Friday, October 28, 2011

I hate Arizona.

There...I said it.  Sorry, AZ.  

Casey knows this.  My parents know this (my siblings agree!).  And now my readers know it too. 

I was born and raised (at least for the first ten years) in Connecticut.  And I will always be an Easterner at heart.  The holiday season, Fall especially, is the hardest for me.  No pumpkin patches, no flannel shirts, no hot cider...

Just my Pumpkin surrounded by pumpkins, in a bunch of dirt and rocks.
And that damn Arizona Sun had the nerve to melt my pumpkins...

Look at those pathetic, wilted things!  Frankenstein is sad.

Another strike against this craptastic state! 

I like to daydream about moving back east one day.  Buying a big, New England style house, with a wood deck off the kitchen and a grassy yard, lined with pine trees.  I picture Lucy running through the yard with her friends; having birthday parties and picnics; taking Lucy to the Durham Fair and eating way too many fresh donuts.  During the Fall months we'd roll in the freshly raked leaves and visit Lyman's Orchard for fresh Apple Cider.  And at Christmas we’d have a snow covered porch; Lucy would make a snowman in the front yard; and Casey would drag her around on a sled, like my Dad did with me.  

 I dream about buying back my childhood home...

Visiting Cedar Drive with Auntie Fal and Uncle Cole (May 2011)

Anyone else miss home around the holidays?    


  1. OK not to get snotty here, but I just get defensive and a bit annoyed when people hate on AZ. I'm born and raised here and I think it’s pretty awesome. Yes, its effing hot in the summers and we don't have the typical "seasons" but there's a lot we DO have! I think it’s pretty fantastic to have Christmas dinner on your back patio, and to look out and see a gorgeous sunset with cacti and mountains all around. And to never have to shovel snow or scrape ice off your car. I could go on and on.
    All those things you described sound idyllic. But I’m sure there would be drawbacks too. You’d probably complain when it’s been snowing for months and you’re tired of it. That saying "the grass is always greener on the other side" is true.

    I guess I also take it a bit personally when people complain about Arizona… I know I shouldn't but it’s like AZ isn't good enough for them, and therefore the people here, which includes me, aren't good enough for them.

  2. Sorry you feel that way, Deanna! We're all entitled to our own opinions, and this is simply mine. I personally prefer a white Christmas and I don't find anything beautiful about the desert landscape - especially the cacti. I get defensive, too, when people talk smack about CT; so I completely understand where you're coming from. I certainly never meant to imply that my Arizona friends weren't good people or good enough for me, and if that's how this post was perceived, I am very sorry.

  3. I agree with you 100%!!!!! I have lived here since I was 2 and girl.... I dream about getting out of here too! Im sure you noticed that all the baby halloween costumes are thick furry padded contraptions made for someone who lives in the snow,,, when..... HELLO its gonna be 87 degree that day!!! I dream of getting rain and do we ever????? NO!!!! Someday I will get the heck out of dodge and discover the seasons that everyone talks about, and maybe even move to snow country..... actually I have to say,,, i wouldnt mind moving to northern az,,, but phx..... no!!! I gotta get out of phoenix!!! So I feel your pain girl,,,

  4. I hate AZ so much, too! I'm trying to make my escape, too! I made to vent my frustrations of living here, too! I miss green grass, naturally flowing streams, rain and seasons...there are so many reasons to hate AZ!