Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Super Heroes need degrees too

"When I first told my mom I was going to be a super hero, she laughed. She sees now how important it is, but she still wants me to get a degree. . . and move out of the house."
The student employees at work are often the genius behind some of our best commercials. Here are a couple commercials that were done last year that are finally on air (on BYUTV). They did such a great job on these, I think they are hilarious:
Super Hero commercial #1
Super Hero commercial #2

I submitted an idea for an ad as well, but "Wonder what that rash is? Take Health 41 online" didn't quite make the cut.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Instead of posting a movie quote today, I thought I would honor Earth Day with a few select quotes that actually say something as opposed to the whole lot of nothing that gets thrown around these days about the environment (does anyone actually know what global warming even means?) In the 9th grade, I entered the National History Fair with a project on the environment. I chose that topic because I cared about the environment, even as a kid. What I learned has stuck with me through the years and I have studied a lot about sustainable development and environmental issues.

So starting today, I challenge everyone make some small changes to their daily life to start conserving resources/energy. If you don't recycle, start now (most cities offer recycling as part of basic utilities - my recycle bin only costs $5 a month and I have cut my apartment's landfill contribution by about 75%). Buy some reusable shopping bags and use them at the grocery store - mine hold more groceries and are easier to carry than plastic or paper bags. Open the curtains and turn off the lights during the day, unplug appliances when not in use, find a way to repair, reuse or recycle old items instead of replacing them. Happy Earth Day!
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Gandhi

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” — Baba Dioum

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on — and have found that none of these finally satisfies... what remains? Nature remains.” — Walt Whitman

"Every cell, every particle of matter in the world requires a Captain to steer it into place . . . Somewhere, before evolution was, was an Intelligence that laid out the plan, and evolution is the process, not the origin, of the harmony" — John Muir

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." — Cree Indian Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Recipe Thursdays!

Cheese Fondue
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
paprika (optional)
green onions, sliced

1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour in melted butter and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Whisk milk into flour mixture and stir until mixture thickens and begins to boil.

2. Lower heat to simmer, stir in Ranch and shredded cheese until smooth. Pour into crock pot or fondue pot, and sprinkle with paprika and sliced onions. (I usually double or triple this recipe for crowds).

Dipper Ideas:

chunks of bread
apples or pears


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mellow Restored

I think I see a pattern here. I have been absolutely loving life the past week. It has nothing to do with the weather (bi-polar notwithstanding), work, social life, happy hour at Sonic, free trips won on the radio or any other major shift in circumstances - I have been choosing to love everything about life; my life in particular. But suddenly there were pessimists/crap drivers/egomaniacs who started to put some rust on the happiness bus. It was completely harshing my mellow. Then I decided I wasn't going to let any of them/it affect me. I find it amazing how negative energy can spread and poison and taint everything around you. You have to fight it with all the positive and good in life and not let it spread. I read this quote last week and it brought such a sense of peace, empowerment and validity to how I feel life should be lived. Mellow restored.

"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities.

"God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."

(Jeffrey R. Holland, "Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast," CES Fireside, Sept. 12, 2004, 2-3)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Movie Quote Tuesdays

"The only serious relationship I've been in ended in a broken collarbone and a dead meerkat."


Wednesday, April 2, 2008


"If pain and sorrow and total punishment immediately followed the doing of evil, no soul would repeat a misdeed. If joy and peace and rewards were instantaneously given the doer of good, there could be no evil--all would do good and not because of the rightness of doing good. There would be no test of strength, no development of character, no growth of powers, no free agency. . . . There would also be an absence of joy, success, resurrection, eternal life, and godhood."

--Spencer W. Kimball

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Movie Quote Tuesdays

Turk: Watch it, bud.
Virgil: Who you calling bud, pal?
Turk: Who you calling pal, friend?
Virgil: Who you calling friend, jackass?