Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gelato Arm and Other Things...

So, I've been thinking about how it's been a while since I've written anything on here...I'm not sure exactly what I've been waiting for to make it "worth it", so I decided to just write a little of whatever I thought of.

The thing I'm thinking of the most today is how much my arm hurts. I'm pretty sure it's going to fall off, but I'm not sure if that will be before or after my wrists breaks in 2. The reason? Scooping Gelato. Who knew it would be THIS hard? It is a fun little job to have before I find a new grown up one, but I didn't know it'd be this much WORK! I wish, a little bit, that I could just be the pretty face that talks to/entertains the customers...and did the hard stuff every once in a while, but not often enough to injure myself. :)

Speaking of the Gelato shoppe (Melt in the Roseville Galleria), I have had some good times. Probably the nicest thing anyone has said to me were when these 2 guys were trying out some flavors and as I was helping them, they told me I was "the only nice person in Roseville". Now, this is not true, but I appreciate the sentiment. :)

Maybe I'll post something again in the next couple days that isn't a bunch of complaining about how wimpy I am. :) But for now, I'd better get ready for bed so I can be there bright and early at 7:30 am to further my pain...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tribute to a Good Man

I know its been a day or two since Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passed away, but I want to take a minute to write a quick note in regards to this great man. I love the lessons I have learned from E. Wirthlin over the years that I have paid attention to conference talks. His teachings were simple, but echoed profound truth.

I will forever remember the talk he gave in the October 2007 conference (Oct. 6, 2007). The talk was called "The Great Commandment". Here is part of the journal entry I wrote about the experience:

"One memorable part of the conference was during Elder Wirthlin's talk. It was easy to see that he is getting pretty old & his health probably isn't the best. In the middle of his talk, he started shaking badly, but pressed on. Elder Nelson came & supported him as he struggled to make it through his amazing talk on love. It made me think of how very much those men love and support each other and how we need that in all of our organizations. I want to increase in my capacity to love."

Since writing that, as I have pondered again and again on the experience I witnessed that day, I find another lesson that I learned besides that one and the lesson from the wonderful words he shared that day. The apostles amaze me. Here was a 90 year old man SERVING. Never did he stop his work. Long after so many men retire and go about their lives doing as they wish b/c they've "done their part", these men continue to serve. Even when life gets hard. Even when its hard to stand or speak or travel, they continue to do their part supported by the Lord as they go about His work.

Of all lessons learned that day, that is one I will always remember. I want to serve the Lord until the end of my days here on earth and then beyond. I recognize that this is not an easy task, so I am grateful to these men who teach me and lead me and show me that it is possible. I am grateful that Elder Wirthlin illustrated that so beautifully to me that day. I want to be like him. I hope I can come close.

May your season be full of love. :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Still going with no camera

So, quite a bit has happened since I've been home and yet, nothing has really happened all at the same time. :) I really wish I had a camera to add some pizzaz to this post w/ some pics...but...maybe someday soon-ish. :)

Here are a few of the happenings:
1. I made it safely to California and unloaded my stuff into one of two places: my parent's house or a small storage unit here in L-town.
2. I went to the Loomis 1st ward (twice) :)
3. I went to the Rockliln 6th ward (the single's ward I will attend here) for sacrament meeting, which was cool, but it will take some getting used to a new ward...
4. I had an interview for a job...still waiting to hear back...still trying to decide if I'll say yes if they offer me a position...more to come on this matter.
5. Hung out w/ extended family on a couple of occasions: FHE last night b/c Dixie was in town and Church and an "after party" on Sunday b/c Zack gave his homecoming talk. :)
6. Went to my 1st cake decorating class with Candie and Mom. That was tonight, it was week should be even more so as we get all started and what-not. :)
7. Applied for lots more jobs...just in case either way (see #4 above)
8. Read a couple books: Ida B and The Lightening Theif
9. Watched quite a few movies, including, but not limited to: Fred Claus, Garfield Thanksgiving Special, Garfield Halloween Special, Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise, Love's Long Journey, and a few others that my foggy mind can not now remember...
10. Helped make some yummy food (emphasis on only helping...Mom and Dad are much better cooks anyway. ) :)
11. Did the Folsom 5K Turkey Trot w/ Drake, Dad, Candie & Josh...I was a little sore the next day, but I like to think it made up for a lot of the food I ate later that day. :)

Now do you know what I meant by a lot has happened, yet nothing at the same time?

Oh, and also I've developed a stupid, stupid cold...sick!

Happy December!