Deep in the Heart of Texas

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Let's talk about San Antonio.
(No that picture has nothing to do with this post, but it's some delightful eye candy for your viewing pleasure.) I've been here for almost three weeks, so I've pretty much got this whole Texas thing in the bag. I've even found and set my radio stations to the four channels not in Spanish. Ganando! (Winning!)

It's warm. Like let's go jump-in-the-pool-naked-and-eat-ice-cream-every-day-and-keep-the-AC-on-all-the-time warm. (Please, Jena, more hyphens.) Any place that demands I slurp down ice cream on the reg. was destined for me. It surely doesn't feel like January. This might be the first year in a long time that it won't snow on my birthday in February, which would seriously be a a present in and of itself. (Snow is overrated. It's cold and scary to drive in and it gets ugly in .0006 seconds.)

I've always said that I would rather be drenched in sweat than frozen like a popsicle. So again, Texas was made for me. However, I did commit one major fashion faux-pas on Sunday. I wore a scarf to church (because the outfit was begging me to) ... let's just say people thought the foreign fabric around my neck was a thick purple noose.

It's mostly friendly (except for drivers, but we'll get to that). Because I have a lot of Oklahoma Pride (or because it was the only thing clean), I wore my BEAT TEXAS shirt to Hobby Lobby yesterday. It was the wrong avenue for a reaction though. Middle-aged women with crafting problems do not care about football rivalries. I'll have to run into a bar and yell "Texas sucks" to really get a response. (Don't worry, I won't do that; I wouldn't want my 5'1''/106 lb. body to have to inflict all kinds of pain.)

We haven't gotten to meet just a whole lot of people, but those we have are super nice. We're hoping to get more involved in the church we visited on Sunday, that or start knocking on doors at our apt. asking people to be our friends.

HEB. The grocery store to beat all grocery stores. I didn't think produce could get this good.

It's busy. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the USA. That's a whole lot of bodies. And people (apparently) gotta a lot of crap to do in Texas. One highway isn't good enough. Nope, we have like twenty. Annnd they have six lanes of traffic. Count 'em, six. That's four more than I'm used to. And they're all windy and curvy and will change up on you any ol' time, so you better be paying attention instead of doing this:
...Or yelling at Siri for the millionth time. Why is "Directions to JoAnn's Fabric" so hard to understand? I swear that girl gives me a headache faster than it takes Grahm to make the bed. (He just throws the decorative pillows on top and calls it made.)

I never thought of myself as a small town girl, but when you're accustomed to two lanes on one highway and ample warning for each exit, I guess the shoes fits. I'm pretty sure I stick out like a sore thumb when I'm driving. It's like a big sign is plastered over my car saying, "Texas Noob!" Definitely gotten my fair share of honks since I've been here... but I would probably lay on my horn to the frazzled blonde girl going 50 so she can be sure to read every sign, too.

Those are just some fun facts that 99% of you probably already knew about SA. I'm sure more revelations will come my way after a few months of being here. Til then, the Roaches will continue relying heavily on our GPS, the in-laws, and the ice cream shop down the street.

33 comments:

The Greers said...

I hope you continue to grow to love Texas as much as I do!! :)

Chelsea L said...

Cute :) I love moving to new places, for a while we didn't live in the same place for more than a few months and I thought it was so much fun : )

lori said...

love the picture. too funny!

i recently moved to a new city so i can totally relate to this! i totally rely on my gps for everything!

just found your blog and i am loving it... following now and looking forward to reading more :)

aliciamarie911 said...

If you go knocking on your neighbors doors asking them to be your friends, promise to record their reactions? That would make for some awesome entertainment!

Texas is pretty cool. You're right about the hot part. My family used to go to Texas every Summer to a condo, and I have never had a better than than when I came back from Texas, and I'm practically an Eskimo.

Six lanes of traffic is way too many. That sounds like California, not Texas.

At least Grahm throws the pillows on the bed, my husband doesn't see the point in making a bed when we're going to get back into it 12 hours later.

Carlie said...

I totally know what you mean about traffic! I was in shock when I moved to Dallas last summer. There are so many freeways and tons of traffic that it makes it easy to miss your exit.

Nagehan said...

That's so exciting. Believe it or not, I'm ready to leave NY for a change. This city exhausts me!

Brittany Fletcher said...

I hope that you enjoy Texas as much as we do! I moved here to Houston about 6 years ago and love the HEAT! :) ENJOY!

Jax said...

So glad that you're liking Texas! That hot in January?? It's not natural!! lol But what about the humidity? I don't think I could take it if my hair couldn't live a frizz free life. lol

Tom said...

A warm Christmas... now that's going to be weird.

leslie a. knight said...

I am so ready to move back to Texas. I never thought I would say that but I really, really am.

Breanna said...

Gotta love the 6 lanes of traffic, maybe not on the first time driving through, I about had a heart attack. I was by myself of course which made it a lot worse.

HEB is, and will always be the best :)

Kerrie said...

driving in Texas is awful! And yes, HEB is AMAZING. HEB plus.. too much to handle! (I'm from Bama, but I travel to Texas frequently). And you should definitely wear the BEAT TEXAS shirt. I love a little controversy hah

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Never been to SA but it seems like a fun place!

Alyx said...

I hate Texas (the football team). You should totally go run into a bar and scream about how much they suck. Then again, I hate to admit it, but I'm not a huge oklahoma fan, either! Sorry :).
Sounds like Texas is treating you well, and I'm sure the warm weather and sunshine are fabulous!

wHiT said...

Did u go on the riverwalk? we went down there when my husband was down there for his training. We went to Boudros. It was expensive and delicious!
-wHiT

jillian nicole said...

I would die to be somewhere above 5 degrees right now! Oh, how I miss those ice-cream-for-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner days! {you're not the only one that like a good hyphen!}:)

Melissa Pace said...

Sounds like you're settling in pretty well for the most part. I recently moved to Boston where the roads literally follow the paths of old cow paths, so you can imagine how much sense they make.
I've been trying to make new friends here as well. I've considered tapping people in the park and yelling "tag" but I'm not sure that would go over as well as I hope.

Melissa Knott said...

I got engaged in San Antonio! You should try Ruth's Chris for date night. Expensive but worth every penny.

Bekah said...

SOunds fun! Have you guys been to the riverwalk yet?

Alana Christine said...

I'm glad you could find SOMETHING good about Texas. haha jk. You'll always be an Oklahoman at heart!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Hahahaha! You totally crack me up! Sounds like you're having fun adjusting!

Lauren said...

You are too cute! Eat lots of ice cream for this Missouri girl!

Kristen Danielle said...

You are always making me laugh.

I live in Houston so I totally get all of this!! HEB is the shiiiiiizz!! :)

xoxo
Kristen

mharpernichols said...

Texas is its own country--it doesn't matter if you east, west, north, south, or in the dead middle--there's just something in the air! It's so funny that you never considered yourself a small-town girl--I was the exact opposite when I spent a month in Texas coming from Atlanta. Yeah right! Well, I dont know if you're there long term or shirt term but I wish you the best!

MHN
http://mharpernichols.wordpress.com

Alma said...

i'm driving up to san antonio this weekend. yay!!

HEB is the best thing ever. :)

Sarah said...

Getting used to a big city can be a challenge. I had the good (or bad?) fortune to (mostly) grow up (and learn to drive) just outside of DC, so I'm a pro at the bajillions of lanes of traffic and confusing exits and stuff. There's this thing right by my house called the Mixing Bowl where three highways (I-95, I-395 and I-495) all converge at one place. Most everyone I know avoids it because it's so confusing and complicated but I'm just like, "Meh. Piece of cake." It'll take some getting used to, but once you figure it out, you'll be set to drive anywhere!

Also, I'm totally jealous of your warm weather. It was 50 here yesterday, but I'm dying for sundress weather. *sigh* I guess that's what I get for living in Virginia.

Erin said...

I've been reading for blog for a little while now, but this may be the first time I've commented :) I loved the first picture you posted lol, my husband and I take way too many of those types!!!

Never been to SA and would reallllly love to enjoy some of that warm weather right now! :)

marie said...

I am all for relying on ice cream! I love Texas, and CA should definitely get on the 6 lane bandwagon, we need it.

lilmoomoo said...

hahaha.
I am loving the first picture.
I love goofy pics, I can't stand it when someone is scared to make a silly face in a pic. WHO CARES?!

I am a warm weather girl too. When I lived in Charleston I was literally IN HEAVEN. Everyone was always bitching about how hot it was, and I was always happy as a clam, getting tanner and blonder by the day!

I also think it would take me quite a bit to get used to a larger city.. It generally takes me about 6 months to really start to know my way around! We just recently moved to NC and I'm still using GPS every trip I go on. haha

P.S. I tagged you in a post I am doing tomorrow (Thursday) I grabbed your header photo to link back to you since I couldn't find a button! Hope you don't mind :)

lovelovelove,
moo.

Kaitlyn said...

God truly blessed Texas!
But there are TONS of us Texans who hate the Longhorns too!! Lots of aTm, Tech, OU, and LSU fans that hate ut - I hope you don't think we're all brain-dead! ;)

Courtney B said...

I want to vacation to San Antonio so badly! And we always talk about moving to Texas someday... reading this post makes me think Texas is the place for us :)
I totally agree with you... snow is scary to drive in and turns ugly gray/brown in like 2 seconds!

Jill @ ACharmedLife said...

thanks for sharing all the fun facts about SA :) i live up north in boston.. brrrr!.. and would love to visit TX sometime! xx

Miranda said...

my husband's cousin just moved to San Antonio a year ago and they like it too. Especially coming from WI, the weather is completely different! hopefully one day we can visit them! I have never been to Texas.