It really is true what they say about not fully appreciating something until it’s gone. I’ve been in Houston for two in a half months now and needless to say I never realized how many little things I took for granted in Colorado. I left CO not thinking I would miss much, but after being gone for several weeks there is so much I miss about Colorado.
Whenever I tell people from Texas I moved here from Colorado, their faces always light up with so much excitement. "OMG you moved here from Denver?!?! Wow how cool, It's SO pretty there, I would love to live there!!!" Then I think to myself, did I take the good ol' centennial state for granted?🤔 Now, about 95% of the time the very next thing I get is... "Did you go skiing a lot?" Nope. "Did you hang out in the mountains?" Nope. "What about hiking did you go hiking ever" Eh, once sprained my ankle (twice), and never went back. "Colorado Springs??" Only for our game at Air Force. So as you can see, I really lived it up in CO...😐 #lies
The Weather: I never understood what people meant about the weather in Denver been so amazing. It’s snows, it’s cold, and it’s always sunny, what’s the big deal? Try living in Houston where the temperature is always HOT, always. So far since I’ve been here there hasn’t been a warm up or a cool down. Seriously, no matter what time of day it is, early morning, noon or late at night, it’s hot, sweaty, muggy, and humid. Basically, it’s literally THE worst.
The Rain: Speaking of the weather, I can't forget to tell you how much it rains here in Houston. It's actually a thing if you didn't know, maybe because it's close to the water? I really don't know but the climate is offically reffered too as "humid subtropical." It's nearly impossible to keep your car looking shiny and fresh because of how much, and how randomly it rains. According my research, aka google, the annual rain fall in Houston is almost 50 inches, compared to around 8-15 in Denver. HUGE difference!!! Now, I'm not talking cute little baby sprinkles. I'm talking rain drop, drop top..when it rains here it don't stop stop!!!
Bugs & Critters: I didn’t even think about it until living in Houston but there aren't hardly any bugs or crawling critters in Denver. It was probably a big deal to even see a small spider or something. Houston however is filled with lizards, frogs, flying spider thingys, and crickets among many other things. Whenever it’s time to take Harper outside to potty it’s now become a time to prepare for war. To fully “protect myself” from these things I spray my arms and legs with bug spray, put on a hat, sneakers (no sandals or open toed shoes!!!), sweat pants, and sometimes even a long sleeve shirt. The lizards blend into the walls, they almost look fake, like rubber or plastic and they scare the crap out of me. BUT, according the leasing office at my apartment (after my compliant lol, yes I complained about lizards on the ceilings...) are good to have because they eat up the small bugs. There’s also these slow moving flying spider things and sometimes when I take Harper out, they float their way on to my shirt and shorts, so not okay. The neighbors are probably getting a kick out of me swatting away bugs and kicking away frogs in 94 degree weather in sweats, but hey a girl’s gotta protect herself am I right? I thought so!
Traffic: Personally, I never thought traffic was too bad in Denver. Houston in the third largest city in the US and is continuing to grow with lots of construction updates all over the city. I still have to use my GPS LITERALLY every day on the way to work because each morning there is a new route that is quicker than the day before. God Bless I-25 in Denver, I actually miss my simple morning commute to work😭
The Homies: Of course, last but not least. I miss the fam, the crew, the homies. My DU staff and family was absolutely one of a kind. Our bond was unbreakable and something I truly did take for granted working with such amazing people who were more than just your co-workers. The good thing is we ALL still keep in touch and will be friends and family for life.
With all of that being said(and nothing against you Houston Texas...), Colorado I miss you. Denver, I love you and will always appreciate the memories and my time with you. Although I didn’t exactly get along with your hiking trails and mountain views, I know next time to stay at the foothills and never go above 5280.
Colorado Appreciation Post❤️️💛💙