Archives for November 2010

Thanksgiving Reality

We’ve made a HUGE decision about our Thanksgiving this year.

Some may consider it a sacrilege.

We’re fine with it.

Scary Baby is not.

Granny is here from Texas.

The darling twins are coming home from college.

The Grunter has to work a double shift at the movies.

We don’t want to cook.

The truth is this…

We’re going to Cracker Barrel for Thanksgiving this year.


This is not an advertisement.

But you really have to see the bountiful feast…

[photo: Cracker Barrel]

…they are preparing just for us.

Come on now – the meal includes a drink AND pie.

FOR $8.99

A Homestyle Thanksgiving Meal

Enjoy our turkey breast with made-from-scratch cornbread dressing and topped with turkey gravy. Served with a sampling of baked sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole with caramel pecan topping, cranberry relish, your choice of a vegetable and fresh biscuits or corn muffins, plus a slice of our very own Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie with real whipped cream, and a beverage (excluding milkshakes).

Don’t judge.

It’s really all about what works for you and your family.

Mostly, it’s all about being with people you love.

I hope that’s how you spend your holiday.

We’ll be doing exactly that sans the dirty dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving!


DWTS ~ The Finale

I had already seen the story last week right after the show and was saving the article for this week. A blog reader also left a link about it in the comments last week (thanks Dawn!) too.

Just in case you missed it, a very irate viewer actually shot his TV, threatened his wife with a machete and threatened to shoot one of their cows.

Why would the cow have to suffer (not to mention his poor wife!) just because he didn’t like Bristol dancing?

In his defense, he suffers from bipolar disorder and perhaps they should think about blocking the channel if it makes him this emotional.

Be sure to check out the story. By the looks of his mug shot, I’m pretty sure anything could have set him off.

You know I don’t love Bristol and haven’t been a fan from the beginning but her dancing did NOT create any rage with me.

A little perspective goes a long way, don’t you think? It’s a TV show people. Entertainment for those who choose to watch. Not everyone is a fan.

[photo: ABC]

Even though I love, love, love to watch Maks dance, I was glad to see Brandy go. She didn’t win me over. She was just too intense. Kind of desperate to win. Perhaps hoping for a career boost? I don’t know – there was a disconnection with her over-the-top “I MUST WIN THIS” speech she gave every week and her eyes welling up about how she wanted needed to win irritated me.

Okay, on to the finale…

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – He has really brought his pure joy to the show so it’s easy to root for him! The kid wants to win. I’ll be delighted if he does.

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – She got perfect scores with both dances but I don’t think she has the win in the bag.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – She is not the best dancer. She is not the most improved. But boy, oh boy, does she have some voting power behind her. I won’t be the least bit surprised if she wins.

All in all, the finale didn’t knock my socks off. Maybe I was distracted but I have enjoyed other finales in past seasons much more.

Still, I’ll tune in tomorrow to see who gets that coveted mirror ball trophy.

Side note: I think you will all be glad to know that I did not watch the Skating with the Stars show. Even if I do decide to watch it, I won’t be blogging about it!

Did you vote? Who did you vote for?


Look Who Came Home

She hasn’t graced us with her presence much this semester.

She’s BUSY

But she came home TWICE last week.

First to show us her new car.

Then to show us her black eye. From that lovely sport of rugby.

Really she just came home to get the stereo out of her other car that we’ve been storing on the driveway since August when she was told it needed a new engine.

Luckily I found Scary Baby before they left. Seems she thought she might like to go back to college with them and skip 6th grade.

She surprised us a little when she said she was coming home Friday to spend the weekend. She told us this on Friday about an hour before she started driving home.

While at home, she repeated several times “I don’t live here anymore.”

That was in response to being asked to walk her dog or make her bed.

She’s still my precious daughter.

She went to lunch with her brother.

She went to a movie on Friday night with her daddy.

She took Scary Baby shopping on Saturday morning.

She went to a movie with me on Saturday night.

She had brunch with us on Sunday and then headed back to school.

Our table was almost full but we had one empty seat at the island.

We missed having Wizzy home.

No worries, Granny arrives tonight from Texas to spend Thanksgiving with us. And next week the darling twins come home on Tuesday night so we will all be together for almost 5 whole days.

One more note about Soldiers…

In case you might have missed this comment, I thought it was a great time to put it out here in case you have room at your table for an extra guest or two at Thanksgiving.

Julieann is right – what a great random act of kindness to reach out and open your home to a soldier who can’t be with his own family at the holidays.

Please let us hear if you extend an invitation!


DWTS ~ Semi-Finals

I VOTED for Kurt last week so I can’t be held responsible for the ignorance of other people voting for Bristol.

I used PhilBillPaul’s 5 votes as well. Our ten votes didn’t help.

I’m sooooooo bummed that he’s gone but I’m trying to move on. He is such a class act.

Now I’m all in for Team Kyle & Lacey. And I don’t even like Lacey.

[photo: ABC]

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy – I’m just not in her fan club.

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – She won me back into her fan club.

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – I am totally in his fan club.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – Mark is a really good partner.

My personal favs are still:

  • Jennifer & Derek
  • Kurt & Anna SO SAD!!
  • Kyle & Lacey

Who were your favorites this week?


Friday Food Fun: Taste Test

Spent a little time baking last Saturday. One of the darling twins came home and I wanted to send some Fall treats back to college with her.

I had several new recipes to try. Thankfully, Scary Baby was more than willing to help me pick. I knew I had to make our family’s favorite Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting because everyone had requested them. I wanted to do something else with apples, maple and we needed a little chocolate.

For our chocolate choice, she voted for these Oreo Cheesecake Cookies and I knew these would be a winner for Roger Leroy who has a serious Oreo addiction.

Photo compliments of Scary Baby.

I had several different pumpkin whoopie pie recipes but since I was already making pumpkin bars, I was excited to find this Maple Nut Oatmeal Creme Pie recipe.

Of course I had to eliminate the nuts because two of the darling children have an aversion to nuts. I also searched for a different filling because I was trying to not repeat the cream cheese from the Pumpkin Bars. Scary Baby voted for this maple marshmallow creme filling which turned out to be extra delicious!

My, oh my! Combining those two recipes was a very good choice.

My final selection was Apple Sour Cream Bars because Leigh Anne had raved about them. They were still in the oven when Wizzy left to head back to school. Totally okay with that because these ended up being my favorite and left more for me! (Besides, they have nuts so she wouldn’t have liked them.)

Once all four items were done and PhilBillPaul picked up pizza for dinner, I thought it would be fun for Scary Baby and Cloret to have a taste testing party for two.

Great minds think alike because Scary Baby had notebook paper out and was writing the title as I carried the desserts in.

“The Tasting…”

I asked them to use a 4 star rating and not show each other their answers until they were all done.

Very amusing critiques.

Cloret and I agree across the board on our reviews.

Since she loved the Apple Sour Cream Bars as much as I did and the big girls missed out, Cloret got to take a plate home along with some cookies and oatmeal pies.

No comments on my bad white chocolate drizzling skill. Or lack thereof. Remember, this is not a food blog and we are eaters who don’t get hung up on presentation.

In case you didn’t get the recipe links above, here they are again:

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oatmeal Creme Pies (sans nuts) with Maple Marshmallow Filling
Oreo Cheesecake Cookies
Apple Sour Cream Bars

I’m so happy that it’s cool enough to use the oven again!

Let me know if you try one. What’s your favorite cool weather treat?


Veterans Day 2010

No endorsement of any agency or politics – just a tribute worth watching. Taking 5 minutes of your day remembering those who give so much more to fight for our freedom…

Sending blessings to all our veterans and their families,


DWTS ~ Instant Dance

Five couples left and we’re heading to the finish line. For you non-watchers, I know that’s good news!

Was anyone else baffled by the “pick a song” from the mirror ball as if they were randomly selecting one of five songs? Oh, the suspense. But wait, their names were printed on the CD they picked. Either they were all amazing pickers or just one envelope was in the mirror ball.

Just a bit of weirdness I observed. Let’s rethink how to reveal the “surprise” song – they aren’t randomly picking. The producers assigned the song and revealed it to each couple after their first dance.

[photo: ABC]

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – Their waltz was so good. He’s the underdog and has really shown how hard he’s been working. I hope they make it through.
Dance #2– In their jive, he just moved into the top three in my book. What an entertainer and I think he deserves to be in the top in all categories…no dance background, not an athlete – you can’t help have a big smile while you watch him.

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – Jennifer is a mess. Her injuries overshadow her hard work. I know it’s rough but even PhilBillPaul is now commenting that he doesn’t want to hear about it. I tried to defend her reminding him she is 50. He said “She’s not mountain climbing.” I said “I think this might be harder than mountain climbing.” Just sayin’
Dance #2 – Anybody who can do the splits at age 50 gets a special award. Holy cow! She’s still in it to win it!

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya – Who wouldn’t want to be his dance partner. And dance to The Eagles. As Carrie Ann said “I want him to be my Ken doll.” Yes, I agree. (What the heck was with the 8’s after all the praise? The judges are really bugging me now.)
Dance #2 – WHY are the judges so complimentary and then continue to give them 8’s??? They looked great and deserved 9’s for sure!

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – CAN. NOT. BELIEVE. she has made it this far. Sorry, I just think she’s been clunky and awkward and she hasn’t turned me into a fan the way Kyle has. Watching Mark’s hand go up her dress for a butt caress made me uncomfortable so I’m really not sure how her dad and younger sisters felt watching in the audience.* ICKY. Active teen or teen activist.
Dance #2 – I miss Florence and she wants her spot back. Len & Bruno gave them 8’s for that?? This show is rigged.

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy – Beautiful dance. It’s no secret how much I like to look at Maks. What I don’t want to look at, discuss or know about is Maks’ underwear. I will say no more. (But I bet my friend Junebug noticed the same thing we did.)
Dance #2 – I was relieved to see Maks back in black pants. I loved the tension between Carrie Ann and Maks. Oh wait, what about Brandy? She is a great dancer but her background lends itself to these performances which gives her an unfair advantage.

My personal favs are still:

  • Jennifer & Derek
  • Kurt & Anna
  • Kyle & Lacey

Who were your favorites this week?


Friday Food Fun: Fall Cuisine

Surely you didn’t think we had all that fun at rugby games, the fair (twice), the orchard(s) without eating and eating and eating?

We actually went to a rugby tournament at University of Georgia to see the darling twins.

It was a miracle rare event because we convinced The Grunter to come with us. What a special day it is when all six of us are in the same place.

With a little planning, this was the perfect opportunity for a family photo for a holiday card.

Oh wait, we didn’t plan anything like that.

I was excited to see the darling twins just standing together. We don’t see them together much these days.

Sad but true – those are the only pictures I took other than some scary shots of rugby players changing their shirts, walking around in sports bras and generally frightening the public at large (us). Photos are not suitable for the PG-13 blog.

So much for a family photo…

Back to The Eating

The only thing we did plan was going to a crepe restaurant for lunch before the game in the charming downtown of Athens.

I forgot to take pictures of the lunch crepes but snapped these pictures of our dessert crepes.

Caramel Apple


I make better crepes. These were a bit thick and chewy though the presentation was lovely and the filling was good.

Strawberry & chocolate

Side note: Her new glasses are a fashion accessory not for vision.

Ellijay, Georgia Cuisine

After our 2nd rugby game just before Halloween, we seized another eating opportunity. Lunch and a trip to our favorite orchard.

Scary Baby opted to stay at the college with the darling twins so we were on our own.

I remembered a burger joint from years ago so we decided to re-visit it.

This is our kind of place.

Give us a cheeseburger and a sack of taters any day.

Holy cow – this was the best burger we’ve had in years!

We did not have any idea that when we ordered two double cheeseburgers that they would weigh in at about 1 pound each. Not kidding.

We ended up cutting it in half and sharing it.

We brought the other 1 pounder back to the college kids…

And these four shared it in the parking lot.

We also brought back peach ice cream, cider donuts, caramel apple slices…

…but there wasn’t much of the apple fritter left to share.

Fair Food

I forgot to take a picture all our fair delicacies. I’ll just give you a quick rundown.

  • Corn dog
  • Cheeseburger
  • Fries
  • Apple cider
  • Kettle corn
  • Funnel cake

Ahem. That was our 2 night total. No judging.

Okay, 2 funnel cakes – we had 1 each night that the 3 of us shared. We were comparing powdered sugar to cinnamon sugar. Powdered sugar definitely won.

Oh, I almost forgot. Scary Baby and I shared a vegetable.

Roasted corn. Yum.

Yes, I know corn doesn’t have a lot of health benefits. Sue me.

In other breaking vegetable news, The Grunter ate a piece of lettuce.

Enjoy your weekend! The temperature has dropped here – the freeze warning is a little colder than I prefer but I am excited that I can finally turn on the oven and bake. Yipee!


Hello November!

The month of October is one of my most favorite months but this one was a blur.

I spent the past few weeks thinking maybe I should hang up my blogging hat.

My fun little blog was causing me stress. I couldn’t get into a routine.

I wasn’t laughing at our daily life and we had too many sad days waiting for updates from Texas.

I was tired. I was stuck.

I heard my own voice in my head saying “My blog, my rules” which is what I have shared with people whom I have helped start their own blogs. I gave myself permission to not blog knowing that I was tired.

I was stuck. I couldn’t write a post.

Besides, my 4 cousins, 12 friends and Junebug would probably be just fine if I went silent.

Then I realized my blog has become our online family scrapbook. I can actually “slurp” my blog into a bound book to add to our very full photo album shelf. (It’s on my list – great, more pressure.)

Our family scrapbooks are filled with photos and words. It’s how I tell our story. That’s always been the most important thing to me. So today, I’m catching up by telling our October story in one post. Just the fun stuff and the mini-crisis of the month for now.

It’s a bonus that friends and family peek into our life and feel caught up and laugh a little. Just remember you are still getting the sanitized, non-Jerry Springer version of life.

Buckle up – it’s a long one with the most pictures ever in one single post!

October Backwards

Scary Baby did her job of trick or treating and gathering 15 pounds of candy to bring home for her loving parents and big brother.

In fact, she kindly sorted it all out and gave us a shoebox full.

You gotta love the note she included in the box she left in her brother’s room.

If you can read it, you have good eyes and yes, they sometimes call him Fabio.

Does that really look like bad candy? She has an aversion to peanuts and does not like M&Ms plain or peanut. How did this child get born into this family? We love her discards!

Thankfully, I rescued the box before The Grunter got home. He actually went out on Halloween with a group of friends and came home with his own sack of candy. I’m surprised anyone even gave a group of giant boys/adults candy.

PhilBillPaul took her to The Dollar Store to get some lovely decorations for the porch the night before he left for Texas.

Scary Baby was some sort of spider witch thanks to the spider witch dress costume that her darling sister Wizzy bought her. This replaced the “Just in case my zentai suit that Roger Leroy ordered for me doesn’t come in time, I don’t need a costume, I’m going to be a hobo.”

The darling twins seem to like to spoil her.

Wizzy stayed on Friday long enough to paint Scary Baby’s face so she could go down to a neighborhood party with friends.

I sent them off with 2 plates of mummy dogs and a plate of cheese fingers.

On Saturday we had a lovely lunch at Cracker Barrel and she found the PERFECT witch hat to go with her spider witch dress.

Half off witch hat I gladly put my $7.50 down for. Feeling extra nice, she scored the half off matching gloves.

Gourd Man

PhiBillPaul has been busy cultivating another crop of gourds this season. (Thanks Uncle Jack!)

He somehow managed to squeeze in a gourd painting session with her before he started packing for Texas because that’s the kind of dad he is. Seems she’s looked at old photo albums and said no one ever painted gourds with her. The last child syndrome once again.

She drew the faces and is looking forward to turning them into Jingle Gourds after Thanksgiving. Because of the time constraints, they only painted a few. There are at least triple that amount in the garage and backyard.


That sport we aren’t fond of because we still don’t understand it is alive and well and the darling twins re-joined the team this semester with enthusiasm.

We headed up to their college to watch them play in a pre-Halloween rugby game where we were told that the team was dressing up in costume and playing.

Roger Leroy looks a little disheveled here as a cheetah. Mostly because she played the first half of the game and was a beast. They played Emory and won 4-0. Roger Leroy scored all 4 goals? points? touchdowns? field goals?

Wizzy didn’t dress up and didn’t play because she has injured her back and neck. I praised her very mature decision to sit out. This is one thing the darling twins are not good at – they are tough nuts and play through the pain and bronchitis and pneumonia and any other ailments that they may have.

Side note: Wizzy has now gone to the doctor and had x-rays which revealed the most knotted up back with muscle spasms that the doctor had ever seen. Physical therapy twice a week. Praying that she rehabs and heals and will be pain-free soon.

While she heals, I suggest she audition for a Suave shampoo commercial.

After rugby, we headed to lunch and our favorite apple orchard but I’ll save the food pictures for another day.

Glorious Golf Weather

We were able to take full advantage of some absolutely beautiful days and somehow we coerced The Grunter to get up before 11:00 am and join us for some golf.

Wizzy doesn’t have class on Friday so she came home twice and we got to play.

There is something about golf that lifts my spirits like nothing else does. Golfing in Fall weather with the leaves changing is my most favorite time to play. It’s a real bonus to play with my adult big kids.

Only Wizzy – the kid with the worst luck could get hit by a golf ball TWICE. I’m all worried about the brutal sport of rugby and she gets whacked just below her knee cap by a range ball while riding in the cart!

On our next round, she was a bit skittish every time someone hit. I promised her I had never hit anyone and then promptly hit a shot sideways that skimmed by The Grunter.

It was no surprise that I looked up to see them both like this after I took another shot.

County Fair Fun

Some of my first country music concerts were at fairs up in the Midwest. We’ve been going to the Cumming Fair for many years now and this year we actually got to go twice.

We took Scary Baby to hear Little Texas and the next week we went back to hear Craig Morgan.

It’s a great evening if you are rich and can spend upwards of $100 on the price of admission, fair food, and carnival games. We boycott the rides because neither of us like to spin around and get sick. Lucky for us, Scary Baby doesn’t like them either.

I know I’m still in the 80’s but when did everything get so dang expensive? We could never afford to have all four children there at the same time. There are some advantages to being the last child.

Oh but those carnival games SCREAM her name. We gave her $10 to spend on games. That means she can play two games or if she chooses wisely, she can play three.

The fair is like Toys R Us on crack. We try to set realistic expectations with her and knew she would be overstimulated by everything.

We admit we were not prepared at all for this exhibit about 15 steps from the entrance.

She begged us to let her see the GIANT RAT.

We stayed strong. We said no. I know, I’m no fun at all.

As we headed back to the parking lot, we found the perfect vehicle with a “for sale” sign for Roger Leroy. She’s looking because her Blue Stallion needs a new engine.

Nothing says Georgia like a truck like this one.

Apple Orchard Time

While his brother was in our thoughts and prayers every single day, I knew it was important to make some time to take Phil’s mind off of Texas and taking a scenic drive in the North Georgia Mountains is one of his favorite things to do.

We can’t let October go by without a visit to an apple orchard and we decided to try a new route and headed to Blue Ridge, Georgia.

On our way, we had to come to a screeching stop to snap a picture of Scary Baby and her friend.

I promised she could have a big bag of boogers if we stopped at Booger Hollow.

We had never visited this orchard and it was fun to taste all their varieties of apples and apple cider. We headed to the bakery and had fresh apple fritters and ice cream.

It was 10-10-10 which happened to be our 23rd anniversary and it really was a lovely day.

Our little shopping cart was filled with a mixed bag of apples we had picked out and a half gallon of cider along with caramel and candy apples and some apple maple butter. Yum!

Just as we were about to check out, I remembered we couldn’t bring most of this stuff home…

How Does the Refrigerator Set Off the Smoke Alarm?

A frantic call from PhilBillPaul asking me how close I was to the house because The Grunter was home and was getting dressed to go to work when the smoke alarm went off and he went downstairs to find out why.

He said the kitchen was filled with smoke and it smelled really bad but he couldn’t figure out where the smoke was coming from.

Since he does have a tendency to be a wee bit dramatic, PhilBillPaul was calling me to see if I was close enough to see if his description was accurate or if he should have him call the fire department.

He then added,

“And if it’s really true, I’d really like him to start grabbing some photo albums and I want someone to roll my motorcycle out of the garage.”


Did he really just say that?

Did he really just say he wanted us to save his girlfriend if our house was going to burn down?

Did he totally forget that there were TWO wiener dogs in the basement?

I was minutes from home and I have a real aversion to fire as you may remember.

Scary Baby got off the bus at exactly the same moment as I pulled up to our house. I screamed for her to run in and get the dogs and get away from the house (I didn’t see any flames) and I ran into the laundry room off the kitchen where The Grunter was standing at the breaker box getting instructions from his Dad.

They had determined the smoke was coming from the REFRIGERATOR.

I’m confused because cold things don’t usually burn. But I do understand it is an electrical appliance. With a bit of screaming (on my part) we determined that we could roll it out and unplug it.

We opened all the windows and doors and waited for The Handyman’s arrival.

Here is what he found when he took the back off the fridge.

Well, that and a whole lot of dirt. Definitely the source of the putrid burning smell and the house full of smoke.

The Grunter a.k.a. Our Pumpkin was definitely OUR HERO on this day. If he had not been home, I may very well have arrived home to a house in flames. I get a little sick just thinking about it.

And I count my blessings about how lucky we are.

We are also thankful we had this little fridge in the basement that PhilBillPaul brought up and we made do with that until we could find a replacement.

Yes, that is the story of why we couldn’t buy apples or cider or anything else since we had very limited space in a compact refrigerator for almost two weeks.

Since refrigerators are a little pricey, I suggested we get a used one or a scratch and dent model. After spending an entire Saturday looking, I gave up.

PhilBillPaul didn’t and a few days later had a hot lead on one from Craigslist. I’m cheap frugal and said I didn’t want to pay more than $300.00.

I trusted his judgment when he said he’d found “the one.” He got a friend to help him and The Grunter was present to supervise – apparently he was resting on his laurels after saving the house from fire.

Look at this baby he found.

Way nicer than our old smoking one. Ice and water actually work. Woo-hoo!

It did take some intense cleaning. This will be the only time you will ever see the inside of my fridge or freezer but I wanted to brag on PhilBillPaul for doing such a great job cleaning it for me.

A smoking refrigerator and a tiny dorm sized fridge is great motivation to clean out and get rid of all the weird, sticky, old jars and bottles.

We are thinking of buying food to fill this new model but we’ve been a little busy.

Maybe I’ll tell you about our recalled Whirlpool dishwasher and the repairman who didn’t show up…next week.

Whew! Congrats if you made it to the end of this October chapter length post. I probably should have awarded a prize at the end for my most dedicated readers!

Here’s to November! May it be quieter and less eventful than October.


DWTS ~ Playing Catch Up

First, thanks to everyone who sent their condolences and prayers via blog comments, emails, text messages and even real snail mail. It is always comforting to read kind words in a difficult time.

The last three weeks have been tough to keep up with and my TV updates were the least of my worries.

Not saying I didn’t watch DWTS, it’s just that it took too much time and energy to recap.

Good News/Bad News

I’m BACK with my update. I’m recapping the last 3 weeks in this one post.

I know it’s a 50/50 split as to which sentence is the good news vs. the bad news.

Just remember you can easily delete or skip this and know I’ll get back to some regular blogging tomorrow. Really…BIG post coming with all kinds of Humpfreeze fun and frolic.

Or all kinds of stress and chaos to make you feel better about your life.

However you choose to look at it is fine by me.

Back to the show…

[photo: ABC]

I loved the email I got yesterday from my friend Karen who is obviously such a big fan of the show that she sent me her review even though I hadn’t posted mine. Hope she doesn’t mind that I’m using her email as part of my update…

Oh what a fun show!! I’ve really been a bit bored with it this year so how great to have this one thrown in! Loved, loved, loved seeing Helio, Gilles, Emmitt again…I may just have to watch Gilles and Cheryl’s dance on you tube again! I wish Bristol could just let loose a little. They are trying with her. I think Bruno said it well… performance takes years to learn. She’s had a few months. I loved Kyle tonight. He just cracked me up!!

I say DITTO!

Kind of boring these last few weeks but loved last night’s show with all the old *stars* back in the audience, in clips and acting as judges. As for my boyfriend Gilles…maybe I saved last week’s episode on my DVR so I could watch that #2 favorite Tango for a 3rd or 4th time. Just sayin’ I might have done that.

Can he be on every season? What about as a 4th judge?

Some quick comments on the last few weeks of vote-offs…

I feel like Florence leaving was all my fault.

I didn’t vote.

I think she deserved a few more weeks. She was fun to watch.

Still wanting them to add that “Vote OFF” option! Is there a suggestion box?

Wasn’t ever crazy about Audrina so wasn’t upset to see her go. She just never made a connection.

As for Rick going this week – hmmm. He was very suave and easy on the eyes. One of my top 3 favs but really on Monday night I thought he looked like he was dancing in slow motion and I hated the Jolly Green Giant costume. Even though the judges said it was his best performance, I disagreed and wasn’t surprised to see him go.

I do hope Jennifer Grey is going to relax. She was trying too hard and it showed. She seems to have pulled it back together so hopefully we’ll see her having more fun next week.

Such a big fan of Kurt Warner and I loved to see that he prayed with Anna backstage before they went out to dance. In terms of no dance background and most improved, he’s still my fav! I guess I need to start voting next week – on behalf of the whole family which means 6 email addresses and 30 votes from the Humpfreeze family if my math is right!

Still not a fan of Bristol and hope she goes next week.

We’re down to five couples. Who were your favorites this week?


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