I've heard a lot of people complain about living in Lincoln. There is near constant snarking about how tiny and podunk it is. People seem to think that there's nothing to do, that what is available is sadly small and lacking, and that everything would be better if we were all transplanted to the big city. Of course I have no doubt these same people would gripe about plenty in that environment too.
And thus begins what I imagine will be a regularly recurring feature - Loving Living in Lincoln.
Truth be told, I've heard this exact same type of complaint in every single place that I've lived. (And to those who know me well, that's saying quite a lot.) It seems that no matter where people live they manage to think that it would be more fun-exciting-delicious-beautiful somewhere else. I have two things to say to that.
- Make a concious effort to love the place you live.
- If you still dislike where you're at, what you're doing, where you're living - Change It.
I think a lot of the complaints stem from people tending to settle into their scheduled lives and travelling in their well-worn paths rather than actively seeking out what your own town has to offer. Assumptions are made that interesting things just aren't out there because you don't see them, which is untrue. Not many people take the opportunity to be a tourist in their own town.
In the last couple of week Jared and I have hit up several of Lincoln's hidden gems.
We drove through the Emerald Historic district during a summer rainstorm and lusted after houses.
Popped over to the Hyde Observatory to join hundreds of people in viewing the transit of Venus, the last one any of us will ever see. Funny side-note - I actually viewed the first transit of Venus from this very same observatory as a student here in Lincoln.
Strolled through Waterfest, a fun day aimed at educating children about erosion, water pollution, and safety. We also happened to be interviewed by Channel 8 News.
Tried out a new Mexican restaurant.
We've made it to every Jazz in June so far this month, only one more to go. The first week was jazz-fusion, which vibrated my belly like a drum and woke an angry Clifton.
We're elated that the Lincoln Farmers Markets are up and running again. Now to re-time our grocery shopping to the weekends. So far our favorite purchase has been locally raised and made chevre, a delicious goat cheese from ShadowBrook Farms. We've been eating it on everything this week.
|Prep for last week's cupcakes.|
Zested lemon, finely diced strawberries, and minced thyme.
Lemon from Trader Joe's, cheap cheap cheap strawberries from Hyvee, and thyme from our railgarden.
I consider these another benefit of Lincoln.