January 30, 2008

It's a "suite" life

So tonight I had the opportunity to go to the Utah Jazz game. Many members of my department went: Nicole, Chris, Shane, Erin, Carol, her husband Tyler and last but not least yours truely.The great part about this was that the tickets were for the Xango Suite at the Energy Solutions Arena.

Boy do you get hooked up there. They serve you dinner, which included the best guacamole in the world. No joke! Then dessert, really good ice cream, ok ok just ice cream. Of course all the XanGo you can drink. What would a Xango Suite be without the juice there?!?

We had a lot of fun, although I think that the best part of the night was Cocoa Caffe. Chris introduced us to this quaint little cafe that serves the best hot chocolate I have ever had. This could very well be the best hot chocolate in the world, well at least in Utah. Erin described it best when she said "this is like the hot chocolate that is in the book the Polar Express". This is the perfect way to describe it. It tastes exactly like a melted candy bar. If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake and looking for a good cup o cocoa you should check it out. You won't regret it. Click here for the address, phone number, and reviews.

January 29, 2008

A natural leader...

I know that everyone has posted about the passing of President Hinckley. I can't help but imagine the joyous reunion it was with his beloved wife Marjorie. They were married for 67 years, that is amazing.

President Hinckley was formally introduced as the Church's president on March 13, 1995 (My birthday :)) During this press conference a reporter asked, “What will be your focus? What will be the theme of your administration?” President Hinckley responded, “Carry on. Yes. Our theme will be to carry on the great work which has been furthered by our predecessors.” That is just what he did. Some of his accomplishments are:
  • He traveled to over 60 countries
  • Dedicated 92 temples
  • Appeared on 60 minutes and Larry King live
  • Saw church membership rise to over 12 million members.
  • Started the Perpetual Education fund.
  • Along with the 12 apostles and first presidency published The Family: A Proclamation to the World
  • Oversaw extensive building projects such as the construction of the Conference Center and the renovation of the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
  • Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom

This is by no means a complete list of what he had accomplished. He was loved by all and will be missed my many.

"May the Lord bless each of us as we walk the path to perfection that the Lord has asked us to walk-with hope, with faith, and with that charity which is the pure love of Christ." President Gordon B. Hinckley, September 1999 Liahona, First Presidency Message

January 28, 2008

Ode to Evelyn


I was given the opportunity to babysit my cousins adorable little girl Evelyn. It was a lot of fun. She is the most loving little 18 month I have ever met. Her favorite thing was to read books while we watch Cinderella. She was such a good helper with the dishes and hardly cried when her parents left. We had a lot of fun together.

January 27, 2008

What if?

So this weekend I had the opportunity to go and see the movie The Bucket List. It was a good movie, about friendship and the importance of life and family.

This movie is about two elderly gentlemen that find out they have cancer and are not given much time to live. They make a list of the things they want to do before they die.

This got me thinking, big surprise I know. If I had cancer would I want to know. I think that it would depend. I guess if it was a cancer that could be fought and there was a high probability that I would survive, then I would be all right lets get going. Give me that chemo. However, if there was little chance that I would survive I don't think that I would want to fight it. I know it may sound as though I am being a doomsdayer (is that a word, if not I hope you know what I mean). It's not like I am just giving up.

Here is my reasoning. The treatment of cancer leaves you extremely sick. This is not a one time deal there is a series of treatments that you go through. I dont want to spend the last little bit of my life sick in bed. I want to live life. I want to have fun. I want to spend that time with my family and friends making memories. Call me selfish but I don't want the last memories of me that people have to be me vomiting because of the chemotherapy. There are many things that I want to do. If I only had a little bit of time left I know I would not want to be in bed sick. I know that I would be sick anyways as cancer is not a walk in the park but why be sicker than you have to be, especially if there is only a small chance you will survive.

After I came to this conclusion I began thinking that there is no guarantee on life. I don't know how much time I have left to live. I could die tomorrow, I am hoping that this doesn't happen but it could. I don't want to wait for a diagnosis of a terminal disease to start living my life and making goals. I am going to do it now. This life is a gift and should be treated as such. I am going to do the things that I want to now while I still can. I had better go and make a list.

January 25, 2008

New Shoes!

Tonight my friend Amanda and I went to get pedicures. They were awesome and very needed. If you haven't had one for awhile you should treat yourself, soon.

After a long and luxurious foot massage. We were ready to go, so they put on the little paper flip-flops. We continued to sit there while the polish dried. The one lady told us that we could leave, but we needed to leave on the given flip-flops for 24 hours. You read it right 24 HOURS! I had a look of shock on my face as she said that. I asked again to make sure I had heard it right, and she said yes. Apparently it takes that long for 4 coats to dry.

We figured that she meant for the night. We had decided earlier to go and get some food at the grocery store and make it at my apartment. Consequently, we had to wear our new shoes to the store. Imagine that two girls walking around the store in paper flip-flops. We were quite the site for sore eyes.

The good news is that you too can have a pair of these wonderful and stylish shoes all for the low low price of $25 plus a tip. (No seriously, go get one. You deserve it. You wont regret it)

January 24, 2008

Blogging Buddies

My friend Reagan has recently joined the ranks of many in an attempt to win the "Blogging Buddy of the Year" award. This years contest is held by KIRK. This is pure genius, and although I don't know KIRK personally I now admire him for his ingenuity, and wish to know him.

This year I solemnly support Reagan Florence in her quest to become KIRK'S number one blogging buddy. Reagan is a great friend and will do anything for anyone. She has become the best lunch buddy and I know that if KIRK ever needs anything he can count on this little feisty girl. She will fight until the death for something she believes in (don't get her started on politics) she is loyal to her friends and the beloved University of Utah.

That is why I solemnly declare full support and nomination to Reagan Florence for KIRK'S the winner of this contest.

Because KIRK is smart he will vote for Reagan, and because he loves the country and the way of life. I know this because he has come up with this awesome contest.

*the previous message was paid for by the Vote For Reagan '08 Campaign. (We do not buy votes, we win them)

January 21, 2008

"A paradox, a paradox, a most peculiar paradox"

So get this. I moved into my ward in May. I did not receive a calling and I was getting frustrated about it. The thought came into my mind that maybe they were going to leave things as is until the start of the school year.

Well the start of the school year came and went. I still had not received any calling and I was beginning to feel irritated about it. It is really hard to move into a ward without knowing anyone and get to know new people. This is usually made easier by getting involved in the ward, you know like having a calling. Some time passed and I decided to be proactive about this. Scheduled a meeting to talk with my bishop to let him know of my concerns. I spoke with him and he assured me that I would be given a calling.

Some more time passes, and I begin to feel upset. I had a lot of other things going on in my life and I truly felt the need to serve. I went and spoke to my bishop once again It was now the end of October. He told me that he would make sure that I was given a calling.

Some more time passed. It was now December and I went to get my temple recommend signed by the stake president. He asked me if I fulfill all of my callings. I started to cry. I was feeling worthless and not needed where I was. That is a feeling that no one should have to experience. I explained to him that I had spoke with the bishop about this, but I still had not received a calling. He told me that it was not suppose to be like (I already knew this, I did pick up on a few things during my mission), and that he would talk to my bishop.

More time passes. I start to wonder what I am suppose to do and I have the strong impression that I need to move up. More specifically, to Salt Lake. I start looking. I wanted to be in the south end of the valley. On Friday night I was looking on craigslist.com and I found a place. Immediately this place seemed right. I was within my price range and in the location I wanted. I emailed the girl. Saturday she emailed me back and told me it was available still and asked to set up a time to go and see it. I called her we set up a time for early this week. Sunday morning I list my apartment contract online. Then I go to church. In Sunday school, I am pulled out and given a calling. I was sustained in Sacrament meeting, and set apart after the meetings.

I just find it so weird the timing of it all. Does this mean that the Lord does not want me to move? Am I suppose to stay where I am? There are other reasons for wanting to move. I have honestly felt that it was the right thing, until now. Now I am just confused, and I would be lying if I didn't say I was a little bit annoyed. Timing is everything right?!

January 15, 2008

Puppy Love

My sister recently got a new dog. My nephew has now adopted this puppy as his own. He has even give her a name, Cooper. This apparently was not a suitable name for this dog as my sister had tried to name her Coco. I choose to call the dog Cooper, I think it is cute. I want my nephew to think that he gave the dog a good name.

Anyways, I have no doubt that this puppy will be very loved. She already has a permanent place in the back of my nephews tonka truck. He likes to put the dog in this big yellow tonka truck with his blanket and sippy cup and proceed to race around the kitchen. I do believe the dog has fallen out every single time Devin turns the corner. Every time she falls out Devin will pick her up and kiss her on the head to make sure she is ok. Poor thing. But just look at the smile on Devin's face, I think it is worth it.

P.S. Please don't call animal control, we are not in anyway like Michael Vick.

January 13, 2008

To date or not to date.

So here are some questions every girl should ask herself before she agrees to a second date with any man.

  • If while you are sleeping on the couch your date asks you if you would have his first illegitimate child, does this man deserve to ever see you again?
  • If your date gives you a shotgun shell at the end of the date to remember him by (what is he going to go use the rest of the box to kill himself?) , does he deserve a second date?
  • If he borrows your blingin earrings to wear in his family portrait, should you see him again, or count the earrings as a loss?
  • If your date scratches your ears and stomach to fill the void of not having a dog, should you go out with him again?
  • If you date has been visited by the three nephites, should you agree to see him again, or call the local psych ward?
  • If you were left to watch a movie in a theater by yourself because you date got "lost" on the way back from the bathroom, should you agree to go out with him again?
  • If your date calls you a lesbian, will he get to go out with you again?
  • If the guy you are out with tells you, he is recently divorced but he is going to write a book on the way women think, should you trust his judgmen?. It's not like he has had a lot of success in this department. (I don't see this book on the New York Times bestseller list)
  • If your date calls his mother while you are at dinner, do you want to pursue this relationship?

These things have happened to me or to my close friends. I am beginning to wonder if it is the guys who has the problem, or us? Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

January 7, 2008

Running, Running, Running, Running

I am going to do it. I have decided to run in the Salt Lake City marathon. I will be participating in the half marathon. I am super excited about this. I have a training schedule and have been sticking to it. I feel great about this goal. It is a big goal since the race is in April, and I have never done anything like this before. I feel a little scared that I wont be able to do it, but I also feel confident in my decision to push myself and make it happen. If you want more info on this, or want to know how you can sign up let me know.

January 3, 2008

Flight of the Conchordes

I was recently introduced to this lovely little novelty group, Flight of the Conchordes. I am posting a fun little clip for all to enjoy. Thanks to all those who shared with me their favorite clips. It has made my life almost complete.

*to get the full effect make sure you pause the music on the playlist so you can give your full attention to the video.

January 1, 2008

Stupidest show ever

Tonight I am just relaxing. This includes laying on the couch with a blanket and watching a little TV. I happened to turn to MTV. There was this show on that I had never seen before, so I thought I would watch it.. I think it is called my super sweet sixteen. Basically its a bunch of spoiled rich brats who have no shortage of self-esteem, planning a birthday party for themselves. Its like a rule that they get a luxury car, and a recording artist to perform. Yeah the works. Its ridiculous.

The topper was this one girl, Priscilla. It was her quincenera and her mom bought her a Lexus and gave it to her on her birthday. Well this was not what she wanted, apparently it wasn't the right interior color, and she wanted it to be given to her at the party. She threw a fit and told her mom that she ruined her birthday. She yelled at her court All because she got the car on the wrong day. Oh shoot me! Puhleeese!!! Get a grip Priscilla, most 16 year olds would be happy with a 1991 Ford Taurus. Don't worry after a night of thinking she apologized to her court and her mom and they party was back on. Thank goodness I was going to die if I couldn't find out what happened at the party. I was very proud of her mom because after the little fit she sent the car back and didn't give her one the day of the party.

Stupidest show ever. Why am I still watching it?

Reflection, Resolution, etc...

Happy New Year. I enjoy this time of year because it is a time to reflect and make goals for the upcoming year. I am determined to keep my resolutions this year. 2008 is going to be great!!!