Thursday, December 24, 2009

home for the holidays

trips home are always exciting, enjoyable, energizing *and* exhausting! some observations and lessons i've learned from this venture to the US:

you cant carry christmas crackers in your luggage :(

i can say "pants" without feeling slightly embarrassed, but i've started to snicker to myself when i hear other people say it.

it takes approximately 3 hours for me to have the midwestern drawl return to my voice, although my family claims to hear my british accents.

this is the land of plentiful water fountains, trash cans, and eye contact with strangers.

i forgot that some time in the last few years i was given a strawberry shortcake ornament that smells just like my old doll!

there is a lot of space in this country. everything is so spread out!

despite the fact that its too cold to show my feet, i got a pedicure with my good friend and completely enjoyed it.

i should have bought everyone in my family an electric kettle for christmas. best innovation ever. why dont people use them in this country? i hadnt realized how reliant i've become on mine and i'm impatient with the watched pot.

i love waking up to see snow unexpectedly on the trees and ground.

it has been entirely too long since i've been sled riding!

i saw a car dressed up as a reindeer today.

i'll see my mom tomorrow and over one hundred other family members in the next two days!!!


Anonymous said...

Amanda, this is all your fault!

1) What the heck is an electric kettle? I had to do a Google search to figure that out.

2) had several electric TEA kettles for sale, so I was reading the reviews. My wife loves to drink exotic teas, so this would be a nice give.

3) I ended up ordering a fancy computerized "Tea Maker" for my special wife.

Thanks Amanda for the idea...

Half of our kitchen counter is covered with her tea containers, so this is something that she will enjoy.

Ed Davies said...

"What the heck is an electric kettle?"

Is that a serious question?

Is it because of the 120 V mains supply that electric kettles are rare in the US? 3 kW at 120 V needs 25 A which is a pretty significant current. UK mains plugs may be big and clunky but they can deliver 13 A which gives 3 kW at just over 230 V. What current are typical US plugs rated for, 10 A? How much longer do electric kettles take to work in the US?

John said...

We use an electric kettle: Tfal Vitesse makes a good one. Hot water in 60 seconds!

Anonymous said...

I do not know about other Americans, but rather suspect that we are rather typical.

My wife and I have been using the microwave oven to heat our coffe and tea water in the morning.

Seriously, I had no idea what an electric kettle was.

Big Mark 243 said...

It has never occured to me to purchase an electric kettle... the old fashion pour water in and heat over the fire kind are the only ones I think of, when it comes to tea kettles.

Anywho... good that you are home... enjoy yourself!

heroineworshipper said...

Have been around Indians almost exclusively for 3 years yet still think in an American accent. Sounds like a stranger is in the room when speaking. Picked up some Hindi grammer, however.

astropixie said...

i ended up buying an electric kettle for my sister. it takes a bit longer to heat the water than my kettle in the UK, but its much much quieter! i wonder how old the one is that i have in the UK.... it came with the flat.

i have no idea why the electric kettle has not caught on in the US. i was in college when i first saw my astronomy professor use one in her office. i remember thinking how simple and brilliant it was, while also wondering why i'd never seen one before!

i guess most people in the US have microwaves and use them to heat an individual mug of water. but if you ever pop popcorn in the microwave, the subsequent water tastes a bit like butter. yuck!

i use the kettle to heat water for tea, but also to boil water for cooking. it's a quicker and more efficient method than sitting the pot on the stove's burner.

Jeff said...

"Pants"? I had to look that up. So, pants in the UK refers to underwear.