Look what happened now...
I haven’t really spoken about Harvey. As some of you know I am from Texas, (United States) and while Texas is a large state - roughly the size of France actually, it's all connected. Many nice people have asked if I was affected by this massive storm and if it hit close to my home or family. The short answer is yes. It hit close and the rains following the hurricane devastated “my part of Texas”.
More than six million Americans endured more than 30 inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. The storm set historic records for rainfall in the United States, dumping 33 trillion gallons of water as it made landfall. According to the Red Cross, rain flooded an area in Texas roughly the size of Michigan, and nearly 52 inches of rain fell in Mont Belvieu (a suburb east of Houston), making it the highest total rainfall of any storm in the country’s history.
Harvey displaced 1 million people—early estimates suggest nearly 43,000 headed to shelters, while NPR reported 7,500 people evacuated to Texas State Parks. A Reuters assessment believes 30,000 homes were flooded, resulting in approximately $23 billion in property damage, though experts agree the full environmental impact is still unknown. That’s not a typo that's a BILLION with a B and although the storm is over, the recovery has just begun.
I grew up spending summers on the gulf coast. My friends and family still live in the area. It was difficult to watch all of this and almost impossible to not to rush right in afterwards. I’m actually going to Texas in a few weeks to help as much as I can. I promise to blog/video the entire trip.
What I’m Doing To Help:
I’m going to be dropping off a donation and lending a hand where it’s needed. If you want to help too I have added a 10 page Hurricane Preparedness Guide to this site. This report includes a 5 page Emergency Supplies Checklist. The whole report and the checklist are only $2.99 with the proceeds, after paypal fees, going towards Harvey relief. No matter where you live disasters happen and it pays to be prepared - so buy the report to learn how to protect your family and know that the money is going to a good cause.
See you at the airport~
I am continuing the 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge...if you missed the last 4 days were posted here. This has turned into a very deep and personal challenge, as I share my gratitude with you.
Shall we do a few more days, before I call it quits?
A family member:
My niece Layla..
You see pictures sometimes on here of her. She is a very sweet and kind little girl who lights up a room when she walks in. She will be 4 this month!
Not only is she super smart, kind and loving, she has a wonderful sense of humor! We have so much fun when we visit her. I am grateful for the time I get to spend with her and her family.
Just a few weeks ago she welcomed home a baby brother! I can’t wait to start spoiling him!
There will be more baby and baby related items on here in the future, lol!
The town/countryside you call home:
This is a tough one. I am often asked where I’m from and I usually hesitate. In the last week I have had 3 people ask me if I was English (I'm pretty sure I do not have an English accent) and a few more in Texas ask me where I was from. WTF?! I looked at them blankly because I was born in Texas. See this past post about this very topic in Las Vegas.
So I think I’M from Texas (I was born there) and I love Texas very much. It is as large as France, used to be its own country and is full of wildness. (No, not wilderness, there is that too.) Texas has a wild “Anything can happen” sense about it. There are so many different things from Austin being the Live Music Capital of the World, to the Gulf Coast to the cowboys to NASA, and the list goes on and on.
Texas has a pride you don’t find in other states, it also has a rich diversity in people. I love that. I love all the adventures you can have there and all the cool people you can meet.
Texas will always be home and I am grateful I was born there.
I also call the south of France home and I am very grateful for that. I love Paris very much, but I spend most of my time in a sleepy little village just across the Pyrenees from Spain. The weather is amazing, the food is fresh and fabulous and the people are kind. There is no crime, no hustle and bustle and life is slow and calm there. I love it and am grateful for every opportunity I have to be there.
I am currently living in New Mexico and I am immensely grateful for this! While I love Texas it was time to leave. I love the mountains too much to stay in central Texas and I dislike all the high prices due to the oil boom. Plus with everything else going on in my life I really needed a change.
We have a lovely house in a quiet area that suits us well and I am grateful for this more than I can express! I have a great office, wonderful clients and amazing new friends here!
I really do have so much to be thankful for! Life is good and actually getting better everyday.
Why don't you do the challenge too and tag me so I can read your answers? I'd love to learn more about you.
See you at the airport and I promise more of the challenge tomorrow!
I'm back in Texas. It's been a crazy week. If you follow me on SnapChat you know.
I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Did I upload those photos yet?) and then Roswell...from there to
San Antonio, Texas Monday and Austin, Texas Tuesday. #GoodTimes
The weather is much more humid here than in New Mexico. And it's MUCH warmer here too. I miss the cool mornings and breezy afternoons, but everything is still green and blooming in south Texas, for now. The wildflowers were amazing on the drive. I will post those photos as soon as there are sorted.
It's been a long week. Excuse my windblown and slightly dazed look.
Good Night and see you at the airport!
When you say Albuquerque to most people they think of the Balloon festival or Native American crafts or the cactus. What do you think of? I think of all the fun I have had there and all the awesome people I've met.
See, I just returned from a few days in New Mexico and ended my stay with a couple of days there. Read about the trip here and here. (And look for another post still to come..)
No pictures of the room or town really, most pictures of roaming around are in the other post.
My main meal of the day (why don't I weight 99 lbs? #WTF?)
This bottle of water and two clif bars cost almost $20USD. #FUCK! But yes, I bought them. I had bananas and nuts with me - so this made a decent snack.
So it's Spring and I so don't want to be inside! Is it Spring where you are yet? The wild flowers are blooming here (see)
So I kinda threw together a trip at the last minute, I had been ill the week before and I didn't think I would feel like going anywhere. But, never under estimate the ability of a trip to cure me. I have been doing nothing much but work lately, so I really, really needed a break.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I am still gone, yeah! The trip is going really well and I'm having fun. Tons of pictures to sort and edit. Meaning a proper post will follow soon - until then please to enjoy some random travel non-sense.
I arrived to a packed airport in Austin, Texas.
SXSW is about over (I think?) but the place was full of people. I finally made it through security and found a few things I could nibble on while waiting for my flight. I was bored so, I spruced up the pictures with random edits.
Plane was ready to go and full! Actually over booked even. 2 people were in the same seat behind me. So we waited for it to be sorted and then off we went to Dallas, Texas. It's a short flight from Austin.
We were up in the air in no time! I took a few photos, like I'd never been on a plane before.
This is Dallas/Fort Worth just before we landed.
Picked up the car and drove the rest of the day. (Those pictures will be in part 2)
Have a great weekend and see you at the airport~
It's the end of another month and I'm packing up for a weekend road trip. #Excited!
But before we dive into March Madness, lets close the books on February.
So here are the "Most clicked on" blog posts of Feb 2016. They may not be the BEST but for some reason people read them more than others. WTF? I don't know why. But if you missed anything here, please do catch up, as the year is only gonna get wilder!
#1 most read post was:
Fun in February - A post mostly of #Tacos and other Vegan fun in Austin, Texas.
Missing Nola - Super short post of me crying about not being in New Orleans in, like 4ever!
Different is Cool - Old ass post of a funky cool Hotel in France.
Daily - A post showing more or less what I do when I'm not working. Hanging out at the organic produce section, the joys of drive thru banking, etc. Random as hell, but with pictures.
Juice Junkie - Post on juicing and the benefits of and weather updates. (What was I thinking?)
There were a few really good posts that didn't make the "most clicked" list. I think I need to up my title writing game. Click here to explore more of the oddness that is my life. I really thought my bitching posts about being stalked (I am so over that shite) and being bombed with FB requests would make the cut? I guess I really do need to work on those snappy titles..
I'm almost sorted for the weekend road trip now, so off you go.,,,
Catch you later-
What was I saying about the weather being weird again? Well it is...
When not fleeing the mighty Texas sun, I have been out to eat a few times. (Yes, mainly Tacos and Taco related foods.) I will skip my normal, every day boring taco pictures.. although they were damn tasty and speaking of Damn Tasty...
Torchy's Tacos are as good as people claim. Weather was nice enough to lazy about on the patio and enjoy the tacos one Sunday.
Happy almost Valentine's Day. Hope you get plenty of love.
See you at the airport-
Sadly no girls movie night in a long, long time. We can't seem to get our schedules together. And by "we" I mean "me". I can't seem to get caught up enough (and still be conscious) to commit to a date for movies and mayhem. So please to enjoy other happening instead..
Hibiscus tea :D
And took time out to get my hair done.
After spending 3+ hours getting my hair painted.
The lovely attendant kept saying, "You have so much hair. You have so much hair!" I replied, "Well, it is long, isn't it?" she shook her head, yes, but that I just have SO MUCH hair. I think she was really surprised. Wearing it flat ironed, really well, flattens it and it's not so obvious.
And I was back on the road and off to the next adventure.
Shh, Don't tell anyone, but I got in really, really late last night. So let us pretend I'm still away & don't have to go into work today, okay?
My plane in Minneapolis-St. Paul (yes, it seems that is now on the way to Vegas via Texas) was EARLY and left EARLY. Cool right? Err, No.
I wanted to shop while there. :(
Behold one blurry picture taken as I ran across the airport.
I've been to this airport, mmm, maybe 5 times? It is super nice and has many good shops and I was planning on shopping while I was waiting for my connection, damn it! See, it is an excellent place to try on/buy warm clothes for European Escapes (err I mean trips) but instead I was that Crazy Lady running across the airport to catch plane...No time to shop, no time to pee.
Run Forrest, Run!!!
So just make it before they closed the airplane door! (Panting & eweee sweating; sorry, but true.)
Queue up & wait in line in breeze way. I should have known something was off.. Pilot was in cockpit & turned & waved to me from the plane window as I watched in line to board. I looked around (no one behind me WTF?!) and I waved back.
Little did I know he was planning on leaving my luggage to hang out in Minnesota.
So away we go...
Last part of the trip over! Successfully flew across United States and I arrived back in Austin, Texas!
So depart from the plane, thinking it is good to be back in my "home airport," barely resisting the urge to immediately buy a taco in the airport, before I even get my bag. So with much self control I make my way to the baggage claim.
And wait & wait...
And wait till everyone is gone, but me. #foeveralone Sadly, drag my backpack & go find airline office. Conveniently located behind a guitar, cause its Austin. (Rolls eyes.)
So friendly, smiling guy informs me plane left early (duh, I was there) *__*
and bag did not. :(
He takes my info & explains a courier will bring my luggage to me.
Sounds good so far, but wait for it...
Because I live more than 75 miles away (Really? When did that happen?) that tracking would fall off grid after the courier left the 75 mile range. #WTF?
Umm WHAT? When the fuck did I move to the Bermuda Triangle? We did have cell service, when I left home, before this adventure started I swear. What reality am I in? I'm still in America, right ?? Did something BIG happen while I was gone?? :o
But by now I am so exhausted I just say "fine", and go buy a damn taco. I'm sure my dirty clothes will appreciate the extra time in St Paul to see the sights. 💼
Have fun - I'm going back to the Bermuda Triangle, AKA Home now.
Yes, brain dead at this point. So I head off into what is now the Texas Bermuda Triangle...
A taco in each hand, luggage less.
And look we even have roads out here, lol
*Picture heavy post*
Hi, How is it going? I'm going through the pictures &
not sure where to file these. Under Austin pictures found on my memory card? Austin, mostly odd stuff? IDK. But here for your viewing pleasure are a few more Austin adventure pictures..
And Under what I wanted for my Birthday...I wanted the BEST Carrot Cake...from Mother's. Which was excellent.
More Random Food Pictures...
There is more, but this was enough for today.
Catch you later-
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