Thursday, May 15

These Are the Things I Think About

Things I brought home from the good ol' US of A:

  • Peanut butter.
  • Grape Jelly.
  • Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Peppermint Patties, Reeses Peanut Butter cups, and Twizzlers. (well, the Twizzlers didn't make it home, I ate them all in flight)
  • Souvenirs for everyone at my house.
  • Including the WICKED PISSA beer glasses I bought for Don.
  • Peanut Butter crackers.
  • New clothes from Target. (All hands over hearts for the beauty and wonder that is Tahr-jay)

Things I left behind in the Boston area:

  • My heart.
  • It's all wrapped up in 3 redheads, a big guy who runs marathons and a darling curly haired blonde.
  • I miss them all.

Things I forgot to bring home from America:

  • Milk Duds.
  • Cheesy microwave popcorn. (but not because I didn't look for it, I couldn't find it anywhere. MY theory is that New Englanders have too much respect for their bodies than to ingest such a concoction, but still it was a request from a friend, and I failed in the quest to locate and return with it. Does anyone know where I can find such a silly product?)
  • Goldfish crackers.
  • Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Baking Soda.

Things I tried to bring home from the States, but being that I am a dork and completely spaced the whole "liquids on an airplane restriction" had confiscated at Airport Security:

  • A jar of Molasses.

Things I have as seemingly permanent souvenirs of the weekend trip:

  • Random trinkets and sparkly things from nearly every shop I visited.
  • Several hundred photos.
  • Jet lag.


  1. I got stuck with peanut butter...I have not been eating because I have no appetite...maybe I need peanut butter!

  2. I think I can honestly say that every time I have lived abroad I have had someone (or multiple people) send me peanut butter. It is a staple. lol

  3. Oh man, I was in the States last month and I forgot the Milk Duds! Drat.

    Re the mac & cheese, if you have Folks Back Home (I use my sister-in-law) you can stick them with the noodles and just bring back the cheese packets.

  4. You have to get BAKING SODA frmo the States? They don't have it over there?

  5. ...and apparently I left my trained hands - the ones that know how to type - at home today.


  6. It sounds like a great trip and now you need... rest.

  7. Been meaning to call you and tell you how jealous I am, but am suffering from culture shock and jet lag at the same time...

    My suitcases were overfilled with...
    clothes from Walmart & Tarjée
    shoes from Payless
    Velveeta macaroni and cheese (way so much better than Kraft!)
    Books, books, books, got carried away at how cheap they are compared to here.
    the latest ladies magazines. You are on the circulation list when I am done.
    allergy medicines
    T-shirts with Texas logos and icons (DD1 & 2 are into their roots these days)
    clip on earrings, don't wear pierced and I found a sale!!
    Oreo cookies
    Nerds, sweettarts, hot tamales, american jellybeans, etc.
    Reeses peanut butter cups (which somehow did not last more than a day...)

    but then we came home with 5 very large suitcases that hubby may have gotten a hernai lifting...

  8. You brought back quite a haul; as far as the cheesy microwave popcorn, I don't know about that. I'll have to look around for that.

  9. What? No peanut butter, grape jelly, or baking soda in The Netherlands? Surprising to me.

  10. kraft macaroni and make me laugh! what a sterotype :p

    so is peanut butter better than Pindakaas?

  11. peanut butter and grape jelly? really - that's not everywhere?! and baking soda? huh...

    can't help you with the cheesy popcorn :) now go get over that jetlag!

  12. It was wonderful to meet you! If you send me your address I can mail you some milk duds :)

  13. okay, you gotta explain the baking soda. the other things I understand. weird.

  14. has hot cheese popcorn for sale. Also there are a number of cheese seasoning shakers for popcorn, including at LOL.

    Baking soda has me stumped too. Not found in the Netherlands? Odd.

    Over-all, sounds like you made quite a haul--I have no idea how much extra you paid to get all that loot home;-)

    PS: I was Missing from the boards for eons, so didn't get you thanked for my card--it was such a welcome treat! But you didn't include your address so I could return the favor--send it via email 'cause I've gotten something I want to send you.

  15. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip and had such a wonderful welcome home. But I'm wondering how one can survive without Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

  16. jolly ranchers... i havent thought about those in years!

  17. I moved to the netherlands from Oregon a year ago and just now found Baking Soda! I finally found it in a Toko Store..along with cream of tartar and several other american food items. I miss maple syrup,peanubutter cups,cheez it's and the dry ranch packets. I cant believe they dont have Ranch dressing here.