I'm 7th generation Texan, and live here by choice. The caveat being that I live in Austin, so it is tolerable. A tiny little normal bubble in the middle of what I consider to be not normal (the nicest way I can say it!) It was definitely a culture shock when I went up north for college. But I grew to really love midwesterners, who seem very honest compared to what I grew up with - Texas is a lot of sweet-faced double-talk, a lot of talking behind people's backs, etc. One of my favorite jokes from when I was a comedian was a guy saying that in his family, the meanest thing you could say about someone was to tell a story about them and then say "We'll just leave it in God's hands" with a slow nod, wide eyes, smirk mouth - totally judgmental but coated with sweetness. I hope you can picture that in your mind because it always made me laugh when he did it.
I hate that ballet class for you! So obnoxious. I enrolled JoJo in a LIttle Rookies class at the Y when she was just 3 - the instructors were trying to teach them how to shoot baskets one day and JoJo was doing great, following instructions, and actually threw the ball towards the basket. The guy said "That's great but next time, use a little flip to your wrist" and was trying to get her to flip her wrist. It was so annoying because she was having a lot of fun up to then and he made her feel really ashamed about not being better. She came over to me and said that she was not a big girl and didn't want to take the class any more. I don't know if that is Texas so much as people having no idea how to deal with small children. We have actually stopped going to a ballet class as of this past Saturday because it's not fun for JoJo and the instructor doesn't know how to teach kids so it's always disorganized and dominated by one annoying little girl who takes up more space and time than she should.
JoJo has had some sort of crazy wonderweek or something. The weekend was disastrous - her behavior was just awful. I am hoping she gets to whatever next level she is trying to get to before I really lose my ^%$&#$*&$.
DH and I met at a bar - I was waiting for an internet blind date who was very late and DH and his friend were sitting at the table next to me! After the date was still not there after 25 minutes, I went and sat with now DH and hung out with them for a drink!
"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov