The Day the Lights Went out in Alabama

April 27th, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy for Alabama.

Yesterday morning, we were woken up to tornado sirens at 5:19am. Most of the city immediately lost power and the heavy rains commenced. After a few hours, the weather returned to normal and we went on with our days.

Looming over our heads was the weather service’s warning that “the worst is yet to come.”

The worst was an understatement of what was to come. Come 3:30pm, warnings spread across the state of massive tornadoes and impending damage. Birmingham itself didn’t see bad weather until around 5:30pm. By then, I had made it home to an apartment complex with no power and slews of worried neighbors. We battened down the hatches and weathered out the storm in a first floor apartment. Fortunately, the storm skirted south Birmingham and we did not take a direct hit.

Others were not so fortunate. Many cities in Alabama were beyond devastated, some even leveled. Entire cities were destroyed. The death count is over 200, with countless others still missing. Thousands are displaced and stranded without homes to return to.

Without power, it took a while for most of us to realize the gravity of the situation. I myself didn’t realize it until I met a fellow Samford student at WalMart while I was purchasing candles to rerun to my apartment. While I laughed about how unprepared I was by not having a single candle in my house, he answered in return that he went home tonight and no longer had a house. It broke my heart to hear someone have their life ruined like that, and it was then that I realized just how bad this round of storms was.

I was so fortunate to not suffer any serious damage, and am so appreciative of everyone that checked in on me to ensure my safety. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and concern! I spent a good portion of the night at the law school where there was power, and only returned to my apartment to sleep for a while. Sometime today, the power here fortunately did come back on.

But the sun came in in Alabama today, and it will be out again tomorrow. The state will rebuild, and the people will help each other out. It is tragic events like this that show the good in humanity and brings communities together. If you were fortunate enough to survive the storm, make sure you give to others an help those who were not as fortunate.

Pray for Alabama…lord knows it is needed right now.

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Adult Truths

Hello from the library friends! I am hunkered down here until we get sent home to hunker down for the impending tornadoes this afternoon. If they don’t send us home in time, we will be forced into the stairwells…yipee. Please GOD let tornado season in Alabama end soon.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, my dad sent me the absolutel funniest email I have ever read today. So I want to share it with you (in liue of my envigorating stories of Evidence studying) and hope that you get a good laugh too!! Enjoy…

ADULT TRUTHS:

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
 
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
 
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger. 

 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
 
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
 
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
 
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
 
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
 
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
 
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
 
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
 
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
 
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
 
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
 
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
 
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
 
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
 
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
 
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
 
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
 
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
 
22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
 
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
 
24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Anything else you would add to that list?  I loved it!

Rule #14-Don’t Wear White Before Easter

Happy Easter everyone! If you ask me, the best part about Easter is tomorrow, when all the delicious candy goes on sale for 50% off! Half price candy is only worth half the calories, at least in my book.

Second to that, Easter kicks off Seersucker and white season! There is a strict rule in my family: no white after labor day and before Easter 23 years later, I still abide by it! The rule is bit a joke. After today, they are fair game and I’ve my white shorts ironed and ready to go! Now I can wear half my wardrobe again, thank goodness 🙂

This sums up my day:

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Clear skies, hot sun and cold water. Perfect holiday for me!

I hope everyone’s day was fabulous! I’m off to bed so I can get some sleep before an interview tomorrow morning. Good night all!

An apple tart a day keeps the doctor away!

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone had a lovely day 🙂 it really looked lovely outside here in Birmingham from the big windows of the library! No real surprise that I spent the day studying, but I made some head way today with easements and land zoning.

And then we got kicked out of the library at 5pm. Apparently there’s a holiday or something this weekend, idk Easter (haha) and the library is now closed until Tuesday morning. I swung by Old Navy on the way home and picked up some new shorts. SO excited because they were on sale and had all the colors I wanted!

When I got home, I ate some leftover pasta from last night and then decided to bake. I bought some awesome granny smith apples yesterday at the store and was in the mood to make something with them! My first through was a tart. Then I realized that I don’t really know how to make a tart…hmm. So I decided to wing it! I didn’t have enough dry ingredients to make an actual batter, but I did have the trust Duncan Hines box mix. Always have to keep one in the back of the cabinet for emergencies!

I mixed one box of cake mix with a 3/4 of water and two tablespoons of Chobani plain Greek Yogurt. Noeggs, no oil because eggs and oil make it rise like cake, and I wanted more of a crust texture. I chopped up one granny smith apple and one Bartlett pear, then tossed them with McCormick’s cinnamon sugar.

Spread a layer of the batter on the bottom of the pan, then pour the fruit mixture on top.

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Then in top of the, spread the rest of the batter. 30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and you’re done! It came out golden brown and crispy, with softened fruit that made it’s way all through the “tart.” Drizzle some caramel over the top and you have a dessert! Its way easy, and kind if like cheat baking haha. So good!

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After baking, I got sucked into watching the William & Kate movie on Lifetime. Twice. How sad is that? I’m a sucker for a good love story! Wine, good dessert and a love movie…I’m a happy girl!

It’s a Good Friday…to study.

Phew! I’m…tired. Studying is taking it out of me lately. I know it sounds dumb, like “oh, you’re tired from sitting in the library.” I’m serious, it exhausting! My brain is working overdrive. Which is why the end of the day, I haven’t been too motivated to blog and I haven’t had much interesting to share with y’all! Here’s what I do ALL day:

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Today was Good Friday, which was a great Friday to spend studying! We only had one class, and after a quick run to Subway (had a sweet coupon for a free sandwich!), I camped out in the library for the duration. I was determined to have my interest in real popster vest. Ha…ha. Yea, law school joke that probably wasn’t that funny. I won’t even bother to explain it, lord knows it took me all semester to get it.

After about 6 hours, I had a grasp on it. Of sorts. And I busted out of the library. I was in the mood to have some time off, for a good meal and to watch Friday Night Lights. So I hit up Publix, grabbed some groceries and headed home!

Dinner menu was spinach tortellini mushroom Alfredo with steamed shrimp and baked croissant. Way easy…Bertolli packaged pasta, quarter cup of Bertolli Alfredo sauce, quarter cup of cream of mushroom soup and some pesto. Season your fresh shrimp with lemon pepper and black pepper, butterfly it, and microwave it in a Ziploc zip ‘n steam bag for 1.5 minutes. Add it all together and instant dinner in like, 15 minutes.

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I ended up taking a little bit longer off studying than planned, because after Friday Night Lights, my one hour of Texas that I get per week, was a new episode of Say Yes to the Dress! I may have not studied too much tonight, but I did get a nice dose of sanity. Sometimes, sleep and time off does me just as well as 5 more hours of studying!

Tomorrow is back to the books, but I’m thinking I might be doing property at the pool! Gotta keep my tan up, I can’t take finals pale now can I?

Rain Rain, GO AWAY! Top 10 Rainy Day Movies

So I haven’t posted in 2 days…miss me? The reason is, that absolutely nothing is going on. I wake up, I go to school, I study, and I o home. I haven’t eaten anything cool, I haven’t done anything exciting, I have been a giant bump on a study lob (chair) in the library.

So after surviving the tornado last week and getting a solid 1 day of sun…its thunderstorming again. And all I want to do when it thunderstorms, is sit on the chaise lounge in the living room and watch a great movie.

But what is a great movie? for me, its usually a love story. I’m such a closet sap, and just can’t resist a happy ending for everyone. So in my opinion, here are the top 10 movies that everyone should be watching on a gloomy, rainy day. So here we go, in no particular order…

!. Diary of a Mad Black Woman-Who does’t love Madea and the perfect love story? Humor, love, drama…it has it all!  That and Orlando (who is actually Agent Morgan from Criminal Minds) is one FINE man. I could watch him profess his love all day long.

2. Casper the Friendly Ghost, 1995 Version-I should have ranked this as number 1. It sounds totally lame because its a remake of a cartoon, but i has great menaing behing it.  I cry every single time, no matter what, and its not even sad! Its just the cutest movie ever. And Devon Sawa was a total stud when he was 14, (see Little Giants for reference.)

3. Varsity Blues-The James Van der Beek glory days. It has football, it has hot men, it has Texas. What more can I ask for in a movie? Oh, and he gets the girl in the end.

4. The Replacements-Again, football, hot men, guy gets girl. The perfect plot for the perfect movie about living the dream. And who wouldn’t want John Madden to narrate the perfect first kiss scene?

5. Top Gun-“You’ve lost that loving feeling” is probably the best wingman scene ever put in a movie to this day. They were sick pilots, best friends and complete studs. And once again in the end…he got the girl.And this time, that girl was smoking hot enough to have an androgenous call sign and in charge of half the military. In this case, I”ll reverse it..she got her man.

6. Sweet Home Alabama-Classic city clicker v. cowboy decision for a nice Southern girl. Not only did he get to pick her own ring at Tiffanys (I wouldn’t have been able to pick a ring because I would have passed out the minute McDreamy said “pick one.”) but she landed hottie McSouthern and married her true love.  Its partially one of the reasons I moved to Alabama, I can’t lie. I pray one day my short hair looks as cute as hers did!

7. Love and Basketball-You’re probably seeing a trend here, but I am such a sucker for a sporting love story. High school sweethearts become collegre sweethearts become pro athletes and always love each other…freaking precious. You know its true love when you lose the 1-on-1 game that you challenged him to for a second chance,and he still gives in and doesn’t let you walk away.

7.  Dirty Dancing-Such a classic! I didn’t understand a lot of it until I was older, but the dancing and the love story speak for itself. RIP Patrick Swayze, you absolutely rocked. Nothing says it better than the move by-line…first dance, first love, the time of your life.

9.Pearl Harbor-the ONLY 3 hour movie that I will sit through and probably cry for like 85% of it. A military love story, another military love story and two best friends. And for best friends, Josh Harnett and Ben Affleck are the pick of the litter. I feel for the girls, thats a hard choice!

10. Beauty and the Beast-Disney does everything right, enough said.

 Ok, so now you know my secret obsession with love stories! I know I need to be studying for finals and shouldnt be doing anything else, but I think that I deserve a break to watch one of them either tonight  or this weekend…sounds like a GREAT Friday night activity for me with a nice dinner! Or maybe a Wednesday night activity haha? 😉

So…whats your favorite movie to watch on a rainy day, or just whenever?

Smiling on Sunday :)

We had bracket play the Bama Juniors tournament today. Unfortunately, it was a rough day for us and we couldn’t pull the match out; we ended up losing in 3 games. Regardless, we had a great time as got to work on our new line-up for regionals. Quite a few Sting teams were there, so we all took pictures!

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Team Sting 17-1 and 16-2

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Team Sting 16-2

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Team Sting coaches with the Bee!

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I spent the rest of the day studying, and taking breaks from studying. I’d study for an hour, then take a half hour nap, then study, then eat lunch, then study, then go on a run. It continued like that all day.

My first break produced (surprise…) new Nike shorts. Confession, I’m semi obsessed the Nike shorts. I know they make my butt look lumpy and elongated and kind of puff in the crotch, but I want them in like every color and think they’re beyond comfortable. I have absolutely nothing to match these, but I’m ok with that. When all else fails, just don’t match. The shorts were just too cute! (and on sale!)

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One of my favorite break was the run, since it was so gorgeous outside! I took my iPhone instead of iPod today so I had some new tunes to run to. If I have good music, I get lost in it and don’t even notice that I’m running because I’m having a great time.

It was a country music kind of day for me! Tunes that made my day today were:
“Texas was You” by Jason Aldean
“Somewhere with You” by Kenny Chesney
“On the Radio” by Reba McEntyre
“She’s Country” by Jason Aldean
“Someone Else Calling You Baby” by Luke Bryan
“Laredo” by Chris Cagle
“Heart Like Mine” by Miranda Lambert
“Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square

A few of my other mini-breaks really put a smile on my face, as I heard from some old friends! I love keeping in touch with friends from home and college in NJ, and try to as best as possible. Well, someone must be smiling down on me this weekend, as I have heard from 4 good friends; two from college in NJ and two from home in TX. Knowing people care enough to drop in to say hello, see how I am and catch up means so much to me. After talking to those guys it just put me in a great mood for the rest of the night. This week, try to make someone’s day by dropping in on a friend you don’t talk to all the time. I’ve decided I’m going to do someone new every day this week and I can’t wait to talk to some old friends! 🙂

I’ve now hunkered down for the night and am going to get a great nights sleep! I don’t have class until 11 tomm, AND it’s optional (you know my goody goody self is going anyways) but I’m going to get an extra hour or sleep beforehand 🙂 Hope you had a great, relaxing Sunday and were as happy as could be today!

Tournaments and T-shirts

Today was day 1 of the Bama Juniors tournament. We played at Hoover High (you might recognize the name from MTV’s show ‘Two a Days.’) Fortunately, it’s not far. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Starbuck in the near vicinity that I could find. Usually coffee is a must on coaching days and I’m a total coffee snob, so I insist on a cup of Pike’s Place from Starbucks. In the absence of my venti, I opted for a large Diet Dr. Pepper and cut my losses. Tomorrow, I’ll know better and get my fix at the Starbucks by my house or wake up early and brew it myself. The second option doesn’t look probable.

Coaches Corner: Prepare yourself for a tournament and be ready for anything. Like an extraordinarily warm gym environment to play in. At Big South we were freezing, today at Hoover we were roasting warm. Make sure to have a backup clothing choice in case you need to layer on or take something off. Today I had to change from pants to shorts because I was so hot! Fortunately, I was well prepared with some extra coaching clothes in the car.

The tournament went well. We took every match to 3 games, but couldn’t seem to pull it out. The 17s division has good competition and I am happy with how the girls played. We had some line-up changes today and had to rotate our defense, but the girls adjusted well.

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Tournament Tip: Tell your players beforehand if they are switching position. Tell them even if it’s not definite too! While we assume all the players know every position, and they vaguely do, notice gives them the opportunity to review the position the night before and study the movements. All players have binders with position sheets in them, and can utilize them to study and prepare themselves to play a new position and benefit the team.

So tomorrow is bracket play. We knew that there was always a possibility we could okay another Sting team, and that is now happening tomorrow! We are playing our 17-1 team first thing. Its single elimination, so only one Sting team will advance unfortunately. Were so excited to play them, because we scrimmage all the time (and can definitely win!) It will be a Sting showdown for sure, may the best team win!

After the tournament, I ran by Academy and Dicks. I don’t have either located near me, and I wanted some new shorts. I scored these babies to wear tomorrow in team colors! They’re going to look awesome. (They’re from the LiveStong line, so they benefit the charity as well!)

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I also scored a sweet t-shirt at the tournament today, in neon green and yellow. It’s totally fun. I got 00 on the side for my number since they didn’t have a “C” for Coach or a “CC” for Commander in Chief, as we like to refer to the coaching position.

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So the new t-shirts got me thinking while j was home later that afternoon. I really needed to organize my laundry room and drawers, because my t-shirts are taking over! I have them stacked in the laundry room, shoved in the drawers in no order, and needs to get things in check!

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I wasn’t kidding when I said I have a lot! I’m a t-shirt collector! Not hoarder, collector haha. So I ironed them all, spray starched, folded, stacked according to size, color, and frequency of wear (yes, I have my favs!)

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I felt muchhhhh better after clearing out the laundry room and getting the shirts all put up nicely. An organized house makes my life feel neat and tidy!

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After handling my neurotic tendencies of laundry folding, I had a little dinner and settled in for the night with the Federal Rules of Evidence I absolutely adore Chinese food but don’t truly want to know how bad it is for me! So as a treat for dinner tonight I steamed some veggie and pork dumplings up and ate them with a little soy. It was awesome!

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I hope everyone had a fabulous Saturday! Stay tuned for updates on the Sting showdown tomorrow 🙂

Blowing away Birmingham

Did you know Alabama is the only state in the nation with two tornado seasons? Yea, me either. Until this week. Today was tornado like, #6-15 of the season and it just sucks. We don’t even have tornadoes where i come from, its a hurricane area. Really Alabama, is it necessary to rain all the tome? And this isn’t sprinkle rain, it’s torrential sheet pour that lasts for hours. On top of that, there are these god awful inclement weather sirens that go on and on and on and on and on. AND then, the Alabama new stations feel the urge to preempt Friday Night Lights so that some newscaster can tell us that “the radar doesn’t look like it’s changing at all, could be a wet night so stay inside.” Look lady, I’m inside, now put my how show on. For all I care, Alabama could blow away as long as Friday Night Lights isn’t cancelled.

I was having a great day until the deluge. Interview went awesome, handled the MPT test, and actually had lunch with the girls for once! Then came the rain. And you don’t want to get me started on that again!

I’m heading to bed early tonight since I have to be up early for the tournament tomorrow. I found out today one of my players sprained her MCL at practice last night and it out for 3-4 weeks. So truly, when it rains…it pours.

Comfy Crafting

It was a glasses and a ponytail kind of day for me today. I know spring is for flowing hair and cute sundresses, but I don’y really have much hair to “flow in the wind” and wearing a dress requiers sitting like a lady all day in class/library. I decided I would be much more comfortable in a t-shirt and some shorts. I made the effort to step t up a notch from my normal Nike shorts and a big t-shirt with tennis shoes to some nice navy shorts…and a big t-shirt. Hey, it was the effort that matters. I was ready in under 15 minutes, and it was fabulous.

Studying some Civil Procedure in the library

We have practice tonight, the last practice before the Bama Junior tournament this weekend where we are playigng up a division. So here’s the plan. My new middle has to perfect her quick hit, my new right side (who used to be a middle but sprained her ankle badly) needs to work on timing for a high set, and we’re all going to pray that my libero’s knees arent giving her any trouble. I want to be able to give a full effor this weekend.

Drill of the Day: Distanced Peperring. This is regular peppering, but one player is at the 10 foot line and the other is at the end line of the court. They need to try and stay as close to their respective lines as possible, and push the passes, sets and hits all the way out so they reach their partner. After a few minutes of focusing on this drill, the girls will change to a regular pepper without distance requirements.

Distance Peppering

My favorite part about the Bama Juiors tournament is that it is close to Easter! We all know how much I love holidays, because that meanas I can craft with a purpose! I’ve never erally done Easter crafts before, but theres a first time for everything. So armed with some trinkets my mother bought nd shipped to me, a bag of Easter grass (worst idea ever), pain pens, Starbusrt jellybeans (I’d be lying if I said I didnt eat about a quafrter of a bag alone the way), ribbon and some plastic Easter eggs…I went to work!

I really liked how they turned out! The bases are little flower pots with Bumblebees (Team Sting, bees…you get it, right?), which are filled with Easter grass. There is a plastic egg filled with Starburts jellybeans and a little cupcake topper stick in the grass that says Happy Easter! I decorated the pots with their names and the back says “Team Sting 16 Black 2011.” Such a fun little break from studying last night. And if my house ever recovers from the Easter grass take over, I will be in good shape. It might be time to pull out Old Smokey (the name of my massive vacuum cleaner) and get down to business!

I’m heading tp practice right about now, and then going to pack in a few hours of studying for Civil Procedure! I have a BIG interview tomorrow with a firm here in Birmingham for a summer clerkship and need to make sure I have a outfit picked out with everything ready to go. Think happy and lucky thoughts, I’d really love this job for the summer! Have a terrific Thursday night everyone 🙂

After practice update:
Were up a creek if the tournament goes anything like practice tonight. The final ice pack count was 7, and 5 players sat out for the majority of practice due to injury. In those 5 injuries, 4 are old and 1 happened tonight. I should be able to field a full team for the line-up though, just hoping they can play as usual! I’m chalking practice up to a “recovery” practice!

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