Gordon Bombay

Quack! Quack Quack! Quack! Anyone remember how sweet the "Flying V" was? Well My roommate just bought The Mighty Ducks series. We have watched II and III and the classic is just waiting for us. Of course they are not as high quality as I remember. I mean how am I supposed to believe a group of 9 year old kids from the slums got chosen for the USA team? They are like two feet shorter than the Iceland team. But the worst part about it is in the end when they are eight points behind sitting in the locker room whining they find a mortifying solution. What is it? They take off their USA jerseys and put on their original Ducks jerseys. What is this movie trying to teach children!? That a Ducks jersey is more important than the red, white and blue jerseys representing the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? Who are these people?! All I know is at that moment I started cheering for Iceland. Better them than a bunch of snot nosed kids who think they are to good for America. The only saving grace of this movie is the one and only Gordon Bombay. So his acting is not going to be getting an award anytime soon but he is the heart of that movie. I found him just as inspiring as when I little watching it with Brian.

Speaking of my brother Brian, it was his birthday last Friday. He turned 23...I think. I'm pretty sure. Brian and I haven't always seen things eye to eye but he has always been there. Even if I didn't realize it at the time. Brio got married a couple of months ago. I hope I have a marriage like him and Tara. I don't know a couple more in love than them. Tara is one of my very best friends and there are a lot of things in my life that she is the only person in the world I have told. I'm so glad she is my sister for eternity. So anyway I love Gordon Bombay and I love Brian-Tara. A lot.


Emperor Zurg

Evil Emperor Zurg, Sworn Enemy of the Galactic Alliance is the antagonist in the 1999Disney-Pixar film Toy Story 2. Zurg also appears as a villain in the attraction Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at the five Disneyland-type parks in the United States, Japan, France, and Hong Kong. Saturday night Danny, Jill, Kory and I went and saw the 3D version of Toy Story 2 and I must say I enjoyed it. Yes, it is the same movie (if you haven't seen it in awhile you probably don't recall how witty this film is) but with new life breathed into it. A few minutes into the movie and it just seemed normal, like that is what all movies should look like. My favorite part of the experience though has to be the 3D glasses. Quality. There is not enough quality in products anymore but once again Disney knows how to provide it. The 3D glasses are Mr.Potato Head glasses. How legit is that? It's like when you go to Disneyland, waiting in line is park of the ride. I may like waiting in line for Indian Jones more than actually riding it. Well if I have a fast pass. Anyway the point is go see Toy Story 3D style, you won't regret it.

It is crazy to me how technology never stops progressing. Just last Friday in my history class we watched part of the Jazz Singer the first film with voice or a "talkie" as they were called. And just a day later I am watching an animation movie while "flying" through the opening titles. It is nuts. Over half of my political science class takes notes on laptops and half of those laptops now weigh less than 4 pounds. I broke my cell phone about a month ago so I have been using an old one (maybe a year or two old) and it doesn't have a camera in it. It drives me nuts! So many times I have a great reason to take a picture and I can't. The only thing more annoying than that is that I have become so reliant on technology that I think taking a picture of a stop sign that some punk kid wrote "fatty" under is essential, so having a phone that will call anyone in the entire world or send a text in under 3 seconds is an unforgivable inconvenience.

As a final note I would like to point out that I hate the character Zurg. I haven't blogged about anyone I was hating on so this is the first official hate blog. But I feel like I have valid reasoning. Zurg is an unintelligent villain. Nothing is worse than a poorly written, dumbed down antagonist. And the whole Star Wars rip off in Toy Story 2 is unacceptable. How in the world would a mechanic alien produce an a heroic astronaut? I don't know I just find Zurg terribly annoying through out the movie. Good thing Woody is there for serious comic relief.

Favorite quote from the movie:
"The sign says the store is closed!"
"You don't need to read it to us. We aren't preschool toys.."


John Henry Newman

I have a lot of big decisions coming up. I applied to BYU a few weeks ago, I applied just to have an option mostly. At the same time I started thinking about a mission. Once again mostly just just thinking of my options. And then there was the option to apply for a Washington D.C. internship. And the option to apply for EFY coordinator. And then the option to just stay in Logan. Either way the past few weeks concentrating on school has not really been an option.

I experienced two tender mercies from the Lord this week. Well more than two but there are two I want to mention. The first being General Conference. I didn't go into the Saturday morning session in a very good spirit because of a small conflict from the night before. Elder Scott was the first speaker and he seemed to give me the answer I was looking for on a silver platter.

"Father in Heaven knew that you would face challenges and be required to make some decisions that would be beyond your own ability to decide correctly. In His plan of happiness, He included a provision for you to receive help with such challenges and decisions during your mortal life. That assistance will come to you through the Holy Ghost as spiritual guidance. It is a power, beyond your own capability, that a loving Heavenly Father wants you to use consistently for your peace and happiness. The first is inspiration to know what to do. The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together."

I felt so strongly that this was my answer to me decisions. I was blessed with inspiration to know what to do. I accepted my invitation to BYU Monday. I got accepted last Thursday. But as much as I felt like is was the right thing to do I was still terrified. I love Logan. I love the drive through the canyon when the leaves have changed. I love seeing the "A" lit up when we win games. I love studying for spring finals on the Quad when the sun has finally come out again. I love the Aggie Bus system. I love basketball games in the Spectrum. I love the Scotsman. I love walking home stopping by Mal and Cath's house and feeling completely welcome to walk through the house. I love BDPs. I love coming home to an apartment that feels like home because Brittan and Jaclyn are there. I love living with my best friend in the whole world. I love counselor dinners. I love Fab Four time. And I love the look on my grandma's face every time she sees me at a game. I love Logan. But what I love more than all of those things is feeling at peace because I know where the Lord wants me.

I'm terrified to move to Provo. To a town I don't know. With roommates I don't know. On a campus I don't know (outside of EFY routes). To an apartment I don't know. In a ward I don't know. At a university I don't know. To religion classes I don't know. An honor code I don't know. A whole life I know nothing about. And here is where the second tender mercy comes. A good friend, one of my best friends, sent me a text to look up hymn #97 specifically looking at the first line.

Led, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet, I do not ask to see the distant scene-
one step enough for me
- Lyrics by John H. Newman

BYU feels from from home. And I don't know what the distant scene will be but the second half of Elder Scott's promise was fulfilled. "The second is power, or the capacity to do it. These two capacities come together." The revelation is the same. Go to BYU. But the feeling of fear is slowly being overcome. One step enough for me. Lead thou me on.


Jason Mraz

Ya, ya, ya so everone has been listening to Jason Mraz forever. So I've heard. But I didn't really pick him up until this summer when my friend B.Dahlin introduced me to him. Since then Jason and I have become really good friends. He will randomly show up in my car, my bedroom, our apartment. We walk to school together and hang out when class gets boring. He makes me miss her. Brittany has this amazing ability to make me brave. Make me bold. She makes me feel loved. Like salt loves pepper. Completely different but always complimentary.

Last week Jason and I had a special expereince. My roommates were gone as usual and it was getting late and that tends to have a bad affect on me. I was in the kitchen doing dishes so I invited Jason over. The genius bar suggested a new song of his I had never heard before, "Sleeping to Dream". I guess Jason has an uncanny ability to say exactly how I feel. And this song says exactly how I have been feeling lately, 38days to be exact. It is interesting how you can live so long without something and in a short time after having it and loosing it you get sick of every moment you are without it. He makes me...different. But the same. The best version of myself yet still seeing what I'm capable of. A life full of people has never felt so lonely.

I 'm dreaming of sleeping next to you I'm feeling like a lost little boy in a brand new town

I'm counting my sheep and each one that passes is another dream to ashes
and they all fall down.

And as I lay me down tonight,
I close my eyes, what a beautiful sight
I found myself in the riches (Your eyes, your lips, your hair.) And you were everywhere

I woke up in the ditches. I hit the light and I thought you might be here
but you were nowhere.
Well, you were nowhere at home.

Sleeping to dream about you
I'm so tired of having to live without you

As I lay me back to sleep
Lord I pray that I can keep

Just a little a lullaby to keep myself from crying myself to sleep at night

Well, I don't mind
Sleeping to dream about you and I'm so tired


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