Things That Make Me Go "Hmmm"

Sometimes in life, there are moments where you just have to stop and think, "Did I miss something?" Here are a few things leaving me to scratch my head this week:

The hoopla over Michelle Obama’s bangs leading off the national nightly news last week. No need to worry about the financial crisis or flu epidemic, kids. SHE GOT BANGS. Come on, folks. I know you all need ratings, but really? If I need a professional analysis of Mrs. Obama’s coif, I’ll ask my hairdresser.

The sound of Brian Williams punching himself in the face could be heard all over Manhattan, I’m sure.


Buckwild. Heard of it? It’s MTV’s new show centered around a group of young adults living in West Virginia. It also makes Here Comes Honey Boo Boo look like Masterpiece Theatre. Even worse, these people are getting PAID to walk around without proper footwear, funnel beer and conduct shotgun target practice on 2 liter bottles of Mountain Dew. In which parallel universe does that make sense?

(BTW – West Virginians, I feel your pain. Remember when Paris and Nicole came to Arkansas? Not a pretty picture they painted of our great state, which coincidentally, does feature indoor plumbing…in most establishments. Be assured that the rest of the United States passes no judgment on the rest of your residents. We’ve all been there.)


Wrist harnesses. Yes, you read that correctly. You can finally wrangle in those pesky wrists, which always seem to be detaching themselves from your arms and fingers.

Someone is making a lot of money off this. And laughing all the way to the bank.


The trend of folks naming their babies after characters in 50 Shades of Grey. Try explaining that one in twenty years.


White pants in winter. I know, I know…it’s okay to do this now. We are the generation bursting the fashion “rules”. But, even though I adore a great white pant, I still just feel a bit strange wearing those puppies when it’s 30 degrees outside. It just feels a little off.

Like, when you forget to wear mascara.


"Hey, I just met you. And this is crazy. But here's three minutes, kiss me maybe?"

The awkward three minute, world-record-setting onscreen kiss that took place on Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor. (No, really. They set a world record. Guinness was there and everything.) Let the record show, I have not watched this show in three years or more, but as I was flipping through channels, I had to stop and find out what was going on. I am physically incapable of looking away from a good awkward moment. And ladies, this was the mother of them.


The stink over Beyonce possibly lip syncing. My only question: WHO CARES? It's Beyonce. Beautiful, amazingly talented Beyonce. We all know the lady is more than capable of belting it out, so why be a bunch of negative Nellies? I'd lip sync, too. It's the Presidential Inauguration. People need to ease up on sweet B, in my opinion.

What’s making you go “hmmmm” this week? 


  1. Aren't her bangs amazing!! I love First Lady Michelle Obama! It's the same thing as Kate Middleton's baby though. Not real news..

  2. I'm glad that you added that little caviat about understanding our pain. I was born and raised in West Virginia (and I still live here). I grew up in a much more rural area than where this show is filmed and it is nothing like that here. Sure it's country and our form of fun might be different from yours (can I admit that I've shot pop cans off of a log on my parents 200 acre farm?), but it's still nothing like they portray in the show.

    The places they mention aren't even in the towns they list. It's a horrible attempt at making fun of WV. The sad part is that most people across the nation don't realize that. In fact, most people don't even know that West Virginia is a state. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard "oh, so you're from WESTERN Virginia." No, no I'm not. It's West Virginia. One of the 50 states that make up this great country we live in. I always think to myself, do other states not teach geography? It's just a rhetorical question, of course, but I know all 50 states...why don't they?

    Sorry for the rant, but the people making these shows should be held to some sort of standard to portray the truth - whether they are trying to make fun of West Virginia or anywhere else.

  3. *caveat (sorry, typos kill me!)

  4. With you on the white pants things. I just don't think I can get on that bandwagon. As a Southern woman, it's just been ingrained in me to think of white as a 'between Memorial Day and Labor Day' staple - and I don't think it will change! I am refusing to watch shows like Buckwild. Simply for the fact that the morons on it are going to be famous. For absolutely nothing, except acting like idiots. Nope, I just can't support that. And I agree - who CARES if she lip synced? There are bigger things to focus on!!! Totally agree with you on all these 'hmmmm' things today!

  5. Totally agree with the whole 50 Shades of Grey baby naming trend. Talk about an awkward conversation!

  6. agreed on all fronts!

    Bey is perf. Let's leave her be.


  7. Oh Rachael, we could have a goooood conversation about that topic. Paris and Nicole made us look like a bunch of barefoot hicks, which most of us are not. Absolutely killed me to see them paint a negative picture of my home state.

    Stay strong, girlie. I can sympathize : )

  8. I am SO glad someone else struggles with the white pants thing. Every time I see that, I can hear my mom saying "no white in winter!". :)

  9. I also found it awkward with the 3 min kiss. I mean really they just met for what 5 minutes and she is rummaging through his hair as if they are in a heated makeout session on the couch in their home? It was one of those where I wanted to look away but I couldn't almost like a train wreck situation! HA HA

    I think that it was smart for B to record the anthem before hand since it was so cold out. Who would want to mess that up for the President! I mean seriously why don't the ones causing a big stink sit back and remember everything that she has done and then one little thing is no big deal. I'd like to see these people go belt out the athem in the freezing cold and see how fantastic they do! :)


  10. I completely agree about not naming your baby after Grey. It's kinda going to be hard to explain to them when they ask what they were named after.

  11. I am with you on the white jeans in mid-January! I am all about wearing some winter white dress pants or a nice cream dress for a holiday party, but that just kills my soul!

  12. I agree. with all of it.

    I love Michelles Bangs - but yes, not the most important subject.

    I just don't understand white pants at all..AT ALL!

    50 Shades Baby - Enough said.

    Wrist Harness - BWAHAHA, Need I say more?

    I love the Bachelor - but that was definitley awkward.

    Buckwild - is it bad that its my sick obsession? But again, so is Honey Boo Boo. oops! haha

    -Ashlee Michelle

  13. I'm with you on every single one.

    I haven't seen Buckwild, but I can't imagine I'll disagree with you when I do. ahahaha

  14. This post is genius. I too scratch my head at all these things. The bangs look great but really?, everyone lip sings (especially when it's freezing and you can't warm up....), and who makes out for that long after middle school?


    Confession: I was home-bound from work last week with a cold and watched more Buckwild than I would like to admit. I fully understand why that senator wanted it off the air.

    xoxo Alex

  15. I definitely have a friend...errr, acquaintance that miraculously got knocked up while reading 50 Shades and is naming her son GREYson.


    Thank you for pointing that one out, I didn't realize she wasn't alone. :)

  16. this totally needs to become a link-up. loved this post :)

  17. I'm with ya on the white pants! I have a pair of beige skinnies that I sometimes find myself reaching for but quickly put them away because I also feel off about it.

  18. I've always been proud to say that I've never followed the Bachelor/Bachelorette...but my husband and I also stumbled upon it during channel surfing and, like any good train wreck, we could not tear ourselves away. There are some serious hot messes on that show!

  19. Wrist harnesses? 3 minute on screen kisses? A TV show worse than Honey Boo Boo? What is this world coming too??? Haha thank you for pointing out these insane happenings in our world today!

  20. This post made me laugh!! The things the world is concerned with over other important things! Thanks for a good laugh today!

  21. My boyfriend is from West Virginia and I'm, well, Kaliwood. So you can imagine how well that works out to begin with... Throw "Buckwild" in the mix and now every week I'm sipping on some Chardonnay while watching rednecks roll down hills in tires. *Sigh*

  22. Totally agree about Beyonce. Let's talk about those stunning earrings instead!

  23. On the white pants...can I just say you are SO RIGHT!!! Maybe a good winter white corduroy,but other than that I just can't do it. Worse still, some friends of mine don't even know white is a seasonal color. Makes me shake my head and wonder who taught 'em manners.

  24. that kiss was SOOOO awkward, i couldnt agree more!

    and i don't pass judgments on other states... honey boo boo is from georgia and not making us look to good, either.

  25. The kiss was SO awkward...made me squimry, but I couldn't turn away either! And on top of it all, I was so nervous her booty was about to fall out of that mini dress! Talk about awkward. Considering they were on a stage, I'm sure the 'audience' got an eye-full. The horror!

  26. I have to agree with Rachel. Buckwild is just another bad representation of a stereotype. I live in WV where they filmed this and there are so many innaccuracies that bother me. I grew up in NY so people always ask me what my life is like living here. I too, get SO annoyed when people don't even know that West Virginia is a state (Hello third grade social studies)


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