Good morning, loves! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through December? How has 2013 flown by so quickly?
Today’s post is going to be something fun I’ve been thinking about lately, and not 100% related to running. We can all use a little break from the usual, eh?
As you know, I’m an Arkansas transplant, and proud of it. To a certain extent. I never in. my. life. thought I would be living in the Natural State, but I didn’t necessarily choose it, it chose me. And I’m so glad it did. With living in a new state, full of stereotypes, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself, about what people really think about Arkansas, and about Arkansans themselves. These are valuable lessons, and now that I’ve lived in Arkansas more in the past 6 years than I have my own home state, I feel that I can voice them now.
Things I’ve Learned About Living in Arkansas
1. A razorback is not just a pig. In fact, I’m still not sure what it is.
2. There are VERY specific distinctions between NWA, NEA, and Central Arkansas. Does anyone even live in South Arkansas?
3. There IS shopping in Arkansas. As one of my friends from back home said, “Oh, you have things here!” Yes, Arkansas is still civilized.
4. Construction on I-40 will never end.
5. In fact, the stretch of I-40 between LR and Memphis is the 10th circle of Hell.
6. Arkansas has no shortage of Subways and Sonics.
7. If my husband farts the power will go out in West Little Rock. For days.
8. Saturdays in December and January are holy. Only duck hunting shall be observed.
9. Every runner in Little Rock can tell you down to the latitude and longitude where every “hill” or “incline” is.
10. “What do you mean you’ve NEVER been to Fayetteville?!”
11. Oh there’s a new restaurant in town? Don’t expect to get in until 3 months from now when the wow factor wears off.
12. There really isn’t a convenient way to get anywhere.
13. Silver Dollar City is kind of like Disney World.
14. You will always either know someone or know someone who knows someone everywhere you go. The entire state has just 2 degrees of separation.
15. Arkansans love their state. And love local t-shirt companies promoting their state.
16. There is a festival for everything. Cheese Dip, Cornbread, BeanFest. The list goes on.
17. Turn signals are optional. In fact, most cars in Arkansas don’t even HAVE turn signals, at least 95% of our drivers think this.
18. Hot today? Don’t worry, it will probably be 20 tomorrow.
19. You don’t fish? Get out of my state.
20. In a hurry? Good, no one else is.
21. Pizza. So. Much. Pizza.
22. Too poor to buy a diamond? It’s okay, you can go dig for one yourself!
23. Looking for something to wear to a nice dinner? Don’t worry, your camo will work juuuust fine.
24. The Eagles. Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet.
25. Milk and bread are survival essentials. If you don’t stock up, there is no hope.
26. Arkansas is southern. NOT mid-western.
27. If you’re uncomfortable walking up and talking to a complete stranger, you probably aren’t from ’round here.
28. Wait, you don’t watch Duck Dynasty?!
29. Like my top? Thanks, I bought it from my favorite online boutique.
30. No, I don’t know the Duggars.
31. 30A. On every car.
32. Arkansas sucks you in. And you may never leave.
Though these may seem silly, I love Arkansas. I really do. It has been good to me, and the people we’ve met here are some of the nicest, most humble, most talented, and most welcoming in the world. Arkansas may be behind the times when it comes to some things, but its residents don’t seem to mind, and its residents aren’t always caught up in keeping up with the Jones’, which I love. We’ve noticed that Arkansas doesn’t seem to mind what the rest of the country is doing, Arkansas is on it’s own time frame. Arkansas is beautiful, if you look in the right places. Arkansas has so much to offer, if you ask the right person. And Arkansas will always be better than Mississippi. Someone has to be last, and it sure as heck won’t be us!
I’m working hard to embrace my new state, and although I’ll always be a Tennessee girl, Arkansas has a large part of my heart. In fact, if it weren’t for Arkansas, I never would have met my husband.
Home is indeed, where you make it.
Have you ever moved to a new state? Have you ever moved away from home in general?
I’ll be back tomorrow or Friday with a Banjees giveaway! Get excited!