Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The other night I was talking to my mom on the phone. She called to get the recipe for pistachio torte. She realized she had all the ingredients on-hand except cream cheese. At 10 o'clock at night she decided to run down the street & grab this last ingredient real quick from the grocery store. I was so envious. She has the access to 24 hour grocers.
For 24 hours.
In one day.
I miss that. I miss the convenience of hoppin' in my minivan at any hour of day I wanted & having the availability of "...just down the road."
That's the only thing that I am finding hard to adjust to now that we live in a small town. Everything else, I'm fine with.
I'm fine living in a town without any traffic lights.
I can deal with stinky cow poo. (BIG stinky cow poo.)
I'll learn to handle the fact that everyone knows everything about everyone & their business. (And a common phrase heard is: "so-n-so told this person who told that person who heard it from such-n-such...")
l'm fine residing in a place where it's known as Population:Tiny. (ok, I made that up.)
And, I can understand that if you offend one person, you've actually offended a large percentage of the town. (Mathematically it just works out that way.)
I even appreciate that the whole town shuts down to go to the highschool sports games.
And I can occupy myself with an assortment of random activities since there is nothing to do in this town.
But, if I have a hankerin' for some Taquitos late at night or--worse yet--need some feminine products, well, I'll just have to wait.

♥ Nikki


  1. Ah Nikki, I feel your pain!

    We moved from a major city to a country town & being a big fan of a bit of retail therapy, I have found it a bit hard to adjust.

    I totally laughed out loud at your last post when you said that "...Target & Chilli's might have to do.." substitute 'Chilli's' for 'La Porchetta' and it could have been me talking (Chilli's even sounds rather exotic & exciting to me!).

    I am satisfying my need to shop by visiting oppies (thift stores) with great frequency, but even they aren't open at 10pm.

    There is a lot to adjust to with a move like this, no sushi unless I make it at home, & having tried that... no sushi. No Indian food. No assortmant of funky cafes to choose from. Until a couple of weeks ago there wasn't even a bookshop, now there is but I found out today the proprietor, as lovely as she was, had no idea who Richard Brautigan or Charles Bukowski are.

    Long story, well, long; You're not alone!

  2. totally understand you - I too am in a small town... i am actually in the country so 20 min. to town... 1 hour from smaller city and 3 hours from Capital of province.

    In fact... there is a place 30 min from here called: Tiny - seriously - look it up

    have a great night... you will get used to pre-planning your cravings.. I did - 12 years and 2 pregancies later..lol

  3. As we prepare to board the plane on January 31 to Germany, I keep asking nervous questions like "how soon will we have internet access" and "where do I get any converter contraption"-oh the reality of being trapped by our beautiful trappings!

  4. Ah, yes! We moved from the third biggest city in MA- where we had lived all of our life to a small rural town that seemed to shut down at 8 pm. And didn't even have pizza shop that delivered never mind a Mc D's. No grocery store, 2 gas stations that also shut down at 8?!! When we moved here it was like the best of both worlds- our "twon " is pretty developed in the main square of it, but our sub division is off on the out skirts near the lake. A Quiet and family oriented NEIGHBORHOOD JUST 15 MINTUES AWAY FROM ANYTHING WE NEED. hANG IN THERE- JUST GET CRAFTY. :)

  5. i was in brazil once, boys were my only travel companions, my cary on was left on a boat. they said what's the big deal you have your main bag. ummmm boy's the big deal is we're going to have to go downtown and figure out how to say, "she needs pads" in portuguese. my heart goest out to you!

  6. I'm from a small town in the province of Bs As and in spanish we say:"pueblo chico, infierno grande" which literally would be translated as "small town, big hell" (I guess the smaller the town, the bigger the fuss sounds better.)

    Needless to say being as creative and imaginative as you are you'll find the way to occupy your free-time.
    As for feminine products and Tacos, do as my grandparents used to do, save and save in the pantry ("just in case World war 3" they would say when I opened a cabinet ans saw 5 packs of the same thing...)
    Cheers nikki!

  7. That's rough. I live in the country, but not so far from a major highway that I can hop on and drive 10 minutes to a 24 hour grocery. It's a convenience I've definitely taken for granted. Maybe stocking up is going to be in your near future?

  8. We moved from Ottawa (THE CAPITOL of Canada) to a very very very small town in Alberta. What do you mean the stores close at 5pm? No Walmart?! There is no drug store open past 5pm...what if my kids need fever medicine? What do you mean there is no doctor in the hospital until 8 am tomorrow...this is the EMERGENCY room right?
    The kids are playing outside in the peace and quiet. There are only 20 kids in my oldest's classroom instead of 40. it only takes me 5 minutes to get to work instead of 45 in heavy traffic. I can walk downtown and enjoy window shopping (if I have a weekeday off lol).
    Guess what? I wouldn't go back to live in a big city again.
    You will love it!

  9. I went from living a short drive from the Alps in Germany to corn fields in Missouri...I was devastated! Of course I was 12 at the time and my world was turned on its end. It took awhile before I realized I could still hike and explore the countryside, just without any elevation. Having fewer friends and stores around was difficult, but I had my bike. Nowadays, the internet and free long distance makes things a little more bearable. But I still remember having mom call my dad before he commuted home to ask him to bring home some girly supplies which had run low...I'm sure he loved that as much as we did.


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