Wednesday, April 8, 2015

We've Got Mail!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The weather!  Love it!

2) Answered prayers....as well as, Un-answered prayers.  Sometimes it's best to just remember who knows best.  

Goals for the Day:

1) Get through this crazy work day.
2) Get Kyle to his gym for training
3) Get Lexi to Mutual
4) Pick up Kyle
5) Dinner
6) Run a few errands
7) Pick up Lexi from Mutual
8) Get things ready for tomorrow

From the Camera:

This is the header of the mission blog Sister Morgan of the New York, New York North Mission.  They are serving with their son.  The mission blog address is:  http://nynynorthmission.blogspot.com

I check it from time to time to see if they have posted any new photos of their "new" missionaries.  Nothing yet, but it's fun to check it out and see what has happened in the mission before Curtis got there.  So, take a look.  


From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....

The next time an employee goes out of their way to help you solve a problem or locate an item in a store, make a mental note to send a letter of praise and recommendation to their boss.
Be sure to name the employee who helped you and go into detail on how that employee went above and beyond for you. It is far more common for people to complain when things go wrong, so take this opportunity to praise someone for doing something right.

Benefits:

Praise for good works encourages more good works to be done. By praising this employee to their boss, it is very likely they will try harder to provide the same excellent service to all they meet. You are also helping to build a stronger trust between the employee and employer.

Step It Up:

Don't just write a note; live in the moment! Ask to speak with the employee's supervisor. If possible, ask the employee to stay with you when you speak with his or her boss, and praise the employee to the boss' face, while the employee is present. You will leave a lasting impression upon both the employee and employer.

Keep It Simple:

A note is good no matter how late. Even if you don't know the specific name of the person who helped you, take the time to send a letter of thanks. Or if you are really pressed for time you could find the company or organization on line and leave a positive comment on their website, or on an Internet review site somewhere.

From the Kitchen:


Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers!


8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef
• 8 Slices Provolone Cheese
• 1 Medium Sweet Onion
• 6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms
• 2 Green Peppers
• 2 Tbs. Butter
• 2. Tbs. Olive Oil
• Salt and Pepper - to taste
Cooking Steps
Slice peppers in half lengthwise, remove ribs and seeds.
Slice onions and mushrooms. Saute over medium heat with butter, olive oil, minced garlic and a little salt and pepper. Saute until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized. About 25-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400*
From the Spirit:

The Grumble Family

There's a family nobody likes to meet;
They live, it is said, on Complaining Street
In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied,
The River of Discontent beside.
They growl at that and they growl at this;
Whatever comes, there is something amiss;
And whether their station be high or humble,
They are all known by the name of grumble.
The weather is always too hot or cold;
Summer and winter alike they scold.
Nothing goes right with the folks you meet
Down on that gloomy Complaining Street.
They growl at the rain and they growl at the sun;
In fact, their growling is never done.
And if everything pleased them, there isn't a doubt
They'd growl that they'd nothing to grumble about!
But the queerest thing is that not one of the same
Can be brought to acknowledge his family name;
For never a Grumbler will own that he
Is connected with it at all, you see.
The worst thing is that if anyone stays
Among them too long, he will learn their ways;
And before he dreams of the terrible jumble
He's adopted into the family of Grumble.
And so it were wisest to keep our feet
From wandering into Complaining Street;
And never to growl, whatever we do,
Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers, too.
Let us learn to walk with a smile and song,
No matter if things do sometimes go wrong;
And then, be our station high or humble,
We'll never belong to the family of Grumble!
By L. M. Montgomery
From the Schmidt's:

Today has been a busy day.  Work was still busy with two people out.  It can get super busy this time of year.  I'm just glad tax time doesn't effect our team as much as others.  The end of the year is always the busiest time for our team.  Charitable gifting season.  Things get a little crazy that time of year!  The way this year is flying by, we will be to the holidays in no time.  Yikes!

Kyle took me to work today because Kevin had some errands to run today.  Kyle has become Kevin's designated driver when he can work it around his schedule.  When he can't, I try to take a day off.  That is where we are going to miss having Curtis around.  He did a lot of running for us....BUT, he is exactly where he needs to be right now.  We got a letter from Curtis today.  It's posted below.

Kyle and I ran a few errands this evening.  We have a package to send to Curtis, so we picked up a box, picked up a prescription or two, visited the grocery store for dog food for Danielle's dog, and dropped off a few things too.  I still have more errands to run, but they will have to wait until tomorrow or this weekend.  Things to return to my sister-in-law, and my Mom.  My Mom let me use her 3 piece crock pot warmer for our family Christmas party.  Mom brought all kinds of goodies in them and left the warmer here.  I've been meaning to take it to her for months now.  She was even her for the farewell, but it's still here.  It's no biggie.  We will get it to her this weekend or something.....besides, I want to see her new car.  For years my Mom has been driving a car my Grandmother left her.  (t was brand new and hardly driven when my Mom got it.  That was several years ago, so it's been put to good use and taken care of too.  Well, the other day the car took it's last trip and has received it's final resting place.  I'm not kidding....it literally died!  So, my dad bought my Mom a new car for her birthday.  How cool is that?  She got a brand new Nissan Murano.  She got a black one with black leather interior.  Yikes!  That's gonna be hot in the summer.  BUT, I am happy for my Mom.  She needed a new car and she has been wanting a Murano for a while now.  I was happy she finally got what she wanted.  Nice birthday present Dad!  

Lexi is away at Mutual now.  She needed to get out of the house today.  She has been going a little stir crazy.  It's sad when she asks me to drive her around the block just to get out.  I'm sure she will be thrilled to get back to Mesa High next year.  LOL!

I mentioned that I added the MyFitness Pal to my phone some time ago.  Well, I stopped using it about two months ago and went back to a few back habits.  I decided to get back on it.  I need to really start working on this.  So, eat day I count all of my calories, all my water intake, and all my exercise.  My latest thing I need to do is get off of all soda.  I switched to diet some time ago, but I just can't seem to totally kick soda because I need the pick me up at work.  So, Kyle suggested that I take 1/2 of a caffeine pill instead.  That would certainly help, but my actual goal is to get away from ALL caffeine.  BUT, I am glad he is here to help with suggestions.  I never thought about a caffeine pill.  He has to take them when he competes, for whatever reason.  I may give it a shot!

Well, it's about time to go pick up Lexi and run a couple more errands too.  Take care and we will talk soon!

From the Missionary:

We received a letter from Curtis today....

Hey,
        How are you all?   I'm in the middle of my first week.  Had some time, so I thought I would start an email to you guys. I'm doing good. We mostly knock doors.  It's funny, we call ourselves the blood hounds because all we do is find that we rarely teach in this area, but it is awesome,  We knocked like 200 doors today, literally.  I am so tired but it's a good tired.  Today we saw a precession for Easter where all these catholic people were walking down the street.  The companionship that we are roommates with saw one with like 250 people and at the end of it all, they had hung a fake Jesus doll on a cross,  They showed us pictures and it was crazy! hahah.  I am loving the Bronx.  There is so much to see. Tomorrow is General Conference and I will write more after that, so goodnight...... sorta kinda, not really.


 Saturday General Conference was awesome!   I got so much out of it, but there were so many talks on marriage and family, hahahah  Oh yeah, We watched General Conference at the church, but in like a small room because more people show up from the Spanish branch, so they get the chapel.  It was seriously just like just missionaries watching and that is probably what is going to happen today.  It was so funny whenever marriage was mentioned we would turn to a couple of the missionaries that are going home the next cycle.  

In between sessions we tracked because we seriously need to find someone to teach.  After we were done, we went to a bodega and got what I can only describe as the greatest sandwich of all time. Chipotle chicken with chipotle Gouda (or however you spell that cheese) with an egg.  It was so good! hahah. During the priesthood session we had root beer floats from the ward and that was fun.  It's Sunday morning and we are about to study,  I just wanted to write you some more,  I will continue later.

Hey it's Monday today in the morning.  My companion is in a meeting, so I'm just chilling.  hahah.  Today seems like it is going to be awesome. We aren't knocking any doors. 

It is now Wednesday.  Sorry if this email is super weird,  hahah 

I will get better at emailing some day, but anyways, Monday we ended up knocking on one door.  It was a family from the Dominican Republic and the only spoke Spanish so we are going to have to pass them off to the Spanish elders.  But Monday we met a man named Lewis and his wife Sydney and they are awesome.  They asked us if we were able to go to their house and we were just like yes of course!  hahah.  They did like half the work for us.

To answer some questions our apartment address is 2415 creston rd.  Our area is pretty ghetto, but I hear if you get below 154th street it gets really bad.   hahah.  Umm any mail.... goes to the mission office though.   If Kyle wants to send ties, there are no rules on ties, anything goes. We haven't taught too much.  It's mostly just knocking doors or going to parks to find people.  A lot of the people here don't speak English, so I'm the minority.  Everyone thinks that my companion is Dominican because he's black.  It's so funny.

Right now I am sitting on a subway train and we are going to the temple to play some temple ball (just basket ball in the temple). hahah.  We played yesterday at our building and I didn't get to use my half court shot.  hahaha.  So we will see how today goes. 

Another little fun fact.... I guess that I am eating like ten times healthier. hahah.  We eat salad and stuff all the time.  Unless we are going to a bodega, because there we get the best and the least healthy sandwiches ever.  hahah.  Chipotle chicken with pepper jack and an egg!  It's the greasiest, most delicious thing in the world! hahah

Oh yeah, and today we are going to buy what we call Bronx pants. hahah  They are the most ghetto thing ever!  The people here are awesome, but they sometimes just dress ridiculously. hahah

So yeah, that's what's been going on here sort of... You can ask questions if anything seems weird or if I didn't explain something well.  I am not allowed to talk to much back and forth but I am allowed to receive emails every day and write drafts through out the week.  So I will try to answer any questions and tell you everything as much as possible.


Love,

Elder Schmidt
Sent from my iPad

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