Loving Lately & Bachelor Week 1 Recap

The Confused Millennial's latest obsessions and week one of the bachelor thoughts
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Happy Friday!

If you caught Monday’s post, you know that I am ditching “Life Lessons” Fridays and instead am doing “Loving Lately” on Friday. I hope you guys enjoy!

Food:

BoomChickaPop’s Lightly Sweet Popcorn. It tastes like angels dancing on my tongue.

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But seriously, how has no one told me about BoomChickaPop before? I just discovered them two weeks ago and literally can’t stop eating it!

TV Show:

Ok this one is a 2for1!!!

Last night Nashville returneddddd!!! If y’all remember, Nashville was previously canceled by ABC and left us with Juliette either dead or MIA. Thankfully, CMT stepped in and picked the show up! That’s all I say on this because it only aired a few hours ago and I am trying to respect #nospoilers.

*Some of you guys may have heard me ranting about the direction of network TV finales (Basically there are too many shows today and America is experiencing fatigue, so it’s leading to some really good shows getting cancelled before their time *Like Recovery Road on Freeform/ABC Family <— I am still getting over that one!* Which is leading to these “finales” like Nashville or The Following, that aren’t really finales, but instead major cliff hangers… which leads to all us fans (yes I totally signed a petition and tweeted and facebooked to get Nashville back on the air) going HAM to get other networks to pick up our favorites. Basically, my theory is we will be seeing fewer and fewer “endings” to shows, instead we are going to see more finales that are attempts at riling the fans to get the show picked up again.

 

Homeland. Finallyyyyy finished season 5 of Homeland. If you don’t know, Homeland is on Showtime – it’s about a bipolar CIA agent, Carrie Mathison (played by cult classic My So-Called Life star Claire Danes). It’s insanely suspenseful both because hello, it’s the CIA and because Mathison’s manic and depressive episodes go full swing on the volatility charts. Plus Showtime just teased us with episode of season 6!

 

Bachelor weekly recap:

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I had finally gotten out of the Bachelor’s death grip on my soul – when two summer’s ago they so kindly aired Bachelor In Paradise, with some of my all time favorites… which basically led to me becoming a super fan again. Seriously BIP is pure gold. The producers edit that ish into pure comedic art and I can’t get enough of it.

I digress… Back to the Bachelor: Nick Viall. I didn’t catch Andi’s season or read her book. My first introduction to this season’s bachelor, Nick Viall, was on Kaitlyn’s season, and TBH I kind of liked him! Sure he came in late and totally was a dick to all the guys, but he was hot and brought the drama (because let’s be honest, this show peaked in the romantic love story department with Trista & Ryan).

A photo posted by Trista Sutter (@tristasutter) on

Then on BIP I fell in love with him even more. I don’t really care if he’s in it for the modeling contracts or teeth whitening campaigns or whatever, I care that he is clever and keeps making bad decisions… which makes for good TV.

I know a lot of you are bummed that ABC rescinded their offer to Luke Pell (no joke, they actually offered him Bachelor then took it back!) But if we are all honest with ourselves, watching paint dry would’ve probably been more entertaining than his season of the bachelor (I am totally looking at you, Chris Soules)…

Anyway, I am not announcing my guesses for who will make it to final four (buttt if you want to play along in my fantasy league, let’s do it! Just follow the instructions below!)

Step 1: Visit the ABC Bachelor Fantasy League

Step 2: Click Play & create your login info  (Mine is TheConfusedMillennial)

Step 3: Search for the word “Group” and then search TheConfusedMillennial *JOIN*

Basically, we get until Jan 16th before the final four get “locked in”

 

Ok back to my thoughts on the actual episode:

The Liz Debacle. Ok so ICYMI Liz was Jade’s MOH at her on TV wedding to Tanner. These two are my absolute favorites next to Trista & Ryan, so don’t hate — and make sure to follow Tanner on Twitter for his live tweets which are pure gold such as:

Alright, so anyway it basically seems like Liz and Nick banged in a bathroom at the wedding and he asked for her number and she said “no”. Then the crazy betch gets out of the limo and NEVER EVEN SAYS HER NAME.

Instead, she’s all, “I want to see if he will remember me!”

#crazyeyes

WTH, HE IS MEETING 30 WOMEN EVEN IF HE DID RECOGNIZE YOU DO YOU REALLY THINK HE WAS GOING TO BE LIKE, “OMG LIZ! YOU WERE THE SLORE FROM THE WEDDING ALMOST A YEAR AGO WHO REJECTED ME?!?”

Thennnnn… in all of the Bachelor’s gloriousness, Chris Harrison walks up and is all “So, uh Nick, ya know her?

And Nick is all, “Yeah, you mean you don’t have the footage of us banging it out at the on-air wedding you hosted less than a year ago?”

Chris Harrison, is all, “No way? I didn’t realize we caught that!

…yeah okay.

Anyway, Liz was trying to be all coy (read: crazy) like, “HA he doesn’t know who I am! I am going to keep him in the dark” — Because what man wouldn’t love to have a crazy betch with a loaded gun at a knife fight AKA his cocktail party?

What happens next is why I am convinced Nick was the perfect choice for The Bachelor: He calls her out on her antics! She’s all “Aren’t you happy to see me?” and he’s all, “You’re not here for the right reasons”

FFWD and he keeps her! Thank you to the Bachelor producers for forcing this on him! Because we all know Nick probably wanted to get rid of her because he knows this ish is about to blowwww up in his face!

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My favorites to watch right now:

Liz, obvi, see above.

Shark-dolphin girl. Can we all pause for a hot sec and bow down to shark-dolphin girl?

Seriously, I am beyond obsessed with her. Can we talk about the fact that she finally got drunk enough and admitted she was a shark – but quickly corrected herself – talk about commitment and just look at that proud little shark face:

 

Josephine: Alright, so this girl got way more airtime on Sunday night’s episode than Monday’s but she has me ROFL with how crazy she is. I feel like the next season of BIP needs to include her and Daniel… if that’s not a match made in BIP heaven, I don’t know what is!

Keep in mind also – this is the same chick that SERIOUSLY SMACKS Nick in the face on the promos.

 

The Danielle’s: I think both of them are likely to go to the final 4.

Danielle L. is the nail salon owner that came out first in the sexiest dress of the night.

Danielle M. is the *way to normal to be on this show* neo-natal nurse who I am pretty sure stole America’s heart.

ICYMI: Hailey is the Canadian who came out of the limo with this fantastic opening:

H: “Do you know what a girl wearing underwear says?”

N: “I don’t”

H: “Neither do I”

 

 

Turns out she is friends with the Eagle himself, Daniel! If her opening and friendship with Daniel is any indication of her life choices, I am thinking she is going to be fun to watch.

The chick with the Nanny: Florida really knows how to breed ’em, amirite? (JK don’t be mean, I’m from Florida)!

The clear villain this season is a self-described “serious business woman” who needs her nanny to fetch her cucumbers and shares a quick PSA with all of America that her heart is gold, but her vajeen is platinum and feels very confident in her “sex abilities”. <— Please go back and re-read that sentence, because that actually happened people!

 

Nick’s response to the nanny thing on Jimmy Kimmel was golden:

“So, uh Nick, didn’t you think the Nanny thing was a red flag?”

“Well when the girls brought it to me as a red flag, I was like, ‘I hear you but… does that mean I get the nanny too?'” #priorities

Anyway, the big Q this season (other than will Nick once again get rejected while trying to propose on this damn show) is when Nanny girl goes to Nick’s room and offers her platinum vajeen up on a silver platter will he take it?

I vote yes.

But Ashley I. votes no. And Ashley’s word is the gospel in Bachelor Nation.

So buckle in for…you guessed it…

THE MOST DRAMATIC SEASON OF THE BACHELOR YET!

 

Movie:

Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell. You can find this gem as an add on to your Amazon Prime account or with HBO GO. It’s got the love story for the girls and action for the guys and comedy for everyone. It doesn’t seem like it should be as good as it is from the trailer, but I could watch this movie 5 more times and Anna Kendrick is my #spiritanimal in this.

 

Itunes .99 Movie of the week:

ICYMI: Each week Itunes does a .99 rental! You can rent it and “watch now” giving you 24 hours to finish it, or “watch later” giving you 30 days with it. Once you start it though you have 24 hours to finish it!

This week’s movie: The Infiltrator.

Item I can’t Live Without:

Silence + Noise Racerback Tanks from Urban Outfitters. No joke, I bought two of these then bought four more. These shirts are so soft and if you have been following me on Snapchat, you have basically seen me wearing them every single day for the last two weeks.

 

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Alrighty folks! That’s it for this week’s “loving lately” check back next Friday for more of my faves. Also be sure to share your Bachelor thoughts or suggestions for what I should watch/eat/try next in the comments!

 


 

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  • Nick is from Wisconsin so it’s slightly embarrassing. I just can’t stand him. I mean, I bet he’s a really nice guy, but he mumbles and has a lisp and just really turns me off. I feel so mean saying those things buuutttt..

  • mQs

    Boom Chicka Pop is my favorite! Their popcorns are so good and pretty healthy!

  • AH so fun! I didn’t catch Andi’s season either, but I hated him on Katelyn’s…simply because he wasn’t a gentleman. BUT in BIP he totally redeemed himself for me, so I’m totally team Nick haha. I love Danielle M! She seems the most sincere and darling so far.

  • I’m like the only person ever who doesn’t watch the Bachelor, but seeing everything about it is tempting me to tune in this season. We shall see 🙂 Love Boom Chicka Pop always a good little treat! And Homeland…I used to watch that, but kind of fell off, I need to start that back up because I thought that was actually a very good show.

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  • I laughed out loud so many times reading this!!! Can’t wait to follow along with you this season! PS. I live in Nashville and was super stoked to find out the show was returning!! ha! XO –

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  • Haha, your Bachelor recap was hysterical!! I didn’t watch the whole episode, and probably won’t, so that was a good catch-up! I always like to have a good sense of who the crazies are!!

  • Mary Duggan

    Omg I had no idea there was an online bracket!! I’ve been writing mine on paper for years… things just got REAL. I don’t really like Nick, but I just can’t stop watching. Lol.

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  • OK first…”It tastes like angels dancing on my tongue” <–lol I'm dying laughing over that. Now, moving on to the bachelor! I feel a huge affinity for Nick because he makes bad dating decisions and I am known for doing the same. lol Plus, he's adorable and exactly my type of guy (again, I have horrible taste in men) so I'm beyond excited for this season! Corinne and her platinum comment had me gagging. The no undies comment had me doing the same. I love Josephine's commentary and can't wait to see more of her! Did you catch it when she said the cold hotdog 'went down hard'? lol She'll be entertaining, along with dolphin/shark girl. Bring on the crazies! 😉
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  • Elly Leavitt

    yessss have legit been waiting for this all week! BIP is the best, agreed, and Alexis (girl with the shark/dolphin identity crisis) is my fave for sure. Lol at that tweet from Tanner it is so true hahaha

  • So I have not watched the Bachelor yet this season! So I skipped that part until I am caught up. I will def have to sign up for the bracket! I love Boom Chick Pop!! I have never watched Homeland but I heard it’s really good. Also I am so behind on watching Nashville.

  • I was SO happy for the return of Nashville last night. Didn’t realize it was a 2-hour premiere either so that was a nice surprise! I watched a few eps of The Bachelor YEARS ago and my boyfriend and I decided to watch this past week since it was premiering. So much ridiculousness. But I think I might stick around this season. I feel invested in these people now. And also totally predicted the people they’d keep around (because ratings, haha).

  • Oh my gosh, yes. I love this post, girl! I am loving The Bachelor’s new season but God that Josephine girl. GURL.

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  • Anna Hubbard

    I had no idea there were fantasy leagues for The Bachelor! That’s so funny, haha!
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  • Caitlin

    Your Bachelor recap is hilarious! I actually just recently started watching it so I haven’t been a superfan since it started or anything. But I’ve seen all three seasons of BIP and all of Ben’s and Jojo’s seasons! I think Nick’s will be my favorite, I love him!

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  • I have never been able to get in to the bachelor! I don’t know why, because I’ve really tried, it’s just never been my thing, but your recap was absolutely hilarious!

  • Joined your fantasy league! haha can’t wait to start voting 🙂

  • Rachel Kendall Koller

    HAHA… this was great! I love the bachelor … and the pop corn you were eating 🙂

  • I haven’t watched the bachelor in many years but I watched Monday’s episode with my brother’s girlfriend and got sucked in. Vanessa is my favorite (she’s the one from Quebec?).

  • I have absolutely no control over myself when I’m around Boom Chicka Pop popcorn. Like one second I have a whole bag, the next second I’m scrounging for crumb remnants at the bottom? Also love love love your Bachelor recap. The nanny girl is absolutely cray-cray but I think they’ll keep her around for some drama!

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  • Lydia

    I religiously watched the bachelorette from the past season (I mean…Chad) but I’ll probably skip this seasons bachelor. But I’m keeping up to date with the Snapchat newsfeed! That shark/dolphin girl though is already my favorite, she needs to stay forever lol!

  • allie blaising

    I’ve never watched the bachelor, but you are kinda getting me excited about the new season. And by excited, I may or may not mean horrified, but intrigued. 😉

  • Danielle L is my pick! And my friends and I are doing a league too! Pumped!

  • Miss ALK

    I’m not watching the Bachelor this season because of some changes in my work schedule (I now go to bed when it comes on- ha!), but I’m a diehard Reality Steve fan and always read his spoilers to keep up. 🙂 And Nashville really needs to go on Netflix! I think I watched through season 3 of that show.

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    • Awe man! Hope you are enjoying your job at least! If you submit a request to Netflix, and they get enough interest over time they will license the show and add it a lot of the time!

  • I’m in LOVE with the Boom Chicka Pop too. One of my greatest new discoveries! Also love you recap of the Bachelor. Shark/dolphin girl is everything *laugh/crying emoji*

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    • Same! I just found it a few weeks ago and feel so left out! Haha glad you enjoyed it!

  • OMG I totally forgot Nashville came back on. I need to get caught up! I have NEVER watched the Bachelor and I’m totally thinking I need to get caught up on last week’s episode and watch it this season.

    • Yesss girl! and it was a two hour premiere!! — Totally watch the Bachelor! It’s a hilarious train wreck! I only watch two reality shows (Bachelor and Vanderpump rules haha) because they are so ridiculous

  • Theresa Hewston

    Love your recap! I hope Nashville shows up on Hulu because I don’t have CMT and I’m dying to see the new season. Your recap of the Bachelor is hilarious. What Sunday episode, thought? Did I miss something? I vote yes, because Nick never turns down a vajeen.

    • HAHA Dying at your last sentence!!! There was a sunday night episode!! IT was just like a “introducing the bachelor and some crazy B’s” type of thing. I wonder if Nashville will be on Hulu – if it isn’t I feel like Netflix would license it (you can also submit a request with them to add a show, and if they get enough they will do it). I know The Following actually got picked up by Hulu… not sure if you watch that though lol

  • Sydney Power

    My mom and I are hardcore lovers of popcorn! I have to go find this brand and have a movie night with her!

    • Seriously, I feel like I was left out of a secret when I found this popcorn, this isn’t even sponsored, I am literally just that obsessed! haha

  • I really appreciate shark/dolphin girl on the Bachelor. I mean, we ‘know’ you’re a shark, but her commitment for the dolphin is amazing.

    • Right! I wish I was that committed to something! haha… well wait, don’t tell my husband I just said that! haha

  • Amanda K

    I love that they are doing a fantasy league this year! Nick has a great group of ladies and I really hope the fourth time is the charm for him.

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    • Lol thank you! I really don’t think he will haha

  • Hannah Stark

    Boom Chicka Pop is honestly the best popcorn ever!! Haha I thought about doing the fantasy league for the bachelor this year but I forgot at the last minute! Also I loved the dolphin {shark} girl haha. The fact that she stayed in that costume all night long was actually really impressive!

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    • RIGHT?!? How did no one tell me about it before!!! You can still join! it stays open until the 16th!

  • Rachel Golden

    (So in agreement with your point I have to comment before I finish reading the rest) I COMPLETELY AGREE! There are WAY too many shows coming out lately. There was this one show on ABC Family about a fashion lover in NYC working for a magazine without anyone realizing she was still in high school ( or something like that) & I freaking LOVED it, but they had a huge cliff hanger and then canceled the show! & I feel like there are so many shows I want to watch, but thats just the thing– THERE ARE SO MANY SHOWS. It’s honestly overwhelming! Ugh, ugh, UGH. Not enough time in the day.

    (okay, back to reading the rest of your post)

  • Rachel Golden

    Okay, so I’ve finished the rest of your post & I seriously can’t wait to watch the Bachelor tonight!! The drama is so CRAZY! Also, I just followed you on SC 🙂 I can’t believe I haven’t been following you sooner?!

    • SO CRAZY! Who are your front runners? Who are you hating? Working on Fridays recap later today!

  • Ahah I am so excited for the bachelor!!! plus I love boom Chicka pop!

  • Jhumki Nag

    I love Homeland too. Nice tank top. boom chica pop looks yummy, must try!!

    • HOMELAND!! Yass! Thank you! I honestly wish someone had told me about it sooner!

  • I just recently heard that you can do a “fantasy football league” type betting for The Bachelor! Way more fun than real football in my opinion!

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  • What a fun post! Can you believe I have never watched Bachelor, about time I gave it a try!
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    • Oh the hubs and I watch it and just hysterically laugh! We have to pause it sometimes because it’s SO funny! hope you enjoy it!

  • Definitely need to try that popcorn!

    • It’s literally the best! I wish someone had told me about it sooner!

  • Ah I haven’t started the bachelor yet, but I am so excited to watch now!

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