My US-based mom and my stepdad sent me a huge Rubbermaid plastic box full of goodies for everyone back here and I just adore each and every material thing that she gave me. Of course, I also appreciate how she put so much thought into picking every item, making sure I’d love every one of them.

She sent me a lovely pair of blue Crocs. I love them so much that my grey (originally silver) Crocs are now hibernating in my shoe rack.

I also got a cool Mickey Mouse leather watch, a blingy Jack Skellington keyring, an enormous bottle of multivitamins, beauty products not available here and a DVD copy of “Saw” among other things.

Made me miss my mom even more. Sniff.