Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Birthday

My birthday was last Sunday. On Friday night, or well Halloween, I had a dinner with my sisters and their hubbies. It was fun. The boys played video game until both Jess and I passed out on Erika's living room floor.

Johnny helped me to have a fantastic birthday and a great weekend. He kept saying that he didn't get me a birthday present. Then on Saturday afternoon and looks at me sheepishly and says that he is trying to decide something.. Whether to give me my present or not. He decided to and pulls it out from where it was hidden about 3 feet from where I was sitting.

This is what he gave me for my birthday (and Christmas)

It is SO cool. There are a bunch of free games you can download and enjoy in your spare time. I very much enjoy the video and music and picture features. I also enjoy surfing the web on it and the map function. Overall, it is a very fun and innovative creation.

Then later that night, Johnny took me to The Mayan Adventure (as stated in my earlier post). That restaurant is really fun and a very different experience. They have diving shows and good Mexican food. Yes. I did say diving shows, as in people diving into the water. They are very fun to watch.

On Sunday I celebrated my birthday with Johnny's family. I ate a fantastic meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. Topped off with a very tasty chocolate cream pie and chocolate ice cream. My in-laws gave me a couple fantastic presents and took lots of pictures of all us kids being ourselves- silly. I had a great birthday dinner and evening. :)

Thanks to everyone that made my birthday special!

Life Adventures

The past week or so has been rather interesting. I experienced some disheartening experiences at work that make me disappointed with the regression of human civility. I was reading this morning in the Book of Mormon chapter 9 verse 5. It reads:

"For so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death; and they have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually."

This verse explains perfectly what I have experienced this past week.

To explain my disappointment more fully I will give a brief account of the experiences I had. The first began on Friday 10/31. A gentleman at work decided to send a mass email with extremely vulgar language and very offensive content. The main part of the email accused my work and me specifically for horrendous things that never happened. He was quickly taken off the mailing list, however continued to send emails to several people and me by myself. I was not aware that people could be capable of such cruelty and in such a childish manner.

Furthermore, the following day, Johnny and I went to a restaurant for my birthday. The place of choice was The Mayan, a rather entertaining and unique experience located close to Sandy. As Johnny an I were watching the diving show, a gentleman began telling us to move. Johnny and I shifted a little to the side to appease the man. I turn around again as I notice Johnny is wiping something off his back. The man had thrown a lime at Johnny and commenced yelling at him.

I told Johnny while we were leaving The Mayan that I had hoped the behave I observed at work was specific to those I worked with and was quite saddened to discover that I was wrong. It seems that many people "thirst after blood and revenge." So many people think only of themselves and are quick to anger when things do not benefit them.

A quote that keeps coming back to my mind is from last month's visiting teaching message. Sister Nadauld states that the world has enough women who are tough, we need more women who are tender. I think this applies to all people. There are so many "tough," or well rude people, we need more who are "tender" and Christ-like.

We need to do what we can to be those who are turn the other cheek. The scripture that follows the one stated above says:

"...not withstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God."