RHONY Reunion Recap: It’s (mostly) about Tom.

I also have so many questions…

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Much like my Southern Charm Reunion posts, I have a few questions for the ladies of NYC based off Wednesday’s part one reunion. Like, do you all say Ra-hon-ie like we do? Or, seriously Andy why DO you always come for Bethenny regarding Jill Zarin? Speaking of B, where can I get the “Get off my jock” shirt that’s in your Twitter banner?

Okay, maybe those aren’t the most important questions to ask, so…

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Ramona:

How did it feel to have the girls come for you right out of the gate? Do you really agree that you acted like a shitty person this year? Or, was that whole “I don’t know why I act this way; I wouldn’t be friends with that person” just an act? I mean Bethenny literally called you a horror show; are you?! I mean, your face was in Mexico, but are you a horror show of a person? Speaking of your Mexico face,  how did you show yourself again after that monstrosity? Lastly, is the guy you spoke about on the reunion still with you after your ugly behavior (and face) this season?

Sonja:

Girl, are you truly, finally over Dorinda not inviting you to the Berkshires? I understand you have a hard time letting go (#i’vehadloversforyears), but seeing how you got along with Dorinda towards the end of the season, I really think it’s time to put the Berks to bed! Also, how did you feel when Dorinda came for you those first few episodes; it couldn’t have felt good. While appearing to be cool as a cucumber about all of it (and fingers crossed to really being over the Berkshires), were you that cool about the press? Come on, you can tell us! On a scale of dry mouth to lost in the desert, how thirsty were/are you for Page Six to write about you?sonja

Dorinda:

WHERE DID YOU GET THAT BUTTERFLY DRESS? Loving loving loving it! I already asked Ramona about her bad behavior, but I must ask you now: how excited were you for Andy to bring up the fact that Ramona defaced your house? I don’t feel this got the attention (via show or reunion) it deserved. I also already asked Sonja about her hurt Berkshire feelings, but I must ask you now: are you two finally in a good place? I mean I’m down for you to come for her again because it’s so entertaining, but I also would love for my two favorites to be in a good place.

Carole:

Love ya, but why are you even there?

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Tinsley:

I have one question and one question only. Da f*** with that dress?!

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Bethenny:

I already covered it with her up above, but do you regret calling Ramona a horror show? Was it a bit harsh…? Also, when you cried to Lu earlier in the season, I mean, did you ever get your “I told you so” moment or does asking that cross the line? Lastly, is the common man able to book a trip to Tequila, Mexico or is that just a Skinnygirl thing (because I am SO DOWN to travel there!) ?

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Luann:

Obviously the first question I have to ask is how hard was filming this knowing your marriage was falling apart (literally filing for divorce three weeks later; thanks black screen prior to starting the show)? Are the women treating you different or is everyone saying “I told you so?” I mean, Bethenny CRIED to you, basically pleading with you not to marry Tom, yet you did? Have you apologized to her? In reality, she was trying to save you from all of this….? #thinkaboutit

I’m really shocked Tom got brought up so early in the reunion; was he brought up this early in filming it as well? I also don’t have words finding out it was Tom’s first marriage! Knowing everything you knew prior, did you really think you would be able to change him? Really, truly? Or, were you just blinded by love? I don’t find you to be that naive, Lu.  How are your children handling everything? Even with all my harsh questions, I really do wish the best for you Lu! As all the bloggers, tweeters, podcasters, and fans of the show have said, WE ARE READY FOR SINGLE LU!!

 

Hopefully next week will answer my questions rather than leave me with more.

The one thing that I have zero question about is that RHONY is my absolute favorite franchise! 

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Bachelor in Paradise: First Impressions

First impressions are important correct? I mean “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” am I right? So, with that being said, I thought I would share my first impressions of this season’s Bachelor in Paradise. This is solely based on the days prior to the Corinne/DeMario scandal (or for those of you hardcore followers, just the premier episode), so enjoy reading tonight as you watch alongside night two!

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The first person to arrive in Paradise was Raven. Before we start with her I have to say, I adored Raven during Nick’s season. I was hoping she would win for her happiness, but I was also hoping she would lose so she’d become the next Bachelorette (and because we really didn’t want her to end up with Nick once we sat and thought about it did we?). However, when I started following her on social media leading up to Paradise, I learned she may be a little too “party hardy” bordering on ratchet. Last night though made me realize I was SO wrong about her (cue her thoughts on dating Robby), plus, SO WHAT if she’s ratchet!? Whatever word you use to describe her, the number one word you should be using is the BEST! 

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Already crowning her Queen of (this season of) Paradise!

Next, Dean shows up and you have a brief  hope it will be Dean and Raven riding off into the sunset together, until you see Kristina show up. If you read spoilers (and why are you reading my blog if you didn’t read Paradise spoilers??) you know Dean and Kristina will soon become an item. #firstdatecard

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Danielle M. is after Kristina. First impression is that she’s a bit forgettable from Nick’s season buuuuuuut looking more gorg than ever! Let’s see….next up is Ben Z. I didn’t watch his season so I don’t know much about him, but my first impression is that he got a bad edit in which he was made to look OBSESSED with his dog (or dogs in general). Next is Iggy, from Rachel’s season, annnnnd he gave me a total frat move first impression into Paradise. Like, are you there to find love or frat out with your boys?

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Jasmine enters next and I don’t really have an exaaaact first impression thought on her, except she kisses one forgettable dude and then goes on a date another forgettable dude. If you’re like me, what you’re waiting for from Jasmine is the whole, “You want good TV ABC? Oh I’ll give you good TV!”

Jack Stone enters next and he’s still as creepy as ever. After Jack the Ripper, Queen Alexis shows up … full shark-dolphin costume! First impression? “It’s hot as balls!”

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I freaking love her!

Cue DeMario coming down the steps next. All the girls are SO PISSED at him and really not there for him (if they only knew what more was to come…). After DRAMArio, Derek from Jojo’s season shows up. Remember him? “The only who cried.” First impression: were his ears always that big? Oh well, he’s still cute and sweet.

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Next up is Shortie McShortFace and this year’s Paradise commentator, Alex. First impression: let’s move on to … CORN! Corinne in the house!!

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She literally brings Chris a glass of champagne (which he won’t let her take into to Paradise; ruuuuude!) Who loved her comments like “You have to work hard” to win me this year or the fact that she wasn’t going to “settle” for love?

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Some more people came like Vinny from last season (first impression: he won’t get a rose night one), Amanda from last season (go back home to your kids) and Robby (WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIS FACE?!). Oh our favorite bartender Jorge also left and was replaced with Wells (which again, spoilers, we knew was coming, but I think was a totally weird move by ABC).

Just realized Taylor from Nick’s season showed up as well (and maybe someone else who isn’t that important to remember …?)

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Beyond just the people, what were our first impression of the dates?

Kristina and Dean: Friggin’ adorbs (until he breaks her heart down the road…)

Jasmine and Matt: Awkward? Stupid? Cute? I don’t really know or care.

Raven and Robby: Seriously the best date ever (and that’s only because of Raven’s comments upon returning!)

Corinne and DeMario: Okay, I know they technically didn’t go on a date, buuuut they were fine at breakfast the next day; everything seemed chill. We better find out what actually happened!

Overall first impressions for this season??

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I’m here for the entertainment!!! (#teamraven!!) 

(and off to waste two more hours of my life watching tonight’s episode!!)

 

“Our Stories Aren’t Over Yet” GOT Recap 7×4

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The Stark siblings reunite and Daenerys goes HAM!

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I have been trying all week to figure out my emotions regarding this episode and I don’t have a clue where to begin. Typically I can dissect a scene and put an emoji that matches the feels I had watching. I started writing this week’s post in that format and it was just not coming together. Like, yes I was happy the Stark siblings reunited and the Arya/Brienne “training” sequence was amazing! I was also on the edge of my seat thinking something would go down between Jon and Dany in that cave while they were viewing 1st grade drawings. But, and I think we’re all in agreeance, I just couldn’t stop thinking about the final scene (I believe we’re calling it The Loot Train Attack?) and really that’s all I wanted to discuss in this post.
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So once I decided I would just cover the end of the episode, I was thinking how I was even going to put it all into words; I just couldn’t. All I kept typing was something like, “As I sat and watched Daenerys take Drogon and fireball the Lannister army, I kept screaming the F word at every twist and turn.” How could I turn one quote into a post? Well after pondering an entire week how I was going to cover episode four, I decided to just share my show notes and then attempt to explain them. See below.

Wait, what? Dany just left? Ugh, I wish she was off to go smoke out Jamie’s army! You won’t kill civilians that way.

Little did I know….

Oh no what is about to go down!!!!!??????? Dany on a dragon? The Dothraki?! Yep it’s the Dothraki! Dany is taking things into her own hands! These are not trained soldiers! DRAGON DRAGON DRAGON!!! SHE’S FLYING IT!!!!!

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Oh shit she is actually smoking them out! She did it she did it she did it! Charred body; clash clash clash; no holding of THAT line!

Here is where I proceeded to watch through my fingers because a) I don’t like gore or watching bodies burn like the 4th of July and 2) I just generally get nervous in a battle scene that something crazy will happen or one of my favs will die. It’s how I’ve watched for seven seasons now.

Slit throats shit shit! Now their trying to shoot arrows at the dragon. No go. Jamie seeing all of this means he HAS to want to kill Cersei now, right?

Because Cersei brought all of this destruction down on her army, or maybe she didn’t and Daenerys is power hungry, but I feel better blaming Cersei.

Jamie’s going to fight now!

This was the moment I forgot I am supposed to breathe….

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Oh fucky they have that big cannon thing to go at the dragon! Shit shit shit shit and more shit! Tyrion is watching. Oh, and there goes supplies! Ash on ash on ash.

Then that was the moment I stopped taking notes and just watched because I was terrified Drogon was going to die or Jamie was going to die or everyone was going to die. Then the show ended.  It was probably good timing because I couldn’t take much more.

Questions we still have:
How will Cersei respond?
Is Jamie dead?
Is Bronn dead?
What is Daenerys’s next move?
How can there only be three episodes left????

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Oh, and for all our sake, let’s hope tonight’s episode is dialogue heavy; I can’t forget to stop breathing again.

Siesta Key: Do we like these people?!

castIn September 2004, I was a sophomore in high school obsessed with MTV. I watched Real World, Road Rules, and The Challenge all day long. When Laguna Beach premiered that fall, I remember thinking it was a show about high school and people who were just like me (except prettier and more rich). Instant hit. Instantly obsessed. I mean, I even own the first two seasons on DVD. (I’m also a reg LC by Lauren Conrad for Kohls shopper).

So this summer, MTV jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon and brought back a Laguna-type show set on the opposite coast and starring college-aged kids instead of high schoolers (because we need to see them legally drink this go around). Enter Siesta Key. With only being two episodes in, I have so many thoughts.

Alex:

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Okay this guy sucks. Before I even mention why, please take a moment and read the incident he was involved in regarding a shark or as many are calling it … animal abuse. Here is the evidence stacked against Alex:
1) He’s not attractive — if anyone should be the male “face” of the show, it should be Garrett.
2) He’s a spoiled brat – did you see the house he lives in? He drives his boat up to the shore bar? His dad paid for the pilot of the show which was basically this huge party at his house? Also, does anyone remember how Stephen worked at the surf shop in Laguna and wasn’t just handed everything from his wealthy family?
3) He is a male whore and has zero respect for women …. which brings me to my next point ….

Madison & Juliette:

I’m disgusted at the way Alex treats these two girls. I would be okay with Madison being his high school girlfriend and them being there for each other during that period of their lives. #firstlove But, she still loves him while simply he strings her along.

I’d also be okay with Juliette being the girl Alex dates in his 20’s, takes to parties, and has an overall good time with. But, he won’t commit to her and also strings her along as well.

The problem is he won’t decide who he wants to be with and these two are dumb enough to go along with it. I think both of them are so beautiful (and seem overall put together) so freaking team up, find two different hot guys to date, become best friends, and drop Alex’s gross ass ASAP! #girlpower

Chloe & Amanda:

Here are two more girls acting dumb over a boy, only this time it got physical because Amanda clocked Chloe in the face in the last episode. Everyone is trying to say Chloe deserved it because she runs her mouth and possibly pushed Amanda first, but I see no evidence of that (I know she screamed at Alex but he deserved it). Also, so what if Chloe ran her mouth, you NEVER put your hands on people. More than that, these two need to team up with Juliette and Madison in some sort of female empowerment group. Maybe the four of them could go volunteer a weekend for Girls on the Run or something and learn a thing or two about self-worth and stupid boys.

Kelsey:

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Finally a female on this show who appears to have it all together. Kelsey seems really sweet, is from the Midwest (holla!), is dating the hottest guy on the show who is also not a douche, and works an actual job; she doesn’t just get handed money from her family. Let’s also not forget the most important reason she’s the best and that’s because she moved to Siesta Key to help take care of her sick mother.

However, MTV won’t let solid people stay solid on a show like this and will probably cause Kelsey to have a downfall. I’ll give you two guesses as to who will probably be involved in this?

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However, Kelsey did say something in the last episode about how Alex needs to grow up and is the way he is because his parents just hand over money to him. Please stay this way and stay with Garrett! Speaking of…

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If I have to play devil’s advocate, I realize Laguna Beach brought about catfights over boys as well. Let’s see, there was Lauren and Kristin over Stephen, Jessica and Alex over Jason, then Jessica and Lauren over Jason, and probably more than that. But, in the world of social media and low self-esteem, I think it would be smarter for MTV to promote that females can be strong and dudes can be shitty. But where is the entertainment in that?

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So the question first asked was if we like these people, the new cast, the east coast Laguna kids? It kind of seems like the answer is no.

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But I think I should probably give it a few more episodes. Plus, MTV is trying so hard. And, even if I’m not personally invested in any of them like I was Lauren, Kristin, Talen, and Stephen, I’m sure their misery will lead to my entertainment, which will make me continue to watch.

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The Bachelorette: We have an engagement!

“Here’s to making hard decisions in the hopes of getting what we want.”

timelie.pngAs I  began to close the chapter on Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette, I found myself unable to put together coherent paragraphs because my emotions went from zero to sixty while watching. I will say it was probably zero for two hours and then hit it sixty once Rachel hit Peter (you all know what I’m talking about).

To help myself write this epic post, I kept notes and as I was looking back over them, I decided to just leave my thoughts be, which you can review below, compare to your own thoughts, and then find me to discuss! #socialmedia

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7:05 — Okay! Here we go! Hmmm, I’m not sure what to think about Rachel doing this play by play with CH; do you think he is losing his flair and they have to bring Rachel out to co-host?
7:15 — Give iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin to Peter; who cares if you don’t get a proposal?
7:17 — Just read Reality Steve and he’s saying she picked Bryan. Ugh.  Also, did Peter just say “super cute?” Aww that’s super cute that he said that! 
7:22 — The cheeeeeese of them looking at each other through the windows the morning after.
7:24 — Lightbulb: This is the first time I don’t mind if Bryan wins; like, isn’t he someone who she’s been drawn to from the very beginning? And honestly, I don’t want to dis Rachel but if that is the person for her, then just pick him & have a failed engagement (and I can’t really believe I just typed that). 

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7:28 — I’m kind of bored hearing Rachel talking to CH.
7:35 — My internet just went out.
7:48 — Officially convinced Peter is leaving —
               KNEW IT WOULD BE THESE TWO AT THE END!
               Poor little Eric
Oh man Eric is a gem … A GEM!

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8:00–It’s getting really hard to watch this show knowing I can’t get on Twitter and see what people are saying … and I still have two more hours to go!

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(I owe that joke to @lucyo21; can’t take credit that I came up with it on my own)

Also, we must note: Eric saying he came into this a boy and left a man …yes you did
8:21 — Internet is back up!
8:24 — Rachel sitting there looks as bored as we all feel. She even went “Yeeeeeah” when asked if she’s enjoying this.
8:27 — Peter and Rachel at a church
8:31 — Wine nights and paintings? That’s cute! Also, multiple proposals is the same as multiple marriages and I think that’s fair. I think everything Peter is saying is fair and Rachel is giving him an ultimatum and it’s beyond annoying. Just pick Bryan already.
8:39 — HOW IS WHAT HE SAID CONFUSING?! Yes, you fantasize together when you’re dating, when you’re cultivating a relationship, you’re the one skipping steps Rachel!

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Stand your ground Peter! Don’t let her sway you; stay true to you!

8:48 “I’m going against what I believe to show you that I care about you so much that I will not lose you.” HE’S GIVING YOU WHAT YOU WANT AND NOW YOU ARE SAYING NO?!

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8:50: “Go find someone you’ll have a mediocre life with?!” Oh! Snap!
8:52 — Dang, I’m like actually sad here and not cynical.

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8:53 — Is this a breakup?!
8:56 — He just didn’t want it RIGHT THEN! He wants all of that with you Rachel. Why can’t you see?! We all see? Also, where is Jackie and Claudia?!
8:58 — Wait, why are they bringing Peter out? So she for sure didn’t pick him; is that what they are saying?! Okay, I’m def not bored anymore and def need. more. wine!
9:04 — Soooo she didn’t pick Peter …? Rachel everything going on right now is confusing America!
9:07 — Chris Harrison, there is NOTHING wrong with Peter!
9:10 — Oh snap again, she just got fiesty. You deserve Bryan. Or is it Bryan deserves you? IDK….but basically you’re showing now why you picked him.
9:15 — Peter says he feels attacked! He says he’s worked up!

The emotion is real right now! 

9:20 — Rachel saying “This is not for you” is her way of saying “I don’t think you should be The Bachelor” or is it “I don’t want you to be The Bachelor because if I can’t have you no one can” (?????)
9:25 — NOW you think you’re rushing?!
9:26 — Or in other words, “Bryan is for sure going to propose to me.” Bet you’re regretting sending Eric home now!
9:31 — Rachel’s reaction proves all she wanted was an engagement. Bryan you’re literally being chosen because Peter wouldn’t propose. You’re being chosen because she just broke up with Peter. Congratulations, you are not a winner; you’re chosen by default.

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Let’s go to Paradise already! 

 

Movie of the Week #5: Bridget Jones has a baby (and a new face!)

To my hundreds of thousands of followers, I apologize for not completing Bridget’s story sooner. But we traveled to Oklahoma City two weeks ago and this past weekend was my birthday, so I just haven’t had time to see how things end for our girl. 

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Bridget Jones’s Baby was released in September of 2016 and stars Renee Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, and Colin Firth. Bridget is still the same, fun loving diary keeper, until she has a back-to-back one night stand with two different men …. and gets pregnant. Oh, and neither man she sleeps with is Hugh Grant because in the opening you find out he died.

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Ugh, I never in my life thought I would have to choose between Colin Firth and McDreamy! Bridge, why are you doing this to me?? (Also, we won’t talk about the elephant in the room that is Renee Zellweger’s face right? We just pretend we don’t notice the HUGE difference?).

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We’re going to just let the cat out of the bag right away: the baby is Mark’s even though the movie leads to you believe it’s McDreamy’s. Omg and McDreamy is SO McDreamy in this movie. His character is rich, funny, sweet, chivalrous, hot, and 97% compatible with Bridge according to this algorithm he invented.

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While a new character was entered, one thing that has remained the same is that you’re always cheering for Bridget. I mean go girl: she shags on the 4th and then she shags another on the 11th and now she has two of the hottest men fighting over her to father her baby?

Plus you just always seem to want Bridget as a friend. Cue “Jump Around…”

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Funniest moments of the movie: Bridget’s expired dolphin saving condoms, her (first) outfit at the music festival, the Ed Sheeran cameo, and the moment when she has to tell the two men she’s pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is.

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Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth are amazing in this film. As mentioned, I didn’t want to root against Darcy, but Patrick Dempsey’s character is so darn likable and genuine about everything in the film. Darcy is still as adorable and perfect as always, too. He tells Bridget he’s nervous the night they hook back up. There is also a really great scene between the two men where they lead the lamaze teacher to think Bridget is a surrogate and the two men are a couple having her baby.

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I did wonder for a while throughout the movie why it didn’t mention the downfall of Bridget and Mark, but you finally find out (too long into the movie in my opinion). Also, once the men find out about each other and Bridget’s uncertainty on the paternity, why didn’t they just go get a test down right then and there? Seriously, they don’t swabbed until after the baby is born.

However, those are two minor details in a movie that is a perfect conclusion to a story about one of literature and film’s most beloved characters!

Cheers to Bridget!

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“OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE HOUSE!” Big Brother Recap: POV & Eviction

Holy Big Brother!

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First off, can we just applaud me for writing a review the day after a show actually aired? #Holla! Second, it’s my birthday today so #doubleHolla!! With that being said, (spoiler!) Josh won HOH & I seriously have zero motivation to write this post; I literally want to throw my computer across the room; should I boycott CBS all week; should I start a boycott CBS hashtag? Okay, okay fine. I’m going to try really hard to get through this post without…

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So, Wednesday night.  We begin with the end of the nomination ceremony and Jess is P.I.S.S.E.D! But, I don’t really feel bad for her because if she would have just told Paul what exactly the Hex was, I seriously don’t think he would have put her and Cody up.

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I feel like a majority of this episode was dedicated to Jess and Cody breaking up. I understand how Jessica wouldn’t want Cody to be a hothead in the real world, but when he bared his soul to her? I quote: “This is why I don’t have any friends, or a girlfriend, and why I’m not close with my family.” Okay, I don’t think that was precisely what he said, but it was the most real he’s been all season.

(Oh, just realized I forgot to bring up the Mark/Josh fight; seriously so. much. happened. these two episodes how am I to cover it all? I’m on your side Mark; we’d all pop off if someone was banging pots in our face; we just couldn’t look as cute doing it in a tutu as you; also, WTF Elena? Defend your man! She sucks)

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So yeah, Jessica & Cody are fight, Josh & Mark are fighting, and Paul is sitting back controlling it all. I literally went from liking Paul to despising him in less than a week. #puppetmaster

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Last thing I’ll say about Wednesday’s episode is that the weatherman competition is ONE OF MY FAVORITES (so funny!)! Also, Paul won (boo).

Eviction Night:

Okay, so I heard BB had gotten crazy and that it would play out for us last night, but Holy. Cow! First up, shout out to Julie in her pineapple dress!

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Okay, Jessica why are you believing Paul that Cody said we wanted to keep Alex & Jason so they would eventually get you out? Oh, because Cody did say that (roll that footage!); oh no. So she’s trying to cut a deal and Paul is going around telling everyone what it is.

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Whatever, doesn’t matter because Paul uses the POV on Jason, which Jason then discusses with Kevin and Raven when Jess walks in. She sees Jason do the “timeout” symbol and Jessica loses it on Raven.

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I thought Jessica was just being super paranoid so I had to rewind and yes, Jason did tell them to stop talking because Jess entered. Insue FIGHTING! Ugh, first it’s Raven and Jessica and then something about hiding cat ears? Really ladies? Then, Paul tells Josh to “turn it up to 30” meaning Josh’s harassment of #Jody and Paul now seems to be rallying everyone in on this taunt session. I’m over it. At least Matt and Mark are not down for this, as they said in the diary room.

Yet, NO ONE stops this outlandish behavior!!! 

I don’t even care if you like Jessica or Cody, at least tell your housemates enough is enough; everyone (Jess & Cody) included is in the wrong here, has done wrong before, and now looks like a child. Josh and Paul are straight up going after Jessica & Cody just to do it; no reasons why.

I’m honestly not here for anyone in the game at this point. Well, maybe Kevin. But even he didn’t put his dad hat on to stop the madness. No one is really loyal to anyone (even Jessica was going to go against Cody), Paul is basically controlling everyone, and the insults in the house are now personal and mean. They are all the blame and CBS should be ashamed.

I really don’t want to watch at all next week because I don’t think I can make it through Josh’s reign of HOH terror. This game was royally screwed when it brought back Paul and literally handed him three weeks of safety. Think about it: we wouldn’t have the house so against two people and one person wouldn’t be mind controlling everyone else!

I have a lot to think about in regards to if I want to continue watching, but for now all my feels say …

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“I’ve Brought Fire & Ice Together” GOT 7×3 Recap

“Am I your prisoner?” 

“Not yet.”

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We are three episodes in on Season 7 and I’m four days behind, BUT I still have plenty of emotions regarding this week’s episode so let’s begin!

We welcome the Bastard of Winterfell to Dragonstone where he’s greeted by his friend, the Dwarf of Casterly Rock (their words, not mine). I was giddy, thrilled, overjoyed, and so happy these characters were all in the same scene. I loved seeing Jon’s reaction to a dragon–“I’d say you get used to them, but you never do.” It also brought me great joy to see the stupid red haired lady admit defeat her in actions in, oh I don’t know, BURNING A CHILD ALIVE! Also, who wasn’t dying inside when Dany had that looooooong, drawwwwwwwn out introduction of 500 titles, and all Davos could muster was, “Jon Snow: King of the North”

Current Emotion:

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But, wait, we don’t leave Jon and Dany just yet (I mean really, someone please google how long this scene actually was!); they continue talking and in my opinion, Dany became a bitch wanting Jon to “bend a knee” and all. It’s like, your father did this to my uncle’s cousin and then your half step sister wanted me killed … I mean freaking let bygones be bygones and LOOK TO THE FUTURE!

Current Emotion:

annoyed

Two quick questions (with two possible answers…): 1) Why didn’t Jon want Davos to mention Jon being brought back from the dead? Is it because with all the White Walker/Night King talk everyone would DEF think JS was cray? 2) Who pulled Theon out of the water? Should I know this person? Was it just someone from Theon’s fleet?

Current Emotion:

slightly confused

Cut to King’s Landing where the Greyjoy uncle (what is his name exactly? At the same time, I have so much hatred for him I don’t care to know his name) is welcomed back. A question myself & @JackieOProblems had was why are all these people throwing food at the prisoners if they’re being starved in KL? This scene also reminded me how hard it can be to see people you don’t absolutely hate being treated harshly (I’m talking about Theon’s sister, not the Sand Snakes –is the mom considered a Sand Snake?).

I literally feel like it’s cringe moment after cringe moment during this scene, from the gross way the uncle talks about Cersei, to the HARSH way Cersei is killing the Sand Snake daughter (& Cersei’s super cringey hot pink lipstick), to having the mother live the remainder of her life with her daughter’s corpse, to the incest of Cersei and Jamie (ugh Jamie, YOU CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER!)

Current Emotion:

cover my eyes

Guys, Tyrion Lannister is. my. favorite. character! I love his conversation with Jon about how no one would believe Jon regarding the White Walkers or agree to come help the North fight the Night King, but the least Tyrion could offer is to help Jon mine Dragon Glass. Then, Tyrion’s great again when he discusses this with Daenerys and mentions something about “A wise or great man once said …” and her response was something about, “Well wasn’t it you who said that?” (I know these aren’t direct quotes, but you get what I’m saying). Also, Dany and Jon talk again; it doesn’t go as horribly as before!

Current Emotion:

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Sansa is being a kick-ass B in the North barking orders to prepare for winter and any other dangers cast upon Winterfell. Little Finger is being all weird and growly giving some crazy speech about knowing and seeing all; things coming full circle, blah blah. Then, Bran shows up, which I guess coincides with everything Little Finger was saying, but I don’t think Littlefinger meant it that way? IDK, maybe he did; I kind of start to drift out when he speaks because I loathe him so much.

Also, my annoyance for Bran just grew even more here: like, hug your freaking sister! Stop being all, “I talk in code about how I’m the Three-eyed Raven, but no one really knows what that means except me and I also caused one of the greatest characters, Hodor, to lose his speech AND die!”

Current Emotion:

slightly annoyed

Next I thought of this weird equation: Sam was saved by Jorah’s father at the Wall, where Sam knew Jon Snow, and now Jon Snow is currently with Dany, who Sir Jorah loves and when Jorah eventually meets up with Dany, he’ll say he was cured by Sam who is Jon Snow’s best friend. Also, JORAH IS (seems to be) CURED AND SAM DIDN’T GET IN TROUBLE! 

Current Emotion:

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Dat ending dough: Tyrion narrating the invasion by the Unsullied onto Casterly Rock. He says it will be difficult to enter. Oh man, they’re defeated (you think). Then Tyrion talks about how the Unsullied would enter a different way and defeat the enemy; success! (you think). The Unsullied’s supplies are being burned & the Lannister army will come back to finish them off after they invade and defeat the Tyrell army (who was/is the second half of Dany’s plan; down goes the Greyjoys & now down goes the Tyrells — good plan Tyrion! It’s okay, still got mad love for ya!)

Finally, the Olenna Tyrell death may be the first death of a liked character that you’re not completely devastated by and we all know why. It won’t matter now that Cersei finds out who actually killed Joffrey, but for us fans it’s sweet satisfaction she knows (despite Olenna dying #RIP).

Only four more to go!

Final Emotion:

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I Went on a Summer Binge ….

with my tv!

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I realize summer isn’t officially over until September 22 (according to a calendar), but since I’m officially back to school next week & have been setting up my classroom the past two weeks, summer is over for me. With that, I wanted to share the shows I binge-watched on my summer vacation, especially if you’re someone in search of something new to start before all the fall shows return!

dsdfsfsfsdfdsI had been dying to watch this show since I read the book by Liane Moriarty back in 2015. However, my husband & I are cheap and didn’t get HBO until just this month (for obs Game of Thrones reasons).  I think I may really struggle discussing this show because I don’t even have words for how amazing it is …

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The premise is that a murder takes place at a elementary fundraising event and you spend the entire series (and book) trying to figure out who died and who the killer is. The story revolves around three main women: Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shaliene Woodley), and Madeline (Reese Witherspoon). There are minor characters as well including the three women’s husbands, overbearing Renata (Laura Dean), and hippie Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz).  

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Big Little LiesHere is what I said on Goodreads about the book when I read it: “What a quick read! This book was insanely entertaining, many times humorous, and part tragic. I kept thinking, ‘Which character am I most like?’ Plus, for someone who can usually foresee endings, I was shocked here with the murder and the Saxon Banks reveal!” 

This may be the first ever novel to film adaptation I’ve seen that barely changes the plot of the novel, plus perfectly casts each character (okay maybe The Outsiders is first but BLL is obviously second!). The series is completely taken over by Kidman, Woodley, & Witherspoon, not just because you may be cheering for their characters, but because they become the characters and you’re completely sucked into their world.

The series is only seven episodes, about 50 or so minutes long, so it’s quick to binge, plus it was nominated for eight Primetime Emmys! Last, the soundtrack to this show is UNBELIEVABLE! For some reason, Witherspoon’s first grade daughter (in the show) has amazing taste in music and the music really directs the storyline. If you have HBO, go watch Big Little Lies NOW! If you’ve watched it, let’s dissect. 

RiverdaleI’ve already covered this show on the blog (you can read it here!). However, two of my favorite podcasters @girlwithnojob & @JackieOProblems just watched and loved this series, plus I got one of my besties to binge (and love) it, thus making me want to include it on this list.
the crownI feel like I’ve been watching this show forever and I’m so glad I finally finished it! The Crown follows the current Queen of England starting with her father passing and then her starting her reign as queen (that’s Elizabeth II). This show won the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama in 2017, Claire Joy (who plays Elizabeth) won the Golden Globe for Best Actress TV Drama, and the show has an 8.8 rating on IMDb (which, if you follow that site, you know is amazing). The show is also nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys. 

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When I first started watching, I felt the show was extremely slow; usually I want to binge a show (like the two above) that surprises me each episode, keeps me coming back for more because there is unfinished business in the plot, or I need to know “who done it.” The Crown is not this. But, I’m fascinated with history and while watching, you learn so much. For example, did you know Winston Churchill hated a famous painting commissioned of himself around his 80th birthday, apparently leading his wife to burn it? Or, who knows about Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret’s whirlwind romance with Peter Townsend and all of the drama it caused the sisters?

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Who knows exactly what is for sure true in the scripted series as the show alludes to marital problems between Elizabeth and Philip, Winston Churchill covering up a stroke (on top of being unpleasant), and Prime Minister Eden’s drug problem.

My favorite thing about the show though, is the feeling you get when watching, like I immediately want to be taken to England 1954 after I finish an episode. I’ve always been fascinated by the Royal Family (my husband still recalls when we were dating & I set an alarm in the middle of the night to see Kate & William wed) and this show has deepened that interest. It’s more than just the family; it’s the setting and scenes of the show. This show is shot beautifully! It’s no wonder because according to IMDb, the “series is Netflix’s second most expensive project.”

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Vanity Fair wrote a great article on The Crown and it’s transition into Season 2 if you’re interested in reading more on it. I look forward to not taking as long to finish Season 2 when it’s finally out on Netflix!

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If you’ve watched any of these three shows and have thoughts or opinions, hit me up on social media or leave a comment on this page! If you have any other binge-worthy suggestions, please share those as well! 

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The Bachelorette: Before the Men Tell All, Three Went Home [to Dallas]

This is my husband.

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We’ve been married almost three years. He is all boy: I’m talking sports, beer, Tarantino movies, golf. He hates the premise of The Bachelorette because he feels someone can’t fall in love that quickly and in that environment (and on my Bach cynical days I agree). However, he sat down with me this week to watch Rachel take Peter, Eric, and Bryan home to meet her family. I took a few notes as we watched because I wanted to add his commentary in this week’s post as well as my own.

To start, I did think it was weird that all three were going home instead of just two, but Rachel used the “my sister is pregnant excuse.”

First up was Peter!

imagesThe hubs’s first comment, “THEY BOTH HAVE GAPS IN THEIR TEETH!” Sheesh as if this hasn’t already been discussed, but I get he’s a rookie. He and I both agreed Peter is our number one pick and seems to be the Lindsay’s as well, even if he isn’t ready to propose just yet. Hubs says that Peter appears to be the only genuine one of the three and seems to “get it.” I don’t know if by “it” my husband is saying Peter understands there is a world outside of this show, but I’m going to assume that’s what he means. Peter even made comments to Bryan about how strange the whole experience of (warning: this gets a bit confusing) him being a boyfriend to Rachel but sitting & talking about her to her other boyfriend, while her third boyfriend is meeting the parents.

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Peter gets it, Rachel’s family gets it, I get it, even my husband (who never watches this show) gets it, so what’s Rachel’s deal with Peter and her whole “I have to be engaged by the end of this?” #annoying

Next to meet the fam was Eric.

ooooBefore I forget, I want to first say that Eric said “I love you” to Rachel on their date the night after meeting her family and I felt it was genuine. Hubs felt Eric wasn’t as smooth around the family as he was with Big Rach, but I think that’s because Eric is used to being around Rachel. He also couldn’t hide the fact that he was nervous to meet her family, and that shows he’s REAL because someone who is smooth *cough Bryan cough* could equal disingenuous motives.

If you made a cartoon of what someone in love looks or acts like, it’s Eric. It’s too cheesy to me to be fake (I know that doesn’t make sense), but he embodies everything someone experiencing love for the first time would. It’s goofy, he’s goofy, because that’s how love makes you feel and you can’t explain it but I appreciate how he tries. I really like that their relationship to him means he cares about her, will honor her, and that each day is better & stronger than the one before. He may never have been in love before but he sure seems to have a strong grasp on what it means.

Bryan met the family last.

For commentary on Bryan’s date, I’m going to pass this one off to Rachel’s sister who told Bryan, “You have an answer for everything!” and that’s all I’ll say on that!

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So Eric ends up in the Fantasy Suite after telling Rachel he loved her and what that means to him (see above).

We don’t even see the Fantasy Suite card with Bryan because the episode is to be continued during Rachel and Peter’s date night. After bringing the wine cork from the bottle they shared earlier (super cute family tradition in Peter’s family), things get rocky for Rachel and Peter because he basically says he can’t promise he’ll propose in two weeks and that was why he didn’t ask for Rachel’s family’s blessing.

My husband brought up the show the next day and said, “I know you really like Rachel as the Bachelorette, but she seems to be acting like a spoiled brat to me. She wants a ring just to want a ring and we all have known girls like that.” Why can’t she just accept that Peter wants to actually try to have a real relationship rather than get so hung up on a proposal?

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Ah well, maybe she picks Bryan and all hope in her is lost. Guess we’ll find out in two weeks. Good news is we have Men Tell All to look forward to and then we head to Paradise! If  you can’t get enough Bachelorette talk, find me on social media (links are at the bottom) or leave a comment (bottom as well!)!

If you’re wanting even MORE after reading, I  FULLY support the Broses Before Roses podcast for some HILARIOUS Bachelorette discussions! Go give them a listen!

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