Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Live Your Life

You would think as an advertising major I would be able to figure out a way to advertise myself, but I have had no such luck lately. Maybe it is because I have moved three times since August, maybe it is because I am emotionally and spiritually drained, I don't know.  Whatever the cause, it is slightly frustrating.  I decided to subtitle this blog dear journal because I stink so much at physically writing in my journal. I would much rather document my life through picture, but I know that isn't the best option considering how many dang pictures I have lost through the years just from broken hard drives crashing and not printing them off. So, I decided that I need to be better about keeping the details of my everyday life, and since not many people read this blog, I decided to do it here.

Talk about the craziest semester of my life! I moved into Canterwood apartments in Provo in the middle of August, right before I went to visit Brent in California.  At the time I was still working for Pinnacle Security doing account creation calls, and the only girl living in the apartment would be moving out while I was in California. She is actually a singer from Montana (Nicole Sheahan). I'm sure she wouldn't mind me advertising for her, you can find her music on her myspace page.  Anyway, right after I got back I got an internship and have been doing that ever since.

Jennifer and Courtney moved into my apartment soon after, and Courtney and I did a few things together, but we never really clicked, and Jennifer I felt like wouldn't talk to me and didn't want to talk to me until things had gone so far that  it was almost impossible to talk to her about anything anymore. She freaked out on me one day, and that was the end of it for me. I had tried to talk to her a few times before and felt like she completely brushed me off, so I just stopped trying to communicate and really was left with no option but to move out. The story is much longer and more complicated than I am making it sound here, but I really don't feel that it is a story that should be broadcast over the internet.

So, I moved, and got rent for a much less expensive price, which was fantastic! I sold my contract at Canterwood to a girl named Emily, and am now living in a place called Windsor Park, kind of... two days ago, the same day the girl signed my Canterwood contract, our roof caved in at Windsor Park, and now they are performing complete restoration services at the Windsor Park condo.  So, I have been moved to a place called Belmont.  It is across town from Windsor Park, and I am living with a random girl they decided to move me in with. It really stinks, but hopefully it will all get worked out. Our old apartment was literally an ice cold rain shower for a few hours.

That is about all I've got for you today. I go home next Tuesday for Christmas, and Kevin is leaving the MTC Monday for the mission field. Crazy stuff!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Missing You


Even though you won't read this for.. ooh.. another year and ten months. I just wanted to let you know that I love and miss you and know you will make and are being an awesome missionary right now. Can't wait to see you again, I know you will change a lot but I am excited to hang out with you again. Have fun little dude, do some good. P.S. I'm lovin' that picture right there, and I better get to see some more soon!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mom

If you scroll down you will find that my mom is one of the things that makes me laugh, and if you don't know my mom all that well, this might help you understand why I think she is so funny. These few pictures are taken two summers ago when Brent came to visit our family, and she just makes me laugh, you will understand once you see these.  She probably wouldn't think that they are all that funny, but I do, and making people laugh is definitely not a bad thing, at least in my book!


What in the World!?!

We all have small or large things that really bug us and get under our skin. Some of us have a few more of these than others, but I have recently discovered a huge one in my life, and I think I need to blog about it or something just to get it out.

It may sound silly, but why in the world is it so hard to get the plastic off of just about everything you can buy in a store? You all know what I'm talking about, the stuff that leaves you with cuts, bruises, and broken sissors after trying to get it off of your new camera.

Don't worry Wal-Mart and various other stores, NO ONE will EVER be able to steal that Spiderman action figure. Why? Well unless they walk into the store with a stick of dynamite or, I don't know, maybe hedge clippers (don't do that by the way, you will probably get arrested); they aren't going to be able to open it any quicker than it takes to write the 7th Harry Potter book in Chinese, upside down. I mean come on really.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Halloween!



I know this is a tad late, but I was working on some stuff for work and it reminded me that Halloween is FUN! Especially dressing up each year. I know it sounds lame, but come on, everyone used to have fun dressing up as a kid! Don't deny it. So enjoy this little blast from the past in pictures. Don't forget you can click on the picture to view it in the bigger size.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Laugh about It!

So, I recently read a blog about laughter therapy. AWESOME! So I have decided to add to the right,  things that make me laugh :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Brigham Young University

I would just like to say something. I have NEVER not wanted to go to BYU. They have a fantastic education and BYU's reputation in the world is not only immaculate despite its faults but, it is also praised. I have always believed that if I got into BYU even if I got a scholarship to go somewhere else, I would choose BYU.  I got a half ride for four years to LDS Business College, and no scholarship at BYU. I'm not even sure I got accepted to BYU-I, I don't know if I ever saw the letter, maybe I didn't even apply.  The point is, this...and it might seem a little harsh, but. IF you came to BYU as a last resort, or, because you weren't sure what to do, or, because it was cheap, because of a friend, because your parents told you they wouldn't pay unless you did, and consequently you don't want to be here, I just want to say, ok that's fine. GET OUT! There are people, and I actually know a few who would give SO much, and have such a desire to be here.  I guess, I just don't understand. There are people who I know hate going to school/college because they wish so bad they could be here. They feel like they aren't good enough, because they can't get in.  

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Wentworth Letter

Here is a video I made for my RS lesson on the Wentworth letter. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Overcast Day In Salt Lake






Overcast skies make for the most beautiful pictures and Kevin and I finally got Kris to let us take some pictures of him and Kevin made me put them up on facebook, haha. It was overall a fun day, I was pretty sore from the Lupus, but I made it, even if it was barely. I get to go to California in 8 days, and they didn't need me at work today, so I really should be packing or at least working on my lesson for church Sunday, but as you can see, I'm not doing so well on either one.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Photography







So, I have recently developed a love for good photography. (And not so good sometimes, I'm not that great, but I love doing it) Here are some pictures, they are slightly old, but they are from when Brent and I went to the Hare Krishna Hindu Colors Festival. It was fun, here are some of the small moments we captured. P.s. Sorry the pink kinda makes me look like a creeper. Some kid threw a huge handful of pink at me

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Cure?!

Wow, it might actually be real. That would be so great if there was an end to Lupus. It's kinda weird though, I have never met my grandfather who died of Lupus, but just having the same disease he died from gives me a connection to him. I know what kind of pain he was going through, when he died. Maybe not fully because he had SLE, but its kinda weird how things work themselves out. Anyways, check out the article. It's kind of exciting!


First Potential Lupus-Specific Treatment in Sight!
July 20, 2009



BENLYSTA™ Successful in First of Two Pivotal Clinical Trials


Today, Human Genome Sciences (HGS) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced positive results from a year-long clinical trial of BENLYSTA for treating lupus. When the 52-week study concluded, the lupus patients who were treated with BENLYSTA had improvement in overall disease activity without clinically significant flare-ups in one or more isolated organs when compared to patients who received the placebo (inactive agent). The patients receiving BENLYSTA also were able to reduce their intake of steroid medications. The study is the largest ever to be completed for lupus and the first Phase III (late stage) trial of a new biologic immune therapy for lupus to succeed in meeting its primary endpoint and most of its secondary endpoints.



Sandra C. Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) issued the following statement.



"For people with lupus and their loved ones, this is an historic day! With no new drugs for more than 50 years, since the Eisenhower Administration, the news today indicates that it is possible to develop new, safe, and effective therapies for lupus. We are greatly encouraged by the positive top-line data which shows that HGS’ 52-week BENLYSTA study met its primary endpoint. These results provide hope that this complex chronic autoimmune disease can be brought under control and that, eventually, a cure can be found for the estimated 1.5 million Americans and more than 5 million people worldwide living with lupus.



"We look forward to hearing the results, this fall, of a longer-term Phase III clinical study of BENLYSTA. The data from both studies will be evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Should the FDA ultimately approve BENLYSTA, it would become the first drug successfully developed to specifically treat lupus since the disease was discovered more than a century ago.



"Lupus is a complex disease and not every therapy will be appropriate for all patients. Each person with lupus is unique and it is likely that successful management of lupus will require a number of therapies, perhaps used in combination with each other. The LFA and its Medical-Scientific Advisory Council urge the federal government and industry to greatly step up their research efforts on lupus so that physicians have a complete arsenal of therapies at their disposal to provide the individualized treatment that lupus requires.



"We are grateful to Human Genome Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline for their pioneering efforts to develop a new, safe, effective and tolerable treatment for lupus, to the physicians who have passionately committed to researching this disease, to the companies who continue to invest in finding new treatments, and to the thousands of people with lupus who have volunteered and participated in clinical studies over the years so discoveries such as this one could be possible.



"Meanwhile, the LFA will continue to implement its initiative entitled, A New 21st Century Approach to Lupus Healthcare, to ensure the ongoing advancement of the science and medicine of lupus to meet the multi-dimensional needs of people with lupus"

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fall into Place


It's amazing how, when nothing seems to be working, somehow it all just magically falls into place. I'm not really sure, how or even if I'm referring to something specific, but it just works out. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the hand of the Lord in my life. Its just interesting how sometimes, I am so confused and at a loss for what to do next, and a minute later everything is completely clear. It can be compared a little bit to the struggle of survival for this flower. It struggles constantly to receive nourishment, and at times the shadow of the towering trees or the lack of water in the ground, robs it of what it needs. Then all the sudden, rain comes, or the shadow moves, leaving the flower to receive all that it needs, its a wonderful thing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sports Fans

So, I know no one reads this, but it is a good outlet for my frustrations. Ok, first of all, I went to a basketball game tonight, because I like basketball, and because I wanted to see my team play, and its fun. Well, I sat in front of some people who knew some team members, not only did they go on about them the entire game, but, they failed to know the rest of the players names, but claimed to be so into the game. They never stopped talking to watch the game either. And when they weren't talking about themselves, they were talking bad about the other players. Oh, and I should also mention, that on the other side of me were two girls who talked the entire game, in another language, and took pictures of themselves. I guess it is good that people were at the game, but it just ticks me off when they don't pay attention or trash talk their own team. What is the point of going to support them, if you don't actually support them? If you are good enough to trash talk what they are doing, why don't you get on the floor or the field and show us how its done. The players are human just like everyone else, and they have their good and bad days, there is really no reason to say because someone missed a shot or threw a bad pass that they are horrible and should be thrown out of the game or the sport in its entirety. Man up people. If you like your team, support them, no matter what. Maybe if they feel like people care about them, they will be willing to play harder for their fans. It makes sense to me anyways....
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