Settling In

After a few days of unpacking, turning on utilities, and getting settled in to our new house, it finally feels like home! Penny has even found a new favorite spot .

 

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Married Life

After a long hiatus, I have returned to the blog. To recap, in the last month Stuart graduated from Mizzou, we moved into our rental house in Norman, we got MARRIED, went on a 10-day honeymoon to St. Lucia, went to Adam & Bethany’s wedding, enjoyed some family time in Missouri and returned to Norman yesterday! Life is good.

I don’t think ever imagined we’d get so many wedding gifts. We were able to move some of them down yesterday, but most of our gifts are still at our parents’ homes in Missouri. That means that each set of parents needs to come visit soon 😉

We’re still in the process of unpacking, but managed to get almost everything put away last night. Today we got our gas hooked up so we officially have hot water. Cable and internet will be turned on Thursday afternoon and after that we should be set. Stuart even went out and bought a lawn mower today and mowed our somewhat large yard in 100 degree heat. I’ve got a pretty great husband 🙂

More to come soon!

 

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birthday plans

It looks like Mother Nature might provide some birthday fun for me tomorrow (i.e. storm chasing right in my own backyard!). Click here for more details about the severe weather potential.

Stuart is currently en route from Columbia to Norman and should arrive this evening. Our friend, Taylor, and his girlfriend have re-routed from their original Huntsville to Columbia path to come to Norman for some chasing tomorrow as well. They should be arriving sometime between midnight and 1 am.

Tomorrow’s best case scenario: we see a beautiful supercell that drops a gorgeous tornado and then we head to our favorite bar for delicious beer and sweet potato fries. Yep, that would be pretty much perfect 🙂

Also, in honor of 10 May 2010, I thought I’d post this picture. This was the scariest chase I have ever been a part of. Storms were moving 60-70 mph and this storm was dropping all kinds of tornadoes, as you can see. We made it out alive, but I don’t think I’ll ever chase on a day with storm motions that fast again.

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weekend happenings

Since my classes are done for the semester and I’ve pretty much already packed up the majority of my apartment for moving day, I’ve treated myself to a pretty low key weekend. Yesterday I laid by the pool and read a book, Next by Michael Crichton, and watched episodes of The Office. Today I went bought unity candles, a couple throw pillows to match our new duvet cover, and saw Something Borrowed by myself. I had never been to a movie by myself, but I really enjoyed the experience! Also, the movie was super cute – go see it!

Now I’m counting down the hours until Stuart arrives in Norman on Tuesday and until we go back to Columbia for Graduation Weekend 2011 on Thursday! Woo hoo!

Also, happy anniversary to us! Stuart asked me out on our first date on this very day 3 years ago. He called when I was at the library studying to ask if I wanted to get sushi for dinner. Of course, I said yes and didn’t tell him until many months later that I’d actually had sushi for lunch that day 😉

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birthday storms?

While this has been a very active year for tornadoes so far, there has been very little activity (tornadoes, severe storms, or even rain for that matter) in western Oklahoma.** It appears that things may start to liven up around here next week, though! Here is a graphic that the Norman Weather Forecast Office (WFO) put out this afternoon.

Birthday chase, anyone? Stuart, Penny and I may have to venture out west if the models still indicate a decent chase set-up next Wednesday.

**For those of you not familiar with the terrain here, chase-friendly terrain essentially only exists west of I-35. As soon as you started heading east, the trees and hills fill in quickly.

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rsvp, please

I think one of the reasons I have enjoyed wedding planning so much is that my long engagement allowed Stuart and I to plan things at our leisure. We booked all but one of our vendors over a year and a half ago. I even picked out my wedding dress in July – over 10 months before the big day (and trust me, I had to force myself to wait that long). Wedding planning has been great because I like to get things done early and be in control, which is what our long engagement allowed.

The part I least like about wedding planning is waiting on other people to do things. Specifically, I don’t like waiting on people to send in their response cards. Now I realize that people have busy lives and forget about little things like response cards, but I would really like to know how much my reception is going to cost who is coming to my wedding.

I sent out invitations in early to mid-March because I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer. The date to return the response cards by is May 7, this upcoming Saturday. Every day this week I’ve eagerly gone to the mailbox hoping to find dozens of response cards, but that hasn’t been the case. Yesterday I got none and today there were only 2. You’ve had 2 months to figure it out, people!

At this moment, I have 106/165. Bleh. A few of those 59 remaining people have informed me of their attendance in other ways, though. Luckily, we don’t need a final head count until May 14 so we have an extra week to bug people on facebook/email/phone.

So in the future, send in your RSVP cards ASAP. It makes control-freak brides like myself breathe a little easier 🙂

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so proud

On Thursday, Stuart (along with 3 or 4 of our friends) will be headed down to Marion county, Alabama to aid in the recovery and clean-up efforts from last week’s tornado outbreak. He’ll be working in an area near the hard-hit town of Hackleburg, Alabama that was devastated by an EF-5 tornado. They are also bringing down donated clothing for survivors and at least one chain saw that has been donated from a hardware store to help aid the clean-up.

Below is a brief summary of the tornado from the Birmingham WFO.

TORNADO 6...HACKLEBURG TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)

PRELIMINARY DATA...
EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-5 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): GREATER THAN 200
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NUMEROUS INJURIES/AT LEAST 25 FATALITIES.
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 34.0880/-88.1328 AT 305 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 34.3109/-87.7858 AT 328 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 25.2 MILES IN MARION COUNTY
DAMAGE WIDTH: 3/4 MILE
NOTE: CONTINUED INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE ACROSS MARION
COUNTY IMPACTING THE HACKLEBURG AREA. IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE
DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A VIOLENT TORNADO. WINDS WERE ESTIMATED
GREATER THAN 200 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED TO TOUCHDOWN SOUTHWEST
OF HAMILTON NEAR HIGHWAY 19 AND COUNTY ROAD 22. TREE DAMAGE WAS
NOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO WIDENED CONSIDERABLY AND BECAME
DEADLY AS IT MOVED ALONG HIGHWAY 43 SOUTHWEST OF HACKLEBURG. THE
TORNADO MOVED INTO HACKLEBURG WHERE SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS WERE
DESTROYED. THE HACKLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL AND THE WRANGLER PLANT WERE
DESTROYED. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND GENERALLY PARALLELED
HIGHWAY 43 AND MOVED TOWARD PHIL CAMPBELL WHERE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
CONTINUED. ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH, THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE
DOWNED...SEVERAL HUNDRED STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED, AT LEAST 100 OF
THESE STRUCTURES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS MANY HOMES WERE
LEVELED.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS...ALONG WITH THE FOREMOST
EXPERT IN STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REVIEWED THE DAMAGE IN HACKLEBURG
IN MARION COUNTY.  THE MAIN INDICATORS OF HACKLEBURG HAVING EF-5
DAMAGE IS THE TOSSING OF VEHICLES UPWARDS OF 150-200 YARDS...ONE
WELL BUILT HOME WITH 4 SIDES BRICK WAS COMPLETELY LEVELED AND THE
DEBRIS FROM THE HOME WAS TOSSED TO THE NORTH OVER 40 YARDS...AND
THERE WAS LARGE AMOUNTS OF WIND ROWING...THE STREWING OF BUILDING
MATERIALS IN STRAIGHT LINES...AROUND THE CITY OF HACKLEBURG.
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