We’d had a busy but enjoyable Easter all planned out. In the morning, we’d host a brunch for our friends and the Goddaughter, complete with an egg hunt, stuffed bunny and basket for her and good food, limoncello-champagne cocktails and bloody-maries for the adults. It was a big success and everyone had a good time.
In the evening, we were set to feast on a grilled butterflied leg of lamb and serve it with a hot tomato relish and chimichurri mix.
The intervening time was supposed to be a little down time – to read the paper, play the piano, maybe work on some music composition pieces – and that seemed to be the way the afternoon was shaping up until about 3:40 in the afternoon when the house began to shake.
Now we get a number of small earthquakes here throughout the year and they’re typically of the “did you feel that?” variety – ones that if you’re sitting still you can sense the change in vibration but maybe not if you’re moving around. They usually last a few seconds and then are finished.
And so when I was at the computer and this one started, that’s what it seemed like. But it didn’t stop after a few seconds. In fact, there was more shaking and rattling and this really weird rumble that seemed to come from everywhere at the same time.
The Beloved called out from the other room and we decided to get out of the house, which would have been easy except that we had to call and WAKE-UP Penny who apparently can sleep through an earthquake (clearly she missed the day when they were handing out that “animal sixth sense” about earthquakes). After about 30 seconds or so, the shaking subsided.
I have to say that it was pretty weird and easily the largest earthquake that we’ve felt here. It was pretty funny to watch Facebook and Twitter explode with updates (there was a good xkcd on that this morning).
And we weren’t really done – for the next 90 minutes or so, we felt several aftershocks which definitely kept us on our toes (though it didn’t keep us from enjoying the lamb). And there was a pretty good one this morning around 4 in the morning, but I was channeling Penny and slept through it.