Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday

In case you didn't know, I live in England (shocker, I know). Also in case you didn't know, England doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving.

But that's not going to stop me from being thankful today!

I have a short list (actually, not short at all) of things I am thankful today and everyday.

The Fiance - Obviously top of the list. (Prepare for the cheesiest statements of all time) I don't know what I would do without him. If it wasn't for his hard work, I may not be living in England right now. I love him more than anything, and I'm seriously so lucky to have him as my future husband and my best friend.

Us and the Golden Gate Bridge. Why the hell not. We're also super tanned in this photo from working at camp all summer.

The Fiance's Family - Amazing doesn't even begin to describe. For the past 3+ years, they have been nothing but welcoming and accepting of me into their family. They are the nicest people in the world. I'm thankful that they will officially be part of my family soon, even though it has already felt that way for years.

My Family - Especially my sister and my extended family in north Florida. They've always been behind me 110%, but now more than ever they've showed me incredible support for my move across the pond. I'm beyond lucky!

My Friends - My best friends back in America who I miss SO MUCH, my English friends who put up with with my Americanisms, and of course YOU! Everyone who I've "met" through Twitter and blogging with such amazing stories. Expat friends, running friends, I'm thankful for all of you.

Running - If you would have told me about 3 years ago that running would become a priority in my life, I probably would have laughed in your face. I'm thankful that I've found something I love to do, and that I'm constantly being challenged to achieve more.

Cold Weather - Have I said enough how much I hate heat?? Cold weather clothes are so much cuter anyway. I'm thankful that I can put to good use my scarf collection and UGG boots on the daily.

Well I can't say that's cute cold weather clothing. That's actually from when we got stuck in traffic for 4 hours because of a heavy snow storm (shocker) so I threw on my massive coat (which is why I look about 40 stone) and wellies and boom, awkward snow picture.

Skype & Whatsapp - Life savers! I can speak to everyone in America now without hassle or hefty phone bills!

The Internet in General - Also amazing. It makes the world seem so much smaller and more connected! Obviously, it's great for me!

Taylor Swifts "Red" Album - I love this girl. Her songs are the reason I dance around my room with a hairbrush. And her newest album is amazing and has been on repeat since it came out!

I loves me some T-Swift! I've seen her in concert twice. Literally have a girl crush on her.

Being Able to Find Franks Hot Sauce in England - Sure they charge you an arm, a leg, and your firstborn child for a teeny tiny bottle, but Franks is seriously my life source.

Pumpkin Pie - Not just pumpkin pie; pumpkin pie IN ENGLAND and people actually like it!!! Can't have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, even if it is a fake Thanksgiving hosted by an expat. (And duh, pumpkin pie eating means it's now peppermint mocha time! That means from tomorrow onward, it's Christmas.)

Mmmm pumpkin pie baking away in the oven! The only thing better than eating it was seeing other people eat it for the first time here in England. Amazing.

Seriously, I have so much to be thankful for. I could make an entire list to last until next Thanksgiving! But I think that's a good start!

No matter what side of the pond you're on, Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for today? Good food? Good friends? Pickled onions? Am I the only one who likes picked onions?


  1. pickled onions!!!!! (i like the little silver-skin ones, not so much the big-brown-in-a-jar-next-to-the-pickled-eggs-at-the-old-man-pub ones)

    new reader and commenter (hi!), very british (although lived in northern VA for 3 years) and loving reading your american perspective on the UK! I'm kind of waiting for the day when the novelty wears off and you get thoroughly fed up of the persistent rain like the rest of us!!! That is when you know your transition is complete. :)

    1. Hiya!! Welcome!! :)
      I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes pickled onions. Although I do order some from the chippy whenever we go just to annoy the Fiance. He hates them!!
      And that's what he keeps saying about the novelty wearing off; he thinks one day I'll just wake up and beg for sunshine again!

  2. yay, happy Thanksgiving! love that you're bringing it over there. what's the expat community like where you live?

    1. Happy Thanksgiving, Betsy!! I hope you, Jon, and your family have a fabulous day!!!

      and I haven't really done much research about it actually. I'm sure there's at least a bunch of us in Southampton, but none that I know of :( And it's not really listed as major city on expat websites. If there's different communities to join I normally join the Brighton community, but even that's an hour away!! I blame myself as well, I haven't really done much thorough looking into it.
      Next year I think I'll devote more time into a Thanksgiving dinner or more research into the local expat community.

      (and if there's any Southampton Expats reading this, say hello!!! haha)


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