a new challenge.

30 11 2010

I just finished a book called, “The Art of Non Conformity” last night.
I’ve already recommended the blog – but I’ll plug the book as well.

It’s worth it.
A great read about pursuing happiness in an unconventional manner. The book focuses on ways that you can make the things you love the focus of your life.

One of the topics covered in the book is decluttering your life and removing the unnecessary items.

An example cited was a man who moved his entire wardrobe into his hall closet. He said he would only move an item back to the closet in his room after he wore it. Whatever was left in his hall closet after one year was promptly disposed of. If you don’t wear it during a one year span then the odd are strong you’ll never wear it.

I love the idea so much I’m going to follow suit.
I will be moving all of my clothes to the study – once I wear it, I will bring it back to the closet.

Anything leftover in one year will be taken over to Deseret Industries because I will no longer be wearing it.

This is a great way to remove the clutter from my own life and also be able to make a donation to DI!

“all men should have charity…” (2 Nephi 26:30)

I’m excited to try this out and look forward to seeing the results!

? Do you have lots of clothes that you never wear?

i’m back.

29 11 2010

For the most part I do a pretty good job of posting daily – I am always able to decide on a topic and usually get part of the post written, but sometimes I’m a day or 2 behind.

Well, I haven’t written since last Wednesday.

I didn’t even write partial posts for anything.
Looks like my year long project will be a few days short, and that’s ok.

We got back really late last night from our Thanksgiving trip to Arizona.

It was incredible.
I love the family I married into.

Thank goodness.

A couple girls I work with spent part of today complaining about the families they married into.

No complaints here.
Man, I lucked out…

Her family and extended family are wonderful. Our trip was great.
I golfed with her dad, grandpa and brother. (I hit 3 houses, in case you were wondering)
We took family pictures.
We played video games, watched movies and ate, ALOT!

I know this sounds like a travel log – I don’t care.
I’m really grateful to have married into such a good family.

“I am very thankful before God…” (Mosiah 7:12)

? How was your Thanksgiving?

what goes around comes around.

23 11 2010

Karma : A concept in Hinduism which explains causality through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions.

Karma is not mentioned it the scriptures by name – but to an extent I believe it is a principle that has been around since the beginning of time.

We obviously believe good actions will ultimately result in good results and vice-versa.
The thing is, the good results do not always happen in this life.
So, we do believe in Karma – we just believe the good results will come when Heavenly Father intends them to come.

My good action happened today and LUCKILY my good results came several hours later.

A woman came into the store and needed to make a return. She was past the 14 day return deadline which means there is no return.
Store policy is 14 days – if you come in during the 14 days we will give you store credit, but we will never put money back on your card.

Well, I bent the rules a little today. We gave her a half refund and half store credit on her return. No standard protocol and not something we will do regularly – but I felt really good about doing this for her. She is a regular shopper in the store and I felt like this was an opportunity to create a truly loyal fan of the store.

I was right….

A few hours later I went to get my oil changed and tires rotated during lunch.
Well, they discovered as they were rotating the tires that the lug nuts were stripped.
They felt responsible and as a kind gesture covered the cost of the oil change/tire rotation and then sent me over to Big O tires to have them replace the lug nuts. They also said they would cover the cost of the lug nut replacement!

I went to Big O an found out m tires were bare and as I looked at them noticed there were small cracks forming.

We replaced all of my tires and fixed the alignment.

My lunch break resulted in:
4 new tires
Oil change
Tire rotation
Lug nut replacements
Car registration

The regular cost would have been around $900.
After having fees waived and certain things reimbursed I only spent $500.

“for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation…” (Numbers 18:31)

Thank-you Karma.

A HUGE thank-you to the guys at Jiffy-Lube. I will be a loyal customer for the rest of my time here in Utah.

? Do you believe in karma?

short days.

22 11 2010

Yep. The days are shorter now.

This time of year always makes me think of my mission.
The days are overcast and cold.

Overcast doesn’t bother me.
Cold kind of does.

But, the fact that it’s dark when I leave work is throwing me off… as usual.

It makes me tired.
I got home tonight and after we ate I was ready to go to bed.

“sleep of a labouring man is sweet…” (Ecclesiastes 5:12)

It was 6:30.

? Do the short days affect you?

who are you connected to?

21 11 2010

I gave the lesson in Elder’s Quorum today about the sacrament.

I prepared a lesson (Saturday night) and then of course the lesson went completely different than I imagined.
When this happens I’m usually scared and excited.
Scared of what might happen.
Excited that maybe the Spirit is actually guiding the conversation.

Well, it took me about 10 minutes to work through everything I had.
Then we got to one of my last discussion points.
Reverence in sacrament.
We spent the rest of the time discussing this one seemingly small subject.

The discussion centered on smartphones.
Of course, because everyone loves a good debate and smart phones in church makes for wonderful back and forth.

At one point in time we had a man argue that “bringing a smartphone into church and saying that it’s ok because I have the scriptures on it was no better than bringing a playboy into church that had a scripture case around it.”

That’s how the discussion started – and then I basically mediated a firestorm.

One comment stands out form the rest.
One of the men said that smartphones are wonderful for connecting to the world – in fact that is basically the very purpose for having a smartphone.

It allows you to be connected via: text. phone. facebook. twitter. email. blogs. internet. foursquare (I mean I actually checked into church the other week).

But, the man said, who do we come to church to connect with?

Heavenly Father.

We don’t need a smart phone for that.
He said that leaving his phone in the car for 3 hours was a personal way of showing that he was literally willing to disconnect form the world and connect fully to Heavenly Father.

Insightful. I felt like the comment was directed at me for some reason.
Perhaps I was feeling guilty about playing Angry Birds, or Words with Friends.

He’s right though, we go to church to connect with God – not stay connected with a world of distractions.
God doesn’t want us to multi-task Him in for 5 minutes while we take the sacrament between playing games and texting our friends.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

But there were others who argued that it’s just a matter of self control. You could bring the phone into church and use the scriptures application as long as you avoided the games, texting and Internet.

? What do you think about smartphones in sacrament?

awkward haircut.

20 11 2010

I like long hair. I’d like to grow my hair out but it’s just not going to fly here in the business world.

However, I’m not a huge fan of getting haircuts.
I’m mostly tired of every girl who cuts my hair making some kind of comment about the state of my scalp.

hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30)

I’ve been to Fantastic Sam’s – and I’m now on my fourth girl.

I wake up with some fairly large chunks of skin floating around in my hair each morning after practice.
I know it disgusts you.
I know you think it must be some kind of illness.

It’s called bboy dandruff.

I need a barber who understands this condition and who will cut without judgement.

? Anyone know a good barber?


the deathly hallows.

19 11 2010

Yep, I saw the movie.
And yes, it was everything I could’ve hoped for… and more!

One of my favorite parts of the movie was the retelling of the story of the deathly hallows;

“Hundreds of years ago, the three Peverell brothers were travelling at twilight, and reached a river too dangerous to traverse. The three brothers, being very powerful wizards, simply created a bridge across the river. They were then stopped by Death himself, who was displeased that they had gotten across the river, thus cheating him out of new victims. Death then congratulated them on being clever enough to evade him, and offered each of them a powerful magical item. The first brother, Antioch Peverell, wished to become invincible in duels; Death broke a branch off a nearby tree and created for him the Elder Wand, a wand more powerful than any other in existence. The second brother, Cadmus Peverell, wished to resurrect his lost love; Death then took a stone from the riverbed and created for him the Resurrection Stone, a stone capable of bringing the dead back to the living world. The third brother, Ignotus Peverell, realised the danger of the situation and requested a means by which Death could not find him; Death grudgingly gave him the cloak off his back, the Cloak of Invisibility, an invisibility cloak that never lost its power through curses or age.”

The oldest brother was killed in his sleep.
The second brother killed himself.

The last brother removed the cloak years and years later and welcomed death as a friend.

The story is interesting because the brothers were able to ask death for anything…
yet eventually, all 3 of them had to face death.

We can diet, exercise, wish, and overdose on vitamins but we’re all one day closer to death than we were yesterday.

“and so death¬†¬†passed upon all men…” (Romans 5:12)

So instead of wishing and hoping, the real question is what have I done today to take one step closer to Heavenly Father?

? What would you wish for if you were granted a request?

sore loser.

18 11 2010

I am a sore loser.

Obviously no one likes to lose – but I don’t handle it well, especially if I feel slighted.

Tonight UVU’s Best Dance Crew Competition.
8 crews entered.

We took 4th.

Oh man.
We should’ve taken second.

I say second because the crew that won was legit. I loved them. In fact I teach one of them. They were amazing. Congratulations to them!

BUT – the 2 crews that beat us.

They didn’t.

In fact the one judge with real dance experience ranked us second but got outvoted by the others.

I’m pissed.
So pissed.

“inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward….” (D&C 58:28)

We did good and got no reward.

Give me one hour to try and learn the routines of the people we lost to and give them an hour to try and learn the things we did tonight.

Sometimes I think bboys don’t get the credit they deserve for the difficulty of the moves…

Ok, I’m good now.
I just had to vent somewhere.
Looks like it’s time to get back to practicing….

? How do you handle losing?

bright lights.

17 11 2010

We have a large tree in the center of our store – it’s a great focal piece!

We’ve got the ultimate toy store so it’s only fitting that we decorate accordingly.

I picked up a crap-load of decorations and spent the better part of today stringing lights.

Have you strung lights before?
I’m not talking about wrapping 3 strands around a mini-tree.

I’m talking about serious lights!

I’ve got half our tree done and have already used 16 strands of lights – each 25′ long.

It took me forever.

I love christmas lights.

“Truly the light is sweet…” (Ecclesiastes 11:7)

In fact, we’ve got the team that decorates temple square actually doing the Riverwoods. The lighting ceremony is this Friday night so if you live in the area, come check it out!

Our stores decorations are going to be legit…

In fact, to commemorate outstanding sore decorations, I’ve put together some pictures of some other great Christmas window displays:

? What kind of decorations do you like?

harry potter drama.

16 11 2010

Last night we went out to eat with some good friends of mine.
During the course of dinner we started talking about the new Harry Potter movie that opens in a few days.

There’s a nude scene in the new Harry Potter movie,” was the comment of one of my buddies wives.
As a result of rumored nude scene she was going to wait to watch the movie till she could get it CleanFlixed.

Fair enough.
“If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” (Article of Faith 13)

I didn’t believe it though.
As far as I can remember the books never took an explicitly sexual path.

So, I came home and looked around for some reviews.

Turns out my friend isn’t the only one who is up in arms over this alleged scene…

It’s funny how it only takes a few people to cry wolf and then an entire area is in uproar over something that doesn’t even exist.

A nude scene?

Here is a recent clip from the Salt lake Tribune:

Radcliffe is indeed shirtless, while Watson told MTV News that she was wearing a strapless bra.

Both were also wearing silver paint to create a nightmare effect for poor Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) — whose worst fear is that Hermione (Watson) would reject the poor-but-valiant Ron for the illustrious Harry Potter (Radcliffe).

They are seen in this state for about 3 seconds.

They are seen with enough mist, smoke and special-effects additions that any flashes of skin are obscured.

The movie is rated PG-13, “for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sensuality.”

This is not the first movie in the series to earn a PG-13; “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” did, too. Those films, though, earned their ratings only for violence and frightening images.”

Thank you Salt Lake Tribune for clearing up the unnecessary uproar over a scene that is not exactly what everyone is claiming it is.

Would I have still gone to see Harry Potter if there had truly been a nude scene in it?
Good question.

We are all given our own agency.

I’ve used that agency to read ALL 7 books and watch 6 movies thus far.
I’ve got to see the 7th!

We’re all at different parts on the path.
My current path leads to the Wynnsong theater down the street.

? Would the nude scene have impacted your decision to watch or not watch the movie?

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