I returned to my hometown, "The Burg" last weekend. IT. WAS. A TOTAL TRIP! The town has changed so much, yet it is so much the same. My mind was in complete overdrive as I rode around town. So many memories came flooding back and my brain couldn't process everything. It was wonderful, as always, to spend time with old friends! A short list of things I did/saw:
-Millhollow Frozen Yogurt (I have yet to find better frozen yogurt anywhere on earth)
-D.I. (Found a few treasures. Julia hit the jackpot)
-Porter's Craft and Frame (What a fabulous store)
-Ricks College/BYU-Idaho Campus (holy honor code and a half. How did I ever survive that place?)
-Sleepover at the Webster residence...just like the old days
-Gawking at the Showtime Studio (pictured above) that is now a car detailing shop of some kind. (I was in a performing group for 2 years called Showtime Company. It was my life. It was incredibly fun, creative, and wild. I got to dance and sing my booty off for two years, travel the U.S. and Great Britain, learn the art of musical theatre, all while hanging out with INSANELY AMAZING people including my dad who was the director. Showtime runs deep, deep in my veins).
-Visited the old highschool (now the Jr. High) and didn't know if I wanted to cry, laugh, or throw up.
-Ate at Gringo's (the warm flour chips and crab and cream cheese enchiladas still deliver)
-Watched videos from the good old days (seriously? we were crazy. CRAZY)
-Shopped at my friend's "Clothing Outlet" and was in hog heaven. It is all the Costco overstock clothing! Got some great finds for Vic and two running jackets for me that I've had my eye on. A SERIOUS steal. If you live in the Burg or ever visit, you MUST go to the Clothing Outlet.
-Went on a 4 mile run with all the gals. Love that that was our first activity together. "Quite the athletic bunch" as Vic would say.
A few things I was reminded of: The people of Rexburg, Idaho are wonderful, kind, warm people. There are a lot of Mormons there. BYU-Idaho is über conservative to the max and back. My friends are gorgeous and make me feel fat and ugly. (I mean...they don't TREAT me fat and ugly, but just being in their presence reminds me of why I always felt so...fat and ugly in highschool). Janeese Mangum Summers is hilarious beyond words. Rexburg is small. SMALL. I still can't believe I grew up there. And a whole bunch of other crazy emotions and thoughts I struggle to put into words.
I'm so glad I went. The drive (just Zoë and me) was incredibly peaceful. I loved it. LOVED IT. I listened to Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" and was nodding my head the entire time and saying, "Yes, yes, so true. Yes." LOVE THAT MAN AND THAT BOOK.
What a trip to go back to your hometown as a new woman. The Burg will always be a part of me. I feel so fortunate to have friendships with some of these gals that goes back so far! (Julia...do you realize I've been friends with you longer than anyone else?) To have a group of gorgeous, athletic, smart, kind, amazing women who know my history---my family, my weaknesses, my quirks---still be a part of my life now is such a rare and amazing thing. I love them all! Including all who couldn't make it.
See you all in San Diego for the Ragnar!