Things That Are Awesome

Stress!! No, stress is NOT awesome. This has been an incredibly stressful 4 days. As you may have seen in my previous post, we had a wild fire burning very close to town. We’ve been watching all the updates and listening to the press conferences and things are looking better and better. This morning we were given an official 30% containment. Still under the pre-evacuation notice while the clean up and maintain the fire line on the north side of the fire but it’s been holding for 2+ days and they are confident the fire won’t progress past the line towards town. So I’ll just say, I’m sure we won’t be evacuated.

So…The things that are awesome…well 30% containment and good news regarding the fire.

People, men and women, who put their lives on the line to fight these fires for us.

Fighting from the ground

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Fighting from the air

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Things That Suck….

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This and people who do this. Still no idea if this was human caused or just how it started. My bet is human.

The cedar creek fire was discovered yesterday around 1:00. My mom and I saw it and decided to drive out and see where it was exactly. From the north it didn’t look too bad.

Fire from the north, Just after starting.

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View from the south side of the fire

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So now we are on a Pre-Evacuation order just waiting for the news. Honestly though, after listening to the press conference, it seems to me that they feel a little cautiously optimistic about this thing.

In 2002 we had a monster fire that had us evacuated for 2 weeks, some people longer. This fire is moving into that old burn area and an area that has been cleared or treated, which is thankfully slowing it down.

As of now there are no evacuations ordered.

 

KABAM Book Festival 2016

What a trip…and I do mean what a trip. The 4 hour drive was almost a piece of cake. If it hadn’t been for the wind and a trucker who really wanted me off the road it would have been uneventful 😉



So I got to Kingman without any trouble, did I mention wind and truckers? Anywhoo, checked into my hotel and asked where exactly Metcalfe Park was. The lady looked out the window and pointed….I was literally across the street. Within walking distance. So Saturday morning I walked over. The festival was just starting and people were still getting their tables set up. The first table I came to just happened to be my dear friend Victoria Kaer.

 
At the table next to Tori were my friends Alexia Purdy and Katie Salidas 

 

Alexia’s links
Katie’s Links
Well this one came out a little dark and you can’t really see these amazing ladies and if I try to brighten it up I lose the book covers. Anyway, My friends Deborah Dorchak and Wendi Kelly. Co-authors of the Bonds of Blood and Spirit saga. Deb lives in Las Vegas and Wendi in Chicagoland. 2 very amazing people and great friends. 
 
 
 
Check out the books..
 
Coming soon to the saga….
 
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I actually got to hold it….
 
I was also introduced to Tom Keller, an author from Las Vegas, and I picked up his book “Return of the High Fae” I look forward to reading it.
 
 
 
 
It was a really great time. I went home with more books than I can possibly read in one lifetime…ok not really I will read them all but still.
 
My give away loot
 
My precious….and the only reason I am still speaking to Katie….read the series to understand 😉
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This was also in the stash I was given and as it turns out Lacey only lives about 15 minutes from me.
 
So there you have it, a fun filled day spent with friends and books. What else is there.

It’s Vacation Time!!

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While I am no longer a kid in school I am still taking a spring break. Sometimes work gets to the point where we can no longer handle the daily grind and we just need a break. So in 6 days I will be flying to Los Angeles with my mom. You see…she will be celebrating her 50th high school reunion. So she and I will be going back to the place of our birth, how cool is it that she and I were born in the same town, San Pedro California (click the link to find out more about this wonderful little town) http://www.sanpedro.com/

So after 3 more days of work I will be off for 11 wonderful, yet busy days. Bring on the vacation!!

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Being The New Girl

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Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.

Anyway,

Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.

So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂