A couple of weeks ago I went off the grid. Like, really off the grid. To celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary, my husband and I escaped to Big Sur, California—one of our very favorite places. Big Sur is a place we’ve loved since even before we were married, but for some reason, haven’t visited since. […]

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  • Snarkfest - The mountains of West Virginia are pretty nice. You could always come here for a visit. Just sayin’.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oh, I bet WV is gorgeous! Never been! But I have the feeling my “country road” travels in the opposite direction. :)ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Fear - Michelle,
    I hope you guys get there someday. Chuck and I felt the same way about MN. It’s been good to us financially and it’s been a wonderful place to raise kids, but we knew we’d eventually end up somewhere more scenic, relaxing, and definitely warmer! We just hadn’t decided exactly where yet. We were planning to check out areas around North Carolina, in or near the smoky mountains. We both loved the idea of living in an updated, modern log cabin someday. As I read your post I remembered all of those discussions, usually accompanied by a glass or two of wine, as well. You’ll get there! It’s getting closer everyday!ReplyCancel

  • Judy George - Born in a little town in northern IL, raised there, married HS sweetheart; he started his own business and there you have it – 3 children,4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren – and where do they all live? Right here in this same little town in northern IL! How could we move? We’re on the verge of retiring, grandson #! is taking over business but he’s the same one who blessed us with two of the most adorable great grandbabies in the history of great grandbabies – how could we move? Have family that moved the day their youngest graduated from HS – left him behind headed to college in the fall and took off for parts unknown – wound up in SC- loving it but guess I’m just too “family oriented” – don’t want to have to Face Time and Skype with all my kith and kin – but many times wish it were different!ReplyCancel

  • Moira - Great post, Michelle. Big Sur is a great place to reflect and make life changing decisions. Juila Pfieffer Burns State Park is a special place, that waterfall gets me every time. I am a California native and have thought about leaving several times, but have never been able to commit and make a move. I do a fair amount of business travel which allows me to see places and experience the seasons without living through them. I do love the changing leaves of fall, the first snow in winter, the cherry blossoms blooming in spring, and summer’s fireflies. I just feel at home here. It sounds like your MN life has been pretty amazing. I hope that you find your way back and your kids’ paths lead them here, in 5 years.ReplyCancel

  • Susie Q - You’ve just described my life… in reverse! Chicago-bred, moved to Northern CA (East Bay area) for 5 years for husband’s job. It was only supposed to be for a year or two, but things happened, and we stayed. And loved it. We knew we’d have to leave eventually (we couldn’t have afforded it long term at that point) but it truly is The Golden State, and I miss it often. Especially in February, when my friends are posting pictures of their kids in the pool. We came to MN for my husband’s job, but when our youngest graduated high school, we’re off (hopefully!)ReplyCancel

Yeah, I know. I used this GIF in the last recap, but get ready to see it again in this one more than once. You guys. Seriously. Come on. WHAT the eff is happening with this season? I can’t even. With all the regrets, guilt, tears, doubt, double talk, secrecy, and need for reassurance we […]

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  • Snarkfest - Cracking up and so proud of your 14. Obi Wan has taught her well.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Some of her most important lessons come from this show.ReplyCancel

  • Judy George - One comment – arrrrggggghhhh!ReplyCancel

  • Ann Marie Skubitz - You are hilarious. Love these reviews. Always crack me up. And yes Ben Z -next bachelor.ReplyCancel

  • Denea Hope - James Van Der Beek?ReplyCancel

  • Ronalee Duncan - I am embarrassed to say that I wanted her to be the bachelorette. This show is sinking so fast. Great update, and quite accurate.ReplyCancel

  • Sue K. - Best. post. ever! You are spot on, as usual. I spend the entire episode doing the Kristen Wiig disgusted face. I would totally share that here if I could figure out how to do it. Or the Ellen “that’s gross.” And yet I return Monday after Monday to watch with said disgusted face. I just added an item to my bucket list: having all 27 of us get together to watch an episode together!! I would definitely pee my pants. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy von Arx - Yea I’m kinda over it already. Let’s get this craziness over with and get to Bachelor in Paradise. Cuz that’s classier, LOLReplyCancel

  • Abby Dotts - Tell me if I’m wrong. Nick Viall look alike- Jason Segel. http://feelgrafix.com/data_images/out/21/936845-jason-segel.jpgReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Yaaasss! I see it, although since I adore Jason Segel I wish I didn’t. Will add it to the photo grid! :)ReplyCancel

I know, I know. These bits are so late you’ve probably leveled out from the rage you felt immediately after viewing the latest disaster and have already forgotten the rants I imagine you were shouting like, “Stop the sucking!” and “I’m gonna be sick!” and “Anyone want to get me a Guinness?” Don’t worry, I’m finally here to […]

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  • NinaN - Seriously!!! Why were the mics still on? It made the whole thing seem like a fake set up to make the show more interesting.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Hmmmm. You have a point!! OR the cameraman and the producers back in the booth just wanted to listen in?? {insert that Ellen GIF here}ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Owen - John Lithgow!! Too funny!!! Again…you crack me up!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

Anger! Lying! Regret! Tears! Backstabbing! Insults! Heartache! Heartbreak! Closeted homosexuals!—The latest installment of The Bachelorette had it all, and that was just in the first five minutes. Let’s cut to the chase and get right to it. I’ve got to go work on my number for our family’s production of Aladdin which we’ve suddenly decided […]

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  • Judy George - If Nick is the guy she has sex with, I might just not watch the rest of the season (but I’ll read you because inquiring minds want to know)ReplyCancel

  • Snarkfest - This almost makes me wanna watch. Almost. But I’d be disappointed because your recaps are always the bomb diggity.ReplyCancel

My apologies for missing last week’s installment, you guys. It’s not my fault. It’s Thing 2’s. But really, now that my whole Bachelorette crew is home and hyped up about this season we have to watch every episode together. That’s what makes it fun. I mean, it’s usually the rest of them that come up with the […]

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  • NinaN - I still haven’t been able to force myself to watch any of this season. So a huge thank you to you and your family for making the sacrifice for me. Why are the dates on Bachelorette always soooooo lame?ReplyCancel

  • Judy George - You pretty much covered it all (unlike Joe’s diaper) but I was so confused by the rose ceremony at the beginning of the show and the bit with Kupa, then I realized I either didn’t watch the previous show or blocked it from my memory – so thanks for clearing up a few things! Ugh – so grossed out by JJ and Clint (can’t stand JJ’s mouth!) and the horror room and rolling my eyes over Tony – couldn’t figure out why she gave him a rose EVER! Are ratings slipping or something? First all the corn fed dates with Chris Soules and now all these stupid ones for Kaitlin – TPTB feel they have to change the format? Thanks for suffering thru for us!ReplyCancel

One week, you guys. It’s one week until summer officially starts in my house. Sure, Thing 1 has been home for a couple of weeks already, so her summer is well underway, but Thing 2 still has a week to go, and I don’t count summer as starting until I can sleep in until 9:00 […]

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  • Kayla Lechtenberger Bohlen - You have to add Pontoon by Little Big Town. Such a fun hang out by the lake song.ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - as a fellow Minnesotan, can’t help but notice a lack of Prince. I would add both (or either): Crazy and Little Red Corvette. : )ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Ah! Caught me! As a kid of the 80’s AND a 17 year Minnesotan, it’s criminal that he’s not my fave, BUT those songs you mention are like the only two that I do love! Good suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Special crazy mom - Shut Up And Dance is big in our household, I think more bc the 5 yr old can yell “shut up!” really loud without getting in trouble.
    Call Me Maybe is my guilty pleasure summer song. Just can’t help it. Also old school, “summer” by The Cars. And Blister in the Sun, by The Violent Femmes.
    In high school my track team drive to Fla listening to them, as well as The Beach Boys. Good times….ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Love Violent Femmes and “Blister in the Sun” is a DEFINITE memory jerker! Adding it. Thanks!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Snarkfest - You had me at White Lines……

    How about Planet Rock by Afrika Bombaataa. That was my JAM back in the day.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna Hillman - That “Cheerleader” song will get you bobbing your head…ReplyCancel

So it’s been a whole week since this season’s installment of self-loathing began, and I just got around to watching the three hour, historic Bachelorette premiere with the fam this weekend. You guys. What. The. Hell. But really, I could’ve saved two hours and 55 minutes of my life and infinitely more self-respect had I just […]

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  • NinaN - Yaaaaaay!!! I think this is my favorite bachelor/ette recap ever! I was not able to bring myself to watch those first two episodes. Maybe this week…..ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Fahrenbach - I was so glad Kaitlyn was The Bachelorette…for a lot of reasons. One of which was your recapping!ReplyCancel

Dear faithful YMFT Bachelor recap fans, I have good news for you. Sort of. (Here’s the part where I get you excited for a second and then [possibly] let you down gently.) You might remember how I’ve repeatedly said I won’t recap The Bachelorette anymore since I recapped Des’ season two years ago and lost half my […]

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  • NinaN - I’LL TAKE IT!!!!! And thanks for the heads-up; I forgot it starts tonight!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hawkins - great – thanks for the compromise …now I am officially cheering for KaitlynReplyCancel

  • Jackie Owen - Thanks!!1I’m one of your 32!! I’m in MN too..I know what you mean!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla Lechtenberger Bohlen - I’m one of 32 too! Glad you’ll be recapping if only abbreviated- Yay!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue K. - Can I get an AMEN? Woot woot!!!! I’m one of the 32, obvs.ReplyCancel

  • One Funny Motha - Sounds good to me.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda Fahrenbach - Make that 33 people. I’m new and I’m in!ReplyCancel

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