We had celebrated on Sunday with friends. We held the annual "Meatbar" Competition (think gross hot dogs and even grosser "condiments") and topped off the contest with a surprise pie-ing of John. We amassed a small army of pie-nades which we chucked at him from every angle. Surprisingly, cleanup was simple, and thankfully, no one tracked it back into the house!
Anyway, today was his real birthday, and so we went to dinner with his family (which was entertaining itself courtesy of Vincent's behavior the whole time). Before his dinner, however, we experienced our first earthquake.
Around 1:50pm, our entire office building / warehouse began to sway forcefully back and forth. Knowing that Colorado had just suffered a quake earlier that day, I thought, "No WAY those aftershocks can seriously reach us over here!" As we were shaking, I looked up Earthquake Watch map and saw a red pinpoint in Virginia. "Ohhhhh, so that's what's causing this!" The shaking was just beginning to subside as I picked up the phone to call my son's daycare to find out what protocol they were following for the safey of the kids. When the director picked up, she was audibly upset.
I tried to calmly explain that it was only tremors from the quake in Virginia and that we very likely had nothing to be worried about. She was upset, though! She kept saying that she didn't know what it was and, being from Jersey, had never experienced anything so scary. I guess being from Philly, I've experienced plenty worse than the ground shake a bit. Ha ha. In all seriousness, though, I think just knowing thata quake had happened earlier in the day prepped my mind a bit to grasp the reality of the situation as it unfolded this afternoon.
Anyway, I asked what she planned to do with the kids and she promptly said she was sending everyone home. Alrighty, then... I guess I didn't have to worry about making it to dinner on time with Vince after work anymore. I no longer had to fight rush-hour traffic to get him! Ha ha. Ah well.
I have to admit thinking of these messages while on my way to pick up Vince. Everyone noted that we simply aren't quake-prone, and now with news of Hurricane Irene headed for us, it almost seems like Mother Nature is trying to tell us something. I guess the point is to be ready no matter what the circumstance, huh? :) I'm just happy we're all safe and sound.