Thing 1 and Thing 2’s Excellent Adventure

Several weeks ago, Leanne Shirtliffe (aka Ironic Mom) sent out a worldwide (web) call to temporarily house her twins, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Not her actual twins, just their internet doppelgänger. For some reason, the post office frowns upon shipping humans.

First stop for the Things, our lovely town in East Tennessee. All the way from Canada!


I knew my Bug and Bean would love to play host to a couple of stuffed toys for the sake of my blog, and I was right. Except sometimes Bug, my creative assistant, was too embarrassed when shooting some of the photographs. Embarrassed for posing with a couple of blue-haired dolls in the middle of the sidewalk/museum/road while strangers passed around us? Amateur.

Bug Welcomes The Things

The Shenanigans Begin

Beanie immediately reached for the colorful dolls, then tried to kiss them, then discovered the unpleasantness of fuzzy lips.

Oh, Hi!

Oh, Fuzz!

Things 1 and 2 were definitely polite house guests (don’t worry, Mom), even when I treated them to some Filipino cuisine as their Welcome-to-Tennessee dinner. I know, makes perfect sense. Especially when we treated them to champorado before shipping them off to the next stop. I figured we could sandwich their first American stop in between some Filipino culture. You know, for culture’s sake.

Filipino-style Chicken Adobo

They ate all their dinner

Afterwards, once released from their long trip inside a padded envelope, they were eager to enjoy the fresh air. Even if it did come with a triple digit heat index.

Everyone loves bubbles, differing citizenship notwithstanding

We tried to fit the Best of Knoxville in the week that we had our Canadian house guests, and did an okay job of encompassing the vibe of East Tennessee. We even managed to visit Hogsmeade by way of our local library. (I had a hard time finding that tricky Platform 9 3/4…we finally found it in the Large Print section.) We also took a day trip to the East Tennessee History Museum, where legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett’s first gun Ol’ Betsy is on display. The Things even got to hitch a ride on the famous (maybe?) historical (definitely) Gay Street streetcar, after getting whisper-yelled at by a curator for touching a non-touchable exhibit. (To be fair, Bug was doing the touching, but I’m pretty sure the Things were egging him on.)



Gay Street streetcar

Don't Shoot!

Historical Tennessee Theater


Beanie and Bug were sad to see them go, but after our allotted week, we shoved them in an envelope and sent them on their way. (But not until they had their bellies filled with champorado, as promised.)

Farewell breakfast

Happy trails, Thing 1 and Thing 2!

Make sure to keep up with Thing 1 and Thing 2’s adventures here, and be sure to check out the talented bloggers along the way who are making it happen!



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32 responses to “Thing 1 and Thing 2’s Excellent Adventure

  1. Looks like you guys know a thing or two in Tennessee.

  2. Love that! Can’t wait until we get our hands on them. Wait, they are going to be washed from time to time? No? 😉

    • I briefly considered that a half-second after Bean put her mouth on them, then I figured riding all that way from Canada in hot post office vehicles basically steam-cleaned them.

      And we were the first recipients, so there was that.

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  4. You know I’m going to bring the real things someday…

    Thanks so much for participating! 😀

  5. Great post, Jessica! We’re next!

  6. That champorado looks delish! Looks like they did well for themselves.

  7. I don’t think the Things adventure could’ve started in a better place. My fave pic is the one of Bean posing with them and giving the stink eye. I’m also jealous as no one has ever thrown me a farewell breakfast.

  8. What a delightful idea! Leave it to that Ironic Mom! (And you’re never too young for a road trip, right?)

    Good to know about the fuzzy lips thing. Will keep that in mind, in my own most excellent (dating) adventures…

  9. Okay, this post is BLOWING my mind, Ms. B!
    My wife and I just got back from a trip (part of which was spent visiting my parents). Anyway, my mother gave me her Thing 1 and Thing 2 dolls to take along / photograph along the way on our trip, too! (which we had actually done a few years before, too)! How BIZARRE! *swami music playing* 🙂

  10. I want chocolate for breakfast more than I want most things.
    (not more than world peace and my children’s eternal happiness of course; but maybe next after that.)

    So I promise to wax my upper lip if I come to Tennessee, just in case Bean wants to drop a baby kiss on me.

    I wouldn’t want to be fuzzy.

    Just chocolatey.

    Anyway, you brought the goodness to this visit for sure, Jess.
    What a nice start to the Things travels…

    • I will absolutely make you some champorado for breakfast if you visit me in Tennessee. I’ll even sprinkle crushed Coco Puffs on top.

      Just to warn you, Bean gives full-on, open-mouthed kisses. And I’m talking, accidental Frenching. (Hence…fuzz.) They’re wet, but they’re delicious.

      Her kisses, not fuzz.

  11. I’m glad that Thing1 and Thing2 were well behaved and that you showed them such an excellent time. I am excited to see where they will find themselves on Thing 1 and 2’s Excellent Adventure!!

  12. Way to give them the grand tour of Tennessee! I’m glad they were in good hands. 🙂

  13. Elena Aitken

    Looks like they had an awesome time! And your kids are so cute! I just want to squeeze them. 🙂
    But I have to know….butter beer??

  14. That second pic of Bean is good stuff. The classic kids’ taste test.

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