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.