So here we are, and it's almost April.
How did that happen?? I'm clueless. I can't believe how time has gone by and all of the things I've already managed to cram into 2016.
Day by day I think to myself, ugh my life is so dull. How else can I make it more interesting, how can I fill every second of space?
And then I sit back and realize that I do. And have. It's always about the next trip or the next plan.
I honestly couldn't even think of all the things I've done so far. I had to physically look at the photos I've taken. So this post will be a compilation of those things.
I started the year in Minneapolis with Neal. We spent time with his family and some friends, I skated on a frozen lake (which had frozen over in the twenty-four hours before, by the way...I'm the bravest person I know) and we had an amazing time bringing in the New Year.
I came back and had a few days to spend with Chase. Those days were so cherished and I absolutely loved having him here. We had some seriously awesome BBQ (yeah, even Texans thought it was good...), walked and talked and caught up. It was one of my favorite LA memories, even if it was so brief.
I saw sights like this at Moonshadows in Malibu (INCREDIBLE food...don't skip dessert), and more sunsets like that... Seriously how does that work?!
I spent more time in Seattle, checking out the Starbucks reserve with tiny flights of coffee. Caused jitters but totally worth it. It was warm and a perfect pair for the rainy weather (big surprise)...
I also watched the Super Bowl and saw the ferris wheel do this:
I've had a couple weekends in Seattle. Racking up those frequent flyer miles...I really enjoy it, it's a young and urban environment with tons to do. I kind of even like the rain (not pictured below).
I haven't mentioned much of real life... So I've clocked some weekdays working my life away. But at least checking out stuff like this in the midst of the monotony.
One day I got to leave the office (wow!...) and saw one of my biggest customers. I was a little nervous but mostly excited - it's a lot harder for people to be freakin' harsh once they meet you face to face.
(disclaimer...that faded in about 36 hours)
Regarldess I got a cool trip to Ventura out of it.
It was time for Neal to turn 26 years old. Happy Birthday Neal! We met in Sun Valley, Idaho and stayed with his family who had some of the best hospitality I've ever experienced. I loved every second of my first trip to Idaho. I'll be the first to admit that I had no idea anything was even up there, but Sun Valley impressed me. We snowboarded, I had a spa day (#blessed), and we got to experience a plane ride together (poor Neal).
The day after I got back from Sun Valley I saw Kid Cudi behind the Orange Curtain (the OC, the last conservative part of California, Orange County, Santa Ana... whichever you want to call it).
I also got to see Morgan! Her and a friend stopped through LA for a few days.
A&M played Pepperdine in baseball (and KILLED them), and LINDSEY CAME TO TOWN!!!
For the second time. We had the time of our lives, got the typical LA treatment, were locked outside with a pizza with a diameter of 3 feet in the pouring rain (the one time it rains...), and got some sun (the sun always is so much nicer after the rain). On her last day, I took her to the Observatory to catch a view of the City of Angels.
Neal visited LA next; we checked out the REI garage sale and he got me a $500 snowboard for $90... We basically stole it. Even the woman helping us out was surprised and had to confirm. We checked out Paradise Coves in Malibu; I think he agreed that it was almost as close to paradise as you can get.
Other than the continental traveling and visitors, I've been hiking, biking, trying to stay busy. I got my first sunburn of the year last weekend and it hurts so good.
April will bring much more, I'm sure. Off to the next!