This past weekend was pretty calm. I spent Saturday cleaning and preparing my lesson for Sunday. One Sunday I taught Relief Society using two November General Conference talks: "Come What May, and Love It" by Elder Wirthlin and ""The Ministry of Angels" by Elder Holland. They are both wonderful talks and I would highly recommend them. "Come What May, and Love It" reminded me a lot of my mom. I used to come home from my sixth grade class and say "Mrs. Noel makes me so mad." My mom would calmly reply "she didn't make you mad. No one can make you mad." It always annoyed me but truer words were never spoken. How we feel and react are things we can control, unlike many other things in this world.
The lesson went well (I think) and I even ended on time. After church my roommates and I made waffles. In fact, this is the first time the four of us have shared a meal. It was a lot of fun. At the end of the meal, Nate came over to join us (and help finish up the waffles.) As a side note, the waffles were in the shape of Hello Kitty and her friends.
Later that night the four of us went to ward prayer (which is like a huge family prayer that a singles ward has on Sunday night.) I wasn't very tired so I didn't go to bed until 11pm. I fell asleep, then woke up after having a nightmare. It took me an hour to get back to sleep and I slept for approximately a half an hour when I was awakened by another nightmare. I had a third nightmare around 4am and a fourth around 7pm. They didn't have a familiar theme or person.
All in all, I got a little less than three hours of sleep on Sunday night/Monday morning. Since I was up at 8am, I called my work and told them that I wouldn't be in. I couldn't go back to sleep so I went grocery shopping. I managed to get two more hours of sleep in the afternoon. At 4pm I remembered that FHE(Family Home Evening) for the ward was at my house and I had to give them a lesson. By then I was working on a nasty headache. I took a shower, did a little lesson prep, and attempted to make myself look good. By 6pm my headache had turned into a migraine headache and I had the distinct desire to decapitate myself. I took more Ibuprofen. At 6:55pm the organizers of FHE arrived and asked to use our oven to cook eggrolls (to celebrate the Chinese New Years.) That was when I found out that our oven and range top wasn't working. Since I had used it the night before, it was a bit of a shock. They left to cook the food at a nearby house while my roommates welcomed ward members to the house.
I gave a 7 minute FHE lesson making the following connections: this is the year of the ox in China, yokes are used on oxen to pull large loads, in Matthew 11:29 we are told to take Christ's "yoke upon us," and to take Christ's yoke upon us is to take Christ's name upon us. I then pointed out three ways in which we can "take the name of Christ upon us." After the lesson, I sat in the kitchen for while sipping water and eating enough so I could take more pain meds without throwing up. A friend of mine, Angie, went and got me some Coke to settle my stomach. I took something to help me sleep at 9:30pm and slept until 7:30am this morning. It's been a long time since I have had a headache that bad. I was nauseous, light sensitive, and exhausted.
I am feeling better now and a repair man for the oven is coming tomorrow. My biggest complaint is that I am now behind at work.