Nicole visited my shoutbox to tell me that the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (my alum) won their hockey game against the Minnesota Gophers, our hated rivals ๐Ÿ˜‰ That means we’re off to the NCAA Championship game against Denver on Saturday night. One of the things I find myself missing about not living in North Dakota is hockey. Here on the East Coast the game of choice is LaCrosse. Baseball. Some football and basketball. But not hockey ๐Ÿ™ I miss it.

There are other things I miss about living in the Midwest. I suppose it’s to be expected, to miss where I was born and lived for the first 23 years of my life. But there are times when I physically long for the wide open spaces (not to quote the Dixie Chicks or anything) and the waving fields of grain (now I sound like some damn patriotic song) but I really do miss the way it feels to be driving for miles and to see…fields. And cows. And the horizon miles and miles in the distance.

The people are friendlier- there aren’t any big cities in North Dakota that make people seem jaded and cynical. When you walk on the streets, people look you in the eye and say hello. If you’re driving down a backroad and pass a car, more often than not the driver will give you a wave. The education system is good, the air is clean, and cost of living is not too bad. Of course, there are downsides to living there- weather (brrr…frigid), not alot of great job opportunities, there are still drugs and alcohol, and there aren’t many things for teenagers to do.

I won’t be moving back to North Dakota. Seriously- the weather sucks ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I will be moving to the Midwest before it’s time to enroll Brianna in school. And hopefully before she picks up the nasty Eastern Shore accent. Ugh.

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