small town USA – jojo:week 7

So I actually had started a draft of a post for last week’s episode with the line “If I thought last week was boring it was nothing compared to this week.” I figured, if an episode was that boring, not that many people wanted to read about it and I didn’t want to attempt to formulate coherent or interesting thoughts about an episode that just was not interesting. So I didn’t.

Hometowns, on the other hand, were pretty interesting. So let’s get to those.

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1. First up was Chase, someone who I thought was clearly in fourth place going into this week.  He surprised me, by actually speaking, and I have to say I warmed up to him a little bit. It was nice to see him open up to JoJo about his parents’ divorce, and try and explain to her why it is hard for him to share his feelings.

Chase takes JoJo to his house, where she meets his dad (Does anyone else find it funny that if JoJo ended up with Chase and moved to live with him, she would basically live in the same town as Ben and Lauren? Do you think they’d go on double dates?).  His parents aren’t on good terms since their divorce, so any family events are held separately.  I was happy to see that Chase has a close enough relationship with his dad that he wanted him to meet the girl that he loves. At night, Chase and JoJo visit his mom and stepdad’s house, where she meets the rest of the McNary clan. Chase’s mom looks like a real good time, and I think JoJo fit in the best with this family. Chase seemed so emotional during this part of the date, especially while talking to his mom.  To me, it seemed like he wanted to tell JoJo he loved her so badly, but just physically couldn’t.  When it was time for JoJo to leave, Chase awkwardly blurted out that he loved her.  It wasn’t the most eloquent declaration of love but at least he said it (cough, cough Luke).

The next hometown was Jordan, who will get his own section.  I’m fascinated by the Rodgers family dynamic, and I’ve done a good bit of research on it.

Robby’s date was next, and it came with its fair share of drama.  During the day, Robby and JoJo went on a carriage ride around historic Saint Augustine, Florida and then had lunch.  During this portion of the date Robby says more than once “when I told you I loved you in Uruguay,” as if he wants it to be known that he told her before anyone else.  Who am I kidding, of course he wants to remind her of that?

Robby’s family seem like nice, southern people and from certain angles his mom reminds me of a brunette Paula Deen.  JoJo even tells her that she is falling in love with Robby – something she hasn’t told anyone yet! However, all of this love and good feelings aren’t going to last because Robby’s mom has something to tell him.

Apparently, Robby’s ex-girlfriend Hope’s roommate (got all that) has been spreading rumors that Robby broke up with Hope in order to go on the Bachelorette (further fueled by Chad-bear’s now infamous Instagram post). Robby swears up and down that this isn’t true, and I’m inclined to believe him, simply because his mom seems like such a nice lady.  Robby wants to address this with JoJo immediately, as she has had doubts about the time in between the end of his four-year relationship and him coming onto the show.  This development, understandably, freaks her out and you can see JoJo wavering in her trust for Robby.  Eventually, those Ken good looks win out, and she says that she trusts and believes him.

On the last hometown, JoJo visits Luke and his family in an old-timey Western. Seriously, thats exactly what the town of Burnet looks like.  It’s no bother though, Luke drives a truck, and JoJo can rock cut-offs and cowgirl boots like its her job.  He takes her to a cookout at his parents’ house where she meets his family and about 50 of his closest friends.  They eat BBQ and play cornhole and seem to have an all around good time.

Luke has a really sweet heart to heart with his dad about love and when you know you’ve found the one.  His dad tells him how proud he is that Luke has fought for our country and is so grateful that he came home safe. Luke’s dad, a real Texas cowboy, gets teary eyed during this exchange, and I do too.

After dinner, Luke takes JoJo out into the fields to hang out on a really cute hay bale couch.  He shares his feelings, they have a make-out montage (with some suspicious hand placement) to the Dan + Shay song that was played on their first one-on-one date and he never says those three little words.  Get it together Luke.

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2. Jordan’s hometown date was the most interesting, mainly because of the giant elephant in the room named Aaron Rodgers. JoJo sneakily tries to get intel about the situation throughout the date, like when she asks whether a picture is of Aaron in the high school and Jordan dismissively says “yeah”, and does not provide any further information. On a semi-related note, what is with these guys taking girls to their high schools when they are in their home towns.  Ben did it last season , with eventual winner Lauren, and now Jordan is doing it with JoJo.  I don’t know about you but a high school doesn’t seem like a really fun activity. I’ll take BBQ and corn hole any day. Also, making out in a high school library is creepy.

At the Rodgers’ house, JoJo meets Jordan’s parents, his brother Luke, and Luke’s girlfriend.  She asks Luke about Aaron again, and he says “its something that we really like talking about a whole lot”. The absence of Aaron Rodgers is the theme of the entire date, as much as Jordan said it didn’t have to be an issue.  I guess ABC had other ideas.

There is a great Ringer article about the disintegration of the Rodgers family relationships, which you can read here. It’s really fascinating stuff. The relationship had to have fallen apart sometime after 2014, when Jordan can be seen in the Green Bay Packer’s scene of Pitch Perfect 2.


Seriously, were they just trying to pass him off as Aaron? He was never a Packer.

The only way Jordan could have gotten this cameo was through older brother Aaron. Another thing about the Pitch Perfect cameo, is it plays into the rumors about Jordan wanting to be on the show to find fame.  Clearly, if he wanted to be featured in an a cappella movie with a team that he wasn’t apart of, the limelight appeals to him at least a little bit.

At one point in the episode, Jordan mentions how much he misses his brother.  I’m just not sure that airing your family’s dirty laundry on a popular, and much gossiped about, TV show is the way to mend those fences.  Maybe its just a public cry for reconciliation? Only time will tell.

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3. The rose ceremony is being held in an airplane hangar, with the men who get roses heading directly onto the plane and being swept to the next exotic destination. JoJo says that she knows what she has to do, and that is send home Luke.  HOLD THE PHONE. LUKE?!? I can only assume that this is because he is the only one who hasn’t dropped the L-bomb on her. She’s visibly upset, and unsure if that is because she is just very emotional, or if it is because she is making the wrong decision.

Luckily for Luke, he asks to speak to her before she starts handing out roses.  He wants to make it very clear that when he told her that she had his heart, saying, “and you know how I told you that at the end of the night my heart is yours. Then when you left I felt like not only did I want to tell you that but I needed to tell you that I’m in love with you.  I didn’t get to tell you that that night and its been the only thing that’s been on my mind since then.”  JoJo thanks him for telling her this information and walks off to talk to the producers.  However, all of this is too much for JoJo to handle, as now she doesn’t know what to do. We leave the episode with JoJo SOBBING outside and a somber TO BE CONTINUED… over the image. You have GOT to be kidding me.

Best Tweets

Best Outfits

JoJo Chase Hometown Outfit1. I loved this oversized sweater JoJo wore on her hometown date with Chase.  JoJo’s exact sweater is Line, and I can’t find it available online.  A sleeveless oversized sweater by the same brand can be found here, and if you’re looking for a full own blanket sweater, some similar options can be found here and here (same brand!).

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2. JoJo’s laid-back Texas look is on my radar to be recreated for the Luke Bryan concert next weekend.  Her exact shirt is Bebe and can be found here.

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3. Luke was the best dressed man for me this week. By now, everyone knows I’m a sucker for gingham.

Who do you think makes it to the fantasy suites? There is no way she sends Luke, the romance cowboy, home, right? Let me know in the comments!

xo
Em

P.S. If you haven’t seen it, check out this video of Wells drunkenly snapchatting the show. It’s great!

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just a friend-jojo: week 5

Finally! I’m back with a Bachelorette recap for JoJo’s fifth week in her journey to find love.  A thief can steal my computer and prevent me from making gifs, but they can’t stop love.

While I was offline, we sadly saw the end of Chad.  I hate that I didn’t have a computer available to me to comment on Chad’s antics in the house – which culminated in him whistling in the woods after being denied the rose.  God, I’ll miss the Chad-bear, and can’t wait to see him on Paradise.

I was hoping that this season would be the one I would recap in its entirety, but alas, it was not meant to be. Maybe next season (which in my dream world would be led by the token good-guy James Taylor).

My Takeaways

1. We’re in Argentina this week, and Chris Harrison drops the bomb that there will be another 2-on-1 date this season, as well as a group date and a 1-on-1.  Inexplicably, he also tells the guys that he hopes to see them all at the rose ceremony, when that is actually impossible with a 2-on-1 this week.

Wells gets the 1-on-1 date, and for some reason reminds the guys that he is the only one who hasn’t kissed JoJo.  This gives the guys the opportunity to awkwardly bring that fact up when JoJo stops by to pick Wells up for their date, and then continue to talk about it for what seemed like a very long time. I think all of the talk of Wells not kissing JoJo put way too much pressure on the beginning of the date, which I think the editors agreed with. The montage of them walking around the streets of Argentina was accompanied by some seriously awkward music.

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JoJo takes Wells to a performance art space that actually seems pretty cool.  I don’t consider myself artistically sophisticated enough to understand the running on the treadmill and getting shot piece, but I could get down with that slip-and-slide pool.  Wells decides that sliding around a pool in the dark is the right time to kiss JoJo, and finally lays one on her.  I loved that she called the kiss out, yelling, “That was the moment Wells, that was the moment! We did it!” It was cute and playful – much like their relationship.

At dinner, JoJo asks Wells about his previous relationship, and they get into a discussion about what they are looking for.  JoJo doesn’t want to believe that the passion in a relationship ever subsides, and wants to always look at her husband and think about how hot and attracted to him she is.  Wells is a bit more skeptical of the “unicorn” love that JoJo describes, leading JoJo to the realization that they may not be looking for the same thing.  Sadly, JoJo doesn’t give Wells the rose, sending him packing.

JoJo doesn’t need a man because she goes back to the performance art space, where she was clearly supposed to take Wells, had she given him the rose.  Her black co-ord paired with her leather jacket made her look like such a bad ass.  Just look at girlfriend strutting around:

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2. During the group date, JoJo took Alex, James, Luke, Robby, and Jordan to wander the streets of Argentina, where they danced with street performers, and played soccer with some locals.  Honestly, this date was pretty boring.  I did get a little enthused when they had a soccer shoot-out to win a kiss from JoJo and James was the only one shown making a goal.  I have such a soft spot for that guy.

At the cocktail party, Luke and JoJo make out. And I mean MAKE OUT.

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Their chemistry is cra-zy.

With his time alone with JoJo, James brings up how he thinks Jordan can feel entitled based on his background.  He tells her a story about how they were playing poker and he felt as though his opinions were disregarded by Jordan.  In his ITMs, James says that he wanted JoJo to know what kind of guy Jordan was, but I think that James was just feeling a little insecure from the date.  Although he was the only one to score a kiss from JoJo, he mentioned many times that he felt out of place with the other guys, and that he felt they were much better than him.  I think by telling JoJo this story about Jordan, he was trying to show her what he had over the other guys, and subliminally trying to compensate for his own insecurities.

When JoJo has her personal time with Jordan, she brings up her conversation with James, and Jordan knows exactly what incident she is talking about.  I found Jordan to be very defensive when explaining the situation to JoJo. In the situation he states, “No James, those actually are just the rules, those aren’t my rules”. I don’t know anything about poker, but maybe James plays by different rules when he’s with his buddies than they do at the tables. Or maybe Jordan was actually wrong.  I found it to be a turn-off that Jordan didn’t even try to acknowledge the fact that either of these could be possibilities.

Jordan confronts James about talking about him to JoJo, and James doesn’t try to deny it (in stark contrast to Leah last season). James didn’t feel like he did anything wrong in bringing up the situation with Jordan.  He wasn’t warning JoJo about Jordan or telling her that he wasn’t the right guy for her.  He was just telling her how something made him feel.  If you are supposed to treat the relationship with the Bachelorette as a regular and real relationship, shouldn’t you share your feelings with them? Even if they are negative feelings, or feelings about something other than her?

3. If the group date was boring, the 2-on-1 date was even more boring. Derek and Chase are taught a 3 person tango. Derek goes on about how much passion he feels with JoJo, while Chase seems to be putting a guard up.

At night, Derek tells JoJo he loves her. During her conversation with Chase, she tells him she noticed the wall and Chase attempts to let it down.  With JoJo asking for words of affirmation, he tells her that he came here for her – to be with her and to leave with her.  That’s all she needs to hear, because the declaration of love wasn’t enough to keep poor Derek around. She gives the rose to Chase, and sends Derek to the limo to talk about himself in the third person.

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At the rose ceremony, JoJo can’t make a decision and everyone gets a rose.

Best Tweets

Best Outfits 

JoJo Red Dress_Ep61. JoJo’s scalloped red dress would be the perfect dress to take from the office to after work cocktails or a date. I’m not positive if this is the exact same fabric dress, but its the same designer and pretty darn close.  Plus, SALE!

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2. It was only when I started researching this post that I realized the cut out in the front of this dress wasn’t open, but instead was black mesh.  I love the subtle sexiness of the mesh, as well as the contrasting black straps.  I can’t find the Noam Hanoch stunner in stock anywhere, but you can get the contrasting straps and cut out in this NBD dress.

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3. Robby can rock a neutral suit like nobody’s business.  I think the blue-grey in his tie and pocket square really gives that “southern gentleman/beach wedding” look I assume he was going for.

What did you think about this week’s episode? Is it starting to feel like a two horse race to anyone else? How are everyone’s fantasy teams looking? Let me know!

xo
Em

stolen- 3 things I learned from having a break-in

So long story short (and the reason why I haven’t posted in awhile), a few weeks ago my roommate’s and my apartment got broken into while we were at work.  It was seriously scary, as I was the one who discovered the apartment with the door unlocked.  I was immediately worried about my roommate because one of her suitcases was downstairs and she was nowhere to be found. Later, I learned that that suitcase was stuffed with my DVDs.  Our bedrooms were ransacked (I’m still trying to put mine back together), and our electronics were stolen.  Lucky for us, we were both ok, but were understandably shaken up by the experience.  I learned a few things from this, and I wanted to share with you in case you ever find yourself in this position.

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1. Get renter’s insurance. 

Seriously, GET IT. This is the first of my apartments in which I’ve had renters insurance, and I got it reluctantly as it was written into my lease.  After this, I’ll never go without it.  It’s pretty cheap, only about $250 a year, and you will thank your lucky stars that you have it if anything happens.  Out of sheer laziness, I had forgotten to renew it, but luckily my roommate had sent the check in – thanks again Meghan, you saved the day!

2. Make sure you communicate with, and listen to, the right people.

So someone breaks into your house, who is the first person you call? The police? Nope, not me, I hopped right on the phone with my mom and dad.  I was standing outside my apartment, crying, afraid to go back in and all I wanted to do was have my mom and dad tell me what I should do.  Luckily, they are quite sensible, and told me to hang up, call the police, and then call them back.  Somehow, just knowing the police were on their way and having completed the first step in what needed to be done calmed me down.

When the police came, they told us to make sure we called our banks (I had a checkbook stolen), and our landlord just to let him know what was going on. The police determined that the thief probably came through the front door, as it was unlocked when I got home and there were no signs of disturbance around the window.  Obviously, we needed to get our locks changed, so part of the discussion with our landlord was around the locks. Our landlord gave us a recommendation on getting the locks changed, but we felt more secure just getting them all changed. Unfortunately, there is a rule in our community, that we didn’t know, that our front and back doors cannot have the same lock, which they now did.  We had to get another locksmith to come out and rechange the locks, and with that other locksmith came an additional fee. Now the lock on the back door is the same as before the robbery, and we’re out more money.  In hindsight, we should probably have taken the landlords recommendation, as he knows more about the house and the community than we do.

3.It’s OK to not feel OK. 

After the robbery, I didn’t feel comfortable being alone in my home for a good two weeks.  There was a stranger that was in my bedroom, and had been through all my bags and drawers – the thought is really creepy! I thought, “I’m never going to feel ok here again, I should just break my lease and move.” Luckily, over time, I did start to feel more comfortable. I’m now good staying there by  myself – even overnight! There are a few residual effects though: I check that the doors are locked more than I used to, and I’ve started putting the chain over our door when both my roommate and I are home, something we didn’t used to do. As they say, time heals all wounds, but I think the bat my dad gave me to keep in my room may have helped.

Have any of you been in this situation before? Any questions about what renter’s insurance covers? Let me know – you can always tweet me @third_and_girl or email me at thirdandgirl@gmail.com.

xo
Em