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Thankfuls 22/09/2017

I have just had the most wonderful week touring the spectacular state of Utah. The holiday was possibly, and probably the best holiday that I have had yet! I have come home rather thankful for a lot of the wonderful things in my life, and it is for that reason that I think it is important to do my thankfuls.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, sky and outdoor1. I am thankful for Tiffani. I think the world would be a much better place if we had more people like Tif. Her heart is so pure, and bursting with love. She has taught me so much about tolerance, loyalty and general niceness. Through Tif, I have made some wonderful friends who I had the pleasure to meet again this week. Tif is also the person who introduced me to my sometimes housemate Beau who is in my opinion a pretty mega sometimes housemate. When Tif thinks I am down, I get surprises in the post, such a notes that remind me of how much I am loved, or something sweet that shows me how much she cares about me. My world is a lot richer for having her in it and I am so thankful that our paths crossed in Tallinn, ten years ago.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, outdoor and nature2. I am thankful for Joe, Tif's husband. One of the greatest things I had the privilege to watch over the past ten years was Joe steal Tiffani's heart and watch her steal his. They are a wonderful couple and an inspiration for my #relationshipgoals. Not only do I adore him for that, he also planned the most spectacular road trip for last week and kindly drove the entire trip. It is so easy to get along with Joe. His sense of humour is spot on, and his encouragement of my American accent was appreciated. His recently unearthed adoration of Whitney Houston was also a pleasant discovery! Ha!

3. I am thankful for my health, and that I was able to travel to the states, and hike across some beautiful canyons. My journey with the Cambridge weight plan is making my life much richer than I had ever hoped. My new found energy has me more active than ever before and I have fallen in love with hiking. I think it is something that I will incorporate into my life much more. Two hikes which just astounded me were Bryce Canyon National Park, and the hike to 'Delicate Arch' in Arches national park. I look forward to reading as much as possible about the areas as it is so rich in colour and geographical wonder.
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4. I am thankful for Joe's parents, Lyman and Debbie who had me as their house guest for a night. It is easy to see where Joe's lovely spirit comes from having met both of his parents. They are lovely! I think the both got extra brownie points for naming 'Into the West' as one of their favourite films! It was my second time meeting Lyman and I find him to be one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. His local knowledge and great story-telling techniques keep me enthralled for hours! I got a wonderful lesson on the history of Santa Clara from the Hafen back porch before we set off on our adventures. I also have two of his books to read which I am so excited about. He is a fabulous author! Ps. Thank you for the mug. I love it!

5. I am thankful that we got to meet Tif and Joe's friend CJ, at the  Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona. Pipe Spring is a fascinating insight into the Paiute and Kaibab tribes, and into the Mormon settlers. CJ gave us a private tour of 'Winsor Castle', the old fort which was used by travellers and as a refuge by polygamist wives in the late 1800s. It was a fascinating tour and I am grateful to have done it.

Image may contain: sky, cloud, tree, outdoor and nature6. I am thankful that we were able to use the Frei cabin at Panguitch. The cabin is in a remote area and it was lovely to be away from the trials and tribulations of the outside world. We had no mobile phone service while we were there which was actually quite pleasant. We spent our first night eating burgers cooked on the grill out the back of the cabin, and then we went out to look at the stars. There is little unnatural light around the cabin and as a result, I have never seen a night sky like it. One of the most spectacular sights was the milky way across the sky. I had never seen it before and it was sublime. On our second night we sat out on the porch watching the cows. I had binoculars so I could hunt for prairie dogs. The were not to be seen, however there were a lot of deer just wandering around having a great time.

7. I am thankful for my friend's tolerance of my curiosity about their faith, and their willingness to indulge my questions with answers! I have had Mormon friends for ten years now and over that time I have learnt a lot about their faith. I have fallen in love with their tabernacle choir (who I have seen sing twice), I have read much of the Book of Mormon, I have had the privilege to see inside one of their temples before it was dedicated etc... Every history has its grey areas, or off-shoots of the modern reality and my friends indulge my curiosity of those too. I got to see the fundamentalist village -Colorado City- that Warren Jeffs leads (along with enormous, unfinished houses), I was told stories of historical polygamy, I learnt about Porter Rockwell, the Mormon outlaw (as well as Butch Cassidy and his Wild gang).
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8. I am thankful that I was able to celebrate Tiffani's 30th birthday with her, and in doing so, see so many familiar faces, and friends from years ago! It was such a pleasure to catch up, even if it was just to laugh at my accent! Thanks guys and gals! I look forward to seeing you all this side of the Atlantic!

9. I am thankful that I got to spend today with my friend Dearbhla. She is such a special person and I love seeing her excitement when she talks about her love of life in Edinburgh. Thanks for the chat Derv, it was perfect.

10. I am thankful for Brewdog's 'Cluck Norris' burger. If you haven't had it I suggest you sort your life out straight away and get it. Punny and tasty. Perfect combination and the best way to end my holiday from my weightloss plan. Yum!!

Until the next time folks....
And thanks again to these two who have featured so heavily in tonights blog xx

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  1. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! What a wonderful list. :) I'll be sure to share it with Deb and Lyman so they can see they're on it, too. Thanks for being the best of the best.

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  2. I didn't mean to comment twice if that's what happened.

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