Six thoughts

  1. House hunting is the pits. We will only live in whatever house we buy for 3-5 years, so we are more concerned about resale value than we are the actual house. We don’t actually care about the schools for ourselves, but we obviously do for resale, which sucks because generally speaking the best school districts have the older houses. We are looking in the the northern suburbs of Dallas (Coppell, Plano, Frisco, Allen because of the proximity to Peter’s office). We’ve seen about 10 houses so far. The whole thing is about weighing options. There is no awesome house in an awesome neighborhood in an awesome school district that is relatively close to Peter’s office. It seems we can have several things that we want, but we can’t have it all. Deciding what we want the most is hard.
  2. I saw The Dress as blue and black.
  3. I have committed to go to a RS activity next month. This is the first I have attended in at least five years, maybe longer.
  4. I like acupuncture! I don’t love it or feel amazing changes when I leave, but I like it so far!
  5. People need to chill about theĀ Giuliana thing. Obviously she shouldn’t have said it, but people are ripping her apart. I feel bad for her. Also, E shouldn’t have aired it. Why didn’t they see the train wreck coming and edit that phrase out?
  6. Speaking of FP, I’m sad that Kelly is out. Now what? I think they were doing well without Joan, but with Kelly gone too it definitely won’t be the same show.
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Eleven tv thoughts

  1. Better Call Saul: We both love this! Breaking Bad is one of my favorite series and so far Better Call Saul is living up to my expectations. I like watching Saul’s wrestle between good and evil but knowing what he ends up choosing in the end. Am I the only one who didn’t realize he was Saul Goodman “s’all good, man”???
  2. Downton Abbey: Edith’s storyline is my favorite part of the show. I could never, ever leave Henry behind, no matter what. Grandma’s storyline right now is fun to watch, she’s so torn between what is right and what she wants to do (aren’t we all?). I love that Mary is such a brat. I want Mary and Tom to get married. Did Anna really kill that guy!? I hope so! But if she did she’ll get away with it for sure, they can’t put her in jail.
  3. The Mindy Project: Where are they going with this? Will it fizzle now that all the possible stoylines are being played out? I like Mindy and Danny together, but will this whole thing really result in a baby, living together, and a new practice? That’s a lot for one season. But I do like that something big happens in most episodes to keep me on the hook.
  4. Fresh Off the Boat: The kid is actually sort of funny but I’m super annoyed that they aren’t actually fresh off the boat. Isn’t that the point of the show? Also, the fake accents are terrible.
  5. Married at First Sight: I love the idea of this! I just discovered it (thanks, L!) and I’m a fan of the idea, but not so much the show itself.
  6. The Americans: Over it, but still watching. The only thing I care about is the daughter and the secret wife.
  7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This is crashing and burning.
  8. Backstrom: Meh. They pile up on the DVR, but they are entertaining enough to play catch-up from time to time. I’m not sure I can get on board with Sarah Chalke being Backstrom’s ex.
  9. The Blacklist: Stoooooop. Peter still likes this, so I’m basically forced to watch. Lizzy is a bad actress and Red is just stupid. The calm, slyness is just stupid.
  10. Jane the Virgin: Meh. I like this, but for some reason I can’t really get that into it. I can’t decide if I don’t like the story, or I don’t like the format of the show (like all the text on the screen and the narrator).
  11. Sister Wives: Oh gosh, those antho students were dumb. They acted as if they were conducting a scientific study. Also, Kody is such a loser. His “nice guy” thing is such an act. He’s not likable in any way.
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The Bachelor — Week 8

KAITLYN’S DATE:

  • I can’t see them together. I definitely can’t picture her on a farm, but even if the farm wasn’t an issue, I still can’t see them together. They seem like friends.
  • I can’t imagine that Chris actually sees wife-potential in Kaitlyn. I’m wondering if maybe Chris kept her around until this week because she’s a little…”unique”?? Maybe he was curious how her off-camera “personality” would be??
  • Kaitlyn is totally a “roll the cob” kind of girl, which is important to Chris. But he has to know that she would never be able to hang with the other farm wives long-term.
  • When you are in a humid climate, it’s best to just keep your hair up. The frizzy, stringy look isn’t good on anyone.
  • They both agreed that they “deserve” a night in the fantasy suite together with lots of winks and nods? Deserve? I don’t get it.
  • Do people really kiss while they are sweaty? I would never makeout with Peter if either of us was sweaty. Ever. Not even when we were dating. Gross.

WHITNEY’S DATE:

  • She had lots of confident things to say during their date, and Chris had a look on his face like, “Um. Ok. Keep smiling.” I kept wondering if he was really listening to her. I think he likes her best, but he wasn’t sending that message during their date.
  • I think Whitney is smarter than Chris to an extent that could cause issues in the future.
  • The conversation between Whitney and Chris about living in Arlington was the kind of conversation I wish he would have with each contestant on camera. I don’t know why they don’t show more of this type of interaction. Isn’t this what viewers would prefer to helicopter rides and sweaty hot tub scenes? I crave reality tv that has any resemblance to reality.
  • I think Whitney is sweet enough to fit in well in a small town, and I think she is smart enough to realize that she would have approach Arlington-life delicately. Kaitlyn would show up with her big personality and it wouldn’t end well. Whitney is a little more gentle.
  • Her shoes were way too much for Bali. She should have been in sandals. But her dress was cute.
  • I need to stop referring to Arlington as a “small town”. Arlington is way, way, way beyond small.

BECCA’S DATE:

  • Becca is the prettiest girl left, but her shorts were stupid. They looked like Umbro shorts from 1995.
  • Becca’s hair actually isn’t that bad in the humidity. Lucky girl.
  • Zzzzzz. I’m bored.
  • I feel weird about the fact that Becca is so nervous about the virgin thing. Own it, girl. Her hesitation about it makes her seem like she has no self-respect. It makes me think that her virgin-status is more about opportunity than something that’s important to her. She needs to own that. Chris’s reaction was awesome; big sigh, raised eyebrows, bulging eyes, hesitant nod, “Alright. I’m glad that you…I know…it’s never easy to respond to that. Um…I respect that…in a lot of ways, and I would be lying if I said that it doesn’t…that it…surprises me.” Hahaha! Even Peter laughed out loud here.
  • Oh, Becca. “I could not have planned for his response to be any better. His response was perfect.” Um…Becca, it could have been a lot better. Was she listening to him or watching his body language? Apparently not. I guess you hear what you want to hear.

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  • All three of the dates were just boring. He’s not having a good time, he’s not having a bad time, he’s not sad, he’s not happy, he’s…nothing. He doesn’t seem into any of them particularly, but he doesn’t seem not into them either. I don’t think he’s been this way all season. Yes, he’s not as charismatic as other bachelors have been, but he has shown signs of personality in the past, just not tonight. Maybe he really did feel a great amount of anxiety and stress all week.
  • The outfits at the rose ceremony were a bit much. I was sort of ok with the girls, then when they showed Chris I rolled my eyes, then when they showed Chris Harrison, it was just too much.
  • Kaitlyn looked like she was about to puke when Becca and Chris walked back into the rose ceremony together. Literally puke.
  • I actually felt really bad for Kaitlyn. She looked really hurt and disappointed. Her attempt to keep her emotions in check was respectable. I almost felt like stalker watching them say goodbye. I wanted her to have a moment to herself.
  • I’m surprised by her reaction. Did she really see herself marrying Chris and moving to Arlington? Or was her pride just hurt? Either way, she was truly upset.
  • I do not think Kaitlyn could be the Bachelorette.
  • Whitney could NOT wipe the smirk off her face.
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The Bachelor — Week 7

  • Kelsey’s interview: Um. I’m not buying it.
  • Chris’s interview: I agree that Chris probably didn’t realize how low it was to throw Ashley under the bus, BUT I also don’t think he would have done that had it been Britt or Becca, or…just about anyone else. The whole interview with him was sort of annoying. It was just a recap of the season with like two snip-its of unseen moments. Stupid.
  • Andi’s interview: Why didn’t someone give her a tissue? Poor girl kept wiping her nose with her hand. Where was gentleman Chris Harrison on that one? Was Andi’s emotion real? Peter thinks it was real, but only because she’s brainwashed herself into believing her own bull. I’m unsure. And I don’t care.
  • Jade was very uncomfortable during the tour around the house, farm, and town. I felt bad seeing Chris feeling awkward about his home that he loves.
  • I love that the girls decided to road trip. Go ahead and pull up a google map and see how small and remote Arlington is. It’s small. And remote. Obvi these girls weren’t raised by an Idaho farm boy like I was. I’ve been to plenty of towns smaller than Arlington.
  • Carly’s honesty used to be refreshing and funny. Now it just feels judgmental. Peter likes it.
  • How often do you see a girl jump up onto a man and wrap her legs around him in public? Never. People don’t do that. Except on the Bachelor.
  • Whitney’s date > Jade’s date
  • Any girl who has no doubts about living in a town of 490 people is lying. Lying! No question about that. I totally understand falling in love and deciding to be ok with it, but having no doubts? That’s a lie. ESPECIALLY after actually seeing a town like that. I’ve seen it, people, and it isn’t pretty.
  • Ya, Britt is running for Bachelorette, and this is her moment to have a dramatic exit that leaves people loving her and feeling sad that she didn’t find love. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s going as well as she planned. She is just coming across as selfish, unkind and spoiled.
  • If Britt really wanted to say goodbye she wouldn’t have worn that adorable red dress and gotten completely dolled up. She would strapped on her high-tops and jogged over to his place to say goodbye. Girlfriend has an agenda.
  • Carly’s eyebrows are some of the worst I’ve seen. Bye.
  • The best part of the show was Britt pausing the rose ceremony and Chris chewing her out. I was proud of Chris for putting her in her place. Her sobs outside of the mansion were fake. This is a big game to her, but I sort of want her to be the Bachelorette. It would make for a fun season since she wouldn’t be there for the right reasons.
  • Becca’s red shirt was stupid.
  • Did you love seeing the IVF clinic after reading all about it?!
  • Whoa. Whitney pulled out all the stops! She’s a front runner and at this point I think she’s going to win.
  • Kaitlyn is so fun, I want to hang out with her. But she’s way too cool for me and definitely too cool for Iowa. Her billboard was pretty cute. I can’t believe this is the girl who got out of the limo telling dirty jokes.
  • I have lots of respect for divorced families who can still be together in the way Kaitlyn’s and Jade’s families were. Good for them.
  • Why does everyone care so much about Jade’s Playboy thing? Meh. Doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Maybe the reason she went home was because he realized that he couldn’t get over the fact that she wore heels to the pool party. :)
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Pie Night 2014

browniepiePie Night 2014 was a success! We had about 30 adults and 15 kids, 19 pies (18 different varieties), and about 6-7 mini pies. I was nervous about getting it all done because my parents weren’t here to help me this year, so I started earlier than normal. I did as much prep work as I could (making crusts, chopping nuts, making caramel sauce and hot fudge, crushing oreos, etc). It made the day of seem like a breeze! The favorite pie of the night was Brownie Pie, which is amazing and deserves all the attention it got.

pienight2014THE PIES:

  1. Apple Cider Cream in a pastry crust: New pie. This pie was loved by everyone, but I was just sort of impressed. I will for sure make again because everyone loved it (it was the #2 favorite!), but I didn’t think it was amazing.
  2. Banana Blueberry in a graham cracker crust: This is a very good, very easy pie. I always get a lot of comments on it and requests for the recipe. People really love it.
  3. Banana Cream in a pastry crust: This wasn’t my best work.
  4. Brownie in a pastry crust: This might have been the best brownie pie I’ve ever made. I used Cacao Barry cocoa, and it made a huge difference. I always use good cocoa, but this was a whole new level.
  5. Caramel Toffee Crunch Cheesecake in a graham cracker toffee crust: New. Omg delicious. I have thought about this cheesecake almost daily since Pie Night, two months ago. So, so good.
  6. Chocolate Cream in an oreo crust: I usedĀ Cacao Barry cocoa in this pie. I think I prefer a less dark cocoa in this recipe, so I won’t do that again.
  7. Dreamy Apple in a pastry crust: One person told me this was the best pie they had ever had. It really is a fantastic pie.
  8. French Silk in a pastry crust: I overbeat this pie and it didn’t set up. I froze it and served it anyway. It was good, but it wasn’t it’s normal fantastic whippy, creamy self.
  9. Ginger Pecan Chocolate in a pastry crust: New. I was the only person who even tried a slice of this pie. It was too gingery, but without all the excess ginger…yum! I will make this again next year with less ginger.
  10. Gingered Apple-Cranberry in a pastry crust: This was not my best work. It wasn’t sweet enough and it was way too dry. I was pretty disappointed because this is my very favorite holiday pie.
  11. Lemon Sour Cream in a gingersnap crust: New. So fantastic. This is a keeper for sure.
  12. Peanut Butter Bacon in an oreo crust: Gross. I’m over this pie. I didn’t even put it out. I’ve said for the past two years I wouldn’t make it again, but next year I definitely won’t!
  13. Peanut Butter in an oreo crust: Disappeared! This is always such a crowd pleaser. People who don’t like pie even like this pie.
  14. Pecan in a pastry crust: This is for sure the best pecan pie I’ve ever had. I’ve decided people just don’t like pecan pie. I love it, my best friend loves it, but other than that no one ever really touches it. I will keep making it for myself (and my BFF if she ever comes to Texas!), and because it’s a classic and sooooo good.
  15. Peppermint in an oreo crust: I make this because people love it (especially kids), but it’s sort of embarrassing to put next to all the homemade pies. Next year I will make my own peppermint ice cream.
  16. Pumpkin in a pastry crust (2): I made the recipe from First Prize Pies. It had a very molasses taste, which I didn’t like. But I had a leftover slice on day three and it was super good! I’ll make this recipe again, I’ll just make it ahead of time.
  17. Rootbeer Float in a gingersnap and vanilla wafer crust: New. Meh. This is another recipe from First Prize Pies. The consistency of this was interesting. I think I’ll try it again but I think it needs a little tweaking. I love the idea of a rootbeer pie and want to try to make it work for next year.
  18. Salty Honey in a pastry crust: This never made it to the table. It was from First Prize Pies and I was not impressed. I messed it up, but I wasn’t upset about that because it wasn’t good. Don’t even try it. I’ve actually talked to three people who have tried the recipe and everyone agrees that it’s gross.

THE TOPPINGS:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Lemon Whipped Cream: My favorite! This is perfect on Gingered Apple-Cranberry, Pumpkin, Banana Blueberry.
  • Cinnamon Whipped Cream: I think I’ll skip this next year. Not one person touched it. It’s good on pumpkin pie and dreamy apple pie, but I think people are sort of intimidated by it.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Exactly one scoop was taken from this. It was probably Peter, who CAN’T eat apple pie without a 50/50 ratio of pie/ice cream. I don’t like ice cream on pie under any circumstance. I think I’ll skip this next year.

THE FAVORITES: We always take a poll of the favorites, but this year we made it more official and had people vote on a poster before they left. The favorites went in this order:

  1. Brownie
  2. Apple Cider Cream
  3. Caramel Toffee Crunch Cheesecake, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Butter
  4. Banana Blueberry, Banana Cream
  5. Apple, French Silk
  6. Lemon Sour Cream, Pumpkin
  7. Peppermint, Rootbeer Float
  8. No one gave any votes to Ginger Pecan Chocolate, Pecan, Ginger Apple Cranberry, or Peanut Butter Bacon
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Peter’s new job

Peter took a new job! We are excited about it, but it will be a big change for our family because he’ll be home every night!

For the past year and a half that we’ve been in Texas, Peter has been traveling weekly. He’s been gone Monday-Thursday every week. He was going to a variety of different places, but mainly Charlotte, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Puerto Rico, and Nashville. Occasionally he took a longer trip, but for the most part he was just gone Monday-Thursday every week.

People were always surprised by his schedule and I think we got a fair amount of judgement because of it. The truth is, it worked for us. People often made obnoxious (and basically just plain rude) comments about our situation. I have strong opinions about that, just ask next time you see me in person. :)

I like change, but I try to enjoy every phase of life that I’m in and not look forward too much to what is next. I really enjoyed the past 1.5 years. I’m sort of sad to end this chapter of our lives, I’m going to miss it. It’s been a really, really good 1.5 years. Mostly I will miss my alone time with Henry. I love that Monday-Thursday there is no one else in the world but the two of us. Obviously we love having Peter home more, but I have enjoyed this temporary phase of having Henry all to myself.

I’m really happy about this new chapter for our family and thrilled that Peter is doing exactly what he wants to be doing. I’m proud of him.

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The Bachelor — Week 6

  • Kelsey is nuts. She didn’t even try to make her panic attack stunt believable. It was totally transparent and obnoxious.
  • I used to think Jade was super hot, but she’s not THAT hot. Pretty, but not super hot. And I still haven’t forgiven her for wearing heels to the pool party a few weeks ago.
  • Britt rolled the waistband of her sweats! OMG love.
  • Peter pointed out that Becca’s mouth doesn’t move when she talks. Weird.
  • Becca seems like she would be ok living in Iowa. She doesn’t seem like a country girl, but she does seem like she could become one, she’s chill enough. They seemed like they really enjoyed each others’ company. I’m not sure if Chris was a little tipsy, but he seemed more relaxed and comfortable with Becca than he has been with anyone else. Their kiss seemed sort of meh, but sometimes a first kiss can be meh so I’m not judging them too much on this.
  • Best line of the night: “I get it. I’m blessed with eloquence and I’m articulate and I use a lot of big words because I’m smart.” Hahaha. Oh, Kelsey. I can’t handle the way she looks at everyone, including Chris and the producers. Condescending. Creepy.
  • Britt is running for Bachelorette. I actually think she might be a good Bachelorette since she is so bouncy and fluffy but she thinks she’s serious. Plus I love her punk style.
  • Jade and Big running down the street might have been the stupidest scene of the night. But seriously I hate dates like this. This is the kind of date that would have gotten me sent home because I would refuse to participate. Write a song? No. Never. It’s even awkward to watch! Kaitlyn’s song was the best one. It’s always a good move to make it silly rather than serious. Her potty mouth is funny to me, but I can’t picture it in Iowa.
  • Did Chris just say Britt’s song made him cry? Omg. Stop it.
  • Ok so Britt and Chris obviously have the most chemistry, but chemistry is not a good reason to date. They are fun to watch though, it’s like two puppies.
  • Kaitlyn cried! I think this is the first time we’ve seen her cry. Tough girl no more!
  • Ashley chose the perfect outfit to show off her belly ring. Let’s all remember a few weeks ago when she told Chris that her belly ring is a magic lamp and he gets three wishes if he rubs her tummy. I’m not sure he’s ever taken her up on that. Also, do people have dangley belly rings anymore? That seems sort of 1998.
  • Kelsey is obviously not right for him, but neither is Ashley. I think Chris actually has a difficult decision ahead of him on this date.
  • GASP! Pause, rewind, rewatch, pause, rewind, rewatch. The producers forced Chris to rat Ashley out, right? So rude of Chris! It just shows he doesn’t actually have any respect for his relationship with Ashley. I don’t think he would have done that to Britt. Either that or he’s just stupid and didn’t think about the ramifications for Ashley and all the other girls in the house once Kelsey knew they were all trying to throw her under the bus. Yikes. Kelsey’s fake shocked response was pretty smart, “Oh! I’m sorry…I’m hurt. I consider Ashley someone that I could be friends with.” Lie, lie, lie. Can’t he see that? This girl is great at playing the victim.
  • I hate Kelsey for saying that because Ashley wears a lot of makeup there is no way she can be genuine. That’s not fair and it’s downright mean. Shows her true colors. You’re not better than anyone, Kelsey.
  • I loved Kelsey’s, “I know what you did.” I think she was literally trying to cut Ashley with her eyes. Yes, I mean literally! Kelsey deserved the chance to confront her though, she wasn’t wrong for that. If I was Kelsey I would have done the same thing. Chris is the one at fault here! I applaud Ashley for standing up for herself and her intelligence! Shame on Kelsey for making people feel like she is smarter than they are!
  • Ashley was overly dramatic in her conversation with Chris (huuuuge turn off, very junior high), but I don’t blame her for going to him right away and being mad. I don’t understand how she can cry so much and still keep those lashes intact. It was awesome when she stormed off expecting Chris to follow her and he didn’t. Poor thing. I googled her and apparently she went to the Newhouse School at Syracuse University! See Kelsey, smart girls can look like Kardashians too!
  • Perfect ending! Moving on!
  • I watched Ashley on Jimmy Kimmel. She was very likable! I wish she had been that person on the show. Maybe she could be the next Bachelorette??
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