Welcome to another month of 10 on the 10th, where a group of us link up with Shimelle’s blog and share a list of things.
This month, as my move back to Florida is a mere 5 weeks away, I thought I would share some things that I will miss about living in Tennessee.
After 14 years in Florida, arriving in a climate with four seasons was delightful — well, until winter arrived. I do love it when the temperatures cool down and the scent of burning wood fills the air. Fall is my favorite season, knowing you only have a short time to savor the warm before the cold comes.
I love the excitement of Spring when the trees start to bud and the sun comes out for longer periods of time. Flowers start blooming and you anticipate the warmer days ahead. But I will give all that up just to say goodbye to Winter!
This store opened in November. It’s just like when IKEA opened in Orlando right after I moved to Tennessee. But wait – that means I’ll have an IKEA soon! This one is a trade off.
4. Channel 4 Weather team
When you live in the south, especially in an area prone to tornadoes, you pay attention to the weather. I start and end my day with WSMV’s weather reports, hoping and praying that I never see Snowbird (who announces school closings because of snow).
5. Southern Hospitality
It’s hard to live in the south and not have southern sweetness rub off on you. People here are so nice. I am friendlier now and randomly smile more, so that’s a good thing to take away!
6. Studio Gaven
Bethany has been cutting my hair for almost 5 years now. I adore her and I am slightly panicked that I will have to find a new stylist in Orlando. I never had a regular stylist when I lived in Orlando years ago so it will be a high priority to find one. (Yes, it was snowing when I snapped this photo with my iPhone a few weeks ago.)
7. No Toll Roads
Tennessee does not charge you a fee to drive on their highways. What a concept! Luckily I kept my SunPass/E-Pass account active as I will need it soon.
The state of Tennessee is very pretty and lush (except late fall through winter). It is nice to drive around and see tree lined hills and interesting terrain. Florida is very flat – beautiful in its own way – but very, very flat.
9. 96.3 WCJK FM
I was disappointed in the radio stations here. Well, I don’t listen to country so maybe the country stations ARE good. 96.3 Jack FM is the one bright spot with their snappy ads and unique format. You’ll hear Madonna, Maroon 5, Nirvana, Blondie, The Cure, Kid Rock, the Bangles, U2,and Red Hot Chili Peppers in the same hour block. Love the variety!
10. Central Time
It took me a LONG time to get used to Central Time. But at some point, I actually got used to everything being earlier. I can go to bed earlier and not miss anything. The sun comes up earlier so I wake up earlier and have a more productive day. Yes, I will actually miss that!
On a side note, it purposely didn’t make my list because I couldn’t possibly single anyone out. But there is a large group of supportive friends here that I will miss like crazy. There’s my church family, the girls in my book club, my CNL family that moved up here with me in 2007, my wonderful neighbors and the amazing people I’ve worked with at Let’s Get Moving and Dollar General. Friends for life, no matter where I end up.
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