I just Simplified my Life

Thank you Jeffrey! For introducing me to Simplify Media. With this handy little app, I can have the functionality that Apple took out so long ago. What functionality? Sharing my iTunes library with people outside my local network. 30 people to be exact, with Simplify Media. 30 people all over the world can all see and share my iTunes library. All of it. Anywhere they have a connection, so long as my iTunes library is open and connected to the Internet.

Not only that, but I can do the same thing with my iPhone. So let’s say I was in a rush and forgot to sync that new playlist I made on my computer to my iPhone. No problem, open Simplify Media and I am now listening to it.


Simplify Media

Goals vs Costs

I decided to start listing my goals so that I could then “weigh the cost” of each of those goals. After I had listed a couple of them I realized that what I was listing were costs. I had not listed any goals at all.

For example, I had a goal to exercise every day. If you think about it, that is not really the end goal. It could be argued that that is a short term goal. However I consider short term goals to be part of the cost of the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal may in all actuality be something like this: “Be physically fit enough to go snowboarding at age 100”.

Apparently I need to rethink what goals are.

We should pray more earnestly

We should pray more earnestly. More sincerely. We should read the scriptures with the goal to learn something, or have a topic to study, not just to get our 30 minutes in. We should take time daily to ponder in the silence and let our minds expand unimpeded by the constant barrage of life and media that we usually throw ourselves into. Then, after immersing ourselves in the scriptures, and sufficiently pondering them, if we go to our Heavenly Father in earnest prayer, we might just be amazed with the brilliant revelations that seem to just fall on us out of seemingly no where.

Flour Girls & Dough Boys

I just had lunch at “FFlour Girls & Dough Boys“. A little Cafe in American Fork, Utah. Wow! They have really good food. I highly recommend them.


They make all their own breads and pastries as well. RAIN had them bring in some treats yesterday and they were heavenly.

I had the Chicken Avocado sandwich with the Greek salad. Very tasty. Similar to Zupa’s.
Salad and Sandwich

Oh, and they also let us try their Tuscan Soup. It was very tasty also.

The Federal Bail-out is a Bad Idea

I should not need to remind anyone, but the following is my own opinion.

You mess with nature, you reap the storm. Survival of the fittest. If a company is going down, they need to go down. Bailing them out will not teach them anything. If we give our kids everything, they will not learn to earn it on their own. How many more cliches need I quote? Bailing out private companies just sounds like a bad idea all around.

My wife pointed me to the site of our good friend Dave Ramsey who says it all a lot better than I ever could.

Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an economic nightmare in this country, but $700 billion in new debt is not the answer. As a tax-paying American citizen, I will not support any congressperson who votes to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the following three step Common Sense Plan.

Check out the Dave Ramsey Common Sense Plan.