There are many reasons I'm going to be sad to leave Texas. I'll miss my best friend and her baby, my critique partners, my doctors, even my gym with the special water arthritis classes. I'm going to miss living on my own, and I'm flat out going to miss Texas. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid, and Texas is the only place I ever chose for myself. But now there's one thing I won't have to miss.
Blue Bell ice cream started off as a small, local creamery. They make The Best Ice Cream Ever, amen. For a long time you could only get Blue Bell in Texas. Back when airline security was less of a hassle, I'd pack a cooler with Blue Bell and dry ice and take it with me on visits to my parents' house, because my dad missed it so much. Once, as I put the cooler on the belt to be scanned, the security guy looked at me and said, "Blue Bell, huh?" I guess I wasn't the only one taking pints of creamy goodness to loved ones far away.
Apparently, while I've been happily living in Texas and eating all the Blue Bell I could hold, they've been slowly growing their market. I was on their website checking the availability of a special seasonal flavor (Summer Berries- so yum!), when I came across this little announcement. Blue Bell is opening a distribution center in Indianapolis! Wahoo! When ever I get homesick I can search the couch cushions for change and then run to the store for a little taste of home.