Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ode to Anna

I was just reading a comment left on a blog from my old roomie. I decided to dedicate an ENTIRE post to her, so she will know how much she is enjoyed, loved, and should never feel "left out". Sorry if it embarrasses her, but everyone needs to be spotlighted once in a while.
When I graduated from high school, not so many years ago, I went straight to BYU. I had never been on my own, I didn't even like to spend the night at friends houses. My new "roommate" drove up to Boise to pick me and my junk up, and drove me all the way to our new home in the projects of Provo. I was a big time nerd, who had no clue about living on her own. I was depressed, I wasn't really wanting to go to college yet. As soon as we got to our new home, she helped me move everything in. She made me feel like it was OUR place, and took me right away all around the apartment complex to introduce me to everyone she knew. Never once did she make me feel like I was just her lame cousin she HAD to hang out with. I had the best summer ever living with her. She protected me from the creepy double date we met on the freeway. We wrote a killer song for a family reunion...."Grandma Bailey" sung to the tune of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby". It was a hit for sure. We had many nights staying up laughing, mostly making fun of all of you, but it was super fun. She was very generous and shared all her cool stuff with me, even though I had nothing cool to share with her. The only thing she never let me use was her pillow case with her boyfriends picture on it, but I understood, some things are just off limits. When my mom came to visit, she offered her bed to her, which I really should have done because it was MY mom, but I was not that bright, and Anna slept on the floor. We annoyed the crap out of our other two roommates, who had been good friends with Anna before I got there. And she never acted like she cared. She was always so loyal to her nerdy cousin. She ended up moving back home at the end of the summer. But, she was nice enough to come up and visit me the next year. I spent another 2 years living in those projects, and none of them could ever compare to that first summer.
Even though she probably won't want to be friends with me anymore after she sees the awesome picture I am posting, I will ALWAYS be her friend, and total BCF.

This was us, the weekend of our debut album, "Grandma Bailey".

23 comments:

Memzy said...

YES. YES. I love it. And love Anna. Can you guys pleasekthanks post the song in video form?

Landee said...

I'm totally lost here... ::hinting for a dedicatory post to me::

Speaking from experience, there is nothing quite like a BCF. Nothing. Blood is, like, thicker than any other bodily fluid. I think.

ajesplin said...

Hold on while I try to remember what it feels like to be left out, it so rarely happens to me. OK. I remember now. It constantly happens to me. For some reason, people just don't think of me, and I'm never bold enough to try to include myself (the way Amy is<--got no shame). So I got loads of empathy. And I, for one, HATE disloyalty. Nothing stirs up more bitter and angry feelings inside of me, and I constantly have to check myself before I start lashing out on unsuspecting people from my past who have ditched me on the side of the road. I only have a very tiny fist full of people who I can count on to be loyal, and Amy is one of them. I trust no one. That's where I got my shifty eyes.

And Anna is for sure setting the date for the next Smart Remarks book club meeting for The Host, so keep checking her blog. It's my repentance for missing her comment that told us to wait on Breaking Dawn and then "jokingly" telling her off. (Biggest idiot moment)

Landee, are you sure you’re not my cousin?

Emily said...

Nobody knows "Left Out" like I do. I'm thinking maybe you guys are having a left out fest party in October(Hint Hint). Not like I could go, but whatever...

Amy Thurston said...

I am making my dedicatory post list right now. I got loads of awesome pictures to post of everyone. Especially ones from the late 80's early 90's. And fortunately you were all so much more fashionable than myself.....way groovin.
And Emily, you could totally go to the October bash. But, only if you bring your baby.

abutler said...

I don't EVEN know where to start. First let me wipe that one tear from my eye.

Ok, first of all I was so happy to have you as my roommate because I was the total loser who had NO friends. So actually you came to my rescue.
Second, I do hate you for posting that awful picture of me. I think that was the fatest I had EVER been. Even my Mom told me I was fat when I went home to our big F.R.
Third, the only reason I feel soooo left out is because I'm just a little jealous. Sorry if this hurts anyones feelings but you are my very bestes cousin in the world, and I'm feeling very territorial (Landee & Memzy: what kinda names are those anyway???)
Fourth, Jenny is so trying to kiss butt and I'm not sure it's going to work. She could have sent me the "poo loaf" as a peace offering but NO!
Fifth, I'm just having a really hard time keeping up with ya'alls witty comments. I guess I have a case of the blogger blues.

One more thing: I'm going to have to reciprocate your kind jesture :)

Amy Thurston said...

No need for reciprocations, it's all good.

Markie23 said...

"Grandma Bailey" ROCKS!! Oh, wow I would love to hear it again!

And Amy, how did you go from being true blue BYU, to being a backstabbing traitor who roots for BSU?? Just curious 'cause I love ya.

ajesplin said...

I agree, Emily is the most left out. Then me second (I'm usually included if I help plan it, though). Anna's been left out once (and it was virtual). Anyone else?

Memzy said...

So, virtual left-outs are different than real life ones? Hmmmm. Imma have to think about this.

Memzy said...

K, I remember that I've been first one left out, then sometimes the second place finisher.......also I've been third a time or two.....then there was that MAJOR incident in high school.

Amy Thurston said...

A pivotal moment in high school for me:

We are sitting in the cafeteria, my freshman year. It was a group of five, we were all in the same ward...Beehives/MiaMaids. We had all been friends since like 3rd grade. My friend Stephanie started talking and said, "Leilani's my first best friend, Amy C.'s my second best friend, Nicole's my third best friend, and Amy M (me)is my fourth best friend."
That was the last time I ever had lunch with them.

Amy Thurston said...

Don't cry for me Argentina

Cristin said...

Now I know left out, I'm like the queen of getting left out. Like the Morgans and the Waites all know each other, you grew up together and did stuff together and us Coopers were like far away or moving far away or in the act of moving away so like I don't have any cool stories about doing stuff when we were younger...so there, I think I win the biggest left out contest.

Anna I love ya, and I wish that I could have been your roommate that would have been fun!

Landee said...

Well, the first year I went to EFY I was supposed to go with my fousins Memzy & Annie. M & A roomed together and I got stuck with some Michelle girl from Price, UT. I was promised that the next year I would room with Memzy.

Yeah, no. A & M were again roomies and I was with... I can't even remember now. I was pizzed.

So you can imagine my emotions when Memzy called me and asked if I wanted to be her roomie at BYU. I held it together on the phone and then hung up and bawled like a baby. My dreams had finally come true.

Left out stories are fun!

Cristin said...

Not only am I left out of fun stories from the past but I also didn't get to room with any cousins...this stinks. I'm feeling left out thinking about being left out....

Amy Thurston said...

Just so's you know Cristin, I still hold on to several letters that you wrote to me. Or did that escape your memory? I will be sure to post one soon. Maybe you had some great misspellings we can use.

Cristin said...

I wrote you letters??? REALLY??? and you kept them??? REALLY??? wow...I didn't remember that.

ajesplin said...

I was about to declare Cristin the winner, when Amy came up with this crap about a letter??? We'll wait and see if Amy produces these so called letters, or if she just copy/pastes something from Cristin's blog.

BTW, Cristin, remember the FHVD clip I dedicated to you? Searched through hours of film to find it. Does that make me your BCF?

Cristin said...

umm...you know...it's ok...umm you don't really need to produce any letters that I may or may not have written *nervous laugh* Seriously, any one else is welcome to be the most left out. Seriously Amy, I believe you when you say I wrote letters...REALLY! There's no need to share...in fact, I think it would be GREAT if you just mailed me those letters.

Amy Thurston said...

Cristin, you are in luck. You wrote every letter with a soft pencil that I can't seem to get scanned in very well. But, no need to worry, I will have them on me in Seattle.

Landee said...

I literally cannot wait to see these letters. I'm now wondering why Memzy never wrote me letters. Rude.

Erin Beck said...

YOU GABBY GIRLS ARE REDICULOUS