Lately

Lately

This weekend was spent driving around aimlessly trying to get a feel for our new home. We've now officially been residents of Raleigh for three weeks, and it feels more like three years. The people here have been so welcoming. Which is much more than I expected. In fact, shortly before moving into our neighborhood we spoke with a resident who had been living in this area for a while. We were both shocked when she said that Raleighans were pretty rude. So far our experience has been quite the opposite. Everyone we've met has gone above and beyond to wish us a warm welcome to the city--and we are thankful.

We're still unpacking. Which is to be expected. Now that we're officially living under one roof again, we're tying to spend more time together as a family so packing has sort of taken the backseat. We've made it a point to eat dinners together at the table. We were pretty terrible about that before. But that's also because our old place didn't necessarily lend itself to a proper dining area. Our dinning room table also masqueraded as a desk/play area for Little J. Now that we have space to sit down, it makes eating dinners together as a family much easier. Ditto for the kitchen. Now that we have a larger kitchen, I actually enjoy cooking again. I haven't yet decided whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Some pretty neat things we've discovered in Raleigh so far...
  1. They have TON of Greenways. Now we no longer have an excuse not to get back into shape. 
  2. They are serious about NC State around here. I mistakenly wore my 49ers jersey last week in Target and got some major side-eyes. Mental note: remove all UNCC paraphernalia from my vehicle. 
  3. Both  the North Carolina Museum of History and The North Carolina Museum of Art are located here and both have some pretty awesome exhibits regularly. Pretty excited about that.
  4. They also have the Mables Kid Museum which is supposed to be a really big deal.
  5. They have a plethora of food trucks here. I'm especially excited about this because I was just getting into the food truck scene in Charlotte, so now I can pick up where I left off. 
  6. If you're not the food truck type, have no fear, they have some awesome restaurants here. We had the pleasure of trying out Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar on Sunday when Mr. A's parents came to town. Phenomenal. I tried the Lobster, Shrimp, Sherry & Bisque, and Mr. A had, well, I'm not quite sure what he had but it was delicious. 
  7. The drivers here also refuse to use their turn signals. I'm a bit relieved to know that this is a phenomena that is clearly not isolated to Charlotte. Oh joy. Note the sarcasm. 
In conclusion, we're discovered that Raleigh is basically a larger version of Charlotte. But with an international airport. And more malls. But on the downside, Charlotte has random Tardis rocks spread throughout the city. Which sort of negates basically every awesome thing about Raleigh. I guess we can't win em all.


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  1. It sounds like you are settling in to your new home well! Your dinner from the other night is making me hungry though...I love that kind of food!!

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    1. Ohhh It was soooo yummy. I'm actually considering calling and placing an order for pickup. Decision, decisions...

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  2. So glad you're settling in and feel at home! Awesome! That's such a good feeling!
    Sarah
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    1. Yes it is Sara! I can't wait until everything is finally organized and decorated to my liking, but that's going to take some time. I'm being a bit lazy these days. But, in my defense, I earned it!

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  3. you had me at food trucks :) Glad you are settling in and finding out all of the new things about your town. Let us know how Mables is! I have a healthy obsession with kid museums :)

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