Monthly Archives: November 2007


I didn’t make it to writing yesterday because I came home and went straight to bed. This may not sound too out of the ordinary, at least not until I tell you that it was 5:45 when I got home – in the afternoon! I had been dealing with a headache for most of the day and was just done. I slept till about midnight before deciding that I was really thirsty and that it was going to require assistance to get rid of this guy! I took some Alieve and then was out until about 6. I was figuring I would have woken up early and been able to get some good reading or something in, but I guess I was tired.

I don’t think I have too much to report from yesterday anyway though. I guess it was just a normal day in the office. Pretty much the same deal again today. I was finally able to get Melissa to join Tara and I for lunch today though, so that was cool. It feels like I haven’t seen her for months. I hope we can keep the tradition going again!

I’ve still been thinking about what to write in regards to where I’ve seen the hand of God during the day. It’s so hard to focus on one thing as I’m sure his hand is in my life throughout the entire day. Maybe I need to just pick one thing per day to be thankful for. I would be thankful that I got to hang out with Melissa today.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Bouse, Batch, Christa and I went to Knott’s Berry Farm today. We had a deal to get in practically free and didn’t have much else to do, so there we were. We stopped by Fuddruckers first as it had been entirely way too long since I had been there. Going to Knott’s really made me appreciate how much effort Disney goes through in their parks. You don’t ever see trash, everything is clean and in good order, they go to ever extent possible to hide things and much more. Knott’s doesn’t seem to put much effort into it. The new thing in rides seems to be sending you backwards. That just seemed too much for me. The accelerator was fun, but the best part wasn’t the 0 to 80 in 2.6 seconds (or whatever it is), but was rather at the top of the first hill when you’re looking down and can’t see anything below you! The way this thing spun around was quite weird too. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the one where we were hanging from the track and kept getting spun around though. That was about too much for me. We went on some other rides and then decided to go on what we thought was going to be a peaceful kiddy ride. I was sitting there casually in my seat when I realized that this was not a mild little kiddy ride. I should have fastened my seat-belt up a bit more before we got started, but it was way too late for that! We were in the last car, so we were getting airborne over every bump and getting tossed around like there was no tomorrow. It was definitely the best ride there, but was a bit rougher than I was expecting and ready for. They could use some bigger and more comfortable seats on that thing too!

We decided to go to the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney for dinner. They had over an hour wait, so we had time to browse through some of the stores and such. Dinner was good and then we came home. I was hoping to get some more reading in tonight, but seeing as how it is after 10:30, I should probably just go to bed and plan on getting in some good reading in the morning.

I was thinking tonight that it’s going to be hard to go back to work again after all these days off! I’m sure I’ve had more days off than days in the office in the last month or so. I really need some time to get back into the swing of things and press forward.

Brad Paisley is Coming to the Idaho Center

I was able to enjoy another fairly relaxing day today. I decided to get out of bed around 9 to see what was going on. I was glad that I was sleeping and not shopping like Tara and Shelly. Shelly didn’t bother going to bed and was shopping at 1 this morning. Tara hopefully got some sleep and got started at 4. What crazy people I have as friends! I got some more reading in as well as a few other things and then before I knew it, I had to get ready to head to GT for a wedding.

The wedding went well. Fortunately I was busy text messaging during most of it so I didn’t notice that it was about half an hour long! I came home to do some more reading, figure out plans for tomorrow and then finally watched Transformers which I have had sitting here for about a month. (I won’t mention that I’ve had Casino Royale since 10/3!) It felt kind of weird just taking in a quiet evening at home, but it was nice and has probably been too long.

I discovered tonight – or actually yesterday I guess – that Chuck Wicks (Stealing Cinderella) is opening for Brad Paisley and Rodney Atkins at the Idaho Center in late January and the following night in SLC. I’m thinking that I may have to plan the Rexburg Temple trip around one of those shows. I’m trying to get Shelly to commit, but she thinks it will be too country for her. I hope that Amanda and Isaac will join us so that Amanda can finally see a concert – and even the artist back where this all started: Brad Paisley!

Well, as usual it is way past my bedtime, so I’m off without doing any of my usual pondering for the evening!

Thanksgiving at the Dowden’s

I didn’t get any more reading of the book in this afternoon. After showering, I decided to read through some old journals.

After eating dinner at home, I headed to the Dowden’s. The Dowden’s house was pretty empty tonight. I was expecting there to be way more people, but I guess it is good that everyone had somewhere to be. I was thinking about not going and just enjoying a movie at home or something, but I felt like they are my family and I needed to be there. Brother Rigby and I tried to figure out how to play 24 the card game, but gave up. We then played another game which I came close to winning. We were going to do another round, but everyone got to talking and we never got back to the game.

Tomorrow should be fairly quiet. I’m working from home in the morning, but working will more be to the extent of answering phones and doing whatever comes up instead of really working. I’ve got a wedding in the afternoon and have been toying with making a trip to the temple sometime this weekend, but I’m not sure when.


Leave it to Dove and my passion for their little dark chocolate squares…

Be the change you hope to see.

A profound statement from a piece of chocolate. After all, if we expect change, where better for it to start than with us and who better to implement it?

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been nice to have a relaxing morning. I got to sleep in to a reasonable time (9), took my time eating breakfast, reading and getting ready. I went for a bikeride and then blew off the driveway so it looks much better now. It was covered in ash from the fires along with the normal dose of leaves and such. Many weeks I don’t enjoy doing that chore, but it seemed like I was making progress and pushing away bad days to usher in more good. Matthew and I played Mancala and we even started discussing putting up the Christmas lights – something must be wrong with me! I’ve spent the last bit of time reading and pondering.

I’ve had so many people send me text messages today wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. Some that I probably would have expected, but then some others that seemed more out of the blue. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how grateful I am to have so many friends – and from different walks of life – in my life. I have truly been blessed with some amazing people. This has been one amazing year.

According to the author, the only animal that doesn’t have to work for a living is a dog. “A dog makes his living by giving you nothing but love” (Carnegie 51).

That makes me think about how there are so many different levels of amazing. I also think back to a thought Brother Rigby shared months ago about being full and then more full. I totally understand it now. …

What an amazing plan. The opportunities we have here are tremendous. I can’t even fathom what joy could be ahead. …

Disneyland Group a Bust

I just got back from Disneyland. Tara (office) and I were supposed to be getting a group together to go, but it ended up just being Larilyn and myself. We still had a good time, but I think a larger group would have been fun – and of course it wasn’t anywhere near the same without Shelly and her family.

We got a pretty late start to Disneyland, so I had time to get quite a bit done in the office. I got the bills entered and paid so I don’t need to go in on Friday and made some headway on my email as well.

Great Day of Pondering

It was an interesting day in the office today. I didn’t accomplish much physically, but I think it was a very successful day.

I came home thinking I could get some quiet time in tonight, but ended up spending most of the evening talking with Bouse and sending out invitiations to Disneyland tomorrow. Office Tara has a pass, so I think we are going to go tomorrow after we close at noon. I’m not sure who else is really coming at this point. I’ve gotten quite a few no’s and a few maybes, so I guess we’ll see who shows up. If nothing else, I’m sure the two of us can have a good time. Christa wants to come, but doesn’t get off till later. Maybe she can talk Batch into taking an evening off and they will join us once he gets off at 5.

I could be here all night pondering which probably isn’t going to get me anywhere. I’m going to pray and then finish reading what I should have read this morning before going to sleep. Tomorrow could be a long day with lots of stuff to be done in the office and hopefully lots of fun at Disneyland after.


I’m not sure that I really accomplished anything today at work. I didn’t make it there until about 11 after getting a late start this morning. Shelly woke me up before 7 and we joked about going to Disneyland today. Next thing I knew it was after 9. I wish Shelly was here, that would have been fun!

I was thinking today about the conference talk where one of the leaders said we should write about where we saw the hand of the Lord in our life that day. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, but haven’t really been sure what to write. I was thinking about some anxiety I had before doing something, but was able to get through it without a problem when the time came. I know there are much better examples, but I thought it would be nice to remember that you can in fact do all things because the Lord will strengthen you.

I was thinking about how we change over time. It’s amazing how things can change in just a few months, and how much better they can get. If I had not had the opportunity to go to conference, I would probably not have gone to see Tara, we most certainly wouldn’t have gone to the Dominican Republic earlier this month. (I could make so many of these lists.) There are so many things that change overnight. I guess it is just a constant example of how the little things really are the big things and how baby steps take you a long way. I can only imagine how easy the slippery slope is to fall down too.

Josh taught a good lesson tonight for FHE on gratitude. I know I need to work on that, but I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve had this year. It may have had it’s rough patches, but the good comes close to outweighing the bad.


It has been way too long since I have taken the time to write about what I have read. There have been times when I haven’t read, but I have been good this year at making sure I read something before I leave the house and in the last month or so I have picked it up to read about three chapters or more. I’ve thought about writing, but wasn’t sure really what to write. However, it came to me while reading this morning that I need to spend time pondering what I’ve read.

The Sunday school lesson next week will cover in part Phillippians, so I decided to read from that this morning. Chapter 4, versus 6 through 8 stood out to me.

Verse six says that we should not “be unduly concerned about anything,” but pray and give thanks to God. I’m probably guilty of letting certain things run the course of my mind for too long when I should take the action and move on.

And verse eight is wonderful “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest … just … pure … lovely … think on these things.” How great is it when we can walk around thinking of the beautiful trip we just took and the amazing company we had while we were there, or the opportunity to go through the temple last weekend. I know that my days are better when I am grateful and have a prayer of thanksgiving in my heart than when I am focused on the things of the world which I cannot change.

Finally, this needs no comment. Verse 13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Pondering Dreams

Well here I am, sitting outside the San Diego Temple. I had a few thoughts running through my head on the way down here that I wanted to get down.

First off, I had an interesting night. I wouldn’t quite call it sleepless or rough, but I kept waking up constantly throughout the night. I remember 11, 12 and 3, but I am pretty sure there were other times I woke up as well. I remember thinking that something or someone was missing, like was there and disappeared. I don’t know what it really means beyond the surface. Heck, I don’t even know what the surface of it means!

The other thing I’ve been pondering is that this is about where this whole thing got started. I clearly remember riding the elevator at the La Jolla Hyatt and having Amanda try to see the temple. I remember leaving Prom early and driving around trying to find this place when neither one of us had a clue where it was. I still don’t have a good idea of where exactly it is, but I found it. I’m here.

President Smith suggested I spend the entire day here, but I don’t know if that means until 10 o’clock tonight, a full eight hours, more than one session or what. I guess we’ll just see how the day goes. I’m anxious to see what is in store and to make some decisions regarding life here today.

Stealing Cinderella

I worked from home this morning before going to work a wedding at GT early this afternoon. I can’t really think of anything to report from either. After the wedding I went to help Larilyn and her coworkers pack up their building at the Boys and Girls Club. They have closed the unit at Bonsall Elementary and are moving the building tomorrow. It must be really hard to have a program you have put so much time and effort into disappear in front of you. I can kind of relate, but I know it’s not the same.

I think I have a new favorite song. It’s by Chuck Wicks and is entitled “Stealing Cinderella.” It talks about a guy going to his future father in law to ask for his daughters hand in marriage. He is left in a room with pictures of her, playing Cinderella, riding her first bike, etc. where he realizes that to her father she will always be Cinderella, that he may be prince charming in her eyes, but that in her father’s eyes, he is simply stealing Cinderella.

Chuck Wicks - Stealing Cinderella - Single - Stealing Cinderella

I came to see her daddy for sit down man to man
It wasn’t any secret I’d be asking for her hand
I guess that’s why he left me waiting in the living room by myself
with at least a dozen pictures of her sitting on a shelf


She was playing Cinderella
She was riding her first bike
Bouncing on the bed and looking for a pillow fight
Running through the sprinkler with a big popsicle grin
Dancing with her dad, looking up at him
In her eyes I’m Prince Charming
But to him I’m just some fella
riding in and stealing Cinderella

I leaned in towards those pictures to get a better look at one
When I heard a voice behind me say “Now, ain’t she something, son?”
I said “Yes, she quite a woman” and he just stared at me
Then I realized that in his eyes she would always be

Playing Cinderella
Riding her first bike
Bouncing on the bed and looking for a pillow fight
Running through the sprinkler with a big popsicle grin
Dancing with her dad, looking up at him
In her eyes I’m Prince Charming
But to him I’m just some fella, riding in and stealing Cinderella

He slapped me on the shoulder
Then he called her in the room
When she threw her arms around him
That’s when I could see it too:

She was Playing Cinderella
Riding her first bike
Bouncing on the bed and looking for a pillow fight
Running through the sprinklers with a big popsicle grin
Dancing with her dad, looking up at him
If he gives me a hard time
I can’t blame the fella
I’m the one who’s stealing Cinderella
(Source: kovideo.)

It made me think about the time when I go to see someone’s father to ask for his blessing. That is going to be a hard day, but also such a joyous day. I don’t know if I will ever be truly ready for something like that.

And tomorrow is the big day. I’m anxious to see what will unfold from tomorrow. I guess time will tell. Good night!

Getting There

I made good progress today getting caught up at work. I still have a bunch of paperwork to get through, but the emails are down under 100 and we are pressing forward. I should be all caught up by Friday and then will get behind again with Thanksgiving next week!

I came home this evening to try and get caught up on some personal stuff and get to sleep early as well. I got through all the mail and handled the things that needed to be handled. I’ve now got a big pile of things here to deal with, so hopefully I can work through them on Saturday.

Well, I realize that may not be much, but I think I’m going to head to bed now and hopefully get up in the morning for a bikeride.

If You Wish

This African proverb was quoted at the Bosch/EV dinner the other night:

If you wish to go quickly, go alone.
If you wish to go far, go together.

I think there is a lot to ponder there. One can certainly travel faster alone, but for distance to be covered teamwork tends to work better. Life’s travels are so much better when you have someone else to help lift you and even to carry you when necessary.

You’re all smarter than me, so how about you tell me what you get from this?


I actually had Greg tell me today that in all the years he has known me he has never heard me sound so tired, so I think I need to get a good nights sleep tonight. I made some more headway with catching up today, but I still have a lot to do. There really isn’t much more to report, so I’m going to sleep…