The post-weekend michigan hangover

Eight months out of the year, I’m completely happy and content to live in Indianapolis. I love my community of friends and neighbors so much, I can’t ever imagine living life without them. This little “big” city is great, but there is something always missing.

But right now, we’re living the four months of the year I really miss Michigan. I mean, why would someone live in central Indiana, when they could live in West Michigan? (don’t answer that)

Coming off a long weekend spent Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, I have a huge Michigan hangover and a bad case of the “woe is me’s“.

Indiana is great, but Michigan is kinda awesome (four months out of the year, the rest of the year not-so-much).

Because honestly.

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Golf cart rides with Grandpa.

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Fishing before bedtime.

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Visiting the farm.

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The beaches. The perfect beaches of Lake Michigan.

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Not to mention, lazy days and nights spent hanging out with family.

Michigan holds so many of the things I love and find familiar.

But then again, Indiana has sweltering heat, absolutely zero bodies of water, and corn.

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Why would I ever leave all this?

Also, no worries my little Hoosier buddies. I’m probably never leaving all this. I’m a glutton for punishment.

*Linking up with my friend Miss Elaine-ous.

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  1. i hear you. i feel homesick a lot, esp. with a kid on the way. southeast michigan is pretty different from west michigan, but all of it gets missed a lot in our house. that, and those awesome beaches are a lot closer to my hometown than they are to here…
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  2. Wow you hit home with that one today. Wisconsin has nothing on West Michigan and being near family!

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  3. I have never been to a Lake Michigan beach. I should put it on my Mighty List.
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    Emily Reply:

    you need to visit. It’s totally a Mighty List item. It will change you.

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  4. I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life and I totally agree that something’s missing. I’d move in a minute if my community/family came with me.
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    Emily Reply:

    let’s do it. I’ll gather our troops.

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  5. Oh, the Leelanau. I LOVE “Up North”. Hands-down the best thing about being a Michigander. You’ve reminded me that I have some campsites to book for a weekend or two this summer!
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    Emily Reply:

    You camp? I love camping, and can’t wait until the boys are just a little bit older so we can pitch a fort.

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  6. I can so relate to this. Texas is my HOME but we live a state away right now and that’s just the way it is. I do like it here but sometimes I long to be back in TX SOOOO badly. And yes, that is where our family is too. Like I said, I can relate.

    Thanks a TON for linking up, my friend!!! :D

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  7. Love the photos! Sorry for the four-month homesickness…

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  8. Loving places is kind of like loving the items in your closet. Sure, the yoga pants you wear every day are the most comfortable piece of clothing you own — but in a house fire, would that be the item you’d grab before heading out the door? No, it’d probably be an amazing vintage sweater with a story.

    I love Indianapolis, in ways I could never have imagined. I’m convinced it’s the most perfect place for my family right now, and likely for many years into the future. I love its quirks and its underdog-ness. I love the fact that people love it here, in spite of the fact that there’s no body of water, no mountain in site.

    But give me a big-sky sunset on a lonely highway in Mississippi, or a trail in the mountains outside of Asheville in autumn, and I’m convinced those places are the most magical places on earth.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to live in all places at once? Maybe that’s what heaven will be.
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    Emily Reply:

    why are you perpetually my most smart friend?

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  9. Okay, so I can’t top Katy’s comment. Probably should just add a “ditto” to hers, but feel a ramble coming on anyway.

    After 10 years in Indy I love it, too, & feel kinda panic-y at the thought of ever leaving. But I’m typing this from my parent’s house in southern Illinois, where every time I leave I think I’d move back here in a heartbeat. There’s just that pesky “no jobs in the area” problem. It will always be home to me, though.

    And Leelanau! Don’t get me started. My husband’s family has had a cottage on Glen Lake for over 100 years, and we spend the drive home every summer plotting how we can live Up North some day. If Traverse City didn’t have that pesky “my children and my parents would be a 12-hour drive away from each other” problem, we’d be packing our bags now.
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    Emily Reply:

    we passed Glen Lake on the way up! Ugh, glad you agree with me. Let’s move there tomorrow. Jobs Schmobs.

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  10. Missing family is always hard. Looks like you had a lovely visit :)
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  11. oh, i LOVE katy’s comment. sounds like heaven to me.

    also, i can’t imagine living far away from my mom, right now. both sets of grandparents are within an hour and a half’s drive, and it’s so amazing. i feel like i would turn down the chance to move to way awesome-r places, because i love having family close by.
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    Emily Reply:

    Yeah, both our families live in west Michigan. Michael has 4 sisters, I have 3 sisters. *almost* all of them live in the same town. We’re the suckers living in Indiana. But yeah!

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  12. yep. one of the only things I miss about michigan is june july and august. there is something so miserable about drought in indiana that makes it seem so difficult to breathe and live. i’m with ya. 100%
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    Emily Reply:

    wait. are you from Michigan? Did I already know this?

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  13. Take me with you, a large body of water sounds like heaven. What is up with all of this flat cornfield junk around here? Ick.

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  14. Sometimes I get Southern IN hangover in the summer, too. I love our home in the ‘wood but a golf cart ride and a hankering for the great open spaces of the Queen Mum burrow down inside of me. *sigh*

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  15. They don’t call Michigan America’s High Five for nothing.

    And by “they” I mean Tonya and myself. We call it that. And she doesn’t live here either anymore, but comes back for the beaches…and me. But I think mostly the beaches.

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  16. Sarah G says:

    I love the Hoosier state but would move tomorrow if Jordan and I had jobs in New York City. We love our house too much but it is in our list to have a place in Michigan some day. I think we’ll retire in NYC because I’m pretty convinced my daughter is going to NYU or Columbia (she’s pretty advanced).

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  17. This is why you need to move north a few hours…we are still in Indiana but have a BEACH! And since I moved from Southern California to here, it is a good thing there is a beach, at least for a few months of the year.

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  18. But yes when it isn’t those beautiful four months in Michigan it is cold and snowy! I grew up in Illinois and lived about 45 minutes from Indiana and had a bunch of friends that lived there that I would visit.
    I must admit I would happily take my CA weather over the midewest weather.

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  19. I love reading about all of the Michigan-Indiana connections. Who knew there were so many of us?!? I normally love this heat – but man this summer- I’m ready to pack it up and move to the UP. I really think the post-baby, still-nursing, insulation on my body is making me extra cranky. I need a nice cool swim in a lake!

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