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Happy Halloween

I got a lot of things cleared up in the office today. There were a handful of end of month items and I got my desk to the point where I could actually see across it. There are still a lot of things to be dealt with, but we’re getting there. I think I can be completely caught up before I leave next week and then the cycle can start all over again. We did some phone interviews for the data entry clerk.

It seemed like I got a late start from work today, after being there even earlier than normal this morning! I stopped by the bank and then the grocery store. I spent $86 and I didn’t even buy any fresh food. I did buy some Halloween candy at 30% off and I guess there was a lot of cheese and ice cream. I was running “low” so I had to restock the freezer today.

It was nearly 6:30 when I got home and I realized that I had essentially forgotten about our family dinner tonight. I wouldn’t have made it at that point, so I just continued to the Dowden’s and hung out there. I got to see all the amazing costumes and hang out with some friends tonight. (See pictures on Facebook.) I was there until about 10:30 and am now working on bed so I can be at building cleanup at 8 in the morning.

I still haven’t found anyone to go to Hawaii with me and I leave in a week! I wonder exactly how crazy I will go being there by myself. I’m starting to think I may have to pay someone to go with me. How sad would that be?

I was also thinking about how things have changed in communication. I used to talk on the phone for hours. I remember using all my minutes. Now we text message. It’s a much slower form of communication and lacks many of the real qualities of life. For example, I’ve found that while I seem to be able to talk all day and night via sms, it seems much harder in real life and on the phone with people that is how I primarily communicate with. I need to stop texting so much and get back into calling people. I guess it is just so much easier to have private conversations via text and also to get to people when they are working and such. I could probably come up with a better balance though. I do miss talking to Tara on the phone and I haven’t talked with anyone like I did with Amanda. Now that was great. That was back when I had to pay her a quarter for sending her a text message or something. Oh how times have changed. Maybe some of this has changed since I’m not driving so much anymore as well.

Happy Birthday Mandi

I have been so exhausted lately I haven’t had a chance to write. Monday night I went to dinner and FHE at the Lee’s and was there until after 9. I was up early on Tuesday for the temple and then decided to ditch work. I just wasn’t feeling like going into the office Tuesday afternoon for some reason. After I stopped to get Pumpkin Spice doughnuts (Krispy Kreme) and some strawberry lemonade (Cheesecake Factory) there wasn’t going to be much time spent in the office anyway.

The temple was interesting Tuesday morning. I continued demonstrating at the veil for the most part of the day. I served as a patron in initiatories for a while as well. I felt really close to the people I was serving as proxy for this time. It was really touching. When we had some sisters from Idaho show up who wanted to do baptisms, I got to officiate in those ordinances as well. They didn’t bring any priesthood with them, so I was able to baptize them and I was happy to have had the opportunity to assist them.

I spent some time around the house and then went over to the Dowden’s. Maegan and I went and got some Pinkberry with Megan and then ran into Lauren S. Well, actually, Lauren nearly ran Maegan and I over as we were walking around trying to find a mailbox. After that I had a meeting to go over perfect home teaching districts. We were at the church until after midnight, but I feel that we were getting good work done.

I spent most of the day today playing behind computer monitors. I had six of them going for most of the day installing software on new machines and so forth. We went to Claim Jumper for Mandi’s birthday and then had cake at the Dowden’s. Melissa had a little problem with the candles, but the cake was delicious.

Maegan’s little black cat has been around a lot lately. This morning he wouldn’t let me leave at all and I was nearly late to work. He jumped in my car and when I would put him out he wouldn’t get out of the way. I was so nervous I was going to run him over so this went on for almost ten minutes! He’s been running up to me every-time I come and go lately. I’m trying to convince Maegan that is because he misses her and she needs to come around more.

Returned from MN, Damaged Goods, Blockus

I’ve just been so exhausted lately I haven’t had a chance to write. Thursday went well with class and so forth. I tried the Twin Cities Grill Thursday night. It was really good and well worth the wait. I’ll definitely going back there. It wasn’t cheap, but it was good. I had a delicious steak for a little less than one would pay at Ruth’s Chris. I managed to miss the first few minutes of CSI back at the hotel and then kept getting interrupted during it. I also watched whatever weird show was on after CSI and then just about fell asleep on the couch.

Friday morning went well as we tried to wrap things up with the class. I passed the written exam and now just need to complete my project. I made it to my flight ontime and it was another full one. I was kind of hoping it would be oversold and they would be looking for people to bump, but of course it never happens when I could actually take a later flight. I sat next to a woman who was coming in on vacation for a week with her daughter and we talked for a while. I eventually decided to try and get some work done, but it was just too hard with the laptop. I then started watching Amazing Grace, but only got about 30 minutes into it before I was asked to cease and desist for landing.

LA Traffic actually wasn’t that bad coming back home as it only took me about two hours once I got to my car. It did take me an hour to get from the gate to my car which is a joke. Nonetheless, I’m sure in this case it was better to take the direct flight than having a layover somewhere else along the line.

It turned out that something was wrong with the recording of the Price is Right, so we didn’t get to see Krystal. One of her other friends apparently has it recorded and is going to transfer it to DVD for her though. I was really looking forward to getting home to see it, and was quite bummed that we couldn’t watch it.

I woke up super early Saturday morning and couldn’t sleep. After playing on the computer for an hour or so I decided to go back to sleep. When I got up the second time I enjoyed a bowl of Crispix and then watched a few things off the DVR before I got started with cleaning the house. I was thinking about going to the temple to makeup for Tuesday, but realized I just had too much to do. I did make it down for the baptisms though. We were way short on people, so I’m glad I went and am very thankful for the help we had from others last night as well.

After the temple, the group that wanted to come straight home decided they wanted to stop at In-N-Out to grab something quickly. I mentioned that if we were going to do that, we should go to Fuddruckers and I got everyone on board. That probably happened because when we got there two people ordered something other than a hamburger which they clearly couldn’t have gotten at In-N-Out! It was apparently homecoming for Mira Mesa or some other area schools and they thought we were there for Homecoming since we were somewhat dressed up. Brother Clark asked me if I was class of ’08 and I just laughed and said yep! I just want to know what the two of us guys were doing wit the three girls.

My counselors finally got called and set apart today. It will be huge having their help and I’m hoping we can figure out who our secretary is supposed to be and then we can really get this home teaching thing whipped into shape. It sounds like we aren’t going to be swapping the hours, so we will be stuck without the guys from mission prep. It sure would be nice to have them, but I guess we will just deal with another challenge.

President and Sister Clegg spoke today. Other than President going way over, it was good. He spoke about sexual morality, coming clean using the atonement and damaged goods. He relayed a story that hit me about a missionary who was planning on marrying his girlfriend after he returned. Shortly after he left she got into some trouble. After she left the other guy and went through the repentance process with her bishop she was pronounced clean again. This elder though didn’t see it so clearly. He had saved himself for her and he thought she was damaged goods. President Kimball (?) told him that he just didn’t get it. She has been made clean through the atonement, her sins have been forgiven. Yet, this elder struggled with that as I expect many do.

I went over to the Dowden’s tonight to post Mandi’s video of us trying to swallow cinnamon. Maegan also challenged me to a game of Blockus. I had never played before and didn’t do so well. I tried to get Cynthia to help me, but Maegan kept coming up with reasons she couldn’t. Eventually, Maegan gave up and everyone worked to finish off my pieces as best we could.

Minneapolis Day 3

I’m so exhausted, I’m thinking about just going to bed and not even writing tonight. I really need to not stay up so late! I’ll try and keep it short. I’m still enjoying the beautiful colors and weather out here. Still learning a lot in class and having fun here.

We went over to the Mall for dinner at some Italian place which was really good. I came home (is it bad that I’m calling the hotel home?) and worked. I had to do payroll and figured I’d try and take care of some other things while I was in there. I really don’t have anything life shattering to share, so I think I’m going to call it quits while I’m ahead and before I get sidetracked.

Good night!

Beautiful Minneapolis

Hello again from beautiful Minneapolis. Things are cooling down here and starting to get really beautiful. It probably is a good thing I didn’t bring my camera, cause I’d probably be outside freezing right now trying to take pictures of something. Heck, I probably would have gotten lost exploring and needed to geotag my pictures to find my way back.

I’ve been learning a lot. I don’t think I had ever really grasped how powerful this stuff is. I’ve known about a lot of the features, but I think I always figured you needed more to make things work. We haven’t even gotten into NetMax and have only been playing with the cards in the RL amps. I’ve been starting to ponder what I’m going to do for my project. It makes sense to do a real job that we have coming up, but I also kind of want to tackle the church buildings as they are pretty complicated for a ceiling speaker system. I’d like to see what I come up with before seeing how they actually do them and see if I’m any good.

I went to the Mall of America tonight for dinner. I was going to try the Twin City Grill, but they had a wait so I decided to try Kokomo’s. I had their tidal wave fettuccine alfredo. It was good, but definitely not the traditional dish like from Macaroni Grill. Next time I’d probably try the Bahama Burger.

I came back to the hotel and watched What Happens in Vegas. I thought it was pretty funny and of course believe that people can work to love each other once they get their mind straight. I don’t understand why it is so hard for some people to see sometimes. I guess we all have problems seeing what is right in front of us.

I did the WM 6.1 update on my phone tonight as well. So far it seems like things are working.

Now, as usual, I’ve been up too late, chatting online. Thanks Melissa!

NetMax Day 1

We got a good introduction to the product today and spent most of the day just talking about technical aspects of various products that related to Netmax. We started getting into the IRIS-Net software this afternoon. I can’t believe I went the entire day without seeing Carla. I’m sure she is busy getting things together for Maui. That girl works so much!

After class we went to TGI Friday’s for dinner and were there for a few hours. I was hoping to get back to the room and catch a movie tonight before falling asleep, but I got wrapped up in work and now am so past ready to go to sleep. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a bit more free time to relax, or I’ll get wrapped up in something else.

It is so beautiful out here, it makes me miss living in the North. The trees are losing their leaves and they are changing colors. The driveway at Bosch was covered in autumn colored leaves it was so amazing. I’m really glad I’m here now instead of having come back in July. Maybe I can come back this winter when there is some snow on the ground!

Laptop Searching

Laptop Searching

As an indication that I have gone crazy and doing Tara’s job must be getting to me, yesterday when we were discussing lunch, I actually suggested Taco Bell! I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I’m not really liking it. I’ve actually been eating out a lot this week it seems, which is even worse since I will be eating nothing but out all next week. I’m going to be so craving a bowl of Crispix when I get home.

I may completely freeze tonight. Well, I doubt it will be that cold, but it is almost getting to be CLOSE the windows weather because it is too COLD! Today was pretty calm for me in the office. I was able to clear things up for my absence next week although I will still probably be putting some time in tomorrow. I worked a wedding in Fallbrook and then went around looking for a laptop. Dell kept promising me that I would have one by this weekend and then decided today that it probably wasn’t going to happen. It’s kind of a shame, cause I kind of wanted that machine, but I guess the Vaio I picked up from Costco will do the trick as well. I just now have the problem of dealing with installing Vista Business on it and trying to install XP Pro. I just hope it works.

I was going to go to Knott’s Scary Farm tonight with Melissa and her gang, but work kept me out too late and I was just exhausted when I got home. I think I’m going to call it a night now as there is just nothing left in me.

Second Week

My second week as a temple ordinance worker went well. I even got there a bit earlier this week which was cool. I think I did a better job getting to sleep last night which certainly helped with getting up this morning. Maybe it was just cause I didn’t blog!

I decided on Cheesecake for lunch today. The strawberry lemonade sounded really good. Come to think of it, I only drank two though! What’s up with that? I was thinking as I was driving to work if it really makes sense to go into work on Tuesdays. I think the real advantage is that I can get through some of the stuff so i don’t feel like I’m behind when I come in on Wednesday. I could probably do that just as well from home though too. That could let me take my time returning, i.e. I could go shopping (no more Crate & Barrel).

Alison came over and we made dinner. Actually, I was making dinner and then she took over as she didn’t approve of how I was going to make it. That’s fine by me! I watched some Without a Trace and now I’m going to sleep.

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.

24 Hours in the Temple

I did another twelve hours in the temple today. That makes 24 for this week which is definitely more than I have ever done before. I think it’s double my previous high. It was really tempting at 3:30 this morning to sleep in and go down with the Dowden’s. I totally had it rationalized, yet in the end I realized that was two more people that I could serve today and that I had already made the commitment to be there all day Friday.

Things went pretty well and I almost went in for veil worker training, but decided to hit another session instead. I was supposed to be meeting the Dowden’s in the session, although they were too late for the 10 o’clock session. I should have done the training so I could be more ready to go for Tuesday.

Baptisms went well this afternoon. We had enough brothers to do everything we needed and we got through all of the names we had prepared for Sister Mattson. it really felt good. All I did was record confirmations the entire time, but it was sure nice to see the work being done.

We went to Claim Jumper after the temple and got the usual, almost. Sister Dowden and Mandi made me get the calzone the normal way. I ended up having to run to make it to this meeting Krystal had set up tonight with a company she is working with now to try and make some money. I’ll have to do some looking in the morning to see if it is worth pursuing.

Sizzling Steer, Witless Protection

Today was pretty crazy again in the office. I had to run out for a site survey as well and was there till 5:30 this afternoon and then had to go to FedEx. I guess I’m working on banking up those hours! 🙂

I had dinner tonight with the Rodriguez’s at Sizzling Steer. I had never been there before and it was quite good. I went for the bacon wrapped filets and they were very tender. I may have to go back and try something else soon. Well, not soon, but next time I’m going out I guess. Maybe this can replace Outback on my list since they can’t seem to cook anything correctly!

I haven’t been grocery shopping for weeks. Maybe I will go tomorrow since I will be home early most likely. It looks like Verizon is coming to replace my set top box in the afternoon. They pushed an update to it last week that killed the audio on the HDMi port. They can’t seem to get it functioning again and since I’ve previously had problems with it, I guess they just decided to get a new one out here.

I watched Witless Protection tonight. It was fairly funny. My goal was to get to sleep on time. That doesn’t look like it happened, but maybe I can still be ahead of the game tonight.

That’s about the boringness of my life story today. Sorry it isn’t more interesting, but then again, is it ever?

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!

French Toast II – Allrecipes

I was woken up early this morning and decided instead of going back to bed or sitting around on facebook all morning I’d make something good for breakfast. I knew I had some wheat bread that really needed to disappear (the date was Aug 16!) so I thought some french toast would be good. My theory is, the older the bread, the better the french toast. Although, I think with the right bread it would be great fresh too. Instead of making my usual, I decided to try something new this morning.

French Toast II – Allrecipes


* 4 eggs
* 3/4 cup milk
* 3 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 12 slices white bread
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk, brown sugar and nutmeg; stir well to combine.
2. Soak bread slices in the egg mixture until saturated.
3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Brown slices on both sides, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve hot.

I made it without the ground nutmeg, cause I couldn’t find any in my house. I started with the griddle preheated to 375, but I think that was maybe a bit too hot. (I can’t seem to find the right temperature on this new girddle for anything, so I’m going to start making notes.) Maybe I let the toast sit too long in the batter cause there really wasn’t enough for 3 pieces when I cut the recipe down to 1 egg. Note to self, next time invite people over so there will be more batter and I can go through more bread. Alas, who would come over at 6 in the morning on a weekday? Heck, who would come over at 6 in the morning any day?

Anaheim plus Lunchtime equals

Today was pretty crazy. I managed to mis-order a piece for a system that needed to go out today. Fortunately I was able to drive up to Anaheim to get a piece to make it all work. I do really like the fact that we live in a place where we can typically get anything we need within a few hours. It makes me wonder how people ever get used to living on small islands or in remote places. I’m sure they don’t lead as complicated lives and I know they enjoy themselves.

The great thing about having to run to Anaheim is that it meant I got to be in Anaheim around lunch time. You all know what that means, right? For those that aren’t geographically oriented, Anaheim is very near Buena Park. Buena Park is where Fuddruckers is located. Anaheim + Lunch time = Fuddruckers! It was so good; I mean soo good. I think the Buena Park location is just better than Oceanside. Maybe it is the bold and spicy A1, maybe it is just the years of history there. Maybe it is the grill has been seasoned to perfection. I just love it there! I got some brownies (not the cream cheese ones since they don’t have them anymore) and some buns to take home. Now I need a plan for the buns.

As I was driving back from Anaheim, I hit some traffic on the 91, as always. Shortly thereafter I saw a Caltrans marquee that said some to the effect of don’t speed, save lives, save gas. Well, as soon as we passed this sign (going well under the speed limit mind you) we were able to resume normal operations. I wonder if people slowed just for the sign or what.

I had dinner tonight with the Lee’s. This is originally what I got the buns for as I thought we were going to BBQ. Sister Lee decided to make lasagna instead, which I would never complain about! It was good to be there and I nearly lost track of time to go home teaching.

Quiet Day of Chores

Quiet Day of Chores

Maybe before people decide to advertise on electronic screens they should inquire as to what is powering them. I mean, why pay to advertise how horrible windows is? We already know it crashes constantly – is it really necessary to advertise that at the gas station? Insist that your advertising displays run on a Mac. Maybe people will see what you are paying for.

I spent some time this morning catching up on blog reading and still trying to figure out twitter. I think I’m starting to get the idea behind it, although I still can’t understand what it does for me more than the status in facebook does. I guess it is just another one of those independent services we all have to deal with. I wish everyone could just have their own domain with whatever works best for them running on it sending out RSS feeds. That would I think essentially solve the need for all these different sites we have now. I realize it will never happen, but I think that is one of the reasons why I am so slow to adopt some of these new technologies/sites that others jump on right away.

I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning the house. I also spent time working on this console situation for the show this weekend among other things. I watched some TV, made some phone calls for home teaching and made orange chicken for dinner. It was essentially a pretty quiet day at home. I thought Lauren was going to come up, but she never did. Alison and I were going to try and meet for lunch, but that didn’t happen. I thought about going to dinner with Bouse, but he wanted to go to Outback and I’ve officially given up on that place. It’s hard to believe it, but I’ve actually stuck by it when I said I wasn’t going back. I can’t stand that they can’t figure out how to cook the meat right.

In fact, I would have spent the entire day at home if Maegan and Larilyn didn’t drag me out of the house to have dessert with them at Johnny Carino’s. I decided to try something new – the cannoli i think it was. It was actually pretty good, although Maegan will attest that the cake something or other she got was amazing and much better than anything I could possibly have chosen to get. This is why we had to have two desserts – so she could have the cake and I could try something new. They invited me to the movies as well. I just came home to finish off my boring day at home, home alone. I ended up watching an episode of CSI, which surprisingly, I hadn’t seen before!

And now, I can get to sleep at a reasonable time instead of still being locked in a movie theater for another 40 minutes and not getting home until tomorrow. I’m very anxious to find out what is going on tomorrow with President Mattson being released. From the calls I made today regarding home teaching, I can see that we have a lot of work cut out for us with people leaving. There were also a few who didn’t know they had assignments, which I think means that I must have never gotten the new assignments to them. I guess that is where calling comes in!