Saturday, February 14, 2009

Reasons I Miss the States - Top 3 Goodies from Home

So today is Valentine's Day. (Happy Birthday, Lynzi!)

I took no regret in dropping 300 bucks (about $10US) on Chocolate and other goodies ... all for myself. Peanut Butter M&Ms, Dove Dark Chocolates and ice cream bar: never a bad choice. Admittedly, I would take back the Strawberry flavored milk tea and the "Muscat of Alexandria" Grape-flavored Kit Kat Bar if I could (yeah, you read that right). The milk tea I downed while plugging my nose, and the green Kit-Kat I pawned off on some unsuspecting kids.

But the chocolates were well worth it. I'm convinced it's these little comforts that let expats like myself live day-to-day in strange and foreign places; places that consider green grape Kit-Kats a good idea. I mean really, give me a break. (think about that one...)



When my sister, who still has a promised guest-blog-post to publish, came to visit, she brought more gifts and goodies from home.

Though everything she brought me was a welcomed treat (and most of the chocolate didn't make it to today), here are the top 3:


3. A box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Undoubtedly, Honey Nut Cheerios is one of the greatest comfort foods available - and it's not available in Taiwan. (I'm sorry, but there's a HUGE difference between Honey Nut and the regular variety...) I do believe the only comfort food that trumps this breakfast cereal is a bowl of ice cream. If you know me, you know that. But Ice Cream doesn't pack well...

2. A Snuggie. Yes, that's right: a Snuggie.

Don't even joke. It's great. Snuggie has been quite the companion many a recent cold mornings. Plus, since no one in this country hugs anyone, its the only arms I have to hold.

and finally, clocking in at our number one position:

1. My bottle of febreeze. Seriously great stuff. My room smells fantastic. And now, so does my laundry. It's a gift no bachelor should live without... no matter where they are.




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16 comments:

tmamone said...

Is it just me, or does the Snuggie look like a monk's robe?

Don said...

Truth is stranger than fiction.

Creature comforts help create daily golden moments.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Katie Leal said...

lol...I completely agree with you on the Honey Nut Cheerios...in fact, Im going to go downstairs and have a bowl.

Chase said...

T: That's exactly what I think every time I put it on alone in my room.
I beam with pride.

Don: My life, lately, has been about finding those golden moments to get me through the day. Change of perspective. It's easier to smile when you don't let those pass you by..

Katie, if I had milk and a bowl in my room, I'd join you. Even though it's 12:30am here (that's morning, right?). But, alas, my room is on the fourth story. Don't have the energy to make the trek down to the fridge. Delay my bowl about 9 hours.

Diana said...

How much is it to send you some choco? I will send you some if it's not $300 :P

brittanybaker said...

Snuggie!!! They've always looked so comfortable. But I've never tried it out...
Glad Lynzi got to come over for a bit! Hope you're doing well.

floreta said...

happy valentines day again.

a guy who likes a big bowl of ice cream and appreciates the difference between honey nut cheerios and regular?? :)

BLOGitse said...

that Snuggie looks great. I have a big shawl, it's warm in winter time...
We have febreeze too... :-) in toilet...hahahah...

insomniaclolita said...

Dont they have honey nut cheerios there in international supermarket/ We have tons of them here LOL yes I just rubbed it in your face :P

Samantha said...

Oh my goodness, I love febreeze! I'm not sure if I could live somewhere without it.

Rachel Tamed said...

My snuggie is pretty much the closest thing to a serious relationship I have going - I love that darn thing. If you wear it backwards, it is like a cape!

If you are ever in need of some kind of care package, all you have to do is send me the address and I'll innundate you with cheerios and febreeze and books I think you should read.

Also, of course, you are welcome to retreat with me in Portland any time. The champagne is always flowing, and I'll wait until after your visit to go for the kool aid. Great fodder for the book!

San said...

i did not know snuggies existed!!! thank you! thank you! :)

Kali said...

The snuggie scares me.

Also I am deathly jealous - I have a real thing for weird foods. Things on my must try list so far are:

Spam
Cheese in a can
McNuggetinis
Smores
and now... Grape flavoured Kit Kats!

I love how they sound so massively unappetizing... I can't WAIT to try them all as part of one big meal!

Also, we don't have peanut butter m&ms over here. Damn you.

Lindsay Champion said...

Someone at work brought the Snuggie in last week and we all took turns trying it on. We looked like wizards, in my opinion.

Have you seen the Snuggy parody? It's hysterical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05ZQ7WHw8Y

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Reannon said...

I can't decide what that blanket/dress thing remind me more of...a robe from Harry Potter or something someone would wear in Star Wars.

Do you wear that when people are over? That infomercial is hilarious...

I wouldn't mind someone buying me that...

Chase said...

@Lindsay, that parody is just slightly ridiculous, lol... then again, so is a Snuggie.

@Reannon, Absolutely not, I've never worn that around anyone. In fact, it's hidden in my room, and I only bring it out when its safe. The nice thing about the snuggie is that if someone does come a'knocking, you can just peel yourself out of the arms and fold it down on itself. Walla! Just a blanket.