I like a sexy shower. I like an open concept in a bathroom. It’s one reason I have a clear shower curtain. I like organic and earthy elements. I don’t like valances, or frilly this, or typical that. Hell, I have wood clamps on the wall in my bathroom to hold towels. I also have rocks and a sea grass mat covering the floor. (I need to redo the mat, by the way.)
I’d love to have an outdoor shower for the summer time. It’s one reason I favor a private backyard in a house. If I wanna get out there, a bit more exposed than normal, I should be able to without the neighbors getting all lookie-loo on me.
Things That Happened Today
- Found a washed & dried lottery scratch off in my coat pocket. I brought it to the liquor store, and had it scanned. Won $40.
- Went to the Hallmark store, and a guy was sitting in his car, in the middle of the parking lot lane, asleep. The girls in Hallmark went out to wake him up.
- Went to Brueggers, saw they had a “free refill for all of 2014 coffee mug”. Asked the price on it. ”It’s $175,” they replied. ”I’ll have a hot chocolate,” I retorted.
- Saw a pillow at Target that said “Noel” on it, and thought of “Technol” aka No-L on Tumblr.
- Brian went to use the bathroom at a diner we went to for lunch. Came storming out 10 minutes later, having stepped in feces on the bathroom floor, and while standing on one foot, washed his other shoe off in the sink.
We’ve had a day of it.
My friend Marc from high school was flying back home to Oklahoma from Texas earlier today. The planes go over Moore before circling back around to Will Rogers International. This is his first time seeing the tornado damage in Moore first hand. His reaction is what we’re all still thinking.
Part of me wants to move back home & help out.
Update: My cousins, whose home was destroyed, are renting an apartment. They have been staying in an apartment where my aunt works and lives in midtown. They’ll be in their new apt temporarily. They have the money for their house from insurance. Someone has offered to buy their plot of land for about $20K (where their house once stood). They are rebuilding a brand new house further south, almost into Newcastle, which is south south south of Moore. (They were pretty deep into Moore anyway, nearly on the southern edge of it. Newcastle is another hop, skip, & a jump away.) Their truck was destroyed, and they have been able to replace that already. I hope everyone else in Oklahoma are as fortunate.
The Patio (by ELSIV)
Our patio from the old place. Those are coleus in the white pots on either side, and portulaca in the small terracotta pots. There are some marigolds in the middle.
My mom loved marigolds and portulaca. We had it everywhere when I was growing up. Dad raised roses, and those were everywhere, too.
We have a lot of food growing on the patio this year, but I think I am going to Lowe’s this weekend to get some portulaca and railing planters to finish off the patio.
El Reno, Oklahoma - The National Weather Service has upgraded the deadly tornado that swept across the El Reno area to an EF-5.
On Friday, May 31, five tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City metro area, including a massive tornado that hit El Reno.
That tornado was originally rated an EF-3. However, the National Weather Service upgraded it to an EF-5 on Tuesday. Experts say it was 2.6 miles wide, which was the widest tornado ever recorded in the U.S. history.
This tornado touched down at 6:03 p.m. Friday, 8.3 miles west, southwest of El Reno, near Courtney Road, about one mile north of Reuter Road.
It lasted for about 40 minutes, before ending 6.2 miles east, southeast of El Reno, near I-40 and Banner Road.
The tornado’s path was 16.2 miles.
Wind speeds were measured at 295 miles per hour less than 500 feet above ground, according to the National Weather Service.
Several people were killed as the massive tornado crossed I-40, including a mother and her baby.
Three storm chasers were also killed while they were chasing this tornado.
The storm still moving through OKC is like nothing I’ve seen in all my years of being an Oklahoman. My aunt, first cousins, and long time friends were in the direct path of it all. Most have suffered hail damage to their house (it was softball size - unfathomable), or flooding in their house. So far as I know, everyone is alive and okay. I’m still hearing from people slowly. My brother and I are trying to stay in some sort of communication with them to be sure they’re okay.
I’ve been streaming News9 since 7:30pm ET, non-stop (and still am). Some of the worst of it went through parts of Moore, but the worst seemed to go straight through Oklahoma City. The sheer width and breadth of the storm is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s not over yet, but people are able to get back to their homes, etc, although driving along certain areas is not advised.
I’m stressed worrying about them, but it pales in comparison to all my fellow Oklahomans there in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area, going through it all.
PS That screen shot was taken by my roommate, at 7pm Central. It looks like it’s 3am.