Saturday, October 30, 2004

truly random babble

It's 1:43 a.m. Saturday. The wind is picking up. There's a wind advisory until 4 p.m. Great. Hope I get to sleep when I finally go to bed.

Kent has decided to go visit some friend of his in Canada. Some Internet friend. Allegedly a male. Whoop-ti-do. He's going to buy his bus ticket next week, then go the following week. Doesn't matter what goes on here - the fact that I work evenings and even if I can get Mom or my nieces to babysit, I would be bringing the girls home late and disrupt their sleeping habits doesn't matter. Just lovely.

I haven't prepared my Sunday School lesson yet. I'll do that after I get up. I have to remember to go into work a bit earlier because I have to make sure a fax gets sent by 5 p.m.

I was watching an episode of Farscape - Home on the Remains - the other night and a commercial for Claritin came on during the show. Wow - talk about synchronicity.

There was a "Fall Festival" at church - Friday night, tonight, whatever you want to call it. I'm still up, so it seems like tonight. Anyway, I had to leave my girls at church with Jessica and Suzanna so I could go back to work. I got my car back after it not working for a week. I had to have it towed into town ($50), then repaired ($213.69). It was the starter. I had to drive to the garage to get my keys, drive home, wait for Kent to get off the computer so we could drive back to town with the girls, cash a check, go eat at Taco Bell, pick up my car, (this is where Kent drove the girls to church and waited til I got there), buy some candy to hand out for trunk-or-treat in the parking lot, and drive to church. Dropped the candy and our Halloween bowl off with Jessica, got a cookie that Cayla decorated, and went back to work. Jessica called about an hour later and I picked them (Jessica, Suzanna, Suzanna's friend, Amanda, Cayla) up and drove Suzanna and her friend to her friend's house, and Jessica, Amanda and Cayla over to Donna's. Then back to work. After work, picked up the girls and went to Wal-Mart. Then home, and on the computer.

Now, to bed.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

stage fright

I taught my second Sunday School lesson today. I've come to the realization that I may experience stage fright on a weekly basis as long as I'm teaching. Fun.

I've signed up for NaNoWriMo. I have no idea what I'll write about, but I've started a blog about it. So, we'll see how that turns out. (Update: I've delected the blog because there wasn't that much to it and I didn't get very far on the novel. Oh, well, there's always next year.)

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Coincidently ...

I was on the Nauvoo forum reading a thread about making do. People were discussing how to get by when income decreases due to job loss. Someone posted a link about working at home. I started reading when I came across a familiar name. One of the people mentioned in the article has been doing genealogy on some of the same names in Kent's family. I really need to write to her.

That's the plus side. The down side is that I haven't finished preparing my lesson for tomorrow. I have to work today. So, I can either work on it now or after work. My hours are somewhat flexible so I can go in now or in a couple of hours. I probably won't get off work any earlier either way. Kent wants the computer right now. So I guess I'll go work on it in another room. ;)

Monday, October 11, 2004

"brief" update

Well, I got to church on time, and the girls and I sat in the second row from the front, right in the middle. Debbie Johns came over and asked me if I could teach a class next week. I told her to talk to me after sacrament meeting - that all would be revealed. I said I would be busy next week. (after the meeting, she said she understood)

Ward business was the confirmation of a girl who had been baptized. There was some stake business, then the sacrament was passed. I was confused. Two weeks ago, Bishop Dick asked me to accept a calling. Because of General Conference last week, this was the first week I could be sustained.

During the sacrament song, Brother Thomas came down off the stand and asked me if I had been sustained yet. I said, "no." He went back up and I knew that it would be taken care of after the sacrament was passed. I was right.

Mary Dick gave the first sacrament talk - and talked about families - past, present and future. I think she figured she was running out of time, because she didn't really talk about future families. We sang another hymn and then our stake high councilman spoke - Brother Bishop. I couldn't help but wonder if he had ever been a bishop ... that was too obvious.

After sacrament meeting, Mom told me that she sat near the back so she could look around and see if anyone raised their hand on "opposed" when I was being sustained. ROFL.

Terry Dillon gave the lesson (for the last time in that class) so I could watch to see how things go. We didn't have Sunday School last week because of General Conference, and I missed most of the previous Sunday's lesson because I was asked to help out in the nursery.

I think they were softening me up by asking me to help in nursery - when church was over that day, the bishop asked me to accept the calling to be the Gospel Doctrine teacher. I would have agreed to practically anything to escape nursery, I think! ;) I'm kidding - partly. My kids are 8 and 11 now, so it's been quite awhile since I dealt with 1- and 2-year-olds.

So, church was over at 1 p.m. and I had to wait for the very busy bishop for nearly an hour to be set apart. The kids were cranky and bored. Cayla was flopping around on the sofa in the foyer. Apparently she was feeling despondent because she wasn't chosen to participate in a special song in the Primary sacrament meeting in two weeks. Two other girls are doing a duet. I explained to her that one of the girls has a piano in her house, and her mom plays the organ in sacrament meeting - they can practice every day. I'm hoping to be able to get a cheap electronic keyboard that sounds like a piano so I can practice playing the piano.

It's definitely time for me to go to bed now. Good night.

Friday, October 8, 2004

It's been awhile ...

since I blogged. The last time I attempted to blog, I couldn't even sign in. Then, I wanted to add in our trip to Nauvoo, but I won't do that today. Either I'll put it in Notepad and then add it, or I'll post it on my personal Web site.

We've had a lot happen in the last 2 1/2 months. Cayla cut her finger badly on Aug. 7 and had to have stitches. We went to Nauvoo on a 2-day trip. That is not nearly enough time to see anything at all. Even Kent wants to go back, which is amazing. Especially since we spent time with Dad and Michele, probably Kent's two least favorite people in my family ... which is saying quite a lot.

School started at the end of August. Cayla is in third grade and the TAG - Talented and Gifted - program at school. Amanda is in sixth grade. Kent still hasn't found a job, but we're trying to get an Internet business going. Interested in learning how to sell on eBay and make money?

We have two more Web sites that we are paying for, but don't have a solid idea on what to sell. We need to get set up with a product line and wholesaler - preferably one who will dropship orders.

Kent's car has an unusual problem - the front passenger window motor doesn't work, and the window will come down on its own. A replacement motor is about $280. He's got duct tape across the top of the window to give it grip, and a shim covered in duct tape at the bottom to hold it up. It's going to have to wait, though, because we just don't have the money.

That will do for now. I'll have more updates after Sunday - waiting on confirmation of something.