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Goodbye Christmas

I’m up late tonight kind of waiting for the bedspread to finish in the dryer. I guess I knew I shouldn’t have put it in, but I decided to do it anyway. Larilyn came over and took down the Christmas decorations tonight, thanks out to her for her kindness to help old Scrooge out. I know we were a few weeks behind in taking it down, but the tree was actually looking pretty good until just this week when I stopped watering it. It looks really empty now where it used to be and I feel like I need to find something to fill the void.

I went to the temple this morning for Craig’s endowment. It was fun to go with some people and meet other down there. I guess it just goes to show that we need to get together more often for trips to the temple. I actually think I had a harder time getting up this morning at 7 than I do Tuesday mornings at 4. I was so exhausted after all the walking yesterday and then being out late that it took it’s toll on me. When we got home from the temple I had to just sit and relax for a while. I spent some time over at the Dowden’s this afternoon as I had to go and fetch my phone back and we sat talking for a while.

Things went well at NAMM Thursday and Friday. Friday we got there kind of late and ended up paring in the Disneyland structure and walking. That seemed like a good plan since we got to save $12, but it was a bit of a walk. That probably wouldn’t have been as big of a deal if we didn’t continue walking and standing around once we got into the convention. And then after the show we went to Disneyland till they kicked us out at 10. That made for a long couple of days.

I decided to lug the camera around the show floor on Friday so I could snap some pictures. I was hoping to find some good products and maybe get some pictures I could use for something at work. Since we walked directly to Disneyland, I ended up having it there too which is something I’ve never done before. It actually worked alright carrying it on the rides, although it certainly meant that I was holding on to it for dear life. I did get to snap some pictures in the park though and on some of the rides. I was courteous enough to not use the flash unlike many of the other people with cameras.

Oh, we got to go see Teal (think Cheesecake) on Thursday night. That was great and has been long overdue. We were thinking about going back Friday, but she was a breaker so it wasn’t clear if we could see her or not. She excused us from coming Friday night, but I made a promise to come back soon.

I don’t think I have any major findings or revelations for today, so I’m going to call it quits and get to bed finally!

Setting Up Office

It seems like I got a lot done today, but it also seems like all I did was make a mess! I scored good at Target this morning with the chocolate. I decided to limit myself to twelve bags of dark M&M’s. Normally it seems that I just empty the shelf and take everything I can find, but today there seemed to be a lot to choose from. I didn’t find much other than chocolate at Target, but I did get some cards and some wrapping paper for next year.

The one thing I was really hoping to find was some LED Christmas lights to put on the house for next year. I’d rather buy them at 50% off and hold them than buy them next year. Well, I decided to try Home Depot and Lowe’s to see if they had anything, and neither did. I was able to take care of a few things at Lowe’s that I needed to get off my list though, so it was good to be there. They had essentially no Christmas stuff left. I understand they did some deep discounts before Christmas to make sure they weren’t left with any inventory. I was also looking for possible gifts for people I hadn’t found them for yet. I completely struck out on that front. I also stopped at Best Buy to look for gifts, but didn’t find anything that I was feeling good about and the line was way too long to check out.

I swung down to Costco to get gas and then decided to go inside and do some shopping. It was mostly groceries and stuff. I was amazed at how empty the place was the day after Christmas. I guess everyone was shopping at places that had specials and that’s not Costco. Shortly after I got home, had lunch and got the car unloaded and was organizing the pantry to get all the goodies in, Mr. Batchelor called me and asked if there was anything I needed with a truck. I’ve been wanting to get the office setup at home for a while, so I asked if he would go desk shopping with me.

We went and visited our friends at Murrieta Office Furniture and got essentially the same desk I have at the office. I was able to use the extra bridge which was nice to one, use and two, not have to purchase! We came back and got that setup just in time to realize that there is no light in the bedroom I’m using as the office. So, while he returned the truck, I went to Costco for the second time today and purchased some lamps. I was worried they wouldn’t provide enough light in here, but two of them actually seem to do a pretty good job. I actually like them so much that I might think about going back to get more of them for other rooms and uses.

So, it seems like I will be cleaning the house tomorrow and probably working on getting more of the office setup. In the long term I’m going to have to run some ethernet from the main switch into the office and before summer comes around I’m sure I’ll need to install a ceiling fan.

Batch and I watched Get Smart tonight. I was actually pretty impressed. Most movies made from TV shows, especially the older ones, just don’t ever make the grade. This actually seemed very natural to me, maybe because Get Smart has been a bit more distant to me, or maybe because they were more true to the actual characters and their roles. I’d say the story line was very similar to a typical episode as well which I’m sure helped. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

I got busted today for using the MySpace application on my iPhone. I’ll admit that I signed in to remind myself of someone’s name and then minutes later I got a text from Nathaniel that asked me about the iPhone. I guess MySpace brodcasted a message that I added the MySpace for iPhone application. I must actually admit that MySpace works way better in the application on the iPhone that I have ever seen it work on their website in any browser. It probably helps that there are no ads!

Well, I should probably call it a night before I turn into a pumpkin. Good night to all and to all a good night. 🙂

Cookies

So I have been taking the approach of my tweets counting as my end of day blogging now that the auto digest is working. There are, of course, things that don’t make it into tweets that I could blog about though.

Let’s see. Christmas is here and upon us now. It is Christmas eve and I have spent this one in the utmost capacity to go against Christmas by sitting around by myself and watching a movie. I did actually enjoy the movie, The Invasion. It kept my interest the entire time and had a good story line. I would recommend it.

I left work around one this afternoon and have pretty much already gone crazy with not knowing what to do. I really don’t think I can handle essentially a six-day weekend. There are four days left and I have a feeling they could be kind of long. My parents asked if I was coming down to open presents in the morning and I pretty much said no. One, if I do get up that early in the morning, I’m not planning on being in Fallbrook and two, what would I possibly do if I was there all day long? I suppose I would find something to do, but lounging around my own home sounds good to me. I guess I’ve really captured the spirit of the season now – I really want to be alone!

I had a craving for hot chocolate this morning and we had none in the office, so I took a road trip to the store and got some. I got all the fixings as well: whipped cream, cinnamon, peppermint syrup. If I may say so, we made some dang good hot chocolate this morning. Starbucks has nothing on us! We can leave out the part where I knocked over the DVD display at the checkout with my basket.

Batch surprised me this morning with the car charger for my iPhone that I had been eyeing. It has two USB ports so you can charge two things simultaneously and it comes with both an iPod cable and a standard mini USB, which will charge both of my phones. I can then also use it for headsets, my centro and whatever else charges through USB which seems to be more and more everyday.

I spent some time shopping after the temple on Tuesday, but really only got Susan taken care of. I don’t know what to get most of my close friends as I just don’t know what they could practically use. I think it is kind of sad when we get to that point in life where we either don’t know people well enough to think of something they could actually use or when they already have everything imaginable that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars or more.

I ended up sending a package to Tara with a box of note-cards, cookies and a Target gift card. It looks like FedEx failed in their job on this mission, so on the bright side, I won’t have to pay for the overnight shipping costs. I am a bit frustrated that I worked so hard to rush and get the goodies to FedEx by the cutoff Tuesday though. If I wanted it to show up Friday, I could have taken my time and finished everything I wanted to do. Oh well. It is in Jacksonville, FL as of 1:15 this afternoon, they just didn’t get it to her. I hope she doesn’t think I forgot her tomorrow.

I just realized that if I had Christmas cards, I could work on sending those out tomorrow. But yeah, I haven’t even purchased those for this year yet! I have a feeling I’ll be hitting up a lot of sales on Friday, for both myself and for gifts!

I guess that’s about it for tonight. We’ll see what fun tomorrow brings.

Gift List

I don’t post this in an attempt to get gifts, but more as a way of thoughts for those who are looking for something to give to someone like me. It could also help me figure out what to get people who I have no clue what they could use and appreciate. I also enjoy looking back and seeing the things I thought were cool years ago.

  • Almost anything picture related, frames and so forth.
  • Art (i.e. things to fill the walls). I love landscapes, water, sunsets, snow, color or not. LDS Temple prints.
  • Things for the house including seasonal items
  • Kitchen stuff
  • Linens and the like.
  • Tablecloths, center pieces, etc. (my kitchen table is 54″ square and dining room is 103″ x 48″)
  • iPhone Applications, games, utilities
  • iPhone accessories:
    • car charger (one with USB would be very versatile) – received from @crbatchelor, thanks!
    • home charger/dock/speakers
  • Pens/Stationary
  • Watch
  • Candy – dark chocolate is great, I probably need a whole post just on it!
  • Fudge! (preferably without marshmallows)
  • Books
  • Grass for my front yard, cleanup my backyard
  • I actually enjoy getting clothes and such: ties, sweaters, shirts (Pronto Uomo/ Joseph & Feiss/MW 16-1/2, 36/37)
  • A new BYU-Idaho sweatshirt.
  • The Cheesecake Factory Gift Cards or themed things (sweatshirt, bears), annual cheesecake subscription
  • Apple Stuff
  • iTunes Music Store gift certificates
  • Apple Gift Certificates
  • 24 themed things (i.e. shirts)
  • You could be unique and thing of something camera/photography wise that I don’t have. I have the Nikon D700 & 200 with various lenses. Don’t have filters if that helps.
  • You could always build in a bookcase/cabinets in my family room if you’re really crazy.

Oh Christmas Tree

I finally got a Christmas tree today, four days before Christmas. I was able to get it for about 50% off, and only paid $30 for the tree. Of course, I bought a wreath and then bought one for Bouse since he was nice enough to help me get the tree and set it up in the house. I don’t really know what I’m going to do with the wreath, but it looked nice, so I got it for $15.

Bouse was telling me about LED christmas lights. It makes sense, but I had never seen them. We looked at Target tonight and I found some blue ones, but couldn’t find any white ones.

I spent the bulk of the day cleaning as usual. I was able to fix the sprinklers in the front yard, so they are all working again. (Well, one of them needs a new cap, but is working now. I also went around and adjusted many of them so that they aren’t spraying farther than they need to, like into the street. I picked a lot of weeds in the front, and filled almost an entire trash can. I figured since I had gone through so much work and the soil was almost workable, I’d try planing some more seed out there, so maybe I’ll have grass in a few weeks. Or maybe, I’ll continue with the plans to sod the place.

Timmy moved in today. I have a feeling he will be here more often, but that he is one that we will never see.

My parents apparently lost not just their internet today, but also their home phone line which means they can’t even do dial up! Susan said she was just talking on the phone and heard a click. I’m guessing that some accidentally cut the wires or assigned the number to someone else. The one time I tried calling it, I got a busy signal. I wonder if that is because they reported the line bad or if it means something else. In any event, AT&T isn’t sending someone out to look at it until Dec 31! At least it is still this year! Matthew is planning on coming up tomorrow to submit college applications since he can’t do it from home.

Just keep in mind, it could always be worse!

The branch Christmas party was tonight. I got asked to take pictures of everyone with Santa, so that’s about all I did. Greg did an awesome job. Once I finally saw the service auction in progress, I finally understood how it all works. People bring in cans which gives them tickets to bid on services offered by other members of the branch. There were some funny ones and some good ones as well. Tara thought I would totally bid on the dinner for two at Cheesecake Factory courtesy of the Prosser’s. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I didn’t bring any cans with me, so I didn’t get to bid, and I had left before that item went up for auction.

There were a few good ugly sweaters, but for the most part I didn’t see anything too crazy. Some people I thought actually looked good, so i don’t know if that’s what they were going for, or if I just like ugly. I guess we’ll never know!

Mom Baptized

I had a pretty good day today. I didn’t get to spend much time at home this morning before getting to work, but I did enjoy some time in bed playing Bubbles Tilt and Soduku. I had to go in to work this morning to meet a customer and then went into the bank on my way to the temple.

We had a baptistry assignment today, so Larilyn and I went down early and did an endowment session before doing baptisms. It was weird to be a full on patron; I don’t think I’ve done that since I became an ordinance worker. I felt out of place without having my jacket nearby. We had a really small session, so we ended up becoming the witness couple and I think there was only one other patron in the session that wasn’t a worker.

In any event, I was finally able to do some of my family names today, including my mom. I had been meaning to get going on this for a while (like a year), but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I think it was mostly because I didn’t know what needed to be done to prepare the names. Now that I know it is so easy to do the work in familysearch, I don’t know why it took me so long. I’m really happy to have done the work and to have presented the opportunity to each of these individuals to accept the baptism we performed today by proxy. I hope and trust that many if not most or all of the ordinances were accepted. Larilyn said she knew my mom was there; I don’t know how she feels the presence of these people, but I am grateful that the veil is so thin for her.

I was debating about getting wet and doing the ordinance myself, and I probably should have, but I was ok with presenting the names and recording. Kenny baptized Krystal for and in behalf of my mom. I don’t think anyone other than Larilyn knew it was my mom’s work that was being done.

Larilyn came over and decorated some of the house tonight for Christmas. She set up her nativity set in the living room and put garland on the banister of the stairs. We also got a table runner, although I forgot to get a square table cloth for the kitchen table. I guess I need to find a tree and get someone with a truck to bring it home for me this week. Where does one get a fresh cut tree in Murrieta?

Working Too Much

So it seems that I am a few days behind again. I think I’ve been working too much. i spent all day today at the GT, doing some computer stuff and working a wedding. I didn’t make it to the temple, so i spent some time back home with the family.

Yesterday I ended up going to El Cajon do upgrade the firmware in some amplifiers and do a wireless survey. Looks like I’m going to have to order some new toys to get a bit more information.

I don’t remember what I did Wednesday, just that I was in a bad mood, mostly over Christmas and didn’t want to be that negative.

I have a feeling I’m going to end up working tomorrow even if it doesn’t involve going to the office. There are certainly more than a few things that I didn’t get done this week that needed to be done.

No Doughnuts

I had a good time at the temple today. I officiated the 7:30 session and then attended the 9:30, which was a bit different for me. Sister Kowallis was in the 9:30. People have been saying that I’ve been doing a good job, but all I can think of is all the things that I should be doing better. They probably realize that I’m learning and know what I need to be working on.

I ate way too much at Fuddruckers for lunch today. I was just going to have a burger, and then went for the bacon cheddar cheeseburger and after the great fries this weekend, ordered some of those. Then I decided to get a chocolate shake. I didn’t need nearly that much food. Nor did I need the cookie that they gave me on the way out after I ordered brownies for Batch. The cookie was pretty good though, something new for the holidays, a peppermint cookie. It was like a chocolate chip cookie, but with peppermint bits instead of chocolate chips.

I went to work for a meeting this afternoon and was able to get through most of the email from the day. I’m going to have to actually get down to work tomorrow.

I heard a new song on the radio on my way home and went on iTunes to check it out. Then I started looking at Christmas music, I’m not sure why or how, but I guess I was just wasting time waiting for Alison. I’ve decided that I’d be ok with Christmas music if it was all sung by Josh Groban. I love his voice so much I’ve practically been listening to his Noel CD since I bought it four hours ago.

Alison and I went to Pat & Oscar’s tonight. We haven’t been there in forever and ended up getting a comped meal from the manager. I later got in trouble for not taking doughnuts to the Dowden’s today. I didn’t know that I was supposed to. No one had asked that I was aware of and I didn’t really feel like going to KK for the fun of it.

Christmas Lights

I got this forwarded to me at work today and it describes almost perfectly my feelings over Christmas:

The wife has been on my case to get the Christmas lights up for a couple of weeks.

They are up now and for some reason she will not talk to me.