Wednesday, May 24, 2006

She's here!

Amy and Todd report that Joplynn Thiamae Moser arrived at 5:54 p.m. (CST) on May 23, 2006. She was 7 pounds and 11 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

Mommy and baby are doing great!

Welcome to the world Joplynn!

I'm so happy that they have a little girl practically the same age as Kira. We're looking forward to meeting her.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Amy & Todd's baby is on the way!

Amy and Todd are expecting the arrival of their baby girl any moment today. Amy went in last night to be induced. She's a couple of weeks early, but the doctors wanted to go ahead and induce because Amy's blood pressure has been going up and they were concerned.

Apparently everything is going fine, so I'm eagerly awaiting news that she's here. We'll be going up to see them and meet the baby after Memorial Day.

Their blog is here:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Sayid's a good lookin' dude

Came across this site with hi-quality promotional photos from Lost. It was linked to from the Lost newsgroup. I normally don't follow shows in quite this manner, but I really enjoy this program. It has just enough mystery and surprise to keep me interested.

Also posted on the list is a blurb on how they are going to run the episodes next season - something I think fans everywhere have been frustrated with. I think it is an interesting approach...better than reruns.

More cool photos from the season finale!:

from zap2it

ABC Promises Uninterrupted Blocks of 'Lost'
Emmy-winning hit will make way for 'Day Break' in January
By Daniel Fienberg

Josh Holloway of 'Lost'It's a plight that "Lost" fans know all too well -- You tune in on a Wednesday night praying for a new episode only to find a random repeat from nearly a season earlier, or else a lengthy and unexpected clip show. ABC is hoping to eliminate that

Following a format somewhat resembling FOX's successful treatment of "24," ABC revealed its new fall schedule on Tuesday (May 16), vowingto dramatically reduce "Lost" repeats. The plan calls for "Lost" to begin the season in its standard Wednesday 9 p.m. ET time slot, but
just when the show would typically move into a rerun cycle in the winter, ABC has an alternative up its sleeve.

"We really wanted to just say to the audience, 'Listen, it's going to be on for this block here and then we'll bring it back and it will run straight through,'" explains ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. "So yes, the plan is that 'Lost' will come on in the fall in the first or second week of the season, run for seven episodes and then 'Day Break' will launch into that period and 'Lost' will come back in January or early February and run straight through for the remainder for the season."

That way, instead of wondering why Shannon and Boone suddenly seem to be alive again and why the castaways are still scratching their heads over the contents of the mysterious hatch, viewers can follow Taye Diggs as he relives the same day over and over again trying to avoid being framed for murder.

"I think it's the best role he's ever played," McPherson says of Diggs and his "Day Break" character. "He just explodes off the screen and really is a TV star. I think that like 'Lost,' it's a challenging area, but we really feel like in the drama world that's what we do well and we want to take those chances."

McPherson wouldn't rule out the possibility that "Lost" repeats might still air in different time periods, including the 8 p.m. hour before fresh content. He also refused to leak any information on new cast members.

"There are no new people at this point," he hedges. "All the cast are returning except the people we shot on 'Lost.'"

Although convention wisdom holds that a schedule loaded with new programming and low on repeats is an expensive schedule, McPherson urges pundits not to cry for either ABC or "Lost."

"It's an extremely profitable show for everyone," McPherson reassures the masses. "There's DVDs that'll be out, there's the dotcom, there's going to be a lot of content... The thing to keep in mind is that it won't be three-on/one-off/two-on/one-off. There will be no break in the aired episodes. Much like '24,' you will be able to come into that experience and stay with it week after week after week."

McPherson explains that it's all just part of a changing television landscape in a medium which is offering viewers more options than ever before.

"It's a more expensive schedule, but I think the audience is more demanding right now," he says. "I think that the audience has so much choice, is so sophisticated, is so demanding now that we have to work into our schedule more and more original programming and I think that
giving the audience what they want is something we're charged with doing."

Friday, May 12, 2006

Yes Men pull Halliburton hoax

Halliburton Falls Victim To Pranksters Touting $100M “SurvivaBall” Suits That Protect Corporate Execs From Global Warming...

Yes Men pull Halliburton hoax - Business - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ok so the houses on the market right now REALLY suck.

Yup. We were so dejected Sunday after looking at a house in Kingwood. It looked promising fromt he photo and desciption and we thought for 80,000 it probably didn't need *That* much work aside from updating, maybe new carpet, new paint. MMMMRRRR WRONG! Kitchen needed to be gutted and redone, new carpet thoughout, basement smelled damp, dehumidifier was running, mold on the basement wall on the slope, windows had water damage around the frames. For some reason one breaker box was in a bedroom and the other in the living room. For $60k we might have considered it and taken extra $$ to fix those problems.


We are not sure what we'll do aside from proceed with the survey for 5 acres off of mom's property. We need 10% down to get a construction loan. We don't have 10K lying around (assuming it'll cost around $100,000), so I am not sure how that'll pan out.


Friday, May 05, 2006

House Hunt

We're looking for a house. We were planning on building, but have concluded that with the complications of having to survey off land and then mom needing to convince the bank to break it off the property (since it is mortgaged) AND the cost of buidling (would all HAVE to be under $100,000 that were weren't sure it was the best thing for us to do for our first home. Add that to the gas prices going no where but up and we had little reason to think it was the best thing for us to do.

I am very sad about this because We love living in the country and wanted to raise our children there. BUT in light of all the above we started looking for places that would be closer to where I work and would be in our price range thinking that maybe we'd find something that we could buy and possibly sell later for more $$.

Morgantown is the fastest growing market in the state and houses there are going for ridiculously high prices. Those prices are trickling out to Preston County too though.

So, in this process, we found our DREAM home in Arthurdale. Oh my god we loved it. It was absolutely perfect for us. The location, the size, the lot. Everything.
But, it is about $20,000 out of our price range. We can only go as high as $100,000 and they are asking $119,000. It is very sad. We fell in love HARD with the community and the house when we looked at it.

While at the bank we also found out that we absolutly NEED to get something NOW. They (the West Virginia Housing Development Fund - First Time Homebuyers loan) are changing the guidelines for how they assess your ability to pay for a home and student loans. While we were there the loan officer called the WVHDF and asked whether or not she had to take that into consideration and was told no, but that will change in a matter of weeks. If we fall under that we would never be able to buy a house. seriously. On paper we'd be paying something like $2700/mo. in student loans in addition to everything else.

So we are a little frantic now. We drove around all day Wednesday getting a feeling for the different areas in a 20 mile radius of Morgantown. We found we really didn't like Fairmont or the way downtown Grafton felt. We did like Arthurdale (of course) and the Blueville section of Grafton of of 119. There wasn't much appealing (or even in our price) range in Masontown and Reedsville (shockingly some of these crappy houses there are going for $140,000-$150,000).

So we have a couple of agents looking for us. They haven't come up with anything that I haven't found on my own though. It's all online except for most houses for sale by the owners.

Mom asked if we'd want to buy the house and the acres around it (only) and she'd build something. That's a last ditch effort. I thought once that might be what we'd want to do, but I don't want to be stuck with that house forever and I feel like if she doesn't want to sell us the entire property it wouldn't be worth it. We do want a nicer house and there is SO much that needs to be done to her house - roof, windows, siding, driveway. AND we could never sell it (nor would we want to), so I feel like we'd be locking ourselves in forever if we did that. Besides that, I don't think it is fair that I'd have to buy that house from mom, but later *IF* my siblings want a place she wouldn't ask them to buy property from her (though we have never discussed that so I can't say that for sure). (I know she wants to keep access to the property for them, but that is a non-issue. Of course they would have access to it and could then buy it at the same price or less than I bought it from mom.) We'd also have to get it surveyed anyway and I don't think the WVHDF will loan for more than 5 acres - the springs are farther than 5 acres from the house I think...not sure. They require that the water source be on those 5 acres. The timing is not on our side for this route anyway. We'd have to get this rolling paperwork-wise within the next few days/weeks and that ain't gonna happen - school doesn't let out until June.

So...that may be what we have to explore, but I think I'd rather get something that we can improve, and sell for a profit in the years to come and then build a great place later. OR find a way to buy a house in Artherdale and live there forever.