Well, it’s Thursday again which means that we have made it halfway through the work week again! Can we get an early cheers to tomorrow being Friday? YAY!
Today is the second edition of my Texas Thursday post! If this is the first one that you are reading, allow me to give some background. I am a twenty something originally from South Central Kentucky. I grew up an hour north of Nashville, TN. When I went off to college, I went to the University of Kentucky where I was a Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles major with a minor in business. My last semester of college, I applied to the Disney College Program. On November 11, 2011(11/11/11) I received my letter that I was accepted into the program.
Fast forward and I have completed my DCP, moved back to Kentucky, worked a couple random jobs that I didn’t love, moved BACK to Florida to work at Walt Disney World again, and moved to Texas to be with my boyfriend of almost 5 years! It has been an adventure the last six years, that’s for sure!
Since I moved to Texas, my boyfriend and I have cracked jokes about “only in Texas” things so I thought it would be fun to make a consistent post about the things we encounter. The first one can be found here!
Have you all ever heard of a Nebraska Furniture Mart? I know what you’re thinking…really, a furniture store? Picture this though: an IKEA store that is on steroids. This place is massive! I’m thankful that we just have an apartment to decorate and NOT a house because I could spend hours in there sitting in their different chairs, looking at all of the appliances, and they even have some Magnolia merchandise there! If you’re ever in this area, hit it up!
TACOS. We love our tacos in Texas! Need I say more? I was driving to work one morning and heard on the radio where this guy started a petition to make tacos the state food of Texas. I’m not making this up, the article is here! Chili is the state food of Texas now, so we will see if this guy is actually successful!
We haven’t witnessed any severe weather in our area yet, but the weather in Texas makes it difficult to plan. For instance, this morning it was in the 40’s but by late afternoon it was in the upper 70’s. You may need a jacket in the morning and shorts by the afternoon. We are also in Tornado Alley here so for some Texans storm chasing is a hobby. Most days, the weather is really nice, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve learned that when severe storms are in the area here, you pay attention when they said it is bad. Chances are they aren’t exaggerating!
Number four is never knowing exactly where you are, even though you think you know where you are. This is true for the Dallas-Fort Worth(DFW) area! This might sound silly to some, but one minute you could be in Irving, Plano, Frisco or another suburb and the next you’d be in a different town. It was similar in the Central Florida/Orlando area but it’s more common here. The highways/interstates/tollways/expressways are also fun to drive on here. I know that big cities have traffic, but these Texas highways are a sight to be seen. I could continue to talk about the traffic/highways/roads, but that could also be it’s own blog post. I’ll just leave this picture here:
Some people will argue that Texas is not the South. However, I have had some social encounters that remind me a little of my experiences in other Southern states. Hearing somebody say “y’all”, “darlin'” or other “Southern” phrases is not uncommon. While I partially agree that Texas is not part of the Southern states, I do think there are some Southern influence in the DFW area when you really get to know the people and talk to them. If you do a Google search, you will find that some people consider Texas to be part of the South and others do not. I know that the Southeastern Conference most recently added Texas A&M to the conference, so if they say a school in Texas is good enough to be in the SEC, I’ll agree with them! I found the image below on Pinterest and I’ll leave it here:
Well, I’m off to prepare for the last day of the work week and this weekend! What are your plans for the weekend? Do you consider Texas to be a Southern state or no? Let me know in the comments!