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  • I miss my best friend who left two years ago to go live in Austin. I’ve only been able to go visit once… for three days… and I totally get how that city can get into your blood.

    I’m sorry you’re homesick. I’d write a post about how much I miss Paris, but I don’t think I could handle opening that door.

    Jessica (aka Rose)’s last blog post..Little L and the tomato

    June 02, 2008
  • I’m torn between missing my old place and not missing it at the same time.

    Since we’ve moved here 2 years ago, I have considered this place as my home. But of course at first, my hubby and I are always talking about how boring it is to be here and we wish that we’re over there.

    There are things that we truly miss being in the city but I guess homesickness sure bites you hard from time to time.

    June 02, 2008
  • I’ve never been to Austin, but can fully imagine the feel of it from your great descriptions. I was thinking if I ever leave AZ I will miss it the same way…

    kspin’s last blog post..Say Goodnight And Go…

    June 02, 2008
  • I’ve only been to Austin a couple of times, and it certainly is charming. Mmm, Kerbey queso. And ohhh god I could consume that jalapeño dip by the gallon if they weren’t so stingy with it. I mean really, what makes them think anyone can be satisfied with one little bowl? (There’s a Chuy’s in Dallas, fortunately.) I’m about to get uprooted in the near future, too, and am not looking forward to all of the goodbyes.

    Katie Ann’s last blog post..new job

    June 02, 2008
  • river

    Obviously I’ve missed something in spite of reading your entire archive. why did you leave Austin and a house that you OWNED?

    June 02, 2008
  • I do!!
    I do!!

    err, I mean (calmly typed) ‘sure, sarcastic mom, I noticed you left but leslie is still here on the corner of congress & 6th in his thong and nothing else, so, you know…it’s all good.”

    MizFit’s last blog post..Monday Facetime

    June 02, 2008
  • I would miss it too.

    Veronica’s last blog post..How To Reperkify Your Breasts

    June 02, 2008
  • Aww, sorry you’re feeling homesick! Even though I’ve never been there, it sounds like an awesome place.

    Connie’s last blog post..Weekly Winners~May 25th-31st

    June 02, 2008
  • Austin missing you. I’m sure of it! But maybe it’s been reading your blog – lurking and just too afraid to comment. Now it knows how you feel.

    Oh and I heart Chuys as well. I always get a Chuychanga!

    wright’s last blog post..Why We’ll Never Understand Each Other

    June 02, 2008
  • I’ve never been to Austin. Texas, in general, always sort fo scares me (at least for the politicians it produces) but you certainly make Austin sound worth visiting. Maybe I’ll do an “I miss Pittsburgh” post sometime soon.

    lilacspecs’s last blog post..Thank Yous, Pansies and The Nectar of the Gods

    June 02, 2008
  • Me too, Me too!! Austin gets in to your system and changes you. It is such an awesome city.

    (I totally thought the video was going to be of Leslie…)

    I also relate to how you can miss the beloved past as well. There are things I wish I could return to, but then I am so grateful for the present, I will just have to long for a time machine to take me back, not to the events, but the feelings of that time.

    Fianna’s last blog post..Gangsta Rap, Biatch.

    June 02, 2008
  • I used to live right down the street from a Kerbey Lane . Chuys makes my haert go pitty pat.
    I wish I could send you T.C and Whataburger and Chuys and all the rest.
    I <3 Cory and Austin is a wonderful place.
    I’m sure it misses you too.

    rachel’s last blog post..Seven. I’ll take Seventy Please.

    June 02, 2008
  • Thanks for all the links. so that I could get a feel for some of the things that you miss.. hippie hollow was a hoot mmm

    cheers kim xx

    frogpondsrock’s last blog post..Chips and cobwebs, mmm okay

    June 02, 2008
  • From the age of 2 up until I moved to Dallas at age 22, I lived in Austin. You post hit such a deep spot in my heart, because I, too miss Austin.

    I miss twirling in the Zilker tree at Christmas until you wanted to barf. I miss the huge bonfire at night.

    I miss my whole wheat pancakes with Dad at Whole Foods on Saturday mornings.

    I miss driving down Congress at Christmas under all the Christmas lights.

    I miss AquaFest and the days of endless music, food, and fun.

    I miss driving down any old road and finding blankets of bluebonnets everywhere in April.

    I miss spending the weekend on the boat at Lake Travis and stopping for lunch at the “floating restauraunt”…the name escapes me now, but it burned down a while back & I was so sad that my childhood stomping ground was gone.

    I miss going to Volente with friends to play volleyball, swim, & pretend to be independent at age 17.

    I miss the live jazz on the grass at the Arboretum.

    I miss driving out Bee Cave Rd. and just taking in the hill country beauty.

    I miss County Line BBQ and the awesome ribs…and the drive it took to get there.

    I miss warm Round Rock donuts that melt in your mouth.

    I sure took for granted how much personality Austin has. I tell Hubby all the time that Dallas just has NO personality, and if I could move back anywhere, it would be Austin.

    Thanks for your post…it brought back many memories :)

    HappyCampers’s last blog post..Weekly Winner!

    June 02, 2008
  • Oh yea…a few more…

    I miss watching the bats under the bridge come out at dusk. I miss sitting on a picnic blanket with my family & eating dinner JUST because we came to see the bats. Simple pleasures.

    HappyCampers’s last blog post..Weekly Winner!

    June 02, 2008
  • Lotus,
    I miss you too. It’s not the same without you.
    Love, Austin

    Austin, TX’s last blog post..Linkapalooza -Fussy, but still with no pants

    June 02, 2008
  • I’ve heard it’s nice there. I’m sure you brighten the town you live in where ever you go.

    Oh, man. That was the cheeziest line I’ve ever written.

    A Whole Lot of Nothing’s last blog post..Mama Needs It Bad

    June 02, 2008
  • People are going to start to think we compare notes before we post. :-)

    Although I think people expect you to miss some place cool like Austin.

    Missing Parkersburg, Iowa just sounds weird. :-)

    Miss Britt’s last blog post..Home.

    June 02, 2008
  • You are soooo not right! I sure do miss some Taco C and CHUY’S…yum! I used to work there while in college. You are making me salivate!

    Must get back to Texas….

    Krystyn’s last blog post..Tag, I’m It

    June 02, 2008
  • Penelope Anne

    You made me think of the Blake shelton song Austin with this post, and Cory Morrow, outstanding thank you for sharing!
    I have something at my blog for you.

    Penelope Anne’s last blog post..Time to Spread some LOVE, Blog Bling Alert

    June 02, 2008
  • Aww…I know how you feel. I feel that way about New Hampshire (sometimes.) I’ve lived in Ohio for the past 3 years, and while I do love a lot of things about it, my family, most of my friends, and what I am familiar with is New Hampshire.

    I’m sorry for you…it sucks to “miss.”

    Christy’s last blog post..Weekend Round Up

    June 02, 2008
  • Taco Cabana has the best margaritas. I used to laugh at the way people pronounced What A Burger like Water Burger.

    Did you guys get the Cricket invasion? I was in San Antonio and we got it bad.

    Nside Nashville’s last blog post..Innovation Advice from Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley

    June 02, 2008
  • Ann

    I totally know how you feel – I lived in Colorado for 7 years – then Minneapolis, and now Phoenix – and I miss Colorado terribly – I ache for it. It’s a melancholy I can’t dispel…

    Ann’s last blog post..Best of Comments Vol. 1, With Cookies

    June 02, 2008
  • Ree

    I have no doubt that Austin misses you and your smile.

    Ree’s last blog post..May’s Perfect Post Award

    June 02, 2008
  • I moved to Austin in 1995, and though I have moved back and forth a few times since then (Nashville, Chicago, a short stint back home in NorCal), I always wind up back here. As much as I loathe the frakking heat here, I feel drawn to this place.

    I’ve seen this passed around on one of my listservs and it is supposed to be pretty damn close to the Chuy’s recipe, if not the same (please note I’ve not made it yet, so no personal experience here).

    Chuy’s creamy jalapeño dip

    1/4 cup canned jalapenos
    1/4 cup roasted green chilies
    3 tablespoons Cilantro
    1 Roma tomato
    3 cups Ranch dressing

    Puree in blender and enjoy!

    Katrina’s last blog post..Rituals

    June 02, 2008
  • I know the feeling. I feel the same way about Buffalo. Homesickness sucks

    Sarah’s last blog post..Why I’m a bad Mama

    June 02, 2008
  • That’s a really nice tribute. I used to miss CO like crazy when I lived in Chicago. It’s so hard to times to move away.

    Cathy’s last blog post..Best Impressions

    June 02, 2008
  • I feel the same way about Orlando, FL.

    Manic Mom’s last blog post..Menus for Crack

    June 02, 2008
  • Hmm. I grew up a military brat and never really lived anywhere long enough to miss it to the level you are talking about. I would miss certain people and certain routines, but I would move on pretty quickly. (You had to if you wanted to stay somewhat sane.) Where I am now is the longest I’ve ever lived in the same spot. I don’t think I’ve ever learned how to settle down. I think about moving all the time. I wonder what I would miss about here. The lake probably.

    Becky’s last blog post..Opening Pandora’s … er … Website!

    June 02, 2008
  • I can just hear Austin now …. “I wish Lotus would come back. And she MUST be sure to bring Leroy and his twin, plus the Muffin Top, with her. ‘Cause I’d like to meet ’em.” Yes, I’m sure that’s what Austin must be saying.

    Lou Lohman’s last blog post..Drop kick me, JC, through the goalpost of life

    June 02, 2008
  • I feel that way about SWFL sometimes ?

    June 02, 2008
  • Allie

    Missing things is good, it means you have memories of a happy time in your life. Soon you will be saying, “I miss poop on the floor, I miss bare butts, I miss ‘ow-sigh’, I miss bath time…”. It’s cool to reflect fondly on times gone by. You’re just in a different chapter now, and I dare say one of the best chapters of all.
    Just don’t forget, you’re the bomb diggity…

    June 02, 2008
  • I totally want to move to Austin now. I’m sure Braden wouldn’t mind a donut run at 2 in the morning…getting him to sleep in until noon would probably be difficult at his age though, huh?

    Jenski’s last blog post..Chunky

    June 02, 2008
  • Not a Texas fan and seriously only 4 days out of the year you CAN’T go barefoot? I am calling BS HEE! :)
    But that being said I am sure you made Texas a much better place by living in it!

    Kay (Special K)’s last blog post..So many pictures so little time

    June 02, 2008
  • I felt like that about this area of GA when we moved back to NY in 2006. Thankfully the opportunity to move back here came up. Took it in a heartbeat and left the beat WNY area.

    Secret Agent Mama’s last blog post..Weekly Winners XXVIII

    June 02, 2008
  • That made me miss austin, and I live here. It was a good reminder that I need to take time to play tourist in my own town. Chuy’s, here I come.

    hokgardner’s last blog post..Take Your Time

    June 02, 2008
  • Oh I know how you feel. I moved cities here in Australia, and sometimes I’m so homesick it breaks my heart. Other times, not so much. I think it’s when there’s a wave of notalgia that I get all morose.

    Suze’s last blog post..Twisted Balls And Broken Teeth

    June 02, 2008
  • Kay

    Now I miss Austin too!! Darn you Lotus!!

    June 02, 2008
  • Kat

    mmmm. I’d miss it too. Nothing like my little FL town, but makes me miss that too. Someplace that really felt like home.

    Kat’s last blog post..CFL Lightbulbs – TOXIC!

    June 02, 2008
  • Hockeyman

    I want to go there for the ACL Festival so bad but not as bad as SXSW. At least you can watch ACL on PBS at midnight on Saturday. SXSW is on DirecTV every year and I usually record most of it. Someday I’ll go and if you wanna tell me the best place to meet, I’ll buy you a margarita or cold beer. :)

    Hockeyman’s last blog post..*yawn*….huh? what? oh yeah…

    June 02, 2008
  • cj

    WHATABURGER!!!! OH. MY. GOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSHHHH! Please, somebody get me a WHATABURGER!

    signed,
    No longer in Oklahoma, currently in ohio. blech.

    June 02, 2008
  • Taz

    AWW..

    hugs

    Taz’s last blog post..32 Weeks Old

    June 02, 2008
  • I recently moved back to the town I lived in from 6th grade through high school – grew up in. I was looking at it as just another move until we got here, and then realized in my heart, it really felt like coming home. I’m sorry you’re feeling homesick!

    Rachael’s last blog post..Reason 12,060 Why I Love my Husband

    June 03, 2008
  • It sounds like you touched a lot of peoples lives while you lived there, so I’m sure Austin misses you. Sorry you’re feeling so homesick. I hope you’ll be able to look around and find some great things about the one you have now.

    Karen of Sillymonkeez’s last blog post..Silly Monkey Stories: Forgive and Forget

    June 03, 2008
  • This is familiar to me. I could write a loving comment about how much I miss Brooklyn and the treasures that NYC has to offer me.

    The terrible (what are those proverbial statements called…damn the Daddy brain of 5 hrs of sleep) thingie that comes to mind is, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

    Lotus, I will posit this idea and you can take it with a grain of salt… Is what you are missing the city of Austin? Or is it the product of your energy and tears to make that place your comfortable home?

    It could also be a little (**cover Braden’s ears**) pre-parent lusting. Our lives BC (Before Children) seem so carefree and idealistic to us now. Another (WTF are those things called.. like adage or quip… grrr) that fits annoyingly is, “viewing the past through rose colored glasses.”

    All this to say, “Home is where you hang your hat.” You obviously loved living in Austin. I encourage you to make Nashville your home as well. It is hard to find the energy to put into owning a place, but it is essential to feeling at home.

    I lived in NYC for 7 years and then moved to Nashville. I lasted 13 months and then moved back to Brooklyn. I was so happy to be back, but it wasn’t the same. You can’t go back. The city is the same, some of the people are still there, but the community has morphed and changed and won’t be the same. We stayed in Brooklyn another 3 years and then left. For good. For Now.

    Josh

    Damn…long comment

    Josh’s last blog post..The Boy Visits the Homeland

    June 03, 2008
  • cliché

    Ha… take that you lazy brain.

    June 03, 2008
  • Awwww, tehehe, I’m in there….

    tea and lemony things! YAY!

    June 03, 2008
  • why did you move? can you move back some day?

    Alison’s last blog post..An Award!!!

    June 03, 2008
  • Wow, you just took me on a trip down memory lane. I grew up in Austin. Although I left when my life was just getting started (age 18), we go back all the time to visit friends and family so I have gotten to experience some more of the great town that it is.

    I REALLY miss Kerby Lane and I have spent A LOT of time on Lake Travis. Maybe you can go back someday? It’s is a pretty great city.

    Elaine’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday #19 – First Haircut

    June 04, 2008
  • I feel the same way about my old home. Strange, beause it’s UTAH. There must be something wrong with me. Other than the fact that it is always sunny in San Diego, there aren’t a whole lot of things I love about this place.

    shannymar’s last blog post..Life lessons from 90’s sitcoms

    June 05, 2008
  • Heatherlynn

    I miss Eeyore’s Birthday Party, and Earth Day, and Hippy Hour w/ Toni Price @ The Continental Club, and KUT 24/7, and the beet/wheatgrass juice drink at Whole Foods, and Live music within walking distance of nearly anywhere every night, and Contra Dancing, and La Zona Rosa, and Larry Monroe!
    I do not miss the traffic and the crowds and the way prices just skyrocketed when Austin exploded w/Califonians.
    But I still miss Austex…

    June 18, 2008
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    Austin surely misses you, too. Come on back!

    June 25, 2008
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  • IRM

    I enjoyed reading your post. It sounds like you need to pay Austin a visit often. It’s amazing how deeply our roots will set in to the place we are from. I also think of moving back to where I grew up. Take care!

    IRMs last blog post..Austin Insurance

    November 28, 2008
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  • Anna Ellis

    Funny how I miss my BOSS LOTUS who moved to Nashville… I’m so happy that whore is back! Hope to see you soon!!!!! :)

    May 11, 2010
  • Thanks for this post, it is great

    November 12, 2010
  • It is interesting how there seems to be something about Texas. People who live or have lived in Texas seem to be changed. I lived there for just two years but I feel like I am different – perhaps prouder – person because of it. It has got to have something to do with the great amount state pride taught from a young age.

    Speaking to your other points, it is ALWAYS difficult to leave somewhere you are comfortable with, especially when it has been home, but it becomes your duty to try and figure out what it is you can accomplish in your new circumstances.

    January 13, 2011
  • Rob

    I miss it too, my paradise.

    February 09, 2014
  • I have the same issue. I moved back to Dallas from Austin a few years ago, and every time I start to really remember, and think about living there.. not visiting, but LIVING there, I get so nostalgic it borders on depression. I miss it so much. It hurts

    September 10, 2015

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