Bachelor Recap Week 5….the Olivia Show

Feb. 1st was a very important day in our American history yesterday.  A bunch of crazy white people and one African American took their crazy to the air waves to elicit attention and validation.  Nope not talking about the Iowa caucus (that interrupted the show by the way! The nerve of ABC!) it was the Bachelor last night!

The Bachelor was off to viva la Mexico!  After last night I feel like we are safer with ISIS than the people of Mexico since the girls and Ben had some of the worst accents.  Grassyassssss ugh.
First date was LIKE so amazing.  Like Amanda has a baby voice, has two kids at home and had a really crappy marriage.  I appreciate the back story on the girl that is not a teen mom.  Check yourselves on that one.  Amanda got a ride in a hot air balloon which she like totally loved.  Her face said ‘dear God get me out of this wicker basket fueled by an open flame’. Why are these dates always about them saying how they want to get to know one another….without actually getting to know one another?  How amazing to go on a date in a field where there is champagne, real cutlery, and what I imagine is the most amazing half assed charcuterie tray and then you don’t have to clean it up.  Just walk off and leave a trail of trash and I’m guessing an Indian with a tear for littering in your dust.

Up next was a group date that did include Olivia.  She thought she had the one on one in the bag.  Nine girls were taken to a seedy classroom near a boiler room.  They learn three variations of I love you and I want to hump on you and then are turned out on the streets of Mexico to find their way around a town that imports tequila and from what the news reports, cocaine.  True paradise.  The girls have to pair up in a cooking competition.  Olivia claims Ben.  Jubilee declares war.  We find out that the hot dog lover actually can cook!  Ben and Olivia’s dish was looking like dog food and the topic of the bad breath was brought back up.  Olivia’s secret cooking ingredient?  Crickets.  It’s the new parsley of Mexico.  Again, dear Mexico I am so sorry.

I appreciated this episode because finally I have something for my party menu.  Tacos!!!!  I’ll not be serving Jojo’s tacos.  To the producers of the show for that sound bite….well done.  Well done.  Ben’s already had Jojo’s tacos and loved them according to Jojo.  Oh Jojo…..Do tell!

The cocktail party of the night was quickly brought to a halt when Jubilee had the nerve to react like a normal human being and share her feelings of dating (is that what they all think they are doing?) the same guy as ten others.  The “I don’t like you Ben” when she is making I heart Ben signs all over her notebook in secret, got old.  She felt like he had a thousand one on ones since her date where she did that weird strip tease and isn’t sure he remembers her.  So to remind him that she is still there with all those skinny white girls she proceeds to show him what marriage would be like starting now.  She doesn’t know that you wait until after the wedding to show your true colors.  Jubilee is a natural born pouty pants.  Adios Jubilee…..the irony of her name and how the girl acts, was not lost on me.  But, points to trying to win America’s heart the way Ben did with her exit comment “I am the most unlovable person in the world.”  Uhhh yeah you are.
The next date was one on one with Lauren H.  She’s dull.  Ben’s not interested and we get to see the fashion mecca of the world…..ha ha.  No we didn’t.  It was fashion week in Mexico and Ben and Lauren get to walk down the runway.  So how legit is it?
I don’t know when jean shorts made a comeback.  But, they are all the rage with those girls.  They like to cut them to look like a pair of granny panties.  Becca wore a shirt that was so United Colors of  Benetton circa 1989.  I loved it.  But, girl didn’t have any pants on.  Sometimes I have to wonder about this boring virgin.
Single Mint Emily let it be known that it was all bets off now that her sister was gone.  The other twin was holding her back all this time.  She’s the reason why Emily and Ben weren’t already on their honeymoon!
Olivia once again dominated.  Everything.  Everybody.  I wonder if we have meth to thank for her personality?
This was Me when Ben gave her the group date rose.  Seriously??????? (and me when that whole taco talk went down.)
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Olivia is like the worst mean girl ever.  She calls someone a Teen mom then fake cries.  You’ve got to own your condescending back stabbing.
Then says she is really going to try.  Try what?  If you watch nothing else of the show watch the end where she is fondling an innocent red rose.  Is she or is she not related to Cameron Diaz?
Olivia gives Ben a promise ring.  If he wears what can only be called an emasculating pinkie ring…..I hope his finger turns green!  I hate when bad jewelry happens to….well I just hate bad jewelry.
We were left with a cliffhanger.  Ben was maybe going to send Olivia home.  I doubt he does.  I know he doesn’t because the previews show tears and not enough cheers.
Until next week!
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Bachelor Recap Week 3

Who would have guessed Lace would leave on her own accord, and not escorted out by professionals and strait jacket!  Such wise words on her departure….. “like my tattoo says”  Oh girl.

This show had it all.  Helicopter rides.  Plane ride in one of those planes that Snoopy use to fly in.  A hot tub in a field.  Cankles, fat toes, bad breath and mean girl fest.

Only one person picked Jubilee and they earned a total of 145 points.  Bravo!  There was crying, one on one date, hot tubs, mentioning dead family members, blurred body parts and declaring she can’t be friends with girls.  I never trust women that say they can’t be friends with other women.  If a man said that it would never fly.  Jubilee wore an amazing white outfit (sans underwear..did y’all notice?)  She spit out caviar, guzzled champagne from a wine glass (can’t ABC find a set designer that provides correct glassware?)  and then talked about her love of eating hot dogs. In her words….she’s obsessed with hot dogs.  I hope he takes her back to a hometown date because what mother doesn’t want to hear from her future daughter in law that she only eats hot dogs and is OBSESSED with the meat by product.  She has guilt that her family all passed away in Haiti.  But, doesn’t regret the bad tattoos.  I don’t know.  This girl is not adding up.  She kept saying it takes a special person to deal with her.  By special I am guessing a masochist.

The new villain is Amber James (is she a stripper in real life?  That name!)  Never in the history of the Bachelor have I ever seen someone basically put their own nail in the coffin by trying to confront another girl (Jubilee.)  She self elected herself to confront Jubilee on being weird.  Ben swooped into the bathroom where this drama was taking place and declared his love for weird.

How do you solve a problem like Olivia…….How do you catch a cloud and pin it down (apparently her breath could take care of this.)

Olivia is not a favorite in her mind with anyone because she is intimidating. While she was busy stealing Ben away every five seconds….the others spent time discussing her fat toes, cankles, halitosis and that she is nothing but aggressive.  How dare she!  Ben went through a hard day with loss of family friends.  Olivia stole him away to chat with him and share how she knew what  he was going through.  Amidst her crying she shared how people have blogs that talk about her fat toes.  I have YET to find these blogs pre December 2015.  I learned just in time about the secret body language signals Ben has for Olivia and only Olivia.  Because of that I think I could be engaged to this guy that bumped into my grocery cart at the Whole Foods yesterday.  He acted like it was a tight produce aisle.  But, his eyes said I was the one for him.

Lauren B finally got a date.  I am just wondering if they could potentially be on the path to a fantasy suite date night.  If so can Ben and Lauren B be on a first name basis and drop the B.  Can she be just Lauren?  I really think Lauren B is his cup of tea. Ya gotta give it to a girl that is okay changing into a bikini behind a tree in a field with a random hot tub.  Score to the producers who filled that thing up in the middle of the desert!  You know Tom Selleck got in trouble for wasting water on his plants.  So I am curious how ABC got away with filling this hot tub up during the drought.  Perhaps it was nothing but tears from previous seasons?

I love dates to creepy mansions and once again I was left wondering how much food gets wasted on these dates because they never eat!  Clearly I never would have made it on this show!  Another concert with someone I’ve never heard of.  Lots of toe pointing and swaying to a song on that rug that gets carried around from barns to warehouses for these impromptu concerts.  Nothing says sexy concert like a private session with a mother daughter trio!  OY!

Lauren H got the wild card points this week for being called first for the rose.  Jami had to catch an Uber at the end of the rose ceremony.  I was a ok seeing her go.  When she shared with her BFF Olivia she had just met five days prior,  that all the girls were talking about her I just didn’t like her.  What’s the point?  Olivia is going to see the show eventually.  And because of Jami we now have Canklegate.  She deserved to leave. But, I did enjoy Olivia guessing what all the girls were saying “Chin hair?  My wooden leg?” Note to self, never just yell out body parts that are being talked about when you are three chardonnays to the wind.

Until next week where Olivia flips her lid in the bathroom…why always the bathroom?   The double mint twins go against the grain and don’t wear matching outfits…..and Becca continues to be vanilla.


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Bachelor Recap Week 2

Week 2 definitely didn’t disappoint.

Olivia……..trying to catch flies


There was a competition that was based on high school, bobbing for apples and jumping hurdles. Some how it was a tad bit porn-y.  But, Ben seemed into it.

Because I’m kind of scared of Jubilee…..I’m going to start pulling for her.  This is based on her calling Lace a skank and blaming her for all the wrongs in Jubilee’s own life (and that says a lot because she’s an orphan from Haiti and she was actually fine with that whole thing.)

Becca was once again talking about letting her guard down.  Blah blah Becca.  I want her to make it to the end again so we can see if her sister has gotten any better after last season, when she kept throwing the virgin under the bus.  If you didn’t watch last night find it and watch the part where Becca jokes about Ben taking his shirt off.  I swear they both paused and contemplated it.  Either way Ben’s happy she didn’t meet her biggest fear (which as it turns out was marrying the last Bachelor and moving to a farm.)

As some of you know, there is someone in our fantasy league that will be working alongside Lace.  By working I mean our leaguer works. Lace just be acting cray. This is very exciting news and definitely gives us as a group, major street cred.

Lace took time to take the bunny out of the boiling water to tell Ben she isn’t crazy.  Because we all know when you are not crazy you make sure you continue to tell everyone you are not crazy… a crazy way.  To stress it even more make sure you are drunk.  With crazy eyes….that apparently have the ability to make babies since she said that she had locked eyes with Ben….and they were practicing free love.  Oh Lace.

Caila reminds me of a Disney Princess.  She won the prize for being the first one in a hot tub! And concert points to see some guy that I have never heard of.  She deserved points for acting like she knew who he was too.  It was some guy that Ben loved.

Ben found out that he has one baby mama amongst the girls and seemed really into it. She has the voice of a Disney Princess.  I’m going to pretend he came up with the whole idea to make sad little hair barrettes for her daughters.  Either way it was really considerate and now I may actually buy into this whole nice guy thing. Jen F (from our fantasy league) has been saying he is a great guy after her whole chat fest with him last fall at the Tay Tay Swift concert.  I think she may be right.

Olivia…..loves her some Olivia.  She and Lace need a show together.  At one point she told the other girls that they could go and have their time now that she had hers with Ben.  It was very ‘release the hounds’ how she stated it.  That girl is nothing but giving.  I died when Lace (drunk) asked to see Olivia so she could ‘get to know her’ which was code for her telling her to step off and quit stealing Ben and in her own way told her to flip off all while Olivia either is too smart to fall into the drama or didn’t know what Lacey was saying.  Either way I hope they have to duke it out for Bachlorette next season and then let ABC sweep in and give it to Caila.  I like the idea of a Hunger Games type competition to land the role of Bachlorette.

After last night anyone with Lace is still doing well.  I feel like next week could be the end with her.  Last night was pretty uncomfortable and funny all at the same time.  Many highlights (my cocktail)  many low points (having to pause the show to watch Clemson vs Bama….and then see a bunch of football players crying as if they were a bunch of girls on the Bachelor.)

The wildcard last night was worth 15 points for the person that had to be bleeped.  Ironic it was the school teacher that won that one!

I really think Jojo, Becca, Caila are going to go far.  I’m wondering what will happen with the Lauren he gave the picture to.  There’s 5 of them so I’m still not certain which one she is……


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Bachelor Recap Week 1

So as everyone knows…I have a fantasy league.  I’ve been recapping each week.  And I now have over 150 people asking for my silly recaps.  Which is so weird to me.  Because when I type my thoughts I’m not trying to be funny.  It’s just how I talk.  I can’t possibly email everyone every week.  So I thought I do have a blog….why not post here too?   I am flattered that the people on the fantasy league forwarded my emails and then those got forwarded.  I I feel like Vidal Sassoon.  Then she told someone. Then he told someone…….

Here you go….Recap Week 1

Well, if you ever wondered how the twin girls from the movie the Shining turned out, now you know.  They are on the Bachelor and share the same personality of a flea.

It’s been said that reality t.v. is a waste of time.  You rarely learn anything.  If I had not been watching last night I would never have known there was such an occupation of ‘chicken enthusiast.’  I’ve been going down the wrong path of wine enthusiasts (or have I really?) Tiara sleeps with her chickens. Has professional Olan Mill photos of her chickens. I assume she smells like chicken.  She named her one chicken Sheila.  Swoooooon

I was sad to see her go!

Ben’s got the roses, the producers have the meds, and I’ve got all the time to watch this train wreck once again.  Mondays are not so bad after all!

Remember when all you did was exit a limo in a fancy dress and pray you didn’t flash your under carriage?  Now you have to get out and come up with something witty.  But, by witty I mean pun intended, corny and awkward.  I have to wonder if the first impression rose is a good thing or bad thing?  And what did gluten do to that one girl?

Some of my faves last night…..

Mandi.  She supposedly has a dental degree.  Amazing body (all natural.  I’m sure of it.) She calls herself weird, saving us all time since she also has a rose hat the size of Iowa on her head.  Personality:  Cray Cray to the first power.  I liked her immediately b/c she stole Ben from Lace…..

Olivia. QUIT HER JOB… be there.  And tells him.  No pressure.  Mark my words when she gets sent home…she is going to bring that up again and make him pay.

Caila.  Dumped her boyfriend when Ben was on the Bachlorette…….again.  That’s going to bite Ben in the ass.

Lace.  Oh Lace.  Lace is from Denver y’all. Wearing Lace.  She is so unique (in her mind.)  She’s a favorite (in her mind.)  That girl talked smack, got drunk, and has issues with eye contact.  She is bonkers and is okay with it showing.  I felt like she was channeling her best drunk girl impression acted about by Cecily on SNL.  She possibly gives someone a black eye.

If you picked Lace……you are doing pretty well on the board b/c she brought in a whopping 85 points.  Now keep in mind we had this last season with Kelsey out the gate.  We all know how that ended….stranded in the dessert with a helicopter leaving.  Whitney who took it all the way was rarely a heavy hitter in points.

This league is made up of three hubbies 6 couples and 15 of us girls.  We have $600 to divvy up after everyone has paid in.

Good luck to all!!!!

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Romantic Restaurant list via Veranda

I loved this article by Veranda.  First of all for Colorado they named Palace Arms as the most romantic restaurant.  I would agree.  It’s not the cheapest.  But, it’s so special.  White glove service.  I’m kind of surprised that we never hear mention of it more often as a top choice for people that plan to propose.

Palace Arms Brown Palace

Cozy Booth space

My husband I find ourselves quite often at the Brown Palace after a night downtown.  We stop for a drink at Churchills just next door.  It’s a cigar bar.  I hate the smell.  But, it’s so old school it just makes me so happy to be there.  It’s cozy as well.  We always meet someone new when we are there.  Oddly no matter what day of the week (usually a weekend) or time we stop in on the way home we always end up in the same seats.  May it never change!

I really enjoyed this list due to the restaurants that I know my parents have visited.  There are a few old school ones.  When my parents were dating my father use to pull out all the stops.  He always has loved a good meal, good cocktails, a nice glass of wine with dinner and then he never ever ate dessert.  EVER.

Enjoy reading.  Just in time for Valentine’s day!


Most Romantic Restaurants in the US

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Bachelor Season 20

I started watching the Bachelor the very first season with that mealy mouth Alex Michel.  I remember what Trista Rehn wore to get turned down. The shock she wasn’t chosen.  The last date the night before.  I remember every single detail of that season.  I was hooked.  It was the oddest idea I’d ever seen for dating.  And this is from a girl that would watch every episode of Blind Date!

But, by the time we got to Charlie O’Connells season…I had started to lose interest.  It was the same hot tubs.  Same tired story lines.  And by then not a single Bachelor had gotten married. Unlike our first Bachlorette (Trista) who went on to marry Ryan Sutter!  I still wonder where all her pink china is from her wedding.  And can I get a few salad plates?  Just for an accent piece with existing china of course.  I had to make myself not walk the two blocks down to Swoozies when she did a book signing!  She’s cute as a button!  But, I really am obsessed with what she did with all the china from her wedding!  I think ABC let her keep it from her reception.

Trista and Ryan

Trista and Ryan…..

Next came the dad… a Bachelor.  I tripped through a few episodes here and there.  I ended up only watching the last few episodes of Jason Mesnick’s year.  He had picked Melissa.  Who I never thought was his match.  Fast forward to an After the Rose episode…..keep in mind I am on a two hour delay from  my East coast friends.  I just remember picking up the phone and my friend Dot saying “You b$st$rd”  So I of course tuned in quick.  Didn’t know what was going on…..but it sounded good if the b word was being tossed around.  We tuned in just as Jason says to Chris “Is the Caller there” Harrison (don’t y’all just see him being the next Phil Donahue?) that he thinks he made a mistake.  My hubby who really only tolerates my reality t.v. shows said “Get the beer.  This just got good.”  I of course was drinking wine……beer?  As if.  But, we watched every single second.  Hubby couldn’t help but yell at the t.v. with me.  It was a really great moment in our marriage!  He had just figured out how to deal with my Gone With the Wind obsession.  Now…..we had this to share.

Took a lot of time off again after that season.  But, I was back to being addicted when Brad Womack came back for his 2nd show appearance.  I never understood why people made him out to be a bad guy.  He didn’t lead anyone on!!!!  Let’s just say I am still upset that Ben and Emily didn’t work out, even though she is all happy and married with a new little baby.   There were a lot of RIcky Bobby jokes that I threw around that season.  I mean…..Ricky Bobby left her set up in one of the prettiest houses yet.  I mean her house should have been the mansion that all the girls live in.  It was gorgeous!!!!  Once again I took time off after Brad and Emily.  I wanted them to work out so badly!

Some how some way I ended up committing to the season again last year when Farmer Chris was announced.  I had not a clue who he was.  I knew he had been on the Bachlorette.  But, didn’t  have any preconceived notions about him.

YET I decided I’d host a fantasy league for his season.  It was my first experience with a fantasy league (I only have heard about them in football.)

I saw this photo…..and was hooked.
'The Bachelor': Chris Soules Blogs About Britt's 'Outburst' and Hometown Dates

How I even brought together my first fantasy league group…..I can’t remember.

I was of course beside myself that Chris and Whitney didn’t work out.  I just thought for certain they would.  But, silly me!  I’m a big donkey girl scout like that though.  I always believe everyone is in love and will ride off into the sunset.

I barely kept up with season 11 of the Bachlorette.  I just never find it as interesting.  You know because there isn’t as many crazy men out there as there are women apparently!  I kept hearing buzz from friends about this guy named Ben that is from Denver.  I didn’t pay much attention until my friend sat in a box at the Pepsi center for a show and was seated right next to Ben.  Her daughter who is like 13….and herself grilled him.  It was a week before he left for filming for his show.  They fell in love…..think he’s the bees knees.

So here I am again.  Fantasy League and all.

But, this time we have 30 people.  30!!!!!  I had to make it for only those that are local.  Time changes and such are difficult.  Some people get a time advantage……with that whole East coast air time.

We have 15 wives, 3 couples, and 3 hubbies that decided to pick their own teams.  The pot is pretty hefty.

One hubby did suggest already that we use some of the money to adopt Pickles.  We also think that in honor of Tiara we may adopt orphan chickens.  Loser gets to name them for the winner (who will adopt them since they will win the bulk of the cash prize.)  The weekly group emails are probably the best part of the Fantasy League.  Like for instance when one husband claimed that his wife had the show on and he just happened to see some of the crazy going on…..and then all the other husbands call him out suggesting he’s drinking wine and really the one tuned in.  Or when another husband this week sent what I can only imagine to be a dating website for tiny horses.  It was a whole little bio on the tiny horse!  Weird and fascinating at the same time.

I’m in planning mode for our party for the finale.  But, so far my menu is coming up dull.  I mean what the heck do they eat in Indiana (please no Velveeta recipes forwarded.)

Five Reasons Why Denver Resident Ben Higgins Should Be the Next Bachelor

Ben Higgins

Obviously I will have roses everywhere…..and candles…….

I noticed that ABC set designers have finally started using the battery operated candles.  For years it drove me crazy when I’d see the metal tea lights.

Tea lights……

I know you are thinking…..who cares.  Well, I care.  Tea lights are so tacky to me when you can see them.  It’s like having a beautiful dinner party and then you leave the butter in the little metal wrapper on the bread plate.  Yet, you have baccarat crystal with expensive wine!

There will be the obligatory roses in food form of course.

#cupcakes #viewingparty #thebachelor:

Will you accept this cupcake?

So far all I know is that Indiana loves cheese.  Loves it fried.  I think they are big into beer.
We’ll see how this plays out.

Meanwhile…….Lace from Denver……..She brought anyone that her on their team last week a whopping 95 points!  I can’t wait to see what she does tomorrow night.  Are you watching?  If not….you should.  You will go to bed happy to be you.  It’s a complete ego booster!

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Happy New Year!

Only 7 days into a new year and I have a list of things to get done that is only a little over the top.  Projects projects projects.

We had a lovely Christmas. If you follow me on Instagram you know that I spent a ton of time at church decorating this year.  Yesterday I went by to check on the zillion poinsettias that require lots of watering…..and I am saying a tiny prayer that they just make it to this weekend.  Then I am told we give them away.  Which will be one of my favorite moments after these last few weeks.

We are back to a schedule!  Over our break we saw so many friends.  I don’t think we were in bed most nights before 10:30….which is late for my kids since they go to bed by 7:30 on a school night.  It was so fun catching up with so many friends.  In Denver ski season is here so it always seems like we don’t see anyone for a few months.  Before you know it soccer season is back, spring break happens and the winter that I dreaded is nothing but a blur by March!

I didn’t make the resolutions that most people do.  Clearly everyone made the promise to eat healthier if Sunday morning at Whole Foods was any indication.  The fish counter was knee deep with people.  Everyone was in the produce aisle.  The freezer section I noticed was like a ghost town.  It felt like church on Christmas eve.  Everyone is there that doesn’t usually go.  WF is the place where everyone is shopping for the next month or so apparently.  Since I shop there every day I felt like I should have had my own lane!

We always eat healthy, but there is always room for improvement, right?  I never thought this day would come…..but I think I am kind of over wine.  I am not a white wine drinker.  I had a rose recently that was just too sweet.  I also only like a rose for the summer.  My favorite red wine….and I only have had one because it’s the only red wine I’ve been able to drink without waking up in the middle of the night has had something happen with its bottling.  We’ve had bottle after bottle with sediment in it.  It’s been so bad!  So my partial resolution has become….don’t drink wine.  I think I’m giving it up.  Along with sugar.  I usually have a sweet tooth.  But, lately sugar is not that great to me at all.

I have been trying to meditate more.  Plus, I am praying even more.  Which are not the same.  Everyone says meditation is the key to healthy life.  I’m not great at it because my mind starts to wander.  Praying I’m way better with!  Either way I am liking the peace and calm I’m making an effort to have more of in 2016.

In this New Year I have brought back the Bachelor fantasy league.  I did this last year for the season with Farmer Chris.  This go around we have 30 people competing and a nice big pot of money to win.  I was at the book store yesterday and ran into one of my friends that is competing.  I think we probably made everyone in Barnes and Noble either wish they were watching the Bachelor or they ran from us.  In five minutes we had dissected almost the whole first show.  This may not be something peaceful, prayerful to do each Monday.  But, so far there have been a lot of laughs!!!

This Sunday is the 73rd Golden Globes!!!!  I can’t wait to watch!!!!
I am still really upset that Sam Heughan was not nominated for a Golden Globe.  As you all may know by now I have sipped the kool aid called Outlander Books by Diana Gabaldon.  For years I had a friend telling me to read them.  I was all like…..uhhhh no.  They are sci fi?  Time travel?  What?

Then I gave in due to another friend.  On a Sunday over a year ago I found myself at Barnes and Noble at opening buying the first book.  I couldn’t put it down (except I did have to gloss over the graphic scene in prison.)  Low and behold while I was reading the second book Starz was debuting their t.v show Outlander.  I some how got my hubby to watch with me.  And I found myself many episodes blushing and apologizing and saying things like “no really you learn a lot about history in the books.”  Let’s just say watch with caution…no child should ever be in the room.

I think Sam Heughan is one of the best actors of our time.  He is amazing.  I know I sound like a big old donkey girl scout.  But, when a person can convey a thousand emotions with the lift an eyebrow…..I swear sometimes I forget that he isn’t Jamie.  I had to force myself to watch another movie of his just to see if I was just caught up in the Jamie movement.  I’m not!   He’s really amazing.  If you are not familiar……find time to watch an episode of Outlander.  If you don’t get hooked, well I’m sorry.  And we probably shouldn’t be friends.  Because at any given moment I like to be able to rave about the books, show, actors and I like feedback.  By feedback I like when others are also swooning with me.

There are a million photos and sites out there that literally only cover…..the many expressions of Sam Heughan.  So enjoy.

Happy New Year everyone!  I am in that mode of so much to do.  But, in denial it’s a new year….and feeling panic that it’s the 7th and I haven’t gotten everything done.


Carte de vœux - Lucille Michieli

Happy NEW YEAR 2016!!!!



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No Lego left behind Christmas…..

In the NY my resolution is going to be to stop saying how busy we are. Lately I’ve realized how obnoxious it is to hear.  Everyone is busy.  No more important or less important than the next person.

With that said its been hectic leading up to Christmas.

Last weekend we had a lovely little brunch  with a few of the neighbors and a visit from Santa himself.  This Santa is not new to a few of us.  He is always the type that reminds you just how blessed you are to have a sweet child in your child.

The last child to sit on his lap was the youngest in attendance.  Baby Peter.  Who is the baby of our old neighbors at our old house.  They were looking for a Santa to visit and I told them to come on over!  It was so exciting to see them and their sweet little bundle of joy.

Could you just die over this photo?

Baby Peter meets Santa

Baby Peter meeting Santa

The ooohs and aahhhhs from the crowd said it all.  It was the scene stealer of the day.Side note so glad I found that chair just in time for St. Nick.  It was perfect for his visit.

Today we got up (late because I am taking cold medicine to get me thru) and dashed off to church to water a zillion poinsettias.  Hubby is so sweet to pitch in when I am barely making it.

It was a really peaceful time for all of us.  I turned the tree lights on and left the rest of the church dark.  It was so quiet.  My kids take praying kind of serious these days.  They were on kneeling by Mary statue and in quiet reflection over who knows what.  But, in Bubba’s case I am certain he was begging for Santa to bring him a gift.  Not coal.  He is scared to death!

At one point I started to feel my heart beat out of my chest because of all the chairs that had been set up for the early mass.  If you hate crowds, never go to our children’s mass!

While at church we saw our religious director.  Some how we got on the topic of midnight mass.  I can’t wait until our kids can handle midnight mass.  As a child that was the mass we typically attended and I loved it!  It was so calm.  A time to see friends and really take time to reflect what the season meant.  Driving home with the moon above and the stars.  You could see Christmas lights doting the country back roads.  It was really special.

Hubby shared how he remembered going to midnight mass with his Uncle Joe.  Now I have heard this particular story for yearssssssssssssssssssss.  Years.  Sometimes I wonder if he attended mass with Uncle Joe once or ten times.  It’s hard to know!  My husband for what ever reason always talks about going to midnight mass with his Uncle Joe (and his cousins A, T, brother)  He thought it was so special.  Obviously it meant a lot to him, because I have been listening to the same stories for like 15 years!  His uncle is a really nice man who is so kind….and when he talks his words are gentle.  Does that make sense?  He just listens and is in the moment when you talk to him.  He’s one of those people that you can’t say enough nice things about.

Later in conversation something came up that Hubby is not Catholic.  Which is always the shock of all shocks to everyone.  Especially after he just went on about how he remembers midnight mass and such.  People in our church, school, friends, think Hubby is Catholic. I was born and raised Catholic.  He’s not even a convert.  But, Lord does he know Catholic guilt.  He is the first to feel bad if we do not attend mass.  He gets on the kids if they don’t cross themselves correctly.  Or if they rush thru a prayer.

Nana and Pop Pop sent their gifts a few days ago and I can say without a doubt there are more Legos under our tree than we need (or that I want.)  Tonight at bed time we asked the kids what they were hoping to find under the tree tomorrow.  I about died when Priss named one gift (that she has not mentioned at all) and it is in fact the one gift that my mother insisted on.  Tonight I realized how well my mother may know my daughter without me being involved at all.

Today we baked cookies.  Super late to the game.  But, it was a family affair.  With movies on on in the background.  Me crying every single movie.  What has happened to me?

White Christmas: I cry over how sweet they are over the General.  Enough said.
Home Alone: End of the movie when the dad makes up with the son…..I can’t take the thought of an elderly person being alone.  So that one tugs on my heart.
Wonderful Life.

My hubby is George Bailey.

We’ve sprinkled reindeer food.  Put out cookies and milk (in a shot glass) for Santa.  Casseroles are ready.  Tables set.  Except for a massive amount of laundry that should have been put away by now…..we are ready!

I can’t believe that when we wake up in the morning we will be celebrating Christmas.  I swear the years go faster and faster the older I get.  We will be in our pjs all day.  Eat, drink, open gifts, cook, pray for a tad bit of snow….. because we we really want a white Christmas.

In this moment we feel so blessed for what we have.
Merry Christmas to you.  Enjoy your day whether you are with family, friends or maybe traveling (like so many people I know are doing this year!)




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Christmas is here!

I am in the total frenzy zone.  Decorating.  Getting cards hung up as they come in.  Which everytime we get a card in t he mail (we already had received 6 before Monday which was the 30th!) I freak out a little because I haven’t even ordered a card.

Last weekend was one of the best for our family.  We were all so sad to see it come to an end after anticipating it for months!  Years for me.

Priss was a Sugarplum for the Colorado Ballet this year.  I have planned for this long before she was born.

In fact…..when the doctor said “it’s a girl” the first words out of my mouth were “we get to plan a wedding one day.”  Then “She’s going to be a Sugarplum!!!!”

You only get to be a Sugarplum in 2nd grade.  Next year if she takes part she will be considered an alum and wear something different and the presentation is different.

She beat her father to her side of the stage.


Priss waiting to curtsy and get her rose.

There were 22 girls in this class.  Priss didn’t know a single girl.  We were really proud of her because she really made her own way.  From the first get together in June up until last weekend she has attended every single event with bells on.

Friday night we had the ball.  The Bubba was beyond thrilled to dress up.  He had a little tuxedo on.  Instead of dress shoes he wore new converse.  I made the best call on making him hold off on wearing them until that night.  By half way thru the cocktail hour they were scuffed.  We had already taken photos so by then I didn’t care!

To make the weekend even better we stayed at the Brown Palace (again next year would be different so I doubt we would do that again.)  None of us had ever stayed there.  I was surprised this included my hubby since he grew up here!

Sugar Plum Class of 2015 with Sugarplum Fairy Regan Kucera Photo by Stefan Krusze

Sugarn Plums 2015

Saturday night was her presentation.  I can’t describe how special it was to be sitting in the audience when the curtain went up and 22 little girls stood on a stage lined up perfectly and sweetly.  We could see Priss but she could not see us.  It was a joy to watch her and she was so poised.  She smiled the entire time.  Not only when she had the spotlight on her but when any of her friends had the spotlight.  You could see how excited she was for everyone.

This was the 25th anniversary of the Sugarplums at the ballet.  It meant a lot to me after spending so many years volunteering for the ballet and supporting the auxiliary.

I’ve had so many people ask if I would do it again.  I left it up to my husband to decide if we would do this or not.  I didn’t want it to be all about what I wanted.  I knew it would be a time commitment and it does cost money for the program.  I thought it was sweet when I got the call earlier this year when the deadline was upon us and my husband said he had sent in the last application because we only have one daughter and she wouldn’t get to do this again.  He’s a sweet daddy.

So yes, I would do it again.  In a heartbeat.  It was not only a great social experience for Priss,  but we all made new friends that we’ve been able to attend a few events with.  It was supporting the arts.  She also saw that in life there is a reason to work hard.  Not everyone gets to take part of events like these.  We are a very close family of four.  We have fun together on a Sunday afternoon over Uno tournaments.  So, when it came to the ball and the presentation we had…..a ball.  No pun intended.  My husband and I will attend black tie functions, but it’s rare our kids get that chance. They felt very special and grown up.  Bubba is asking for  his own set of cuff links now!

Someone asked me already if I would keep the red dress for their daughter…..Plums get a dress custom made for them.  But, I don’t think we will part with this dress ever.  When Priss came  home the day I picked it up, to find it hanging, she swooned.  That dress will always hold memories for us that we will never forget.

When the weekend ended Priss went to bed and as she asked for her fifth hug she started to get teary.  She said she was sad it was over and she wanted to do it all over again.  For a girl that sometimes will claim she’s nervous……I thought it said a lot about how she has grown up this last year.  The Sugar Plum program gave her a sense of more independence.  Walking in on our first tea and meeting 21 other girls and probably 15 alums was intimidating.  By last weekend we couldn’t keep count to how many girls would come over to say hi to her, ask her to join them for scrapbooking a page of their keepsake book, or dancing on stage the night of the ball singing Taylor Swift songs.   She would run off holding hands with her friends and that alone makes your heart swell.  2nd grade is a rough time I feel like.  They are not babies and they are not teens. They are trying to find their way.  Too old for baby dolls but too young for phones.  Priss  and her confidence has been a blessing.

Next year this will be a whole different program.  They dance on stage.  BUT the thing is you can’t take photos of them on stage dancing.  That will be a bummer.  Also, I don’t know if I will be able to pick her out.  We knew two of the alums dancing on presentation night and I couldn’t find them at all.  Even one of the mom’s said she couldn’t figure out her daughter due to the costumes.  They all dance different nights, weekends, times of the day.  I know Priss will be excited though.

She’s already dreaming of next year’s dress which is green!  I can’t wait either.  And funny enough neither can one daddy-o little Bubba.


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Are you ready for some turkeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Turkey Talk Printable. Questions to ask at the Thanksgiving table.:

Thanksgiving questions for dinner

My day went something like this……..

Kids out the door (lunches packed.  I mixed up for the first time ever the lunches I found out later.)  Shoes, backpacks, projects, hurry hurry hurry!!!!!!

Sat down for coffee (that was yummy, but I didn’t have the cup under the Nespresso correctly so it poured into the catchy thingy.  First time I’ve ever done that.  So not as much coffee as I may have liked.)

Got a list of vendors to a bride.

Sent a floorplan out.

Sent a marketing thingy majingy to  the agency that was past due.

Laundry started.

Rushed out the door by nine…..and proceeded to shop four stores for Thanksgiving.

I shopped and shopped for Thanksgiving.  I bought everything except a turkey (because I bought that weeks ago frozen.)  Turns out I was the ONLY person in Whole Foods that didn’t preorder a fresh turkey for pick up today.  I am not a big turkey fan.  I like the sides.  So I don’t make the biggest turkey any longer.  Plus, y’all know I hate leftovers!

I’m so very thankful that I am able to get errands out of the way and always enjoy my holidays.  I feel for the mom’s and dad’s  that work full time and can’t get things done ahead of time without added stress.  It stinks when you have to take time away from family to run an errand.  Tomorrow I will be baking, prepping and just all in all enjoying a quiet day until the kids are out of school (why do they do early release?  They could go full day!!!!)  I am so use to running errands during the day that I remembered I needed a few things from Nordstrom today and for a few minutes I pushed them off and thought I’d just run by and pick up on Friday.  Then I remembered Friday is Black Friday….and I DO  NOT shop on Black Fridays.  I hope if you are reading this you resist the urge to jump in line on Thursday to shop.  Remember the people that get forced to work on Thanksgiving day so you can get your $10 savings on a set of flatware.  Or a t.v. at a supposed discount price.  Stores can sell those same items for the same price on Friday.  Help to encourage companies to give their employees a day with their friends and families before they spend the next 25 or so days catering to shoppers.

It’s going to be a snowy Thanksgiving for us!  I’m kind of happy for that.  I am breaking one rule.  We are going to decorate a few trees on Thanksgiving.  I KNOW.  I can’t believe I am doing this.  I NEVER ever put a tree up this early.  But, as I type do you realize it’s only 30 days…..until Christmas.

I am so obsessed with decorating right now that I can’t even make a clear plan of attack.  I have too many ideas.  Which will probably never all come to fruition.

With that I am off to run one more errand.  Champagne.  We are out.  It’s a problem.  The struggle is real!

If for some reason you have a guest that brings a bottle of the sparkly that is less than your fave… Barefoot.  Which to quote a friend “just hit me over the head with a bottle of it, it’s better than the headache it gives me from drinking it.”  AMEN.  Have a few items on hand to make either a hummingbird or something more fall!

St. Germain
Club Soda

Or mix with cranberry juice, a touch of lime and club soda.  Top off with champagne.  It’s refreshing.

This year we will once again be breaking out our bowl of questions.  The premise of the questions are that the ones you are closest to you sometimes don’t know at all.  I’ve learned over the years that my husband doesn’t really like tonic water.  His favorite book (that I never would have guessed to save my life.)  His regrets, what makes him the saddest.  One year with company I learned about a new author that I now adore!  I have learned that our sitters who are our family….their life changing event…..the days and months after Hurricane Katrina where they changed schools (one her senior year.) They packed up what they could take in just a few hours and drove and drove following their parents.  Can you imagine?  I’ve learned who makes people laugh the most.  Or what Priss considers her most pride possession…..her family.

It’s one of my favorite traditions and I love how it gets more interesting each year as the kids get older.  Bubba loves to chime in on the questions now and let me tell you he has some doozy of answers.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  I’m so thankful for so much.  We are blessed and try to remember it every day.  You can always wish for more than you have.  But, I’ve learned to be happy with what you have in every moment of the day.


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