Daily Archives: 8/3/2008

To Rent or Not to Rent

There are definitely arguments on both side of the renting fence. The major one for renting is that it could give me the money to do the projects that I would like to do to the house. The biggest downside would be some loss of privacy and having to find the patience to deal with others on a day in and day out basis. I think someone who is a hermit would be a great renter. I would love someone who essentially stayed to him or herself in his or her room. I don’t want to deal with entertaining people each and every night and I don’t want to have people over here who I’m not entertaining hanging out and getting in my way. I’m probably too protective of my stuff and wouldn’t want anybody and everybody loading my dishes in the dishwasher or putting something in there that isn’t dishwasher safe. It seems like the money from renting would be great, but does it outweigh the costs of renting?

If I rent one room for $500 or $600/month, what is that person going to cost me in lost sleep, stress, food, extra heating and air, water, etc? What is the liability I am going to have to assume for having someone in the house with access to everything I own? Some help with chores would be great, but am I going to become to go to person when their car breaks down and they need a ride? It almost sounds more attractive to be renting more rooms so that those people could essentially deal with themselves. The problem I see though is that the more people I get in the house, the more I am outnumbered and the less often I am going to be able to use my own living/family room, etc.

I really want to help Geoff out, I just don’t know what to do! I guess I could set rules for what kind of entertaining and such they can do, but I don’t want to be a rule crazy landlord either. This should be fun and simple for everyone involved. I probably need to find people that are mature and understand my desires. Maybe I can sit down with Geoff and figure out what he is hoping to find in a place to live.

Today went quite well. I was actually able to catch Grandma Chester on my first attempt phoning her for her birthday! That essentially made my day and we were able to talk for a while. We had good meetings today all throughout the day. I started working on family history for Sunday School today. Now that I see what needs to be done, or at least I have started on it, it seems like I can do most of the work myself from home and maybe just go to Sister Dowden when I need help with something. It really didn’t help that I didn’t have much information to start with, but I got a good orientation to the program from Larilyn.

Break the fast went well and there was tons of cornbread. I kind of felt bad for cutting mine into such small pieces when there was so much and none of it was really all that good. I’m sure it was because it was all made days or hours before and had been sitting in trucks for hours or such. That, or maybe mine just wasn’t that good since I don’t have the hang of the oven here yet. Nonetheless, I wasn’t impressed with any of the other ones as well. Now, the fact that I’m talking about cornbread for such an extended period of time simply indicates that I need to get to sleep!

We had a baptism tonight and we are going to have another one Saturday! Alysa is finally getting baptized Saturday, and Shelly (who I don’t know) entered the waters this evening. We had way more people than would fit in the relief society room tonight so I was really impressed. We talked a lot about the marriage initiative, proposition 8, today. It sounds like this is going to be an ugly battle, and we have already been asked to do whatever we can to support the initiative. I guess I need to start reading up on exactly what is at stake, but the basis is that we are not against gay’s here, we are just trying to protect the definition of marriage as being between a husband and wife – a man and a woman. President Mattson even shared that one of the designers working on his house is gay and has had a partner for 18 years and was in favor of protecting marriage. We aren’t against the rights that gays have for tax and domestic partnership advantages; we are just worried what our children will be taught in k12 schools if teachers can’t talk about mommy and daddy.

Sister Dowden and I are going to try and make it to the temple Tuesday night if anyone wants to join. I haven’t been for probably at least two months, which is way too long. I think the last time I went was when we went to Denny’s and I was asked to seal my mouth by Maegan. That seems like it was even longer ago, so maybe it was closer to three months. In any event, we need to go – and we need to go ASAP. We’re probably going to shoot for the 7 o’clock session and are open for suggestions beyond that.

Speaking of marriage, I was getting the pressure last night. Grandma & Grandpa were talking about needing to get me married, I think Ron and Kathy mentioned it, my grandma asked about it this morning – or at least the girls in my life, Sister Lee asked if I had gotten any proposals yet with the house (I think she thinks people will marry me for my Kitchen Aid mixer) and it seems like there was even more. I guess I need to start working a bit harder on that front.

I called all my home teachers today and all the people I am home teaching now. None of the teachers called me back to tell me that they had been successful in fulfilling their callings. I’m worried that none of them are actually doing the job and am hoping that some monitoring from me will help motivate them. I guess I just need to start calling each and every week just to see if they have gotten anywhere. Otherwise I’m going to have a lot of home teaching to do myself! I’m anxious to start working with some of these less actives I have now and am hoping that I will have the chance to be instrumental in their lives. I pray that God will be able to use me to do his will and I will be a blessing to them. I know that home teaching can do wonders, we just need to find a way to make it really work in this incredibly dynamic branch. It seems that once you get to know someone, they leave or your assignment changes. We’ve been working hard on it, so hopefully we can instill some positive change.

I probably need to actually get in bed and enjoy some of this air conditioning to sleep…