As young adults, there is so much expected of us. There are days where you have to multi-task things that really shouldn't be done at the same time; Like filing your nails while driving. I'm a believer in enjoying everything you do and never doing anything simply because you think you "should." But this doesn't apply if you're a slacker. Being lazy is lame.

30 December 2008


You see, it's a delicate thing between the fan and the game. It really cannot be understood by an outsider; The way a fan feels about his/her team, how he/she cares for the team gear, the process of getting ready for a game, big or small. Speaking from both sides of the fence, to those who haven't yet come to fully realize their dedication to their colors, the fandom may come to you at any time. You may not expect it, as I did not. A small taste of victory* will fill your senses that will take you back again and again to a seat to watch the game. It is a feeling like none other. A sweet sense of pride and love that will carry through your days, into the sunset of your life. A fan and his/her game: a relationship that will never die.

*Note: This may only apply to Ute fans. If your team is not victorious, you're probably not a Ute.

28 December 2008

Getting Old

Getting older, obviously there are more memories. Part of getting older also seems that all the memories feel like they happened yesterday. Anyone else feel like that?

27 December 2008

Sweet Little Jesus Boy.

Sweet little Jesus Boy
They made you be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child.
Didn't know who you was.
Didn't know you'd come to save us Lord
To take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we could not see.
We didn't know who you was.

Long time ago
You was born,
Born in a manger Lord.
Sweet little Jesus Boy.

The world treat you mean Lord
Treat me mean too.
But that's how things is down here
We don't know who you be.

Sweet little Jesus Boy
Born a long time ago.
Sweet little Holy Child
We didn't know it was you.

*sung by Mormon Tabernacle Choir, featuring Audra McDonald

24 December 2008


Here in the United States of America, the people have grown to love what liberty stands for. As basic rights, we believe that freedom of establishment and practice of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition are necessary. We believe that the pursuit of happiness is up to each individual in any way they choose.

But we're not always the smartest beings through our choices.

Freedom, Happiness; The drive for all human beings in every nation, culture, race, religion, family. As mortals, we inevitably make mistakes. We have to. We really don't have a choice, for a few reasons. Imperfect understanding, imperfect bodies, imperfect surroundings.

When it comes to a freedom and happiness, people seem to have the perspective that whatever they want in a moment is what is best for them. Freedom to eat what you want. Freedom to buy what you want. Freedom to drink. Freedom to drugs. Freedom to sexual relations. Result: More difficulty in physical activity. Need to buy more, more to clean, more to fix. Addiction to alcohol and abuse to people around you. Addiction to drugs and neglect of people around you. Resentment, pain, disloyalty, mistrust.

Why get married? You are free to live and do as you choose with your career, social life, money. Why must it be someone of the opposite gender? Same sex marriage is easier, besides, you love them. What's the problem? It doesn't hurt anyone else.

Marriage is difficult. But partnership but it's a chance to grow, to love someone more than yourself. Without it, you are not free to progress to your fullest potential. Logically, if you are with a same gender partner, biologically you operate similarly. Less opportunity to learn and grow from differences between males and females.

The purpose of life is to progress as much as possible. Why do anything that would limit your fullest progression? Lasting freedom and happiness means understanding limitations and respecting your potential. Know who you can be, and make the greatest out of who you are.

23 December 2008

Ode to Things We Can Live Without...But Really Can't

Oh the mighty leg warmers, won't you my ankles keep so warm,
While the moon boots tightly keep the snow and wet from my toes.
Oh the iPod plays so clearly all of the music to my ears.
Great and shiny balls of glitter, light my day with peace and glee.
Oh the cheez dat fils each hour with cuteness that defies all wit.
Dear Utes won't you fill the world with sweet and lovely victory.

Oh the chat box so attached to my heart and my social life,
What more can I ask for from you than to keep me up all night.
Ice Cream calls me from all corners of the world at any time.
Oh my cell phone, won't you ring me anyone to text or talk.
Snowballs won't you fly so true, my enemie's about to shoot. *thwump*
And the stuffedest animal to hug and hold and throw and chew.

*Gold Star with an LED if you can tell me which Ode this truly is.

21 December 2008

As a Child

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we are taught that we are children of God. Literal sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father and Mother. We learn that we must learn to be as children, accept our Father's will for us and are welcome to receive His love if we but ask to feel it. We are taught to be "meek, submissive, humble, patient, and full of love" (Mosiah 3:19).

We grow up understanding these qualities to be most desirable, yet I believe we still get wrapped up in "I'm an adult now." Yes, most have come a long way from how a toddler behaves, but how far are we really from the mind frame that we are still learning. Many people my age have gotten into the habit of ridicule and impatience with themselves for all the things they cannot do, or imperfect living. We desire so much to be meek, patience and full of love, yet we are not with ourselves. Though we have matured physically, we seem to think automatically we should be able to perform perfectly. "Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth." (Doctrine and Covenants 50:40).
"Fear not, little children, for you are mind, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me; " (Doctrine and Covenants 50:40-41).

20 December 2008

Ute Sports

You see, there's this thing called victory. It seems to be something that is quite attracted to the University sports teams.

Tonight, 71 to 61 against Weber. A dirty game, but ended well.

Louie Sakota totally sat in front of me.

19 December 2008

And there was much rejoicing throughout all the land; And also much eating of ice cream.


17 December 2008

It's Christmas Time Indeed Part 3

Snowball Fight
*To the tune of "Jingle Bells"

Dashing through the house
'Cause I can't find my left boot
Gotta head outside
This one'll be a beaut
The powder's two feet deep
Whole front lawn is white
We'll stomp and we'll attack,
And we won't come back till midnight. Oh...

Snowball fight
Snowball fight
Join us if you dare
We'll make sure a clump of snow
Lands in your underwear!

Snowball fight
Snowball fight
Favorite winter sport
We'll pelt until it melts,
And we will never leave our fort!

Johnny can't come out
'Cause he's stuck inside with flu
He's a snowball champ,
So here is what we do
With buckets full of snow
We step up to his door
We ring his bell
He answers it
We start a snowball war! Oh...

Snowball fight
Snowball fight
Snow flies left and right
Johnny's living room
Is now all covered up in white.

Snowball fight
Snowball fight
Gee, our moms are sore
We may not get outside
Till at least the next spring thaw!

by Alan Katz and David Catrow Where did they hide my presents?

16 December 2008

Walking in a Winter Wonder-accident-pron-Land

To ensure safety of all humans on campus, the University has offered a page of tips. Directly quoted from the web page. May I say, common sense anyone?

Be Safe

  • Plan extra time on your schedule to prevent being in a rush. Most accidents occur due to inattention or being in a hurry.
  • Remove snows from shoes before entering any building.
  • Always use a handrail when climbing up and down stairs.
  • Always use handrail when getting in and out of buildings, vehicles or public transportation.
  • Wear footwear with traction, consider Yax Trax or something similar.

Be Smart

  • Walk at a slower pace.
  • Stay on designated walkways.
  • Watch and avoid slippery surfaces.

Be Seen

  • Wait for vehicles to make a complete stop before crossing the road.
  • Wear visible clothing especially at night or during heavy snow.

If you fall relax and try to fall as limply as possible. Avoid using your arms to stop your fall. (Does anyone else see an image of a rag doll? Seriously, the first thing I think when I slip is "oh crap!" not "oh, I should relax, just like in the bath...")

Driving a Vehicle

  • Avoid driving with snow "peep holes".
  • Make the time to completely clear the snow and ice off your vehicle. Start from the roof, all windows, hood, trunk, turn signals, head and taillights, mirrors and fenders.
  • Leave sufficient distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow manueverability and avoid possible collision. Give enough space so you can stop sooner
  • Slow down. Roads may be slippery due to black ice.
  • Avoid making abrupt lane changes.
  • Avoid any distractions when driving such as using your cellphone.
According to the Federal Highway Administration's national statistics, an average of 232 pedestrians are injured each day while a pedestrian is killed or injured every 7 minutes.

Umm, thanks. I'll do my best.

15 December 2008

Stinks, but useful

Gas stations do not carry the most lovely fragrance, but the putrid liquid does enough for us, we tolerate them.

A few months ago I paid $40 for a tank of gas.

Today I paid $15.

Now THAT is exciting to see if I showed you with my hands. *happy dance*

13 December 2008

It's Christmas Time Indeed Part 2

At the Malls
*To the tune of "Deck the Halls"*

At the malls
No parking spaces
Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
Can't we go home?

Million cars
Ten parking places
Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
Can't we go home?

You said this would be a fun day
Ma Ma Ma
Ma Ma Ma
Let's go home
This could take till Easter Sunday
Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
Can't we go home?

All this circling is a dumb thing
Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
Can't we go home?
There was can make Grandma something
Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma
Can't we go home?

What's that, Mom? You're shopping for me?
Ma Ma Ma
Ma Ma Ma
Please let's stay
Let's keep looking, it won't bore me
Who cares if we drive
Around all day!

by Alan Katz and David Catrow Where did they hide my presents?

It's a Choir thing.

A list of things only choir people seem to find entertaining:

Playing with large chimes that play incredibly low notes.
Playing with small chimes that sound like pounding metal, striking it again and again.
Playing with chimes, picking dissonant chords and playing them all at once, again and again.
Singing off key while someone is singing beautifully.
Everyone singing in a different key, namely R flat Major.

08 December 2008

Vitae Lux "Light of Life"

Light of life
Strength of life
From whom hope thrives
Lead during the shade of night
May (our) feet be strengthened.
Soon enters
The power of death is strong
Life’s path will cause pain
May He assuredly hide us.

Originally Sung by Sissel in Latin

07 December 2008

Sweet new-born Babe, how frail!

Where shepherds lately knelt, and kept the angels’ word,
I come in half belief, a pilgrim strangely stirred;
But there is room and welcome there for me,
But there is room and welcome there for me.

In that unlikely place I find Him as they said;

Sweet new-born Babe, how frail! And in a manger bed:
A still small Voice to cry one day for me,
A still small Voice to cry one day for me.

How should I not have known Isaiah would be there,
His prophecies fulfilled? With pounding heart I stare:
A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace for me,
A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace for me.

Can I, will I forget how Love was born and burned
Its way into my heart unasked, unforced, unearned,
To die, to live, and not alone for me?
To die to live and not alone for me.

Remember, remember; That Christmas day is not just a day for family and gift-giving. It is not only a celebration of the birth of Christ, but of His life. He stepped down from His throne to extend His hand to be wounded that we may live. That all people could live in peace, love and joy for eternity. You've noticed the special feeling that the world just seems happier at Christmas-time. As thoughts are turned to Jesus Christ, His Spirit is poured out among man. His love that is unforced, and we can never pay for is spilled out in abundance. As you sing the songs of His birth, remember the Life that followed, and the sacrifice that ended His mortality. I testify that Jesus Christ lives and continues to plead for us.

*Where Shepherds Lately Knelt

06 December 2008

It's Christmas Time Indeed

Toy Catalogs
*To the tune of "O Tannenbaum"*

Toy catalogs
Toy catalogs
Each morning I inspect 'em
They're volumes of
The stuff I love
That's why I must collect 'em
These days they're truly all I read
They're crammed with stuff I truly need
I take care of
Toy catelogs
I and I protect them.

I'm copying
My catalogs
So Santa will know better
I've circled everything I want
'Cause I don't need a sweater
A building set, a bass guitar
A jumbo jet, a racing car
Dear Santa Claus, I'm sorry it's
A thirty-nine page letter.

Toy catalogs
Toy catalogs
They make me so ecstatic
But thanks to these
Toy catalogs,
My life is problematic
If Santa brings each thing I ask,
To fit it all will be a task
My room is full with catalogs,
So I'll move to the attic!

by Alan Katz and David Catrow Where did they hide my presents?

04 December 2008

A Small Soap-Box

*clearing throat and stepping onto box*

What is it with "Bridal Photos"? Yes, your dress is lovely. You look radiant. You're making the biggest decision of eternity. But really. This isn't something you are doing alone, so why do you need a photo shoot all to yourself? Your man looks dashingly handsome as well, don't you want him in most of the photos?

*stepping off soap-box*

02 December 2008

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Just before each General Conference session for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, discussion would ensue about the General Authorities and who people were most looking forward to. Many times when the name Elder Wirthlin came up, people would say they could never particularly relate to his talks. One such discussion, a wise man, Brother Decker, said that each Apostle had their own job. Elder Wirthlin may not be a riveting orator, but he kept tight financial records; He was fantastic with numbers.

Then something changed within this man. Last year he was giving a talk on charity, how it is the small acts of kindness that are of most worth. He began shaking as he spoke. His body did nothing to deter him from continuing his message. Elder Russell M. Nelson appeared behind him. Together they stood until Joseph Wirthlin finished his talk. Later it was stated he had locked his knees and was unable to loosen them. But at that moment, Christ-like love was manifest. From that moment on, people looked forward to the talk given by Joseph B. Wirthlin.

The last talk given in General Conference is titled "Come what may, and love it." Not only someone who has learned to endure the trials of life, but he learned to love every moment.

He will be missed, but he is now reunited with his wife Ruby, who preceded him in death. Much love to you Elder Wirthlin. Thank you for your service, love and example.

It should also be noted that he played football for the University of Utah.

01 December 2008

Airport Part 2

Today, I received a Passenger Receipt and Itinerary from Delta, giving me said information for my flight. For convenience this piece of paper says Simply bring your enclosed ET Passenger Receipt, along with your photo ID, to the airport.

Good job Delta. My flight was last week and I have already successfully returned from the trip.
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