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  1. I'm really trying to figure out how a couple can appear at the Office of the City Clerk in person, together and at different times, or separately and at the same time. Anyone? 😉
  2. I agree; I'll bet it was their cousin who got the ball rolling and either applied to the show for Dominic or talked to him about it, convinced him to apply, and then helped him complete the application. Since finding money to cover expenses relating to their travel from Fresno to Houston would be necessary for Dominic to participate, she probably offered to give them money at the time she presented the idea to apply.
  3. Producer driven, perhaps? Production would most likely be aware of his employment situation, because they have to work the filming schedule around the participant's jobs. It may be they told him to discuss it with Meka on camera and he agreed, but didn't have the foresight to anticipate Meka would once again claim he was lying when he refused to get into the details with her while being filmed. I'm sorry for leaving out the second part of your post. That was a TH, right? That TH could have been filmed in reference to something else entirely. We know production fiddles around with where they place the THs...
  4. When Michael and Meka were sitting on the floor talking: Michael: "[...] I didn't feel comfortable with what they were asking me to do, what they were asking me to give up." Meka: "What was it? Didn't you all talk about it already?" Michael: "We did, but it changed. And so with that, came different requirements, it came different stipulations, and it was things we originally didn't agree to, before I signed." That leads me to believe it may have been similar to what you described as happening to your husband; that Michael was being required to sign an agreement to uphold certain precepts of the Catholic faith. If so, that would also be why he didn't want to go into detail with Meka *on camera*, because had he done so it may have put him in a position of never being able to get a job within the Catholic school system. It may be only certain positions (perhaps only those in which he'd have authority over students) would require him to agree to uphold those beliefs - a principal wouldn't be allowed to give emotional support to a gay student, for example, other than to offer to join them in "praying away the gay." Whereas administrative positions might not require that. Just a thought, because I don't see Michael as being a liar in the way Meka always assumes he is. It bothers me Meka never seems to consider she may have misheard Michael, or that she reads deception into everything he says and doesn't consider there may be another explanation. People who always insist they're right usually... aren't...in my experience.
  5. Okay... here's a recipe using grapes that's absolutely delicious: https://www.finecooking.com/recipe/sauteed-sausages-with-grapes-and-balsamic-glazed-onions I think it's a bit light on the grapes, so I usually double the amount called for in the recipe. I cut half of them in half lengthwise, and the rest I leave whole. I serve it over a soft polenta, which I make in the microwave. (PM me if you want to know how to make polenta in the microwave; it's a lot faster and easier than making it on top of the stove).
  6. Here ya' go: But Joyce would need double the number of carriers....
  7. "I'm working SO HARD to follow Dr. Now's diet...I hope I meet my goal..."
  8. Thank you for the mention 😊 Thinking about Tania making soap and how her overall approach to life seems a bit... irresponsible...reminded me of something that happened to a member of one of the online soap groups I belonged to years ago. She told the story herself, as a cautionary tale, so I know it was true. She had mixed up her lye and water in a large drink pitcher and left it on the kitchen counter. Her husband, who had been working out in the yard that day, came inside for a drink, grabbed a glass, some ice from the freezer, and poured what he thought was water from the pitcher into the glass and took a long, long, drink. Yes. Burned his mouth. His throat. His esophagus. His stomach. He almost died. She told the story to impress upon the rest of us how important it is to always prominently mark the caustic chemicals used in soapmaking and never to use containers normally used for food/drinks to store lye or lye water - or leave them anywhere another person could accidentally mistake them for something else. Is Tania responsible enough to think ahead to ensure neither Syngin or her mother could accidentally be harmed by her soapmaking supplies? Or, is it more likely she'll just casually leave stuff lying around and if someone gets hurt, say "Well, you should have known not to drink that!"
  9. Roux-en-y gastric bypass... ...is a type of weight-loss surgery that involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the newly created pouch directly to the small intestine. After gastric bypass, swallowed food will go into this small pouch of stomach and then directly into the small intestine, thereby bypassing most of your stomach and the first section of your small intestine. Now doesn't that sound super fun?
  10. No. Anamasthesia (according to closed captioning). There's no such thing as an Amy & Tammy to English dictionary (yet), so closed captioning is a necessity when viewing this...er...program.
  11. And sewing her lips shut. Oh... that's not a thing?
  12. "It's grapes. GRAPES! I won't stop eating GRAPES and YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!"
  13. Ohhhhh. My mistake because I recorded Saturday's episode but haven't watched it yet. Obviously I need to correct that post haste. I'll watch it tonight! 😊 I apologize for misunderstanding.
  14. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I suspect the "curated collection" consists of the dresses brides ordered but never picked up. We've been told in earlier seasons when a dress is selected, the bride has to pay a deposit equal to 50% of its cost. The remaining 50% is paid after the dress arrives and either before or after the fitting appointments (not sure which). When a wedding is cancelled, the bride can either pay the remaining 50% and take the dress anyway, OR lose their deposit and Kleinfeld keeps the dress. The dresses that were ordered but for which the brides didn't pay the remaining balance are the dresses I think the brides are choosing from. That would mean there are going to be a limited number of styles/sizes from which they can choose. Note: the markup on bridal gowns is 100%+ over wholesale cost. Therefore, Kleinfeld doesn't lose anything by giving those gowns away. The other possibility is designers may have "donated" dresses for the event - in which case, that may also limit the style/size selection. What we know for sure is these brides cannot choose from any style in the store, and the size range is limited, to get a free dress. Of course the brides can choose to buy any dress from the store if they prefer to do so. That bride needed to have a dress she could wear while driving her motorcycle, which means she couldn't have a dress that would drag on the ground or possibly get tangled in the wheels -which could kill her. On September 14, 1927, the dancer Isadora Duncan was strangled to death when the scarf she was wearing got tangled in one of the wheels of her convertible. Duncan's (extremely long) scarf somehow blew into the well of one of the rear wheels. It wound around the axle, tightened around her neck, and pulled her from the car and onto the cobblestone street. She died instantly. So you don't want to wear something long or too voluminous when driving, or riding on, a motorcycle.
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