someone told me recently that the amount of land that was burning/had just burned in the state of texas, could make up the size of connecticut. that is a lot of land, people. in austin, we currently have fires in bastrop and steiner ranch. at this time, almost 2,000 homes have been destroyed in bastrop, and until today, only 30% of the fire in steiner, had been contained.
i have a friend who lives in steiner and said a house right in front of her caught on fire, and the flames surrounding the area are over fifty feet high.
that's the same size as putting about seven shaquille oneals together.
when disaster like this hits, it's hard to know what to do first. our east riverside small group at soma, banded together like a bunch of awesome ninjas, and collected just shy of 300 bottles of water to give to the relief in bastrop. (288 bottles, to be exact.) capital area food bank has donation sites set up all over the city, taking food, water and clothing for those in need.
we decided to make our drop off, to milk and honey spa in bee caves. and by, "we" i mean, "me and amanda k."
i realise this is a total white girl thing to do, but hey---you gotta do what you gotta do. especially when AMANDA IS TURNING 25 TOMORROW! WOO!! and you have spa gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. purse. whathaveyou.
(i'm the red, and amanda is the fabulous grey-taupe.)
thanks for reading, friends!