Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Out With The Old; In With The New

Two weeks ago I hit one year of living in Salt Lake City. I have spent the last several minutes thinking about what kinds of things happened during 2008 and I'm pretty sure it was the worst year I have ever lived. That doesn't mean that the whole year was horrible, it just means that most of it was. I don't need to go into detail about it because most of the people that read this blog already know what kinds of crazy things I had to deal with the first several months of last year, but I do want to express some of the great things that happened while I was here in Salt Lake.

I got a job with the biggest valet company here, Valet Parking Services. On Sunday I reached my year mark in being employed by them. I have really enjoyed my job managing the valet at the world famous Hotel Monaco. I have made friends that are fun to work with and have also helped me learn certain things about myself that have aided me in improving my
 "people skills." I only say this because my "people skills" haven't exactly been great in the past. I am a very patient person most of the time. There are just a few things that I still need to
 work on. I hate it when people ask me if I know how to drive a Toyota Prius.
I also get annoyed when people ask me if they can trade their 1993 Geo Metro for the brand new Chevy Camaro.

I went to school for a semester last year and really enjoyed my time there. I attended the University of Utah in the Communications department studying Public Relations. After
 going for a semester paying out-of-state tuition I decided that it was way too expensive to attend as a non-resident, so I decided to wait until I reached all the requirements to become a
 resident before going back to school. I am still waiting for those requirements to be met but am hopeful that this coming summer I will be a full time student once again.

There is a billboard here in Salt Lake that has a picture of Albert Einstein on it...

When I see it I think about how I am as a student. I don't really consider myself to be a dummy, and even though I don't think I would ever make it in this world without an education, this billboard makes me feel like I could just drop out of school and build atom bombs. Confidence: Pass it On.

Anyways, something else happened last year that was awesome. Audrey got married to a guy that really knows how to handle her very rambunctious (adj.-difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous) personality. I am really glad that she is happy and has found someone that can take care of her, so that I don't have to anymore, he he.

The year ended really well. I got to go home for a week during Christmas. It was really great to be able to see my family. It isn't often that I get to do that anymore. Zach and his family were down there for a few weeks so I got to spend a little time with my niece and nephew, which was good. They got to meet Santa Claus, who I just recently learned is my huh?

The new year has brought me a new opportunity to change. 
I have really wanted to become a nicer person. I read through all the journals that I own and found that being nicer has been a goal of mine every year for the good part of the last decade. A code has been put in place for all who want to help me follow though with my goal this year. If I am ever being mean to you, all you have to say is "2009 is your year." When I hear this phrase I will do one of two things, I will either explain why I think you are wrong in thinking I am mean, or I will instantly apologize.

I spent the first few hours of the new year with friends that I have made in my ward. Some of those that were present were Bitty Engstrom and Carlee Jenkins, who have found themselves on my top 5 list of people I enjoy spending time with. Now that I have announced that I have a top 5 list of people I enjoy spending my time with some of you might be asking yourselves who is #1 on that list...well, it's no riddle.

...or is it?


Blogger Eliza said...

Can I trade my Mini Cooper for a 1993 Geo Metro? 2009 is your year!

January 14, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Nice play on words pal...It looks like you "Nead" to add someone to that list...

January 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm glad you have decided to be nicer. It's about time.

I don't know who that girl is. Can you tell me?

Call me sometime. Mkay?

January 14, 2009 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Oh never mind. I forgot her last name is Riddle. You're funny.

January 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Elaine Parry said...

My beloved grandson. You have NEVER been mean. You are really a very sweet young man. I like it that you are planning ahead. You will go far.

January 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

This is your father speaking. Thank you for trying to be nice. A lot of people will appreciate that.

January 19, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Zachariah Parry said...

I like the new look of your blog. WAY better than it used to be.

January 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Lauren Rice said...

I think you should blog more.

January 21, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I like the 2008 picture. Very symbolic.I don't think it is so much that you are mean as you don't know what things hurt other people's feelings. In other words you aren't doing it on purpose. What do you think?

January 22, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Lauren Rice said...

Quick Question: Hotel Monaco is world famous? Really?...

January 26, 2009 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Bitty said...

I just realized i have been here one year too.

February 1, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Bitty said...

It has been more than a month since you posted. speaking of in with the new it's time for a new post

February 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Zachariah Parry said...

Who's Bitty? Is she small?

February 17, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Audrey and Mike said...

I like how I found someone that can handle me too.... and who took care of who before? Who taught who how to grocery shop with no money? who opened whos pantry to who? Im just sayin.... I like you

February 25, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

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