Tuesday, 3 May 2011

An Awfully Big Adventure... Day 3... Freckles Makes A New Friend...

Cor blimey... how long is it since I blogged?? Well, I know that it is too long seeing as my New Year Resolution was to blog daily... and I promised you all I would blog daily with the adventures I am experiencing... but truly... I couldn't blog because... erm... I was a little distracted lol So... this post is FULL of photo's... not much waffling (whatcha mean hurrah!!?) I will add captions for the photo's and probably these captions will get bigger and bigger and then it will be a mahoosive post and you will get bored rigid... so indulge me please though.. I am going to be a "photo bore!"




So... Freckles, or RangerCat as he is now known, made it to class on Day 3 of Ranger U and was found sporting a brand new cloak - apparently, he made it from an inky babywipe and drew an R on it in Sharpie Marker (and no, Melissa, you can't borrow it again rofl) I managed to get Freckles to stop messing about on the mailbox and pose for a piccy... he is such a star!




The very one and only Duke of Distress did Freckles a hooooge honour and agreed to a photoshoot... honestly, Freckles has been impossible to live with since then... to the point that he went out and got sloshed on Sunday night... slurping his way through a whole Pina Colado and then passing out, blind drunk, with his legs in the air.




Whilst all the shenanigans with Freckles was going on, I was diligently working away in the background... and I came out of Ranger U with ... my CERTIFICATION!!! So, finally I have been Certified! As a Ranger Educator that is... whatever else were you thinkin'?



The excitement of the whole weekend has left me utterly knackered and totally awestuck at the organisation, the amount of prep and hard work that does into making Ranger U a truly unforgettable experience. I want to say a mahooosive to Tim, Mario, Alain and Justin, Claudine, Patti and Debbie and everyone else at Ranger for all their amazing efforts in making this a truly unforgettable experience.




While I am saying thank you's, I would like to include my Ranger Sisters... we started off our journey together after a horrendous day of cancellations and delays and hanging around at airports but I truly think that this just made us all bond so much quicker... I know I have made amazing friends for life and I just want to say thank you to Candy, Linda, Yvonne, Cheryl and Sarah for making my Ranger U even more special. I am going to shut up now otherwise I will end up blubbing and that is so not a pretty sight!



At the end of Sunday's class, Ellen arrived and came to see us in the classroom... I had a cunning plan that I would try and get a Tim Tag for Ellen and she was lurking around next to me so I hissed at Candy to distract Ellen so I could talk to Tim... mwahahahaaaa.... cunning plan worked... and Tim very kindly did a tag for Ellen.




After the class had finished a group of us went to Applebee's... I ordered a celebratory Pina Colada but that pesky Leopard snuck in a slurped it... so it would have been very rude not to order a Bahama Mama and sample that... well, it is the first booze I have had since New Year's Eve.. so I guess I am allowed! We had a right laugh in Applebee's and yes, the booze probably went to my head... so we had some...erm... unusual photo's of us taken... needless to say, when I get home I am crash dieting, liposuctioning and botoxing... with the odd facelift thrown in for goodly measures! Oh and the bruise on my arm is not from having to be forcibly removed from limpeting myself to Tim... much more boring... I did it by pinching my arm with my carry on bag... ooooouch!!



Yesterday morning we set off back to Ellen's house and of course, had to stop at MaccyD's for a breakfast... nomnomnomnomnom... little piggychops lol




When we arrived at Ellen's I was greeted with this... WOW, how cool!!! Ellen's lovely OH, Jack, had put up a Union Jack along side the Stars & Stripes... what an honour!



Then we walked into the living room and... COR FLIPPING BLIMEY... check out the curtains.... they are ever so special... click on the pic to see exactly what these "curtains" are made from... I have to say I nearly pee'd myself when I saw them. Jack has painstakingly punched a hole in the top of 90 odd packets of Cheesy Chester Cheeto's... threaded with bent paperclips and then hung them from a chain... you see, I have a little bit of an addiction for all things Chester Cheeto-y... and I can't get them in the UK!



When I got to my bed... I saw a HOOOGE bag of Cheesy Chester Cheeto's sitting waiting for me on my pillow... suffice to say... I will be positively glowing orange by the time I come home... oh and Candy had been wonderfully kind and brought me three bags on Friday... so...erm... I have been scoffing them... er... a very lot!!! Today we are planning at crafty afternoon... I am buzzing with ideas after the weekend... and can't wait to get inky again! Thanks for looking.... I hope you haven't nodded off... promise to blog more this week... I have just downloaded my emails which I didn't check since Weds evening... 352 of them to look at... I shall be checking those out later!! TTFN

Hels x

37 comments:

Kirsten Alicia said...

OMG, the Cheetos curtains - hilarious!!!!! Wonderful to read of your Ranger U adventures. Enjoy your time with Ellen. PS Hope Freckles is over his hangover.

Helen said...

Love those curtains. Hope you don't have to pay import duty on them - will they believe theya re all for your own consumption, lol!
How cute is Freckles - glad he's enjoyed his adventure too.

Lesley said...

Such a funny post hun!!!! And those curtains are fabby! Glad you had a sooper time at Ranger and i hope you have grand time at Ellen's getting inky (and orange!!!)

wwilloww said...

OMG!!! You are soooo funny!! I have to remind myself NEVER, NEVER read your blog when I have to go potty!!!! Have fun with Ellen, Jack, and Chester of course!!!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Sounds like you have had a fabulous time Hels and so has Freckles. Your trip has not ended yet either you still have another exciting few days left with your buddy. Love the curtains, what a lovely welcome LOL. Enjoy! Tracy x

Caz said...

Brilliant curtains!!
What a great time you/Freckles have had. Lucky furpot sat in T!m's hand!!!
Have a lovely time with Ellen - looking forward to more pics.

Linda Cain said...

OH, Hels! What a fun post!!!!
So stinkin' cute with the Cheetos curtains.

An amazing adventure for sure.

~Linda

Shazza said...

WOW Hels, sounds like you are having a ball, lol at Freckles tales and pccies of him with legs in the air. Love the curtains at Ellen's, you need to save me a bag of these to try next time i'm down if they are that special. Enjoy the rest of your visit and say hi to Ellen xx

Minxy said...

Thanks for keeping us informed and letting us experience your journey with you, amazing pic, amazing holiday enjoy the rest of it xx

Gillian said...

It's official you are DHRHRU 2011 .. woop woop:) Freckles is a naughty boy, Alfie will be so jealous of his antics. I'm so glad you have had the most amzing time and shared it with so many amazing talented people. Ellen and Jack have really outdone themselves in welcoming you, the Union Jack & the Cheeto curtains are just amazing, missing you muchly. xx

Sandra said...

congratulations on completing Ranger U - lucky you.
Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Sandra ltb

Sally Morgan said...

Awww Hels, I have missed your posts! Couldn't stop laughing through that one hun :D greedy freckles and those curtains, omg brilliant! Enjoy the rest of your big adventure, just make sure you don't get caught 'cheeto smuggling'! *hugs* Sal x

Wendy said...

Oh Hels you are having such a fabulous time, really being spoilt and justly so too. Just cannot wait to see more photos and hear all about it................

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

Congratulations on being a Ranger graduate. It sounds like you had an amazing time with more to come :))
Have a great cheesy cheeto week, and say hi to Ellen for me :)
xx

Becky said...

ROFL!!! All the way through. What good friends to supply you with Chester's goodness. I do love that crunch! Plus you can make neat designs if you forget to wash off your fingers before playing!

shirley said...

Congratulations!
Sounds like you and Freckles had an awesome time.
Enjoyed your photos.

Piddawinkle said...

wow wow wow
;0

Caroline Hallett said...

Oh hels I have really enjoyed reading your blogs and living vacariously through you! Very jealous of your Tim time but so happy to congratulate you on passing out of ranger u xxx safe trip home lovely xxx

Wanda H said...

Never nodded for a second... smiled and chuckled and loved the whole post. What an awesome set of curtains!!! That was soooooooooo sweet!!!! Have a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrea said...

wow Hels what can i say but fantastic blog post and great pics, sooooooooo need to catch up when you home have a brill time with Ellen and Hi Ellen xx

Candy C said...

Hey Hels! LOve your post! Looks like the fun continues at Ellen's house now! Awesome curtains! Will you have the window naked by Sunday...by eating them all? Freckles...what's he been up to today? His pic with Tim is a good one! You behave yourself! Miss you! <3 Candy

craftimamma said...

Love those tasty curtains, Lol! Wow, Hels what a fantastic time you must be having.

Take care and enjoy your time with Ellen. Look forward to seeing what you both get up to.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lori said...

Looks wonderful, Hels, and I especially liked Freckles photos...lol...what a cheeky chap he is....lol..so happy that you got to experience Ranger U!

Serendipity Stamping said...

I was just on Tim's blog and saw you splashed all over the place, how cool. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing all with us. Last week I found out Tim is doing a class at Whim So Doodle in St.Pete only up the highway from me about 45 minutes. Why don't I ever find out about these things too late. Oh well another time.

Kaz said...

Hello Mrs!! missing you here but sounds like you are having the best time ever......loving those curtains too! enjoy,enjoy,enjoy!!

hugs

kazx

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Sounds like you had a fabbie time love ... clearly the alcohol worked, as isn't normally difficult to get you in front of a lense?

Is it socially unacceptable to eat curtaining???!!!!

Hugs
Kay

Joanne said...

I read this last night on my phone and had tears in my eyes through utter happiness for you. What a wonderful time you are having. However, be prepared to share all 75 of those techniques when you get back, 'cos I for one need to know!!!
Big Hugs Joanne xx

Tracey said...

Oh Hels, looks like you have had a fantastic time, enjoy the rest of your trip, say hello to Ellen and her OH.
x

jude said...

Omg youve sound like youve had a memorable time .Congratulations on your certification.
Cheetos for curtains gosh my daughter would have feel day!She adores them and heres some news are local Londis has started selling them Yes we live in Norfolk so maybe if you have one near if not just shout i will send them in the post!
Have fab time with ellen and sure you will both get inky..lol
hugs judex

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Now see, I thought I saw a picture of you at the table on Tim's blog. Guess I was right. What a fun experience that must have been. Hoping to get to go to Ranger U someday. Thanks for sharing, Hugs!

Laura said...

Sounds like youve been having a fab time, that leopard is so naughty, hope he got a hangover for stealing your drink hahahaha hope you are having a lovely time with ellen, loving the curtains xxx

whyducks said...

The curtains, Wow how amazing and a lovely thought. Hels I laughed all through your post, but sad about the soar arm, you see you should of let me carry your bags! So nice to see pictures of you looking so happy! Congratulations Ranger girl you will be running the place in no time! xx

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Congrats on your certification!!! Well done you ;)))) xx

Marjie K said...

ROFLMAO at the cheetos curtains!!!!!! I'm so glad you had a blast but those curtains are killing me!!!!

Ann said...

Sounds like you had the most amazing time at Ranger U ....Congratulations at your certification too. TFS all your photo's & 'goings ons' Have a fabulous time with Ellen, and well done to her OH he did an amazing job on those curtains :D.
Hugs....Ann xxxx

Sam said...

WOW! Those are some curtains are something else! How many suitcases do you have with you?? At least they wont be heavy!!
Freckles should be put in the Sin Bin - shame on him!!
Have fun!!!
We now both have furry friends with a claim to being in Tim's hands!! LOL!!! xxx

Dawn said...

Well they certaily no how to welcome a friend don't they? very green of all your ranger activities ;0)

Love Dawn xx

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