It's Breakfast for Dinner! In which we try new things and write about them. Maybe they initially sound strange but turn out to be great, much like eating breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for Dinner

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We reject that rose, “The Bachelor”

By Rachel Sauer
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Melinda: We are breaking up with “The Bachelor.” We reject Juan Pablo's rose, ABC and everyone else associated with the show now. This season has stunk from the beginning, but that's not why we're bailing. Rachel will take over to explain why after the events that unfolded Monday, Feb. 3. Rachel: I would like to write in all-caps LIKE THIS. THAT'S HOW APPALLED I AM. I FEEL LIKE YELLING. J.Pabs and the harem went to Vietnam this week, and I think it ...


A little bit of Seoul, and a lot of eye rolling

By Rachel Sauer
Friday, January 31, 2014

The low point came, I think, when I screeched “You don't deserve Korea!” at my TV. I can't remember what it was in response to — probably when one of the interchangeable “ladies” had a spaz about eating a tiny piece of octopus — but Melinda was very soothing. “Have a cookie,” she advised. So I did. It had come to this, to self-medicating with baked goods. I know Melinda feels bad that this, my introduction to “The ...


The international dates start soon…so there’s that

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, January 24, 2014

I feel terrible. After talking Rachel into finally watching a season of “The Bachelor” with me, ABC throws up this dud. I don’t mean to be rude, but from an entertainment standpoint, this season of “The Bachelor” is the worst ever. Seriously, the depth of some of these women’s conversations makes my ears hurt. Juan Pablo isn't better. This week, Rachel and I settled in to finally start learning these women’s names and more about ...


Welcome to SLC; now put on your glow sticks

By Melinda Mawdsley
Saturday, January 18, 2014

This week, colleague Matt Meyer asked me a simple question: “Why do women watch ‘The Bachelor’?” I didn’t have an immediate answer. It wasn’t until I was listening to a podcast about an unrelated topic when I realized my answer:   I was joking, but the more I thought about it the more I realized “The Bachelor” and pro wrestling are similar, and that played out perfectly in Week 2 on Monday, Jan. 13. The episode started with ...


We accept your rose, Juan Pablo

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, January 13, 2014

Rachel is well-read and well-cultured. She cans jam, knits sweaters and uses large words comfortably in daily settings. But she had never seen "The Bachelor."     On Monday, Jan. 6, Rachel had this and other revelations during the season premiere of “The Bachelor,” which I talked her into watching, so I could live tweet her thoughts about seeing dozens of women fight for the attention of one man on national TV, while crying about how much they ...


It was ‘like picking a favorite child’

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rachel and I were intrigued. The envelope we received this week from Marya in Grand Junction was particularly thick. We got our answer as to why when we opened it and found four brackets inside, including one from California. And that wasn’t the only bracket we received from out of state but more on that later. On to some of this week's reader highlights: - Bev from Montrose simply wrote, “Great Contest.” Thanks, Bev. We just wanted people to have fun. Glad ...


Thanks for the note with hearts and more thoughts from Round 1

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Note: Rachel took the day off, leaving me to write alone, which means two things. 1. This post will have no big words. 2. I can write whatever I want. Rachel and I disagree a lot. No seriously, like all the time. We do, however, share a mutual love of debating and getting notes from readers, particularly when it comes with hearts. (Thanks, Caroline) That’s what makes bracket challenges so fun. It combines debating with our love of getting mail. Before we put the bracket ...


Ikea. The end.

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Near Park Meadows Mall sits one store seemingly taller than the rest. It has its own road signs and parking garage because it’s, it's special. Ikea. Say it with me. I-Key-Uh. Rachel and I recently went to Colorado Springs for several days of work training. We learned a lot; it was a great weekend of informative workshops, la, la, la. THEN WE DROVE TO DENVER AND WENT TO IKEA! We both love Ikea. I think it’s the sheer size of the place, with its huge parking ...


A hot dog in this race, plus a bottle of ketchup and mustard

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, August 12, 2013

So this happened. Rachel and I have developed a reputation around the newsroom as the two willing to do ridiculous things probably because we are willing to do ridiculous things. So, obviously, sportswriter Patti Arnold asked us if we’d be interested in dressing up as a hot dog and condiment bottle for a promotional race across Suplizio Field for Wiener Wednesday, where Wienerschnitzel, the official hot dog of the Grand Junction Rockies, ingeniously, in our opinion, sells $1 ...


The making of a fake mascot

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, May 31, 2013

Spending a day as Mr. JUCO’s sidekick opened my eyes. Now, I know what it feels like to be the youngest child always trying to measure up to an older sibling. I was smaller than Mr. JUCO. I wasn’t recognized – at all. Everyone flocked to Mr. JUCO’s smiling big head, while I stood there with my face painted like a baseball wishing a small child would hug me. Sure, I was a fake mascot that Rachel and I made up so I could spend the day with her while she was ...


We HEART chick flicks, particularly ones with Tom Hanks and Colin Firth

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, April 4, 2013

As our Chick Flick March Madness project ends, it’s time for Rachel and I to address our favorites. After all, our love of these movies is the reason why we did this project. First things first, here are my Final Four: “You’ve Got Mail” versus “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” and “Leap Year” against “An Affair to Remember.” Rachel’s Final Four were “Pride & Prejudice” versus “It Happened One ...


Reasons why some of your favs missed the cut

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 28, 2013

We knew when we decided to do a 64-movie bracket we would leave out some of your favorite chick flicks. The genre is so personal, and so big. I mean, Rachel and I didn't agree on how good most of these 64 films were, and we're just two people. With the final unveiling next week, we have addressed the list of Chick Flick March Madness snubs that you wrote in asking about. Some of you actually crossed off our movies and wrote in your own. REMINDER: These are our opinions. Our ...


Cary Grant wears a suit to brunch; other lessons from Round 2

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Round 2 of our Chick Flick March Madness bracket is in the books. After Rachel and I explained our Round 1 disagreements — and there were many — we thought we'd explain why we voted the way we did in general. Let’s call it The Head vs. The Heart. The inner-argument I had between my head and my heart forced me to fill out four brackets — FOUR! — before settling on my final one, which I entitled, simply, “Heart.” How many did you fill out ...


Cary Grant vs Robert Pattinson and Jack Nicholson vs a robot

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chick flicks are my favorite genre. They make me happy. They are easy to watch. The stories are predictable, and the characters are usually likeable. My personal interest in chick flicks and sports gave me the idea to combine the two into this mega bracket to be released at about the same time as the NCAA Tournament brackets come out. I assumed the 64-team bracket of chick flicks would be easy to put together because I just figured Rachel would like the same 64 movies I did. Um, ...


On being les miserables at “Les Miserables”

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, December 28, 2012

I waited all year for this moment. I. Love. Musicals. The Christmas Day release of “Les Miserables” is among the most anticipated movie releases of my lifetime. I’m not making that up. Ever since I saw a DVD recording of the 25th anniversary performance from 2010 at The O2 in London, I have been in love with this epic tale of life, death, war, peace and love. (Samantha Barks, who plays Eponine in the movie, played the same role in the anniversary stage show. I ...


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