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Acclimated: Update from Florida

I am a Texan. A proud one, in fact. Regardless of geography, I will always be a Texan. Having said that, however, I have to (reluctantly) admit that I have acclimated to Florida. Case in point: It’s 72 degrees outside today, and I caught myself saying “It’s chilly”. Seriously? I guess I’ve gotten used to consistent 80 degree days. Sure, we’ve had a couple of true cold snaps, but for the most part, it’s been clear and sunny.

On a somewhat related subject, when we moved down here, I kind of suspected that I would have a hard time adjusting to life outside of Texas. There have been some rough moments (no Kroger, and really bad local news), but all in all, I’ve actually been having a great time. Kevin and I have made a concerted effort to play tourist in our own town, and as a result, we’ve gotten to do some pretty cool stuff (hellooooo air boat ride). We’ve done more down here than we ever did in the Mound. Sure, we hit the parks, but there’s also supposed to be a really good Farmer’s Market that I’d like to check out this weekend. And don’t get me started on the wildlife. Manatees, eagles, hawks, alligators….all pretty cool stuff. Kevin is having fun finding new restaurants for us to try, so Date Night has certainly been refreshed.

Even though I’m not crazy about change, I think I can finally say that we have officially settled into life as transplanted Texans.

5 Responses to “Acclimated: Update from Florida”

  1. Kevin Donahue Says:

    In a lot of ways, it still really feels like we’re just visiting. Florida doesn’t feel like “home” just yet – and it may never feel that way. I think I will always think of “home” as Texas.

  2. Corey Says:

    It took me almost a year and a half before I stopped feeling like a tourist in Southern California. I suppose that issue is exacerbated by the fact that I spent a lot of time seeing and doing all the touristy things there are to do in the region because I had never done them before. Though I am proud to be from Texas and consider myself a Texan, it is now Texas, and San Diego is home.

  3. camille Says:

    Glad you’re settling in and enjoying it. But for now if someone says, “Where are you from“, you can say you just moved here from Texas (which any Texan can tell you, and you well know, what a proud feeling you probably get by being able to say that). Whatcha gonna do when you can’t say that anymore? heh? Don’t get too comfy over there b/c one day you’re going to be moving in across the dirt road from me so we can resume our Coopahue Saturday nights!

  4. Patricia Says:

    You can always say you’re from Texas. Most people here aren’t actually from Orlando. We’re all transplants.

  5. Rob Williams Says:

    I haven’t seen your Fla to-do list, but I’ve not heard you talk about going to the dog track. Wanna go? I don’t care to bet, I just want to watch the greyhounds run wide open! It’s one thing that has been on our list and never done.

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