The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #13

Rabbit Hole 13

I hope your Easter was eggcellent and that you enjoyed every last moment of the long weekend eggstravaganza. I ate my body weight in chocolate eggs and burning those surplus calories off could turn out to be my life’s work. My friend (also) Sam used to say to me, “a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” Never was a truer word said in jest!

Can you believe we’re up to The Ultimate Rabbit Hole v.13. That might be unlucky for some but not for you, or for me, because I found some absolute crackers around the interwebs this week.

While we’re on the subject of chocolate, in the unlikely event that you have any leftovers you should totally upcycle it and make your very own chocolate bars. Willy Wonka would be proud!

This time 3 years, 6 months and 1 day ago, I was lying in a hospital bed looking like an extra in a Sweeny Todd movie. It was the morning after the night before of my total thyroidectomy. Every day that comes between me and cancer is a good day, but a Cancerversary is always a time to reflect on the experience and how far we’ve come. Lisa wrote a beautiful guest post and shared some wonderful ways that you can support carers and loved ones after a cancer diagnosis, and similarly, I loved this article that shares  so many ways to make the day of someone with cancer, or for that matter, make the day of anyone who is  going through an el crappo time. I know first hand that so many of these relatively small acts of kindness can make a massive difference to someone who is doing it tough. Thank you for my friends!

When I was little my uncle used to love colouring in and he was super good at it too. We kids thought he was a bit cray cray, but really he was just ahead of his time. It turns out that adult colouring in is totally a thing! And a thing that eases stress, sparks creativity and makes headlines! If you don’t want to commit your colouring to a whole book, you might want to try your hand at these adult colouring in printables. Ready, set colour!

Next week I’m going to Little Blog Big with Christina and Carly. I’m simultaneously in the grip of ridiculous excitement and FODP, yes, that old chestnut, but I’m going to follow this advice and rock that blog event. I might have to revisit this one multiple times before Problogger in August! Eeeep!

I love Jamie Oliver but I wish he’d been around when I ate school dinners. Once when I was in Mrs Munday’s class (circa 1977) and tucking into my school dinner, a worm came out of my liver and gravy like a snake enticed by a snake charmer. You won’t be surprised to learn that that was the last day I ever ate a school dinner. My stomach still churns just thinking about it. However, my mum’s old primary school seems to have gone and got themselves a celebrity chef and turned a culinary corner. My mum assures me that her school dinners looked nothing like this. School dinners… you’ve come a long way, baby! I’m terrible with numbers but I’m determined to work out the quantities to make that fish finger recipe serve 2!

So tell me, how was your Feaster? Do you have any leftover Feaster chocolate? For realz? Have you tried your hand at adult colouring? Did you tuck into a school dinner back in the day? 

Here’s how  The Ultimate Rabbit Hole works:

Every Saturday morning, we will open up the rabbit hole link up for bloggers to add their link list posts or even just their favourite post (if you are not of the link list kind) for the week.  Do try and pop along to say howdee to some of  the other lovely linkers. Link up here, over at Calm to Conniption, A Little Part of the World or Our Urban Box. It doesn’t matter where you add your link because it will appear on all four blogs, as if by magic!  The link up will stay open until midnight the following Monday.

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  • We have all the chocolate left, bar some of the kids’. We just Don’t like it much!

    • I wish I didn’t like it much! My problem is I like it too much! Hope you and yours enjoyed the Easter eggstravaganza!

  • Oh gross to that worm coming out of your school dinner!!!! I used to love school dinners – weird?

    • That worm is a true story. If you don’t believe me, ask Richard Funnel, he was sitting next to me! Liking school dinners? Not so much weird, maybe just a bit off centre! Happy weekend!

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    No way! Ewww to worms. But have a fabuloso time with Carly and Christina and yay to your cancerversary x

    • Yes way! That worm had to be seen to be believed! Love me a cancerversary – every day is a reason to celebrate but I love a good excuse for a bit of a knees up! Happy weekend, darls! xx

  • I’ve never done adult colouring, but have read about the relaxing qualities of Mandalas, so it could be the same? I’m not a real chocolate person, so I still have some mini crunchie eggs sitting in my cupboard! Have a great weekend!

    • I reckon the colouring and the mandalas are similar, if not the same! If you need help with those Crunchie eggs, you know where I am! I’m always happy to lend a hand, especially if it involves chocolate!

  • Ewwww!!! The worm!! How traumatic!
    We’re still on a chocolate buzz – dairy-free for us so it’s extra rich & dark… maybe that’s why nobody’s sleeping in my house!!!

    • Extra rich and extra dark can only mean one thing… extra delicious! I think you might be onto something about the zzzzs though, less chocolate = more sleep!

  • That’s so gross about the worm, it would have been enough to turn me off school food forever.

    We were fairly light on for chocolate this Easter considering I’m living in a house full of chocoholics.

    • It did turn me off school dinners forever. But every cloud has a silver lining because after that I had home dinners. My mum was on her own and worked full time but she left my lunch on the windowsill and I used to pick it up and eat it with an elderly neighbour. She was my lunch buddy and turned into my surrogate aunt. That worm did me such a big favour! Happy weekend!

  • Oh we had a Feaster alright and yes we still have Feaster Chocolate left, and it keeps calling my name.
    OMG!!!! I can’t believe you had worm in your school dinner. School dinners weren’t an option for us, it was always a packed lunch made by good old Mum.
    And no I haven’t tried my hand at adult colouring, I think my Mum would love it for sure.
    Have a gorgeous weekend lovely lady! xxxx

    • School dinners are a big thing in the UK – I don’t think you really have them down under. I loved going home for lunch for so many reasons, but mostly because the lunches my mum left for me were all worm free! Easter chocolate – it’s the gift that keeps on giving (and calling your name!) Hope you have an ace weekend xx

  • Nat Smith

    I love these rabbit hole posts! So many awesome things to read!
    And I’ll add my latest (& greatest) post to the collection. Again not a link list post…can you tell I’m not really one for lists?! 😉 hahahaha

    • To link or not to link, that is the question! Looking forward to checking out your latest and greatest! Thanks for linking up! x

  • My first time reading your rabbit hole posts and I am impressed. Definitely keeping your finger on the pulse. My aunty Dulcie muttered the “moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips” mantra to me as she ate a cream topped scone. I was only very young at the time but remember her thick accent and grin like it was yesterday. Lovely memory jogging! X Simone

    • Guess what?! My husband had an Aunty Dulcie too! It’s such an unusual name, isn’t it? She was a real treasure, and by the sounds of it, yours was too!

  • Great links Sammie! Well done for the run this weekend and can’t wait for next weekend…!! x

  • Thanks for the link up! 🙂 I will need to consider making my Easter chocolate into chocolate bars too, I still have a lot left! I try spread them out over the coming months so it’s not chocolate overload, haha!

  • I do wish I could come to Little Blog Big but it’s when we are moving! I’m sure you’ll have a blast xxx

  • Have an awesome time at Little Blog Big. I have cast my vote for Brisvegas next so fingers crossed. Let me know how it is. 🙂

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    I had cancer as a child but all I remember is being at the Royal Children’s hospital. Mum tells me how she had no choice but to leave me there and cried all night while hugging one of my sisters. It is only as a mother myself that I can’t imagine going through this.

    • Oh that’s heartbreaking, Natalie. I know how hard it was for us as adults having to be apart, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for you, and your mum.

  • Oh can’t wait to see (meet??? is that right?) you this Saturday!