29 April 2013

Our Home is a Venn Diagram

Scott gave a talk in church yesterday. He was asked to speak on how we can have more Christ-centered homes, based on the talk given by Elder Richard G. Scott in general conference this April. Scott said the first thing he thought of when remembering Elder Scott's talk was his quote on our use of technology. Elder Scott said, "Be wise in how you embrace technology. Mark important scriptures on your device and refer back to them frequently. If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized."

I was in Medford when this talk was given during general conference. In his Sunday talk, Scott said that when Elder Scott said this, Scott thought to text me "Seriously! Those young people never get off their phones. :) #distracted #whenwilltheylearn LOL"

He didn't send that message, though, before I sent him one that said, "He's talking about you."

That last part is true. I sometimes remind Scott that he needs to disconnect himself.

Scott talked about how some homes are named, like Downton Abbey. He didn't use that example, actually, but he should have. Scott asked the congregation to think about what their homes would be called if the name was a reference to it's function. I said our home would be Venn Diagram, because it is our only common space during medical school.

As Scott was preparing his talk, I suggested to Scott that he read slowly Elder Scott's suggestions for how improve our homes. It was a long list and it would be difficult to understand and apply if Scott read it quickly. Scott said, "Actually, I was thinking I would just read it twice."

Then he started to sing, to the tune of Santa Clause is Coming to Town... "Reading the list. Reading it twice. Gonna find out who's listening or not."

When it came down to it, Scott only read the list once during his talk. I thought he did really well.

26 April 2013

Buddy Price

My brother, Sam, was in a music competition recently in Medford, Oregon, and I went down to watch him perform. I thought he did an amazing job, and so did the local newspaper. The Mail Tribune in Medford interviewed Sam after his performance and recorded a couple videos of his songs. During his gigs, Sam has in his arsenal a few tapping songs on his guitar. Whenever he performs theses songs, the crowd inevitably grows silent and cameras break out to record his fancy fingers.

Sam is currently performing under the name Buddy Price. If you are visiting the Medford area, look for him playing at local clubs and vineyards. I guarantee you will be impressed.

24 April 2013

Chobani Champions Tubes

I haven't been the best blogger lately. The purpose of my blog has always been to keep family and friends updated on my life. This is especially important as we are in medical school and have limited contact with everyone as we keep busy. On top of our busy-ness, I haven't been passionate enough about anything lately to blog about it.

In an attempt to regain the love (and frequency) of blogging, I am here to tell you about the Chobani booth. Last week I had the privilege of going with my parents to Florida. My mom called me up sometime last year to invite me to travel with her and my dad to a pediatric nurse practitioners conference. The conference is always at a nice hotel in a fun city, but this year the offer of Florida during the rainiest season in Oregon was beyond tempting. I readily agreed and arranged to take a week off of work and leave my studious husband to live the bachelor life for eight days.

There weren't a lot of events in the conference that I was welcomed to as a guest of a participant (keynote speaker, main stage presentations, etc.), so my dad and I spent most of our time by the pool.

I'm not complaining. It was heavenly. If you are a lazy river connoisseur like myself, please note that the Hilton Orlando has a lazy river complete with many hidden water cannons. A sudden blast of cold water can be shocking and I guess slightly refreshing when you are trying to be lazy on a tube.

Arguably the best part of the conference for me, though, was the vendor booths. Pediatric conferences have to have the best vendor booths for women - free Johnson & Johnson samples, swag bags with family friendly giveaways, and healthy food samples. Enter the Chobani booth!

Chobani only recently released a new product - Champions Greek yogurt tubes. Sure, they are marketed for kids, but these are the best four flavors of amazing goodness yogurt I have ever eaten (insert shout out here to "Chillin' Cherry"). On top of a bucket full of ice cold free yogurt tubes, Chobani had available booklets of Cobani coupons. And when I say booklets, I mean 50 coupons for $1 off one box. Perfection! Of course, Safeway in Oregon would be having a sale the week I was gone for $2.00/box.

Let's just say that I visited that booth almost every day during the conference, and Scott is now planning on a year's supply of the best yogurt tubes available in our refrigerator.