bringin’ home the W.

30 09 2010

Last night I battled in a competition over at Muse Music.

It was a 16-man invitational that I was invited to compete in. My buddy Anthony threw the jam. (he’s done a good job of trying to get hip-hop more recognition through the area)

It was the first one-on-one competition I’ve done since I battled at Unbreakable while I was living in Virginia.

Battles are strategic.
One-on-one’s are an even crazier game.
You need to always be looking ahead to the next round to make sure you have enough moves to beat the next guy. You don’t want to waste anything as you progress through the event.

Last night I got lucky and had a couple breaks in the middle of the event and didn’t have to use up everything in the middle – so I had just enough at the end to eek out a win.

The big “W”.

Have you ever won something and then was a little shocked you won?
I kind of felt that way last night.
When the final battle ended I actually thought Gauge won.
Maybe it’s hard to be a truly neutral judge when you’re in the middle of the battle.

It would have been great if some of our great scripture battles had actually been dance battles.

Have you ever tried to imagine one of the prophets throwing some crazy moves?

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14)

I’ve danced with all my might on many occasions…

But never in a linen ephod…

? What kind of dancing do you like to do?

red pants.

29 09 2010

Yes. I own red pants.
Oh, and maroon.
And green.

I wear all of them. (well, I don’t wear the green as much)

Today I’m wearing my red pants.

But I think the days of my red pants have gone the way of the earth. (well at least in public)

Leah is not a fan of red… or maroon… or green… or basically anything with a dickies logo on the back.
*single tear*

Yes, it’s not the most professional look.
But it’s still sad to see the days of wearing whatever I want going away.

Theere was once another young man who wore colorful clothes that got him in trouble…
Would it be a stretch to compare this scripture to my current situation?

“And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him.” (Genesis 37:23)

Ok – yeah a stretch. Maybe it’s a metaphorical stripping of my pants of many colors…

? When you got married, were there items of clothes your spouse wasn’t a fan of or that you didn’t like on your spouse?

hot and then cold…. and then hot again.

28 09 2010

Yes, that’s a Katy Perry song.
No, that’s not what I’m writing about.

Now that I share a bed (with the love of my life) – I cannot seem to find a steady temperature while I sleep.

I wake up and she’s got the covers = cold.
I wake up and I’ve got the covers = nice.
I wake up and we’re both under the covers = stifling hot.

We never actually tested this out in Boy Scouts, but I can confidently confirm that if you’re cold you just need to cuddle up with another body. The only problem is that if it’s not cold – then you’re going to be really, really hot.

I know I’m a newbie to this whole ‘”sharing the bed” thing – so maybe it’s a balance that is somehow found in time.
Maybe not.

*For the record – I’m not complaining, just commenting on a another slight adjustment to being married!

I can actually see our Nephite counterparts struggling with the same issue. There’s probably no mattress, but still I bet Nephi’s wife sometimes took the blankets in the middle of the night and left him shivering. Or maybe she chucked them over to his side so he baked. Who knows…

It’d be nice if I could just sleep so deeply that temperature was a non-issue…

“And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam…” (Genesis 2:21)

Yes! A sleep caused by the Lord (not death – the ultimate sleep) would be nice!

? Am I the only one struggling the the nightly temperature thing?

prick of the needle.

27 09 2010

I had a blood sample taken during my lunch break today.

I don’t do needles.
Say whatever you want about my manliness – but I just do not do needles.

I’ve never been a big fan of needles (I don’t know anyone who is) but I used to be able to tolerate them. I would donate blood (BYU seems to have blood drives every week) and I even was a regular plasma donor. (a nice supplement to my college budget)

However, the last time I donated plasma (or anything for that matter) was three years ago.

I went in to BioMedics (per usual) and laid down while the nurse (or whatever they’re called) jabbed me several times to find the vein. (also per usual)

Well, this time it took more than the standard 2-3 jabs to find the vein. My pin cushion arm had at least 6 holes in it before the lady said she got it.
Too bad she didn’t.
Then the blood clotted.
Then she pulled the needle out.

I’m not sure what happened – I just remember seeing a string of blood hanging from the needle.

Uuumm… yum.

Then she asked if she could try again on the other arm.
I politely passed, rolled myself off the chair left. (never to return)

I know, I know – not the worst story ever, but still…

Now, I hate needles and the people who put them in me.

But I can only imagine the medical crap our ancient counterparts had to deal with. I suppose I would gladly take a small needle over some kind of medical knife made from stone.

“I immediately gave orders that my men who had been wounded should be taken from among the dead, and caused that their wounds should be dressed…” (Alma 57:24)

I’m not sure I want to know the meaning of “dressed” for that time.
I imagine it hurt more than being pricked by a needle.

I guess I’ll try and remember that the next time I have blood drawn…

? How do you handle shots or needles?

a new season.

26 09 2010

Yes, Fall is rapidly approaching – but that’s not what I’m referring to.
The new seasons of all of our favorite shows are back!

I rarely watch TV shows…. on TV during their allocated time – and we are too poor for DVR/TiVo.

This leaves me 2 options: illegal downloading or Hulu!
Thank-you Hulu for allowing my wife and I to enjoy all the new episodes of our favorite shows while we ate dinner last night and breakfast this morning.

Here’s our top shows at the moment… in a very particular order!

1. Modern Family
2. Community
3. How I Met Your Mother
4. The Office
5. Glee (Glee is number 5 because I have yet to see it still – so it’s bottom tier)

Leah and I noticed something interesting as we watched Modern Family, an ABC show.
In case you haven’t seen Modern Family I’ll give you a readers digest version of the show.

It’s a show about 3 families (all related) and all of the quirky situations that come along with a family in today’s world. (Yeah, I know, it’s a very brief synopsis – go watch the show if you want more)

The brother/son is gay and lives with his boyfriend and their adopted Vietnamese baby. In season 1 they never show the gay couple being affectionate. Not once. It was something we all noticed in season and found interesting.

First episode of season 2 they show the brother (Mitchell) kiss his boyfriends head and briefly hold hands.

Leah and I were talking about how it seems like they’re trying to ease us into gay PDA. (public display of affection)

As I thought about it, it reminded me of this scripture:

“And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.” (Alma 47:18)

It’s interesting that often we are lulled along with little things until suddenly we realize we have become desensitized to the big picture.
Just look at what is acceptable on TV now, and what was acceptable on TV forty years ago.
Times have changed a little – but it didn’t happen overnight.

? What’s your favorite show on TV right now?

joint accounts.

25 09 2010

Well, today we finally got around to joining our bank accounts.
Now we are equally poor.

I had one of those moments while I was sitting across from the banker where I realized – wow, I’m married.

Joining bank accounts is serious business.

“For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one…” (Matthew 19:5)

Ok -so the scripture isn’t talking about bank accounts.
But, it still works!

Now it’s time for Leah and I to do a budget and begin paying of the car and old student loans!


? Any helpful suggestions for the newlyweds on creating a budget, or good ways to save?


24 09 2010

I had lunch with Brandon today – typically a very fun-filled event. Today, however, the festivities were laced with some sobering news.

A friend of ours recently went blind.

Brandon was much better friends with him then I was and so it has struck him closer to home than it did me.
But, when you hear about someone who is 26 and recently lost his eyesight – it will make anyone take a second to think things over.

It has stuck with me all day.
Harrison is having a difficult time with the transition (who wouldn’t?)

I half-jokingly told Brandon Harrison just needed a blessing so his eyesight would be restored.

But there was some hopeful truth behind my comment.
Miracles happen today.
It’s a fact.

You must have heard a story, or perhaps you have even been a part of something miraculous.
It’s not uncommon.

So, why not Harrison?
Why can’t hands be placed on his head and sight be restored?

“A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.” (John 9:11)

That is the beauty and awe-inspiring power of the priesthood.
You can literally give blessings that can bring people back form the dead, right?

And wrong…

The concept of faith and it’s relationship to the will of God is SO interesting.
If you remember the faith of the brother of Jared was so great that the Lord could not even keep himself hidden from him.

Do you think if someone had that kind of faith today that they could be healed that they would be?

I don’t know.
I’m undecided at the moment.
I’d like to believe it, but maybe my faith isn’t where it needs to be – or maybe my understanding of God’s will is not complete.

I wish I had more faith…

? Have you witnessed or heard of a miraculous event?

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