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Bachelorette Rachel: Episode 8

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Ok, we’re 9 minutes out from when the episode ended, so I’m still mad.  The feelings are fresh and raw and I’m cranky.  It was a two hour show tonight for four hometown dates.  The first three dates were in the first hour and the last date and four minute rose ceremony was the last hour, so I imagine I’ll be focusing my attention of this blog similarly. Date One: Baltimore, MD with Eric I […]

Adventure: It’s Not All About You

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Smile Makers / Uncategorized

The world is full of adventure.  Perhaps you have a chronic illness, like me, and your days of adventuring might be on pause at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find another to follow along with and enjoy! This Spring/Summer I followed a fun and unique adventure across America and I thought I would share my favorite points with y’all. Julian Redman, who went to the same high school as me, rode his custom-made […]

Bachelorette Rachel: Episode 7

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I guess this is Episode 7. The gang travels to Geneva, Switzerland because it too is the perfect place to fall in love.  Rachel comes to tell the guys that there will be 3 one-on-one dates this week and a three-on-one date.  There is a rose available on each date.  The four with roses will be receiving hometown dates next week. **Where is Chris Harrison?  Did he not come to Geneva? Is he secretly wanted […]

I’m a Fruit Girl, Not Like that Time I Memorized the Chiquita Banana Song for School

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It’s official, y’all.  I’ve always told everyone that I don’t know how to work ‘fruit phones’ and other ‘fruit’ products–which was my code for Apple products.  I just never had one and never knew how to work one, which was why I was always an android girl. UNTIL… two days ago. We had some business for plan changing stuff at the Verizon store, which is my personal hell, btw.  It always takes so long.  In […]

Want to Pay Less for Your Prescriptions?

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How much do you pay each month for your prescriptions?  If you’re like me, I’m guessing you don’t buy them and take them just for fun.  Most prescriptions are a necessity to keep yourself alive, healthy, conscious, etc. I happen to be double covered so my prescriptions are still a chunk of my income, but not anywhere near what many have to pay, or what I would have to pay if I didn’t have insurance. […]

The Day Wheat Bran Betrayed Me

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We have a deal.  Wheat Bran is supposed to be the one thing that I don’t throw up.  Now it’s the one thing that I usually don’t throw up, because it broke the pact.  Two days ago I woke up in excruciating pain.  I don’t like to discuss pain and talk about it a whole lot because I feel like everyone has pain in different ways and talking about it sometimes leads to the comparison […]

Bachelorette Rachel: Episode 6

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Night two of Bachelorette starts back in the wilderness with Lee and Kenny on the dreaded two-on-one date.  Kenny is walking back to Lee after Rachel has told him all about what Lee told her, which was all fabricated.  Kenny says a lot of beeps to Lee so it’s a mystery, but overall he is pretty mad.  He seems to call Lee some names and Lee responds with, “Jesus loves you.” Rachel comes back and […]

Bachelorette Rachel: Episode 5

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Two nights of Bachelorette this week! We pick up with Lee and Kenny out on the deck talking.  Nothing gets resolved because Lee is an annoying jerk and Kenny is a rational person. Bryan gets the group date rose (we’re still on the spelling bee group date, if you forgot).  The guys gather to chat about Bryan getting the rose.  Kenny speaks up and says Bryan deserved the rose because of all of his good […]

Fight or Flight or Faint

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Fight or flight is a function of the autonomic nervous system.  My autonomic nervous system is confused and faulty.  A few days ago I was outside working to clean the garage with Tom and Carter.  I did a few trips on the stairs taking things to the basement.  I came back out to the garage and rested a bit before moving over to the deck to move the chairs.  I picked up one and got […]

The Bachelorette Rachel: Episode 4

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Last week there was no episode due to NBA finals so it’s been two weeks.  It was almost so long that I forgot what most dramatic thing ever was happening.  Oh yes, there was drama about if Rachel might take Eric’s rose away. We find the guys in the mansion with Eric yelling at Iggy that it is a problem and it is his business because  ‘his name is ‘in everyone’s mouth’.  I can understand his frustration. Meanwhile, outside […]