Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Time to Look Back

A friend sent me an email today that made me remember a time when life was not so hectic.
Here are a few of those things...

Hide and go seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Hop Scotch
No pagers or cell phones
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Being tired from playing
Work was taking out the garbage, washing the dishes or making your bed
Swinging as high as you can
Climbing trees
Cracker Jack surprise
Giving rides to friends on the handlebars of your bike
Laughing so hard your stomach hurts
Kool Aid
Taking a swig from the hose on a hot day
Decisions were made by going eenie, meenie, miney, mo
Mistakes could be fixed by saying, "do over!"
Abilities were discovered by a double-dog dare
Prank calls
Your'e It!
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Kick ball
Rainy day recess

I hope this reminds you of your childhoods and puts a smile on your faces.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eke! Spiders

Okay, so, over the last two days I have found not one but two HUGE spiders crawling around my floor. These are the kind of spiders that not only squish when squashed, but make a crunching sound and leave a nasty residue that you have to wear gloves to clean it up!

These spiders are creepy, they know when they are being hunted, you can tell by the way they zig zag accross the floor in an effort to throw you off. I hate killing them, only because I am afraid that if I miss I could have a ticked off, sinister, evil spider trying to get you....or worse...they disappear. That is enough to keep me up all night, it coming for me?

I am not embarassed to say that while I smashed the life out of these mamouth spiders, I kindof screamed. They were gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where are the men when I need them?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Dalai Lama comes to visit

So, yesterday I was given a ticket for a rally (for lack of a better word) at Quest field to listen to the Dalai Lama. I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of a man who is promoting compassion while sitting on the field of a stadium where men basically pummel each other every Sunday.

The organizers did their best to distract us from our environment by having children singing songs of a better world. It almost worked, but the wafting of garlic fries broke the spell and I was brought back to memories of the playoffs and freezing my booty off.

The Dalai Lama praised women and basically said that we need to get back to families. Hmm....where have I heard that before? He said that we need to teach our children compassion, that they are our hope for the future.

We all left with the new resolve to be kinder and more compassionate towards one another...we'll see how long the warm fuzzies last.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Alchemist

I have just finished reading The Alchemist which has made me really think about what truly motivates me in my life. The book is about a boy who is searching for his personal legend. I am not sure if the author is LDS or not, but the boy meets Melchizedek who gives him a Urim and Thummim, hmm....possibly.

Throughout the boy's journey he has moments where he is very in tuned with his purpose and listens to the "omens" and what they are telling him. He gets distracted very easily and tends to give up when obstacles enter his path.

I was thinking about how often my life is detoured due to obstacles that enter my path and seem insurmountable. It is easy to lose sight of the goal and get distracted by things. Sometimes we use material things to make us seem more valuable to others. Perhaps that is our source of others view us. I believe that we all have a purpose in this life...whether it be a talent or skill, it is our responsibility to push through the obstacles and find the courage to pursue hone those talents and then share them with others.

This entry is causing my brain to hurt from trying to get this out in a way that actually makes sense. For now I will leave it up to your powers of interpretation. I will just blame it on the fact that it is late, and I am tired.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mamma Mia!

For those of you who know me, you are fully aware of my love for anything musical. My latest musical was, as you guessed it, Mamma Mia! I took my good friend to the play for her birthday last week. We had such a good time, the ABBA songs were used in such a clever way and made the telling of the story so much more entertaining. I had no idea of what Mamma Mia was about before going, but it was so worth it. The basic plot is about a girl who is getting married and learns that her father may be one of three different men. (This "free loving" took place in the 70's) They handled this slightly risque topic humorously. Needless to say, she invites the three men to her wedding and tries to determine which one is her real father. I won't go into any more detail; I don't want to ruin it for you.
If Mamma Mia comes to your town and you are an ABBA fan, I would highly recommend you check this out, you won't regret it.

What Is a Workout? by George Allen

A workout is 25% Perspiration and 75% Determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exercise and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started. A workout makes you feel better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a Winner, the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his or her destiny. A workout is a wise use of time and an Investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life’s challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to Opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

A workout is a form of Rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don’t simply feel better. You feel better about yourself.