7 Quick Takes 40 x FTSF

— 1 —
Finish the Sentence Friday

My ‘bucket list’ includes…

  • Drive a steam train
  • Climb a mountain
  • Network my way into friendship with someone who owns a traction engine (preferably a Burrell) and get them to ‘take me under their wing’ and indulge my whimsy by teaching me how to drive and maintain it
  • Write a book
  • Visit the USA
  • Walk along the street one day with Husby, both as ‘little old uglies’, still holding hands

  • Be a Mum…properly
— 2 —

Someone’s been making me laugh so much I actually stopped breathing – Husby (#367 on the list of sickening ‘Why I *heart* My Man’)

WonderAunty has always despaired (when it comes to cut flowers) of my approach to getting them from point of origin (pretty, displayed well as per florist’s design, all wrapped in paper) to the end result (pretty, displayed well as per florist’s design, now in vase).

And according to Husby, this is how I do it…

— 3 —

We have a totally creepy new house guest – Syphylissa – the awful, ugly (and probably diseased) doll chosen by Niece at the steam rally last weekend. Since coming into our lives, being banished to the boot of the car and finally brought in (with the hopes that if I boil-wash her, she might die), this aberration has been nothing but trouble. It started off on Wednesday with this:

I ran for the hills and spent the rest of the week frustratingly out of reach of Facebook in the dodgy wifi provided by greasy, middle-of-nowhere internet cafes. After a day I thought it would be safe to come back. No sign of that dreadful figure anywhere.
Then tonight I heard strange noises and went investigating. I walked into the bathroom to be confronted by this:

The doll is TOTALLY out of control. And needs rehoming (and possibly rehab) soon. I may have to send her away. Far away.

— 4 —

I’m not a pets person really. Well, not a ‘fluffy pets’ person. But even I found this hilarious, and spent a good long time in fits of laughter with Dyanne over it

In fact, I’ve spent several note-worthy evenings laughing with Dyanne, who is a source of great conversation, sometimes questionable music and encouragement. She is also rapidly becoming a most excellent partner in crime #WatchThisSpace

Her blog, I want backsies, has the distinction of being only the second ever that I’ve come to late, and gone back to absorb every single post. Because it really, truly is *that* good. A warrior journey written with incredible humour and postivity. Go on over and see for yourself.

Backsies Is What There Is Not

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You know that your Aunty/Neff relationship is at an all-time high when, after a long walk in the hot sun, he sneaks up to you, sticks his fingers into your armpit, then wipes them down your arm and disappears into a cloud of giggles.

CHEERS kiddo!

— 6 —

Things are slowly falling into place on the job front – I nearly have all my identity checks done and will hopefully take in the last piece of address-related documentation by the end of the week. It’s all proving highly efficient so far, and I’m looking forward to hearing about a start date. So thankful to have landed a job in this ‘current economic climate’.

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This week’s co-host interview was given by Christine, and a wonderful one it was, too. Come and meet her again tomorrow, and read what she’s been thankful for this week in the blog hop where conversation happens…on all our blogs (seriously – it’s one of the most responsive, people-jumping-in-and-out-of-each-others’-blogs blog hops I’ve seen – it’s quite marvellous)

Ten Things of Thankful

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40 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes 40 x FTSF

  1. A mountain is anything over 1000ft – it's not really that high. I don't mean an epic mountain (we've not really got any here) just one that qualifies.

    Husby sent me that clip from a show called 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'

    Lol post the Chucky trailer next tuesday. And pics of your cat being evil 😀


  2. Seems like a doable bucket list, but that climbing a mountain one… I don't know if I could do that. I hear the air gets really thin and I would likely hyperventilate or something crazy. If I happened to make it to the top it may be the fastest way down, though. Just pass out and tumble.

    You have some mad flower arrangement skills! What the heck was that clip from?

    1:25 on that cat/dog friend it how Crooks loves to wake me up lately. He is a little punk >.< That is a pretty hilarious video and I think I've seen it before... Muahahahahaha Those are some sweet doll pics! I'm glad she is still alive and now free-roaming your place! I should have posted the new Chucky trailer on Tuesday lol Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink


  3. Any time – it was your first FTSF, was it not? Nice to see you over there, and hope to see you again next week – it's such a fun hop.

    Glad you liked the 'hysterical' evil doll 😉


  4. Oh my gosh, Lizzi, this post just made me smile, then say “what the heck?!” and then laugh out loud. That doll is hysterical.

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face, and thanks for stopping by thepinkrollercoaster.com earlier today. 🙂



  5. I really hope…with all my mama heart, that my Neverborns aren't my only two…


    YES to little olds.

    And there will be more from Syphylissa, you can be sure.


  6. I have a drawing here – we did an exercise in a church group of drawing the thing we want most in life. That was mine. Even before I found out about the infertility, there were no children in the picture…funny how that worked. I'd still prefer that there could be, somewhere…but if not, I'd take growing old and gnarly and still holding hands.


  7. Um…what is a traction engine? I have no idea but I liked how that sounded on your bucket list, and, yes, I would like to walk hand in hand with hubby in old age. So sweet! Also, I love how you did the numbers for this list. Very creative. And the dolls need to be kicked to the curb.


  8. She was sick as a sick dog. Now she's back to just being sick.

    I hope we both get our dream there, Stephanie 🙂

    I've been to Seattle vicariously (by which I mean, I have a friend who went there and he took a LOT (a lot, A. Lot.) of holiday pics, which I got to look through with him.


  9. Wow! What did you think of it? They smell and sound SO much better than any other kind of train. And they look GORGEOUS with all their shiny brass and beautiful paintwork and…oh…I am SUCH a steamgeek!

    She's a nightmare. She's currently in the cupboard, banging to be let out and breaking things.

    Yess….not quite getting my boob stepped on, but it was pretty hilarious (until he tackled me, knocked me over and tried to do the same thing with his bare toes…)


  10. I've actually just ridden a steam engine a few weeks ago for the first time!

    I loved Syphylissa's photo. She's a horrible house guest. Looks like she might need an intervention.

    Also the relationship with the neff? Love! Love, love, love. 🙂


  11. REALLY! You actually passed out from laughing? I *so* want to know what it was AT! That's an amazing story 😀

    I think it's not too difficult to get a package deal called a 'footplate experience' arranged over here…I can certainly recommend the place I went 🙂

    The doll…is a deviant!

    Thanks for the good luck – I'm hoping I won't need *too* much and that I feel as though I'll be able to manage it! Hate feeling out of my depth for too long


  12. Thanks Cyndi 🙂 I'm really pleased with the job – it's a good one.

    I think the doll is DEFINITELY kin to Chucky – she's as badly behaved!

    YES I *so* wanna visit. Let me know if you ever come here 😀


  13. My brother-in-law would be envious that you somehow managed an opportunity to drive a steam train. 🙂 BE CAREFUL with all that laughing if you stopped breathing. I once managed to laugh myself unconscious and came to with someone about to attempt the Heimlich Maneuver while someone else was dialing 911. Cracked up over the doll, especially her internet search LOL. Good luck with the new job. 🙂


  14. Bwahahaha you're very, very welcome 😉

    YES! You should be next. Let's apply the rule of threes and all cross our fingers for you. I have every confidence that you'll land something soon. 🙂


  15. That could work. I'm required in Cali, but then Minnesota, Indiana and Missouri could all somehow be reached. ROAD TRIP! XD

    The doll is *horrific* you've no idea!

    Enjoy Backsies – bring tissues, a swear tin and something to help you recover from excess laughter.


  16. Thank you, and YES I DID! It was the most amazing thing, arranged for me for my 30th last month. I *loved* it.

    I have known dogs and cats and see them ALL in that vid! Uncannily accurate 😉


  17. Congrats on the new job – that is so wonderful. As for that doll, she must be kin to Chucky and I don't like Chucky. HAHA
    And you wanna visit the US? HA! I so, so, so wanna visit the UK. One of these here days. LOL.


  18. Thank you for the laughter Lizzi! Even dragged the “dogman” (thanks for that lol) into read/see the doll bit. Well done!

    Again, wonderful news you securing employment. I'm very excited for you =D
    You know how they say things come in 3's? Well, since you secured a job, Melanie acquired new employment…. I'm thinking maybe I should be next!!

    Once again, excellent post.


  19. I think “write a book” has been on all of our lists! I'm glad to hear the job is coming together…. and that doll is creepy, reminds me of Chucky. Off to check out Backsies…. {Oh, and when you visit the USA, it should be Minneapolis. Just sayin'}. 🙂


  20. ORLY? Ah well, if I can remain something of an enigma (or source of bafflement) then at least I'll keep you on your toes. The doll is creepy. She's going to be sent away.

    The job is got – I just need a start date. Not looking forward to playtime being over though, but I guess I gotta earn somehow (and I'm saving 'going back on the game' for a rainy day)

    Time is what I want to grow old. This is (as you have correctly identified) a key issue, and one which requires both Husby and I to be present henceforth 🙂 Bring it on 🙂


  21. Lizzi – There are times I wonder about you. Not many, but a few. The doll is hilarious, especially since you set the mood with the old Monty Python bit. Loved it all! Hope you get the job! This endless madness won't have time to grow if you do! lol Great Job! Oh, btw, give the walking down the street as uglies bit a little time. It will happen naturally! 🙂


  22. It's a terrible doll and needs to LEAVE!

    Burrells are the prettiest traction engines, so why not aim for the best? 😉 We shall see – there must be someone locally who has one.


  23. Thank you so much for the shout out! We've had fun this week, haven't we?! Syphylissa (and the world) have no idea what awaits!

    By the way, my husband thought the Dog/Cat thing was stupid. WHAT? He said the cat should have walked across the guy, turned, and stuck his butt in his face, because that's what ours does to him all the time 🙂


  24. ok seriously that doll would be in the trash if it were at my house…although it would probably find its way back out. Maybe it's time for a bonfire, perhaps?

    Love the bucket list…especially “Network my way into friendship with someone who owns a traction engine (preferably a Burrell) and get them to 'take me under their wing' and indulge my whimsy by teaching me how to drive and maintain it”…way to be really specific. Go for it, my friend!


  25. *Trying* to link up – I timezoned myself out of both of these today! I guess I'll join in properly later.

    Syphylissa – she's coming to get youuuu!

    The 'old with husband' is a lovely dream 🙂 I'm looking forward to achieving it.


  26. Seriously no words on the doll!! But your list is a bit similar to my own with hoping to publish a book in the future and also to be able to grow old with my husband someday, too!! Thank you seriously as always for linking up with us and really always love reading your responses!! 🙂


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