I’m still here…

I’m still here ya’ll, I promise! So much is going on that I can’t seem to keep it all straight and get into a solid routine, but it’s getting better. Some highlights on my life since my last blog.

  1. My little boy is 6m old! OMG, right? He is the most amazing little human being I could have ever wished for, and believe me, I wished HARD for him. It’s been quite a ride and lots of learning, learning about him, about having a baby, and about what I’m capable of handling.
  2. My passion for being healthy. Now I don’t eat the best, not all the time, but I don’t eat a ton of food to begin with. I’m a very picky eater so really far from being a foodie. But just because I’m not overweight (still have some baby weight to get rid of) it doesn’t mean I couldn’t be healthier. So I’ve joined a company called Plexus. It has an amazing opportunity to better my finances and give me time freedom to enjoy my son.
  3. Getting my house organized. Boy this one is a challenge. Trying to find time between a baby and Plexus can be rough but I’m slowing getting through it. My craft room is the worse and I’ll tackle that last. Lots of donating things or throwing things out lately. Plus the baby things take up a lot of space so I’m minimizing my material items.
  4. On the healthy path, I’ll be growing my own vegetables on my deck this year. Yippie! Well we’ll see how that goes. I’m not good with keeping plants alive on my deck because of how hot it gets. But I will give it a try.
  5. My deck project this summer is about to begin. I got three quotes from contractors and they all want roughly around 6-7k. Most of that is the labor. So I did research (because that’s what I do) and watched some videos on how to remove the floor boards myself. My deck’s structure is still good, but the boards are terrible, and with a soon to be crawling/walking baby, I need to make that safe. So my plan is to do it myself. Remove the old boards and put down new ones! I’ll post about it once it’s done.
  6. Writing a book! So many people hear my motherhood journey story and say I should write a book. So I’m going to do just that. If I can inspire and help others, then that’s what I want to do. I’m an open book and don’t mind sharing it with everyone.
  7. Back to reading. I’m reading The Walking Dead comics to catch up and pass what the show is doing. And I’ve bought some books on marketing business on social media and baby led weaning, so I have them on my list as well.
  8. Establishing an exercise routine. I’ve tried the gym and I’ve tried classes, but now with my son, I need something a bit more convenient and close to home. So I’m doing kettlebell routines, Zumba, and other weight training. I want a better body than I had before I got pregnant. Plus, soon I’ll need the body and energy to keep up with this little boy.
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Bates Motel 1.08 “A Boy and his Dog”

AE_Bates-Motel_Inside-the-Episode-Ep-108-A-Boy-and-His-Dog_108_136476_SF_FIX_HD_360x203-16x9Another great episode this week. The way Norma dealt with Jake (the creepy motel customer) was AWESOME! I loved it all. She is amazing how she can be hot one minute and cold the next. When she asked Dylan out for dinner and she started running back to the house to change clothes, I knew something was going to happen. I just didn’t know what. I thought Jake would be lurking around a corner or hiding in her bedroom – but surprise – it’s Shelby’s dead body…in her bed! For the episode to end made me want so much more.

Norma annoyed me once during this show and it was when she decided to follow Jake. I mean, come on – you pull out right behind him on a deserted road in the middle of the night, like he won’t know it’s you. Then to get to the boat docks and try to sneak up on him. Once he spotted her or at least something and she took off up that ramp, I knew he’d be there. He’s stealthy like that.

He kept demanding to return “it”, that she had “it” and he wanted “it” back. I’m assuming it’s that sketchbook that Norman found in one of the rooms. But if I recall correctly, Emma has that now. So poor Norma is actually telling the truth this time. She has no clue what he’s talking about. He also mentions that Summers was at the bottom and he’s at the top. Hmmm – does that mean he’s the big boss? I’m not convinced that the weed business and the sex slave business isn’t somehow tied together.

I’ll say it again – I love Emma. She has guts standing up to people and she did it again by standing up to those snobby girls in the bathroom. I liked that she explained to Norman what happened and why she did it but I’m not sure if that’s her real motive. She has to be messed up in some way but I’m not sure how yet.

Oh and I can’t forget Romero. How naive was Norma to prance into his office thinking they had this great relationship because  of “what they’ve been through” was both sad and pathetic. Romero surely put her in her place with some pretty hostile threats. Again, I think Romero is somehow involved in the sex slave business, just not sure what role he plays yet.

One last thing, the taxidermy – ew, gross! He was petting the dog after it was skinned and stuffed. Great way to incorporate this into the show since from what I understand, he does the same thing later in life.

NOTE: I looked up Psycho and can you believe it – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it, so it’s added to my Netflix streaming account and plan to catch up on that this week. I hope I have the correct one.

That’s it for now but it saddens me to know that we only have two more episodes of the one show that makes me watch it during air time as well as staying up past 10pm. Way to go Bates!

Bates Motel 1.07 “The Man in Number 9”

627I. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. I’ve loved it from the first episode. I love how you don’t know what’s going to happen next. It’s not predictable like some other shows are. I really enjoy the complexity of each character and just how creepy they all can be. I think Dylan might be the only non-creepy one on the show.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Norman is coming undone at the seams. You can now start to see his true colors and gut reactions to things. I thought him and Bradley were fantasies, although it was confirmed that the first time did actually happen. I thought it was so weird that he is fantasizing with Bradley under his covers, his mom walks in and he throws back the covers, almost like he was hoping she would see them together – naked.

When Norman found that muddy, dirty dog under the house, I thought for sure he was trying to lure her to him so he could kill her with that hammer. The way he was holding it had me so worried. I was convinced the entire episode that Norman was going to try and kill that dog. I was wrong. It was sad to see the dog get hit by the car. I’m a dog lover so not a fan of seeing that.

Norma is hot one minute and cold the next. I would be exhausted with such dramatic changes in mood like that. And she was not smart last night, allowing that creepy man to stay in that room without getting any of his information. Thanks Dylan for taking control and doing the right thing.

Creepy guy – so he wants to book all the rooms every other month for a week. Could he be the ring leader of the sex slave situation? Is he just a customer who brings friends along? I’m sure he’s not going anywhere so I really can’t wait to see more of his story.

Poor Emma. I like her.

When Norman was leaving Bradley’s after she rejected him and she ran after him. When he turned to face her, he almost had that look of “insane” and thought he was going to kill or at least hurt her. It was almost like he snapped out of it once she hugged him.

Oh and Romero, this whole time he was portraying a by-the-books kind of guy and after learning everything that happened, he went a little bad and gave them a story to use instead. So my thought on this is that he is somehow connected to that trafficking story and if he reported what Norma said, he might get caught, so to keep his cover, he made up a story that will satisfy the family and keep him safe.

So do you have any plot/story ideas on what will happen next? Share if you do.

The Following 1.15 “The Final Chapter”

the-following-season-finale-poe-yourself-a-drink1I can’t remember if I’ve already said this or not but this show drives me crazy. Each episode I feel that they do something stupid which causes me to yell at the TV. Ha! Not really but I might do that in my head.

I’ve decided I’m not going to recap everything I watch. Takes too long and sometimes I don’t have time for that. If I do, I will.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I did not expect Parker to die. I thought during the entire episode that they would save her in time. Boy was I wrong. So that was sad. And just shooting that guy in the head was way to easy. I was hoping one of them would either save him for later torture or put him in the coffin and cover it up. Ya know, that whole eye for an eye idea.

It was the same cat and mouse game. Annoying really.

Loved the scene where Joe take the broken ankle guy out into the main room, just to stab him repeatedly while Clare watched. That will teach Clare not to take credit for something she didn’t do. Joe was looking rough but that’s to be expected since he was stabbed and then stabbed again with a fork.

For me, the last two minutes was the best. When Ryan and Clare were in his apartment. She’s in the bathroom and he hears a noise. Investigates only to get himself stabbed by Molly. Then Clare sees Ryan bleeding on the floor and screams (not a good idea) and Molly comes up from behind and stabs Clare in the back. The End.

  • Great way to end a season but where does season 2 go from here?
  • Did Joe really die or did he somehow escape?
  • Will Molly be the one they hunt down next season?

Why The Following Just Might Be the Most Insulting Show on TV

This article sums up exactly what I have been feeling each and every episode. I am one of those who say “oh come on”, for example, why on several accounts does the team split up to walk around a dark building or what they know can’t be an empty house. Never split up! I watch enough scary movies to know that simple fact. There have been many cases where I have noticed the stupid things they do or don’t do to not catch Joe. But I still love the show and I’ll still be “following” it. 🙂

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The Following may very well be the most insulting show on television.

It’s not that the Fox drama—about the hunt for an escaped serial killer and the community of wannabe serial killers that he’d built up around him—actively insults those who tune in. Indeed, it’s a relatively smart, tense drama peppered with references to Edgar Allen Poe and cultural and technological concepts that aren’t necessarily real (or logical). However, every single episode since the pilot has hinged on one basic concept: The good guys are apparently idiots.

At first, I was okay with this. I could accept that law-enforcement might be fallible; otherwise, the show would be an hour of Kevin Bacon’s former FBI agent Ryan Hardy talking to James Purefoy’s creepy-yet-charming psychopath Joe Carroll, explaining that there was no way that an imprisoned serial killer would’ve been able to use the Internet to set up thousands of websites to gain…

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Bates Motel 1.04 “Trust Me”

BatesMotel104.b-300x157Wow, what a great episode this week. Let’s look back…

Last week the story ended with us seeing Norman leaving his house and breaking into Shelby’s house to search for the belt his mother told him he must get. This weeks story picks up in a similar fashion but from the perspective of his brother, Dylan. We see Norman walking down the road in what looks to be a trance. A motorcycle is driving from the opposite direction and stops and we get to see that it is Dylan. He watches Norman break into Shelby’s house. He pulls over and looks in the backyard and sees the window he went in. Dylan hears a car door and notices that Shelby is home. Shelby goes inside and he hears his dog barking. He slowly walks through the house, checking rooms, and follows the barking up stairs. He opens his bedroom door to find a very happy dog. The doorbell rings and he answers it to find Dylan. Dylan apologizes and says he ran out of gas and saw that police lived there. Dylan asked if he could help him and Shelby was getting annoyed. He could hear something banging around in his house and was trying to hurry along. Dylan said, can you at least tell me where the nearest gas station is. Shelby told him it was about 2 miles down the road. The door shuts. Dylan rushes to the side of the house and he sees Norman jumping out of the window and running. When Norman arrives home, hair all sweaty wet, Dylan is on the front porch. Norman said he was out for a run and Dylan said he saw him break into Shelby’s house. Norman storms in the house while Dylan shouts that he promises he won’t tell their mother.

Norman stops by Emma’s house hoping they can walk to school together. Her dad answers the doors and says that she is sick and won’t be in school for about a week. Norman asked if he could quickly see her but he denied that request. You can tell that Norman is scared about what he saw and wants to share it with the only person he feels he can trust. The father tells Norman that Emma really likes him and that she is fragile – to be a decent guy. Norman responds that he is decent.

I’m assuming it’s the next day and we see two cars pull up next to each other. Norma jumps out of her car and into Shelby’s car. He feels her leg, she gets all hot. They coordinate where they can go to get a little up close time and Norma says that Norman won’t be home for another hour. They arrive at her hotel and as they walk in, clothes are torn off of each other. Norma walks out of the room to find Dylan sitting right outside their hotel window – smoking – and Dylan makes some smart-ass comment to her. Out comes Shelby and Dylan’s face read “holy sh**”. Shelby gets into his truck wearing a bit of smug and ah-ha!

Norman is out walking and sees that Shelby has pulled someone over. He puts his hoodie up and keeps walking. Shelby calls out for Norman but he just ignores him. He goes around a corner and out comes Shelby, surprising him. Shelby asked Norman what he was doing out and he said that he picked up some movies for a friend of his who’s father died. He said he thought the movies would help take her mind off of things. Shelby then tells Norman that he really likes his mother and that he wants to take care of her and Norman so they should go fishing to get to know each other better. Norman is hesitant about this idea but Shelby wouldn’t take no for an answer.  When Shelby begins to walk away, he says something like, the next time you see me out and I say hello, don’t run away from me. Creepy! Norman is freaking out about this whole thing and rushes home and frantically tells his mother everything – the journal, him breaking into Shelby’s house per her request, and seeing a girl in his basement. Norma tells Norman that he does this all the time – makes things up, that this is all in his head. Norman storms out. Norma decides to stay the night over at Shelby’s house and she is wide awake thinking. She quietly goes downstairs to check out the basement and opens the door to the room that looked to be the same as the one Norman was in, and she turns on the light and sees a normal basement room. Out of the blue, Shelby appears and confronts her. She innocently states she couldn’t sleep and wanted to see the rest of the house. They head back up stairs.

Norma is sitting in the living room and Norman comes in asking where she was all night. Norman talks about the girl in his basement and she tries to comfort him by telling him it’s not true, but then he shows her his bruised ankle from where the girl grabbed trying to get him to take her with him. Norma says he’s wrong, that she checked out his basement and there wasn’t anyone down there – that is was a normal basement. Norman doesn’t want to go fishing with Shelby but Norma forces him to go. They are on top of this huge rock, casting their lines out and Shelby is talking about trust. How Norman needs to trust him and how Shelby needs to trust Norman. He asks if Norman trusts him and of course, Norman says yes. Shelby gets a phone call and has to cut their fishing trip short. Shelby is walking down a boat dock and climbs aboard a boat to find Romero and a hand (and watch) of Keith – the guy Norma killed in a fit of rage + self defense. Norman meets Bradley for some ice cream and Bradley says that there was a hand found in the water, which puts Norman into a state of panic. He runs home and tells his mom who calms him down. The doorbell rings and what a shocker – it’s Romero asking for her to come down to the station and answer some questions. He is persistent and keeps questioning her but Norma stands by her story and doesn’t waver. Romero tells her that carpet fibers were found in his watch that links back to her hotel. He tried to find out where she dumped the carpet he saw her pulling up and she said she couldn’t remember.

Next we see her and Norman driving to the dumpster hoping to find it there and the dumpster was empty. She calls to find out where the dumpster trash is taken and speeds over there just to find it locked up tight. In a major panic, she starts to climb the fence, yelling and screaming, not able to get over with the barbed wire at the top of the fence. Norman is yelling for her to get down. He tried yet again to get her to tell the truth, that is was self-defense, but she said she couldn’t say that since she went all postal on him out of rage for breaking into HER home and doing that to her. They head home.

Norman is sitting in his room, listening to his mother crying in her room (which is right next door). Norman is upset and not knowing what to do to help her, decides to take a walk. He walks over my the motel and Dylan is sitting outside. Dylan apologizes for leaving Norman alone with “the crazy woman.” Poor Norman, so upset and scared, unloads everything that has happened – about Keith raping their mother, Norman hitting him over the head, Norma stabbing him multiple times, keeping Keith’s belt and Shelby finding it, how Shelby is using that against Norma so that she will “do things” with him, and the woman he found in Shelby’s basement. Dylan appeared to be genuinely concerned and promised to help Norman. While talking, Norman receives a text from Bradley. Dylan inquires and ends up talking Norman into going over, tells him he needs to be a normal 17 year old for once. Norman heads over to see Bradley and after they warm up to each other, they end up having sex in her bed.

Norma wakes up and realizes that Norman isn’t home and goes looking for him. Dylan is walking up the stairs and is asked if he’s seen Norman. Dylan tells her that he went over to a girls house and that he hoped he was getting laid. Dylan also confesses that he knows everything that has happened and that it’s enough to take Norman away from her. She flips out and Dylan is forced to pin her against the wall so she will calm down. The doorbell rings and she runs down calling Norman’s name. Again, shocker, it’s Romero and his crew arresting Norma for the murder of Keith. Shelby is just standing there with a very mean look on his face. The end.

My Opinion

Obviously I loved it, I even said that in the very beginning of this blog. I loved that Dylan seemed to be concerned for Norman. I really hope that he ends up being a good guy in all of this and helping Norman out, by being the brother he never really had. I really enjoyed how the show opened up. It was the same scene as last week’s show ended but we got to see more of it from Dylan’s side. More and more with each episode we are really starting to see the creepy side of Norman. In the beginning, I wasn’t a fan of him or his acting, but now I think he is amazing. One thing I noticed is that when Norman showed his mom his ankle, we didn’t get to see it in that scene and Norma never confirmed that it was bruised. I love the fact that this show keeps you guessing and all the twists and turns the story and the characters take. I thought the whole Emma/father scene was a bit weird. I’m not exactly sure why yet. I really liked Shelby in the beginning and thought he was going to be an okay guy. Each episode he gets more and more creepy. Bradley is a weird girl. I hate to say it but I look at her and look at him and wonder why she likes him like she does. She doesn’t even know him yet can be so open with him. Even the sex scene between them looked to fantasy-like.

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Your Thoughts?

Did Norman imagine the girl in Shelby’s basement?

Who else do you think is involved in kidnapping these girls?

Did someone tattle on Norma? Dylan? Shelby?

What do you think about Bradley? Real or imagined?

Will Dylan turn out to be a good guy?

Do you think Romero is in on the girl kidnapping thing?

Bates Motel 1.03 “What’s Wrong With Norman”

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Where to begin with the episode…so much was revealed. This is another show that I was anxiously waiting and it was so worth the wait. The mother, Norma, does such an amazing job acting and showing the different sides of her character. Norman really showed his colors in this episode – blowing up at Emma. I just love the dynamics between all the characters. We learned that Norman has black outs, which is something I read of on the Internet, that people had this theory and that he was the one who killed his dad. We were led to believe that it was Norma, but looking back, she was very calm about the whole thing, like covering up for Norman was a natural and often occurrence.

And I knew it, I just knew that Deputy Shelby was up to no good and this episode brought that to light. He was just too smooth and cool. But I never thought that he was the one who actually had the girl from the first episode. I just thought maybe he knew about all that going on. And now Norma is going to get stuck in the middle of all that trying to save Norman’s secret of keeping that utility belt. Ugh.

Ew, ew, and some more ew…..the weird things going on between Norman and Norma are just gross. I wonder how far this show will take that. I’m sure we’ll find out because I think they will only share more and more with each other.

I haven’t been a fan of the brother, Dylan, but it appears that the next episode he helps Norman figure out what he sees in Deputy Shelby’s basement. So now the question I have is, did Shelby know someone was there and move everything out OR did Norman imagine the whole thing?