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Oh Christmas Tree

I finally got a Christmas tree today, four days before Christmas. I was able to get it for about 50% off, and only paid $30 for the tree. Of course, I bought a wreath and then bought one for Bouse since he was nice enough to help me get the tree and set it up in the house. I don’t really know what I’m going to do with the wreath, but it looked nice, so I got it for $15.

Bouse was telling me about LED christmas lights. It makes sense, but I had never seen them. We looked at Target tonight and I found some blue ones, but couldn’t find any white ones.

I spent the bulk of the day cleaning as usual. I was able to fix the sprinklers in the front yard, so they are all working again. (Well, one of them needs a new cap, but is working now. I also went around and adjusted many of them so that they aren’t spraying farther than they need to, like into the street. I picked a lot of weeds in the front, and filled almost an entire trash can. I figured since I had gone through so much work and the soil was almost workable, I’d try planing some more seed out there, so maybe I’ll have grass in a few weeks. Or maybe, I’ll continue with the plans to sod the place.

Timmy moved in today. I have a feeling he will be here more often, but that he is one that we will never see.

My parents apparently lost not just their internet today, but also their home phone line which means they can’t even do dial up! Susan said she was just talking on the phone and heard a click. I’m guessing that some accidentally cut the wires or assigned the number to someone else. The one time I tried calling it, I got a busy signal. I wonder if that is because they reported the line bad or if it means something else. In any event, AT&T isn’t sending someone out to look at it until Dec 31! At least it is still this year! Matthew is planning on coming up tomorrow to submit college applications since he can’t do it from home.

Just keep in mind, it could always be worse!

The branch Christmas party was tonight. I got asked to take pictures of everyone with Santa, so that’s about all I did. Greg did an awesome job. Once I finally saw the service auction in progress, I finally understood how it all works. People bring in cans which gives them tickets to bid on services offered by other members of the branch. There were some funny ones and some good ones as well. Tara thought I would totally bid on the dinner for two at Cheesecake Factory courtesy of the Prosser’s. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I didn’t bring any cans with me, so I didn’t get to bid, and I had left before that item went up for auction.

There were a few good ugly sweaters, but for the most part I didn’t see anything too crazy. Some people I thought actually looked good, so i don’t know if that’s what they were going for, or if I just like ugly. I guess we’ll never know!

Sprinklers, Grass and an Earthquake!

Everyone was back in the office today, although it was pretty quiet down at my end. I was able to spend some time catching up on things and pressing forward I guess. I’m trying to wrap my hands around some of the new PR things we are looking at doing and getting myself motivated for them.

I came home and started trying to clean up the front yard. Once I got some more trash out of it – it seems to collect it with the high weeds, I mowed and then manually tried to take out the weeds, either by hand or by hoe. That only lasted so long, but I got the big ones taken care of, root and all. I then decided to try and aerate the ground. Some spots are hard as rock though and I don’t know how well it worked. I used a mix of tools with the varying soil. I clearly need to eventually plan on flattening the front yard and filling it with soil – and of course probably starting over with the grass. Maybe I can start a compost pile and slowly bring dirt to the front without completely covering the grass.

In any event, I started running the sprinklers to check for runoff and after a few minutes I realized that where one of my sprinklers probably should have been, I couldn’t find anything. After pulling grass (it is really think in this corner – which I now know why), then digging and digging some more, I finally found the sprinkler. Surprisingly, it just wasn’t screwed in to the pipe! I got that back together and it seems that I only have a bit of water getting sprayed onto the sidewalk which may turn into runoff, I’ll have to check in the morning. In any event, I’ve got some seed out there now and just have to hope that I’ll get some grass growing soon. It actually has been nice weather lately since it hasn’t been too incredibly hot, maybe I’ll have a chance.

Matt’s birthday part was tonight at Pat & Oscar’s. It went well and the breadsticks were fairly good this time. Not great, but good. I came home to take care of some more paperwork. I wrote my first mortgage payment, how scary was that! As much fun as having the place to myself is, I think I may need to seriously start looking into renters.

We had a sweet earthquake this morning. It was a 5.something (it was 5.6, then 5.8, then 5.4, I don’t know what it ended up at). I think it lasted 20-25 seconds which was great. The waves were almost on top of each other and there was some good shaking. Tata was scared, while I was just enjoying it. Nothing fell off shelves or any of that, so that is great – and the house seems to have survived as well. I did call to add my earthquake insurance today. Western Mutual didn’t seem to like that, but after I explained that I was offered it as part of my policy they said they would see what they could do. In any event, I wonder what is in store for us down the road. Our office phones were down for outgoing calls for at least an hour. I imagine Verizon’s network was just too overloaded. We started routing our calls out trough the Internet – it’s great to have voip, while inbound calls worked fine. Verizon’s cellular network seemed to be crowded as well, although my Sprint phone allowed me to make calls. I guess it just shows that there is a reason for ham radio after all!