Wow! Remember that time I was like "heeeyyyyyy I got a new job!" and then peaced out for like two weeks? That's a bit of an indication of what life has turned into.
Before I started my new job, I flew back to Idaho for a mini vacay to catch up with my family. I was there a whole week, but it wasn't nearly enough time to see everybody I wanted to see and do everything I wanted to do (and eat everything I wanted to eat!)
I brought with me one of those make-your-own Sprinkles cupcakes canisters they sell in the stores so I could share with my mom the wonder that is the Sprinkles red velvet cucake. Note to the wise, TSA was none too pleased when they found my metal canister while inspecting my luggage, whoopsie! Good news is that all they found inside was cupcake powder and the the package remained unscathed (although really? You couldn't put the lid back on?) Also, all can take note that the making the cupcakes yourself (a) will make you realize how terrible they are for you and (b) THEY TASTE EXACTLY LIKE THEY DO IN THE STORE albeit with less then perfect frosting job.
My mom forced me to go through all my old things and throw out what I didn't want. This led to me crying and saying "I want to keep everythinnggggggg." What can I say? I am very sentimental. One of my favorite things that I found was old notebooks that my friends and I wrote to each other in Junior High. I thought it would be great to read about all the stuff we did but I couldn't BECAUSE IT WAS IN A CODE THAT I COULDN'T REMEMBER. Each notebook had a different "theme" for naming the boys we liked. I apparently really liked number 14 but I don't remember who that was and have a sneaky suspicion it changed often.
Also, I found my first ever cabbage patch doll, Annie. She's kind of creepy but there is no way I was throwing her out. (EVER, mom. EVER.)
At some point I was convinced to get up at 5 in the morning to go the Boise Balloon festival- and you want to know what? It was aweeeessommmeeee....
I also got to watch Boise State win their first game against Georgia. Its way more fun being a Boise State fan while being in Boise. BSU doesn't get a lot of love in Dallas.
I was so sad to leave but all in all it was a really lovely vacation and a much needed break before starting my new gig!