Thursday, October 27, 2011

from the heart of a california girl stuck in texas

It's no secret: I am a California girl.

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I've spent 12 years of my life there (almost half of my life).

And now I'm stuck.. in the middle of Texas. Completely land-locked by miles of flat, nothing. I mean, how do you people live without mountains? It's unnatural!

Granted I spent almost as much of my life in Las Vegas, so I'm used to being land-locked, but we had mountains in Vegas. Beautiful ones, actually.

I knew I had it good in Cali. I knew one day I'd look back and think, "I really took [fill in the blank] for granted." Well, that day has arrived.

I miss fresh air: we had our windows open 50 weeks out of the year. Yes, 5-0!

The smell of the ocean. The marine layer in the mornings. The 70 degree days.

People knew how to drive! You were going slow if you drove 75. (Can you believe the freeway speed limit here is 60??)

Mexican food. News flash, Tex-mex is not Mexican. Nor is it even remotely as tastey.

Friends!! I miss my friends!

How does anyone live without Trader Joes??

The surfers who walked down my street in the mornings:

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Riding my beach cruiser in the appropriately named place.

Did you know that there are like no bugs in San Diego? (except for maybe the occasional, friendly house spider)

But, as the days pass here (and I pray daily that they pass quickly), I'm learning to like different aspects of this place. I doubt I'll ever fully enjoy Texas.
*The thunderstorms here are killer. They're even better than the ones in Vegas!

*The gas is cheaper.

*We have Aldi here (but it's still not Trader Joes, or Fresh and Easy!)

*Garage sales galore!!
Okay, so that's all I've got right now. And I'm always looking for more reasons to like it here. But let's face it: I'll always be a California girl. That one thing won't change.



  1. It is so hard moving to a new place and starting all over! However, I believe that once you start making friendships with the right people...they make your stay much more enjoyable! :) Hang in there girl...I guess it could be could live somewhere that is freezing all the time! Brrrr

  2. I understand how you feel! I live in a place where there seems to be nothing for forever! I mean, its a really nice town... there's palm trees...and we are only a couple hours from the ocean - but still. Where I used to live there were mountains for skiing, hiking... Lake Michigan was a 30 minute drive! Miss it tons!!

  3. I know your pain!! Born and raised in CA and I'm now stuck in WA! I miss the beach, the sun, and my family. WA is gorgeous, but CA will always be #1 in my heart.

  4. Found your blog through Minivan diva. Being a life-long Texan, I hope Texas grows on you!! I look forward to following you!

  5. Hugs from Cali!!!!!