Thursday, August 17, 2017

Camp Guide, X-treme Man, and Tandam Skydivers....#BB19

After watching BBAD the other night, I wondered if this week's POV had something to do with the bizarre costumes I observed Alex, Jason, and Paul and Christmas wearing.....

Paul went out first, and had the POV.

Mark was next, and kept the Weekend Adventure.

Matt swapped the 'Tan-Dam' skydiving outfit for Paul's POV. (Josh, who was hosting, apparently had never seen the word 'tandam', and kept pronouncing it 'tan-DAM' instead of 'tan-dem'.)

Jason kept the 'X-tremeitard' outfit

Alex and Elena made a promise not to curse each other with a punishment.  Alex then won $5K

Elena unwrapped the Camp Guide punishment and promptly broke her word to Alex, taking her $5K.....after looking to Cody for guidance??  He didn't want E to win veto, take herself off, and find himself back-doored!  This action promptly pissed off Alex, who is now campaigning for her to go!

At the Veto Meeting, Matt surprised Cody by taking Jason off the block, instead of himself.  Cody found himself back-doored, even though he thought he was safe.

Everyone who competed in the Veto Comp was invited to an Outback dinner, except for Paul, who gave his slot to Christmas.

I'll admit; I've watched BBAD for at least 5 episodes now, and find parts extremely boring.  I like it when I'm watching by myself; I can fast-forward through the 'ho-hum' parts.  Sometimes it seems a conversation will just begin to get interesting and the producers will cut to another group.  Oh Come On!

Tonight is Double-Eviction Night.  Really hoping Cody and Elena are the lucky pair who get to go to Jury.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Alex In Charge (Again!) BB19

Brief Recap:
Jess was evicted and Alex won the HOH.

Kevin vs Alex
Got news for ya, Kev.....Alex is clued in to the fact you're actually talking game with Cody.  Better watch out; that tiny target on your back is beginning to grow.....

Temptation Contest
A series of noises began to interrupt the house guests.  They did pay attention, and in some cases counted how many times the noise repeated.

Christmas declined to play; Paul and Alex convinced Matt to throw it, in case Cody decided to deliberately put himself up.  Which he did....but made one tiny mistake.

The deal with the noises?  They had to remember what room they were in when they heard it!

Cody decided to always pick the Have-Not room....but had forgotten the one time he'd actually BEEN in it.

Matt did a fine job of acting as if he has a terrible memory!

Mark won, which spoiled Alex's plan.

So, she left Paul and Jason to figure out who to be the other pawn.  Jason agreed to do it, and went on the block with Elena and Matt.

But What About Cody?
This was an elaborate scheme to keep C from playing in the veto comp.  The ONLY way this will work is IF C's chip doesn't get pulled to play in it.  If Jason or Elena win the veto, Cody goes up as a replacement.  If Matt wins, Elena goes home.  If Cody plays, all he has to do is not use the power; Elena goes home.

She's tired of being the 'Perpetual Pawn' and is starting to piss people off with her attitude (which at the moment is beginning to rival one of my family members, not to mention her resemblance to said member!) and some are already clued in to the fact she has good persuasive skills.  It's time for her to go, if Cody survives.

Family member has returned home; I could not keep my mouth shut on FB and posted a very generic post about my stress level:

"Been a long week. I've been lied to; used; bent over backward to accommodate a family member, all so they could throw it back in my face. Stress level was all over the place as I played peacemaker, diplomat, and disciplinarian. Here's hoping things settle down and get back to some sort of normalcy."

I went to bed.  

Woke up this morning to my children telling me I'd unleashed Super Storm S.

I had not posted any names; S did.

I had not called out any child; S did.

She chose to call me a narcissist; I ignored it.

I DID delete the post after addressing the child who commented, after not being on FB in MONTHS.

Stepdaughter posted about how 'this should have been said to my face, instead of a public forum where I could read it'.  Ummmm....I did tell her last night.  She apparently wasn't listening.

S doesn't have all the facts.  Too bad we didn't have security cameras to catch all the drama that unfolded last week.  I now have to explain to doctors, P/T therapists, and others why the child is no longer here after a week.

I also learned she has not taken any of the antibiotics that were prescribed for her a week ago today.  Out of 14 pills, she'd only taken the 4 I personally handed her.  I reminded her daily; I didn't know I had to physically hand a 16 y/o her pills, so she would take them.

Now we know why her tonsils and throat are so bad.

J wants to put her in counseling for anger management issues.  I'd dearly love to tell the counselor (IF it happens) what I've observed over the years.

Hopefully, this is the end of this issue.  I'll find out where she stands when she's here for either Fall or Christmas Break.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The End of Jody #BB19

Brief Recap:
Jess and Cody schemed to keep themselves safe.  Jess intentionally came in last in the Temptation Comp, with the hopes C would earn safety, then win the Veto and pull her off.  It almost worked; C was picked for the veto, but Christmas was able to take  his place.  Mark won the veto.....

Kevin...What Are You Doing?
K tried to make a deal with Cody, knowing the house was getting rid of Jess.  Jason wasn't too happy.

Spelling Bee Gone Wrong
If only Jess would have laid low.....Josh actually wanted to rally everyone against Elena!  But after J refused to talk to him, and then taunted him about spelling the word 'drought', Josh fired back about how to spell 'evicted', and another yelling match ensued.  Josh was done trying to protect her, and the final vote was Elena 0, Raven 1 (Cody), and Jess 7.  Bye-bye Jess.

HOH Comp:
I was thrilled to see the quick-change artists back!  Cody went out in the 2nd round, and round 4 came down to Alex and Raven.

Alex wins again!

Personally, I'm sick of Josh and his 'meatball' comments.  I soooooo hope Alex puts him up!!!  I predict Mark and Elena will be the targets, though.  We'll see what happens tonight.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flashback Friday: The Green-eyed Monster Rears Its Head....

Aug 1987:
Life at Wabash National was good.  I enjoyed my job; I enjoyed working with the guys.  Only one thing marred the whole experience though; my new coworker was jealous.

First of all, toward the end of July, one of the guys began paying particular attention to me, and after a 'clean' night, I agreed to go out with him.  We had an enjoyable evening; got to see Henry Lee Summer performing at Nick's Bar, and dancing.  Later, he'd asked, "Motel time?"  I told him I didn't do that on the 1st date, and then, since I'd heard a rumor about his marital status, asked him about it.  He stated he was in the process of getting a divorce, and was legally separated.

I'd made the mistake of telly Patsy I had gone out with Bill, so when he asked out another coworker, she began making snide remarks about Bill and Tina, who was embarrassed.  I really didn't care, since 1) we weren't 'official' and 2) the man wasn't completely free!  But her comments still stunned me.

Then, around the first week of August, I noticed our foreman telling ME what to do, and expecting the information being passed down the line.  The first time I tried telling P what needed to be done, she snottily informed me I wasn't her boss, and stomped off the other way.  Fine; I'd clean up the back room by myself.

Jeff came back to check 'our' progress, and asked me where P was.  I relayed her remark; he shook his head, brought her back and spoke to her (gesturing at me the entire time!), and left.  P shot me an angry look, then picked up her broom and went to the opposite side of the room.  We worked in silence until all the sawdust was swept up.

The next day, T and I observed P hanging around the guys looking at the blueprints for the next truck line, while we puttered around, sweeping up and looking busy until the sidetable was up again.  T mentioned P needed to be helping us, not hanging around the guys.  I told her that she had refused to listen, and to let Jeff handle it.  Sure enough, 5 minutes later, we saw Jeff go up to P and tell her to grab a broom.  With a sullen look on her face, she did.

Jeff then came over to us and told me he wished our situations were reversed; P had applied for the job full-time, but he couldn't stand her, while I was returning to school in about 2 more weeks.

"You sure you want to return to college?"


The night we had to work 6 hours over, I got drowsy at 3am, a full half hour before our scheduled break.  I had been up on the truck side, re-drilling the rivet holes, when I laid down to stretch my muscles and didn't want to get back up!

I even told the guys, "Just let me sleep....go ahead and press me permanently into this thing....just let me sleep...."

Jeff shook his head.  "Go ahead and take your break.  Someone scrape McIntire off the truck and pump some caffeine into her."

But two hours later, someone had taken my air hose, and P was busy doing something else.  I wandered all over the area, looking for another one, but no luck.  She yelled at me to get one, and my temper blew.  I told her if she needed one so !@#$$ bad, to go get her !@#$$%% self.  The adrenaline and anger rush kept me going until quitting time.

My final day came, and when I went to get my paycheck signed, Tom told me he was sorry to see me go, and to come back anytime.  He also teased me about how he and Jeff were planning to kidnap me and not let me take my week's vacation in Florida until school began again after Labor Day.  Patsy was in full earshot of this conversation, and was the only one who didn't say goodbye.

I'd told my mom about what was going on between myself and P, and she told me P was jealous because she needed the job and I didn't!  Plus the fact I only had a week's seniority over her, but J had, in essence, made me his assistant.

Another humorous moment:  I had just popped in about six full rows of rivets, when Jeff came over to talk to me.  He hopped up on the table (I was standing beside it) as we spoke, and when he jumped off, all the rivets popped out.  He told me to get to work; I grabbed his arm.

"Hold it, Scheffy....YOU caused them to fall out; YOU put them back in."

He stared at me for a full minute, then huffed and put them back in the holes, muttering under his breath.  Later I found out he could have fired me for insubordination!

"Why didn't you?"
"You were fun to have around."

Next Month:  Phase 2 of my rebellious year.

Present Day: 
I'm completely caught up on my One Day At A Time, Designing Women, and Maude shows, as well as Sonny and Cher:)  My bedroom and kitchen have returned to 'normal'; this week I start on the living room and bathrooms.  Then it's back to hauling stuff out of the two houses.

*******Rant Ahead*********
'Laying down the law' didn't happen.

I was informed Thursday night that both J and my SIL had agreed MDQ could return home.  WTH????????????????

Thanks a frickin' lot for backing me up.....will no one say 'no' to this child?  WHO TOLD A 16 Y/O SHE COULD ACT LIKE AN ADULT?????

But then again, I'm not her legal guardian; just her temporary one.  Since Thursday, other things have come to light:

-Her b/f is now attending Ben Davis, and has lost weight and grown a few inches.
-She's not taking her meds.  Okay, now we know WHY your throat is so damn sore.  YOU  DON'T STOP TAKING THE MEDS WHEN YOU FEEL BETTER; YOU TAKE THE ENTIRE SCRIPT!
-I guess she doesn't like the fact I've reminded her about homework, taking meds, cleaning up after pets.  The bunny cage has only been cleaned once since her brother left.

I'm still trying to see how I can keep Ice.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Christmas in.....August? #BB19

Last night was the POV competition, and everyone's worst fears came true.

Cody was picked to play, along side Alex, Josh, Mark, Elena, and Jess.

Christmas jumped up, as per pre-arranged signal with Josh and revealed the Ring of Replacement, which enabled her to switch places with Cody.  Unfortunately, she wasn't allowed to play in the OTEV competition, but at least Cody didn't have a chance to save Jess.

So How Did OTEV the Possessed Piggy Go?
Jess (whoo hoo!  Mark JUST beat her to it)
Alex (who beat Mark, but realized she'd dropped her shoe sole!)
Mark won, and took himself off.

Josh nominated Raven.

Cody was brought to tears when Christmas swapped places with him, and if looks could kill.....OMG!

Tune in tonight to see who goes home....Elena, Raven, or Jess.

Josh wants Elena, but it depends on how persuasive he is.  Everyone else wants to see Jess go out that door.

*******Rant Ahead*********

Granddaughter A insisted on moving in with us in July.  Fine; we understood she's wanting stability, having lived 14 places in her short life.

School began; things seemed fine.  She went home for her birthday, and since it made more sense for her to take a Personal Day on Monday and return home with us, rather than making two trips up there in 2 days, she got to spend another day with her brother and mom.

Monday night, she had a throat so sore she couldn't swallow.  I took her to the ER.  No strep or mono, but given antibiotics just the same.

Tues, I let her stay home to give the meds a chance to work.  She starts talking how she wants to join K12 and do all her work online.  Her mother agrees.

Wed, she had an ortho appointment, then was angry when I made her return to school.  I contacted K12 and on their advice, began admissions application.  After dinner, however, J contacts me; A is 'homesick' and 'wants to come home'.  I was stunned.  I've set up PT appts; and ENT appt, and what about the pit bull puppy Ice?

Today, had a lengthy conversation with my SIL, who agreed; A has discovered I'm not a pushover when it comes to rules and going to school; she's jealous of her brother having his own room and the run of the place; this HS ping-pong has got to stop.

Currently, the plan is to have a conversation about laying down the law and forcing her to complete the month here, so she can do her PT and attend her ENT consult.

She has got to learn a) she is NOT calling the shots around here; b) she NEEDS to stay in school; and c) she CHOSE this.

Plus, the damn puppy is swiftly growing on me.  He's so darn cute and smart!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nomination Upset.....#BB19

Brief Update:
No one was sent packing last week, due to Jess using the Hex.  Josh wan HOH....after the IQ of the house dropped to Pre-K.....

Temptation Comp:
Nearly everyone played, except Josh and Christmas.  Cody won, which kept him safe.  Jess was too frightened of the zombies and things which go bump in the night, to complete the challenge, so she automatically became the 3rd nominee.

Jess:  This is perfect!  Cody is safe, so now if he's picked to play in the Veto Comp, and either he or I win, then we're safe for another week.....

Josh nominated Mark and Elena, pissing off both.  Despite his 'meatball' exterior, Josh proved he is not blindly following Paul's 'coaching'....he and Christmas had a conversation that I HOPE J keeps confidential; if Paul gets wind of it, she'll be the next one he sets his sights on.

Check back tomorrow.....

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flashback Friday: Fun and Heartbreak, Plus Unpleasantness in the BB House

Aug:  Grandma's garage sale; I get my 1st diary; trip to Brown Derby for Mom's b-day and the 3 hour wait; 6th grade begins.
Aug 1977:
We were in Florida, and for Mom's birthday, Grandma and Grandpa took us to the Brown Derby.  There was a 3 hour wait, and we got to sit in the bar.  A band was playing, and G'ma, G'pa, Bob and Harriet, and another couple got up to dance.  I  desperately wanted to get up and dance to some of the disco tunes, but was too shy.

I also received my 1st diary, and faithfully wrote in it during the rest of the vacation.

After we returned from Florida, my grandparents held a garage sale.  Grandma let me pick out one bottle and one cup/saucer, and was heartbroken when a beautiful 'Genie' bottle was bought.  I was hoping no one would buy it, and I remember bursting into tears when a man told me he'd bought it.

6th grade began, and Mom has a picture of W, K, and I in our brand new gaucho pants (now called Capri).

Next Month:  Family member ill; an embarrassing moment,

Present Day:
This weekend is the Watermelon Festival!  Come out and see me tonight, and meet Brooke Meyers, the new author on the block, tomorrow!

I'm a little put out at what went down yesterday.  At the veto meeting, Jess and Cody acted very disrespectful.  Jason used his moment to reiterate that Jess was caught in the middle of Cody's antics, and therefore he needed to go.  Jess, having walked in on Raven and Kevin 'whispering', jumped to conclusions and called out Raven for lying, sniggered 'World Peace' and sat down.  Cody refused to say anything.

Paul used the veto on Jason; Jess unleashed the Hex, which meant NO ONE was going home.

IQ Drop
The house erupted when Jess again called out Raven, then Alex revealed that previously, Jess had stolen her cat ears and blamed Raven.  Jess and Raven had a screaming match; 'Jody' retreated into the lounge.  Paul told Josh to 'light it up', and everyone reverted to Pre-K behavior, banging pans, mocking 'Jody', following them out to the yard, and basically any bullying or harrassment antics.  Josh hurled insults at Cody; Jess threw food at Josh.

Thankfully, Matt, Mark, and Raven grew tired of it and agreed things were getting out of control.

In the HOH competition, Josh won, after scoring higher on Zombie Golf than Cody and Christmas, who were tied.  Whew!

Who will Josh the Clown nominate?  Probably his favorite 'Meatball', Cody.

Unless C wins the temptation comp.  Come back on Monday or tune in Sunday night to find out.