Kentucky Livin… California Dreamin

Every time I have had someone ask where I am from in the last 4 months I have answered honestly with California, and it is instantly followed with confused looks and an over exaggerated “HOW DID YOU END UP IN KENTUCKY?!” response. I never really understood why people made such a big deal of it until the last week and a half. I AM COMPLETELY FROZEN! I am not exaggerating either. The coldest it has been back home is what low 50’s? Yeah well as I am writing this it is currently 15 degrees. This morning I showed an act of true love for Cody (my dog for those who don’t know) when I had to run outside in 13 degree weather barefoot, in sweatpants with only a t-shirt on to open our back door that connects the screened in porch and backyard to let him out to pee because the door that is usually open was closed. To give you some perspective incase you are curious what 15 degree weather is like, I wore wool socks with my UGGS today, and I was still chilled. I now understand why people take tropical vacations in the middle of winter. Incase you can’t tell already, I absolutely 100 percent miss California winters.

I promise I really enjoy Kentucky, but people in Kentucky drive COMPLETELY different than people in California. An upside to driving in Kentucky is that the speed limits are higher here than back in the bay area. The interstate speed limit is 70, and most in town driving is 45-55. HOWEVER, with this people either drive 10 above the speed limit and make you feel like you are driving like a slow poke on the interstate, or they drive 10 below and make you crazy driving in town. Another thing people are notorious for here in Kentucky is running red lights. Not only does one car run a red light, but that car plus the two other cars behind it run the red light. NEVER proceed through an intersection with a green light with out counting to 5.

HAHA.. I was going to start writing about the stuff I enjoy about Kentucky, but I still miss a few things. I miss my favorite food places. In-n- Out, there are literally ZERO words that can tell you how much I miss it. Dutch Bros Coffee, yeah I’d probably kill someone for a mocha freeze or an iced white mocha. I am NOT kidding. I miss good Mexican food, street tacos, and even Murillos (only people back home will understand why). I REALLY miss going directly to the source for my favorite champagne and all of the views, and enjoying a bottle of champagne with best friends. Aside from all of that, I miss all of my friends. This is the time of year I am missing all of the holidays, birthdays, and family functions. I am incredibly lucky to have the support system I have though, I love all of you guys so much!

Now onto the bright side of Kentucky! I have met some great people so far. I have made friends with some down to earth people who have not only introduced me to a local pizza place (I have a serious weakness for good pizza), good beer, ALE- 8 (one of the best sodas ever) and bourbon, but they have accepted me with open arms and haven’t judged me for who I am and which is one out of place Californian. 2016 has been filled with so much change and so many challenges, and I can’t wait to put it behind me, but 2017 is filled with so many opportunities. I have so many great places to visit all with in driving distance. I have the next 8 months to actually LIVE my life and enjoy all that I can before I start another new chapter (I will share more later). One of my best friends, Michelle, is coming to visit at the beginning of the New Year and I can’t wait! SO EXCITED! Another one of my best friends is moving only 4.5 hours away from me and it will be so great to be close to someone from back home. Every day Kentucky starts to feel more and more like home. I know all of that sounds cheesy, cliché, or overly optimistic, but all of that beats anxiety and negativity every time. I hope you enjoyed this one, and I didn’t offend any Kentucky natives in the process.

Xoxo,

Nicole

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