Friday, February 29, 2008

More Punk Rock

What is it with me and finding punk rockers jamming out on my bed???

Collective Soul

This morning I woke up with a Collective Soul song stuck in my head. Dallin Yarrington introduced me to Collective Soul sometime back, and now I'm hooked! Here's the song that I was singing in the shower this morning and that I'll be listening to as I walk to the gym.


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Some Good Songs

I recently heard a couple songs and I was like, "Hey, these are pretty good. I should youtube them." And that's what I did. So, here they are for your enjoyment. (Although the music video for "New Soul" is kinda weird...).




Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Life in a Nutshell

Time for an update! I'm sorry about not blogging in forever (ie. an exorbitantly long stretch of time, not literally an eternity); it's just that everyday is pretty much like the day before. But, I've decided I'll give you a glimpse into the life of Sam Hobbs.

My day starts at 5 am. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I walk to the gym at 6 to do some elliptical and stationary bike, following which I have a weight training class from 7-8 am.

I'm sorry to disappoint my swimmer friends, but I've found that swimming takes too much effort. I just sink when I'm in the water, so I've decided that on Tuesdays and Thursdays I'll get up at 5 am to study (and, as it turns out, to blog) rather than to exercise. But that's alright, because my Kung Fu class is getting pretty intense, so I'm still getting a nice workout in. Here's a photo of my Kung Fu uniform (sorry, but I couldn't get a picture of me in it since I'm my own photographer...):

Breakfast comes next. I'm a pretty static person, so I eat the same things all the time. For breakfast, I usually have a breakfast burrito with sausage or bacon (depending on what's available), eggs, hash browns, and green chili. I also have yogurt with granola, muffins, milk, orange juice, waffles, French toast, omelets, and biscuits and gravy, depending on the day.

After my morning of physical exertion, I'm usually pretty pumped with adrenaline, which especially helps me get through classes like sociology. My classes start around 9 am. Here's a look at my schedule:

Let's see, Weight Training is great (I'm glad I'm finally getting a credit for something I already do), Journey Through Genius is an honors math class that's simply incredible (we look at great mathematicians, crazy proofs, algorithms, and the like), Calculus is amazing (as always), Physics is pretty neat (other than a teacher who doesn't know how to teach), Book of Mormon is one of my favorites (I love Brother Schaap!), Sociology is boring (made worse by a grad-student teacher who is as exciting as my navel lint), and Kung Fu is awesome. Yup, that's my daily schedule in a nutshell. During my classes, if I'm too bored to get anything out of lecture (which usually happens during sociology), I'll work on the daily sudoku in the paper.

After my classes are all finished, I lock myself in my dorm room to do homework. What a wonderful life! I know I'm strange, but I found that I absolutely LOVE learning new things! Crazy, eh? It makes me want to study the rest of my life. That's part of the reason I want to go into medical research more than actual clinical work.

Of course, sometimes my days change up a bit. Like those times when I decide to stop by my parent's house for homework help. Or when I find crazy things on the internet (like this). Or when I drive to Wal-Mart to buy a new watch and some razor blades. Or those times when I find a punk-rocker sitting on my bed and jamming out on my acoustic guitar.

Well, there you have it: life. Of course, I didn't mention all of my weekend adventures, church activities, or teenage drama, but maybe that will make for an exciting future post.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Post-Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a most excellent Valentine's Day! (or, as many have called it, "Singles' Awareness Day"). My day was replete with plush stuffed animals, the serenading of girls, junk food, lots and lots of homework, and an incredible double date.

First, some of the greatest things in Albuquerque -- the sunsets. I decided to take a few shots through my dorm window, and they didn't turn out too bad:

This week, I was commissioned by the one and only Sean Naegle to write a love song for his girl. I used lyrics from a poem that he wrote, changed them up a bit, and put them to music. And, since I wrote most of the final lyrics, I also get to use it as one of my love song, so it became my Valentine serenading song. Here I am while I was in the process of practicing and perfecting it:



I went to early morning seminary to show Naegle the song, and afterwards I stopped by my house to find my parents had gotten me more Valentine presents! Look, another lion and more junk food! My parents know me all too well...

Well, I'm a pretty lame person, so I had no ideas of what to do for Valentine's Day other than sit in my dorm and work on homework, maybe strumming on the gee-tar and singing a depressing love song or two. Luckily, I got a call from Sara Hardy telling me that she and Kirsten Johnson wanted to go on a double date. So last night, I went out with Sara and Sean Larson went out with Kirsten. We had a blast eating dessert at Flying Star, and then we headed over to Wal-Mart. We split up, and each couple got $2 to spend on a Valentine's gift for the other couple. Here's the sketchy gift Sean and Kirsten purchased for me and Sara:

Sara and I happened to find goldfish for 28¢ a piece, so we bought them 6 goldfish. I have no idea what they're going to do with them, but it makes for a good story.

Since I got home a little late, I was a bit tired while working out this morning, but luckily I have a 4 hour break between my weight training class and Calculus, so I just got up from a nice nap (hence the blogging enthusiasm). Have a splendid Post-Valentine's Day, everybody!

Monday, February 11, 2008

I Also Love Lions

The story behind the lion: My earliest Christmas memory was of being in Washington D.C. and getting my very first stuffed animal -- a lion with fluffy mane and cute face. I took him everywhere I went. A few years later, I took him with me while out shopping with my mom and with my best friend. My best friend wasn't feeling so well, and she ended up barfing all over my stuffed animal. My mom washed him and ended up ruining the fluffiness of the mane. It was a scarring moment in my life, but luckily my mom got me this new lion for Valentine's Day. She says he's the offspring of my original lion.

How could you not love lions? (and yes, this is also a spam video from my mom...)



Here's another pre-Valentine's Day activity: making tons of candy for people I don't know. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Friday, February 8, 2008

I Love Monkeys

I gotta get me one of these cars...






I don't know why, but I've always liked monkeys. They just have such... admirable... qualities... To tell you the truth, my mom showed these movies to me. I broke into her email account and stole them from her. She gets hundreds of spam emails every day, and for some reason she actually reads them. Sorry to spill the beans, but this is all spam.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Gnome!

Yes, we got some snow, but it's all melted now. However, this time school wasn't delayed. Yay! Here are some shots through my dorm window (it was too cold to go outside):

Now for some exciting (yet geeky) news. My brother Jared has been getting me hooked on Linux (which is so much better than Windows, for anyone wondering). I just installed the newest version of Gnome on my computer and it's awesome!

Look at these amazing virtual desktops. I have four based around a cube. This is an incredible 3-D interface.

Here's my new set up. Sorry about the camera job; I don't have three hands to demonstrate things!



There's also lots of crazy effects. I can make windows burn, warp, dissolve, explode, etc. when I open and close them. It's pretty intense. I can also write with fire on my screen. Here's a good example:

If you want to learn more, here are some movies. You can learn what Ubuntu really means.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My New Experiment

For those of you who know me, you should be aware that I can't stand it when people don't wash their hands, especially after going to the bathroom. But, this happens all too often in the dorms. I guess I've gotten a little OCD about it after becoming a nurse. So, I've decided to try a new experiment. Here are some signs I created last night. I posted them all over the bathroom (in every stall, on the doors, on the walls, over the sinks, etc):

I had fun making these signs. Hopefully no one will tear them down and ruin all of my hard work and effort...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

YSA Regional Activity, etc

This weekend, I attended a regional Young Single Adult activity in Los Alamos and had lots of fun. I think there were around 100-150 people there, so not too bad of a turn out. We first had dinner (green-chili enchiladas) and participated in some activities, following which we had a devotional by Brother Chuck Brown.

We went to this outdoor ice skating rink from 10 pm to midnight on Friday. Putting 100 Mormon single adults out on the ice was probably a bad idea. There were a lot of injuries that night.

A few friends and I had fun skating fast, sliding on our stomachs, and slamming into the wall. It got a little cold after a while, especially when the ice melted and evaporation kicked in.

There were other people who slid on their stomachs and/or backs, but I'm not sure if all of it was intentional.

Here's one of the injuries after that night. This is my good friend Johnny Schmutz who took a nice blow to his chin:

Luckily, I was prepared with my Care Bear Bandaids:

On Friday night, we slept in Los Alamos. Our hotel room was a little cramped with six guys in it. I'm just glad we aren't girls -- can you imagine six girls sharing one bathroom in the morning? Anyways, these were our sleeping arrangements. I had the floor and was covered in jackets:

Sean and Paul got this full-size bed:

Brent got the other bed (no picture), and Johnny got a sleeping bag on the floor:

And, last but not least, David got the closet:

At 6 in the morning, after a good 3 hours of sleep, Johnny and I were going to go swimming, but the pool was closed for treatment. Instead we worked out and had a HUGE continental breakfast. Then, I did some homework before the day's activities, which included a trip into the Jemez for some sledding (another dangerous sport for many single adults):

This is one of my best friends, Sean Larson. He's too good for sledding, so here's him and his snowboard:

This is Paul Twitchell, a good friend from the branch. When John Heder came to Albuquerque, Paul won the Napoleon Dynamite look-alike contest, and some people were actually convinced that Paul was the real Napoleon. Crazy, huh? Paul actually does an incredible Napoleon impersonation. It makes me laugh.

After Lunch on Saturday, we drove back to ABQ and I was dead tired. But, my parents were heading to Belen to have dinner with Jared, Jenny, and Mario, so I tagged along. Jenny made a really good Dominican dinner for us that evening.

Look at how much Mario has grown! This is him in his car seat now:

This was Mario soon after he got out of the hospital in the same car seat as above:

What a happy Grandma!

Why do babies love to stare at floating animals spinning in the air?

What a cute baby!