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First and Long

19 Jan

Wow – I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post!

Fall here in Alabama is cray cray busy. I live and work in college town so there’s an increase in traffic and stuff going on as the college kids come back in town.

If you don’t know, college football is BIG down here. Huge.

And if you haven’t heard, my University of Alabama Crimson Tide won the BCS National Championship! Roll Tide!

While I do enjoy a football game, I enjoy more the tailgating – mostly the food, drink and fellowship that accompany tailgating. There was a lot of that this fall. I’m bummed with myself because I didn’t take notes and photos of some of the dishes and drinks made. Lesson learned.

I do have a few recipes (with photos!) I’ll be sharing in the next few days (I hope). Stay tuned.

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Sunny Side Up

30 Jun

Sorry, this isn’t an egg recipe.

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post, and some great things have happened but unfortunately they’re soured by one awful thing — my iPhone was stolen when I was at the gym last week.

I know, I know, I should not have set it down, even if it was for only 10 minutes, tops. But I was in such a great mood — riding high from a fun weekend at the beach with friends, coming home and weighing in at less than pre-vaca (how does that happen?!?) — and I simply let my guard down. It was like losing my best friend. My life was on that phone. I had it with me working out because I record my exercises in it.

The last known location of my stolen iPhone.

Since I noticed it pretty quickly, I was able to use Apple’s MobileMe Find iPhone app and lock it remotely, send a message to it and track it using GPS. The gym staff called the police and they did more than I thought. They helped me track it and even did enough investigated that they narrowed it down to a youth group touring the facilities.

Nevertheless, the thief is still out there, and I had to get a new phone. Because of bad timing and bad luck, I lost all my photos and contacts (I had gotten a new computer and hadn’t yet installed iTunes or synced with my phone in a while).

I had wanted to share this cute little photo on a calendar I have at work, even before my bad luck. Today being the last day of June, I thought it appropriate. It encourages readers to take a positive outlook. “You’re at the halfway point of reaching your personal best this year.”

Spirit of Tuscaloosa: spreading light and hope

2 Jun

My candle

Last night I volunteered for the Spirit of Tuscaloosa Candlelight Vigil in the new Government Plaza downtown. I handed out candles and houndstooth bracelets, then when the time came, lit my candle and helped spread the flame.

It was a beautiful evening. It felt comfortable even with these record-high temps. The vigil was moving.  The mayor, who has done a wonderful job leading and representing this awesome city, received a standing ovation. Most of the crowd had tears in their eyes. But with all the sadness and mourning, there was also hope and optimism. People cheered when, during the slideshow, pictures with signs that read “We’re Coming Back” appeared.

The Tuscaloosa News did a wonderful package on it, complete with a full story, video and photo gallery.

From the story:
“Soon, the dark plaza was engulfed in light, echoing the way people in Tuscaloosa have passed along supplies, hard work and love to those who have needed it in the month since an EF4 tornado changed Tuscaloosa forever.”

I am so proud of this city. Growing up in a military family, I moved around quite a bit when I was younger. I’ve lived in Tuscaloosa longer than I’ve ever lived in any one city, but it never really felt like home. That changed on April 27. Tuscaloosa is home.

Summer bummer already!

31 May

Summer is here in full force! It’s almost 100 degrees down here in Alabama, and contrary to popular belief, that’s not normal. It’s record-breaking hot.

And, wouldn’t you know, my AC stops working.

There’s a small belief in my mind that it is working; it’s just so hot that my house won’t cool below 82. But that would mean I have a sucky AC.

My AC repair process:
1. Cut it off for a little while. Cut it back on and hope it miraculously repaired itself. (It works with computers! And it worked with my ice maker!)
2.a. Don’t spend a dime on anything because a repair is sure to be costly.
2. b.Schedule a repair visit for Friday. Give it some time to start working on its own. Really, I’ll already be home then supervising some other home projects.
3. Sleep downstairs where the AC does work and hope that one doesn’t quit either!