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The Bachelor Arie: Episode 3

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Chris H. saunters in and tells the girls that this week there are two group dates and one romantic one-on-one. Group Date 1: Maquel, J-Quellin, Lauren B, Tia, Marikh, Bekah M, Bibiana & Krystal “It’s all about the Ring” Monica on friends was already fooled by ring talk once before, although I sincerely hope the girls will be competing for the ultimate fighting champion. Two old ladies from an 80’s wrestling show come to teach the girls […]

The Bachelor Arie: Episode Two

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We open to a scene of Arie putting on a helmet and getting on a motorcycle.  He’s speeding over to the mansion to pick up the future Mrs. Luyendyk. One-on-One- Becca K “Hold on tight.” Arie She walks out to the motorcycle and he gives her a leather jacket and puts her helmet on for her while the other girls watch half scowling. He takes her to meet with Rachel Zoe, a famous designer (I […]

The Bachelor Arie- Week 1

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The things I do for you people.  I spent precious moments of my life reading the ‘biographies’ of these women.  I’ll never get that time back, but I go to these lengths for the entertainment of you folks.  You’re welcome. Chris Harrison starts by introducing him as the best kisser in bachelor history.  Anyone else wonder how Chris knows? In case you haven’t kept up, Arie is still racing cars, but he is also a realtor […]

The First “Real” Christmas

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Tom and I have had many a Christmas together.  They have all been great, in different reasons.  I’m not going to lie, the first Christmas we had as a couple was amazing.  It was when I learned that Tom had the ability to lie to me about a gift.  He promised that he didn’t buy me a gun and not to get my hopes up.  Christmas morning I opened the most beautiful pink 1911 with […]

From Vegas to the Exact Opposite of Vegas

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Don’t get me wrong, Vegas was great fun.  We came home and had one night in our house to sleep and change out clothes in the suitcase, then we left the next day to the ranch.  It was the beautiful opposite of Vegas.  Quiet.  Peaceful.  No bright lights.  Home-cooked free meals including vegetables.  Coffee. Free water from the spring.  Rest.  Recovery.  I love this place, especially in the Winter.  It’s just so beautiful and calming. […]

What Happens in Vegas Ends up on the Blog

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I believe that is how the saying goes.  That or ‘What happens in Vegas ends up on YouTube.’ Not to worry folks; we left our mark. Tom and I arrived on Thursday afternoon and checked into the Mirage.  We had a lovely volcano-view room, so that was fun.  We had a burger and milkshake for dinner our first night.  We went to LVB (Las Vegas Burger).  It was a great introduction to the price of […]

My Guide to Las Vegas with POTS and Other Forms of Dysautonomia

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So you want the bright light city to set your soul, set your soul on fire, eh? Here is my little guide to surviving with POTS. Water Pack it, or plan to bring a small fortune to stay hydrated.  The other option is to learn to like tap water.  Bottles of water on average were anywhere between $3.50 to $6.  These are for 20 oz bottles, not even big bottles.  Some hotels had vending machines with bottled […]

A New Venue and a Reminder about Faith

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All summer I saw signs about Aunt J’s Farmer Market.  I remember this because Carter has called my sister-in-law, Tom’s sister, Aunt J since he could talk.  I never made it to the market throughout the summer.  Timing, illness, planning, whatever the reason, it just didn’t come together.  I was scrolling on Facebook and saw an ad about a Small Business Saturday and a Holiday Marketplace being held at Aunt J’s Farmer’s Market.  I was […]

Dancing with the Stars: The Winner of the Mirrorball is…

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It’s night two of finals, folks.  We’re here.  We’ve made it all this way.  It’s the final three and by the end of these final two hours we will have a new mirrorball champion.  Spoiler alert: Sharna doesn’t win.  Maybe next season they won’t give her a basketball player. Ok, I’m not bitter.  Here we go. What I like about the finale: finding out the winner and celebrating. What I hate about the finale: 1 […]

Dancing with the Stars: Night One of Finals

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It’s the first night of Finals.  Tonight will include a judge’s challenge which is a redemption dance chosen by a judge from one of their dances earlier this season that did not receive high scores.  After that is the ever popular freestyle round, which is always incredible.  Not to mention, a freestyle round including choreography from Mark and Lindsay.  The only thing that would make it better would be if Sharna was choreographing a routine.  […]