Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas is Coming! (Advent Calendar Day 1)

Christmas is coming! Are you ready? I love Christmas music, and from the day after Thanksgiving my radio is tuned to the all-Christmas stations, and my CD player is full of Christmas CDs. I would have Christmas carols on my MP3 too, but I don't have one yet. (Honey, that's a big hint for your Christmas shopping list.) In my Christmas music collection I have "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together." Hope you enjoy Miss Piggy's rendition of "Christmas is Coming."

While I was surfing YouTube for Christmas music videos, I found this guy. I think Mozart would laugh (and add more bottles).

Please come back tomorrow. I've found something that just gives me chills (the good kind) and I want to share it with you! (And it is very Sunday appropriate.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thought for the day . . .

I slept, and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke, and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
-Rabindrath Tagore

Saturday, November 24, 2007

BYU vs. Utah

As I was checking out Candace Salima's blog this morning, I was reminded that today is the big annual BYU and Utah football war. I must confess, I am not really a rabid football fan, although I am always interested in the news about the local team or BYU. I actually went to every home game and most of the away games in high school, but that was because I was in the pep band and I was required to be there. Once I was at a game, I would cheer just like everyone else, because I knew the guys out on the field. That's what made the game interesting for me.

But Candace's post reminded me of another year when I attended every football game at BYU. I saw a notice on the job board on campus that they were hiring students to work at the stadium during games, and you were allowed to work this job even with another on-campus job. I was already working as a part-time secretary in the Statistics Department, so I had to wear a dress to school every day. I showed up to the interview and then the orientation in a skirt and heels versus everyone else's jeans and sweatshirts. I'm pretty sure this is why I was singled out to run one of the VIP elevators to transport visitors up to the boxes at the top of the stadium.

They stationed me inside the visiting team's elevator. The other elevator was for the BYU VIPs, like visiting general authorities (I was sooo jealous). My job was to transport the visiting assistant coaches who would be watching the game from above and doing whatever it is assistant coaches do up there. They were priority and when it was time for them to go up or down, the elevator had to be waiting and ready. The rest of the time I ferried the other team's supporters who had purchased seats in the box. These people were invariably well-dressed and important looking. Occasionally, I could lock the elevator up at the top and walk out to ask the concessions workers what the score was. If the cougars happened to score while I was up there, we all looked pretty weird, silently jumping around and giving each other high fives. (We couldn't make any noise because we were right behind the broadcasters.)

My favorite memory is of some team from Texas. Their fans were dressed just as you would expect, from the top of their big old sweat-free cowboy hats to the tips of their snakeskin boots which had never come closer to a cow than being worn to a steak house. I was wearing my best BYU blue dress. Well, on the way up these good ole' boys were pretty confident and loud. The Cougars proceeded to kick their butts (the team, not the dignitaries). As they filed back onto the elevator, the good ole' boys were ominously silent, except for one man who looked at me and growled, "Don't you say a word!" I had a hard time holding back my grin on the long, long ride back down.

Friday, November 16, 2007

A Short English Lesson

A friend of mine from Mexico, who is currently living in Idaho, tried to convince me that English is a very hard language to learn. Why in the world would he think that?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What color is your aura?

Your Aura is Violet

Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!

The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say

Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony

Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Rexburg Temple is Almost Finished!

This is an artist's rendition of the new Rexburg, Idaho, LDS Temple, which will be dedicated next February. This is a fulfillment of prophecy made by Wilford Woodruff in 1884 about the Snake River Valley having temples (plural), when he gave the Wagon Box Prophecy. (See sidebar.)

I grew up just outside of Idaho Falls, Idaho. When my family went on vacations when I was young, we usually arrived back home late at night. As soon as I could see the Idaho Falls Temple lit up against the dark sky, I knew we were almost home. Through the years, I have never lived more than 15 to 20 minutes away from an LDS temple (30 if the traffic was bad). Then 7 years ago my husband and I bought a house in a town a WHOLE HOUR away from Idaho Falls. That extra travel time really made it difficult to get to the temple as often as I would like. Yes, I know I could have been born in another place where going to the temple means hours or even days of travel. But I wasn't, and I like having a temple near by, okay? When the Rexburg temple was announced, I was elated. We've been watching the building progress and anxiously awaiting the dedication, and now it's almost here! Sunday, February 3, 2008, is the big day. The open house will be during January. Wear something warm.

Beautiful, isn't it?

During the construction, we were driving past the temple site when we saw this. (Luckily, we had a camera in the car.)