it hurts. He takes it like a man. He came on the show to take it seriously, and tries not to cry while the camera is in his face in the car. It just dawned on me how awkward it must be to talk to yourself on camera because you have to say something with the camera there.

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And then there were two...

Andi recovers quickly after the commercial break saying it's been a good week even though there were some hard things. It's time for a breakdown of the week with Chris Harrison. If she had it all to do over again, she'd still pick these two guys. 

Chris Harrison asks her about Bachelor Chris. He asks if it was about Iowa. She said the foundation wasn't there, but complimented him on being a class act, a gentlemen.

Then, Harrison goes on to ask about Nick. She talks about the main thing she wanted to discuss with Nick - his break-ups. Then, she reveals his confession of love. 

Harrison asks if Josh said "I love you" too. He did. 

There are concerns with both. The intensity of Nick (can he be funny) vs. the fun of Josh (can he be serious?). She likes both sides of the spectrum.

Going into the final rose ceremony, it's a given that she is going to offer the final two roses, but supposedly she is wondering if both will accept. They've expressed their love, so I don't know what else she expects.

As they arrive at the beach to claim their roses, each guy tells the camera how excited he is to meet Andi's family. When they arrive, neither guy says anything about wondering where Chris is. Chris Harrison points out the obvious about him not being there. Andi arrives to hand out roses. She starts by telling how she didn't see a future with Chris and how even though there are only two left, she still wanted to have a rose ceremony. She wants each guy to have the opportunity to bail if that's what he wants to/needs to do.

She gives the first rose to Nick, leaving Josh with a funny look on his face. Maybe it's just the sun grins. It could easily be the sun grins. Then Josh accepts his rose.

Josh thinks he's going to be proposing.

Nick wonders why she didn't send Josh home too.

However, we have to wait two weeks before we find out if she makes the horrible choice, picking Nick.

Next week is the "Men Tell All" episode. I hope there is dirt, not just a lame show. 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

How beautiful Heaven must be

I feel a bit ill equipped to get into Revelation with 3rd and 4th graders.

Usually, I'm pretty crafty with my classes, but I've really not been with this group all year. So, this morning, I read Revelation 4 about the throne room of heaven, and let them draw what they thought it would look like (stay tuned to the end of the video).

Today's song... "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be."


Saturday, July 12, 2014

The year chose to buy season tickets

I was up in Arlington yesterday, and of course, I had to go by Hobby Lobby. 

How can it possibly be time for them to start stocking all of this yet?

Of course, it will be half price by Halloween, or somewhere around there.



This year in order to continue my annual father/daughter Opening Day tradition of watching the Texas Rangers, I bought a 10 game mini plan that came with opening day tickets. Technically, I am considered a Season Ticket Holder.

I picked a terrific year to buy season tickets, didn't I? My friend that went in 50/50 is thinking the same thing.

In case you didn't know, even the Houston Astros have a better record than the flailing Texas Rangers who have only one 3 of their last 22+ games. I've lost track they are so bad.


However, with my ticket split, I still had one pair of tickets left for the season. Things are so bad that even Paige and Peyton didn't want to go with me to watch the Rangers lose tonight.

Thankfully, Rakia was willing to take one for the team.

Thankfully, the tickets were in the shade with a breeze thanks to being 3 rows from the top, so it wasn't so bad. Plus, we got to boo Josh Hamilton.

OH! And we got the last two bobble heads at our gate so that I could give one to Peyton. In May, we missed getting one, and her friend fueled the "I wanted a bobble head" fire.

I blame Ian Kinsler for his curse upon us at the beginning of the season when in angst from being traded said he hoped the Rangers went 0-162. It feels about like it. I hope it's just a one year curse rather than being like the Cubs' "Curse of the Billy Goat" or the "Curse of the Bambino" for the Red Sox (who finally shook that one).