I was thisclose to going back to Nawth Caralinah for a visit. So close that I told two of my friends that I was actually coming and that I would let them know as soon as I officially booked the ticket. I was so convinced I was going that I had already started making my list of stuff to buy while I was there.
New jeans to replace ones my esthetician spilled wax on and ruined
A copy of the Marie Antoinette DVD
Nip/Tuck Season 3 on DVD
Knickers from GapBody
Lint rollers from Target
etc, etc, etc...
You've likely figured out from the tone of this post that it didn't work out. So instead of packing and working on my shopping list and dreaming about wearing actual summer clothes and sitting in the chair at Tommy's while he works his magic on my hair, I've resigned myself to listening to my "Homesick" playlist on iTunes and moping about in my Oscar the Grouch t-shirt.
I'm not sure why I've been homesick lately. Despite all the great things about living here, I've had some rough city days lately. Rude people, missed trains, wrong buses, blistered feet... Compound those with the facts that A. there's something so very wrong about having to wear long sleeves or a jacket and carry an umbrella every bloody day in JULY and B. that I needed new earbuds for my iPod (more on that another day) but I wasn't allowed (read: Jason didn't feel comfortable with) to go to the Mac store in Central London last week because of the flurry of terrorist activity and maybe that's your answer.
So, in case you're in the mood to feel homesick too, here're the songs I recommend. Obviously, some of these only work if you're from the South, or in some cases, specifically NC. Either way, its good music, homesick or not.
Oh My Sweet Carolina by Ryan Adams
Home by Michael Buble
Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor
Southern Girl by Better Than Ezra
America Town by Five for Fighting
Carolina by Josh Rouse
Bright Lights by Matchbox Twenty
I'll Fly Away by Alison Krauss
These Streets by Paolo Nutini
When Will You Come Back Home by Ryan Adams and The Cardinals
An American Girl by Tom Petty
Carolina (Waits for Me) by Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service)
It must be a great place if so many people are singin' about it, eh?