You may remember that I recently delayed my Christians and Self-Esteem series because of big life events happening (that did NOT include pregnancy) that would keep me from doing it justice.
Well, I'm here today to tell you what's going on: Dave and I are moving to Minnesota!
Specifically, we are moving to my original stomping grounds, the Twin Cities. We had talked for a long time about moving to the Midwest at some point to be closer to my family, but we had always assumed it would be at least five, if not ten years down the road. This spring, though, it became increasingly clear to us that the time was now. God opened lots of doors, and now in two weeks we'll be saying goodbye to New York.
It's definitely a bittersweet move. We've met a lot of great people here, we're closer to Dave's family here, and there are beautiful mountains and really, really good pizza here. But we're also so excited.
Of course, being able to see my family more often is what makes me most excited, but today I wanted to share a few minor, unimportant-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things perks that I'm looking forward to when I'm back in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.
1) I will be on Central Time.
It has been my long-held opinion that Central Time is the best of all possible time zones, solely because you get to watch TV at the most convenient times. l knew when I moved to New York that I'd end up staying up later for some Sunday night Packer games and the Superbowl, but I had no idea how truly barbaric Eastern Time is until the Olympics this year. The first night, I was innocently watching some amazing event and feeling comforted by the soothing tones of Bob Costas when, to my horror, I realized that it was 11:00 and IT WASN'T DONE. No, my friends, on the East Coast, you are forced to choose between being a real American and being a responsible, well-rested employee. (Don't worry, I almost always made the right choice, but I'm guessing my supervisors weren't overly enthused about it.)
2) I won't have to bring returnables to the grocery store.
In New York, you have the annoying task of figuring out which cans and bottles you need to remember to haul back the store to get your money back. That's assuming, of course, that you actually remember to use your receipts from the machines at checkout and don't find them two days later in your pants pocket. In Minnesota, you just put all of your recyclables in your bin, as God intended.
3) I will be able to make left turns in peace.
To my utter shock and horror, I discovered that, in New York, if you're yielding on a left turn at a stoplight and there's not a separate lane for the cars that are going straight, those drivers will not hesitate to pass around you, even though they often can't fully tell if someone else is turning left from the opposite side. Even worse, you are EXPECTED to do this if you're the one behind that left-turning car. It's aggressive, it's unsafe, and I'm pretty sure it's also illegal. I can't wait to drive without feeling that daily anxiety when I return to the land where, as my Californian brother-in-law puts it, everybody lets you in.
Minnesota sounds pretty great, doesn't it? Maybe you East Coasters who I'm leaving behind should join me!
But seriously, I'm excited, I'm happy, I'm a little sad, and I'm a little nervous. Also I have to pack up my whole house. So I would appreciate your prayers. I'd also appreciate your grace if the quality of my posts starts rapidly deteriorating. Think of it as practicing another Minnesota trait: Being nice.