Contribution by Stevie Kirby
With so many electric companies in Dallas to choose from I felt really overwhelmed at first. The whole moving process had been really overwhelming, actually, and I just hadn't realized there was so much involved with packing up everything you own and moving to a new location.
I really miss my family most of all and it was the hardest moment of my life I think when my mom and dad drove off. I like it here in Texas so far and I really, really love my job. But I grew up in Connecticut and I don’t know anything but that life so it’s been an adjustment being here and trying to get used to something totally new. The food was tough – in CT we ate all kinds of produce and I really didn't eat much meat but here in Texas they’re all about the beef and barbecue. The first time I tried to tell someone I was a vegetarian just to make things easier they looked at me like I had three heads.
I am also having a hard time fitting in with my style, mostly because almost everything I owned was black. I didn't have a lot of warm weather clothes so I've had to buy those and I don’t really know what to do with all these big dresses and belt buckles. And don’t even get me started on finding a hair dresser. Anyway, I like my new town home a lot and it’s a big change to own my own place instead of renting. I was worried about the stress of a mortgage but that’s been pretty easy – it’s figuring out the right utility companies and gardener and doctors that have been tough.
I think that’s the hardest thing about moving; having to pick up your life and not know where to go to start over. The internet makes it easier than it used to be, I’m sure, but it’s still not a cake walk.