Aimee and I met while we were living at the Ridge at BYUI in fall semester 2005. She lived above me and was one of those girls I saw all summer but never actually knew. All I could ever think was, "There's that gorgeous girl who's incredibly skinny, has amazing hair, and the best clothes." Little did I know we'd finally meet the first Sunday of fall semester and become instant BFFs over discussion of missionaries.
Aim rivals Mikey for my funniest friend. You wouldn't really know it right away, as she can come off a little quiet at first, however once you get to know Aimee you quickly fall in love with her quick wit and random humor.
Even though Aimee and I were neighbors for only a year it seems like so much more. We had the best times, and made so many memories over that year, and since then. I could never choose my favorite (as I tried unsuccessfully to make her do, in the interview) because we've had so many amazing times. I loved converting her to Gringo's and going for amazing gossip sessions, sharing ridiculous dating stories, talking on facebook in code, and discussing politics even though her super liberal views rarely have anything in common with my conservative beliefs. We always find a way to disagree without having any contention. We are able to learn so much from each other, and no matter how much time passes in between visits or phone calls, we always pick up right where we left off. One of my favorite things is getting voicemails from Aimee. Since we have a tough time getting in touch with each other frequently we've started leaving long voicemails for each other, catching each other up. There's nothing like listening to a four minute voicemail from Aim. I've saved many messages from her, and played them over and over, laughing every time.
I feel truly safe with Aimee Jo. I can confide anything, and show her my truest self. (Not to mention I can always count on her to make me feel justified in my spending splurges.) :) I can honestly say she might be my most supportive and nonjudgmental friend, especially when it comes to dating. Aimee is a wonderful listener, and always there when I need her. She's able to turn on her skills of therapy in a non threatening way, and I always feel like our conversations end with me feeling like I have so many answers I was looking for.
Aimee has such a huge heart, always looking to help out those less fortunate than her, and wanting to lift up her friends and acquaintances when they're down. I love Aim so much, and am so blessed to have her in my life.
At Rigby Lake, most likely gossiping.
Where do you live?
Canyon Country, Ca...but as soon as I find an apartment in LA I will be moving (yay!)
What do you do for a living?
I am a Children's Social Worker for LA county.
What's your favorite thing you've done in New York?
Wow...it feels like I have so many but I've only been there twice! Last year I went there on my birthday and that was pretty fun. I ate at Chocolate by the Bald Man (in my track suit because my luggage was lost!) It was amazing. Great food, great company. :)
What would you do if you randomly had the day off work?
This happens to me sometimes (when I call in sick ;) and I lay by the pool and read.
Living in LA on a budget is tough; what's something on which you're willing to splurge?
Pedicures, spray tan in the winter, and Mac makeup. And shoes and handbags. Okay I like to splurge. That is why I'm still driving the same little green car my dad bought me back in college. Haha. But I've turned over a new leaf in 2009! Not only have I cut most of those things out (Mac makeup excluded) but I am now putting away for a car. At the rate I'm going I just might have one by 2020! (Just kidding.)
If I could give you front row tickets to any concert, what would you pick?
Hm...Radiohead or Beyonce...
If you only had time to watch one tv show a week, which would you choose?
Oprah and Biggest Loser are tied. (Sorry ANTM.)
(Aim I have to say, I totally thought you'd go with ANTM. And how did I not know we shared the same obsession for Biggest Loser???)
What makes for a perfect date?
A great make out...just kidding. Um...doing something fun but not too cheesy, dinner at a great restaurant...and then followed by a hot make out on the beach (ok so I wasn't kidding.)
What's something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I used to play water polo in high school. I don't consider myself athletic. Neither do my friends.
(I admit it, I'm totally surprised. I thought you were just a hippie in high school.)
When you've had a really bad day what makes you feel better?
Chatting with a friend, or lighting some candles and watching Oprah on my chouch (half chair half couch.) And of course shopping!
Who's your celebrity crush?
Pharrell Williams. So hot.
Who's someone who has changed or shaped your life for the better?
Well I would definitely say Rachel has.
What book are you currently reading?
Too many. But the last one I started is called Thorn Birds. I'm only two pages in.
What beauty product can you not live without?
(A girl after my own heart.)
What's one trend that totally victimized you?
When we lived in Rexburg I think I fell victim to a lot of bad trends...I can't be held accountable for that portion of my life because the closest store we had to shop in was Wal Mart. It was not my fault.
(I can promise you that Aim was always dressed to impress.)
What's your favorite comfort food?
You've got two roundtrip tickets anywhere in the world. Where do you go and who do you take?
Africa, and I'd take Oprah. Just kidding, I have been saying for years that I want to go to Africa but recently I have really been wanting to visit China, and I think I'd take my favorite travel buddies, Rae Hoe, TonEva, Gordon, and Shantay.
(I'm in!! Let's do Hong Kong or Africa 2010!!)
Shantay, Aimee, Jordan, me, Toni.
What's your favorite memory of the two of us together?
OMG. This is so hard, but if you had a gun to my head and you were making me choose I'd say...wow this is so hard. Can I name a few??? Ok...since we were just talking about it this morning, late nights at Danny's, skinny dipping, NY, riding in Cinco after hot tubbing, trying on church outfits at night, riding around in Alfie around the Ridge being crime stoppers, spin the bottle at Joshua Tree, and...I remember actually right after we first met in the hall of the Benson during church in the 49th ward she came up to my apartment one night (I think she caught me trying on church outfits in the mirror that night too) and brought me a card after I had just broken up with my boyfriend. Rae is the best at card giving, among other things.
(None of this is quite as scandalous as it sounds...Aim, my favorite time after hottubbing was the time a certain nameless someone accidently dropped the f-bomb while singing along with Kanye. And I was never the one trying on Sunday outfits, haha.)
Aimee and I with BFF Chelse the night of the skinny dipping, for which Aim's been in trouble way too many times.
What three possessions do you value most?
I don't have anything that valuable...but I guess I would say my semi-new grey handbag because it's been a great staple item lately, my new county badge (it makes me feel so official and reminds me how happy I am to have my new job,) and I guess my GPS because I wasn't really using it until I got my new job and now I am glad I have it otherwise I would be completely lost in LA.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
I would have told myself to avoid dating a few guys that I ended up dating! What was I thinking!?
(Dodging bullets Aim, dodging bullets. Besides, we'd be without SO many hilarious stories if you wouldn't have dated them!)
*Some questions stolen from Natalie.