The Siberian American: Five (Silly) Things I Miss About Texas

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Five (Silly) Things I Miss About Texas

Now that we have almost lived in Chicago for six months, I thought I would be constantly missing Texas and wanting to come home. That hasn’t been the case. I love Chicago, and the only thing I really miss are my family and friends. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of the little things I have missed while living in Chicago.


Normal Doors 
I don’t know what it is, but I am such an idiot when it comes to revolving doors. I am always so scared that someone will hit me if I'm going too slow. Chris pretty much pretends he doesn’t know me when I am using a revolving door.

Blue Bell Ice Cream 
Those of you who haven’t been to Texas don’t know the tasty goodness that is Blue Bell Ice Cream, but now that they are distributing it again in Texas, I miss having it in the fridge. My substitute here is Mariano’s gelato, which is totally different but still tasty.

Tex-Mex
Chicago has amazing food, and I know I will miss so many restaurants when we move back, but right now, I miss Tex-Mex. I have had some decent Mexican food here, but it’s just not the same.

Cheap (or Free!) Parking
I never thought I would say the words “$20 is cheap, let’s park there!” in my life. When we lived in Dallas, I thought paying $5 for parking was crazy, but now I’m happy when I don’t have to pay $30. Owning a car in Chicago is not worth it unless you have a husband who sometimes has to leave for the hospital at 3 a.m.

Easy Grocery Shopping 
This is totally a first world problem (then again, aren’t all of these?), but I miss being able to pull up my car right to my door and carry the groceries in. Now we often leave snacks and things that don’t need to be refrigerated in the car and get them later because it’s a hassle to go up and down the elevator and back to the parking garage. I know we could get a grocery cart, but it seemed silly since we are only here for a year.

What would you miss about your home if you moved?

26 comments:

  1. Wait, Chicago doesn't have Blue Bell ice cream?! I don't think I could live in a place without blue bell or Braum's! I just bought some blue bell cookies and cream ice cream this week...oh how I have missed it! Revolving doors scare me too and I HATE paying for parking!!

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  2. Amen on the parking thing! I see arguments on articles in Roanoke alllll the time where people are complaining about the "lack" of parking downtown, when in reality they're complaining about the lack of free parking. I guess $6 is just too much for a FULL day in a covered parking garage!

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  3. They don't sell Blue Bell Ice Cream here either and it breaks my heart. I so wish they did. Oh I wish we had cheap parking. Parking in Boston is outrageous. Thankfully, I have two parking passes for two different garages. Perks of working two jobs.

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  4. In our old place we had to walk up and down the stairs to our flat, I so missed being able to just pull up to my house and walk right in, so glad we can do that now!

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    1. I really miss it now too! Hopefully, we will get a townhouse when we move back! :)

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  5. I hate revolving doors too! It's always funny to see the little things you miss when you move that you'd never thought about before!

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  6. I would miss the Tex-Mex too especially the good stuff they have in Texas! These things make me so glad I don't live in a big city. The parking thing is nuts!

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  7. I don't think that I'd be able to function without Tex Mex! I think that if you're Texan it's pretty much one of your favorite food groups, and other Mexican food just isn't as good. And finally having Blue Bell back has been amazing! Apparently they'll ship you some on dry ice if you can't handle not having it in Chicago!

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  8. I will never understand why cities charge so much for parking, it's insanity! And yummmm to Blue Bell ice cream! I've never been to Texas, but I remember it when I lived in CT as it was sold in stores there - delish <3

    Green Fashionista

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  9. I thought I was the only one totally freaked out by revolving doors!!! The Target in Seattle that we lived by had revolving doors and regular ones and Michael would head for the revolving ones and I was like NOPE I'll be over here with the door that won't trap me or kill me or something.

    At our old apartment, we had to pay $150/mo to have a spot in the garage. We were in the city, and now we're more in the suburbs so we have an assigned spot for free and then there's tons of extra parking at our complex that's free too. It's insane and I'm so happy! Ha!

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  10. I moved from Georgia to Kasnas, what didn't I miss! I was so homesick the first few months of living there. If I had to pick just one thing I missed most, beaches.

    Kaitlyn @ kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, I would definitely miss beaches too! I know I'm going to miss Lake Michigan so much when we move back!

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  11. I've been hearing a lot about this Blue Bell Ice Cream lately...what's the deal?! :)

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  12. Between the lack of Blue Bell and Tex Mex, I don't know how you do it! You're almost halfway there!

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  13. YES to the grocery shopping. When I lived in Atlanta it would be so hard because of the elevator, and the walking, and the stairs, ugh. We used to carry like 20 bags each. Now I have to take like 10 trips out to my car since I buy so much and I can't imagine if I still lived in our old apartment!

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  14. I hate revolving doors, too!!! I am the same way, like am I going fast enough? am I going to die now?!?! haha when I moved away from Arizona for a short time I missed the fact that everyone has a pool here! You can pretty much go swimming year round so I missed that. And of course I missed having everything close by. In Utah and Idaho, everything was SO FAR APART! Drove me nuts!
    xo C

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  15. Blue Bell ice cream is so good!! How can they not have it in Chicago? I'd mail you some if it wouldn't melt haha We lived in DC for a while and while I loved the city life, I missed my home and I'm so glad to be back!
    -Andrea
    Pics O Andrea

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  16. Revolving doors are the actual worst! I avoid them at all costs. I feel like an idiot and I'm always scared of getting stuck in there!!! lol

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  17. Blue Bell ice cream is my absolute favorite!! Love this post!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  18. TEX-MEX! I second that motion! A life without queso is a difficult life to lead. When I go home, I practically faceplant into the first bowl of queso I see.

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  19. lol, normal doors. That's funny and cute!!! Tex Mex sounds pretty dang good right about now!

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  20. oh my gosh i HATE revolving doors. seriously, i will avoid them at all costs. nope nope.

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  21. I would love to visit Chicago one day! Blue Bell ice cream is amazing. I have always loved Mexican food but since I've moved here, I think I've become addicted. I absolutely love shopping at HEB for groceries.

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  22. I've heard only amazing things about Blue Bell ice cream! I feel like I am totally missing out.

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

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