Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"Ra Pom Pa Chomp"

Yes, I chomped my cheek.

Ever since I was little I've had a problem with biting my tongue or the inside of my mouth. I can remember eating breakfast across the table from Peter and biting my tongue so hard I would start to cry, and he would bust up laughing. Unfortunately, I haven't outgrown the ability to chomp myself on a regular basis.

The other day I bit my cheek so hard it bled profusely, and over the course of the next hour I bit it two more times. Now, you may think this is kind of funny, I do, or at least I did until the infection came.

Yes, it's true THE INFECTION. The whole right side of my face hurts so bad I haven't been able to eat anything for the last two days. I've been on antibiotics for the last 24 hours, and hopefully they'll kick in soon. If they don't I'm sure I'll be on my way to losing the 10 pounds I always say I want to lose. All this, thanks to the chomp.

Monday, July 17, 2006

"Age of Consent"

This is a video our friend Cody made of clips from our prom. I think it's pretty professional.

"Glory Bound"



Last Thursday we went to the Martin Sexton concert at the Gallivan Center downtown. It was a really good time. I think Martin is one of my favorites in concert, and the Gallivan is a pretty fun place to see shows. Here are some pics from the show...






"Hands Down"



Last weekend I went with Nici, Nat, and a group of old friends from BYU to VegASS for the Dashboard Confessional, Ben Lee concert.

The entire weekend was amazing. The drive down was full of fun conversation, the show was awesome, and we got some quality swimming, shopping, and gambling time in. All of that with a meal from In 'n Out. All-in-all, it really was the ideal weekend.

Here are some pics from the weekend...


Meeting Ben Lee












The Concert Venue After Shopping

















Swimming With Friends

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Why"

The roommates watch So You Think You Can Dance every week, and last night was probably the most sexually charged dance ever... here it is Ivan and Allison at their best...

"Bittersweet Symphony"

Today is my last day at work.

I have to admit, the past year has really been probably the best of my life, and a lot of that has to do with my job.

First of all... Getting to hang out with your brother and sister-in-law and kids everyday isn't too bad...

Second... Having the flexibility to travel almost every weekend isn't too bad either...

And the job has allowed me time to blog during naps everyday... We'll see how long the blog lasts once this job ends...

By the way... The thought of a real forty-hour work week in a year is scaring me.

Here are some pics of the last day of work...

































Wednesday, July 12, 2006

"Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam"

I think this is an interesting article. Enjoy.

Can a Mormon be president?
By Cal Thomas ( Cal Thomas has a TV show on FOX News, and is syndicated in over 500 newspapers nationwide.)
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Consider the following scenario: four candidates are running for president in 2008. One is a pro-choice Protestant who believes in balanced budgets and would cut spending and lower taxes, but is divorced and remarried to someone who has also been divorced. The second candidate is a Catholic, who is pro-life, but who believes in tax increases and more government spending to help the poor. This candidate is married, but during the '60s he smoked dope and lived in an ashram with two women. The third is Jewish and supports the Iraq war and Israel against those who wish to destroy it, is married to a gentile and thinks same-sex marriage is OK. The fourth candidate is a Mormon, who is married to the same woman he started out with, is pro-life, opposes same-sex marriage, wants taxes and government spending cut, would put more conservatives on the Supreme Court and appears consistent in his private and public behavior.

According to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, if you are a conservative Christian voter, you are more likely to vote for the Protestant, Catholic or Jewish candidate before you would vote for the Mormon, though he is more in line with your political philosophy.


Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, left, is flanked by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as they talk to reporters in Boston, Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Romney, renewing his call for an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage, says the U.S. constitution allows the people, not the courts, to define civil rights through the popular vote. "Who's going to tell us what a civil right is and what's not? Well, the people will." Supporters of gay marriage say it is a civil right that should not have to go to a popular vote, likening it to the desegregation battles of the 1960s, where the courts played a central role in expanding rights. (AP Photo/William B. Plowman)

The poll found that while anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism are fading among voters, anti-Mormonism is not. Thirty-seven percent of those questioned said they would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution forbids a "religious test" for those wishing to serve in public office, but it can do nothing about voters who wish to apply a religious test to candidates.

The impetus for the poll appears to be the likely presidential candidacy of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon.

I am reminded of a comedy bit by the late Steve Allen. Allen would take a camera and microphone into the street and ask people, "Could you ever vote for an openly heterosexual person for president?" The shocked interviewee would fervently respond, "Oh, no, I could never do that." It was funny, but it also said something about the ignorance of the individual being quizzed.

If Romney runs, he might consider following the example of another son of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, who addressed the issue of his Catholicism in a speech to the Houston Ministerial Association during the 1960 campaign. Kennedy said: "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president - should he be Catholic - how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him."

In a telephone interview, Governor Romney tells me he doesn't believe religion is a factor "when people know the real individual." Asked whether he might follow Kennedy's example and make a speech about church and state, Romney says, "There may well be a time when something is said by me or something happens that crystallizes the issue for people, but I believe the people in this country subscribe to the Lincoln view that when people take the oath of office they abide by America's political religion and that they place the Constitution and the rule of law first."

The poll results may reflect attitudes toward Mormonism that are similar to what non-Catholic voters thought about Catholics four decades ago. Some may get their impressions of Mormonism from the HBO series "Big Love," about a modern polygamist and his three wives (the church banned polygamy in 1890 as a condition for Utah's admission to the Union, which took place in 1896.)

If an ambulance hits me, I care less where or how the driver worships than I do about his sense of direction to the nearest hospital. It troubles me not that a Mormon might be president. It does trouble me a great deal that so many people would think a person's faith - whether one shares it or not - should be the only reason to deny someone the presidency. Perhaps if Romney decides to run it won't matter too much of that 37 percent, anymore than it eventually did during the 1960 campaign when the issue was Catholicism.

"Barbie Girl"

We had prom over the weekend, and I have to admit, it was a pretty fun one.

I think the week leading up to prom might have been the best part. For all the roomates, choosing which dress to wear was quite the ordeal.

Here are some of the dresses that were options...


Scandalous



















Vintage

















But the winner was.... Old Bridesmaid!

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"

So... Let's face it... It's been awhile since I've posted... So I think I'm going to make up for it today.

I love U2... I can't really same the same for Bush... But I thought this was pretty funny...

"Closer to Fine"


Nici and I went to see the Indigo Girls last week at Red Butte Gardens, and it was pretty much amazing.

Indigo is my of my favorites. They were one of the bands that made me really start to love music, and they were one of my first three concerts. I saw them ten years ago at Wolf Mountain, and they were just as good last week as they were then.

Going to shows like that always reminds me how good music really can be, and how much it can mean to someone. I have so many memories from Indigo Girls' songs, and it was great to relive them at the show. Good Times! Good Times!

Friday, July 07, 2006

"The Promise"

Just to prove that we act as young as we look, my roommates are having a prom!

Yes, it's true. The dress drama, the makeup drama, the hair drama it's all there, but I'm sure "Last Chance Summer Romance" is going to be one amazing night.

And those of you who think you're too old for a prom are going to miss out. Honestly, what could be better than a prom at age 23 or older?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

"23"

I'm not quite 25, although 25 doesn't seem as old as it used to. It seems like 25 is the new 18.

I moved to SLC, from Provo, in September, and the change in the social scene is so funny to me.

At 23, I'm definitely on the young side for our ward, and most of the guys we hangout with are 27+. Don't get me wrong, I like hanging out with older people because it makes me feel young, and it takes all of the pressure off of me to grow-up and become mature.

Even though I may not act my age, I like to think I at least look it. I have had multiple experiences lately that have made me doubt this...

--A few months ago I was flying with my parents, and we were checking bags. They usually check your ID when you check a bad, so I handed my license to the man checking my bag, and he said to me, "Oh, I only need to check your ID if you're over 18." "Uh, okay," I just put my ID away and walked off.

--Last week I was swimming with my roommates at a swimming pool up in Star Valley, and we all went to get in the hot tub. The lifeguard came over and said, "Are you over 18?" "Yes," I responded, and she followed with, "Well, you do have to be over 18 to be in the hot tub." "Okay, thanks, we're all at least 23." She gave me this glare, like we were trying to cheat the system by lying about our age.

--Yesterday, Nat and I were out to dinner, and our waiter kept calling us "kids." "What can I get for you kids?" "Can I get you another drink kids?" We thought it was kind of strange, and so we asked him how old he thought we were. He thought we were 19-20.

--Before we went to Cancun Michele and I got pedicures. The girl that was doing mine started talking to me about Cancun, and she said, "I can't believe your mom is letting you go to Cancun." I looked at her kind of confused and said, "Well I am 23 there's not really anything my mom can do about it." "Oh, I thought you were 17," she responded.

--About a year ago one of my brother's friends overheard me talking to my dad about graduation. She proceeded to ask me if I had decided what college I wanted to go to. I explained to her that we were talking about college graduation, not high school graduation.

The list goes on and on. I guess since I've looked the exact same since I was 12 I've had my share of looking older than I am, and now I'm getting my share of looking younger than I am.

I better enjoy it while it lasts. I'm sure when I turn 30 people will think I'm Olivia's grandma instead of her older sister!