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Hey world, I’m Averill! Some of you already know me from my blog last year, while others probably just found me! To both groups, welcome! This is my second year blogging and my third year at Longwood University. I’m an English major with a concentration in secondary education, which is a fancy way of saying I really want to teach high school English! I’m active in the Honors College, the Anime Club, and am usually somewhere around campus just hanging out or doing whatever needs to be done. Enjoy the blog!

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April 28, 2011 1:57PM

My apologies

I am far behind on blogging, I regret to inform you all. I had every intention of writing one last night, but… well, anyone from Farmville knows what happened!

Yesterday was what one may be inclined to call “eventful.” I had classes, including a final presentation for a class, and those finally let out… So my roommate and I decided to go check on the world record attempt! We sadly lost our world record attempt because our giant papier mache beach ball collapsed (much to everyone’s chagrin), it began to storm, and then it started to hail!

My roommate and I, since we were in the Student Union, just decided to walk quickly across Brock Commons to the dining hall. Yes, in the hail. We were hungry and Goldfish crackers and lemonade weren’t cutting it! She used her Honors College ingenuity to shield her head with her binder, but since I had no binder, nor anything that wasn’t paper, I used good old stupidity and strutted my stuff right across that sidewalk in the rain and hailstones. Luckily, I don’t believe any of them conked me on the head! Or if they did, I barely felt it… ^^;

So we got to the dining hall and ate some dinner, all the while noticing that the sky was getting darker. In a lull between storms, we high-tailed it right back to our home in Wheeler only to discover that another storm was on its way and there was a tornado warning. Not long after we arrived, the whole building was put on lockdown. I got a text from one of my friends who was still in the dining hall saying that from where she was, she could see a tornado forming. She even sent a picture, which I didn’t receive until later, and that was creepy stuff! Of course, my roommate, suitemate, and I all hurried downstairs just as RAs came by and knocked on everyone’s doors to tell them to go downstairs. It wasn’t the most thrilling thing ever to be rushed downstairs, but I was among friends and so we stayed as calm as possible given the situation (perhaps calmer still because the tornado, which it turns out actually did touch down, was on the other side of campus) and eventually got the all-clear.

On a side note, this picture, taken by Longwood student Amelia Perry, has been circulating around Facebook and news outlets as one of the best shots of our tornado: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/ugc/snap/weather/farmville-tornado/14049/

Thankfully, I received word that there were no major injuries or deaths and the worst consequences were that five families were displaced. I wish those families the best and they are in my thoughts, but at least nothing worse than that happened…

Anyway, all work ethic destroyed, we went on back upstairs only to get another message around 9:45 about another tornado warning, this one more serious than the last, and all packed into the bathrooms, suites, closets, and even trash rooms of the first floor, which got very hot, until the next all clear. For much of the rest of the evening, I stayed downstairs with some friends on the off chance we would get called downstairs again, talked, and did what little work I could muster.

I wanted to go to the CHI Burning, even though it was in Willett, but I really didn’t want to go out in that weather. Sorry, CHI. Another year… </3

Last night, we all worried about another tornado warning when we tried to sleep, so imagine my happiness when I woke up after an undisturbed night of sleep.

Anyway, I'm hoping today is uneventful so that I can do a paper that I was planning on doing last night. Tornadoes creep me out big-time, especially since I've been not too far from three of them, counting last night's, none of which occurred in Tornado Alley! So… yeah, you can see why there was no finished paper last night.

Stay safe, Blogland! It looks like the weather has tapered off into rain and will go away soon, but be careful!

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