Three days.

I look at my calendar and the words “Move-In Day” haven’t sunk into my mind. Somehow, it’s proving impossible for me to comprehend that I’ll be soon calling Nashville, Tennessee home. Since I’m still in the process of getting all my stuff packed up {and really should be doing that instead of blogging} here’s the short list of what I’ll be missing about my beautiful state of Wisconsin.

1. We just started getting famous. We used to just be known for our cheese, but Wisconsin’s been making headlines. With our Superbowl wins, Dancing With the Stars Champion, Scott Walker debate, and now Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate, it’s a good time to be a Wisconsinite.

2. People spray painting snowbanks in support of the Superbowl, as shown here.

3. Wisconsin’s fall/spring. Now, notice I didn’t mention winter {no shoveling? no salt stained boots? no freezing weather? Hallelujah!}, but our seasons in transition are incredible. Fall is my favorite. All of the trees in Wisconsin decide to come out in their most brilliant shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. It’s breathtaking.

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4. Northern hospitality. Now I know I’ve been told over and over that the South invented hospitality, but I dare you to visit one of Wisconsin’s darling small towns and see if you don’t fall in love. People are extremely kind and caring, and the signature Wisconsin accent {which I unfortunately don’t possess} makes us even more alluring!

5. Lake Michigan. I guess I’ve always taken for granted that I have one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world just minutes from where I live. Although freezing temperatures make it un-swimmable, there’s nothing like driving to school in the morning and looking at the sun rising above this beautiful body of water.

6. Wisconsin’s love of sports. I’ll admit it, I’m not a Packer fan {gasp!} but I’ve still come to appreciate everyone sporting their green and gold on game days. Sometimes the competition gets a little intense {We do have some Bears fans up here…} but I guess the Cheeseheads have something to brag about. We’re Titletown USA for a reason!

7. Culver’s. What can be said about my favorite fast-food chain? Let’s just say it’s not fast food. It’s fast deliciousness. Everything from their burgers to their custard made with Wisconsin dairy is mouthwatering. Culver’s also holds some sentimental value. I’ve met a bunch of my friends just randomly there, and our youth group has a tradition of taking over the restaurant every Monday night.

8. Wisconsin’s love of festivals and fried foods. I can’t say that I’ve gone to every festival in Wisconsin {has anyone?} But if you have an interest, we probably have a festival for it. Chocolatefest? Check. Cranberryfest? Check. Excusetoeatfriedfoodsfest? Triple Check. And if you can think of a food, we probably have it deep fried and on a stick. Seriously.

9. Wisconsin’s diversity. Sometimes I’m amazed that Wisconsin is still thought of as mainly just dairy farms. In my seventeen years of living here, I’ve maybe seen cows twice. Our cities and local scene draw people from all over the world, but we still manage to have the rustic farm life just a few miles away. It’s an interesting balance that makes for the best of both worlds!

10. It’s home. As sentimental as this is going to sound, I’ve really enjoyed calling Wisconsin my home. Although I’ve traveled all over the nation, there’s nothing like the feeling of meeting someone from Wisconsin, or flying into the Milwaukee airport, or just taking a walk outside. I’ve been so blessed to have called this state my home, and I’m really going to miss it!

And that wraps it up for now. I’m in the throes of packing and I don’t know if I’ll make it to Nashville without forgetting something….

Next post: Move-In Day!

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