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 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 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.