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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Remembering Old Friends

So I was looking at my friend April's blog, and saw this post. I remember Brooke from my middle and high school years in Cali. It continues to amaze me the people we lost at such a young age! I am forever grateful for the blessings I have, the friends I have made, and those I am able to keep in touch with! To all my friends, thank you for all the memories, and I LOVE YOU!

Here's the story:

Thad Stavn, left, and Brooke Colvin are shown in images posted to a photo-sharing Web site. They were climbing on Mount Hood Wednesday when falling ice hit them, and Colvin was killed.
Story Published: Jan 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM PST
Story Updated: Jan 21, 2009 at 7:33 PM PST
By Brian Barker and Staff

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - A 31-year-old Portland woman was hit by a large chunk of falling ice while climbing with her husband on Mount Hood and was killed Wednesday, authorities said.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as Brooke Colvin.
Colvin was climbing with her husband, 33-year-old Thad Stavn of Portland, in an area known as the Hogsback on the south side of the mountain when she was hit by ice sometime before 10 a.m., according to Detective Jim Strovink, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Her husband saw her fall about 400 feet after getting hit with the ice chunk, Strovink said.
Stavn apparently climbed down to his wife's location and gave her first aid for about 45 minutes to an hour before deciding she could not be revived, Strovink said. He also called 911 from a cell phone.
Authorities believe she died instantly.
The man eventually skied down to Timberline Lodge, where search and rescue crews had assembled along with an Oregon Army National Guard blackhawk helicopter. Ground crews planned to head up the mountain Wednesday afternoon to retrieve the body.
Information posted on a Web site said the couple was married in September 2007.
Strovink said there has been a considerable amount of falling ice in the area where they were climbing, which is along the main south side route to the summit.
In fact, some climbers this week have reported dodging refrigerator-sized chunks of ice as conditions on the mountain have been warmer than normal.
This was the second time in the past week that falling ice has injured a climber near the summit on Mount Hood.
On Saturday, an national guard helicopter retrieved 45-year-old Michael Leming of Portland after he broke an ankle and suffered other injuries after falling 200 feet near the summit when hit by falling ice.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Giveaway

Cool! Sherbet Blossom is sponsoring a giveaway at Make and Takes, and it's awesome! I could use a makeover....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Answering the Call

It is never good when your phone rings at 10:30 at night, and last night was no exception. I was out in the living room reading, while Doane was trying to sleep, in preparation for his early morning wake-up at 4:30 a.m. to go to work. I hear his phone ring, and I come running, to see if I can answer it before it wakes him up. No dice for me - he's already on the phone.

So I'm listening to him, trying to figure out if it's someone in our ward, needing a blessing for a sick family member or something, or maybe (with our luck these days) someone in our family has had a bad accident or passed away. No dice there, either. I hear the dreaded four words that freeze my heart, and plummet it to the floor - "So, we're all activated?" YIKES! We haven't even sworn in our new president yet!!! How could they be activated, and where are they going? Visions of arranging daycare, quitting my job, having a nervous breakdown are swimming in my head. What am I going to do??!!!

I try to keep the tears at bay, shoring up my strength to support Doane. After all, I was behind him 100% in his decision to sign up for the National Guard, and behind him 110% in his decision to re-up his contract (we kind of depend on that income). I can't whine about it now (I know, I know, I still whine a lot.....I'm only human!!!). So I put a smile (maybe more of a pained I'm going to throw up look - not sure which) on my face, and wait for him to get off the phone.

Finally he gets off the phone, gets out of bed, and starts looking around for something. What's going on? When are you leaving? Where are you going? Too many questions, so I settle with "what's up?"

He tells me that his unit has been activated to go up to Spokane to help with the snow removal. IS THAT ALL???!!! Sheesh, I was giving myself a coronary pity party, and he's just going to Spokane???!! Aaaahhhh, big sigh of relief!

But wait, it gets better. They have to be in Spokane today (Tuesday) at 6:00 p.m., with all their cold weather gear, and they'll be there for who knows how long. Doane was supposed to go to drill this weekend anyway, but maybe they'll cancel that, depending on how long it takes them to "remove" the snow. Dangit! I requested this weekend off, so I didn't have to find babysitters while he was gone. I could work Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and he would leave Friday night for drill. Now what the crappola am I going to do? Who can I get to watch my kids on short notice, late into the night some days, and have the boys be okay with? I can't POSSIBLY call Becca, because she always watches my kids. And I can't call Mindy, because she watches them a lot, too. I come up with a genius plan for Thursday, and have that covered. Then Becca volunteers to watch my kids on Tuesday - all day, bless her - so that's covered. But I've still got Friday. Hmm, who to pick on now? So I resort to Kathy, who I don't call that much to babysit, and she says yes. Yeah! The day (or days) is/are saved! Thank heaven for good friends! It's the pits to be so far away from family, to not have them to rely on. But great friends and a great neighborhood come in handy in a pinch!

So here are some pictures of what Spokane has been dealing with lately, and why they need help!

An article in the Seattle Post Intelligence said this, "The winter storm that has paralyzed Spokane set a record for the amount of snow dumped in a 24- hour period, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

The weather service recorded 17 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport in the 24 hours that ended at 4 a.m., 4 inches more than the record of 13 inches set in 1984. Records have been kept since 1881.

More than 3 inches of additional snow had fallen on the city since 4 a.m., the weather service said, driving the total to more than 20 inches.

The city has declared a "Condition Red" snow emergency, meaning crews will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week until they complete a full city plow. The city also was hiring private contractors to help clear 967 miles of streets.

"We've deployed all of our snow removal equipment and are calling in more from the private sector to efficiently and effectively open our streets," Mayor Mary Verner said. "This is our priority."

Okay, okay, so I guess they need some help. I mean, 20 inches of snow? Wow, that's deep!

According to the local NBC new station, "The Spokane County Emergency Operations Center is announcing that between 100 and 200 Washington State Army and Air National Guard troops will begin clearing snow off school roofs Wednesday.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire approved the use of the National Guard today, Jan. 6, as a result of resource requests and emergency declarations by Spokane County and cities within the county."

Currently, Doane's unit is staying at their armory, which isn't the largest building to billet them. But, for it's age, it's held up pretty well. I talked to Doane tonight, and he said that they might get moved over to Fairchild (the Air Force Base) in the next day or two. Hmm, would you want to stay there? This happened this morning around 7 a.m.

The section of the roof that collapsed was 100' by 100'.

Anywho, to make a long story short, if you want to get a good night's sleep, DON'T ANSWER YOUR PHONE!!!!