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Happy Not So Birthday To Me

Well let’s see. I didn’t end up making it to Disneyland on Thursday. When the morning came around, sleep was sounding so good and since no one had volunteered to accompany me, I figured I’d take what I could. I would have loved to have gone and bought some Disney stuff, but I guess I’ll have to wait till next year if they’re still doing it.

It was a long day at work, but all went fairly well. The show went off without a hitch and everyone was happy with our work. I hope we’re able to get some more business out of the deal.

I ended up sleeping in a bit Friday morning as well and tried to get all sorts of things done in the office. Unfortunately it felt like I didn’t get much done. I was planning on going in today to get taxes done – or started – but I ended up with so much to do at home that I never left the house.

Last night I just kind of took it easy at home. The missionaries asked if we could meet to fill one of their spots that someone had backed out of, so we did that and then I watched the double header of 24. Before they came over I spent about an hour figuring out how to get the audio out of my DVR. I thought it would be easy to take the optical out, but apparently it is encoded and not just a PCM stream or something and the MacBook couldn’t recognize it. I tried all sorts of things to just get the stereo audio through and it just wouldn’t work. I finally came across a way through firewire to have the MacBook emulate a DVCR and then was able to capture the video and audio feed through VLC. It’s a bit hairy, but it worked and I was able to get the new Rascal Flatts song “Here Comes Goodbye” at least temporarily while I wait for them to release their new album.

I think I’m going to get the company to signup for Promo Only so I can get these new songs sent to me without having to wait for the album. The service doesn’t cost that much more than the songs themselves really do and while I won’t like them all, it could be beneficial in times like this. That will also help me at work to have the most current songs even if they are ones that I don’t particularly care for myself.

I spent the bulk of today cleaning. I finally got caught up on all the newspapers. Well, the big stacks are gone. There are a handful of sections that I saved to read longer stories in or for reference. I decided to toss all the sections I had been saving for Soduku since it seems that Maegan isn’t coming over anytime soon to play a bunch and I get two new ones each and everyday. I finally cleaned the carpet in the family room which had a few stains that I’ve found recently on it. It looks like the big stuff came out which is good. I still have a hard time believing sometimes how dirty the water is coming out of the carpet when it looks so clean. I guess it just goes to show that you never really are done cleaning. There are still lots of things that I need to do, but I’m very happy with the kitchen and family room being clean again. I also got my shower much cleaner than it was and did laundry today.

I had some extra chicken left over from Monday which I needed to cook or freeze so Ashley and I decided to make some chicken alfredo. I think it was the best I’ve ever made. The chicken was very tender and the seasoning worked out quite well. I’m actually kind of looking forward to those leftovers even though I know they won’t be as good as it was tonight.

Lauren had talked about possibly coming over tonight, but I never heard anything from her, so we went with plan B (above). Ashley and I then watched My Girl. I had forgotten how much I love that movie. The music is so great and I love so many of the lines and plots.

Well, I guess I’d best be off to sleep so I can make it though this heck of a day tomorrow.

P.S. Did I mention that Alison called me aged the other night?

Sleep Deprived

Wow, I feel so sleep deprived I don’t know what to do other than sleep. Yesterday was an incredibly long day at the temple, but it was great nonetheless. After I worked my shift, I had lunch at Cheesecake Factory with Brother and Sister Kowallis. It was great to spend some time with them since they have been extracted from the branch! After lunch I stopped by a job site and then went back to the temple. The afternoon shift is so bored that the best thing they had for me to do was to go and do an endowment session, which I was A ok with. I barely got out of that one in time to be there for Frank & Sabrina’s endowment. That all went well, other than it was incredibly warm in the temple all day. It was a long day by the time I finally got back on the road northbound.

I stopped in Fallbrook to pick up my tow hitches that I never moved and forgot to get the last time I was there. I was able to find two of the three, but of course not the one that I was actually looking for and hoping to find. I ended up going and getting a ball to put in the blank hitch I had today which fortunately only cost me about $15. I kind of remember loaning a hitch out to someone, so now I guess I just have to figure out who in the world that might have been and why I loaned it to them!

Monday went pretty well. It was crazy in the office and I don’t remember accomplishing much of anything. I’m thinking I haven’t been at my desk since last Monday now, at least not there long enough to actually accomplish anything. The missionaries came over for dinner and Ashley and Lauren joined us. We had a good time and then Ashley stayed to help get everything cleaned up and we sat and talked past the point at which I should have been sleeping, but it was all good. Sometimes there are things better than sleeping.

I spent most of today in the shop prepping a show for tomorrow. It was quite an interesting experience. I came home to finally have a few minutes to sit at the computer to see how many emails I’ve collected as well as other things. There are quite a few that I still need to respond to. Now I’m going to get that much needed sleep!

Waitin’ On A Woman

Today wasn’t my typical Saturday. I guess in many ways though it was about what it should be. I didn’t spend the entire day cleaning, although I sure could have. I forced myself out of bed this morning to help with building cleanup since I missed the last three weeks of it and Cynthia has been trying to guilt me into going. Of course, she wasn’t there this morning cause she was at work, but I went nonetheless. It was actually the quickest building cleanup I’ve ever done. We were done about 8:45 and I don’t recall ever being out of there before 9:30 before.

That gave me enough time to come home and take a shower before going into work to meet a customer who was returning some gear. I was very pleased to get over 41 mpg driving to the office. I have to wonder if Toyota did in fact do something to the Camry as it seems to have been getting much better gas mileage lately than it typically would.

I came home and went through the mail. It was just about perfect timing as there were a few things that I needed to take care of in there. I didn’t get very far with cleaning up my desk, but at least it isn’t getting any worse. I had an interesting encounter regarding spaghetti today. i was asked to bring some for break the fast tomorrow. The sheet said to bring it cooked, but I asked if there was really a reason to cook it ahead of time with it then needing to be reheated. I was told it was ok for me to bring the spaghetti uncooked, but to make sure the sauce was cooked. That really threw me off. Am I supposed to take the sauce out of the jar, heat it up and then put it in some container to take it to church where it can sit in my car from 11 till 4 and then need to be reheated? I won’t even mention the health concerns, or that it would need to go in the fridge. I also had to explain that me bringing spaghetti doesn’t necessarily involve me bringing a sauce for it. I guess we are just all on different pages with our pasta. I think I’ll just be bringing a package of spaghetti and a jar of sauce and we’ll let the girls figure it out from there. Maybe I’m just in an argumentative mood lately.

After I finished eating lunch, I went to Pat & Oscar’s with Lauren (Kristin) and had some breadsticks. We had a good time talking and we confirmed that Shelby is in fact not engaged, some guy just made a fake wedding announcement for the fun of it I guess. She didn’t even know about it, so it was a good thing that we called her. After that I came home and hung the pictures on the walls that they’ve been sitting in front of for nearly a week. I had a heck of a time in the living room. I kept hitting things that didn’t seem like studs, so I was scared to keep driving the nail in. I repositioned everything three times on the wall before deciding to go with it for now.

I then read through a lot of the newspapers that have been piling up. I still have more to go through, but I made a good valiant effort at getting through them. I think I’m going to recycle my Soduku stack too as I get two new ones everyday, I probably don’t need to keep all the old ones since we haven’t had a shortage problem for a while now. I watched Meet Dave tonight. I thought it was pretty funny and had a good story line.

Still no news … It really bites that something that feels so right hurts so much.

I’m really not ready for tomorrow, or next week for that matter. I think there is too much unfinished business from this past week to move on. I also know that tomorrow is going to end up being so hectic and long that I’m just not looking forward to it. I think I may have to go back to that stand about taking a break. I think it would be that much harder to to now with the recent events as no one would believe me that they aren’t related. I’ve had the desire for a break since long before I had the desire to breakup a friendship or two. Regardless, i think it’s a mute point as I’m sure I just need to endure, although I could do with a few less things on my plate. Maybe I need to delegate off the coordination with the missionaries to one of my counselors.

Are You Waitin’ on a Woman?

Where do I start today? Do you want the good news or the bad news? Well, I guess I’ll start with the bad news and at the beginning. The day didn’t start off so well. I’m sure some feelings were hurt and I know that it wasn’t done in the best way possible by me. Never-less the time had presented itself and I felt it was best to get it out there.

I spent most of the day in the office speaking RS-232 ASCII. It wasn’t so fun all the time and was quite frustrating trying to figure out what the heck was getting in the way. In the end we played with enough things and were finally able to get it to work. The process of learning new things can always be interesting. It was probably good that I didn’t interact much with customers and so forth as I know I didn’t have my happy face on and I didn’t like that. I think Effie was really ready to send me home more than once.

I met up with Alison tonight and we tried Penfolds Cattle Company. Aside from the fact that i was way underdressed it was alright. It was better than Outback for sure, but also considerably more expensive. It wasn’t quite Ruth’s Chris in quality or price, but not bad once you factor in not having to drive and make reservations. I really needed to talk to her and hear about what was going on with her instead of focusing on my own problems like I have been doing for the past week. I’m supposed to come up with a surprise place for us to go next week and of course I got in trouble for cheating on her with Oscar’s last week.

Well, I guess I’d better call it a night before midnight tonight and hope that I can get some sleep without tossing and turning all night. Tomorrow should be another fun day of programming and working in the field. Let’s hope I do a bit better in the friendship department tomorrow.

He Sat Down in His Overalls

I’m definitely not doing so well with this internal debate I’m having. It’s a good thing I’m so sleep deprived; otherwise I’d worry that I’d be up all night discovering that on a “midnight Tuesday you can have pizza ordered in.” Oh wait, I forgot I’m living my life in a Brad Paisley song and not one from Emerson Drive. Also, I’m not eating. Well, I’ve been forcing myself to eat, but it hasn’t been going so well. Lunch o’clock came around today and I wasn’t even hungry. I think I’ve lost a few pounds since Saturday and am trying really hard to stay hydrated.

I spent most of the day today catching up on emails and bills. I actually felt like I was making progress and I saw the stack on my desk dwindle. On my lunch break (at 2 something mind you), Batch and I went to the bank (work), Radio Shack (work) and then Costco to pick up the pictures I had printed Saturday. Most of them turned out really well. I am still amazed at the black levels in the one picture of the moon; I’d have to look at the metadata, but I’m sure it’s at a really high ISO and there is no noise in the print.

I spent some time tonight framing those pictures and some I already had. I think I’m going to stop by Crate & Barrel tomorrow after the temple to grab some frames to match the one I already have the pictures from Wicked when Krystal and I went. I’m going to expand the Wicked wall there with at least a picture of Maegan and I. I may find some other expensive frames I like while I’m there too, so hopefully I can control myself. I also need to find something to house all the pictures of Melissa. That could be nearly impossible, but I need to get it done as I promised it to her over a year ago.

I’m so excited to go to the temple tomorrow. I definitely have some questions I’d like to spend some time discussing and get further clarification on some other things I’ve been pondering and feeling lately. I’m curious what I’ll be doing, but I’m sure it will be great regardless.

I hope I can get some sleep tonight so I can manage at the temple tomorrow. I almost ended up crying myself to sleep last night. I just got caught up in praying and lost it. I was finally able to get myself back into control and then I was out minutes later. In missionary correlation yesterday, AJ challenged us to choose something to fast from for 40 days and 40 sleepless nights. I think the sleepless nights was only for me. I think I’m going to fast from sleeping in as I think that is one thing that has been setting me back lately. I have not been doing so well with reading before I leave for work and I have just been getting there later and later. Tuesday’s will still have to be the exception where I don’t sit and read before leaving, but I think with my destination in mind the exception is warranted. I will resolve again to not leave the house without reading and will help to fix that problem and let me spend the appropriate amount of time by not sleeping in so much. I think it will be hard with my current sleep deprivation, but I’m going to try. And with that note, I’m going to bed, only an hour and a half late tonight!

More Cookies?

I had a pretty lazy day today. I pretty much just cleaned up my messes from yesterday and hung around the house. In fact, other than to get the mail, I never even left the house and I really don’t think that counts for much!

Sibonet tried to talk me into making chocolate chip cookies this afternoon, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it with snicker-doodles, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and fudge still sitting around. I think we can do it later in the week once some of the other items have disappeared a bit.

I am starting to like how downstairs is looking without all the junk that I’ve moved up to the office. It is kind of nice not seeing a laptop on the kitchen table, all my mail and church stuff everywhere. I’m sure the laptop will come and go, but I think I am on the right track. I was really eyeing a Mac Pro today, but I just don’t have the money for it. I priced out a comparable Dell and it was quite a bit more expensive, so I guess it is still true that you get more bang for your buck with Apple. The problem is they have no middle of the road machines. I don’t think I need a fully loaded Mac Pro to do my pictures, and have a hard time justifying $3,000 just to import and export pictures. My laptop just isn’t cutting it and there doesn’t seem to be much between my MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro in terms of real speed difference. Maybe I’ll have to start saving up and just make do with what I’ve got for now. It would probably help if I used a faster external drive and maybe that will be step 1.

As much as I have been going crazy with all this time off, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to getting back to the nitty gritty tomorrow. I know it isn’t work tomorrow, but Sunday’s and all the church stuff tends to make it quite a day.

I watched War of the Worlds tonight. I remembered that Nathaniel had loaned it to me and I didn’t remember watching it. Well, as soon as it started playing I remembered the film, so either I did watch it and just forgot to give it back, or I’d seen it before and couldn’t remember it when he asked me if I wanted to watch it. In any event, I’ve seen it now, and now it needs to go back. I didn’t mind watching it again, it’s a decent enough movie and since I had nothing from Netflix, I had to resort to watching something I had in house or risk going out to find something. I actually recorded a few things on TV as a backup plan just in case too.

Ready for Bed!

It’s been a long day…

I had a good day in the temple today. It was interesting as we had 120 missionaries or so from the Carlsbad mission show up this morning which gave us a great deal more patrons than we are used to having. There are also certain things with the missionaries that you have to keep in mind and plan for.

I actually ended up having lunch with two of the elders from the San Marcos Stake and their WML. I went to Chipotle after stopping at Krispy Kreme and they were just before me in line. I asked if I could join them instead of sitting by myself.

The sister I feel I’m stalking was in the 9:30 session I was supposed to be in today. I got bumped to the 10:00 session as a follower since there were so many already in the session.

I pretty much only came into the office today to have some meetings.

Shelly and Craig made some great tri-tip for dinner tonight and then I went over to the Dowden’s to take Andrea her chocolate cake doughnuts. She didn’t even eat one though and went for an original! I left her a bunch, so I’m sure she will be enjoying them soon. I took candy to the RS enrichment tonight for Sister Dowden and then ended up staying while they completed their activity as there was no one else in the building.

I had to spend some time troubleshooting my dad’s internet problems tonight and after 35 minutes I finally got someone at AT&T to tell me that they are having an outage. It would have been great if I could have found that information before we spent all this time troubleshooting things inside the house.

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.

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.

The Rain Brings Such Beauty

It was so beautiful this morning I can’t describe in words what I felt as I was driving to work. It had rained last night so the roads were wet and the air just had that clean feel and clear look to it that only comes after the rain has purified things. A lot of the trees on Whitewood actually lost their leaves and there was a plethora of colors in some places. In some spots entire bushes or yards were covered with the autumn colors of fallen leaves. The sun was peaking through the clouds and giving them an awesome backlight while at the same time it was clear skies to the west. I could have spent hours taking pictures, but was trying to make it to work on-time so there was no time to stop and take pictures. In retrospect, it would have been worth showing up late to enjoy it a bit more.

Things were kind of quiet, but pretty busy at the office today. I spent a few hours teching an amp that came in for repair which involved me finally installing Windows XP on my Dell laptop. I was able to get some more things cleaned up on my desk and my email is actually under control, so I’m pretty much looking forward to a long weekend. I may go in on Friday for a while just to get some single user mode things done.

I came home a bit earlier than normal, but later than i was expecting today. I spent some time working on my site and updated the theme for fall as well as finally got all the RSS feeds in for the blogroll. I just wish I could get it to sort on time updated, but maybe that will come in a future update of the plugin.

I grabbed some pizzas and took them over to the Rodriguez’s for dinner along with returning their tupperware from the other night. I went to a missionary correlation meeting which I think could be better arranged for a time before or after church on Sunday instead of pulling us all together on another night. I then went to our branch’s pie night at the Prosser’s. I enjoyed some pumpkin pie and talked with people for a while. I ended up at the Dowden’s until I felt I was going to fall asleep and my contacts really started to bother me.

On Edge

Today was interesting. I made blueberry muffins this morning for PEC, but they came out burned. I need to put a thermometer in this oven as I think it is cooking too hot or something. Everything seems to come out in way less time than has been required in the past. They were still OK, but they smelled way better than they tasted.

Things went fairly well at church today, but it just seemed like a day for things to go wrong or at least for people to be on the edge. It seemed that we got into it about having a meeting. We were just trying to purpose an alternate meeting date and venue, but people started to take things personally. I guess I’ll go try this meeting this week and see what it is all about and maybe I can talk some sense into people that we should be having all of our necessary meetings on Sunday and not waste time driving around and meeting during the week. If we have too many meetings, let’s eliminate them, not hold them on different days. I can’t understand why anyone would propose taking the missionaries away from their prime time of meeting with investigators or members to talk about how we are going to do the work. Let’s just get out there and do it!

I had dinner with the missionaries and the Lee’s tonight. The Lee’s made some amazing steak, probably the best non restaurant steak I’ve ever had. I’m looking forward to the left overs tomorrow or later in the week. I think I may have to finish off Maegan’s leftovers in the fridge first, before they go bad. This is going to be a short week at the office with only going in two days.

I was talking with the Lee’s today about various things and we got to my dilemma that I need to get married before I turn thirty so I can continue to work in the temple. It seems like so long from now, but also seems so soon. It’s only three years away. Brother Lee said that when he was being released from his mission he was essentially told that they expected him to be married within six months. As crazy as I think that is, I almost understand it. I guess things have changed a lot since then, but yet we still have these written or unwritten rules about ages we need to be married by. Maybe that would also help with my Christmas spirit which I can tell is already getting tried.

Slacking

OK, so I’m totally a slacker. I don’t even have good excuses for not writing or doing anything this past week. I think I was just too tired most nights to even drag the laptop upstairs. In fact my trusty macbook pro didn’t even come out of it’s sleeve from Monday night till Thursday!

Let’s see, Monday I think Larilyn came over and made cheesecake. Tuesday I was planning on going to the Rodriguez’s, but got a call that I was making pancakes on the way back up from the temple. Maegan actually ended up doing all the cooking, I just provided the kitchen. I must be honest that they weren’t want I was expecting, but they were pretty good and by Friday they were really growing on me. Larilyn, Batch and Melissa D came to partake in the goodness of strawberry Oatmeal pancakes as well.

Wednesday was another one of those attempts to eat with the Rodriguez’s. I got a phone call on the way over there to stupidvise at the stake center. So, I was planning on getting lots of things like home teaching done, but I ended up siting and talking most of the time with Michelle and then later Melissa and Larilyn came to join in on keeping me company. They all made fun of my spaghetti which I was grateful the Rodriguez’s gave me.

Maegan came over on Thursday and we both worked from home in the afternoon. I was able to get caught up on my email from the past week and the current week so it was a great accomplishment. It actually cleared the path for me to get through the mail on my desk at the office on Friday. We tried to go exploring downtown Murrieta, I’m not sure if that was the result of a joke or what, but we quickly determined that there is nothing to do or see after dark in downtown Murrieta. We grabbed dinner at Chili’s and then she dropped me off at a meeting at the stake center before institute. We took the Cheesecake over to the Dowden’s for institute and then left it there so I couldn’t have any tonight when I wanted some.

I felt like I got a lot done in the office on Friday. I was able to almost clear up our account with FedEx which is huge. We had missed some bills back in January and March which no one caught and was causing a heck of a lot of confusion. I realized today that I’m only going to be in the office two days next week if I don’t ditch out on one of the other ones to hit up Disneyland. That’s going to be one heck of a short week!

Last night I actually fell asleep doing laundry. Well, not in the process of doing it, but while waiting for the last load I gave up and was out cold. This morning I went to the temple for our initiatory assignment and ended up working the entire shift as well as covering two veils before hand. I’m always glad to be at the temple, but I hope I never spend four hours in initiatories again. That’s hard work and I give serious credit to Cynthia for being able to do it for an entire shift. It probably didn’t help that I hadn’t ate lunch either and it was nearly 7 o’clock before I got home after grocery shopping and was able to eat.

I hung out at home tonight being lazy watching TV, texting and surfing facebook. I still haven’t posted pictures, nor have I written about Maui yet. Maybe I’ll have some time tomorrow. Nah, probably not.

The One and Only

It was good to be back at church this week. I really missed being home last week. Many people told me I was at least a few shades darker. I guess that isn’t hard when you can serve as a white card. I don’t see it, but I’m sure I am. I did spend a lot of time out in the sun and didn’t wear much sunscreen.

We debunked myths regarding the atonement today. I really liked the style of the talk. It was so nice to have a homemade dinner at the Dowden’s tonight. I seriously need to come up with a plan for this week so I don’t have to go out to eat. Problem is there is nothing in my house to eat. I need some new food ideas for things that don’t cost me more than a meal at a nice restaurant. Maybe I just need someone to eat dinner with! I haven’t been over to the Rodriguez’s for a while, maybe its time I drop in there.

No one showed up for the CES Fireside tonight, which was fine with me. I just always want to make sure that people have the option. I’m sure most people who wanted to watch it watched it the night it aired or sometime in the past few weeks. But I guess you never know who could have been out there. I still have it if someone wants to come watch it. This is the only reason I have TV and a DVR in my house, so that I can watch these things on the BYU channel. I’m sure my roommates would love it if I canceled every channel but KBYU!

I spent some time talking with Sister Draper, one of Tara’s companions who has been released. That was kind of fun and got me thinking more about the one and only Tara of course. I guess she has really been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe some part of me knows that she is going through some harder times on her mission and wants to be there for her. Maybe it was just the Bosch trip which I’ve been dreading for a year since I knew she couldn’t come. Or I guess it could have been all the people that asked me about my wife on the trip!

Well, I think I’m going to toss in early tonight. I’m thinking about trying to get into the office early tomorrow to install some software updates before everyone else gets in, or at least to get some work done. I’m also thinking it will help me get ready for getting up early on Tuesday to be at the temple which I have missed dearly.

Maui Sneak Preview

So I’m a few days behind. I had thought that my trip to Maui was going to be filled with boredom and lots of relaxing time. As you can see, I haven’t even had the time to write, or maybe more correctly, I’ve been too tired to write. I’ve learned that there is no point in taking books or movies on trips with me as I never end up reading or watching them. I finally read a chapter of one book while we boarded the airplane on the way back, but that’s the book that I always have in my laptop bag anyway! The other three books I brought and none of the movies even got looked at.

I learned how to surf on Monday. That was interesting, but painful. I was able to get up a few times, but got tired of it pretty quick. You certainly use a lot of muscles that I haven’t worked in a long time surfing and that just became too much for me. I thoroughly enjoyed just sitting on the board watching the waves go by and taking in the scenery though.

At some point I explored the pool and found that the water in it was not very warm, so I quickly decided there were better ways to spend my time.

I spent most of my time it seems just exploring the island and taking pictures. I could have easily spent a few more days on Maui and would have loved to have gone to the other islands as well. I guess I have a list of things to do for the next time. I need to give more details about things, but here are two final thoughts to leave you with tonight. First, I ate at entirely new restaurants the entire time I was there except for the morning I couldn’t find anything other than McDonald’s for breakfast. I even tried new things which is even more adventurous for me.

And finally, the road to Hana was amazing. It was so breathtaking and beautiful. The road would narrow constantly and just be one lane – as in not enough room for two cars to pass each other. That kept things interesting, but it was so worth the few hours. It was totally like a rainforest down there. The humidity was so high that water was condensing on the sides of the air conditioning vents in the car. I had to keep the windows down because the a/c couldn’t dehumidify the air enough for me to see where I was going. It was hard to get shots along the way because there weren’t many places to pull off the road. There were a bunch I wanted to get on the way back, but at one point the tire pressure sensor in the van started complaining and I didn’t want to get stranded hours from civilization, especially with the hunger mounting and my departure flight quickly approaching.