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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!

Cleaning Saturday

Another Saturday spent cleaning. I barely made it to building cleanup this morning and then came home and continued. It seemed like laundry took all day even though it was only the normal three loads. I think they were just larger than normal so it took longer to fold and put away.

I ended up making snickerdoodles for Krystal tonight. I figured she might appreciate them more than a not so perfect picture or something and it was a little more personal than a gift card. I was only able to stay a little while at her surprise party as I already had plans with Lauren & Batch. I was there for the surprise though – and got a good picture, so I guess I should be happy with that.

We watched Mission Impossible III tonight. It was interesting, but certainly not great.

I have a feeling that 6 am priesthood meeting is going to come really early tomorrow morning.

Housewarming Party

I was happy with the turnout today for the housewarming party. There were some notable people that didn’t show. I’d still say there was about 50 over the course of the day. It was great to see Taugher, although I didn’t really get to find out anything about her – and also Hauser as I haven’t seen them in a long time. Ron & Kathy made the drive down which was great, and we didn’t get a chance to talk either! I’ll have to start having random people over once a month or something for a get together a little of the quieter side.

On the bright side, I got to try out my new carpet cleaner tonight. We managed to get chocolate on the carpet just outside the kitchen where there were already some spots. I ran the cleaner over them and it all seemed to come out just fine. The water was really disgusting, so I’m thinking that the carpet really needs to be cleaned as I had originally planned. I think I figured out that I could do a room before I went to bed and although it wouldn’t be the best time to clean it, it should give it enough time to dry out overnight and then I would barely be on it before leaving for work in the morning.

Geoff expressed some interest in renting a room tonight and we are going to talk about it tomorrow. I’ll have to start developing the rules for housemates so everything is clear from the get go. It certainly will be different with permanent house-guests, but I really could use the money to put toward the other projects – like landscaping – that really need to be done. Dean said we need to do the next BBQ here and Taugher said she’d drive up, so I guess I need to get started on something out back and a BBQ.

I was also really looking forward to seeing Lauren P, but she didn’t make it. I called her on it and she said something came up. She suggested a movie next Saturday. I’ll have to see if I can make that work and actually get her up here.

No Day Off

My plan of taking the day off to get the house ready for the open house tomorrow really didn’t work out. Not only did I have to go in for payroll this morning, but after coming home in the early afternoon, I had to go back after regular hours to meet a customer. I did get some baking done and some cleaning, just not the huge scores I was originally hoping to get done. I should be able to accomplish the vacuuming that should be done tomorrow morning and I would love to clean the rest of the windows if possible.

There really isn’t much too report from today. I talked to Ryan for the first time in a long time today and he actually came over this afternoon to check things out since he may not be able to make it tomorrow. I finally finished Fools Gold tonight as I was eating dinner (at 10 o’clock mind you). I thought it was pretty good – I don’t know exactly why no one else wanted to watch it.

Well, I think I’m going to call it quits there and see if I can get some sleep tonight. I’m not sure that it is going to be cool enough to have the a/c off tonight, but I’m going to try it. In the worst case, I’ll just get up, close all the windows and turn it on, right?

P.S. I don’t suggest doubling the dot’s blondie’s recipe, unless maybe you do it in a really large pan as it gets too think to really cook well. It still tastes good though, just extra gooey!

Cleaning

Cleaning

Not too much of any interest to report today. I spent the morning cleaning – I got all the window sills cleaned downstairs and most of them upstairs. I also vacuumed the living spaces of the house which is a large accomplishment of its own these days. I can tell the house is getting cleaner, I really need to now start on actually unpacking some more of the boxes and find real homes for things.

I went shopping this afternoon. I was going to head up to the outlets to get some kitchen stuff, but wasn’t really feeing motivated to go do it by myself. I ended up just going to Home Depot, Lowe’s, the office and Vons. I started looking at all the things that I really need to hurry up and eat in my fridge and pantry and discovered there is a lot more food in the house than I thought. I’ve had some lunch meat sitting in the fridge for a full week now and the strawberries were hours away from death so I made smoothies with what was left.

I watched Underdog tonight. I wasn’t expecting much; it turned out to be a cute movie.

I picked out some ceiling fans today so they can be installed next week. It will be nice to be able to cut down on the air conditioning a little bit as I’m sure my first bill is going to be outrageous! Too bad I won’t have a full month to really see the difference between fans and no fans, but I’m sure I can do the math and get a good idea of how quickly the fans will pay off.

I’m thinking about having the housewarming party on the 2nd of August, three weeks from now. It’s a Saturday, I’m thinking we’ll start in the late afternoon and just let people come and go as they please up till about 9. That can be my motivation to keep unpacking and getting projects done and can also be a promotion for rooms for rent. So, mark your calendars and plan on coming or let me know if we need to change the date.