miraje: (chicken and egg)

I was watching the temperature climb to our northwest yesterday. Some mesonet sites near Alva hit 114 F. Granted, the heat index was like 108 because of the low humidity, but still. I fucking hate this place. Jeremy and his coworkers have been saying stuff like "If you had to choose between living in a place that is -40 F or 115 F, where would you live?" I picked the cold one without a moment's hesitation.

By the way, we are only 3 degrees cooler than Phoenix right now, but with higher humidity.
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OMG, do you really want to go there?

1. Garden City, KS
2. Ingalls, KS
3. Syracuse, KS (two different places)
4. Swink, CO
5. Pueblo, CO
6. Colorado City, CO
7. Dalhart, TX
8. Brewster, KS
9. Winona, KS
10. Deerfield, KS (two different places)
11. Holcomb, KS
12. Glencoe, OK
13. Greensburg, KS (two different places)
14. Haviland, KS
15. Pratt, KS (two different places)
16. Ames, IA (three different places)
17. Blanchard, OK

I know I'm missing some. I only know about those early moves from memory snippets and what my parents have told me. This also doesn't count all the places my mom lived after the divorce.

My favorite? Probably Ames. Although I love love love our house here in Oklahoma, I liked Ames as a place to live much more than I do here. Least favorite? Probably Dalhart, TX, although I don't remember much about it. All I know is that the four of us were crammed into a tiny apartment and I pretty much had the sense that none of us were happy there.
miraje: (igloo)
I just watched Van Helsing for the first time. It was a pretty awful movie aside from Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale being hot. I don't remember Frankenstein taking place in Dracula's castle in Transylvania, or werewolves being part of either story. :/

Oh, and this...

It was 80 degrees here two days ago. :(
miraje: (feet)
I'm back in Oklahoma. A little over 24 hours ago I was sunbathing by the pool on a gorgeous 75 degree day. It was 40 degrees in OKC when I stepped off the plane. Sigh...yes, I know it's not that cold here compared to a lot of places.

I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight. I missed my cats and boyfriend, too. :)
miraje: (football)
The FOX announcers for last's night's game were about the worst I've ever heard. They were too busy worshipping Saint Tebow to even pay attention to what down they were on for much of the game. They really made the game painful to watch. Honestly, what the fucking hell does living in a leper colony have to do with the game? Really?

Oklahoma screwed themselves out of a championship last night, several times. The two missed touchdowns and that retarded offensive line penalty cost them the game. And maybe if the receivers could have caught a damn ball (instead of just handing it over to the other team, literally) once in awhile even those things wouldn't have mattered. Florida wasn't a better team; they just made fewer mistakes.
miraje: (feet)
The OU game against Chattanooga isn't televised here, so I just went to espn.com to check the score. I knew it would be a blowout, but damn...50-0 and it's not even halftime yet?! Unless they're going for a record I think it's time to bring in the backups.
miraje: (chicken and egg)
Current temperature: 104 F

I fucking HATE summer. Our poor little trees are cooking. The leaves are shriveling up and falling off even though I've been giving them water every night. Oh, and have I mentioned that our house is being invaded by ants looking for food and water? They're coming from every door and window they can squeeze through. I keep seeing ones crawl out of my keyboard. :(
miraje: (feet)
The July 4th war zone ambiance has started already. It's nice to be able to watch a fireworks display from the comfort of my front porch I guess. This is the first state I've lived in where any average Joe can walk into a fireworks stand, buy the BIG shells, and shoot them off anywhere he damn well pleases. I don't even think you need a permit or anything. In Kansas, you had to have a license/training to shoot the large shells off, and usually city displays were the only places you'd see them. Even for woosy stuff like fountains, black cats, and sparklers, the town I lived in required people to take them to designated places to shoot them off. They weren't allowed in city limits. Plus, I think they were only allowed ON July 4th or the few days around it. In Iowa, NOBODY could purchase fireworks or shoot them off except for cities. I was too young to remember what Texas and Colorado were like.

But Oklahoma? Last year there were two big fireworks displays within a quarter mile of our house, and I think they were better than the Norman one we drove 20 miles to see.
miraje: (feet)
Currently in Iowa: mid 30s, snow-covered, and extremely foggy
Currently in Oklahoma: mid 70s, sunny, and generally awesome

Now I just need to find a way to work outside. :D
miraje: (igloo)
Power was out from about 9:30 this morning until 30 minutes ago. One of my advisors lives east of Norman, and he hasn't had power at his house for over 12 hours now. Oklahoma Gas and Electric estimates that some people may not have power restored for over a week. I'm thinking that after this mess clears up Jeremy and I need to invest in a generator. At the very least, we could use it to run some electric heaters and blankets. We were fortunate with this storm that the ground is still warm, so the roads are in decent shape. Hence, power can be restored fairly quickly. I can't imagine how much this would have sucked if it had hit in January and then not melted at all for a week or longer. We would have been without power for days rather than hours.

Anyway, have some pretty pictures. We're going to drive around a bit, take some more pictures, and pick up some Sonic since we haven't eaten hardly anything since the power went out.
miraje: (igloo)

That looks like fun. Blanchard (where I live) and Norman (where I work) are both about 20 miles south of the "OKC" letters. The roads still look ok now, but all the trees and grass have a glaze of ice on them, and the worst accumulations aren't supposed to start until later on tonight. I wonder if OU would cancel final exams tomorrow. Too bad mine is on Thursday. :p
miraje: (Lakitu 1-up)
I'm experiencing my first tropical depression! Who would have imagined I could have tornadoes, ice storms, AND tropical systems in one place? Being in the southern plains is certainly interesting.

This is definitely a tropical airmass. Dewpoints are in the low to mid 70s across the state, so the rain isn't cooling us off much. I'm easily amused, so I've been watching the barometric pressure plummet at Jeremy's weather station in the backyard as the center approaches. It's getting windier too. Squee!

Oh, and BTW, it was like Night of the Toads on the way home tonight. For some reason a BUNCH of them decided that they'd be safer sitting in the middle of the highway than risking drowning in a puddle. I think I ran over at least one for sure, but they're hard to avoid with all their hopping around. :(
miraje: (chicken and egg)
This officially makes today a great day. Although, even without an official position in the White House he will still probably have a lot of influence.

Anyway, I'm back at work today, and it is almost 90 degrees outside already. Can I go back to the mountains now?
miraje: (cool lightning)
In case anyone is curious, no, our house is not floating away. We live at the top of one of the highest hills around, so the worst flooding we ever see is when the ditch in our front yard turns into raging rapids as all the water gets bottlenecked at the storm drain. Ooo, excitement. I did drive through some street flooding to get in to Norman this morning, and the water was still flowing over the road on my way home. We're going to get a lot more rain in the next several days, so it'll be interesting to see what else happens on these hilly rural roads that we live on. There are lots of small creeks and low areas along the way that tend to get a little flashy when heavy rain happens. Even so, there are lots of ways for me to get to Norman. Some of them just happen to be longer than others. :)

Most of you probably don't know or even care that Oklahoma City is flooding. I wasn't paying attention to it at all either until my Dad called tonight to tell me that my Grandma was freaking out thinking we're drowning down here. I'm assuming she saw it on the news somewhere. My Dad was quick to remind her that Jeremy and I both are METEOROLOGISTS. What he didn't mention was that my area of research is also HYDROLOGY. I appreciate her concern, but it is kind of amusing. Dad told me not to mention the lightning incident because then she'd really have a reason to get into a tizzy. :p
miraje: (raccoon mario)
Current Temperature: 72.1 F

Heather's doing her homework outside today.

PS: Nyuk nyuk, look at Oklahoma and then look at Iowa. Red numbers are air temperature for you non-meteorologists. I know I'll hate being here when June rolls around, but right now I can gloat.
miraje: (happy!)
Finally, I have my legitimate reason for preferring Oklahoma over Iowa. As of 3pm, it was 57 degrees here in Norman and 2 in Ames. I've been waiting to brag about this since the start of winter, but up until now we've been just as cold here as up there. Tomorrow it could be in the 60s!!

I don't have much else interesting to report. I just had to gloat. :p
miraje: (ruling at life)
What a shitty way to end 2006. I'm sick. This might be one of the first New Year's Eves that Jeremy and I can actually celebrate together, and I feel like death. Everyone around me has been sick lately, so I guess it had to happen eventually.

I keep hearing noises outside, and I can't figure out whether it's fireworks, dumbasses shooting off guns, or something else entirely. Oh, and Jeremy's playing mp3 clips of tornado sirens on his computer. Just 'cause. Now it's tv theme songs (specifically Night Court I think). We are a random pair.

As for the oh so popular 2006 in review, I graduated from college, I went storm chasing for 7,000 miles straight without seeing any tornadoes, I moved to Oklahoma and moved in with my boyfriend, and my first semester of grad school kicked my ass. That pretty much brings us to today.
miraje: (rock)
Wow, the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, state superintendent, labor commissioner, and insurance commissioner positions (all but corporation commissioner, big surprise) here in Oklahoma have all gone to Democrats so far. Admittedly a few of those races are still a little close, but wow. Oklahoma? Seriously? I'm impressed! They're still all either moderate or slightly conservative, but I'll take what I can get.

If you're like me and are easily amused, the independent running for Lieutenant Governor's name is E.Z. Million. Yes, this is apparently a real person. By the way, you should really check out what issues he supports.

P.S. I was just checking results online on MSNBC, and there's a breaking news banner across the top saying "South Dakotans reject nation's most restrictive law on abortion."
miraje: (Default)
I'm back from our spring break trip to Oklahoma! I've never had so much fun and laughed so much in one week in my entire life. Wow. I'll post some pictures when I get them so you all can see what we were up to.

I can't possibly read all your entries for the entire week, so what have you all been up to?
miraje: (Default)
I'm leaving tomorrow morning for warm, sunny Oklahoma and won't be back until Thursday night, so have a great week y'all! :)


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