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Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
5:57 am
Oh no!
The AP story was wrong -- 12 miners are dead, only one found alive. How horrible for the families who received the good news only to learn a few hours later that the number of survivors and casualties had been reversed!

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (Jan. 4) - In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, mining officials told family members early Wednesday that 11 of the 12 trapped coal miners initially thought to have survived a mine explosion had died.The devastating news came more than three hours after Gov. Joe Manchin announced he had been told 12 of the miners survived the disaster. Rescue crews found the first victim earlier Tuesday evening.

"About the confusion, I can't tell you of anything more heart-wrenching than I've ever gone through in my life. Nothing," Manchin said.

The sole survivor of the disaster, identified by mining officials as 27-year-old Randal McCloy, was hospitalized in critical condition early Wednesday, a doctor said. When he arrived, he was unconscious but moaning, the hospital said.
1:26 am
A (mostly) happy ending!

Family members report 12 trapped miners are alive

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Twelve miners caught in an explosion in a coal mine were found alive Tuesday night, sending family members streaming from the church where they had gathered during the nearly two-day ordeal. Joyous shouts rose of “Praise the Lord!”

Bells at the church rang out as family members ran out screaming in jubilation. Relatives yelled “They’re alive!”

“They told us they have 12 alive,” Gov. Joe Manchin said. “We have some people that are going to need some medical attention.”

Rescue crews found the body of a 13th miner earlier Tuesday evening and said they were holding out hope that the others were still alive, even as precious time continued to slip away.

The mine’s owner, International Coal Group Inc., did not immediately confirm that the 12 other men were alive. A relative at the church said a mine foreman called relatives there, saying the miners had been found.
Friday, December 30th, 2005
7:39 pm
Gee, what a surprise
You scored as English. You should be an English major! Your passion lies in writing and expressing yourself creatively, and you hate it when you are inhibited from doing so. Pursue that interest of yours!






























What is your Perfect Major?
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Sunday, July 25th, 2004
5:15 pm
Birthday wishes
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO slicktrick81!!!!

Hope you're having a fabulous day, Lyns!!
Sunday, February 29th, 2004
5:48 pm
Happy Leap Day!!
It's a gorgeous day outside, so why am I sitting here making a leaping man icon? Hee.

I'll have to watch the Oscars at work tonight. Hopefully all the predictions are right and Return Of The King will win best picture. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Bill Murray, but I wouldn't exactly be upset if Johnny Depp won either. :)
Wednesday, December 31st, 2003
12:45 am
Ice box
We have these two large Coca Cola ice buckets in the cafeteria at work -- the kind like you'd see at a gas station near the register holding individual cans of soda (or "pop" for you Midwesterners! ;) on ice. They fill it up with ice each day so we poor schmucks who work nights when the snack bar is closed can still get ice for our drinks. For some unknown reason, however, one of them is presently in the second floor men's restroom. Hmmmm... I'm thinking I'll hold off on using ice for awhile!

Current Mood: working
Thursday, September 11th, 2003
5:24 pm
OK, so I just saw the 5 p.m. update. The beast is up to 160 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 195 mph. And one of the projected track scenarios puts it right about Savannah. Too early to really worry about it yet though. Ryan was watching the update with me and started crying, worrying that the storm would blow away all of his Pokemon cards. Ah, to be young and have that be your greatest worry with a Category 5 hurricane lurking...

Current Mood: NOT worried (yet)
Thursday, September 4th, 2003
11:10 pm
Birthday wishes
Happy, Happy Birthday to latraviata, my partner in stamping crime!! Hope you're having a wonderful day, Shauna!!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
6:08 pm
Birthday wishes
Happy, happy birthday to jete!!! Hope you're having a wonderful day!!! You actually share a birthday with my grandmother -- she's 92 today. :)

Current Mood: celebratory
Monday, July 14th, 2003
1:52 am
When's the last time I posted a quiz?
Stolen from latraviata. They got that "always on the run part" right! Oy!

You are a Stila 5 Pan!
You are a Stila 5 Pan!

What beauty staple are you?
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Friday, June 20th, 2003
12:16 am
Three weeks
We met with the contractor on Thursday and as soon as we were all on the same page, they officially began construction of the house. Woohoo! If it will just stay dry long enough the next few days for them to put the foundation down, things should zip right along. I had mentioned to James last night that the house being built next to ours had its foundation laid down on May 9, which was nearly 45 days ago, and that house looks to be at least two weeks away from being completed. We mentioned that to the contractor at the meeting and he said they'd actually had to stop construction on that one altogether at one point because the buyers disagreed with some aspect of the construction. So it likely would have been done in less than 45 days otherwise. It's a smaller house, but that still bodes well for us.

There were a couple of surprises at the meeting. The main one was that a large accent window on the wall opposite the living room would not be incorporated into our house. It's on the model house but apparently has been dropped in an effort to cut costs. It would go right above two regular sized windows. All the meetings we've had and no one mentioned that before. Hmmm... Not that we would have sprung for it at the design meeting, considering all the other extras we were already adding on, but it just seems like it should have been mentioned at some point in the past two and a half months. I did like the way it looked from the outside of the house, though. But it's all probably for the best, anyway, since we plan to get a flat screen TV and put it on the wall opposite that window. Now there will be less glare.

Another cost-cutting measure they're going to use is to narrow the driveway at the end by the street. It will still be full size from the garage door to 20 feet back. But then it will taper off slightly. I'm not quite sure how that cuts any significant cost -- it's not like concrete is all that expensive to begin with. Is there a sand shortage I'm not aware of? Hmph!

I'll have to go sign up at Web shots or somewhere like that to post pics as work goes along on the house. As we were going in to meet with the contractor on Thursday I stopped and spoke with the community sales manager and she asked me "aren't you excited -- they're finally starting on your new house!" I told her the first time I drive by and see that concrete slab down on our lot I'd probably stop and cry in the street. Hee.

Meanwhile, my brother informed me that the insurance policy on my parents' house will be up for renewal on August 29. Eeek! That's cutting it close! We'll just renew it if we have to, but of course we'd rather be out of here way before then. We had hoped all along to be in the new house in time for the start of the school year (August 11), but I'm thinking it may be a couple of weeks after that if we keep getting rain like we have been the past week or so. And I don't even want to think about the increasing potential for tropical storms/hurricanes the further we get into summer!

Current Mood: hungry
Thursday, June 12th, 2003
10:31 pm
Two weeks
We finally got a call from the construction foreman today, saying he wants to set up a pre-con meeting for "late next week" (also known as "Friday" I suppose, but anyway, it's progress) The pre-con package was submitted last Thursday as expected, but the foreman only just went to pick it up on Wednesday. *sigh* But supposedly, once we've had the meeting, they start building. And, again, weather permitting, it's supposed to be up in 45 days once they start.

In the meantime, we've been here two weeks and suddenly we're being invaded by ants. I knew they sometimes came in around the window over the kitchen sink here, which is why I only put canned food in the cabinet by the window when I unpacked our kitchen stuff. But J. either didn't hear me the first 20 times I mentioned it or didn't believe me because he left some plates with food still on them on the counter next to the sink the other night, and when I got home from work there were about two dozen or so ants partying on the counter. I cleaned up everything, killed the ants, wiped down the counters and all was fine again until J. decided to go spray insecticide outside the kitchen window last night. That drove some more inside. Argh! I'll call Terminix if we can't eradicate the problem ourselves because I'm not about to deal with this for another two months. I hate bugs!

At least some of my missing mail has shown up at last. Whew! Plus I got a great package from my friend Laura. She went to MediaWest last month and got me a great B/K mug from Media Mugs. Along with that she sent an Oz Season 1 Emmy tape and three more Sentinel eps on DVD, including one I had missed the first 10 minutes of while taping it on Sci-Fi Channel a few months ago -- Rogue. Yes!! Made all that standing in line at the post office worth the wait! :)

Current Mood: discontent
Monday, June 2nd, 2003
11:16 pm
Holy cow!
I was just at TV Guide.com to check which station would be carrying the next Stanley Cup finals game and I saw this week's cover. OH MY! This is what I get for not checking in at the Twisted Sisterhood lately, eh? I just added it to my Wal-Mart shopping list! ;)

Current Mood: in lust
Sunday, May 25th, 2003
11:41 pm
Bottomless pit
My walk-in closet will never be empty. Nope. Never. No matter how much stuff I pack up, there's still a ton of stuff still in there staring me in the face.

Too. Much. Stuff.

And I have less than five days to clear everything out.

What, me stressed?
Monday, May 19th, 2003
2:00 am
What the hell, I'm bored
I know I hardly ever do these things, but I'm bored and really don't feel like doing anything constructive like packing or laundry at 2 a.m., so what the hell!

Belated Friday Five

1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?

Our tap water is usually surprisingly drinkable, but I do have a Brita filter for those times when it's not.

2. What is your favorite flavor of chips?

BBQ. Or Funyans, if that counts as a flavored chip. (Funyans are my favorite beach food! Mmmmmm!)

3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?

Wait, who said I can cook? Heh. I do make a mean meatloaf, though!

4. How do you have your eggs?

I don't really like eggs all that much, but I guess if forced I could eat them scrambled.

5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?

My husband cooked a delicious chicken and fettucine dish for dinner Saturday night. Even the kids cleaned their plates! :)

Current Mood: bored
Sunday, May 18th, 2003
3:32 am
Thursday, May 8th, 2003
5:04 pm
Pass the caffeine!
I had pretty much gotten back into the habit of not waking up around 10 a.m. (at least when the kids would leave me alone) since I have just about all of the TS episodes on tape now. But yesterday was "Blind Man's Bluff" (4 out of 5 TS fans agree -- it's the best!), which I missed part of last time around when my three-year-old decided he should pop out the tape as I was recording and put in a movie instead. (Oh, the humanity!!) And Laura still hasn't copied that ep for me on DVD yet, so I had no choice -- I had to get up and make sure I got it in its entirety. And since we had people coming over to look at the house in the early afternoon, I didn't get back to sleep. The six hours of sleep I got last night were not enough to make up for all that I lost. Zzzzzzzz...

We actually had three appointments for people to look at the house yesterday. We were most encouraged by the last couple, who stood out in the driveway talking with their real estate agent for about 10 minutes after touring the house. (We imagined a conversation much like you always see on House Hunters, as they determine whether they want to make an offer on a house they just looked at. Hee.)

The Celtics lost again last night. Bah! Did the Lakers lose too? *dashes off to check the ESPN Web site* Yesss!! They lost too! HA! OK, I feel much better now! ;)

Current Mood: better
4:05 pm
It's a boy!
Congratulations to ignu2k on the birth of baby Ben on Wednesday morning! You just keep getting more and more outnumbered, Lisa! ;)
Monday, May 5th, 2003
3:14 am
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Or, whatever. I took four years of French and a year of Latin, but no Spanish. *shrugs*

Had a gloriously short night at work. I've been such a slacker this weekend. On Saturday night I waited and watched the Kentucky Derby before I left for work (I was supposed to be in at 6:30.) but I had warned them beforehand that I'd be about 10 minutes late. When I got in around 6:40, however, there were still two others who hadn't shown up yet. They delayed coming in to watch the Derby too.

Then Sunday I stopped at the store on the way in since I knew we had a small Monday section (only 5 pages!). We were all done by 11:30 so we took off early. It's so rare that we have everything finished before midnight.

Of course I came home to find my sick three-year-old camped out on the living room couch for the third night in a row. This child just does not do illness well. While his big brother is always silent and stoic whenever he comes down with something, the little guy wants the whole world to suffer with him. If he can't get to sleep, then neither can we. Amazingly, though, he's been sleeping soundly for nearly three hours now. Maybe the worst has passed. *knocks on wood*

Current Mood: stomach-achy
Sunday, May 4th, 2003
2:29 am
One for the B/K soundtrack
I can only assume I haven't listened to my Surfacing CD (Sarah McLachlan) since before the traumatic conclusion to season 666 of Oz, because otherwise I would have realized long before now just how appropriate the song "Do What You Have To Do" is to the whole train wreck that was the season 666 B/K storyline. It just rips open all those ever-slowly healing wounds! *sniff* (I'd post this to the Sisterhood, but I was over there last night, and who are those people? I saw lots of names I didn't recognize.)

depressing lyrics ahead!Collapse )

Current Mood: melancholy
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