Friday, December 23, 2011
"No Toya, you don't know them."
That's what I had to tell myself while I was sitting at in a South Philly coffee shop today. I just kept looking over at the door hoping to see someone I know. It's the second day of my two week vacation and I must say that I miss Nashville terribly. I mean, TERRIBLY. I just don't know too many people here anymore. I miss going somewhere and seeing familiar faces. I miss my friends. The only thing I am loving about Philly right now is that I can do all the walking I want to do.
Side bar: Am I the only one who when they haven't exercised in a long time gets itchy legs? I have been walking city blocks for hours and mid-way through I wanted to go into a scratching frenzy but was afraid that I would fall to the ground and roll myself into traffic.
Anyway, I am sure everyone here is very nice but I don't like any of these people in here. Ok that's not true. I don't know anyone in here. Everyone I have interacted with has been quite nice (take that southerners who think us northerners are all mean). But man. I really hate it here today and I want to go home. And that home for me is Nashville.
I am sure this puts some cold water on my hopes of eventually doing some travel writing. I kept trying to take pictures with my new camera but I was so annoyed half of the time. I tried to go to new places that I found suggested through Yelp and Foursquare but I eventually wound up back at my old hang spot, South Street. Still, it has been no fun today. Maybe it's because it hasn't really been busy down here. I mean I did get started rather early today and some people are still at work. I'm usually elated to come down here but not today. Today I miss my home and today I can fully admit that my home is Nashville.
I have never been so happy to be around my parents in my life though. I am sure I would be much happier today just hanging out with them. Yesterday I helped my mom cater at my home church's Christmas party. It was fantastic seeing so many women that I grew up knowing. After that my dad and I watched Chopped for a few hours. He's not a fan but when I am home my dad will watch anything I want to just to spend time with me. I miss that. But honestly, I think being around my family and walking city blocks are the only things about being back home that I miss.
My plan today was to go and sit and write but it's been so long that I've been in a big city that I chose to just walk most of the day. I'm thinking about venturing into University City soon because I said that I would go somewhere new. Might as well. I have two long weeks here to fill. Gratefully, I must add, but two long weeks nevertheless.