09.15.17

What I Think About Living In Texas

We are heading to a close of our 3rd year here in Texas. And let me tell you, it’s been full of unexpected surprises. We moved to San Antonio Texas from Denver Colorado. Well not really Denver…..more like the boring, dry suburb of Parker. Parker Colorado is South of Denver a little ways. It’s out of the city enough that families can buy nice large homes for much less than in the city. I moved out to Parker from the DTC area when I met Tom, and I hated it. It was too far from everything we loved about Denver. It was further from the mountains and further from the downtown area. It was extremely suburban – too much for me. I dreaded the drive up to the mountains because living in Parker added at least 40 minutes to the drive. Getting to downtown was a stressful 45 minute drive with no traffic. When we decided to leave I was sad to leave Colorado but thrilled to leave Parker. I had been wanting to move out of there for a long time. We honestly thought our move would be temporary though. We thought we would feel out San Antonio for a year and then see what was available in Denver job wise. We expected San Antonio to be a desert town with tumbleweeds and cows. Boy were we wrong!

We were pleasantly surprised to find a green, wooded neighborhood with cute brick homes to rent a home in. That was the beginning of our love for San Antonio. We were forced into this rental home because of our dog. Most of the places we applied to denied us because of our big mean killing machine Rottweiler Baron – I say this in the most sarcastic tone possible. So we found a house that was a little run down and on the market for a long time. After all beggars can’t be choosers. After being denied by everyone we were desperate. Our only requirement for the house was that it have a fence for Baron and a roof. Our rental home turned out to be in an area of town that we never considered living but we LOVE! It is suburban enough to have all the things for families, but central enough that we don’t cringe at the thought of going downtown. We ended up buying our home 5 minutes from our rental house.

The first thing we loved about San Antonio was the green! Compared to Parker, San Antonio is a rain-forest. Parker had maybe 5 mature trees in the whole city. There are parts of San Antonio that are not very lush, but the area we live in is very green. We liked the twisting mysterious looking oak trees all around the city. They look like something out of a Tim Burton movie. I can actually grow a killer garden here! Every summer we would plant a garden in CO and every year the cold would come and kill it. Plus it took way more effort keeping your plants alive there than it does in SA. The plants just love the humidity and so do we. CO is a very arid place. The air is so dry. It was a constant battle to keep my skin and lips moisturized there. We had to put a humidifier in every room even though our home had a central unit. Humidifiers are in every hotel room there, especially in the mountains. Whenever we go back I dread the dry air. SA has a nice level of humidity. It’s much less than other areas of TX, but just enough to feel nice. There are pros and cons to each city though. I miss the mountains in Colorado. There are NO mountains in Texas. In CO the mountains are where people head for the outdoors. Here in TX there are plenty of lakes and rivers to choose from, even an ocean. What we lack in elevation we make up in H2O. I only miss winter around the Holidays. I couldn’t stand the long stretches of cold weather, and CO is mild compared to other states. I wish I could merge Colorado and TX together. It would be the PERFECT state!

We knew we’d love living in Colorado but we did not expect to love Texas also. It was a pleasant surprise. Maybe one day we’ll be able to have a place in CO and TX! A girl can dream can’t she?!

 

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