Fall. I absolutely love it. Is it the crisp evenings, colorful leaves, and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes? Is it the leggings and boots, flannel and fleece, and fun-sized candy that practically jumps into your cart on its own every time you make a trip to Target? Absolutely, but even more than all those wonderful things, it’s […]

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  • Snarkfest - So I’m really torn! My pretend boyfriend Mike Rowe’s show on CNN “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” comes back in Sept on Sunday nights. At the same time as Talking Dead! Some sick twisted beast has an awful sense of humor doing that to me.

    Also looking forward to Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead and Bones.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Can’t you DVR Talking Dead so you can get your Rowe fix live?? Or will Rowe have his feelings hurt if you DVR him instead? I know he loves you so I bet he’d understand.
      My girls LOOOOVVE Bones. I love the actors but the story lines creep me the hell out. When we are at our cabin (in the woods) they’ll sometimes look around and say, “Ooh! This is totally where Bones would find a severed hand or a decapitated head” just to mess with me.ReplyCancel

  • Shay from Trashy Blog - I won’t be watching a lot, but I DO love fall. And it’s so starting to feel like it already! YESSSSSSSReplyCancel

  • Lara - I’m so very thankful to find out I’m not the only one who prints a TV schedule for the fall and highlights it.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Right?!? And lucky for us, the EW Fall TV edition is coming soooooonnnn!!!! :) :) :)ReplyCancel

Huh. I just realized the last Friday Favorites post I published was a few weeks ago and it was titled “Indulgences.” This week it’s “Gluttony.” Nothing like making my way through the seven deadly sins this summer. Again. And yes, I know indulgence isn’t formally one of the seven deadly sins, but it’s close enough to […]

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  • Peggy Fox Weaver - Buttermilk isn’t a kitchen staple like it used to be when we would make Hidden Valley ranch dressing from a packet in the 70’s!! Shake, Shake, Shake.

    If you need a way to use up that buttermilk, try this receipe. I think it might meet your qualifications in terms of number of ingredients and time in the kitchen!
    http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/12694_Art_Smith_s_Unfried_Chicken/ReplyCancel

As most of you know, a year ago I was at the end of a year long battle with denial and was mere days away from reaching that big, red box on my calendar that I’d filled in with a skull and crossbone. My daughter was about to move almost 300 miles away to college. For […]

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  • Snarkfest - No pauses for laughter, your advice helped tremendously.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Warner Hatton - You are such a great mom and writer. Loved this. Are you coming to Erma this year? I already booked my room!!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - And YOU are so lovely to say those things. Yes! I’m planning on it! We can book rooms? I’m on it.ReplyCancel

You guys, I can honestly say I never saw that coming. The fact that Kaitlyn cruelly stomped on Nick’s heart with the pointy heel of her stiletto and then squished it around with the toe? Well, yes, that was surprising, but what I now realize Chris Harrison has meant every time he’s told us the […]

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  • Snarkfest - Then Nick tells her he has something for her in the bedroom.
    Kaitlyn: What?
    My 19yo: It’s his penis.
    It’s not.

    That right there is a proud momma moment, is it not? That daughter of yours, she’s awesome and she’s going places!!

    Thank you, as always, for the sheer entertainment and for not making me watch this stupid show. I love you and your recaps!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - You know that my proudest moments with my children come from snarky Bachelor/ette comments, right?
      You are always welcome. But come ON. You’re not going to watch that adorable Peter Brady if he’s the next Bachelor?? Shame on you.ReplyCancel

  • NinaN - 2 cheese to one caramel is the right way.

    I think Nick should recieve a Schmemmy (that’s the awards for reality tv “stars”, right?) for his performances this season. Last night’s was amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oooh! How can we nominate? I agree! But did think he was being sincere last night. And was so well spoken and in control about it. I’d have been so much more classless and called her a bunch of names that rhyme with witch and bore.ReplyCancel

  • Moira - “…the perfectly imbalmed Neil Lane.” You’re fantastic! This is seriously good shit and I love you.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - And am I right? He’s like an elderly Ken doll. And I love you too for being a loyal reader!! xoReplyCancel

      • Moira - There you go again…elderly Ken doll! So damn funny and completely accurate! Neil is laughing all the way to the bank. One thing that I’d like to get to the bottom of from the season is WTF does an amateur sex coach do. NO, scratch that. That guy was disgusting.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Owen - They were on Kimmel that night and he made them swear and promise a bunch of things on a stack of US weekly’s like they’d be together in a year….it was hilarious!! How can you not watch Paradise…your recaps would be awesome! But I get it…read that bible!ReplyCancel

A year ago my daughter was about to leave the nest. The soft, feathered, built-painstakingly-by-hand nest I’d created for her since the moment I knew she existed. Fine, her father helped…but still. I knew I needed to tell her all the things before she left, but didn’t feel like I needed to write one of […]

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  • Grown and Flown - Awww, Michelle, we love having each and every one of these letters on up on Grown and Flown today…they made us laugh and cry and laugh,again, too. Thank you for shaing them with our readers!ReplyCancel

Indulgences. Summer is the perfect time for them, isn’t it? (So are the holidays…and the bitter cold months of January…and February…and March…and the brisk, apple-crispy days of fall…but let’s not get carried away. Until October.) It seems that all I’ve been doing the past month or so is indulging, and not just on decadent food […]

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  • Snarkfest - Drinking some whites this summer, I’ll have to try the Talbott.

    When are you crocheting me my own blanket?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - It’s a good balance between smooth and tart, if that makes any sense.
      And since it takes me a year to finish anything I start, and I have a list of requests that I’ll probably never get to, you’ll get a blanket around the time you move to a retirement home, which will be perfect, actually. 😉ReplyCancel

      • Snarkfest - Seeing as I’m dealing with hot flashes now anyway, I’ll need it more when I’m in the old farts home.ReplyCancel

You guys, it’s been so long since I’ve posed a Friday Favorites I feel like maybe I should take a moment to reintroduce them…but since I know that those of you who usually read them are long time friends of YMFT (hey girl, hey) I probably can skip that and get right to my apology […]

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  • Stephanie Murphy - I just bought several adult coloring books and despite my husbands teasing find it a huge stress reliever! Love the “Enchanted Forest” if you can catch it when it’s not sold out on Amazon!ReplyCancel

  • Lucia Paul - Looks like you’re having a grand summer! That sandiwch looks yummy. Off to read your Bachelorette recaps.ReplyCancel

You guys, I’m not kidding, since the episode ended I’ve had the chorus to that old 1976 song by Mary MacGregor in my head on a loop. (And don’t even tell me you don’t know the song or I’ll have my Stretch Armstrong beat you up.) “Torn between two loverrrrs…feeling like a fool. Lovin’ both […]

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  • Jackie Owen - You crack me up everytime!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie Skubitz - I actually like Jason letter A so won’t pick him. I’ve got to go with D the G-funk.
    Your synopsis always makes me laugh. And I totally know the song. How true.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Church - My wine is coming out my nose I am laughing so hard. I am a Brady Bunch freak so the “that’s swell” reference is spot on! Kaitlyn just needs to have a threeway with Nick and Gosling and get it over with.ReplyCancel

  • Judy George - Wasn’t planning on watchng the next fiasco but if Ben is going to truly be the Bachelor, I’ll have to – love him! Have we got a drinking game going every time Kaitlyn says “oh, my gosh, my heart is beating out of my chest”! Tried it myself one night and got pretty “happy”. My money is definitely on Nick and I have a new respect for Shawn when he says if she chooses Nick, he will be OK because it will mean they definitely weren’t meant to be together. And Ben…….I’ve never understood why – when the last ones leave – they don’t offer a bit of advice to the bachelorette whoever she may be. So often there is a “Nick” in the house – and say “watch it with………”. I’m sure all of Nick’s emotion – his tears and tight voice – are for the camera – literally can’t stand him.ReplyCancel

  • Snarkfest - Totally love this AND am SQUEEING that you’ll be back to recap next season so I won’t break my streak of never watching a single episode of this show!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Baker Marek - D- for sure!!!!!ReplyCancel

(Pun. Intended.) Sorry for the delay in getting this recap up, you guys, but I’ve been in the shower for the past 20 hours washing the filth, shame, and disgust off of me. (Try as I might, though, that nasty regret just won’t scrub off.) As we’ve come to expect this season, this week was another two-hour […]

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  • NinaN - Oh man, poor Kaitlyn has really got herself into a bit of a uh……sticky situation. Sorry, had to. I regret nothing! And neither should you Kaitlyn! Thanks again for watching this for the rest of us :)ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Slow clap standing-O for that quip. Brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Judy George - OMG – I love your Bachelor Bits! Why am watching this show? Why did I really truly like Kaitlyn in the beginning? Why was I so happy it was she and not Britt that “won”? (I could have saved myself hours of endless ……whatever…..had it been Britt. But then I ask myself……would I have been strong enough to resist the call?) You have always made fun of Jared and that’s my only area of disagreement with you – even though on the beginning show, I believe he said he was hoping that it was Britt – I felt he was really an honest and good guy and now he’s gone. He just needed a hair stylist. What did I expect……Kaitlyn is shallow – Ian was right – I saw that on the Bachelor – her quips, her sarcastic way, her weird sense of humor – but it appealed to me – that appeal is gone. There will be sex dates, then 2 hometowns and, of course, they’ll be with Nick and Shawn because poor Ben doesn’t really stand a chance – he’s just the “middle guy” – and in the end, she’s going to choose Nick – that is, if Shawn doesn’t choose to go home before the finale. And I totally agree – Nick is a shallow sleeze, Kaitlyn is a shallow sleeze – they will make an awesome pair – can’t wait for the “after the rose” show! Haven’t seen a lot of Chris Harrison this season – why do you suppose that is?ReplyCancel

  • Snarkfest - I’m starting to feel guilty, Michelle. You watch this crap, I don’t. You go through the weekly ordeal of putting said crap down on paper (you know what I mean) for the entertainment of others, despite the show being crap. I will admit there’s no way in hell I’d ever watch this horrible excuse for TV. And now I feel bad that you watch it and put your energies into recaps. I feel like I should buy you a bottle of wine for doing what you do for your audience. You are awesome and I have a bottle of wine waiting for when we do finally meet. A bottle of wine with an apology for needing more of your recaps. Because your recaps are epic. Way more epic than this stupid show could ever be.ReplyCancel

  • Moira - Please don’t ever stop watching the Bachelor franchise! You are the my favorite girl on the entire internet! FUNNY SH*T, Michelle! I almost wrote this season off as unwatchable, but I stay tuned and look forward to having you put my disgust into a prefect recap! Thanks for taking all of this for the team!

    BTW, what is Ben H. on the show? Doesn’t he seem better than this?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - You are too kind! But after this one, I need a good cleanse. Don’t think I can take “Bachelor in Paradise.” BUT I’ll pick up in January for The Bachelor.
      And yes! Ben H. is awesome. If he’s the next Bachelor I’ll be happy (because we get to see more of his adorable face) but so, so disappointed in him for lowering himself to the ickiness yet again.ReplyCancel

      • Moira - I have never seen Bachelor in Paradise. I sense that is should be called “Bachelor Castoffs – Desperation Island”. I agree, after this season, a detox is in order.ReplyCancel

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