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
(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
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


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


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


As a 1930s wife, I am

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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!


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