So now that Chad is gone, I feel that I can safely discuss the Bachelorette. Not only would his antics have taken up over half of the posts, I would have been living in fear that he would come and find me if I offended him. And I would have offended him.
So. Here's where I stand on the remaining men.
Jordan. Clear frontrunner. Not my type, but seems to be JoJo's. However, I don't believe he'll be the last man standing. Something dramatic will happen, because this is The Bachelorette.
Robby. Dude is fishy. He just had his first one-on-one and already said he's in love with her. He's cute, but something rubs me the wrong way. (Is he the one with the girlfriend?)
Chase. He needs more airtime, cause I'm not sure how I feel about him yet. Yoga date was hot, though. Also, does he look like Jordan and Robby put together or is that just me?
James Taylor. He's the funny, easy-going guy that stays about one more week just to keep everyone laughing. I have a feeling there's gonna be a "Joe" moment where he turns into an angry beast when he gets sent home. Plus, apparently he was in Oxford a few months ago, and from what I've heard from some much younger girls...not such a cool guy.
Derek. There was nothing wrong with Derek's approach in telling JoJo that he wanted to make sure they still had a connection since his one-on-one was so long ago. Not sure why the guys are ganging up on him, because I think the John Krasinski look-a-like is precious. (But also, not my type.)
Alex. Oh, Alex. I actually picked Alex to WIN on my Bachelorette bracket. (Yes, I filled one out. And I have 134/155 points.) But now...I'm like, "JoJo...no no. Send him home NOW." He is not nice. He's way too cocky. And I unfollowed him on Snapchat after only 48 hours because I couldn't stand it. You're on a reality show. Yeah, you have a little fame, but you're not famous. If "your fans" are following you, it's because they want to see your reality. And they don't want to be called fans. They don't want you saying things like, "If my Instagram post gets 10,000 likes, I'll post another one." No. Stop. Just be normal.
Wells. I was so happy he got a rose, even though he was the only one I didn't have on my bracket this week. He is a perfect little man who is always the peacekeeper in the house and seems to be really sweet and funny and smart. And he's cute. I want to be friends with him. Especially since he went to Ole Miss. Hotty Toddy, Wells!
Luke. Luuuuke. Luke needs to stay a few more weeks but then go home so he can prepare to be the Bachelor. And I WILL apply this time. That's how fate works, right? I said I was going to apply with Ben, but Ben wasn't the right guy for me...because Luke is. Tune in next season to watch our love story unfold.
Also, JoJo is my favorite Bachelorette so far, by far.
Who do you think she'll pick? Who would you pick? Isn't Luke perfect?
It all began when I sent a very professional and informative email to 40+ instructors. A few followed up. But one, I wasn't expecting.
"We should drink sometime."
Now, this professor is quite a bit older than me, but I was interested. Why not? We emailed (and then texted) for about a week. Conversation was going well and we set up a date for dinner on a Saturday.
That Friday, I went out for drinks with friends. Professor messaged me and said he would like take me home instead of me getting a cab. Long story short, after having about 4 drinks too many, I decided I wanted the Professor to take me home and called him for a ride. I thought he wanted to "take me home" but he literally just wanted to take me home. This, of course, caused a very awkward walking-to-the-door-conversation, followed by a few drunken texts about the misunderstanding. Out of embarrassment, I canceled dinner. He never spoke to me again. (Which, I think, was a little much.)
Lesson(s) learned: Don't be drunk the first time you hang out with someone. Don't assume that all guys just want to "take you home" (even though most do). And if a guy "ghosts" on you, fa get about em.
So I used to write a little feature on this blog called "The Dating Diaries" where I shared my many disastrous/hilarious dating stories. Then I went and got in a relationship and let myself get boring.
For real, though. The only times I did blog was about home redecorating. Yawn!
Well, I'm back. And so are the dating diaries.
It took me a couple months after my last relationship ended to put myself out there again. But when I was ready, I put on my black leather pants and 4-inch heels and went to a bar with a friend. I was on a mission to find out if I still had it. The moment we walked in, I pointed out the cutest guy in the room & told my wingman to introduce us. He did. And we hit it off. I later found out that he was 5 years younger than me and lived 600 miles away, but he definitely gave me back my confidence.
I have since been on a few nice dates and had a few horror stories...all (most) of which I will share with you. You can look forward to stories like "The Professor", "The Bumble Fumble", and maybe even "The Secret".
And check out my previous disasters by clicking that "dating diaries" label below.
January was a bust. 2016 has not been my year, so far. Thankfully, I count my birthday as my "new year" and it's one week away! I'm hoping 28 is my best year yet.
So, after completely failing on all 3 of my January goals, I've decided to set more realistic goals for February.
DIET - Cleanse.
I've done the Advocare 10 day cleanse before and I had good results. I'm not sure if I want to do it again or find another. Any suggestions?
EXERCISE - Simple, daily workout.
I'm going with this one from Pinterest. Gotta start somewhere.
MENTAL - Blog!
I have said before that blogging is an outlet for me. It inspires my creativity and helps me sort out my feelings (and sometimes makes me laugh) -- so I'm going to blog at least twice a week. Maybe more. I need to catch up on my Bachelor posts...and I might bring back The Dating Diaries. I do have a few stories now that I'm back on the market.
What goals are you planning to accomplish in 2016?
I first heard City and Colour in 2006 and it changed my life. Dallas Green's voice is angelic and his lyrics speak to my soul. (In fact, I've been contemplating getting lyrics from this song permanently tattooed onto my body. Sorry, Mom.)
The first time I saw him live was in Dallas in 2013. I was blown away and I maybe also cried a little bit. This weekend, I went to Memphis and saw him for the third time. He put on an amazing show and even played my favorite song.
He has 5 albums and you should get them all.
He also did a collaboration with Alecia Moore (P!nk) titled You + Me and it is one of my favorite albums of all time.
The opening band, Greyhounds, was great, too.
I was going to write a reaction post to the first episode where Ben met all 28 women, lots of stunts were pulled, Olivia got Ben's (and my) first impression rose, Breanne, Izzy, Jessica, Laura, Lauren R, Maegan, and Tiara went home, and Lace did not because the producers clearly told Ben to keep her around for drama. My mom is convinced that she's an actress that was planted to stir things up. I think that she's just a snotty girl who is used to being the prettiest one in the room and she found herself in a situation where she wasn't the prettiest (but she was the drunkest), and acted accordingly. So, onto week 2.
The group date involved Ben & the girls going "back to school". They split into teams of 2 and competed in different areas of high school. Two girls were eliminated after each round and the ultimate winner became Ben's Homecoming Queen. I'm not sure how I'm still shocked at the cheesiness of this show. Jubilee & Lace were eliminated in the science fair. Jackie & Lauren H were eliminated at lunch. Geography, where all they had to do was place Indiana on a map of the US, eliminated Becca & JoJo. Free throw shooting in gym class caused the elimination of LB & Jennifer. This left Mandi & Amber to compete in a hurdle race for the win. Mandi ran barefoot and totally dominated Amber. I'm assuming she got some extra one-on-one time, but thankfully we didn't have to endure that. We did, however, have to endure the ten-on-one cocktail party. Lace vowed to redeem herself. She did not succeed. Any girl who repeatedly says they're not crazy...is crazy. And she's crazy. JoJo got the rose. I like JoJo.
Date #2 - Caila
Ben & Caila got to go on a "Ride-Along" date with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart said, "The people that watch this show...they watch it because they're hopeless romantics and they love to see love." Umm maybe it's a little more like how you can't look away from a train wreck. So, they drove around LA with Ice Cube & Kevin Hart (which is something I've wanted to do since I saw this video). I think Caila is adorable. Cute date and she got a rose. And then they got a private concert from Amos Lee. I am officially jealous.
Date #3 - Emily, Shushanna, Sam, Olivia, Haley, Amanda
The girls and Ben went on a very awkward Love Lab date where they tested, among many things, Ben's reaction to sniffing them after they ran on a treadmill. Sam got the lowest compatibility score and Olivia got the highest. I wonder how accurate these things are. Like, should I start sniffing new men that I meet? Dogs do it. Why not? Anyway. I don't like Olivia anymore, but I can't decide if it's because the producers were brainwashing me with the clips they chose to show or if she's really just awful. She got the rose, of course.
Cocktail Party & Rose Ceremony
Olivia was still being a bitch. Lace was still being crazy. Ben was still being perfect. When LB was offered a rose, she chose to leave. Also packing: Jackie, Mandi, and Sam.
In 2015, I received 63 samples from Birchbox. From perfumes to lotions to shampoos and face wash and every makeup product you could imagine, I have picked my 10 favorites. Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Dr. Jart+ - Premium Beauty Balm - This is the lightest, smoothest, and most covering bb cream I have ever used. The full-size product is $39, which is more than I would ever think about spending on makeup, but it's well worth it.
2. Aruba Aloe - Luxe Foot Creme - My feet are rough. Like actually rough. This is one of the only lotions that has managed to soften them. Full-size is $18.
3. Stila - Look at Me Liquid Lipstick - A trio of these lipsticks is $20. My sample was what I refer to as Ole Miss Red but is actually called Beso. It is perfect for gameday (and any other time you want to rock red lips). It is a bit drying, but I just use chapstick along with it. Very long lasting!
4. Benefit - Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter - I had never used a highlighter before getting this sample in my Birchbox and wow at the difference it makes. Just a little on your cheek and brow bones and you sparkle. I received the sample in March and haven't had to purchase a full-size ($30) yet.
9. Juliette Has a Gun - Not a Perfume - I got more compliments on this perfume than any fragrance I have ever worn. Plus, I think it's cool that it's called "not a perfume" because it only includes one element which is used as a background fragrance in many other perfumes. It's price tag is a little hefty at $100, though.
If you've been here before, you know that each year I select a "theme" and make monthly goals instead of having one year-long resolution. I almost always fail at these goals, but it is a new year so I have to at least pretend that it will be a new me.
This year's theme is health. Each month, I will set 3 goals pertaining to 3 areas of health. And hopefully I will accomplish them.
DIET - No booze!
Okay so this one is kinda already a fail because I had quite a few drinks on New Years Day (Sugar Bowl! Go Rebs!) and also yesterday, but for the rest of the month, no booze. Not only will I shed some pounds (I hope), but this article really hit home for me and I'm gonna give it a shot. At least for the month.
EXERCISE - Go walking.
I got some new Pumas for Christmas (thanks Mom!) and want to put them to use. I know walking isn't much, but it's more than I do now. Also, three days a week isn't much, but it's more than zero.
MENTAL - Read a book.
Books make me happy. They're a nice little escape from the real world. Plus, I am pretty much all caught up on every TV show I ever wanted to watch. I might check out this one. Unless you have another suggestion.
What are your goals for the new year? And how do you hold yourself accountable? (Seriously, I need tips.)