Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ceiling Fans

I got my ceiling fans installed today! I am already loving them and working on getting used to the way they work. Some have remotes, some have switches, some are always on and you just use the pull strings. I’m sure I’ll have it down in a day or two. I’ve already been able to cut my air conditioning bill as it has barely been running since they got installed. I’m going to try sleeping tonight without the A/C for the first time and with just the fan and the windows open. I figure at worst if I can’t sleep, I’ll get up, close the windows and turn on the a/c.

Speaking of windows, I’ve been a bit leery of leaving the windows open downstairs at night. I’ve always slept downstairs with the windows open for the most part, it just seems strange to do it when no one is downstairs. I’m sure the neighborhood is safe, especially with neighbors only a few feet away, it just seems strange. I’m thinking if I get the alarm installed, I can activate the downstairs motion at night allowing me to leave the windows open. I’ll just have to remember to deactivate it in the morning!

I spent most of the day at the house playing, helping with the fans and reading. I finally made it to the office about 4:30 for a staff meeting and to do payroll. Batch came over for dinner, and we were going to watch a movie. I had moved a bunch of the TV stuff around when we ran the coax to the new spot, so we had to take some time and reassemble some of the stuff. I decided to pull out the evid’s and start using them as well, so by the time we got ready to watch something it was after 9. We ended up watching the first episode of 24, season three. I hadn’t remembered most of the episode, so clearly I need a refresher course and he doesn’t think he has seen it, so we may be starting a marathon.

I think that’s about all I’ve got for tonight.

Chicken A La Orange

Batch and I made this tonight for dinner. It was actually quite good, although I must admit we were worried about it. I’m used to eating breaded orange chicken, which this wasn’t. I’m sure it was much healthier this way since it wasn’t deep fried. I think next time I would try some brown sugar in the mix to give it a bit more of a sweet taste and maybe some pineapple chunks in the sauce and served in the final product.

Chicken A La Orange – Allrecipes
INGREDIENTS

* 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 2 1/2 cups orange juice
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/2 cup hot water
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

DIRECTIONS

1. In a skillet, brown chicken breasts in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook till juices run clear.
2. Add orange juice to the pan. When juice just begins to bubble around the edges of the pan, add corn starch dissolved in hot water. Mix ginger and honey together in a cup, and add to orange juice. Cook until sauce is thick and slightly browned. Serve.

*edit: We also cut the chicken into strips to make it easier to cook. I think the sauce would have taken forever to thicken if it was just the whole breasts in the pan.

Mail

I got my mail keys today. Now I really feel like a homeowner. At least there was only good news in the mailbox today when I went to get it including a check from escrow for about $1000! That will help pay for a small fraction of some of the things I have bought recently. I was expecting the refund since they overcharge you for everything; I just wasn’t expecting it so quickly. I figured it had to still be a few weeks off.

Work went fairly well today although it was a little too quiet for my taste. The shop smells like wood from all the new pallet shelving, which was actually a nice smell. I went to a new dry cleaners today, Green Cleaners, down the street from the shop and dropped off some ties that I have some incidents involving chocolate with recently. I guess we’ll find out on Wednesday or Thursday if they were able to recover them.

I went to FHE tonight for the first time in a few months or so it seems. I stopped going when they pushed the time back to 8 as I figured that was just too late or too long to stay in Murrieta. Now that I live here, and only five minutes away, I can’t really complain much about something starting at 8. I doubt I would have done anything more productive at home anyway. We just watched a video and then talked about it. I was thinking about how quickly people changed from praising Jesus to wanting him to be crucified. I wonder if the slippery slope really happens that quickly to some of us today. Could I go from A to B that quickly?

I spent some time ordering stuff from ldscatalog this evening for the house. I’ll have to go get frames for the proclamations and pictures of the first presidency and quorum. I still can’t find any good temple art – can someone point me in the right direction? I really love the picture (painting) of the Rexburg temple in President Mattson’s office at the Church. I don’t know if it would really work above the fire place (I think it is the wrong orientation) although I am sure I could find it a home in the house nonetheless.

I also got some letters written to Tara and Stephanie and got some errands done today. I got the rest of the ceiling fans for tomorrow at Lowe’s, returned the kitchen lamp to Target and bought a few things on my list, including a birthday card for Susan. It is going to be really strange to be putting that in the mail to her instead of just giving it to her or leaving it at the house. I updated my address with Netflix and that was about as far as I got. I can only being to imagine the nightmare of changing addresses ahead of me. The worst part is when you are ordering something and you can’t figure out if you have updated the address for the credit card you are using yet.

Well, I should probably get to bed, so good night to all!

Good Sunday

Today was good. I still didn’t accomplish everything I was hoping to do, but I guess as long as the day wasn’t a complete bust I won’t complain too much. I had the whole morning off and spent it reading primarily. Church went well. I really like the talks from Melissa and Kim. Marissa was back teaching Sunday School and did a good lesson as well. It always amazes me at how much I manage to not pick up on while reading the lessons that we end up focusing on in class. We talked a lot about giving up a little sin that is holding us back. I was trying to figure out what that is in my life. I know I have lots of problems, I guess I’m just having a hard time focusing on one. Maybe it is not being considerate enough or forgiving.

We also talked a few times today about sharing the gospel and just opening our mouths. I was thinking what a great new opportunity I will have here with the house to start setting examples and traditions. I am looking forward to having a place where the Spirit will be welcome and a place where we can have those gospel discussions. Some examples were given of missionaries who were relentless with spreading the word and proclaiming the gospel. I wish I could have a fraction of the drive that they had to talk to a stranger when one helped you up from the ground after falling off your bike.

Larilyn and I made brownies after church for branch prayer. Sister Skaggs said that she wasn’t going to have anything chocolate there, so I called and asked if we should bring some brownies. They seemed like a big hit cause they were almost completely gone by the end of branch prayer tonight. It was the first time I got to use my new mixer and the oven which was good. Of course, we discovered more things that I was missing, so I’ve got some additions to the list. Maybe Sib and I will go shopping once she gets home next week.

I wanted to write to Sisters Caldwell and Shiess today, but i apparently failed at making time for that. I don’t think I have much planned for tomorrow night, so maybe I can get some letters off then and will be able to actually receive my own mail tomorrow too! I do need to go get the rest of the ceiling fans so they can be installed Tuesday and I’ve got a lot of things to do in the office tomorrow to catch up and to prepare for the board meeting Tuesday.

Well, that’s probably about it for tonight. I’m quite tired, so I’m going to call it bedtime from here. Good night to all!

Cleaning

Cleaning

Not too much of any interest to report today. I spent the morning cleaning – I got all the window sills cleaned downstairs and most of them upstairs. I also vacuumed the living spaces of the house which is a large accomplishment of its own these days. I can tell the house is getting cleaner, I really need to now start on actually unpacking some more of the boxes and find real homes for things.

I went shopping this afternoon. I was going to head up to the outlets to get some kitchen stuff, but wasn’t really feeing motivated to go do it by myself. I ended up just going to Home Depot, Lowe’s, the office and Vons. I started looking at all the things that I really need to hurry up and eat in my fridge and pantry and discovered there is a lot more food in the house than I thought. I’ve had some lunch meat sitting in the fridge for a full week now and the strawberries were hours away from death so I made smoothies with what was left.

I watched Underdog tonight. I wasn’t expecting much; it turned out to be a cute movie.

I picked out some ceiling fans today so they can be installed next week. It will be nice to be able to cut down on the air conditioning a little bit as I’m sure my first bill is going to be outrageous! Too bad I won’t have a full month to really see the difference between fans and no fans, but I’m sure I can do the math and get a good idea of how quickly the fans will pay off.

I’m thinking about having the housewarming party on the 2nd of August, three weeks from now. It’s a Saturday, I’m thinking we’ll start in the late afternoon and just let people come and go as they please up till about 9. That can be my motivation to keep unpacking and getting projects done and can also be a promotion for rooms for rent. So, mark your calendars and plan on coming or let me know if we need to change the date.

Good Crazy Day

I had a pretty good day today. It got a little crazy at points, but it was nice. I was busy most of the morning in the office, which is always so much nicer than looking through my to do list for something that I don’t really want to do. I spent the afternoon out and about and then went home to Fallbrook to go through some things there. I only stayed about an hour after filling a box and grabbing some other things before coming back up.

Alison and I met for dinner at Claim Jumper and then came back to my house to watch Vantage Point. She had turned me onto the movie back when it was in theaters. We didn’t make it out to see it, so when I saw it was coming in the mail today, I invited her over to watch it.

I went to the post office today and requested for them to come rekey my mailbox lock. They are supposed to do it on Monday, so I can then start working on changing my address and such so that the mail actually comes here instead of going to Fallbrook or work (where Netflix is going now).

I don’t think I have any plans as of yet for tomorrow, so I’ll just have to see what it brings. I have a feeling that I will spend most of the day doing housekeeping chores and may have to cruise to the office to get my next movie from Netflix which should be coming.

I need to set a date for the housewarming party. Any suggestions?

Another Trip to Colton

I made another trip to Ashley in Colton today. I had volunteered to pick things up for Sister Rodriguez when I was headed up there the other day. She found some stuff she wanted to buy yesterday and I offered to help if I could. It gave me a nice break in the middle of the day to spend with her. Once we solved the puzzle of how to get the couch in the front door I came back to get some work done at the office and to get Nathaniel back on his way to fixing the pallet shelving problem. I think in the future we are just going to go new as it has probably cost us just as much dealing with these changes and such as it would to have gotten what we wanted in the first place.

I finally got my trash cans today. I was a little worried this morning since I hadn’t received them yet and it was trash day. I just put some trash out at the curb in bags, hoping they would at least take that, even though it was only about a quarter of what I had to throw away. I just didn’t want to go through the work if I was just going to have to bring it back in tonight. I’ve already filled the new cans and have a little pile of recyclables to go out next week. I’m sure after next week I will be all caught up. I also reprogramed my sprinklers after discovering that they were going off three times each day. I’ll need to keep an eye on things to make sure they are getting enough water, but I would certainly imagine that once a day would be more than sufficient. That should help me cut back on my water usage and help our shortage here in SoCal.

I went over to have dinner with Sister Rodriguez tonight. We got kind of a late start, so I missed institute for the second week in a row which I was afraid would happen.

I was going to try running tonight without the air conditioner, but after opening the windows upstairs and climbing into bed, I realized that without a ceiling fan it just wasn’t going to happen. I also have to wonder though exactly how much energy is really lost in running the AC at times when the windows could be open. If it’s cool outside, it shouldn’t take much to cool off the house and then it should stay cool from that point on, shouldn’t it? Maybe I should really look into a whole house fan as I know that would be cheaper than running the AC. I wonder about leaving the windows open downstairs though at night. I’m not really sure why, I just do. I guess the alarm system could handle my worries down there if I armed it at night with a delay on the motions. I also need to pick out and get some ceiling fans so they can be installed next week.

Just in Time

The gas came just in time! The cold shower this morning just about sent me into shock. I’m glad that I won’t have to deal with that again any time soon, hopefully. The gas company came out this afternoon and hooked up me up. I immediately started a load of laundry so I can actually have my bed fully dressed and then got all the other little things going. It was so nice to be able to cook tonight, I had to invite people over just to celebrate! Bouse, Leah, Lilly, Pyro and Batch came to eat dinner and hang out for a while. We made chicken fettucine and such. It was quite good for the first meal in the new house. I’ve got to get used to cooking with gas though.

It was really nice having somewhere to eat the food and somewhere to relax. Nathaniel and I tried to watch Kyle XY after everyone else left, but it turns out the disc which I have been sitting on for over a month was cracked and wouldn’t play, so that plan was ruined. It was probably a good thing anyway, cause now I’m getting to bed early which will help make up for being up late last night.

It looks like I might actually have to work a full day tomorrow. I have no excuses to get me out early, so i guess I’d better be ready for it. I am looking forward to being able to leave work at a normal time and come home to eat dinner and whatever before institute and not having to drive around with no where to go!

Day at Home

I spent most of the day at home. I had people coming throughout the day for various things and was busy making progress. I got almost all of the baseboards and windowsills vacuumed this morning before the electrician and pest control came. The washer and dryer showed up and the delivery guys had fun lugging those beasts upstairs. They did a remarkably good job getting them to fit in the laundry room which is great. I was expecting them to not fit so nicely side by side, so I am impressed.

After the pest control was done I had to leave the house for a few hours so I went and got my refund for the couch that wasn’t going to work and then went to SK to purchase the sofa and loveseat for the living room. Batch was kind enough to pick that up for me on his way back to the office and we got it all setup. I had been working with Ashley Furniture here in Murrieta on some other things. Shelly suggested I give the store in Colton a try and they were able to give me the items for will call today and give me a much better price to make it worthwhile to drive there! I think I saved close to a thousand dollars and got things faster by driving to Colton!

Nathaniel and Batch were kind enough to drive up in the truck to get my new furniture and then stay to help set it up. We made sure to stop at Cheesecake in Riverside on the way back and then I made, if you can call it that, strawberry shortcake after we got finished assembling everything.

After I get gas tomorrow, I feel like things will be complete enough to actually enjoy the house instead of just constantly working to get it ready to live in. It will have actually only taken me a week which Is pretty impressive! There will, of course, always be more things to do and I have a long list of upgrades to make and such, but I think I can actually start enjoying it and just having weekend projects instead of spending my life cleaning. I almost can’t wait to use my new washer and dryer tomorrow night!

Back to the Office

It was almost weird being in the office today. It seemed like it had been so long since I had been there – and it had in some ways. I did kind of enjoy my eleven minute commute to work this morning. It was weird not having to change radio stations, or even ham repeaters as I drove. Heck, the drive really wasn’t even long enough to talk to anyone, and I didn’t. I was at work extra early and then started going through my emails. I had amassed quite a few that I didn’t deal with on my phone as the days had passed, so I tried to catch up with those and get some bills paid which probably should have been paid earlier and then started to work through my stack of mail from the last week or so. I actually made a pretty good dent and then headed out to leave a bit early. I wanted to get some shopping done and keep moving forward with the house.

Tara (Tata) and I went furniture shopping after I went to Trader Joe’s and managed to get nothing that was actually on my list to get! How’d I manage that? We found a good looking table and sofa set at SK and then went to Ashly where we found even more good stuff. The things at Ashly did seem to be more expensive in general, but the dining room table was actually a bit cheaper at Ashly. I’m going to give a list to Sister Rodriguez and see if she can work on the pricing at all, although I really just want to get the furniture and get it in here. I’m tired of having an empty house with no where to sit and eat. I posted pictures on Facebook of all the things we liked and clearly will need some help narrowing things down. Once we get the basics there will be all sorts of other things to work on as well – like the theater.

Nathaniel came over tonight to check the place out and helped me get a few things done. We got a lot done in the kitchen and tried out some of the things I had bought previously at the store. He was able to get my shelf moved as he found the hidden latch and we unpacked the rest of the kitchen appliances. He also helped me deal with the ants that found not only the chocolate on the island, but the motherload in the corner of the family room. Those darn ants are driving me absolutely crazy. I’ve got Fowler Pest Control coming tomorrow to spray and hopefully that will help me to start winning the war. I’m afraid that things might get worse before they get better though.

Speaking of tomorrow, I’ve got the electrician coming in the morning to get going on the ceiling fans (which I don’t have yet), pest control, the washer and dryer being delivered and Angela coming by. It sounds like a pretty crazy day at home and I’m looking forward to making progress. The best news is that the day after tomorrow – I get gas so I can start cooking and will be able to have hot water!

Moved

Wow, things got kind of crazy last week. We didn’t end up closing until late Thursday, as I kind of imagined to begin with. I’m still not happy I signed something saying I would be in Tuesday when I didn’t get in till Thursday, but this is all past now and I should move on.

Batch and Bouse helped me move Thursday. I was all packed up and ready for them when they came and we knocked it out in under two hours. Bouse did a great job loading the truck and we could have fit everything in a 14 ft box van the way he packed it all! We did some shopping, worked on getting the garage fire door replaced, ate and some other misc stuff while we waited, hoping it would cool down and for someone to confirm that we had at least funded, if not recorded yet. We finally got the funding notice at lunch and got the call that we had recorded just as we were getting ready to unload the truck.

The first night in the house was interesting. The AC upstairs didn’t want to work. I had Gardner Co. come out and take a look at it in the morning and of course it worked fine. He thinks that maybe it is something wrong with the ball bearings in the fan on the compressor. It seems like it doesn’t want to work when it is hot. Well isn’t that when I need it to work? That made the first night interesting, but it has been working great since then.

I became a locksmith when I had to essentially disassemble the front door to get the new lock on. I’m glad I was finally able to get it to work because at one point I couldn’t get the dead-bolt off and I’m sure I had broken it beyond the point at which it would have functioned. Once I got things figured out, I was able to do the other two locks in a matter of minutes – although they functioned like they were supposed to instead of not wanting to come apart like the front door did. I did decide to drive to Hemet to get the Medeco locks, and I still have my front door one on order due to a custom color issue.

I’ve been to Costco at least three times to get stuff. I filled up Bouse’s truck once and my car twice with stuff. The pantry is getting stocked slowly as well as the fridge and freezer. The fridge came on Friday and is beautiful. I had a heck of a time shopping at Albertson’s – actually just the self checkout was a hassle. I don’t think I will do that again with a full cart. To top it off, I forgot to type in my phone number for the preferred card savings which means I got totally ripped off on what I bought!

It was great having a five minute drive to church this morning. As I was getting ready to walk out the door I remembered I hadn’t read yet and decided to search for something to read. I ended up at Mormon 9, reading about worthiness. A few minutes later when I walked into branch council, President Mattson asked us to turn to Mormon 9! That was kind of interesting. I started getting antsy towards the end of priesthood this afternoon. I haven’t been sitting for that long for a few days now and while it felt good at first, it was starting to bother me.

I’ve been cleaning like mad. My hand hurts from vacuuming, washing surfaces, mopping and killing ants. The house is starting to come together. Some of the boxes have been emptied, there are clothes in my closet, food in the pantry, dishes in the cabinets. I couldn’t find my silverware after moving and it also seems like I am missing some of my glasses. Either we lost them in the move, didn’t bring them or they were stolen out of the shed with the mower a few years ago. I’m starting to lean towards the stolen aspect, although they could easily have been left in the shed and covered up with other items. I went out and bought some new silverware, and will probably need to get some more glasses and flatware soon.

It has been kind of quiet around the house. I’ve had music going almost nonstop, but that doesn’t take away the loneliness. I almost feel like I need to be listening to the radio or something so I at least can hear another human voice that hasn’t completely been prerecorded. I think I’m starting to understand why people have pets.

Hopefully my new sectional couch should be coming tomorrow. I can’t decide if I should try and get it reversed from what they are probably sending me so the longer side can go down the wall instead of across the back or if I should just take it. There are advantages both ways. From looking online, it looks like it is also a sleeper, but I didn’t know that. I guess I should just be happy that I won’t be carrying it in as I paid for in house delivery. It sounds like my kitchen table won’t be in for a few weeks though. I’m hoping to order furniture for the rest of the house soon – at least the dining room and probably living room this week. Sister Rodriguez has some catalogs I can look through to get stuff at close to wholesale cost. I think Mandi said she would be available tomorrow to look at furniture, so we may just have to see. I do need to get some (office) work done tomorrow, but maybe can make it a half day or something.

I’m still not sure what to do with the upstairs bonus room although I am leaning towards theater. That will take away the hassle of pulling wires downstairs which will be nice. I’m definitely calling about the ceiling fans tomorrow and hope that I will be able to get them installed late this week. In addition to the fans, it will be nice to actually have light at night instead of relying on lights from adjoining hallways or bathrooms to work. I’m trying to decide where to put the fans and am almost thinking of just asking him (the electrician) to go to town and prewire all the rooms. I might not need one in the living room as I think that would just look strange.