Not in chronological order.
1) French people who endure ridicule graciously and even fight back (friendlily, of course) are acceptable. Case in point: French EQ President says in sacrament meeting something to the effect of: "To keep the Sabbath day holy, we should be sure to be prepared for our meetings by reading the lessons ahead of time, and not make fun of French people." Perhaps you had to be there, but it was wonderful. That's one Frenchman that's on good standing with me.
2) If you give a talk about Visiting Teaching, don't announce your subject at the beginning of your talk. It was a wonderful talk, but you should have seen how many male heads dropped to be propped up on fists in that "I'm not listening and I wish my wife were rubbing my back right now, maybe this'll give her the hint" position.
3) I can put on a suit and tie (tied to the perfect length, by the way) and prepare an EQ lesson while driving to church. Praise be to Jella for helping me find something new about myself.
4) Tevye dancing to "If I were a rich man" is one of the best things that have ever been invented in this life. It's right up there with dark chocolate and babies. While we're on the subject, Gwen Stefani should be given three life sentences for what she's done to that song. In Shawshank. Being forced to wear an Andy Dufrane mask. She's pure evil.
5) Jella is a giant. To us, she hasn't grown much since the day she was born--we see her every day. But we spent Saturday night with some cousins who have a week-old girl who is basically the same size as Jella was. Apparently, Jella has grown to roughly the size of a small country.
6) Shrek 2 is much funnier than Shrek. This weekend I was reminded that as good as the first was, the second is much funnier. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong. Unless you are one who visits my blog, in which case it all cancels out and you are a wonderful person.
7) Newsweek is the devil. I have always disliked newsweek (it doesn't deserve capitalization or italicizination), despite having my picture in it as a small boy, because it's as if they don't even attempt to be truthful. Time at least tries. But this is possibly the worst yet: The Mormon Odyssey.
8) The Natural is not one of the five best sports movies ever, no matter what all of the Best Sports Movies of All Time Lists that Come Out Every Time a New Sports Movie is Released say. It's fine and the cinematography is just plain beautiful, but does not deserve to be put in the Top Five. My Top Nine, in order (unless I've forgotten about one, in which case you need to ask me why I didn't include it--even I make mistakes). May you forgive me for starting a list in the same format as the current list--I hope you don't get confused.
1) Field of Dreams (if you are a man that does not get teary-eyed in this movie then you should never procreate)
2) Miracle (the true story makes the movie amazing)
3) Hoosiers (don't give me race or "bad basketball action" issues with this one--those arguments don't hold water)
4) Tin Cup (partially because hometown hero Peter Jacobsen wins the Open in it)
5) Major League (would be number one if it were based on the Mariners)
6) Rudy (would be higher if it weren't Notre Dame)
7) Caddyshack (would be higher if it weren't for all the sex)
8) A League of Their Own (so high solely because of the line "There's no crying in baseball!")
9) For Love of the Game (If you have issues with my list based on this movie, you're right--the woman isn't that great, Kevin Costner always has some acting issues, and there's unnecessary sex in it--but he pitches a perfect game against the Yankees. Therefore, Top Nine.)
Why are there not ten, you ask? Because I can't decide on the tenth. There are too many okay ones to be in there. The Natural might even be in the conversation.
It's little lessons like these that make life meaningful. Enjoy your day.