I've lived in Mexico too long!
It used to be that when people asked me, "What do you miss from the USA?", I could rattle off a Top 10 list in seconds. But now that I've lived here for ten years, it's gotten much harder. I even had to ask Hubby for his input, because what I mostly miss is food.
Things I miss from the States: (in no particular order)
Friends and family: Obvio! I miss seeing and interacting with my friends and family on a regular basis. Thanks to Facebook, email and this blog, I still feel like I'm a part of their lives, as they are a part of mine. But I still miss them.
Holidays: If there's one thing you've learned about me, it's that I absolutely love holidays. You name it -- Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter -- I've celebrated them all. Before I moved to Mexico, I used to send out cards for EVERY holiday, including Groundhog's Day. I've tried keeping up the tradition of celebrating all of the holidays here in Mexico, but it's not as easy. Every year, I notice that it's getting harder and harder for me to find that holiday spirit, especially when no one else is celebrating.
Classic Movies: One of my favorite movies is "Some Like It Hot" with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and my all-time favorite actor, Jack Lemmon. (I even named my youngest after him -- Jack Limon!) Hubby and I used to rent old black and white classics all the time. But not anymore. Our local video rental place doesn't have any classic American films. A real shame if you ask me.
Bathtubs: As I've said before, most of the older houses in Mexico don't have bathtubs. While I'm thankful for the fact that our rental home has a nice sized shower and running water, there are days that I wish I could relax in a tub filled with hot water and lots of bubbles. Sigh!
Craft Shopping: I really miss being able to walk into a Michael's or a Jo-ann Fabrics to just stare at their wall-to-wall supplies for every craft imaginable. Especially holiday crafts! Double Sigh!
And now onto the good stuff...
Pickles! I've been here ten years and haven't found a decent pickle yet. I am able to find those tiny sweet pickles, but I don't care for them that much. We also have sliced pickles for hamburgers, but the last batch I bought was neon green and pure salt. No bueno! What I'd really like is one of those big, juicy, sour pickles. Yum!
Candy: Here in Mexico, we have our fair share of candy, including American favorites like Snicker's, Milky Way and M&M's. We also have a plethora of candies flavored with lime and chile powder. That's all fine and dandy, because the kiddies love them. But I miss my American candy classics like Reese's Pieces, Big Hunk, Babe Ruth, Pay Day, Butterfinger...I could go on and on.
Chips: That's another thing flavored with lots of lime and chile powder...Chips! I can't eat half of the chips sold here, because they are too spicy. What I wouldn't give for BBQ or Chili-Cheese flavored Fritos.
Grape Jelly: What can I say? Toast isn't the same without grape jelly. Sure, we've got strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, apricot and peach. But my poor kiddies have never eaten a PB&J sandwich with grape jelly. That to me, is just wrong!
Cookies: Again, there are plenty of cookies around, including American favorites: Oreo's and Chips Ahoy. I just wish I could find Nutter Butters and Fig Newtons. And Hubby wishes we had Twinkies. According to him, the Mexican counterparts are not even close to being as good as a Hostess Twinkie.
I think that about does it for my list. It's getting late and all of this writing about food is making me hungry.
So what do you miss from the States? Or what do you think you'd miss?