Sunday, June 20, 2010

Charity Date Auction

Kati and I are on the advertisements for the BYU-Idaho Charity Date Auction. So much fun. We're a little famous now on the BYU-Idaho campus.


No Day But Today

Sometimes I feel like I couldn't be more blessed, and sometimes I wish I could even recognize one good thing in my life. It's weird how bipolar I can be. Recently I have been loving life. Every single aspect of it. I have been doing an Ironman Triathlon on campus this month. That is 112 miles biking, 26 miles running and 97 miles swimming. It has been pretty difficult to find time to do it, and I only have 10 days left. I'm more than half way done, I'll run 2.5 miles tomorrow and bike about 20. It should be a good day. I wish I had more time every day so I could finish it faster. Oh well, it's been a blast so far.

Saturday I went "mountain" biking with my good friend Julie. It was so much fun. We went out on some farm roads out in the country in some canyon type things. It was a lot of fun. I could really bike all day long.

Wednesday we had a ward activity in the cold, it was a lot of fun.
My FHE sister Anna
Our FHE family


Also, today I was talking to my good friend Sam (see picture below) about self improvement. I often think about my future and how I don't think I'll ever get married. Part of this stems from the fact that I am never going to be perfect. The flaws that I have are sometimes overwhelming. I really would love to be perfect at everything. My thought is always "would I marry someone with my qualities?" And my answer is always "no." Why can't I be perfect, and why would I never date someone like me? I just need to focus on improving every aspect of who I am and understanding that maybe someday I'll find someone who completes me and helps me with my shortcomings. Maybe someday that'll happen.
Anyway, in all of this I can't help but think of my favorite line from RENT: "No day but today." There is no sense in dwelling on my shortcomings or worrying about what might happen. I just need to live each day as if it is my last and as if nothing bad has ever happened in the past. It has already happened, learn from it and move on. That motto makes life so much easier.

Friday, June 18, 2010

BYU-Idaho Rodeo

Tonight I rode a steer in the BYU-Idaho Rodeo. I've done this once before, but I did horribly this time. It's so embarrassing, I don't even want to post the video. Someday I will be better at steer riding. I think it is one of those things that takes practice, but for some reason I haven't found too many opportunities to practice riding a steer. Eventually I'll be a cowboy.
This is part of the fan crew that came.
My favorites: Angie and Bryce. Bryce also rode a steer.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

DC Recap

It has been a little while since my first DC post. Coming back to school has been difficult. Even though I did all my homework before I left, I still have so much to do every single day. I feel like I'm drowning sometimes (and not in the literal way like I almost did in the pool on Tuesday). Overall, the greatest part of DC was visiting the American Red Cross. I want to get an internship there so bad! We got to meet with the assistant to the president (a BYU-Idaho graduate) and the H.R. rep. It was so great to hear about all the opportunities they have. I'm polishing up my resume so I can send it in.

We were also able to go visit all of the monuments. Here are some photos:





Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Washington DC Part I

Today is my first day in DC and I love it! I can't wait to actually move here some day. Here is why I love it:
Perfect weather
Beautiful architecture
Historical monuments/sites
Museums
Runners galore!
Diversity
Plus more...
Here are some pictures so far.



We also rode the metro, along with the longest escalator ever. We saw a group of gay men in matching tank tops and shorts dancing to My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson, we also got to help this nice hispanic family that didn't speak any English. Basically my life will be amazing for the next few days. Get ready for some blog love. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sneak Peak

Here's a commercial I made for Guitar's Unplugged this weekend. Hope it gets good reviews. :)


video

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I Love to See the Temple


I love the temple! I was driving today after playing the piano with an FHE sister and the temple was gorgeous. We just had to take a picture. Then as I was bluetoothing it to my computer, I realized that exactly a year from today I went to the Oquirrh Mountain temple open house. So I thought I would show off the amazing (ha!) photos my phone takes.

The Rexburg Temple, June 6, 2010
Oquirrh Mountain Temple, June 6, 2009

Friday, June 4, 2010

Homework, Sleep or Social Life?

This weekend will be one of the busiest I've ever had. In preparation to go to Washington DC next week I have to do all my homework for next week, all the publicity for Service Activities, film and edit 2 commercials, and much more. Here is my to do list before Monday night (excluding things to get ready for DC):
  • HSO advertising
  • 10 Good/10 Bad
  • Adopt a Grandparent advertising
  • Charity Date advertising
  • Service Week publicity
  • Write scripts for, film and edit two commercials
  • Create music for podcast in garage band
  • Record voice for podcast
  • Actually create my podcast
  • Test
  • 2 blog posts
  • Self Assessment
  • Case Study
  • Read Celestial Marriage talk
  • Write a sacrament talk
  • Read Family Ordinances
  • Read Covenants
  • Self assessment
  • Read 45 more pages (already read 20) for Conflict Management
I think that is it...maybe more. Oh yeah! Bike 12 miles and swim 10 laps for my Iron Man. Sheesh! This is going to be ridiculous.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Paul Singles Ward

I needed to talk about Sunday because I completely forgot in my last two blogs. First of all, we decided to go to a singles ward in Burley. Sounded like a great plan. I'd never been, and one of Ricks friends went to that ward. We called him up and it turns out they have Stake Conference. We decide to continue in our pursuit of a singles ward and we head out to Paul (my assigned stake).

We pull up to the church building (seminary building I think) and pile out of the car. Rick, Julie, Stuart and I were all excited to see what Paul had to offer. We stroll in a few minutes late and discover that we are not in church but rather a seminar on how to gain employment, make a resume and market yourself. We were kind of confused, but since it was the fifth Sunday of the month, we figured it was a special presentation. We suffered through it and were excited when the opening prayer was said for Sunday School.

Oh no, why were we excited? A freckle faced kid got up and announced "I didn't feel like preparing a lesson today, so we have a video." He then proceeded to pop in a Living Scriptures video. I couldn't believe it! Here we were, a class of 18-30 year olds watching cartoons. Why had we decided on visiting Paul Singles Ward? But then it gets better because the VCR (yes, it was VHS) stops working. Hallelujah! The teacher decides he better go get his manual. Wait, what do you suppose happens next? Of course, he walks into the room with a mini TV and VCR combo. We're going to finish the video!

We all sit anticipating what could possibly happen next in the Living Scriptures production of Samuel, the Boy Prophet. The teacher presses play, we gather around the 12 inch screen and 85 seconds later the film ends and the credits roll. Then we get to hear a testimony about how great the Living Scriptures are. Edification? Ha! Since our lesson ended 20 minutes early we decided to ditch out and go to the Paul 3rd ward for Sacrament. Turns out we weren't the only ones. There were at least 3 others from the other ward that we saw in our new meetinghouse.

I've included a screenshot of mormon.org and the meetinghouse locater, in case you would like to experience this for yourself. It truly was a blessed(say it with two syllables) experience.

Memorial Day Continued

So I must admit that Memorial Weekend was amazing. It was so relaxing and great. I really needed it. Now I’m suffering through school since I did hardly any homework the whole weekend. Anyway, here are some highlights…

We went adventuring up a mountain with Rick.

We also found a “Sword in the Stone” only ours was a pipe in the dirt. Still pretty impressive.

Then we played baseball with poo and the pipe.


We peed on the Declo D at the top of the mountain. Sorry all you Decloites. We just had to do it.

Watching the sunset.

We also had the most amazing time next to the river.

Other great things:

Excessive amounts of BBQ. Shooting. Bike Ride. Washing my car. Best friends ever.

Basically this doesn’t even describe the weekend, but it was great.