Bold Adventurers

Elder Reed and Sister Vicki Fanning, LDS Senior Missionaries

February 16, 2018


Sister Fanning has had five days in a row without a sick stomach.  However, her pain level has been higher since stopping the supplements. She decided to add one of the supplements that she stopped last week to her daily routine. She added krill oil, which is the only thing she can take for inflammation.

This morning we were at Mariners Park at 9:00.  It is a very nice military park that is available for special functions.  The USS Mercy, a hospital ship, is leaving for deployment next week. Today they had a family day before they deploy.  They had live music, several tables from organizations, pizza for lunch, and some fun activities for the kids and families.  We gave away free international phone cards for the deploying men and women.  We also gave away kites for the kids.  Our table was very popular.  We talked to lots of people.  Chaplain Metzger, the command chaplain for Balboa Navy Hospital, stopped by our table and chatted.  We discovered that the ship has about 75 merchant marines, who are in charge of safety and ship operations.  There are an additional 600 medical personnel. This ship stops at countries that do not have very good medical infrastructures and provides free medical services to the general population.

We left about 2:30 when most of the people began to leave.  We drove to Balboa Hospital Pharmacy to pick up Sister Fanning’s pain pills.  Their electronic system was down for repairs.  We waited about an hour and 15 minutes for the prescriptions.  This time she checked to make sure they had entered the refill on one of the prescriptions.

Sister Fanning started to feel unwell while we were waiting at the Pharmacy.  We were planning several more stops, but decided to go home.  As soon as we got home, we realized we were supposed to pick up some supplements that the chiropractor had ordered.  We went down to the office, and Elder Fanning went in to get them.

When we got home Sister Fanning went to sleep.  She got up after a few hours.  We are guessing that krill oil is one of the things that are possibly causing her sick stomach.

We watched some of the Olympics.

We went to bed early.

February 15, 2018


This morning we went to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot for a Baby Expo as representatives of the USO.  We set up an outreach table to give the marines and their families information about the USO.  The Baby Expo was essentially a baby shower for about 16 to 20 pregnant and recently delivered marines and wives of marines. There were several husbands there also.  They had refreshments, games, and door prizes.  The moms and moms-to-be took home lots of prizes and bling provided by the different service organizations.  The USO provided a couple of prizes and some refreshments.  It was a quiet time sitting at our table. It was a little strange to see very pregnant marines in uniform.

Colonel Schaar came by our table to thank us for all the USO does and for being there. She is one of the battalion commanders and was in charge of the Baby Expo.  She gave each of us a challenge coin for her Battalion.

After the Expo, we decided to try out a new restaurant for lunch.  Elder and Sister Hillan, one of the Military Relations couples, suggested the restaurant for our next meeting.  It is called Officine Buona Forchetta.  It is authentic Italian, as the owner/manager was speaking Italian to several employees.  They have a set lunch – appetizer, main course, and drink – for $14.  We both had a salad with mixed greens, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan cheese with a yummy Italian vinaigrette dressing.  Elder Fanning had the Chicken Piccata, and Sister Fanning had the Chicken Marsala.  The entrees came with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.  We both had the San Pellagrino Limonata to drink.  Elder Fanning thought it was too tart, but Sister Fanning thought it went well with the food.  We gave this restaurant a thumbs-up.  The owner/manager will seat us in a quiet spot on the patio for our next Military Relations lunch.

Sister Fanning took a nap after we got home.  Although her stomach is feeling better, she is not sleeping very well at night and was tired.

We decided to teach lesson one again at the Resiliency course tonight.  We were hoping for a better turnout than last week.  However, the only person who came was the Chula Vista High Counselor.  We decided to cancel the course.  We talked with Brother Fa’alogo for about an hour.  It was a nice visit.  He is a retired marine.  He was born in Samoa.

We got home about 8:30.  Elder Fanning immediately emailed all of the Bishops to let them know that the Resiliency course was canceled.  We have decided that the only way to have a good attendance is to visit each couple and invite them personally.  Other than that, the only other successful method here in San Diego has been to teach the course during the second hour of the block on Sunday.

We relaxed for a bit.

We got to bed on time.


February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today was a relaxing day for Elder Fanning.  Sister Fanning picked up some prescription refills this morning from the Eastlake Navy Pharmacy.  It is so easy to get refills.  You call them in on a refill phone line and tell them which pharmacy to have them filled at.  When Sister Fanning walked in, she got her number, and did not have time to sit down before the number was called.  She reported to the window, where they checked her ID and then got the prescriptions off the shelf.  She was only in the Pharmacy about 5 minutes.  It is so different than getting the pain pills filled at the hospital where the wait is at least an hour.

She drove straight from the pharmacy to the salon for a haircut.  She got a good haircut this time.  She likes this stylist, but her hair cuts are not very consistent.  She is just not willing to try to find a new stylist.  It is only for 10 more months.

Sister Fanning got home about noon.  We had a snack and relaxed for an hour or so.

Sister Fanning had a chiropractor appointment today at 2:00.  She was there on time and went right into the exam room.  The doctor is really good at adjusting her neck.  Her thumbs are a work in progress; there has been a little movement in one of the thumbs during the last couple of adjustments.  The arthritis is so bad that they don’t want to move. The pain limits her ability to grip things and lift children and babies.

Sister Fanning stopped at Project Pie for some individual artisan pizzas.  Their pizzas are really good.  She also got a Smores dessert pizza for a Valentines treat.

We ate and watched some of the Olympics.  Sister Fanning was not feeling well, so she took a nap after we ate.

We spent the evening finishing some of the Olympics.  We have taped all of the Olympics, but we probably will not be able to watch all of them.

We got to bed on time.

February 13, 2018


This morning we went to the USO for our regular shift.  We spent the whole time doing inventory for donations from two Costco stores. We did not quite finish because we had to leave early.  We were asked to go to an outreach on Friday for the Family Day for the USS Mercy, a hospital ship that will be deploying soon.  We will do that instead of our regular shift at the downtown center.

We changed clothes and drove to La Jolla.  We stopped at McDonalds to get something for Sister Fanning to eat for lunch.  We got to the Temple Information Booth about 12:55.  We talked to Elder and Sister Hillan, who were going off shift, for quite a while.   We talked to about seven total people.  We did talk to a visiting LDS couple about serving a senior mission.  They are taking care of his 96-year old father, who is in ill health.  They want to go on a mission after he passes on.

We went to the Temple cafeteria for dinner after our shift finished at 4 pm.  We then changed to go to a session at the Temple.  Due to Sister Fanning’s health, we have ended up canceling the times when we had scheduled to go to a session.  It was really nice to be back in the temple after so long.  We missed it.

We left the Temple about 7:15.  Elder and Sister Chipman, who replaced us at the Information Booth, were already gone.  The drive home was easy since there was no rush hour traffic.  We got home about 8:00.

We spent some time relaxing after we got home.

We got to bed on time.

February 12, 2018


We got a text from Agnes this morning about taking her to counseling appointments.  We told her when we were available and told her we would help her get a ride if we were not able to help.

We are having our apartment complex rewired with fiber optic cables by AT&T.  We had multiple technicians and service people in and out of our apartment for several hours this morning.  The new system should come online in about a month.

We went to Point Loma to deliver a baby gift to Chaplain Zavala.  She had her baby in January.  She was not there, but her temporary replacement was in the office.  Chaplain Russell is a reserve naval officer who is serving her reserve duty by substituting for Chaplain Zavala for several weeks.  We left the gift with her after getting a report that mother and baby are doing well.

We were able to see two submarines pulled up to the pier.  These are the first submarines that we have seen.  One was quite a bit larger than the other.  We expected them to be gray, but they were matte black.

We drove to Louis and Kacey’s home to deliver another baby gift.  When we rang the doorbell, a little pair of eyes peered at us through the blinds.  She recognized us and opened the door, telling us that her mother was sleeping.  We left the gift with her.

We drove to the car wash, because our car really needed to be cleaned.  It seems to get really dirty, really fast here.  Between the humidity and the plant life, we get lots of pollen, sap, and dust and grime on the car.  They did not do a very good job.  We will probably try a different one next month.

We stopped at Costco for bread and Walmart for water.

We got home about 5:00.  We spent the rest of the evening doing computer work, watching a movie, and relaxing.

We got to bed on time.

February 11, 2018


This morning Sister Fanning was very tired.  She got only 2 hours sleep last night.  She decided to skip the 9:00 Church block in the San Diego 1st Ward and sleep for a couple of more hours.

Elder Fanning decided to try driving to Church while Sister Fanning was sleeping.  He felt that Sunday morning would be a good time when traffic was lighter.  He did okay, and found that he needed to turn his head more to compensate for no vision on the left side.  Agnes did not come to Church, and he only stayed for Sacrament meeting. The hardest thing about the trip was trying to find the car in the parking lot after Church.

We had some leftover KFC chicken for lunch.

We went to the Chula Vista Young Single Adult Ward (YSA) for the 1:00 block.  There was pretty sparse attendance.  There are lots of names on the records, but there were not many there.  The talks were very well done – one on faith, one on hope, and one on charity.  We went home after Sacrament meeting to rest for an hour.

We were back at the Institute Building at 4:00 for the Dessert First social activity after Church. We needed to train Anthony, a young sailor on the USS Boxer who had just been called and set apart as a group leader.  He will deploy in a few weeks.  We waited until the socializing, ice cream, and cookies were finished.  We found out that his step-father just died unexpectedly.  He will be going home to Utah for the funeral, and may stay for a couple of weeks on a temporary duty assignment so he can receive some counseling.  He was on the McCain when it had the accident in the Pacific with another ship in August. His current ship has also had a couple of minor accidents while it has been in port.  He is feeling depressed.  We were able to finish the training and give him the information he needed.  The High Councilor in charge of Military Relations for the Stake sat in on the training.

We left for home and relaxed for about an hour.  Anthony texted us from the Institute and asked us to take him back to the base.  The military does not want him to be alone for long periods at a time because of his recent loss.  He stayed at the Institute until everyone had left.  We drove him back to the base and dropped him off at his barracks.

We got home about 7:00.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing.

We were both tired, and we went to bed early.

February 10, 2018


This morning we both slept in.  We had a lot to do today, but we went about it in a leisurely fashion.

First thing, Sister Fanning finished the Military Relations report for January.  We had a six page addendum which she started on January 20.  It addressed some of the problems we have had with the interaction of the Military Relations couple here.  We know that there had been some calls to Salt Lake regarding things here, and we sent our version of the happenings.  Sister Fanning sent copies to President Stubbs and Military Relations Division in Salt Lake.  She sent a copy of the report without the addendum to our Bishop and Stake President back home.

Sister Fanning spent some time on a grocery list.  We stopped at the office supply store for some dividers and sheet protectors on the way to the commissary.  The base was very quiet today.  We did not have much to buy at the commissary, so our shopping was quick.

We stopped at KFC to get some chicken and sides to take home.  We had a late lunch as soon as we got home.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening working on a binder for tomorrow.  We are training a new group leader for the USS Boxer.  We went through all of the materials we had from various sources and got rid of duplicates.  We typed up a summary sheet for the group leader.  We also put the Navy version of their lay leader training into sheet protectors in the binder.  We modified the training materials to make them up to date and put them in the binder.

Elder Fanning sent an email to ten of the Bishops in the San Diego and Chula Vista Stakes to remind them to announce the Resiliency course.

We got to bed late.

February 9, 2018


We left to pick up Agnes at 7:30 this morning.  On the way, we got a text telling us she just woke up because her son kept her up.  She was not ready when we got there, and we had to wait for about a half hour.  She had to bring her little boy, so we had to put the car seat in the car.  He spilled water all over her on the way to the car so she had to change.  We did not get to the Family Justice Center until 8:30.  There was only one lawyer there, and not the one she wanted to see who had been a JAG lawyer.  Someone was in front of her, so we had to wait about 2 hours before she could see him.  We took care of the little boy for that time.  Luckily, they had a really nice playroom.  After seeing the lawyer, she had the name and phone number for a district attorney to talk to about leaving the state with her son. She will need to go back to see the military liaison again also.

We dropped her off at about 11:30.  We stopped at a Jack in the Box on the way to the USO to get a sausage biscuit for Sister Fanning.  We got to the USO late.  The financial course had been going for almost an hour.  We were supposed to be helping with the children, but luckily, the music and movement group were still there working with the kids.  There were 9 children between 1 and 5.  After the music and movement crew left, we gave the children a snack.  We then set up Cars for them to watch and organized some Valentine’s crafts for them to do.  They made Valentines with construction paper hearts, stickers, and markers.  They seemed to enjoy it.

By the time we finished, we were exhausted.  Sister Fanning did not sleep well again, and we were doing child care all morning.

We stopped for gasoline at Naval Base San Diego.  We also stopped at the GNC for some papaya tablets.

Sister Fanning went to bed when we got home.  We had leftover sandwiches from the USO lunch for dinner.  We spent the evening relaxing.

We went to bed on time.

February 8, 2018


We were supposed to take Agnes to see the lawyer at the Family Justice Center this morning. She texted and said she had been up all night with her little boy.  We postponed it until tomorrow morning.

We went to the USO at our regular time.  We sent the time doing the inventory of the bakery items and non-food items from Costco.

We stopped and picked up lunch at McDonalds on the way home.  When we came home, Sister Fanning took a nap.  Although her stomach is feeling better today, she did not get much sleep again last night.

We spent the afternoon preparing for the Resiliency class.  It is the first class for the course we set up for the San Diego and Chula Vista Stakes.  We sent flyers to the Bishops and put an announcement in all of the Ward bulletins.  We split the lesson up to team teach.  The topic is “How Do I Respond to Challenges with Resilience?”

We were at the chapel at 6:30 to set up for the class.  We went to the Relief Society room, but the scouts were using it for a Court of Honor.  Next choice was the Primary room, but they were teaching a self-reliance course.  The self-reliance course agreed to move to another room so we could have the Primary room.  We had a retired military couple and the high counselor from the Chula Vista Stake over Military Relations come for the course.  We were very disappointed with the turnout.  The Chula Vista 2nd Ward Young Women came to provide child care, and we did not need them.  They did not waste the time, but disinfected the toys in the Nursery.  We decided to advertise again and see what happens next week.  We went ahead and taught the first lesson.

We got home about 8:30.  We relaxed for a while.

We got to bed on time.

February 7, 2018


We spent the morning relaxing.  Sister Fanning decided that she would try something to see if it would help her stomach.  She is taking 14 over-the-counter vitamins and supplements which she and the doctors have added over the years.  She decided to stop taking all of them and see what happens.  We will see of her plan works.

We picked up Agnes at 1:00.  She had a sitter for her little boy, so she was the only one going with us.  We talked to her about the Family Justice Center and she decided it would be a good idea.  We had to wait for about a half hour for the Priscilla, the Family Liaison.  Agnes wanted us to be with her when she talked to Priscilla.  Priscilla gave her all of the options, and told her she would not make the decision for her, but would suggest options for her.  Since Agnes wants to leave the state with the child, Priscilla suggested meeting with a lawyer to find out the legalities of that choice.  Since we were there later in the day, and they deal with walk-ins, the lawyer suggested that she come back the next day first thing in the morning so she would get plenty of time with her.  There were several women waiting in line already.  Agnes took all of the information with her, and we took her home.  We planned to pick her up in the morning at 7:30 so she could be the first one through the door.

We got home about 5:00.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing and doing computer work.  We spend a lot of time on the computers doing blogs and mission-related items.

We got to bed on time.

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