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I got tagged for two memes! And for once, I'm going to do them!

Seven things I’ve never said on my blog. (Tagged by the lovely evenshine.)

1. When I was a little girl I wished I had a tail, like Lucy Little in The Littles books, that I could put a bow on, and swish around, and twirl the end of it around my finger.

2. Mr. Smith and I took years of weekly private ballroom dancing lessons. We got pretty good, especially with the Fox Trot and the Waltz. That ended with Shark's birth. Now, without a refresher, we'd be just a few swing steps above the classic "high school hang."

3. I never babysat in high school (except my youngest cousin, like, once) and my mom actually thought perhaps I would not ever have children, I was that not interested in kids of any age or type.

4. I did over a dozen plays in local theater companies between ages 14 and 20. One of my last roles was Ado Annie in a dinner theater production of Oklahoma! where the wind came sweepin' down the plain while I belted out the song "I'm Just A Girl Who Cain't Say No!" It was the second time I'd done that musical; the first time I was the choreographer and also danced the role of Laurey in the dream ballet scene.

5. In between having Shark Boy and Honey Bear, I hiked the longest slot canyon in the world, Buckskin Gulch in Utah, with my dad. We hiked Buckskin then continued on, hiking through Paria Canyon until we emerged, after 4 days, at the beautiful Colorado River. Hiking that remote canyon was something on Dad's "Do Before You Croak" list and he'd wanted to do it since high school. It.was.awesome.

The entrance to a slot canyon looks like this:

Entrance to Buckskin Gulch

There are places where you have to remove your backpack and squeeze through sideways - sometimes its only 2 feet wide but hundreds of feet deep in the earth. No sunlight reaches the canyon floor, and it's cold. You look up and see this:

Buckskin Gulch

Once we got to the confluence with the Paria River, the slot canyon was behind us and we were now in Paria Canyon. Me and Dad at the confluence:

Amy and Dad at the confluence with the Paria River

In Paria, which is a regular canyon not a slot canyon, things open up and there is sunlight and green! We hiked Paria as well.

Beautiful Paria Canyon

After the week spent in the backcountry, we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at Tuweep. It was October, just before they close the roads for snow. I took this picture of my Dad standing on the North Rim. Can you see him?

Dad at the North Rim

6. My #1 dream job? To travel the world, take pictures of it, and write about it. (It's possible I have said that on my blog before.)

7. There are days when I can't even believe I'm a grown up and responsible for important stuff.

Ten things that make me happy. (Tagged by mudmama, whom I may get to meet at Blissdom!)

Sunshine on my shoulders
Mountain lakes
My kids laughter (I have 3 of them!)
Good books
Being Catholic (seriously - LOVE)
Having my braces off
Last week at Mass it was, as per usual, standing room only for late arivals. We were late. When it was time to kneel, Mr. Smith and Shark Boy knelt on the floor right in front of me, side by side. Big and little. Dark and blonde. Heads bowed, arms crossed on knees. My men. It made my heart nearly burst. Very happy.
Also - mocha almond fudge ice cream

If you are reading this, I tag you!

(I think that was 11 things that make me happy, but did you notice? Math is not on the list.)

(Also, I'm giving away grocery money! Go enter!)


Mommy, I'm Home said...

Oh, I'd love to hike that canyon!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Beautiful and memorable hike with your Dad. I have been to Bryce,Zions I love it there so pretty! Love your list of happy!

Sheri @ www.careergirlinterrupted.com said...

I seriously couldn't have done that hike. I am so claustrophobic it's not even funny.

mudmama said...

Hey- thanks for playing along!!
That hike with your dad was amazing!! What an adventure :) but, I agree that I might have had a hard time squeezing through those narrow parts.
Want to travel and write about it/take pics ... have you read Eat, Pray, Love? I bet you did/would enjoy it!
Your happy list is very sweet- love that image of papa and baby bear at mass, how dear!
Your title make me think of a song my dad wrote (I wanna talk about me") Clever with the meme thing :)
I sure hope to meet you at Blissdom! :)

Rebecca at Toothwhale said...

I think I can see you as an actress.

I can see how doing that hike would have been a dream come true.

Maybe we'll have a chance sometime to talk about becoming Catholic.

Amy said...

Mommy I'm Home - It is an amazing, unforgettable thing to do.

Frau - It's amazing out there, no? And to be on BLM land (Bureau of Land Management) where there are no trails, no facilities, very very few people - where you get to be in the actual wilderness of it - it a humbling experience.

Sheri - If you are freaky about closed in narrow spaces, slot canyons are not for you! Fortunately, most canyons are wide open gaping holes!

mudmama - I adored Eat, Pray, Love. Loved that book to pieces! The movie is coming and I will say I was disappointed that Julia Roberts is playing her. And not just because I would be way better for that role (heh). Julia will have to really pull off something good for me to be happy.

Rebecca - I love doing stage work and I miss it. And I'm feeling the itch to plan another hike! I REALLY miss that. We'll talk hopefully soon at Blissdom about all sorts of things!

evenshine said...

Thanks for doing the meme. Gorgeous pics, as usual. And the moment with your men- amazing. Love those moments.
And "Being Catholic- really!" made me chuckle. :)

Heather said...

Are you sure you didn't hike through the Lord of the Rings triology instead?

I could never do it. Just looking at the closed-in-ness of the pictures made my anxiety shoot through the roof.

Jordana said...

I think I'd be claustrophobic in that canyon. Actually, I probably wouldn't fit. Sigh.

And I know what you mean about loving being Catholic. :)

Amy said...

Heather - It was around the time of the LOTR movies and much of it did in fact look just like that. A vast, beautiful, wild Middle Earth.

Jordana - SMILES!

Anonymous said...

Your kids laughter making you happy I think was the sweetest! You are truly a good person it shows through that post...with church too LOVE your blog btw.

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