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There's something not so bad about waking up at 4 a.m. You're not completely deep into REM sleep at that point, and it's easier to pop awake and stay there. Even if you're not jetlagged, it's always easier to wake up at 4 a.m. than 7 a.m.

4 a.m. in Flyinge: A rooster crows 4-5 times, then stops, then starts again. Patter-rustle of rain like light, quick footsteps. Insects rouse from their leadbelly torpor. My daughter's breath steams in, whistles out. Outside, the greyness is lightening, colors gain definition, depth. Clouds move past the house, sliding along the sky. I turn over and punch my pillow into comfortable squashiness. It's no use, I'm awake.

Among the many things my kids were introduced to in America this past month, the one that caused me to regress the fastest was Pop Rocks. I remember when Space Dust and Pop Rocks were new* and you could totally explode your WHOLE STOMACH if you ate Pop Rocks while drinking Coke. No, really! Anders had never had them before either. We found them at a Michael's store and entertained the kids in the car with them on the way home from a shopping day. I have 3 more packets tucked away for later. :)

Weird American Food Trend: Labeling food as "Flavor-blasted." In or OUT?

Things I Ate While in the States Because I Can't Get Them in Sweden That Made Me Very Happy:** Steak, Oscar Mayer cheese dogs, Fritos and salmon dip, Great American Cookie Company Dinky Doozie cookies, giant soft pretzels, black olives, my mom's Bar-B-Cups, Cream of Celery soup, Cream of Potato Soup, Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli, Thomas's English Muffins, Chicken Artichoke Scallopini at Macaroni Grill, Sugared Cherry Slices, 3 Musketeers, Orville Redenbacher popcorn, Vernor's Ginger Ale, V8 juice, Puffed Cheetos, Chocolate-covered raisins, Jelly Belly jellybeans, M&M's.

Think I'll leave work around 2 today and go take a nap, so I'll be awake enough this evening to go pick up my brother in Trelleborg. Jet lag sucks.

*They came out in 1975. Yes, I AM that old. Shut up.
**Not all at the same time.
 tired
mood: tired
music: Maria McKee—Show Me Heaven


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I LOVED Pop Rocks! Alot of that stuff we can get here in the UK - M&Ms, muffins, Jelly Bellys, V8, and black olives. Just give me a shout when you'd like a package sent :)

I can get black olives here, but they're usually from jars and not cans, and subsequently they just don't taste quite right. I love Spanish black olives from cans!

My cousin sent me a care package our first Christmas in Sweden with one of those 6-packs of Thomas English muffins in it...unfortunately it ended up on a slow boat and when it arrived, SIX WEEKS LATER, it was a plastic bag full of green mold. *eek!*

You've just listed my whole diet! See, we Canadians and Americans are not so different! Vernor's and Cheetos for lunch!

*drool* :D

I remember pop rocks- and the story that a kid drank Coke the ate Pop Rocks and his stomach exploded!

I eat the regional treats when I go home too.

A year or two ago Ben & Jerry's had a special edition Summer ice cream that was strawberry and blueberry with white chocolate-covered Pop Rocks. It was sooooo good.

Also, welcome home! I'm glad you had a good trip!

OMG that sounds too good to be true!! also, thank you! :) It's good to be home!

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There are lots, actually. :) Kassler (a kind of smoked ham), falukorv (a kind of baloney sausage), mazariner (almond pastries), vanilla hearts, semla, to name but a few. Anders always misses salt licorice, too. (ick!)

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It's a little cake filled with almond paste (not quite the same as marzipan, it's softer) and then icing on top. Some of them have a thin layer of raspberry jam in them too, and nowadays you can find variations in chocolate, apple and vanilla. YUM!

I don't know what kind of licorice you get there, but the black licorice here is coated in salt. It's like hardened, salty motor oil. bleah! :P

Okay, there isn't much I can truly say I miss about American food, but I am a Fritos junkie AND I miss finding cream of celery soup, since I used to cook a lot with it as a base. I have used the cream of mushroom with celery flakes or chopped fresh celery added, but it's not quite the same.

I used it a lot as a base, too. I really miss it. I miss the whole line of Campbell's soups, actually, because I grew up on them, and loved them, and ate a lot of them as an adult. Here I can only get a couple and they don't taste quite right, even though they are good. They're just not HOME-flavored, if you know what I mean. :)

Mmm, yummy food list! There's nothing like food and associated smells to bring back incredibly powerful memories. They say our nose is our strongest sense linked to memory. I believe it. I can smell the waft of a viennese hot dog stand for one second and be 6 years old again in an instant :)

I used to eat a little canned cocktail weiner called "Vienna Sausages"....that can't be the same thing can it?

Nope :) Just a terrible misuse of the word vienna as we all do with various nationalities in an attempt to make food appear more cultural :) These were like bratwurst and they had milder longer thinner ones as well - just divine!

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