Things That Are Different In The Midwest

Photo credit: Barbara Eckstein  (Flickr) Mr. T and I officially celebrated our nine month anniversary over the weekend. We had steak. There's something about celebrating things with steak that just feels good. It's also because my mom is out of town so we don't have a car yet. Man it's weird being in the Midwest without a car.

Anyway. June 27th also marked something else -- we've been in the Midwest for an entire month. A whole month. I had planned this post before we even moved because I wanted to be sure to write about it. Partially because I thought this is the moment where I would have the most feelings about our move.

So how do I feel about it?

Well, honestly, I'm not fully sure just yet. It still feels a little weird. Like when we watch Good Morning America and I realize we aren't in that city anymore. Or when Mr. T sees commercials about the Chicago Cubs and wonders why they're not talking about the Mets. It also feels happy. Life is simpler here. I'm more active (totally weird, I know!). I sit outside. I actually have somewhat of a tan (I can't believe it either). And it also feels a little sad. Sometimes I really can't believe it. We're still adjusting. I'm still adjusting and I'm sure it will take more time. But I have a whole lot of things here that I didn't have (and probably never would have had) in NYC.

I've also realized that things are a whole lot different in the Midwest. I mean, I guess I kind of already knew that since I grew up here. But NYC made me forget what it was like to actually live here. So obviously I wanted to share them.

Here are some things that are different in the Midwest. Way different.

Things like closets, dishwashers, washers & dryers, etc. are just normal things that people have in their homes.

I can now stop bitching about not having closets. We have one in our room and a linen closet. <GASP> And my mom has one in her room. Oh the luxuries in life. Seriously. These things are just normal here. No one here would buy a house or rent an apartment without closets. (I promise to stop talking about that).

$30 is a lot to spend on dinner.

In NYC, a normal brunch would run us like $80 and we never really thought about it. Here we get an appetizer, entree, cocktails, and dessert for under $50 and then everyone looks at us weird for spending that much on dinner.

You can get real biscuits and gravy.

I know this is a southern thing, but us Midwesterners dig our biscuits and gravy too. In NYC, you couldn't find traditional white sausage gravy anywhere. It was always something fancy.

No one is angry.

Ok. Maybe there are some angry people here. I just haven't found them yet. In NYC they just roam the streets freely.

People are so friendly.

Everyone talks to you here. I mean e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. And they're nice about it. And sometimes I question their sanity.

No one honks their horn. Ever.

People take like 5 seconds to move at a stoplight and no one honks. No one. It confuses me. Doesn't anyone here know that they should be moving when the light turns green?