Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Year of the Snake

Can this even be right? A little while ago I had lunch with some peeps at the Mongolian BBQ. I noticed on my place mat the Chinese zodiac I further noticed that I was born in the year of the snake.....really? I just don't see myself as a snake. Click here for wikipedia's definition which is a bit more detailed but here is the over all rundown:

People born in the Year of the Snake are deep. They say little and possess great wisdom. They never have to worry about money; they are financially fortunate. Snake people are often quite vain, selfish, and a bit stingy. Yet they have tremendous sympathy for others and try to help those less fortunate. Snake people tend to overdo, since they have doubts about other people's judgment and prefer to rely on themselves. They are determined in whatever they do and hate to fail. Although calm on the surface, they are intense and passionate. Snake people are usually good-looking and sometimes have marital problems because they are fickle. They are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster.

Normally when you read your regular horoscope you see a glimmer in there, I mean the only thing right on in this assessment is the ridiculously good looking part ;)

Ok but seriously, Is this me? For the rest of you click here to find your Zodiac sign.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Rock Band

I played this for the first time this weekend and it was so much fun. There were also skittles involved (thanks Brian!) which just upped the fun factor, for me at least.

I was decent at bass, ok on vocals, lame at guitar and decent with the drums. Although I must say that drums were my absolute favorite. We had a fun group that let down their inhibitions and all took turns with all the different elements. It really was a blast. I hope I won't have to wait too long until I can play this game again. It's very clear why it is so addicting!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I'm in! I plan on joining the adventure and just bought my plane ticket today. Can't wait!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Thrill of Whitney

I'm clearly feeling the old school today. Maybe it was Kristen's post about MC that put me in the mood but I have been listening to the sound track from The Bodyguard and it's been bringing my heart a large amount of 90's glee.

I mean original power ballads like,

"I Have Nothing"
"Run to You"

Not to mention the Dolly remake of "I Will Always Love You".

Songs and singers like this make me grateful I have ears. Just saying.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

R.O.C. -Remembering our Culture

My good friend Julie's Brother and Sister-in-law run a multicultural group know as R.O.C. They put on 2 performances a year and they are fantastic. It's so fun to see all the diversity we have here in Utah County.

It's especially fun because her nieces are in the group and are so talented. They showcase 5 different cultures; African, Asian, Latino, Native American, Polynesian. Here are a few photos I snapped of the dances from last night. Sorry that they are dark, but I'm sure you can still see the fun!

The Polynesians doing their thing

Chinese Fan Dance

Native American Hoop Dance

Julie and her family are part of the Iroquoi nation in upstate NY. That's her Niece on the far right.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lessons learned from Apollo 13

This weekend I was flipping through channels on the T.V. I chanced upon Apollo 13 and ended up crying my way through the entire program. I learned some really spiritual lessons from this little gem of a show and I’m going to share some of those here on my blog.

Obviously you all have either seen this movie or at least understand the premise but there were a few things that really struck me. I found so much of the Lord’s hand in what happened to Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert and even Ken Mattingly who had to be left behind. I felt to draw some parallels to my own life.

These men all of them worked for years to accomplish their dream of flying into space, which all had accomplished at the point of this mission. In addition to that they wanted to walk on the moon. They prepared and worked tirelessly before it was their turn to attempt this mission. They wanted nothing more in life than this.

There are blessings and desires that I have for my life that I want as much as Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks character) and crew wanted to walk on the moon. The first thing that struck me was that these men were prepared. They thought that they were prepared to accomplish a successful mission, and they were, but as much as they prepared for success, that preparation allowed them to weather disaster.

How often do I find that the preparations I have made for the goal or blessing I want ends up allowing me to weather the storms, or some might even say disasters that inevitably come before the realization of the blessing. In fact overcoming makes me stronger for the next mission which pattern will ultimately lead to gaining the righteous desires of my heart or successful completion of my “mission” in this life.

Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise’s character) is an original member of the team. He had been training with the team for years but days before they are to leave for this mission his dream is taken away since he has been exposed to measles and therefore can not go with his team. He’s upset and angry at these turn of events and we witness a little bit of the bitterness he feels at how this dream is turning out for him.

Why is this significant? Who reading this has not felt bitterness at a dream unrealized? In fact who hasn’t felt a little bitterness at just a strong want unrealized? Why is it so hard to trust God in all things? He has a plan for us, always……always.

Of course it turns out that the explosion on the shuttle leaves those in space with limited power to get home and procedures are needed to use what little power they have to power up so they can make it safely home. Who else but Mattingly would have such an intimate an extensive knowledge of the space craft and could have successfully created procedures. You could argue that the three stranded men would never have made it home without Mattingly on the ground to make it happen. God knew, just like he knows in my life what is needed? Why do I fail to trust? Out of all of the Astronauts that were supposed to go on the mission and did go on the mission only Mattingly ended up walking on the moon. While God needed his dream to be suspended for a time to help others he allowed it ultimately to be fulfilled. This just felt so significant to me.

At the end of the movie they go on to say that there were thousands of people working to get 3 home. These men were able to accomplish things by using the power of the collective that the men in space could never have done for themselves. Without the support team encouraging them, helping to solve problems behind the scenes and working together it’s a given that the 3 in space would have perished. What a testimony of how God always cares about the one. He has a great work to accomplish for all men but he never loses sight of the needs of each individual.

None of us can get home or accomplish our mission alone. There is always a huge cast of characters in each of our lives cheering us on and helping us along the way. Going back to Apollo 13, I think specifically of how Co2 levels were too high in the space craft. If these levels would have gone over safe levels the astronauts would have suffered from disorientation, loss of critical thinking and ultimately a slow form of brain damage. There chances of getting home would be significantly diminished. What was required if you will remember was to make a square filter fit into a round filters hole. The right people were there at the right time, with the right gifts and skills to figure out how in fact to fit a square peg into a round hole.

God knows what is needed in my life to bring me home as it were. He knows that I am going to have problems, trials and just flat out am going to need rescued. He will place the people and things in place for me and of course all of us to help us get back home.

I thought immediately about all the supporting cast of characters I have in my own life. My beloved family both immediate and extended along with amazing friends, those at church and in my neighborhood, parents of friends I grew up with and co-workers and how frequently there love, support, experiences and spiritual insights help me to fit the square pegs into the round holes of my life. How often their counsel and experiences keep me from getting disoriented and losing my direction. I know that they will all help me to get home.

I still have promised blessings and righteous desires for this life that have left to be realized. But I know that if I trust in God and keep moving forward trying to be as prepared as I can that he will put into place everything that is needed and they will be accomplished. I also know as surely as he brought 3 astronauts safely home from space, he has provided everything that I need so that I will arrive safely home to him when this life is over. For this I am truly grateful

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Did I Mention.....

I bought this album and it's amazing! Check this out for a review of a conversation Stephanie and I had about her awhile ago.

Monday, April 07, 2008

I'm just this good

83 words

Speed test

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

When April Fool's Goes Horribly Awry

Yesterday as you know was April Fool's Day. I'm sure many a joke was perpetrated to great effect. However there was one turn of events, thought to be a joke that was not all that funny.

I have been interviewing with a company in SLC for an Accounts Payable position. I met with the manager of the department on Friday and was called back for a second interview yesterday. I told me current employer that I would be taking an extra long lunch as I had an appointment in SLC. I headed up and met with the Controller and CFO. The interview went well and I was asked if they could contact my current employer. I asked them to wait until the following day because I hadn't filled my current employer in on my interviews. They said they would wait to contact.

I arrived back at work and got engrossed in what I was doing, around 4 ish I hear someone buzz my boss and tell him that Trish with -the company I interviewed with- was on the phone and could he take the call. He did and his side of the conversation sounded like this....." yep, uh huh, excellent....hmmm, sure!"

When he got off the phone and came over to my desk I said, "I was going to talk to you about this today. They were not supposed to call you until tomorrow." He said to me, "your friend didn't do a very good job of keeping the joke up, by the end she was laughing, good April Fool's joke but I'm not falling for it."

Ummm......Como?!?!? NOT and April Fool's joke (although mental note to self to keep that in the bank for future). It took me a full 5 minutes to convince him that in fact I had been interviewing with the company and that it was not a joke.

So good times and some not good times. Unintentionally one of the best April Fool's laughs I've had in a long time.