Friday, January 7, 2011

Charlie & Lola, Viking Graves, & International Calling Plans

Good morning, everyone!  A happy, happy Friday to you, my friend.

Things have been a bit serious around here at Finding Heaven so I am taking advantage of the invitation to be random, carefree, perhaps a bit silly.

Sometimes, I have to work to be silly.  Is this a problem for anyone else?  I need more let-my-hair down kind of days.

So, I thought I would just tell you some random things about myself, if you care to know.  We'll just see what ends up coming out.

{1}  I just love all children's books by Lauren Child.  She is also the writer of Charlie and Lola, the kid's TV show.  The characters on the show speak British English, and the character of Lola is based on a little Danish girl that Child's met on a train (so that last little fact I just researched for you on Wikipedia so you can sound all prestigious like when you're talking to all your other mommy friends).  ANYWAY, the point of all that is that I simply cannot read Child's book without using my very bad British accent.  It's simply not possible.  So my kids suffer, but I have the most fun.  Perhaps this means I must get out more.  Oh, and I always make sure they get at least one of Child's books every time we go to the library. Every. Time.

{2}  Just so you know, if one is Danish, it means he/she comes from Denmark.  Not Holland.  Those are the DUTCH.  You wouldn't believe what a common error this is.

{3}  Why would I really care about all this?  Because I spent 4 months of my life in Denmark while studying abroad in college.  I went to school in Copenhagen, but lived with a wonderful host family in Lejre.  It's a small town, with fields of yellow flowers, tulips, and oh, yes, viking graves.  It is also very cold.  Very, very cold.

Photo courtesy of Ian Stehbens
Viking Burial, photo courtesy of Gregory LeFever

{4}  If we are being honest, it was actually very hard to be that far away because at the time, I was engaged to my husband.  I met him after I had committed to going.  Very quickly, my dad had to find a very cheap international calling plan.  Very cheap.  At the time, Craig (my husband) worked at Golfsmith and didn't have a direct line.  So, I had to wait.  On hold.  Whoops!

{5} Did you know that Craig and I were engaged 11 days after we started dating?  We've been married now for 10 1/2 years.  I guess when you know, you know!

{6} And now, for a complete non sequitur, I collect the CowParade cows.  I so wish I could have completed my Wizard of Oz set, but now everything is retired, so they are super expensive.  I have Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, the Wicked Witch, Wizard of Oz, Ballerina Munchkin.  Thus, the only ones I am missing are Lollipop Munchkin and Glinda the Good Witch cow.  So, now that you know I am certifiable, I will end this post, but not before granting you a peek into my collection.

Find more randomness over at Michelle's Lost in the Prairies today!  And, don't miss Company Girl Coffee at Rachel Anne's Home Sanctuary.


  1. I liked the sillyness and learning more about you.
    happy friday!

  2. I may steal your idea about reading with a British accent, though I don't think I could keep it up for too long. =)

    My husband and I also "just knew" after about 10 days that we'd be getting married. But the engagement came 8 months later.

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful glimpses of yourself. Have a splendid weekend!

  3. love learning more about you too. 11 days and! That is pretty neat! When you know you know. I love those children's books too. I wanted to name my girl Lola someday, but had only boys :)

  4. I love cows. I used to have my kitchen decorated with anything cowish. Now I have a few left that I love (my cookie jar moos). I also love Charlie & Lola and yes, you have to do the accent when you read the books. Thanks for linking up today Jen!

    PS I actually have trouble being serious. So, I know what you're talking about - only opposite.

  5. Thanks for stopping by Jenn.....Maya should be on board right now, in Texas, for the next part of the Costa Rica....I wish she had called from Houston but it's prob for the best! Loved finding out more about you.....the cows are very cute...and I think any hobby is prob expensive! I know my quilting is!!

  6. RE (1), I used to read "Tacky the Penguin" books with an obnoxious, quacky voice for Tacky's lines. There were'nt more than 2 or 3 of them, but those books are cool.

    RE (5), yes. When you know, you know. 33+ years for us now.

    RE (6), I never "herd" of those cows but they are too cute!!

  7. Okay...I find it hilarious that you read the books with an English accent...I would totally do that. Like when I used to read my K students "Hank the Cowdog" in a bad cowboy accent...I just couldn't stop myself!

    11! Congrats on the longevity, you really did know!

    As for the cows...that is funny, I hope you can complete your Wizard of Oz collection one day!

  8. lol-thanks for making me smile...I know what you mean about working to be silly! I loved getting to know more about you..
    And I love the cows..I used to collect rabbits!

  9. 11 days! Wow! That totally floored me, but it's awesome that you're still going strong. :) And I have never seen the cows, but.... they're fun!

  10. Jen,

    Those are wonderful books. My little girl enjoys the TV show.

    I agree with you...after our first date with my husband...I knew he was the one. I asked him to marry me that evening and he accepted! We have been married 19 yrs this past December :)

    In His Love,


  11. Oh just too plain fun - and silly! Love the cows!!!! Our community does a new animal every year and places them around the city. Last year it was dogs and a few years ago, pigs. One of the pigs sits in the waiting room of my husband's office now. Hilarious.

    11 Days!? Awesome - a sure bet!!!!

    Loved seeing your lighter side just as much as I love reading your wonderful, tender thoughts, dear one.

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  12. haha - I find myself reading in an awful accent, too, when I read Charlie & Lola. My kids just think I'm weird, but they put up with me anyway! :P

  13. Loved this Jen, gave me opportunity to see another side of you. I love that cow collection but I just cannot have anymore collections at this stage in my life. :o)

    WOW! Just can't believe that you were engaged after 11 days. I thought 2 months was a short time with my daughter and her husband. But, as you said, if you know, you know.

    Happy week-end dear one!

  14. I have never heard of Cow Parade cows...Now my life is complete!

  15. What a fun and interesting post! Sometimes I have a hard time being silly but with five kids the sillyness is bound to come out in me...especially when we're listening to Silly Songs from Larry! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  16. I have never seen those cows before. My high school history teacher would love them. Love children's books! I did the British accent when I was teaching PreK and the kids would all say 'You're talking Harry Potter.' Haha

  17. Thank you for the lovely comments. I have really enjoyed learning more about you today. I wanted to tell you a funny thing happened this year! I no longer like black-eye peas. Oh! What is this southern girl going to do !Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!

  18. I loved this! I love that you studied abroad as did I (in Spain--much warmer, but Hungary is cold!), but was not engaged...had broken up with the guy I had been dating who wanted to marry me:/ Good choice...and you, 11 days! That. is. awesome!

    Love hearing about you as you'll be hearing more about me on Tuesday!


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