Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What I love about the States

I may love Brazil, but I am still AMERICAN, baby, and very proud to be so.

So. So. So. Glad to be home. No words.

In no particular order, I love ...
  • That I have my husband back (he's not bishop anymore)
  • English
  • Target
  • Wal-mart (yes, Wal-mart)
  • Mexican food
  • Good restaurants - and a variety
  • Multi-ethnic culture
  • Open-mindedness
  • That we don't put up with crap
  • Respect for children's nap times
  • Family hour on television (pornogrpahy restrictions!)
  • No smoking areas
  • Blueberries
  • General respect for authority figures
  • Most people obey the traffic signals
  • Adequate parking spaces
  • That everyone on my street is eating something different
  • Sandwiches
  • Brown sugar
  • Lemons
  • Sour cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Cadbury
  • Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Good quality cleaning/laundry products
  • Washing machines that DON'T TAKE FOUR HOURS FOR A CYCLE AND ACTUALLY GET THE CLOTHES CLEAN
  • Convenience
  • Wendy's (especially Frosties)
  • Good doctors
  • EDUCATION
  • Shorter work day
  • Mini-vans
  • Large shopping carts that actually fit the carseat
  • Much better traffic
  • No motoboys
  • That people use seat belts
  • Our phone etiquette
  • Quality children's clothing
  • Cheap, quality educational toys
  • Good TV
  • Movies in English (no more dubbing!)
  • Lots of temples
  • Church is fairly organized and running
  • People tend to have bigger families
  • Parents are involved in the schools
  • Normal school hours
  • Homework - yes, homework
  • Extracurricular activities
  • City planning
  • Zoning - no more bars next to houses
  • Tact
  • Political correctness
  • (Mostly) honest politicians
  • Safety
  • Cereal
  • Bagels
  • Libraries
  • Milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Garbage disposals
  • Dishwashers
  • Tampons
  • Flushable toilet paper
  • Playgrounds
  • Quality diapers
  • Quality wipes

...to be continued

7 comments:

Terri said...

Welcome home.

Danielle said...

My list is pretty much exactly the same, especially the TV restrictions, respect for authority, and cleaning products. :)

Aren't we lucky that we have 2 places that we are so happy to live in? :)

SO said...

May we don't realize how good we have it here do we?

Welcome home.

gigi said...

Yeah, I would have missed most of those things too. WELCOME HOME FRIEND!

heidizinha said...

i didn't see my name ANYWHERE on this list.

Harmony said...

I loved Heidi's comment.

Jody Blue said...

it is nice isn't it!