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**UPDATE 1.30.08**

My parents and the kids got in yesterday after waiting in line for 3 hours for gas. Reminds me of this story. The town is telling them it could be up to 30 days until they get power. The stores are running out of food and people are trying to get out of town when they can. I have learned from this that I need to keep cash on me just incase of an emergency like this.  The stores and gas stationthat are opening are only allowing peolpe to buy food and gas with cash only.

Helpless, pretty much sums up how I have felt all day.

 

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As many of you know and I have posted some, I am originally from a far West Kentucky town call Mayfield.  Monday night they began receive freezing rain.  It didn’t stop and around 3:30 am. Tuesday morning my parents and the rest of the people in the town lost power.  Since then they have had about 3 more rounds of freezing rain come in. The news is reporting that it is the hardest town hit by the ice storm.

My parents only have eclectic heat and this has worried me to death.  Last night when I talked to them they said that it is about 40 degrees inside the house and they hadn’t got out of bed all day.  There were warming centers set up throughout the town but they weren’t going to go. They were wearing 4 layers of clothing, a toboggan, and gloves.  They have no way to warm up the food they have in the refrigerator and they have come up with some interesting ways to warm up a hamburger. 🙂 A neighbor last night made them a pot of soup on their gas stove.  I didn’t know people still have them these days but I guess it comes in handy in times like this. I didn’t get to talk to them much more last night as the land line is down and they were using their cell phone and was needing to take it out to the car to charge.

I call them this morning and had a tough time getting a hold of them. Once I did, I encouraged them to pack up my brother’s family and make the 2.5 hour trip to Nashville.  They are being told that the town will be out of power for at least another 5 days. They weren’t for sure what they were going to do.  My brother’s family spent last night at one of the warming centers stationed at the hospital, except for my sister-in-law (she was more worried about the 2 cats than being warm with the family). All the stores and gas stations are closed and now my brother realizes that he is out of his seizure medication. While he was at the hospital the doctors there gave him one pill but like that is going to last him for 5 more days.

This afternoon around 3 I began getting text from my sister-in-law.  My brother was able to get a hold of his pharmacist at her house and she went and opened the store just to get his meds. That is the good thing about living in a small town, they know who you are and will drop whatever to help.  My sister-in-law told me that they were all doing fine and that they couldn’t make it to Nashville since they didn’t have enough gas to get here. So I began to start thinking about driving tonight to take gas to them and help everyone get back to Nashville. But they told me to just stay here as they didn’t want to have to worry about me on the road and the town was under strict curfew at 5:15, sundown.  The last text I got from my sister-in-law said, “There are people dead and the morgue is backed up. Everyone on life support died at the hospital [because] generators went out.” As you can imagine I just broke down at work when I saw that.  I feel so helpless. 

I know God is in control but when things like this happen I want to take over. I feel like I should be doing something to protect my family.  My heart breaks right now and all I can do is fall on my knees and pray. I love them all so much and don’t know what I would do without one single one of them in my life. I keep having images of having to say good bye to all of them. There is no way I could go through that.  I know this is just the Devil trying to break me down and he sure is doing a good job at it.

I ask you tonight to pray for everyone that is evolved in this ice storm somehow. 

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I received an email from a friend the other week that was very informative.  Never knew this.  Thought this would make for a great Monday Fun Fact. I can’t imagine that too many people know this. 

Have you ever when to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box, then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over? The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.

I am going to share with you what I have learned. On the end of the aluminum foil box is written, “Press here to lock end.” Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? This isn’t only on Reynolds foil boxes but You can as well find them on generic brands of aluminum foil and Saran wrap too!

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I hope I’m not the only person that didn’t know about this.

Please make me feel better and leave a comment that you didn’t know as well. Is there anything else in life that I need to be aware of as well?

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Enough Said!!!!

This Monday Fun Facts goes out to all the readers out there that plans on losing weight this year. 

You burn more calories watching TV than you do sleeping.

A 160lb person burns 60 calories an hour sleeping while they burn 73 calories watching TV.  Sitting while talking on the phone for eight hours will burn 914 calories. Driving a car for eight hours will knock off around 1,219 calories. And standing in a casino for eight hours will burn about 1,402 calories (though you may burn through some money while you’re at it).   And for all you that work on  computer all day, a 160 lb person burns 131 calories an hour.

2008 was a great year for me.  Created some great memories with great friends, though as 2008 has passed away and 2009 has just arrived I feel this year will even be greater.

This year has already started on the right foot.  I might not have had my black eye peas yesterday but I did get to ring in the New Year with great friends and a little dancing. And if anyone is wondering, yes, I wore red!  🙂

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Then on New Years Day I took down all the Christmas stuff around, did some house cleaning (have to start off with a clean house), changed over my calendar, and caught a great movie, “Slumdog Millionaire ,” with Aaron and Rachel.

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I’m staring of my new year with some goals that I have set. 

1.) Start and actually finish the stack of books I have. I’m also up for any other good books out there that you guys suggest.

2.) Get back up to KY more often to visit family.  Every time I see them I always hear I never come home and I only live 2.5 hours away.  Family is important to me and I need to make time to go visit them more.

3.) Become more involved in the community. I already participate with the church on Community mission projects though I feel I need to step out and do more, even if it is on my own.  Here is another place I would like suggestions.  If you know of any place in the Nashville area please let me know.

4.) Live a healthier life.  Part of this is training and completing the Country Music Half Marathon  April 25th.  I have already signed up, now comes the dedicated training. Please don’t let me fall through my commitment.  I will keep everyone post.  Also, I have joined a Biggest Loser team at work.  I’m ready to fight the battle.

5.) Oh and some people won’t let me forget this last one…TAKE A CHANCE ON ME challenge.  This is all I’m saying about this one right now.  I’ll post about it later.