Monthly Archives: August 2008

Early Priesthood Meeting

Early Priesthood Meeting

Getting up for the 6 am priesthood meeting this morning was no fun. I totally almost didn’t make it and certainly didn’t have the time I was hoping for. I did manage to get somewhat cleaned up for the morning, get dressed, grab some cookies and make it there on time. I guess since there weren’t any women there to impress I didn’t have to worry about looking good. 🙂

The meeting went well. There was more prop 8 stuff and a call to action to really get our forces moving. We were asked to have 100% home teaching as a stake next month, so that is going to be a major challenge. I have a feeling I’m going to be home teaching like crazy starting tomorrow, so I’d better get a copy of the message quickly. President Smith also talked about our lights being off and turned off one set of chandeliers to make his point. The two sets were identical in every way, except one. They were both made the same. They were both capable of producing light. One set just wasn’t lit.

After the meeting, I came home and made pancakes. Brother Kowallis, David Mayfield and Tyler came to join me. It was nice and kind of makes me want to do a monthly breakfast or something. I just wonder how many people would show up for breakfast before church and then with my meetings, I don’t know how well it would work or if I would have to skip them that week.

We had interesting meetings with President Clegg today. I enjoyed his thoughts and his humility in the new calling. I think things are going to work out just fine here, although I did miss President Mattson’s warm smile and handshake this morning along with the comfy chairs and Rexburg Temple portrait on the wall. We have a social on Wednesday night to get to know him and his family better.

I went to the Dowden’s tonight after getting some emails done at home and getting pictures off the camera. It was pretty quiet there, even with Krystal’s presence. I got to talk with Brother Clark for a while and then met someone new, Carla, at branch prayer. I felt like I was on a roll. Speaking of rolls, I think Krystal won the award for most pictures tonight which I think is a first. I tagged Melissa in only 8 of the ones I uploaded and Krystal in 25! Maybe she is getting more used to the camera and opening up. Shelby and Lauren were both at prayer, it was nice to see them.

I’m not sure what is going on tomorrow. Maybe I’ll work some more with Sister Dowden, maybe I’ll hang around the house and be lazy. I’m thinking about going to the zoo in the evening to see the show before it closes. Other than that, I’m looking forward to a fairly boring, relaxing day!

Cleaning Saturday

Another Saturday spent cleaning. I barely made it to building cleanup this morning and then came home and continued. It seemed like laundry took all day even though it was only the normal three loads. I think they were just larger than normal so it took longer to fold and put away.

I ended up making snickerdoodles for Krystal tonight. I figured she might appreciate them more than a not so perfect picture or something and it was a little more personal than a gift card. I was only able to stay a little while at her surprise party as I already had plans with Lauren & Batch. I was there for the surprise though – and got a good picture, so I guess I should be happy with that.

We watched Mission Impossible III tonight. It was interesting, but certainly not great.

I have a feeling that 6 am priesthood meeting is going to come really early tomorrow morning.

Little Into Big

So which is better: A lot of little things or one big thing?

Steimle ♥’s Wright.: Little Into Big

The way I see it, we’re better off to have a lot of little things that make us happy as we will get to experience them more often than a big thing that only comes through randomly. If we are always looking forward to the next amazing trip and not appreciating all we have around us constantly, we’re going to spend too much time waiting for the future and not enough time enjoying the present.

Enjoy the present and all the little things each and every day. I’m reminded of the song Simple Miracles by Emerson Drive. Emerson Drive - What If? - Simple Miracles Look around you and see what God has given us.

WordPress Automatic upgrade

I haven’t tried this, but it looks like it would save a lot of work. I would always suggest downloading a full backup of your site – or ensuring that there is one on your server before doing any upgrade, especially if it is being done automatically.

That being said, with the rate of updates to wordpress these days, we need something like this to eliminate some of the steps.

WordPress › WordPress Automatic upgrade « WordPress Plugins

Ready for the Weekend

I nearly didn’t go to work this morning. I don’t know if it was just cause I got to sleep too late last night, ate too much, have just been exhausted or what. I just didn’t feel very good. I thought maybe I could work from home for a few hours this morning, covering phones and working on stuff and then take the afternoon off before working an install tonight. Then I thought that I should just go in and come home at lunch. It’s a good thing I went in as I was busy almost all of the day. I didn’t get to leave early, and in fact, I ended up leaving late, even with the install tonight.

The install went well and it was kid of fun to get out and do stuff like that. It would have been better had I not already worked 60 hours this week, but I probably should try and get out with the guys more often to get a better sense of what is going on. We just installed a few speakers and a 37″ LCD, it really wasn’t much work. We should try and get more of those jobs and keep getting around.

I came home and then Alison came over shortly thereafter. We made pasta and finally ate dinner around 10:15. No wonder I’m not feeling well, I’m eating at all the wrong times!

I’m not sure what this weekend has in store, but I’m looking forward to it. Even building cleanup tomorrow morning. I’m thinking about riding my bike over there. Let’s Keep Area Code 760!

Doesn’t matter if you live in San Diego or not, this will impact you if you know someone with a 760 area code.

In this day and age, area codes mean nothing to most people. We have our numbers stored in cell phones, address books and websites everywhere. It makes no sense to make everyone change their contact information for everything and continue to have to go through this pain.

Let’s keep our lives mobile and just get a new area code for new devices using an overlay. Let’s Keep Area Code 760!

Bug our officials to keep the area code, or get ready to change my phone number in all of your devices…

Great Night at the Temple

I went to the temple tonight with Sister Dowden. Todd, Larilyn, Kenny and his friend from the Menifee Stake, Lorraine, joined us. We had a great time and learned a lot. We ended up doing sealings instead of a session because it was jam packed and we had almost a large enough group to do it. We were able to get one more brother to help us and so we got started.

Work was pretty crazy, although I was able to find a little bit of time to work on some social marketing.

Long Day

Today was long. I could argue I worked 12 hours straight and my feet would attest to that. I really like being able to come home and take off my shoes and I didn’t have that opportunity really today. The ribbon cutting and open house went well, I’ll have to post more on my work blog tomorrow. I then went and worked with Sister Dowden to try and jump-start this social networking and viral marketing campaign. It looks like a lot of work to get all these services going and get the viral marketing going.

I still think that we all need to ditch all these services and everyone just needs their own domain where they can incorporate whatever it is they want. I’ve got visions of having to post the same thing in 14 different sites. I’m hoping there is software that will at least do some of the cross posting for you.

After that crash course – oh, I taught her some HTML and such as well – I went to the a city council meeting to check things out. I finally made it to the Rodriguez’s for dinner and then came home to meet Sabrina and Frank to look at the house. I think Frank could make a great roommate, so I’m looking forward to that in a few weeks.

It seems like there wasn’t much time to think today as I was just running around getting things done. Temple tomorrow night. I’m thinking about the Zoo Friday or Monday and I have to figure out plans for this weekend.

Anaheim plus Lunchtime equals

Today was pretty crazy. I managed to mis-order a piece for a system that needed to go out today. Fortunately I was able to drive up to Anaheim to get a piece to make it all work. I do really like the fact that we live in a place where we can typically get anything we need within a few hours. It makes me wonder how people ever get used to living on small islands or in remote places. I’m sure they don’t lead as complicated lives and I know they enjoy themselves.

The great thing about having to run to Anaheim is that it meant I got to be in Anaheim around lunch time. You all know what that means, right? For those that aren’t geographically oriented, Anaheim is very near Buena Park. Buena Park is where Fuddruckers is located. Anaheim + Lunch time = Fuddruckers! It was so good; I mean soo good. I think the Buena Park location is just better than Oceanside. Maybe it is the bold and spicy A1, maybe it is just the years of history there. Maybe it is the grill has been seasoned to perfection. I just love it there! I got some brownies (not the cream cheese ones since they don’t have them anymore) and some buns to take home. Now I need a plan for the buns.

As I was driving back from Anaheim, I hit some traffic on the 91, as always. Shortly thereafter I saw a Caltrans marquee that said some to the effect of don’t speed, save lives, save gas. Well, as soon as we passed this sign (going well under the speed limit mind you) we were able to resume normal operations. I wonder if people slowed just for the sign or what.

I had dinner tonight with the Lee’s. This is originally what I got the buns for as I thought we were going to BBQ. Sister Lee decided to make lasagna instead, which I would never complain about! It was good to be there and I nearly lost track of time to go home teaching.

Busy Monday

Work was pretty busy today and I didn’t make it over to the Dowden’s tonight. I called Diana on my way home and left her a message which she didn’t get until 8:30 at which point Lauren was already here. I enjoyed catching up on some blog reading and made a good number of comments out there. I don’t really have much to report though for today, so I think I’m going to sign off and get to sleep! Hopefully Shelly doesn’t try to wake me up at 4:30 again.

Dotting the Map » Cell Phone Usage on Commercial Airlines Banned For Good- For Now

I second your thoughts Hilarye. It is bad enough to get stuck between two large men on a flight in the middle seat. Can you imagine if they were both talking on the phone the whole time, or if the whole flight was? I imagine that just text messaging would be bad enough since most people can’t figure out how to actually put their phones in silent.

Dotting the Map » Blog Archive » Cell Phone Usage on Commercial Airlines Banned For Good- For Now

I just have one question. Why is it that people can’t seem to control their volume when they are talking on the phone? I for one don’t want the whole world being part of my conversations typically, but I know lots of people that always get loud when they get on the phone. Is it cause we can’t see the person that we think we have to talk louder?

President Mattson Released

President Mattson was released today. It was a very emotional Sunday. When I first got to church I found his office open and empty. He had taken down all the art and the oversized comfy chairs were gone. The place was just dreary and it matched how I was feeling. I felt like a chunk of me was being taken away. President Mattson really feels like my bishop to me. He is definitely the one I have been with the longest and the only one I have gotten close with.

I was thinking back to the first time I really met him, when I interviewed him for my leadership class. I think it was then that I really determined to come back to church. I had been coming for a few weeks, but interviewing him is what got me hooked. I haven’t missed a week since. I think that is pretty remarkable coming from someone who hadn’t been in essentially a few years. I think I need to pull out a copy of that paper and give one to him. That was actually an interesting semester all around. I went through so much and learned so much. It was the only time I found LDS friends at Fullerton, both of them in the same class.

I remember taking the calling as Sunday School President and being worried about the time and having to go to meetings and so forth. I quickly learned that I never want a calling where I’m not in branch council. Even though I may not participate much, I love the insight from President Mattson and the others and the opportunity to serve with them. President Smith said today that this branch has never been about marriage; it has been about service.

President Mattson asked me what has been the most fun thing we’ve done in the branch. I wasn’t thinking spiritually and answered eventually that I’m just too busy taking pictures to really have fun. But taking the pictures is fun to me. The spiritual journey has been thrilling and really just taking it day to day has been fun. Are there things we could improve on, sure. Is this the best branch I know of, yes!

I’m happy that President Mattson and Brother Rigby are both being returned to their families. They are destined for greatness and while it will be hard for all of us to adjust, the Lords work is progressing under His direction. While I feel like I am loosing friends, I hope this just means our friendship can grow.

I’m looking forward to getting to know President Clegg and his counselors and families. This will in and of itself be an interesting and new challenge for me. Zach is leaving soon and I’ve been asked to carry forward with the elders quorum until they learn of a replacement. I guess it really is true: I was just getting comfortable, maybe too comfortable for comfort!

I went to the Dowden’s briefly this evening to make an appearance. I haven’t seen most of the Dowen clan for at least two weeks, so I felt we needed some time. Sister Dowden and I are going to work this week on getting some social networking going for CBC and I’m going to help her get a store running online for her pole vaulting tips. I came home and wrote cards to Stephanie and Tara. I really felt like writing more, but I don’t want to be a distraction. I figure smaller items more frequently are better. I do really miss Stephanie. Seeing pictures last night – and this morning in the clerks office – as well as having Chris back around have made me realize this. I hope she is doing well. Brother D and I need to make good on our threat (?) to go and see her soon.

Quiet Day of Chores

Quiet Day of Chores

Maybe before people decide to advertise on electronic screens they should inquire as to what is powering them. I mean, why pay to advertise how horrible windows is? We already know it crashes constantly – is it really necessary to advertise that at the gas station? Insist that your advertising displays run on a Mac. Maybe people will see what you are paying for.

I spent some time this morning catching up on blog reading and still trying to figure out twitter. I think I’m starting to get the idea behind it, although I still can’t understand what it does for me more than the status in facebook does. I guess it is just another one of those independent services we all have to deal with. I wish everyone could just have their own domain with whatever works best for them running on it sending out RSS feeds. That would I think essentially solve the need for all these different sites we have now. I realize it will never happen, but I think that is one of the reasons why I am so slow to adopt some of these new technologies/sites that others jump on right away.

I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning the house. I also spent time working on this console situation for the show this weekend among other things. I watched some TV, made some phone calls for home teaching and made orange chicken for dinner. It was essentially a pretty quiet day at home. I thought Lauren was going to come up, but she never did. Alison and I were going to try and meet for lunch, but that didn’t happen. I thought about going to dinner with Bouse, but he wanted to go to Outback and I’ve officially given up on that place. It’s hard to believe it, but I’ve actually stuck by it when I said I wasn’t going back. I can’t stand that they can’t figure out how to cook the meat right.

In fact, I would have spent the entire day at home if Maegan and Larilyn didn’t drag me out of the house to have dessert with them at Johnny Carino’s. I decided to try something new – the cannoli i think it was. It was actually pretty good, although Maegan will attest that the cake something or other she got was amazing and much better than anything I could possibly have chosen to get. This is why we had to have two desserts – so she could have the cake and I could try something new. They invited me to the movies as well. I just came home to finish off my boring day at home, home alone. I ended up watching an episode of CSI, which surprisingly, I hadn’t seen before!

And now, I can get to sleep at a reasonable time instead of still being locked in a movie theater for another 40 minutes and not getting home until tomorrow. I’m very anxious to find out what is going on tomorrow with President Mattson being released. From the calls I made today regarding home teaching, I can see that we have a lot of work cut out for us with people leaving. There were also a few who didn’t know they had assignments, which I think means that I must have never gotten the new assignments to them. I guess that is where calling comes in!

Dotting the Map » How to do Disneyland in a day

Hilarye says you can do Disneyland in one day! That’s probably true if you set your mind to it and are willing to spend a long day. I like to just go occasionally for shorter periods of time so as not to run myself into the ground.

Dotting the Map » Blog Archive » How to do Disneyland in a day

I was always under the impression that you couldn’t get a new fast pass until your current one expired. Maybe I’ll have to take some more chances and see what kind of swiping I can do. I did just learn the other day (from Larilyn) that you apparently can have one fast pass in each park which is good.

And the best time to be on a ride is during the fireworks as most of the people are lined up on Main Street to see them! I guess I’m just not all that fascinated with fireworks. You could try to do an outside ride so you could watch them at the same time though.