This past week has seen several natural disasters here in Maryland. I’m sorry to say I don’t have pictures to share. I guess I should have gone out this morning when the tail end of Irene buffeted at Maryland, but it was dark through the worse and didn’t think flash would do it credit.
For the earthquake I was at work at Children’s National Medical Center in DC, so slightly closer then I would have been if at home. I swear that I thought a 500lb person was jumping up and down between the floors or in the room next door. The booms that came with the shaking helped me have that idea. I didn’t feel any of the aftershocks…and truthfully just kept working and taking care of my patients. That was the end of it all for me. I did look at pictures online and such, but other then a crack on a door jam at my boyfriend’s house and a few things falling to the floor in my room at home that took me a whole 30 seconds to clean up that night, that was the end.
Hurricane Irene affected me a whole lot more. It lasted a lot longer, the winds and rains kept me looking out the window, and my home has been without power since about 3:30 am, although I haven’t been there. I do feel bad for my Mom, step-father, and brother. They’ve had to go through the day without power and who knows exactly how soon it will be back up. I sure hope they get it back tonight or tomorrow! I spent the day Saturday glued to the tv watching all the news on the storm, staying awake until about 2, at least I think I was awake that long. I may have fallen asleep about 1 for a while, but went to bed about 2:30. I got up this morning and by mid-day the sun was shining.
I do wish this storm didn’t go through, the worst part being that my plans to attend the Jimmy Buffett concert with my sister on Saturday evening was postponed until Thursday. That is a much less convenient time, but luckily I can still make it. The 3 days of work afterwards may be a bit harder, but I get to see a great artist and get some much needed time with my other half. Don’t get near enough time with my sister!
Mother nature sure has been letting herself be known lately. I don’t know the meaning behind that, but maybe she is trying to show us humans that we can’t control everything. We have limits and as hard as we try there is going to be upheavals, there is going to be deaths, and the air, sea, or land is unpredictable. They can shake, rock, and roll with no notice. Life is full of unknowns, and we have to always be ready for them. Sometimes I think that is what makes life worth living. If we could control everything what would be the adventure in that?