the campas

the campas

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

summer reading while changing your life.

i just read a remarkable book. you know sometimes when you get a good book in your hand and you simply CANNOT put it down because every page is so enthralling and riveting that you just have to keep reading? well my mom recommended one of "those books" to me, and i read it last week in two days.

it is called "LEFT TO TELL," written by rwanda genocide survivor named immaculee ilibagiza, who is now one of my favorite and most inspirational people. the book is about her amazing survival story during the genocide in her nation that killed a million people, including most all her family and friends. the hutu's in rwanda killed most all the tutsi's....and immaculee was forced to hide in a tiny bathroom to save her life. she survived through prayer and a belief that God would protect her.

she prayed all day long for three months. when the genocide was over, she was able to look the man who had killed her parents and brothers straight in the eyes and forgive him through her faith in God. this book had me crying like a baby....but it really was a testimony builder. it shows that with a pure faith and trust in God you can do ANYTHING. and it show that all of our lives are really just not that hard. seriously. i am so blessed to live in this safe country.

i can't do the book justice, but if you are looking for a quick read this summer that is entertaining and inspiring, then please read this book. it is a gem. watch this for a more complete look on the kind of incredible woman immaculee is: (what i would give to be the reporter talking to her...i want to meet her SO bad!!!)


i could not have read this book at a more convienent time. after the genocide ended, immaculee decided she needed to become the change she wanted to see in the world...and went to work for the United Nations in Manhattan.

and i got to visit there today. and it meant so much more after reading this book. i would love to work for them and make a difference in this world.....
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i loved this:
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

BC w. AMH in NYC

there are some bloggers out there who always post sappy entries about how their boyfriends/husbands/fathers/other male of importance they have in their lives are so great and do wonderfully nice things for them.

WELL i think that i am going to brag a little bit this week. i don't want to get sappy or annoying...but i think that the boyfriend-of-the-week award goes to mr. brian campa.

he came to visit me in new york city for my birthday last week. and it was quite possible, aka hands down, the best weekend EVER. we didn't let the non-stop rain get us down...we had a great time and saw nearly every important site new york city has to offer. i was the crazy guide book lady with the map in her hands trying to show brian EVERYTHING in the short 3 days he was here. and i think we did a pretty great job, even if brian was mortified that i kept busting my NYC map and guidebook out on the subway. still not quite a new york expert.

we ate at all my favorite places and i got to show him where i work and where i live. more importantly, he got to stay in my room while i crashed elora's room (merely so he can more fully appreciate the disgusting smell that infests my hall which i always complain to him about on the phone). sorry, brian......

i wish i could go into all the details of the weekend and post all 5640383 pictures i took...but then i would need a publisher and editor because it would shortly become a novel. SO i will settle for cliff notes and only post about 1/8 of the pictures i took. i am fully utilizing my new camera my parentals got me for the big 2-1 birthday. thanks garry and natasha! so here are pictures from an amazing weekend that i will definitely never forget:

first stop of the day: strawberry fields forever in central park!
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and thus begins my obsession with taking pictures of brian every single place we go. yaaaa. he clearly LOVED it.
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trump towers!! whoever designed this building...YOU'RE FIRED. there are 12 escalators that lead to nowhere.
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famous!
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thank you random lady for completely failing to get the statue in the background of the photo. you are a terrible photographer. but i forgive you.
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hahah. he insisted on carrying my umbrella for me. it think it suits him quite nicely. cheetah-licious!
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lego 30 rock!! yeaa.
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real 30 rock!! YEAAA!
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TODAY show plaza..where i will work one day. "live....from rockefeller plaza..this is the TODAY show! with anna hayes...and matt lauer...." da da daaa!
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radio city music hall, where lots of high-kicking occurs.
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we were so proud cause we saved 40 bucks by waiting an hour to get into the MOMA (museums of modern art) for FREE after 4! thrifty thrifty us! it was an incredible museum!! and i don't even like modern art....
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he's soooo deep and hipster. i wish i had my spongebob/intelligence glasses to wear whilst starring at all the modern art.
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this is famous. starry starry night. clearly. brian feels uncomfortable right now because we were in a lot of other's people's pictures. haha....worth it.
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pretty city. right after i snapped this photo a random fat man came to one of those open windows and began taking his clothes off for me. thank you, brian, for swiftly whisking me away from that traumatic scene that paralyzed me.
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next day: bryant park!! a little "oasis" hidden in the heart of the city. enjoy that term. oasis. it was super pretty and quite sunny for once.
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we randomly stumbled upon the NY1 live truck!! i knew the reporter inside, who told us that he was at times square to cover the end of the world. when i responded that i thought that was ridiculous, he told me he thought it might happen. umm...then WHY did you agree to cover the story?? fail.
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enjoying a lovely lunch at olive garden thanks to uncle justin and aunt diana! thanks relatives for the gift card!
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we got SUPER cheap tickets to mamma mia and had great seats. it was a great show, much better than the movie in which pierce brosnan sounds like a dying water buffalo every time he tries to sing.
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a BEAUTIFUL walk across the brooklyn bridge! probably one of my favorite things we did. it was sunny and warm and we had some great views. i highly recommend it.
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my favorite pizza place called mariella's pizza. it is delicious. and so new york-ish. and oprah recommended it. oprah=goddess of knowledge and food genius.
also: please enjoy that NY Mets hat i got for brian. he is such a new yorker baseball fan now.
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evening stroll in central park. such a gorgeous night! it was quite relaxing.
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a little gem of a spot.
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church at the NYC temple! brian looks half dressed up for church because he is...we didn't want to have to go back to change. "i look like a priest who is pretending like he doesn't like church and is too cool to dress up for it....but he actually does like church." -brian. true fact.
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ohhh ya know just breaking the sabbath at magnolia's with some friendssss. such a delicious establishment! #wellworthit. i <3 banana pudding and magnolia ambiance.
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brian supporting NY1 news. he got to see the studio and where i work!
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pretty pretty highline park that you have seen on my blog 20 times because i am literally obsessed with it and take everyone i know there. i am a walking advertisement for the highline park.
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we went to madison square garden. this is how it was decided:
brian-i want to go to madison square garden.
anna-oh cause that's where the justin bieber movie takes place!?!? me too! let's go there!
brian-....no anna. the knicks play there....
anna-oh. ok then.
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lady liberty! of course i sang "god bless america" as our ferry passed by. had to. don't worry, i was quiet when i did that.
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the very boring island of staten. best thing that happened to us there was buying a CD off some cute kid who told us he was an aspiring rapper. we couldn't say no. too bad the CD only had 2 songs on it. but he was cute still.
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loving staten.
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the september 11 memorial. this was actually really cool. between those two walls is where you could perfectly see the twin towers.
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so there it is. BWE....(best weekend ever). thanks brian for coming to see me and taking random flights in the middle of the night to come. it was the best birthday present ever.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

going to the shake shack=OUR diet starts tomorrow.

one of the most fun things that brian and i did this past weekend was go see the HARVARD SAILING TEAM live at a little theatre in manhattan.

there were only about 25 people there and it was HILARIOUS. seriously...i was cracking up. i thought they were funny on youtube...but they are definitely more funny in real life. and it was really clean and not dirty!!

if you don't know who harvard sailing team is, you probs know them from this skit: it is youtube famous and sooo funnnny.


totes.
here are some more knee slappers:

me and brian and arrin can't stop quoting the skits they did that night. i wish they were on youtube so i could waste all my life watching them and cracking up.

we also went to the shack shake before the show. the shake shack=east coast in-n-out, except better cause they are vegetarian friendly! heyo!
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what a great night...and a great group. yea, that's a good group. that's a really good group......

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

21 and having FUN FUN FUN


I am 21 and feel quite LUCKY.

i was worried about being away from home on my birthday. i know i know...it's lame...but i have never not been at home for my birthday. i have also never not felt good about using a double negative. it's never not fun.

anyways..may 16 and may 17=party in the hayes house as we celebrate my dad and mine's days of birth!

may 17 in NYC=normal day where no one here knows it's a designated day of celebrations. booooo.

fortunately i have been blessed with great friends and family in california...utah...nevada....and friends here with me in NYC who made my birthday truly remarkably.
i have reached a few conclusions about birthdays away from home:

gifts in the mail are more exciting than gifts NOT in the mail. thanks to everyone who sent to cards...pictures...gifts...and other swagger for my 21st.

thanks for becky and brian who actually came to nyc to celebrate my birthday with me in real life.

thanks to jenne, briana, kelsey, andy, and angela for taking me to magnolia's bakery and softly signing happy birthday to me so as to not cause a scene.

highlights of the festivities:
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also: thanks to the world for not ending on this day. i would have been so mad. i have too many plans for the world to end right now. not convenient.
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even thought turning the big 21 in the big city was magical...i still miss this: