Better and worse

good kidSo far, there are things I miss about “back home” — not people, I miss everyone — but, things that give me little pangs of homesickness. But, then I find something that’s “better” than back home and I think, OK. We can do this.

People discipline their kids here. And, the kids listen. For example, at our pool, if a child is screaming too loudly, or splashing — their parents go “ssshh” or “OK, I warned you. Timeout time.” And, the kids actually respect that without question. It’s amazing to actually be able to enjoy the pool without earbuds up all the way. I literally almost fell out of my chair the first time I witnessed it. I leaned over to see what the kid’s reaction was going to be and when there was none — I lost my balance a bit. Back in NY, I’ve had many community pools where this simply did not happen. Kids ruled the pool and all adults there had to deal with their bad behavior. So, better.

A really good news site. I love the Chicago Tribune. It’s kind of like the TU. It has a great layout — it’s easy to navigate and all the info you want to know is right up front. But, I don’t live right in Chicago. So, for the suburbs, I have TribLocal or the Daily Herald. I got so excited when I saw the DH had blogs. Then, I clicked on it and found out they’re all about sports. ALL OF THEM. I even tweeted the DH to ask why they don’t have lifestyle blogs. I got crickets back. So, worse. Continue reading

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What the (expletive)?

The title of this post says it all. So, let’s jump right in.

Why are all the Toddlers and Tiaras moms incredibly unkempt? You’d think they’d be a little bit more obsessed with — or at least concerned with — their own looks. Most of them look as though they just rolled ousirit of  bed and perhaps haven’t showered in a day or two.

Siri. She has always annoyed me, and I know it might sound crazy, but I don’t think she likes me. I can hear it in her tone. And lately — she’s been getting me lost. I asked her to find me a PetSmart and she brought me to the middle of a residential development. I asked her to find me a Marshalls and she told me that I arrived at my destination while I was still in the middle of the highway. I think she’s doing it on purpose and I hate her.

Things — in general — are slower here in IL than in NY. Speed limits, restaurant service and even just how people talk. Slower. Continue reading

Learning about IL and a fun pop quiz!

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I figured since I’m currently in the car, moving to a new state, I should know some things about it. And, I like to share with you – so now you have to learn about Illinois, too. I promise to make learning fun. I should have been a teacher, anyway.

Illinois is the 5th most populous US state.

Can you guess what the #1 most populous state is?

The Illinois state bird is the Northern Cardinal. I love Cardinals, so this made me happy to learn. Did you know that Cardinals only take one mate in their life, and will not take another if their mate dies? Talk about lovebirds.

Do you know what New York’s state bird is?

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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. Continue reading