First off, to continue my rant from last week: I got a check today from Vantage West Credit Union where my mom had about $1k. I visited them when I was out in Tucson and requested they close the account and send me the money. They did. I still have seen nothing from TIAA-CREF, even though supposedly something was mailed last Monday.
In other news though… Things got pretty busy last week. The office wasn’t too crazy or different, it’s still been fairly quiet, which I think I am starting to get used to. I’m actually starting to see me get things done now that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It actually feels kind of good, but I do miss the high velocity days too!
Wednesday night we played identity game at the stake center. It was good, but really hard for me not knowing many people very well. The identity I ended up using for the one round I was in was owning a house in Arizona. I thought that would be a hard one for people to figure out, and I was one of the last ones standing when they called it out, but in retrospect, it probably wouldn’t have been that hard to guess. It would have been nice to hear the background on some of the people identities, but it sounds like we will be playing this game again so maybe we’ll get to continue learning.
Thursday evening Nathaniel and I went to the San Diego Zoo to check out the show. It was the final dress rehearsal before it opened Friday night and the preview for the zoo executives. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I don’t know what I was expecting to be honest. The show itself was pretty short, but we ended up being there pretty late. I had no problems talking Nathaniel into stopping at In-N-Out on the way home for some much needed dinner.
On the way down, I ended up taking the 5, which is not like me at all. There actually was no traffic, but it would have been worthwhile just to drive past the Temple. I think it was the first time I have driven near the SD Temple since I became a member.
I got to the office really late Friday morning, but I got done what I needed to get done. As soon as UPS showed up, I was off to run errands such as delivering tape to Old Town Temecula Theater. I was supposed to go to Batch’s to get the video camera for Ryan, but found out that Batch was already en route. He redirected me back to the shop to get haze fluid for his new hazer. Eventually, I made it home, changed for a wedding and headed out. The wedding went fairly smoothly from what I remember. I came home, had dinner with the family, took a second shower because it was too stinking hot and then went back to Murrieta. Zach had invited me and some others over to his house and then to go miniature golfing. I think we all had fun. I even pulled out the camera and took a bunch of pictures. I probably drove everyone crazy with the flash and my rapid firing, but it was fun. After we got kicked out, cause they closed, we headed over to Chilis. It was way past my bedtime, but I stayed for a while, took a few more pictures, looked at some we had taken earlier, chatted and ate an entire molten chocolate cake. I was going to wait for Amanda and split it with her, but she was still stuck at GT.
Saturday’s wedding went well. I had some time to take pictures of some of the gear at Arbor Terrace, which I have been trying to do for some time now. I want to post an article about it, but have wanted to have pictures. I actually went through them and wrote a decent article, I think, about the new venue, so hopefully I can get that posted this week with the pictures to let people see some of what we have done. I came home from the wedding and had a nice quiet night at home with a movie, The Guardian. It was pretty good, but it kept me up fairly late again.
I took the opportunity to sleep in on Sunday. I finally decided to get up once I realized I was the only one in the house still in bed, even though I had been awake for a few hours. I had some time to read the lessons, but was pretty much out of time for anything else. Nathaniel called and needed the remote for my DVD player for the zoo, so I found that and rushed out the door to meet him on the way to Church. Things went well there. One of the talks discussed answers to prayers and how quickly we expect them. He used a good analogy of how communication has changed for us from pre phones to landlines to pagers to cell phones to text messaging on smartphones. But God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We may not get an answer to a prayer as fast as we get an answer to a text message from a friend. No answer may even be the answer we are supposed to get at the time. We were also encouraged by our high council speaker to be better missionaries, to open our doors to others. Sunday school went great, I love all of our teachers. I just found out that Lindsay is going to be leaving us late this summer and am so disappointed. Disappointed really isn’t the right word because I am not disappointed in her, just sad that she will be leaving. We’re going to have a hard time filling the shoes left by Lindsay, Shawn and Taylor.
The Dowden’s invited me over for dinner so that I wouldn’t have to drive to Fallbrook to drive back to Murrieta later that evening. I really appreciated it. I had no idea however that everyone was coming over and that it was going to be a huge party, but it was nice because I got to get to know many new people and even learned some new games. I ended up talking with Marissa about my house hunting endeavor and she immediately started trying to find me a house. It sounds like I need to get my act together and figure out where I want to be and what features I need (aside from a laundry room not being on the route in from the garage of course) and maybe we can make this happen. We actually got so into looking at houses and talking with the Dowdens that neither of us made it to branch prayer, but I think it was still good. I actually had a good talk with Bro. Dowden regarding how much I appreciate the branch, President Mattson and the leadership found there. This place is stating to feel more like home each week.
Finally, today. I spent the morning going through calls and mail, but spent most of the afternoon working on a write-up of Arbor Terrace for the website and preparing for our meeting this evening. Larilyn finally called me back this evening as I was preparing for FHE; I thought she had fallen off the face of the earth. Turns out she was just hiding at home and wanted to see how worried I would get. FHE went well and I think I’m going to leave it at that because I’ve been typing for too long and I need to get some sleep!