Friday, December 19, 2008

SNOW DAY!

Ha ha, the University is shutting down because of the huge blizzard we are having. YESSSSSSS I am going to go home and clean my house. It is gross because I normally clean on Saturday but last Saturday there was a blizzard and Neil and I just watched tv alllll day and I didn't want to do anything else. It was great, but our house is gross. Hooray!

Seven Years Ago

Seven years ago today I went to the MTC. That makes me feel old. Seven years is a long time! Exactly one year later I was transferring out of my second area away from my PSYCHO companion. I was sooo happy to get away from her. To this day I am still afraid of her. A few months ago she sent me an invite to join some kind of social networking site and it said she lived in SLC, WHAT?! She is supposed to be in Auckland, far far away from me. Now every time I go to SL I am scared that I will run into her. What were you doing seven years ago today?

One more story about being old. Two nights ago I went to my cousin Heathers wedding, it was great, I was at the refreshment table and there was a little girl there all dressed up, I could tell she was part of the wedding party I asked her "Are you Bretts little sister?" she said "no, I am Heathers little sister." What?! I said, "woops, I am your cousin" ha ha, I just could not beleive that I did not know who she was! I have like 100 cousins though... speaking of having a lot of kids, the Duggars just had their 18th child. That poor woman! That is a lot of childbirth. All of the kids have a name that starts with J. Why would you pick that letter? I think that A, or B would have been a lot easier. Then then wouldn't have had to make up names like Jinger, I think it's supposed to be pronounced Ginger, but I bet everyone calls her Jinger (rhymes with ringer). Sad.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today

Today I am feeling really bored at work, and irritated. I need it to be Christmas break, NOW! The other day I was in charge of our work Christmas party. We had a nice lunch and people brought white elephant gifts. It turned out pretty good. Except I felt bad for one guy who actually put some thought into a funny gift and ended up with crap, well not literally. He got a bag with an old crappy can opener and some paper clips in it. Obviously someone forgot to bring a present and threw that stuff in a bag. How rude, seriously, if you forgot then too bad for you, you don't get a gift, blah, go have a cry about it.

A few nights ago I was wrapping presents for Rachel to send to her. Neil and I had bought some earrings for her on Friday night. On Monday I could not find them anywhere. I looked and looked. Finally I asked Neil if he had any idea where they could be. I told him they were in the Wal mart bag on the counter. He got a funny look on his face and put his shoes on. I said "Oh my word, did they get thrown away? Are they in the dumpster?!" He said "I think so, I will go look" I said "Honey, do not do that, they were not that expensive!" He went out and about 20 min. later he came back in with the earings. What a great guy! On top of that he got his grades and found out that he got a 4.0 this semester, woo hoo! Way to go! That is all.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Merry Christmas Survey


1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like to wrap things really early so I can admire them under the tree for a long time. Otherwise I just feel like it was a waste of time.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Growing up we always got a real tree, but only because they are like 5 bucks if you cut them down yourself. Now we have a fake one because we can't afford to buy a real one from a tree lot, except for one time when Rachel and I got one at a tree lot for like $75 bucks, thanks dad:)

3. When do you put up the tree? Right after Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving coming so late this year I would have put everything up way earlier, but it was all in St. George.

4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years. Except once in college I had a real tree and I wanted to keep it up all year and decorate it for every season. It only lasted until Valentines, I cried the day I took it down....I wanted the season to last all year round..

5. Do you like eggnog? No, but I drink it to be polite to the eggnog lovers because I have found that you either love it or hate it, and if you love it you want to push it on all of the haters. I do like to share in peoples joy.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hmmmm Probably my cabbage patch doll, her name was Anita, she had red hair. Even as a child I thought that was weird because isn't the name Anita geared more toward Hispanic people? I would also like to thank Santa for putting a diet coke in my stocking the last few years.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. He needs and wants nothing. Since he started running it is easier to think of running themed gifts, thanks for getting a hobby dad!

8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom, as kids she always had a list of things she needed or wanted and she is good about dropping hints about what she might like.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. My mom gave me a willow tree nativity a few years ago, I love it! I also have a nativity in a coconut from Hawaii and an African Nativity that Neil bought me last year, I put it up at work. I should also mention that I covet my sister-in-laws snow man nativity every time I see it. What is cuter than a little snowman baby Jesus?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Neither. Maybe one day I will send out a Christmas letter, but right now I am still working on Wedding thank you notes.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? This is not the worst gift, but it was funny. When I was about 10 Andrea drew my name for Christmas. All month a huge box with my name on it sat under the tree. I was so excited to open it Christmas morning. Guess what it was? Two huge cans of alphabet soup. I cried. But now I know that she really thought I would love two big cans of my favorite soup. So in retrospect, very very thoughtful:)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
The Muppet Christmas Carol

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? July

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Only White Elephant gifts

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My moms hersheys kiss cookies...I can't remember their proper name.

16. Lights on the tree? yes, and pre-lit is better!

17. Favorite Christmas songs? All of them, except "Simply having a wonderful Christmas time" it annoys me. I also heard a version of "The little drummer boy" once that was seriously inappropriate but funny.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel to St. George to get out of the cold for a week, yay! I am so glad that both of our families live there.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes, but I won't bore you by reciting all of them.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither. Angels are creepy, maybe next year I will buy a star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The shrill arrangements of otherwise nice Christmas songs.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Theme? Seriously? My favorite ornaments are the ones that my Grandma has made for me (and the 85 other grandkids) in her ceramics shop every year since I was like 4.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? I am usually not hungry for dinner because I eat junk all morning while we open presents.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I don't really need or want for anything since I was so spoiled at my wedding in May, ha! Seriously though, thanks everyone. Neil knows that I always love clothes:)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holly Jolly Missionaries

How cute is our little Rachel? She sent me this cute Christmas card and I wanted to share. I thought you all would want to send her a Christmas card/letter/package. If you would like her address (not the mission office that is posted to the right) leave a comment and I will email it to you. I was going to just post her address on here but this blog is not private and I watch too many true crime shows to be brave enough to do that.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not kidding

I saw this guy in the parking garage elevator last night. Okay, so it was not really this guy, but a freshman trying to be this guy. He was wearing a button up shirt, a zip up hoody and an overcoat, all unbuttoned with his chestage hanging out..... It just looked weird, and cold.
Maybe he really thinks he is a vampire? I wish that elevator was not so slow!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Saved by the Bells


The other night Neil and I went to a Bell Choir concert at the Logan Tabernacle. You may remember that in High School I was in a Bell Choir. Literally we rang hand bells and played beautiful music, my director now directs "The Bells on Temple Square", good times. The bell choir was sponsored by the Presbyterian church and their Pastor did intros on all of the songs and said some really nice things. My favorite was when he taught us that when he said "Amen?" we should reply "Amen!" I think the Mormons should do that too. Anyway Some of the people in our high school bell choir were kind of "different"I always tell Neil about it and we have a good laugh, especially when I told him that Becky and Jeff actually met in Bell Choir. On Saturdaywe went to Becky and Jeffs to visit for a minute before we went to the cousin party. We told them that we went to a bell choir concert and Neil comes out with "Yeah, it was really good, but some of the people were so nerdy, there was this husband and wife that were both in it, I can't belive you would marry someone you met in the bell choir!" So at this point Jeff has this look on his face like "oh my word, should we tell him that that's where we met? What do I do?" It was priceless, Becky started laughing and then we told Jeff that Neil knew that they had met in the bell choir and he looked really relived, ha ha. It was reallly funny. My family still does not quite get Neils sense of humor. Oh well, it's all good Amen? .......

Nothing really important

All day today I thought it was Thursday, until a few minutes ago. What a disappointment! Good thing I found out or tomorrow I would have thought it was Friday and worn jeans and got in trouble for it. I am drinking my candy cane ho cho, muy bueno! Totally worth the hard work to get it, I am so blessed. It is making me hot though so I took off my zip up sweater. I don't know if Neil noticed or not but when we left the house this morning I was not wearing anything under my zip up sweater. I knew that at work under my desk there was a bag from Old Navy with a new white shirt in it that I keep forgetting to bring home. I figured I would get to work and put my shirt on. We got to campus at 7:30 because Neil had a final. So I was the first one here. I went in my cubicle and unzipped my sweater and found my new shirt under my desk, then I started to panick that someone might walk by my cubicle window and see me, so my arm got all stuck and I thought for sure I was caught! Don't worry, no free show for anyone here! I was all dressed and ready to go before my boss got here, whew! Also he said that next semester when Neil has a 7:30 class Tues and Thurs I can work 7:30-4:30, sweeeet!
For a good laugh check out this blog


UPDATE-
Since drinking my hot chocolate I am really feeling warm. I have a space heater next to me under my desk that I want to turn off but I am afraid to because every time I do my co-worker hears in turn off and comes in and asks if she can borrow it. Since it technically belongs to the office I have to give it to her. Then later I get cold again and ask for it back. It was mine first, MINE MINE MINE, get your own space heater! The End.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Random

Random thing #1 I think there is something wrong with the copy machine/printer at my office. Maybe we should have bought a new copy machine, instead of chairs with our $4000 dollar surplus....(if you did not watch the office last week you are officially not laughing right now). There have been people gathered around it all day poking and prodding it. Good thing I have my own printer, ha!

Random thing #2 When you were in college didn't you know what the course numbers were for your classes. Example "Hello, I am a student, I am in the classes Hist 3520 and Math 1050" Not hard right? If you did not know you might feel bad about what I am about to say. It just amazes me how many students call to set up a time to take a test in our orifice and have NO idea what class they are in.
Student: I would like to take a test sometime this week
Me: Okay what day
Student: Um, whatever
Me: Pick one
Student: Okay, Thursday
Me: What time
Student: Um, whenever
Me: (in my head, okay how about 6 am before are even open, mwah haa haa) just pick a time!
Student: okay, how about 4:00
Me: Okay, what class are you in (so we can pull the test out before they get there)
Student: I think it's like a Health class
Me: Um, what is the course number
Student: I have no idea, I would have to look it up, it's like health education or something...I would have to get on my computer and look.
Me: I can wait
Student: I am in my car
Me: Call back....click

This is how many of my conversations go during the day. What the heck? How do you not know what class you are registered for? SERIOUSLY!

Random thing #3- The cousin party on Saturday night was great fun. I am so glad that Neil and I double teamed everyone and got the hot chocolate, suckas!! ha ha! But seriously, thanks for hosting it Brooke and Shawn:)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

First Things First

First things first- How can you not feel happy when you look down at your plate and see your Italian dressing smiling at you?
(I added the hat, no dad, I still will not eat the ends of the pickle, gross!).


Here is our Thanksgiving dinner group, I don't know why it turned out blurry...

Zoey, the Underbite Dog. I am not a fan of dogs, but she really is cute and I let her sit on my lap while we watched a movie later that night...

This is our house all decorated for Christmas:) Thanks for making the cute stockings mom!

We found lots of cute ornaments at Tai Pan


I can't belive how gross our walls look in pictures! Do they look that gross in real life? Anyone...anyone?


Yes, I somehow cut the top of the tree off and we put it on a stool so it would be a little bit taller.


Even Lars, the bendy wooden guy wants to get in on the fun, thanks for the hat Mandy!
This is a nativity in a coconut we bought at PCC when we were in Hawaii


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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

And a good time was had by all...

We had a fantastic Thanksgiving.
Highlights Include
*Being in sunny St. George for 4 whole days!
* Zoey the under bite puppy
* Being with all four of our parents at Thanksgiving dinner
*Playing guitar hero
*waiting in line to get into Target at 5:00 am Friday morning. I do not go to Wal-mart, I have heard too many horror stories, people at Target are NICE, plus it's my favorite store.
*Dad getting kissed by Marie Osmond (story to come)
*watching Twilight (this is Neils highlight, he liked it more then I did) what was up with the white powder on everyone's faces? My highlight was sneaking food into the theater.
*Going to bed early every night
*Having the Browns come back from Fillmore early so I could see the kids
*Having Liza run right past me into Neils waiting arms (she knows we are suppposed to be her parents!)
*Buying Christmas ornaments at Tai Pan (we put up our tree and it is so cute, I know, our first Christmas "so special")
*Free decorations for every holiday from Lindsay via Krumpets, AWESOME! Thanks for cleaning out your warehouse Krumpets!!
*Lindsay buying Diet Coke and bringing to to Thanksgiving dinner just for me:)
*Mom spending all morning on Sunday making me cute Christmas stockings to match the cute tree skirt she made me earlier in the week
*The un-politically correct comment made in Sunday School at church, oh those funny Mormons.
I am sure there are more but my lunch break is almost over. Thanks for a great time everyone!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

How old am I?

The other day I was getting in the elevator in the parking garage on campus and a girl said hello to me, and then asked if I lived in the dorms. I was halfway home when I realized what that implied, hello, I do not look that young! Do I? Maybe it's because I was carrying this monkey lunch bag.

So anyway, I was glad that I look like I am 18, do you know how old I really am?
On a side note, last year Neil and I went to the movies we stepped up to the window and Neil said "two for Ratatouille please", the girl looked at us and asked "two adults?" WHAT?! You have be 12 or under to buy a childs ticket, I KNOW I do not look like I am 12, right?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Repost because I can't think of anything to post about.

This is a repost that I posted last year and thought it was appropriate for Thanksgiving.


So last night on the travel channel they went into Cajun country and sampled foods (who "they" is, I don't know, some guy who travels around eating weird food). One of the things they tried was Turducken. In case you are like me and have never hear of this it is simply a chicken, wrapped in a duck, wrapped in a turkey. Wow. Apparently it is quite good, but just watching the guy prepare it was enough to turn me into a vegetarian. So we were thinking about what else could be combined, like a cow, sheep and pig, maybe they could call it mooboink (moo, baa, oink, in case you missed it). So I wikipedia'd Turducken and found a plethora of information. In South Africa they have something called Osterducken...can you guess? That's right, Ostrich stuffed with a turkey, stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken. Whoa. In Australia they have Emuturducken, I didn't know people ate Emus... or my personal favorite, the "poor mans turducken" a chicken stuffed with Hot Dogs...seriously why would you want to eat that? But the mother of all animals with in animals dish is none other than the
Bustergophechiduckneaealcockidgeoverwingailusharkolanbler
(some of these birds I have never heard of) a bustard stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant , a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an Ortolan Bunting and a Garden Warbler. That is 17 bird folks. However according to wikipedia (which by the way I don't usually trust because anyone or his dog can get on the site and edit to their hearts content) many of the birds are endangered and can't be eaten anymore, darn, I guess we won't be having this for Thanksgiving dinner...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday





I really wish I had something witty and or exciting to report today. Not so much. We are excited to head down to St. George tomorrow for Thanksgiving. This year we are eating with my in-laws, but my parents are coming too because otherwise it would just be the two of them sitting all alone at their sad sad table (cue sad sounding violin music). Thanks Schmalz's for letting them come to dinner! I am pretty excited to go shopping on Friday, I like to hit Target because it's pretty much my favorite store and they always have the most random things on Sale. Yes, we do go bright and early so we can be there when the store opens up. I found two websites that list the black Friday ads early they are-
Here and
Here
Woo hoo! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

So Liza won't feel left out.

Here is Liza dancing with her favorite Uncle Neil:)


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Big Question Mark

I saw this sign on the bus the other day. I understand that smoking and eating hot dogs and drinking sodas is prohibited (good thing I would rather eat pizza, or sandwiches on the bus! whew) But what about the 3rd one? It kind of looks like a toaster, or an 8 track player...actually it kind of looks like the front of a bus. Oh I get it! No buses on the bus, because think how problematic that could be! Okay seriously though. Does anyone have any idea what that is supposed to mean?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Converting the world, one haircut at a time.


Rachel is doing great in Riverside. I wanted to share this story she told us the other day. She and her companions were heading over to visit an investigator, he was outside cutting his fathers hair. Apparently it was not going too well and both father and son knew it and commented on it. One of Rachels companions said "hey! Sister Wilkey is a hairdresser, she can fix it for you!" So she did. She got it fixed and looking all nice then the older man asked how much he owed her, of course she said that he did not owe her anything, she just enjoyed doing some service for him. He was so impressed and said something like "Any church who encourages young people like you to do service like this is one that I want to know more about!" So Rachel sent a referall to the mission in San Bernadino (where the man was from). Isn't that a great story? When she left she was kind of worried that she would lose her haircutting skills, but she has had a lot of opportunities to help people out using that talent. You never know what will soften someones heart!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thanks!

Hey everyone thanks for all of the great advice! I knew you would come through for me:) Our Enrichment night went pretty good. I was surprised by how many people came (about 50) and how many of them actually brought a treat to share for the tasters table (my assignment). We had a pie crust demonstration by a cute older sister, but I was bugged because I kept hearing women muttering things like "hmm, well, I will just stick with my recipe, because I KNOW it works" jeez, lighten up! The food was a big hit and everyone had fun with the crafts. When Neil showed up at 8:30 (like they requested) we still were not all done, but I pushed things along and we actually got out of there by 9:30, whew!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Un-Enriched

I have been on the Enrichment committee for Relief Society since 1998. I kid you not. The problem is that until 6 months ago I was single and RS was all there was and apparently they thought I would be good at it or something. When Neil and I got married and moved into our new ward we were all excited to get callings in Primary or YM/YW (fyi Neil has taught Gospel Doctrine for 10 years, for the same reason as me...okay maybe not 10 but at least 4 or 5). The bishop asked us to meet with him after church one day, we were all excited, finally a change. We sat down in his office and he said "Sister Schmalz, we would like to call you to be a member of the enrichment committee, and Brother Schmalz, we would like you to be our new gospel doctrine teacher.) What?! Seriously?! Oh well, what do you do. So now we just substitute for primary as often as we can. Maybe they will see how great we are and give us a calling:) So on to the point of my post. I went to my first enrichment planning meeting with some great ideas. My last singles ward did a great job of having a lot of enrichment groups and activities per the new program and I thought it would be fun to see what this new ward had going. Nothing... that's what. Apparently the new program "does not work" for my new ward. They claim to have tried and it didn't work... Grrrr. I know that change is hard, but deal with it! These are probably the same people who when the church went to the block schedule still tried to get people to rally for 7 pm sacrament meeting. I am struggling because I have such a testimony of the new enrichment program and such an aversion to the old way of having a huge production every month filled with crafts and staying at the church until 10:00 three nights before the actual activity to set up. Tonight we are having an activity, we were at the church until 10:30 last night setting up because one sister brought every single Christmas decoration she owned (we are having a Christmas craft preview) inlcuding a tree! A tree! Are you kidding me?! I came home exhausted and thinking how next month is going to be even worse becasue we "have" to have a huge Christmas dinner/party even though the ward is already having a party two days after the day the president picked (no, she will not combine). How can I fulfill my calling when I feel like my RS president is not listening to the general RS presidency or the Prophet? Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Six Months


61

As a 1930s wife, I am
Superior

Take the test!



Today is our six monthiversary! I took a quiz to see what kind of wife I am and apparently I would have made a superior 1930's wife:) Oh joy. The other day I said to Neil "I can't believe we have almost been married for 6 months, it doesn't seem like it's been that long!" He replied "I know, it only feels like it's been 5 minutes......under water...." Ha ha soooooo funny. Whatever, I am pretty sure I am the best room mate he has ever had, and vice versa. I am sure glad to be married. Last night the Elders Quarem had a pot luck, I didn't really want to go becuase lets face it, singles wards pot lucks are a little scary (I can say that on good authority becasue I was in singles wards for 10 years). I was pretty impressed to get to the church and find that people actually cooked real food! Wow, just one more perk of being married.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Shoes

I love new shoes. They feel all cozy and comfy on my feet, they make me want to do a little dance. They keep my feet all warm and dry. There is just something about a new pair of shoes that makes me feel good. I love new shoes.The end. By Sara

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy Birthday and Baptism

On Saturday we celebrated Lindsey and Emily's Birthday, what a grrrreat party!



We ALL had to take a turn on the train:)

And take a trip down the slide (some of us more than once)

Evie really rocked those go go boots:)

Go Aggies!



What a beautiful girl!


Cousins

It was such a great day, thanks to Lindsey and Em for being born on the same day so we can have a big freakin party every year!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We had a fabulous Halloween. We drove to St. George on Thursday night. Neil had a job interview on Friday morning (no, he does not graduate for a year, he is just getting a head start)

Here is my cute jack o lantern I carved, I was so proud of myself!

While Neil was at his interview I headed over to the Elementary School and hooked up with this hot hippie chick. (FYI, no, Eliza did not recognize her mother)

Then she wanted to try it out:)

Later we went trick or treating with an Indian

The bride of Frankenstine

A witch

and a cowboy

It was really really nice weather:)

Liza loves her Uncle Neil

She even shared part of her costume with him!

Tyler and Liza wanted us to dress up a bit

Tyler kept looking in his bag to check out his loot

Eliza got some gross teeth and wanted to try them out