If you haven't heard this week, we had an earthquake this week in DC. Well, technically it was centered something like 80 miles away from DC, but we felt it. Everybody has their own story about it. Every where you go you hear somebody ask someone, "Where were you?"
Well, my story is that I was caught in the bathroom after lunch. I could say that I was caught with my pants down, except I was wearing a skirt. I wsa just about to flush the toilet when I noticed that all the water was vibrating, and then suddenly the toilet was vibrating, and then I was vibrating. My first thought was "Oh god, we've been attacked - but hopefully it's just an earthquake." My second thought was "Is it safe to flush the toilet" (It's the polite thing to do). After the shaking stopped, I quickly rinsed my hands before heading out, where I was immediately commanded to evacuate.
Now here is the thing, I realized as I was following the masses down the emergency stairs and outside that 1) I didn't have my glasses on me [they were sitting on my desk] 2) I didn't have my wallet or commuting ticket with me to help me get home [also sitting at my desk] 3) My cell phone was at home 4) I had left a heater going at my desk [I've been super cold somedays this summer and sometimes need to use it to warm up - Tuesday was one of those days] so if the earthquake didn't destroy my building, my heater would and finally five 5) I was wearing my two inch high heels to stand around in and not my comfy flat flip flops [which I commute inand were in my cubicle closet]. Thankfully we were allowed to go in the building to retreive personal items after a cursory check of the building's structure, but the basic gist is that I felt woefully unprepared.
So just a few days later, we are waiting for Hurricane Irene to hit. At first I was highly skeptical that it was going to hit us, but each day as it moves closer I become less and less convinced. So today I went to target to stock up on goods. I grabbed batteries and a head lamp, a radio that can use batteries, canned food and other things that don't really need heating (although even if the power goes out in my house, I could still cook because we have gas appliances.) I also got some non-essential but nice to have things like diet coke, pop tarts, and gum. I already have a case of water, but figure that if needed to I can boil water and then send it through the brita filter if need be (we have regular plumbing and not a well - so i think flowing water won't be too much of an issue - clean water maybe, but actually flowing no).
So that's my plan. I'll let you know how it ends.