Wow. Next month, I will have lived in Minnesota for 5 years. That time seems to have flown by!
So this post is the how and why I decided to leave the humidity infested southeastern part of the US for the occasionally humid for a few days but snowy and cold part of the US.
I was born and raised in Tennessee. I did quite a bit of traveling with my mom and stepdad when I was younger, seeing places like Colorado, New York, and Boston.
But for the most part, I was hangin' in the south, sweatin' and trying to control my curly hair.
I met my husband online. Yes, my mother was convinced that he was a serial killer. We met because we both posted on a message board on Myspace (wow, Myspace) about the show on NBC, Heroes.
For months, it was friendship and nothing more. We got along and made each other laugh. My best friend also posted so they became friends as well.
One day, the friendship seemed to veer towards possibly more. In short, we met and decided we shouldn't be without one another.
Since David was living in MN with his two little girls, we did have a discussion about who might move where. I refused to even entertain the idea of him moving away from them nor bring them down to me. (I have issues with the school systems down south.)
So, I took the plunge.
I left the only place that I had ever lived.
I left my mother and friends.
And I left my best friend and her twin girls, whom I have known since the girls were only 7 months old. (They are now almost 14.)
It was hard. I cried. A lot. And so did they.
But I wasn't happy there. I hate excessive heat for long periods of time. I loathe humidity since I was born with natural curls/frizz.
Moving here turned out to be the best decision of my life. Being with David and the girls makes me happy. I found a new place in life being a wife, a stepmom/mom, and a daughter-in-law.
And even though my mom and best friend said that they would rather I stay there, they now admit that it was the best thing for me.
I have changed a lot since moving here. I see things in life from a new angle.
I used to be a slob. Seriously, I had more clothes on my floor than in my closet.
But now? I am not OCD about cleaning, yet. But I am so much better than I used to be. Before, I only had my junk and clutter to take care of and I never cared much.
You can't think that way when you are one of 4 people living in a home that we already don't fit into.
Yes, the winters can seem everlasting. And yes, those days that the Weather Channel calls for "dangerous windchills" make me want to drive as quickly as possible to a warmer spot.
But you get used to it. Seriously, you do.
When I first opened a checking account here, the bank guy was from South Africa. And he told me the first winter is always the worst. He was right.
Minnesota is my home now and will be for many years to come.
And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
P.S. It does help thatI grew up in an area where you are taught manners along with your first words and then moved to a place that it known as "Minnesota Nice".
P.P.S. I don't have road rage in MN. It only comes out once we hit the TN state line.