Ten Things of Thankful #22

I heard via a little birdie (actually, via Josie – you remember her, right?) that November has another theme to it:

Not NaNoWriMo (the novel one) or NaNoBloMo (the blogging every day but-only-if-you’re-in-the-USA one)

NaNoGraMo – the daily gratitude one.

So, in this first weekend of November, I feel it quite fitting that we kick off the month with a gorgeous, sumptuous, like-stepping-into-a-warm-bath Ten Things hop.

And my challenge to each of you is to see if you can blog or Facebook or Tweet each day about one thing you’re thankful for.

Onwards with my list.

1. In spite of the awkward TimeZoning issues, I am HUGELY grateful that I have SuperSmashingAwesomeGorgeous friends on the other ends of the internet, who are happy to patiently and painstakingly advise me on How To Be A Girl. Using the full depth of their experience, no holds barred. And that they’re also happy to tell me that I might *possibly* be putting a little too much into the outfit for this party, and perhaps it’s not really so important as all that. These’re true friends indeed. Come back tomorrow for pics of the outfit and see whether you think all the faff and girlification was worthwhile…

2. It was SUPER fun to get to vicariously enjoy Halloween through the status updates of those who ‘do’ it. It’s never been a ‘thing’ over here (though in recent years it’s becoming more so) and seeing all the pumpkins and people’s kids (and they themselves, in fact) dressed up for trick-or-treating was really awesome, and gave me a much clearer idea of why y’all who’re American at home, like it so much.

3. My FIRST DAY UNSUPERVISED. It went really well. There were a couple of snaggles (like the power cutting out repeatedly until I discovered I was plugged into a dodgy socket) and a couple of people whose eyes would NOT dilate within the 5 minute timeframe I’m allocated per patient. But I saw everyone who came, got lots of smiles from lovely people, and was back to base and out of work and on my way by 4pm. A hugely successful first ‘fledged’ day.

4. My wonderful sister is taking me shopping (read ‘preparing for dragging a whingey nightmare around town, trying to convince it that the NEXT shop will probably have the desired items, and yes, it’s going to look great, and just please KEEP GOING’) today, and by the time we’re done, I hope to have spent some serious ‘sister’ time catching up, as well as taking her excellent fashion advice and learning what on earth to do with false eyelashes.

5. I mean, how hard can they be, right? It’s all gonna turn out FINE…right??

6. I’m happy that I managed my fitness goal this week – third time was the charm and I definitely managed a solid 10k. Possibly more, because I had no way of measuring the distance except with my Paint picture of Google Maps, with little dots all over it, measuring every 500m according to the scale, using a piece of paper ripped from an old envelope. Ohhh yeah, I’m high-tech!

7. I’m HUGELY thankful for all the beautiful little presents left for me by the chickens I was looking after for the week. Snowdrop and Lily may have strange taste in presents, (they allegedly didn’t have enough corn to share with me (it’s their favourite)) but the little gift each day I went was such a sweet touch from my awesome friends, and I loved sprucing up my packed lunches with some of the items.

Saturday – Strawberry flavoured raisins
Sunday – Jar of red chillies
Monday – Alphabet candy
Tuesday – Packet of pork scratchings
Wednesday – Bag of pick’n’mixed blue sweets
Thursday – Individual bottle of red wine

Those chickens have impeccable taste.

There ya go, Marcia! Thanks for asking ๐Ÿ˜€

8. Selfies, including the aftermath of the blue chicken-sweets. Though contrary to (apparently) popular opinion, no Smurfs were licked in the making of this photo. Nor anything else except the sweets.

9. I’m thankful that my co-hosts have all bonded so well as a group. Truly. They’re all getting along really well, and it’s great to see that such a disparate bunch of people can join in together over something like this hop and make it a HUGE amount of fun. I’m also so thankful for all the hard work they put in each week – one of the major elements of feedback we’ve had from new people joining TToT is how incredibly welcoming it is. And that’s largely down to my co-hostini (though I know that there are a number of participants who also ‘do the rounds’ and join in conversations here there and everywhere, and I LOVE that)

10. I’m thankful that in some areas of life, things are looking ever-so-slightly rosier. YAY! for that. Nothing big, just small improvements in situation and circumstance which make things look a little bit brighter.

Aaaaaand just ‘because’ – a GREAT video full of awesome and fun.

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58 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #22

  1. I frequently get wrong-footed by the TimeZoning issue – don't worry about it! The photos are awesome. That's all though.

    We do the same, but we did it last week – so I think you and I have been an hour closer together (or maybe an hour further apart – not sure which) for the last week! How weird is that!


  2. I am so, MASSIVELY thankful for my fashionable sister! She's so smart and kind and understands the things in these fashion magazines. She's amazing!

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I was pretty pleased with the eyelashes drawing. In the end, it DIDN'T go like that, but only because my sis was there – she sat me down, told me to close my eyes and NOT MOVE and she did it all for me ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I think it's a bigger thing than just Josie and I (at least, that's my understanding!) so ANYONE AND EVERYONE is welcome to join in ๐Ÿ˜€ I might have a go at running something through the Considerings FB page.

    But yes – there are a lot of those contracted 'thing' names, and it gets very confusing.

    I've seen the one at Yeah Write, and although I'll post every day (cos I usually do) I won't join in, because trying to keep up with (what is essentially) another blog hop every single day, would be crazy!

    I'm glad you enjoyed Halloween, and had fun with your girls. That's awesome.


  4. I loved the Bottle Boys video at the end! Never seen that before – and love the songs from that movie so it made me smile.

    Congrats on getting a 10K done – so happy to hear you are continuing with the running – such a great sport – and if you're jonesing for North American Halloween – well, my TTOT post won't let you down ๐Ÿ™‚ I will then be done with Halloween for the year though… promise.


  5. Thanks for a great list…you make me laugh! I can't wait to see your pictures from tonight or yesterday or whenever it is that you're reading it…the whole time difference still confuses me.

    Plus we have Daylight Savings Time tonight so we gain an hour…talk about confusing. We currently have half our clocks turned back and half are not…but I do know that my kids are going to bed at the time determined by my computer, which is the actual current time, not the fall-back time, which would be the hour early as of tomorrow. Confused? Yeah, so am I, but at least I know which way to turn the clocks…Fall Back, and Spring Forward. Clever huh?


  6. 1 Probably – I found some.
    2. Yes please – can I borrow a puppet dinosaur suit? And scare them all?
    3. One drop, each eye – all it takes
    8. No. But now a non-blue-tongued-drunk (ooops!)
    9. Yes – that's the one. And I shall consider this a verbal contract…
    10. I can;t rememb er. Too drubnk now to remember – osrry!

    MOWvember. Cos it looked like you said 'No Slave November' and, well….


  7. Hey Lizzi!

    Don't you just love fashionable sisters who give advice to bring us up to date on the latest fashions? I absolutely HATE to shop so when I do, I drag my sister along because I have no fashion sense!

    I love your humor! Your drawings make my heart smile especially your picture of the fake eyelashes! I love the video you posted!!!


  8. I love your new button!! I am participating in a 30 day post over at Yeah Write called NaBloPoMo. Love your and Josie's gratitude daily!! So, these names, are we speaking pig latin? lol. I've been trying to sound out the meaning of each challenge. NaNoGraMo. I'm behind on these blog names and challenges Which I opened both blogs late December in 2012/ early January 2013. Great selfie!! Halloween is one of my favorites. It's not celebrated as religious. My girls just dress up and get free candy, that they of course share with me. So, to me, it's the coolest. lol.


  9. 1. Would this refer to things like seamed stockings? Can't wait to see the pictures!
    2. You should come here next year for Halloween. It will be on a Friday, and if the weather is good, I could have over 1,000 kids, easily.
    3. Do you just keep adding drops until those eyes dilate or what?
    8. You are a blue tongued skink. (Not to be confused with skank, which you are not.)
    9. Landscape style, naked, with cake and a cherry, right?
    10. How drunk do you have to be to come up with something like that? Love it!
    Oh, and it's also No Shave November.


  10. Correction… ๐Ÿ™‚ You can find me on Facebook under my “real life identity” Wendy Harris (the one in Gardendale, Texas)! I'd love to add you to my friends list! I don't publicize this pen name nor my blog there, but blog friends are always welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. *shakes you by the hand* Congratulations, you've passed this section of CopyEditorSchool ๐Ÿ˜‰ And thanks.

    'Dodgy socket' certainly has a pleasingly aesthetic sound to 'hear'. I love that you have favourite words though! That's so cool.

    I always wanted to be able to do the thing with the wine glasses and the water at different levels, where you circle your finger around the rim and make a note. But always fail.

    YAY! Let's go for it! TweetGrat! Make sure you tag me ๐Ÿ˜€

    I've had gorgeous time with her. I'm overdoing the 'trying very hard to Be A Girl' thing, and getting vain and competitive about it. But it's fun, so I'm trying not to care.

    Thanks – I'm in awe of myself sometimes!

    and YAY! Please do – that's be so awesome ๐Ÿ˜€ I'll enthuse all over the place if it'll help…


  12. Well, I'm using Tropicamide, not Belladonna, so it might be easier ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I so nearly stole some so I could use it tonight at this party! But didn't ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Go get candyyyyyy


  13. YAY! Let's make it happen then, and all link together in one glorious mess of gratitude! ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL! You caught me red-worded! It's a commonish but very, very bad contraction. I've been reading 'Woe is I' (I've yet to move on to Strunk and White, but I will) and this morning read a chapter where the reader is specifically advised against 'who're'.

    I did NOT call anyone a whore. I promise ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a gorgeous weekend, with lots of things to be thankful for ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. LOL go for it! I could never stand shopping, but once I got my fashion adviser with me, it became far less painful. I know it's not THAT important, but having tried on the outfit, I am so, SO happy and excited for tomorrow's post ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ummm the comments I received about the Smurfs were NOT about harming them…in fact the suggestions were rather towards the opposite end of the spectrum…if yaknowwhaddimean…

    I shall have a gorgeous weekend, thanks – you too ๐Ÿ˜€


  15. Aw no! I hope you stay healthy and manage to stave off the germs! Poor Emma and Lily though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Glad you're feeling a little better though. And YAY for you still posting with us.

    I really wanted to do NaNoBloMo, but I read the rules and I'm excluded (again) on account of my home country. Which sucks.


  16. My list is up now, thank you for your kind message that motivated me to get my rear in gear and get back to counting my blessings on Saturdays! What a great way to start the weekend, truly, all coughing and sneezing and watery eyes aside! ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. tell me, please tell me that one time*, you will go all Little Red Riding on their asses and say, “My what big eyes you have!”
    seriously, who does not think that would be the coolest thing to say (alright, probably not overly original, but even still)

    *willing to accept the last day of work when you are about to move on to the next level of profession


  18. When I first read that the chickens left you presents, I was thinking “eggs.” Though my chickens lay eggs of various colors, I've never been left with a smurf-blue tongue!


  19. I have the BIGGEST grin on my face!!! You're (<<Sooo, a tweet/post/fb status a day of gratitude. I can handle that! I think I'll do the tweet.
    I'm so glad you had time with your sis, Lizzi. How sweet. What is it that you're overdoing? the make up?
    congrats on the running! you know I'm always in awe of you for that!!!
    I'm going to try try try to join the TToT link up this weekend! We're a bit crazy busy and I didn't plan on a post this weekend….but I so love this one and it's vewy vewy hard to resist the enthusiasm!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you ALL in this party.


  20. Sounds like a fabulous week. Oh man, your Halloween comments made me giggle. Okay, yeah, it is kind of fun. Haha.
    And the eye-dilation thing? 5 minutes? Wow! It used to take like 20 minutes when I was younger.
    As for candies…you have me craving some. LOL


  21. Sounds like you're having a great week! glad the job is going well, and I LOVE the idea of tweeting or FB'ing a gratitude moment every day!!!

    And is “who're” just a British English thing? Cuz I've never seen that particular contraction before, and I swear you just called Americans a bunch of whores…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Weekend!


  22. What a great week you had, Lizzi!! One day, I will kidnap my co-worker, who was secretly voted as “girl with the best fashion sense by far” from my office and force her to go shopping with me. Glad you had so much support, even though I agree, at the end, it's not really THAT important (but you still feel better when you look your best).

    Love the little gifts from the chickens, what a cute idea.. Still not convinced though that no smurfs were harmed.. It looks suspiciously like smurf-blue ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a wonderful weekend, Lizzi! Can't wait for pictures of your formal. Enjoy yourself!!


  23. The blue tongue made me giggle again and I am finally here. Two sick kids off and on all week and yesterday I too started to feel like I was coming down with something. I went to bed early last night and feel a bit better, but still not 100% on my game. But still totally made and all linked with you. Happy November and so trying my hand NaNoBLoMo, since I pretty much blog daily anyways ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Hee hee, me too! Though (in spite of all our jokes about naked cake) they're not THAT kind of glamour shots…

    Chickens leaving eggs and baby chooks is FINE – it's what they're meant to do, right? These two are oldish and rescue hens, so there were no eggs while I was there.


  25. Nope – but they might prove to be the next best thing!

    They're gorgeous and (oddly enough) taste of pear.

    LOL you're WAY off! Though that would be very glam. I can't *quite* afford mink though.

    WHOOT! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow then ๐Ÿ˜€


  26. Love your high tech mapping! No bread crumbs?? ๐Ÿ™‚
    The blue treats look interesting. Can't wait to see the fashion show! I'm picturing a red dress and mink stole ??
    I started a Ten Things Thankful and I really hope to finish it and link up finally!


  27. I know – they're amazing. And this was above and beyond the call of duty, because it was just a favour – I was happy to do it for nothing, and they gave me PRESENTS *squeeee* ๐Ÿ˜€

    You never know – you might surprise yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I was nervous. Especially when the power kept going out on the van first thing, until I'd tested everything and traced the problem back. I was straight on the phone to the office, panicking! But I'm getting there. Had fun getting my 'spiel' down – “I'm Lizzi, and I'll be your retinal screener today” (with tongue firmly in cheek)



  28. That was so thoughtful of your friends to leave a little treat for you each day. We've never done anything like that for the folks who take care of our farm. We just leave a check. Perhaps next I'll come up with something more creative. (Not likely, though.)

    Glad you first day solo went well. I would have been quite nervous.

    Can't wait to see the photos of you all dolled up!


  29. You are so welcome, and thanks for posting about this – I'd not heard about it! I'm TOTALLY gonna be doing this NaNo (seeing as I can't do the blog one, and won't do the novel one)

    Counting blessings is awesome, and I'm so pleased to have such a veteran on board – you truly know what you're talking about when you say it works consistently and helps for Good to be noticed.

    The chicken gifts were SO sweet, and kind, and AWESOME ๐Ÿ˜€ I have lovely friends.

    And WHOOT! See you tomorrow. IRL is allowed to prioritise, but I miss you ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you're coming back. And YES! Let's get everything zinging with thankfulness

    (hey…you're on FB? Where??)


  30. Well, that wasn't one of the things I took to lunch – I still gotta drive the van, and I suspect the NHS would take a fairly dim (read 'instant dismissal') view of drinking and driving.

    Thanks – it was really a good day to get over and done with.

    And YAY! I so will ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you have a great weekend too x


  31. Thank you so much for the link up, Lizzi! Thankful is truly the story of my life now, and I never cease to be amazed at how just thinking about all my blessings puts me in a much better frame of mind, ready to take on whatever the day brings and keep it in perspective. I believe in the laws of attraction, if you think on good things, good things come your way!

    I love your list and I totally love the little chicken gifts, someone took the time to do something creative and fun for you! It does sound like good things are happening in your life, and that makes me smile a lot!

    I'll be back tomorrow with a TTOT list, I promise! I've been slacking lately, trying to juggle time limitations, but I miss it, so I need to reallocate some time! Have an awesome weekend, and yes, do it daily in November, on our blogs and on Facebook too… let's light up the world with thankful thinking! HUGS!


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