Introducing the Adventures of Blossom May

Yay! I fixed Origin! Since there is a limited-time spring themed challenge, I’ve jumped right into that. The posts about Blossom will be short diary-style blurbs that track my challenge. I’ll work on updating the other stories shortly. 

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This is Blossom May. She just moved into Willow Creek to participate in the Spring Challenge.

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Blossom loves to collect things found in nature…that’s why she’s trying the Spring Challenge. She loves the outdoors and taking selfies. She is a cheerful person, but she’s a bit introverted and requires alone time.

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She’s going to be updating her progress on the challenge which consists of two parts: growing Growfruit trees, and collecting 12 different decorated eggs.

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Blossom moved into a tiny home in Willow Creek. She has no job, and is hoping to get buy on selling the items she collects or grows.

Good luck, Blossom!

Bachelor 4.3: Episode 11- And then there were four…

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And welcome back to The Bachelor! In this episode, we have our round three eliminations. We started out with 7 contestants…in Round 1 we said goodbye to Ansuya. In Round 2, we said farewell to Raven. Who will be next?

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Everyone has arrived in the garden, awaiting Dalton’s decision.

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I just want you all to know that it has been amazing getting to know all of you. You are all thoughtful, kind, attractive ladies and I’m a lucky guy.

And the first participant moving on to round 4 is….

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Dalton: Sabrina, I think we continue to connect on a very real level. Our relationship has a lot of potential, and I hope you’ll join me in this next round.

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Dalton: Karissa, it is very obvious that there is chemistry between us. I hope our relationship can continue to grow deeper as well.

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And the third participant…

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Dalton: Erica…

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Erica: Sorry about the plate. I was *really* hungry.

Dalton: :::laughs::: It’s fine. Erica…well, you make me laugh, and I feel like we could easily be best friends. I hope you join me for the next round so we can see if there is a spark between us.

And finally…

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Dalton: Penelope, I feel like we need more time. Our wavelengths don’t seem to be in sync, but I find that intriguing. Will you give us one more shot?

That means the person going home is…

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Sorry, Sabrina. You seemed shocked by this! Sadly, Dalton isn’t the prince you are looking for. Perhaps next season?

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Some of the potential partners decided to snag a few extra minutes with the Bachelor after the ceremony.

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Dalton practiced more of his guitar playing while Karissa and Erica made up lyrics about the pain of having to move furniture in order to properly vacuum.

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Dalton: Speaking of furniture…

Erica: I know! We need a basketball hoop.

Dalton: Not what I was going to say… 

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Erica and Dalton exchanged some flirtations.

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Sabrina and Dalton watched the Simolympics while eating burgers for dinner.

 

BACHELOR 4.3: EPISODE 10-Weenie Roast

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It’s time for another episode of the Bachelor. In this episode, we’ll see the round three party.

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Vivian Lewis was hired as the grillmaster. This is the second event she’s been hired for, and she has under performed at both. She didn’t even touch the grill!

Dalton is wondering if just hot dogs are sufficient for dinner, or if they should be roasting veggies instead.

Sabrina is wondering what a weenie roast has to do with finding her one true love.

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Dalton made up an adventure story to tell to the group about Pirates. Karissa and Simone seem to be the only ones who are interested.

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Sabrina makes sure to get in some flirting before the party is over.

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Later, while chatting around the campfire. Sabrina brings up one of Dalton’s favorite topics…sports.

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Sabrina and Simone discuss tomorrow’s eliminations. Who will be sent home? Surely it cannot be one of them.

Who do you think will be sent home in the next round?

 

BACHELOR 4.3: EPISODE 8- The Garden Grows

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Welcome back to the start of the third round of the Bachelor! Dalton, the handsome do-good-er who only eats Grilled Cheese when it’s raining and prefers cupcakes over sports cars is searching for his soulmate!

In round 1, we said goodbye to Ansuya. In round 2, we said farewell to Raven. Who will leave this round?

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As we’ve mentioned before, Dalton loves the great outdoors. He likes camping, hiking, fishing and gardening. He’d prefer a partner who doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty once and awhile.

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As such, today’s challenge was a gardening activity! The participants planted seedlings in the yard of the farm house. The participant who enjoyed themselves the most would win some alone time with Dalton. Karissa was the first to dig in.

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Simone and Penelope each did their share, but Sabrina preferred to observe and drink a cocktail.

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As you might have guessed, Erica left everyone in the dust (or potting soil!) when it came to this activity. Not only did she enthusiastically work her own plot, she assisted others, and discussed gardening with anyone who was interested. By the evening, many contestants were exhausted, but she was invigorated.

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Dalton: I think this series of the Bachelor has been pretty drama-free so far. I was warned their could be some issues. Have you noticed anything?

Erica: Not really. I think everyone gets along pretty well. 

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Erica: So, I heard you are a huge fan of cupcakes?

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Dalton: Your eyes are like swirling cups of coffee and your skin is the vanilla foam on top of coffee.

Erica: Are you new at this whole flirting thing?

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Erica: Tell me something about yourself.

Dalton: I don’t like bugs.

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While Dalton was reminiscing about his days in highschool, Erica attempted to pull the same move Penelope tried last night.

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Dalton didn’t fall for it, but he didn’t get too upset either. He just politely extricated himself, and went to use the restroom.

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Who gets up at 8 am and craves Mac n’ Cheese for breakfast? That guy!

Who will get the 1 on 1 date this round? Find out in our next episode!

 

Bachelor 4.3: Episode 7- Penelope Steps It Up

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Welcome to the next episode of the Bachelor! Last time, Raven was our second romantic interest to leave the show. Our first was Ansuya.

Before the next group activity, someone decides to take matters into their own hands…

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Penelope crept into Dalton’s room to get some extra one-on-one time. Dalton appreciated the effort, so he invited her to sit on his sofa.

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She didn’t waste anytime moving closer to the Dalton. He didn’t seem to mind this time.

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Since he was responding so well to her flirtations, Penelope tried to take things a little bit further…

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We’ve all seen that move before.

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Nope…Dalton likes to take things slow and warm up to the romance.

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Despite the awkwardness, they continued with their conversation for a little bit longer.

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Penelope recovered from the situation by keeping the conversation non-romantic.

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They discussed cars and cupcakes, and eating cupcakes while in cars.

Is Dalton just playing hard to get? Does Penelope like a challenge? Or is there just no chemistry? Perhaps we’ll find out in the next episode!

Bachelor 4.3: Episode 6- And then there were 5…

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Dalton microwaved a pastry for breakfast the morning of ceremony day.

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Later in the day, everyone gathered in the ceremony garden for the second elimination. Everyone seemed worried, except for Sabrina.

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Her confidence was not unfounded, Sabrina’s name was the first to be called.

Dalton: Sabrina, I think we have similar values in life. You are not only beautiful, but you have a beautiful soul too. Will you please accept this invitation to move on to round three?

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Dalton: From the moment I met you, Karissa, I felt the connection. I think we have a lot of chemistry that is worth exploring. Will you please accept this invitation to the next round?

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As Karissa joins Sabrina, we all wonder who the third choice will be…

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Dalton: Penelope, will you join this next round? I feel like I haven’t really gotten to know you yet, but I find you intriguing and would like to get to know you.

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Raven obviously feels that she deserved a higher place than Penelope.

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Only two more contestants will move on to the next round…

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Dalton: Simone, I find you attractive and I think their is potential here. Will you please join me in the next round?

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Dalton: And my final choice is Erica. I feel like we have lot of similar interests and like we could have a great time together.

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I’m sure Raven is disappointed, but we sincerely hope to see her in the next season!

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And these are our round 3 participants!

 

 

Martin Bowling: Episode 11

If you haven’t read about Martin Bowling before, go here. If you are looking for the most recent posts concerning Martin, go here.

As you may recall from our last episode, Martin’s family moved to Willow Creek into a more suitable home for their size family. Both Jade and Martin were struggling to get promotions at work. Martin and Jade were beginning to feel their age and the twins are a handful.

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The kids sometimes went to the park after school to play before heading home.

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Here is a typical weekday afternoon at the Bowling house before Martin and Jade get home from work. Benjamin is dancing to the music (just like his parents!), Isaac is focused on his homework (he is slightly more studious than the other two), and Raelyn is seeing how fast she can type on the computer.

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All too soon, we were throwing a birthday party for Benjamin. The few remaining Martineers (many have passed away) were in attendance along with Salvador (Isaac’s best friend) and Damien, of course (Benjamin’s best friend).

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It was time for Benjamin to transition into a teenager…what would his grown-up aspiration be?

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Benjamin’s aspiration is Party Animal…he wants to throw and attend awesome parties. Benjamin is gregarious, outgoing and childish (but in a good way).

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Morgan, Damien, Jade and Benjamin played cards during the party.

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Jade has been trying to play more games to improve her critical thinking skills, which she needs to get promoted.

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Eventually, Jade buys a chess table to focus on her skills even more. Still no promotion, though.

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The kids are tired and bored after coming home from school.

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Both the sink and the fridge are broken, and all of Martin’s next paycheck will be going towards their repair.

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Benjamin agrees to watch a kid movie with his younger siblings…he likes that sort of thing.

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Raelyn had an embarrassing day at school, and she tells Jade all about it that night.

Thanks for reading!