As of next week, I will have lived in Texas for four months. I can hardly believe it–a quarter of a year! How is that even possible? It seems like just a few weeks ago Rhys and I were chilling in my mom’s backyard while she cooked delicious meals for us. I mean, summer has completely gone by (kinda sorta here in Texas) and fall is almost over (not really here in Texas). These past four months have really just gone by fast, I just really can’t believe it. I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s true.
However, as much as I have acclimated to Texas and grown to love it for a few reasons, I still really prefer Utah over Texas. I’m sure that I’ll eventually change my mind, but again, 8 years of my 26-year-old-life is pretty important.
What I Hate About Texas
The weather! Holy freaking cow! Most of the summer it was between 95-105* PLUS humidity. Not nice. Rhys would be dripping in sweat every time we played outside. And being pregnant….blech…and being Mormon and wearing our G’s under our clothes….yikes!
No family nearby. I really miss living near family on both sides. We could visit my family or Justin’s siblings any time we wanted. Now…we’d have to buy tickets, or they’d have to buy tickets and that’s way too expensive.
Lack of trails. There is no Wasatch Front, no Rocky Mountains with it’s beautiful greenery and trails. I miss being able to explore.
Traffic. I thought Utah traffic was bad. I mean, only one major interstate (I-15) and a ton of construction and accidents all the time. But here…major major construction, over passes and under passes, multiple free ways, toll ways, interstates, state highways….it’s really confusing. And, drivers here in Texas really love to ride your tail and not use their blinkers.
No local Utah places. Now this would be the downfall of any state that isn’t Utah (except maybe Idaho). No Costa Vida near me, no Zupas, no Grilled Zucchini, no BYU, no Salt Lake City, no plethora of temples all within driving distance (we do have one temple within 30 minutes of us, but it’s been closed for renovations the past few months), no Pop N’Sweets.
What I Love About Texas
Restaurants. There are so many new restaurants to try. New chains (we like Whataburger a lot), new local restaurants, etc. Justin loves the names of all the different BBQ places we see.
Our church congregation. We have been so blessed with our church congregation. They have been so welcoming and I have a ton of friends already. I’m happy. Rhys also has a ton of friends already.
The rain. Yes, Utah had rain, but nothing like the rain storms we’ve been getting here. I love listening and watching the rain…and am so grateful for the cool respite from the humidity and the heat…cuz last week, it was still in the mid-80s!
Location. We are so lucky to live where we do. We live about 20 minutes north of the DFW area and 6 Flags. We live super close to the library, the grocery store, mall, and Wal-Mart. And, there is literally a gas station and a Pho restaurant on our corner!
Gas and grocery prices. Milk is $1.25 here! Gas is under $2.00! Beef is under $3!! Can you believe it!
Justin is very glad for Texas because it’s a change of scenery. It’s really refreshing to live in a new place with new scenery and new people and he really loves meeting and interacting with new people…and the BYU vs University of Utah rivalry is non-existent here. As for things he hates, he hates the traffic.
Most of all, the biggest thing I hate is not being near family. For this reason, I am all the more grateful and indebted to our church congregation because they make that distance seem smaller. But, I can’t wait until we go back to Utah to visit someday for some reason. Hopefully sometime in 2017.