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Bryan smiles more than Mona Lisa

28 Mar

This picture of Bryan makes me happy. I took it at Disneyworld earlier this year while watching the evening lights parade in the Magic Kingdom. That was his face the entire time we were there, filled with excitement and wonder. Like a little boy discovering fun for the first time.

That was the point of our trip. I planned it down to the minute, the seats we would have, the rides we would ride, and in which order, so I could elicit that kind of look. There were no surprises for me, I knew everything that was going to happen and when. But my happiness came from seeing him most excited.

So back to the picture, Bryan doesn’t smile often. He smirks, laughs, but doesn’t smile. He doesn’t smile because when he was in high school as a wrestler he got hit on the jaw pretty hard. First one tooth fell out, then another, and more. A young man with no teeth.

So most of his front teeth are fake, and he refuses to smile big because he still self-conscious about his teeth.

But look at this picture. Does he look like he’s trying to hide his smile? He even knew the camera was pointed at him and he didn’t care. He was having so much fun and showed it on his face. This is one of my favorite pictures.



Does the news ever make you depressed?

3 Jan

You know, it’s been getting harder and harder to watch/read/listen to the news and not get really depressed. I’ve never been one to believe that our time is worst than any other times. There have been bad presidents before, unpopular wars, a new kid in town, a horrific natural disaster, people inventing amazing stuff, people getting ready to blow up the world, etc. etc. etc. What I think is different is that because we have access to all this media constantly we can constantly hear about all the horrible things happening. I like to keep myself informed, and I want to know what’s happening in Darfur, or Gaza, or even South Dakota. But there is a point when your brain simply says “stop it! I can’t take it anymore! I can’t hear about school children being blown up by suicide bombers, or peoples mothers getting caught in a fire, or anything else! Just watch Spongebob!”

Hearing about all this bad stuff sometimes turns into stress, but stress can be good. Stress can motivate you to sign a petition because you’re worried about the welfare of children, or it can make you want to tell other people to watch out for that crazy thing in the plastic of water bottles that leaches something and might poison them. It can make you more careful, it can make you stop procrastinating, and it can challenge you to do better. But when stress turns into distress it’s bad. Distress is when your mind says “alright! Enough! I can’t take this anymore” and you might completely try to ignore whatever is causing you stress, or it can immobilize you.

It always comes down to moderation, doesn’t it? I wish the news would practice that too. They should give equal reporting to things that are important but not necessarily bad. Important laws set into place don’t need to take a spin of “You might be ticketed next time you jaywalk, and it will cost you.” Everything is so much about putting us in a sense of stress so that we’re too terrified to watch turn the channel. But we don’t get to hear what happened during the peace accords, we don’t get to hear what diplomacy is taking place, or at least it’s not as in-depth as the bleeding news. I know it doesn’t sell as well as horrific news, or dangerous and scary news, but if people there are people trying to improve the health of society through prevention, or medicine, or whatnot, than shouldn’t there be some responsibility from people who can cause distress too? Distress is a strong social indicator of health status.

Anyway, I’m rambling. I think you get my point.

Sadness after Christmas

29 Dec

I’m back home, and while I love being home and being around Rela and Bryan and all, I can’t help but feel a little sad after I leave my family. This Christmas I got to spend a week with my family, and almost each day I got to see all of my 12 nieces and nephews and all of my brothers and sisters, not to mention parents.

This really has been the best Christmas ever, and last night I got to share the last day of opening gifts with Bryan and Rela. It was perfect.

But I still can’t help to wish that my family was closer. As a gift I hired a professional photographer this year to take our family portrait. I couldn’t have been more on target.

Entire family, minus 1 brother in like who had to work

Entire family, minus 1 brother in like who had to work

Sonic Blast

17 Dec

I have digged Sonic’s commercials since they started out on this The Office-esque type of road. I got from Noe at Twitter this link to Sonic’s commercials. My favorite is the last one…”To the Movies!” I love good funny commercials…and endearing commercials. They make those agonizing seconds before your show comes back on so much easier to deal with.