What I cherish (and will miss) about the Capital Region (Part I)

Over the course of my life here in the Capital Region — born and raised — I’ve complained and poked fun at the area, and have been bored to tears by it. I’ve also been excited by it, had my eyes opened to many new things and people, and albanyhave been extremely happy and content with living here. I even subscribed to the idea that I just may live here for the rest of my life.

But (not to get too cliche) life can throw some opportunities and challenges your way. So, things change.

My fiance (!!!!) and I are moving to the Chicago area next month. So, we spent last week there. We found a place to live, I had a job interview, we got engaged (!!!!), and explored the area we will soon be calling ‘home.’

Now, I can’t help but think of things I’ll miss dearly about the Cap Region — things that can’t be found in Chicagoland.

Stewart’s. Man, oh man. You have no idea how much I’ll miss their ice cream and milk. No 7-Eleven can replace Stewart’s. I mean, do they have Caramel Cone Crunch and Birthday Cake ice cream?! No. They don’t.

I finally found a groomer who makes Moxie pretty. Now, I’m back to square one. Ugh.

For my “grooming”, I will be trying my hardest to keep my hair appointments here, as I have had the same hair stylist since I was 16 and she’s simply irreplaceable.

The Yankees. I’m not a huge baseball — or sports — fan. But, I don’t like wearing ‘sox’, especially white ones — and I doubt anyone has ever spotted a small bEngagement 034ear walking around the city of Chicago. Where do they get these names from?!

I don’t know if you know this, but Illinois is pretty flat. I mean, ’round here — you can see the Berkshires and all types of rolling hills. Hop in a car in Illinois, outside of Chicago, of course — and you seeeee…sky. That’s it. In every direction. And hey, it’s not a bad thing at all, being close to Lake Michigan is awesome and makes it feel as though you’re in a coastal area. It’s just different.

Speaking of coastal area…

I’ll miss  — soooo much — being able to drive to the ocean (not lake, ocean) in a few hours. Being able to hop in a car, drive 4 hours and see Cape Cod or a few more and relax on the Jersey Shore — two places I went on a pretty regular basis — is not going to be doable. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — the Cap Region is in a perfect location for car traveling that brings you to areas so different from one another. I’m getting a bit emotional typing that. So, let’s move on.

Literally.

My next post will beg the question of what makes someone a “New Yorker.”

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10 thoughts on “What I cherish (and will miss) about the Capital Region (Part I)

  1. First, I’d like to say CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! I’m very very happy for you. I knew you’d find the right guy someday, and it’s great it happened now. Do you remember your tarot card reading post on timesunion.com ? Do you think what the lady said is going to come true? That would be pretty coincedental.

    It stinks that I never got the chance to meet you in person. You seem like such a nice, genuine person and you’re one of my favorite bloggers around these neck of the woods. Will you come back to visit, I hope? Are you going to continue the blog after you move to Chicago? I’ll cut the questions for now- I don’t want you to think I’m a nosy nellie.

    • Shannon, thank you! Of course, I have thought of the tarot card lady. And, it’s very eerie and coincidental indeed. To answer your (not nosy nellie) questions:

      Of course I’ll be back in the area to visit – my fiance and I both have family here! 🙂
      I plan to continue to blog after moving, yes!

  2. Good luck. As for the sports thing, if you grow up a fan of a team, you never stop being a fan. Period. Even if that means wearing a Yankee hat in Boston….This is more of a guy code thing, so the rules are fuzzy when it comes to girls who aren’t really into sports…

    7-11 beats Stewarts. Hands down. 24/7. ‘Nuff said.
    Perhaps I am biased though since I grew up with them.

  3. Congrats on everything … the move, the change, and of course, the engagement! Selfishly, I’m glad to hear you’ll keep blogging. I’m no blogstawk; I just dig what you write. And lastly, nothing beats brownie cookie sundae from Stewey’s … NOTHING!

  4. The lake is lovely. Being from NJ (40 mins from the beach), I’d rather live super close to a Great Lake than hours from the ocean. The lakeshore paved path cannot be beat for runners, walkers, bikers. Awesome restaurants (of all price ranges) are plentiful in Chicago. So food, running path, and water, those are pretty much all I care about 🙂 Enjoy!!!!

  5. Late to the party but congrats!!! I moved out of the Cap Dis area, too, to be closer to my significant other & dream job so things are looking pretty good 😉
    So happy for you!

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