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Two Weeks?

I tried take two on the blueberry muffins this morning. I cooked them at a lower temperature and checked on them every few minutes. The bottoms were still a bit overdone and the tops weren’t toasty yet, so I need to work on calibrating this oven definitely.

Church went well. David and I got some home teaching assignments fixed, so I feel like we are making progress there slowly but surely. Austin had a great talk today on testimonies. He shared some great stories to illustrate points from his mission. I really need to start taking notes or something because I can never seem to remember many of the details – or maybe I’m just too tired by this time of night.

Sister Dowden made some great french fries tonight. I’m sure the seasoning helped, but she did a great job frying nonetheless.

President Clegg touched on this during his instruction today (5th Sunday) and it was also the topic for branch prayer tonight. We talked about appropriate things to do on the Sabbath. The short answer is still whatever brings you closer to the Lord. This is one of those things that you must take in stages. I think a good answer to the question of if something should be acceptable to do on Sunday is it depends on what you would do with that time instead of the activity. If turning off the TV means you’re going to spend more time with friends and family, then yes. If the TV is keeping you from getting into bigger trouble then go for it. I keep thinking that I want to develop more missionary or activation type things to do on Sunday to better use my time, but seem to always fall short of implementation.

Carla made me go and get my camera at branch prayer tonight and then it seemed to be the night for people to talk about cameras. President Clegg is apparently looking to buy into the good stuff and Noelle seemed interested as well. PC also told the Skagg’s that I’m getting married in two weeks. This is news to me and I’m somewhat interested in who the unlucky lady is. He was talking about one of his nephews getting married last week, then a niece this next week and then he said Scott was getting married the following week. I figured he was referring to some other Scott, but learned quickly that he wasn’t. I guess we’ll see how this arranged marriage thing works.

General Conference Weekend

It’s a bit later than I would like it to be, but I want to put down a few thoughts before I drift off to sleep. The weather this weekend has been beautiful and I must express my thanks for that. I have loved having the windows open and getting some fresh air.

I really enjoyed conference this weekend. Elder Oak’s talk on the sacrament really touched me and I hope as I study it, I will be better prepared each week and will be a better instrument in serving the sacrament to others. We had another talk on this in priesthood I believe. I love Elder (President) Bednar. He spoke about prayer, and I especially liked his suggestion (borrowed) to only give thanks in an occasional prayer. I also liked when he explained that all of our prayers are like one ongoing prayer.

There were a couple today that stood out as well, but my mind is blanking unfortunately.

I was getting a little stir crazy last night, both in priesthood and then again while watching a movie at home. I had just spent too much time sitting and needed to get up and do something. I could tell it was starting to get to me today as well. I ended up baking cookies during the second session today as I couldn’t just sit on the couch any longer.

We had a good discussion about the branch tonight at the Dowden’s. It was just Greg, Diana, Michelle and me. We were really trying to brainstorm ways to improve the branch. It seems that things have gotten maybe a bit too casual. Maybe we have all gotten too comfortable and we need to shake things up a bit more. It seems that we have been focused on having fun lately instead of improving our relationship with the Savior. I hope we can all work on bringing that back and work on our unity.

Broken Toe

Broken Toe

Today was kind of an interesting Saturday. I did my usual cleaning stuff this morning, but almost all of it was in Frank’s new room and I didn’t touch much of the rest of the house. Maybe since I feel like I wasn’t home at all it doesn’t need to be cleaned.

Frank, Sabrina and Megan came over around noon and we hung out and got him going. I then went to Bouse’s housewarming party while Sabrina and Frank moved in stuff. I managed to hit my foot on the bottom or side of Bouse’s pool at one point while we were playing volleyball. I guess I didn’t realize that the side of the pool came up so quickly at the bottom. I think I broke one or two of my toes actually in the process. They kind of stung after I did it, but didn’t really hurt. Now when I walk around the house or sometimes even move in the wrong direction there is excruciating pain. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is much one can do about a broken toe other than live it out and take it easy. I have a feeling I’ll be doing a lot more sitting this next week.

I ended up with a quiet evening at home. Melissa didn’t make it and I didn’t feel like inviting anyone else over. I just watched a B movie – It’s a Boy/Girl Thing where this boy and girl change bodies and learn to overcome their problems. Classic story, so nothing new there and the movie wasn’t incredibly entertaining.  It wasn’t bad though, just not the next summer blockbuster.

I made cookies tonight for break the fast – and I finally went to Albertson’s for the first time in weeks. We were starting to run low on milk and I was craving some after the cookies and swimming. I also have been out of raspberry lemonade for weeks. That was the extent of the reason for my trip since I ended up not making dinner tonight. Now that I’m looking at next week, it doesn’t look like I’m going to be around much either, at least not as far as formal dinners go. Monday I’ve got a board meeting and then home teaching, Tuesday the temple, Wednesday we’ll be at Wicked, Thursday is Institute and Friday is out as well (which reminds me I need to find a date!) That’s the whole week! No wonder I’m never cooking dinner anymore.

I spent some time thinking about how we can better do home teaching in the branch today. We seem to have a hard time motivating people to begin with and then the high turnover rate I’m sure doesn’t help. You really can’t get into home teaching when you are only here for a few months, but maybe that is just an excuse and a barrier we need to cross. I realized in pondering that while I have been visiting my people, I too have a long way to go with improving my actual home teaching. I’m anxious to see the changes the new presidency is going to make as to how home teaching is counted and recorded, what changes they will want to make to the home teaching program and if I will even be involved in it after tomorrow which is Zach’s last day.

Wow… too much pondering, it’s tomorrow already and I need to be sleeping. Here’s to fasting for another good month of business!

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!

Move It or Loose It

I woke up this morning and got right to work after breakfast and a quick relaxing session of cleaning my room. I’ve been thinking about doing it for some time now and have had the attitude: what’s the point in cleaning it, I’m going to move soon. It finally hit me that in order to move, I need to clean! So, I started and found it a heck of a lot easier to clean with the attitude that either it gets thrown away or I move it to the new house. And I don’t want to move junk to the new place just to throw it away the next time I move.

Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem like I threw all that much away, yet I was able to clean up quite a bit. I still have a long way to go and will probably start bringing boxes home from work shortly to start packing some stuff that I don’t need. Then again, if I don’t need it, maybe I should dispose of it!

I guess the party at the Batchelor pad fell apart, and I didn’t make it to the Mattson’s. It was 3 o’clock or something when Megan called me which was about when I realized it was past time to be there if I was going to be there. At that point, I was in the middle of a horrendous mess, so I couldn’t just jump up and go and I figured that by the time I got there, it would have been about time to come home for our holiday dinner here. So, long story short, I was lazy and didn’t leave the house at all today. I did want to spend some time curled up with a good book after I woke up to it raining this morning, but that never seemed to happen other than my brief daily reading in the Book or Mormon.

After dinner, I decided to make cookies for two reasons. One, I didn’t want to sit around and do nothing, nor did I want to continue cleaning and two, Tara mentioned cookies, so i figured it would be a good birthday present. I was going to make chocolate chip cookies when Susan showed me a recipe she just pulled out of the paper for something similar to a pizookie. I decided we’d give it a try, hoping for the best. I think they turned out OK, but I’m not sure if they are really supposed to be as gooey as they are inside. I put them in the freezer tonight to see if that will at least help solidify the gooey goodness. I also made snickerdoodles so we’d have a backup in case things feel apart completely with the new Dot’s pizookie wannabe.

That’s about it for today. I was thankful to have a day off after having to work Saturday. I’m hoping this short week goes well and we can get some more of these tentative things booked and move on.

The offers are supposed to go to the bank tomorrow, so let’s hope that I have the high offer and will be a homeowner in thirty days!