Fake Promotions and Astronomy

Happy Easter; I have health insurance! I've done a bunch of other things as well but you won't get to hear about all of them because suspense in intrigue is more fun than a post that is pages and pages long. I am feeling sick though so don't expect me to be funny.

I'm going to be picking up a lot more responsibilities at work soon. Our HR manager will be taking maternity leave shortly and is passing a large portion of her workload to me including payroll, hiring, and firing. The details aren't really worked out but a part of me wants to go mad with power, give myself a 500% pay raise, and fire everyone. I probably won't do these things but it will be a nice back-end experience. I have recently given myself the job title Prince Regent of Customer Service" and my manager didn't turn it down so I consider it my official job title which I will be putting on my future resumes.

My cousin, Drew is getting married this weekend and was kind enough to ask me to be in his wedding party which is really great. The couple asked me to create a few signs to guide reception attendees up the canyon to the venue. Allison is pictured painting my worst one but they generally turned out really well and it felt incredibly satisfying building something. I don't think I would ever want to be a professional woodworker as I would get sick of the monotony but I would love to have a wood shop one day--and the money to buy nice wood would be good.

I confess I did some other things as well but I can't write about them yet since they are going to be a surprise for certain individuals. A container of touch-up paint melted open in my glove compartment, I acted as a witness in a mock trial (court is mean), and I've been working in my parents' garden which I am going to just call my garden from now on.

Oh and Sarah and I stayed up for the blood moon.


Baptisms and Toothpicks

Towards the end of March I went to Colorado to participate in the baptism and confirmation of my nieces Wren and Accalia. After my last post I found out that Wren had requested that I baptize and confirm her--making it my first experience doing so.
Naturally the baptism went great and it caused me to reflect on my own membership in the church and its importance in my life. Even more moving was the confirmation where I acted as the voice. I was quite nervous about knowing what to say but when my mind was the most empty I always knew the next word to say even if I had no idea what was to come after it. I'm proud of the girls as I know they joined the true Church of Christ.

It was a pretty quick trip to Colorado; after the baptism we helped my two brothers, and grandmother move to new places and then turned around and came home. It was only a couple days later when my sister-in-law had her baby and my mother made the drive back over.

Here are some other things I did:
The Provo Food and Care Coalition hosts a fundraiser every year in which you can buy soup and a ceramic bowl made by a local artisan. The event is great because no only is it one of the first warm outdoor events of the year but the soup and bowls are great. This was my third year attending and if you're in Provo next Spring its worth checking out.

 I also put toothpicks in my beard during a late game night. There was really no reason to do this besides the curiosity of how many would stay in. I am amazed that I fit 180 in there before they started to fall out.

I've been house-sitting with my sister while my parents are out of town and have been cooking more than usual (so more than never). I already hosted a small dinner party where I made Indian food which was a hit and I actually improvised a meal one night based on ingredients my parents had in the pantry. Cooking is much more entertaining when you don't have to do it to live.