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The Game is Over

Wow. It seems like it is so hard to find the time to write, even just to sleep with all that has been going on lately. What I really feel bad about though is that this is the time when I really need to be writing about all that has been going on. This is the biggest and best time of my life to this point and yet I’m not doing a good job of recording it. I haven’t even been tweeting much because I’ve just been so fully engrossed in Megan that I don’t want any distractions.

Things have really been going great. It pains me to be away from her, and the same is true of her for me. We’ve just been so busy with wedding plans and trying to have some fun on the side. We went two weekends ago to Arizona to get that box from my grandma and had a great time. I took her horseback riding Saturday morning which was just great and we had an awesome time just hanging out with each other and not having to be without the other. This past weekend we took our engagement pictures which turned out great and then went to Cheesecake Factory in Redondo Beach before meeting up with some family members of hers. We then met Ashley and Kenny at Disneyland.

We’ve been working on registering for wedding gifts and have now done that at Crate & Barrel, Target and Macy’s. They are all still works in progress, but at least we are getting somewhere. We just went to Victoria Garden’s to register at Crate & Barrel last night and went to the Cheesecake Factory there. That’s two new Cheesecake’s in like five days. And we went to Rancho Mirage on our way to Arizona! What is there not to love about a girl that takes me to new Cheesecake Factory’s?

President Clegg told us when we met with him a few weeks ago “the game is over” and I’ve been pondering that for some time now. It really is. There are no what-ifs for me. It’s a done deal and I’m ready to be sealed to Megan for time and all eternity in 49 days! I’m so glad that we moved the wedding up and I can’t possibly even begin to imagine how crazy and tired each of us would be if this had dragged out any longer.


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.

Little Into Big

So which is better: A lot of little things or one big thing?

Steimle ♥’s Wright.: Little Into Big

The way I see it, we’re better off to have a lot of little things that make us happy as we will get to experience them more often than a big thing that only comes through randomly. If we are always looking forward to the next amazing trip and not appreciating all we have around us constantly, we’re going to spend too much time waiting for the future and not enough time enjoying the present.

Enjoy the present and all the little things each and every day. I’m reminded of the song Simple Miracles by Emerson Drive. Emerson Drive - What If? - Simple Miracles Look around you and see what God has given us.