Saturday, July 5, 2008

Salt Lake

So Spencer and I just got back from a fabulous family reunion in Utah. I hope you all know I adore Tucson. Nothing beats the incredible lightning/thunder monsoons, the enormous rainbows, the desert smell, or the relaxed feeling that perpetually hangs over the city (since more than half of its population is retired) . But Salt Lake still strikes the "home" part of me because
-the mountains are so sudden and close they could almost fall on you

-the freshly cut lawns and flowers full of petunias or whatever make the whole city smell like a greenhouse
-the city is full of dogs, not cats...sorry Sally!
-December or July, you can always see snow somewhere
-it has a usable freeway!
-along with the greenhouse smell, there is always the BBQ smell in the evenings
-the tinkertoy downtown

-white streetlights (it sounds like a little thing, but they only allow yellow ones here in Tucson because of the nearby Telescope, so it always looks like the setup for a scary movie in the dim light...)
-brick or wooden houses with slanted roofs, ivy growing up the sides, a lawn in front, and a porch swing
-car radios blast country more frequently than Spanish rap
-there are actual creeks and canals, rather than creek and canal beds
-I walked to the gas station by my house for candy everyday of the summer until I was nine
-Saturday mornings you wake up to the sound of lawn-mowers
-Quaking Aspens
-the sound of crickets at night
-the view from Wasatch Boulevard
-and...not that I'm complaining, but getting above 105 is unusual up there!
Anyway, who knows where we'll end up--Tucson, Boston, Portland, or maybe Jamaica. But in addition to wherever I'm living, I'll alway call Salt Lake home...


THaslam said...

Hey Anna! It is so good to hear from you! I had no idea you were living in tucson. I am so glad you left a comment on my blog cause it was so fun to read your blog and catch up on your life. I am going to add you to my blog list if that is ok! I am not the best at blogging as often as I would like but I am getting better at it! Anyways it is so good to hear from you. If your ever in SLC call me and we will go mountain biking!!!! Nikki

Camille said...

It's funny how the little things make such a big difference. Being here in Flagstaff has made me appreciate all kinds of things I never noticed as a kid.

Martha said...

2 posts in a row--hooray! Sorry I missed you. That was really lame. "Sleeping" in the Sacramento airport instead of seeing you guys. I also came to appreciate Salt Lake/Utah after being in HK. It definitely will always be home.

aubrey said...

Anna your blog has your voice all in it...and everywhere! I'm glad things are going so well! Take care cutie!!!

Melissa Markham said...

me too! me too! SLC will always be home. In fact, Sammie gets mad at me cuz I always talk about "going home" when we're going to Utah.
If he moved there, he'd get it too...

StrykerLOVE said...

Anna - i agree - I think that I love Utah for all those things and all those things make it seem more my home now then Az. But lucky you to be able to run in the sun on a bright and mild winter day! I will ALWAYS love and miss that!! I know it was crazy and probably dull as dirt here but we loved having you and my kids still talk about aunt anna and uncle spencer ....

hilary said...

Anna! I love it when I come home from a long day of calculus and find a comment from you on my blog! You are so sweet.
Also, I have a funny story for you...I tried to text you about it, but you must have a new number. Anyways, I work at BYU Independent Study in the testing department (I know, you a little bit loathe me now) and I was scanning tests one day and there before me was the most beautiful, familiar handwriting--yours! I got so excited! I knew I had seen you in the testing room one day. Too bad we didn't get to talk then!
This is becoming a novel, but I just wanted to say thanks for reading my blog and asking about my art. It makes me happy. Hope all is well!