Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dominique Vs Paul #BB19

A very exciting Power of Veto game was played last night.  Contestants had to cross a shaky teeter-totter type bridge fifty times.  Christmas was not allowed to compete; Kevin had balance issues and finally decided to claim the monetary prize ($27!); Dominique had bouts where she kept her balance, but ultimately fell at a crucial moment, sending her score back to zero.  Jess also struggled, but was never in serious contention.  Alex and Jason, however, battled for the lead, with Jason claiming it about ten or so seconds ahead of Alex.  Now he had a MAJOR decision to make.

At first, his mind was made up.  He was going to pull Jess down.  But, who to put up in her place?  Alex wanted to put up Mark, to ensure he wouldn't vote for Dom.  But Mark was adamant about not being put up.  Jason wanted to put up Raven, to really stack the votes against Dom, but Alex was adamant.  Mark, or keep the noms the same.  So with a heavy heart, Jason refused to use his POV.

Paul The Snake?
Paul needs to watch his back; Dom is wise to the game he's playing, only she's calling him a snake instead of 'Puppet Master'.  I love Paul and would love to see him win, but at the same time, Dom is laying the groundwork for all the pieces to fall into place after she's gone.  I like P and Alex's 'secret alliance', but will she wise up to the fact he's actually playing her?  We've seen in past seasons where an early power alliance has fallen apart by the 5th or 6th week.

We'll see how the next HOH competition goes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Return of Christmas and Queen Alex:) #BB19

I am so thrilled Alex is HOH this week!

I've decided I really don't like Elena.

OMG..Christmas is back, and will be on crutches for nearly the entire summer?  Plus there's a chance she'll never regain full use/mobility in that foot again?  Ten bones....wow....the fall didn't look that bad!  My question is, should she have returned to the game?  I know there is a chance she could win HOH, but how will she get upstairs?  Is this why the Den of Temptation is over this week?  I thought it would end when all the house guests have been tempted.  How can she expect to compete in challenges?  I'm surprised her doctor/surgeon didn't pull her from the game for medical reasons.

Jessica and Dominique are up for eviction this week:)  Jess is the main target, but Dom's 'talk show' has raised some red flags in Paul's mind.  I really need to get back home to see last Thursday's show; I wasn't paying that close attention while I made copies of recipes for my mom.

Stay tuned.....

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday: Rosie The Rivetor!

July 1987:
After discovering I was not suited for any job involving plastic and conveyor belts, I was sent to Wabash National.  My job was simple:  insert rivets into the metal sides of what would become a semi-trailer.  I actually enjoyed this job.  I could keep up with the guys loading the metal onto the side table; I enjoyed applying the tape to the metal shims; and I didn't mind pushing a broom around, sweeping up sawdust and metal shavings. Only a handful of women worked there, which suited me; I enjoyed working with the guys and joking around with them.  After a week, a new girl joined our crew and while she and I got along well, it was soon apparent that our foreman favored me.  Jeff had graduated from a rival HS, and the day we both showed up with our senior shirts on, the others joked about the 'war'.  I just smiled and stated that everyone knew who had graduated from the 'better school', ha ha!  Toward the end of the month, the guys began pressing me to go out with them after work, but I was always greasy and tired, so declined the offer.  However, one night turned out to be a cleaner night, so I went, and proved to be good at darts.

Bill, one of the guys who joked around with me the most, asked me out, and one night after work, we went to a local nightclub and danced, then arranged to see each other on the weekend.

Bad Judgment
I spent the weekend with one of my former roommates, and when we arrived at the bar, two men soon joined us, uncle and nephew.  BJ had pressed me to try a Fuzzy Naval, but when I realized it had orange juice, I gave mine to her.  We both thought the nephew was cute, and when expressed a desire to change his shirt, we all went back to the room with him.  His uncle decided to inform me of his marital status, and showed me pics of his wife and kids.  I didn't find him particularly attractive anyway, and was especially dismissive of him after I found out he was married!

"Why did you come back here, then?"

I pointed at the bathroom door, where D and BJ had gone.  "To keep her out of trouble."  He got mad and huffed out of the room.

Later, when D and BJ emerged, the three of us went for a drive, and, not knowing what had transpired in the bathroom, I was thrilled with D began paying attention to me.  While making out with him in the back of BJ's car, I discovered she'd driven through the drive-through at McD's to pass the time while we were busy!

After dropping D back at the bar, BJ and I returned to her house, where she told me what had gone on in the bathroom!

New Cousin!!!
My aunt gave birth to my new cousin, Billy:)  I could hardly wait to see him!

Next Month:  I'm On The Receiving End of Jealousy.

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Present Day:
I'm off to Chicago with my mom today!  We'll be spending the night, then she has to be at O'Hare by 5am, to catch her plane to Vancouver, then after an hour layover, catch the plane to Whitehorse:)  My job is to make sure she makes that early flight, lol!  Then I catch the bus shuttle back to Lafayette.

The Next Person Eliminated is......
Cody!!!  But wait, there's another twist....one I knew would possibly happen.  Cody, Jillian, Cam, and whomever is voted out next week all get to compete for the chance to return!  Personally, I'd like to see Cam return.....unless one of my other faves gets eliminated next week.

We'll have to wait until Sun to find out who won the HOH competition,.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Operation Get Cody Out?? #BB19

Den of Temptation:
Cody, Jess, and Jason were turned into VeToads, and have to hop everywhere and sleep on lily pads.  Cody claims he's not bothered by the froggy costume, but he looks furious.

Ramses Conflicted?
On one hand, he doesn't want to be on the block.  On the other, he knows everyone wants Cody gone, and in order for that to happen, R has to throw the veto competition.

Paul:  Not paying attention caused him to get delay after delay...after delay....but was successful on #4 and 5

Alex, Elena, Josh, and Matt all had to take delays on all 5 terminals.

Ramses:  #1:  Delay.  #2:  Delay.  #3:  Delay.  #4:  Got it:)  #5:  Delay.

Winner:
P:  4:37 WINNER!!!!
A:  16:38
E: 22:35
J:  7:48
R: 7:44
M:  11:32

Veto Meeting:
Josh went off on Cody and Jess.  Cody retaliated by calling J a baby and a victim.  Paul used the veto on Josh, and told Cody to hop to the block.  Checkmate.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paul's House:) #BB19

*cue dance music*

Oh yeah....oh yeah....Paul won HOH!  Cody is being an absolute a$$ about it, and so is Jess. When Paul's room was ready, she refused to visit it.

P nominated two pawns, Alex and Josh.  Ramses used his curse nomination to put himself up as well.  Let's hope P convinces him to throw the competition so either of the others can pull themselves off and put up Cody!

Watching the fight for power was humorous.  Jess and Alex were trying vainly to win HOH; Kevin came close a few times.  The rest were feeding their tickets to Paul, who after numerous tries, finally accomplished his goal.  Cody was furious!

In the Den of Temptation, Christmas was chosen to be tempted by the Ring of Replacement, in which she can switch places with someone in a challenge.  In return, she cursed Jason, Cody, and Jess with
'veto curses', which remains to be explained.

Looking forward to Wednesday night!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flashback Friday and BB19 Week 1 Wrap Up

July 1977:
We spent the 4th of July at our new friends the Hoffers, and I quickly discovered a love of Ping-Pong, due to the table they had in their basement.  My sister and I might have even witnessed a fight between the twins S and D, which resulted in one of them (age 9) being spanked.  Can't remember which one, since I wasn't able to tell them apart yet.  Grandma and Grandpa Grauel moved to St. Pete Beach, Fla, and had a nice, one bedroom apt at 504 Suncoast Apts, right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico.  The San Sea Air condos were directly in front, and the Don Cesar (pink castle-looking resort) was down the street.

Next Month:  Mom's Birthday and starting 6th grade:)

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Present Day:
Cody was LIVID last night!
Everyone in his alliance was furious at him, and tried to rally Paul to their side; for once, no lies were told.  After a while, tempers cooled, and Paul tried to rally everyone to his side, in order to keep Christmas safe.  Only a few wavered back and forth, but in the end, Cody's betrayal was too much, and Jillian was sent packing (8-4-yay!!!).

Christmas nearly ruined her own game, since her morning dance session with Jason ended in a fall.  She thought she'd broken her foot, but it turned out to be just ligaments torn.  So she's on crutches and a brace for the next several weeks.  It will be interesting to see how well she does in challenges.

So Who's HOH?
We don't know yet.  I don't subscribe to the live feeds, nor do I watch After Dark, so I'll have to find out on Sunday with the rest of America.  I really hope Cody is put up for elimination.  Mr. Personality he is NOT!

Forgot To Mention:
When Paul accepted the POP, he had to 'curse' someone.  He didn't know which number he picked, so no one, not even the audience knew who it was.  Ramses drew the unlucky number and now has to find a way to put himself on the block as a 3rd nominee sometime in the next three weeks.

I'm also off to WheatFest tonight and tomorrow:)  Then on Sunday, it's off to Lafayette, to help my mom finish packing and put her on a plane for Whitehorse, Yukon.  Then two glorious weeks of house-sitting, plus a class reunion.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Looking Forward To Tonight!! #BB19

The excitement continues.....
Brief Recap:
Sunday night, Cody nominated Alex as a replacement for Megan, and the Den of Temptation was opened.  Paul was awarded the Pendant of Protection, meaning he was safe for the next three weeks, and this becoming knowledge IF he was put up for eviction.

Wed Night:
Cody infuriated everyone by not revealing his plans OR why he chose not to keep building his starfish tower with two minutes left in the POV challenge.  Raven had chosen the Golden Starfish, ensuring her taste buds never having to endure being a 'Have Not' for the summer (eating slop, taking cold showers, sleeping on a spiked bed); Matt (Silver Fox) had locked in at 10 starfish; Jason (Rodeo Clown) clocked in at 14.  Jillian couldn't get her fish to behave; Cody looked over and saw Alex had a solid pile, so he decided to let his water clock expire and let her have the win, since he didn't want to boot her out in the 1st place!  Alex won with 16 starfish piled.  Now panic set in.

Paul, knowing he was safe, tried to feel out Cody's intentions, but hit a brick wall.  The rest of Cody's alliance kept trying to figure out his plan, but he didn't want anyone tipping off whom he planned to put up.  In the meantime, I'm sitting on the couch, eagerly awaiting the moment when C's plans blow up in his face, b/c I THINK he planned to back door Paul, having no knowledge of the POP!

Jessica grilled C mercilessly, but kept getting nowhere.  C tried to strike a deal with Jason, but had some rather strange terms:  He wouldn't put up J IF J agreed to keep Jess, Raven, Matt, Elena, Dominique, or Mark up. "Note, I didn't include Paul or Christmas in that statement."

HUH?????  Okay, now we know Christmas is also on your radar!  And you didn't include yourself???  Even Jason was confused.

At the POV meeting, Alex removed herself.  Cody stood up and nominated Paul.  Instantly, the video screen lit up with DOT emblem, causing Paul to reveal he'd been awarded the Pendant of Protection (POP).  Cody was furious and was trying to contain himself.  So he told Christmas that by the power of elimination, she was it.  Now Christmas was furious, and so was the rest of the Showmance Couples ('Jody'-Jess/Cody, Marlena'-Mark/Elena, and 'Maven'-Matt/Raven), because IF Cody had told one or more of his plans, they would have tried to talk him out of it (talk some sense into him???).  Essentially, Cody's plan erupted in his face.  It was beautiful!

What Will Happen Tonight???
I really hope Jillian goes home.  I like Christmas, and we haven't really seen her in competitions yet.  I'd like to see how far she goes.  I'd also like to pick her brain about being a NASCAR pit crew member (the 1st female one, mind you.....sound familiar??)

Check back tomorrow, should something equally explosive happen!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Megan's Meltdown #BB19

Wow.

You know BB19 is off to an explosive start if I'm blogging about it on Episode 3!

Recap:
The players moved in; Kevin grabbed the $25K which meant Paul (BB18) was moving back in.  This later revealed he was taking someone else's place, determined by an endurance competition.  Three were put up for eviction, and chose to leave the vote in their housemate's hands.  Cam (microbiologist?) was evicted.  Josh (Cuban Guy) unloaded on Megan (Miss Purple Hair and Fmr FBI agent).

Day #2):  Cody (Mr. Unlikable imho) won HOH and nominated Megan and Jillian (Miss Las Vegas) for eviction.

Did Megan Just Seal Her Fate???
While out in the yard, Jessica (Miss Big Boobs) refers to Alex (Miss Half-Pint Dynamo) as 'Pao-Pao', referring to Paola from a previous season, since both are Asian and tiny.  Megan thought she heard Jess say 'Panda', and took it upon herself to tell Alex that J was making 'racist remarks'.  Alex confronted Jess, who hotly denied it, and Alex, not knowing the whole story, unloaded on Megan, getting the whole house behind her.

Megan, confused and upset by yet another housemate's accusations, took refuge in the diary room.  Three hours later, Cody called a house meeting and informed everyone that due to a personal and unexpected turn of events, Megan had to leave the game.

I don't know if she pulled herself from the game, or if the producers feared for her sanity.  All I can say is, did she forget everything about her FBI life?  She made zero headway with Cody (but in her defense, not even PAUL could find common ground with him!), was on the receiving end of a rant from delusional Josh, and now reported a misunderstood nickname.  I liked her; I thought her FBI skills would take her far.  I really hope she regroups and is able to return at a later date, or even compete again.

In the meantime, Cody was struggling with his alliance, who all wanted Alex to go up as a replacement.  He respects her competitiveness, and was trying not to put her up.  But she basically told him if she wins the next HOH, then she was gunning for his group.  So, he went ahead and put her up, saying he looks forward to competing against her in the POV competition.  The ONLY hiccup to her potentially pulling herself off is, I think Cody wants to back door Paul, but now Paul has been awarded Protection for the next three weeks.  We still don't know who Paul unknowingly 'cursed', but IF this becomes public knowledge, there goes any 'friendship' for at least half the house.

WHEW!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July Reading Schedule

How Did I Do Last Month?
-Add words to Heart Song/RiKar's Redemption  Maybe 300 to one and 50 to the other...
-Edit Spirit Pottery  Not yet....
-Do well at 1st Friday  Sold 2:)
-Do well at Vigo Co Fairgrounds Did Not Go
-Attend BFF's daughter's graduation party  Check:)
-Have fun in Nashville for granddaughter's 5th birthday party Check:)
-Do well at Community Yard Sale  Sold 3, plus some yard sale items:)
-Have a stress-free VBS week  LOL....check, unless you count the fact I 'volunteered' to create a newsletter.....and put in 9 hours doing it!
-Get green house on city list for removal  Discovered program is full; will try for 2018.
-Have large items hauled off by city  Check:)  All 5 toilets!
-Make progress on brown house  Got rid of several computer items:)
-Get hair trimmed/redyed  Not yet...
-Begin emptying storage unit  Check.....
-Continue to decorate house walls  Nope...
-Get cat spayed  Nope...
-Finalize July plans  Check:)
-Lose/keep off 5 lbs  Lost 7!!!

Progress...

Books Read:  2

Weight:  Went from 143-135:)

Karaoke Songs Added To Good List:  17
             Thurs:  8
                 Sat:  9

So What Are My July Goals?
-Add words to Heart Song and RiKar's Redemption
-Get hair trimmed and re-dyed  Check:)
-Pedicure  Check:)
-Attend Nashville event  Nope.....Mom leaving Sat am.
-Attend JHS mini-reunion
-Volunteer at Indies in Indy event
-Have a relaxing 'stay-cation' while house sitting  Check:)
-Do well at WheatFest  Handed out cards, but zero sales.

July Reading Schedule:
Print:
Tomb of the Moon-NE Riggs
Lost Hero-Rick Riordan  Nice to see how this series began!  Very good:)

E-book:
Lorelei's Lyric-DB Sieders
Our Song-Savannah Kade
Mann Cakes-Mysti Parker
KFC romance book

Karaoke Songs:
Thurs:
When I Look Into Your Eyes-Firehouse  Nailed it:)
Lose Yourself-Eminem  LOL....got about 50% of the words right!
When I Need You-Leo Sayer  Nailed it:)
(I'm going to be out of town most of this month.)

Sat:
Name-Goo Goo Dolls  Did fairly well; was complimented by Mark!
Nasty-Janet Jackson DNH
Need You Now-Lady Antebellum  Nailed my part; Charlie, not so much, lol!  Will do this again with Gary.
Neutron Dance-Pointer Sisters  Did okay until the end...
Never-Heart  DNH
Never Say Goodbye-Bon Jovi  Nailed it, and was cheered:)

Never Gonna Fall In Love Again-Eric Carmen  Nailed it:)
Never Gonna Give You Up-Rick Astley  Did well....
Never Surrender-Corey Hart  Not too bad....
Never Tear Us Apart-INXS  Did okay.