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These Northern Nights are Dreary

And my southern heart grows weary….

This line from an old Dolly Pardon song never fails to make me home sick.

We arrived safe and sound in Tennessee and are so happy to be here…I might not come back.

Here are a few things I really miss about being in the south….

1. I can order iced tea and I know it will come sweet (like it should)

2. No one teases me about the way I talk and I can “fixing” to be doing anything I want and no one giggles

3. “Come on in out of that cold and sit a spell” is what will greet you at every door you knock on…even at church….Of course in the summer its “Come on in out of that heat”…..P.S the weather is quite mild and I am not cold at all…I guess Wisconsin is thickening up my blood after all.

4. Everyone is polite and I have had the loveliest conversations with people in the grocery stores. Why, it feels like I am running into old friends and I have never met them before. It also makes grocery shopping take 4xs as long as it normally does….Did I mention my mother in law makes me go every day? I went 3x yesterday alone.

5. Chick-fil-A, Captain D’s and O’Charley’s…restaurants I formally took for granted until I couldn’t eat there whenever I wanted to. Yum

6. Wal-mart and other shops play christian music on the overhead sound system.

7. All the places and things I grew up with since I was 15. And we have several good malls…

There are more which I will share later…but there are also some negative things which I forgot about….

Things I do NOT miss….

1. For the first time in a really long time I heard someone use the N word. This made me very sad and angry. It also cause an aggressive reaction in Michael who wanted to punch the dude. I didn’t think it would be a wise idea of my little book nerd husband to attempt to take on a couple good ole boys in a waffle house at the being of hunting season. I don’t think he has actually ever punched someone.

And they were referring to another person in a derogatory way (as oppose to those who use it in reference to themselves and their friends which isn’t a great practice either)

2. Poor oral hygiene…..I have seen an increase of people with no teeth this trip…This is actually one of my biggest fears since I come from a rather toothless redneck family.

3. Did I mention my mother in law makes me go to the grocery store multiple times a day?

Grocery store visits: 4 and counting (P.S. we arrived on Saturday)

Anxiously Awaiting….

2pm tomorrow

when I get off work we will be leaving for Tennessee for a much needed vacation! I am very excited although I know it won’t really be all that relaxing since my mother in law just had he knee replaced and I will be cooking Thanksgiving for our whole family solo this year…but I miss my in laws and can’t wait to be “home”.

Also my mother in law spoils me. That would be the advantage of being the daughter in law who is not a stripper…..and who put her baby through preaching school thus fulfilling her motherhood dream of having one of her boys become a preacher.┬áIt works for me! I ain’t got no mama…..

Speaking of my MIL she was so stressed about having her knee replaced so close to Thanksgiving since that is the major holiday in our family (we actually celebrate Christmas on Black Friday since everyone is travels). The ironic thing is that ever since I joined the family 11 no 12 (yikes!) years ago she has slowly but surely making less of the meal. All she has left is the dressing but since I can make it in my sleep with no recipe she should just relax….however she is in denial about the amount of cooking she does for the Thanksgiving meal….

The first year when Michael and I were dating I offered to make the pies. Since I was so young (17) and she is slightly controlling about traditions she agreed but made backups just in case….My pies were a hit…

The first year we were married MIL and I did the cooking together. I ended up with all the pies and the potatoes.

Each year a I took over more and more responsibility. Fast forward to two years ago when we were discussing the Turkeys (we make two, one for sandwiches) I was making a suggestion since I had made a turkey for a dinner party recently and it was really good. MIL is stickler for tradition and did not want to change the way she did the turkey. At this point all she was making was the Turkey (I carved),dressing and Yams ( I refused to cover them in marsh mellows). Michael waltzes in and say “Crystal made the most amazing turkey the other day, it was incredible” and that is how I became in charge of the turkey. So why she is stressing so much is beyond me. I have tried to reassure her it would be fine. But I am certain she will want to reward my good and faithful service. And she will treat me to chick-fil-a….woo hoo