Monday, December 8, 2008

Ugh, I'm sick!

Okay, we'll start with a whine. I'm sick again. It started hitting pretty hard yesterday (on my birthday! The nerve of these viruses!) I was up half the night coughing. My back and shoulders and chest are sore from all the coughing. Now I'm SO tired. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight.

Whine over. For now.

On to the good birthday, besides being sick, was fun. I got to catch up with a lot of friends which is always nice, though I spent a large portion of the day on the phone, when I normally rarely talk on the phone.

It got me to thinking: TK and I have moved around a bunch. It's been kind of fun, and a little adventurous. We've got to enjoy and discover all new parts of the country, and we've stayed in each place long enough that we've gotten to enjoy the feeling of it being home. But, we live nowhere near any of our family, and we've got friends spread out across the country. Sure, we've made friends here in Boston, and that's awesome, but it's still kind of sad that there are so many people we rarely get to see any more.

I wasn't one of those "desperate to escape my hometown" people, but I never really expected to stay, either. But every once in a while, I get a little jealous of those people who have family living all around, and friends they've known since birth around the corner. Sometimes I wish we had stayed, and not moved around.

Then I think about the people we've met, how much I love it here in Boston, and how many fun experiences we had living in Georgia. I don't know. What do you think? Are you a home-towner or a transplant? I guess there's good things on both sides. What I'd really like best is if all my family and friends moved to Massachusetts. That'd be the best...why can't I convince anyone? :)


LauraC said...

I'm a transplant. I grew up in Sarasota Florida, which is a weird place to grow up bc there are so many retirees. My brother worked at a Bingo parlor. I worked as a waitress during Early Bird dinners. There's nothing for young people there.

So I went to college in LA (actually Pasadena). Loved Pasadena but did not love the asthma-inducing smog. Moved to San Fran. Loved the city but hated foggy cold weather.

Met Jon, got stuck in cold Chicago. Spent two years researching and visiting cities, making lists out of what we want in an area, and moved to the Triangle.

Now hopefully I will stay here forever bc I LOVE IT. And I do wish my loved ones would move here bc I'm not leaving.

(Sorry you're sick!)

Nancy said...

Transplant. It's taken me a while, but I'm finally starting to feel a little bit at home here. I do get *very* jealous that my sister and her family have moved back to VT to be around family...and while I'd like that part of it, I'm not sure I'd like living where I grew up. you, maybe everyone should move to me!!

Hope you feel better soon!! And geez. You'd think Viruses would know better than to kill you on your birthday. :(

Liz Jimenez said...

I'm a transplant, and I do find it hard to not have any family around. Especially now that we have kids, obviously. My family is all in Illinois, M's (much smaller) family is in Florida and Connecticut. It's sad that the kids don't get to see much of their grandparents (except on Skype), and it's hard not to have the support nearby.

Of course, now I'm in my mom's house and am feeling like it's maybe all a little TOO much to have all of these people around. :-) But it would be different if it was my own house. I do harbor dreams of moving back here someday, but I don't know if it'll ever happen...

Rhonda said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry you are sick. I hope you are feeling better, soon.

I'm a transplant. My husband and I are both from Virginia. We met as undergrads and then I followed him up here after I finished my Master's degree and he was still in grad school. Since then, I've been trying to get back home. I'd miss the friends I've made here, but Boston has never felt like home to me. I hope we can make it home eventually. My family has a small farm, so they can't visit and the 12 hour drive to VA 4 times a year to see them is getting old, not to mention that only seeing my family 4 times a year really isn't enough.

pink cake box said...

I grew up 8,535 miles away from Boston. And I lived there for 20 years. I'm definitely a transplant.

Now that I have my own child, its hard not having my family around. What gets me the most is how far my 2 siblings are. Christmas is tough when my childhood memories are with them. Its been a tough 9 years. The most difficult part is that I'm the only one who can visit them. They can't visit me. And a roundtrip ticket is always more than a thousand dollars.

My move here to the US was not an option. Moving for a better life wasn't a question. But being far away from most of my relatives and most of my friends that I grew up with (and who knew me when I was young and unafraid of anything) and more importantly my 2 siblings is just painfully difficult.

Although, I dont know if I'd be the person to have stayed at my hometown even if I was back home but having them closeby (not this far) would probably be nice.

For sure my 2 siblings would love it to be near us, but that is not an option for them either. Its tough to admit sometimes that I took for granted the times I have with them, now that they are this far away from me.

Grand Pooba said...

Currently I'm a home towner wannabe transplant. I want out of Utah so bad but I don't like the idea of leaving my family.

With my hubster applying for law schools all over the country we don't know where we'll end up but we are both pretty excited about gettin outta Utah!

Kathleen @ Measuring My Life said...

Sorry to hear you are sick. Hope you feel better soon!

I'm a home-towner. Although, the hubs and me have discussed transplanting in the future, in a year or two. Of course, since all of our families are here locally, none of them are happy with that choice, but oh well!

Have a great day!