Sunday, May 29th - Saw "Bridesmaids" with my mothers. It was hilarious and I think I may have even enjoyed it more than the buttered popcorn (and that's saying something)!
Tuesday, May 31st - First summer school class - Management Information Systems - started (online). I cannot begin to describe how much I despise this class and how unnecessary it is for my major. Only one more week left! Spent the afternoon sandbagging with a friend. Bismarck-Mandan is currently battling the rising Missouri River due to record snow- and rainfall in both North Dakota and Montana. Flooding became an issue in mid-May and is expected to continue throughout the summer. Bismarck has built a massive levee to protect residents in the floodplain on the south side of town (including my parents and in-laws) but many of those outside of city limits haven't been quite so lucky. Yesterday, a home was swept away by the river and officials say it may not be the only one. My heart is heavy for that family - I cannot even imagine what it must feel like to watch your house being swallowed up and then carried away by flood water. This is definitely a time that will go down in the record books - unfortunately.
Wednesday, June 1st - Spent the night sandbagging with friends and my dad in hopes of reaching the city's goal of eight million sandbags by the next day. It was a chaotic evening but it was awesome seeing so many people out helping the community.
*Minot is also battling devastating flooding due to the rising Souris River (the story actually made national news last night and is one the lead headlines this morning on MSN). Nearly a quarter of the city's population, 10,000 residents, had to evacuate their homes yesterday as water began to spill over the dikes. Please keep the residents of Bismarck, Mandan, and Minot in your thoughts and prayers.*
Thursday, June 2nd - On to some happier news. I turned the big 3-0 this month! The 20s were great but I think the 30s are going to be even better.
Saturday, June 4th - Bought myself a pair of patterned fishnet tights for roller derby! I suspect it will be the first of many. Spent the gorgeous evening in the backyard with Crickett. I love the sights, sounds, and smells that you experience outside this time of year.