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Moving on

It’s been almost 4 weeks since hell rained down on Tuscaloosa, and for 4 weeks, I’ve been stuck. It’s impossible to forget the things I saw in the first few days or the people’s faces I’ve seen in the past 4 weeks. I’ll never forget the sounds and smells. Or the devastation. Or how incredibly …

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It’s like a bomb went off

April 27th, 2011. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It’s a day I will never forget. This will be the final post on the devastation. It’s time for me to move on and focus on the recovery and documenting that effort. It’s going to take all of us working together to rebuild our lives and our town. But we …

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A view of Tuscaloosa

Technorati Tags: Tuscaloosa,tornado,disaster relief I finally made a video slideshow of what’s been going on, what I’ve seen, and what’s left of Tuscaloosa. Most of these are from 5 different areas of town. The tornado had maximum winds of 190mph. It left an 8 mile long track and was 1.5 miles wide.  The church pictures …

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Storm party

School was dismissed early due to the threat of bad storms arriving during dismissal or worse…when buses are on their routes. We are a large spread out county and most high school bus routes are over 2 hours long. Since the timing looked bad, we left a couple of hours early. Everybody has their weather …

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BEACH!! The food.

I promised myself I would branch out and try new foods, especially sea food. I’m a catfish and salmon girl. I’ve heard wonderful things of other seafood and I wanted to try them out. But not this guy..no way. Oatmeal with peanut butter, flax, natural granola, and a pumpkin choco chip muffin. Super good and …

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BEACH!!! The scenes.

As a teacher, every couple of years or so, we get a 2 day Fall Break. We’ve never taken a trip for fall break because I was too stressed to go. My first ten years of teaching, I wore myself out mentally. I’m done with that. I look in the mirror now and see an …

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Countdown to the beach

  Today was a long day. Work was good, lunch was better. We got to actually eat out and for longer than 15 minutes. Those days happen maybe 4 times a year. I enjoyed it so much, I came home and made fajitas.   We leave in the morning for Destin, FL for 4 days. …

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Final stop—Marble, Colorado

Blackened Fish Sandwich on a wheat french roll. This is right up there with fish tacos. They used a dill cucumber yogurt spread instead of mayo. It was light but very filling. This is one of many breakfast smoothies I enjoyed over the 12 days. Fresh trout from Beaver Lake in Marble. Bony little creatures. …

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Colorado Day 1-the Peak

14,110 ft.   This morning, I was sooooo excited. I was in Goodland, Kansas, which is flatter than flat. The drive to Colorado Springs seemed to take FOREVER, but all of a sudden, the mountains began to sneak through the clouds. We were here last June and it felt like I never left the small …

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The road to Colorado!!!

I was so excited to go, I almost forgot to sleep. I love everything about Colorado. I have been looking forward to this trip since I got home from Colorado last summer. Counting down the days….literally. Eating on the road is tricky. I had oatmeal bars, Amazing grass w/ fruit juice drinks, and lots of …

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