Monthly Archives: October 2012

Up down all around

This past week was spent in Denton, Texas working on projects from hurricane Gustav. While we were always on alert with hurricane Sandy, we started to settle in. Which is just about when we found out we had to pack up and head north. Fun fact: Pine 4 is a pro at packing, we found out we were leaving at 3, got home at 4, did laundry, packed our stuff, packed the van, kitchen kit, cooked, and cleaned before 10.
Today, we made it halfway and stopped in Tennessee. Where we had a lovely Ruby Tuesday dinner and found out that we are being sent to Brooklyn.

Lots of crazy feelings going on during this past week, but mostly I wanted to update where I was. I’m so happy to have spent time in Texas, and I can’t wait to help out in New York.



Wow, so I’m almost a month behind on updating. I need to find a new way to go about blogging. Here’s an extremely general sum up of what I’ve been doing.

This past weekend, all 21 teams drove from Vinton, Iowa to Anniston, Alabama (a two-day trip across seven states) to switch from NCCC training to FEMA training. Right now we are staying on an old military base for two weeks (one week left at this point) to complete our training before going off on our first service project. We are completely and utterly spoiled here. The dorms are two people to a room, which shares a bathroom with the room next door. Maids come and switch out our towels ect, laundry is still free, and the food is all you can eat amazingness. The food can get a little heavy, very much an American diet, but who can complain when cake is available at essentially every meal. I have yet to meet a FEMA employee who is not extremely nice, helpful, and excited that we are here. We’ve also been given our work Blackberries and Laptops, its nice to have them, but at the same time they are extremely restricted to work only use, so I’m still getting use to having a laptop, but needing to go to the computer lab to check my facebook.

Some fun stuff I’ve been able to do outside of training:
Yesterday, I went to the Terrortorium, a very scary very well done haunted house. Today, we hiked in the Cheaha State Park. It felt amazing to get outside our gated living arrangements and away from the noise of Amerilife. We also drove up the highest peak in Alabama and saw some amazing views of the area (aka, the beginning of the Appalachian trail).

Alright, times up, back to work. 🙂 As usual, I will try and update more, I really do miss being able to blog regularly. I may try and use twitter to keep people updated as to what I’m doing and where I am. My twitter name is Parlezfranglais and you can see it on the right side of my blog. Also, feel free to call me if you have any questions or want to hear about all the things I haven’t gotten around to posting. There are some things about FEMA Corps that I would love to talk about, but don’t want to post because once things are on the internet, you can never take them down, and I’m not sure how things are going to be run next year. Also, while I don’t have much time to wait in line at the computer lab, then wait for the internet to speed up, I do have time for a phone call, please don’t hesitate to call me (or send me a message if you don’t know me personally).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, and to those back home in Southington, I hope you stuffed yourselves with Apple Fritters, I can’t wait to enjoy my frozen fritters come winter break!