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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.

Better Day

I had a pretty good day today. I was actually looking forward to going to work today, which is extra strange since I didn’t get much of a weekend. Maybe it was just cause I had been out of the office for a few days and knew I had a lot of things to get done. I was busy most of the day just getting odd things done and actually checked a few things off my to do list which is always good. I even finished signing all the Christmas cards so they can go out tomorrow.

I had a nice quiet evening at home. After catching up on my online reading for a while I decided to try and find something nice to write back to Sister Caldwell. I think I’ve had her letter for well over a week now, so it was definitely overdue. I then came upstairs to get ready for bed at 8 and it’s 9:15 and I’m not yet asleep.

I’m really looking forward to the temple tomorrow. I’m kind of bummed that I have to rush out of there and get to work though. And I really have to make up to Andrea and get Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for her.

Working with Pictures

It seems like I didn’t accomplish much today. I worked with my pictures from Maui for a while this afternoon and eventually got so frustrated with iPhoto that I decided to search for an alternative. I’d love to have something free or that I already have, but I’d rather pay for something that is going to work right. I started using a trial of Aperture and while the workflow is different and taking some getting used to, it seems that the process can be done much faster and it doesn’t choke with my 6 mb pictures like iPhoto does. Really I think my computer needs a faster hard drive and more ram, i.e. I should be doing this on a Mac Pro instead of a MacBook Pro. I wonder if it would be economical to upgrade the RAM in my mbp.

I wrote to the one and only Sister Caldwell this morning. I feel like we’re always writing, but not much information is being conveyed. Maybe I need to switch to a larger medium than the note cards. I really want to get back to writing her more inspiring things or talking about things I have learned. I actually had a hard time keeping some of the drama out of this one, but I don’t want to bore or distract her with that useless information.

We went to the temple tonight to do baptisms for the dead. Apparently the trip got canceled as I was getting ready to go. I called the temple and they said they would rather have some of us than none of us, so I told everyone I could that the temple trip was still happening and we went down. We had 6 brothers and 6 sisters which was pretty good for a cancelled trip. We did things in a kind of weird order tonight, but it got done and that’s what matters in my book.

I don’t really have anything exciting to report today. Maybe I should have gotten the mail. Or maybe I should just go to sleep!

The One and Only

It was good to be back at church this week. I really missed being home last week. Many people told me I was at least a few shades darker. I guess that isn’t hard when you can serve as a white card. I don’t see it, but I’m sure I am. I did spend a lot of time out in the sun and didn’t wear much sunscreen.

We debunked myths regarding the atonement today. I really liked the style of the talk. It was so nice to have a homemade dinner at the Dowden’s tonight. I seriously need to come up with a plan for this week so I don’t have to go out to eat. Problem is there is nothing in my house to eat. I need some new food ideas for things that don’t cost me more than a meal at a nice restaurant. Maybe I just need someone to eat dinner with! I haven’t been over to the Rodriguez’s for a while, maybe its time I drop in there.

No one showed up for the CES Fireside tonight, which was fine with me. I just always want to make sure that people have the option. I’m sure most people who wanted to watch it watched it the night it aired or sometime in the past few weeks. But I guess you never know who could have been out there. I still have it if someone wants to come watch it. This is the only reason I have TV and a DVR in my house, so that I can watch these things on the BYU channel. I’m sure my roommates would love it if I canceled every channel but KBYU!

I spent some time talking with Sister Draper, one of Tara’s companions who has been released. That was kind of fun and got me thinking more about the one and only Tara of course. I guess she has really been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe some part of me knows that she is going through some harder times on her mission and wants to be there for her. Maybe it was just the Bosch trip which I’ve been dreading for a year since I knew she couldn’t come. Or I guess it could have been all the people that asked me about my wife on the trip!

Well, I think I’m going to toss in early tonight. I’m thinking about trying to get into the office early tomorrow to install some software updates before everyone else gets in, or at least to get some work done. I’m also thinking it will help me get ready for getting up early on Tuesday to be at the temple which I have missed dearly.

Powerful Sunday

I can’t remember the last time that I had so much time in the morning before church. We set our clocks back an hour today, so I got an extra hour of sleep kind of and then didn’t have any meetings before church. I spent some time working on church things and also was blessed to be able to spend some time just pondering. I felt impressed to review my patriarcharcal blessing this morning and spent some time reminiscing the trip to Punta Cana last year with Tara. I remember how excited I was and how we totally had the time of our lives there. I leave for Maui this week and I am not looking forward to it. I can’t believe that I’m going to go to Hawaii for my first time all alone. I’m sure I will still be able to enjoy myself somewhat, but there is just no way of it comparing to the week that Tara and I had last year.

I’ve found myself really missing Tara this week actually. I’ve been pondering on her a lot. I think Cynthia reminds me a lot of her. They have a similar physical appearance and share many great qualities. I’ve also been feeling guilty about not writing her since before general conference. I did send her the postcard not from Minneapolis, but that doesn’t count much. I was planning on sending her a gift a few weeks ago and haven’t done that yet either, so I’m getting myself down and frustrated with that. Hopefully I can call this week and schedule something for Friday morning. I did write to her this morning which was great. I need to do that more for myself than I think I do for her. There is just something about writing a letter – or even a card – that I can’t seem to capture any other way.

I hadn’t looked at those pictures from the DR for some time now and am so happy that I took the time to make the book. I really need to do that more often. It also made me think of all the great pictures of friends that I need to print and hang.

I cried today when Andrea spoke during fast and testimony meeting and am doing it again now. She said that she had lost friendships over this prop 8 thing, but that she had learned so much and her love for the Lord had grown because of it, at least in my paraphrased version. What a fight this has been. I still can’t get over that 9% of our population is causing so much turmoil for the other 91%. A heavy price has been paid for this – our freedoms – just as it has been done so many times before. Was the war in Heaven something like this? I don’t think I’ve lost any friends over this matter, but that just makes me think that I have been too coward to act. I’ve been too afraid to really stand up for what is needed and need to learn from her. She also shared that her two best friends were her mom and dad and that touched me so much.

I had been thinking this weekend about sharing my testimony. Much like Andrea, I had kind of secretly been wanting to be called up in the last few weeks when people have been called to the stand. I had been thinking about what to say and trying to come up with something to share that could help someone else. I’d even rehearsed things in my head, but when I got to church it was all gone and while I felt that I could get up, I didn’t feel the need to. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity soon. This week really has been very spiritual for me. I feel like I was on the right track a lot of the time and I learned so much. Maybe it was the lack of sleep that brought me closer to my Heavenly Father, maybe it is the election drawing near, I don’t know. What I do know, now especially more than I did before, is that Proposition 8 needs to be passed or this fight is only going to get worse. What I don’t know is what the agenda is from the other side. I discovered last night that all the married rights they say they are getting from being married versus a civil union don’t transfer to other states and aren’t acknowledged by the federal government. They won’t say that they want to teach this in school and many people say that they don’t want anything about marriage taught in schools. So what is their agenda? I don’t know. I know that we can’t let 9% of America take away the rights of the remaining 91%. I know that temple marriage is ordained of God. Families can be sealed there together forever, not just for their mortal time on this earth. If prop 8 fails, this right to marry in God’s temple could be challenged. I know that the gospel is true, that Jesus Christ did atone for our sins, that he does live and reign today. His church is run by His prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is supported by his counselors in the first presidency and the twelve apostles of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These men have spoken as the mouthpiece of the Lord that we need to do all we can to make sure this measure passes. We may not know what is to come if it doesn’t, but I can assure you that they are aware of the dark and dreary place that we will be in if we continue down the slippery slope we are already falling down.

I really wanted to watch the CES fireside tonight. I was ready for the spiritual uplifting from it and was ready to learn even though I knew we were supposed to cancel all activities until after the election. I was fine with watching it by myself and then doing a public performance later. Clearly, my thinking was wrong because for whatever reason I was called in to the Dowden’s for tech support before even leaving the stake center today. They were having problems with their wireless and I was stuck there the entire time supporting people in making calls and getting computers running to do so. I’m sure now that is where I needed to be today; I just had to conform my will to that of the Father’s.

I just turned off about an hour ago in branch prayer. Megan even asked me if I was about to fall asleep and I had to say yes. I am so exhausted. This fight is starting to take it’s toll on me in the final hours and I need to stay strong. I’m anxious to see what this week will bring and looking forward to hopefully being victorious on Tuesday. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Teaching Plans

It amazes me how no matter how much I think I’m going to get home at a reasonable hour it never happens! I should have been home by 9, but ended up staying after a Sunday School meeting and talking with Brother Rodriguez, Marissa and Stephanie for over an hour and now it is almost 11! We had a good meeting tonight and are going to work on meeting more regularly in the future. I guess i will be teaching a quarterly teacher improvement class and maybe we’ll run a teaching the gospel class over the summer to thin out our numbers in gospel doctrine. We’re going to try to start taking attendance in Sunday School to see who is sticking around and how our numbers are really looking. I just need to figure out when I’m going to teach this said class and what in the world I’m going to teach. I’ve got some thoughts, but they need more pondering.

I found out on Sunday that Brother Kowallis and I had the exact same sickness on the exact same time frame, or at least it appears that way. We both got sick early Tuesday morning, were feeling better on Wednesday and then got sicker again on Thursday with similar symptoms. I was presuming I picked it up from NAMM, but I don’t think enough time would have passed for me to get it anywhere else. Unless we both got it from the temple somehow on Saturday. I don’t even know if he went then, I’m just reaching for ideas.

I got caught up on a lot of things today at work which was great. I’m hoping tomorrow I can start working on undertaking some new projects I have been wanting to start on for a while now. We went shopping at Costco this evening where I was able to get some more of the good picture frames, but still can’t find any of the multi frames which I’d really like to get my hands on. I may have to venture outside of Costco for my framing business, but I just like the products they have so much I don’t want to have to find quality but reasonable products elsewhere.

Tara made it through the MTC and had an absolutely wonderful time there. I’m anxious to hear more about how things are going for her now that she is settled into Florida.

Garth Brooks

OK, so I’m definitely a few days behind and it is definitely way beyond my bedtime, especially for this week. Apparently I pushed myself way too hard last week and I have been paying for it this week. I woke up in the middle of the night Tuesday sick, spent the whole day in bed almost two weak to move and slept through most of the day and all of the night without a problem. I was good enough to move Wednesday, but still not great and then things got worse again on Thursday. I made sure to get to bed, try and get lots of rest and prayed that I would be better for the concert today. Something in the plan certainly worked because I pulled through today actually feeling pretty good considering I thought last night I was going to visit a doctor this morning and thought I was on the brink of death.

The concert was great. Christina, Tara, Andrea and Mandi and I ended up going and meeting Ryan and Lindsay and Nathaniel and Erica there. We all had a great time. I left my cameras at home, so I’m hoping that Mandi got some good pictures to share. The floor seats (floor 1 row 6) were great and Garth did a great job packing a bunch of songs and surprises into the tour hour show. Andrea said she saw me on the video screen a few times, so I guess that means I made it onto national television as well. I’ll have to keep my eyes out for a rebroadcast or a recording someone has to see this for myself.

Now, it’s time for sleep so that hopefully I am recovered enough to do something again tomorrow.