Sunday, April 4, 2010

Strange Day

Today I felt my first earthquake. There have been small ones since I've lived here. But this is the first one I've noticed. Usually we sleep through them. The last one which hit Julian woke Daniel up at 2am. That was a few weeks back, and was only a small earthquake.

Today was the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. I was sitting in my living room, sorting through a cabinet, and suddenly I felt dizzy... everything seemed to be spinning. I thought I was going to be sick and stood up to see if that helped. Lo and behold, our windows were shaking, our building was shaking. It was an earthquake. We ran downstairs with our disaster preparedness kit. You're meant to stay inside, under a table. But our table is next to our window - no good. I figure I don't want to be inside when an earthquake happens. We're on the second storey in our apartments, and I worry it will crash down, and we'll end up in a pile of rubble. Is that me worrying or what...?! Only last week we finally received our disaster preparedness kit in the mail. I'm so glad we spent the money and got one. We have been being advised to get one for quite some time. I bit the bullet and did it. Today we were glad for it! (just in case!). The earthquake was a very strange experience. I felt odd for hours after it. Dizzy and misplaced. It freaked me out.

That aside, it was a great day. Daniel and I slept in then went out for breakfast. We both ordered pancakes which were gi-normous! I'll post pictures of them another day. After a nice breakfast out together we walked through the village, then came home and did housework all day. It was nice to spend the day together, even if it was doing housework :) I felt like we accomplished a lot today. Tonight we were meant to go salsa dancing with friends, but were too tired. We stayed home instead playing a boardgame and listening to jazz music.

I don't know if I mentioned it on my blog, but I've had chronic shoulder pain for 2-3 months now. I had an MRI on it, to rule out a tear. Thankfully it wasn't a tear! I'm very glad about that! My doctor sent me to physical therapy and its been diagnosed as tendonitis. The tendonitis is secondary to the real problem which is hypermobility. Its kind of boring, so I won't explain what hypermobility is. Its a condition that is causing the tendonitis - which is inflammation of the tendons in the shoulder - thats the pain I'm getting. So, basically I have to go to physical therapy for a couple of months, do exercises/weights/stretches/icing my shoulder every single night (for a couple of months) until I've strengthened my shoulders up. I'm fine with it. Besides, I might get those buff arms I always wanted :) I'm just so happy that I'm starting to feel relief from the shoulder. The constant pain is/has been doing my head in.

Daniel and I went to a 20th wedding anniversary party last night for good friends. The couple are so lovely, still in love and still get a kick out of each other. I love that. They're fun to be around. It was a mexican fiesta with catered mexican food and spanish/mexican music which we danced to later in the evening. Much fun was had.

Friday night I went to Jill's house for a chilled evening chatting, eating pizza and playing Rock Band.

My Mum arrives Wednesday night from England. Very excited. Its been 1.5 years since I last saw her. Let the festivities begin.



rinsky28 said...

You signed out Jones, I love it!!! Excited about you seeing your mum. That's awesome!

Its Just Me - Daring to Dream said...

Well it was the first one that was scary. We've felt small ones in 2009 but nothing like this.

I am impressed that you have a disaster preparedness kit. Where did you get it? I am actually trying to put one together the old fashion way but am at a loss for what to many people say different things.

I heard that 'veteran' Californias go outside when an Earthquake hits. We stayed indoors under an archway. We are on the 2nd floor too...we need a better plan...

Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I sure hope it gets to feeling better soon!

Frank said...

We had a 4.something earthquake a few weeks Illinois, which is nowhere near any fault line. It didn't cause any damage, but people still freaked nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

I like the way you write - I keep coming back....

Tea Lady said...

Rinsk: Thanks mate

Daring to Dream: We bought our disaster kit online. We did our research on things to put in disaster kits, and then bought what we thought appropriate online

Frank: I woke up in the middle of the night a couple of days after. My husband had just rolled over. I sat up, freaked out and woke him up telling him there was another earthquake.

Anon: thank you!