Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Little Mama

So, we sometimes call Izzy "mama" around here. I don't know why. I know it doesn't make sense, but it's cute, and we do. She got a sweet baby doll and a baby carriage as gifts recently, and now she really does look like such a sweet little mama pushing her baby around the house.

She also likes to give her froggy rides on her fancy new horse. She's so cute I can hardly stand it!

And the rain last night was the perfect solution to the huge mess Izzy made at dinner. Who needs a bath? Just send the kid out in the rain to wash off. I kid, I kid. Don't worry, she had a nice warm bath immediately after this picture was taken.

Oh, the Drama!

This week's episode started with a lot of drama, just how I like it! Some random girl I didn't even remember from Jake's season called the producers up to tell them that Wrestler has a girlfriend. Ummm, duh! Did this really surprise anyone? So, Chris Harrison calls this forgettable girl up so Ali can speak to her, and the girl acts so surprised to hear from him. Yet there is a camera crew at her house, and the supposed girlfriend just happens to be sitting on the couch next to her. Talk about a coincidence, huh? Wrestler's girlfriend admitted that he just went on the show to promote his career, and he was planning on making it to the final three before returning home to marry her. How romantic, no? I guess Girlfriend was good with this twisted situation until she found out about yet another girl. Wrestler sounds like a real catch. Even though I'm not Ali's biggest fan, I really like the way she confronted him in front of all the guys. I thought she nailed it, and wondered if the producers fed her those lines. Wrestler had no words of defense, but he did make me laugh as he hobbled through the flower beds to get away from Ali and the cameras.

After Wrestler left, Ty and Ali had a solo date. Ali asked Ty about his divorce, and he couldn't have been more vague. I am honestly just as clueless about his divorce as I was before. The only thing I can gather is that he was not cool with his wife working outside the home, and I'm not even sure that's correct. But if it is, what an a-hole! I'm all about traditional values, but come on, let the little lady out of the house to persue her career, too. I can't believe Ali didn't dig for more specific answers as to why his marriage ended. And has the girl heard of a rebound relationship? All kinds of red flags would be going off for me after that date, but she gave him a rose anyway.

Next was a group date with Roberto, Chris, Kirk (still my top three picks)

and Craig, the notsoattractive lawyer.

The guys had to wrestle some very serious looking Turkish dudes while dripping in olive oil. Very strange. And how ironic that they wrestle after Wrestler leaves. Anywho...it was down to Roberto and Craig fighting for a solo date with Ali. You could almost see Ali rooting for Roberto, or maybe I was just imagining that, but come on, we all know she was. In the end, Craig won, and he probably needed it the most since he was the only guy left who hadn't had a solo date. Unfortunately, I don't think the date helped him much. He's actually a really funny guy, but you could just tell from Ali's body language that she wasn't feeling it. Craig, however, was 100% condfident that they were into each other. How can men be so clueless? He was shocked, and even got a little teary when he didn't receive a rose. Poor Craig.

Creepy stalker Frank got the second solo date. That guy just rubs me the wrong way. They went to a street bazaar, and then had dinner on a platform surrounded by water. Very cool, but I was distracted by the fact that Ali's cute knee boots were getting ruined while she was trekking through the water to get to the platform. I wonder if the show replaced them. Do you think they provide her wardrobe? Probably. Wow, a whole conversation, all by myself. Impressive! Back to Frank....he gets weird at dinner and says the reason he is still single at 30 is because he is very cautious. I can think of a few more reasons, but that is beside the point. For reasons that are beyond me, Ali is really into this guy, but from the looks of the previews, he is going to break her heart in Tahiti. It's too bad I couldn't have been on this trip with Ali to steer her in the right direction. So, does he have a girlfriend, or is he just a commitment phobe? Oh, and tell me I'm not the only one who noticed how weird he was acting after they all found out about Wrestler. He looked a little guilty. That's all I'm gonna say...

So, next week they're off to Portugal, and from the previews, we can see that Roberto, Ty, and Frank all make it to Tahiti, so I'm guessing that means either Chris or Kirk will be going home next week. Either way, I'm sad about that. I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up not picking any of these guys as her husband in the end. And, as if I need more reason to stay tuned, Jake and Vienna sausage are supposed to give their first interview since their breakup next week.

And I would just like to get this out there now. I predict that if Roberto is not the chosen one this season, he will be the next Bachelor.

***I realize this is two Bachelorette posts in a row, with no mention of my Izzy girl. Sorry, Dad. In my defense, I tried to post a blog about her yesterday, but I couldn't get the videos to work. I'll keep trying, but in the meantime, maybe this sweet little face will tide you over.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Show I Love to Hate

Not only am I shamefully addicted to The Bachelorette, I am now addicted to writing about as well. You're welcome. So, this week's episode took us to Iceland. The fire and ice scenery added an extra cheese factor to the already cheesy setting.

The guys had to compete for a solo date by writing a poem for Ali. This was the first time that Mystery Man opened his mouth, and I now understand his silent strategy. Turns out Mystery Man is not so smart. Listening to his poem, if you can even call it that, was truly painful. He had a chance to redeem himself at the most dramatic rose ceremony EVER when he got some one-on-one time with Ali, but not so surprisingly, he crashed and burned. The most interesting thing that came out of his mouth was, "I like Mexican food." And that was in response to Ali asking him about his fun and guilty vices. I think I liked him better when he didn't talk. Needless to say, we won't be seeing Mystery Man next week.

Kirk had the best poem, so the solo date went to him. I do like him, but I'm not 100% sold yet. They've been teasing Kirk's "big secret" all week, and we find out tonight that he was really sick a few years back due to asbestos and mold. Really, Bachelorette? Asbestos and mold is your big tease? No kids back home? No divorce pending? No drug rehab? No sex addiction? Hey, it seems to be the "in" thing nowadays... I still think he's hiding something. When Ali asked about his past relationships, he got kind of weird. I was thinking maybe he was going to tell her he had cheated on several of his past girlfriends or something. That would have made for much better tv in my opinion. He said to the cameras that he was so happy Ali knew the real him and accepted him. What, did he really expect her to change her opinion of him because of a little mold issue? Asbestos and all, Kirk got another rose.

Just when I thought things couldn't get more awkward with Kasey, he gets picked to go on a 2-on-1 date with Ali and the wrestler. Only one of them would get a rose, and the other would be sent packing. I think Kasey was starting to have second thoughts on his obvious lapse in judgement that resulted in the worst tattoo in America (and in Iceland this week). There was a lot of talk about when and how he would reveal it to Ali, and he finally decided to bust it out while sitting on top of a glacier. Ali's face was pretty priceless. She thanked him for "being himself." I think she meant, "thank you for making this decision a no-brainer." The bad tattoo sealed his fate, and he was left on the glacier, without a rose, as Ali and the wrestler made their dramatic exit in the helicopter. Given Kasey's mental state, I'm surprised he didn't jump into the active volcano they had just flown over. I just hope, for his sake, that he will find a girl who doesn't watch the show and likes really bad tattoos.

Wrestler has been shady since the beginning, and tonight's episode just confirmed what a jerk he is. Poor Kasey was so intimidated by him, and he was just eating it up. Did anyone else find it pretty suspicious that he's been hobbling around on crutches all season, and he finally gets his cast cut off by some random doctor in Iceland? If it were that easy, why didn't he get it off a long time ago? He's totally pulling the sympathy card. And come on, when he said in his interview that two roses were given out: one to him and one to Rated R, his wrestling persona??? I don't like him.

So, who's got the girlfriend back home??? I'm guessing wrestler, but I'm secretly hoping it's Frank. Is it just me, or is he a little creepy?
And what about Ty? He says and does all the right things, but let us not forget that he got divorced like 10 minutes ago. I'm guessing he's got some baggage. And from the looks of this picture, his baggage is full of hideous clothes. What is with this shirt??

Until next week...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Baby Daddy Day!

We started G's second Father's Day off with a trip to the neighborhood pool. We got there early enough that we had the pool to ourselves, which was nice. Izzy got a fancy little shaded baby float from Papa and Meme yesterday, so we decided to break it in. You can see from the pictures below that she loved her present!

I love this one. :-)

I think it's pretty obvious from these pictures that Baby Girl has been working on her fitness. :-)

We actually did work on our fitness today. I haven't exactly been getting my money's worth lately at the gym, but we got brave enough to try putting Izzy in their child care for the first time today, and she did great...much better than her mommy and daddy. We walked past the window no less than 5 times to check on her during the 45 minutes we were there. She didn't cry or fuss at all, so it looks like I'll actually get to start using my gym membership again. Yay!!!

We didn't bring the camera, so all I have is this really bad picture from my phone.

Happy Father's Day to the hubs, my daddy, and my father-in-law, and all the other baby daddies out there. Hope you all had a fantastic day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

More Trash TV Talk

I apologize in advance for another Bachelorette post, but this week's episode was just too much. I don't even know where to start.

Actually, I'll start with last week. Hunter actually got a one-on-one date, and boy was it awkward. I was uncomfortable just watching it. I had to partially obstruct my view with my hands like I do when I'm watching a scary movie. Yeah, that bad. He was being really sweet, but it was just so obviously not a match made in reality tv heaven. It was no surprise that he didn't get a rose. Better luck next time, Hunter.

Okay, now on to the crazies who are left. Kasey. Oh, crazy Kasey. First of all, he has the strangest voice, and he's really hard to understand. It's like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher. Half the time, I can't even make out what he is saying, so I was glad to have the subtitles during his helicopter ride. More importantly, I have to question his sanity after this week's episode. His sole mission in life is to "guard and protect Ali's heart," and he mentioned that no less than 100 times. Seriously. So, after not getting a rose on his one-on-one date because Ali thought he was trying too hard and not being sincere, what does he do? He goes out and gets a tattoo on his wrist. Yeah, that'll show her how genuine you are. Any guesses what he got? You got it, a shield guarding and protecting a heart. Oh, and the shield has 11 diamond studs on it, symbolic of the 11 "studs" left. Quite possibly the stupidest tatoo anyone has ever gotten, and definitely the creepiest. The kid clearly has some issues. But the show needs ratings, so of course he'll be back next week.

Then there's Weatherman. Poor, poor Weatherman. I'm not sure that Weatherman has ever kissed a girl, and frankly, I'm not sure that he wants to. He just constantly beats himself up for not allowing Ali to see his "true" self. Well, no worries Weatherman. We got a pretty good look at the real you through all of your interview clips, and I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have made a difference.  

What do these two crazies have in common? They both serenaded Ali this week with equally bad songs. And when I say bad, I mean bad. I was embarrassed for them.

So, of the guys left, my top three are Roberto, Chris L., and Kirk, in that order. If I were Ali, I would just send the rest packing.
Frank seems a little too possessive and has serious stalker potential, the wrestler is just there for the ride, and the notsoattractive lawyer is just boring.
And who is this guy they keep showing who never even speaks? I've never even seen him talk to Ali, so I don't know how he has made it this far. He's like a creeper who just keeps showing up in random shots.

Okay, I can now move on with my life now that those thoughts are out of my head.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That

My mind can't focus on a single topic today, so you get a hodge podge of thoughts...

First of all, my bootcamp trainer must have gotten wind of my smack talk because he has definitely kicked it up a notch. He killed my legs the first week, and my shoulder blades and upper back are feeling it this week. I think the classes I took at the Y were actually harder, but this guy definitely knows what he's doing because I've been in a constant state of soreness since I started. Ouch!

On a completely different note, I have a new obsession. Have you tried Subway's new Orchard Chicken Salad sandwich? So good! And it's somewhat healthy as far as chicken salads go. I get it on wheat bread with lettuce and tomatoes. Nom nom nom. I warned you, random!

I decided to give Izzy a chore yesterday that she thoroughly enjoyed. She was my laundry assistant, and she pushed the hamper to and from the laundry room. When she's 13, I will remind her of how much she once enjoyed laundry. I love my sweet little helper girl.

Speaking of Izzy, I think she might have her first celebrity crush. Everytime the commercial for Huggies Denim Diapers (really, Huggies??) comes on, she immediately stops what she is doing and focuses all of her attention on the handsome little denim-clad star. He is pretty cute, but I think she should hold out for a boy who wears pants in public, and preferably, non-denim underwear.
Oh, and I almost forgot. She started sticking out her tongue the other day. Funniest thing ever.

Seeing how #21 on this dreadful list is to successfully grow a vegetable, I decided I better get going. So, on a recent trip to Home Depot, I bought this. It has been sitting on my kitchen counter, unopened, since I brought it home. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

And, I leave you with a sad discovery. I have come to find that my love of shopping does not, I repeat, DOES NOT extend to swim attire. What a way to ruin an otherwise perfectly fine day. It goes without saying that the fluorescent lighting in the dressing rooms does not do us any favors, and I can now say that stuffing your face at Souper Salad before trying on swimsuits doesn't help either. And have you seen the price of swimsuits these days? Sorry to use the phrase "these days" like I'm 80, but I didn't realize I needed to take out a loan to pay for a new swimsuit. Geesh! I couldn't find anything that was reasonably priced AND age appropriate. By age appropriate, I mean nothing that my former students nor my grandma would wear. Sadly, I didn't find anything that met my requirements. I had to turn to ol' faithful, Victoria's Secret, and order two suits online. They haven't arrived yet, but I'm mentally preparing myself for the fact that I will look nothing like the models sporting the suits in the pictures. Too bad there isn't an "add to cart" option for their figures. Bleh!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Bootcamp Report

One day down. Bootcamp wasn't scary at all. I even wish it had been a little harder. Our instructor is a former military trainer, and even though he is much nicer than the leaders in the photo above, I'm sure I will live to regret that wish. Roll call, an introduction, and a general overview of the program took up some time at the beginning of class, but he promised there would be no time for relaxing here on out. Yesterday's workout consisted mainly of weights. We did several different moves, all in cadence to 25. Ex: 1, 2, 3, ONE, 1, 2, 3, TWO, etc. Needless to say, we were happy to hear 25 at the end of each set. My only complaint is that we didn't do much cadio, but I'm sure he will mix it up. To be honest, I didn't leave feeling like I got a great workout, but my arms are a little sore this morning, so I guess that is a sign that something worked. Maybe tomorrow I will get the "last chance workout," Biggest Loser style, that I'm looking for.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bring the Pain!

I'm sure this will be another one of those ideas that sound better in my head, but I've signed up for 4 weeks of torture bootcamp. I did a 6-week bootcamp class through the YMCA a few years ago, and it was pretty good, but I thought I would try something a little different. I'd been looking at alternatives for a while, but everything is so pricey. That's where my good friend Groupon came through for me. The week after I researched the program I ended up signing up for and found that they charge $180 for 4 weeks, I got an email from Groupon offering the exact same session for $40! So, I signed myself up, and I got a friend to join me. I'm not going to pretend to be super athletic or anything, but when I workout, I want to be pushed, I want to sweat, and I don't want to feel like I've wasted my time. The description on the website reads, "for men and women who want a true bootcamp experience without the commitment of enlisting." Sounds a bit scary, but in a good way. I think.

Why the bootcamp you ask? Well, three of us couples have an upcoming trip to Cabo planned, and to inspire some friendly, get-in-shape motivation, we have a little Cabo Wabo Fatso Challenge going on. The sad few who lose the least percentage of weight will be forced to sing karaoke on the trip. I don't sing karaoke. I don't sing at all. In fact, last time I was on a karaoke stage, this is what happened.

This cannot happen again, people! So, you now see the seriousness of the situation and why drastic measures are needed. My first class is tonight. I'm not going to lie. I'm scurred. I will report back tomorrow, assuming I am still alive.