20 Signs You're A California Girl Living In The Foreign Country Of Texas

20 Signs You're A California Girl Living In The Foreign Country Of Texas

My experience and transition from Imperial, California to Waco, Texas.

Texas is a foreign country.

Or so it seemed, at first.

I'm from a small town in Southern California, and I've been through quite a culture shock during my first year living in Texas!

Here's a list of "foreign" Texan things I've grown to love (and hate).

1. You know sunglasses do not exist.

Going for a walk? Let me grab my glasses! Oh wait, Texans would rather squint. I just don't understand how anyone doesn't appreciate the appeal of a fine pair of Ray-Bans.

2. Rainbows are only a mark of nature. (ever heard of the flip-flop brand?)

Only a true California girl will appreciate the fine leather of a Rainbow sandal. Texans only know Chacos and boots.

3. 80 miles per hour is the norm.

I remember thinking a California highway that permitted 70 mph was fast...try driving in Texas for a day. The highest speed limit I've seen so far has been 85 mph!

4. You check the weather app every morning because it will not be 85 degrees and sunny again.

If you don't like the weather in Texas, just wait another five minutes (it's bound to change). The weather app has become my new best friend.

5. "Y'all."

"What are y'all wearing tomorrow?" "What are y'all doing?" " Y'all would've loved this movie!" I laugh. "Hey you guys can we eat now?" They laugh.

6. Chacos.

It's been 10 months and I still don't understand the appeal of these oddly strapped sandals. My best friend, Jordan, gets blisters all the time? Flip-flops for the win!

7. Barbeque is a staple.

Say goodbye to health foods in California, because barbeque has overtaken all of Texas. These guys take their barbeque reputations seriously.

8. A Texas sunset doesn't compare to a California sunset.

Nothing beats God's colorful paintings over a California beach. Not even a sunset over the rolling fields of Texas. Nope.

9. Allergy season is 10 times worse.

Pollen. Is. Everywhere.

10. New states exist.

Before coming to Texas, I had only ever heard of states like Missouri, Alabama, Ohio, and Louisiana on a map test. Now, these states are closer than ever before and are very real?!

11. You now wear Comfort Colors: the one and only Texas T-shirt brand.

Let me tell you, if you are wearing any other T-shirt brand, you don't know what you're missing out on until you buy one of these! #ifyouknowyouknow

12. Forget the newest açaí drink, Texans only sip sweet tea.

No one here is ever on a juicing craze. You only drink sweet tea (of any variety) at meal times. Personally, tea has never been my favorite. I'd choose a smoothie over a tea any day.

13. Real gentlemen exist in Texas.

Texas boys know their manners. If a boy doesn't hold the door open for you, respond with "please/thank you," and call a woman "ma'am," he's not from Texas.

14. Churches. Churches everywhere.

There are churches established everywhere you turn in Texas. This is the Bible Belt country, and boy, does it show!

15. You become cultured on XL, baggy T-shirts.

While California girls will happily wear a crop top, Texas girls are perfectly content in a comfy T-shirt that fits loose and often hides the shorts their wearing. Do I love this change in style? YES.

16. There is a lack of swimsuits.

When packing for our San Diego trip, I encouraged my friends to bring all of their swimsuits. "All? I only have two/three swimsuits?" they said. I don't blame them, I only have a lot because of how often we go to the beach!

17. California strawberries are incomparable.

In our dining halls, the strawberries are small, tasteless, and nothing like the fresh, juicy, giant, red strawberries grown in California.

18. No one knows what a "California roll" is (not sushi).

When you barely tap on the brakes when you're approaching a stop sign, you're guilty of this. I'm not saying Texans come to a complete stop either, but they're a lot better than we are about obeying the three-second rule!

19. Unpopular opinion: queso is disgusting.

Nachos are delicious. Nacho cheese is also delicious. Queso served with chips at a Mexican restaurant is NOTHING like nacho cheese. It tastes like a combination of cheese and water. Yuck.

20. Every girl marries a cowboy and every boy rides their horse to school.

OK not really, but my California friends and I sure thought there may be a few Texans like this!

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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