Saturday, October 25, 2008

Settling in Nebraska

We have been in Nebraska for two weeks now. I wanted to share a few interesting things i have noticed besides the beautifully changing leaf colors and freezing cold weather -

**Nebraska is just about as vanilla as Utah. To put it bluntly - I never see Mexicans and rarely see african-americans. Its a little weird...

**The mid grade gas is cheaper than the lowest grade gas here - ALWAYS. I'm told it is becuase the mid grade has ethanol which is made from corn and we are in the land of corn. :) Thus it is cheaper.

**I miss the option to recycle. Nebraska hasn't joined the recycle bandwagon and i cringe when i have to toss a bottle. I didn't realize how much i cared, until now. Maybe that is becuase we just visited Costa Rica - one of the most earth friendly nations in the world. Or maybe its because i now have a sister-in-law who is more pro-recycling than anyone i have ever met. Anyways, we have been separating it and drving to sites that have limited hours, but they definitely don't make it very easy.

**I am convinced that the Lincoln/Omaha area has more pumpkin patches per capita than any other area of America. But maybe i haven't visited enough of the mid-west...

**Lincoln/Omaha also seems to have more Nissan Muranos per capita. I love it!! That is what i own and i love my Murano. These are my kind of people!

Other than that Lincoln is a fabulous mid-sized town. We have seen a lot of it so far - besides racking up quite a credit card bill buying a sectional sofa, kitchen table and chairs, 46" TV, and washer and dryer, we have also:

biked around the trails of Lincoln
gone ice skating
did a session at the Winter Quarters Temple
visited the greatest Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, NE complete with a big bouncy pillow (trampoline thing)to jump on, and go-cart tracks with adult sized tricycles.
went to a Husker Vball game - the girls are ranked 2nd in the nation! They are incredible!
went to a Husker Football game. (there's nothing quite like it)
visited the Henry Dorley zoo (one of the top 3 zoos in the country)

**Special thanks to Lindsay for getting us directions when we call on a whim...

7 comments:

Sara said...

I hope you grow to love Nebraska, Heather! Hooray for Husker sports and pumpkin patches :)

Palmer family said...
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Palmer family said...

Soooo fun! The zoo is the BEST! Glad you got to go. We miss the pumpkin patches and I remember that about the gas prices as well---that hasn't changed.

Joanna said...

sounds like fun! i think the recycling thing is a mid-western disease, although indiana is getting better about it!

Ba and Scott said...

Hey Heather! It is crazy that moved so far away. I hope you are loving married life!

Marnie said...

I hope you're loving Nebraska and haven't gotten snowed in yet. What an exciting new adventure. I hear the midwest is the place to be.

GILES FAM said...

So we're "vanilla" here in Utah, huh? :) Yeah, I know it's true. Nice way of putting it. I find visits to California refreshing for that very reason.

Sounds like you guys are having a blast. We just decided that we ARE going to Boise for Thanksgiving since we will be with Sky's fam for Christmas. Hopefully we'll get to see you guys, too, but we'll just have to see.