USA vacation update #1.

PUMPKIN. PUMPKIN EVERYWHERE! Is there more to life then eating pumpkin-flavored treats? No. No, there is not. Not for me, not for right now.

I am back in the Contiguous 48, and I spent my first day at home shopping and eating pumpkin-flavored anything and everything. God, it’s absolutely glorious. GLORIOUS! PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES! PUMPKIN DONUTS! PUMPKIN PIE STUFFED DONUTS! PUMPKIN SCONES! PUMPKIN SPICE TEA! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIZZA TOPPINGS! PUMPKIN BEER! PUMPKIN CIDER! PUMPKIN CUPCAKES! PUMPKIN MUFFINS!

To anyone who lives in the United States: do you even KNOW how lucky you are to have so much at your fingertips? And, I’m not just referring to pumpkin treats – I’m referring to absolutely everything.

I traveled through India and Africa a few years ago, so I had a great appreciation for what we have in the United States, but living abroad has brought that appreciation to a whole new level. Life is good here.

I’m doing well with jet lag, I’ve gotten in some quality time with my cat, and my mom and I spent several hours shopping. I spent most of the shopping time marveling that I can buy clothes in my size and I felt overwhelmed by all the options. I ate some Chick Fil A. I had a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks that blew my little mind. I sent 4 or 5 emails to my husband that contained many paragraphs of obsessing about how wonderful life is in the United States. I slept for 11 hours last night. I’ve watched a ton of TV and laughed at all the commercials that I don’t see in Japan.

And, that’s about all I’ve got so far. More later 🙂

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