Cameron Moll Colosseo iPad Martian Giveaway

Cameron Moll is my online hero and I’ve been following his work for as long as I can remember.  When I heard about his latest Colosseo iPad Giveaway, I had to give it a shot.  What could be better than winning an iPad from my hero just for making a simple post for “cameron moll colosseo ipad martian giveaway“?  Thanks for the opportunity Cameron, and best of success to you!

I have loved the Letterpress Posters by Cameron ever since I saw the Salt Lake City LDS Temple he created.  I really would love a signed copy of that poster someday if he makes it available again.  Other creations I have admired Cameron for is the AuthenticJobs site and the Mobile Web Design book, which taught me a lot.

Check out Cameron’s latest creation at .

Here is a preview of his work… the man is simply amazing.


So, here’s to winning an iPad!  And at the very least, I had a great chance to talk about and show appreciation for a personal hero and amazing designer.

Explosive Damage – Too Close to Home

Shortly after getting to work today, I received the frantic call from my wife.  She told me everyone was okay, but that the Silver Eagle Refinery by our house had an explosion… again.  But this time it was different – this time many houses in my neighborhood were damaged.  About 1 minutes after the initial call, she called back and wanted me to come home right then.

Silver Eagle Refinery Explosion - Fall 2009

The rest of the day was filled with unbelief, chaos, assessed damage, more unbelief, and moving a neighbor out of their condemned home (entire house moved out within an hour).  I can’t imagine what it must have been like for those that were home and close to the blast, but the damage was crazy.  I’ll bet EVERY house in our neighborhood had its garage door dented in.  Many homes had broken windows and places where soffit was forced down due to the pressure (including mine).

I’m not sure how long these links will work, but you can check out the news coverage – and see if you can spot me on the news!

I honestly don’t feel as harshly towards the refinery as others do, but they definitely do not have a very good safety record.  That needs to change.  I knew they were there when I moved into my house – I don’t expect them to leave.  I do expect them to be safe.  Although this is the worst for them, something *like* this happens way too often at Silver Eagle Refinery.

Media and Crowd

I must say that the best part of the whole day was the neighborhood coming together to help those that needed it most.  Moving EVERYTHING out of a house in less than an hour and putting it all on trucks that were lined up with trailers.

Neighbors helping neighbors, is what it’s all about

Still, I’ll be happy not to go through something like this again. Ever.

Aaron’s Creativity Corner

We’ve been working at finishing our basement for probably 2 years now… and we’re finally nearing the end.  Its been a great learning experience and we’ve had the chance to work with some great local professionals too.

The latest… My Creativity Corner, as I’m calling it. We had the nicest guys build and install these custom cabinets for my desk area. If anyone is interested (in the N. Utah area), leave a comment and I’ll get you their info – I HIGHLY recommend them and I will use them again.

Here are some photos of the “Creativity Corner” taking shape…







Still to do in the basement: (1) finish priming, (2) finish painting the ceiling and trim, (3) carpet, (4) bathroom tile + fixtures…

We’re getting there!!

Happy Birthday Honey!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife today!

Hope she doesn’t hate me for listing this, but here are my favorite 29 things I love about her – ’cause that’s how old she is today  🙂

I love…

  1. your smile.  It’s beautiful and contagious!
  2. the way you listen to all my big stories and dreams.
  3. your knack for cooking – you’re really good at it.
  4. that you love to go on long drives with me.
  5. what a great Mom you are to our girls. You really ARE – and not just because they’re still alive!
  6. that you trust me when sometimes I don’t trust myself to do things.
  7. that you are amazed by all the little things I was “born knowing how to do”.
  8. when you ask me what shoes look best and you still expect an honest, but  “guy”, answer.
  9. how you love the outdoors, just not camping (hotel, cabin or house-boat camping only!).
  10. how much you love me.
  11. that if you could, you care enough to try to make everyone happy.
  12. that you still clean the house even though you hate it.
  13. how hard you work for our family and kids.
  14. how hard you work on your church callings.
  15. how much you love banana splits.
  16. that you always support my decisions, but keep me in line.
  17. when you laugh so hard, you cry.
  18. that you’re modest and humble.
  19. your growing love of gardening.
  20. watching you teach and read to our kids.
  21. that you know me well enough to talk for me if I don’t want or need to.
  22. when you hold my hand while I’m driving.
  23. how you talk to me about anything and everything.
  24. that you have a way of making me do what you want, and it turns out better than my way.
  25. how much you love golfing with me.
  26. that I get to come home and have lunch with you every day.
  27. that you buy yourself flowers on your birthday – sorry, I should have done that.
  28. watching you play games with our kids.
  29. that I get to spend the rest of forever with you!


I love you so much!!

Best Day of the Year

Happy Birthday to Me!


I’d like to thank all those that helped make this year’s birthday one of the best.  I have such great friends and family that do so much for me.  Thanks to you all.

If you didn’t see them already, you can see a couple great posts from my Mom and my Wife.

And a couple good pics:

Me - 1984

Me - 1985

Oh, and today starts the Master’s tournament – could it get any better?
(even though Tiger is quite a ways back – he still has a chance)

Make People Feel Essential

I came across this page by the “Name Tag Guy” and I really loved it.  I wanted to emphasize a few points that I liked best.  (all credit to Scott, The Name Tag Guy)

First, he states that “making someone feel ‘important’ and ‘valued’ and ‘needed’ is a HUGE part of being an approachable leader.”  I’m sure all of us can agree with that whether we’ve been the leader or not.

I Appreciate You! –  I don’t think any of us hear this enough.  We need to KNOW we’re appreciated, not just hope that we are.  This will do wonders for anyone’s self-esteem if you just tell someone you appreciate them.  As a leader, I think this alone can help you get good, quality, hard work, out of any employee under you.  It will give them more pride in their work and will make them more loyal to you and the company.

Taking Notes –  This one he mentions a few times. Taking notes when someone is talking can make them feel important, as well as reviewing those notes with them later to let them know that you really listened to their ideas and put them to action.  Another cool idea was telling other people to “write that down for me” after they’ve expressed an idea.  I can see how this would make the other person feel more important by expressing their idea in writing, and it will also allow them to elaborate on the idea and probably come up with more details, or even more ideas, more often.  Love this!

Bring People Joy –  This is one that I think about often.  How can I bring Joy to those around me?  We’ve all heard that a simple smile to someone on the street can completely make their day – or even their week!  Have you done it?  I really can’t say that I’ve put the experiment to the test.  I am a true believer that Giving is far better than Recieving – Especially with Joy, when you give you will end up receiving much more Joy yourself.  I gotta try it and I’ll let you know how it goes!

Overall, this is an excellent article to read if you’re a leader yourself, or maybe dealing with a difficult leader.  A little appreciation can go a LONG way.

Drywall is Up!

Drywall is UP and the guys are coming back to mud + tape tomorrow.  It is so nice to have someone else doing the work – until I have to write that check at least  🙂   We’re so excited!  Doesn’t it look great?!!!

This is where our office/desk will be
Where my office/desk will be!!
Here is our Family Room
Our new Family Room

Beautiful Design

If you love of great design, you probably love great cars too.  I know I do.  This time of year I always find myself thinking back to the great city of Detroit where I served my mission.  It might be strange to some, but the reason I reminisce more this time of year over any other time is all because of the North American International Auto Show that happens every January.

Someday, I will fly back to D-town, check out the show and visit some old friends… but until I can afford that I’ll just have to follow the show from the internet.  Funny side-note: the Utah Auto Show also goes on at this same time… and believe me… its NOTHING like the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

This year more than ever I am thinking of beautifully designed cars because the New 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is scheduled to be available THIS spring.  I can’t wait to see it.  It is inspiring and motivating.  I hope to own one someday.  Is there anything more beautiful?  (besides my beautiful wife of course!)

No Complaints

Great quote I came across months ago, and I keep thinking back to it over and over again…

“Anyone who says that economic security is a human right has been too much babied. While he babbles, other men are risking and losing their lives to protect him. They are fighting the sea, fighting the land, fighting diseases and insects and weather and space and time, for him, while he chatters that all men have a right to security and that some pagan god – Society, The State, The Government, The Commune – must give it to them. Let the fighting men stop fighting this inhuman earth for one hour, and he will learn how much security there is.”  –  Rose Wilder Lane

I think that about sums it up. If there is one thing that I absolutely hate, it is hearing people complain – especially when they want someone else to fix their problems. Instead of complaining, why don’t we all just work a bit harder than we might have been used to when times were easier? If it gets worse, deal with it and do everything you can. AND… what gives the “media” (and those incredibly stupid people with no life that leave negative comments on KSL news boards) the right to say that I chose a stupid place to live being so close to a refinery. Who has that Right? I live there, not them… and I love it! There is no greater place in my opinion. I’m not stupid and I knew the refinery was there when I bought (of course) and I don’t expect it to move just because I live there. EVERY piece of property out there has its pros and cons and its up to each person to weigh the risks. Life is too short to spend time criticizing other people and their decisions just because they seem ‘out of the norm’. Those that have time for that kind of thing, will probably be left in the dust when someone comes up with that next great idea to solve the world’s problems.

I realize I’m complaining about complaints.  I’ll stop now.