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I'm not sure Nick is over Andi #TheBachelor

If I came home and watched this week's episode and saw Nick with Andi, I wouldn't be happy. He didn't seem all that over her and their connection seemed a lot stronger to me than what he has with the other girls. I don't think he's an easy person to connect with anyway, and I fear whomever he picks is going to have a lifetime of heartache. I know, I'm judgey. Sorry.


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I will say Andi didn't seem to give two rips about Nick. She only seemed to come back to say, "Yeah, tell me about your slut-shaming now that you're in my shoes."

Ick. This show is gross. On a happy note, I'm able to watch it during my early lunch after writing all morning. So yay!

How come Corrine got to leave in a limo and not a sad van?


I want a new MacBook...

I do not need a new MacBook. I have a perfectly good iMac and MacBook Air. They're both running great. But this one is pink. And it has that special bar, and I do love me a sparkly new toy.


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Now, keep in mind, I'm mad at Apple. I live between their old facility and their giant, new spaceship facility and the traffic and hassles from their construction has been a major pain in the A**. Quite frankly, I think they should buy the whole town a new MacBook for putting up with them. But they won't. In fact, they won't even offer free wifi in the city like Google has always done for Mt. View. They shut down whole streets right and left in neighborhoods and offer the neighborhoods nothing in return. Oh yeah, jobs. Mostly for people who can't afford to live in town. I'm ranting because I hate myself for wanting a pink MacBook.


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My Starbucks was right across from this tragedy, but I have been three weeks sober from Starbucks y'all. I just can't support that anti-American Schultz on a daily basis. Fine, you don't like Trump. Whatever. But you're going to hire 10,000 immigrants to get back at him? How about our veterans? How about our citizens? What is so enlightened about these people that they think helping hard-working Americans is bigoted?


Din Tai Fung

My son's girlfriend has a thing for noodles. Don't ask me. I thought they were all the same. Noodles. But no. I was wrong. I know this now because I have been introduced to Din Tai Fung -- a restaurant that she and my son visited in Tokyo. It's also in our local mall, Valley Fair.


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They have the famous Shanghai soup dumplings. I'd heard of these from my friend from Shanghai, but I'd never actually had one. And until you do? You can't understand why someone would wait in a two-hour or more line for a dumpling. First off, I need to prepare you. If you're going to Din Tai Fung, you will have extreme handbag envy. It's located in purse row in the mall. You'll have to walk past: Cartier, Tory Burch, Yves St. Laurent, Prada, Burberry, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Balenciega, Ferragamo and Versace. If you have a problem, like myself, this is not easy.

Even worse? Everyone in Din Tai Fung is carrying a better bag than you, so you must prepare yourself. Look at the food. Look at the food.


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I don't think of myself as much of a foodie. I'm truly happy at a taco truck -- but then, I have a meal like this and I think, maybe I'm not so cheap after all. Because it was fantastic. A Shanghai soup dumpling is this perfect little package of flavor. It's like a wonton, only the noodle is so thin and packaged beautifully like a truffle.


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When you bite into it, you get this burst of flavorful soup before you get to the meat inside. Oh. My. Goodness. It's amazing! If you get a chance to go, go. Put your name on the list, go shopping and they'll text you when your table is ready. It's worth the wait -- and it's not too costly if you stay out of handbag row while you're waiting for your table.


Are you watching the Oscars?

I'm not. I'm going to write. I really didn't like any of the movies last year. The exceptions being "Hidden Figures" and "Jackie." I'm livid that Taraji Henson wasn't nominated for "Hidden Figures" -- but Emma Stone was for La La Land. She's just herself. In a bad musical. Help me out here. I had to purge it from my system by watching "Funny Face."


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Was it good enough for an Oscar? I don't know. There wasn't much to compare it to, to be honest. Definitely not worth sitting through the liberal sermons to find out. I went prom dress shopping yesterday, so I'm not even into the fashion this year.

This week I start back in on writing full-time, so I imagine I'll be blogging more as I take breaks. My daughter got her license Friday (perfect score) and so I imagine my world just opened up a bit.

So what movies did you enjoy last year? Susan Schaeffer asked this question on Facebook, and I thought it was a great one. What movie scarred you as a child?

For me, an INFP, it was a lot of them. The flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz" terrified me, but someone also took me to see "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and I would have been nine. I still can't bring myself to watch it again.


Victoria on Masterpiece: History as it should be...

Okay, so perhaps it's not true that Victoria, Queen of England, had a crush on Lord Melbourne. Perhaps the really Wally Lamb was ten years older, portly and had a habit of falling asleep in public. None of this makes a difference to history. Their relationship was close. Why not embellish it to give our Victorian queen a little romance. I mean, the Victorian era is about romance so it's only fitting that she should have her own Darcy/Wickham rivalry happening.


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Rufus Sewell, the bad guy in "The Holiday" but he's a magnificent hero in this series. Very dashing and Darcy-like. Here's the real Lord Melbourne. Not bad, but let's keep in mind Victoria is 18/19.


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They've been kind to history and I'm all for that. The world SHOULD be more romantic.


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