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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Bachelorette Recap: Finale Part 1/ It ain't over until you are in a limo.

Good Lord, with this finale!  This season has not disappointed from a frustration angle, amiright?  This finale was just so...I don't know, so on with the recap...
 
I didn't recap Men Tell All from last week because honestly it was a snoozefest.  The jerks try to defend their behavior, and we get to re-watch half the season.  I already saw it the first time, thanks.

But I am glad she was there, that was pretty fun.  Way to widen your demographic, guys!
 
So in a nutshell here was finale part 1.
 
She has lovely dates in Antigua.  I had to check with Google because I was certain all these fools were uncultured and didn't know how to pronounce this word.  Whoops, apparently antig-ah is how the locals say it.  Whatevs.  Either way, her dates with Chris and Drew were fabulous and romantic, and they both are confident that they wanted to wife-up Des yesterday. 
 
Meanwhile Brooks is having 1000 meetings about his feelings (or lack there of) for Des and what should he do.  Chris Harrison struggles to pay attention...
 
don't curr.
 
FINALLY Des and Brooks get to their date in which Brooks breaks her heart right outta the gate.  Then we get to sit and watch this awkward spectacle for an entire hour.  It was excruciating. 
 
This was the saddest thing that ever did sad.

Patience isn't one of my virtues.  I really wanted Brooks off my TV.
 
Not to gloat or anything, but I have had more than a few opportunities to break up with guys in my day, and the best (and only, in my opinion) is to just rip the bandaid off and get the heck outta dodge.  If you don't, you run the risk of someone guilting you into staying with them when your mind is already made up.  This was totally Des's angle.  She admitted she loved him and how no one she loves ever loves her back... #girlplease.  Did you forget the last two steamy nights you spent with two different totally hot guys (when she was clearly not interested in anyone but Brooks, don't get me started...) who have said again and again that they LOVE you.  Ugh.  She wanted to make Brooks feel way worse than he already did, and mission accomplished.    Of course it ends in a dramatic fashion, where for a moment we wonder if Des is going to go jump off the dock in a personal 'A Star is Born' tribute.  Nope, just more crying.
 
But Brooks seemed taken aback when Des told him she loved him...so I bet we haven't seen the last of him.  Mark my words.
 
My spelling needs work.
 

 

 

 

Monday, July 29, 2013

A New Townhouse for the Hinkleys? (plus WOW advertising deal!)

Our very good friends are moving to Austin soon.  This is a sad day, and cuts our amount of non-work friends in town down by close to 50%.  BUT, they have this really great townhouse and they totally want to sell it to us!!!  It is probably the most perfect first property that Aaron and I could dream of owning.  The space is great, the location is great, the price is right, and they have done a beautiful job renovating and updating the place so it is move in ready +!  It is like the stars in home ownership heaven have aligned and are beckoning us. 

One problem though.  Can we get a mortgage?  It isn't that we don't have monies.  We just don't have monies.  The friends want to move soon soon, and Aaron and I have a whole bunch of monthly bills (creditcards (shame on us.) student loans, car payment, etc.) that make our debt to income ratio less than awesome.  I am hoping that our friends can hold off on us applying for a mortgage for a month so we can get some things paid off and all that jazz.  Either way, we are going into major fundraising mode.

We have loads of things for sale on ebay and amazon (thankfully a whole bunch of Aaron's insanely large book collection - if anyone is in the market for obscure philosophy books, check ebay!)  I've been busting it at work to make sure my quarterly bonus is maxed, and checking around for any extra paid gigs.  I plan on braving the heat and humidity sometime next month and having a giant garage sale.  We are determined to make this happen!

How can you help, you ask?  lol.  Just FYI for those who like to advertise their blog/business on other blogs - I bit the bullet and subscribed to passionfruit for the year.  $4 is worth my time and sanity in a month to set up ad spaces and keep them rotating and super user friendly.  I have updated all of my spots though, and have outlined exactly what you get with each spot.  I hope it takes the guesswork out, because most of the time it is very vague on what 'social media shoutouts' equate to/if you get your money's worth out of a sponsorship spot.  If you sign up with me, I give you my word that I will bust my tail for you! :) 

AND this week only you can take 50% off any spot (even the 3 monthers) with code: TOWNHOUSE

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Parts of a banana that I will not eat.

If you couldn't tell by the title, I am totally phoning it in today.  Life, TV watching, work and everything have been busy to the max.  So instead of doing nothing, which is what I probably should have done, I give you, the parts of a banana that I will not eat.
 
This is my banana.  It is already suspect because it is pretty brown at this point.  I prefer my bananas on the green side of ripe. 
 
 
1.  All those blasted strings.  I do a thorough inspection to destring the whole situation.

 
2. Anything that is even the slightest shade of brown.  What, am I supposed to eat rotten food??

 
3. The butt.  I just can't do it.  It is all seedy and weird.

 
There you have it, I hope you enjoyed getting to know me on that much of a deeper level.
 
Are you weird about bananas too, or is it just me?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Leave Your Link in a Comment

This one is for the fellow bloggers out there (sorry to the non-bloggers, Mom, Aunt Virginia, etc...lol). 

Who doesn't love comments, right?  I know I enjoy them, and I do my best (though sometimes fail miserably) to reply to all comments and then go visit your blog.  I think most people who blog do the same thing.  This is paramount to building a rapport and even friendships with other people who also love to write and share their story just like you.

First of all, I usually only reply to comments via email.  If I hit reply on the comments section you won't get an email saying I replied or anything so odds are you wont ever see it.  This is why you should consider changing your no-reply status if you haven't already. (click picture for a larger version)

 
Because this is sad.
 
 
So once you are all set, you can comment and get replied back to, you can move to the next skill level of leaving your blog link in a comment.  It really is very simple, and I just tested it myself
 
All you need is the simple HTML code
 
 
<a href="http://www.yourwebsite.com">Text to be hyperlinked</a>
 
So my link in my test comment looked like this all typed out:
 
<a href="http://www.girlvsflab.com">www.girlvsflab.com</a>
 
Too easy right?  Now each comment you leave lets the blog owner know that you are a fellow blogger and you'd like for them to stop by - but without blatantly asking because a lot of people find that tacky. 
 
Since I am going to start leaving my link on comments from now on (on blogs I don't visit super often.  I know the blogs I regularly read know where to find me!) I am just going to type my link code into a textedit or word document that can stay on my desktop so when I go on a comment spree I can just copy and paste it really quickly.  We shall see how it works!
 
 
PS, I will have my recap of The Bachelorette: Men Tell All up tomorrow!
 

 
 
 
 

Monday, July 22, 2013

How to Have an Awesome Sunday

Just follow my lead!  My Mom and I had a 'gals about town' day on Sunday, and it was the best.

We started the day at Ouisie's Table for brunch.  If you are in Houston and feeling fancy, this is just the place.  The service is top notch, the food is excellent, and bottomless mimosas and bellini's y'all.  As you try not to scarf down your food because you are in a nice place and in a dress and such, you will notice the ambiance there is just so lovely.  Like being in a real life Pottery Barn catalogue, lol.  The piano player was a nice touch too.  Despite this being an upgrade from IHOP, the prices are reasonable and some ladies were there in jeans.  It is a great spot, and I just love it :)
 
Brunch got done a bit earlier than planned, so we went down the street to the Crate and Barrel because we were still feeling fancy.  Plus I have had a gift card from our wedding (like a year and a half ago) that I haven't spent yet.  I found some really cute accessory things for our dining room buffet thing.  C&B only had a picture of one of the things I bought on their website, so you will have to just imagine 2 other vases.
This is where my collection of napkin rings will now live. 
 
I love Crate and Barrel so much, and I dream of the day I can point to a page in the catalogue and have my interior decorator make it happen in my house.  But as of today, I just can't bring myself to spend $30 on one throw pillow, or $129 on a centerpiece thing.  Like, hello, Homegoods?  I could get both of those things out the door for like $25.  I am going to end up like the owner of the company I work for - he is a millionaire and eats at 59 Diner all the time and shops around 4 grocery stores to find who has the best Diet Coke sale that week.  Pssh, rich people.  lol 
 
Ok, back to the weekend.  After Crate and Barrel we headed downtown to the Hobby Center/ The Theater, because we had tickets to Wicked!!


Yeah, yeah, we are like 10 years late to this party, but we hadn't seen it and it was in town for another run this summer.  I had gotten us tickets as a Mother's Day gift for my mom, so we had been waiting a bit for show day to come.  OMG, this was one of the greatest shows I have seen!  I loved the story, the music, the sets, everything was phenomenal.  We had such a blast!
 
Afterwards we had to wait forever to get out of the parking garage and such, and got back home.  Then I got caught up with HGTV Star, and major congrats to Tiffany, the winner!  Her designs are sooo great, I want her to come decorate my house one day!

 
and then my #3 guilty pleasure show is back:
Because, I don't know.
 
I find it interesting that they are focusing a lot on their Sisterwives Closet jewelry business thing.  The whole thing is too funny to me.  It is clear that no one in this group has any clue how to run a business, or design jewelry which is a bummer for them.  I just checked out the new website and they have added a whole bunch of other stuff, so maybe they will do okay.  Before it was all this crazy expensive and ugly as sin "SW" charms and rings, and like c'mon.  If you aren't a sisterwife (ie: like 45ish people on the planet?) why in the *&^% would you even want this stuff.  Hello, think about your customer.  I don't give a crap about what my jewelry says about your family/beliefs - ESPECIALLY when I disagree with them.  /Rant.  Sorry, there is just so much dumb, it angers me. 
 
So that was the best Sunday ever.  How was your weekend?
 
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Palladium!

If you are out in very west Houston, make sure to check out The Palladium!

Right around Grand Parkway/Hwy 99 and the Westpark Tollway lies a mega complex of movies, fancy foods, bowling and drinks.  What more could you ask for?  I am not sure how new the place is, but it is new to me so that is good enough!



I heard about this place from my Mom who lives in Katy.  It is a short 20 minute trek to get to this mega theater, and it was really cool and worth the drive. 

You enter this giant place thinking you are about to step into ancient Rome (or Greece? I am so not a history buff person) with the giant columns and epic ceilings.  It looks like a hotel in Vegas without the casinos.
My mom and brother, being embarrassed that I am photographing them in a movie theater.

The ticket buying process is all automated, and there was no wait on this Saturday afternoon.  Then you are among giant counters of goodness, selling all sorts of treats and candies, gelato, specialty coffee.  Or pop into one of the three restaurants - they had everything from sushi to pizza!  It was truly a spectacle. 
um, wow.

Once you get your snacks and head to your theater there is a soda station to get any drink you want (with free refills!!) butter your popcorn, dress up your hotdog, etc.  It seemed to clear the traffic away from the area around the snack bar.  Smart move, Santikos. 

Aren't these Coke machines the best?!
 
We got to our designated theater and already I was pleased.  The seats were very comfortable, and the arm of the chair is shaped almost like an oar of a boat.  This is ingenious because you have a nice platform to set your popcorn, AND a cup holder for your drink.  Plus it isn't top secret that I am a larger person, and I was not squished into the seat at all. 

The screen is noteworthy too, it looked like it spanned the entire wall from ceiling to floor.  We were seeing White House Down, and it was nice to see Channing Tatum so extra large, lol. 

While we didn't explore every amenity available, there seemed to be quite a hoppin' bar and bowling alley along side the theaters.  Another neat feature, they have certain theaters that have balcony seats available with restaurant service - so you can have your dinner and a movie experience a la Alamo Drafthouse or Studio Movie Grill. 

This is really a cool concept for movie going along with other fun activities.  If you are in Houston, it might be worth the drive to check out at least once.  I am really glad I got the chance to go!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Bachelorette Recap: Hometown Dates!

Hometown dates were this week!
 
I did something very unorthodox, and I took pictures of my physical TV because I have more and more trouble finding recap pictures on hometown dates.  #whataweirdo. 
 
Des arrives in Texas and meets up with Zak.  His family has a snow cone business which is totally goofy and cute. 
 
Good Dad material right here.
 
Then she meets the family.  They are in Texas, and his brother's name is Denton.  Which is the greatest city in this state, so kudos for that.  Totally not biased... ;)
Des meets the picky sister and wins her over.  I like her response to Zak's intro of: Do you accept these abs?


Then Zak grabs a guitar, and the brother and sister start singing a really sweet song to/about Des.
Not my cup of tea.
 
Next up is Drew's family!

Drew has a pretty big family, they start by meeting his mentally handicapped sister.  So heartwarming.  Drew's family seems really nice, and we see that Drew gets his love of pink shirts from his Dad. 

I thought he already told Des he loved her, but I must have been mistakes.  He legit loves her now.  Make no mistake.

 

Next we take it to somewhere, Oregon to meet Chris's family.  Chris has been my front runner for the longest time, so I was hoping this day would seal the deal. 
#sohot

They play some baseball.  Make out, naturally.

Then Des pull the ultimate betrayal move.  She totally rips off what Zak did for her last week with the drawings and the memories.  Now I don't even want her to find love.  Ugh.
 

Dinner goes well, his family seems alright.

The Dad though.

Does a bunch of chiropractic stuff on her, and he does this weird nose thing where we got way tmi into Chris's nasal passages.   
 

And his Mom's face really bothers me for some reason.
But yeah, overall I thought this date was a bit underwhelming.  I liked Chris much better on his own, his family just made him seem more boring.

 
Now to Utah to meet Brooks's family.  I am 98% positive that if your name is Brooks, you like in SLC, Utah, and have a giant family, you are probably a Morman.  No big deal, but I thought Mormans could only marry other Mormans?  Is Des going to convert?  Maybe that is why he doesn't seem super sold on her?  

Utah looks nice though

And his family was so excited to meet her, which was cute. 

I finally figured out how to turn the flash totally off!

Des seems to get along with everyone pretty well.  I didn't think the mom was feeling her too much, but then later she tells Brooks that she seems like 'the one'.  Who knows. 


Then she consults with her whack-job brother.
 

And tells Chris Harrison how she can't wait for Brooks to propose.

Can I just have 3 fantasy suite nights with Brooks?

Why?



In the end Zak gets the boot.  And it is super sad.
 
I hate the rose ceremonies at the end.  People are attached by now, and real feelings exist, and it is really a bummer to watch.  Plus it isn't just like you are rejecting the guy, but his family too.  I wish Zak the best, and I really think he can do a lot better than Des. 
 
 
Next week it is The Men Tell All episode, those are always a good time! 
What did you think about this weeks episode?



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