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


I’m a New York Stater


…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