Ten Things of Thankful #76

So often here I’ll wax lyrical about things in a very ’emotional landscape’ kind of way – all about how I felt or what I thought, or some kind of introspective analysis of me/my brain/the world/whatever. Not so this week. This week it’s all about ACTION.

TEN THINGS OF THINGS WOT HAPPENED*. Thankful things (thankfully).

IT HAPPENED: I took Niece and Neff to the beach. We had a glorious car-picnic (cos rain) then dressed up in our wet-weather togs and went to collect seashells for my Muricans. To do a shell-swap. Because that’s AWESOME! We did not find death at the beach this time. We found ropes to play ‘fishing’ with, lumps of wood to throw at the sea, and we found that after less than an hour it was cold enough to make (one of) us cry. I also found that there is a clear and definite genetic heritage present in Neff, which he’s gotten entirely from his Aunty – the child loves the ocean; specifically he loves to wear the ocean…in his clothes and in his boots. To the point where they needed tipping out in the car-park. I’m *so* proud πŸ™‚

THIS, TOO, HAPPENED: A fabulously interesting hour-and-then-some long conversation with Husby about what constitutes a vegetable. Because it’s pretty impossible to define. Then we delineated into what constitutes a fruit (I stipulated that if it could be eaten with custard, then it was fruit – Husby countered with citrus and tomatoes (both fruit, neither of which you would want with custard)), and whether or not cashews are really seeds. The upshot (after making the checkout girl giggle at the store, and several searches on Google) is that the culinary world and the horticultural world have different definitions. So our original hypothesis (that it is impossible to define) was correct. YAY US!

HAPPENING x3.14: Thanksgiving – you had pie. I had no pie. I sent thankful messages and enjoyed the relative peace and quiet online so I could get this post done in time for Friday felt a bit lonely and watched a lot of Youtube instead of doing the post. But I was VERY thankful on the day – thankful for friends, for family, for fun at boxing, for peas for dinner (yes really – LOVE peas!). On FRIDAY, though, I got to go OUT in the evening, with my netball crowd, to the pub for a Christmas meal and lotsandlots of WINE. So I’m writing this on Thursday cos I have to make sure I look semi-decent tomorrow night (and that could take some time!) and have NO idea how it’s going to go, or how drunk I’m going to be. But it’s set to be a complete hoot**.

THIS HAPPENED (and so fourth): On WEDNESDAY I took the day off to spend with my vloggy friend (formerly known as my cinema friend, ‘cept we don’t really go to the cinema so much these days) and much hilarity ensued. It. Was. AWESOME! I’ve been looking forward to this day and it did NOT disappoint.


Licked a SMURF

HAPPENING IS SIXY: We goofed around all day and told jokes (I remembered the one which I’ve been trying to remember for the past THREE weeks, and it’s *awesome*: there’s nothing like nerd-rude, so here goes – “Yo momma’s so fat her patronus is a CAKE!”) and pretended to have a shenis, and we laughed and laughed and laughed.

HAPPENED IN HATS: So, one of the things which seems to have become a ‘thing’ is hats. I’ve always been a big fan, and lately I am discovering that the sillier the better (in many ways) but the most glorious thing is that it’s become a bit international, because Katia, Rebecca (and Girly K), and Sandy’s daughter have all joined in Instagram ‘hat off’s. So…I hatted. A lot.

Always be a Unicorn

HAPPENED IN THE POST: Now that Niece and Neff (okayyyy and me, because BEACH!) are all into shells, we’re starting a shell-swap, and this week a gorgeous package of Californian shells arrived from the ever-fabulous Princess Rosebud. Not only did I get (probably the most beautiful yet) shells, but I got some little headphone jewellery clips (called Steezys), necklaces to share with Niece and Neff, a very glittery card and a handful of diamonds (which is what you get when you have post sent to you from an Actual, In Fact princess…

Shells Cali

HAPPENED COS SISTERWIVES: Thankful for my group/tribe/village/whatever – it’s an awesome project which is all heart, and aims to make the world a better place, one blog post at a time, in the knowledge that together we’re stronger. We played a fun game, and to link in, I ended up writing a little poem about how much they have impacted my online world.

HAPPENED ON VLOG: OH YES IT DID! If you have 15 minutes to spare, then spend them watching this. It’s full of me being a TOTAL DORK. With an English accent. You’re gonna love it.

*Or, at any rate, things which will have happened by the time the weekend hits.

**If, at any point, you receive an incoherent or badly-spelled message of utter ridiculous from me, then I apologise right now, in advance, for having drunk-messaged you.

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78 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful #76

  1. HAHAH πŸ™‚ I loved your messages this weekend and that you were happy drunkie and yes, always be a unicorn. Fruits and veggies – fruits have seeds. Veggies don’t. That’s what I’ve heard anyway. And you like peas? Gross. Peas and beets – two things I cannot stand! Yayyy for the seashell swap and for going to the beach in the rain!

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  2. Lizzi! I’m so excited I got to hear your voice! This was funny. πŸ™‚ I love reading about your relationship and the fun things you do with your niece and nephew. They sound adorable. How nice of you to collect sea shells for us Muricans. πŸ™‚ So funny that I thought that was a place in Texas! Ha! I’m glad you had such a great week.

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    • Ahhh Niece and Neff are THEE BEST most glorious, most frustrating, completely adorable children I know. They did so well at collecting shells – they really tried hard! I’m looking forward to showing them all the ones which arrive in the post.

      It was funny – I’m glad we laugh together πŸ˜€ That’s a really nice thing.


  3. I am a mountain person, but anywhere you can spend time with family is a lovely place. I am glad you are getting such a large collection of shells. The video was funny. Poor you. Your mom deprived you so. It made a cute vlog!

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    • Well there’s that, at least! I did GET sweets, just not as prolifically as I would have perhaps liked…

      The shells are beautiful and I love getting them πŸ™‚

      I like mountains…from a distance. Beth’s a mountain person πŸ™‚


  4. I figure anything I eat that grows out of the ground is a good thing, whether fruit OR vegetable.
    Red dye is the one I always hear about as the one that affects some kids. New experiment!
    I wish I could make and send you a pie, because I am now awesome at it!

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    • Do you think that’s why they make red velvet cake – so adults can get a bit of a buzz? I’m more wary of the red one than the blue. Traditionally it’s natural, isn’t it – made of squeezed beetle. But I should imagine the artificial one tastes worse than the blue.

      Will you make pie when I come to ‘Murica? That would be pretty awesome…

      And YAY! ANOTHER PEA-LOVER πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Yup – new category – ‘Good For You’ (pie not included).


  5. Another successful beach trip, woot! I’m sure Neff loves the beach because YOU take him, so of course he has a blasty blast. Love the blue tongue and hats, and sometimes it’s great to have a good old time with friends and overindulge! I always feel better after I do. Even w/a hangover. It’s weird. As long as it’s not every day, that is not fun. They make you go to meetings πŸ™‚ hahaha
    I finally put together a list, I don’t even know if it’s ten things, but it’s worth more than 10 and it’s done so that’s yet another. Oh, I forgot to put that in the post! It’s implied! Love the shell swap idea. That iS a good idea. When we went to the ocean over the summer, we grabbed some really cool rocks for the girls from the ocean, they LOVE them and walk around with them. I wish I had gotten more now, they do feel really cool. They’re very smooth, like anything from IN the ocean and they always feel COLD. Like REALLY COLD, no matter how warm it is in the house. That sounds weird, but if you felt them you’d know. Or maybe you’d still think it was weird, who knows. Love to see you in jaunty hats. You should be a hat model. Is that a thing?

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    • WHOOOOOOOO you’re in a bouncy-hyper mood! Is this ‘tired Joy’? I like πŸ˜€

      No such thing as a hat model, to my knowledge – just models, and goodness knows I’ve a face for radio πŸ˜‰ I don’t think I’d better give up the day job.

      The rocks from IN sound so cool (literally) – perhaps I’ll get the chance to see them and feel what they’re like and understand what you’re on about. But the shell swap thing is fab, and if you want in, then let me know.

      I overindulged on Friday and I was DRUNK and it was FUN. But I was fine the next day, which was a relief.

      I discovered that Niece takes after me, too (and yeah – Neff and Me and Water…all the one) – we both have an unerring ability to be *precisely* in the way, no matter where we move to.


  6. Look how much fun you had! I called Nikki over to watch the vlog and she was so happy to hear you say her name. Which reminds me she has a few hat pics to add to the madness. I’ll have to get them from her. I would imagine tons of people were looking at you with your blue dye. I cannot believe you drank that! Yuk! I am going to send you some scallop shells from our trip this past summer for your collection.
    Are cashews seeds? I don’t think so….

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    • I’m not sure WHAT they are – they grow on the end of the cashew apple…which makes them…no idea what.

      Sorry cos I didn’t think AT ALL about my language and the fact that she might watch it! That was really crappy of me. Tell her that I’ll wash my mouth out with soap (or at least put a ‘bad language’ warning next time). YAY hat pics πŸ˜€ Mandi’s in on the game, too – did you see?

      I’d LOVE some scallop shells πŸ˜€ That would be beautiful. You want any in return? The top shells are beautiful. I know you have a couple already but they’re pretty much the best the south of England has to offer.

      And yeah – people looked a LOT at the dye *grins*


        • Ouf! That’s a relief! You good parent, you! Still…it would behove me to think that my audience isn’t all adult. I could probably do with that kind of reminder to be some sort of better person anyway, yaknow?

          Mandi’s pics are GORGEOUS. She takes a waaaaaaaay better hat pic than I do πŸ™‚ Says she has a peanut head too, but pfft! She pulls it off x amillion better.


  7. Your unicorn hat picture totally made my day when it popped up on facebook this week.

    Love the shell swap idea.

    Really love the conversation about fruits, vegetables, and nuts with your husband, because those are the exact kind of conversations I have with mine.

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    • Hee hee I can kind of imagine you having that kind of convo with your husband. I like your new profile pic with all the yellow, btw. It made me smile.

      Wanna swap shells sometime?

      The unicorn hat was a lot of fun. In fact, the day of hats was all fun.


  8. Ah yes, the beach. I miss it so. I’m living vicariously through you now. Kudos to you having a picnic in the car. I wouldn’t have thought of that. I’m gonna reveal some of my middle school dorkiness: some of my friends spent an entire recess researching tomatoes to determine if they were fruits or vegetables.

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    • That’s brilliant. What did you conclude about the fruits and veggies? I really like that you spent so long on it.

      Car picnics at the beach are a long-held tradition in my family. We’ve carried on with them into another generation, which is nice.


      • You know, now that you mention it, I’m starting to recall that I saw a few minivans park at the beach & open the sliding door so they could enjoy the sunset. One couple had a van where they had taken out the rows of seats & put a table & chairs there & they were enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sunset. I thought that was a pretty good idea.
        As far as the middle school thing, I think we were STILL debating as we headed back to class!


        • Ohhhh now that sounds truly glorious. I used to wish that I could have a VW camper van, and then I would be perfectly happy. I’m a sucker for them. But I don’t think I could justify it.

          Having friends you can debate that kind of non-important but somehow vital topic with, is such a wonderful boon.


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  10. Peas are gross. (yes, I saw you sneak that in there.)

    I can’t watch the video at the moment, as I’m in the room where football is being watched. I’m kinda glad, as I hear you drink the blue dye in the video. I don’t need to gag my way through that. πŸ™‚

    Glad you had such good times with so many of your most important people this week.


  11. Im still gagging watching you down blue food dye… ick! Randomness: was it really vlog-man’s birthday or just an excuse to buy him a present?*** I do love a unicorn!*** wow he can shoot some serious pee!*** is chocolate honey really an icecream flavor?… kinda ick… sorry… you are both adorbs!

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    • Yes it is, and not ick at all!
      He SO VERY CAN! (and shortly after that, so did I!)
      I was an awesome unicorn – I think I shall be one forever
      Yes, it’s really his birthday (8/12)
      Anddddd yeah it didn’t taste good. Nooooo way!


  12. Well, regardless of the decision on your blue coloring experiment, I can tell you emphatically that my Kidzilla is very much affected by dyes. So for what it’s worth, don’t be too hard on your poor Mum! πŸ˜€
    I’m with Sarah on the vegetable thing – eat it if you like it. And if you don’t, there are plenty of other options. I do think if we get too hung up on whether something is a fruit or a vegetable or a tuber we really are thinking too hard. I am not personally obsessed with too many carbs, good carbs, horrible carbs, whatever. All things in moderation and good balance works for us.
    Drunk texting, eh?

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    • Drunk texting didn’t work so well – apparently I don’t type too well when I’m drunk. But drunk voice-messaging was DEFINITELY a thing. And it was HILARIOUS πŸ˜€ I loved it.

      There’s no such thing as thinking too hard. Especially not about silly things like what constitutes a vegetable…

      Annnnd okay. Maybe they affected me more when I was little, but I was hugely disappointed by the lack of effect on me.


      • A lot of people outgrow the affects. I wish Zilla wasn’t affected by the dyes so – she feels just horrible when she consumes them. Poor thing. It’s why we’ve become so diligent about watching ingredients. 😦
        I suppose serious thinking about whether or not particular vegetables are indeed vegetables is a fine way to spend time.

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        • Ohhh poor Zilla. I don’t know what used to happen to me, but I was kind of expecting a lot of HYPER, which just didn’t materialise. And I was sad about that.

          And YES! Pondering is awesome. Not like *serious* thinking, but the kind of fun and involved kind.


  13. I really hate it when I go to the store for organic vegetables and come home with just regular donuts.

    Saw that on a ecard and was like oh yes!

    I typically juice my fruit and veggies three times a week. So this way I can not worry about eating so many per day. I got it covered. Most likely. probably.

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    • *grins* that sounds like you’re making a really positive start towards having enough fruit and veg in your diet. I LOVE eating fruits and veggies though, so I’m awesome at this. They are SOOOO tasty. Broccoli is one of my favourites.

      And the ecard is AWESOME πŸ˜€

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  14. I have always followed the if it has seeds it’s a fruit rule. I did not know cashews were considered seeds by some, I’ve always thought of them as nuts. Your beloved peas are a legume, also often mistaken for a veggie. It’s really too bad potatoes are so starchy and carbohydrate-ish because they are SOOOO good. I am looking forward to doing a shell exchange with you in the Spring when I can tolerate the temperature at the beach again!

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    • Apparently, for culinary purposes, things come into four categories – fruits, vegetables, nuts or grains. Which is silly, because cashews are part of a fruit. Things like ‘tuber’ and ‘legume’ and ‘brassica’ are part of the more gardening-y kind of way of classifying things, in which case a tomato is a fruit, plums and cherries are drupes, and rhubarb is a vegetable – because reasons!

      As for things being fruits if they have seeds, well…so do gourds and squashes. And they ain’t fruit :p


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  15. Lizzi, my darling!!! I’m so glad I didn’t miss this post with so much *twinklysparklygoodness*. It’s fabulous, and your smile through your words is contagious. No really, I felt my own smile broaden the more I read. I love when your week is so full of wonderful!

    I love you to pieces. I’m soooo happy that in less than a year I get to squeeze you!!

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    • It’s gonna be AWESOME and *deep breath* I hope that TOMORROW I’m gonna sit down with Husby and he’ll help me BUY THE TICKETS! *cartwheels for joy*

      I love that I make you smile, Squishy. That makes me very happy indeed. I’m smiling no, all the way through to my middlest middle πŸ™‚


  16. Blue is my favorite color, too. Your week was a hoot. I’d like to shell swap with you sometimes. I can offer North Carolinian and New Jerseyan sea shells – not awesomely exciting but shells non the less.

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    • Oooooh YES! Let’s make that happen. I’ll let you know when I next go to the beach and have some ready to send, and we’ll swap addresses πŸ˜€ I’m thinking of getting some kind of display thing so that I can show off my shells from everywhere, and who they’re from πŸ™‚

      I LOVE BLUE πŸ˜€

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  17. Your photos are hilarious!
    Talking of vegetables and fruits, just half an hour ago, while watching an ad on TV that recommended us to eat at least 350 grams of vegetables a day, my father and I wondered whether potatoes were vegetables or just potatoes…
    Have a great weekend.

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    • Hehehe thanks πŸ˜€ I had FUN this week.

      We have a ‘five a day’ promotion here by the government, to help everyone eat five portions of fruit or veg a day (3 veg/2 fruit) and I think potatoes don’t count. Not because they aren’t vegetables (because culinarily speaking they kinda are) but because they’re carbohydrates rather than….whatever other vegetables are. I think. They’re tubers, aren’t they. They’re tricky. I think they probably count as vegetables SOMETIMES, depending on the parameters of your definition.


  18. You know, I had fun with YOU this week, and that failed to make my post and should have. I am thankful for you.
    That whole fruit and veggie thing. I say fuck it, who cares what it is. Eat it if you like it; don’t if you don’t.

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    • Yesssss, but then you end up classifying doughnuts as veggies and it all goes to shit πŸ˜‰ I WAS about to say that there’s no veggies I don’t like, and then I suddenly remembered that I have a veryverystrong aversion to cauliflower. Not because of the flavour (which is ‘blah’ but alright) but because it looks so unhealthy – like some pale, flabby, sea-creature which grew somewhere foul, away from the sunlight *shudders*.

      And YAY! We did have fun. It was nice πŸ˜€ And you know I’m thankful right back, for you πŸ™‚


  19. OMG, I worked with my one of my closest buddies last night and I was sharing with him about you and the wonderful offline talks you and I had last weekend. He said, “that is the kind of the girl I would like to meet!” I told him that you had some awesome fun videos to watch somewhere but that I hadn’t saved the links from the previous ones. I pull up your post today…and lookee what we have here!!! I immediately called him to come to where I’m working and we just finished watching your awesome VLOG!! Two smiling American guys here tonight πŸ™‚

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    • *waves hiiiii to your buddy* That;s so funny but awesoe. i’m not in thesoibre mind to remind you mericna ohyos that i’m married and only havewius from a distance, not inperius=on. Jeheheheh


        • YES! Heheheh oopsy! I was trying to tell you that I’m hilarious from a distance, but actually after last night I’d say I’m pretty funny in person. Especially when I’m a bit tipsy (or, when everyone else is, too!)

          *grins* your comment there made me SMILE πŸ˜€


          • My buddy and I sat there watching your video. True story. I said, “Now see, isn’t that someone that would be a blast as a friend to hang out with?”

            He said, “Oh absolutely! She seems so relaxed and at ease and would make you feel the same. Yet she would make you laugh and have a good time. Just letting your guard down. Being yourself.”

            I said, “If I can ever make it over The Pond to England I’m so looking her and her husband up.”

            That video brought smiles, laughs and happiness to us two guys over here, Lizzi. Thank you… πŸ™‚

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            • Aaw GOOD! And yes – I’m absolutely NOT someone who stands on ceremony or needs people to be a certain way. And…you just have to take me as you find me. I’m not *always* that lairy. I *can* be quiet and calm, but I love to laugh and entertain and…pretty much my friend and I have as much fun off-vlog as we do ON-vlog πŸ™‚

              If you make it over, let me know πŸ˜€


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