Monday, December 14, 2009

Finals


Its that time of year again. Finals. Last week it was -18 when I went out to Sugar City for Group Dynamics. I think the high was 2 degrees. This has been my busiest semester ever. I have learned a lot, but I will be glad to see Friday come, when I am in Utah.
Also, Brynn was in a car accident on Friday. A high school teenager turned right into her on the drivers side. Her great little white Corolla was totaled. I spent quite a bit of time looking for a new car for her this weekend. Hopefully we get her into a nice newer one.

Monday, November 30, 2009

November closing


Today is the last day of November. It has been a great month. A time to reflect on those people and events in our lives that have made an impact. A time to be grateful for the small things in life. A time to look past the petty differences, and come together to uplift, and encourage to improve our lives. To love and stretch forth a hand to help to those in need. This is a time to look to toward that ultimate example, the Prince of Peace. We shouldn't ask, "Why should I act better?", but "How would the Savior want me to act?".

Saturday, November 14, 2009

November




The Bronze Bow
I finally finished The Bronze Bow last night. I started it last year, started over and just read a few pages when I got a chance. I decided to sit down and just finish it. It was about a third of the book that I read last night. It was a good book. What was most interesting to me was the progression of the main character, Daniel. He harbors his hate for Romans and it lets that get in the way of his personal relationships. It was when he truly listens to the teachings of Christ that he changes. I have one more week of school before Thanksgiving break. I am looking forward to a week "off". I will be writing and rewriting papers for the end of the semester.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Great Day


November 4 is a great day!
Hot chocolate floats anyone?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

a beautiful girl




The Good News.
There is this girl that is just wonderful.
Brynn is her name!
Here are some things that I like about her.
She is kind.
She is beautiful.
She is checky.
She smells very good.
She loves teaching.
She loves making pie.
She loves autumn.
She is meek.
She is my best friend.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good News On The Way....


Good News on the way......
It is a blustery, rainy day in Rexburg, but everything seems so bright and vibrant! Just some great things are happening in little old Rexburg.

Monday, October 12, 2009

October



Well it is October in Rexburg. That means highs in the low 40's and low's in the high 20's.
I like the month of October.
Sweater/jacket weather is here
General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
rain
sales at Banana Republic, Gap, J Crew, and REI
apples off our tree
spending time with family on weekends
collage football
apple pie
I have been down in Utah the last two weekends. First was for general conference, and last weekend was to go with Brynn to a school faculty dinner up in Park City. After study structural geology for hours, and getting some chores done around the house; we went shopping at Banana Republic and found some good deals, did some more chores at Brynn's house, and then ventured east to Park City. Dinner was really good. I even won a door prize for guessing how many employees are at her school, 68 in case you were wondering. It was cold in Park City. Overall it was a great weekend!
A first happened to me today. I guess it was the first time I noticed. Background first, a few girls in my student church ward mentioned to me that I walk fast. I know that I have a brisk pace, but not fast. That being said, someone passed me today. I know why to; he had longer legs than I do.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jackson Hole





It has been a great weekend! Brynn came up Friday night, and I was very happy about that. We grabbed a bit to eat at Bajio. We then played games with some of her old roommates and started watching October Sky. It is a great movie. I had not seen it for 6 years or so. We went to Jackson Hole Saturday morning. Brynn has never been, or remembers going. We stopped off at Teton Village. We stopped in several shops. I bought some Chaco's that were on a crazy sale.
It was National Public Lands Day, so entrance into the park was free. We went to Jenny Lake, but did not hike around the lake. A fire was close by so the air was full of smoke. It was very cool looking. We traveled to Jackson Hole and looked around some of the shops, had lunch in park, and snacked on some Hagen Daz ice cream. We then traveled home and Brynn went to the Relief Society broadcast and I made dinner for lunch for Sunday. It was just a relaxing, fun weekend with a beautiful young woman.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Let Us Be Men

This past week has been one that I will remember. It has felt like a glacial till landed on me. Not literally, but just with the amount of work, and school, and life. It has also been one of the most spiritual. I have felt an add measure of the spirit. I have the opportunity to take a class from Brother Bruce Satterfield. I am amazed at when I go in to class with a few questions, and come out with a lot of answers, but more questions.
We have been learning about the endowment of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is nothing secret about it, but rather sacred. Moses had an endowment, and many other prophets. By receiving the endowment we dress, clothe, put on attributes or receive virtue. It truly is an amazing feeling.
I also have been watching some Mormon Messages on Youtube. I posted two, to my facebook page. They talk about being a man, a father, a friend, and a man of integrity. In one of them, it is about a husband who's wife is diagnosed with MS. She said that if he was going to leave her then there's the door. He stayed, and never made her feel like a burden or handicapped. His son was diagnosed with down syndrome and he loved him, and treated him like a normal son. He was a garbage man. He always provided for his family. He would build tricycles from parts he would find. He used his resources that he had to help his family.
It made me think of my own father. He is a paint contractor. He has always provided for his family. We always had food, clothing, and some things we wanted. He would go with out at times to put us first. I hope that I can be like my father, Thomas Grover. A man of integrity, truth, and compassion. So let us be men!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First day of school


The first day of school is over. Well kind of. I still have home to do. I started out by going to Sister Bergstrom's class. I am her teaching assistant. I love working for her. She is just one of those teachers that can teach the entire class, yet focus on the one. It has helped me my own studies. I had my first math class since the Fall 2007 semester. I have Bro. Startin. He is a great teacher. He acts human and wants us to learn. He started class out by having a listen to a little kids song. That says good morning and nice to see you today. It was different, yet good for a math class. I then went back to ta-ing.
I am taking this idea from my great girl friend Brynn. A love list.
I will change mine a little. She does it monthly. I will do my for firsts in my life.
So first day of school list-

Jacob being born at around 12:30 today.
My father, He is such a strength to me!
My mother, she keeps my life straight and organized.
My siblings, they like to tease me, but all in good fun (I hope)
School, a chance to learn and to become educated.
My cell phone. I can't believe I just said that, but it has helped in many ways.
My Jeep. Anybody who really knows me, knows that I love my Jeep. All 341700 miles of it!
My books and scriptures. They really help keep me calm and on the right path.
Friends!
Grandma Cook. Even though she has past on, I still remember all of those funny good times. Her taking her teeth out and joking around.
Brynn! She is such a light and strength in my life. When I need to relax, do something adventurous, watch a movie, or get a treat she is always there.
So many great things that I love!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

From the top of the world to the bottom.


I just arrived home from my geo 210 trip. It was great! I saw so many beautiful sights. Some that I have not been to for awhile, and others that I have never seen. I love Wyoming. The geology is amazing. Even though I did not understand everything that we talked about, I am glad that I dipped my feet into it. We went from near Cooke City, down through the Wind Rivers, and out through Pine Creek Pass. It made me realize that God had his hand in the creation. There is no possible way that it just happened. We have a kind and loving Heavenly Father, who is all powerful and knowing. He is a great artist and architect as well. I have missed several people as well. My parents, and siblings. Brynn, Konrad, and many more.
I was glad to take a nice long hot shower. I think other are glad that I did as well.
Truly a great trip, and it is not over yet... 7 am tomorrow, it starts over, but just for tomorrow.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August

Summer is coming to an end. I finished work at BMW of Murray on Tuesday. I really enjoyed working there again. It is a great place to work during the summer. The management is very kind to me, to let me come back when I want to. I have gone on some great trips during the season. Moab, Henry's Mountains, Hebgen, Camp Loll, and Ruth Lake (still to come). I am going down to BYU for a week to work on a research project with Dr. Moore. Then it is off to Rexburg for 210. Then school starts the next week.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rain, Cuts, and Schwinn

It has been an eventful few days. I bought a 1944 Arnold Schwinn cruiser. It is fun to ride and I will be detailing it up and posting some photos soon. It has been raining the last few days. I love it! I love the summer rain. It has always been the most enjoyable season for me. Warm summer days and nights with rain!
I was at work on Thursday and I received a phone call. The number was 233245402438. I was wondering who in the world it was. I answered it, and it was Brynn! She was calling me from Africa. I couldn't really hear her well, but she just wanted to say hi and that it was the 4th of June. We talked for about a minute and then the call cut out. It was thoughtful for her to call me.
Later that day I was cutting a plastic bottle to use to clean a drain. The razor blade I was using slipped and cut into the knuckle of my thumb. It was bleeding pretty nicely, and hurt. I went to the instacare and they helped badge me up. I have had to keep it dry the last few days. It feels a lot better today.

Saturday, May 30, 2009



Moab

I went down to Moab on the 22nd of May. It was a lot of fun. A lot of rain, but a lot of fun. We hiked Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Broken Arch, and Landscape Arch. We had a down pour, a flash flood, gross showers, more rain, Dinner at Zax's, Nine mile canyon, sun, hail, and driving. It was so much fun! I love it, but missed some people. I am still working at BMW of Murray. I enjoy working there. I will be heading up to Rexburg in a week or two to start collecting samples for a research project. More to come...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Switzerland?

I was at Salt Lake International the other day for good reasons, and I said to myself, self. You miss flying. You should go on a trip. Then the thought came of Switzerland. Nathan, my brother, and I have been talking about it and we might go there for a week of so. Just a thought.....

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Utah and Skiing

School is out for the summer. The last few weeks up in Rexburg were really good, and a lot of work. I am back down at BMW of Murray in Utah for the summer. Work is going well and am thankful for a job in this economy. I wend skiing today with Konrad up at Snowbird. It was the first time I have had to pay for a ski pass this season. It was the fourth time I went this season. There was about six inches of new snow last night and this morning. It was really good, but ice under the powder. At the end it was snowing, but the wind was really bad. We ended up not going down for our last run due to the weather. We rode the tram down. That was nice.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Count Your Many Blessings

There are a few things that have been on my mind the last few weeks. I think that has been circulating about in there is my father. He goes in for surgery tomorrow morning on his foot. Normally most people would be fine with that. Sick leave from work, time to rest at home and so on, but it is harder for my dad to heal. He is the strongest man that I know. He is also the most charitable. I don't know many men who are driving along and see a man walking and have the impression to stop and give the man a ride. May dad did this one day that I know of. He gave the man a ride to the bus station in Salt Lake and then felt impressed to give him $20. It turned out the man was on his way to Alabama and hadn't eaten for some time. He is also one of the most educated men that I know of. I haven't found one teacher with a Ph.D that has that kind of intellect. If I have a question about the gospel, he can tell me the book, the page, and what paragraph it is. Oh, and it is usually a Hugh Nibley book that is 600 pages long. I hope that my father's surgery goes well and that his doctor will have an open mind and be guided my the spirit on what to do. I am confident that everything will go well! I think this surgery will be for the best and it will all work out.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hydrology






As a hydrology class we went down to Idaho Falls to the Hydro Electric Power plant. We toured the site, and we were taken down to see the turbine that generates power by the Snake River flowing through it. We went down underneath it and then climbed up through the turbine. It felt as if we were in a submarine or something. It was fun to see how it works. We then went to the sewage treatment plant and that was interesting in and of its self.
We then drove down to Twin Falls and saw the Snake River Canyon and it is very wide and deep. We continued down on to Thousand Springs and discussed the water rights issues were it all started. People just need to realize what is best for the environment and the economy. There needs to be a balance between the two. If we don't take care of the environment then we will not be able to have any profit.
Over all a great day. I also just bought a new phone. The Motorola Moto Z6c World Edition. It is a slide phone. I like it, but I do miss my old one.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

No Line On The Horizon

Well the U2 Album, No Line On the Horizon came out today. I have already had it for a few days, but have been listening to it all day. I have two songs that really make the Album. Magnificent. It has a good beat, has some quality U2 in it and is new and just a little different than some of their older stuff. I know that a lot of people do not like Get on Your Boots. I really like this song. It took me a while to warm up to it, but it is good. It has a faster tempo that I like in some songs. The music video junk, but it is a good song. I guess that my niece Grace has heard it and loves it. She is 3 and sings the lyric and dances to it. I think people expected more than what was really there from U2. They tried new things, but stayed with some core roots in some of these songs. They are different, but so is Viva La Vida. I think the X&Y is Coldplay's best. A lot of people didn't like Rattle and Hum, but we needed it to get Achtung Baby. Pop was needed to get All That You Can't Leave Behind. This album is much better than Pop and Zooropa.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Warm?

The last few days have been very sunny, but not so warm. Last night my roommates and I stayed up and watched the Lord of The Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring. It has been years since I have seen it. We also watched Dead Poets Society. Another great show I have not seen in years. That movie reminds me of Sister Bergstrom's classes. I think that anyone who takes a class from her should watch it.
I did a group project today which was fun. I finished inputting grade for Group Dynamics and cleaned in my room a little today.
I bought to new songs off iTunes. I do not buy a lot of songs. They were The Magnificent Seven Composed by Elmer Bernstein, and Hawaii Five-O by The Ventures. Both good clean songs. I also downloaded the new U2 album. It isn't as good as I had hoped. I mean after 4 1/2 years off I think they could have written and composed some better songs. They are ok, but not U2 quality. It feels like some of them were thrown together a few days before the announced the album.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Surprise!

I traveled home this weekend with Amy Worthington's FHE brothers. It was the first time that I had taken a ride from someone while going to school up here. It was nice to not have to worry about driving. We left Rexburg around 4:30pm on Friday and traveled to Utah. I was the hump seat. It wasn't that bad. I had only told Konrad that I was coming down and told Brynn that I was sending a surprise with Amy. It was me. They dropped me off at her home in Holladay and we then went up to Centerville and watched Dear Frankie. It was a good movie. It was well written and had some good acting in it. I helped Bro. Lawson fix the vent in the back of the house. The birds are trying to make their nest up there again. Brain and I drove down to Cafe Olympus at the Red Lion Hotel and had breakfast. He use to work there over 20 years ago. I drove his 650i and it was really nice. It is just so tight and drives like how a car should. We went and picked up his truck and he dropped me off in Centerville. I tried to get some stuff cleaned out but did not get a lot done. I went over to Deseret Industries and picked up Breanne's new secretary desk. It was really nice. I drove it to Salt Lake and helped here put a new Pur water filter on their tap. Brynn came and pick me up and we went to Banana Republic, and then on to IKEA. It was a lot of fun. It was good that I had my tour guide with me. I bought some dish towels and we ate there for dinner. It was less than $10 for the both of us. We stopped by her house and then went to Centerville and watched Penelope. I rode back up to Rexburg and made it to church just in time. The lessons were good and I taught in Elders Quorum. It seemed like the class learned a lot and most everyone was participating.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another Great Day at BYU-Idaho!

It has been a busy week. I had two tests and two issues of the Scroll. Two labs as well for Hydrology and GIS. I have been able to get a lot done though. I remembered to call Dr. Morgan's office and take care of some business. I got some things that I need for Saturday, and took care of some of the grades already for group dynamics.
I have been thinking a lot of my parents the last few weeks. I think they are so great and strong. Both of them are so strong in the gospel. They understand it and are willing to live it. I hear a lot of members talk about how they live the gospel which they well may do, but I remember what the Prophet Joseph said about religion. That any religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things does not have power of salvation. I was paraphrasing that since I don't have the quote on hand, but Truman G. Madsen talks about it in his lectures on The Prophet Joseph Smith. They read, pray, and study the scriptures. They attend their church meetings. They are humble and willing to submit to the Lords will. I consider my self very luck to have been born to them. I would not ask for any other parents. This have been tight from time to time, but those times have helped me in the long run. I just hope that someday I will be as good of a parent as them. My mom knows how to study and how to calm a troubled heart. She know just what to say. My dad is humble, and very intelligent. When you can quote Hugh Nibly and tell what page it is on and what paragraph, that is brilliance!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February is here...

So I realized that I never put what those photos I posted were of. The one of me is from when I went ice climbing in February 2007. I was covering it for the scroll. So I got to go for free. It was such a great experience. The week before that was taken were were out there in Teton Canyon and it was at least -40. We know that it was at least that. The thermometer only went to that. The other is of my sister Breanne. She and I went snowshoeing to Stewart Falls in 2006.
I am currently taking just four classes this semester, but it has been the busiest semester yet. I am in Hydrology, GIS, Old Testament, and American Foundations. They are all good classes and I am learning a lot, but I am swamped most of the time. It feels like I can never get ahead. There is always something due. I can not just take a day off and relax.
This is just the second full weekend that I have spent in Rexburg this semester. I went down over Martin Luther King day to hangout with my old roommates. We were suppose to go skiing at snowbird, but I needed to spend some time with my family. My dad is still mending. He has had to stay off of it. I was also able to see Brynn that weekend. Last weekend it was her birthday. I left Rexburg right after my last class. I drove straight to Holladay. I missed her dinner and present opening, but made it for some delicious pear pie. We went skiing up at Brighton. It was the best skiing I have ever done. The snow was great, and so was the company. It was the first time that I have not been sore afterward.
Nathan was up here in Rexburg from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon. We went and dumbed the papers and then went to Mill Hollow for some frozen yogurt. Friday, he came to Sister Bergstrom's class and then I need to study and go to class. We went to the temple and we were there for about 4 hours. The sessions were very full. Yesterday we drove up near camp, just on the Ashton-Flagg Ranch road and snowshoed. It was great powder. We just talked about old times, camp, and life. He left and I did my laundry and tried to get my hair cut, but no. I tried to get my GIS homework done, but that didn't workout. Rebekah Wood made some great Lemonjello Cake.

Monday, January 26, 2009

"I'm ready for the laughing gas"

I realize that this is the most that I have blogged in some time now. This post is about the new new song Get On Your Boots. The song reminds me of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, Achtung Baby, and Pop. I wasn't to crazy about the song, but as I have listened to it I realized the lyric was a little deeper than I had thought. It is kind of edgy but still has U2 roots written all over it. A great little ditty that peps you up. I would say it would be 8 on my list. I can't wait to listen to the other new tracks coming out.
I have been told over last 9 years that I obsessed with U2. That U2 is all I listen to. Also because I have a couple of there DVDs and I like to watch clips of them on You tube. I would like to send out a disclaimer. No I am not obsessed with U2. I just really like the band. A band that reinvents its self for each album. Yet some how sticks to their roots. I do not listen to U2 all the time. I do have a lot of other music that I listen to. I do like a variety. I do not listen to U2 on Sunday or when I am going to something that is spiritually related.
I hope that you too will enjoy the new song and some good old U2.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I-15

Let it Snow

It is Sunday evening and I have my home teaching done, church went well and it has snowed, again in Rexburg. I went down to Utah and skied at Brighton, up Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was snowing and was kind of windy. It was great snow though. I used my new skis, boots, and poles. Wow, it was the best skiing I have have had. I took Brynn up for her birthday, which was on Friday.
Friday night or Saturday morning right before I went to bed. I cut off Dad's cast. It was my first time. It took awhile. Those things are well built. It was a good thing that we got it off.
I came back up this morning and from about Blackfoot on, it was slow and snow. The Jeep did well, as it always does. I think it was good that I slid on the first day back in Rexburg. I realized that I need to slow down even more.
I am feeling much better today. I just finished an orange and it was very good.
Nathan is coming up this week and we are going to go snowshoeing sometime so it will be fun!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Get On Your Boots!

I have been sick this past week with a cough and congestion. I was able to get a lot of business done this week. I did my first map in GIS, and a big Hydro assignment. It feels like it will never end some times.
I woke up around 5 this morning again due to the goop in my throat. I am feeling much better after a nice warm shower, organic oats and flax seed, warm raspberry drink, and a big orange.
It snowed this morning! I was happy, but sad since I need to drive to Utah today. I am going skiing tomorrow at Brighton on my new skis!
The new U2 song, Get On Your Boots came out this week and I have been listening to it. It is good, but I have had to listen to it a lot to like it. I do that with all U2 albums though.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bueller, Bueller............

So I am teaching Group Dynamics today. It is not that big of a deal though. I have taught it by myself before, but I think that one of the things that has made me nervous this time is that I will be doing it for a week with Sister Bergstrom gone today and the rest of next week. I just hope that I don't come across like the teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZv5dRme73s
I am coming home this weekend, but I will not be going skiing like I had once planned. I have just realized that I am not suppose to go. Things have just not worked out so that I can go. It will still be a great weekend though. A time to spend with family. I feel like i need to spend more time with them.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Week 2

I needed a short break from studying. Today has been very busy. A new issue of the Scroll came out today and so once again I was up at 4:55 am. I very sleep well one Monday nights, but I do on Tuesdays. It was a busy day. I'm still on campus (since our internet is down) and just finished working on some GIS. I have been thinking about the economy and just trying to conserve more than I have. I have noticed that I feel better about it. Today I found out that the ORC could not mount my binding on my skis. I have alpine bindings and they don't have the tools to mount them. I need to take them to IMT in Idaho Falls to have it done. I wasn't too happy about that, but what can you do?
Bro. Satterfield is an amazing Old Testament teacher. I have learned more about the atonement and covenants in one day than I have in years of study. He is a great man! It blows my mind on how much he really knows and doesn't tell us.
I am coming downt to Utah this weekend to go skiing with Konrad, Scott, and Daniel. It should be a lot of fun. It will be a great weekend! I get to see some people that I really care about.
This Friday I take over Group Dynamics for about a week. Sister Bergstrom will be out for that time and I am running the class. I know that I am just filling in, but I am excited to run the class. We aren't doing much, video's and group time. It will be good. I will miss Sister Bergstrom. She is a great teacher and it will be hard.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Im Back in The Saddle Again

I am back in Rexburg. It snowed most of the way up on Monday. I left Centerville as the store was moving in. It was slow going for the most part, but it only took about 3 1/2 hours to get to Rexburg. As soon as I exited the highway and made the turn on to Yellowstone Highway I started to slide toward a white Toyota Corolla. I thought for sure that I would hit them, I let off the brakes and just steered to the left of them. I came just inches for hitting them. I did slide into a snow bank, but not damage to the Jeep. I think it runs better now. I unpacked and went to FHE for the ward. It was great to see a lot of friends again.
I have some new roommates this semester. Ken Harris is my room-roommate. He and I were in the ward together last winter. Stephen Sheppard is in the apartment again. Steve and I were room-roommates Fall of 2007. Mark Walker, Ben Kingsberry, and Paul Reading are still in the apartment.
My first day was busy. Jon Porter is sick and so I did the deliveries by myself yesterday morning. Then I had Group Dynamics with Berg. It was a good class. My Old Testament class was canceled and then I went to American Foundations with Brother Thomas. I think I will like that class. I have that with my roommate, Mark Walker. This semester feels very different. I kind of have an idea why, but it is just interesting.
Today is my Geology day. It feels a little much right now. It will stretch me, but that will be good.
It was 40 degrees today in Rexburg. The snow is melting which is good to a point, but it will all be ice later tonight.