Saturday, March 25, 2017

I Did It!

Today I got my recommended black belt. I had to do three board breaks and they scared me to death. I had to do flying side kick, spinning heel kick and one of my choosing. I chose to do a punch. The punching board break is my instructor's least favorite, while it was the only one that I felt confident in. I did it my first time. The flying side kick took me three times. Apparently I was kicking high, so they had to raise the board a little. Of all the things I could have been doing wrong, I'll take kicking too high. Then I got the spinning heel kick my second try. That's the one I couldn't do the last time I tried to get my recommended black belt. I tried over and over again and couldn't get it. Then my leg cramped and I gave up. Getting it on my second try means a lot! Oh I feel so relieved right now. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Party Time

Sometimes I throw a party for myself at night for no reason. 

Then I can't sleep because it's not dark enough in my room.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Crashing to the Ground in the Middle of the Night

I have a pile of stuff stacked on my kicking bag. I know, I know, that isn’t the correct use of a kicking bag. I’ll be better… maybe. Anyway, in the middle of the night, without anyone touching it, that pile went crashing to the ground. You can imagine my alarm at being woken up. “Why are things crashing around me?!” In my terrorized, just woken up state, I decided to blame it on my guardian angel and I came up with a couple of scenarios. Maybe guarding me is boring, so he/she decided to practice on my punching bag. Maybe my guardian angel is currently my Grandma B. and she got asked to dance by a nice-looking angel stud for Valentine’s Day. Then they got a little carried away and ran into my punching bag. Maybe a devil entered my room, and my guardian angel had to wrestle him to ground. I was having some creepy dreams, so I could totally believe this one.

Yup, that’s life.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving Day Two

What's different about this selfie from all that have come before? I am now thirty years old (and I didn't take a selfie yesterday - whoops).

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Utah State Capitol

Today I went to a Pre-Legislative Bootcamp at the Utah State Capitol. Here, have some pictures.

We got a tour by the Speaker of the House (Utah) Greg Hughes
The following room is the Senate floor

He took us down below to show us how the whole building is supposed to be earthquake proof because the foundation rests on these rubber pillars. Sadly, I didn't get very good pictures. You mostly see our reflections. 

Look! I'm cool! I got my picture with the Speaker of the House!

From here, I took myself on a tour. 

Side view

Another side view

That's a clump of snow

One lion is fortitude. The other is integrity.


The Mormon Battalion

Friday, January 06, 2017

Mature Conversations

Dear Human,
It’s probably not the best idea to eat moldy bread when you are sick.
With love,
Your Stomach

Dear Stomach,
You know you liked it. Mm mhm Penicillin.
Less than love,
The Brain

Dear Brain,
Even though you didn’t do your job and take the human to the doctor, I think we can both agree that that our crisis is likely caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Thus, penicillin is useless. Plus, eating moldy bread for penicillin is just stupid.
All the best,

Dear Stomach,
If you think you’re so smart, why don’t we just switch jobs, huh? You can be the brains. Show us what you got.
None the best,

Dear Brain,
I don’t want your job. I want you to do your job so that I can do my job.
Kind regards,

Dear Stomach,
I know you are, but what am I?
No regards,

Dear Brain,
You’re not even making sense now.

Dear Stomach,
You are fighting a losing battle. Brain said it was going to malfunction until the crisis is in control. Keep doing your job. The rest of us appreciate you, and are currently depending on you.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Pictures

I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to get pictures from my phone to other places. I'm adding here a ton of pictures from Thanksgiving. It looks like these photos are all out of order and I don't feel like putting them in order. So, this method is probably not the best.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My Thoughts on the 2016 Election

 I am referencing this post because I’m repeating some things. You don’t have to go reread it, though, because this post is a complete thought.

Back when I was at BYU, I got extra credit if I went to a lecture. I don’t remember who the lecturer was, so I apologize for not giving him credit for his ideas. Anyway, to start out, we all got a piece of paper. We were told to either choose Plan A or Plan B. If the majority of the people chose Plan A, then everyone who chose Plan A would get $100. Everyone who chose Plan B would get $50. If the majority of the people chose Plan B, then everyone who chose Plan B would get $10 and everyone who chose Plan A would get nothing. That day, the majority of us chose Plan A. Our lecturer was astounded because that never happened. People usually go with Plan B because it’s safe. The point of the exercise, though, was that we can do a lot better if we communicate and work together.

Enter the election 2016. Clinton and Trump are the most unliked presidential candidates I think ever. It would seem that the thing to do would be everyone vote third party. However, no one trusts each other. Some are too afraid of Clinton wining, so they vote Trump. Others are afraid of Trump winning, so they vote Clinton. What should have been an easy victory for a third party has turned into the same old story. (You can also argue that none of the third parties were on the ball enough to gain a ton of support).

I live in Utah. So let’s talk about McMullin. On the website "I side with" I score very high with McMullin. He’s a Mormon, so a lot of his ideas are easy for us Mormons to get behind. Everything he says sounds great. His popularity in Utah has climbed really high in a short amount of time.

There’s just one problem – how do we know we can trust him? McMullin has worked for the CIA, Goldman Sachs, and the Republican House Conference. Unfortunately, he can’t really tell us a lot about any of his work because it is private/ confidential etc. He hasn’t been vetted by any political party as he is running independent. I’ve heard one person point out that both he and Hilary Clinton belong to the Council on Foreign Relations (it’s on his LinkedIn profile so I don’t feel bad at spreading that). Obviously that means he’s a plant for Clinton, right? If you look at his time for entering the race, who he’s targeting, etc, it sure looks like he was the perfect person to come and keep Utah from going red.  

I’ve heard the argument made that Mormons are just too trusting. That is why we have all rallied behind McMullin. We see one of our own and we believe him. He knows what to say to reach our hearts. But I ask you, is being too trusting a bad thing? From the example with Plan A and Plan B we can see that everyone benefits when everyone is trusting and trustworthy. When does being trusting turn from being a strength into a weakness? How do we know when we’ve crossed the line into the range of being naïve? Has that happened here? Or is McMullin actually deserving of the trust Utah has placed in him?

My purpose of this post is not to tell you to vote for anyone in particular. My purpose is to tell you to vote your conscience. That is going to mean something different for difference people. For some that means voting the lesser of two evils. For some that means voting for someone who doesn’t have a chance of winning. That’s okay. After listening to a lot of people’s opinions, I’ve formed one of my own. Your vote means exactly what you want it to mean. Yes they will look at the statistics at the end. However, they aren’t going to separate it out like, “well these ten votes were made to stress their opposition to the Republican Party, these ten votes were just voting along party line, and these ten votes were cast because they wanted to stick it to the man.” Only you can determine why you vote a certain way. Don’t let people bully you into voting for anything. Don't let people tell you your vote means something different. We all think differently and that’s okay. The value of your vote is what you give it.

Now, after saying that, please don’t shame others for thinking differently than you. I’ll admit, as a conservative, I’m not a huge fan of Clinton; but that doesn’t mean I think less of those who will vote for her. I understand why my friends are willing to vote for her. I also understand why people will vote for Trump. I also get why people will vote third party even though they know their candidate won’t win. If you’re saying you don’t understand why anyone could be so stupid and vote for (enter candidate name here), you’re doing more than just shaming others. You’re refusing to listen. You can disagree, but please don’t shame.

At the end of the day, we’re all still Americans. We all still need to work together. We all could be a little better. And we are all probably better than we think we are. Let’s lift each other up.