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Everyone needs good friends. Your circle of friends will greatly influence your thinking and behavior, just as you will theirs. When you share common values with your friends, you can strengthen and encourage each other. — Thomas S. Monson

So yes, November is National Novel Writing Month, but that is a bit daunting and so why not start with updates here? hehe… yeah I know that I have tried these motivational thing and updating more and more right, but it is part of life right? To continue to learn every day to get better. Besides, I have known others that have turned their blogs into books. Wouldn’t that be cool?
So what to write about today? How about a quick picture update. Me and the munchkin from last night…

Her in her Halloween costume, and me in my ASU Sun Devil Watching Gear.

Her in her Halloween costume, and me in my ASU Sun Devil Watching Gear.

Of course you can click to embiggen the photo…

So she has had lots of fun with going out as a favorite Monster High character. I had fun watching ASU beat the living poo out of the Washington State Cougars. The end of the game was WAY later than I would have preferred but the 55-21 shellacking was well worth the time.

ASU will be playing the Territorial Cup the weekend that we are in Phoenix if anyone wants to score us a seat somewhere… hehe
Cardinals sadly won’t be playing in Phoenix that weekend (still have yet to get in and see University of Phoenix Staduium).

Anyway, that is a good start to my updates. Until next time…

Today as I was preparing my lunch, I finally listened to a song which I have heard a million times but I today realized that it epitomizes my relationship with my beautiful wife. There are not many things that scare me (horror movies aside as I just choose not to watch them). If we are broke, and don’t know where dinner is coming from, we can find a way to get through it, but with my recent health issues, I found myself scared to death. When I needed someone to turn to Nancy was there. So the song?

I Run To You Lyrics

I run from hate, I run from prejudice
I run from pessimists, but I run too late
I run my life or is it running me, run from my past
I run too fast or too slow it seems

When lies become the truth
That’s when I run to you

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you, I run to you baby
When it all starts coming undone
Baby, you’re the only one I run to, I run to you

We run on fumes, your life and mine
Like the sands of time slippin’ right on through
And our love’s the only truth
That’s why I run to you

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you, I run to you baby
When it all starts coming undone
Baby, you’re the only one I run to, I run to you

Whoa, oh, I run to you

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you, I run to you baby
When it all starts coming undone
Baby, you’re the only one I run to, I run to you, I run to you, yeah

Whoa, oh, I run to you
I run to you girl, whoa

I always run to you
Run to you, run to you.

Three weeks ago, i got the dreaded call…
“Brother Johnson, would you and your wife be available to meet with the first counselor on Sunday?”
Well  I was raised to never decline a calling, and this was going to be a calling, so I said, no. I mean that wasn’t strictly a calling yet was it?
Now before you start getting too upset, what I really said was that Nancy wasn’t available as she was going to be working that day, so I was on my own.
I quickly steeled myself up for the wonderful calling to come.
Nursery would be okay I guess.
Primary? Well i have done it before but never solo so that might be a challenge.
Sunday School? I had done it all there so that might be perfect.
Librarian? Cool, loved that calling and it eventually got me to the building librarian which was even cooler somehow.
Elders Quorum? Very unlikely but okay…
Did you see what I missed there? Yeah, me neither until I heard those words come out of his mouth.
“Brother Johnson, we would like to ask you to be… our new ward choir director.”
I am agog, I am a ghast. (If you don’t get that lyric, listen to Broadway’s version of Les Miserables”)
My answer was… I never pass on calling but… I asked for time to consider it.
Cut to the Chase, last Sunday, they announced me as the new choir director.
Go ahead,  I will wait while you finish laughing.

Still waiting.

Okay, done yet?

Well I am tired of waiting so you join when you are ready.

This is where I need your help. I don’t know of a budget so I want to start finding free choir resources now. Come one come all.
Please let me hear them all. Don’t worry if you think I have heard it before… I may not have. Feel free to pass this along to musically blessed people too. If you don’t want to post them here, don’t hesitate to email them to me… nitemare 409 at gmail dot com without the spaces.

Someday you may see your name in lights… or at least in the lights of this blog.

Thanks in advance, and thanks for reading this blog.

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Now this photo could be a picture of the worst storm that we got this window. Enough snow to pile up to be equal to a second story apartment in our new apartment.

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So. In light of my recent goal, I thought I might give you a look at what I looks like most recently. I hope that I will not get lazy and let my head or facial hair grow out.

So yesterday I did make a post saying it wasn’t the post to explain this years goals. This is that post. I won’t spend tons of time on this post but I will just say the following are my goals for now (I have a couple of other ones which I am keeping private for now.
Goals for 2013:

  1. Update this more regularly.
  2. Get health more in line
  3. Increase the time that I spend with the family
  4. Document life more in photos
  5. Increase activity in Church callings

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No, this isn’t THAT post.

It isn’t a promise of the coming posts.

It isn’t a promise to let you know that there are 2,400 different species of frogs from every continent except Antarctica.
This post might explain that when ants find food they lay down a chemical trail called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.

I will pass along this little tidbit too… The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches in three consecutive leaps. It happened in May of 1977 y a South African sharp-nosed frog called Santje.

Okay so really all that data came from my oatmeal package this morning. And I still have another package to relay to you.

But I also want to point out another story.

Now, if you don’t already know, I am a large comic book fan. My favorite character is actually the only prime-time comic book hero to have a show. Green Arrow is his name and he is a property of DC Comics, but today, Marvel is in my spotlight. I found out about this story of late. Read the story at the following link, and then let me know what you think:

A New Hero Emerges at Marvel

Oh and a chameleon is well equipped to catch it’s prey as it’s tongue is twice the size of it’s body.

It isn’t the best way to lose it, but I am moving further down the scale… and now I am reducing my soda intake again. A co-worker made a comment so, I am going to try an cut it off as much as possible. Let’s see if I can drop even more.

‘Young man, remember all the days of your life that you can find good in everyone if you will but look for it.’”

That is a quote from President George A. Smith which was quoted from his deathbed. It is funny that I should find such a quote today as I have felt some real animosity for a fellow member of our church. I felt that he got a promotion that he wasn’t deserving of, something that I didn’t feel he had the right toolset for. I harbored that anger for him even though the choice was not his, nor was it something that I was ready for either.

Tomorrow it looks as though I may have to go and eat a little crow on this on. Anyone know of any good recipes for that?

Oh well, at least football started tonight, right?

Of late there has been a lot of television which has really entertained me. Leverage, Major Crimes, Perception, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Hells Kitchen, MasterChef, and one of the most creative shows for me is Face Off. This SyFy show is a show for makeup artists to create designs from just a small gem of a suggestion.

These aren’t all my favorites but to be honest, i am trying to get more into the habit, and tonight I have a small migraine and so i shall simply leave you with this: life is a highway, and I’m gonna ride it all night long… In my dreams.