My Life as a Dog

Saturday, April 18, 2009

And Speaking of Dreaming...


I had this dream a few weeks ago. It was one of those dreams where it bothered me so much that I woke up. Then it took me another hour to get back to sleep. And I rarely have a problem sleeping. So this is highly unusual. This is how the dream went:

I was over to my parent's house. We were having a large family gathering. I come from a family of 6, I being the youngest by six years. My mother has relied on me a lot to help out with these large family gatherings and I realize that she needs the help with such a large crowd. In the dream she had asked me to set the table. I started doing my assigned task while everyone else got situated at the table. I was hurrying, trying to get the task finished. When I was about half way done she then asked me to start on a new assignment. I was just so provoked that I was still working furiously on the first task and there were all these people available to help out. Still she only asked for my assistance! (Funny that I get a little worked up just retelling the story.) Anyway it was at this point that I woke up with my heart a beating and remained awake for the next hour.

I've retold this dream a few times, even to my mother. She apologized for her actions in my dream which was very sweet. :)

But as I think about the dream now, it really wasn't about my mom. It was about me. I realize that the reason that I got so bothered by her requests was because I always try so hard to please. I hate it when I can't do everything that everyone else wants me to do. I am a "people pleaser." This is good because it's good to help out, be nice, etc. But I need to distance my own self value from my ability to be and do everything that everyone else wants me to be or do.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Today's Thought: Dream Big


I was just reading another blog and on it the guy was listing all these things that he wanted to accomplish and some of them were maybe a little "out there." He also listed a several of his dreams that he had accomplished. Both lists were pretty long. But what I really liked about the posting was that he then listed the following quote by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland from a CES fireside that was related to dreams. I liked it so much that I wanted to share it here:
"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future—to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities.

"God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe" (bold added).

All too often I'm a pessimist about what I or others can or cannot do. Sounds like I need to adjust my thinking and dream big!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

So This Is Spring?

This is what a woke up to this morning. Hardly looks like spring! It's very pretty on the trees right now but it is sad all the damage that will come from this one storm.







Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Credit Card Commerical - Pet Peeve


Last night I was at the gym and they have these new LCD TV hooked up to the cardio machines. I was listening to my iPod but watching the TV. It helps distract me from what I'm really there to do. Anyway, a commercial came on and it reminded me of a pet peeve that I have with credit card commercials. This commercial reinforced that annoyance because they show the same scene over and over. Notice in the photo above how the card is right-side up? And are they running it through a magnetic card reader? And isn't the magnetic strip always on the top of the back of the card?! So really all the people swiping their cards like this are idiots or the credit card companies are idiots for not thinking that we wouldn't get the point of the commercial if the card were upside down. Anyone else bothered by this? :)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Ting Tings


Thursday I went to see The Ting Tings perform in Salt Lake City with Brad and Dan. When Brad asked me if I wanted to go, I honestly wasn't really excited about it but tickets were cheap. So of course I said, "Yes." Well, they were so worth the $16! Probably one of the most upbeat concerts I've been to in a long time. It was also fun to see Jen & Cass and Kimber & Lori.



In case you are not familiar with The Ting Tings let me fill you in. The band consists of two members: Jules and Katie. In this concert, Jules was on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Katie was on guitar, bass drum, and vocals. They have the 80's pop sound which makes for a fun concert. They both were high energy and made sure the crowd was high energy too. Since they only have one released CD you can imagine that the concert was not as long as many that I've been to. But I kind of liked leaving wanting more. The next day at work I had a hard time listening to much other than them. And if you have seen any of the iPod commercials it likely that you have heard their song: Shut Up and Let Me Go.



As far as the warm-up bands goes, they were horrible and I don't even want to mention them. :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

What Do You Hate About Facebook?





First of all let me say that I love Facebook, but then again you probably already knew that since I have a bit of a reputation for being on it all the time. But I do find some of the things on Julian's list annoying. My favorite part of this video is when the guy actually says "lol".