Reasons I Still Don’t Miss California

Now is about the time when everyone is sick of winter. Last night we got hit with another couple of inches of snow and you can just tell, people are over it. I’m not. It would be easy to miss California at a time like this. I’m sure it’s going to get annoying soon that my jolly California ass is still freaking delighted to see the white wonder falling from the sky. But I still am. Here are a few reasons why, even now, I don’t miss California.

California Flag

My body has become less wimpy. “Oh, it’s 45 degrees out? Pshhh, I don’t need a jacket. It’s not even that cold.” <– Things I now say that I never ever thought I would say.

I can wear hats with ear flaps in a non-ironic way. Ear flaps all day erryday.

Before it snows, people but their windshield wipers up so they don’t get stuck to the windshield. The whole parking lot will be full of wipers, sticking straight up. I like to pretend this is their only chance to party. I just know that when we’re all inside they are dancing and waving high to their friends. California wipers don’t get to party.

The Wonders of the Sleeping Bag Coat

If you ran into me anytime in the last three months or the next two, I’ll look like this. I don’t resemble a fashion blogger. I look like a walking sleeping bag. And so does ever one else. Fashion bloggers, I can’t even begin to describe how big of a lie it is that you look cute in the northeast in mid-January. On the bright side, no sucking in required. I look exactly the same every day, even if I have put on a little winter weight (it’s for warmth, you guys).

Have you ever seen a golden retriever play in the snow? It is the single fastest way to feel like all is right in the world.

Remember that little place called New York City? Sure, I could never be a New Yorker but still, it’s the greatest city in the world. Take that, California.

Snow Mountain

All of our parking lots look like this. Every time I walk past one of these snow mountains (this one was 3 cars high!) I look around at the other adults like “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Every fiber of my being wants to climb straight to the top and yell “I’m the queen of the world!!!” They most definitely are not thinking what I’m thinking.

Did I mention that my whole family is here? Yeah, they’re pretty awesome to have around.

Dream House

I’ve lived in a home that looks like this and someday, I’ll buy one just like it. Brick and shutters. The dream team.

I can be in about 15 states in the amount of time it would take to drive from San Francisco to San Diego. People forget how spread out California is. Each state has a different history, accent, and personality. There is so much to experience.

Speaking of diversity, there are large populations of Italian and Irish Americans in many east coast cities. This means pizza and Irish pubs (two of my favorite things!). Oh, and our local Irish Catholic church celebrates every St. Patty’s day by having $10 all you can drink beer in the basement of the church. Yes, in the church. Starting at 8am and ending, well, when they run out of beer.


This is what it looked like in my backyard this morning. The creek was a snowy wonderland and it was positively picturesque. What more could a girl ask for? See, California? We are never ever ever, getting back together.

  • I lived in Cali for 5 years after college. I don’t miss it either! Where I live we got some snow again last night. I don’t mind it much. Granted, I’m very much looking forward to spring/summer, but I don’t miss California!

    *erica* ~

    • Fortunately I don’t live where we get like crazy blizzards and stuff. We just get snow here and there and I really enjoy it.

  • “The joy of the sleeping bag jacket” haha love this! And amen to that!! This was definitely a pick me up from this snow dump we have every day. Thanks for posting! Embracing the beauty today 🙂

    • I love my sleeping bag jacket. It doesn’t flatter but it sure keeps me warm. Glad I could entertain.

    • Thank you for commenting . Both the pizza and the ccapuke were delicious. Yeah, big thing with running a race is not wearing something new on race day, even if it is an awesome shirt for the race itself (I usually wear the race shirts that afternoon/evening, if it fits right!)

  • boo! 😉 okay, I’ll admit it, sure does look pretty. But man, I love CA!

    • Haha I know you do! I feel like we’ve had this same talk before. Too funny. I’m just not meant to be a California girl 🙂

  • I will say that I’m over winter but this post reminds me why I love it. . . . that creek is amazing in your back yard and the sleeping bag jacket? Well I finally got myself one this year and I couldn’t be any more cozy! 🙂

    • I would probably complain about winter a lot more if I didn’t have that jacket. It’s from L.L. Bean and they even make one that goes all the way to the floor! I’ve thought about going for that one next haha.

    • Thanks for your answers! I am going to be bold and ask a sixth foollw up question, you say you weren’t homeschooled under ideal conditions. How was that? What would have made it ideal?Yay for new memories! I came up with that question because I saw the movie Elissa is referring too. You should see it!

  • SO TRUE about winter fashion… I can literally wear sweats under my nice coat and get away with looking “presentable.” BUT, California has my heart – and when I’m abroad and people ask me where I’m from, I say California or Texas because it gives you immediate conversation material, ha!

    • I wear my big crazy jacket everywhere. One day I realized that I’d been running errands all day and had never taken my jacket off and I forgot to put a bra on. That’s what happens when you are a snow munchkin instead of an actual human.

  • YESSSSS!! Totally miss the east coast every day…California just doesn’t measure up for me!

  • I’m not going to lie. I love it back east. I grew up in Ohio and know all about the fabulous old architecture and magic of the first snows. The lines and lines of corn that pop up in the summer. But I would much rather give all of that up to spend my winter months at the beach in warm weather. To each his own <3

  • I hate to say it, but almost everything you just named is exactly what I dislike about living here! I guess when you grow up in a completely different climate, it’s hard to adjust to the extreme differences and you begin to crave what you’ve always known. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the snow (when it’s fresh and snowing), but give me two months of it and I’ve had enough! It may be weird, but I miss the crazy thunderstorms and severe weather of the south that I haven’t seen much of up here; that’s when I feel at home 🙂

    • I actually grew up in California so I was used to like 50 degree, mild winters. This has been an extreme change for me but I think that’s why I like it so much. Ask me again in five years though. Maybe me and the east coast weather are just in a honeymoon period. Also, I love a good crazy thunderstorm myself and we’ve been lacking in recent years. I hope to see a few come spring!

  • BEST thing about winter is the fluffy jackets that hide all our “fluff” haha!

    • Exactly. And that’s why I don’t mind looking like I’m wearing a sleeping bag all winter.

  • I read that last sentence and immediately starting singing that Taylor Swift song lol

  • Don’t forget the bagels! East Coast bagels cannot be beat.

  • I have lived in So Cal my whole life and cannot wait to leave!!!! Montana here we come!!!! (after my kids are older)

  • haha love the window wipers partying image you gave me

    • Am I the only one who thinks that? I told my boyfriend and he was like, umm YES. haha

  • I currently live in California and I might just miss it when I leave but I really really like this post. I hope one day I’ll write a post similar to this.

  • A walking sleeping bag?! YES. This is exactly what I feel like in my puffy jacket. I’m hoping that in about a month I can retire it for a year! (Wishful thinking?!)

  • Those are all reasons I don’t think I could ever live in such a cold climate!! I’m pretty sure I’d not handle it as well as you. I’m glad you don’t miss it though. That would really suck and it means that even though a lot of people probably thought you were crazy for leaving sun for the snow (including me!!) it was the right choice for you.

  • Yes to all of these. I love the snow mounds in the parking lots. I also love working from home in the winter because I can get lost in daydreams staring at the snow falling without worrying about my commute.

  • As someone that’s extremely tired of Canadian winters and cold weathers, I wouldn’t mind traveling down to Cali. Although, when I expressed that I wanted to live there for a while, another blogger told me it’s such a bad idea… o_O

  • I’ve lived in SD for the past 4 years, but I’m getting ready to move east in October. This post has made me even more excited! My favorite point was about the windshield wipers! I think you should play in one of those snow piles just once.. When my husband graduated bootcamp in the winter in Chicago, we climbed up one of those snow piles in a grocery store parking lot!

  • I am kinda tired of winter… but at the same time…, eh. That’s life up north. If it’s going to be this cold – bring on the snow!

  • Oh man. Growing up in Canada, I get so sick of winter. Likely because it’s literally 9 months of the year. But I have to agree with you, you can straight up look like the boy from A Christmas Story and not feel judged because everyone else does too. And snow days? Sorry to all you other places that don’t get snow days, but we get like TONS.

  • Can I wear a sleeping bag jacket in california? I just don’t want to work out this week. Way to look at the positive 🙂

  • These are all the reasons I want to o back home. I hate the cold and am sick of this weather. I experienced snow for the first time this Christmas and I can’t tell you how fast I wanted to purchase a one-way ticket to CA

    • In the list of specialties, I would Probably like to start at at a Family Practitioner. I beileve this will give me a better opportunity to practice my skills , and once in a while my patience and expedience. After which I would more than likely feel confident enough to tackle any other profession. I would like to build on a solid foundation of skill and knowledge before taking on challenges I’m not well equipt for. The plain fact is , after my confidence is up, I relish i the opportunity to prove my worth.

  • When I saw the snow mountain, I thought exactly as you did. All child-like “last one to the top is a rotten egg!!!”

  • Where I live it is not that cold ever even the middle of winter is not really that cold compared to some places

  • Sucking in vs. not sucking in, HYSTERICAL! It is so true!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I’m actually moving to CA next week and a lot of these are the things I am excited for! After living in cold places my whole life I am stoked!

    • crackedactor

      You may be surprised when you learn weather has very little if any impact on your daily life whatsoever. I’m so glad I left California and wouldn’t live in that miserable sewer pit of state ever again

  • I have lived in the snowy, cold places my whole life and still find winter a magical time. The cold sucks but there is also so much beauty in winter. After being in awe for 24 years, I don’t think I will ever get sick of winter!

  • Haha! Love this.

  • Yeah, but our streets are wider, our parking lots don’t lose 10% of their spaces for those 3-4 months, and I’m going to the beach next week on my birthday because I can.

  • “california wipers don’t get to party.” ha! love that imagery.

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  • The type of physician I would like to work for is a Pediatrician. Pediatrician’s spaceilty is to work with children. I have been working with children for a long time mainly because I work at a daycare facility. I’ve got to a point where I feel like I can handle anything that will come my way with them. It would also leave me feeling good at the end of the day to know that I have helped in some way to make a child feel better.The type of physician I would not care to work for is a Epidemiologist. Epidemiologist’s specialize in epidemics caused by infections agents and also work with sexually transmitted diseases. I feel if I were to work in this type of spaceilty I would be putting my self at risk of exposure to these infectious agents. Also I would be focusing a lot of my time on trying to not get infected instead of having a steady mind on what I was actually supposed to be doing.

  • I just found your blog and randomly stumbled across this old post. I guess with fall/winter approaching it’s kinda perfect timing though. I’m a Californian, born and raised, and so jealous right now! My life dream is to move to the east coast, although I’m not sure I’d ever acclimate 🙂

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