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My Birthday Haul

Even though last Saturday, I turned a number I shall not admit to in public, I still have the mind of a teenager (as most of you might’ve noticed by now). That’s whyΒ I’m going to show you what I got for my birthday this year!

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A while ago, I told my husband we should probably get a bigger TV because the distance to ours was too big for me to see shit properly (I also refuse to put on my glasses most of the time because I feel they make me look old). Squinting means wrinkles and ain’t nobody got time for that. So I said one size bigger should do fine. At some point this year. And this is what was delivered a couple of days before my birthday…

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With its 165cm/65″, it’s FOUR TIMES as big as the previous one (and that’s what she said). Moderation is the key.

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I tried playing World of Warcraft on it, but it’s just too confusing combining my laptop with this screen (my playtime so far has only been 1 hour and 10 minutes btw, for those who are concerned πŸ˜‰ ).

Moving on! I got this Harry Potter shirt, and two lucky frogs from Indonesia. I’m not sure yet if they are supposed to bring general luck or a specific kind of luck, but I’ll make sure I’ll put them up somewhere close to my credit card.

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Because it’s the season to be jolly (for me at least!) and it’sΒ a period to celebrate the new harvest, I got me a selection of home made jams and blackberry juice. I wanted to make my own blackberry jam this year, but sadly, most of my blackberries died during the recent heatwaves. I also got a candle from my blogging bestie Liis which smells of homemade apple pie <3.

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My inlaws often go to Brest, France, for the annual sailing festival there and when they do, they bring back an original French Celtic calendar for me. I absolutely LOVE these. Next to it on the picture, there’s alsoΒ a Celtic gift, this one from Ireland: a necklace with a birth ogham (the oldest Celtic writing in the world) of the Celtic tree calendar on it. Mine is the apple tree which represents sensitivity, adventurousness and generosity. It doesn’t say anything about sausages, but I can find myself in these words and LURV the necklace!

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Here’s another shot of what the calendar looks like on the inside ❀calender2

Onto the books! (I put up the frogs for mere decoration, but also in the hope that they’re secretly a lucky charm for getting more books). I think the first two books pretty much speak for themselves: I wanted them, I got them <3. The Feckin’ Book of Irish Insults, though…I nearly died with laughter when I opened it. Liis sure knows what I like (and not in a dirty way)! Expect to find many quotes from it in my upcoming reviews! Here’s one for now:

Any friend of yours is a friend of yours.

– You are a gobshite, as is anyone associated with you

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Furthermore, I got a lovely bunch of flowers, a candle smelling of sugary almonds, and a hilarious diary from Zeeland for 2017.

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*All my other presents were envelopes with money, but I’m not going to take any pictures of that ;).

*And two bars of my favourite type of chocolate which I forgot to include in the pictures!!

I’m going to eat the last piece of my cherry pie now before trying to get my garden ready for winter (this sounds so suggestive again *sigh*).

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And because it’s fall, it means it’s Twin Peaks time again!

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About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

101 Comments on My Birthday Haul

  1. Happy belated birthday!

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  2. No sausages???? Well, I am shocked!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

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  3. Score, yo!!! πŸ™‚ Some really lovely presies there… Had to LOL over TV.. my mom got a bigass TV for her birthday a year ago because she claimed she couldn’t see the subtitles on the old TV which wasn’t that tiny either… she refuses to go to the optician, but reads magazines/newspapers with the aid of a magnifying glass! XD And you should wear your glasses… get cooler frames.. do that sexy teacher look!

    I love the look of that calendar by the way! Your inlaws are awesome πŸ™‚ And blackberry jam is the best! It’s funny how back in Estonia I’d be so grumpy about having tp pick the berries cos we have like 15 berry bushes… now I miss them but am planning to plant some in Ireland as well, I hope the rainy weather ain’t going to kill them though… and not enough sunshine will probably delivery poor taste!

    This is a lovely post- I’m so glad you got some really cool presies! πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • IKR?! Especially the stuff from Ireland ;). Hahaha, it’s a thing!! If ya can’t see it, look at bigger things! XD I go to the optician every other year, but just refuse to wear them when it’s not absolutely necessary :3. Sexy teacher my arse, Nana Mouskouri’s more like it I’m afraid XD. Yes, I spend a lot of hours on the toilet because of those calendars! Aah, that’s always the case innit? You totally should. The weather’s usually not much better over here and it worked for me! Not enough sunshine makes them sour as feck though ;). Thank you x2!! ❀

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  4. Happy belated birthday!
    Those are some brilliant presents πŸ™‚

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  5. Awesome birthday haul! Love the Celtic calendar & that pie looks delish! Dear husband gets points for that sweeeeet TV! lol. looks like you had a nice birthday Anne πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank you gorgeous for adding Agent Cooper at the end! He goes perfectly with my morning coffee. Looks like you scored this year. How old are you again, twenty? πŸ˜‰ Trying to play WoW on a 65 inch hahahaha. I laughed at this. I can see my BF doing it. Only he would actually like it. I will stick to the pc.

    I also have a cope of Ready Player One here to read. Some lovely friends from PA sent it, and I have slacked. I hear incredibly things though. It will be fun to see how we both like it.

    Glad you scored big! Hugs and all of that mushy stuff. (FYI I use reading glasses, but manged to find a pair I was told we “hot librarian” style πŸ˜‰ ) Just get those.

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    • You’re very welcome! I’ve been a cherry pie lover ever since the show aired <3. My sister used to bring bottled cherries upstairs for us to nibble on while watching, though, and told me “This is what it looks like when you get your period”. And that didn’t stop me from loving it!! O_o 23 dear, 23 ;). Haha, yeah, it was like sitting on the front row of a movie theater during a 3D movie…not recommended (I can’t watch any 3D anyways without vomiting or passing out :’). I won’t get to it until I’ve read at least 8 other books on my list first, but we could sort of read it together eventually? :3 I’m a terrible slowpoke though… ❀ (https://inkedbrownies.com/over/…I suck at it XD)

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  7. What a fantastic celebration! I love the calendar! I think that is so cool. That is a magnificient TV! I think mine is a 50″ in both the bedroom and living room. I love it, and I am getting blind as a bat like my mom. I hate squinting at the TV at the man’s house, though. For the distance from the couch, it is too small.

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    • \o/ I’d love to have some posters similar to the calendar’s art style to hang on my walls one day. Flower power! Blind from watching a TV that’s too big or just in general? The distance from my couch to this TV isn’t even optimal yet according to the calculations :’). I’ll just drag the couch closer by, though ;).

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  8. Happy belated birthday!!!
    Great birthday haul, especially tv! πŸ˜‰

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  9. Wow that’s a big TV! You’re lucky it still fits on your table ;-). Great presents, you lucky girl !

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  10. Ooh wow that tv is swanky! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  11. Awesome birthday haul! I’m gonna buy myself Ready Player One as a belated birthday present soon, too πŸ˜€ And that book of Irish insults!!! Nice Quidditch shirt as well πŸ™‚

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  12. Happy belated birthday Anne! I could have warned you if you send a man to buy a TV you would end up with the biggest one he could find though. LOL

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  13. Wow, those are some great gifts! And that pie… drool

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    • Books and organic jam, what else could a girl ask for? πŸ˜€ Yeah, the pie’s gone. I feel so lonely without it :(.

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  14. Blackberries! Mmmmm… I am looking forward to the Irish insults. Ha! What type of crust is on the cherry pie? I have never seen that kind before. I am happy you had a fab birthday. πŸ™‚

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  15. GLASSES ARE FUN! I’ve been wearing them since I was 6 months old πŸ˜€ I feel naked without them πŸ˜‚ That is a TV. What if Samara comes out of it??? She’s got plenty of room there!!! France! Me! Well, I’ve never been to Brest and I never use calendars xD It was weird seeing French in this post. Will I ever get used to things not written in English? I doubt it! That’s a brilliant haul πŸ˜€ Happy birthday again! Next year I’m sending you Saucisses de Toulouse!!!

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    • 6 months? Oh, wow! That’s a loooong time indeed!! I got mine when I was 16, but only wear them when I really have to be able to see stuff :D. Omg…stares at the humongous black screen thank you for putting that nightmare into my brain :’). You never use calendars?! I thought you were super duper organised! XD Oui, Janvier! Il sera toujours Γ©trange ;). Thank you again, and omg, YES!!! :-*

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    • I feel naked without my glasses! I need them. I swear I look like a different person without them. What are you sending? I need a translation, bestie! πŸ˜‚ Food? I need Google translate.

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  16. Happy belated birthday!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I’m now curious about the age…

    That TV is huge! And I thought ours was big… haha I laughed because I also refuse to wear my glasses at home… I’m like: No , I don’t need them… And then I can’t see the subtitles properly xDD

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  17. Happy B-day. That’s one feckin’ huge tv.

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  18. Happy belated birthday!! Oh my gosh, that pie looks amazing! πŸ™‚

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  19. Happy belated birthday Anne!!
    I’m so glad you were born because now I know you and you’re great!
    Awesome presents. You’re a lucky lady!
    I can’t wait to read your reviews that come out of this haul!!

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  20. dez | the fun in reading books // 28/09/2016 at 21:43 // Reply

    Happy belated birthday!! πŸ™‚ I also just celebrated my birthday last week and I should’ve asked my dad (no husband yet) to buy me a bigger tv too! Haha xD

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    • Thank you! Happy belated birthday to you as well! πŸ˜€ fist bumps Aah, the perks of having a husband ;). But you should totally go for it next year (asking your dad that is. or getting a husband :’) win/sorta win)

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  21. Happy Birthday again πŸ˜€
    Everything looks amazing! Love the calendar and the pendant. ❀
    I hope you enjoy these books and your last piece of cherry pie. πŸ˜€

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  22. Happy birthday!!!

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  23. Happy Birthday, Sausage Queen! We need to make you a proper crown out of sausages. πŸ™‚ Awesome haul you got there. And that TV… what a score! All of my TVs are these monstrosities that most men would get hard over. I need my TVs to be big enough to see with my vision. Otherwise, I’m squinting, and like you said, wrinkles, and I can’t have none of that. I stay out of the sun and drink tons of water for that exact reason. Ain’t nobody got time for that is right. πŸ˜‰

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  24. Hey, kiddo, I have a ??? Have you gotten The Cursed Child yet?

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  25. Wow Anne, it looks like you had a fun Birthday! I love the Quiddich shirt! I have read Ready Player One and I loved it. I have the book, plus I listened to the audio book narrated by Wil Wheaton. The calendar you got was also beautiful.

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    • I did! I couldn’t choose between buying the book or the audio book but since I now got the book as a present, I’ll definitely buy the audio book myself. I mean, Wil Wheaton! ❀ Thank you πŸ™‚

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  26. Happy belated birthday my lurve.
    What a great haul! Who needs sausages when you’ve got demonic looking children on your calendar?
    And envelopes of money? I think you got my presents by mistake…
    Oh, and those good luck frogs? Well…rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! (Ha ha, look it up! Good luck has been swiped!)
    And now to sing: 🎼Happy birthday to you…🎀🎼

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    • Thank you! ❀ LMAO!! Exactly!!! XD Oh, that could be, too bad you live that far away to be able to send them to ya without raising some serious suspicion at customs shrugs oh well, I guess I’ll have to keep’em then overly dramatic SIGH. O.M.G. so they should’ve called it a good fuck frog?? Remind me to never invite the person who gave them to me to my house again. claps excitedly that was beautiful

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  27. Belated Happy Birthday Anne. Some lovely gifts there. I look forward to hearing some of the Irish insults!
    I love your new look, it might even tempt me into looking for a new one too……maybe.
    Amanda. x

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    • Thank you! ❀ Yes, I haven’t even gotten around to those yet XD. Haha, don’t do it! Or do it when you have the time on your hands ;). Thank you!

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  28. How did I manage to miss your birthday post?! I am mad about this #conspiracy and you didn’t even remind me, #conspiracytheorytwo
    it is obvious that you are at least 21 no older than 24 and look like you are 18 πŸ™‚ with an attitude of a 16 year old hahaha. My kind of gal, bahahaha (joke intended, tell your husband to not kill me)

    Shay-lon

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    • Lol! It’s the elections: conspiracies everywhere!! ;). HAHAHA, well, you’re my bestest fwiend wight now! No older than 24 <3. :’) my husband doesn’t care much about that kind of stuff anyways. Apart from one of my friends who always sends me flowers during special occasions XD.

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      • Haha right?! I missed the debate a couple nights ago, twitter caught me up on it. LOL
        I upgraded to best friend, yay! about time I leveled up XD.
        Bahahaha, I like your friend, I need a friend like that, I am lucky if I get anything from mine on special occasions :/ I guess their friendship is enough πŸ˜€

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        • I see most of it on Twitter as well :D. Then again, if I wanted to look at the live debates, it would mean getting up for them in the middle of the night. Yeah…HEEEEELLS no! XD Hahaha, damn rights! Just keep saying how young I look :’). D’awwe, flowers < friendship anyways!

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          • Baahahah! who has time for LIVE DEBATES in the middle of the night?! NOT US! lmao. Once I am in the covers, game over πŸ˜›
            True, paying me in friendship is almost as good as paying me in food πŸ™‚

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            • Yeah, screw that shit XD. Same here, I can’t think of a single thing for which you can wake me up during the middle of the night. Unless my house is on fire, of course. Then I’d like to know ^^. How about I send you some Dutch cookies for Christmas then?! πŸ˜‰

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            • Never have I had Dutch cookies, what are they? what do they consist of? hmm sounds splendid indeed.
              I am a light sleeper, so I wake up to many things unintentionally, it is a good and bad thing all in one.

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            • http://www.fodors.com/news/five-cantmiss-amsterdam-eats-5558. Scroll down to STROOPWAFEL. It’s probably not very good for your health and fitness, though ;). Light sleeper here too. I can wake up to the sound of my own farts, really :’).

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            • Holy shit! Waffles ❀ Yumm! sounds like my kind of snack, pft who said anything about eating healthy? does this look like a health blog page to you?! lmao we don’t talk fitness and health over here, hahah

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            • Bwahaha, yeah, I must’ve misread your blog title. It’s all about making the right choice of committing a crime or not obviously ;). But seriously, if you want to try some, I can always send them your way! ❀

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            • Yes, yes!! I do want to try them! please and thank you! I LOVE COMMITTING FOOD CRIMES! XD lol. Pft my title actually stands for eating as many waffles as I want πŸ˜›

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            • LOL! πŸ˜€ If you give me an address where I can send them to, I’ll pop them in the mail before Christmas :3. My email is ilikechamomiletea@gmail.com

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            • Haha, I thought you were gonna have me send my address to you via comment section, like girl don’t you know I am a celeb on wordpres! Lmao. jk, alright, I will send you an email here in a minute.

              Shay-lon .. xxx

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            • Hahaha, hell no, I respect my VIP’s privacy πŸ˜‰

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  29. katelynnhillier // 18/10/2016 at 23:22 // Reply

    Happy Belated Birthday!!</b I cannot believe I’m almost a month late but Happy Birthday anyway! πŸ˜€
    OMG WOW LOOKS BEAUTIFUL ON YOUR NEW TV!! How was the 1hr and 10 minutes you did get to playing? Is it worth it? I’ve done very well not diving back into it but IT’S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO WONDERFUL UGHH!
    This is such a great haul! Oh goodness, Quidditch Tee, Celtic Calendar (I didn’t know I needed one until now – IT’S BEAUTIFUL!), and READY PLAYER ONE?!!!!!! AWWWWE YESSSS – I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO READ IT! I am excited for you and the awesomeness that awaits you. (βœΏΒ΄β€Ώ`)
    Teehee, gobshite… Brilliant! Vaguely reminds me of:
    “You’d struggle to pour water out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.”
    Bwahaha!

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