Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's Hodgepodging Time

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for the Hodgepodge, head on over to Joyce's blog to see how other people answered.

1.  Did you do anything 'memorable' this past weekend?
I did not, I actually did less than I usually do during the weekend. I'm blaming it on the rain, it has been rainy lately, today looks like the only rainy day in my week.
2. Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying-
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."  
 Your thoughts? Do you somehow acknowledge and appreciate the freedoms you enjoy? Did your upbringing contribute to that sense of appreciation? If you're a parent, are there specific things you do to pass on this sense of responsibility and appreciation to your own children in regard to the freedoms they enjoy?
I agree, people never think about what it took to get us free. Thankfully, we're not surrounded by other countries that might invade us and take away our freedom.
My parents never really did anything to make us appreciate it. We went to most of the memorials in DC and I totally took time at the memorials, but on Monday I met my parents at the memorial service, my mom seemed a little upset that I didn't go, but I do think about the soldiers everyday, I don't think a memorial service once a year is something I need to do. From her, it seemed like that's all she does.
I think you can show support in how you do things, have the flag in your yard, hang posters in your windows, talk to soldiers, police officers, etc., when you see them.

 3. Loudest noise you've ever heard?
I'd say gunshots. My ex and I would go shooting, those are plenty loud.

 4. What was the last thing you ate that might be considered 'junk food'? Did you enjoy it?
Funny you ask, we went to Target on Monday, and all I bought was junk food. Yesterday, I had chocolate covered fruit, a Reese' peanut butter cup, and some Edy's Drumstick ice cream. I always enjoy my junk food. One of the reasons I can never diet is I will never give up my junk food. I am *trying* (again) to give up pop. I've haven't one in 4 days and I'm pretty happy with myself.

 5. When was the last time you were somewhere the crowd felt 'packed in like sardines'?
I don't really get that feeling in crowds, and if I think it's going to be that way, I certainly don't participate. I'm not a fan of feeling there is no out.

 6. Are you organized when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you make a list weeks in advance or toss items in last minute? Are you a carry-on only sort of packer or do you need an entire suitcase for your shoes?
I try to be. I generally make lists and make sure I have enough other clothes to have options. That said, when we went to Charleston over Christmas last year, I was expecting it to be warmer than it was and I didn't pack cooler weather clothes and was chilly the whole time we were there. I always try to just have the carry on. I'm not sure if we've ever lost a checked bag, but my parents may have and that fear/way of doing things has been instilled in me, so I try not to have more than one bag. But, the airport we fly out of, is tiny so generally we're on tiny planes, that if full enough have to check at the gate. I find that a little unnerving.

 7. What was the last sporting event you attended in person? Did your team win? Did you care?
I don't do sporting events. I do work basketball events at our event center, so we could go with that, but I rarely stay until the end of them, so I never know if our team wins.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here.
Sorry, nothing this week. I just posted a big post the other day of catching up, check that out.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Catching up

Looks like I'm a little behind on posting. Let's see if I can remember what happened since May 2nd. I had to check my updates on Facebook to remember.
I attempted to make banana bread on the 6th. Sadly, I started it too late and it didn't get done in the middle and it fell after cooling. I ate some and put some in the freezer. I'm a little wary about eating it, cause it's kinda gooey inside.
That weekend, I had to work graduation at Hilton, so I tried to go to sales on Friday, and a few really early on Saturday. These are from Friday:
 a couple square scarves (I didn't realize they were square until I got them home, but I found a great place to use them), a ceramic bunny (not sure why I picked him up) and a cute pot.
Saturday, I woke up early to go to one sale that advertised buttons and sewing supplies. I got there a few minutes before it was supposed to start and saw someone walking away with some Pyrex mixing bowls, that when I saw them I really wanted them. When I got to the checkout, I saw someone's pile with two large jars full of buttons sitting there. The only thing I got at this sale was some rocks.
The house next door was having a sale too, I did find a plant to put in the pot I got on Friday for a Mother's Day gift. I also found a cute giraffe pin and a hanky.
Here's the plant all ready to give to mom:
 So, I decided not to get up early for a garage sale again, no matter what they advertised and what I had to do that day.
Graduation was interesting. I worked the door where most of the mobility impaired people were coming in, and people were annoyed that we wouldn't let them in early, that we only had one elevator, and that there weren't nearly enough seats for all of them.
Sunday, we went out to brunch and a local garden that had a cool tree house exhibit. I was kinda hoping we'd go somewhere new for brunch, the place we went to, we always go to, and the food just isn't very interesting.
I did pick up some mixers at the garden, I thought they'd be fun if I had a party, but as I've found out, people are kinda hard to get together for a party

 The 12th was my parents anniversary, so I made them dinner and got them a movie from the library. I've been wanting to try this recipe for awhile, it looked easy, so I thought I'd try it out for them. It's a Spinach Tomato Pizza from Taste of Home's book, Easy Weeknight Dinners:
That week, ice cream was on sale at the store, so I totally stocked up on ice cream:
Sadly, I've decided, none of them are really that good except the Butterfinger (which I might buy again once I check the price), I was thinking last night I just need some chocolate ice cream with peanut butter running through it, that would be really good. I finished the Butterfinger one and have opened all the rest, which probably means they will all get freezer burn and go bad before I finish them.
At the end of that week, I had 3 sales on Friday and 4 sales on Saturday to check out.
Sadly, most of the ones on Friday were not interesting, I did find a few things though:
Some activity books, a notebook (that was a need, to organize my garage sales to go to), a minion (I've decided that when I find these, I'm buying them, I'll probably have a whole collection before long), a three legged pig (I'm not exactly sure why I bought him, I think it was more, it was the last sale, he was cheap, and he was cute), and some bunny rings (also not sure why I bought these).
Saturday, one sale stated they would have baked goods, always a way to get me to your sale, sadly they weren't very exciting and the sale wasn't really set up when I got there at starting time, and I'm not a fan of sales where I have to dig through boxes and nothing is labeled.
The next one my boss was putting on, I thought I'd go just to be nice, then I saw the stickers and it was all downhill from there:
Christmas stocking, game pieces, cute book, stickers.
More stickers
and some more stickers, plus a cool bag.
I spent the most at her sale. I really don't need more stickers, but a lot of them were very neat that would be $4 or $5 at the store, so when they're $.25-$1, I couldn't resist them. The other sales weren't that interesting. I then headed down to the farmer's market and spent way too much money on sweets. I think I was a little upset that the first sale didn't have much, so I bought a bunch at the farmer's market, which is all I really spend my money on there anyways, so I'm probably not going back this year.
At the end of the day, I had walked close to 6 miles, I was a little tired.
The rest of the weekend I worked, which was pretty much all I did that coming week. And this weekend there were only a couple sales in my neighborhood, but nothing that sounded really interesting.
Saturday, I was going to go to the farmer's market because they had a petting zoo, but my cousin's wedding shower is next weekend and we're in charge of games (not quite sure how that happened, I told my mom I wouldn't be going), so I got some books, and did some research, and then had fun putting together prizes. And then I went to work for the rest of the weekend. I don't work Mondays, so I totally forgot about Memorial Day, which is today, so now I'm caught up.

I'm a little worried because I've spent nearly all my garage sale money already, and I'm only a month into the summer. I am trying to take $20 out of my checking account every week and use it instead of my debit card and then I save the ones from that, but it's hard. I'm also trying not to spend as much money, but that's hard too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Calming Hodgepodge

It's Hodgepodge time again.

1. When is your next big deadline? What's it for?
I don't really have deadlines, unless you count when my library books are due. I'm reading one right now called Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar that's due tomorrow. It's pretty interesting and funny.

2. May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What's the best thing about a barbecue? What's the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?
I like the smell of grilling, but I'm not that great a cook anyway, so I don't think I'd do well at grilling. I've never actually grilled I have watched my ex, but that's about it.

3. What is one thing on your "never again" list?
This actually came up last weekend. I had to work at 11:30 and wanted to hit this one garage sale that promised buttons and sewing items, so I got up early to get to it when it opened. I got there about 4 or 5 minutes before it's starting time and noticed someone walking away with two big jars of buttons. I didn't see any other buttons at the sale, and the only sewing items I saw was a giant tub of embroidery floss. I did find a few rocks to buy, but as I was going to check out, the lady in front of me had a couple Pyrex bowls that I totally would have bought. So, I decided I'm not getting up early for garage sales anymore. Normally, I don't, I get up when I wake up and if I'm supposed to have something it will be there when I get there, but I was so worried about getting to this sale and the farmer's market and getting to work on time that I decided to get up early, not again.

 4. What's something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?
I hate how self-absorbed people are (of course that could go for all ages). It just seems like so many people feel the world revolves around them and don't think about anyone else, and it really bothers me.

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy...your favorite purple flower?
Iris, definitely. There are these giant purple ones that bloom in the yard, that I love. I know it's definitely spring when they bloom. I really like the smell of lilacs though, they are just so fragrant.

 6. Whats a song that always calms you down?
Run by George Strait. It's kinda funny that it does, though. I remember the first time I heard it was shortly after coming home on September 11, 2001 and there's a line in it: If there's a plane or a bus leaving Dallas, I hope you're on it" I remember that line being so upsetting at the time, but I guess the song calmed me down, now every time I hear it, it has a calming effect on me.

 7. What's the last thing you donated?
I think it was housewares, most likely shortly after our last garage sale last August. I do have a giant garbage bag of stuffed animals and a box of Christmas stuff sitting on my floor waiting to go to Goodwill.

 8. Insert your own random thought here.
Today (Tuesday) is my parents 42nd anniversary, and since I don't have a lot of money, I thought I'd make them Taste of Home's Spinach Pizza:

I didn't find it very filling, but it was pretty good, and they liked it, so I guess that's all that matters.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

First Sale(s) of the season

I have been looking forward to today for at least a month. It was a neighboring town's city-wide garage sale. My friend and I have been going to it for a few years, so we have a standing date to do it every year.
When I was outside waiting for her, I saw the iris's are starting to pop open:
 I noticed this cool old camera at one sale:
 And this magnificent dollhouse at another, it was probably about 4 foot tall. Sadly shortly after I took this picture, a gust of wind came along and knocked it over onto a stone planter behind it, I believe it broke into pieces.
 And I found this wonderful 'peg' board made our of deer hooves in a shop we stopped at, who doesn't need one of these?
 I think I may have said this last year, but it felt like there were less sales this year. Also, mostly new stuff. There was one sale that had a lot of plates and it made me think of Bargain Hunter, she mentioned in her post yesterday a friend of hers rents vintage plates for wedding receptions. I think that would be pretty cool. My friend and I decided it would be fun to but old/worn out furniture and add dictionary pages or other things to easily brighten them up and then re sell them. There was a pair of end tables she really wanted to buy, spray with paint and give new life.

So, here's what I bought:
 the scissors were free, the two necklaces are rocks each $1, and the velvet green bag was free.
a bunch of stickers, there was one sale that had quite a few scrapbooking supplies, that was not a good stop. I think I spent the most there sales wise. They were about $6 altogether.
 some more stickers from the same sale, plus some monkey earrings and some metal frames, the BINGO cards were free.
 a couple hankies, some washi tape, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a few cats, a minion, a hairy cow and a bug. The washi tape were from a store we stopped at, and with a price of $4 each or 3 for $10 you have to buy 3, also the white one was $1 and I was enamored by it. Now, if I could just figure out a way to use my tape, I probably have about 20 rolls and I really never use it. Any ideas?
 The chicken 'cozies', chicks, bunnies and eggs were in a bag, I just wanted the chicks, I'll probably put the rest in my Goodwill box. Did anyone else have one of these Quik mugs growing up? I remember both my brother and I had one, I have no idea what happened to them, but I totally bought this one for $.75.
 I've decided these were the best buys of the day, a couple W's, they're probably about 6 inches tall, I picked them up at another shop. My idea was to cover them in dictionary paper and lace or burlap and buttons, but I put them up on my radiator and I just love staring at them.
 A tape dispenser, and some movies: The Orphanage, Silent Hill and Quarantine, all horror movies
 And last of all, a bag of silverware. I always feel I don't have enough spoons and run out way too quick, so that was one of the things on my list this year.
I spent about $40 total today, I thought I did pretty well, but again wish I'd spent less. There's only 2 things I bought that weren't exclusively for me, but I think I've done better than in the past. I told myself I couldn't buy more stuffed animals or snowmen and I did see a couple of those I wanted. I tried not to just buy stuff, but I really shouldn't have bought more craft supplies, I don't use nearly enough of what I have.

Some other things on my list this year are:
buttons, mostly vintage but I'd go for new too
 baked goods, why pass those up
Pyrex mixing bowls, I have two I think they are a 402 and the next smaller size which are perfect for a few things I do. I really like the smaller size, it's perfect for ice cream. I don't really care if they're in nice shape, the bigger one I have is in pretty bad shape, color wise, but still works great.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Food and Books

My adventures today were going to an international food fair and the book sale at the library.
I've been looking forward to the International Food Fair for about a year. Last year, my friend and I were going to go, but when the kids on campus rioted they cancelled everything having to do with VEISHEA, and this was one of the events. At that time, I didn't know if they were going to be doing it again. So, this year, when I read on facebook that they're going to do it, I have been impatiently waiting for about a month. Sadly, my friend had to work today, so she did not get to go with me, but I got her some stuff to try.
There were food stalls from African, Asian Pacific, Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Pakistan, Sri Lankan, Thai and Vietnamese student groups.
Quite a few years ago, my parents and I did go to this, but it was really crowded and whatever we ate, I guess we decided it wasn't worth the money. Now, that I'm into trying new food, I want to try whatever I can.
Last night, they posted the menu online, so I googled everything, printed out the menu and marked what I wanted to try. I didn't try all that I wanted to, and I found some other stuff to try as well.
So, it's in a giant hall on campus, it was quite a bit less crowded this year, but that could have been because there wasn't VEISHEA, so mostly just people from Ames and surrounding areas.
The things I wanted to try were:

 Lime cake from Africa, I decided not to when I saw it, it looked like plain cake and I thought I might not like lime cake. I don't like lime anyway.
Cek Mek Molek and egg tarts from Malaysia. I did end up trying these and bought more than one. Cek Mek Molek is basically sweet potato deep fried, very good.
Bacon Mashed Potato, Bubble Tea and Sweet Sticky Rice from China. The Bacon Mashed Potatoes weren't anything different, and they were very dry, plus I didn't have a lot of space to mix the bacon into my mashed potatoes. I didn't try the bubble tea, I'm not a big fan of tea, so I decided not to try that. The Sweet Sticky Rice was just that sticky rice with a little bit of sugar on top, I think it would have been better if there was more sugar.
Indian Pokada and Rooh Afza from India. The Indian Pokada is a fried snack, there's looked like onion rings, I did buy these, but then I saw that they were onion, so I gave them to my friend. Rooh Afza was a drink, I'm still not entirely sure what it was, but it was pink and had cinnamon in it. I bought two of them.
Black Rice Porridge from Indonesia. I didn't buy this, for some reason I decided I didn't want stuff I'd have to sit down and eat, and I guess I figured it was like rice pudding which I can get here anyway. Of course, a few of the dishes I did have to sit down and eat, so I'm not that sure why I didn't try it.
Bulgogi from Korea. When I looked at it, I saw it had onions, so I didn't buy it, it looked like beef and onions. I did try their O-Rice though, this was tuna, rice and mayo rolled into a ball. I thought it was rather bland, but I'm going to try and mix more mayo into it, see if that helps anything.
Naan and Lassi from Pakistan. Naan is a flatbread, I was thinking it would be something more. Lassi is a yogurt based drink, I've had Lassi before but I really like it, so I got it again.
That was everything I wanted to try before hand, I did try a drink called tropical twist, but sorta only because I had two tickets left and I was ready to leave.
I bought my friend Chicken Tandori and Indian Pokada from India, Beef Shots from Asia Pacific, and an Egg Tart from Malaysia.
I may have spent a little too much, $3 to get in and $30 on food, but I think it was a good way to try new foods without having to buy a whole dish somewhere, plus part of it was for a friend. I also took along some Ziploc bags to keep some stuff for later, here's what I brought home:
The bread is Naan, the dark balls are Cek Mek Molek, the yellow balls at the top are the Egg Tarts and the white balls are the O-Rice.

My second stop of the day was the book sale at the library, I figured since I was dropping off the food for my friend anyway, I'd stop in at the book sale, plus tomorrow I'd only have 20 minutes to peruse on my break and I have a couple other things to do on my break as well. The semi-annual library book sale is usually an Friday through Monday thing, Friday you can pay money for an early entrance, a lot of people do that. Last night there were so many people with so many boxes and bags full of books, I actually had a dream that there wouldn't be any books when I got there. Saturday is free admission, Sunday is free admission with half-price on everything, and Monday is $1 admission, take as much as you want. I try to go on Sundays, but like I said I have other things to do tomorrow, I decided it was probably a bad idea to go on Monday.
I did a pretty good job of not buying too much, especially since I have a pile of books from another city's book sale from January that I haven't gotten around to reading. Here's what I bought: Heaven's on Earth by Mark Holloway, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, What Cops Know by Connie Fletcher, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill by Jessica Stern, Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, A Window on Main Street: Life above the Corner Drug by Virgil Lagomarcino, and Brothers Blood by Scott Cawelti. All but A window on main street are social science books, I just love reading these.

Now, I'm home and I'm going to jump into some of my books.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


It's time for Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Speaking of April 15th...what's the most 'taxing' thing you've done recently?
I find life taxing. I haven't had any really hard struggles, and mostly all the struggles I've had are my own fault, but I don't have any dreams or aspirations or goals. When I was kid I remember of dreaming, but sometime before high school I stopped, and I reverted to one plan. Now, this is not a plan anyone would want me to fulfill, but that's all I thought I would do after I graduated high school. I still hope for this plan, some days more than others, but it's not an acceptable plan to anyone else in the world, so I find life taxing.
2. When did you last take a taxi somewhere and where was that somewhere?
Does the Uber service count? We used a couple of those when we were in Charleston.
3. What's something you can do today that you couldn't do a year ago?
I don't think there's anything vastly different in my life than a year ago. I got a year older, but it doesn't signify anything. My job is different, but there's nothing more I can do that I couldn't do a year ago.
4. How often is chicken (in some form or fashion) on your menu at home? Which of the following would you most like to see on your table tonight...a chicken salad sandwich, your mom's fried chicken, a Chick-fil-A meal, Cracker Barrel's chicken n' dumplings, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, or 'hold the chicken, I'm a vegetarian'...?
Chicken is served a lot at my home. I'm very into frozen dinners and chicken is in a lot of them. I would love to have a chicken salad sandwich, that sounds wonderful.
5. What was your favorite television program when you were a kid? What characters do you remember the most?
Funny question. A couple weeks ago, I found my recorded vhs off of TV and have been going through them. A lot of them were cop programs, which is still what I'm interested in now, I remember begging my parents to let me stay up and watch NYPD Blue on Tuesday nights, but they always said it was too violent. I still love a very violent TV/movie.
One of the TV shows I loved when I was a smaller child, would be Fraggle Rock, I have the theme song on my MP3 player and I can still remember the opening credits, a few years ago I found a Fraggle Rock puppet and had to buy it.
 6. What was the last piece of 'art' you made?
I haven't had a lot of inspiration lately. I did create a couple of Easter baskets for friends, but I think the coolest things I made/altered lately were some Altoid tins:
 I have been altering Altoids tins lately, it's been a little addicting to create these little boxes for people.
The first two are for Random Acts of Kindness I had signed up with last year. One was for Kathy at kluless:
I covered the outside with dictionary paper, added some lace to the sides and added burlap, canvas and some vintage buttons to the top.
 Inside I glued some vintage trim and filled it with buttons, she is a fellow button collector.
I added a little piece of ephemera to the back.
This second one was for Kathy at ma vie trouvee, I went with bright colors and the theme of the Chinese New Year, the Ram:
 I covered the top with a piece of silver paper and a very colorful motif. I painted the sides with a bright green.
 Inside I covered it with dictionary paper, added a colorful ram stamp and the words "the year of the ram" on orange ribbon. The bottom is covered with green paper and three ram stamps.
 On the back, I added another ram stamp.
These next two were for friends birthdays.
This friend likes purple, so I went with purple.
 The box is covered in dictionary paper, on the lid I attached a purple butterfly and some flowers. The edge has some ribbon and faux pearls.
 Inside I went with the butterfly theme and purple flowers on the underside of the lid. The butterfly on the bottom is actually a mesh pendant that I painted with puff paint, I also added some dogwood flowers with accents of yellow puff paint.
 On the bottom is another purple butterfly.
This last one was for a friend that likes birds and the color blue.
 Again, I covered the box with dictionary paper I also added a blue shiny bird.
 Inside there are a few 3D birds and then some blue marbled paper and a couple pieces of ephemera.
On the back, I added a kingfisher stamp.
7. What frustrates you most about the Internet?
People, mostly that they seem to post things without thinking those things will be there forever. That certain things hurt others and you can't really figure out tone of conversations.
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I have a job evaluation tomorrow (Wed), I'm not really worried, I'm just not sure what to expect. Every time I've had one of these, it's been a different boss, same place of work. I'm just not sure what to expect, but as far as I know, my boss likes me, she hasn't really brought up anything bad in the almost year she's been my boss, so I'm not really worried.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Interesting snacks

A week or so ago, I ordered a box from Freedom Japanese Market. They have boxes of snacks only sold in Japan, you can choose to get a subscription that comes every month for $25 or a one time only box for $27. I decided to do the one time only box because I don't have that much money to spend on a box of treats every month.
I got my box last Friday, here's what it looked like:
There is an informational sheet included to tell you what everything is.
 And here's what was inside:
 Starting at the top and going clockwise (from my informational sheet): Kaki Wasabi, a great mix of peanuts and crunchy crackers with a strong wasabi flavor; NeruNeru NeruNe!, this much requested DIY candy is back, easy to make and fun to eat, share your finished snacks and creations with us; Caramel Corn (Peach), crispy corn, wheat and soybean four curls with a light peach flavor, the package resembles a hina-matsuri (Girl's Day) doll; and Pretz, roasted, flaky pastry snacks in a sugar glaze.
 Starting at the top and going clockwise: Rilakkuma Soft Sen (rice crackers), lightly salted senbei (rice crackers) shaped like the characters on the package; Yuki no Yado, frosted and lightly sweetened rice crackers; Sono Manma Cola Gum, cola flavored gum that contains three pieces - one of them has a surprise super sour filling; Kuki Wakame (sour plum), keep an open mind and try some of these pickled seaweed sticks - one of our favorite snakcs; Hi-Chew, chewy fruit flavored treats; Umaibo, back by popular demand - these snacks are a fan favorite; and Lemon mini bottle, pour the granular contents of the bottle directly into your mouth for a fruity and tart treat;
I tried the wasabi flavored pack on my own and have decided I really don't like wasabi flavored items. The rest I took to my friend's house and we had a little tasting party. We started with the NeruNeru NeruNe!, when I opened the package there was a white part to hold it, and three bags, going by the pictures on the back I mixed water with two of the packets that had white powder in them. First it smelled strongly of grape, then turned pink:
 The third bag had these colored sugar crystals in it. The paste part was very sweet, the pictures on the pack showed the spoon with the pink and then dipped in the crystals.
 The paste was very sour, the crystals kinda made it less sour, but not much. I didn't think it was very good.
Next we tried the caramel corn, peach flavored:
 I really liked these, they're very good. They kinda reminded me of the cheese puffs in consistency, but the taste was really good.

Next we opened the Umaibo:
 They looked like big cheese puff sticks, they were hollow in the middle. I found the taste very strange, my friend said one was beef tongue, the other had a robot dog on the front and we couldn't figure out what the taste was supposed to be, but decided there was a pork flavoring in it.
Next we tried the Rilakkuma Soft Sen:
 Sadly, I had forgotten the description sheet at home, and mis remembered the description for these, I thought they were slightly sweetened, not salted. So, we were a little disappointed in these, they were also very bland.
Next up was the Yuki no Yade:
I liked this one, the white blobs on top are sweet, the cracker underneath was salty, it was a good combination.
Neither of us liked the pickled seaweed, but to be fair, I don't like seaweed or things that are pickled, so I didn't think I'd like it either. I was a little disappointed in the lemon mini bottle, because the description sheet had a strawberry one and I would have liked that better than lemon. I've had Hi-Chew before, so I haven't eaten that yet. I really liked the Pretz, they reminded me of sweet breadsticks.
I tried the Sono Manma Cola Gum myself, my friend doesn't like cola flavored things.
The taste didn't last very long, but it made very good bubbles.

I was hoping for more sweet items, there were more salty things than I really wanted, but it was nice to try it out. I might buy another one in the future. I had heard of this company from another blog I read, and have been wanting to try it for awhile, but was a little put off at the fact that I had to get a subscription, I was happy when I saw the one time only box.
I thought it was nice to try the sweets. I've been trying to try new things lately, I've visited all of our Asian food stores, a Middle Eastern food store and I'm going to an International Food Fair next Sat. I really like trying different country foods.