The Mrs. and I

Friday, March 1, 2013

Birthday Recap and Other Things

 I couldn't think of a clever title for this entry, so this is what you get. I had a birthday a few weeks ago on February 15th, I turned 26 and I have a feeling it's gonna be a pretty great year. I hope to golf more, enter some tournaments, just practice more and hope that I can become a better player. My dream is to play golf professionally, even if it's on a small scale, but I would gladly welcome a chance at the PGA Tour. It's a pretty lofty goal, I'll admit, but if you don't have something big to shoot for, then why even set a goal? I just want to give it my all and hold nothing back, that way I know that I left it all out there and did everything I could to achieve this goal. It will take a lot of practice, a lot of practice, but I realize that and it's been a dream of mine since I started playing golf back when I was 12. Not many people know that or even know that I play golf, but yeah I hope I can get a chance to at least practice more, if nothing else. My cousins have an indoor setup where you play on a simulator, so I need to take advantage of that and help get my practices in. They live right next to my parents, too, so that's even better and won't cost me anything to go play, other than a little gas money here and there. Anyway wow, I didn't intend on saying all that, but hey. Now back to the birthday stuff... Maggie invited some people over that night, which I didn't mind. It was mostly family and a few close friends, so not anything too crazy. I just feel kinda sheepish asking people to come over to a  party for my birthday, so I just let my wife figuring things out and she could invite whoever she wanted to. We had a fun time, we had some good dinner, like mashed potatoes, stuffing and of course, dirt cake. All of my favorites :) Our nephews were there, along with my little cousin, and they all played Nintendo together, it was fun to watch them interact. Little Karson is so funny. He turns 3 on the 7th and he's starting to be quite the talker. Ha ha kids are funny. I got spoiled with way too many gifts from my family, I tell them I don't want anything, yet they always get me something. I guess that's part of the territory huh? But yeah we had a great time and I really enjoyed it :) Oh yeah, we played games that night with our close friends and Maggie's parents, we had some good laughs, some weird moments, and some memorable one-liners, ha but yeah we had fun. Kyle and Ashley Tanner came over the next night, too, to hang out and play some more games. We played this one where it's like telephone, only you draw pictures of what the clue is and you can only see what the previous person drew or what they thought the previous picture was, so you can imagine the varieties of pictures we had. Ha some of them made it through, like Noah's Ark made it, I think, but yeah it was a fun game and we had a blast. It's nice to have great friends to hang out with like that.

 Music is a pretty awesome thing. It can change your mood in a second, from bad to good, sad to happy, mellow to pumped up. It can also trigger several emotions and memories that sometimes you don't even realize. Like there are several songs that I listen to now that instantly take me back to my days at Snow College when I would clean the dorms. The whole Move Along CD by The All-American Rejects is a prime example of that. Futures by Jimmy Eat World is another, and I love that I am reminded of those days when I listen to any of those songs, because I had a great time at Snow and enjoyed every minute of it. I wish I had delayed my graduation and stayed for a second year, but at least I had that one year to enjoy and I most definitely did. I was able to make some good friends there and have stayed in touch with a lot of them through the years. I can't believe it's been 7 years since I was down there. Time seems to move by too quickly, but at least we have those memories, songs, pictures, experiences to remind us of them, otherwise I think we'd have a pretty dull life. There are even songs that I hear now that take me straight back to when I was like 9 or 10, playing video games in my room, and I can remember what game I was playing. Isn't that crazy? And conversely, there have been many songs in the past that I couldn't listen to, as it brought back some sad or unpleasant memories. Funny how songs can do that to you, right? I'm just grateful that I live in a place where I'm able to listen to music and just to have the hearing capability to do so. I saw a commercial/tv show about Helen Keller a few weeks ago and it just blows me away how she did what she did. She was deaf AND blind, so not only could she not see things, she couldn't hear them, either! Her teacher/tutor had to spell things in her hand so that she could know what was going on, but she learned how and she even learned how to write. Any thing that she's signed is done in pencil because when she writes, she uses a ruler to space out her letters, so that she's not writing on top of each one, and she found out early on that the ink from a pen would smear on her hands and she didn't like that, plus it was then hard to read what she just wrote, so that's where the signing in pencil comes in. Wow. That was a wordy sentence. Anyway yeah, things like that just blow me away and make me so grateful for what I have and to not take them for granted. It's so easy to complain, especially in this day and age, but we have so much to be grateful for. I think those things get overlooked far too often and I think that if we just stop for a minute and realize all the things that we DO have, maybe then we'll stop complaining about the often little things that we don't have. Maybe then we can be happy and more appreciative. I don't know, I'm kind of the eternal optimist. I try my very best to look at the positives and not dwell on the negatives or the bad things that may happen to you. God doesn't give us anything that we can't handle, so I think that by just knowing that, we can realize that he'll help us through it and he knows that we CAN get through it, if we simply have faith and seek his counsel. I just think that too many of us dwell on the things that don't really matter, or on the things/objects that we don't have, instead of being thankful for what we do have and realizing how truly lucky we are. There are tens of thousands, probably millions of people, who are living in poverty or in third world countries, or in the jungles, isolated from society, and yet they can find happiness. I think us as Americans are WAY spoiled and think we should have everything all right now and if we don't get it now, we throw a fit. Now I'll admit, I get a little bugged when my iPhone doesn't cooperate with me, but once I step back and realize that it's a phone, which a lot of people don't have, and it performs all these tasks, I am more grateful for it and tend to get less annoyed with it. I think if we can just do something small like that each day, realizing what we do have, then we won't be as easily bugged by things or won't take quite as many things for granted. We can find faults in everything, but let's try to limit that and be thankful for what we have and appreciate them.

Sorry, there's the end of my little rant and the end of this entry. I hope you can get something out of it...