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August 5, 2018
So after three years of living here, my husband and I are leaving Orange County. Something about cooking a baby in your tummy makes you desperately long to be near family. So we’re making the move back up to the Central Valley. Oh cows, how I’ve missed you. Since I’m hormonal and feeling nostalgic, I’ve put together this list of things that I will and won’t miss about living in Orange County. Enjoy reading this nonsense!
What I Won’t Miss
The traffic. You know that feeling when you’ve worked a miserable 10 hour day, and all you want to do is get home and lay on your couch..but then your soul slowly dies as you sit in bumper to bumper traffic for an hour before that happens. Oh you don’t know that feeling? You’ve obviously never lived in Orange County.
The outrageously expensive rent. Remember when you got your first adult job, and you got to spend your hard earned cash on going out to brunch with your friends. Or you went out to bars. Or you went on vacation. That life no longer exists here. You will spend all your hard earned money on rent. Any leftover money will be spent on food. And then you’ll use your friend’s Netflix account to watch fifty episodes of Friends in a row since you can’t afford to leave your apartment.
The beautiful people. So I know it’s a great aesthetic to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful people in the world every time you go to a local Whole Foods here. But does everyone have to be a supermodel?! The majority of men and women here look like they just stepped out of a Mattel factory. It makes you start going down the googling-botox-and-lip fillers-rabbit hole, and it’s all downhill from there. My self-confidence has been at an all-time low after living here. But that could also have something to do with getting older and not fitting into my jeans anymore. It’s a toss up.
The lack of winter. Ok, I know. I’m a ridiculous human being who is trying to complain about living in 70 degree weather year round. But it has honestly been hard for me to get into full Christmas spirit mode each year when it is 75 degrees outside. All my winter coats, scarves, and boots have abandonment issues since they’ve never even left my closet once since we moved here.
What I Will Miss
The beach. Ok, this is a no-brainer. And honestly, I didn’t even take full advantage of the beach while we lived here. I really wish I would have learned to surf or at least gone into a surf shop more than once here. The close proximity of the beach is something I’ve taken for granted. But nothing beats being able to take a short drive to a beautiful beach spot and staring at the ocean for a couple hours while losing all sense of reality. It will be severely missed.
The weather. Ok, so I know I complained about this, and I’m crossing into complete nut-job status here to put this on both sides, but I will definitely miss the perpetual summer on some level. The fact that I can freely walk my dogs outside multiple times a day all year round without the risk of rain, snow, etc, has been a blessing. I think I can count the number of times it has rained since we’ve lived here, and it’s probably less than my age. Wait, does that make me sound young or old?
The culture. There is just something about the culture here that draws you in, and makes you feel like you’re living in one of the best places on the planet. I can’t even begin to explain this, so I’ll leave it at that.
The food spots. I’m such a low key food person, so I don’t consider myself a “foodie” or much of a restaurant connoisseur (thanks google for that spelling). But there are some great food spots all over Orange County. This is me while deciding where to eat here: Um, this place has like less than 800 yelp reviews...pass...I need at least 1,000.
Disneyland. So I know I can still visit Disneyland anytime. But there is just something about being able to go there for a couple hours on a random weekday. Sometimes we only make it on one ride and spend the rest of the time wandering around. It’s just so magical.
My husband and I living on our own. This doesn’t really fit into anything related to Orange County, but it will still be missed. It’s felt like we were on our own little adventure here. And while I’m definitely glad to be moving closer to family, there is something really special about being on your own for a bit and experiencing a new place. It’s bittersweet to leave that behind.
That’s all, folks. I’d love to hear your thoughts on things you love/hate about where you live!