It was so beautiful this morning I can’t describe in words what I felt as I was driving to work. It had rained last night so the roads were wet and the air just had that clean feel and clear look to it that only comes after the rain has purified things. A lot of the trees on Whitewood actually lost their leaves and there was a plethora of colors in some places. In some spots entire bushes or yards were covered with the autumn colors of fallen leaves. The sun was peaking through the clouds and giving them an awesome backlight while at the same time it was clear skies to the west. I could have spent hours taking pictures, but was trying to make it to work on-time so there was no time to stop and take pictures. In retrospect, it would have been worth showing up late to enjoy it a bit more.
Things were kind of quiet, but pretty busy at the office today. I spent a few hours teching an amp that came in for repair which involved me finally installing Windows XP on my Dell laptop. I was able to get some more things cleaned up on my desk and my email is actually under control, so I’m pretty much looking forward to a long weekend. I may go in on Friday for a while just to get some single user mode things done.
I came home a bit earlier than normal, but later than i was expecting today. I spent some time working on my site and updated the theme for fall as well as finally got all the RSS feeds in for the blogroll. I just wish I could get it to sort on time updated, but maybe that will come in a future update of the plugin.
I grabbed some pizzas and took them over to the Rodriguez’s for dinner along with returning their tupperware from the other night. I went to a missionary correlation meeting which I think could be better arranged for a time before or after church on Sunday instead of pulling us all together on another night. I then went to our branch’s pie night at the Prosser’s. I enjoyed some pumpkin pie and talked with people for a while. I ended up at the Dowden’s until I felt I was going to fall asleep and my contacts really started to bother me.
I’m not exactly thrilled with how hot it was today. We were only one degree away from hitting 100! I guess I was just enjoying the cooler weather too much. Fortunately, I spent most of the day in the office and didn’t even know how hot it was until I was coming home.
I spent my evening making phone calls for prop 8. I called a bunch of houses in Murrieta to find out how they were planning on voting. Unfortunately, most of the calls went to voicemail Hopefully the messages I left will be well received. It seemed like there was more that expressed a strong vote for Proposition 8 and defending traditional marriage as between a man and a woman. There were some that told me it was none of my business and there were some that we totally for gay marriage. It is probably going to be a close race which is why we need to push so hard on this.
I was talking with Scott tonight about the proposition and other things in general. Again it hit me at how the division in the church over this issue is not good. I completely believe that we need to keep our mind in these things. While we don’t need to blindly follow our prophet, we do need to think if we are sustaining him and if we truly believe he is a Prophet of God. If we can’t follow his counsel on a simple thing like this, how are we going to follow it down the road. Isn’t it possible that he can see where this is going and how major of an impact this “little” definition is going to have on our society? I was talking with one lady tonight on the phone and I wanted to tell her about our Church. I chose to respect the request that we don’t proselyte while working on this. She was on the fence of how to vote and it seemed she didn’t know what could be coming or the direction we have in this matter.
I also see the argument for separation of church and state. This simply isn’t an issue of that though. Marriage has always been defined as between a man and a woman. Yes, it was defined as such in Genesis, long before our country was formed. Our country was formed with the bible in mind and also with freedom of religion. While we have freedom to practice what we please, we don’t have the authority to choose who God will choose to marry. If we want to go down the separation road, it becomes so clear as Sister Dowden pointed out how important this matter is that the Church is willing to stake the Church in this battle.
This has been an interesting week with working Monday, being off on Tuesday and now working two more days before being off again. I think I could get used to it, but I probably shouldn’t. I’m glad things have been so busy in the office, it has helped keep me out of trouble and I certainly haven’t had any time this week to cause any at home.
I must start off by saying how beautiful it was today! It was almost 90 yesterday and yet the high today was 78. It was 68 at 6 o’clock this afternoon when I was debating about turning on the AC. Had I known it wasn’t going to get above 78, I probably never would have closed the windows. We are currently 7 degrees below normal – It’s 54 outside at 11 at night. I think it is going to be a beautiful night and I’m going to sleep quite well. It was 69 downstairs when I closed the windows!
I went for a bikeride this morning for the first time since I moved here. I think it had been a while before then as well. It was really good, although I probably pushed myself a little harder than I should have. It is totally different riding around here, it’s so flat! I’m not used to pedaling on flat ground for so long. In Fallbrook you get breaks all the time. Yeah, you work hard to get up a hill, but then you get to rest as you come down the other side. I went down to Harveston to drop my speedlight off at Kristin’s and then went by the office. I did some exploring around there, were I found these random markings behind the industrial buildings on the other side of the street. Actually, it was just to the side of New Life Church. I found a little passageway from one side to the other, so I guess we have less of chance of being stranded with one way in. I took some dirt roads up through French Valley Airport and from there to Los Alamos and brought it all the way back to Whitewood. I had always thought it was a dirt road, but the whole thing was paved as far as I could tell. It wasn’t in the best of shape and it is certainly not designed to be a major road, but paved nonetheless.
I tried to get a straight answer this morning as to when we would be closing escrow. Angela is still pushing for Friday it seems. The escrow officer was trying to tell me the 15th, but the loan people want to push it through by the 7th and that was all she would say. I’m kind of hoping that if we push hard enough to close this week that maybe we can actually close mid next week. If we closed Wednesday, it could actually be nice, giving me Thursday to get appliances in and the long weekend to move. I probably won’t be that lucky, although it is only really two business days ahead of the day we need to close the loan by, the 7th.
Other than that it was pretty much just the typical work day. Toman came by and got the weather station server up and running again – the hard drive had failed. I did stop by and measure the washer for the house. I think I’m just going to go with the top of the Whirlpool that probably has more features and is bigger than I will ever need, but is rated the highest. I think I’m going to call of go back to Pacific Sales tomorrow to order the refrigerator, washer and dryer and see what I can work out as well as delivery at a yet unknown date and time. I also returned my Time Warner DVR, so I am HDTV less until I decide to cough up the money at the new house.
P.S. I seriously enjoyed the cooler weather today. I really need to invest in a ceiling fan for the office. I just can’t figure out how to do it…
I stayed home all day today. Well, I guess that isn’t completely true. I never got in my car today. I did go for a bikeride this morning. I wasn’t smart enough to do it earlier in the morning when it was cool. No, I managed to get sidetracked enough so that I didn’t leave the house until after 10 when it was in the lower seventies. It quickly got to eighty which is about twenty degrees outside of my comfort level. I probably didn’t take as many or as long of rest stops as I should have, so I started really paying for it as I was getting closer to home. That kind of lead me to sitting around and listening to music for a while.
I was thinking of all the things that I could do today. There really were so many good options. I thought about getting my taxes done, cleaning the house, reading, going out and having fun. I didn’t get the taxes done, but I did get through the mail and get a corner of my desk cleaned off, which felt good to me. I’m not exactly sure where most of the day went. I didn’t spend too much time on facebook or playing on the internet and yet I can’t figure out where the day went. I did get Susan’s new ReplayTV setup, so once she watches all the programs on her old one I can stop paying for that on a monthly basis.
I also spent some time getting things together to shuffle as much money as possible to paying off my car each month so hopefully I can speed up the repayment of the loan and save some money in the process. I was thinking a while back that it would be nice to not have the car payment when purchasing a house, but I don’t see any way that it is going to get paid off before that happens if I am to buy soon. I do know that every little bit counts, so therefore I’m going to do what I can instead of just talking about it. I think it may be time to do some housecleaning and get rid of all these accounts that are holding small sums of money that could be put to better use.
My mom passed on a year ago today. Some days it seems like it was so long ago now, yet others it feels just like it was yesterday. Actually I was driving down the road the other day and I thought about something I wanted to call her about. I guess it takes a long time to teach an old dog new tricks. In the last year I made way too many trips to Tucson taking care of the estate and things. I still have things sitting here in my room that I have done nothing with. Does that show how much of a slacker I really am? I guess some part of me hasn’t wanted to deal with things because it would put closure on it and also for the reason that I’m going to move eventually and why bother with it twice?
How much life has changed in a single year… And yet how much is still the same…
Thinking back I guess i should have gone to the temple today. I had actually been thinking about it earlier in the week, but not for that reason, just because it has been a while since I have been. I rationalized that since I will be setting aside a day next week I didn’t need to make the trip this week as well. Probably not the best decision I could have come too, but there are certainly worse things I could have been doing today. Well, I think I’m going to go to bed so I can get a good start tomorrow instead of sleeping all morning. Good night!