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

I’m a New York Stater

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…notice there’s no “city” here.

I get tired of ‘The Upstate Letdown” — as I like to call it. You know what that is…when you tell someone you’re from New York and their eyes get all wide and full of admiration and then you add, “…Upstate. Albany, 2 hours north of New York City…” and their faces drop faster than the Times Square Ball on New Years Eve.

When telling people “I’m from New York”, I used to think I had to immediately clarify that I didn’t mean New York City. But, I don’t anymore. And, if the person doesn’t ask “where in New York” instead of assuming I meant NYC,  it comes out later in the conversation that I’m from Upstate and not the Big Apple — and when the person stares at me like why didn’t you saaaaay that? — I just stare blankly back like, get a maaaaaaap.

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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