Stars and Lily and the universal language: A day of random goodness, part one

We have a lot of random things to clean up here that are all loose-endy so let’s do that today, what do you say? Shh, that is RHETORICAL. You aren’t supposed to SAY anything. Sheesh, come on. Or, well, I guess you COULD. I can’t HEAR you, though.

I just made a list. I have SIX THINGS to discuss. ZOMG! That is a lot of things! We’re going to have to split this up over two days, because I just finished writing it and it’s about three days of words. That’s a lot of words, jellybeans. Speaking of jellybeans, I had something I had to do the minute I got home tonight and couldn’t go out and get half-price Easter candy. So that means the thing I had to do was more important than half-price Reese’s Eggs. You know something’s important when it’s more important than half-price chocolatey peanut-butter goodness, right?

It's true, sometimes things in life are more important than half-price seasonal goodness. It's all about priorities, people.

It’s true, sometimes things in life are more important than half-price seasonal goodness. It’s all about priorities, people.

This is going to be the most random, sincerely. But also fun. At least, hopefully fun. I try to infuse a little fun into all the things. I mean, what’s the point if you can’t have some fun with it? I even have fun at the DMV, yo.

We are all made of stars

So I mentioned the other day: I bought, and intended to eat, FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, starfruit. I know. It’s humorous that I’m almost 40 and have not yet tried starfruit. There are a lot of things I have never tried. We grew up eating very basic things, and I have a really weird palate and don’t like many things at all. ESPECIALLY not fruit.

However, this is a fruit that looks like a STAR. And sj’s kiddos said it tasted like strawberries and apples and someone online said also maybe lemons and those are all things I like. And I’m trying to be more daring this year. I totally have tried Thai curry AND Korean food. I deserve a MEDAL.

So Sunday, when most people were having adventures in ham-eating and egg-dyeing, or whatever it is you were doing on Easter, I tried starfruit. Starfruit! For the first TIME!

Aren't they so pretty? It's a whole PLATE of stars!

Aren’t they so pretty? It’s a whole PLATE of stars! Yes, I have the best plates. They were a housewarming gift from friend C. Thank you, friend C.!

And because I’m awesome, I totally made a video of it. I know. I’m kind of the best.

After the video, I ate the rest of the starfruit, and it kind of made me have puckery drymouth, like if you eat too much pineapple. But it was just fine. I don’t know that I’ll buy ALL the starfruit and like eat it every DAY or anything, but I don’t eat a lot of fruit anyway. I did, however, buy a bunch of strawberries this week. I’m very predictable; spring comes, and I start craving fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m going to be craving zucchini any day now. (NOT AT ALL A EUPHEMISM.) And green beans. Yum.

Doing nice things for good people

You all know Jim, right? Jim is my friend and I care about him a great deal. He is one of my most favorite writers and also just an all-around wonderful human being. (Even though he is dead to Dad. DEAD TO HIM! And now Dad thinks Jim is creating cyborgs. More on this tomorrow. Dad thinks Jim is in cahoots. With whom? I’m not quite sure, but probably the government.)

Last year, Jim and his team did a walk for Highmark’s Walk for a Healthy Community. The proceeds go to ABOARD, which is Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.

Last year, I was not able to donate much, because I had a craptacular job. (Sorry, old job. What are you going to do, fire me again? No. No, you no longer have that option.) Jim, however, sent me a wonderful teeshirt anyway. Because he’s not even dead to me a little tiny bit, DAD.

Whoa, look how short my hair was a year ago. It's much longer now. And look how happy I was! Aw, me.

Whoa, look how short my hair was a year ago. It’s much longer now. And look how happy I was! Aw, me.

ANYWAY, this year they’re doing it again. And luckily, because I have an amazing job and have money to buy things and donate to good causes, I was able to donate a little more. Not as much as I’d like, or as much as they deserve, but a little more.

The walk this year is Saturday, May 18, so just about a month and a half from now. The goal is $2,500, and they still have a long way to go. It’s only at 23% right now.

I know times are tough and I know you have to buy things like food and gas and pay your rent, but I’m going to be totally relentless evil right now and show you the Lily that Team Lily is named after (and also her dad, because why not, he’s ok too, I suppose):

Come on, seriously? THE CUTENESS HERE IS OVERWHELMING. (Jim's ok, too, I suppose. Whatever.)

Come on, seriously? THE CUTENESS HERE IS OVERWHELMING. (Yeah, yeah, Jim’s ok, too.)

So if you would like to drop a little money their way, which goes to a wonderful organization that’s the most deserving, it would be so appreciated. Even a little would be great. Also, you could do worse than to read Jim’s blog, or follow him on Facebook. Jim’s kind of the bomb and makes me laugh so hard on a daily basis. (Don’t let that go to your head, Jim! Crap, you already did, didn’t you. I am SCREWED. Now you’re going to go around all, “Amy thinks I’m the BOMB!” and I won’t even be able to refute it. Sigh. The things I do for the people I love.)

I know the internet’s all about hitting you up for money on a regular basis, and I’m just as good as anyone as saying “Nope, sorry, can’t donate to everything all the time” but this is real people and this is a very good cause and this is my friend Jim, who has always been one of the most supportive internet people I know. Look at that kiddo up there and tell me you don’t want to donate a little money. You can’t do it! SHE IS JUST TOO DAMN ADORABLE!

Talking with FACES

So, one of the side effects of meeting my wonderful Andreas in person is that now I miss him. And, in a nice piece of coincidence, he misses me, too. Isn’t that nice how that works out? So what we like to do every couple of weeks is talk with our faces on the internets. First we used Skype, but Skype hates me and froze up constantly. So then we decided to try Google Hangout, and guess what? IT WINS! It only kicks me off every once and a while. So this weekend, I totally got to talk to Andreas’ face. It was the most wonderful. If you can talk to someone for two hours without even getting bored and only have to get off because it’s 1:30am and you’re the most exhausted because you’ve been up since 7am and worked all day, you know that person’s a keeper. (Andreas is totally a keeper. I’m not giving you back, Andreas!)

Also, Andreas makes me laugh the hardest, and sends me links so I can see what his town looks like so I’ll be PREPARED for FINLAND (which is totally only fifteen months away, really, so it’s RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! Ok, even I can’t sell that one, sorry) and I get to see his kiddos, which makes my whole day. (The past two times, I got to see his son, who is teeny and wee but getting bigger all the time! And has the biggest blue eyes and gives me all the smiles! And THIS TIME, I got to see his DAUGHTER! I was so excited I totally bopped all around in my chair and clapped and smiled and smiled!) Although I’m pretty sure his daughter had to be wondering who the crazy lady who spoke no Swedish on the computer was. (In news of win, although at first she was the most shy, by the time we were done, I had coaxed a smile out of her by shamelessly playing peek-a-boo, which translates into ANY language. This is something to remember: if you are confronted by a child who does not speak your language, funny faces and peek-a-boo are universal.)

*Not Andreas' daughter. This kid's cute, but his daughter has my whole heart. She's wonderful.

*Not Andreas’ daughter. This kid’s cute, but his daughter has my whole heart. She’s wonderful.

Guess what I’m getting this month? My passport. Yep. I did the research to figure out what I needed to get it, and it’s seemingly easier than I thought it would be. So soon I shall be the proud owner of a passport with my beaming face in it. I might (MIGHT, because you know I hate counting chickens) be taking a wee out-of-country trip this year, so I’ll need it sooner than later. Then I’ll store it somewhere safe, because I will most definitely be needing it next year. Finland demands it, you see. (Also, I told Andreas that I would bring much joy to his islands, and the people there would NOT want me to leave. He agreed wholeheartedly. That made me smile.)



OK, there you have part one. Tomorrow, we will continue with cats and Dad-stories and sports. Happy Tuesday, internettians! May your days be full of starfruit and smiles as big as Lily’s up there. I can’t think of a better thing.

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41 responses to “Stars and Lily and the universal language: A day of random goodness, part one

  • sj

    My children disagree that it tastes like a squishy apple, but whatever.

    I love this video.


  • 35JupiterDrive

    Okay, so I totally talked back. But only in my head because I’m in Starbucks and I’m not going to use up my crazy quotient for the day talking outloud to The Football no matter how much I love you.

    I think starfruit tastes a lot like pineapple and I love the shape and someday I want to make a star tarts. And that has me trying to figure out a way to name the Tarts Start like Start Your Day Star Tarts but it’s not like I write for Ladies Home Journal so forget it.

    Lily’s the cutest. I will head over there.

    Yay for peek-a-boo! That totally works. You know, because you started Google meeting (or whatever it’s called) the baby is going to know you and take you for granted. “Oh, that’s Dad’s (Poppa’s? What are you called in Swedish, Andreas? Far? Farsa? Pappa?) friend Amy” and he’ll be very whatev about the whole thing.

    I look forward to watching the video when I’m not at Sbux and you won’t be competing with really bad early 90s music. Heaven help me.


    • lucysfootball

      That makes me smile. I like the thought that Andreas’ son will think of me as the crazy lady who lives in the computer. Then next year, when I show up on their doorstep, he’ll be like, “Oh! The crazy lady is 3-D now, that’s cool!”

      I really need to learn some Swedish, though. Just knowing how to say hello and hi isn’t going to cut it.

      Yes, don’t talk aloud in the Starbucks. People will look at you strangely and no one likes to be glared at while enjoying their coffee.


  • xdanigirl

    ZOMG!!!!!!! I am the SAME way when it comes to food!! I’m SUPER SUPER picky and I hate it.. I don’t like fruits or veggies! And have fun in Finland!!!


    • lucysfootball

      I LOVE that about you. I really don’t eat enough fruits or vegetables because I’m so picky about them!

      I have a very long time before my Finland trip – over a year, sigh – but am already SO EXCITED. I haven’t been on a trip that far away since college. I’m going to be the best world traveler! Or, if not the best, at least the most excited about it!


      • xdanigirl

        Awww!! Thank you!! My husband deals with it the best he can. He also gets me to try new things a lot of the time. Being with him has made me try a bunch of new things. Like bell peppers and fresh green beans.
        I was the same way when I went over seas. I was excited about it for EVER before the trip. I still get excited when I talk about it and its been like 5 or 6 years. And excited travelers are the best kind!


  • mormongirl11450

    Star fruit? Does it taste like chicken?
    Lol, there’s always that one person who thinks that almost everything that they eat tastes like chicken.


  • Samantha

    I was reading through your section about Team Lily, and thought…wait…why am I not following Jim’s blog? I have read it and laughed. then I realized because blogspot. So now I actually have it added to my reader. Lily is adorable!

    I have never tasted starfruit as far as I know either. I have a hard time with fruit (even fruit I like) because some of it makes my mouth and throat itchy, so that’s no good. :( But I can imagine that starfruit would be quite tasty.


    • lucysfootball

      Lily is wonderful. Both of his daughters are gorgeous. Good genes in the Jim family!

      I know, I’ve been trying to convince Jim to leave Blogger since I’ve known him. (We actually met because of a post I wrote about loving WordPress. Heh.) He’s stubborn, though. Won’t budge.

      Starfruit was actually very good! And I’m picky about fruit, so that’s a high compliment coming from me!


  • Andreas Heinakroon

    It was the best G+:ing with you this weekend! We should definitely keep that up. And you’re right: time flew by and it didn’t feel like 2 hours at all.

    And aw, thanks! I’m going to keep you too.


    • lucysfootball

      SO the best. We’re definitely keeping it up. I look forward to that so much! I know, I was so surprised when it was 1:30! I could tell it was late because I started to droop like a plant that needed water. Speaking of which, I should really go water my plants.

      GOOD. We’ll keep each other. That’s the way it should be!


  • Nagzilla

    Don’t feel bad- I’m 43 and still haven’t tried star fruit. But you’ve inspired me to maybe give it a go. Maybe.


    • lucysfootball

      I’m trying all the new things this year. Even if I hate all of them, at least I can say I TRIED them. (I’m still not trying super-weird things. Nothing in the world is getting me to try offal or headcheese or something. Blergh.)


  • becomingcliche

    I have never tried star fruit, either. My mom always bought the mainstream stuff when I was growing up. But squishy apple doesn’t sell it. I am a texture person. But yay for trying new things!


    • lucysfootball

      We had apples, grapes, bananas, and oranges. Once and a while, something CRAZY like a pineapple or a coconut. I think you might like it – it was very apple-textured, just a little less crunchy. (And sj says you can get the greener ones and they’re tarter – so maybe crisper, too?)


  • Charleen

    I’m almost 30 and have never even HEARD of star fruit, let alone tried it.

    And really… there are few things in life more important than half-priced seasonal goodness. If you do have such a thing in your life, your life must be pretty sweet. (But not as sweet as it would be if you had Reese’s… see what I did there?) Seriously, though, the holiday shaped ones are the best.


    • lucysfootball

      My life’s not too bad. And it was an important thing. So much more important than chocolate.

      I have two packages of Reese’s Eggs from earlier in the season I’m hiding from myself in a VERY SECRET LOCATION and someday I will allow myself to enjoy them. I did get some Dove chocolate today, though. And some Lindt. Yum!

      I’ll have to wait til October, when the pumpkins are on the shelves. I’m coming for you, Reese’s Pumpkins!


  • Heather

    I am also almost 40, and have never eaten star fruit.

    I also eat a lot of “kid food,” a) because I hate to cook, and b) because I have kids. Mainly, though, it’s because I hate to cook. Like you, I can do it and I’m pretty good at it, but I just hate doing it. There are so many other, better things I could be doing that don’t involve being anywhere near the kitchen. This has been passed down to me from mother, who also dislikes cooking. I’m fine with that.

    Spiders in figs. Great. I’m glad that I have no desire to eat figs.


  • mfennvt

    I’m 50 and still haven’t tried starfruit. I want to now, though! Hadn’t really thought of spiders and figs together before, either. That is disconcerting.


  • Kris

    Y’know, I LOVED your hair in the video! Before you said you hadn’t done anything with it, I was thinking how very stylish it was. It looks like something worn by a glamorous actress in the 40’s or something. (Um, that’s supposed to be a compliment – please take it that way!)

    And, yes, we ARE made of ‘star stuff’ as Carl Sagan (swoon) said! ;-)


  • Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd

    I’ve never tried a starfruit before. I feel enlightened by your post and video. I shall try one next opportunity I get.


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