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MSN Direct Woes

I decided to sleep in this morning. I actually woke up before six, but it was about 7:30 before I was able to get myself out of bed! I had a productive day at the office and got my work email down to 6 messages! My to do list is still growing, but many of them I am waiting on time or other people to be able to check off.

Institute tonight was good. When we first started the class I thought our pace was a little slow and we were getting a little too detailed, but I am really enjoying the pace and the detail now. Things I never know or never realized are becoming so much clearer to me. Sister Dowden does a great job leading the discussions.

Larilyn, Maegan and I went out to BJ’s after Institute because Maegan was starving and neither of them had been there before. We’re checking things off her list of things to do almost as fast as we’re adding them!

I finally got this MSN Direct service working on my Nuvi 680. It took two phones calls to them this morning and a reset of the cord/antenna. It could have been the reset that did it or it could have been the switch between markets that did it as well. (We changed it from Riverside to San Diego.) I then quickly learned that while you have access to all markets, you really only get one market’s data at a time. For example, if you’re at home in Fallbrook (San Diego market) and are planning a drive to somewhere in Los Angeles, it won’t know anything about the LA market until after you have travelled into it. I’ve also discovered that the service is really not that great. I have full coverage in my house, but next to nothing in my car around town. Apparently I got enough coverage somewhere along the line to get some traffic information for LA because when I got home tonight I found that I had freeway speeds for LA, the problem is I don’t know how old they were! It sounds like they really need to find a way to integrate both the FM Traffic and the MSN Direct service simultaneously into the device. Most people would probably even pay for twice the annual fees if they knew they could actually get data that would help them while driving.

Well, enough of a rant there, I’m off to bed! Tomorrow… WICKED!

Garmin Nuvi 680

Again I’m up too late and up to no good. Today went fairly well at the office, no real complaints to lodge. Jim and I went and home taught Amy this evening which went well and then I went to Costco. I had been thinking about getting a GPS on and off for some time now and for some reason woke up this morning determined to get one. I got the Garmin Nuvi 680 and activated the MSN Direct service so i can get traffic updates on it, which I believe will be my primary purpose in having it. I guess I’ll try it forĀ  a while and see if it is actually useful and if it seems there are any features that I am missing and need to upgrade to another unit for. That’s why I love Costco!

And Mr. Bouse hooked me up with some sweet seats for Wicked this weekend.

Well, I’m off to bed and I certainly didn’t read my five pages for the Hinckley Challenge today, but I worked on magnifying one of my callings! I think that’s the real Hinckley challenge – to just be amazing at our callings. I have a long way to go.