March 29, 2011

Backtracking: Tsunami '11.

I have nothing new to write about. Seriously. Life has been boring (unless you count the sudden influx of RMS that have appeared at my chapel). Other than that though, seriously I have nothing else to say. So, why don't we talk about the Hawaii Tsunami '11.

It's kind of scary/sad that I can now categorize Hawaii Tsunami's by year. Hmmm...

Anyway, let's backtrack a little more to 2010. During HI Tsunami '10 I was on the Big Island away from my family. More specifically, I was in Hilo which suffered extensive damage from a huge tsunami that took place years ago (under the same circumstances of HI Tsunami '10). Needless to say, I freaked out.

This year, I freaked out even more. That's what "freaked out" is bolded. It was a Thursday night and my grandma was at Cub Scouts, so I was home alone, in my room, tumblr surfing. When all of a sudden a post popped up on my dashboard saying that there was a MAJOR earthquake in Japan. My mouth dropped, my heart began to race and I began to shake.

In fact, I did look exactly like that (via).

Numbly, I made my way down the stairs and turned on the news. I tried not to cry as I saw how big the earthquake was and the damage that the earthquake alone had caused. They announced a tsunami watch for the Pacific Islands as well as the West Coast of the US, but I barely heard that announcement as I made my way back upstairs to google the Honshu area of Japan and which districts that included.

A map appeared on my google browser and there in the corner was the one thing I didn't want to see. Nagoya was in the Honshu area. I began to freak out even more. For those of you who don't know, one of my very good friends (and also a potential husband :P) is serving his mission in Nagoya, Japan. My grandma came home shortly after that and we began to make preparations to get out of the house since we live in an evacuation zone. But really, all I could think about was Elder K and wonder if he was okay.

It took us about 2 hours to get all of our stuff together as well as the dogs and get out of the house. On the way out, we stopped at a friend's house right down the road to find out where they were going and ended up deciding to go with them. We were originally going to go to my mom's house, but the roads out of the area where I live were crazy! So up we went to the Valley. 

My friend's fiance's dad is one of the counselors in the Stake Presidency so I actually felt really safe where I was at. I knew we'd be okay if anything were to happen. His wife made us 'ono (delicious) spam musubis and she was so nice and kind. Plus, their other son, who I went to school with (but he graduated a year before me) had just come home from his mission and I got to meet (or re-meet) him, so that was cool.

We stayed up most of the night, watching the news and waiting for the wave to come while also being shown footage of the Japan Tsunami. Which I couldn't watch. But anyway, the wave was thankfully small and damage here on Oahu was very limited. We were grateful that there was no further damage. And at about 4:30 we went home. And I slept until about 9:30.

When I woke up, I immediately checked to see if there were any updates and thankfully there was! The church released a statement saying that all but a few missionaries in the Sendai area were contacted and accounted for. I breathed easily for the first time in hours.

And that is my tsunami story. I want to do something to help Japan but I don't have any money to give, so I was thinking of maybe sewing blankets or something for the cause. Do you guys think that's a good idea?

March 26, 2011

I know my ABCs!

Hey guys *insert shy wave here*! I know, I know. It has once again been forever since I've updated. Life has just been so busy for me lately (kind of, not really...). But I'll explain my extended absence in full soon. I think mainly I just needed a blog break.

But I'll be back fully soon! I'm trying to get back in the swing of things by checking my google reader, which may take a while. I have over 1000 posts to catch up on! In the meantime, you can check out my tumblr, since I've been pretty active there. Or you can just enjoy this lovely filler post of random facts that you probably already know about me which I stole from Jen's blog!

Age: 21! Fun, right? :)
Bed size: My bed is a luxurious queen size. And yet it is too small. LOL. I like to spread out when I sleep.
Chore you dislike: laundry. Well, actually, I like washing clothes, but I hate folding clothes because it takes FOREVER. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to folding clothes. And I really hate washing dishes. A dishwasher is definitely a must have in my future house.
Dogs: I have two right now--a poodle/shih tzu named Merlin and a chihuahua/shih tzu named Lady. In my lifetime I've had a lot of dogs, mostly chihuahuas. Hoku, Mahina, Makali'i, Keiki Boy, Ke'oke'o, Daniel Boy, Ikaika, Nani, Kala. Yep.
Essential start to your day: Checking my phone!
Favorite colour: green and lately it's been purple as well.
Gold or silver: white gold?
Height: 5’2″. Although everyone says I'm only 5'1". Well, everyone is WRONG.
Instruments you play(ed): I don't play instruments, really. I can sort of play guitar and 'ukulele but not well enough.
Job title: student.
Kids: one day, but not yet. I have names picked out and everything though!
Live: Hawaii. Lets not get to specific on the town though. Hint: it has the word "Wai" in it. (Basically a town with the word Wai in it is like....I don't know...*insert awesome analogy here*
Mom’s name: Novena
Nicknames: Tasia, Tay, Taysh, Keiki, Titah.
Overnight hospital stays: Never, actually. Unless you count when I was born...
Pet peeve: when things are uneven, when people aren't on time, being pestered to do things.
Quote from a movie: "She knows everything about everyone. That's why her hair is so big, it's full of secrets"
Righty or Lefty: righty
Siblings: i'm the oldest, then i have a sister who will be 18 in june, a brother who is 16 and my baby brother is 6.
Time you wake up: whenever i feel like it :)
Underwear: i live for cute undies!
Vegetables you don’t like: cauliflower
What makes you run late: nothing really. i'm always on time. unless there is traffic.
X-Rays you’ve had: teeth, chest, knee.
Yummy food you make: peanut butter cookies. and pretty much any kind of dessert.
Zoo animal favorite: tigers!
Well, I hope y'alls enjoyed that. Talk to you guys soon <3!

March 10, 2011

I'm Alive!

Hello friends of blog land,

I just wanted to stop by the blog and say hello. I know it's been for-EVER since I've updated, but this little break from the bloggy world has been much needed! I definitely miss the bloggyland and I plan on coming back in full force very soon, but for now the break from blogging (and being constantly worried about reading your blogs) has been nice!

Here are some things that I've done while on my little vacation:

  • nothing, nothing and more nothing.
  • read the entire Hunger Games series in 3 days. Yep. 3 days.
  • And then became obsessed (of course) with the series.
  • Fell in love with Peeta Mellark (also a mark of my obsession).
  • Picked out my perfect Hunger Games cast (which I shall share with y'alls later)
  • Added a Hunger Games Fanfiction to my account (I'll also share that later)
  • Wrote a flippen AWESOME essay in 4 hours. 
  • watched a Jersey Shore marathon.
  • got sick and then got better
  • Started re-reading the Hunger Games again.
And yep, that's what I did. What have you guys been up to? Let me know because I really miss you guys!