My sister Ellie came to visit me this weekend. It’s great, because she just called me on Friday and said, “Hey! What would you think about me coming up there this weekend?” Spontaneous! I immediately became very excited for several reasons. #1 – it’s Ellie! She’s my sister and I love her. #2 – I had something very tangible and extremely close on the horizon to look forward to. My mind instantly began to plan where we would go to dinner that night, what movie we might see (rabbit trail: we went to see The Big Year with Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson – three actors I find pretty amusing. However, the movie was not as great as I hoped it would be. Maybe I’m too used to flashy comedy or witty lines, but this movie just didn’t deliver for me. In fact, Ellie and I have started practicing our answer if anyone asks about it. Here’s a hypothetical scenario for you: random person asks me, “How was that movie The Big Year?” Me: “It was um, forgettable.” That answer could be misleading depending on how close together you say the words ‘um’ and ‘forgettable’, but I just feel bad dissing that trio of actors, so it seems like the most polite option. My recommendation, don’t see it. I think we probably should have watched Mondyball instead. Really, what were we thinking?). #3 – I knew I could drag her on a hike today, which I did. She will hopefully post pictures on facebook when she gets home so you can see how amazingly spectacular it was! I shouldn’t say drag, because she was very willing to go. She’s a hiker at heart. All four of us are, really. (rabbit trail: I love having three sisters! I know I take it for granted sometimes, but they are my very best friends in the whole world and it’s just great how we all get along even if we fight. Really, we do fight, I don’t live in a fairy tale sister world, but when the worst is over we are never worried that we might not talk to each other again. And I don’t say that lightly. We’ve had some things happen to us that other people with weaker bonds may not have survived. But our bond is strong and I think it makes us even closer.) #4 – I was excited to see Ellie because she and I have a very similar sense of humor. Okay, so I didn’t really think of that the minute she called me, but I didn’t want to break my list pattern. But this really is turning into a ‘why I love Ellie’ blog – which I think she’ll be okay with. What? I just ended a sentence with a preposition – hate that I did that, too lazy to fix it. Okay, back to Ellie’s sense of humor. Take right now for instance. Ellie and I are at Starbucks and she’s studying anatomy, specifically the anatomy of the eye. All of a sudden she looks up from her notes and says (pretty loud, because she can project even when she’s not aware she’s projecting…) Sphincter pupillae?? I started laughing because, well, if you don’t know what your sphincter muscle is, then google it. Then just think about how that second word sounds. It was funny. Once she realized what she said we both craaaaacked up and I love that. I mean, I know a lot of people would think that’s funny, but I love the connection that takes zero communication. She looked up and saw me laughing and we both just knew. Also people watching is fun with her because I just look at her and say “what do you think that situation is?” and we immediately go to a crazy place that we have to suppress in public places. This blog could possibly be longer, but I really just feel like I’m rambling, and we do have to get to Target. Obviously that takes priority.