Will I miss NJ?

DID YOU KNOW?! We’re moving again. This time, we’re planting some roots and heading back to where we came from - the good ol’ Capital Region in Upstate NY. Yippee!

 via Yelp

via Yelp

So, here are some things I’ll miss about NJ:

There’s this amazing marinara sauce from a pizza place called Ritacco Brothers and their pizza is also very, very good. It became our regular pizza place. But, we ordered mozz sticks one time and the marinara sauce that came with the sticks was…legit. Not too sweet and not tart. Not too thick and not watery. Literally…perfection.

Being walking distance from Target. I’m feeling bittersweet about this one, though - because obviously it’ll be better for my wallet.

Montclair. Downtown Montclair is so adorable. I love parking in the garage, and taking Owen out in his stroller to check out this cool metaphysical shop called Blu Lotus, as well as Anthropologie and this great little French bakery for some macarons and café. Montclair is very Brooklyn without actually being Brooklyn.

Shopping, in general. The malls are soooo great. There’s literally any store you can think of within a 30 minute radius. Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, etc. etc. etc.

So.many.parks. They don’t call it The Garden State for nothing. I know when you think New Jersey, you probably think city, concrete - maybe even a little industrial, but there’s so much green everywhere. And, they’re so kid-friendly and always building new playgrounds.

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How it’s consistently 10 degrees warmer than Upstate New York. I remember one time, I was leaving NY and driving back down to Jersey, and I left in a sweater and by the time I pulled into my neighborhood, I was sweating and couldn’t wait to rip that sweater off as I watched people jogging by in shorts and tanks.

I found an amazing pediatrician. She’s amazing. I’m slightly obsessed with her and how energetic, efficient, friendly and superbly intelligent she is. Seriously - the way this office runs is a mom’s dream. I think pediatricians are super important and having a good relationship with your child’s doctor is key. So, I hope I find a pediatrician I adore just as much Upstate. Any suggestions are welcome!

I also have a fantastic hair stylist and I’m really going to miss our chats and how she makes me love my hair and fight the urge to chop it off when I get to the awkward length. Again, any suggestions are welcome - especially if they’re a balayage expert.

While I know folks Upstate are, for the most part, friendly, I bet you would be surprised to know that Jersians are also very nice. Unlike California, where some people wouldn’t even say ‘excuse me’ or make small talk with you at all.

Here’s what I won’t miss about New Jersey:

Traffic. Specifically, how a destination can be 1.2 miles away and your estimated time of arrival is in 25 minutes. Also, some people drive crazy as hell.

Street parking. I’m a good parallel parker, but it’s an added stressor when you are running late and have to find a spot, park and then walk. Also, make sure you have change for meters.

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The industrial vibe, in some places. The air just doesn’t feel as clean. I kid you not, it’s highly obvious that one breathes better Upstate.

Grocery stores are kinda weak. Produce isn’t as fresh and inventory can be hit or miss, because of the dense population. I mean, the potato and onion bin at Stop and Shop is the stuff I imagine Hell to be made of. Flies and rot.

Hmmm. I think that’s it. I might think of more things I’ll miss/won’t miss a damn bit after I post this so let’s move this convo on over to Facebook, shall we?