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Chial they had done said Hurricane Sandy bout to come all up and thru the east coast and wreck shop! And then they had done said it was a cold front coming thru from Canada that was go meet up with Sandy and really tear shit up… And chial! Canada had done had a ol naaaaaaasty earthquake down to da west coast of Canada which has triggered tsunami warnings for Hawaii.  Girrrrrrrrrrrrl…. now if this aint a perfect storm then…idk… and now it’s about to be a nor’easter up in the biatch! They had done cancelled school for 2 days chial.  The whole DC-metro area is shut down! But no need to worry…I’m in NC so I’m safe and sound 🙂 And I’m praying that everyone else is safe, serious up for real yall.

But what I wanna write about for the sake of interest I guess is a different type of storm.  In this particular case, the perfect storm I’m referring to a series of [un]fortunate events that are in fact so serendipitous  that the end result is complete and utter bliss…or mindfuck depending on your circumstances.  Case in point:

For the past few weeks or so yall I’s been feelin mighty down I’s been feelin mighty low.  I know I know, but it is what it is.  So I decided that what I needed was a break, more specifically a good vacay.  It’s been about a year since my last real vacay and mama is looooooooooooong overdue for somekinda break from this so-called life I find myself in.  While I’m very appreciative of where I am right now, I’m tired yall.  Especially after getting through midterms and trying to keep myself togeva to navigate thru it all (which is a whole nother job in itself), I had bout done had it for real.

So I came to NC to visit for the weekend with an agenda of things I had to do.  Accompany my aunt to a function on Friday…had to take Dutchess to the vet Sat…and try to get back to NoVA early enough Sunday to make it to a brunch.  In the meantime and in between time I was go try to enjoy myself somekinda way.

As it turns out…

The ‘function’ I accompanied my aunt to on Friday turned out to be pretty fun.  I had a good and restful day while Dutchess was away Sat and spent some quality time with my friends and family who I hadn’t seen in a while and ended up staying local Sunday and going to church and Golden Corral after.  -yall know knee-grows love Golden Corral after church lol! And now I’m still here cuz Sandy still doing her thang all up and thru the east coast chial.  And with this wind coming in from the north I’d say we were in for a nor’easter.  But meanwhile I get to chill and at least get outta going to stats class for the week #winning! 

So I guess things worked out ok… I still need a real vacay, but at least I’m getting a bit of a break.  I’m still sad somewhat, but at least I’m surrounded by family and friends who try their best to put a smile on my face.  I still got schoolwork to do, but for now I got a little more time to breathe a sigh of relief…

So, my series of unfortunate events turned out to be a blessing; that’s how I’m choosing to look at is.  Now, if only I were in a tropical location…no wait, pause.  Yeah there’s a hurricane outside…nevamind!

Old Fashioned Apple Pie


  • 5lbs apples- granny smith, pacific rose, pink lady, etc., peeled, cored and sliced medium-thin
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • grated zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1/4-1/2 c raisins (optional)
  • simple pie crust 
  • 1 beaten egg + 1 tbsp water for egg wash
  • additional sugar for garnish

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Prepare the pie crust and press the bottom crust into a 9″ deep dish pie pan.  Refrigerate the crust until ready to use.

Combine the apples with the flour, sugar, spices, zests and juices (and raisins).  Refrigerate for a few hours in order to allow the flavors to come together.

Fill the pie with the apple mixture and cover with the top pie crust.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.

Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hour or until the crust is golden brown.  Allow to cool for 45 mins to an hour before serving.