Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Haps

So. I took a road trip from Florida to Idaho with one of my good friends, Brenna Richardson. First stop, Tallahassee...we made it really far. I know. I was able to see one of my most favorite friends, Montana Carroll AND we were able to get a tour of the FSU campus from Brenna's sister. Apparently it's tradition to jump in the fountain, so of course we went for it.

A little ways down the road from FSU we ran into stand still traffic. Completely stand still, all the cars were parked. So we got out of the car, sat on the road and took pictures to pass the time. It was actually a lot of fun, it's amazing how friendly people can be when we're all suck together on the side of the road. People were offering food and making pleasant conversation. It was lovely. Turns out that a car had gotten hit off the road and into a flight had to come save people. Scary.

On the second day of travel we hit traffic AGAIN in Texas. We sat in the car for 3 hours and made it a grand total of 22 miles. I was a little more than aggravated. We ended up not reaching our destination until almost 3 in the morning AND Brenna got a speeding ticket. Texas is now on my bad list.

The third day wasn't that interesting. It was driving. We made it to Arizona, what a relief. We stayed there for a few days with Brenna's grandparents, and on our way out we stopped at the Grand Canyon. Unfortunately we didn't get to do much exploring, but it was beautiful all the same.

On the way from Arizona to Utah we got a flat tire and sat on the side of the road for an hour, at night, waiting for AAA. Seriously, worst road trip luck ever! On the bright side, I have a funny dad who sent me hilarious texts to keep us entertained as we waited. We stayed the night in Utah, then the next day I headed for Idaho. No disasters on the way, thank heavens.

So then I was in Idaho. I was able to spend time with some extended family who were in town for the baby blessing of my cousins new daughter, Paislynn. This baby is gorgeous and so sweet. I was so glad I got to meet her, and spend time with some family. I don't get a lot of that being out at school so it was definitely appreciated.

So...back in Idaho. Kind of strange. I'm graduating at the end of this semester and I feel weird about that. Oh well, life goes on. My roommates are some of the coolest and most inspiring girls ever. We have a lot of fun together. On my first day in the apartment we hosted "Sunday Social" complete with a chalk drawn welcome mat. Later that same night someone randomly left a cantaloupe at our front door. Strange, but that's Rexburg for ya.

School is school. I love all my classes and teachers. They will expect a lot from me. I'll make a decent effort, and then count on my charisma for the rest of the grade. Just kidding...well, maybe. :) This semester I am Service Activities Director, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science National Honor Society) President, a Teachers Assistant, and I'm taking 14 credits, and I haven't gotten a calling yet. We'll see where things go on that front.

Yesterday with Service Activities I was able to take a group of students to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. It was such an amazing experience. I learned that I should not be trusted with a hammer, but that I can measure and cut siding just as good as the next guy. I hurt my thumbs pretty bad, but it was worth it. Seriously one of the best ways to spend my Saturday, it helped get my mind off myself and helped me to be productive.

So there you have it, I'm back in Rexburg. Idaho which is just as cold and dry as ever, but I love it. I have a enough new goals to fill a blog of their own. I'm trying a couple new things, but mostly just reliving a lot of old things for the last time. I'm working hard, and sleeping little. And I'm getting out of the waiting place, slowly but surely.