I make no secret of the fact that I do not like Florida, and cannot wait to move away from here, and never return. I can’t say I hate Florida, at least this part of Florida, because I assure you that Corpus Christi, TX (no offense) gave me a whole new appreciation for the benefits and occassional beauty of Florida.
I can list a million reasons why I want to leave Florida, and would give anything to live in, say, Northern Pennsylvania, or New Hampshire, or some place like that. But I am trying to convince myself that there is a reason that we live here, and that it is not just for Steve’s career benefits. I haven’t quite figure out what that is, but in the meantime, I thought I’d compile a list of why Florida isn’t all that bad. Some of the time, at least.
1. I can dry my laundry on my clothesline year round. As we approach cloth diapering, this is going to save us quite a bit of money.
2. I have become somewhat of a sun worshipper, and love being tan. FL is a good place to be for that kind of thing.
3. I am most certainly not suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency.
4. There is a great LLL and attachment parenting community here; it is going to be so wonderful to be supported in how we want to parent Squirt!
5. There is a Waldorf school 1/2 hour north of our house that has toddler/mommy class that I am already looking forward to doing with Squirt.
6. The pool at the local YMCA is by far the best lap pool that I have ever swam at, in any state. And it has a sun deck (see numbers 2 and 3).
7. I save money on clothes, because I basically only need one wardrobe; no need for “winter” and then “summer” clothes beyond a few zippy hoodies and long sleeved t-shirts for winter.
8. Steve really does love his job; there is a lot to be said for that!
9. Our house is the perfect size for us, and we live within a 1 mile walk of 3 different playgrounds and 1 recreational pool.
10. There are lots of trees here, esp. in our little neighborhood, and trees do make me happy. Except palm trees; I can’t say they fill me with joy. But our neighborhood is mostly inhabited by oak trees. We even planted one in the front yard when we did our landscaping project.
11. I have made some really great friends here. I don’t think that has much to do with FL itself, but it is an improvement over TX.
12. I can grow vegetables and herbs in my garden year round, or at least attempt to.
13. Our house is 1/2 hour west of the Tampa International Airport. Southwest Airlines flies in and out of Tampa. So if I just get too depressed with the heat and humidity and wearing shorts and flip flops in November, I can always leave!