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Today seemed like it was dragging on in the office. I was so ready to get out of there long before 4:30. The phones were pretty quiet and I was doing boring work most of the day along with a few more interesting projects.

Somehow or another I got out of taking Maegan to the airport in the morning. She had suggested coming up to Murrieta tonight to save time in the morning. I explained that I’d rather not drive to Fallbrook tonight to get her and would rather just get her in the morning. Soon after I was told Larilyn was going to take her so I must have offended her somehow. I guess that seems to be the theme for this week, which isn’t much good since this is supposed to be the week of Thanksgiving. What am I doing wrong? I am in that bad of a mood over Christmas that I can’t see my own actions?

I was thankful to go home teaching tonight with Kenny. I enjoyed the preparation time to ponder President/Elder Bednar’s talk on effective prayer from this past conference. I love his talks and feel so strongly connected to him. I probably got more out of it than Chris did, but I felt it was the one we were supposed to share. Hopefully it will help him as well.

Now I have to ask the question: Where is the line between complaining and critiquing? I’m worried some feel that I have been complaining when I have nearly been trying to improve situations. There are certainly times I complain, like about the way some things went down Saturday, but with regards to tomorrow morning, this correlation meeting and cheesecake, I haven’t been trying to complain, merely share my opinion in an attempt to arrive at a better product, use time more effective or waste less resources.

I hung out with the Dowden’s for a while tonight. I even called Sister Dowden at work this morning just to hassle her and she did such a good job with the phones I didn’t even know it was her!

I’m anxious to go to the temple tomorrow. I feel like I need that sanctuary from everything that has been going on lately. I don’t think I’m going to work after, so I may stay for a while after my shift just to enjoy. I think I got some cool sunset shots on the way home from work tonight. I stopped in the office complex by Exit Realty and took shots with the American flag there and the sunset in the background. The sunset was actually pretty good tonight, but one that would have been hard to capture without being in the right spot and so forth. I was content enjoying it in person and not worrying about getting perfect pictures, so that’s a plus.

Have I Done Any Good Today?

OK, I need to make this quick since I’ve been blogging already for an hour. I found some great links, comments and thoughts from reading some other sites tonight. I’m so far behind on my blog reading, but I am hoping to work on catching up this week.

Today was good. I got to sleep in to make up for Friday night, got prepared for Church and then had a great time there. We had talks on personal revelation, conversion and peace. Lauren reminded me of the question of “Have I done any good today?” which also further made me think about the suggestion for us to write where we have seen the hand of the Lord in our daily lives. I don’t think I’ve been doing very well in either of those suggestions. There are lots of good things I did today, but I can’t think of anything that stands out. I didn’t help an old lady cross the road, but I tried to be a good example to others, to be a good friend, to help others out, etc. The hand of the Lord is in everything. There wasn’t a close call on the freeway He saved me from, but there could have been something that He kept me far away from that I didn’t even realize. Of course I was blessed and nurtured in so many ways. How am I supposed to focus on one?

It was kind of quiet at the Dowden’s tonight which was rather nice for a change. I was finally able to give Kelsey and Jillian their pictures from Christmas, but I still need to finish some others.

We talked in Sunday School about the murmuring of Nephi’s brothers when they were in the wilderness. Nephi’s bow (& arrow) breaks and they immediately start complaining against him. When he is commanded to build a ship they laugh at him. Nephi doesn’t even ask where the tools are, but instead asks where he can find the ore to make the tools he will need for the ship. His brothers just don’t seem to ever catch on, time and time again they need to be reminded that Nephi is doing the work of the Lord and they are failing in every test. I don’t think I’m at either extreme here, but I’m pretty sure we can all do some work to complain less and be ready to help more.

With that being said, I really need to get to sleep.