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Tornado Warning

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I live in Joplin, MO. Which means: when a tornado warning is issued at 1:30 in the morning, we through on shoes, get the kids up and throughing on their clothes, and run to my neighbors across the street. My neighbors have a basement (we don't) and they leave the door open for us. We hung out with them in their basement until the storm had passed. Nothing bad happened--just lots of rain, thunder, and lightening. But, my kids were shivering--either from cold, exhaustion, or fear. I stayed calm and tried to distract them, but we live in Joplin.

We will always be cautious of storms, ever since May 22, 2011. We live about 5 blocks north of the damage zone from that tornado. Prior to that date, we talked about sheltering in the bathroom, but we never did. Now, we go to my neighbor's basement. We're all a little tired and I let me kids sleep in (I drove them to school). We're all fine and no tornadoes came from the storm, but I still don't regret waking the kids up. Because I live in Joplin.

  
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KLONG8 11/25/2013 2:08PM

    I live in Colorado but was raised in the midwest. I can't tell you how strange it is to hear the warning sirens wail & the inexperienced here in Colorado go outside to look at the skies hoping to see a tornado. Crazy. Your response is the right one. RUN with that warning and become as safe as you can be.

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VKKESU 9/15/2013 8:49AM

    I don't care where you live. Tornados are nothing to laugh at. Joplin was an eye opener for everyone that year. We had a small one hit our area a couple of years ago (Kansas City) and 10 years ago one hit our farm . We were more than lucky but will never forget the damage it left behind.

I"m glad your safe and I can also remember a few times when the sirens went off (why is it always at night?) and the kids were allowed to sleep in a bit before going to school.

My daughter now lives in Springfield and I also worry about her having no basement.

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WENDYM29 5/4/2013 2:38AM

    I live in Joplin as well. I was only a couple of blocks from the damage also (15th and Pennsylvania) I did the same thing when the alarm went off. I woke up my sons and we waited it out. We were all tired the next day, but I don't regret it either because we live in Joplin. emoticon

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MARCHEM 4/19/2013 1:49PM

    Thanks! We were all safe. A tornado did touch down in rural NE Oklahoma. A few houses were destroyed, but no one was hurt.

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LABRATIAM 4/19/2013 7:14AM

    Glad you all are safe.

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CAKAROO 4/19/2013 5:51AM

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DEEEBEE 4/18/2013 9:52PM

    In 1967 there was a terrible tornado in our neighborhood. Well, not as terrible as Joplin's! Let's hope we won't see another of that size again. We were not living here then, but we heard from the neighbors and teachers how the children at school were so afraid whenever there was a chance of one. The fear stays with you. Take care.

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DeAnne, Missourians Team

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PHEBESS 4/18/2013 9:20PM

    Rough night - but yes, you did the right thing. Because you live in Joplin.

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NATPLUMMER 4/18/2013 2:54PM

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SALLYANNE0852 4/18/2013 1:54PM

    im so glad you are safe. emoticon

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CREEKLADY1 4/18/2013 1:53PM

  Praying that God keeps you and yours safe!

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Kid Activities

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Its been a busy kid activity week. Dd had tae kwon do on Monday. Ds had a late game Monday night. Dd had dance class on Tuesday. Ds had a game Wednesday where he had 2 hits and dh umped. Dd dances at 3rd Thursday downtown tonight while ds has another game. Dd has tae kwon do Friday after the kids' last day of school. Saturday is mandatory parent meeting for cheerleading, while I have graduation and then a birthday party for dd's friend. Luckily, Sunday is a quiet day!

  
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TEALHAWK 10/27/2012 4:44PM

  Wow! U pack alot in a week

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NATPLUMMER 5/17/2012 11:34AM

    Yikes!! You are busy!! You're going to need that quiet day on Sunday.

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Dd's Dance Competition

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dd's dance class performed in a dance competition in Tulsa yesterday. They danced to 9 to 5. They did a great job and received High Gold and won 1st Place High Point in their age group. This is one proud dance mom!

  
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EGRAMMY 5/16/2012 8:27AM

    Wonderful. So glad for her. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/14/2012 8:30PM

    They are so cute!

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NATPLUMMER 5/14/2012 2:30PM

    YAY!!!

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ARIANERA 5/14/2012 9:47AM

    Congratulations DD! Glad her hard work paid off.

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MIL's Health, Again

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Last May, mil had a heart attack followed by quadruple bypass surgery. She had been sick for at least 8 months, but refused to go to the doctor. She had a very difficult recovery, including bil (her son) stealing from her. She lives 8 hours from us, so there's not much we can do. In addition, she had an opportunity to move near us (10 min away) about 7 years ago and ran back to the son who eventually stole from her.

In the last few weeks, she has expressed concern about being short of breath, but has refused to call a doctor. I called her yesterday and she told me she had called the Dr., but he wasn't there. The nurse/receptionist told her to go to the ER. She hadn't yet because she didn't have a way to get there (she lives in a very rural area and doesn't have a car, bil doesn't have a phone, her so called best friend said she couldn't take her, and she couldn't reach several other people who might have been of help). I told her to call an ambulance. She was about as concerned about the cost as with the amount of energy it would take her to get ready to go. She must have found a way to reach bil, because he called from the hospital to say her vitals were fine and they were checking on other things. They released her and said it wasn't her heart, but was probably the hernia. I understand why she doesn't want to have the hernia surgery, but then you're going to have to figure out how to live with the shortness of breath.

  
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MARCHEM 5/10/2012 11:25AM

    Update--mil went to the drs. yesterday and its congestive heart failure.

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BESEVEN 5/9/2012 1:18PM

    Some people can be so frustrating!

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EGRAMMY 5/8/2012 10:05PM

    DH just came in having shortness of breath. It is hard to diagnose, and annoying for the person who has it.

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PHEBESS 5/8/2012 8:26PM

    Frustrating dealing with old people sometimes!

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NATPLUMMER 5/8/2012 4:56PM

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Warning-Venting Rant in Progress

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Tuesdays are usually my easy day, my catch up day. I only have one class and I can get caught up on a bunch of things for the week. I knew I had a meeting from 3:30-4:30 today, but that wasn't a big deal. Still plenty of time to get stuff done.

I came in today to find my parking spot moved. My parking spot was originally moved about a year ago to deal with construction of a new heating and cooling system. The construction is done and we (me and two other department heads) were promised we'd be moved back to the spots in front of the chiller. No, they moved us to a random spot on the hill. No big deal for me, but it took a while to figure out which was my spot and it's a source of mild annoyance.

Then, one of my adjuncts gave me notice that he cannot teach after this semester. That means I have to cancel his summer class and find someone to teach his fall class. I can deal with this later, so again, no big deal.

Then, I get an email right before 9 (BTW, I've been here since 7:30) apologizing for not getting this out earlier, but I have to go to a meeting from 1:30-3:30 today. So, now I am really annoyed. Like I don't have anything better to do for a total of 3 hours today, but go to meetings. This is the last full week of classes, but my time is expendable.

Sorry for the rant, but I am not happy.

  
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EGRAMMY 5/6/2012 6:44AM

    Oh bother......but the bright side is you can and did handle it. emoticon

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-AIRYN- 5/4/2012 11:01AM

    I feel the rant!! It has been one of those weeks for me also! Random question. What do you have to do to be an adjunct? I'm thinking about applying at a local community college and have my masters, but not in math. I have my BS in math and just want to teach the remedial classes. Any info you have would greatly help!

Thanks =)

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PHEBESS 5/1/2012 7:08PM

    Frustrating day!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2012 1:56PM

    GRRRR!!!

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70LBSTOGO2 5/1/2012 1:15PM

    Been here done this. we have not have phones or internet of email all day. i feel your pain. I have piles and I mean piles of reports that were do last week.

I cant access the terminal to get the reports done. So frustrating!!

I have end of month for 9 sales man to take care of and that is a day late already.

And I just had 3 slices of pizza which I NEVER DO! We will get thru this day :)

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