Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Time!!

Quick Note:  You'll want to mute the music that usually plays when you're on my blog for this post.  Simply find the playlist on the right side and hit pause.  :)

As you have all probably noticed, Christmas is nearly upon us.  Tis a time of joy and cheer!  A time of Christmas music played on the radio more than anything else.  Truly, it's the best holiday.  Now, we all also know that Christmas means different things to everyone.  That being said, I find it appropriate that this be shared as an example:

Now back to the topic, many of us have Christmas traditions that we carry out with our family each year.  For example, my family does a very special Christmas Eve dinner wherein we eat foods that represent the different miracles that Christ performed during his time on earth.  We drink a Sparkling Cider Grape Juice something or other (represents the water turned to wine by Jesus).  We have Garlic Bread and Salmon (representing the feeding of the 5,000).  We have fresh fruits (the pineapple is cut into stars to represent Christ's Birth).  And many other scrumptious foods.

One thing I've really pushed for that seems to have worked so far, is to after our Christmas Eve Dinner, is to watch the Polar Express.  I really love the way it helps preserve what Christmas is all about and the magic that comes with believing in Santa.  Don't you remember being a kid and having a hard time going to sleep knowing that Santa was on the way?  Those were the longest nights of my life!

So as Christmas comes around this year, be sure to remember back to when you were little.  Let the magic of Christmas take hold again and enjoy it for everything it is.  In the words of Josh Groban:  Believe in what your Heart is Saying, Hear the Melody that's playing, there's no time to waste, there's so much to celebrate.  Believe in what you feel inside, and give your dreams the wings to fly.  You have everything you need....If you just believe.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Choices

Sometimes I look back at decisions I've made and wonder if I've made the right one.  For example, this morning I had Cheerios instead of toast...was that the right decision?  My answer is...Who cares?  However, when it comes to the big decisions I've made, like choosing not to play football my junior year of high school and instead get a job.  Looking back, I think I made the right choice by choosing to work instead.  Then, during my senior year of high school, was it the right choice to play again and lose hours at work?  I don't know what would've happened had I chose to not to.  But I can tell you that I was stretched pretty thin that year.

Now that I'm moved out and supposed to be responsible (not that I'm irresponsible), I find myself wondering about decision I make everyday.  I'll even ask myself questions like: "Can I afford this?"  Do I really need that?"  "What would Optimus Prime do?"  (that one happens more often than you'd think haha) "Is this a good use of my time?"  These questions constantly tug at my mind when I finally settle in for the night.

When I was on student council during high school, we often had discussions about how to boost school morale and get people involved.  Something that was often brought up was how not everyone would like a specific activity we would put on.  During one of these particular discussions, I remembered a thought from that year's leadership conference at Dixie State.  "While the decisions you make may not be the best ones, it is up to you to make it the best one."

I'll admit sometimes I wish that I could go back and change a decision that I made here or there.  But for the most part, I recognize that even though there were better choices available to me, the choices I made were good ones too.  It is my hope that all of us out there, try not to let our past mistakes weigh to heavily upon us. Should we experience a bad decision:

Learn from it and move on, but be sure not to drag it behind you, because it will only slow you down.


P.S. I really wish I would've paid attention to my math professor rather than played Risk on my iPod today in class.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Life is Random

It's been a while since I've posted and I figured that tonight would be a great night start back into it.  Before I do though, let me just say there's a lot to cover.  There's the Deer Hunt, and our cooking escapade, and my roommates badgering me into finding a date...etc.  Might as well start with the first one.

Over UVU's fall break, I went up to Clearfield, Utah to hunt with my cousin John and his buddy Weston.  I arrived at my uncle's house the night "before" the hunt so as to be ready to go the next morning.   I took Green Lantern with me on my iPod so I could watch a movie before I went to bed.  After watching the movie, I ended up going to sleep around 12:30 or so.  I was told to be ready to go by 10:00 the next morning.  For those of you who know a thing or two about hunting...you want to be in your spot on the mountain sometime around 6:30 if you want to get an advantage over the other hunters.  My thoughts were: "we must not be that serious about the hunt this year."  I didn't mind because I didn't have a tag and couldn't shoot, so I was fine with it.  What ended up happening was us driving up to the mountain the next day and camping overnight to hunt saturday morning.  I had forgotten the hunt started on saturday and not friday, but through some miscommunication, I thought we'd be hunting friday.  Since I hadn't brought any of my overnight stuff, I had to borrow  it from my cousins.  So we got up there and got our campsite claimed.  We were up a small draw away from all the big trailers and such so we'd have some privacy.  We set our sleeping bags up on the trailer and then went to scout the mountain.  We were just east of Grouse Creek Utah, which is pretty much the north west tip of Utah.  The air was clean and fresh so that was nice too.  We saw several deer (does and fawns) during our scouting ride.  We ate some Tinfoil dinners for dinner that night.  The great thing about them was they had Elk Meat.  We also had an extra one and guess who got to eat that...haha me.  We woke up really early the next morning and in the confusion of trying to hurry to get up on the mountain, I accidentally set off the truck's alarm.  Yeah, I made a lot of "not-friends" as my cousin John would put it.  After we got that taken care of we quickly got to our pre-picked spot and waited.  About ten minutes before the legal shooting time, a large 3-point walked in front of us.  We had to watch it go.  And sure enough...ten minutes later.  We heard shots ring out all over the place.  Everywhere except for where we were.  Go figure.

The second thing of note to happen would have to be our cooking adventure.  My roommate Jonny and I began cooking chicken to use in Fajitas.  I hadn't the faintest idea what to do, so I busied myself with the helper/assistant to the cook tasks.  Jonny put the butter in the frying pan and something went wrong.  It began issuing a lot of smoke/vapor/whispy cloud that I quickly filled the apartment and drifted upstairs.  I opened the windows and began fanning with my 3 by 4 amazon box that I still hadn't thrown away (it was the largest thing available to fan with).  So I ended up going to institute with that smell still on me.

Later that same evening, I was trying to get a date for our halloween party thing we're doing at our apartment.  After my first try was unsuccessful, I thought it might be better for me to just head back home to SF for the holiday and not worry about it.  Most people probably already had plans anyways.  James and Jonny weren't going to have that though. Thus began the pestering and badgering.

So that's a quick summary of what's been happening for me.  Nothing too exciting.  Not like grandma who goes out on the town with her peeps every week  :D  At least, that's the running joke here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In a Prime State of Mind

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel different than usual?  Like your mindset is just a little off?  For better or worse?  I bet we all have those days.  So how do we cope?  Well if it's a mindset that improves your day...I'd say not to do anything to change it, but if it's one of those days, (you know the kind) that just gets ya down I always draw on music to help my mood.  Then, inevitably, something will happen in my day to make me chuckle. 

I guarantee that you've noticed my music playlist on the right side of the screen because I've set it to play automatically.  That playlist houses a compilation of the songs I play depending on my mood.  If I'm feeling lonely I'll play the song "Optimus" by Steve Jablonsky


If I'm feeling angry, then you can bet I'll be playing Hero from Skillet:


If I'm sad I'll play Good Life from One Republic  (we've all heard it so I won't post it)


If I'm super pumped or feeling a little indignant I'll play Heart of Courage from TFSH:


Lastly, if I'm feeling just kinda relaxed, I love to play I'm Still Here by John Rzeznik:



All of these songs contribute to my emotional music playlist.  There are a lot of in-betweens too.  I'm surprised I left country out of this loop.  Needless to say, if I'm feeling a little depressed about a girl issue, then you can bet I'll be playing some country.  Or Just a Dream from Nelly haha, depends on how I'm feeling. 

Just so all of this makes sense with the title of the post, these songs help me cope with everything I face.  Their play counts are a lot higher on my iPod than than some of the others.  I call it a Prime State of Mind because somedays I just feel different.  The days I feel great are the days you could call my Prime Mind-State.  The ones that aren't...well I haven't come up with a name for them yet.  If you have songs you play when you feel different emotions I would love to hear about them. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

When You Have to Choose

There comes a point in everyone's life (this point probably happens a lot now that I think about it) where you have to make a choice.  You can choose to do your homework or "go out on the town" with your friends.  You can choose to eat an unhealthy treat or abstain and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.  You get the idea.


Today I had a really big music test.  Which meant that I had to spend yesterday evening preparing for it with study.  It also meant that I have to sit in my room and pour over the textbook while my roommates enjoyed a movie and popcorn.  Am I upset about it?  Nah, haha I aced the test and that's worth more than a movie and popcorn any day.  

Also yesterday, I finished school around 3:00 p.m.   I could've gone home and sat around doing nothing, but instead, I went back to work for a few hours and that was great because I felt pretty productive after that.

Now for the fun stuff...

I went home this past weekend for General Conference and while we were having dinner I was eating with only my butter knife.  Bad manners I know, I did it mostly to tease my sisters.   When they finally asked me about it, I said "this is how we do it back where I'm from" in some random accent.  To add to the effect, I tried to twirl the knife, but dropped it and broke my glass and ruined it.  They all thought that was pretty funny.

I brought my 24 tv seasons from home so I'm pretty stoked for those...as a matter of fact, since it's still early by my usual bedtime...I think I'll watch one of those.  have a good night everybody. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

In a Stunning Turn of Events

Today was full of stunning twists and turns.  First example, my math test I talked about last time?  I scored an 80% on it.  Those of you who think an 80% percent in anything is a "bad score", well I'd have to agree...if the subject wasn't math.  I'd be happy with 80-90 scores because for me that's really good.

But now to the main focus of this post...BYU's rallying to beat USU.  To most of you, this game may not seem like a big deal, but do the die-hard cougar faithful (you know who you are), this game was a stunning (and long awaited) turn of events.  Just like against rival Utah, BYU led 10-7, but then found themselves behind the opponent as the 3rd quarter drew to a close. 

Some background facts before we get into the best part: Jake Heaps was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation when he graduated from high school.  Riley Nelson transferred from USU to BYU and competed for the starting position with Heaps.  Then Nelson had to undergo shoulder surgery.  Heaps played the rest of the year and performed quite well as a freshman.  Many of us had the thought that he would be a quarterback boss when he reached his Sr. year.  Well, as the first 4 games of this season have proved...Heaps is talented, but unable to make clutch plays and lead the troops.

The USU vs. BYU game was no different.  Like I said before, we were nearing the end of the third quarter with the score looking like another loss.  Then, like a warrior rising up in defense of all he holds dear, Riley Nelson came in to replace Heaps.  Before I discuss his performance let me mention that Riley Nelson transferred form USU in hopes of a better career.  Due to surgery he had to sit out and he's played second fiddle to Heaps ever since.  I've always believed Nelson to be the better quarterback and tonight my beliefs were cemented.

As soon as Nelson hit the field there was a tangible shift in aggression, determination, and sheer will-power.  Nelson had something to prove and this was his chance.  With 15 minutes to rally and overtake USU's lead Nelson got right to work.  He ran the ball, he threw the ball, he MOVED the ball.  No more 3 and outs, no more crazy passes.  Nelson absolutely took control and leadership of the BYU offense.  It's safe to say he took control of the game.  USU has no answer for Nelson's desire to prove himself worthy of the starting position.  It's not very often that you see a quarterback lower his shoulders in an attempt to "truck" a linebacker.  But that's exactly what Nelson did.  Did Nelson give up when DiLuigi fumbled in the Blue Zone?  Not at all.  Driving 96 yards for the win in 2 minutes is what Nelson did tonight.  What makes this game even sweeter is the fact that Nelson busts his backside in practice and has had a good attitude about being second string to Heaps.  But enough was enough and we were happy to see him finally get his chance even though it came a year or so late.  Even if BYU doesn't meet the expectations we had for them this year, we can be certain of one thing...Riley Nelson and what he did tonight will live on in the memories of the BYU faithful for years to come. 


Thanks Riley!  We look forward to seeing you play this year! 

P.S. During the few moments before Nelson's debut in this game I joked with my buddy Jonny and quoted Optimus Prime with a spin of my own:  "Someday, a Cougar will rise from our ranks and light our darkest hour."  I believe that's exactly what happened tonight.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

When You Try Your Best

...but you don't succeed.  We've all been there.  That was my math test today.  It seems to me that the example problems the teacher does with you are a lot more simple than the ones that appear on the test.  I guess you could say it was one of those "What just happened?!" moments.

Tonight is just another one of those average nights.  Where you stay at home and you could do homework if you wanted, but instead you bum around facebook.  And even if you were doing homework...you still bum around facebook. 

Today as I was going throughout my daily activities (work and school etc.) I started thinking about a personal code of conduct.  For example, we can all agree that Superman's code of conduct/mission was to help the peoples of earth and stop evil.  Optimus Prime's code of conduct much the same, but had something else.  The way he carries himself is sufficient enough for this explanation.  It is safe to assume that Prime's code of conduct includes a strong sense of responsibility and determination.  We could even go as far as saying he embodied a sense of honor and pride, but remained humble through it all.  That being said, I thought of a could of words I could give myself to try to live by.  Something I could try to abide by everyday of my life.  It didn't take long and I quickly came up with the words "Strength and Honor"  Those words are now printed out in bold and sticky-tacked above my bedroom door frame.  I'll see them everyday before I head out in the world.  I'm pretty excited actually, strength and honor come in many forms and I'll get to see how abiding by these principles will affect my life. 

Enough for now though...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What Can you Do?

Today at work, I was tasked with training people on a tool of ours.  There were three of them to be exact and I trained each of them individually...this process took up most of my time at work today.  My voice is also quite tired from talking constantly during those 3-4 hours.  But, what can you do?  After all it is my job.  So am I upset?  Not at all.  I got to know those employees better than I knew them before and it was a nice break from what I usually do.

My speakers acted up again this evening and that was a "Why me?" moment.  But after searching support forums and through company sites I found that the problem didn't lie with my speakers, but with my computer itself.  The audio drivers and software just can't do the job.  Not only with the speakers, but they have trouble playing through the computer's built in speakers as well.  As if to make matters worse, I am constantly updating and repairing something or other when I use my laptop.  What can you do?  Haha, fortunately for this problem, I've got a remedy...buy a Mac (easier said than done I'm afraid).  I'm just glad I invested in an Avast! anti-virus program when school started...because my computer is virus free!

Life at Grandma's is good.  I've started taking my exercise a little more seriously and eating a little healthier.  I even wore athletic shorts to institute today so that I could run back to my truck afterwards (about a 3-4 minute run if that), every little bit helps. 

Finally, if there is one thing I would recommend purchasing to my fellow college students out there, it would be frozen chicken nuggets.  They're easy to heat up and not half-bad.  They make for a great snack too. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Universe Provides!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you want something or need something really bad and the events of your day play right into your needs?  I have those moments every now and then.  For example, there was a math assignment last week which I was pretty sure I performed badly on.  As luck would have it, the teacher decided not to collect homework that day.  In that case, it would've been appropriate to say "The Universe Provides!"  Another great example was something that happened last year during my Sr. year of high school.  Like many seniors, I chose sleep over breakfast and went to school hungry.  As luck would have it, someone brought boxes of doughnuts to class to celebrate something along with OJ and Chocolate Milk.  The Universe Provides!  Another way of saying that would be like this:

I had one of those moments today actually.  My school schedule on Tuesdays requires me to be at school from 1:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. then another class at 7:30 p.m. across the freeway.  This gives me just enough time to run to the apartment and grab a snack and then head out again.  Today we got out late :(  Just my luck.  I didn't have time to eat anything, so I went without.  About halfway through the lecture, my professor held up a green bag full of chocolates and said: "This was in here when I came in and I don't know who's it is, but I bet you guys would like some."  The Universe Provides!  And further still, my neighbor shared some sweet tarts with me!  I'd say that's about as good as it gets.

One more experience I'll share happened with my truck.  During high school, my dad and I often switched cars  (the mini-van which I named Dolores and my little truck) based on who needed what that day.  I found out that if I ran my truck almost out of gas before my dad needed it, that he would have no choice but to fill it and it would come back to me with at least a half-tank.  Of course, he did it to me too, but I would only put in enough gas to get by, and he would fill the truck.  I probably owe him some gas money still...but it's all in fun.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Perserverance or Desperation?

Today was full of victories and set backs for yours truly.  For those of you who read yesterday's post, you know that I was having trouble with my speaker system.  I'm happy and relieved to say that that problem got fixed and I am happily enjoying music.  While I scored a victory there, I was set back in my math goals.  You see, math was never my strong point in high school.  Now that I'm in college things have gotten a little better.  Except for today.  Have you ever had one of those "What just happened?" moments?  That was math class for me today.  It reminds me of a kid history video:

The part I'm referring to is when the mom comes and collects her "share" of the money.

Something else that happened today that caused quite a bit of stress was the misplacement of my iPod.  I searched all over the apartment for it and upstairs.  I even went as far as to dump out the garbage, recycling, and yard waste cans and dig through them for it.  When I didn't find it there, I came back inside to find my iPod sitting in plain site across the hallway in my roommate's bedroom.  That prompted the "Why me?" question.

But I bet all of the things that didn't go as planned were nothing compared to the stress my roommate Jonny must've felt when he discovered a virus disabling his .exe files on his computer.  Luckily, an hour or so later he was able to get it fixed.

All in all, I guess I can't complain.  Life's good, and in the long run, who cares if I missed a couple questions on a math assignment or searched for my iPod forever?  It's the things like that that make good stories.  After all, this has "gotta be the good life"

If Sundays Were Always Like This

Since I didn't get to sleep in yesterday, I was really looking forward to it today.  I slept in till about 10:30, which is really late for me.  It probably would've been longer had it not been for my roommate James wandering into my room and asking me if I wanted pancakes.  I was really out of it, so I mumbled something really in-audible and with one eye open...nodded yes. Then after pancakes I went back to bed.

 My homeward in Spanish Fork was having their Primary Program today.  So James, Jesse, Jonny, Sam, Aunt Myrna, Grandma and I all headed down to support my primary age siblings.  Added to my family, that made 12 people there from our "clan".  We took up a whole bench.  I'm way proud of my little brother Mack though...he got up and said his line in front of the whole congregation by himself.  We had to leave right after Sacrament Meeting though :(  I had to run back to the house to grab some piano music and my football gloves to take back to the apartment.  When we got to my house, we found a plethora of fresh fruits from our garden.  Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, and apples all over the kitchen.  They were really tasty.  Too bad we didn't bring any back with us.

Grandma got back from her cruise to Alaska yesterday.  So she cooked a big sunday dinner for us today.  One thing on the table I was extra careful to avoid was the pickled beets.  I don't know what it is about grandma, but she sure loves them.  If she sees you not eat something from the table, then she points it out as though you "forgot" to take them.  So I dumped a little of the juice on my plate to make it look like I'd had some.  Gotta credit James for the idea on that one. 

A sunday dinner isn't something you eat in portions.  You eat a sunday dinner in heaps and helpings.  Jonny apparently wasn't aware of this rule though and it wasn't until he asked for more potatoes that he found out.  Simply put, if you want seconds, you have to finish your firsts quickly, or take a large first helping.  Needless to say, I was quite full following grandma's delicious dinner and I headed downstairs for a nap. 

Then came the not so fun stuff...the procrastinated homework.  I quickly finished my history quizzes, then moved on to do my math.  Ugh, math has never been one of my strengths, but James showed me that if I did it on a whiteboard, I might improve.  So far, doing it on  the whiteboard has helped tremendously.  One thing that did go wrong though, was my Bose Companion 5 computer speakers failing to cooperate with my computer.  Anybody that knows about Bose, knows that they don't come cheap.  So I'll have to call Bose support tomorrow.
They were my senior gift.  They are also very special to me because mom and dad spent a little more than they were planning to on them.  So I want to do everything I can to make sure that their gift is well cared for.

Tomorrow starts a new week of work and school, it also includes a math test...may my ancestors give me strength...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Post #1

Well I've gotta say, this blog has been a long time coming.  As Mr. Cobb from Inception would say..."What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious."  Well that's about how my idea for this blog was.  Now that I'm moved out, this blog will be a great way for everyone back home to see the happenings of my day.  It's kind of exciting actually.  As you may have read in the description this blog is also going to double as a journal.  Don't get me wrong, writing in an actual journal is great, but as a busy college student constantly on the go, this is just easier. I know you probably don't want to spend your time reading about one of the the thousands of male college students' everyday lives.  I know I wouldn't, but I'll try to make this interesting.

But enough of the boring stuff, let's get to why you're here...

Today, or rather, yesterday (it's 1:00 in the morning haha) was saturday.  My sleep-in day after a long week of school and work.  Needless to say I was really looking forward to it.  As 8:00 a.m. rolled around I got a call from one of my younger cousins asking me to go play football with a bunch of guys from his ward.  I haven't done a lot of exercise lately due to my extremely busy schedule (shame on me) and I didn't want to get up because I was really tired.  But my disgust for my sedentary lifestyle got the better of me and I got out of bed.  I'm actually rather glad I did.  football was a lot of fun, and come to find out, they're playing next week.  Finally!  An exercise routine!  Or at least the start of one.

I also drove back home to Spanish Fork today to visit the family.  My little brother Mack (he's 4) had asked my mom for help to leave a voicemail on my phone telling me to come home and play.  What can you do?  I waited so long for a little brother (14 years) and I hardly get to spend time with him now.  So of course I went. 

When I got back to the apartment, one of my best buds from High School came up from Snow to visit.  It was good to see him again.  He's actually got his mission call now to Chile.  It's quite surprising to see how fast we've all grown up.  I won't leave till summer of next year.  By that time, most of my friends will have left for their missions. 

And lastly, this evening my roommates and I played Cranium.  I'd never played before, but it was a blast and we all had a good time.  Plenty of peanut M&M's and Swedish Fish to go around that's for sure (thanks Costco). 

Well that's it for tonight.  Lucky for me, my home ward doesn't start till 1:00 p.m. so I'll be able to sleep in later tomorrow to make up for the time I've spent on this blog tonight.