Monday, April 23, 2007

This is really cool

I have had soooo much fun with this. I like to choose places opposite of eachother and say that the people are opposites. The opposite of a Brazilian? An Indonesian.

Other intriguing opposites:

Colombia/ Thailand
Argentina& Chile/ China
Spain/ New Zealand
Mongolia/ Argentina
Vietnam/ Peru

There are others. I think.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Story About Love- ft. Eggs

Okay, I have never painted eggs for easter. But today, my friend Jason invited me to come color some eggs in the girl's hall basement with some girls. So I was all for that- I loved it. I was very creative and made four awesome eggs, who wanted to be in a story, so I took pictures and made a story. Here you go:

There once was an egg named Eggbraham Eggsteinowitz

He had a girlfriend- sunrise.

They decided to take a walk together. Their life was good.

They played and Sunshine saw somene- another egg. But this egg was different.

"What's your name?" asked Sunrise.

"They call me Sunset" said the egg.

Eggbraham and Sunrise noticed that Sunset was... different. He was on his side.

"I know, I'm a freak. Go on.. you two seem to be having lots of fun together. I don't want to ruin it."

"Hey Sunrise, do you know any other eggs that lay on their side?" asked Eggbraham.

"I don't, and Sunset seems so sad." She replied.

"Wait, who is that?" Asked Eggbraham, looking sightly to Sunrise's left.

"Hi. My name is Hyphy. I see that you're on your side too. What's your name?" The new egg asked Sunset.

"My name is Sunset and... would you like to take a walk with me?"

"I'd love to. Let's go" sid Hyphy.

They made small talk and Eggbraham and Sunrise waved goodbye.

"They look good together" remarked Sunrise.

"Stop trying to compare our relationship to every other egg you see. You're smothering me" replied Eggbraham. But he added a "JK' so they both laughed.

"So, what's your sign?" asked Sunset.

"We're eggs. How would we know anything about astrology?" Hyphy replied.

Sunset laughed nervously.

"Hyphy?" said Sunset.

"Yes, Sunset?" she replied.

"Hyphy, I haven't known you for very long, but... you're the most beautiful egg I've ever met." He stammered.

"Oh Sunset, no other egg has ever said that about me!" She fluttered.

"That's because usually eggs can't talk." He smirked.

They fell in love. It was a happy relationship.

"Isn't that nice?" asked Sunrise.

"Stupid side laying eggs! They should go back up the bum they were born from, if you asked me" replied Eggbraham.

"Eggbraham, I didn't know you were Egg-cist!" Sunrise cried in horror.

"No, I'm sorry, it's how my dad was raised. In the South on a cotton plantation. He was the plantation owner's favorite egg." He explained.

"Well then I guess I can forgive you, but you have to change." She said.

"I will change. I will change for you, my Love" and Sunrise knew he wasn't lying.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Some... Kinda Weird News and Normal News

Okay, first the kinda weird news. About... two years ago, I dated this girl, we'll call her Kara, we met at EFY, kept it up for a while, she went to BYU-I, we kept in touch, then eventually we broke up, a couple weeks later she was engaged, got married a year ago-ish. That's cool, right? It was a good relationship- she was a wonderful girl and we had some excellent memories (that was the year I did stand up at EFY- oh man did people love that), and I was happy for her when she got married. There's a funny story about that, maybe I'll share it with you some other time. But anyways, I just recently talked to her, lemme see if I have a copy of our conversation... oh yeah, here we go:

me: (Kara)?
her: Dan?
me: wow. it's been.... forever
her: yeah it has
her: hows it goin!?
me: how are you?
me: It's going alright. I'm almost done with my second semester at BYU
her: w00t
her: nice
her: im good. very pregnant lol
her: whats your major?
me: i just changed it to management w/ an emphasis in finance
me: wait.... you're pregnant?
me: oh wow

So yeah, she's pregnant. And I dated her, so now a girl I dated is going to have her kid (his name is Maximus) in 5 weeks. I'm very... happy? But it's such a surreal realization, especially since my oldest sister who is somewhat older than Kara, and they're both having their first kid within a month and a half of eachother. This is all a bit much for me to take in. Can anyone bring some perspective to this that perhaps I'm completely blind to?

Life is good, school's wrapping up and I'm all wrapped up in school. I'm seeing all of my guy friends get their calls- I'm excited for them. Four are getting them in the next couple of days, and I am just thinking... I've got a couple months until I even put in my papers! I know it's crazy but I'm already really excited. I'm applying to be a Y-Group Leader for next fall. Wish me luck on that- it's be way fun, but I doubt they'll take me since I'm still pre-mish.

I'm working on getting work for this summer. There's so much I can do I honestly don't know when it's going to go off or what exactly I'm going to end up doing. I just know that I want to visit my nephew, work, work-out, and go to this rifle/ handgun school with my dad and brother.

It's a long, strange road ahead, and I think I'm just beginning to see where it's going.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Obligatory Conference Post

So, I took tons of notes for General Conference. This was the first time I didn't sleep through an entire session- I felt really good about that. I went to SLC for the Saturday afternoon session. I was in the Conference Center, and unfortunately we had no idea that it would be broadcast from the Tabernacle. Don't get me wrong, I loved every moment of the session- remembering is good to do, especially of such an historical building. Unfortunately we had balcony seats and watched it all on one of three giant screens (or one of five or six really small ones, if you squinted), and overall had a terrible time parking. Seriously- it took us an hour to park, for very many reasons.

So, my highlights from each session:
Saturday Morning

Richard G. Scott
- Answers will come a piece at a time so that as we grow we're able to understand more. I really liked this- it made a lot of sense to me, because I'm always growing, and I know that I'm not able to get the whole answer each time I ask.
-If you're prepared, living righteously and living in trust, don't worry about not getting an answer- it means the Lord trusts the decision you will make. Again, something I enjoyed hearing- I often don't get an answer to my prayers, but I don't get a stupor of thought. I had always wondered exactly what it meant, at least for me and this is the big answer for me.

Jeffrey R. Holland
-I really enjoyed this talk and it spoke deeply to me. I enjoyed it because I'm very interested in the words we use, and he had a great quote from the Apocrypha, "The strike of the whip maketh marks in the flesh, but the stroke of the tongue breaketh bone." I've always been a little bit (a lot) critical of people, and I often don't think about what I say. Also, his advice to not whine was very appropriate for the afternoon session switcheroo.

Saturday Afternoon

-I didn't actually take notes. I wasn't very comfortable. But I'll re-read when the Ensig comes out. Lots of stuff about music and remembering though, as I recall.

Priesthood Session

I'll write on this later.

Sunday Morning

-Okay, I'm not gonna lie. I took sparse notes and napped several times during this. I'm sorry, but I did like Neil L. Andersen's "It's true, isn't it" talk, and Gordon B. Hinckley's sobering words.

Sunday Afternoon

Henry B. Eyring
- 'Someday' can be dangerous.
- Prove yourself to the Lord.
- Complacency is not good. Great story about the older GA who wanted to go with him on his trip.
- Your circumstances may not change, but the Lord can improve you in your circumstances.

Dieter F. Ucthdorf
- There is not a point of no return, though that is what Satan would have us believe.
- Wow, I have a lot more notes on his talk. But really that's all that I'm gonna share.

Overall, this was a great conference- the big 177. Six months ago, I was hmmm.. I don't remember. But that weekend I went and ate at a Greek fast food restauraunt with Emily. It was good stuff. Hope everyone else enjoyed their conference weekend. Off to bed!