Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No Place Like Home

Man, I am SORRY for my spotty posting lately. You must forgive me and my crazy schedule. 

You must also forgive me for feeling quite sorry for myself. The reason? Well, aside from the fact that work (and life in general has been quite overwhelming), I am incredibly homesick. 

Lucky for me, we're heading back to Kansas next week for a wedding. I cannot wait. In fact I'm so excited, it's all I can think about. I'm seriously giddy. If only we were going to be there longer than 3 days...

What in the world could one possibly miss about Kansas you ask?

Oh my friend, there is plenty. 

Aside from the fact that my AMAZING family, in-laws, and some hometown friends still live there, these are the things that make my heart ACHE because I miss them so much:

My Mama's cooking. Especially her corn bread rolls and her delicious chocolate chip banana nut bread. I'm sure hoping she makes some while I'm home. ;)

I seriously don't know how all these East Coasters survive without Quik Trip, Dairy Queen, and Sonic!!! I mean, Quik Trip is the perfect pit stop before a road trip, Dairy Queen was college hot spot to procrastinate studying with an Oreo Blizzard, and Sonic has the BEST Route 44 cherry limeades!!! 

Traffic...or lack thereof. Seriously, I never realized how little traffic problems there are back home. Actually, drivers in general are just overall more conscientious, polite, and SMART!

Ok. There is one thing back home that I will never, ever take for granted again. The COST OF LIVING. You have no idea people! From groceries, to gas to homes! 

What will buy you this in Kansas:

will actually buy you this in New England:

Going to the Lake. Sure, I have the beach and the ocean at my fingertips now...but  actually miss and my even prefer the lake?!?!?! I miss everything about it: the smell of cookouts, the tubing, the water skiing, drinking ice-cold beers on the dock and life at the lake with good company!

As much as I've complained about the flat lands and how growing up was always so "boring", there is nothing, and I mean nothing, like the view of a Kansas Sunset or the sea of stars in the open sky

Sigh. Home sweet home.


~Mrs. Guru~ said...

oooh, I want to go live in Kansas!

My name is Megan... said...

love the pics!!! Our moms have something in common..GREAT cooking!! We have QT here..they rock, yes

Kelsey said...

I don't know how anyone would survive without Sonic or DQ... two of my favorites!!!

little erin said...

lol. this was a great post. there are dairy queens up north. i'm trying to think off the top of my head where they are. i think one in providence and the other is possibly woonsocket? not positive. but i've had blizzards up here before.
and i WISH there were a sonic here. why the hell isn't there? sonic is magnificent!
i wish we had a chik fil a up here.
i would die for some sweet tea.
i hope you have so much fun at home in kansas!

Amber said...

I get very homesick too. I'm from a very remote town in northern B.C. and recently moved to southern B.C., which ya, there's tons of great lakes and vacation spots, and it's HOT out and not winter eight months out of the year but it's NOT home!!!

I think that no matter where you're from, home will always be home and we'll always miss it!

Practically Perfect... said...

I know what you mean, sort of :-) We live in the Boston area, and traffic and cost of living is INSANE compared to Indiana! Have a great visit next week!

Lucky in Love said...

I hope your trip back home is wonderful! It looks so beautiful there!

Sweet Simplicity said...

There's no place like home! I love my sonic and QT's!! I would be lost without them!

TimothyPeacock said...

The Dairy Queen in Athens decided to address to potential pitfall of soft serve procrastination by offering free WI-FI (they did this several years ago, one of the first fast food places to do so). We considered this a good trade given that the restaurant did not actually have a drive thru... How 'bout this? Athens has a Dairy Queen and an Arby's without drive thrus but at least three liquor stores WITH drive thrus. At any rate, I'm as big of a fan of Dairy Queen as the next man, but I still wouldn't want to hang out there with my laptop... But that's just me. One of the kids on CAT duty in Houston did about 30% of his work at a local Burger King. Some of us made fun of him about it, but he didn't seem to care, I don't think.

Ashley said...

Yumm!!! Cornbread - my favorite! And chocolate chip banana nut bread?!? I need to try this!!! All those things you are missing are definitely worth missing!!!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Aw, you're a midwestern girl like me! I love QT, they have the best hotdogs, haha! And no matter where you live, it's always great to go home {for me, it's Iowa!}

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love sonic!!!!!!

The Northerner said...

This makes me want to move back to my hometown!

jlc said...

So true about buying things down south!!!

And as for missing Kansas... girlllll home is where the heart is!

I totally understand! :)

The New Black said...

I feel ya...it's always nice to go home. Have a great time! :)