Stuff in the Mail

A few people have asked me about the kinds of things that we can’t get here that can be sent in  the mail. A lot of it I’ve adjusted to living without, even  though I miss it. I’ll keep adding to this list when I think of stuff.

Post cards, American stickers (I use them at school), Beef Jerky, Fruit Leather, See’s Candy,  Idahon instant mashed potatoes, kitten food pouches (they’re almost $3 a pouch off base and my  kitten won’t eat the canned stuff, she likes cuts), Blistec or Carmex or Burt’s Bees chapstick (I’m still addicted to chapstick), honey candles or any votives not made in China (I’m still anti-lead in my wick and  everything here comes out of China), tiny hair rubber bands, …

The other question I’m still getting a lot is what do I miss most? Well, food is a big one for me. I  like Japanese food. I liked going to Japanese food once or twice a month back in CA. The Sushi Marina in Ventura is the best! And very authentic. But now I’m faced with Japanese food  everyday for lunch and dinner. I eat with my students, and I have to be careful that they don’t
learn that I live on the base. It’s in my school contract. So I suck it up and have been learning to  make my own “obentou,” or lunchbox. I miss Fast Food and hamburgers. I miss In ‘N Out. I miss going to Black Angus and getting that big slice of chocolate cake. The idea of desert in  Japan is fruit, or sweet potatoes, or red beans in rice flour balls. No wheat flour, no processed sugar, and very little chocolate. That means no cake, no cookies, no sweet stuff. When I am  given a sweet potato ball, the moms always ask me if it’s too sweet. Are they kidding? I made  cupcakes for everyone to show them American sweets. Two of my students didn’t like them and  wouldn’t eat them. I was shocked! I also miss music. If anyone wants to burn a CD with new music, I’d be grateful.
So that’s it for now. I’ve been taking my camera out in town with me more, so

I’ll have new  photo blogs up soon.

About Lacey Clifton, MSEd

Social Media Marketing Expert, Lacey Clifton, specializes in leveraging dynamic media platforms for organic, customer-centric marketing. She has been working with surgeons and specialty medical practitioners since 2009, providing training, coaching, and full-service marketing for lead generation, but has been marketing through online social media platforms since their first adoption by small businesses. Lacey received her Master's of Education and Bachelor’s Degrees from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude among other honors. Additionally, she was recognized with a Faculty Award of Excellence for her performance at the university. She greatly enjoys learning environments, as both a student and a teacher, keeping her ahead of changes in social media platforms and fueling her passion to teach others.

Posted on February 10, 2007, in A Girl in Japan and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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