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The Gang's All Here!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stormy Weaather

I've been trying not to watch too much of the Moore, OK tornado coverage, but it's almost impossible not to watch. My heart just goes out to all of the people there. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with everyone impacted by the storm. What a resilient community though! Since childhood, I've had a fascination with the weather, especially tornadoes and hurricanes. That's all well and good when you're safely watching from the TV. It seems as though in recent years, our country is experiencing more and more wild weather. I mean, when you really think about it, is there a safe place in our country from this wild and crazy weather? I never realized that the southeast (until I moved here, of course) has it's own "tornado alley" and is referred to as "dixie alley". How sweet... it runs from Alabama through Georgia. And yes, we've had multiple tornadoes rip through here since I've been a resident. I continue to be awed and horrified by the damage mother nature exudes when she's pissed off. I'd say right now, she's steaming mad. One of my favroites quotes from the movie Twister, "The finger of god" when talking about an EF 5 tornado. I would say that's a pretty accurate descritpion when you look at Moore, OK. I'm sure global warming has something to do with it, but I also wonder if the human population (meaning more and more people are moving into what was previously pasture/ famrland/ desert etc) is a contributing factor. Less room for these storms to roam unaffected. Of course, my thoughts are totally being influenced by Dan Brown's new book, Inferno. I!! Anyone want to spring for a ticket to Florence? Please?  Anyway , if you've read it, you totally know what I'm talking about. I love his books and I think this one is my favorite, next to The DaVinci Code.

So, it's day 3 of Stella's summer vacation and I'm already wondering what on earth we're going to do all summer... Totally different experience being on the other side of the school doors now. WOW. How do parents survive the summer??? Luckily we had a playdate at the park yesterday with her buddies from school which was fun. Fortunately it was only 500% humidity at 10am. Gross! Nothing like standing in the shade and sweating... We met with our fence man again last night and signed the contract - woohoo!! Yes, we are FINALLY fencing in our backyard in an attempt to keep the circus contained. Not that I can't handle it (and if nothing else, I'm certainly not handling it gracefully), but trying to walk two labs, one of which (guess who?) is continually trying to wrestle mania the other and watch two children running in opposite directions is not exactly a cakewalk. Nine times out of ten, one of the damn dogs has wrapped the leash around me and then does a full sprint across the yard while knocking over at least one of the kids. Good times at our house, really. I'm pretty sure Willie thinks his name is Goddammit at this point...We won't even touch on the fact that I have to tie Murphy's leash to the sunroom door (inside) while the kids are eating, otherwise she's on top (yes, I said that) of the table. So, in conclusion, this fence will hopefully solve all of our problems. I know I'm completely crazy, but my life makes the wine taste so much better in the evenings.

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