It's not a very good idea, but I'm doing it. It's 1:40am, and my wheels keep turning, thinking of things that have to be said or, typed. I just can't go to bed satisfied until these thoughts are published.
This afternoon, we had a Barbeque at Hill Crest apartments with our friends. In the top photo, that's my neighbor/friend Tyler in the striped hoody with his chica, Sophie (who thinks I'm cool and way funny ...and I really like her name!).
I was the grill-master. In other words, they called me up and asked me to grill the burgers. Well, I'm used to cooking over charcoal. On the gas grill, we get some crazy grease fires going. So some of the burgers had charred edges, but they turned out all right. I felt like I was on a cooking show; the entire group sat on the little grassy knoll next to the grill area and watched me work. The pressure (or heat, to be more precise) was on. Good thing hot-dogs are almost fail-proof.
It was so nice to just sit down and soak in the beauty of a Sunday to the taste of some real food and in the company of good friends. Two mothers were in our crowd, visiting for Mothers' weekend. It made it feel a bit more homey. And I mean that in a strictly non-gangsta way.
These pictures are mainly for my family, especially those bloggists on Porter who keep me in touch with the Joe City life; I'm returning the favor, in a small way.
Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, former Relief Society President, came and spoke at a fireside this evening with her husband. It was nothing short of amazing. I left it kicking myself for not having brought my notebook. That is one dynamic lady. She knows how to teach and present.
One thing I took from the meeting was AYB. It means, "Are You Building?" It was something she and her husband took right from the Family Home Evening manual when they had children who sometimes said mean things. Well, later on they used it when Bro. Parkin served as a mission president in England. If they overheard anything unkind being said about someone, they'd pose the question, "AYB?" It really brought into focus the effects of those types of conversations. If you're not building, what are you doing, and is it worth it?
After hearing that, I've already caught myself three times tonight, asking myself "AYB" when I thought of saying something a little rude or judgemental. It's really simple, yet so incredibly useful! Thank you Sister Parkin!
My friend Caitlin came to Rexburg for a visit today, and it was fun to catch up with her.
After the fireside, I met my friends once again at Hill Crest to watch the Phantom of the Opera. Such a classic. I notice new things each time I watch it.
That's about it. Now that I've cleared my mind, I can go pull up the covers, satisfied that I've written this all down.