31 01 2011

I am non-confrontational. (for the most part- except in intramural sports)
I am quick to flip a situation into a positive experience and if necessary to apologize.

Confrontation occurred this morning.

I was asked to order more bags for the store.
I contacted our usual source.
Then I was told to bypass that source and order directly from the manufacturer.

Have you ever bypassed someone who felt like they were supposed to be in the loop?
It seldom goes well.
This morning was not one of those times.

Our usual source came in guns blazing.
He told the manager he was frustrated with people going behind his back. (ie. me!)
Then when I finally came back from lunch we had a fun chat.
I apologized (he said he didn’t need my apology).

But it’s ok.
I actually understand his frustration.
He’s just upset that we’ve been doing a lot more stuff in-house and today was just the straw that broke the camels back.

“when Laban saw our property, and that it was exceedingly great, he did alust after it, insomuch that he thrust us out, and sent his servants to slay us, that he might obtain our property.” (1 Nephi 3:25)

Luckily this broken camel’s back didn’t lead to this-
“Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many ahard words unto us, their younger brothers, and they did smite us even with a rod.” (1 Nephi 3:28)


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service is inconvenient.

30 01 2011

We had Stake Conference this weekend with Elder Kevin W. Pearson a member of the seventy.
If you have not heard him speak, you are missing out.

He is vibrant, dynamic and fun to listen to.
The Saturday night session (a session I do not normally attend – haha) was incredible.

Elder Pearson spoke about the importance of staying near the tree. (The tree of life)
He said that one of the best ways to stay near the tree is to serve.

And then he said this:

“service is meant to be inconvenient”
This is part of what makes service so important to each of us.
It allows us to put aside our selfish desires and focus on another one of Heavenly Father’s children.
“O ye that embark in the aservice of God, see that ye bserve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand cblameless before God at the last day.” (D&C 4:2)

The session was wonderful.

As far as my goals for the week…

They went well… but as usual, could’ve gone better.
How are your goals going?

the idea room.

29 01 2011

I am CONSTANTLY looking at blogs.
I love finding unique writing styles and designs. It is interesting to see what is popular right now and the trends occurring in the blogosphere.

Lately I have also been on the hunt for prominent bloggers in Utah who are willing to come do a review of the store. (in fact if any of you around here would like to do a review of the store, let me know and I’ll open it up just for you and your friends)

I got in touch with Amy Huntley (The Idea Room).
About Amy:
“I started blogging on a family blog in April of 2008. I began to put more and more of my “ideas” on my family blog to share with others. But I began to fill up my family blog with ideas that I didn’t necessarily want in my family “journal”. So The Idea Room slowly came into existence in Jan/Feb. of 2009.” (Taken from her About page)

I’ve only been following her blog for a couple months now but man it is cute.
I’m not an over the top crafter like some, but I can appreciate legit projects.

Rainbow pancakes!

“I do set my bow in the cloud…” (Genesis 9:13)
*Yes, I found a rainbow reference in the scriptures!

My morning improved drastically after seeing pictures of these this past week.

I got in touch with Amy and invited her entire family to come in and check out our store a couple weeks ago! I opened up early so they could enjoy it without worrying about other customers. I have always loved watching kids come in and just go crazy playing with all of our toys! It’s what the store was meant for!

Yesterday Blickenstaff’s was featured on her blog! It was a lovely post (see here) and less than 24 hours later there were over 200 comments!!!!

Amy knows what she’s doing and has built a solid community through her blog. If you haven’t subscribed yet, go do it.
No, but seriously, right now!
If you have ever done any kind of craft and even remotely liked the process, you will LOVE her blog!

Thanks for inspiring me in my blogging pursuits Amy!

voice lessons day one.

28 01 2011

I had my first voice lesson today with Johnny Ahn.
He’s got a killer voice and today was step one towards my own personal set of powerful pipes!

It would be nice to be able to sing comfortably without dropping my volume so low it cannot be heard.

“my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.” (Psalms 51:14)

We did a bunch of drills, scale type things (very reminiscent of my days on the french horn)

Most of us try to establish comfort zones and then keep our lives within them so that we are surrounded by familiarity.

Subjecting another human being to my voice for an hour is WAY outside my comfort zone.
I was sweating. Alot.
But it felt great. (in a weird kind of way)

After all the drills, he let me try to sing a song. (try)
I chose “What Goes Around Comes Around” (Justin Timberlake)

A touch beyond my current range of notes.
SO, Johnny suggested I choose a Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble song.
Done and Done.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble.
Here’s how it should sound…

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27 01 2011

Today’s Deseret News Sports headline: “San Diego State, you just got Jimmered“.
Go read it. Now. Then come back.

Jimmered (verb): “It means a guy just scored on you in via distance, as in different zip code. Or in a torrential down pour.”

When your name becomes a verb (used positively) you know you’ve moved past the common folk (ie. me and the rest of us without an -ed on the end of our names).

I haven’t followed him too closely this season, but what I witnessed last night was breathtaking.
Figuratively as well.

He takes some UGLY shots, shots that look forced and shots that you think, NO way is that going in…

But then he Jimmers it and chalks up another 2 or 3 points.

Last night he put a scoring clinic for visiting in conference rivals (no.4 nationally ranked) San Diego State University.
He dropped 43 points.
The scoring clinic went so well that some big names even gave some respect to the 6’2″ white boy.

Check this out:

Jimmer, you made me a believer last night.
I’ve got the fever.
I’m counting on you to lead us deep into the tournament. (Final 4 would be great, thanks!)

As a tribute to “college basketball’s new household name” (according to the Wall Street journal) I’ve decided to try and verbify (my own word) some scripture characters names.

Ammoned: to get beat so badly that you actually lose limbs (mostly arms).
Danieled: to be lulled into passivity by your opponent.
Noahed: to have a great defense set up for the other teams raining shots.
“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark…” (Genesis 8:1)

Ok- those were cheesy, yes. But it’s almost midnight and I’m tired…

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i’m too old for this…. stuff.

26 01 2011

Practice at BYU last night was good, bad and ugly.

The good: I think I’ve figured out the sets I want to use in the Finals coming up.
The bad: A quick glance around the room showed a half dozen YOUNGER guys better than me.
The ugly: I’ve got some gnarly bruises from last night’s training.

Have you seen any of the Lethal Weapon movies?
Detective Roger Murtaugh is known for this great catch-phrase:
“i’m too old for this stuff…” (I may have done some creative censoring to keep things PG)

His partner, Riggs (Mel Gibson), is one of those adventurous young bucks looking to shoot first and ask questions later.
Tons of energy.
Nothing can keep him down.

Last night at practice I turned to Josh (close to my age) and said “I’m too old for this.”

I’m not actually too old for this.
Neither is he.
But sometimes my body seems to tell me otherwise.

Things change as you get old.
“After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure…” (Genesis 18:12)

There is an entire episode of “How I Met Your Mother” dedicated to Detective Murtaugh. The main character, Ted, writes a Murtaugh List.
It’s a list of things he was too old for.

Have you ever sat down and thought about things you might be too old for?

Let’s see…
All nighters?
Spur of the moment roadtrips?

I’m not old enough for a list.

What would you put on your Murtaugh list?

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shower sitter.

25 01 2011

I like to sit down in the shower.
Not all the time – but definitely when I’m tired after a long practice.

I’m a little fuzzy as to the hygiene of this practice, but as far as I’m concerned it gets my approval.
Before you turn your nose up in disgust at my somewhat unusual practice, hear me out.

People love hopping into a nice hot bath.
In a bath you literally sit in water filled with your own filth.

In the shower there is constant water flow. This means that any dirt or crap should be flowing away.
At least I think so.

How gross could it be?
Our ancestors bathed in lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, large wooden buckets and a variety of other possibly non-hygienic places. They all survived just fine.

Sometimes they ended up better off for having bathed in a little filth…
“Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” (2 Kings 5:14)

I LOVE turning the shower on as hot as I can get it and basically enjoying my own personal steam room. It’s the perfect way to relax after a long practice or just a long day!

I told Leah that I sometimes sit down in the shower and she thought it was absolutely disgusting.

Which is worse, a bath or sitting in the shower?

Ideally, someday I will have a bathroom that has a little bench/seat or something for me to sit on besides the floor.
But for now, the floor isn’t so bad.

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