Monday, May 2, 2011

Devastation...(it's long)

There are no words to describe how I felt as I watched and listened to my local hometown weather station online and hearing that a tornado was going to hit my hometown in 8 minutes. My mom was safe and out of town, but my dad was at home. I called him continuously, but could never get a hold of him. I was devastated.

If there is one thing I know about my dad it is that he is always on top of the weather. My mom had previously told me that he had lost power but I knew that he would have a radio to listen to the weather. As I watched the streaming weather forecast, the meteorologist said that the tornado had knocked out the tower that broadcasted alerts to the weather radios. The tornado was headed straight to my hometown and my dad had no way of knowing what was headed towards him. I was frantic.

A minute later David called me and I was so upset that I think the only words he understood were: tornado, daddy, and can't get ahold of him. He tried to comfort me but it was useless because I had no idea if my dad was okay. I told him I had to go because I had to listen to the weather. Five minutes later I received a text message from David saying he got in touch with my dad and that my dad was okay and  going to call me soon. I finally took a deep breathe and waited for my dad to call but my phone never rang.

"Half a mile till it hits" was what the meteorologist said and all I could do was sit there and stare at my computer. I was helpless. Immediately I began texting my dad everything the meteorologist said. I had no idea if my dad was receiving my text, but that is the most I could do being half way around the world. Tornado after tornado kept appearing on the radar. Within a span of 10 minutes 4 tornadoes had been sited around my hometown. It was unbelievable. With tears streaming down my face and a sickening feeling in my stomach the only thing I could do was pray.

It felt like I had been watching the weather forecast for hours but in reality it was only 30 minutes. I heard that other tornadoes hit other towns, but I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of the destruction because I could only focus on weather or not my dad was alive and safe. My phone rang and on my caller id it said, "Home" it was my dad.  His cell phone wouldn't call out because of the storms. Relief isn't a strong enough word for how I felt when I heard his voice on the other line. The storms weren't over yet but he had a long enough break in the storms to call me and let me know that he was safe.

Once I realized my dad was safe, I was devastated to see the rest of my state was being destroyed by tornadoes. My sister called to tell me that Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama is, was hit be a mile wide tornado. Tuscaloosa. It's our second home. I spent every Saturday of the Fall growing up in Tuscaloosa. It's where my dad and sister went to college. It's where my best friends from high school went to college. It's the town where my parents used to bribe me when I was little with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to go to the football games. It's where I started loving Alabama football. It's the town I have secretly wanted to live in because I love the college town atmosphere. It's my second home and half of it was destroyed.

Not just Tuscaloosa was hit by a tornado but several other cities were completely destroyed by a tornado. I have family and friends throughout the state and my family was extremely lucky. Buildings, homes, and cars can be rebuilt but having all my family and friends safe is priceless. It seems selfish to say that, but it's true. I still cry every time I see new photos from the vast destruction of the tornadoes that tore through my home state on Wednesday. All I can do is thank God for providing protection of my family and friends. I wish I was home to help with the clean up process. When I come home in May, Alabama will not be the same state from when I left it 2 years ago. It will take several years to rebuild what we have lost but our God is faithful and we will become a stronger state because of it.

One of my friends from home had this verse on her blog and I thought it was perfect.

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."Psalm 46.

Here are some ways to help Alabama: 

You can purchase these t-shirts here.  All proceeds from t-shirts will be donated to the red cross relief fund for Alabama. Alabama is playing Kent State in the first football game of the season and the fans will "white-out" with these shirts. 

You can purchase this notebook or cards from here. $5.00 from each purchase will be donated to the red cross relief fund to Alabama. 

TIME has provided a list of ways to donate on their site. Click here. 

Keep Alabama and the South in your prayers.

Monday, March 14, 2011


I was cleaning out my refrigerator the other day and I found an acai berry mix to make an acai bowl. Have you ever had one? They are delicious, healthy and are extremely popular here!

Acai bowl

Anyways, I had all the ingredients except bananas. I have never had good luck when I buy bananas. I can never eat them fast enough before they ruin. I decided a while ago to buy bananas when they were on the greener side so they will be ripe by the time I am ready to eat them. This works well, but they still ripen pretty fast because I live in a hot climate. I decided to google how to keep bananas longer and a lot of places suggested a banana stand.

Two Friday's ago I went to the grocery store to buy bananas, low and behold they were selling extremely cheap banana stands, so of course I bought one. I also decided to buy the greener bananas because I wanted to wait a couple of days before I made the acai bowl.

Well.. a couple days passed and the bananas were still extremely green. I thought, man my banana stand must really be working, that was a good two dollars spent! A couple of days later, my bananas were still green. I told David I didn't know if they were still green because of the banana stand or if they were just green bananas?

Can you see my dilemma?

Eleven days later and my bananas are still green. This is one amazing banana stand.

Acai Bowl Recipe:
(I use apple juice instead of orange juice. Some people use soy milk. I also add some frozen strawberries or blueberries in the blender)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bucket List...

Have you ever seen the movie Sleepless in Seattle? I love that movie. I actually love any movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in it together. (You've Got Mail)

Anyways, there is a part in the movie where Tom Hanks is telling the radio host about what made his wife so special.

"She could peel an apple... in one long, curly strip. The whole apple."

Later on in the movie, Meg Ryan is sitting in her kitchen listening to Tom talking about his wife and she is peeling an apple in one long strip.

I have no idea how old I was when I first saw the movie, but ever since the first time I watched it I wanted to peel an apple in one long strip. Now, I know that might sound ridiculous, but I have always wanted to do it. Every time I pick up a potato or apple to peel, I always try to peel it with one try. I have put it on my bucket list. The closest I ever got was peeling it into two strips.

Well, that was until today!! Today I planned on making mashed potatoes and I successfully peeled the potato in one long, curly strip! Like I said, I know it sounds ridiculous, but it made me so happy!

It's the little things in life that make me happy.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Quaker Chewy Bars...

I saw this commercial earlier today and thought it was hilarious! I have a feeling when I have kids they will act like this..

Sorry I have posted in a while. I have been writing chapters for my final project.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy Medium...

School is extremely busy. I have a chapter due for my final project this coming Monday. A CHAPTER. Have I mentioned that school is overrated lately? Because it is. Anyways due to this chapter, I had a sudden urge on Monday to go to the library to work on my project. Of course the one day(in my entire life) I actually want to go to the library, it is closed due to President's Day.

This morning I headed off to the library to get my work done. In my whole life I have never been the type of person to go to the library. I never went to the library in college until I actually had a class in there my senior year. I forgot until today why I never enjoyed being in the library. When in the library you have to be quiet and most of the time studying. Which I am definitely not quiet and do not enjoy studying.

You know when you are really trying to be quiet because you are in a quiet place, but you end up doing the exact opposite. That was me today at the library. I forgot to turn the sound off on my computer and cell phone. I dropped 5 books. I had a squeaky chair and I am fidgeter, I seriously can't sit still. So every 2 minutes there would be a loud squeak every time I shifted in my chair. It was way too quiet. One thing for sure, I know how to clear out a room. A.K.A. - people at the library hate me. 

My friend suggested to study at a coffee house, but I am a people watcher so I would just end up watching people. 

I need to find my happy medium. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Time Travel...

If you have ever wanted to travel back in time, I have found the person for you.  This is a craigslist ad:

Need Help in the Past (Brandon, MS)

Date: 2011-02-15, 11:21PM EST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

I have a functioning time machine (I know it sounds unbelievable, but I assure you it works) that I need a 2nd person to operate with me.
I'm looking for someone who is adventurous and reliable. Preferable a male; or a female that can do heavy lifting.
I am leaving on February 21st, 2011, in the morning and plan to return February 22nd, 2011. I am going to November 1933 to handle some business.
If you are serious about time travel and are reliable, then please contact me. You do not have to pay anything, but you would have to provide someone to watch my cat for the time we are gone. The only qualifications needed are that you are reliable and that the circumferance of your head is no more than 64cm.

We will be leaving from Brandon, MS. Let me know if you want to go with me. 

I just thought I would make your friday more interesting. 

Things I find interesting:

1. He prefers a male or female... Is there another option out there that I am not aware of?

2. What unsettled business does he need to take care of from November 1933?

3. How does he know it works? If it works this means he has tried it before. If he is looking for someone to go with him this time, this means he had someone go with him last time. What happened to that other person? 

4. Not only is he looking for someone to time travel with him, he is also asking this person to find someone to watch his cat. Does he not know anyone to watch his cat? Does the cat really need to be watched for a day? I think it will survive.. 

5. What happens if your head has a bigger circumference (which he spelled wrong) than 64cm?

If you are interested here is the link. Just a word to the wise there was a craigslist killer, there could be another.