Tuesday, February 24, 2009
It’s sad isn’t it? Sad that it takes such a traumatic event to remind me how much my family means to me. Equally sad though, is how quickly I could forget such a powerful lesson about the impermanence of life. It’s so easy to lose that sense of what’s really important, and treat loved ones as though I have all the time in the world to right any wrongs, or make my love for them known. It’s easy to forget how close I came to losing them.
The scriptures always teach us to “remember,” I think not only to learn from past experiences, but also to see the hand of God in our lives and recognize how much He has done for us. Remembering can strengthen our faith to endure the inevitable trials of the future and help us to see the silver lining in even life’s most difficult challenges. From that experience I learned to love and appreciate my family, I saw the Christ-like love of others for us, and I learned a powerful lesson on priorities.
“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.” –Pres. Thomas S. Monson in “Finding Joy in the Journey.”
**If you remember when this happened, please put any memories you have in the comment section. I'd like to know what everyone else remembers. How you heard about it, etc. Thanks!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Fry Sauce – perhaps the best thing to come out of Utah besides, oh, Steve Young.
The term “Ward” - No, not referring to the geographical boundaries of members attending your congregation, but referring to the actual building you meet in. Like, “FHE is at the ward tonight.” Wuh?
Inversions – apparently you’re NOT supposed to go running outside when one is going on.
That you actually have to pay for parking downtown in most cities besides Las Vegas.
But my newest discovery, and one that has occupied my Saturday mornings for the last few weeks and probably will continue to because I LOVE it…
This, my friends is a new favorite activity of mine. Many of you know that I'm just not a fan of snow. Having lived in Las Vegas my whole life, all I think about when I think of snow is how annoying it is to drive in, scraping off my car and getting snow in my shoes, and slipping on the ice created by the snowplows trying to clear the snow--ugh. But snowshoeing has given me a new appreciation for this type of precipitation. It is absolutely beautiful!! Especially if you're the first one to break a new trail along freshly fallen snow, wow. And since I’ve only recently discovered how close the canyons really are to me, I’m gonna go all the time! Seriously, a ten minute drive from my parking lot and I’m at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Awesome – I know.
Morris (the planner of the event)
Mel, me, Neil taking a break
Mel and I starting back
Mel, me, Neil
The next week Mel, Emily, and I hiked to Lake Mary. I crossed my first frozen lake! Of course, that was after we let Mel go first, don't want to take any chances right?!
Mel and I
This butt slide didn't turn out to be as good as we'd hoped, but it was still fun. This is me and Emily behind.
Me in the trees
Mel has already given us some options for this Saturday -- USA Bowl, Bear Trap, or Mineral Fork. So many hikes, so little time...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
1. Did you date someone from your school?
2. Did you marry someone from your high school? Not likely
3. Did you drive to school or ride the bus? Drove (seminary before school and sports after school, the bus was usually not an option)
5. What kind of car do you have now? ’96 Mercedes Benz
6. It is Friday night now...where are you? Uh…Hopefully out on a date, more likely watching a movie, wishing I was playing hockey
This was the only picture I already had on my computer from high school. Ali and I got our picture in the newspaper along with an article and then the next week we raced Palo Verde in a dual meet. We ran as a pack most of the way and on top of that Ali and I made a wrong turn! Well, one Palo girl beat us and sure enough when we crossed the finish line we could hear people telling the winner, "You beat the newspaper girls! You beat the newspaper girls!" Really?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I did NOT want the Steelers to win. You want to know why?:
1. I always cheer for the underdog (unless they’re playing my team, in which case I want the underdog annihilated).
2. The Steelers just won the Super Bowl in 2006, and I don’t like to see dynasties on the rise (unless of course, it’s my team).
3. I know this is a totally FEMALE comment to make, but come one, the helmets? Can we get some symmetry here? Put the symbol on both sides please!
4. Despite being one of the oldest teams in the NFL, the Cardinals have only qualified for the playoffs 6 times, and have only won 5 playoff games (including this years 3 wins) Seriously, it was time for them to win.
5. The valiant efforts of Warner and Fitzgerald, daaaang.
6. And lastly, and perhaps most importantly - The Steelers win means they surpassed my team for number of Super Bowl wins and…I just didn’t want to see that.
So as we all know, despite a valiant effort by the Cardinals, it was the Steelers that came out the victor. Like one commentator said after the game, “A lot of times it’s not what you do in a game, it’s when you do it.” And the Cardinals just happened to take the lead with just under 3 minutes to play—plenty of time for the Steelers to score a touchdown and win the game. Boohoo.
Therefore, with much regret it seems I will have to say goodbye to the only record that, despite frankly terrible seasons these last 10 years, has allowed me to proudly exclaim my allegiance to the 49ers.