Thursday, October 27, 2005

Lights are out, but we're home.

Tuesday morning we woke up to the sound of heavy crashes all around the house. The electricity was also blinking off and back on. Then finally - it just went out.

It turns out we had a freak snowstorm that dropped at least 6 inches of snow! Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, but with leaves on the trees still, branches started falling left and right from the added weight. Steve went outside and said it sounded like guns being fired in the woods all around us. The silver maple right next to the house dropped several BIG branches on the house and where we park...luckily we were able to move the cars before they fell on the cars. The truck's side mirror and antenna were bent, though.

Apparently there are several thousand people still without power in north central WV. Here is a Charleston Gazette story on the situation: http://wvgazette.com/section/News/Other%20News/2005102633

We still don't have power as of this afternoon. I'm in Morgantown for the moment - I came in to teach my class. We've heard we might not have power until Saturday. =(

I drove from Grafton this afternoon on my way in and I can see why it is taking so long. There are branches and TREES laying on lines all over the place - and that is just on one road. I've never seen so much damage to trees around here - even with heavy winds. This just caught everything and everybody off guard.

More later...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Tearin' it up with Terramite

We have a culvert over a creek in the driveway that has caused a lot of trouble over the past few years. The fellas who put it in didn't sink it far enough down and there has been this big hump we've had to drive over. With both Steve and I in the Corolla, it scrapes the bottom of the car. I thought we could fix it by building up either side of the culvert a bit to make the hump less of a problem for the car, but Steve had a better solution: rent a Terramite, pull out the culvert, dig the hole out and put the culvert back in.

I went down with him yesterday to work on it. Mostly, I just watched (which was actually kind of entertaining. I usually hate to just watch people work on stuff.) But I did get to move some of the dirt. It is pretty easy to use, but you have to get used to the controls. It reminded me of playing in dirt when I was a kid.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sam Beckett and Thomas Magnum

There are two drawbacks to being on maternity leave: the amount of time breastfeeding takes out of your day and daytime television. We have DirecTV and there are a LOT of channels to choose from. Unfortunately, there usually isn't anything I really want to watch...Except reruns of Magnum P.I. I discovered that there are 2 episodes on WGN the Chicago superstation at noon and 2:00 p.m. Over the past week, I have greatly enjoyed watching these shows I haven't seen in 20 years. We watched Magnum for a few years until the Cosby Show came on and we had to fight with mom to watch it instead. Magnum has aged far better than the Cosby show, I think.

Another favorite show is on now on SciFi all day - Quantum Leap. As cheesy as it was from time to time, I thoroughly enjoyed the show from the first episode. Interestingly, Magnum, P.I. was written by both Donald P. Bellisario (the creator of Quantum Leap) and Glen A. Larson. And they both worked on Battlestar Galactica in the 70's. Larson is actually working on the new BG, too.

Since I'm thinking about it, here are my top 10 things I like about Magnum, p.i.
10. Those 80's short shorts!
9. TC and Rick...you couldn't find better pals anywhere!
8. The giggle.
7. The Ferrari. Still a damn sexy car.
6. Magnum.
5. The lads.
4. That theme song!
3. The voice over.
2. Magnum's complete disregard for rules.
1. The barbed exchanges between Higgins and Magnum...well actually Higgins and everyone. What a great character.

Monday, October 10, 2005

New photos of Kira


If you haven't checked Kira's Blog for a couple of weeks, we've posted new pictures.

Click here to visit Kira's Blog.