Friday, December 29, 2006

my food intake

I have a Hiatal Hernia. I've had it for about 4 years now (off topic - but I've owned my truck for 5 years as of Sunday. 123,000 miles later it's still doing good). It has been a long process getting used to changing my diet. I am often asked what exactly I can and cannot have. I recently found this list on a GERD website. Let's start here:

citrus fruits
drinks with caffeine
fatty and fried foods
garlic and onions
mint flavorings
spicy foods
tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza

Additionally I have found that I can't have spicy food, a lot of Chinese food, or carbonation beverages. Occasionally you will see me eating chocolate or drinking Cherry Coke. I have learned how to tolerate these and how to get my body to accept them (early in the day and in small portions).

There are three other foods that I consider to be of the Devil:
raw bananas (I'll eat dried bananas just fine without throwing up, and banana bread is my third favorite type of bread.)

With these food challenges, I have two other challenges - to eat better and to exercise more. To eat better I turn here.

So there you have it. If you are ever hosting me or trying to feed me - there is my guideline.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006


I turned 28 a few hours ago. Surely you must have heard the fanfare. No? Really? Weird.

I'd like to think I'm not only older but I'm wiser, but I'm not sure about that. I learned a long time ago not to date 18 year-olds yet I did it twice this year with the same results. My life experiences out weigh their life experiences and they get scared.

I only had a few different majors this year and they were more thought out before I changed them...but I still had about 4 different majors. I'm now a University Studies major with a really high possibility of graduating April 6-7th.

Up to about 2 days ago I thought I was moving to CO or UT, but being home does something for you. Being in Cali with lots of jobs and high pay and a dream of a better life...makes those mountains, trees and rivers less important. We'll see where I stand in 14 weeks.

I was going to spend my time here in CA catching up on my writing, reading some books, visiting some historic sites...but I'm just being lazy and sleeping all day. I go out at night and sleep all day. I really would like to be doing more with my life but after last semester's trauma, and all of the drama from 2006 - I'm pretty happy just sleeping and watching House and The Office on the internet.

Merry Christmas to all! Happy New year!

Love, Sean

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Official Grades

Hi Everyone. It has been forever since I posted. But that is with good reason.

My grades became vitally important to me this semester. My grades at mid term weren't anything to brag about so I made an effort to change that:

Adaptive PE - A
Soc 112 - B
PR - B- (it was a F at midterms)
Soc 111 - C (it was a a D at midterms)
Book Of Mormon - C (it was a B at midterms. I sacrificed this class in able to bring up the two others.)

The other reasons I haven't had time to post in the past two weeks are that I had a funeral to go to which put me 4 days behind schedule and I've been dating SZ for about 2 1/2 weeks. Between her schedule and mine, I was spending every available minute with her. She and I will be separated for 2 1/2 weeks starting tomorrow, so our time is precious.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

I went to a jazz thingy tonight

I have started seeing this girl, SZ, from Rockland, Il recently. We met in the Galley (I know - how romantic!) and I really enjoy her companionship. Tonight she had a great idea that at first scared me.

A hangout place recently opened up in Rexburg called Heart Mind and Soul (They took my "hot chocolate" idea and expanded it greatly.) Every night they have some form of live music. This evening was no different. Tonight they had a jazz band playing jazz music, and SZ suggested we go.

It was amazing.

I'm not a big jazz fan, but they had a guy playing there tonight named Brent Jensen. He played the alto Sax and he mezmorized me. SZ is very attractive and very comfortable, but every now and then I was just transfixed. There was a guy who was playing and instrument that looked like a trumpet but wasn't a trumpet and he did great as well. There were a magnsifgant drummer and up right bass players as well.

It was just a great evening. I'm considering converting over to being a bit more of a Jazz fan.
I can still hear the sax in my head (along with the Pussycat Dolls singing "Buttons".)

Friday, December 1, 2006

A first time for everything

Getting the mail today was like a Bi-polar experience. On the one hand I got my first Christmas card of the season from Dun & Gu.

On the other hand, I got a letter from USU's admission department. I got accepted to Humboldt State, Sacramento State, and Cal State East Bay with no problems. I even got accepted, and eventually went to, BYU-Idaho. I was accepted to Ohlone, my Junior college, as well with no hassle.

So today was a new experience. I have a 2.743 GPA. USU denied my application because it wasn't a 2.75.

So I now go with plan B. I'll graduate from BYU-I in July with a BS in University Studies with an Emphasis in Sociology, Literature, and Public Relations.

However - the denial process hasn't ended - I'm still considering Grad School, many of which only require a 2.5 to get in.