Now Serving #28.....Years that is!

Another year has gone by, and still have yet to feel I've accomplished anything worthy of your praise, or more importantly-my own. I will always remember a comment made to me this time last year, once again I wasn't feeling so thrilled about turning 27 (after all I've begun to feel the decline towards the black hole that is 30...yeah the other day I noticed I was getting gray hair!!! Cue the violins) anyways, a friend of mine mentioned to me,( when I told her how old I was turning) "Oh yeah, 27 was a hard year for me too." Well so much for attempting to be optimistic about the forth coming year, but amazingly enough I have made it (looking back, I agree with my friend-sadly enough.)

But the past is behind me, and I intend to be optimistic and hopeful for the coming year and want to enjoy the future ahead. In celebration of the magical 8, I have listed 8 things in 5 categories that I hope you will enjoy reading, as much as I did writing down. Cheers!

8 TV shows I have become OBSESSED with recently...

1. Lost

2. Heroes

3. Law and Order: SVU

4. Monk

5. Damages

6. American Idol (admit I am a bit skeptical about this new season...seriously can anyone top the Davids???)

7. Little People/Big World (Dont even ask yourself, if by watching this, that I relate to them-I am legally not a little person, aka midget, hobbit, peck, etc.)

8. Dog the Bounty Hunter (Who cannot get a kick out of this guy and his attempts to capture fugitives with his dog pound family??? if you havent seen it, you are missing out!!)

8 Favorite Restaurants..

I am lucky if I can have more that 1 favorite restaurant, so coming up with at least 8 was a stretch for me!

1. Red Lobster (yes I know only old people eat here, but come on, its the closest to real seafood anywhere in Utah)

2. Mizumi Sushi bar

3. Cheesecake Factory (only the "cheesecake")

4. Tepanyaki

5. Village Inn (its not classy, but you can find the best late night crowd here than anywhere else)

6. Famous Dave's

7. Red Robin

8. TGI Fridays

8 Things to look forward to..

1. Getting to walk normally without "assistance" (no I do not use a jazzy)

2. Finishing my bachelors degree, maybe not in film studies-possibly culinary arts

3. Summer blockbusters!! (Harry Potter 6!! Wolverine movie!!! Star Trek!!!)

4. Becoming a husband and living every waking moment with my best friend

5. Being an Uncle for the second time in June!!

6. No snow...

7. Summer lol

8. Experiencing more great memories with my family and friends

8 Things on MY wishlist...

1. Go back to school and finish

2. Possibly get into a Masters Program

3. Moving into my own condo or town home

4. Being financially sound and stable

5. Spoiling my future neices/nephews

6. Go to New Zealand, Hawaii, London or Austrailia

7. Get married in the Salt Lake Temple

8. Being a worthy priesthood holder and blessing the lives of those around me

Feel free to follow my lead and share with me what your '8 Things' are. Also thanks to all of you, for blessing my life and making it more meaningful for me! I look forward to the future ahead with each and every one of you!


Peace out to 2008

What a year! For the most part it has almost felt like 2 years..I don't know about the rest of you, but 2008 has been quite the trip for me, one that I hope never to travel EVER AGAIN!!

Check..check 1..2..check 3..this is my peace out to 2008!

Every new year, I at least attempt to be reluctant in making it the best than the one previous- but 2008 was nothing to chug a gallon of bubbly for. After January of last year went by, I was determined to suit up and slay the dragons that would be standing in my way!! But along the way, I seemed to have tripped, resulting in the loss of my trusty sword and shield, and ultimately overall, my sense of direction and focus. You can say that on the way down, I hit my head and conjured up a case of amnesia. As a result-those dragons I was intent on slaying, and damsels I was going to rescue, well didn't come close.

I'm not going to list a bunch of events that occurred throughout said year, because I am sure you have better things to do, than to read a list of "woe-as-me's" sung to you by Shay. I refuse to even go there. But let me just say that upon reflection within the last 24 hours, I have realized that I became stuck in my comfort zone, namely laziness and procrastination, and didn't accomplish much of anything to be worthy of praise (let alone a kiss by a fair maiden.) May it be the fear of the unknown, had I attempted to be motivated to accomplish any of the goals I had set out to do. I just put them all on the back burner and let it catch my house on fire.

I am my own worst enemy when it comes to setting goals, resolutions, what have you,-I am just no good at it! Below is a quote that I found summed it all up for me:

"Most people tend to choose the path of least resistance in life. They look for the easy, comfortable situations. But staying comfortable doesn't generate lasting light. We must learn to flee our comfort zones and plunge headfirst into uncomfortable situations. That is where we can apply the most resistance. True, the path of most resistance causes some pain and discomfort for a moment, but its the only way to generate long-term fulfillment. Difficult though it may seem, we should embrace rather than avoid problems and obstacles. They are true opportunities for spiritual development." ~ Yehuda Berg

I don't think it can be said better than that! I am going to flee this comfort zone of mine, that I have been stuck in for the last 5 years, and plunge into new things! (But I cant do it without my floaties, bc I cant swim) I have always wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment and look back with no regrets. To you, 2009, I vow to come away with at least ONE new experience, ONE new road taken, ONE new expression of thought or idea-not a list of 100 things, just ONE. (I know it sounds like an ad for protection against herpes, but I at least had the cajones to put it out there.)

To every one of you who have been so great in 08, (you know who you are) - you are my island of reality in an ocean of diarrhea.* "Details in Fabric" by Jason Mraz