25 Things I Love … Indy Version

I keep coming across items that spark ideas for posts, but I’m not able to write at the time and then the next thing I know it’s been a month since I last posted.

This time I did manage to remember the original post that made me think, hmmm, what would be my 25 things? So, thanks to BooMama for the inspiration.

Here are 25 of my favorite things about my new hometown, in no particular order.

  1. Fantastic museums – like this one and this one and this one.
  2. A terrific library system (if I was trying to put this in order, this should probably be #1)
  3. Meijer!
  4. 4 seasons, unlike when I lived in the south where it was summer, inferno, summer, and almost summer. (Too many states to mention here specifically.)
  5. A fantastic hair stylist who is also a friend.
  6. Trader Joe’s. and Whole Foods.
  7. NFL season and the Colts! I don’t have to buy a subscription to anything to watch my favorite team because it’s the local one.
  8. A big enough but not crazy big city. Unlike some places I’ve lived (ahem, Dallas, you come to mind.)
  9. Far enough north that it does not have the insect issues I lived through in other states (Mississippi, I still have nightmares about the roaches.)
  10. Blue Bell has arrived. I missed it so.
  11. Mid-westerners really are nice.
  12. Housing prices are really quite sane as compared to other parts of this country.
  13. R has some terrific friends here.
  14. Direct flights available for family to visit. If my mom had to change planes, she’d never come up here.
  15. My friend J. is still here, although it won’t surprise me if she eventually heads off to warmer and sandier lands.
  16. Trees and grass. Arizona, what you called “trees” were scraggly shrubs at best.
  17. No alligators lurking in the pond next door. Florida, I do not miss this.
  18. It’s a state that loves its meat & potatoes. Mmmmm, potatoes.
  19. Feeling like it’s truly home in a way that many other cities and towns never did.
  20. Daffodils and tulips in the spring.
  21. It’s a great location for road trips – lots of the country is within a reasonable drive. Florida and Arizona, not so much.
  22. My local hospital. It has an amazing maternity area, and the highest level of NICU care available. Not something I’d ever thought much about, until G’s birth and his brief stay. He could have been treated at a lower level NICU, but I realized how nice it was not to have to worry about him being transferred anywhere. And it being only 20 minutes from our house was awfully nice too!
  23. All of my doctors/dentists/specialists/optometrists. Really, I have had fantastic luck here finding some great medical professionals, and if we were to ever move away I would DREAD the process of finding new ones.
  24. Harry and Izzy’s filet sliders. So, so good.
  25. L.S. Ayres Tea Room. and chicken velvet soup and a pecan ball.