Saturday, March 31, 2012

This Weekend -

I'm watching General Conference. I love these two weekends that we get every six months to listen to the church leaders and reflect on how well I'm living my life and what changes I should make.

I figured out how to stream conference live on my phone (there's a small delay) - thanks to the Mormon Channel App. Tomorrow, at the suggestion of a friend (and depending on the weather) I may go for a walk during one (or both?!) of the sessions while listening to conference.

I'm really hoping that contrary to current weather predictions I get good walking weather!

I Really Like These Two

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Like This -

on a different topic - I went to the store last week and saw flowers being sold outside. It got me really excited thinking about the hanging flower baskets that my mom and I bought for the backyard. They're so pretty! Bring on the warm weather!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Love This

A letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his 11-year old daughter. Found here.

Skip to the 'don't worry about...' list if you don't want to read the whole thing.

La Paix, Rodgers' Forge
Towson, Maryland

August 8, 1933

Dear Pie:

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy — but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the
punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeare's in which the line occurs "Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

Have had no thoughts today, life seems composed of getting up a
Saturday Evening Post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly; but if you call me "Pappy" again I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?

I will arrange the camp bill.

Halfwit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage

Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don't worry about popular opinion

Don't worry about dolls
Don't worry about the past
Don't worry about the future
Don't worry about growing up
Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don't worry about triumph
Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don't worry about mosquitoes
Don't worry about flies
Don't worry about insects in general
Don't worry about parents
Don't worry about boys
Don't worry about disappointments
Don't worry about pleasures
Don't worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?

How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship

(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


P.S. My come-back to your calling me Pappy is christening you by the word Egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could break you up and crack you open at my will and I think it would be a word that would hang on if I ever told it to your contemporaries. "Egg Fitzgerald." How would you like that to go through life with — "Eggie Fitzgerald" or "Bad Egg Fitzgerald" or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try it once more and I swear to God I will hang it on you and it will be up to you to shake it off. Why borrow trouble?

Love anyhow.

Monday, March 12, 2012


I saw this a loooong time ago and meant to post it then. But I didn't.

From an article (see link below), comes this paragraph -

Still, as charitable as Simon was, rocker Jon Bon Jovi is not to be outdone. The "Livin' on a Prayer" singer opened a very unique restaurant in New Jersey. If you're looking to dine at the new Soul Kitchen, you can leave your wallet at home because the menu is filled with meals but no prices. Diners have the option to pay what they can afford, work at the restaurant or perform community service in exchange for a meal. The effort made by the musician is to help feed the hungry without the brand of "soup kitchen."

I just think that's a really cool idea. Normally when restaurants don't have prices on the menu that means I can't afford it.

Bon Jovi is pretty cool.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I kind of love this wall.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Peek Into My Current Playlist

I've been listening to Christina Perri Radio on Pandora lately. I like it. A lot. So the other day I downloaded (for free! - thank you music junk app) various songs from a few of the artists that kept popping up that I really liked. The main three - Christina Perri, Sara Bareilles, and Adele (which then led to a few mash-ups from Glee - which I don't watch anymore because it's a pretty trashy show, but I do like some of their songs). From the songs that I downloaded, here are my current favorites:

i don't think i can accurately express my love of the disco skating parts in this video.

Yesterday while driving home from work with Nate and listening to some of these songs (some that I had listened to on the way to work too) I realized that a lot of them are kind of... man-hater songs. Or bitter women songs. Or something along those lines. For the record, I don't hate men and I'm not bitter. But I do really enjoy these songs. (:

But sorry, Nate, for subjecting you to this. Thanks for being such a good sport!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Still Obsessed...

Have you checked out the eagles yet? Totally worth it if you haven't. I (still) kind of love watching them.

Here's proof in screenshots:
i love the profile

eating a fish

then she laid eggs!
first there were two...

now they have three!

Now is a really good time to look at the webcam if you want to actually see them. Because they're taking turns laying on the eggs, you'll always see one of them there. It's also fun to hear when one starts screeching and then you'll see the other come and they'll switch places.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I'm Somewhat Shocked

But I guess there are more idiots (or, to be less-offensive - more 'uninformed individuals') out there than I'd care to admit.

A member of a coalition that I'm on just sent this out -

To vote online go to and click on 'informed debate' in the contents column on the left.

I did this.

And found this -

Really people? Really? Some states have tried this. Bad things happen. Non-medical marijuana use increases. People figure if it's being used as medicine it can't be that bad for me. (NOT TRUE). And it still counts as a gateway drug. Use marijuana... and move on to using other drugs. Not always. I know there are plenty of stories starting with, 'I used marijuana and never...' or 'My friend used for years and never...' Okay. Fine. But it's called a gateway drug because there are plenty of people who move on to the harder more serious drugs.

Marijuana isn't safe. It isn't good for you. There are harmful effects to the body that come from using the drug.

The argument that you're taking away the appeal because it's no longer illegal doesn't work either. Proof - those states who have made it legal. Like I said before, their rates of non-medical use have increased.

And - depending on your opinion of the federal gov't this could possibly influence your thinking either way - it's against federal law. States that are legalizing marijuana are going against federal law. Meaning the feds can come in and bust up the dispensaries. And I hope they do.

And, for those who argue that everyone has a right to choose if they want to use marijuana or not and you're taking away the freedom to choose. Let me just say - LAWS LIMIT FREEDOMS. That's what they do. ALL laws. You can still choose whether or not you want to obey that law, and if you don't, then you open yourself up to having to face the consequences that come from not obeying the law. We have laws to help keep us safe as a society. Sure, I might not want to stop at every stop sign that I come to on my way to work. But if I don't, I risk getting into an accident putting myself and others at risk. It's taking away my freedom to just keep going. But it's worth it.

So go to the website and vote.

But only if your vote is 'No.'

(just kidding. ... kind of.) (:

I Work With Some Sick People...

Found in my cubicle when I walked in.

More to come.

Much more...

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