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Finally a Dunkin Donuts opens up

April of this year, ground was broken for the construction of the much anticipated Dunkin Donuts here in Bryant, Arkansas. After a few months of delays and set backs, it finally had its grand opening, yesterday. I drove by on my way to school only to just keep on driving. I was hoping to stop and get a donut and coffee myself, but the parking lot was crowded with no place to park, the lobby was packed with people, and the drive-thru also had very long line. I would’ve been late for class, no wait, I may not have made it to class at all as crowded as it looked, so I continued on to school. I attended my first class then came back to Dunkin Donuts as soon as we were released. My other class wasn’t until two hours later, so I had plenty of time to stand in line, if there was one.

I brought my friend Steaven along, as he’s never had Dunkin Donuts before. When we arrived, there still wasn’t a place to park, but the line inside wasn’t nearly as long as it was this morning. I was impressed though, I knew they were going to do well here. We have a few knock off donut shops in the area, but their donuts are not nearly as good as Dunkin Donuts. I grew up eating DD. I’ve had Krispy Kreme’s and am not a fan, at all. Think I’m just spoiled on DD…thanks dad and grandpa!

The line was moving very swiftly and I was looking around people, trying to find my donut of choice. When we finally got up to the register, I spotted my ultimate favorite, blueberry cake, which I just had to have. I also made sure to get my little girl some donut holes, and also got myself an iced mocha coffee (just to try it). Steaven ordered 2 Bavarian crème donuts and an iced mocha latte coffee.

The service was outstanding and we didn’t have to wait long for our donuts and coffee; they were already waiting for us at the end of the counter after I paid the cashier. We went out to the car where I began to start taking pictures on my cell phone. My sister Jaci always takes pictures of all the DD she stops at along her travels and sends them to me through text message as a tease. Saying, “Ha ha, look where I’m at.” I reply jokingly, “You’re so mean!” So this time I sent pictures teasing her saying, “Nanner, nanner, nanner, I got Dunkin Donuts!” She had to reply that she’s only 5 minutes away from one every day. Well, now I am too! 🙂

I finally bite into my blueberry cake donut and my mouth automatically salivates. My taste buds seem to sing with joy at the yummy goodness! This was well worth the wait. I honestly cannot remember how long it’s been since I’ve had a Dunkin Donut, but I’m so, so happy to see that they have come to Bryant, Arkansas! I’m definitely going to be a repeat customer! 😉

A late night…calling?

I live in Bryant, Arkansas, a city that’s always growing. As we speak there’s construction going on in several places. A Dunkin Donuts is adding it’s finishing touches before it’s grand opening sometime this month. A small Chinese restaurant is adding an expansion to their place. Those are just to name a few that I can remember seeing on my daily commute.

Our city’s population is almost 17,000. Our school district has a population of over 9,000 kids and growing each year. This year they built a new High School and a new Elementary School.

When my grandparents moved into this house in the sixty’s it was, what they called, a bedroom community; there was nothing but houses here. There was also a lot of woodland areas. Several years had gone by and a few few fast food chains had moved into the city. Within the last fifteen years a Wal-Mart was built, followed by a Target with a Starbucks, another Starbucks in the same parking lot as the Target with a Starbucks, Best Buy, a Kohl’s, Old Navy, then any fast food place you can think of…seriously! Not to mention the many housing division that was built during this time also.

The sad thing about expansion is cutting down the trees and clearing out the woodland areas that houses the animals. There’s still a small acreage of wooded area behind my grandparents house where small animals live. I’ve come to recognize these animals that live there myself in the short time that I lived here with my grandma. Occasionally I will hear, see, or smell these animals. Yes, smell, there’s skunks living in there. I’ve heard an owl a few times late at night. I’ve heard woodpeckers many times during the day. I’ve seen tarpins (a type of turtle), rabbits, even a panther once (though I’m sure she lives elsewhere). I’ve even seen a pair of young bucks walking around my back yard; I’m sure they were passing through. There’s also a family a red foxes that lives in the woods in the backyard.

Every once and a while I will see that family of red foxes. Last night however, I heard one as it was crying or calling, whichever it’s called. It woke me up. One thing I’ve noticed as I became a mother is that I’m a light sleeper, so just about anything wakes me up. So when I heard the fox calling out last night my first reaction was that it was my daughter. It took me a few seconds to realize what it really was. I laid there listening to it crying out.

I spent part of my youth living on a farm. I miss the country, the outdoors, the fresh air, the wide open space, the animals, the trees. Just hearing that fox made me feel like I am living in the country, even though I’m not. I’ll give it another fifteen years before all the surrounded woodland areas are gone, exchanged for more houses, stores, and fast food chains.