2.27.2010

I survived the Tsunami of 2010!!!

All is well here. The surge was all of 3 feet. And Wal-Mart was a ghost town at noon today. But we're good. Thanks for the concern.




Pau.




- hfs

Tsunami WARNING

More fun times! Sirens went off at 6am. Waves are due to hit at 1118am. This should be fun *note sarcasm. There are already reports of crazy people at Wal-Mart and on the road. Lovely.

We're prepared - water, food, gas, ammo. I'll keep you posted.




Pau.




- hfs

Fun times

Second major earthquake in one day. This one, off the coast of Chile, might cause things to get a mite bit interesting along our coast. Fun times!


TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
849 PM HST FRI FEB 26 2010

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI ADVISORY SUPPLEMENT

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0834 PM HST 26 FEB 2010
COORDINATES - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST
LOCATION - NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.5 MOMENT

EVALUATION

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING
REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC
LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC
WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT
HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
TIME IS

1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.




I'll try to remember to post tomorrow afternoon to let you all know if we're still here.




Pau.




- hfs

2.21.2010

Operation New Dawn

Our Mission is Finally Accomplished… Anyone Care? by David Bellavia.


Incredible read. His perspective is spot on. I'd encourage everyone to read it - even those who oppose/disagree with our reasons for going into Iraq.




Pau.




- hfs

2.10.2010

Gravity

My son's class is learning about gravity. As part of his assessment on this unit, he was given a worksheet with the following pictures on it:

~ a helicopter in flight (you can see the rotation of the rotors and the fact that it is off the ground)

~ a cheeseburger

~ a pair of scissors

~ a bag of groceries on a stool

~ a bunch of balloons


The directions are as follows: "Circle the objects that will fall to the ground if something is not holding them up. Place an 'X' on the objects that will NOT fall to the ground."


Which ones would you circle? On which would you place an 'X'? AND WHY? Answers to follow.




Pau.




- hfs

Scholarship essay answers

Last month, I posted about NMFA's Joanne Holbrook Patton Memorial scholarships and posted the questions that were contained in the application. I managed to get mine in (barely) and will wait to hear if I'm selected. I'm not holding my breath. But I did say that I would post my answers once I submitted so here they are.


The first answer was pretty easy. The question was How will the education this money provides change your life? Basically I said that, given the uncertainty with regard to my husband's career, I am finding it necessary to go back to school in case I need to be the one to financially support my family. Being granted this scholarship would help defray the cost of doing so and alleviate additional burden.


The second question was more in depth: Essay (300-500 words): When you became a military spouse you were immediately eligible for health care through the military. What do you like the most about the health care you are receiving as a military family member? What do you like least? What would you recommend to change it?


Tricare has been a blessing in our lives and I see it as an enormous benefit to military life, especially in these trying times. My civilian friends are either paying exorbitant amounts of money for their health insurance or they have none.

Tricare has many aspects to it that I like. I enjoy the fact that I have access to some of the best health care in the world with just a phone call. I like the fact that I can usually be seen in 24 hours or less and that making an appointment is quite simple. Additionally, if I cannot be seen or if I simply have a question, I like that I can call the triage nurse/advice line and speak with a nurse practitioner over the phone. More often than not, this is all that is needed to address my family's health care concerns. Should more in-depth care be necessary, I've rarely had trouble accessing it. Should that care be necessary after normal working hours, we have access to urgent care or the Emergency Room, all of which is usually covered by Tricare.

However, like any other bureaucracy, Tricare has its limitations. Access to care can be limited and appointment slots can be difficult to come by. For us, it is rare that we are able to see our Primary Care Manager without a lengthy wait. Routine appointments must often be scheduled months in advance due to limited appointment availability.

The same goes for specialty care. For example, my husband injured his rotator cuff and it was almost two months before he could get in to have an MRI done on his shoulder. Part of this was due to the fact that access to the MRI is limited and part of this was due to the fact that the doctor overseeing his care was either unable or unwilling to schedule the MRI until the x-rays had been analyzed and a follow-up appointment had been completed. Common sense would have dictated that the MRI could have been scheduled prior to the follow up, in the interest of saving time and preventing further discomfort.

In order to rectify this problem, I would suggest that Tricare hire more medical personnel (and possibly offset this additional cost by implementing a small co-pay for routine and non-urgent care visits) and relax their off-post referral guidelines. Implementing a small co-pay for routine and non-urgent care visits would also help cut down on the number of "no-shows" and help eliminate waste due to missed appointments.

All in all, Tricare is a wonderful benefit to military life and my family is thankful we are covered by it.



So we'll see if I'm selected. I'm not holding my breath but it would be a welcome surprise.


School is going well for the most part. I'm slammed at the moment thanks to my Anatomy professor dropping a group project in our laps with a whopping 2 weeks until the due date. Gee, thanks. It's an online lecture course so it's not like we can meet one day over lunch and pound this out. Grr. I'm not a fan of group projects in the first place. I tend to fall in the "if you want it done right, do it yourself" category. But it is what it is. This week holds two big tests plus two quizzes, a pretty in-depth lab, and two other group projects so I'm slammed. What IS it with professors and group projects? Last I checked *I* am the one paying for my schooling and doing my own studying. Let me do my own work please.


Can you tell I was raised an only child?


On that note, I'm off to study the ins and outs of ossification (bone formation). As interesting at Nursing may be, I wonder if I'd be better off just going after my EMT certification instead. But I'm taking my friend RSM's advice and going with nursing. For now. I'm hoping it's just the impatience talking and nothing more. But I'm being pulled in so many directions these days that I worry that I'm literally not up to it.


ugh. Self-doubt. Not something I usually indulge in. Forgive me.




Pau.




- hfs

2.01.2010

One reason I am glad I"m registered to vote here

Is Charles Djou of Hawaii the Sequel to Scott Brown of Massachusetts?


Good God, I hope so. I would LOVE to see this incredibly liberal nanny state rocked by a Republican win over two very well-known Democrats. That would make me smile from ear to ear.


From Djou's campaign website:

I have always made it a priority to lower taxes because reducing the tax burden allows you to keep more of your money for your family, to grow your business and to buy goods and services, which in turn fosters small business and job growth in our community. That is why I have never voted for a tax increase.


Everything that I can find about Djou and his voting record indicates that this is true. I like this guy more and more each day. Guess we'll have to see.




Pau.




- hfs