Saturday, April 25, 2009

Another layer to the rivalry

You all know I relish any opportunity I have to cheer against the U, and when that chance is accompanied with another to cheer for BYU, it's even sweeter. Last week I went to my first college baseball game, and it happened to be BYU at Utah. It was so fun! Nic and Ashley were there cheering for the U, but the heckling that took place was all in good fun, and when all was said and done... I was pretty happy with the outcome.

Go Jazz Go!

Earlier this month Adiel and I were able to go to the Jazz-Clippers game. Our seats were the epitome of "nosebleed" but that didn't stop us from having a great time. I don't want to tout this too much, but I continue to uphold my record of having never seen the Jazz lose in person... I guess I should have been at tonight's playoff game against the Lakers :)

MS Walk

On April 11, the KHS cheerleaders volunteered at the MS Walk downtown. It's something they do every year and it was fun yet again to be a part of it. Adiel and I had fun hanging out, and I even ran into some old friends from high school! It was a good day.

Monday, April 6, 2009

I don't get it...

Sadly, my most recent reading selection paled in comparison to The Secret Life of Bees. Toni Morrison's Sula left me with a big question mark in my mind upon reading the concluding pages. I've read a couple others of Morrison's books and have always found her writing masterful even if obscure. But Sula seemed pointless. And that's how I know I've been out of school too long! In my American Literature class Sophomore year of college, I wrote an essay on Toni Morrison's Jazz that earned me an A (this is a big deal because A's and I didn't get along throughout my college years). But in the short 174 pages that made up this story of a black community in the 1920's, I failed to grasp even one outstanding message. So what's up? Is this story somewhat pointless, or am I really getting as dumb as I feel?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I recently made the rather difficult decision to move out of my parents' house. When I first moved back home a little over a year ago, my parents were gracious enough to welcome me back, giving me my old room along with basically the entire downstairs, since I was the only child left at home after Matt went away to school. It was a great experience to spend more time with my parents, but I had set a goal for myself to stay there while I finished school and then to promptly "grow up" and get my own place. So far, I'm loving it. I have a great roommate, and our apartment is cute albeit slightly old and rather sparse. We're working on continually making it more homey, and it's working out well.

Along with this fun new adventure came one very difficult change. I just mentioned that I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with my parents while I was living back home, but I'd venture to say that my favorite part about being back home was returning to my childhood ward. I know I've mentioned my calling in the Young Women program a couple of times. When I first moved out, I thought I would try and just continue going to that same ward, because I really didn't want to say goodbye to my Beehives and the wonderful women I worked with in the presidency.
However, a few weeks ago I started to feel very strongly that it was time for me to go to a singles ward. Between coaching and young women, most of my non-work time is spent with 12-18 year olds, and I haven't done much to expand my social life since being out of school. Last Sunday I taught my last lesson in the ward I've known since I was 4. Yesterday when I got to my parents' house for conference, I saw the sweetest poster made for my by the young women. It's crazy how attached I've grown to those girls, and for the past week I've continually doubted my decision to leave. I'll miss them so much, but I have learned some invaluable lessons from that calling that I'll always cherish.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


A·mer·i·can (ə-měr'ĭ-kən) adj. 1. Of or relating to the United States of America or its people, language, or culture.

i⋅dol (ahyd-l) noun 1. Any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion

Does this really look like someone relating to the American people and culture that should be regarded with admiration and devotion?

I've got to be honest. Yes, this post comes on the heels of my disappointment that Megan got kicked off tonight, but my grievances with Adam Lambert are long-standing. I have never, not for one second, not during auditions or Hollywood week or so far in the competition, used the words "talented," "impressive," or "entertaining" to describe Adam. He has creeped me out from Day 1. When I was surfing the web a few minutes ago trying to find what I feel are representative pictures of this entity (I don't think the word "man" can apply here), I came across a lot of internet discussion surrounding Adam. I also became increasingly convinced of the validity of rumors that Adam lives an alternate lifestyle. I DO NOT want people thinking this post is any way about Adam's sexuality. I really couldn't care less if someone is gay or not. So please, do not make the mistake of dismissing what I have to say simply because you think I'm intolerant of Adam's personal choices. My gripes are with the person Adam is in the context of the American Idol competition and that is all.

I guess what follows should be prefaced by this fact: I am not, despite what this post might convey, an American Idol enthusiast. I never watched an episode before last season. This season, I have yet to pick up my phone and spend my free time voting. In the end, the winner of American Idol will affect me minimally, if at all. I say this only so you know how much this post is motivated by real frustration with a societal fault and not by crazy Anoop/Megan/Lil/Michael fanaticism. :)

It's no secret that Adam is a favorite of the American Idol judges and, consequently, the American public. And I use the term "consequently" quite purposefully, as I see this as a clearly causal relationship. Adam was named a favorite at the very beginning, heralded for his stage presence and theatrical performance abilities. Since then, America (I use that term loosely) has decided that it agrees. Adam really is God's gift to American Idol. But let me ask you this: Does anyone really even know Adam?

What genre of music will he specialize in when he gets his record deal? Will he have painted or bare fingernails? Will his hair mirror the trends of the chicest women or stand as a throwback to 1960's heart-throb swagger? Will he scream his music or focus on smooth, melodic ballads? Will he power dramatically around the stage, framed by impressive pyrotechnics or sing stationary at his mic stand, focused intently on the members of his intimate audience? Will his personality and style morph to that of a dark rocker with a mysterious quality reminiscent of Edward Cullen or will he fulfill the role of teen pop sensation by becoming the next Zac Efron? Because you see, I have seen each of these extremes from Adam just thus far on Idol.

I'm all for versatility, but I've become convinced that Adam doesn't have a genuine bone in his body. He is nothing more than an actor playing a part. And whatever role he thinks the judges are casting for this week, he readily fills. Megan might have left the show with a bit too much attitude toward the judges and not enough application of their feedback, but at least she left the show still knowing who she is. But as for Adam, who entered with zero personality and has only become further confused, how will he leave the show?

Who is Adam Lambert? It's hard to say. But I know who he isn't. He is most certainly not someone I find of or relating to the American people or culture that should be a recipient of an ounce of my adoration or devotion. And furthermore, what are we--as an American people--saying by so adamantly supporting this contestant who, as far as I can tell, doesn't stand for anything, doesn't dream his own dreams, and so easily becomes what other people think he should become?