memorial day.

31 05 2010

The downside of working retail?
Well, there’s a lot, but I’m only thinking of one right now.

National holidays are not recognized.

In fact holidays are usually busy times for retail stores.

So, my Memorial Day will not be spent by the pool – or at a BBQ. It will be spent closing up at the store.

Lame.

Although, I did hit the driving range this morning with Kory – so I guess I can’t complain too much.

The word vacation cannot be found in the scriptures.
Too bad.

Can you imagine if Nephi and his family came over to the Promised land on a Carnival Cruise ship? (I can – and Laman and Lemuel are a lot nicer in my version)

What if Ammon got a day off to relax after protecting Lamoni’s sheep?

It seems like most of these guys end up working all the time.

Heavenly Father rested at the end of the week.

“and I rested on the seventh day from all my work…” (Moses 3:2)

But we all know Sunday doesn’t count as vacation – typically Sundays are just as busy as other days of the week.

Dang.
I need to find a job that comes with some vacation days.

? Anybody have great Memorial Day plans?

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media fast.

30 05 2010

I had dinner last night with my friend Jeremy up in Salt Lake – we are both avid media enthusiasts.

Facebook.
YouTube.
TV. (I have roughly 60 different TV seasons – that is growing at an alarming rate)
Movies. (I have around 400 movies – also a number that is on the rise)
Twitter.
Gmail.
Internet.

Having an iPhone makes things worse because I am checking all of these things constantly throughout the day.

I work 5 days a week – pretty much full time.

But I have a second job, it’s called “media addict“.

I spend an absurd amount of time watching TV shows and movies, checking my Facebook, watching YouTube videos, etc. etc.

I’m going to try something this week called a media fast. (although it’s probably more of a media diet – but will still be really challenging)

I will not get on Facebook once this week.
I will not get on Twitter once this week.
I will check my email ONCE a day at a prescribed hour (10:00 pm).
I will only get on my computer ONCE a day in order to write my daily blog.
I will not watch any YouTube videos.
I will not watch ANY TV shows this week.
I will allow myself 3 movies to watch this week (only one time per movie) Haha.

Ok- there it is.
The fact that I’m a little sick looking at this list tells me that I really need to do this.

What am I hoping to accomplish?
Well, I’d really like to just see if there is a different feeling that comes from removing ALL the distractions…

Will I finish reading the book I started?
Will I feel the Spirit more?
Will my mind become less clouded and able to focus more clearly?
Will I get bored?

I’m not sure what’s going to happen – but I want to know.

“…nevertheless they are to be used sparingly.” (D&C 89:12)

I know it’s the Word of Wisdom scripture – but I feel like it’s very applicable to anything that we do that goes beyond moderation.

? What would be hard for you to give up for one week?





hunger games.

29 05 2010

It’s funny how I have done more reading since I graduated form school then I did while I was in school. (this includes the reading I should have been doing to study)

I read everyday for a little bit and LOVE it.
I recently began a book called Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I’m not too far into the book but it’s been a great read so far.

The basic premise is that the United States as we know it is gone. There are districts set up across the land and a central government located in “The Capital“.

Every year a boy and girl are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games – a fight to the death (televised throughout the land).

Basically it’s like kids doing fatal UFC for a year supply of food.

Can you imagine if each state was basically starving and the only way to secure a proper amount of food for the upcoming year was to have your states representative (boy or girl) be the last child standing in a fight to the death.

That’s a lot of pressure.

My biggest concern at 16 was dating. To be fair though, dating can be quite stressful.

Did any kids in the scriptures have stressful situations to handle?

Imagine being 17 (estimated age) and killing Goliath.
Or being 17 (estimated age) and being into slavery by your brothers.
Or being 14 and learning you are supposed to restore the true church to the Earth?

I imagine those were relatively stressful situations.

I guess I’ll just stick to the situations, trials, etc. that I have with the understanding that:

“…he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them…” (1 Nephi 3:7)

? What stresses you out?





the media.

28 05 2010

I took Leah up to the airport this morning. It’s her birthday today – she’s 21! (Happy Birthday sweetie!) She’s going up to Portland to visit her grandparents.

She’s taking a media class in school and we talked a little bit about the influence of the media.

There’s a neverending debate – does the media influence what the public wants? – or do the wants of the public influence what the media produces?

We mainly talked about how the media constantly bombards us with sexually charged messages and images.

I believe the media litters much of it’s content with sex because they know it sells. (we want it)
*I’m NOT saying it’s right – and that’s not the debate.

How many times have you seen a commercial with a hot girl or guy and after the commercial you were left wondering what product was being advertised?

This is the natural man. We are drawn to sex.

If the majority of the public was against these images/messages then there would be people protesting etc. etc.

But when was the last time you saw a protest against the Levis for using a hot girl to advertise the jeans?
How about a protest against Budweiser for the using girls in bikinis?
Or what about a protest against Twilight movie makers for the half naked werewolves running around?

There are NONE.
This is because there is a part of each of us that enjoys these things. Right?

Right. Even though it’s wrong.

“For the natural man is an enemy to God…” (Mosiah 3:19)

We all know the scripture. It’s used OVER and OVER to remind us that when we allow our passions to reign that we are at odds with Heavenly Father.
Tough reality – because it is natural.

But that discussion is for another post. The focus here is the influence of the media…

And the question is:

? Do you think the media influences the public – or do the “needs” of the public influence what the media produces?





green peace.

27 05 2010

Today is yard day.

I take care of the yard and help with other random outdoor tasks as often as necessary around here.

I did these things growing up as well.

Weeding.
Mowing.
Shoveling.
Planting.
Edging.
Trimming.
and the list goes on.

If you drove past the Aldous home on a Saturday morning you would see 6 kids and 2 parents working in the yard.

If you didn’t know we lived at the house you might think we were a migrant worker family who liked to make yard work a family activity.

I guess it’s not too far from the truth – well the second part at least.

I never really liked yard work growing up.

Dad always said working in the yard was peaceful and relaxing. I found the opposite to be true. I hurried through the work so I could get to the pool!

It’s funny the things that change as you get older.

I love going out into the yard.

Maybe Dad has been right all these years?
Wouldn’t be the first time Dad was right about something and it took me years to realize it. Ugh.

We know that everything was created spiritually first – does that mean that Heavenly Father had “spiritual” yard work?

“…For it was spiritual in the day that I created it; for it remaineth in the sphere in which I, God, created it, yea, even all things which I prepared for the use of man…” (Moses 3:9)

? Do you like working out in the yard?





dreams.

26 05 2010

Do you remember your dreams?
I do.

I dream most nights – and if I dream I typically remember them the next morning.

I’m not sure if my dreams mean anything – I’m gonna say, probably not!

But I had 3 dreams last night and I will share them with you from least favorite to most;

3. I was at graduate school and talking with a counselor. I told the counselor that I wanted to become more involved with digital media and she signed me up for a digital photography course. (maybe I should try and make this one come true)

2. I was back in my backyard in Texas. The pool was filled with a great white shark and it would come up to the edge of the pool and I would hit it with a stick. Then I jumped in the pool and had to outswim the shark (which of course I did)

1. I met up with Justin Timberlake. I was in his closet (which looked like a store) We were hanging out and laughing and then I said I liked his sweater and he just took it off and gave it to me. Then my friends Clara and Katie showed up and we all just hung out.

Yeah – the JT dream, pretty much awesome. It was like we were friends just chillin. Dang. That would be so awesome.

So, do the dreams mean anything?

Probably not.

And I probably shouldn’t read into my dreams too much.

“…neither hearken to your bdreams which ye cause to be dreamed.” (Jeremiah 29:8)

? What was your last dream?





just a little bit longer.

25 05 2010

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” (Thomas Edison)

This quote comes from the guy who said it would take him a couple weeks to get the light bulb invented – and then spent the next several years (and anywhere between 1,000 and 9,000 attempts – depending on your source) to finally get the bulb right.

Several years and at least 1,000 attempts.

Now that is endurance.

I am grateful for Edison. (Not just because the light bulb allows me to see where I’m peeing)
I’m grateful for the example of perseverance.
I wonder if I have given up while on the cusp of success and missed out because I didn’t take that extra step.

I’m curious however – is there ever a time where it’s better to just pack it in and move on to something else?

Is there a breaking point? A point where you just need to realize that it’s just not in the cards for you to succeed at “xyz”?
If so – how do you recognize that point?

Of course the same is not true for the Gospel – obviously. There is NO breaking point. We are never meant to give up.

“…endure it well, God shall exalt thee.” (D&C 121:8)

Not only are we supposed to endure, but we are supposed to endure it well.

Ok, so leaving the Gospel out of the picture:

? How do you know when to give up or when to press forward?








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