Sunday, December 17, 2006

Scary things

My tires were spinning in a direction that should have taken me forward but my car was slipping sideways in the Bountiful hills tonight so I ended up parking at the bottom of the hill with my home teaching companion and waiting for his brother to come down and pick him up.
I decided to skip the dinner invitation and the stake carol singing tonight and just head straight back to my little cave to watch the snow fall from a place I knew I wouldn't have to drive home from later. I positioned my car at the bottom of the hill by my house for an easy getaway for work in the morning. If it snows too much I'll seriously just take the bus.
Driving in the snow is probably the scariest thing I can think of right now. My home teaching companion kept calling me a wuss. That's especially funny cause he's not exactly Mr. macho himself.
Turns out the sporty performance tires on my car perform a whole lot better in summer olympic events than they do in the winter olympics.
It's not all bad. I got snowed into Provo on Friday night. I had no where I had to be so I spent the night at IHOP and on a friend's couch. We drank lots of hot chocolate and watched two movies. That was a ton of fun. When I don't have to drive anywhere I can appreciate the way the snow makes everything kind of magical.
When the roads clear up enough for me to wander out again I think I'll take a trip down to Les Schwab's and invest in some winter tires.

Back home in Seattle my family still doesn't have power from a storm this week. The pictures below are from the newspaper and they are all from my city. It's kind of cool when nature unleashes her fury and reminds us all that we humans are still at her mercy.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006


I just got back from three hours of vacuuming in the temple. It was our ward temple cleaning assignment. Vacuuming made me nostalgic for my glory days at the Marriott Center, but late night vacuuming in the Lord's house turned out to be better than any BYU custodial experience. I felt an amazing calm. My mind stopped spinning and everything felt strangely fine. I really didn't want the moment to end. I don't want this feeling to go away... which is probably why I'm still awake right now. As soon as I get in bed, I'll have a blink of an eye and I'll be late for work again and back in the dark and dreary world.
I'm thankful for the occasional little glimpses of heaven that make reality a bit easier to swallow.