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Crazy Sundays

Today was pretty crazy, even for me. I’m glad we didn’t end up having an emergency drill like was planned. I never heard what happened, but we never got the order to do search and rescue, so I didn’t worry too much about it. I cancelled our EQP meeting this morning as David is out of town and I didn’t think there was much Chad and I needed to discuss. We just need to be making sure that home teaching is being done and that we are doing better and better with the program.

Branch council was almost empty this morning. It was very awkward, but yet we still managed to go to the wire talking about things. Fast and testimony meeting was kind of strange today. There were some long pauses which gave much time for reflection. Oddly I didn’t feel the desire to get up and bear my testimony even though I had been thinking about it earlier in the day. Even though announcements went forever, we still had plenty of time in our priesthood breakout meetings. I never can tell how successful the committees are, but I feel that we are on the right track. It feels as if we are discussing the same things every month, but I guess sometimes that is what needs to be done. We came up with a few ideas in our Proclaim the Gospel committee which I will talk with AJ and hopefully put into action. We all agreed to the goal of inviting one person to church on the 15th. Any volunteers?

Sister Dowden and I were able to get a lot of information online for my family history. It looks like I’ll have some new names to get started with when we go to do baptisms at the LA Temple on the 14th. I managed to miss missionary correlation, but that allowed me to get to my offering in righteousness correlation meeting on time. While I was there I ended up picking up another baptistry assignment for the branch. It’s two days after we go to the LA Temple, but hopefully we can still get a good group together. I’m really looking forward to going to LA as I’ve never been inside that temple. I plan on going up early to do an endowment session as well, even though that hasn’t been planned yet.

After my final meeting I came home to get on the ham radio net. We had so many checkins I couldn’t even check myself in for about ten minutes! What a great problem to have! From there I grabbed some dinner (leftover spaghetti from break the fast) and started to watch the Fireside. Zeb, Dan, Jessica and Lauren ended up coming over. The Alta Murrieta missionaries showed up just as we were starting too, so I spent some time talking with them and showing them around the house. I’ll have to watch the fireside again as I came into it about half way through. I didn’t make it to prayer tonight, which honestly was kind of in the plans when I saw how much work needed to be done tonight. I just finished doing branch things with the calendar and creating events on Facebook and so forth.

Now I think it’s time to get to bed while the night is still young. Hopefully I can get a good night’s sleep and get rested for the crazy week I have is in store at the office. Our elders are coming over for dinner tomorrow. Would you like to join us?

He Said Son, Since 1952, I’ve Been

Sometimes the road up the mountain has some switch-backs in it and you end up back tracking in the process of making it to the top. The pursuit of happiness isn’t always happy.

I said some not so nice things tonight via text and twitter, but I am going to stand by them. I’ll probably get in more trouble for revealing some facts tonight that I would normally keep boxed up as well. Hopefully I’ll stand by that decision in the morning as well. I was uninvited to Disneyland tonight due to events from earlier this week. It was clear that Larilyn didn’t want to be anywhere near me and so I guess the event tonight became girls only. To be quite honest, I don’t agree with it, but I would have been ok with it if that had been the way I was told it. Instead, I was told flat out that I was uninvited. Eventually I was told it became a girls night out. The funniest part of the whole thing was that I was so tired tonight I wasn’t planning on going to begin with! I wasn’t trying to avoid anyone; I just knew when I fell asleep at the computer driving an hour to Disneyland wasn’t going to be in my best interest or that of those others on the road.

I’ve been trying to tell Maegan all week. For whatever reason she has been avoiding me, so I left her a voicemail tonight. It only took three attempts to try and get some of what I wanted to say into a 3 minute voicemail (or whatever her time limit is). It really needed to be at least a fifteen minute conversation and I hate that it wasn’t done in person or at least in realtime. On the bright side, it is off my plate now and I can stop worrying about what I’m going to say and instead just continue to wait. Maybe I will have ended up ruining three friendships tonight, but I’m going to be selfish tonight and be ok with that.

I know very well from past experience that bottling up my feelings and not sharing them doesn’t help the situation, so I’m going to try and be more open and make sure my intentions are understood by all as early on as possible. Maegan may still come back to set me straight and tell me to leave her alone, but at least I will know for sure at that point and I will be able to move forward instead of running in circles around this mess.

The rest of the day was pretty crazy. I was back out in the field today, again back at UCSD for a good portion of the day and Batch and I took care of a few other things on the way back. We had a late lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, without Megan who is having way too much fun over in England right now I’m sure.

I met with a senior missionary from the Riverside California Mission this evening. It sounds like the Alta Murrieta Ward missionaries will be moving in most likely next Monday. I have a few reservations, but I think it will be good and I’m prepared to make a few sacrifices if necessary for a while to give them an appropriate place to live. If nothing else it should really help me be missionary minded and hopefully keep me out of trouble cause I don’t need any more of that right now.

And I think with that I have caused enough trouble for one night and I’m going to call it quits and head to bed. I’m going to try to make it to building cleanup tomorrow since I haven’t been there all month. I’ve selectively neglected it long enough, even if Cynthia won’t be there to guilt me into coming tomorrow.

Waitin’ on a Woman

Well, to give you an idea of how things have been going: my laptop was so dead that the led on the battery wouldn’t even flash anymore to identify itself as dead. It has been over a month since I’ve journaled/blogged and I’m honestly just kind of happy that I was able to remember the password to MacJournal! If it makes a difference, I think last time I wrote was just after the last time I went to Disneyland and then I just went there last night so I’m writing again. I’ve actually been thinking for a while that I’ve needed to blog, I just haven’t found the time or energy. I’ll be honest, the laptop has stayed in the vehicle many nights lately. It has been kind of nice to just go places and not have to take fifteen bags (ok two) with me everywhere I go including in and out of the house every-time.

If I had to sum up the last month, I’m not sure if I could. I wish I could say I’ve been waitin’ on a woman, but I think that is primarily only tonight that I’ve been really doing that. I bought a new truck, if I may call it that, getting close to a month ago. There has just been too many times that I couldn’t do something with the Camry so I decided to upgrade. I’ve been thinking about buying a truck for a few months now – probably somewhat after I discovered that I only drive four miles to work each day and not the thousands of miles I used to drive a month. I was planning this as an addition, but I’ve quickly learned that having two vehicles is a major pain. Everything is always in the other one and I’ve done the math to find that unless I’m going to start driving a lot more or the price of gas is going to skyrocket (beyond what it did last year), it doesn’t make economic sense for me to keep the Camry. it’s too bad because I really like the Camry. I’ve actually made a few calls to dealers and haven’t been seeing much good news, so I may end up selling it private party.

I’ve found myself very busy at work lately. Batch was gone one week and that just about did me in. I told him that he should never expect to have another week off – or if he does that he needs to plan on taking me with him! I’m very, very glad that things have been so busy at work. There is definitely room for improvement, but right now I’m happy for anything and everything we can get that allows us to continue working and paying the bills.

It seems that I’ve been pulling away from many of the activities of church lately. I don’t know if I’m just too busy with other things or burnt out or what, but it has really been a drag to get me anywhere other than our Sunday meetings. I didn’t even go to the Dowden’s at all last week and only went to branch prayer because I walked across the street. Never fear, the church is still true; in fact I almost feel like I’m doing better in many areas (not reading) than I have for a while. I guess I’ve just been practicing selective neglect in order to accomplish the greater tasks at hand. Speaking of neglect, I really need to come up with a lesson plan for priesthood tomorrow. In my pondering today I was actually thinking that maybe I need a break from the branch. I don’t know where I would go (Alta Murrieta Ward? another singles branch?), or for how long it would be, I just feel I need a break. Maybe I should graduate from the branch?

I’ve been meeting with the missionaries for the past few weeks which I really enjoy. It is great spending time with them and I hope they are getting something out of it. I’ve been trying to find people for them to teach: members or non-members, I just haven’t been doing so well. I just need one new person per week for them to constantly have five people to teach, yet I can’t seem to come up with it.

I can’t make it sound like I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had any free time, cause that would be a lie. It just seems that the free time is so few and far between. Sometimes that can be good, but sometimes I feel that the busyness only leads to more fits of depression if you will. In fact, I can’t think of much free time I’ve had and things have been running away from me that need to get done lately. I have had a letter from Tara on my desk for at least three weeks now and I haven’t responded to her. Some of that is due to a lack of time, but I think some of it is also due to a lack of having a clue what to tell or inspire her with. In so many ways it seems that I’ve been leading a mindless life lately.

On the other hand I have been pondering some things quite a bit. One has had me completely preoccupied all day today and for a good portion of this week.

Last week we (ward) went to the temple – on Tuesday after I had come back from the temple of course. Talk about putting those extra miles on the new car! It had been closed for two weeks so I guess I was just making up for the lack of going there the past two weeks.

This Wednesdsay we had been trying to find something to do that was different as Maegan wanted to get out of her house (problem of working from home). I was trying to find a fun new activity, but couldn’t come up with anything based on what time it was and where we were so she ended up coming over to play Phase 10 after kidnapping Larilyn. Well, on her way here her car started making a funny noise. We traced it down to her air conditioning and set her an appointment to have it looked at the next morning. Thursday, I go down to Escondido to pick her up and bring her home to get the Camry.

Friday we went to Disneyland. Batch came along and we met Marie and one of her friends there. It was such a weird night. I didn’t eat but one churro (which I shared), I didn’t ride space mountain (it broke just as Marie was going to get on), didn’t even go into California Adventure, so there was no Tower of Terror or Screaming and yet those few hours which went late into the night were some of the best I’ve ever had at Disneyland.

So it was about 2:30 when I finally got home. I awoke about 8 this morning and Maegan and I went down to Escondido to get her car back. Haven’t really done anything else today other than finally blog!

Sorry for the short thoughts in some places – I need to get to sleep. More to come soon, I promise.

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.

Anniversary Present

Looks like this will be another night where I will be getting less than six hours of sleep. I can tell it is really starting to get to me. As much as I have enjoyed staying up late talking and so forth, I really enjoy the inside of my eyelids! I was trying to get to bed early tonight, which I guess is good since I’m getting to bed at my normal time. Unfortunately, I have to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning.

Today was pretty quiet in the office. It seemed like I was able to get a lot done and I started working on clearing off my desk. Tonight was pretty crazy. I met Cynthia at the house for some cheesecake and then went home teaching with Kenny. We only got to visit Chris and then went to the Rodriguez’s for Adam’s “mission call.” The mission president has asked him to come serve with his son for the final three days of his mission. What an amazing opportunity! That so awesome!

So I probably took the marriage thing a bit farther than necessary today and sent Cynthia an anniversary present. I sent some flowers to her work in the short period she was there today.

(Picture from craftjuice.)

Stephanie’s Farwell

It was a long day today, but it was good. I was at church at 9:30 this morning for an elders quorum presidency meeting. We got done fairly quickly, so I sat around the building reading and working on the website. I spent the time and clicked through all the Sunday School lessons for the year, so they are all posted now. I ended up going to PEC and then we had the block as usual.

Alyssa, Jim and Stephanie spoke. It was all quite good. i wish I could (and maybe I can) record the talks and play them back later to truly get into them and be able to ponder more on what is said. After linger longer I headed over to Stephanie’s farewell at her house. I thought about when I went to Tara’s farewell and how crazy it was. This didn’t seem quite as crazy and was different. I guess my relationship with each of them is so different that saying farewell is that much different. I’m going to miss Stephanie, possibly more than I miss Tara because Stephanie was right here in front of me. I’ve really enjoyed serving with her and learning from her. I wish that I had been able to get to know her better. I’m appreciative of being able to be a part of her life and am anxious to hear of the good things that she will be doing in Independence.

As I was leaving her house, President Smith drove up and asked if I was coming for her setting apart. I responded that I was leaving, but that I could go back. He asked me to come back and help. It was great being able to be a part of the service and to be in the circle with my hands on her head as she was set apart as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That made twice today that I was able to be part of a setting apart. I can’t really describe what I felt/knew while Stephanie was being set apart. I knew that the words being spoken by President Smith were true and that she had been called of God to this specific area to do this work. One may not be able to see the difference, but one minute she was just like one of us and the next she was set apart as a full time missionary of the Church. I’m anxious for the day when I too can have that opportunity to serve.

It was hot at the Dowden’s since their air conditioning was not working well, but that didn’t stop everyone from turning out. It was after seven when I got there and of course there was still food left for me! We had branch prayer there, I spent some time talking with Christina and Brooke and then came home. Now it’s 10:30 and I’m working on getting to bed. I think I’m going to end this, write Tara and call it a night.