Good Morning – It’s Trisha this morning. Pat may log in to embellish later –
Is it just me, or does it feel like today should be Thursday, not Wednesday? I don’t know what’s wrong with my brain, but it is skipping ahead this week.
Big news of the day:
Justin Pollard’s trial begins. He’s the man accused of hitting and killing Annamarie Rittman in the Lowe’s parking lot in Altoona in 2005. The biggest mystery to the public is – WHY would he have intentionally killed her? The charge is first degree murder, indicating intent to kill and premeditation. We in the media are hoping this trial will answer at least some of the puzzling questions about this disturbing case.
Bad Tanker Explosion
People in Sioux Center were allowed back into their homes last night – after a big ethanol tanker truck explosion forced evacautions yesterday.
Chopper 13 video showed a terrible mess at the scene. The only thing we know about the truck’s driver so far is that he was taken to a burn unit in Nebraska.
East Mixer Crash
As I write I’m getting ready to go back on the air with more info on a motorcycle crash at the East Mixer that has traffic backed up on I-80. I am definitely not Captain Traffic, but the duties fall up on me every morning during the Today show, so I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating the DOT traffic-cams. It is interesting to be able to look at the roads from all those views, and choose the ones that show the most important problems for all of you as you’re getting ready to commute in…
What a morning of anticiaption this must be for the families of the 1034th combat sustainment support battalion. They’re coming home to Camp Dodge in Johnston at 1 this afternoon after spending about a year in Iraq. Watch for the story on tonight’s news, and get ready to wipe your eyes -I know I cannot watch these stories without choking up.
ITunes hits 3 bil!!!
How many of you have bought songs off ITunes in the past year? If you did, you contributed to a huge trend. They hit the 3-billion song mark. Still, Wal-mart and Best Buy outsell ITunes in music. Maybe not for long. 1 billion of the sales for ITunes came in the past 6 months.
I think I would use my I-Pod much more often if Ian would teach me how to use it. I’m still kind of clueless. I’m not even sure how to charge it up. I guess I need an IPod 101 lesson, because in theory, it’s great technology – and I’m a firm believer in using music therapy to get myself out of a foul mood!
Child Care Issues
I’m glad to see the legislature looking into this issue!! A study committee met yesterday looking into home based child care. The DHS says they need more people to inspect and license the in-home centers.
This will catch your ear if you’re a stay-at-home parent or have thought about doing it – the committee also talked about ways to make it more affordable for Iowa parents to stay home – maybe a tax credit? I’ll be looking for more feedback on this idea – and hopefully some inside scoop from State Rep. Janet Peterson on today’s Gen X Moms blog! Come on over there – and write in with your thoughts!
On the homefront – the kids welcomed Ian back home last night by gang-tackling him on the bed! They get so giddy when he comes back from a trip. “Daddy, play rough with me!!!!” Calvin always begs. I can do a lot of things as a mom, but rough-housing is Ian’s turf.
He was away at a bachelor party for our good friend Brandon who’s getting married in Champaign this weekend. (He’s in the back center of this old photo from their former band, Temple of Low Men – he and Ian go WAY back)
It sounds like the guys had a little too much fun – they apparently took over the stage at a great live music club in C-U, where the Brandon has a regular singing/guitar gig.
It was also Ian’s birthday, which is dangerous when you’re around old friends who remember the way you USED to be abele to party 15 years ago.
Ian thinks the night ended at a greasy spoon diner… but the details are kind of fuzzy, as was his head the next morning. I gave him absolutely no sympathy – except to say that I’m glad to have him back home in one piece! We are really looking forward to seeing old friends at the wedding this weekend, and seeing a lovely couple get hitched!
I usually don’t like posing for family photos, but it’s occurred to me lately that we don’t have ANY shots that include all of us. Tons and tons of the kids, but very few of Ian and I with them. Someday I think we’ll like to look back at the photo album and remember this time – so I asked our friend Mandy to come out to the park tonight and try to get some very natural non-posey family photos.
She takes pictures for the Nadas, as well as for friends and family. These photos are of one of the Nadas guys (Jason) and his fam. As you can see, Mandy’s work is so incredible that I thought I’d be riduculously DUMB to pass up the chance to have her try to capture our family on film too.
I fully expect Calvin to give himself a black eye or a gash on the head somehow today, or for Clara to throw a rip-roaring tantrum and cry the whole time.
That way if all goes beautifully, I’ll just be pleasantly surprised!!
Wish us luck, and we’ll see you again tomorrow!