What was I for Halloween? Boring...

Yeah, Riki and I really didn't do much this Halloween. In fact, it's 8:48 right now and we are home in bed. How cool are we? We didn't dress up or do anything else special. The only thing that I did was give out the candy at my parents house. Oh well, time for bed.

My life of books

Old Testament - I've been listening to the Old Testament on CD for about a month and I am currently in Exodus 4. I know...I'm cruising! Only eleventy billion chapters to go! So far, I'm absolutely loving it! Yesterday I found myself sitting in my car at our home waiting for a chapter to finish.

Neal A Maxwell: A Disciple's Life - I recently finished reading the biography of Neal A. Maxwell and would highly recommend it to anyone. It taught me a great deal about Discipleship and there are about a gazillion quotes from that book that I need to write down.

Frankenstein - After finishing the Maxwell book, Riki asked me if she could pick my next book for me. And now, I'm off on the fantastical story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Did you know that Frankenstein and the Vampire story were written because of a scary story contest? Check it out here and look under "Shelley's Inspiration.

Jesus the Christ - Let's not forget the book that I've been reading since the beginning of the the year; Jesus The Christ by James E. Talmage. Because of my other literaturical pursuits, yup literaturical, I've only been reading this book on Sundays, but I do have the goal to finish it by year end.

Maybe I should make a website for new words like literaturical...

Also, this list doesn't include the occasional artical or magazine, like "Positive Thinking."

Tagged - I'm It

1. 5 things I was doing 10 years ago...

Hmm, can I even remember that far back? I was in ninth grade at Kaysville Junior High. I was getting very good grades, I believe around a 3.9 GPA. I was probably just worrying where the Halloween party was going to be :P

2. 5 things on my to do list tomorrow...

Let me tell you, it's right here on my to do list, and probably tomorrow! Get a truck, go to the gym, reply to emails from people from my mission that sent wedding wishes, take pictures of everything as a picture journal, and create a new dice game.

3. 5 things I would do with a million dollars...

Probably nothing. Invest. Actually I would do whatever my wife wanted to do :)

4. 5 things/toys I like to play with...

My car, computer, ipod.

5. 5 things I want to see...

The Pantheon, the pantheon, the pantheon, the pantheon, the pantheon.

Blame it on Bocce


So last Saturday, Riki and I volunteered for the Utah Special Olympics at the U of U Institute. We were put in charge of judging/refereeing a Bocce game. It was a tournament and we had 4 teams that played on our court. All the teams were quite awesome! I measured the distances from the balls and apparently didn't do it right and a member of one of the teams didn't think I did it right and started to get mad. Off to a good start. After that, the games went smoothly. It was a lot of fun and I would like to do it next year. Like another volunteer said, "it sure lifts your spirits just being around them."

Now the reason for the blog title. Over the passed few days Riki has mentioned that she has been a little sore. First on her calves, than her back, etc. She thinks that it was from the Bocce games. Other than standing for about 4 hours, there was no strenuous activity. So for whatever reason, if anything is sore, "blame it on the Bocce."

Tender Mercies

For some reason, over the past few months I have had more contact with people from my mission than ever before. It sure is a lot of fun to hear from all of them and to see how they are all doing. This is a picture that one of them sent me of a trip to the Sao Paulo temple that young men and women did. We taught and baptized the families of the girl on the top left and the family of the girl on the top right. How awesome it is to see such a site!

Photo Journal

During my mission I took sooooo many pictures. I think I took over 1000 pictures during the two years of my mission. I took pictures of every house, spiders, animals, blah, blah, etc, etc. Any way, I've decided that I would like to take more pictures of our house, my car, my work, blah, blah, etc, etc. Doing this is how I keep my journal. Since I've NEVER been good at writing in a journal, this is as good as it gets.

Food Storage


For everyone to know, Riki and I have at least a 3 months supply of food storage! We had a family home evening and read the "All is Safely Gathered In" pamphlet. We then evaluated our food storage and what more we would need. We got a 20 gallon water storage thing for our wedding that we filled up with fresh water. We even have two 72 hour kits. We also have some on-hand cash for an emergency. We decided that a 3 months supply is all that our little condo can hold. I feel really good about this cause just last week we had ward conference and the members from the Stake came to visit and they gave us a few goals. One was at least one months supply of food. It is always a good thing to follow those that represent the Lord.

Next weeks FHE will be on the other pamphlet about family finances...

I feel sad for all you other "poor unfortunate souls."

I just feel bad that no one else has THE BEST WIFE in the world. It really is a shame that everyone else has at most second best.

I'm going to share a little personal insight into our lives. Sometimes Riki catches me just watching her and I'm sure she thinks it's kind of weird, but sometimes I just like to watch her. She is so beautiful! Take this morning for example, she looked amazing and I didn't even tell her that.

Too bad so sad for everyone else that isn't as blessed as me!

Pictures as far as the eye can see!

Finally! All of our pictures are on our website:

www.danandriki.com/pics

All of OUR together pictures are there and all of MY pictures from before I knew Riki. Hope ya'll enjoy them!