Recently I took a vacation from work, an entire week off, it was grand and quiet and wonderful. I stress a lot on vacation about work because I have this mentality of “oh I could be doing this at work instead of absolutely nothing” and it can get bad. So this vacation I decided I wouldn’t check my email (I did once… this was progress from the last vacation I took) and I wouldn’t think about work. This made my vacation so much more enjoyable that I was glad I had that mentality going into the week off.

I flew to Idaho, to see my brother, his wife, and my niece and nephew who are 2 years and 3 months old respectively. I lived in Idaho for 12 years before I left, went to high school in Meridian and College in Caldwell, I loved it when I lived there but after living in the South I will continue to only visit!

Day 1 – I had to leave at 3 a.m. for a 2 hour drive to get to the airport on time for my flight at 7 a.m. I love an early flight because you land earlier and it doesn’t necessarily take your entire day away from you. This was not the case today. My first flight was from Raleigh to San Francisco and ended up being roughly 6 hours due in the air instead of 5 because we were flying around thunderstorms. I thought this would lead to my benefit to cut my layover in half… then my second flight got delayed and doubled my original layover. So I ended up landing in Idaho at 4:30 getting the my brother’s house at 5:15ish. To put it in perspective for eastern time I was traveling from 3 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. That’s a 16 hour day, you could say I was wiped by the time I got there not to mention that Idaho is 2 hours behind my bodies time!

Day 2 – I was shocked that my body woke up me up about 8:30 a.m. considering how tired I was the previous night. I hung out with my brother who was home from his day job, and the family for the morning. My niece calls me Aunt Mow and every morning I came out of my bedroom to a 2 year old yelling “AUNT MOWWW”, cutest wake up call ever. That afternoon my best friend, Taylor, came to pick me up. Now this was a reunion! We hadn’t seen each other in 2 years, and it was so great to see her and catch up. We had a pool day that afternoon since the weather was in the 100’s and then we went back to her place had some good food and drinks, watched criminal minds and just caught up.

Day 3, 4, & 5 – These days were a LOT of lazing around which I was grateful for because my mind wasn’t on work rather just hanging with the family. I was able to go get Costa Vida which is my favorite Tex Mex restaurant in the area (the sweet pork enchiladas are my go to!), my brother made me his egg rolls which are to die for and we were able to go to a Mexican restaurant in town because the Mexican food in Idaho is way different than here in Virginia and frankly Idaho does it better. I was introduced to the game Fortnite, both playing and watching others who stream playing it which was surprisingly entertaining. You can play on your phone or a gaming console, because I don’t have a gaming console at the house I play on my phone which is not easy, I definitely do better on an Xbox or PlayStation…so might have to invest in one of those!

Day 6 – Final day before I had to travel back to Virginia and while I love vacation I could tell I was ready to go back home. Taylor picked me up from the house so we could have one more night together before I had to leave, we went to a new burger joint in town which was so good and then just hung out for the rest of the evening.

Day 7 – This was an interesting travel day to say the least. We had to leave the house at 5 a.m. to get to the airport on time, my flight was leaving at 7 a.m. My flights all day were on time no real delays, the second fight they did a mechanical check which I was grateful for considering the turbulence we ended up flying into. It just so happened that there was a giant thunderstorm right over Raleigh, flash floods were in progress it was nasty. We had about an hour of turbulence and I like turbulence, but this was the most extreme turbulence I’ve ever experienced. We ended flying around Raleigh for about 10-15 minutes trying to find a pocket to fly down through the storm to land which we did but then the ramp was closed. So we had to sit on the plane while our gate was 50 feet away for an HOUR due to lightening. I understand why they don’t let the employees out on the ramp and I want everyone to be safe but by that hour mark I was glad to be off the plane. Unfortunately it made the car ride back almost twice the amount of time due to rush hour. So my travel time in eastern time was 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. which was only 11 hours compared to the 16, but man did it feel long!

Overall I had an amazing time in Idaho though it really made me see the differences in the cultures where I live now in Virginia and where I did in Idaho. I live in a town now of 12-13,000 ppl when the college students are here and 8,000 when they aren’t. It’s much slower of a lifestyle, everyone knows everyone and definitely a southern way of living. While I love Idaho and everything that it has to offer, with the amount of people and fast pace lifestyle I don’t know that I could ever live there again, and if I did it was take a few months to get back into the swing of things there.

A few of my favorite parts were being able to cuddle my niece and nephew, seeing my brother, the turbulence on the air plane and the food! What are a few of your favorite things when you go on vacation to see your family? 



House Sitting on a Farm!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your week has treated you all splendidly!

I have been house sitting this week and let me tell you it has been an eye opener, in a good way! I’ve been thinking about what kind of house I want to buy, what kind of lifestyle I want to live and of course there are several factors that go in to this. Do I want to grow my own produce, do I want to be zero-waste, do I want acreage, etc.

First let me tell you about the house that I’ve been watching for the past week, it’s a small farm. They have chickens and 3 dogs, a greenhouse, some farming land and a 4 bedroom farmhouse. It is in the middle of well, nowhere really, surrounded by cows and other farms. I absolutely loved it! It was quiet and refreshing to stay there for the week.

It solidified the direction I see myself going when considering lifestyles. I’ve been thinking about the small farm lifestyle, not being a full small farm for years down the road, but I do want a greenhouse and some chickens. I would love to be able to grow some of my own produce just for my household to cut down on grocery shopping.

I was unsure of the chicken adventure until I stayed at this house and really got into the process. It was amazing to go and collect the eggs each day and be able to eat them knowing how fresh they are, at little cost. I will say that when I first started doing it I was nervous the chickens were going to try and escape, because when you have the food bucket they follow you… like sunflowers following the sun. So every time I took their food bucket out of the coop they followed, none escaped so all was well!

One funny thing is when you walk into the coop the eggs could be anywhere! The first time I found an egg right on the coop floor, then I would continue to find them on top of their brooding boxes! Makes you wonder, why even have the brooding boxes if they ain’t even gonna use them, gave me a good laugh each time.

Another great thing about this week has been that I’ve been up before 6am all week. Partially because the commute to work is 40minutes versus my 5min usual “commute”. Waking up at 5:30 the first day was not easy, at all. I am not a morning person, I’m cranky until I’ve had my coffee…seriously. However by the end of the week my body was naturally waking up that early without the alarm.

Now that I’m back to my short commute I am going to have to come up with some ways to be productive first thing in the morning so that I can continue to utilize my day wisely! I think working out in the morning will be one of these things that I do!

What do you do in the morning to get your day going?