We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to report live from the epicenter of #Virginiaearthquake2011.
[Well, 37 miles from the epicenter, but close enough!]
Just before 2pm, this was happening:
I had just settled down to the table when things started rattling in my house – windows, cabinets.
First thought: it’s a bird… it’s a plane…
Second thought: it’s a helicopter that’s about to crash into my house!
At this point I jumped up (with my lunch bowl in my hand, I might add!) and raced outside.
There was no helicopter.
We do live pretty close to the Cville train tracks, so for a second I thought it was a really.big.train.
But for the earth to be moving that much!? No way.
At that point – about 60 seconds in – I realized it MUST be an earthquake! My first ever!
And to have an earthquake in Charlottesville must mean the world is coming to an end.
I stood there with my lunch in hand and started to feel faint. My hands started shaking. Or perhaps, the vibrations in the ground made them shake! I felt pretty safe in my yard though. I was still thinking “If it’s this bad here, how it is all over the world?” Little did I know we were so close to the epicenter!
I also noticed that all the dogs started barking! I like to think they were warning the humans, which was very thoughtful of them.
I looked around for damage and things seem to be ok [the porch crack was already there, I think!?]
But upstairs was another story. Massive amounts of shampoo had gone crashing to the floor!!!! Insurance claims will be necessary.
In all seriousness, I was pretty terrified. But luckily things seem to be OK. Matt said the bakery is fine. We have no cell phone service though!
I finished up lunch while chatting with Tweeps all over the country.
Leftover gumbo (don’t ask me how old) mixed with broccoli slaw, green pepper, tomatoes and goat cheese!
Corn on the cob from last night’s grillfest
And two small plums
I’m still shaking a bit…but hope it’s all over.
Hope you all are safe and sound!