Ten Things I Miss About our life in Houston, Texas:
10. Being an hour from the beach. Now living in Indiana, we are disgustingly far from any sea air.
9. Having green and flowers and blooming trees and, well, colorful life around me all year long. I miss the Crepe Myrtle and loquat trees in my front yard. We ate the loquats right off the limbs and would spit the pits in the yard!
8. Living in the 4th largest U.S. city and being within driving distance of just about any experience you could think of. One of our favorites was NASA - Johnson Space Center.
7. Never ever ever wearing a winter coat or having to wrestle a baby or toddler with one on into a carseat.
6. Chuy's and Ninfa's - in other words, real Mexican food, not what people up here think is Mexican food.
5. Texan pride. You will not find that kind of pride in the people of any other state, I guarantee it. My favorite quote: "I wasn't born a Texan, but I got here as soon as I could!"
4. Wearing shorts in January. 'Nuf said.
3. The unbelievably inexpensive housing industry.
2. Shipley Donuts. THE best thing that could ever pass one's lips ~ a warm, fresh Shipley donut or cheese and jalapeno kolache. They make Krispy Kremes taste like Pop-Tarts.
1. My friends, who became my family in the absence of my actual one. We laughed, we cried, we took care of one another ~ daily.
Perhaps next Thursday's Ten List will be of the top things that I do not miss about being a Texan!
And that will make me miss my Texan days 1/1,000,000th of a percent less. Maybe.