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Fitness Review: Slip n Slide Workout

Details: Revolution in Motion, 555 8th Ave, Rm 902, New York, NY 10018  (212) 564-0500

Studio: 3.5/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructor: 4.5/5
Overall ClasS: 4/5

I was really nervous for this class because I had no idea what to expect. Basically, the workout is done on this ice-like mat. There are barriers so you don’t fall off and special slips to wear over your sneakers to help you glide.

The class was small – there was no more than 7 of us. The instructor knew it was my first time and walked me through everything. I love getting individual attention to make sure my form is right. Which, even with his guidance, I wasn’t sure it was. The class was HARD. It was using muscles I wasn’t used to working. The class focused on legs and core, and when I woke up this morning I was sore from my neck down to my lower abs.

This class reminded me a bit of Pure Barre, because it’s one of those classes you will not perfect every move in the first class…or even in the first week of classes. 

Would I recommend to a friend? Sure, but I’d warn them not to get frustrated when they couldn’t do all the moves!

Originally posted on Just Donk It.

An Open Letter to Veronica Roth

Dear Veronica Roth, 

Tomorrow, Allegiant will automatically be delivered to my kindle. I’ve literally been counting the days. Although your books are geared towards “young adults”, as a 24 year old professional I found myself sucked into the marvelous dystopia you have created. Tris and Four are perfectly visualized in my brain. I can picture them so clearly jumping on trains, dressed head to toe in black, covered in meaningful ink.

When I first started reading Divergent, I was skeptical. I have the biggest girl crush on Katniss and I couldn’t imagine your female lead being half ass badass. I was wrong. In a world where you are expected to be one way and one way only, Tris breaks all boundaries. 

I’m anxious to read the next and final chapter in your trilogy. But I’m scared I will be disappointed. There is a lot of hype around this book. Please don’t make me regret my excitement. 

I hope the land outside the walls resembles the one we live in now – a bit tattered and a shitshow…but also beautiful. I hope you don’t try to introduce another man or woman into the Tris/Four relationship. I’m sick of the love triangle shit that so many authors have played upon. I hope you don’t kill off everyone. Insurgent was so sad at times. I can’t take any more death.

If you do this book right, I promise to be your biggest advocate. Don’t fuck this up, okay? Thanks.

xox, S Donk

Summer 2013 Bucket List

HELLO daylight saving’s time. Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to make my first ever summer bucket list. Going to start working on these now-ish and hope to accomplish them all before labor day. All are welcome to join me in my adventures to make this the best summer ever.

  • See a live RISK show
  • Take one artsy class (painting, photography, or graphic design)
  • Take three tap classes
  • Take at least one outdoor yoga class
  • Finish the Spartan Race without dying
  • Go to a concert
  • Spend a long weekend at the beach
  • Learn to make the perfect sangria
  • Have a summer fling
  • Feel confident in a bikni
  • Eat lunch outside once a week
  • Take a walk on my lunch break everyday
  • Learn to ride a bike (someone please help me out here)
  • Run outside one day a week
  • Make one new friend in the neighborhood
  • Take one vacation outside of the tri-state area
  • Do something completely spontaneous and out of my comfort zone
  • Get rush tickets for a Broadway show
  • Spend one Sunday at the Central Park Zoo. Eat icecream and a city pretzel.
  • PS1 Warm Up
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Walk the Brooklyn bridge (I’ve lived here my whole life and never have)
  • Find out what’s on Governor’s Island
  • Haggle and buy something at the Brooklyn flea
  • Visit Ellis Island
  • Play on a swing set
  • Have a picnic 

More to come and I’m definitely open for adventures this summer so tweet me if you wanna do something awesome!

The Bachelor Finale

Full disclosure: I am like 6 hours behind on the Bachelor. I haven’t watched since the one before hometowns (oops) but I couldn’t avoid spoilers and I knew if I missed the finale I would be so out of the loop and wouldn’t be able to handle it. So here we go – the epic 3 hour finale recap.

Spending the last week of the show in Thailand. Lucky bitches – my dream is to spend a week exploring all the islands of Thailand. Sean meets his family and is excited for them to meet the two remaining women. Stop it, his niece and nephew are the cutest effing kids, especially after the nephew blurts “Emily didn’t pick you.” EPIC BURN YOU 5 YEAR OLD. Sean’s mom is nervous, especially after Sean says he has no idea who he’s picking.

Catherine looks cute in her dress but she could’ve done something nicer with her hair. I’m assuming it’s just Thailand weather..She hugs the family and wears a super nervous plastered smile on her face. She tells Sean’s family she played football on the boy’s team when she was like 12. Early signs of a bad-ass chick. Catherine tells his mom about the cute little love/silly notes they would write each other every week. And that if he popped the question she’d say yes. Momma seems to approve of her which is nice to see. Dad seems like he has a crush on her… a little creeped out by him. Justsaying.. Catherine says their time together is spent laughing and eating…she left out making out and telling him about all the horrible things that happened in her childhood but ya know whatever that’s okay. Sean’s dad says if she’s the one he will love her like a daughter. My mom is crying. Catherine is crying. I’m still a little sketched out by him? Is that bad? I’m sure he means well.

Lindsay is up next. Yes Sean she does look cute. Hugs all around. The niece is wearing a bow – I’m melting into a mushball of cuteness. I also hate the way Lindsay talks. Her voice annoys me. Dad seems to be asking her a lot more serious questions. Is it because he doesn’t like her or because he realized he just fell in love with Catherine without really asking her anything too serious? Can’t tell. Dad talks about how he’s prayed for Sean’s wife since the day he was born and Lindsay starts to cry. Okay okay he’s a nice guy. Sorry about my previous comment – my mind has been changed!! Okay Mom’s up grillin’ Lindsay. She seems pleased with her answers. Lindsay is super emotional about all this. Fair.

Family opinions: they love them both, they’ll both fit in. They don’t want Sean to propose at all if it feels like too much pressure. Sean just wants their support above their opinion. His mom’s hysterical crying because it’s a huge decision and she doesn’t want him to do anything he’s not sure about. My mom’s crying too. I’m a stone cold robot about all this. Thank youuuu cynicism.

On his late date with Lindsay, Sean wears the ugliest outfit of the season. But his arms look fantastic – I just wanna bite his shoulders. Yeah I said it. Anyway, they take a raft on a river drinking champagne and drinking in the view. Lindsay feels like she knows him SO well. Let me tell you girl, there’s not a shot in hell you know him as well as you feel you do. For dinner, Sean realized how awful that tank top was and changed into a typical Sean v-neck. Lindsay says he has everything she ever wanted in a husband and she’s nervous about losing him. She wishes he knew what he was thinking. “I’m glad I’m here right now.” Wow. That’s…romantic? Not. I mean he’s totally not allowed to say I love you to anyone until the proposal but it must suck to pour your heart out to someone and for them to not return anything at all. Sean thinks she’s the one for her …for now…until his date with Catherine.

Wait… hold on… Lindsay is 24?!?!?! She’s MY AGE and is husband crazy already? AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?? Am I the only one the world who wants nothing to do with marriage until like 30? This is blowing my mind right now.. Check my twitter for further rant on this.. Back to the show..

Catherine’s time for a final date. And as I said, he’s like oh right she’s here too. I like her. Confused all over again. Blah Blah. Cue huge ass elephant. “Here’s our transportation for the day.” Ironic, because I was just telling someone that I rode an elephant at the circus as a kid and the joke “riding something with a big trunk” was the highlight of my day. This looks so cool. They’re looking at this gorgeous view and talking about their future together. Catherine says she was fighting back planning a future with him but now she’s letting herself because she feels so good about it. Catherine thinks she’s played it calm this whole time because she’s needed to play it safe but now if she doesn’t open up she doesn’t get another chance. Sidenote: how much money do you think they spend a season on booze? They are always drinking. Catherine opens up and speaks so much more eloquently than Lindsay. I like her so much more, as a person and for Sean. UGH Catherine is practically shaking when she says i love you for the first time and he says, “thank you for today.” AWFUL. She doesn’t see a glimmer of love in his eyes and follows him out crying. She’s pissed. I don’t blame her. How do you open up so much to someone and be okay with not hearing anything back?  Ugh I feel for her.

Time to pick out engagement rings! Bling blinngggg. I’ll take one of each please! Holy shit he picks the shiny-est one. Good taste, bro that is a ROCK. Sean gets emotional. Lindsay is wearing a stunning gown…and is super confident that she is the one that’s going to stand there at the end with him. Catherine in an equally as gorgeous dress is less excited, more overwhelmingly nervous going into the unknown.

Thank goodness we get a little Chris Harrison action during commercial breaks. Lesley, Sarah, AshLee, and Jackie are sitting the audience. Lesley thinks he will pick Catherine. Sarah is team Lindsay. AshLee just wants what’s best for him and sees Lindsay as the winner. Jackie for Lindsay.

Sean is dreading saying goodbye to one of the girls. Lindsay’s up first. This is never a good sign. She’s going to vomit when he doesn’t propose. Like, seriously. She will be devastated. I almost don’t want to watch. But I can’t stop now, obviously. Here it comes… his heart is somewhere else. Waiting for her to jump right into the water. Girl, you need to walk away because he is not going to stop talking and he’s kind of making this worse. Super uncomfortable. She takes off her heels. Her and Chris Harrison don’t even speak. Even after a million of these seasons, this is the worst moment.

And here comes the letter from Catherine. Shit if she backs out, that would just be terrible. Phew, this is a happy letter. I was seriously nervous for a second, but it’s just her being cute and continuing to write him little love notes. Too cute. She can’t breathe when he proposes. I think she might faint. Or vomit out of happiness. “I love you so much I do I’m gunna tell you everyday”.

One last thing. Will you accept the final rose? Yes. ANNDD SCENE.

Bachelor Recap: Sean Goes Tropical

Sean and the 6 women take a seaplane to St Croix. Who’s left? Lesley, AshLee, Des, Catharine, Tierra,  Lindsay. He is optimistic his wife is in this batch. Tierra starts the episode off the right way by making sure her bed is nowhere near anyone else’s. AshLee gets the first one-on-one date for the week. Tierra calls her a cougar because she’s 32 years old. Relax bro. Not everyone wants to be married by 24 (me included).

Sean picks AshLee up in this weird salmon-y pink colored top. OMG they’re on a catamaran. I was on the SAME boat in Costa Rica for a 5 hour excursion where I proceeded to almost vomit from sea-sickness.. but anyway, AshLee doesn’t seem concerned as she strips down to her bikini. Wait, her parents abandoned her? When did she reveal this? I missed it. Someone fill me in please!

The girls gossip about how much they hate Tierra and they hope AshLee tells him. Cut to the them on the beach and Sean asks about drama. AshLee tells him how it is about how it’s her vs. the house and different she acts around them then she does around Sean. It’s clear that she’s being honest with him and not just being a catty bitch. They make out on the beach. Sigh.

The next date card arrives for Tierra who gets to explore the town of St. Croix around the town. Obviously she doesn’t seem excited because she doesn’t want her make-up to drip off her face? Gurllll relax. Lesley M said it best when she said “I hate that bitch.” Preach. We all hate that bitch.

Back to AshLee and Sean and their romantic beach dinner. Sean seems like he already decided he wants to meet her family but she wants to get one more thing off her chest. Okay, so the story is that 15 years ago when she was in highschool with her adopted parents and was having a hard time and she got married at 17. Is that even legal? They were dating 2 years and married for a year in HIGHSCHOOL. Wow. Sean is thinking “that shit cray”. I mean I get that she had issues with her mom, but was getting married really the right way to handle it? I guess at 17 it seems like the only way out.. I don’t know.. I’m torn about this. Sean doesn’t seem to care too much. “I think you’re perfect the way you are”. Cute. And then AshLee screams at the top of her lungs “I love Sean”. Too soon? There’s still 5 other girls left. They usually wait until at earliest top 4 or 3. But top 6? Ballsy move AshLee.

Next up: Tierra meets up with Sean who is wearing a much better colored shit today. Phew. They go shopping together and get matching necklaces. They wind up in the middle of this wild mardi-gras like parade and Tierra clearly drops it like its hot but it’s edited out and you just see her bopping around the people on stilts. Sean asks what’s been going on. She says with what? As if there’s anything else REALLY going on in your life besides this show and the house and all the drama you’re causing. But okay lets play dumb and tell Sean how the girls won’t accept you. Liar liar pants on fire. Bitch. At dinner Tierra tells him she felt distant from him during the day and asked him why. He tells her that the drama in the house is making him uneasy. So she tells him shes falling in love with him to try to get into his good graces.

(cut to the house Catharine, Desire, Lindsay gets the group date. And Lesley gets the final one on one. why do they interrupt dates like this? not sure)

Sean wakes the girls up and takes pics of the girls fresh outta bed without showering and without makeup. Rude, but hilarious. Catharine says “I just need to pee and go”. My kinda girl, roughin’ it without makeup. This is cute, he wants them to see the sunrise from the most far east part of the US – making them the first people in America to see the sunrise. Fucking awesome. AND MIMOSAS? #dreamcometrue. They roadtrip from one side of the island to the other to see the sunrise on the other side and they are making a couple stops in between. Great date idea. Props producers.

(Lesley’s date card arrives – I hope our love stands the test of time)

Des makes the most of her time and makes sure to grab shotgun and take time away from the other 2 ladies. There’s a rose on the date and obviously they all think they deserve it. He takes time with each of them to decide who to get that rose and ultimately whos family he wants to meet the most. Catharine’s time with him is very depressing, again. Last week we find out someone died in front of her. This week she tells Sean if he comes home with her he won’t be meeting her dad because when she was 14 he tried to commit suicide in front of her and her sister and he got taken away from her. How is this woman a functioning human being with all this fucked up shit that goes on in her life? I break a nail and I’m all FUCK EVERYTHING IS MIZ and she goes through all this and is still the cutest most bubbly girl of the group. Props to you Catharine. I like you more and more each week. Lindsay gets the rose.

Final date is Lesley’s. Her skirt is so friggen adorable. At the start of this date, Sean thinks he has stronger feelings for the other girls. Lesley now thinks she’s one of those foolish girls saying she’s falling in love with him already. I mean, the other 5 girls said it so you might as well.. But she chickens out during the day part of the date. Sean can see she’s still nervous and wants them to move past that a bit. Mmmm slow kiss.. that was hot.. she clearly thinks so too.

Sean has a sit down with his sister. He can see the possibility of marriage with all of them, which is an issue that none stand out. She raises her valid concerns about picking the wrong girl who doesn’t reveal all of herself to him. In the midst of that, AshLee and Tierra drama arises. I fastforward this on and off because I’m bored. Sorry guys – it’s really not worth writing about. Blah blah blah sabotage..blah blah blah you’re rude, I’ve had enough, blah blah I have a sparkle (what?), I can’t control my eyebrows (what?!)…Sean grabs Tierra to meet his sister right after her big shabang with AshLee. So she’s obviously there crying like a fucking bitch and stops the SECOND he walks in. He says he wanted her to meet his sister BUT IN A TWIST OF EVENTS HE SENDS HER HOME. SMART MAN SEAN. SMART MAN. Bye bye crazy bitch. See ya at the reunion show.

He tells all the girls Tierra went home tonight.  They all smile (just like we did).  They did NOT smile when he said there was going to be no cocktail party because he already made his decision for the week. So right to the rose ceremony.

Lindsay already has one.
Des. Catharine. AshLee.

That means goodbye to Lesley M. Super sad. I feel like I had her pegged in my top 4. Catharine freaks out because she thought he and her had more in common that she and him do and now she’s not sure SHE’s what he wants. Cath – you got a rose. Relax. Lesley is upset and heartbroken. Limo rides out.

Okay so next week is hometowns. These are the make or break dates and my favorites to watch all season. So excited for next week!!

Bachelor Recap: 2 Days Last Week?!

I am currently 6 hours behind on the Bachelor, thanks to the fact that there were TWO days of Bachelor aired last week – the ONE week I decide to have a life and not be around Monday or Tuesday to watch. Tonight, I will sum up these 2 episodes and later this week I will recap THIS weeks – just in time to (hopefully) watch next week’s hometown dates (ALREADY?!) when it airs. Okay to the 3 of you that read – thanks for waiting and here we go..

Girls are packing their bags and heading to Montana for three dates this week.

Lindsay gets the one-on-one “let love soar”. Airplane? Helicopter? Who cares, Sean is wearing plaid and lookin’ like a cute lil cowboy. BOOM helicopter. Nailed it. They ride over Glacier National Park. Lucky bitches. Sean and Lindsay think they know eachother already (doubtful) and are all lovey dovey kissing by the mountains. Sean asks her to open up about her childhood.. I’m impressed that he remembered these details he told her about being an army brat. It must be really hard to keep track of all the girls’ backstories. I feel like at this point, the guys would still need to be wearing name tags for me.. This is quite the boring date to watch. Lindsay obviously get a rose and they head to a concert and kiss more.

Group date card reveals that Tierra and Jackie are the 2 on the 2-on-1. Tierra doesn’t seem worried, she’s just more happy to not be with the other 8 girls on another group date. But that date will come later… next up is the group date. Goats and Chris Harrison? My kind of date. The girls get broken into teams of 4 for a Montana relay. This is cute and different – good job producers! The relay must end with someone drinking goats milk. I hope someone vomits. Losing team gets no second half of the date. Lets the claws come out baby!! Red team (Des Robyn Selma Sarah) wins, Des chuggeddd that milk. No vom, but still entertaining. Sean decides to bend the rules a bit and doesn’t wanna send people home with people he hasn’t spent enough time with. He decides to invite the other girls on the group date BACK to the party. Super sweet and the girls are excited. I’m sure the other 4 girls who thought they’d get all this time alone with him will NOT be as excited. I was right…

Red team girls are talking smack. Sean is doing an interview and here creeps Tierra. Ummm what are you doing here?! Is this real life? This bitch cray. YOU WERE NOT INVITED. Even Sean was all “WTF, bro?” But clearly not too pissed since he didn’t shoo her away and kissed her goodnight. Thank the lord she didn’t go up and crash the party with the other girls there or I think they would’ve punched her in the face.

Des gets made when AshLee steals Sean. AshLee proclaims she’s already falling in love. Sean wants to snuggle with Catharine. They’re kinda cute together honestly. They’re both so smiley and giggly and adorbs. I kinda wanna snuggle with Catharine. Daniella sees Catharine on his lap and feels uncomfortable. Probably because Daniella has maybe spent 25 seconds with him and has had 10 seconds of air time.. I’d be pissed too and not shocked to see the betch cry. Tears immediately stop when he kisses her and she feels a whole lot better when she gets the rose.

Finally the two on one date and I’m already annoyed at Tierra. I’m honestly going to fast forward most of this part because I don’t want to hear her speak. They ride horses – Tierra and Sean ride ahead and leave Jackie behind, which I know (thanks spoilers) that Jackie does eventually get sent home after this even though she talked a whole buncha smack to him about Tierra, I guess it didn’t work. WompWomp. Sidenote: when Sean talks to one girl on these dates, what does the other one do? Sit and eat? Drink? Talk to the producers? It’s probably super awk. Also I LOVE the way the editors cut to Tierra hysterical laughing after Jackie got sent home. Amazois.

Cocktail party – Des is a little uneasy and confused leaving Sean uneasy and confused. Tierra wants to punch everyone in that room. Ironic, because everyone in American wants to punch Tierra. More Tierra drama. I’m so over her. Sean is finally coming to his senses that maybe she’s not being completely real. Sean and Chris have some bro time.

Robyn gets sent home this week. I’m really glad he saved Des because she’s just adorable.

My DVR did this really awesome thing where it didn’t record the episode.. so here’s the shortest post ever on this week.The girls go to Canada. Catharine gets a one-on-one which I can only imagine was full of her being cute and laughing at all his jokes and a lot of Eskimo kisses and 3rd grade like lovin. Shit got real when Catharine opened up that she watched a girl die in front of her when she was 12. Holy shit. Is that real life? How do you even get over that? Fucking tragic… I can’t even deal.. She gets a rose.

The group date involved a canoe. One armed Sarah struggled… I wonder what was harder – canoeing with one arm or roller blading with one arm. They then do a polar bear plunge! The ambulence is called again thanks to Tierra. Who knows if she was really experiencing hypothermia or not. If I had to guess, I’d say she’s a huge fake. I kinda hate her if you can’t tell.

Desire also gets a one on one since Sean wasn’t completely feeling it with her on the last episode. He needed time to see what they had. He becomes smitten with her yet again and she gets a rose.

Other highlights: Sarah gets sent home. Super emotional city. Selma kisses him (I KNEW SHE WOULD) but also gets sent home with Daniella – who I legit didn’t even know her name until this week so that wasn’t a surprise.

This week, Monday Feb 11, coming on THURSDAY this week. Back on track ladies and gents. #LETSGOO

The Super Bowl vs. The Puppy Bowl

For me, the decision was a no brainer. For the rest of you, maybe next year you will watch something else.

The Super Bowl

  • Men on a field
  • Game is hard to follow/too many rules
  • #BrandBowl commercials
  • Pop singer half-time show
  • Skimpy cheerleaders who make you feel bad about yourself
  • No kiss cam (because that’s a baseball thing, right?)
  • You can’t tell who is cute because of their helmets
  • There are 8 different hashtags to follow along with on Twitter
  • There is a winning team and a losing team
  • It only airs once
The Puppy Bowl
  • Puppies on a field of toys
  • The game is very easy to follow
  • Despicable Me 2 Trailer
  • Kitties play during the half-time show
  • Hedgehog cheerleads
  • The kiss cam shows cute children kissing puppies
  • All of the players are adorable because, well, they’re 12 month old puppies
  • @meepthebird is the only handle needed
  • Everyone is a winner
  • It airs multiple times on Superbowl Sunday and gets better every time you watch it

Bachelor Recap Week Four

Wait….the show opened in the house? WHERE IS SEAN WORKING OUT WITH HIS SHIRT OFF? Super disappointed and it’s only 8:02… oh jk they waited until 2 minutes in and for making us wait we not only get him topless but also with a hott pair of briefs. Yum.

Selma gets the first date card of the week. She’s already talking about having his babies. They’ve had no date yet. Leslie cries because she wanted the date. First tears 3 minutes in. This is gunna be a good one I can feel it..

Selma says she can’t dance with a partner. She also mentions that she’s 110 pounds.. funny that’s how much I weighed in high school. They pull up to a plane and she’s casually laying in his lap as if they’ve been dating for months. Side note: on the plane ride to Costa Rica, I snuggled up to the window seat about to try as we hit turbulence  my boyfriend watched a movie. Again, it’s like I’m looking into a mirror of my life.

They land in a desert. She’s freaking out because she hates the heat (maybe she’ll melt?). She claims she feels “puffy”. What does that even mean? She does not seem to fit into this active lifestyle of his, yet here she goes attempting to rock climb. It’s not like the rock climb with the plastic foot holes. It’s an actual boulder. I’m shocked that she climbed this monster. I can imagine she felt amazing accomplishing this, but not my idea of a romantic date. How did they get down from the rock they just climbed?! Helicopter? Did they have to climb back down? Curious.. (I tweeted him and asked. I doubt he’ll answer but it’s worth a shot). Part 2 of the date involves a lot less “glam” and a lot more “white trash”. But to be fair, the RVs are pretty pimped out (PIMP MY RV? Interested, MTV?!). Too bad she wasted her pretty dress on this dinner date. Sean speculates they’re gunna kiss at the end of the night. Selma thinks kissing him on national TV is not something she wants to do because she grew up in a strict Muslim home. I give her a week before she gives into him even though she says otherwise. Selma gets the rose. They hug and he gives her this cute little kiss on the forehead.

Lindsay, Robyn, Jackie, Catharine, Amanda, Ashlee, Sara, Tierra: “I’m looking for a woman who can roll with the punches”.  The lucky gals get to go on a roller derby date. Definitely something I’d wanna try one day. The ladies sit in the limo sipping mimosas. I think they’d re-think that choice of getting wasted if they knew what the date was going to entail. I’m nervous for one-armed Sarah, she will totes be at a disadvantage with only one elbow to use (sorry that sounded mean, I really do like her).  Tierra is excited to get her aggression out on the bitches. Robyn already busted her ass before they even get to play (flashback to her getting out of the limo). Seems to be the theme of the date – they’re all falling. It’s hilarious. Sarah is seriously struggling, as I said she would. She’s crying. I feel terrible. AshLee cheers her on which is super sweet because it IS a competition and she doesn’t have to be nice to her.  She pretty much says “fuck this, I’m in” and tries again. Super a trooper. Amanda wipes out and knocks her chin on the floor. That’s what you get for being a cocky bitch, bitch. #sorrynotsorry. The medic says she could’ve broken her jaw. I have a feeling she had one too many mimosas…and she’s off to the hospital. Sean feels bad and doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt so he turns the game into a free skating party.

The girls trade in their skates for heels and head off to dinner atop a fancy rooftop bar. Sarah gets time with him and says she was embarrassed but thanks him for being so great about the way she acted at the rink. Amanda comes back and is okay, no breaks just pain. She decides to “milk the sympathy card”.  I really don’t like her.

Cut to the house to see who gets a one on one date – Leslie H (the one who cried at the begininng) “Could this be forever”. She gets a pair of bling bling earrings to wear as well. This must be some fancy shmancy date. Selma must be mad that she had dinner near an RV park and Leslie has these super expensive earrings to wear.

On the rooftop, Tierra catches an attitude. Shocker. She tells Sarah she hates it here and she’s about to walk out. She talks to a producer and says she wants to leave. I think she’s doing this just for the attention to hear him ask her to stay. Moar tears. Sean is about to get in the hottub when he spots Tierra crying like a crazy woman. She says how she’s breaking down and is freaking out and blah blah blah. He says he’d be sad if she left. She says he’s still the guy she came here for and wants her time without all the other ladies. He leaves, she smirks because her plan worked. The tears and the drama ..and she’s gunna get the rose. This betch knows how to play the game. Bravo. I don’t like her, but bravo girll.

Leslie H (Poker Dealer?!) is ready to get out of the house for her first real date with Sean. “I’d rather have me and Sean together forever than these diamond earrings”.. I’d rather have Sean AND the diamonds, thanksssss 🙂 Diggin’ Sean’s sexy outfit with his little vest. Leslie is getting a princess date – shopping on Rodeo Drive. Ummm yes please! Sean says this is every girl’s dream. Sean is correct, especially if said girl is not picking up the tab. Leslie grabs ONE dress at first. I would’ve grabbed them all and had myself a little fashion show. “Winner winner chicken dinner.” Leslie’s little lines show me she’s kind of a nerd (“holy moly batman”). I am not so much a fan of the dress she picked but DAMN that necklace…HO-LY SHIT. 120 cts of diamonds. My luck if I had that on, the clasp would break and the necklace would fall into my soup at dinner (#reasonswhyIcouldneverbeonthisshow).

— commercial break and mom complains there should be a “old people bachelor”… no words. —

Leslie says “holy moly” again.. Does that turn guys on? Leslie talks about how she dated someone for 7 years and thought she was going to marry him but they grew apart. Her laugh is awkward. I don’t not-like her but I don’t love her. I don’t see her and Sean working out. Clearly I’m on his wavelength because I don’t think he’ll feel the romance between them. I think it’s going to be hard for him to not offer her this rose. He tells her he doesn’t feel the “click”. Bye Leslie H!

The girls take Leslie being sent home as a reality check that they all won’t be there forever. Tierra flaunts the rose to the camera. She reminds me A LOT of Courtney from Ben’s season. Sean is clearly diggin’ AshLee. Robyn is set on grabbing his attention tonight, but without falling out of the limo. That pick up line was TURRIBLE. But she got a kiss out of it anyway. What’s Amanda wearing? Vomcity. Especially with that rat’s nest on her head. Tierra pulls two of the girls out to talk to them. Tierra drama. Over it. I hope he does something wild and like takes the rose back from her and just sends her home or something because she’s getting on my LAST nerve.  Catharine finally gets some time which is great because I feel like we don’t see enough of her. She’s classy and doesn’t kiss him in front of the other girls.

Rose ceremony:
Catharine, Des, Lindsey, Lesley, Robyn, AshLee,  Sarah, Jackie, Daniella

WOOP. Bye Amanda. We won’t miss you.

Favorites: Lesley, AshLee, Des, Sarah, Selma

Bachelor Recap Week 3

My prayers have been answered – they ARE starting every episode with Sean working out with his shirt off. #nocomplaints. 16 women left – a group date, two one-on-one dates but not everyone gets a date this week. Chris Harrison gets right into it by presenting the first date card. Lesley M: how long will this love last? I hope a long time because she’s at the top of my faves. She also is wearing this adorable lace dress. They need to have a website called, “buy bachelorette fashion” where I can spend all my money buying all the cute things the girls on this show wear.

Sean & Lesley are at the Guinness Book of World Records on an actual, like, normal date. Sean reveals that his dad actually holds a guinness world record. Kinda cool! Sean feels kinda romantic and wants to crank up the heat early on (I don’t think Lesley is complaining). They attempt to set the world record for longest on screen kiss. Lucky bitch. “I think my body is numb.” Fair reaction. The kiss has to last 3 minutes and 16 seconds to beat the record. Are we going to have to watch this for over 3 minutes? Especially since Lesley is having a really hard time not laughing hysterically. Seans hand moves to her ass but then realizes that theres a thousand people watching and quickly goes back up to her hips. #awkward. Honestly this whole thing is kinda awk and I can’t believe they didn’t cut to a commercial break…They broke the record. I wonder what the record is for the longest on screen sex? That would’ve been a lot more exciting to watch (who’s with me?!)

Part 2 of their date takes place in a seemingly super comfy plush couch with romantic candles and champagne overlooking Hollywood. Reminds me how I spent my weekend with my boyfriend watching Restaurant Impossible drinking purple drank out of a mustache cup in 0 degree Albany. Almost the same, right? Anyway, Lesley talks about how she’s a nerd and how much she loves her fam. She says Sean makes her nervous. They kiss for real this time (with tongue) and she looks like she’s about to spill her champagne.

Back to the house – the girls get the next date card. Kaycie, Robyn, Leslie H, Kristy, Catharine, Des, Taryn, Amanda, Lindsey, Daniella, Jackie, Tierra – “who’s going to win my heart?”

And back to Sean and Lesley where they confess they both already have feelings for each other. Sean whips the rose out and obviously offers for her to accept. She says yes. MOAR kissing. Lesley says he’s perfect and the evening was magical. Mom sitting next to me says, “I like her, she’s normal.” Agreed, mom. I like her a lot.

Sean & the 12 girls on the group date are having a ball on the beach together. Until CHRIS HARRISON shows up. I love that he’s making date appearances and we’re seeing more of him this season. He breaks them up into two teams for beach volleyball – the winning team gets quality alone time with Sean post-beach. Both teams suck at volleyball and are having trouble getting the ball over the net. Blue team wins after the most boring game ever. Everyone on the red team cries. Gotta love this show!

Sean starts chattin with all the girls on the winning team. Lindsay is looking for her best friend and Sean is surprised by this “new side” of her that he’s seeing. They kiss. Loudly. Sean tells Des he loves her confidence and he loves hanging out with her. Des doesn’t wanna be seen as arrogent so she tells him about this deeper side to her. He kisses her too. Those lips are just making their rounds tonight.

Ashlee gets the next one on one. Tierra reads the card “Ashlee and Selma” as a joke – adding Selma’s name which upsets Sarah. Idk why since Sarah wasn’t even involved.. but whatever.

Des complains that Amanda is not the person she is around the girls around Sean. Much tension building around Des and Amanda. Kaycie B starts her own drama by telling Sean about Des and Amanda’s drama. DRAMAAA CITYYY. I’m eating this up. Because it’s clear Sean already has her in the friend-zone and this is NOT helping. It’s clear he wishes she’d just stop talking about this nonsense. “Why are you involving yourself?” Kaycie B I am disappointed. The bitchy comments last week were hilarious but this is going a bit far and he is not happy. Lindsay gets the rose on the date. Kaycie B realizes she looked like a crazy person and is scared she fucked up…which she did. I wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t make it to next week.

Ashlee is ready for her one-on-one date with Sean and wants to open up to him. But while she waits for Sean — BANG. Tierra fell down the stairs. Sean thinks she may have a concussion. Tierra is freaking out and doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Ashlee thinks she did this on purpose for attention.

Commercial break and I’m stalking JP & Sean tweeting to eachother.
JP: Sean where’d you get that pink V neck from?
Sean: Probably urban
JP: Thx. Money.
#bromance #sexymenchats

Sean wants to see if Ashlee is a big kid at heart and takes her to Six Flags. Ummm no thanks. If this were my date I’d turn my ass right around to the car. And Ashlee clearly isn’t dressed for an amusement park in that short see-through dress and 5 inch heels. The plus side of this day is they are sharing the park with 2 chronically ill girls who have been friends online but have never met in person. Super sweet. Ashlee looks like she’s gunna vom on the pirate ship (I don’t blame her). The two girls are just ecstatic to be there, it’s really a nice moment and something different for the Bachelor. The night is capped off with a concert from the Eli Band. Never heard of them? Anyone else? The girls are singing though which is all that matters.

Sean and Ashlee both want to adopt children. Ashlee was adopted after being abused in a foster home and is the most non-bitter person about it ever. Sean is digging her optimism. Ashlee talks about meeting her adoptive father for the first time. Mom is crying. Sean is getting teary. Quite an emotional part of the episode and Ashlee gets the rose! They kiss. I don’t know how I feel about her just yet. She opened up really quick and seems to have a good heart but I’m not 100% convinced that she’s right for him yet.

Sean surprises Sarah at the cocktail party with her puppy!!! OMG CUTEST PUPPYY EVERRR. He’s so thoughtful. Tierra and Sean get some time. Des steals time away and Tierra gets pissed. Oh Tierra steals him BACK. Catty-ness at its finest. Des hates the game..if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen gurl. It’s the bachelor. This is how it works. Get over it or leave. Kaycie B apologizes for being a major crazy for the other night. Sean feels like they took a couple steps back because of it. It seemed like he was about to send her home until 2 of the other girls step in to interrupt.

The rose ceremony is about to start but he pulls Kaycie B aside and says it’d be rude to make her sit through another one when he knows they’re better off friends. CALLED IT. I knew she wouldn’t make it past tonight.

Girls who get roses:
Tierra, Leslie H, Catharine, Daniella, Robyn, Selma, Sarah (whered the puppy go?), Jackie, Amanda, Des

Final thoughts: So upset that Taryn is gone. He really should’ve given her a chance. Amanda needs to go ASAP. He needs to spend more time with Catharine because she’s super cute. He’s clearly attracted to Selma but I don’t see that lasting much longer.

Favorites: Lesley M, Des, Sarah.

Top 9 Most Memorable Moments in Costa Rica

From December 28th – January 5th, I was living in paradise. My boyfriend invited me on his family vacation to Costa Rica where we spent 5 days in the jungle wilderness near the Arenal volcano and 3 days on the beautiful Tamorindo beach. I could probably write a book about my experience there, but instead this blog will feature my top 9 memorable moments. Here they are (in no particular order)

1. The time I saw a sloth
While waiting on the ziplining platform pretending to be calm before the next line, our guide spotted a tiny sloth sitting in the tree next to us. He sat there with the cutest grin on his face, and watched as each person made their way down the zipline, following them with his eyes and then facing back at us on the platform waiting for the next person to go. I felt like he wanted us all to be safe. As if he was saying “hello there. just bein’ a sloth makin’ sure you have fun on the zipline. oh okay you’re gone? next. i gots nowhere to go.”

2. The time the Quatis crossed the road
We took a 4 hour car ride from the arenal to the beach. I was dreading it. BUT to my surprise, it was a great car ride and on the way we spotted a group of 15-25 quatis crossing the road looking for food. Quatis are the Costa Rican version of a squirrel but they are not as scary and not as ugly and just wanna noms.

3. The time I cried
There was one day at the arenal we had no adventure planned. We spent the day wandering around the town of La Fortuna, shopping and eating. We stopped at a local pastry shop where my sweet tooth took control. I picked out this flaky pastry looking thing filled with I don’t know what and topped with powdered sugar. One bite in, I felt myself get choked up. The entire family sat wide-eyed as I devoured that pastry as if my life depended on it. I started to laugh and then cry…both out of pure amusement at my behavior and disbelief at how DELICIOUS this pastry was. The moment was caught on camera that I have yet to see…

4. The time army ants became my worst fear
Has anyone ever seen a group of army ants? I have. If you step into them, they can crawl over your body, into all your holes, and kill you. This moment of fear will never leave my memory.

5. The time I kicked a stranger in the balls
As if ziplining wasn’t exciting enough (I felt like I was flying), I had to make it just that more amazing by kicking our guide in the balls. How did I manage that? You have to jump up for them to release your hook and line from the rope. I kicked my feet out and met his package. Upon my apology he responded “Thanks, now I can never have a family”. Shari Donk – preventing Costa Rican babies one ball sack at a time.

6. The time I “shit” my pants
One morning was spent on a hanging brides tour through the jungle. We hiked down to a waterfall where I wanted to take a super cute couple picture with my boyfriend on a rock near the falls. It had been pouring rain all day. Rain + dirt = mud. So, when my foot slipped off the rock, my ass found its way into a huge pile of mud. It literally looked like I shit myself and couldn’t clean it off for about 40 minutes when the tour was over.

7. The time I felt like a Disney Princess
You know how in Disney movies all the princess have animal friends who sing and follow them around and dance and are the happiest animals alive? I had a group of 3 or 4 little birds who followed the side of the boat tour we were on – chirping away and I swear one of them was holding a tiny cloth to clean the boat with. Just call me Princess Donk.

8. The time I wanted to freeze frame my life
This happened maybe 10 times throughout the week but the one that stands out the most is during the ATV ride. It was raining for 3 days straight and the sky was finally clearing up. I looked over to my left and saw my first clear view of the Arenal volcano. Breathtaking.

9. The time I saw Orion’s belt
Seeing stars in NYC is a very very rare occurrence so any time I do get a clear view of them it’s a momentous occasion  In Costa Rica, we were taking a nighttime stroll on the beach and I was able to point out Orion’s belt, which is in a completely different location in the sky as it is in the USA.

Have you been to Costa Rica? Or anywhere else amazing? Comment below with your most memorable vacation moment.