Sabotage? Or the game!- Season 32 Recap & Rankings Episode 8

Another brain bites the dust.

This is difficult for me to watch, guys. I’ll choose a brain over a brawn or a beauty any day; in my personal life, in Survivor- it doesn’t matter. The most successful castaways in the history of the game have been brain-y; people that excel at the strategy aspect that enable them to outwit, outplay, and essentially, outlast. People that can effectively manipulate their competition to their advantage and come out on top in the end.

The strategy is why I love Survivor.

The problem with this season is the naming of the tribes. One would expect the brains to be the biggest threat- however, it is evident after 8 episodes that brain exists everywhere in this game. Survivor casted several double agents; and aside from a small few, most of the castaways are not only brawn or beauty, they are also brain.

Because of the perception that the intellectual prevail in this game, is it actually a disadvantage to be put on the brain tribe? Is it better to be brain-y but masked by a brawn or a beauty label?

Go back to Cagayan where Tony Vlachos masterminded the entire game from start to finish. He was cast as a brawn, but his intellectual prowess was unmatched by any of the so-called brains. Did he have a clear advantage in that he was underestimated and written off as a ‘jock’?

I’m not sure how all of this will pan out- but I do know that my early winner pick, Debbie, is out; and my other winner pick, Kyle Jason, is a jerk.

Survivor 2, Erica 0


Quote of the Episode:

*Scot throws water on fire*

Joe: Why would you sabotage our camp?

Scot: Why would you sabotage us?

Joe: What do you mean sabotage you? It’s the game!


Joe isn’t doing much- but that comment is spot on! #RespectTheGame

I can’t forsee a scenario in which Scot can emerge triumphant.

A) He’s already a millionaire (unfortuneately our society rewards the brawn even if they are sore losers)

B) He pulled a J’Tia/Brandon H. and crossed a line- he let his emotions get the best of him. 

Alright- let’s take a stab at these rankings!

* I don’t read spoilers



Pre-Merge Boot/Med Evac Order:

1. Darnell Hamilton (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_darnellhamilton

2. Jennifer Lanzetti (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_jenniferlanzetti

3. Liz Markham (Chan Loh)     svr32_cast_800x1000_elisabethmarkham

4. Caleb Reynolds (Gondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_calebreynolds

5. Alecia Holden (To Tangsvr32_cast_800x1000_aleciaholden

6. Anna Khait (GondolGondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_annakhait

7. Peter Baggenstos (Chan LohGondolsvr32_cast_800x1000_peterbaggenstos



1. Neal Gottlieb (Chan Loh, Chan Loh, Dara) svr32_cast_800x1000_nealgottlieb

In the beginning I was not a Neal fan. However, his clearly strategic personality and his energy to stay in the game converted me to the Neal side. It is so difficult to see a med evac for someone who so desperately wants to stay. Will we see Neal again? I hope so.

2. Nick Maiorano (Gondol, Chan Loh, Dara) svr32_cast_800x1000_nickmaiorano

Nick had a promising outlook in the game until he allowed himself to become too arrogant and too comfortable. He shouldn’t have boasted and then broadcast his safety to the rest of the tribe. The immunity challenge was a clear foreshadowing of what was to come for Nick; he lost the challenge and he lost the game. Also, is he a robot?

3. Debbie Wanner (Chan Loh, Chan Loh, Dara) svr32_cast_800x1000_debbiewanner

Pre-merge, Debbie’s game was on point. Post-merge, she completely lost her edge. She was playing the offensive too hard, she trusted Julia too much, and she was too annoying. I love Debbie and I hope we see her again, but she needs to change her game play is she wants to go to the end. OH- and was bean-bag throwing another one of Debbie’s jobs??

Dara Rankings (Merged Tribe)

*My rankings aren’t meant to predict book order. I rank by person I feel has the best chance to win the game.

8. Joseph Del Campo svr32_cast_800x1000_josephdelcampo

He hasn’t built the resume to win the game. He’s a good guy and I don’t think he is in jeopardy any time soon, but what is his argument in the end? He’s loyal to a fault and big moves just don’t appear to be in his future.

7. Julia Sokolowski svr32_cast_800x1000_juliasokolowski

I’ve underestimated Julie the entire time and must admit I was impressed with her strategy this episode. I was even more impressed when she won immunity. However, she is playing both sides and usually that type of gameplay doesn’t win in Survivor.

6. Kyle Jason svr32_cast_800x1000_kylejason

He is so disliked at this point that a scenario in which he wins isn’t evident. I really dislike watching this guy play. He aspires to be like Russell Hantz, but the difference between him and Russell is that all of Russell’s moves were calculated and executed with precision. Kyle hiding the machete in such an obvious manner only shows that he is playing based on emotions, and we all know that isn’t the Hantz gameplay.

5. Scot Pollard svr32_cast_800x1000_scotpollard

Kyle and Scot are sticking around for a bit only because they have the Super Idol. I truly can’t see a jury voting for these guys in the end. I hope someone pours water on his head during the reunion show.

4. Cydney Gillon svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillon

We all know after this episode that Cydney can climb a damn tree. We also know that she’s making some brilliant moves and has probably done herself a favor by distancing herself from the rest of brawn. She’s a powerful player and I hope see her at the end.

3. Michele Fitzgerald svr32_cast_800x1000_michelefitzgerald

She’s strong and confident and making only good choices. She was someone I truly underestimated, but I believe her gameplay exhibits the grit that can get her to the end.

2. Tai Trang svr32_cast_800x1000_taitrang

Totally mixed emotions in regards to Tai. I like him and enjoyed his strong moral compass in the beginning of the episode. However, joining the ranks of Jason and Scot and childishly putting out the fire that our boy Joe works so hard on was infuriating. In addition, he let the cat out of the bag about the Super Idol and he’s strategically put himself on the outs. 

1. Aubry Bracco svr32_cast_800x1000_aubrybraco

Does anyone else feel like Aubry is narrating the game at this point? I feel like all we see is Aubry confessionals. We know from Debbie’s Ponderosa video that Aubry won’t attain Debbie’s vote if she gets to the end, but I can see this underdog easily lapping everyone else in her path.

Winner Pick

Aubry Bracco

You go, girl!


There you have it folks, the eighth episode of Survivor 32 in the books! Check back next week for more Recaps and Rankings. 

Until next time,


Survivor Live! 50 Survivor Thoughts- Episode 8

Guys- I let you all down.

My recap & rankings of Episode 7 are no where to be found.

It isn’t like I didn’t think about my Survivor blog this week- I thought about it all week! But that was the problem- I had way too many thoughts about:

  • Neal’s med evac
  • Debbie throwing away what has been a tight game to this point
  • Michele’s undeniable sort of winner edit
  • Nick’s new commanding position in the middle of the merged tribe
  • Scot’s ease in giving away almost all the idol information
  • High school sterotypes that dominated in this episode
  • Tai’s relationship with chickens
  • Brains being thrown into lockers
  • Aubrey’s entitlement of Neal’s idol
  • Beauty’s decision to side with Brawn 😦
  • Etc. etc.

That’s no excuse! But I’m doing something different tonight and I’m writing Episode’s 8 blog WHILE I watch the episode. I’m excited and nervous and anxious all at the same time!

50 Thoughts I had while watching Kaoh Rong Episode 8 (In chronological order):

  1. Why is the tribe named Dara? I hate when I have to search the secret scenes to find out :(.
  2. Brains are in trouble- just 3 are left!
  3. Scot- save the Forrest Gump imperssions for Tom Hanks.
  4. Aubry with the winner’s edit? Her narration of the tribe dyanmics is spot-on!
  5. My first thought while Kyle is talking about his family- is it true? He does want to play the Hantz game…
  6. Kyle has a compelling story- I do like him more now.
  7. Did Kyle’s story backfire in regards to Cydney? She may see that sitting next to him in the final Tribal is not good for her game.
  8. Oh hey, Jeff Probst. Those dimples are lookin’ good tonight!
  9. ICE CREAM! I’m not even on the island and that looks goooood!
  10. Julia’s reward challenge team is the
  11. A classic Survivor challenge!
  12. Why is Aubry continuing to be designated pole girl?
  13. Michele’s Nikes are on point.
  14. Pretty big fan of Julia’s Nikes, too.
  15. The end of this challenge may be hard for two big buys like Scot and Nick.
  16. Uneven challenge groups here- ice cream here they come!
  17. Aubry with another confessional?? She’s totally going to the end.
  18. Tai wishes he could share ice cream. I totally wouldn’t want to share anything and would echo Debbie’s sentitment, “I don’t feel sorry for the losers”.
  19. The winning team is really bonding over this reward…!
  20. Julia sees Scot in a much different light than myself.
  21. I really hope Joe is secretly awake and listening to these boys plot.
  22. Looks like Cydney is back from her hiatus. Storms a’comin!
  23. Cydney c’mon- keep your cool! Don’t blow up your game!
  24. Paraoid- paranoid, that everybody’s out to get me! (Cyd’s theme song)
  25. I wonder if Cydney misses her branch-chain amino acids?
  26. “Don’t check me, boo!” CALM DOWN
  27. Poor Nick, his immunity meant nothing!
  28. Balancing challenges always seem to favor the girls.
  29. Love temptations during challenges, you can really get a taste for who feels comfortable and who NEEDS the immunity.
  30. Julia, wait for the food!!!
  31. I’ve heard the pizza on Survivor isn’t that good, anyway. It’s certainly not worth a million bucks!
  32. Looks like Scot, Joe, Michele, and Kyle are feeling pretty comfortable in the game… hmmmm.
  33. My inner voice is voting for a Kyle blindside!
  34. So Tai is clearly against the Brains. Good game play?? I think that blatant honesty is too much.
  35. Is Nick trying to make up his earlier blunder with Cydney?
  36. Yikes- is Nick leaving tonight?? His arrogance paired with Scot’s overconfidence is the kiss of death in this game.
  37. I’d love to borrow Cyd’s biceps.
  38. Cydney says she isn’t quitting any time soon- but Tai could see it on her face, so…
  39. Tai runs to get his necklace and is guaranteed 3 more days in the game!
  40. Debbie saw what running across the Sahara?
  41. I like hard game play, but Nick is playing too hard. We’ll see in 17 minutes, I guess.
  42. Is Cydney being legit, here?!
  43. Oh my gosh- please unite ladies, and vote Nick out! #SaveDebbie!
  44. #TribalCouncil
  45. Sweet, sweet Neal! Poor guy 😦
  46. Love me some Cochran references!
  47. TAI!!! OMG you just gave away the Super Idol!!!!
  48. I’m so nervous- – –
  49. Overconfidence is a weakness- pot calling the kettle black?

One thing is for sure- overconfidence in this game will kill you & so will revealing a super secret like a Super Idol.

Rankings to return next week!

Until next time,


April Must Haves

What a glorious time of the year!

The sounds of tweeting birds accompany my morning latte, the grass is greening and the trees are sprouting, and the weather is becoming warmer and warmer by the day!

April is a wonderful month and my optimism over the coming of Spring has prompted a new type of blog post- a must have products for the month.

I want to share a few products that I simply can’t live without!

April Must Haves


  1. Oil of Olay Complete Face Moisturizer olay

This product keeps my face in check all day and prevents chapping from the random colder winds of April. Olay also packs an SPF protection of 15 which is great for my faces’ reunion with the sun!

2. Trader Joes’ Milk Lotion milk

This product is heavenly; it is smooth on my skin and has a wonderful Vanilla scent. It even has one of my favorite essential oils, Ylang Ylang, infused in the serum. This is great for freshly shaved legs and dry hands that might still be suffering from winter. It is sold at Trader Joes and paired with a Milk Bubble Bath… which isn’t pictured because I’ve already used all of that…!

3. Cinnamon cinn

I love cinnamon so much that I buy the industrial sized portion at Costco. Cinnamon is great from warding off ants to enhancing flavor, but cinnamon has several health benefits as well. I put a sprinkle in my coffee, my Shakeology, and it also tastes great on cooked green beans and brussell sprouts!

4.  Sunglassesshades

Not much explanation needed here… the sun is coming back and its fun to celebrate with a new pair of shades! These were $10 at Old Navy :):)

5. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavendar Hand Soap meyer

It may be April but cold & flu season is still looming, so hand-washing is obviously still a must. I love the lavendar scent of Meyer’s hand soap because not only are your hands getting clean, lavender is a mood elevator!

6. Clean & Clear Morning Burst clean

Keep those pours clean and wake up each morning to this deliciously smelling face wash. It smells so good I want to drink it! The cucumber helps reduce puffiness you have when you wake up and the cleaning beads make my face tingle.. Mmmmm

7. It’s A 10 Leave-in Product 10

Spray this stuff in your hair post-shower and then blow dry and your hair will be silky-smooth and shiny all day!

8. Caffe Latte Shakeology shakeo

Can’t go a day without my daily dose of dense nutrition! I’ve been drinking this liquid gold since January and have seen improvement in my energy, a reduction in junk food cravings, and weight loss! Shakeology packs all my essential vitamins and nutrients and also has gut-loving pre and probiotics! Caffe Latte is the newest flavor and it is delish!

9. Beachbody Portion-Control Containers (21 Day Fix)containers

Summer is right around the corner! Eat what you want, but keep your portions in check with these color-coded containers! And you don’t have to mess around with counting calories!

10. Norwex Dust Mitt dust

I just dusted my entire upstairs in 10 minutes! Who knew spring cleaning could be so easy? Norwex is a reputable company that sells chemical-free cleaning products that make house cleaning quick and easy! (I am not a Norwex distributor)

Happy Spring, y’all!

Until next time,