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Disney Wish Bahamas- Day 3

Today is Nassau Day!!! We woke up early and went to breakfast in 1923. 1923 is a gorgeous restaurant on the Wish that is decorated like old Hollywood. It’s divided into 2 sections- the Roy Disney side and the Walt Disney side. There are over 900 (!!!) pieces of memorabilia in the restaurant! So much to look at!!! Pictures to come when we have dinner there. On the way back to our room from breakfast we spotted a dachshund in a stroller! I WISH I’d had my phone in my hand so I could have snagged a picture!!! Sigh.

In our room we showered, got ready for the day, read our books, and relaxed for a while. It was POURING rain from Hurricane Ian so we didn’t get off the ship. Plus there were 4 ships in port today so it was v crowded!

2 Royal Caribbean ships docked next to us in Nassau.

Lunch today was in Marceline’s Market. It’s a buffet divided into many different sections. It’s more upscale than Cabanas on the other DCL ships (In our opinion). The food was great! SO much seafood and CSP ate ALL of it!!! We both had peel & eat shrimp, he had some crab claws too, and I had chicken tikka masala. They have a great variety!

You can see Atlantis in the distance through the rain!

After lunch we decided to go exploring a bit on the ship. We went up to the Quiet Cove Cafe, bar, and pool.

Quiet Cove area on the Disney Wish

This is the adults only area of the ship. We spent an hour at the Cafe where CSP got a Vietnamese coffee and I had a Thai Tea.

We were excited to learn that the Quiet Cove Cafe still has a punch card where after you buy 5 drinks you get one free. When we left the QCC the rain was coming down even harder! We took a right out of the cafe but ran into a dead end and had to go all the way around the end of the ship to get back to the elevators. By the time we reached the elevators we were both SOAKED! So we went back to the room to dry out and let me redo my hair! While in our room we watched some Hurricane Ian coverage and read our books.

Took some pictures as we left Nassau.

Then it was time to get ready for the show! Tonight we are seeing the Little Mermaid in the Walt Disney Theatre. No photography during the show, but it was FANTASTIC! The talent on the Disney ships is just downright amazing! You forget you’re on a ship in the middle of the ocean!!!

After the show CSP bought me the Jack Skellington popcorn bucket! It lights up! SO cute! It changes colors!

After the show we popped back to our room to freshen up for dinner. It’s also “Halloween” tonight as this is a Halloween on the High Seas cruise! CSP & I dressed up as tourists. Ha!

I had some festive bat earrings & Halloween Minnie Ears!

On the way to dinner we stopped back into Mickey’s Mainsail and bought a magnet for our souvenir.

Dinner tonight was in Arendelle, named for the village in the movie Frozen.

We sat at table 510 in Arendelle
The theme is carried over to the napkins
The menu cover

After we ordered, the show began! A female singer, a guitarist, and a violinist came out and sang songs from the Frozen movies. They were incredible!

We had great seats. Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff came out to see everyone too! The idea is that we’re at the engagement party for Anna & Kristoff.

CSP got himself a trio of Nordic drinks. A Nordic wheat beer, Meade, and Aquavit. He loved it all!

The food in Arendelle is really great too. I had the scallop appetizer which consisted of a pastry baked over a broth with 2 scallops in it with some vegetables. It was really good.

There was a nice family seated to my right in the above picture. There was a mom, dad, and daughter of about 9 years of age. The daughter wrapped her clear retainer in a white paper napkin and put it on the table. Well, you guessed it, the server cleared the table and threw it out. She was SO upset. She was sobbing. Her parents were trying to make her feel better about it but she couldn’t be consoled. The server came over and asked what was wrong. Mom explained and told the server that finding the retainer would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Well their server went through the garbage and FOUND IT!!! He then brought her a cup to keep it in. She was so relieved she sobbed even harder! Poor girl! My heart broke for her, but WOW! What service and what luck that they found it!!!

The man on the left in the picture below is Luken, our host for the evening. That’s Kristoff with the horn. They led the entire dining room in a sing along of Let it Go from the original Frozen. It was awesome! Just think- 700 ish people singing at the top of our lungs! People were belting out the words. It’s my favorite moment from the cruise!!!

We had the late seating for dinner at 8:15 pm. At about 9 pm the captain came over the PA system to update us on Hurricane Ian. He’d already told us yesterday that it was likely that we wouldn’t be able to dock back at Port Canaveral until later in the day Friday instead of 6 am as scheduled. When he started speaking it fell silent in the dining room. You could have heard a pin drop. Captain Andy (who’s Irish btw- I LOVE his accent so much) said that because of Ian our cruise would be extended through Saturday or Sunday!!! When he said “Saturday” the entire room erupted in cheers and applause!!! 700 people clapping and whooping!!! Luckily he repeated his message so we could hear the whole thing!

After dinner photos on the way out of Arendelle!

The longest hallway EVER!!!

After dinner we went to the Luna lounge for my favorite cruise game show- Match Your Mate! Think the Newlywed game but there’s a newlywed couple, a long time couple of about 20 years, and a couple who’s been married over 50 years.

Luna was PACKED!!! I was able to score a seat in the balcony and CSP had to sit behind me. It’s SUCH a funny show!!!

By the time Match Your Mate was over it was almost midnight so we went back to our room for bed!!!

Ed made a pumpkin with our blanket and a washcloth!!! So cute!!!

Tomorrow…. Castaway Cay!!!

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Disney Wish Bahamas 2022 -Day 2

This morning we woke up and checked out of the hotel, then went to breakfast at our favorite local breakfast spot – the Southern Charm Cafe. Our port arrival time was 12:45 PM (UGH- don’t get me started!!! The Disney Cruise Line website was NOT working for our online check in & I gave up after 2.5 hours so we ended up with a late Port Arrival Time), so we had a bit of time to kill.

Our first glimpse of the Wish!

We got to the terminal and breezed through security.

Everyone that works for DCL is so nice! We only had to wait 20 minutes inside the terminal before we were able to board. I came prepared with my purple Minnie ears!

CSP doesn’t commit to a theme like I do! Ha!

Then it was time to board!!! They announced our name and gave me a Wishing Wand! We took a quick seat to get our bearings and decide where we wanted to go first.

We decided to go to the Keg & Compass for a quick drink and some air conditioning. It’s the Nordic themed sports bar onboard.

My wishing wand!!!

After we’d cooled down a bit we went to the Luna lounge for our muster drill. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new way to do muster drills!!! You scan a sign with your phone, watch a video (anywhere- you don’t have to stand there) and BOOM you’re finished! No more being squished up against all of humanity in the hot Florida sun on the deck for 30 minutes! Praise be!!!

By now our room was ready so we went to check it out!

We stayed in room 6562- a verandah room.

Because we’ve sailed with Disney before, we were greeted with gifts in our stateroom. We received this travel wallet….

…and this tote bag!

Disney lets you bring alcohol onboard so CSP unpacked his beer and got it chilling in the fridge.

By now our luggage had arrived (SO FAST!!!) so we went ahead and unpacked. We made a few FaceTime calls to home. Then we went up to Deck 11 for drinks and sail away!

You can see the terminal workers waving with their giant °O° hands!

My MIL watched the Wish sail away and took some screenshots of the ship.

We had to stop by Guest Services to rent an extension cord (you can’t bring your own as they are a fire hazard). On the way back to our room we stopped by Keg & Compass to get CSP a refillable beer mug (you get discounted beer this way).

How cute is Frankenstein?!?

We got back to the room where we met our room steward Ed (SO NICE!!!). Then CSP plugged in the extension cord and POP! the tv and lights went out!!! Ooooopsie!!! I called Guest Services who sent an electrician to our room. He was there in a flash and got us all fixed up! Apparently the cord was faulty. Then it was time to get ready for dinner.

On the way to dinner we stopped by Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop but it was a MADHOUSE!!!

Dinner tonight was in Worlds of Marvel. We sat at table 510.

The menu

The show is a recorded program with Ant Man and the Wasp. It was really cute!

The thing on the table lit up in all different colors and Ant Man would prompt you to press the button to “shrink” items. The show was cute but our food was cold, the menu wasn’t anything to write home about, and it was SO LOUD in there we couldn’t carry on a conversation with each other. Not our favorite dining room.

The salt and pepper shakers (seen above at the bottom of the frame) were cute though!

After dinner we stopped back by Mickey’s Mainsail to buy a magnet. We always get a Disney Cruise Line magnet with the year on it as our souvenir. But they didn’t have any with the year on them! Booo!!!

It was a long day and we were beat so we went back to the room and went to bed!

Tomorrow: Nassau!!!

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Disney Wish Bahamas 2022

Today we drove down to Port Canaveral, Florida. And by “we” I mean I drove while CSP slept! On the way we starting seeing billboards for Buc-ee’s. My friend Leah is from Texas and every time she goes home to Texas she always stops at Buc-ee’s. Neither CSP nor I had never been, but I’ve heard such amazing things from Leah, so I knew I wanted to stop. Buc-ee’s is a travel stop. A gas station on steroids. It’s huge! HUGE!!! CSP counted and there are 22 gas pumps on each side of the store! They are open 24 hours a day and have the cleanest bathrooms ever! There’s one in Florence, SC (but that’s too far north of our route), so we went to the one outside of Jacksonville and we were not disappointed!!!

Buc-ee’s mascot is a beaver and there’s a statue at the entrance.

Inside is a wonderland! Not just snacks and drinks, but clothing and home goods!!! And even a vintage truck!

They have a wall of beef jerky, and they make their own brisket and fudge! You could easily stay there for an hour or more just browsing everything!

We got back on the road and finally made it to Port Canaveral 2 hours late! There were so many accidents and rubberneckers on I-26 that it added a solid 2 hours to our trip. So we missed out on having dinner with my cousin and his family 😦 , we’ll catch them next time. We got to PC at about 9pm so we didn’t have many dinner options. We chose Grill’s Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar. After a quick dinner we checked in to our hotel and called it a night!

Tomorrow we board the new Disney Wish!!!

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Bachelorettes Season Finale Part 2 & ATFR

It’s finally the finale of the finale BBs!!! ABC kept me hostage for what felt like 3 years watching this today!!! Let’s dive in!

We open back with Gabby and Erich talking. Remember he JUST said he wants to date her. But they leave it on good terms.

Rachel goes to Tino’s room and tells him he’s the only one here. UGH. He looks like a mob kid.

ABC is broadcasting this live from LA so they cut to G & R. Gabby is wearing a tiny TINY dress! And Rachel looks shell shocked! That girl has SEEN things!

Back to Mexico, where R is in the proposal spot looking beautiful. Tino comes out and proposes and they ride off (awkwardly) on a horse!

The whole time R is watching the playback and she does NOT look happy. Neither does her father, Big Tony. Rachel tells us that Tino cheated on her! Say WHAT NOW??? He couldn’t keep it in his pants for 3-4 months until After The Final Rose??? Men are GARBAGE. NOT ONLY did he cheat on her… he had the audacity to ask her to not tell anyone about his cheating so they could fake it through ATFR!!! I mean!!!

Jesse then says they have footage of R confronting T about the cheating and we might need some wine to watch it, that it’s hard to watch!!! Why?? Is there waterboarding involved?? Tino comes over to this little house where R is and he’s brought with him a notebook. What’s in the book T? Your hopes and dreams?? T says “the moment I kissed another girl I knew I belonged with you.” VOMIT. He also keeps saying that it was a “tiny” thing. TINY? Cheating is tiny??? Lawd help me!!! Oh, and he keeps referencing his notebook where he’d transcribed conversations between himself and Rachel!!! UNREAL!!! Plus, he keeps walking off out of the house and covering his mic, complaining to producers that he is looking bad. He comes back in and R says she is done and hands him the ring. He leaves.

In LA Tino comes on stage. He and R continue to talk in circles, but he does apologize. Then….Aven comes out!!! He asks Rachel if he could take her somewhere so they can catch up and she says yes! SWOON!!!!

Back in Mexico, Gabby is waiting with her boobs mostly out in a mesh top dress for Erich. He comes and proposes! I really hope things work out for them! I’m shocked he proposed after just wanting to date, but good luck you crazy kids!

In LA, Gabby and Erich come on stage and discuss the texts that E’s ex released (WHY are people keeping all this “evidence”???). E is accused of only wanting to go on the show to further his career. NO MENTION of his blackface yearbook photo. I love G & E but I’m disappointed in you ABC. You gotta ask the hard questions!!!

The last 45 minutes of this hellscape is the announcement of the new Bachelor! It’s Zach! The physical embodiment of khaki pants!!! YAWN. I’m already bored. They bring on 5 women to meet Zach and let America choose by tweet who he should give the first impression rose to. The women are 3 blonde ladies who could be triplets, a dark haired girl, and a black girl. LOADS of diversity ABC. The black girl, Brianna, wins the first impression rose and she deserves it, she is super cute with her introduction.

And that is it BBs!!! Until next time when I see you in Paradise!!! xo 🌹

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Bachelorettes Week 11

My BBs!!! I hope you’re ready for 2 whole weeks of 1 finale featuring 2 bachelorettes!!! Jesse Palmer told us to gird our loins last week in preparation for this finale so I’m expecting a cage fight or something!

We pick back up with Rachel and Zach talking outside of the rose ceremony. Their body language is screaming that SOMETHING happened in the Fantasy Suite that they are not sharing with us and I WANNA KNOW!!! Zach says “I got Bachelorette Rachel and not real Rachel. I really loved you. I need to go.” Rachel just kind of stands there with no emotion. It’s all v odd. Zach leaves.

Back in LA- Rachel and Gabby both look STUNNING. But their facial expressions say they have SEEN SOME STUFF. Zach comes on stage with R and they both apologize to each other and leave it on good terms but it’s still v stiff and strange.

In Mexico, R’s family is here including her parents and 2 bffs. Aven meets R’s family first. He brings dad a cigar but Dad is tough on Aven! Dad basically yells “No one is going to take my daughter away from me” at Aven. Take it down a notch Dad. No one is absconding with your precious daughter!!! Good grief. Then Aven tells the BFFs that he’s not ready to propose in 5 days. YIKES. WHAT is going on with the men this season??? Does NO ONE want to get engaged?? WHY are they on the show??? I’m so confused. And so is Rachel! She and A sit down to talk about things and R is v confused as they argue. R thinks A lied to her about getting engaged. She is laser focused on a ring and dammit you better produce one!!!

Gabby’s family is here too including Grandpa John! G brings Erich to meet them and everything goes great. Fam LOVES E and they all get emotional about G finally settling down with her person.

Tino meets R’s family and swears his family will come around and love R. R’s family buys it but I DO NOT. I saw T’s family and their skepticism and dislike! Good luck Rachel, you’ll need it!!!

R has her last date with Aven and she goes to his hotel room. They immediately get into the whole thing about R wanting an engagement and A not being ready. A insists he loves R and wants to spend his life with her but give them some time. But Rachel isn’t hearing the logic of what he’s saying. And we all know R just wants the proposal. R says she can’t move forward and it’s over. A is clearly heartbroken. He says he failed. R leaves in tears. Aven for Bachelor!!!!

In LA, Aven comes on stage and apologizes to Rachel and she to him. Uneventful except that Aven just is soooo cute. Swoon.

Gabby’s final date with Erich starts out great then Erich says he doesn’t want to rush things and he wants to date G. Gabby, who also has engagement rings dancing in her eyes, does NOT take this well. G starts crying and walks away and boom, that’s it for this week!

So we have to wait until next week to see what happens! Until then, BBs. xo 🌹

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Bachelorettes Fantasy Suites Part 2

BBs!!! It’s time for part 2 of this week’s emotional hostage situation!!! I’m exhausted from it all so you can imagine how our bachelorettes feel!!!

We pick up with Gabby walking back up to Erich and hugging him. As you probably remember, E is feeling insecure and told G that this Fantasy Suites week feels like cheating. Things are tense for sure between the two of them. Side note- the more E is on camera, the cuter he becomes, even with that horrible hair do!!!

Gabby & Jason’s Fantasy Suite date

Before their date even begins, Jason is busy talking to Jesse about how he’s not ready for an engagement. Jason’s talking more right now than he has all season! But why wait until now Jason?? For the free trips?? Hmmm Not only is he not ready to commit to an engagement, he doesn’t have that strong of feelings for G! YIKES. 😬

G&J play tennis. Apparently J played in college and G wanted to have a fun day that he’d relate to. Oh, and that J might be the ONE. They swim and make out afterwards and NOT ONCE during this time does J speak up! That night J finally says he’s “not there yet” and he’s not ready for an engagement. G walks away in tears and J follows her after a looong beat. He keeps telling her things like “I’m here for you” but he still doesn’t want to get married any time soon. He even says he doesn’t know G that well!!! AND SHE STILL let’s him go to the Fantasy Suite with her!!! GIRL. The next morning the music changes and there’s all these shots of a made bed, a dead bee in a champagne glass. It’s weird and ominous. G says she and J were talking in circles and at one point she said “this just isn’t meant to be,” and Jason replied “yeah, definitely.” YEAH, DEFINITELY. OMG. He’s just asking to be shivved in the yard!!! G goes to J’s room for another talk and I swear that girl has YET to wear a bra. Gabby- trust me when I tell you that you and your boobs will regret these days in a few years!!! Anyway, they break up and G leaves in big time TEARS. Sobbing over this emotionally unavailable guy. Poor thing!!! She feels so unlovable.

Rachel & Zach’s Fantasy Suite date

Rachel and Zach tour the little town. They drink tequila and eat chips and get a tarot card reading. That night Z tells R that he’s in love with her and wants to spend his life with her. Everything seems to be going well and they go to the FS. The next morning something seems off. Z&R seem stiff and formal with each other. Z says that they spoke about religion and politics and those things were eye opening. That R is worried about his age. They are just a few months apart! WEIRD. Z goes to talk about all this with Jesse and even says R was inauthentic!!! Z is in tears!

Meanwhile Gabby is journaling and saying that her person might not even be here! What about Erich I scream! G must have heard me because she goes to see E and they are chatting and she tells him she loves him. WHICH- is nice and all but 2 seconds ago she didn’t know if her person was here!!! Don’t settle for the last man standing! BUT I do really like them together. They have WAY more chemistry than any of her other men did. Anyway, E is elated and smothers her with kisses and love yous.

Rachel’s Rose Ceremony

Aven (swoon), Tino (ugh), and Zach (who looks like his dog just died) arrive for the ceremony. Z tells Jesse he needs to talk to R. Just as R is about to hand out the first rose, Z stops her and asks to speak. They walk outside and that’s it!!! ABC cuts to Jesse in LA. WHUT?!? Jesse says we won’t get to see the rose ceremony! That we all need to take some time. He literally says “Prepare yourselves”. What in the holy cheese puffs is going on???

Until next week BBs!!! I’m off to prepare myself!!! xo 🌹

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Bachelorettes Week 9- Fantasy Suites!

Well my BBs, it’s Fantasy Suites time!!! Week 9, and if you remember, this is the time the proverbial sh!t hit the fan for Gabby and Rachel with Clayton. Well G&R sure haven’t forgotten about it! They open up the show rehashing their “journey” with Clayton and then they go through all their remaining guys, discussing their feelings for each guy.

Fantasy Suite #1- Gabby & Erich

Erich has become my favorite for G, even with his awful fauxhawk! They go to Lover’s Leap- a swimming hole with this rickety wood structure they climb and jump off of. G is in a TEENY TINY bikini. Like, so miniscule that ABC blows their entire black box budget trying to cover her rear end!! That night E tells G that his family is obsessed with G. He says he’s in love with G and doesn’t want to leave there without her. It’s v sweet. They go to the Fantasy Suite. The next morning E is talking about how hard it is for him thinking about G with the other guys. G tells him to be patient with her. I mean, WE all know E is her number one guy, but I guess E doesn’t know that yet.

Fantasy Suite #2- Rachel & Aven

Rachel and Aven take a yacht out on the water and we are all treated with the sight of beautiful, beautiful, Aven shirtless and sweaty in the sun. SWOOON! That night R&A are making out and get R’s lipstick ALL OVER HER FACE. They continue to speak but I am so distracted by the lipstick I have no idea what they said! Kidding- Rachel tells Aven she’s falling in love with him. Remember he’s already told her he’s falling in love with her. They go to the FS. The next morning Rachel says Aven is the FULL PACKAGE. She says it twice. She also looks like she’s just been thrown out of a tornado so you KNOW they had a good night!!!

Fantasy Suite #3 -Rachel & Tino

Before their date, Jesse goes to visit Tino because Tino has been crying like a baby about Rachel and other guys and the Fantasy Suites this week. Ugh. Have you not seen the show???

Anyway, Rach & Tino go horseback riding and swimming. That night Rachel tells Tino she’s really nervous about his parents because they ripped her to shreds at Hometowns. Tino keeps saying “they’ll come around. You’re my future.” Keep telling yourself that T!!! Tino tells Rachel he loves her and she replies with I love you too!! But what about Aven??? Dang it!! I guess I’ll have to date yummy Aven then!!! FINE.

Fantasy Suite #4- Gabby & Johnny

Gabby and Johnny go for a sailboat ride then talk on the beach. Johnny admits he won’t be ready to propose in a week, so G breaks up with him and it’s all v chill and v casual.

Later, Erich sends G a note to meet him. They meet up and E says he’s having a really hard time thinking about G doing things with other men. G says (basically) “Dude, didn’t we discuss this already?? WHY are you rehashing this?!?” She ends up in tears and…..

…..that’s it until tomorrow!!! Stay tuned BBs!!! xo 🌹

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The Bachelorettes Week 8 Men Tell All

BBs! It’s week 8 and that means it’s time for what used to be one of my v favorite Bachelor/ette episodes- Men Tell All!!! But before we get to that we have one last hometown to visit!

Aven’s hometown with Rachel

We are in Salem, Mass for Aven’s hometown and if history repeats itself, things do not bode well for a lady in this town! Before we meet the parents, though we stop in and consult with a Love Witch! Rachel and Aven go into the Love Witch’s shop and Rachel gets SO excited that they have half priced crystals- it’s almost more excited than she gets for her guys!!! The LOVE WITCH puts a spell on R & A and just as they are about to leave the glass table the love witch was working off of completely tips over! Candles and crystals everywhere!!!

That night R & A go to a seafood restaurant (why not someone’s house I want to know!!!) to meet cutie Aven’s parents. Mom has this long blonde-ish wild hair and a nose ring. Dad is more conservative looking AND acting- he’s v skeptical. But after chatting with R for a while he warms up nicely! Both parents are supportive of R & A, which a HUGE relief for Rachel since Tino’s parents ripped her apart!

After the parental meeting Aven tells Rachel he’s falling in love with her and she feels the same way. It’s v sweet!

Men Tell All

Jesse Palmer starts the show by telling us that no one went home from hometowns, and everyone got a rose.

Then Jesse makes me so jealous by telling everyone that everyone in the audience gets a Virgin cruise!

Finally the men tell all part starts. Roby (who dyed his hair that yellowy bleach color) has lots to say for a magician who was sent home the first night!

Hayden (who said all those hateful things about G & R and called them b!tches) isn’t there. GOOD. I don’t want him to get any airtime!

Logan is there though and he denies any wrongdoing (with the switching from R to G) and he’s still SO douchey!!! I loathe him and I hate that he’s going to Paradise where I’ll have to watch him even more!!! So then we are treated to a preview of BIP.

Nate is in the hot seat for a WHILE. First they make him rehash his “journey” with Gabby then Jesse addresses some social media rumors that apparently Nate dated a couple of women at the same time and kept his daughter a secret from them. He apologizes and says he’s a different man now than he was then. I still adore Nate!

Gabby and Rachel come out and sit on the hot seat. Jacob apologizes to Gabby for being so rude and while he seems sincere I still can’t stand him or his man bun!!!

Bloopers are funny and then more advertisements!!! Billy Eichner (who I LOVE) and some guy I don’t know come out to promote the movie Bros. Then to top off the night, Meatball douses himself with marinara again. And it’s gross. Again!

And that’s it BBs! No big secrets, no major drama. Just 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back!!! 😂

Until next week, xo 🌹

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The Bachelorettes Week 7 Hometowns

Wow. Wow wow wow BBs. I just finished watching week 7- Hometowns and I am emotionally WROUGHT!!! I am spent I tell you! We have a LOT to unpack so let’s go!!!

First up is Gabby and Jason in New Orleans. They meet up with Jason’s dad at a park and Dad is crying from the get go! He just loves his son so much! It’s really v sweet. That night G meets mom, sister, etc. Mom is giving me major Elvira vibes with her high hair and black eye makeup. Mom is super emotional too. The most surprising thing that happens is when Jason tells Mom that “I can’t see myself getting engaged at this point.” Um, excuse me? Gabby does not know this information AND have you not seen the show??? The end game is marriage! There’s an engagement ring in the logo for Pete’s sake!!!

Next we go to Anaheim, CA with Rachel and Zach. They meet the family and Z’s uncle is Patrick Warburton! I love that guy!!! He’s hilarious! Zach seems super nice and all but it’s all v khaki, you know? Z’s dad even says to Rachel- you go to romantic places and you’ll fall in love with a monkey! Ha!!! He’s not wrong. Z tells Rachel he’s in love with her.

Then we head to Palm Beach, FL with Gabby and Johnny. Not much exciting to report here either. Johnny’s family seems nice enough and they seem v supportive of both Johnny and Gabby. BUT- Johnny tells his mom he’s not sure if he’s ready for an engagement!!! Does NO MAN want to marry poor Gabby??? WHY go on a show where if you “win” you get married??? I do not understand men!

Wildwood, NJ is our next destination with Rachel and Tyler. Apparently Wildwood is on the Jersey shore and R & T have the entire deserted boardwalk to themselves. It’s a bit creepy! Also, T seems to own one of the carnival boardwalk games?? Get back to me on the specifics, will ya ABC? So after running into some of Ty’s friends, T & R sit down on a bench and chat. Poor, delusional Ty is running off at the mouth about how incredible Rachel is and how he’s in love with her and this has been the BEST DAY EVER!!! And the whole time, poor teary eyed Rachel is waiting for Tyler to TAKE A BREATH so she can tell him that she just doesn’t think she can “get there” with him and she respects him too much to bring his family into this. R is shaking like a leaf and Ty is soooo sweet about the whole thing and just smiles through his pain. I want to hug him so bad! Then, just when you think ABC couldn’t be more cruel, we cut to Ty’s family sitting around in their living room waiting for him to come in. Tyler walks in with a big smile and even though he looks like he’s about to burst into tears, he tells his family Rachel isn’t here. Where is she, Ty?? OH MY HEART!!!

Before I can even catch my breath we move on to Bedminster, NJ to see Gabby meet Erich’s family. Gabby (who’s favorite word of all time is YEAH- I swear she sounds like the Usher song!!!) meets Erich’s mom, I think a brother, grandma and grandpa, and Erich’s dad. Dad has been battling terminal cancer for 3 years now and isn’t doing so well. But he totally rallies for this visit and I swear Gabby and Erich better get married and honor dad of Erich for the rest of their earthly years!!! Dad chats with G & E then G chat’s with mom, who’s also super emotional. Mom is Dad’s caregiver and they’ve been married almost 35 years. BTW I AM A WRECK at this point!!! Just sitting here doing the ugly cry!!! Erich’s family is just so lovely. G & E ride off on a motorcycle to a tavern where E says I’m falling in love with you and G says I’m also falling in love with you.

Finally we go to Santa Clarita, CA to witness the bloodbath that is Rachel meeting Tino’s family. Tino’s fam is V V skeptical about Rachel, about the Bachelorette, about the timeline of their love, about EVERYTHING and they are NOT holding back!!! Not 5 minutes after T & R walk through the door, Tino says he’s planning to propose in a couple weeks and Dad of Tino is all THE HELL YOU ARE, BOY!!! Mom grills Rachel. R is almost in tears. Then Dad grills Rachel. These people are TOUGH.

Tino and Rachel go outside at the end of the night to chat and T has the audacity to say “They adored you!” Bahahaha!!! No they certainly did not! Rachel can tell that his parents did not like her or anything about this process . Tino says I’m falling in love with you and can’t see a future without you. Rachel says I’m falling in love with you too.

And that is that! Next week we have Aven’s hometown then Men Tell All. I can’t wait!!! I love the hometowns episode so much because you get to see where (and who) these people came from and it’s v eye opening. ABC did not disappoint tonight!!!

Until next week BBs!!! xo 🌹

pop culture, tv

The Bachelorettes Week 6

BBs- it’s week 6 and we’re in Amsterdam! First off though, as a cruise junkie, I am in awe that the Bachelorette peeps have this entire cruise ship to themselves!!! I’d be running amuck!!!

Nate & Gabby 1-1

Nate and Gabby walk around Amsterdam a bit and then G bursts into tears! They sit down on a bench and G sobs as she explains that she doesn’t know if she wants to be a mother. That she’s not ready to be a mom. I think this is SO mature of Gabby! Thank goodness she did the hard thing NOW instead of going to hometowns and meeting Nate’s daughter and bringing a child into all this mess, and THEN breaking up with him. I hate to see Nate go- he’s been one of my faves from the start. But I’m sooo proud of Gabby for realizing she’s just not in the place he needs her to be. Gabby’s crying, Nate’s crying (but being SUCH a gentleman about the whole thing and it makes me love him even more!!!), and I’m crying!!!

Zach & Rachel 1-1

Zach and Rachel’s second 1-1 includes frolicking through tulip fields (stunningly beautiful!!!), riding bikes, and sitting and making out in a hot tub. At Fake Dinner Zach tells R that he used to be 85 lbs heavier and he’s a big fan of therapy. He gets the rose. It’s a nice date and all but I don’t see a lot of chemistry there.

Gabby Group Date

G and her guys go to see a Mistress sex expert. It’s all very odd. The Mistress asks the guys a bunch of questions like “Do you know how to please a woman”. Then the guys are forced to take their shirts off, are blindfolded, and are made to lay on a carpet in a circle while Gabby slaps them in the chest with a whip, drips hot wax on them, and randomly makes out with them. That night the mood is tense with the guys because there’s a rose on the table and next week is hometowns. Before G can arrive to the cocktail party, Jesse visits her to let her know that Logan has Covid and is out! Then Jesse goes to see the other guys and instead of saying “Logan has the rona”, Jesse is all vague and weird about it saying there’s a situation with Logan. Strange. Jesse cancels the cocktail party “to be safe”, but I thought Covid quarantine lasted a lot longer than one night!!!

Rachel Group Date

R and her guys go to the Cheese capital of the world and the guys enter a cheese lifting competition, shirtless of course. TIno wins cheese king! That night Tyler gets the group date rose and Tino FLIPS out! I don’t know why either! Rachel practically swoons every time he’s near her- let the little guy get a rose for a change TIno!

Rose Ceremony

Gabby says she’s only comfortable handing out 3 roses. Erich, Jason, and Johnny get roses. Spencer is going home.

Rachel gives roses to Aven and Tino. Ethan is going home.

Next week is hometowns! Can’t wait BBs!!! Until then! xo 🌹