Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thanksgiving on Easter

Today is Easter, but for me it is also turning out to be Thanksgiving Day (kind of).....

I woke up this morning feeling so grateful to have my hubby home for this holiday, especially since I know he is leaving soon - might be home for Mother's Day, but will miss Father's Day, his birthday, our anniversary, son's 16th birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly even other son's 11th birthday. So yes, I am THANKFUL that he is here today with us.

Around 3:40 this afternoon I was sitting on the couch in our living room, enjoying some friendly conversation with hubby and some of his family who joined us for Easter, when suddenly the couch seemed to shake underneath me. I looked around for my youngest, who has a habit of kicking the couch, but he was standing across the room. Shaking continued and I thought it must be an earthquake, but NO ONE else was reacting to it. A few seconds later I finally interrupted to conversation to ask, "are we having an earthquake?" and suddenly everyone else felt it, too. Now, these happen ALL THE TIME here in Southern California, and I am kind of used to it - but the normal duration of a quake here is between 10 and 25 seconds, and today's quake seemed to last FOREVER.

In reality, it lasted about 60 seconds.

It was a magnitude 7.2, centered near Mexicali, probably about 80 or 100 miles from me. Felt like a 4 here, so when I heard 7.2 I knew it was not centered very close to us.

Anyway, before the shaking even stopped, I consciously thought, "I am so THANKFUL that we have earthquake insurance!" Hubby is really SUPER pessimistic, always assumes the worst will happen, and so is always REALLY really prepared for just about anything. It does make me feel secure, in general (at least when I am not completely weirded out by his OCD nature with being super careful....I am not careless, but I must look like a laidback FLAKE next to him!) But today, it made me feel more secure, in a very specific kind of way.

I don't know about other states, but here, the basic homeowner's insurance policies do NOT cover earthquakes or floods. Homeowners can purchase a separate earthquake policy and a separate flood policy (which we did as soon as we bought this house)

And of course, since we had family over, we had to have a little 'feast' for Easter, which felt that much MORE like Thanksgiving. Spiral-sliced ham, potato salad, green salad, rolls, deviled eggs, grapes, etc. with apple pie a-la-mode for dessert. YUMMY. Now I am stuffed, just like the 4th Thursday in November every year.



Laura said...

I don't know if its where our apartment is situated or what, but for some reason it was REALLY strong here. Pictures fell off, vases tipped over, stuff flew off the balcony, and our porch door actually came off the hinges a little, plus our front door was banging for almost an entire minute. I've only been in 3 earthquakes in my life (slept through 1, and the other was a few weeks ago) and I kept expecting it to stop, but it just went on and on and on and then it would die down and then come back really strong and I thought it was over but stuff kept shaking for a minute and a half.

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