Tuesday, December 12, 2017

3 Months in Stillwater

I moved to Oklahoma three months ago! Well, technically a little over 3 months ago. I'm late getting this post up because I was busy over the weekend with friends (!!!) and decided to focus more on building those relationships than drafting this post! (OK, that and binge-watching Parks and Recreation Sunday evening.)

 

(I only go to the same three restaurants in Stillwater, but can you blame me? I mean look at that burger!)
Life in Stillwater // I was interested to see what life in Stillwater would be like as football game to an end. I actually haven't had a free weekend since (spent one in Dallas and this past weekend with new friends) so so far, not too bad! I think spring semester will be much less busy, especially on the weekends, but I will also be in my class and spending some weekends on trips.

One thing that happened in the last month that I've never experienced before was an earthquake! It was about 10:30 one night and I was in my bed and had just rolled over to go to sleep when I felt the bed shaking! At first I didn't know what was happening but after about 5 seconds of my entire apartment rumbling I figured it out. Oklahoma apparently gets a lot of earthquakes due to fracking, so I'm sure it won't be my last!

I'm also (slowly) getting used to small-town life. While I don't think I'll ever enjoy it fully, I've come to accept that things just happen differently here than in a big city.

Socially // I feel like I've finally made some friends!!! I was starting to get very very discouraged about this and had basically convinced myself that I was going to spend the next year with no friends and just work acquaintances.

We've all gone out together multiple times, and then to lunch and a basketball game! I'm so thankful that I wasn't spending my Saturday doing laundry and watching Lord of the Rings. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

I was asking around at work on advice for meeting people, and the uniform answer was "drinking." I'm ok with that kind of lifestyle, and I enjoy going out on the weekends, but I can't imagine trying to make friends if I didn't, and more power to you!

I'm still trying to get involved in the community and in the university... but I feel like every step I take forward, an outside factor (like work events, rescheduled meetings, doctors appointments, etc) forces me to take two steps back.

Dating // I've pretty much given up on dating in Stillwater. The town is too small, agriculturally based (meaning everyone my age is engaged or already married), and pretty conservative. The latter point isn't a huge issue, but I've found that the close-mindedness is something I just can't get over in a relationship.

If I date in Oklahoma, it will be in OKC or Tulsa, both bigger cities about an hour away. This, of course, means that I will have to find excuses to go into the city and meet people, which is much easier said than done.

I'm also not totally interested in dating/a relationship right now, but again, it gives you an excuse to do more things and not sit on the couch all weekend.

Work // Football season slowing down means that work is also slowing down. I actually get 10 days off over Christmas (that doesn't count toward vacation time, yay!) and I'm really looking forward to the break. I need it to catch up on sleep and hopefully get creatively re-energized for the new year.

All in all, this past month has led to some positive changes in my overall attitude to Stillwater and Oklahoma! It now seems like a bearable place to live for another year or so. I'm so excited to go home for 10 days over the holidays too! I've been counting down the days basically since I moved here. That said, right now I have a one way ticket home and I know that someone is going to have to force me on the plane back to OK!

8 comments :

  1. Sounds like you are adjusting well and there is nothing wrong with only going to 3 restaurants! You know what you like. That burger pic looks UNREAL.

    xo Courtney Drew

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  2. Sounds like you're adjusting super well!! Moving is always hard but I'm glad you're finding things to love.

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  3. I lived in a TINY town where I went to college and even though I loved certain aspects of the small-town life, I couldn't wait to get back to the city when I was done! There are times where I miss the peace though, so enjoy it while you can!

    xo, Chelsie @ Hey There, Chelsie

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  4. So happy you're starting to adjust well into the new town :)
    Aaaand I am getting pretty hungry just looking at this picture!

    XO Karoline
    www.karolinejagel.com

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  5. Yay for making friends! Good to hear things are going well

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  6. I'm glad you are making new friends! It can be tough as an adult but looks like you found a good group!

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  7. So glad to hear you're adjusting well! It sounds like it's great!

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  8. Girl, I feel ya about dating -- it can get very frustrating sometimes, take the time to focus on you!
    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

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