Vampires, Charlie, DWTS – Or My Current Guilty Pleasures

Well, it’s September and I have finally gotten out of my Bachelor in Paradise obsession. I have actually been in a Bachelor montage for almost 9 months. Ever since I started watching Chris Soules’ season, I have run through the Bachelorette and lastly Bachelor in Paradise. I think I’ve finally hit my overload limit of drama. All that freaking drama! And I am not sure I will ever watch another Bachelor again…. Maybe Paradise if it has people I know, but honestly.  And I only started watching the show because a cousin of mine signed up at one of the first casting calls. She never continued on, but she’s now friends with one of the gals from Chris’s season. Gads, crazy.

Now my obsessions are still wacky, but hey, we all have to have guilty pleasures. One of my current ones is Vampire Academy. I saw the film about a month ago and fell in love. I mean, I’m so hooked on Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov it’s not even funny. I am so sucked into it that I have an MP3 audio version of the entire film and I will listen to it. I just finished the final book of the first set and now I’m off to read the Bloodlines series which relates. But oh my gosh, I could not gush enough about Rose Hathaway. She is so my girl it’s ridiculous. And I totally loved Zoey Deutch as her in the film. I freaking love the film. Okay, enough gushing about that.

Okay, not really because now I’m starting on the P.C. Cast series.  I blame Stephenie Meyer and her Twilight saga which I used to consider my ultimate guilty love. Now VA runs right there with it. So Vampires are on the brain. Vampire romance to be exact.  Which makes no sense if you consider my post on ‘Vampire Luuuv’. I just have my weird moments and vampire romance is pretty sexy in its own way.

My Charlie guilty pleasure is Charlie Puth. Total adorbs singer. I cannot believe I just wrote adorbs. I have clearly been online too much. Well Charlie Puth is known for his song with Wiz Khalifa for the final Fast and Furious.  But what I love is his song “Marvin Gaye’ with Meghan Trainor. This song is so sexy, but so cool. I mean, seriously cool. Then his song ‘Seventeen’ is just stunning. Okay, I just love his music.

Along the lines of music, I’m still in sort of a Brocountry phase. I found Thomas Rhett‘s ‘Crash and Burn’ and Sam Hunt’s “House Party”, and they are both really good country. Okay, Sam Hunt’s is a little more Bro than country, but it’s still fun. On a side note, the name Thomas Rhett has to be one of the best names to use in a romance novel. Yes?

Finally, Dancing with the Stars. I have to have at least on reality show going to get my fill of DRAMA. I need my drama.  Well DWTS always fits the bill in regards to that. I love half of the dancers this season and I am looking forward to my Monday nights. I want to write up a post regarding music I think Derek Hough needs (NEEDS) to use, but I wonder if he would ever listen to me?

So, anyways. There is my September guilty pleasures that I don’t feel guilty about. I have to note that I had told Mrs. B that watching Bachelor in Paradise with all the drama was as bad as a Taylor Swift song, then Carly at the end of the season was talking about writing a song and someone telling her to Taylor Swift it.  Could anyone throw more drama into a song than Taylor Swift? That being said, I’m loving her music right now. I don’t care if I’m 33. Her music has a story. Especially her new song “Wildest Dreams”.

So, what’s your guilty pleasure right now?  Tell me. Please!


A Real Life Captain America

In this day and age it isn’t often that you can find someone you truly admire and look up to. There are very few heroes like there used to be and we tend to look to our imaginary superheroes of film or television. Captain America of Marvel fame is quite popular. Embracing the values that made our country great, it’s easy to see why we look at figures like this in awe and respect.  Personally, I’m a huge fan of Captain America.  He embodies the good looking, clean cut, clean life, God fearing, country proud man of the era of WWII, which is obvious since that is his time period.  This is my idea of an ideal man. He had the right qualities, and oh look, he knows how to treat a lady as well.

captain-america-wallpaper-chris-evansBut there are very few men like Captain America. Very few men whom our boys can look up to and have a role model.

Except for maybe one man.

Noah Galloway.

It’s not often that you can look at a man who is ballroom dancing and say, oh, that is someone to admire, but in the case of Noah Galloway, I think he is truly someone to admire. Taking Dancing with the Stars by storm, he has taken the ballroom to new heights and surprised, impressed, and made us all cry.  Who would have ever thought a man missing the limbs on his left side could ever do what he has done every week?

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 10.37.26 AM_0Here is a man who was lost out of high school, who saw the two towers being bombed, who decided to sign up to fight for our country.  Who lost his limbs and what was the life he knew in one moment. In one flash everything was gone. He gave his arm and leg for our country. He served our country and fought for our freedom and lost something so personal.  How could anyone who has not been in combat even come close to knowing what this man has gone through.

And yet week after week he danced his heart out, bringing us to tears with his amazing work ethic and self motivation. Here is someone who respects hard work and pushing one’s self. Never giving up even when there were downsides to the dancing. Even though he has never received the highest scores.  Caring for his partner, Sharna Burgess,  in a way that all men should care for a woman, be it friend, mother, sister, lover, etc. He respects women. You can see it in how he treats Sharna.

Here is a man that embodies Captain America.  Who says we need Marvel with a fake hero?  We have a hero right here at home is showing the world what he can do. Pushing himself beyond the boundaries of modern dance.

...... Or the fake shield?

…… Or the fake shield?

Whom would you rather have? A real man like Captain America?......

Whom would you rather have? A real man like Captain America?……

Showing us all that pushing ourselves does get us somewhere.

You want a man for your young son to look up to? Show him Noah Galloway and you are showing him the real Captain America.

I know which captain I would take.


I Want To Dance With Somebody

It’s true.  I admit it completely and somewhat proudly. I am a fan of Dancing With The Stars.  I suppose that you could pretty much say that being a woman = DWTS.  I have gotten sucked into the world of spray tans, glitter, and lots of bare male chests this season.  And like every season, I find myself wishing I could be on the show.  No, not an audience member… I mean, I want to dance!  Get my groove going.

”]Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured ...For those who don’t know me, getting my groove on is laughable.  I do not have a groove.  My mother tried to teach me rhythm….  “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music, I’ve got my man, who could ask for anything more” was not a motto I could use.  In all reality, I don’t got it.  But, I’m dying to dance!  I love music, and I love watching dancing. 
I know I could be brilliant on that show.  Give me Maksim, Derek, or Mark, and I’ll kill the competition.  (Yes, I know I’m delusional.  Isn’t there something that says not to mess with my delusions?)

Well, I may never be on the show.  I may never take dance lesson, though if I ever have the opportunity, I am going to.  I may never find a use for dancing.  But I still love it.  And my one way to really enjoy it is listening to music and putting a specific dance to it.  Tonight I was thinking about the song “Young Turks” by Rod Stewart.  It would make a killer jive.   Eric Clapton’s “River of Tears” would be an amazing waltz.  That is how I think about dancing.  Putting dances to favorite songs. 

And this is coming from someone who can’t read music, very well.  My mother tried to get me to play the piano.  Ah yes, I was a very willful child, and I did not get math.  I was doomed.

So, I may never play music.  I may never dance.  But I can write, so I guess all’s not lost.  But I love dancing, and music, and combining the two makes DWTS one of my favorite shows.   I can’t even claim it as a guilty pleasure because I don’t feel guilty watching it.

Signing off