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My Top 5 Cereals

Today, I’ve completely flipped the switch from yesterday’s Top 5 Basketball Babes to my Top 5 cereals.  Cereal is one of my favourite things to eat for breakfast and it’s usually my go-to for breakfasts on a weekday.  Get ready for my Top 5.

 

5. Crunchy Nut Nutty

I’m not sure if this cereal is even called Crunchy Nut Nutty anymore, because I think I remember them changing the name, but this is what I will always refer to it as.  I love me some Crunchy Nut Nutty, because of the flaked almonds and those clusters of caramelised nuts that taste so good.  Thinking about it makes me want some right now.Crunchy Nut Nutty

4. Froot Loops

I love me some Froot Loops and it’s frustrating me that I can’t find them in Tesco right now.  I like the sweet, kind of fruity taste, but I have to admit that I prefer the American ones, which are a little sweeter with a greater variety of colours.  The American ones are smaller too, which I think makes them look better.Froot Loops

3. Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch

I had these for the first time when I was in Alabama this year and I was so excited, because I’ve wanted to try them ever since I saw them mentioned in the movie, Step Up.  And I tell you, they did not disappoint, with their great peanut butter taste.  I really wish that it was sold here in the UK.Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch

2. Coco Pops

Coco Pops has been my favourite cereal since I was child, but this year a cereal has come along and stopped it from coming in at number 1.  I love the chocolatey taste of Coco Pops and that it turns the milk brown with all of its chocolatey goodness. This is a cereal that I will love forever and ever, especially with coconut or hazelnut milk.Coco Pops

1. Reese’s Puffs

Just like Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, I had Reese’s Puffs for the first time this year and it was like love at first bite.  I looked forward to having this cereal everyday when I was in Alabama and it’s frustrating that it costs so much in the UK, so now it’s only a special treat.  I’m crazy about this cereal, because it has the perfect mix of a chocolatey goodness and a great peanut butter taste.  No other cereal could be my number 1.Reese's Puffs

As you can tell, I’m not very healthy when it comes to my love of cereals, but I can’t help it.  They taste so good.  What is your favourite cereal?

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No Place Like Home?

It’s interesting, because no matter how much it may annoy you or how much the weather may frustrate you or how much people bother you, there is no place like home.

While I was away, I seriously began to miss my home, which I had been desperate to get away from just two weeks prior.  It made me realise that one of the better things about getting away is the appreciation it makes you have for home.

However, the weird thing is that when I got back home, I really started to miss Alabama.  In Alabama, the air was clearer, the water was softer and the wider (mainly straight) roads were good for my travel sickness.

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I also started to miss little things, like eating at certain restaurants, particularly IHOP (shout out to our awesome waiter Ali!  He’s got skills man), and having Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch mixed with Reeses’ Puffs for breakfast.

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I miss not being able to buy certain American sweets and chocolate (like mint M&Ms) or walk around the beautiful Oakwood University campus.  I really miss the amazing smelling Bath & Body works, and I want to be able to go shopping at the Madison Square mall (known as the dead mall, which I fell in love with).

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I enjoyed spending time with family I love so much, but rarely get to see (shout out to my Uncle Keith, Aunty Cynthia, Kaleem, Sheereen, Aisha and Jhanielle), and meeting new people, with lovely bright personalities (shout out to Britney, Matthew, Kojo, Glen and Khyle).  I also enjoyed seeing the friends that I don’t get to see (shout out to Ike, Tori and Alyce!).

It’s funny when you think about the little things you miss about a place, but I know that it is a combination of all these things that makes me want to go back to Alabama.  There is no place like home, but man, does it feel great to get away.

We gave each other nicknames

My head wasn’t in the right space to write more than one dedication last week, but I’m feeling a lot better now and I feel that I have the capability to truly express my love for another one of the beautiful people in my life.  Now this is someone that I’ve been friends with since my time at secondary/high school, who I became friends with because we were in a lot of the same classes together.

We are very different people, but I guess we had a common ground in the sets we were in for various subjects and because we had a liking for certain types of music.  Although she’s not into hip hop, RnB and dancehall like me, we do love a bit of indie, rock and emo music.  We really like listening to some of the same artists, like Paloma Faith and Florence + the Machine, and we love some of the same songs.  In fact, it was her that introduced me to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.

I think that music is actually one of our biggest connections, because we would spend time during our terrible Physics lessons writing song lyrics in the spaces of each other’s planners, which we would then proceed to sing to each other once they were complete.  It was funny when we would sing songs that the other wouldn’t know.  We also loved High School Musical when it was first released and we spent time concocting a whole weird plot for a sequel.  There were names and everything.

Like all of my closest school friends, I gave her a nickname and I would always refer to her by that name, without fail.  I first started calling her by her surname, which then changed to the nickname that she had as a baby.  I still call her by that nickname now and introducing her using her real name always sounds weird to me – in my eyes, that’s not her name.  She also has a nickname for me – Brownies – which led to her creating chocolate nicknames for my whole family – Chocolate Fondue for my dad, Chocolate Cake for my mum and Chocolate Chip for my sister.  We are in effect the chocolate family.

Sometimes I feel like I take her for granted way to much, because she really is a great friend.  She never forgets my birthday, she always showers me with beautiful gifts that I don’t deserve and she makes time to speak to me, when I have a lot of friends that don’t.  We meet up as much as we can and she made sure she was there at my 16th and 21st birthday celebrations (unfortunately she couldn’t make my 18th).

What was really beautiful though, was when she and two of my other really good friends from school, surprised me with a cake and presents for my 20th birthday.  We were meant to go out for a meal so they could surprise me then, but I kind of ruined it by feeling ill, so they had to come to my house instead.  I was really touched and I felt truly loved by my friends – I will never forget that.

My friend is weird, like so many of the other individuals in my life, and she makes me laugh.  I love spending time listening to music with her and forcing her to listen to the genres that I like.  I know that she will always be there for me, which is why I love her with all my heart.