Monday, August 25, 2008

Oh dear....

Wow, where've I been??

I've just been busy/tired!! By the time I get home each day, I'm just exhausted! I know I haven't had the best sleeping schedule lately....which totally feels like it's catching up to me each day. Today at work, I was reminded that we get next Monday off for Labor Day---THANK GOODNESS!! ONE DAY that I can ACTUALLY sleep in. I CANNOT WAIT!!! Actually, Ernest and I are thinkin' about goin' to the Temple to do a couple different sessions. I need I can become more familiar with a certain Temple procedures. I'm so stoked for it.

Working at the Temple has been a blessing. This past Saturday, I was able to assist with a hearing impaired group. It was a very humbling experience. Two men were deaf, blind and mute. Watching them walk up the stairs brought me to tears. It made me think of my own father and his blindness. The way the members came together to help one another out was truly special. I'm blessed that have been a witness to this experience.

However, I do have a funny story to share from this past Saturday. After our "Morning meeting", I asked my Aunt to help me understand the different abbreviations on our schedules. I looked thru my schedule and noticed different abbreviations.... "CR" (Celestial Room)..."I" (Initiatories)...."B" (Baptisms)....and "CAF" (Cafeteria). I was confused as to why I would have the "CAF" so early on in my schedule, but I figured this would give me the chance to eat breakfast. I chose turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and a wheat bun., as well as a Snapple to wash it down with. After paying $7.40 I grabbed a seat at the last open table to sit down and eat my very delicious food, while also studying my schedule. No sooner then I had barely sat down to start eating, did I come to realize that "B" actually stood for "Break" and "CAF" really meant to WORK in the Cafeteria--not eat in it, just yet. OH MAN...I started to panic!! I didn't know what to do. I just spent about $8 on food and I didn't want to waste it...nor did I have anymore cash on me. I wasn't even half way thru my meal!! I was TERRIFIED that my supervisor was going to come down and find me eating instead of working (Maybe that's the fat kid in me?) I was afraid that the Cafeteria crew was going to read my nametag and know that I was the one who didn't show up for my shift. "Do I leave my food right there and run up to Sister Ong and explain my situation?"..."Throw away my food?"...."Or, start scarfing it down like there's no tomorrow?". Well, the Polynesian in me chose option C. I was breakin' a sweat since I was so worried and also at the rapid speed I was INHALING my food in. I couldn't even finish my meal. I had to ditch the rest. I ran back to my locker, put my wallet away and grabbed a stick of gum. Luckily I ran into my Aunt who asked a friend to take me back down to the Cafeteria to explain what I would need to do. When I got down there I was told to put on a chef's coat (as if I wasn't HOT enough!) and serve food (hot food, may I add!). I was so stinkin' hot!! After my '7 minute shift', I rode the elevator back to the locker rooms....I couldn't help but laugh at my self. That had to have been the most craziest and funniest moment of my life!! I wonder about myself sometimes.....
Well, just 4 more days til I get to go back to the Temple again. I'm so stoked! I love being in the Temple! It's the most beautiful place on earth.

Today's been quite an awesome day....I reunited with a couple old friends. Wow, time flies... but man, I'm so happy to have come across these friends and see where their lives have ended up. Several have married, a couple of them now have babies and one now has 4 grand kids! Awesome, truly awesome!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Do I have Narcolepsy?

Seriously, I'm starting to wonder that myself!!

Man, I've been so tired lately...but it's never while I'm at work. I guess it's because I've got such a fast paced job that I don't have the chance to even think about being tired. I'm glad. But man, when I'm riding home with my friend, after work, just sitting in the cool air conditioned car not having to think for 30 minutes really relaxes me to the point of falling asleep.
I've finally gotten the hang of work down! THANK GOODNESS!! I'm finally fast enough to get thru my work (especially the 10 key/data entry part) to be able to sit back and enjoy a few minutes to myself. I really like working with 'Mamacita' and 'Turtle' in our department. They're so laid back and really keep an eye out for me and each other. I've never really had a job to where I was equal with others and could actually enjoy having "co-workers". I can't wait til Mr.'NY gets back from vacation.
JDL, one of the drivers helped me with my car yesterday. (*swoon*) He's so great! I like looking at him! He's tall too (pro)! But I don't necessarily like his teeth (con). Back to my car....the starter gave out. GRRR!!! I'm so SOOOOOOOOO sick and tired of car problems!! I'm thinkin' it's time to kick the Kia to the curb!! Oh how I wish I had an extra 20k lying around. DANGIT!!

Oh well, at least that makes my calandar a lot lighter this week.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


....from: gone deep

21 deep questions that could really tell you something.[ Not simple questions like "How Old Are You?" ]

1. What is more difficult for you; looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when they are telling you how they feel? The first....I have a hard time with eye contact, even more so when sharing my feelings.

2. Think of the last time you were REALLY angry. Maybe last month when I found one of my socks worn ragged by nephew (It's pretty infuriating since I've asked him SEVERAL times to not wear my socks!)

3. You are on a flight from Honolulu to Chicago non-stop. There is a fire in the back of the plane. You get enough time to make ONE phone call. Who would you call? My parents to reassure them that all will be well and to remind them of how much I love them.

4. You are at the doctor's office and she has just informed you that you have one month to live.(A)Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? I'd tell those that are closest to me (B) What do you do with your remaining days? Spend it with family and my best friends, in Kihei, most favorite place in the whole world. (C)Would you be afraid? A lil, not because I wouldn't know what's going to happen hereafter, but how it was all to come to an end.

5. You can have one of the following two things: trust or love. I'd say trust. You can always love those you trust...but can you trust those you love?

6. You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do? How deep is the canal? Honestly, if it's a deep canal, sorry dog. If not, then sure why not?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Tahiti!!

8. Think of the last person who you really knew that died. You have the chance to give them 1 hour of life back, but you have to give one year of your life. Do you? Of course, I know it would make my Mom extremely happy to spend an hour with my grandmother.

9. Are you the kind of friend that you would want to have as a friend? Sometimes I wonder this because I know I'm not too good at returning phone calls which makes me a hypocrite, but I would hope that I'd still be considered a good friend despite this.

10. Does love = sex? Not so much.

11. Your best friend dies, what would you do? I'd be tragically sad for a very long time considering the fact that she's been my bff and neighbor all of our lives (27 years)

12. When and how was the last time you told someone HONESTLY how you felt? I do it all the time.

13. What would be harder for you to tell someone you love them or that you do not love them back? DANG!! I dislike doing the second one, that's hard!!

(Where's #14??)

15. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them? I think Thursday when I apologized to my Mom for losing my cool.

16. If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had "no regrets" what would it be? I would have tried harder to get into BYU-Hawaii right after high school.

17. Imagine. It is a dark night, you are alone, it is raining outside, you hear someone walking around outside your window. Who do you call? My older brother Dave who's fearless and super strong!!

18. Would you give a homeless person CPR if they were dying? Of course--two words: Mouth guard.

19. Are you old fashioned? YES, a hopeless romantic that believes in chivalry.

20. Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before? True love!! "It's better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all".

21. If you could do anything OR wish for anything that would come true, what would you do? I'd wish to have Bill Gates & Donald Trump's bank accounts :) Ask a broke person if money can't buy happiness, I'm pretty sure they'll disagree....GRR student loans!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What can I say, it's Thursday!?

Yesterday: A guy came up to me while I was eating lunch on Laurel Street, near the Cabrillo Bridge [Balboa Park]. He didn't seem normal. His face was extremely pink and puffy. So he crossed the street and came over to stand right by me (about 2 feet away). A couple seconds went by and he still didn't say anything. So I said 'Hi, may I help you?' to him. And then he turned to me and asked me for 50 cents. I told him I didn't have it. (I was too preoccupied thinking of how I could escape the situation. Plus, I was afraid to reach for my purse.) He thanked me and patted me on my shoulder. I don't want to say I was terrified, but it was EXTREMELY uncomfortable. It didn't help that his face was the same color as the beef in my Enchilada. Finishing lunch was kinda hard. Lesson learned: When it comes to Balboa Park it's either the "Buddy System" or you keep moving--don't stop if you're alone.

Today: I got a call from a guy named Jack from Staples. It was his first time calling into an attorney service and didn't know what it is we do exactly or how we could help him in his situation. While he was giving me some information, he gave me an address for a 'judge' named Madge Bradley who could be found at 2**2 4th Avenue. I chuckled because Madge Bradley is actually a court house. Then he had the last laugh since I didn't even realize that the address he gave me was actually my office.... yeah sometimes I wonder if my head's screwed on straight. :/

Tomorrow: I've gotta make my skirt for the Temple and finish shopping for my outfit. I FINALLY found a long sleeve blouse and shoes!! FINALLY!! THANK GOODNESS!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

“Are you honest in all your dealings?”

Today as I was finishing up my lunch break at Balboa Park, I was lying down & writing in my journal. I noticed a man a ways off. He got up from the grass to go throw something away. The next time he got up he happened to walk my way. That is, until he walked up to me. He asked if he could sit down and talk with me for a lil while. I had to sit up since my the front of my shirt seemed to dip down a lil lower than I’d like a stranger to see. He asked me how my day was going and what I did for work. Then he started to ask me more questions. “Are you married?” -No “Are you seeing anyone?” -No, not right now. I have no time. I work a lot and spend a lot of time on church stuff. “Oh, okay”. So I tried to veer the conversation into another direction. Luckily we started talking about politics. After a few minutes, I told him that I had to take off back to work. As I got up, he asked me for my number. I thought I’d be clever and ask him for his instead since I didn’t feel comfortable with him having my number. My cleverness was short lived. He said that his roommate wasn’t too good at giving him any messages. “Oh okay.” Apparently my brain was out on a lunch break as well. I didn’t know what to do. I’ve never really been in a situation where a guy has asked me for my number and I DIDN’T want to give it to him. So what do I do….I end up giving my cell # to him. IDIOT!!! BUT! I made sure to give him my # on a pass along card.(Whoo hoo for me passing out a pass along card!!) UGH!! Why did I even give him my number?! The whole time the words, “Are you honest in all your dealings?” kept running thru my mind. I so wanted to switch around the numbers in my #. UGH!! I mean, I could have been honest with him by telling him “I just met you, I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving you my number”. But obviously I didn’t. I was caught off guard. I didn’t know what to do. GRR!!! I wish I could just rewind back to my lunch. What were you thinking Ehulani???” Now I can’t go eat at Balboa Park anytime soon!!! DANG IT!!

p.s. The "Rejection Line"...check it out and thank me later.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


I don’t want Monday to be here so soon!! Why oh why?!

My day at the Temple yesterday was tremendously magnificent!! It was so beautiful. The time flew by quickly!! I cannot wait to go back again and again and again!! I can’t wait for Saturday to be here!! Hopefully me, Ernest & Stephen will be able to do a session this week. I love going to the Temple with friends!! I wish I could divulge everything I experienced yesterday, but it’s just too sacred and beautiful to disclose. However, I was blessed to assist in a Sealing and that was so exquisite!! It makes me now desire a temple marriage more than anything ever before. I can’t wait to go to the Temple again!!
Ugh Monday!! It’s not so much that I have to go back to work, it’s the fact that I have to go back to MY work. Friday was a hard day. I broke down. I dislike my trainer [the girl I‘m replacing] and can’t wait for her to LEAVE!! I’m trying not to have these ill will feelings towards her, but she needs to go!.
My lesson went pretty well today. It ended about 5 minutes earlier than I expected--which was good in the long run. I truly hope my class enjoyed it. I hope I’m not boring them to death. Wish that wasn’t the case with my organ playing today though. OH MAN!! It was pretty bad!! I don’t know what happened!! I thought I knew the hymns, especially the opening hymn…hmm, I guess not? Oh well, I tried my best. I just know that I’ll need to practice more this week, that’s all.
This weekend was pretty awesome!! I loved every second of it!! Especially today and the opportunity of playing Monopoly with my three nephews for 6.5 hours. WOW!! It was fun…most especially since I won!! YAAAAY!! I love my nephews and the rare chances I get to hang out with just them. What an awesome weekend!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sister Lomu, at your service....

(Typed on: Friday 08/08/08)Tomorrow's my first day as a Temple Ordinance Worker. Wow! I don't even know how to describe my feelings right now. I'm so honored to be in this position. It took A LOT to get to this point. I don't even feel worthy (Think "Wayne's World") to be in such a calling. Growing up, EVERY Saturday my parents would drive up EARLY in the morning from San Diego to the Los Angeles Temple. I remember missing my Mom oh so much. But I always looked forward to their return home since they'd always come home with Lil Debbies & Pineapple juice left over from their road trip. The only people I've ever known as Temple workers were those I highly respected and deemed as extremely spiritual (ie: My parents, Sister Sorenson, Jane). I'm so grateful for this calling. It's really touched my Father and made him incandescently happy. I don't feel nervous or overwhelmed, but blessed and excited!!
WOW! I can't help but smile ALL THE TIME whenever I'm in the Temple. I can't wait!!


I teach for the first time this Sunday in Gospel Essentials (Principles) class!! AHHHHHHH!!! I'm so glad I studied and set my lesson plan 3 weeks ago. I'm so stoked!! I hope all goes well in class!! I also hope I just don't start bawling over something or another.

Oh, and did I mention I play the organ this month as well..... WOW!! Talk about Trusting in the Lord and PRAYING, PRAYING and PRAYING!!

Hmm, I think I'm lookin' forward to my Sunday Afternoon nap and it's only Friday nite :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

To be honest with you...

* I ate my lunch at Balboa Park today...oh man, wasn't it such a gorgeous day!! It was beautiful!! I loved the cool summer breeze today!

*I've been praying to have missionary opportunities come my way. More specifically, that I would recognize those opportunities too. Well today at the park I saw a man reading and DANG did I wish I had a Book of Mormon pass along card today!! It was mind boggling that I even had the urge to approach someone with the gospel. I was happy (that I had those feelings) and sad (that I didn't have the proper pass along card) about it. GRR!! Ok, I hope I get the opportunity again! I can't fail next time!

*As much as I LOVELOVELOVE my new Temple Ordinance worker calling, I've been thinking of all the activities I'll be losing out on since my shift is mid-day (11am-5pm)...but tonight it all finally clicked. How truly blessed am I to be able to spend 5 hours every Saturday in the most beautiful, peaceful and spiritual place in all of San Diego?! I get to be of service to all those who pass thru the doors of the Temple, as well as those who have passed on. I'm so tremendously excited to start this Saturday!!

*Work is getting easier each day. Thank goodness! I'm so happy!! Almost to the point of actually ENJOYING work. The word is out at work that "Ehu's Mormon". Alrighty, bring it on!

*I'm excited for this month. So much is going on! I feel like I've gotta have a steel trap memory because I'll be learning SOOOOOOOOOOOO much. I'm excited!! However, I realize that I've truly gotta trust in the Lord to help pull me thru this month. What a wonderful time to live!

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