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Anna and I often go hiking and I love it for several reasons but I'll just name three:  

1.  I get a chance to clear my head and just BE.
2.  I am reminded that Anna screams just as loud at a caterpillar crawling on her arm as she would if a shark bit her.
3.  The people we meet...oh the people.

I want to address #3, the people.  The other day Anna and were walking along the Bonneville Shoreline trail talking about people who still wear puca shell necklaces when suddenly this "thing" approached us:

It was joined by his two young children--boys, with unicycles (how they attempted to unicycle in the mountains I'll never know).  Much like Fabio this guy had long blond hair and he wore it down so when the wind caught it just right he resembled one of those sleazy guys found on covers of romance novels, the type you find at Albertsons next to the flowers.  As Anna and I passed him we were lucky enough to catch a whiff of his cologne which I can only imagine is titled "Dark Stallion" or "Commander and Lover"...something like that.  Oh and he had perfect teeth...a little too perfect which tends to creep me out.   As we passed he raised his eyebrows as if to say "yes, you think I'm gorgeous." 

Anna gagged and I threw up a little bit in my mouth but as we headed back to the car we regretted not asking him what he conditions his hair with...it had great bounce. 


camera phone

I was browsing through my phone pictures today and found these gems from a trip to Chicago a few summers ago with my friends Mark and Catie. I loved every minute of it (sorry, bad quality pics):

The Bean

Wrigley Field...where my heart grew three sizes.

(Myself) and (Catie) head-to-toe in Cubs gear.

Any-town U.S.A....or just Chicago. Chicago-style pizza, I ate more than my share.

Oh and I took these while watching probably the most ridiculous Nicholas Cage movie ever created. You can see that he starts out cool and then progressively gets serious/really really angry...I wish everyone could have seen this, I laughed so hard that I cried. This is the truth.


Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was my bff Catie's birthday and I forgot to give her a much deserved shout out.  She is currently serving a mission in South Korea and is basically one of the coolest people I know.  I miss her a lot but I'm so proud of the work she's doing.  Happy birthday Catie!!!...even though you can't see this...

Here's a great picture of us having just downed a gallon of ice cream and an entire tray of cookies. Alright!


Memorial Day

This morning I played tennis with the parents and Anna.  This is the only semi-decent photo of me looking really awesome.

While the real pros (Anna and dad) played a game I stood on the side and made shadow puppets.  This is E.T. :

I saw this guy across the street:

Oh and this older guy and his wife played on the court next to us and he would shout out things like "how do you like them meatballs," and "try to slam this meatball," or how about my favorite-- "that was a slick meatball!" 


Next thing I know, I'm running for my life. And all I could think was if something were to ever happen to me, how sad I'd be, you know?

Went to St. George this weekend with the gang. Despite the fact that old people go there to die and Dixie College is the nucleus of the city it was pretty fun. We saw Terminator Salivation while down there...I liked it for the most part but I need to know how everyone else reacted to the ridiculous Arnold Schwartzentooter scene...please tell me that you laughed until you wet your pants.

Oh and this picture pretty much sums up the weekend, I'll only say that what's sitting in the garbage can is Allison's worst nightmare:

p.s. If you're looking for a great way to pass the time then you should rent this:


Fishing with Dad

Today my dad and I went fishing up East Canyon. Look at the goods we brought back!


Today made me laugh.

I have a story and then an issue:

Story: Today while peering out the third story window of the U of U art building, I and a few of my class mates happened to notice an old man driving his car along the big sidewalk in the middle of campus. In all the confusion of campus driving he must have made a wrong turn and assumed he was on a designated road but he wasn't, dead wrong. He made a left turn down some stairs, then proceeded across the lawn, and then disappeared around a corner and out of my life. This really did happen and I was laughing so hard while everyone else in the class seemed extremely concerned. I'm sure he's fine.

Issue: I like people, in fact I love people but I have an issue with the type that I like to call "fake black hair people." I don't know when or why dying hair black became popular...probably the summer of 2004 and because of American Idol, just a guess, but anyway it is a CRIME. If you don't have naturally black hair (which is easy to tell by the fair colored eyebrows) then just don't do it. I know one person who can pull off black hair and it's because she indeed has black hair: my sister Anna (congratulations!). Ugh...there seems to be a type that are drawn to this hair dying fiasco: body obsessed, overly confident 18-24 year old boys/men who, frankly, can't grow a pair (sorry). They can be found at gyms or tanning salons, usually accompanied by their equally lame haired twin girlfriend who likes booty shorts and blinged out everything. I've seen it too many times, please stop.




I saw this movie last night.  I'll say this much, I laughed until I cried but not because it was funny.


I have a dream...

To one day play the banjo.
 "The Banjo Lesson" by Henry O. Tanner (one of my favorite paintings) 


I read.

The past couple of books I read were fantastic and I want everyone to read them so I can have a book conversation with you.  Please read:

One Thousand White Woman by Jim Fergus
--If you like stories about Native Americans, independent women, and adventure/romance then you'll probably like it.  I loved it.  Thanks Mom for the suggestion!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
--Kind of for teenagers but way cool.  Steps into the future a bit and places you in an America completely changed and a little dark; it also addresses the current economy and politics in a sneaky way.  I couldn't put it down, I was completely obsessed.  It would make a great movie.

I'm currently reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  I really like it so far particularly because the story follows a character who joins a traveling circus and if anyone knows me well they know that I'm constantly tempted to join the circus, way too much fun. 



Any Lost fans out there? I've been a fan since season one so needless to say that I'm excited for the season finale tonight and it has much to do with him:

tv's most ridiculous/entertaining villian.


Oh, I've been in the film business for a while, but I just can't seem to get one in the can.

I was at Western Gardens today and these things stared at me the entire time:

Not okay.


I love being an aunt...

My newest little niece Gracie was blessed this past Sunday, such a sweet baby. Here she is blowing bubbles in my arms, clearly I'm amused:

Olivia, my other adorable niece:



You truly are the greatest and sweetest mother, I'm so blessed that you're mine. I love you so much! Happy Mother's Day.



Yesterday I graduated...sort of.  I still have two summer classes to complete but college let me walk in the ceremony anyway, how kind!  It was a good day.

My family treated me to dinner afterwards and this is me blowing out the "graduation candle." Can you guess what I wished for?  It starts with S and ends with s.

Excuse me, do these effectively hide my thunder?

So hey there, this is Amy without Anna.  I don't know how I feel about branching away from the sister blog but I figured it was time to spread my wings and fly--and by fly I mean SOAR! 

Dear sweet Anna, I will miss you...but since I'm writing this and sitting only a few feet away from you on a couch in the basement of our parents house in which I currently reside, I think we'll be just fine ;)Hopefully I can keep this blog as entertaining as the sister blog.  Now we'll see which sister is the more hilarious of the two; I definitely have more life experience ...so...I'm just saying. 

Perhaps I'll  address more news and media situations since I'm basically a college graduate and should have some strong, back-handed views on pretty much everything, right? Maybe.  

Well Anna, I'll miss our days of blogging so for you I wrote this poem titled "Type A's":

Amy writes good blog post
Anna deletes it
Even though it was a really good one
That's okay
We love each other
Probably poisonous
Someone should kill the spiders.