Sunday, October 30, 2011


Writing the beginning to anything is always the hardest part – especially if you don’t want to. For example, I do not want to write this blog because I’m rather upset over accounting and feeling the stress of this week. At the same time, I don’t want to just sit here and complain because who wants to read others complain? We all have our problems, we all just present and handle them differently. Unfortunately for me I am of the “Go big or go home” mindset. For instance, I can either just totally ignore my accounting issues, assume they’ll go away and worry another day…or I can assume this is the end of the world and start looking at other majors. Not to mention trying to figure out the best way solve my problem…but that always includes some sort of extreme situation. Like, get a W in the class, quit my job so I can focus on only accounting, spend all day in the accounting lab studying accounting (yuck), or transfer to a school where they don’t make you apply to the program.

I don’t really do well trying to find the middle ground, mainly because I’m still upset and I figure I’ll sleep it off, and then once I do sleep it off, I no longer care and I worry about it another day. Oh the joys of being so extreme. And I can’t accept any logical advice (just ask my wife) because I’m in one of my extreme modes and don’t feel like talking. I am learning as I type this that I even type roughly and loudly when I’m unhappy. Oh if only I could get a job that wasn’t hard to get or do and made lots of money…hey, I know…I’ll go join the 99% and occupy wall street. They have the same basic goals don’t they…? Assuming they finally have goals.

All shots at the protestors aside, I am feeling much better and almost want to be positive…but only after I listen to “The Grouches Anthem” first. So please hold.

Ah, much better. So anyways, on to some positives of this week. I got to see my dad and brothers at Dixie’s football game (the game wasn’t positive, but seeing family was), I finished xTax, which was rather difficult, but felt good to present (perhaps a blog about xTax later). Also, I will go 3-0 in fantasy football this week, which is a first for me.

Anyways, I’m feeling better now…other than I still have more homework and I feel that my cat will start biting me soon. But if you made it this far, thanks for bearing with the grouch side of me. I’ll try and report something happy next time…and my cat has started the biting… Grr…

Also, does anyone know how to make paragraphs tab in blogger?

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Blogging for the sake of blogging is rather boring. I don’t want to do it… but I have to. I’ll try and keep this blog positive while posting something new. So BYU, flag, and fantasy football are all off limits. But food isn’t off limits. So after our big victory on Friday, most of us went to Denny’s to celebrate. Jocelyn and I were there with Brady and Jessica, Tyler and no Shalyse (dancing somewhere), Kyle and Hannah, and Brandon and Karina. We all had a grand time (at least I did) talking about the game and getting to know Karina seeing as how she’s the only one I’ve never really met before. The best part of the night was that Brandon and I knew what Kyle was going to order. Jocelyn thought it was creepy, we thought it was funny. Not that you don’t already know this, but if you go to Denny’s, get breakfast. I don’t care if it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. you must always get breakfast. You’re welcome.

Speaking of food, after the BYU game on Saturday we went to Pizza Pie Café with the McArthurs. I don’t know what it is about all-you-can-eat pizza, but I love it. Maybe it’s because it’s pizza, or all you can it, or both…but it was good. You never walk out thinking “This was a bad choice”…well maybe you do, but only because you’re full, not because you didn’t like it. Fortunately for us we beat the rush of people because we left the 2nd offensive series after Heaps got in.

So not that you really need food advice, but now you know two of my favorite places to eat: Pizza Pie Café, and Denny’s.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Dream Career

Do you remember being asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Yeah, I still ask myself that all the time…but mostly I focus on the growing up part, because I’m not sure I’ll ever actually grow up. Throughout the years I’ve had no solid answer. I thought astronomy was cool, so I put that down for a while; same with engineering. When I would get fed up with people or felt goofy and didn’t want to give a serious answer, I usually responded with the sentence “I want to be YOUR boss”. That way I could tell them to quit asking kids these kinds of questions. I hardly ever mentioned my dream answer to anyone though.

It was about this time about 16 or 17 years ago when my family first went to Disneyland. I can’t remember if Chance was 5 months, or a year and 5 months, so that’s why I’m not sure exactly the year. But I remember he couldn’t come with us and Konner wasn’t born. My parents, my brother Logan and myself made the trip that UEA break (well I assume it was UEA, that’s when we normally have gone to Disneyland). We met up with my uncle Ron, his wife Suzy and their three kids, Breck, Courtney, and Colby. On the drive there, I remember getting a happy meal inside a pumpkin shaped plastic container…not really important, but you should know how well I remember the little things from this trip. Like the pizza we had at the hotel room, which I thought was great, or the fact that I said I wouldn’t ride the Indiana Jones ride again until I was 105 years old because it scared me so bad. Moving on.

We got there and I loved every minute of it. I remember the jungle cruise ride particularly well. It was on this ride I learned what I wanted to do with my life. Live at Disneyland – specifically in Jungle Cruise. I could bathe in the river, hop on a boat and go enjoy Disneyland the whole day. I’m not sure how long that lasted, but I knew I loved Disney.

Fast forward to about 10 or 11 years old. We were in primary. We were a sharing time activity about our goals vs. the commandments and how if we did what the Lord wanted first, then all would be fine, but if we put our stuff first it wouldn’t all fit. When asked what my goal was I said “to own Disneyland!” My mom, who was the primary pianist at the time, said how I liked to dream big. She looked a little embarrassed, but it was and is true. I’m a dreamer.

Well as my knowledge of how things worked increased, I learned that you can’t easily own a company like that. Disney has way too many shares of stock outstanding at way too high a price to effectively own the company (I guess you really need to only own 1 share over 50% to act like the owner), so my dream in high school evolved to be CEO or some other management position. I have learned that sharing said goal is generally laughed at. I can understand why, but still, don’t you have dreams that you want to accomplish? Why not try and get them?

Thanks to my M Com class, we’ve had to do mock interviews and resumes and all of that stuff related to getting jobs. I started looking at what Disney job I would apply for, and what I need to accomplish to get there. So far, I’m on track with my schooling, and I took my next big step by applying for an internship at the park. Jocelyn and I decided it would be a good idea since it would get me closer to my goal, it would look good on a resume, and it means Jocelyn doesn’t have to spend as much time in Provo. Wins all around right? So hopefully we both get accepted (Jocelyn applied too) and then I can try next year for an accounting internship, and then two years after that I can apply for the job I mock applied for in M Com. Only time will tell how this thing pans out, but I figure I’ll give it a shot. Even if I don’t get up to management one day, I will still hopefully have a career with a company that exists to entertain and make others happy.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


So here I am, writing just for the sake of writing. I don't have much to say other than I'm tired of school, tests, homework, studying, etc. I need a break. The funny thing is, I don't have class Friday, but I usually feel like I don't have a real weekend. Darn you college.

The things I can blog about that made my weekend: Cafe Rio, Captain America, Riley Nelson, Fantasy football.

Cafe Rio: Tasty...I love me some pork salad

Captain America: Don't listen to the Hukill's it's a good movie. Not as good as Iron Man, but still good. Also, the Avengers looks sweet.

Riley Nelson: for all you fair-weathered fans who nearly bailed back to heaps after his first fumble, get over it. He's the man.

Fantasy Football. I won my work league game (well really old work), I should win my normal league (trevor needs a miracle) and in the auction league, Nick got his miracle and it's now a 2.5 ish point game and we both only have our kickers left. The losing teams kicker could win us the game. I figure the winner will get PAT's and the loser's kicker will get the FG's to win one of us the game. oh man.

Well that's I can say that I blogged for M Com.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


[Written on Friday, posted Sunday]

So I have to admit it, I wasn’t planning on going to the game today. Not that I didn’t want to. But I had a huge accounting test to take (4 hour time limit) and the line at the testing center was longer than I’ve seen it during finals week. Unfortunately, by the time I got done with my test the game had started. I went and found my wife and once she was done with her paper we went to get dinner. We had been on campus for like 14 hours, so it was a much needed break. We picked Wendy’s and stayed in to watch the game.

Back up a few 7-8 hours earlier…. I was at work in the bookstore, just about to leave. We started talking football, and in a weak moment, I picked BYU to lose. I know, I know, I shouldn’t have. At that point I wouldn’t have been surprised either way, but I picked USU by 2 field goals, but for jake heaps to score through the air – he got it on the ground, so I’m not sure, but it might be more impressive, so I’ll call it a win in my book. Back up even earlier (or basically from game one till today) and I was preaching no more Jake Heaps…it’s somewhere in my Facebook… go check it out. I was all for Riley Nelson because he had heart, desire, and was more athletic (think tim tebow extra lite) than Heaps…plus I liked his attitude more than Heaps’, I thought he understood the game better, and I’m biased because we played against him in the playoffs and he impressed me.

That whole time I was told, “don’t be crazy, nelson isn’t better. We can’t win with nelson, heaps just needs to grow (which I agree with, I think he could be good if he puts his head/attitude in check), Nelson isn’t a quarterback, who cares how athletic he is” (this is to you Jeff in my stats class. You won’t read this, but I’ll bring it up on Monday). Fast forward back to (yes, it sounds odd, but we’re going back to the future, but still right now’s past…you follow? No? me neither, so full steam ahead) a few hours ago. I’m at Wendy’s, Nelson is put in and starts tearing it up… he takes hits, loses his helmet, runs with guts…maybe a bad toss or two, but I never said he was superman…throws a touchdown. Then Jocelyn adds, “why doesn’t he get more time?” Preaching to the choir! Moving on some more, game winner, we’re all happy…I’m extra happy because I TOLD YOU SO! Nelson is a big time gamer, with a good attitude and good head on his shoulders…and awesome hair on his head. I’m not sure it’s BYU approved, but it’s ok.

Yes, this blog was quickly and poorly written. Yes, I’m tooting my own horn about being right about Riley Nelson this whole time. Even the radio guys said they could see a perk to the players when nelson was in. I have it on good authority that the team didn’t really follow heaps last year, and I don’t see how it’s changed magically in the summer. I think we saw tonight whom they prefer.

Well I’m done. That was all I wanted to say… that and we can’t tackle. How do you facemask a guy’s face nearly to the ground and still not get the tackle. C’mon Cougs! I’m happy they won, sad I had my test that made it so I couldn’t go. And in case you couldn’t tell, I’m super stoked for Riley Nelson, and my preaching him.

A few afterthoughts. 1- USU’s run game: WOW! 2-On the play where the call was called a catch by the line judge, overruled by the back judge, and overturned by the replay…that back judge should not have done anything. He didn’t have the angle. Not that being a city league ref makes me the man, but c’mon man. 3- Riley Nelson tonight, 2 TD’s through the air. Jake Heaps all season: 3 through the air. Goodnight.