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Cake Tasting

I really didn’t feel like going to work on Friday. I just wanted the weekend to come so I could spend time with Megan. We were supposed to be meeting up with my parents to celebrate mother’s day, but Susan ended up being sick, so Megan and I went alone to Lucille’s BBQ. After that we went to the campout with the branch, but didn’t find all that much going on there. We sat by the fire and talked for a while as well as ate some cobbler and then decided to high tail it out of there. We didn’t want to get caught being there past ten when they lock the gates. We came back tot he house and made some chocolate covered strawberries to eat while we watched One Tree Hill.

We had cake consultations on Saturday. The first was at Jodee’s Bakery which I’ve worked with before at Grand Tradition. Her cakes were really good, and we both really liked this almond poppy-seed with cream cheese and raspberry frosting. The cake turned out a bit more expensive than we were hoping for, but I think we’re going to get it figured out how to get it from there as we don’t have any other options to pursue at this point. We had a second appointment at Tasteful Cakes in Corona. They had some interesting products, but we weren’t as impressed with them and it seemed that they were not really going to be any cheaper.

We went to Ashley and looked at bedroom sets and then picked up dinner at Costco for the crew that was going to assemble our wedding invitations with us. We worked on those for a few hours and then after everyone left Megan and I went and sat in the spa for a while. It was pretty nice just hanging out with her and talking.

Today I slept in till about 9:30 and then didn’t get out of bed until about 11 to get ready for church. We went to church with her parents and I didn’t see nearly as many people looking for her wedding ring to figure things out with us. It was so lividly hot in there though I had to take my jacket off and wasn’t sure I was going to make it even then. Fortunately Megan’s dad was able to go out and fix the problem so we started getting some air in Sunday School. We had dinner with her family and hung out there for most of the day. We just came back to my house to fetch her car and she should be calling me any minute now so I can go to sleep! Good night to you all.

Great Day at the Temple

I really need to get to sleep… I’m looking at less than five hours before I need to get up, but that’s about double what I got last night!

Things I’ve learned recently:

1. You can’t just go to Disneyland and ride one ride. We left an hour after closing (11) last night, so I didn’t get home till 1 this morning and was up at 4 for the temple!

2. Apparently Cynthia and I look like we’re married. It happened again today. I think I counted three separate times I was questioned in some way. Once by an officiator who when he asked if we were married and we told him no, he then asked if we had a date set yet! Then there were two if not three members of the stake that asked me about her. No wonder no one dates anyone! It’s not the “kids” that are thinking about marriage, it’s everyone else!

3. Five sessions is a lot to go through in one day with less than three hours of sleep.

4. I love turning my phone off and spending an entire day without a cell phone strapped to my side.

5. Sleep is good. I’m going there now!

Sleep Deprived

Wow, I feel so sleep deprived I don’t know what to do other than sleep. Yesterday was an incredibly long day at the temple, but it was great nonetheless. After I worked my shift, I had lunch at Cheesecake Factory with Brother and Sister Kowallis. It was great to spend some time with them since they have been extracted from the branch! After lunch I stopped by a job site and then went back to the temple. The afternoon shift is so bored that the best thing they had for me to do was to go and do an endowment session, which I was A ok with. I barely got out of that one in time to be there for Frank & Sabrina’s endowment. That all went well, other than it was incredibly warm in the temple all day. It was a long day by the time I finally got back on the road northbound.

I stopped in Fallbrook to pick up my tow hitches that I never moved and forgot to get the last time I was there. I was able to find two of the three, but of course not the one that I was actually looking for and hoping to find. I ended up going and getting a ball to put in the blank hitch I had today which fortunately only cost me about $15. I kind of remember loaning a hitch out to someone, so now I guess I just have to figure out who in the world that might have been and why I loaned it to them!

Monday went pretty well. It was crazy in the office and I don’t remember accomplishing much of anything. I’m thinking I haven’t been at my desk since last Monday now, at least not there long enough to actually accomplish anything. The missionaries came over for dinner and Ashley and Lauren joined us. We had a good time and then Ashley stayed to help get everything cleaned up and we sat and talked past the point at which I should have been sleeping, but it was all good. Sometimes there are things better than sleeping.

I spent most of today in the shop prepping a show for tomorrow. It was quite an interesting experience. I came home to finally have a few minutes to sit at the computer to see how many emails I’ve collected as well as other things. There are quite a few that I still need to respond to. Now I’m going to get that much needed sleep!

I Nodded Yes, Said How ‘Bout You

I spent the bulk of today doing the physical work for the software programming I did yesterday. For the most part it went well, but there were some things that people didn’t seem to plan into the install, so I’ll be going back tomorrow to finish it up. I hope that it doesn’t take all day, cause I haven’t done any office work since Monday and I’m really starting to get worried about how far behind I am. I even thought about getting some done tonight, but I was just too darn tired.

We had a great lesson at institute tonight. I had read Section 19 a few times before going so I was a bit more into it than I normally am with just barely reading it before class. Of course I can’t remember the pattern, so Sister Dowden you’ll have to help me out there. Listen > See > Know. We talked a lot about having the spirit withdrawn from you, the three deaths and so forth.

I was so tired after work that I barely made it upstairs to check on things before deciding to just vedge on the couch before institute. I enjoyed some Without a Trace, and then watched CSI after Institute. CSI seems to have gone so downhill lately though, I’m not sure if I will be making it a priority to watch it. I should also probably mention that I haven’t seen the last two episodes of 24, so I guess I’m not that interested in TV in general lately.

I did get a good night’s sleep last night, or at least better than I have been lately. I don’t know if it is the sleep deprivation or that my mind wasn’t racing as much. Again, I’m not pleased with where things went yesterday, but I am at peace with myself that they were done. Half of the battle is done and now I just need to handle the second attack. Too bad that one hasn’t been panning out so well for me. Maybe there will be no second battle and this whole thing will come to pass.

He Sat Down in His Overalls

I’m definitely not doing so well with this internal debate I’m having. It’s a good thing I’m so sleep deprived; otherwise I’d worry that I’d be up all night discovering that on a “midnight Tuesday you can have pizza ordered in.” Oh wait, I forgot I’m living my life in a Brad Paisley song and not one from Emerson Drive. Also, I’m not eating. Well, I’ve been forcing myself to eat, but it hasn’t been going so well. Lunch o’clock came around today and I wasn’t even hungry. I think I’ve lost a few pounds since Saturday and am trying really hard to stay hydrated.

I spent most of the day today catching up on emails and bills. I actually felt like I was making progress and I saw the stack on my desk dwindle. On my lunch break (at 2 something mind you), Batch and I went to the bank (work), Radio Shack (work) and then Costco to pick up the pictures I had printed Saturday. Most of them turned out really well. I am still amazed at the black levels in the one picture of the moon; I’d have to look at the metadata, but I’m sure it’s at a really high ISO and there is no noise in the print.

I spent some time tonight framing those pictures and some I already had. I think I’m going to stop by Crate & Barrel tomorrow after the temple to grab some frames to match the one I already have the pictures from Wicked when Krystal and I went. I’m going to expand the Wicked wall there with at least a picture of Maegan and I. I may find some other expensive frames I like while I’m there too, so hopefully I can control myself. I also need to find something to house all the pictures of Melissa. That could be nearly impossible, but I need to get it done as I promised it to her over a year ago.

I’m so excited to go to the temple tomorrow. I definitely have some questions I’d like to spend some time discussing and get further clarification on some other things I’ve been pondering and feeling lately. I’m curious what I’ll be doing, but I’m sure it will be great regardless.

I hope I can get some sleep tonight so I can manage at the temple tomorrow. I almost ended up crying myself to sleep last night. I just got caught up in praying and lost it. I was finally able to get myself back into control and then I was out minutes later. In missionary correlation yesterday, AJ challenged us to choose something to fast from for 40 days and 40 sleepless nights. I think the sleepless nights was only for me. I think I’m going to fast from sleeping in as I think that is one thing that has been setting me back lately. I have not been doing so well with reading before I leave for work and I have just been getting there later and later. Tuesday’s will still have to be the exception where I don’t sit and read before leaving, but I think with my destination in mind the exception is warranted. I will resolve again to not leave the house without reading and will help to fix that problem and let me spend the appropriate amount of time by not sleeping in so much. I think it will be hard with my current sleep deprivation, but I’m going to try. And with that note, I’m going to bed, only an hour and a half late tonight!


I don’t know that I really have much to report. I went up to President Mattson’s yesterday and wired up the subwoofers in his home theater. Then I came home and cleaned. I know, I lead such an exciting life. To finish off the night Michelle and Melissa came over and we watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It was alright; I’m just glad we finally watched it.

The girls kept me up way too late last night and I therefore slept in this morning. Church went well, but I caught myself being a bit short with people more than once. I don’t know if this is Christmas depression or what, but it isn’t good. I think I’ve always been able to hold in my anti-Christmasness in for the most part, but it is just spilling everywhere this year.

I’ve also been so tired almost all the time lately and have pretty much been anti-social, so there must be something larger going on. Too bad I’m not smart enough to recognize what it is. Maybe my boring life is just feeding on itself.


OK, so I’m totally a slacker. I don’t even have good excuses for not writing or doing anything this past week. I think I was just too tired most nights to even drag the laptop upstairs. In fact my trusty macbook pro didn’t even come out of it’s sleeve from Monday night till Thursday!

Let’s see, Monday I think Larilyn came over and made cheesecake. Tuesday I was planning on going to the Rodriguez’s, but got a call that I was making pancakes on the way back up from the temple. Maegan actually ended up doing all the cooking, I just provided the kitchen. I must be honest that they weren’t want I was expecting, but they were pretty good and by Friday they were really growing on me. Larilyn, Batch and Melissa D came to partake in the goodness of strawberry Oatmeal pancakes as well.

Wednesday was another one of those attempts to eat with the Rodriguez’s. I got a phone call on the way over there to stupidvise at the stake center. So, I was planning on getting lots of things like home teaching done, but I ended up siting and talking most of the time with Michelle and then later Melissa and Larilyn came to join in on keeping me company. They all made fun of my spaghetti which I was grateful the Rodriguez’s gave me.

Maegan came over on Thursday and we both worked from home in the afternoon. I was able to get caught up on my email from the past week and the current week so it was a great accomplishment. It actually cleared the path for me to get through the mail on my desk at the office on Friday. We tried to go exploring downtown Murrieta, I’m not sure if that was the result of a joke or what, but we quickly determined that there is nothing to do or see after dark in downtown Murrieta. We grabbed dinner at Chili’s and then she dropped me off at a meeting at the stake center before institute. We took the Cheesecake over to the Dowden’s for institute and then left it there so I couldn’t have any tonight when I wanted some.

I felt like I got a lot done in the office on Friday. I was able to almost clear up our account with FedEx which is huge. We had missed some bills back in January and March which no one caught and was causing a heck of a lot of confusion. I realized today that I’m only going to be in the office two days next week if I don’t ditch out on one of the other ones to hit up Disneyland. That’s going to be one heck of a short week!

Last night I actually fell asleep doing laundry. Well, not in the process of doing it, but while waiting for the last load I gave up and was out cold. This morning I went to the temple for our initiatory assignment and ended up working the entire shift as well as covering two veils before hand. I’m always glad to be at the temple, but I hope I never spend four hours in initiatories again. That’s hard work and I give serious credit to Cynthia for being able to do it for an entire shift. It probably didn’t help that I hadn’t ate lunch either and it was nearly 7 o’clock before I got home after grocery shopping and was able to eat.

I hung out at home tonight being lazy watching TV, texting and surfing facebook. I still haven’t posted pictures, nor have I written about Maui yet. Maybe I’ll have some time tomorrow. Nah, probably not.

May Our Efforts Have Been Enough

Well, it is going to be too close to call tonight. As of 10:25 p.m. we’re looking at 29% of precincts reporting with 52.3% supporting a YES vote on Proposition 8 to protect marriage. I truly hope that our efforts will have been enough. I pray that the difference will be made up for us. I think we made our best efforts on this and I hope we emerge victorious in the morning and the coming days.

The fight has gotten really nasty in the last day. The home invasion video was so absurd. I called most of the Los Angeles and San Diego television stations on my way to the temple at 5 o’clock this morning and left messages for the advertising directors imploring them not to air the video. Since I wasn’t watching TV most of the day, I couldn’t tell you if they played them or not.

I had a good time at the temple this morning and was happy I was there and not somewhere else stressing about this proposition. I got to go through a session and then officiated for one. It was kind of nerve-wracking to officiate, but I heard I was a winner. Of course I have some things to work on, but I’m sure I can get it down shortly. I’m really bummed to be missing my shift next week. Sadly, I’m not looking forward to this vacation, but I’m sure after a few days I’ll be able to enjoy myself. It’s been a while since I’ve had some real time to myself I guess. I even looked at flights again tonight and they are too expensive now to consider bringing someone along. Actually, I guess that is just my flight. There are some other ones with a stop in Honolulu that could work I guess and maybe even some from SAN. I need to figure out that game-plan tomorrow. This may be your last chance, so speak now or forever hold your peace!

I also need to get to sleep. Didn’t I say i was going to get some sleep once this prop 8 thing was over? Well, I guess it isn’t over quite yet, so I haven’t broken any promises.

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.)

First Day

Yesterday seems like it was so far away now. I didn’t get to sleep early like I was hoping to last night. I totally felt like I was getting ready for my first day of school. I kept finding things that I needed to do or things that needed to be prepared. I also really wanted to watch the first episode of Knight Rider, so I did that which kept me downstairs until 9:30 or so with everything else I kept finding to do.

Things were great this morning. I got to see all the secret rooms of the temple, except for engineering and the roof access. I think engineering was the one place I really wanted to go. Maybe I can apply for a job there.

I was pretty tired by the time I got to work today. We did accomplish one major thing and that was spending lots of my money so I can go to Maui in November. Now we’ve got the first trip, so we can buy in additional ones or figure out something else.

I think I’m going to cut out early tonight and hopefully catch up on some sleep from my restless night last night.

Five Endowments Later

Wow. Four o’clock came way too early this morning and it was not exactly what I would call fun getting up that early. Nevertheless, I did it and I would have been on time for the six o’clock session if I had recalled that Murrieta is about 15 minutes farther away than Fallbrook is from the San Diego Temple! It worked out though cause I got to hang with Bro Kowallis for the first two sessions, did one by myself and then caught up with the group after lunch and the chapel session.

The five sessions have totally wiped me out though. Or maybe it was getting up at four after going to bed around ten. Either way, I’m barely awake enough and really don’t have the energy enough to type this now.

I did get set apart tonight as the Elders Quorum President, in the temple of all places. That was kind of cool (literally, the room was freezing!) I also get set apart for another calling minutes later. I’ll be serving as an ordinance worker every Tuesday morning now. Looks like I’d better get used to getting up at four – or even earlier! What did I get myself into?

Actually, we had talked about this a long time ago and never got it started for some reason. I’m looking forward to it; I just need to figure out the logistical end of it and break the news to the office folks. I know they’re going to love me!

I was craving a strawberry lemonade as I was leaving the temple. Actually, I was craving one about 10 o’clock this morning. My throat was so dry I could barely stand to be there. I hit up Cheesecake Factory and had some amazing Orange Chicken. I think it was still hot as I devoured the last piece I ate it so fast. I was totally starving. Although, I must admit that the $3 I spent for chicken fried steak at the temple cafeteria today was totally worth it.

More to write, but I need to sleep…

Wicked Awesome

Wicked Awesome

I think I’m still on a Wicked high.

Today was pretty uneventful at work. I almost got there on time this morning, but decided that I wasn’t sure if the place I need to go first was going to be open at 8 and decided an extra hour of sleep would probably be a good thing. Especially since I really didn’t sleep well last night. I could not fall asleep for some reason. Maybe I was just too excited. I seriously would have gone back and done it all again today; I know I’m weird.

So I still need to come up with all the details from yesterday, but it is too late tonight to be doing that. Maybe tomorrow. I’m not sure what is going on there since I never found a date for the dinner paddle. Maybe I can finally have my quiet evening at home.

The girls came over after Institute and helped eat some Cheesecake. Of course Maegan left some for me to finish off tomorrow.

A Whole Day Off

A Whole Day Off

These girls make me laugh. I must start off by just stating how much joy Melissa & Krystal bring to me on a weekly basis. I love their goofiness and constant smiles. I even love how testy Krystal can get and I do appreciate that she hasn’t killed me yet.

I really enjoyed sleeping in this morning. I didn’t get out of bed for good until 9:30 or so which was amazing. The weather was beautiful outside last night, so I was able to sleep with the windows open after cooling the house down (and am hoping to do the same tonight). I enjoyed a pretty lazy morning, reading up on blogs and other stuff online, watching some TV and trying to figure out a game plan for the day. I had a lot of things I could have done, I think I was just too tired for all of them. I literally thought about just sitting on the couch and watching tv/movies all day.

I ended up not going to the zoo, Disneyland, Larilyn’s BBQ or anything else and went to catch up with Sister Dowden on the stuff we were supposed to do Saturday. I got her blog updated and taught her some tricks. She got me going on stumble upon. I still think in my head that all these sites are such a pain, but I understand that it will help drive traffic. I’m realizing the hours that I am going to have invested in this project and am seeing where this could really be a full time job. Problem is, if it was a full time job, what would one blog about?

We also had dinner there and celebrated Kenny’s birthday. He was crashed on the couch most of the time after going for a 200 mile ride this morning! I didn’t even know the boy was a bicyclist, yet alone capable of that monster!

I was a little bummed that we didn’t make it to the zoo. I was partially waiting for Lauren to call, but mostly lost track of time and it got to be too late. I think I was probably just not energetic enough to deal with the people and talk my way through security.

Quiet All Around

Not much to report today. Things were pretty quiet in the office. I’ve been talking about blogging for work for a while and I think I am going to actually get started. I wrote my first post today although it was more of a note and less of a post, congratulating the guys at Quantum for earning rep of the year.

I had a nice quiet evening at home tonight and am hoping to get a good night’s sleep tonight as I was really tired today. I think I’ve determined that the mood I’m in when I go to sleep has a huge effect on me the next day. I guess it is true that you should never go to sleep angry. Monday night I was excited/happy and I think it was the best night’s sleep I’ve had for a while. The rest of the week hasn’t compared and this morning I even got up late. I think I totally slept through my alarm.

Up Too Late

I have been up way too late every night for about a week now! It’s been lots of fun and games, but I’m sure this is going to catch up with me sooner or later.

Let’s start with a quick recap. Friday I went to Fallbrook for a tri-tip dinner. I drove back to Temecula before finding out that I had left my laptop there, so I had to go back which meant by the time I finally got home, it was starting to get late. That was probably the earliest I’ve been to bed all week. Friday morning Bouse and I got my new door installed and picked up and assembled the new kitchen table after making breakfast. Of course, it ended up being almost an all day thing once we had lunch. I finally made it to the office to get some things straightened up for this week.

Saturday I went with the branch to the flight museum in Chino. It was pretty cool although I got tired of walking and standing – and carrying the camera – after a short while. It was neat to see all the planes and learn about them and to have Brother Prosser take us around and show us one of his loves. When I got home Saturday afternoon I just crashed on the couch. My head started hurting and I didn’t feel like doing anything. I finally decided to invite some people over for a movie and we watched Jumper. It was pretty good. The whole concept of the movie was kind of interesting and quite predictable as most of them are.

I had meetings early Sunday and was able to come home between them which was nice. Of course, it got me into trouble coming home as I was almost late for the next meeting, but it was way nice to get the break from the building. Church went well along with our meetings. Lauren came over and saw the house really quick and then I was off to go home teaching. I went to the Dowden’s for a bit before branch prayer and then came home. Larilyn had to come over and give me trouble for not going to branch prayer, and Maegan and Andrea (Maegan’s friend) came along. We were up till almost midnight talking and so forth.

On Monday I spent my first full day at the office in a while. That was kind of weird, although I had a lot of work to keep me busy, especially with a board meeting on the horizon as I was busy preparing the docs for that which I should have done last week. Kenny and I tried installing some remotes for the ceiling fans, but gave up when they wouldn’t work reliably. I called in Batch and he and I worked on it for a few hours. We finally gave up and figured that they aren’t wireless and without a direct connection on the AC line within about 40 feet it isn’t going to work. I missed FHE since he was here and we were playing. Maegan came over again and we all watched Music and Lyrics from Kenny’s iPhone. It was a bit (or a lot) pixelated on the big screen, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Today was about the same. I spent a full day at work, then went grocery shopping and came home. Maegan and I made dinner, Chicken Parmesan, which actually was quite simple and delicious. I think we had fun cooking together with our differing opinions while Larilyn slept on the couch. I bought a lot of chicken as I wasn’t sure who was going to show up and Maegan decided to cook it all. Needless to say, I’ve got lunch for the rest of the week I think. Larilyn started making a boston cream cheesecake while we watched P.S. I Love You. I realized shortly after we started it that I have in fact seen the movie already. Megan, Nathaniel and Kenny joined us as well and were here till almost midnight.

Now I’m starting to wind down and will hopefully be able to get good enough sleep in the five hours I have left. Maegan is going to Utah for a week or so shortly, so maybe that will help quiet things down around here so I can get caught up on some sleep, although I kind of doubt it. Our board meeting was interesting tonight. We did it all by phone for the first time since Larry wasn’t going to be able to make the drive up here. I think it worked out kind of well although I wouldn’t want to do it on a regular basis that way.