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05 September 2010 @ 04:34 pm
Safely back in Christchurch! The neighbourhood around here is pretty unscathed, minus a few chimneys and some brand spanking new pavement cracks. But they're incredibly minor. Compared to the damage down town (which I have not seen in person and am content to leave it that way) it's nothing. At least nothing really visible. Some of the sand from the water table has shaken up through the grass around the place which is just WEIRD to see. Tomorrow I might take a walk to the cemetery to see how it fared. Half of those older plots are crumbling into the ground anyway.

Alison's amazingly wonderful parents came to pick me up from the airport (complete with hugs! See, THAT is how to pick people up at the airport) and they brought me back here. They said our wine glasses miraculously stayed on our shelves! Apparently there was one of the tiny glasses on the floor and it was unbroken! In my room, one of my candles was knocked over and that was it. My closet doors had opened so I closed them, but otherwise, nothing. I cleaned up the DVDs, but only my Star Trek and Leah's Farscape ones fell and I checked them all and they are absolutely fine. None of them even came out of their boxes. I checked the knick-knacks on your bookshelf, Leah, to make sure they hadn't scattered. Rescued a few from behind the bookshelf! And I've rescued Alison's laptop from her room, just in cases. AND I went shopping with Peter and Alina (who are also amazing) so I don't have to eat the earthquake rations. Glad those are there though, because I meant I had something to eat before the shopping trip happened. Canned pumpkin soup, yo.

Now I am boiling water and letting it cool so I can refrigerate it. We have to use the boiled water for everything, including doing the dishes, so even though we had water rations, I'm doing more.

And since this is probably not interesting to anyone but me... I'll shut up. Ariadne is glad to see me, though. She hasn't left me alone since I got home. She was NOT glad about the aftershock this afternoon. It woke me up and then she let out an annoyed yowl and pouted under the sofa. She's my brave little trooper ;) Much more dramatic than Jane's, "Oh go away now!" reaction to the aftershock that happened while I was having lunch over there. I enjoyed that. That's enough now, plate tectonics. Calm down, we all know you're upset. Let's talk about this instead, hmm?

EDIT: Two aftershocks in the space of five minutes. Since returning at 8 this morning I have felt like five of the things. And slept through more, probably. Considering there have been about 50, this is minor but I'm still impressed.
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Lauren Christensen: [lovex] theon curly hairpretty_kozi on September 5th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I'm gle to hear you made it safely! Hugs. And yay for kitty love and hugs---bet that cat missed you. XD

Btw did you know Henry Cavill was in Stardust? He was Humphrey--blonde hair and hardly looked like him but it made me giggle just the same. Random but felt like telling you that. Again glad your okay! Much love and hugs!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: London~Streaks of Big Benartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
I bet she did too! My darling wee baby. I never want to leave her again! I was on the plane when we landed in Christchurch being like "I AM IN THE SAME CITY AS MY CAT! ONLY A LITTLE WHILE NOW!" She's got me wrapped around her paws.

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the Avaunt Guard: poopingroselet on September 5th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
love love love
Glad you're okay! I wouldn't want to be home alone during an earthquake, even if they are minor now. At least you have Ariadne to keep you company.

If you get lonely this week then text me. :)
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: DL Deirdre wingsartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
love love love back!
She's on top of me, and I am thrilled to bits. She just purred up against my face. Cats ♥! Luckily there was no drool...

I will! And of course you can always come here too :D Thank you so much for having me over and taking me shopping. You all are amazingly awesome.
Jensiepotatoeangel on September 5th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Yay! You made it back safely.

The aftershocks seriously disturb our naps. We are not best pleased ^_^

We have litres and litres of emergecny and boiled water. Its like I am hoarding it.

Having power is amazing. The few hours it was out yesterday were hell.

And for those playing at home this is the geonet list of latest earthquakes
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Skins~Sid and Cassie My Cityartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
I did indeed :D

Mine too! So I have slept about three hours in the last...oh...fifty two or more. :| I don't know if there was one just there or not, but the house made a sound and Ariadne looked horrified. Didn't feel big though, like the one about an hour ago!

I am so doing the same thing. I don't want to not have enough cold stuff when I need it, dangit!

I bet :(

That is fascinating. There have been like twenty since I got here 10 hours ago....
possibly Clare: elf:*hugs*sancta_terra on September 5th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Holy crap I hope you're all still alright! Love for you both and the poor house! but I laughed so hard at your tag!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Vienna~Red Lightartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I am! The house is wood, which tends to be more forgiving than brick anyway thank goodness.

AND we got your package but I am waiting for the girls before I open it! Thank you!!!
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Nathalfbloodme on September 5th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm just so glad you're safe and there wasn't too much damage to your place. In fact it seems you escaped relatively unscathed.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Firefly Mal Turbulenceartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I really did. *hugs back*
hysteria74: Mulderhysteria74 on September 5th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm glad things are ok and you seem to be coping well. Good on you. Awww to little Adriana for being so cute. I remember Mulder being totally freaked when we were burgled and I found him cowering behind the washing machine. It took a fair amount of TLC to calm him down (he was still a kitten then)
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Young Frankenstein~THE HAIRartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! She's being adorable. She still freaks out during the aftershocks, but that's expected.
Amandaspiffanda on September 5th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
So you guys still have electricity and all that?
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: DL~Eamon Shirtlessartemisofluna on September 5th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
We do! And running water. We still have to boil it, but it's better than not having it, that's for darn sure!
Raenphfa on September 6th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you had something to eat! We should have another look at the rations when we get home and organise some more. I read an article saying that (you probably don't want to know this but maybe it is common knowledge over there now) the earthquake was not the Big One, because the Big One is supposed to be on the alpine fault line and this one was a different fault line altogether and the seismologists aren't really sure where it came from. So yes, more rations, more water, more sticking things to walls!

that's amazing about our wine glasses! And oh Mum. Good on her. Good on both my parents. I'm glad you're back with Ariadne. I found some photos of her on my camera yesterday and was all I MISS HEEEER! And you, of course. But home in a week! Love you lots and lots!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Beauty in the Moolightartemisofluna on September 6th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
I agree, rations are good! And Cath mentioned that we should probably keep them in the hall closet but I can explain that when you're both here. I did know it wasn't The Big One too. I read that earlier today. Planning ahead is always good!

Your light is out too, we just discovered. As a random aside.

Good on both your parents indeed. Good on your whole family. I got invited over to dinner tonight and Cath and Jen were there too. It was really nice. :D

Love you lots and lots too! Tell me what time and day you guys get in!
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Sena Flash: simon ~ smile!moment_of_sen on September 6th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
When the bus is running again (which I think is tomorrow) I shall come and visit and bring you Mitchell and Webb and Grandma's House =D I'll have to see when I'll be needed at work again... it's hard to know, what with Cashel St being within the cordoned area still =\
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Buffy~Faith sparklesartemisofluna on September 6th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Yep, tomorrow! And awesome! Just message me at 022 670 6011 to make sure I am not out at the shops. I have to nip down tomorrow to get a few more things if they HAVE those things... But visitation is welcome :D

Yeah, it must be so frustrating being blocked off from there.