Living Through My First Earthquake

Pretty dramatic title for such a quick post, right? That’s because for the first time in two weeks, I was exposed to the 15 minutes of Guiding Light that C can’t live without each morning. It seems to cause me a little bit of extraneous drama that I don’t normally have in my life… Anyway…

At 4:37 (ish) – I had the delightful realization that our house was shaking. Of course, I was sleeping – but it woke me enough to enjoy the last 5 seconds of it. Being rather sleepy, I got up to look around. As if I’d be able to “see” something outside. (If you want to really enjoy yourself, wake me up in the middle of the night and ask me some questions… the answers will truly amaze you…)

Not seeing anything of particular outside (like a large ogre, a bulldozer, maybe some pissed off squirrels) – I went back to bed wondering “what could it have been?” Did an earthquake cross my mind? No…

Did I mention that I’m a certified genius?

So this morning I said to C – “Did you feel that house shake this morning?” – she said she was sleeping. But flipped the news on and said, quite matter-o-factly – “it was an earthquake this morning.”

I actually like San Francisco – I’ve even been to San Jose. I think I’d probably do okay in California – because this morning’s 5.2 earthquake didn’t really seem to bother me. It was… well – interesting. Thankfully we didn’t have any damage – and it looks like it didn’t impact much of the region. I just wonder what it was like in West Salem, Illinois where the earthquake was centered. They probably had a better ride…

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  1. Had some nice aftershocks just a few minutes ago! 🙂 Around 10:15am… Felt more like a truck driving by but it last about 30 seconds…

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