Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Reality Bites

The LAST thing that I needed in my life was another reality TV show.

But, I couldn't stay away.

EVERYONE- and I mean everyone- on twitter is OBSESSED with Big Brother. (Even Trista Sutter watches).

As of two weeks ago, I had never watched it and I had no idea what it was about. Fast forward to now and I've obsessively watched every episode. THANK YOU VERIZON'S Version of ON DEMAND.

I'm not even sure why I like it. It's the trashiest, most low budget, and most ridiculous show that I've ever seen but I can't look away.

I looked forward to laughing at Rachel's voice when she talked. Oh, and the costumes that they wear during competitions? Straight from Walmart.

Any show that has a cheap dollar store bedazzled veto sign is good in my book.

I'm on team Britney, how about you?

Ten on Tuesday (45)

1. Pretend it’s Monday morning–take us through a day in the life of you.
6:20am- Husband wakes me up searching through his closet for his clothes. I grunt and fall back asleep
6:40am- Alarm goes off. Grumble because I don't want to wake up. Sigh because my weekend is over.
7:30am- Arrive at work after rushing to get ready. I allow myself no more than 35 minutes to shower, do my make up, pack my lunch, make coffee and to attempt to pack my gym bag. Something usually falls to the wayside.
3:30pm- Leave work. Thank the lord it's Monday afternoon. Hit the gym or go home to catch up on girly DVR shows. Spoon with my cats.
6:00pm- Dinner with my hubs
7:00pm and on- TV, Read, Clean, Talk, Laugh, Cuddle, Play with kitties, BED.

2. What’s your favorite reality tv show?
Right now, Project Runway
Historically, Survivor and The Bachelor

3. What motto do you live by?
If life hands you lemons, stick them down your shirt and make your boobs look bigger.

4. If you knew could you try anything and not fail, what dream would you attempt?
I would attempt to win the 45 million dollar lottery jackpot.

5. What was your first job?
First random job, babysitting. First real job, sandwich artist and cream cheese applier at Einstein Bros Bagels.

Although I cannot wake up for the life of me (now that I'm a grown up), I used to be up by 6 am for high school 5 days a week and I'd be due at Einsteins by 6:30 am every weekend. I don't know how I handled that.

6. What is your current job?
School Psychologist. I usually enjoy it, today- not so much.

7. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name (and you cannot pick the one you already have)?
Amazingly, I do NOT know many other Ashley's in real life. Unfortunately, every blogger and their mother happens to be named Ashley. I'm not sure how that worked out.

If my dad had his way I'd be Rebecca or Allison. I could have passed for an Allison, but I prefer Ashley.

If I HAD to pick I'd probably go with Audrey. I love that name and my husband won't let me use it for any of our future kids. Oh, or i'd go with Nicole, which is my middle name. I love Nicole.

8. What musical instruments can you play?
I played the cello and the piano from 4th grade to age 16ish. My mother made me play the cello. I wanted to play something glamorous like the violin or the flute. I quit because lugging a cello around school is not cool. Plus, dorky boys made fun of girls who had a cello between their legs. Jerks.

9. Is it easier to forgive or forget?
I think it's easier to forgive. You'll never forget unless you have dementia.

10. What is one food you’d never want to taste again?
Olives, Bananas, the gross craft beers that my husband loves, Pecan pie

Sunday, August 29, 2010


I've seen other people have success so I figured I'd give it a try before returning to ebay.

All items are first come first served. Email me at ashleyantics@gmail.com to reserve your item(s)I will send you a paypal invoice shortly after I receive word that you'd like to purchase something.

All prices included shipping within the continental US. If you'd like me to send it somewhere else shoot me an email first.

Look 1: Target Dress (doesn't fit me and didn't return it within target's short return period). This dress is new with tags. Chocolate brown with white polka dots. Size Medium

disclaimer: the threaded belt loop on this dress is not attached on one side. It's still totally wearable without this loop and it's fixable if you like having the loops.

19 dollars shipped

Look 2: Ann Taylor Loft Cable Knit Cardigan

Vneck, 3/4 length sleeves. Size medium, but it fits more like a small. This item has been wash/worn once.

10 dollars shipped

Look #3: Ann Taylor Loft Brown Cardigan

64% silk, 32% nylon, 4% spandex. Size small. Wash/worn twice-- I simply have too many brown cardigans in my life

12 dollars shipped

Look #4: Ann Taylor Loft Blue Polka Dot Empire Waist Shirt, Size Small

10 dollars shipped

Look #5: Ann Taylor Loft Blue Shirt, Size Small

It looks better on than on the hanger. It's great for work and I always received compliments when I wore it. It's too small now.

10 dollars shipped

Look #6: Target Merona Argyle Sweater, Size Large

Purple, turquoise and white. Brand new with tags (19.99 retail). It simply is too big on me and I didn't return it to target in time.

11 dollars shipped

Look #7: American Eagle Purple Camisole, size 6

This shirt is really cute and looks great under a cardigan. I've only worn it once or twice and it doesn't fit.

8 dollars shipped

Look #8: Ann Taylor Loft 3/4 sleeve cardigan, size Medium

Red/White stripes with cute button detailing

11 dollars shipped

Look #8: Old Navy Purple, Blue Cardigan, Size Medium

Never worn, but it may have been washed once. Really cute, I just own a ridiculous amount of cardigans.

12 dollars shipped

SALE PENDING Look #9:London Times Color Block Tank Dress, Size 6

Fits like a medium. Really cute, only worn once. I have the same dress in purple color block and don't need two of them.

15 dollars shipped

Summer Reading: Book Thirteen

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Oh, I sure liked this book. It was the perfect mix of trashy chick lit with a little mystery thrown in there. Have you checked this one out?

Friday, August 27, 2010

WTF Gretchen?

Are ya'll watching Project Runway (I love it, it's always the first show that I watch in my DVR).

This chick is such a hokie-- bossy-- witch.

Her attitude ruins her talent-- oh, and ps- where's her sense of personal style? She almost has a mullet and was wearing mom jeans to panel.

Does anyone else share my views of her?

Thursday, August 26, 2010


The worst part about summer ending--- the pool closing. I hate that our pool closes on labor day weekend. Maryland has pool weather straight through September so if I were in charge, I'd keep it open.

I'm going to have to sit my ass poolside all weekend to get my fill.

What will you miss about summer?

I'm still Kicking

I'm still alive and kicking, but my donkey brother in law gave me a cold.
We just spent a glorious, extra long weekend at the beach.  Thankfully, my throat didn't close up completely until after we arrived back home.
Unfortunately, I'm stuck at school/work all day and can't take leave because I took the first two days of school off to beach it up.
I've worked approximately 1.5 days with this children and I'm already over it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I love seeing this


Pumpkins on my magazines?

You know what that means..........

Fall is almost here!!!!

(ps. do you like my ghetto attempt to cover up my address. I suck at computers so this is easier than trying to photo shop it out).

To be honest, there isn't a season that I don't like.

(okay, I lie-- I don't like winter. It is my opinion that Christmas does not make up for the cold weather, snow and dreariness of that time of year. Add that to the fact that January and February are THE most dreaded months to a school employee and you'll agree that winter sucks).

To me, spring means that it's finally getting warmer, the snow is melting and there are tulips everywhere.

To me, summer means no teachers, no kids, BBQs, porch time, pool time, vacation time, my birthday, and dress time.

To me, fall means football (go steelers), our wedding anniversary, Halloween, haunted houses, cooler weather, scarves and sweatpants.

Life is so good. I can't wait!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I Want, SIGH.

In the event that you'd like to sponsor my fall wardrobe, here's a few things that are on my wish list.

Budgeting sucks. (I won't see any of you unless you hit the sale racks).

All images courtesy of Anthropologie

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Reading: Book 12

I know, my reading ability has slowed because it's back to school time. I hope to keep up with my reading, but I probably won't be able to read a book in five days like I did all summer.

I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I forgot to post my review. OOPS. Technically, this book is a Young Adult Fiction book, but I probably wouldn't let anyone under 18 read it-- it's racy. It was also not a funny, happy, easy, breezy beach read-- BUT-- it was good. The writing wasn't really my style (very weird- almost like reading code), but the overall story was super interesting.

The intensity of emotion and vivid language here are more reminiscent of Anderson's Speak (Farrar, 1999) than any of her other works. Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school, and each developed her own style of eating disorder that leads to disaster. Now 18, they are no longer friends. Despite their estrangement, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night of her death, and Lia never answers. As events play out, Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance unravel in an almost poetic stream of consciousness in this startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative. The text is rich with words still legible but crossed out, the judicious use of italics, and tiny font-size refrains reflecting her distorted internal logic. All of the usual answers of specialized treatment centers, therapy, and monitoring of weight and food fail to prevail while Lia's cleverness holds sway. What happens to her in the end is much less the point than traveling with her on her agonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library

Have you read this one?

Oh, that Reminds ME

Always a Northerner is also a school psychologist and she reminded me of a funny story--
In the pervy school world we call children with emotional disturbance, ED for short. 
Talk about awkward.  Sorry parents, Joey appears to have ED.
They really need to change that to social/emotional disability or SED.  It sounds much more appropriate. 
When my husband and I started dating I told him a lot about my job, because lets face it, it's interesting.  However, for the first entire month of our relationship he thought that ED was Erectile Dysfunction and he was totally weirded out about it.  He didn't ask me otherwise (because it's embarrassing) until a few weeks later.  It still cracks me up to think about it.  My husband probably thought that I was obsessed with 10 year olds with erectile dysfunction.  NOT cool, but at least it didn't scare him away. 

School Humor

Sometimes I'm baffled about the fact that I'm a grown up.  Especially a grown up psychologist.  Especially since I have the humor of a 13 year old sometimes.
Whoever came up with school terms was a total perv. 
Here's a little school humor (read: perviness) for you---
The test that we will use to assess your child for learning disabilities--- the woodcock johnson.  I can't even look anyone in the eye when that test is mentioned in a meeting.   I usually have meeting days four times per week so the term woodcock johnson is usually used no less than 10 times per week.  That's a lot of time spent avoiding the giggles. 
Also, when we make copies of our reports we're supposed to write parent on one, psych folder on another, and cum file on the last copy.  Cum isn't always dirty. It also stands from cumulative.  It still cracks me up though. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Maintaining Motivation

I need help maintaining exercise motivation. 
Although I work 12 months (year round), my summers are so much easier.  I rarely drive out to my schools, and instead base out of the main office less than five minutes from my house.  If I need to go home for lunch, I can.  The gym is about 2.5 minutes from work and on my way home.  It was easy to work out. In fact, I loved working out.  The fact that I had every Friday off this summer helped as well.  It helped a lot. 
This summer I managed to work out faithfully-- at least 5 days per week.  I did step aerobics for an hour on Mondays, Zumba or a machine on Tuesdays, a strengthening class on Wednesdays, Zumba on Thursdays, spin class or a machine on Fridays, and then I would usually go on either Saturday or Sunday for a class or for a machine.  All of the classes were an hour long and when I used a machine I would do so for 30 minutes (mind you I barely lost a pound, but that is a post for another time). 
Now that I'm back in school-- back to working until 4pm at the earliest-- back to driving at least half an hour each way-- I am losing my motivation.  Yesterday I packed my gym bag before work and went on the way home but it wasn't easy.  I work in the opposite direction during the school year and have to pass my house to get to the gym. 
Thanks to longer hours and the commute, I feel like when I work out it's harder to have time to relax in the evening.  This summer I could work out and be home with plenty of time to catch up with the DVR and to read my books.  How do you keep motivated all year round?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ten on Tuesday College Edition!

1. Where did you go to college?
I went to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for undergraduate school.  I think I picked UMASS because my mom, dad and various aunts and uncles went there (I was born in Mass).  Additionally, my grandfather was a engineering professor there. 
2. What did you study?
My majors (to be exact) were Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in social services. I'm a bit of a type A overachiever.  I got halfway through my junior year and had completed my original psychology major.  I needed something to do to fill the next two years.  I suppose most people would have taken aerobics 101 or photography classes.  I decided to make my four year stay worthwhile. 
3. Was college really all that it was cracked up to be?
Yes and no.  I'm glad I went to UMASS because although I'm no genius, I managed to graduate cum laude with a super high GPA.  This enabled me to get into Tufts Univ. for graduate school very easily.  I may not have been able to pull off those grades at a harder university.  The negative was that I wasn't really able to make a lot of life long friends at college, which saddens me.  I had friends, but no one that I keep in touch with regularly.  UMASS was filled with either hippies or people that look like they stepped off the jersey shore show on MTV. Because it was a state school people came in with friends and left with friends.  I wasn't from Massachusetts and I didn't stay in Massachusetts which made maintaining friendships hard after I left.   
4. How far were you from home?
I went to UMASS from Pittsburgh, PA and it was about 10ish hours away.  During my junior year my parents moved to Washington DC.  That was about 8ish hours from UMASS. 
5. Did you have the same roommate all four years?
I didn't.  I met my freshman year roommate at orientation and we hit it off.  We lived together freshman year.  Sophomore year I got a single, which I loved! Junior and senior year I lived in an off campus apartment.  I lived with my best friend from college both years. 
6. Where did you order food from at 2am?
If it was delivery we got Dominos.  They delivered until 4am.  If we were out on the town at 2am, we always got pizza at Antonios.  After the bars closed down the "hot cheese up front" line was a mile long. 
7. Did you date in college or were you tied down?
I dated a few guys in college.  I went into college with a very serious boyfriend from high school.  We managed to keep that up for about 4 months before the distance did a number on us (he was 14 hrs away in NC).  Sophomore year I dated a boy named Mike for about a year and a half.  Then I was single for about a year and met Vinnie halfway through my senior year.  We dated for 2ish years after that.  Obviously, none of them were lasting relationships. 
8. Funniest drunk college moment?
All of my drunk college moments are funny.  I especially loved the time that my roommate got into a fight with her boyfriend outside of his apartment.  She put a ton of rocks in her purse and then chased him around the parking lot trying to beat him with her purse.  Domestic violence isn't cool, but it was funny at the time. 
9. Did you make it to class on time?
Just by the skin of my teeth.  Actually, I was probably five minutes late. I'm five minutes late to everything. 
10. What was your favorite class in college?
Abnormal Psychology.  It was intense, it was interesting, I loved it.  It was a 10:15 class which was ridiculously early in Ashley goes to college-ville. I usually made it there five minutes late, wearing sweats, looking like a hot mess.  I never missed class though because it was so interesting. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Birthday Weekend

I had the BEST birthday and I appreciate all of the birthday well wishes from you all!

On Thursday night we were supposed to stay home and cook burgers, but the hubs surprised me with a text in the morning. He said, "I'm so excited for your birthday! Lets go out to celebrate." Um, okay! We had the most amazing dinner and shared a bottle of wine.

I ended up going into work on my actual birthday which is pretty much unheard of for me. The day was quite rainy and I had some slight work drama that I wanted to take care of. If you can't spend the morning at the pool, you might as well deal with some spazzy parents. After a bit of work, it was off to the shops, lunch and then pedicures and massages with a friend.

Later that evening the hubs and I joined a couple of friends at our local crab shack. The weather could not have been more perfect. In Maryland, it's usually 10900 degrees and humid in August. On my birthday the rain stopped and the air cooled down into the 70's. We sat outside for about three hours and ate, drank and laughed a lot. Seriously, we laughed a lot.


On Saturday we headed down to Northern Virginia where we visited my parents. We did a little more shopping at their town center. I love shopping with mom because she'll buy me Anthropologie. It's my all time favorite store, but of course I can't afford anything there usually. After she bought me a dress we headed down to the Mexican place in town for margaritas and a Mexican feast. The weather continued to be cool so we sat outside again (seriously, my favorite thing to do in the summer). After dinner we opened presents and went back to my parents house for the night. My aunt and cousins came over and we spent the rest of the night having a drunk fest. My family knows how to have fun.

Next weekend we'll celebrate with my husband's family. I love when I can turn birthDAY into birthDAYS.

A Product Review

Well happy belated birthday to me! CSN stores have contacted me to review a product. This couldn't have come at a better time as my "I want list" is quite long at the moment.

The husband and I are looking forward to our one year anniversarymoon so we're definitely going to check out CSN.com for all of our luggage needs. Oh and our camping needs, and our decorating needs, and our cooking needs. Seriously, this place carries everything.

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's My Birthday!

Guess who turns 29 today?!?!?

Pick me! Pick me!

Although it's Friday the 13th, I'm happy that my birthday is at the start of the weekend. More time to celebrate!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cool Technology

Beach Bum and Baby just had her baby and she's blessed with some pretty wonderful friends. They are all feeding her new lil' family for the next few weeks/nights (I'm not sure) with the help of THIS website.

What a cool idea. I can't wait until one of my local friends get knocked up and/or have a baby so that I can try this out.

Ten on Tuesday

1. Do you have an innie or an outie?
I have a scarred innie thanks to a belly button ring.  I thought it looked hot when I was younger, but I could have lived without the scar.

2. What kind of milkshake do you order?
Gag me. I hate, hate, hate milkshakes.  I'm not even that into ice cream to be honest.  I have to be really in the mood for it.

3. How often do you repeat outfits at work?
I'm a repeat offender. I work at four schools so I'm at school 1 on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 3 on Wednesday, 4 on Thursday and I'm back at 2 on Friday.  This schedule is especially useful when I come up with a cute outfit.  I can wear it 4 days in a row if I wanted to (I generally don't), but I will wear the same thing two days in a row if I can get away with it. 

4. What are your feelings about thank you notes?
I think that if you are raised right, you always send a thank you note-- unless you thank the person in person.  I love getting mail, so I think that they are fun.  
5. Do you like spicy food?
I do--- more so now that I have a husband who is addicted to spicy stuff. 

6. How many toilet paper squares do you use?
I have no idea, but probably more than is really necessary.

7. Were you in Girl Scouts?
I was a brownie and a daisy. 

8. Notebooks/Journals: College ruled? Wide Ruled? No lines? Spiral Bound? Plain front? Decorative?
I like spiral notebooks with lines.  Bonus points if the notebook is plaid, argyle, polka dot, or if it has my monogram.

9. Do you snack throughout the day? What do you pack for snacks?
I am the worst night time eater.  I could go all day without eating anything, but I'm always starving and need 2342353432 meals between the hours of 4-10pm.  I usually snack on 100 calorie packs, string cheese, apples, oranges, preztels, watermelon or purple grapes.  I'm trying to convince my husband that we need to stop eating in front of the TV so that I do not subconsiously associate food with television.  He's not buying it. 

10. What is your favorite month? Why?
It used to be August because that is birthday month, but it's not as thrilling now that I work in a school.  Our first week back is ALWAYS the week of my birthday without fail (oh, Hi- like this week), which is a pain in the butt.  Aside from school starting so early, August rules. I'm also partial to October because I was married then, I love fall, I love football and I'm obsessed with Halloween.

Bit of a Dagger

Every time I drink iced tea (always unsweetened - sweetened is gross) I either feel nauseous or I puke.
Suffice to say I do not drink iced tea very often.
I can drink iced peppermint tea that I make at home, but I have trouble buying tea when I'm out.  Last summer I had iced tea from subway and puked in my swimming pool parking lot.  Today, I tried some Chick-Fila iced tea and I broke out in dry heaves on the way home  (I'm still drinking it though-- because I'm an idiot and I am hoping that I can handle tea on a full stomach after a delightful chickfila salad).   
That being said, I can't drink anything with artificial sweeteners either so diet coke is out the window.  Artificial sweeteners make me sweaty, dizzy, nauseous and faint.
This is a huge pain in the ass.
Water gets boring after awhile and there is seriously NOTHING that I can drink without a bajillion calories in it.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Life gets hard when you can only drink water, beer and wine-- and lets face it-- it's unacceptable to drink beer on your lunch break.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Television confuses me lately.

I'm still trying to figure out whether or not the Hills was real and now this....

DID SHE or DID SHE NOT file for bankruptcy?

I can't keep it straight. After watching her daughter's christening last week I wouldn't be surprised if she did. Budget is not in her vocabulary.

That being said. Her kids are cute.

If and/or when I have myself a daughter, you better believe that she'll be sporting giant bows a la the Giudice girls.

Seriously, what is cuter than a giant bow and a cute little bikini?

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Last week we went to a friend's wedding.

Why is it that whenever we go to a wedding we show up looking pretty classy?


We manage to look like the classic Maryland couple with our classy friends


But within an hour we're back to looking like the real animals that we are


I call it the curse of the open bar


Does anyone else have this problem?

Speaking of Mutes....

I've been one lately.

I'm turning 29 on Friday so I'm not sure if I want to be a hermit or celebrate. :)

Summer Reads: Book 10

Description from Publishers Weekly:

Gudenkauf's tightly plotted debut packs a lot of unsavory doings into a few unfortunate summer days in Willow Creek, Iowa. Seven-year-old Calli Clark hasn't spoken a word in the three years since a particularly nasty run-in with her violent, wife-beating father, Griff. During a bender, Griff suddenly decides to haul his mute daughter into the nearby forest, where they get lost. At the same time, Calli's best friend Petra goes missing, and a manhunt is launched, led by deputy sheriff Loras Louis, who still carries a torch for Calli's mother. Gudenkauf moves the story forward at a fast clip and is adept at building tension. There's a particular darkness to her heartland, rife as it is with predators and the walking wounded, and her unsentimental take on the milieu manages to find some hope without being maudlin.

I really liked this book! It was well paced and interesting. That being said, I should put another disclaimer out there that I'm a psychologist, so I enjoy reading about Selective Mutes. You may not. I wouldn't call this a light and airy beach read, but it was great nonetheless.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. What is your current favorite television show? Probably the bachelor/ette and Survivor.

2. Apple juice or orange juice? Neither, I'd rather have soda, soda water, or water

3. It’s Shark Week on Discover Channel. Do you watch? Why or why not? I don't even know what shark week means. Everyone is saying it, but I'm too lazy to find out why.

4. What are the non-blog websites that you visit regularly? Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Google Reader, Dealcatcher.

5. What is your favorite way to prepare green beans? Asparagus? Potatoes? Carrots?
Green Beans- sauteed with garlic, green onions and soy sauce
Asparagus- grilled and sprinkled with truffle salt
Potatoes- Baked with butter, sour cream and chives
Carrots- Raw dipped in ranch

6. What is your favorite flower? Tulips

7. How do you feel about handkerchiefs? Yuck. My grandpa uses one and it drives me insane.

8. If you could only shop at 3 stores for the rest of your life, what would they be? (You probably should include a grocery store.) I'd go with Safeway (although I'm pissy that they don't sell my favorite pasta), Target and Ann Taylor Loft. Those are pretty much the only three places that I shop now.

9. If you could only use wine for one purpose for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Are you shitting me? I don't waste good wine on food.

10. What’s your bedtime? Usually 11-11:30. I need to go earlier.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony

Holy CRAP Ya'll. This was the shock of the century.

As you know, I've been faithful to Chris Harrison for many, many years so no matter what the shitty outcome, I'll keep watching. This season was rumored to be like most of the others (read: no lasting romance). Reality Steve ruined last season for everyone and he was correct every step of the way. When he determined that Ali was in fact single and picked neither man, I figured it was true.

This was the first season of the bachelor where both men were absolute hunks and absolute gems. She couldn't go wrong with either pick. It's almost unfair because I find her highly annoying. How did she score two major winners? I'm still scratching my head about that.

If Chris does not become the next bachelor, I will puke. or cry. or be mad. But don't worry, I'll keep watching regardless.

Oh and that proposal by Roberto? I die. I promptly told my husband that he needs to reenact that for me tomorrow night.

Despite not liking Ali all that much, she seemed so happy tonight and Roberto appears to love her more than anything. Seriously, I don't think it's possible to show that much love on live TV. They may be another Trista and Ryan.

Summer Reads: Book 9

The actual premise of this book is a bit ridiculous-- dead aunt's ghost returns and she's obsessed with the 1920's-- but it was actually the perfect chick lit type novel.

I love a good girl dates wrong boy (who she thinks is right), only to find the right boy (who she things is all wrong) story.

The book was super long, but super entertaining and it was a fast, easy, carefree read. It's most certainly appropriate for a weekend by the pool.