Maybe this song comes to mind as you look at our place:
Haha. It certainly comes to mine! Though, I've got to tell you that even though our new home may be "cookie-cutter", our new hometown is not. I have loved living in Provo for the last 5 years. I think I will really like it here in Tucson too. One thing is for sure though - Tucson is pretty much nothing like Provo:
- Relationship with alcohol. Both Tucson and Provo are college towns, so you have the large groups of young adults going to school. However, going to school at a private church school - the one that has been ranked stone cold sober by college Newsweek rankings for many years - is a far stretch from the self-reported U of A stat that 80% of students party one time or less a week (meaning 20% party more than one night a week -?) There are many bars close to the University, and alcohol sold in the local Sunflower market and other grocery stores as well. In Provo, there was the State liquor store and one bar on center street? Haha. A big difference.
- Bare skin! We Mormons like to be covered up. "Modest is hottest" is a catch phrase that gets passed around in the Mormon community. BYU girls who wear cap sleeves or skirts even an inch above the knee are considered scandalous by many. Additionally, Provo's weather never gets as hot as Tucson, so covering up just makes sense. My system has been shocked to see the tube and belly tops and short short shorts! Haha. I know it is naive of me, but I had forgotten that people exposed their legs below their knees outside the swimming pool in other parts of the country.
- The weather. Oh, yes the weather. It is hot here. Very very hot. It's been around 110*F each day. Provo is know for its eternal snow. Random snow storms have been know to pop up in May and June. Here, I'm pretty confident there will be no snow - ever. So, Provo friends - when you're complaining about how you hate the snow on facebook this next year, think of me and pay a nice warm visit to Tucson, alright?
- Red fish, Blue Fish. There are people of all colors, ethnicities, and belief systems. I almost feel like I am studying abroad in Austria again with the variety I see and hear around me. I am very excited about this aspect of living in Tucson. I have loved the comfort of having all my Mormon friends be my neighbors. And Mormon communities are tight - so I know that I will still make many friends with people like me at church and such. But, it will be fun to get to know people with very different world views than my own. Diversity is the spice of life! Oh and - Arizona is a swing state. So voting will be exciting again. I have missed living in Nevada for that very reason. :)
- Baby craze. In Provo, it was not uncommon to see ten or twelve pregnant women walking around the local Costco at any given time with one, two or three children in tow. On BYU campus, babies had a noticeable presence as well. Lincoln is really really adorable, it's true, but here in Tucson he gets so much attention everywhere we go. Especially on campus. It's kind of fun! Lincoln has been enjoying his chance to flirt with cute college girls and other random people in the grocery stores around town.
- Plant life (and lack thereof). It's true - there really isn't a whole lot of grass out here. Rock and sand lawns abound. However, the plant life is wonderful! I've never seen so many varieties of cacti. The saguaro cacti are quite charming as well. It's almost like I've stepped in to another planet or into an aquarium of sorts. I'm totally sold on our new green - and purple - plant friends.
P.S. Did you know that my blog was accepted to be an affiliate partner for www.blogher.com? I am very excited about it. My mommy blogger dream is starting to materialize! :)