3.27.2012

A Plea.

Kony, This American Life's recent Apple Story Retraction, and the Trayvon Martin debacle all have me wanting to rage about the same thing. So here I go.

Journalists:

Recommit yourself to telling a full and honest story, and give your readers a little more credit. I'm sick of getting only the emotional half of the story, and you should be ashamed. Your 10th grade Journalism teacher taught you better. (At least mine did.)


America:

As long as you keep rewarding the media for giving you the syrupy, dramatic, most easily digestable version of every story, they will continue to leave out facts they don't trust you to interpret for yourself.

Stop getting your news from 2 minute segments on 24 hour cable news.

Stop getting your news from headlines and photographs instead of articles and facts.

Stop making knee-jerk opinions.

Start demanding all the facts and nothing less than exceptional, ethical journalism.

And for crying out loud, please accept that the world is not black and white, and just because it is many shades of gray doesn't mean that you are allowed to give up on making the world better.

Be the best version of yourself. Don't break your promises. Never stop forming your principles.




3.26.2012

Weekend According to iPhone



 SAVE THE SOIL!!!
 Dan NEVER liked this rather clever reference to our friends winning the film festival. FINE THEN.
 I forgive him, because he put in all our edging, dug up the grass, and trimmed the trees.

 We planted these pots together. I think they bring a lot of cheer.

This is a bleeding heart tree. Which we bought while Home Depot was playing the song "Keep Bleeding in Love" which I thought was hilarious. Dan thought it was mildly coincidental, I think. He didn't have much to say on the matter.

That's a tree, dear.


5 Points if you spot a spy.

 This is where he religiously hangs out and meows relentlessly at us while we work. He wants to come out and "hang", aka, run into the street and die.

 Oh dear.


 Spring looking things!

Winter looking things! (We have it on good authority that this tree looks completely dead until suddenly it explodes with giant leaves and white flowers in like a single day. I can't wait to see it like that again.

3.23.2012

Inspiration-Music, Movement, Mind and Mood-lighting

Being able to go out and enjoy the air without fleeing soon thereafter into the drafty warmth of the house has done wonders for me. I've been getting off at the far away bus stop at work so that I can walk and listen to my iPod and get that glorious shot of early morning euphoria.

 My most recent song selections, meant to encourage that peppy sense of euphoria:

1. Shake it Off by Florence + the Machine
2. I'm on my Way by the Proclaimers
3. We are Young by Fun.
4. Midnight City by M83
5. Time of Times by Badly Drawn Boy
6. Shark in the Water by V.V. Brown
7. Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley
 (their guitar player is Pinsky from Salute Your Shorts. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you must revisit your Nickelodeon Childhood)
8. Knots by Lisa Hannigan (my adoration for this girl knows no bounds)
9. I Was Here by Beyonce
10. La Revedere by [dunkelbunt] (arguably the WEIRDEST song ever recorded)
11. Kiss by Prince

Also, while the warm weather has allowed us to start the yard overhaul, which we are both happy to be doing, I haven't given up on working over our bedroom to be a little more like the "rest" of the house, in the sense that we are eager to add some character to the joint. I can't remember if I mentioned it here, but we want to give it a very modern but rustic treatment of southwest colors, inspired by one of mine and Dan's favorite places, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. What do y'all think?


I've already got the muted butter colored walls, with infusions of the central marigold color in the upholstery, and I've got more green than I really want, but I can live with it. I'm excited to get more of the POW! oranges and reds in there, that will really give it the southwest signature. Golly, I love that photo. I can't wait to abstractly represent it in my own pad. It's kind of a symbolic reminder of our bigger dreams down the road, and I think that's a good thing to infuse ones room with.

The volley of mishaps, bills, and logistics continues to swing at us, but I am handling them with a little better grace than I did in February, with still the occasional snappy quip at whoever is nearby, which unfortunately is usually that dude I married. He's taking it well.

I'm on a new campaign to look ridiculously fantastic in a bathing suit this summer, ergo my new favorite iPhone app, MyFitnessPal. It records your workouts and your calories, and it can even scan barcodes and then count your calories for you. My favorite part is when at the end of my day it tells me "if you eat the same calories you ate today for the next four weeks, you will lose X number of pounds." and it's the MOST motivating thing I've ever had. I like this app because it's the exact thing that I wanted when I got a smart phone. something that would actually make me live better, and it has.

Along those lines, Wii's Just Dance, and Deepak Chopra's wii meditation game, Leela. I am a better person for owning a video game consul. Technology is weird, y'all.

That is a Britney y'all, not a Paula Deen y'all. I'm done now.






3.16.2012

The Final Rose, May it Rest in Peace.

Thanks to my sibby-in-law, hero, and ever humorous and graceful Lacey for doing this with me this season, despite me constantly siding with her mortal TV enemy. I dedicate this final, wondrous post to her and her rapier wit.

Lacey: Alright. Let's do this thing.
Shall we start at the very beginning?
It's a very good place to start.

Lorraine: yes!

Lacey: Here we are in beautiful Zermatt, Switzerland, the majestic Matterhorn standing in the distance. Disneyland's is better. It's got bobsleds and Abominable Snow Monsters.

Lorraine: And in disneyland you won't have to pull out a translation guide to get to the bathroom.

Lacey: So true. Joking aside, the scenery really is spectacular. Every camera shot they set up had the mountain in the background. Overkill?

Lorraine: just in case anyone forgot where they were. it's very orienting after the dozens of beach resorts. Lets get to it, Lindzi, or as I would like to call her, Princess Horsegirlforkdropper

Lacey: I loved that! So adorable. Nervous much?
I thought she got along with Ben's family really really well.
She and Sister were like pals out there on the balcony.

Lorraine: Still, the worlds most uncomfortable conversation.

that reminds me, I've been meaning to tell you the past two years or so: remember that time that I came and re-met all the Jacksons as Dan's girlfriend for Sunday dinner, and you did not at any point take me out on a balcony alone and question my intentions? THANK YOU!!!!! xoxoxo, love New Sibby.

Lacey: I seriously thought about it, Lorraine. I had a lot of tough questions for you that night...

Lorraine: hahaha

Lacey: I decided to let you settle in a little before the grilling started :)

I'm sure Courtney was the last thing Lindzi ever wanted to talk about, but didn't she handle it beautifully? She's a class act for sure. She had every opportunity to throw Courtney under the bus and she didn't. She was honest, but didn't rant and rave.

Lorraine: I have written in giant scary letters on my scratch pad "DON'T DO IT, LINDZI" and I couldn't remember why, and then I remembered, it was that thing. I was worried she would really go to town on her. I thought she could have shown a little more grace, but she certainly behaved better than the majority of other women towards courtney.

Lacey: Doesn't slander or gossip= nice girl. All she said was "She's different from me." There's nothing mean in that at all. 10 points.

Lorraine: which is by the way, exhibit A of why it's good she's not with Ben. She's too sweet, too demure.

Lacey: I loved Sister when Ben was talking about Courtney. "She's a model?! Seriously, Ben?"
And she sensed that antagonizing all the girls was a red flag.
Too bad she switched camps by the end. Drat!

Lorraine: Frankly, the whole experience of Ben with Lindzi and his family left me just feeling so Vanilla. The only other VERY important thing I have to say about the date with lindzi is that during the horse and carriage scene, they totally inserted a fake horse neigh, and it was embarrassingly bad. That is all. It was Lindzi's OMEN. FAKE NEIGH, FAKE LOVE, LINDZI.

Lacey: Wasn't that on their date?

Lorraine: yes. oh darn, I skipped ahead, didn't I?

Lacey: I honestly can't remember/

Lorraine: darn notes, that's the last time I write in circles..
we should have done this on tuesday when it was fresh hahaha
but I was scared. Scared of the Lacey Wrath.
So okay, Courtney's family visit is next?

Lacey: Yes.
I don't know what she did to brainwash them, but she won them over.

Lorraine: Well, she was normal and charming and interesting the whole time. so that was probably it.

Lacey: It drove me crazy when she was talking to Sis how she always always always paints herself as the victim!

Lorraine: they couldn't have known any different.

Lacey: "I really tried, really made and effort to get along with the girls."
Boo!
Opposite Day!
On to Lindzi's date. I just kept thinking I wish I had a cute dimple.

Lorraine: ohhhhh, speaking of opposite day.
I kept thinking her dimple made her look a little bit disfigured.

Lacey: No way! I love dimples.

Lorraine: WHY ARE WE OPPOSITE, LACEY?

Lacey: Dimples are cute, Lorraine.

Lorraine: some of them are
absolutely.
hers is weird. and asymmetrical.

Lacey: Alright, that's it. DEAR READERS: Vote in the comments section below. Is Lindzi's dimple cute or disfiguring?

This is the only way to solve this, Lorraine.

Lorraine: I accept your terms.
now can I talk about the inserted horse sound?

Lacey: ya

Lorraine: It was SO FAKE! Lacey, that neigh belonged to a horse at least 400 pounds that percheron's junior. That's all. I'm done.

Lacey: I'll bet you and Lindzi were the only ones to notice.

Lorraine: it's all part of the artificial magic
so I had kind of an epiphany during their "humble abode" visit after dinner, which is sort of a ridiculous epiphany, but still: that rather intimate scene when they're on the balcony and declaring their love? There are AT LEAST three cameras on them. I counted.
not the same camera in 3 places at three different times, THREE CAMERAS.
how do you...I don't even...
there are more camera men on the balcony than people in love!

Lacey: I guess now that they don't have a house full of psycho girls to film, they put all resources into making it difficult for fake lovers to stay focused.

Lorraine: well, usually Courtney does the unfocusing for them, by jumping into a pool in a white bikini.

Lacey: I found it difficult to watch this date because it was so painfully clear to me that Ben had no feelings for her. In the gondola and again at the hotel, she was saying all these sweet things to him. All he did was preach at her about "opening up" and "being vulnerable". He was seriously bugging.

Lorraine: yup, he just wasn't that into her.

Lacey: Also this gem: Lindzi "This is the first time I've been so sure about something." Ben "...uh huh..."

Lorraine: and frankly, she said all the right things, and made all the right gestures, but I actually don't buy that she really loved him all that much either.

Lacey: Yeah. Not a match.

Lorraine: he ditched his second best when he sent home Kacie.

Lacey: Now Courtney on the other hand... I hate to say this. I'm ashamed of myself as I type this. Their date was obviously really sweet and cute and fun.

Lorraine: I support you saying this, and don't worry, I will have a courtney zinger coming your way to re-even the score.

It was a lovely date, and they have pretty undeniable chemistry.

Lacey: They're perfect for each other. I hate it so much. I really want to like the people at the end of this. Oh well. Who said nasty people can't find happy love connections as well as the nice?

Lorraine: I'm so glad you're coming around to this

Lacey: I actually caught myself SMILING as they sledded down the hill, Lorraine. SMILING!!! Don't you fret. I returned to a scowl the second I realized.

Lorraine: hahahha

Lacey: I knew the ending was set in stone when Courtney brought out her hand-made gift. Lindzi hadn't given him one. Kiss of death.

My question is, which production assistant did she make-out with to get him to procure all those pictures for her?

Lorraine: OH, you stole my zinger!!! snap. well done. We are once again in matching sibby wavelengths.

Lacey: Winning!

Lorraine: my exact note was "That was so nice of the producers to make that photo album for BenjaCourt!"
in that case, I will have to trade you a new zinger here, which is a mild tangent.
remember the fake wedding vows on the parent date?
Courtney swiped her opening line from the series finale of Sex and the City.
that is all. I'm done with my tangent now.

Lacey: Scandal! I didn't watch that show. I didn't even notice.
She mean and a plagiarizer!

Lorraine: oh dear.
she's devolving into a hot typo'd mess, now. just when we were making progress. I did this to you!

Lacey: Sorry. She's. Well, now we come to it. The day of the big decision. The ring is chosen. Courtney is scampering about in a teddy. Lindzi is curling her hair.

Lorraine: oh yes, we are approaching my favorite part, when the elves cross into the circle of Mordor, shed their cloaks and throw love into Mount Doom!!!!
If ONLY Frodo and Sam had had their own private helichoppers, as Courtney called them.

Lacey: But first Lindzi must follow the ancient cairns on the mountain top to the Alter of Rejection.

Lorraine: Which Ben ceremoniously began by saying "come on in" to the circle of tragedy.

Lacey: Then he does the famous bait and switch. "You're perfect. You're exactly what I've always looked for. I've fallen in love with you.... But I'm in love with someone else." Wha?

Lorraine: I hate it. I remember Brad did that to Chantelle too. And stupid Ashley let Ben get all the way down on one knee and pour his heart out. I think they must get some sort of signing bonus if they can lead the person on right up until the "end".

And Ben's "BUT" must be the worst BUT of all time. Like, he dumped her in a single word.

Lacey: Lindzi's exit was the best. She didn't cry, she didn't grovel. If only she hadn't made the "If it doesn't work out, call me" comment, it would've been perfect.
Girl power!

Lorraine: I have another angry scribbled note here about how when the guy that just dumped your face on TV offers to walk you to your helipad, The Answer Is Always NO, girls. ALWAYS>
you walk yourself to the door. end of story.
I can guarantee you that Courtney would not have let him walk her to the helipad. Part of why I like her.

Lacey: Oh wait. I take back the girl power thing. I just remembered she said, "I'm mad at myself for not giving you what you need." Boo. Worst exit ever.

Lorraine: yup. not unlike the Kacie "what did he WANT?!!" segment. So undignified.
Lindzi, the thing you didn't give was sass. You were sassless. You didn't fight for him, you didn't make an arse of yourself to get his attention, and that's what the dip wanted all along. Consider yourself lucky.
Now go marry a banker who can fund your horse habit indefinitely.

Lacey: Courtney's helichopper lands. She walks up the path to her future. Ben remembers about the skinny dipping and has to catch his breath.

Lorraine: and the rest of us have to catch our breath that she is wearing those heinous gloves, and sporting hair tendrils.

Lacey: And it happens. The moment we've known was coming, yet dreaded nonetheless. Ben "I've loved you for a long time. One whole month. I said I wouldn't get down on one knee again unless I knew it was forever. You're my forever." I'm gonna puke.

Lorraine: I was genuinely excited, but yes.
we definitely all knew it was coming.
She laughed at entirely innapropriate moments, acted like a goof, and the two of them look cute on Mount Doom.
oh, and in Ben's words, "My hair looked like a water buffalo. Maybe it is time for a cut."

Lacey: She didn't really seem all that happy to me until he opened up the ring box. I flashed back to episode one when she said she wouldn't be okay with anything less than 2 karats because "she deserves it". Happy ending!

Lorraine: haha
I will say this, and you are more than welcome to disagree. It's all the dumb funny show anyway. I think that people (every girl that was on the show, every trashy magazine, every blogger, every vocal viewer) has taken Ben and Courtney to town for their actions, dragged them through the mud, called them every nasty name, and somehow, they still have the slightest desire to be together? Courtney is a weirdo and Ben is a creep, and they seem really happy together, probably because they ARE well suited. All along, he wanted a girl who KNEW she deserved nothing less than "a two karat diamond" and that's what he got. so, meh, I was genuinely relieved and happy he chose the person who was the best fit for him, and (more or less) stuck to his guns.

I think it's very tempting to choose "the best woman" instead of "the right woman" as young idiot couples seem to do all the time, and miraculously, Ben avoided that pitfall and got his girl. I say kudos to them both.

Lacey: Back in our Episode #4 chat I said, "I don't think Ben is seeing much of her crazy. Only the other girls are. If she comes out with the psycho and Ben still likes her, I wish her lip biting, hair fondling joy." Up until the show started airing, he didn't see any of that. Now he has. He clearly wasn't okay with it. If they can indeed move on and decide to stay together, I don't begrudge them that. I'm sure they'll be great. It's only now that I feel they're actually on an even playing field. He knows her weakness and now she's seen his (the whole cutting loose when it got rough). I hope they can make an honest go of it.

Lorraine: That's a totally fair assessment.

You are much more reasonable than the 10 idiots in the audience they kept cutting away that were mouthing obscenities and shaking their head every time Courtney so much as sneezed.
(during the After the Rose Special)
I could barely watch it was so annoying
Best line of the night was Courtney's "tough crowd!" hahahaha

Lacey: Ben and Courtney should probably have talked before the show and gotten on the same page. Were they together? Not together? She was saying one thing, he said another. They didn't even know what's goingon.
Good thing Chris was there to help them sort it all out.
And give her her ring back.

Lorraine: I think they purposefully don't let them see each other before the show, and it sounds like he'd kind of cut communication in the weeks prior. It was very weird to watch.


and you have to admit, Ben crying was genuinely sad, even if they were the result of his own choices.

Lacey: Bless their hearts. I hope they get left alone for a while and get all sorted out.
Things got weirder for me when Ashley and JP came out and started making pregnant jokes. Wah wah.

Lorraine: sister really wears the pants in that relationship.

Lacey: I think they're cute and I'll bet Mike Fleiss is thrilled that they're FINALLY going to get another wedding out of this thing.
Unless things fall apart "within the year".

Lorraine: they're lookin pretty good, they're both just kind of dumb happy puppies, so I don't foresee an Allie/Roberto implosion

Lacey: Well, I've got to say I'm not sad to see this season go. I wish the best for all parties involved and I hope they get some awesome guys for Emily. Unless they bring Bentley back and she takes him all the way to the end, I think it'll be a very lovely season.

Lorraine: I like the bachelorette seasons a lot because they tend to be a little more emotional and a little less dramatic.

And y'all, Emillly is just so so so so so totally almost like close to being sort of like the perfect bachelorette. (must be said in emily voice for full effect)

Lacey: The End.

Lorraine: woohoo!
we did it!
I'm going to send all our chats to a producer to have him print them out and put them in a scrapbook, which I will present to you someday and take credit for it.

3.13.2012

A Cheery Update

You may remember that around the start of January, my dear acquaintance Charity was life flighted to the Cleveland Clinic's ICU to await a set of lungs for a second double lung transplant, and I was rather beside myself. At the end of January they found a perfect match (God bless, forever and ever, the family that allowed their tragedy to be someone else's miracle) and I'm happy to say that yesterday, after three months in the hospital, My Friend the Opera Singer walked out of the hospital and gets to go back home, to live, to continue the long recovery, and to continue spreading her sunshine.

Congratulations, Charity! Our interaction at the Committee was brief, but your example and your kindness have stayed with me. Best of luck with your new lease on life <3

3.12.2012

DayLIFE Savings Time

An extra hour every evening of daylight devoted not to sitting at a desk but to moving in the sunshine is all the excuse I needed to see my life differently. Dan and I took a walk last night AFTER dinner, which is a glorious gift from nature. I'm eagerly awaiting the day I can get my coaster bike tuned up and take an evening ride in the rising temperatures, and just knowing that's an impending reality makes me a happier bear.

Because Dan's car didn't pass inspection, we had to get a new car- Dan gets my darling red Elantra, and I get a white Hyundai Accent. None of that is remotely interesting to you, so sorry for making you read that. But it's the foreshadowing of what I will now grace you with, an ode to my YSAA: Young Single Adult Automobile.

Dearest YSAA:

I ran you into a telephone pole on my birthday in a snowstorm a week after I got you. You sought revenge by setting off the car alarm for no reason every night at 3am for about a week. It was then I knew we'd be fast friends.  I like a car with some sass.


Brand Spanking New, Winter 2006


That wasn't even the worst of our thrills and spills. You got rear ended by a drunk driver while you were street parked, and then I took care of your other end when I rear ended a van carrying a fully costumed Mariachi Band. I still see that van around the valley once in awhile, and it always makes me think of you. And what an idiot I am.

I have fallen in love twice while staring across your roomy consol, talking long into the days and nights. Beautifully, splendidly, perfectly, you only had to see my heart get broken once, since I married the other guy. And you were witness to all of it. With you go some of my fondest and also some of my lamest moments.


Actually, this was a fond moment, even though we are lame in it.


You have heard me sing to every song on my iPod, for which I can't apologize enough. You have heard me rant at NPR during the GOP debates, to which I say, you are welcome, World's Most Properly Educated Car.

But really, dear YSAA, I think we were at our best in Virginia. We drove and sang our way up and down the mid-atlantic, explored battlefields, small towns, barns, beaches, and forests. My life in DC was infinitely better after you arrived, and driving from coast to coast with you when it was all over was easily one of the greatest adventures and spiritual journeys of my life.


Crossing America, life in tow.


Feeling Gleeish at a Virginia horse event. YIKES.


Also, you owe me $141 for the speeding ticket to Ocean City. TOTALLY YOUR FAULT.

Your first owner, who loves and adores you like a personified human being, or at the very least a naughty but charming pet,

Lorraine





3.09.2012

A Feminist Bachelor Rant, How Oxymoronic of Me.

I get it, I DO. It's ridiculous to consider oneself a believer in gender equality, and also chat about the bachelor, and also do both at once. To which I say, go ahead and mock. Even if this show is totally pathetic, I still think that even on reality shows, women could do better. Try harder. Prove we really are rational and thoughtful enough to control our own contraceptives legislation, thankverymuch. (and there goes 5 more readers.) I'm done now.


Lacey: ‪Hey!‬ What did you think?

Lorraine: ‪So....I started to watch it, and couldn't. I started to watch the highlight reel...and I couldn't. I youtubed "courtney's apology" and kept waiting for them to let her talk. And then I finally gave up and watched Ellen Degeneres' spoof of it, and found that to be satisfactory.‬
WHAT DID I MISS??



Lacey: ‪Courtney high-pitch whispered a lot about how she was under a lot of pressure and that's why she was mean. She said she was a really nice person. And then she cried tears.‬ I don't know if they were real, but there was actual moisture which is a good sign.

Lorraine: ‪I thought I saw some pink around her pupils in the youtube clip, so that's good.‬


Lacey:  ‪I had a really hard time with it and the reasons are two-fold. First- Nobody lives their lives as a kind-spirited person, then gets onto a TV show, turns into an awful split-personality psycho, and then as soon as they’re off, turns back into a sweetheart. That just doesn't happen.‬

Nice people don't suddenly turn mean, as evidenced by many of the nice girls in the house. They didn't wig out, neither should she.‬

‪Secondly- She was kind of reminding me a little of Scarlett O'Hara after Frank Kennedy got killed. She was actually feeling bad, but it came from a place of "Oh no, now I'm having to deal with these consequences and what people think of me" and not because what she did was wrong. Does that make any sense?‬

Lorraine: ‪Ahhh, a lovely Gone With the Wind reference, and I think that's a totally fair anology.‬

Lacey: ‪almost‬

Lorraine: ‪*analogy. I can spell‬. srsly.

Lacey: ‪got it!‬

Lorraine: ‪haha‬ IT WAS A TYPO, DON'T ATTACK ME ON TV, PLEASE.

Lacey: ‪Anyway, I feel bad for the villains on these shows because the girls can definitely get way carried away and go nutso on them and I don't like seeing that either, but really I don't feel too terribly sorry for Courtney. What goes around comes around.‬

Lorraine: ‪I'm going to dive a little deep here for a moment, so bear with me, but while I don't feel too terribly bad for Courtney, I DO feel bad for Women as a whole. I don't think anything more clearly displays the atrocious weaknesses of the modern American woman more than the Women Tell All episode of the Bachelor.‬

Lacey: ‪Do explain.‬

Lorraine: ‪It shows us to be vicious, jealous, unforgiving, petty, trite, impatient, and willing to talk over each other. It shows American viewers that women in packs are irrational and emotional, and when people start generalizing our gender to be like these women, who are supposedly "the good guys" in this scenario, then it becomes very easy to dismiss us as a whole. We are so much better than this! (and it really does become a gender issue when you compare this to Men Tell All episodes of the past).‬

Lacey: ‪Oh I definitely agree. It's like The View. It seriously gives us a bad reputation, when the reality is I have never ever ever been in a crazy, shrill, over-the-top, disrespectful discussion like that. While there are always a few girls that rise above it, the majority of the girls take the opportunity to let loose and dismiss their better sense. Even though the very idea of the WTA episode encourages it to happen, I mean it's the whole point and I'm sure the producers prod them along, I wish there were more girls that would choose to behave with civility.‬

Lorraine: I think you said it very well. There is something very powerful and rare about individuals who choose to show grace under fire, and forgiveness and understanding, especially when you have a "free pass" to let loose. I find it especially disappointing in someone like emily who is representing herself as the smart doctor academic, but has the attitude of a drunk girl at da club.‬

‪Of the small clip I saw, I have to admit that while of course Courtney was horrible, all they did was prove they are all horrible too. Their collective argument that "we didn't say those things, WE didn't self destruct" as they all scream over each other at one woman, is completely hilarious.‬

Lacey: ‪I hope people realize that the Bachelor world in general is just a crazy microcosm that doesn't represent reality, but who knows.‬

For most of the episode I actually thought Emily was excellent and well spoken and had some very valid points. Jennifer the Red-Head Accountant turns out to be horrible. Samantha was a nightmare. ‬ ‪It’s cute that Kacie and Nicki are BFFs. Blakeley got a lot of guff that I didn't feel she deserved. She's a little different, but she seems like a nice enough person.‬

Lorraine: ‪I agree. I was team blakeley. romper and all.‬

Lacey: ‪Ugh the romper. I die. The other thing I hated was seeing poor Shawntel re-living the horror of her night among the "ladies". Most of the girls actually became very contrite and truly apologetic because they knew they were out of control.‬

Lorraine: ‪well, the good news is that if all the rumours are true, Shawntel may yet get her chance with Benjamin.‬

Lacey: ‪Whoa whoa whoa.... I haven't read any spoilers... Don't tell me. I think I want to be surprised.‬

Lorraine: ‪not spoilers, just people speculating. I promise!‬

Lacey: ‪Surprised. Ha! As if the ending of this entire journey hasn't been a forgone conclusion for weeks now. Psh.‬

‪My favorite moment of the night was when they showed my favorite Bachelor contestant of all time, the wonderful Reid Rosenthal during the “where are they now” segment. Be still my little ol' heart.‬

Lorraine: ‪oh, that part I would actually WANT to see!‬

Lacey: ‪Also, question: Why in the world do they edit out all the moments where our Bachelor Ben showed hints of personality and save them for the blooper reel? We could definitely have used some of that during this death dirge of a season.‬

Lorraine: ‪ha! Poor earth tones Ben, and his personality that is as dead as his part. I will have to see that, because I don't believe it haha