We’ve now been in Charlotte for 10 days. We’ve found a pile of awesome parks and nailed a total winner Chinese take out restaurant on the first attempt. Our lot is cleared and construction is about to kick off. This are going great.
I have learned some new things since living here.
North Carolina humidity is bad. Really bad. My hair never looks good anymore.
The temperatures are low, though. I will be wearing shorts and a bed sheet as a cardigan until we get back to VA to get winter clothes.
Pine straw is really slippery. Don’t try to walk downhill on it in heels.
What Charlotte-ians call traffic is nothing more than a relaxing ride. The “horrific” traffic down the highway? Yeah, it’s 90 minutes less than DC, so I think we’ll deal.
Rented furnished apartments don’t come equipped for someone who cooks every night. 4 pots and 1 small pyrex dish? Not exactly going to cut it. Not to mention my leftovers are all in ziplock bags.
Speaking of apartments, I forgot how loud neighbors above you can be. I think ours must be training elephants up there.
But, the noise can be overlooked with this view in the backyard.
Charlotte’s downtown, which is called Uptown, is the bomb.com. Seriously. It’s like a big city in a small package. With $5 parking. Amaze.
Harris Teeter is actually great. No one can beat Wegmans, like ever, but if I can get over my grocery budget having to go up by about a 1/3, I think I’ll be able to survive.
Charlotte is hippie central. Never have I seen so many people all boho and cool. I’m jealous in a way, then I remember I’ve never been to a thrift store and I realize I don’t fit in at all.
People here are super nice. I’ve talked to everyone, everywhere. There isn’t a time I go out that someone doesn’t go out of their way to talk to me and it’s lovely. Also? People don’t seem to cast those laser judgment eyes when my kids scream in the grocery store. Thanks, y’all.
I like saying y’all again. Like all the time without feeling weird. It’s only been 10 days, but I already feel my southern twang creeping back a bit. It’s awesome.
I’m really excited to be a Carolinian.