Friday, February 13, 2009


Tigger the Cat was determined to get stepped on this morning. Despite my best efforts to avoid it, I got the tip of his tail and the edge of a back foot this morning.

One of my attempts to avoid him even forced me trip, sending the bottle of Downy I was carrying skittering across the floor and crashing me into a bucket which promptly dumped the mop, broom, and dustpan it was holding. I get up, muttering a string of profanity.

From upstairs, I hear the mother: “WHAT WAS THAT?!” It’s just me, I reassure her.

When I get back upstairs, she sternly says, “That was not just you. I think there must ‘ve been a car crash. Something shook the house.” OK. Whatever. I hurriedly finish getting dressed and head out for the bus.

Before I can even sit down at work, the phone rings. It’s the mother.

“I told you that I heard something earlier,” comes through the receiver. Well, I guess she did. And this must have been it!

They’re saying people 15 miles away heard! Luckily, it doesn’t sound like anyone was hurt. Here’s hoping.


Jamie said...

Wow. That happened in my area last year and it threw a small child 500 feet into a yard across the street.

At least no one was home or hurt.

It is honestly my worst nightmare. I am paranoid about fires so much so that we have at least 15 smoke detectors in our place.

cd said...

At 6:22am I also jumped out of the shower thinking it was another earthquake. The husband assumed I had imagined it again (during the 6.2 last year he thought I had a bad dream and was overreacting). Our windows rattled and I think we're over 20 miles away. It is really a miracle no one was injured.

Jennifer said...

Scary, scary!

MonkeyGirl said...

Wow! I didn't feel it but I guess living in another state might have something to do with that!

NV said...

I didn't feel it either -- and I was just in the basement!

CD -- Yeah. Husbands.

Kay said...

holy mackerel!

Vicki said...

Wow! My first guess: meth lab. It's the Midwest. We were near the heart of meth production when we lived in MO.

NV said...

Well, this is kind of an upscale neighborhood for a meth lab, but i guess anything is possible anymore.