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22 February 2011 @ 10:51 pm
My beautiful cathedral. That makes me want to sob. Of course, worse is the death toll and the trapped people and the horrible injuries and devastation and and and. I was just watching through the city this morning on my way to my first day of placement thinking "wow, so much scaffolding. This poor city." But you know what? The scaffolding was better.

We were all downstairs having lunch when it happened. It was five minutes until my first team meeting and then the entire building shook more strongly than anything I have ever felt and there was screaming and crashing and the lights went out and the lady next to me gripped my arm like a vice. And I sat there through it all, as calm as anything. When it stopped, we all exited the building (fumbling in the dark, but thank goodness we weren't upstairs) and when people asked me if I was okay, I said I was fine. I was surrounded by counsellors and social workers and I think I was the calmest one there and I don't know why. I went very focused. Get phone. Call Leah and Alison. Get home.

And then I looked to my left at the city center I was a five minute walk from. And I couldn't see it. The dust from collapsed buildings had obscured it completely. And I only kept from panicking that Ness and Jen were in there (they are okay, btw) because I was focused. Get phone. Call Ali and Leah. Get home. Got a text from Alison saying she was okay. Good.

My supervisor gave me a ride (bless her forever) and I finally called Leah. Talked her through an aftershock (to which my supervisor said 'GOOD!') as the car I was in shook like a mofo and people on the streets outside screamed and screamed. We drove past unspeakable damage and horror and I got home and my house is still standing. It's a mess, but still standing. And my vision blurred and I couldn't breathe and I sort of had a mini-panic attack. But I'm okay now. We have a broken pipe, but really? Lucky. So lucky. My kitty is sticking right by my side, but that's okay by me. Having a purring kitty curled up against your chest makes it a little better.

Have heard from all my friends. They're all safe. And my Tim Minchin CD came. The earth is still shaking all the time all the time and no dinner with Amanda Palmer (thankfully she hadn't flown in yet, but Jason Webley is in town and with Hera). But my girls are with me.
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
bandit queen: (buzzcocks) thank god for you!!!chimbleysweep on February 22nd, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
I am very very very glad that you are whole and safe.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Converseartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 10:12 am (UTC)
Thank you, Darling.
Nathalfbloodme on February 22nd, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Holy Hannah! *hugs you tighter than tight.* Okay they world can stop this now. It can stop right now.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: DL~Rovena hesitantlyartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
I totally agree. *hugs tightly right back*
(no subject) - halfbloodme on February 22nd, 2011 10:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
Chelsea: Butterflyanomalous_data on February 22nd, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Oh God, honey, I'm so glad you and everyone are okay. When I woke up to the news, I seriously freaked out at the thought that you guys were hurt.

*hugs you and never lets go*
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Ireland~Dublin Ha'penny Bridgeartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
It's so horrible *big hugs* <3
hysteria74: youngmehysteria74 on February 22nd, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Dude! Heard it on the news and *instantly* thought of you. Glad we have LJ to know your ok. Still it must have been terrifying. I still remember the mild quake I experienced in Chile, when my granma's house shook. Lucily it was made of concreate that survived and it had no glass windows (just plastic) I seem to remember running to the doorway and standing still. Something in my brain remembered that the best place to stand in a building in an earthquake, is either under a desk or in the doorway of the front door. *still* makes me quesy now. ::huge hugs::
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: London~Lights and Parliamentartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
*big hugs back* It's just so awful and the shaking just won't stop. It's nearly continuous.
Charlotte: Shining Starnyas_lair on February 22nd, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Jesus, I'm glad you guys are alright <3
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Amanda Palmer~With Heraartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Me too! <3 right back at you!
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Tweeky Little Drowlittledrow on February 22nd, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're safe!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: FFX~Yuna's Danceartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
So am I! Thank you!
possibly Claresancta_terra on February 22nd, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Much love to you all, so glad you're safe!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: London~Behind Blue Eyesartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I am too and love right back, BB.
Amandaspiffanda on February 22nd, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I'm so glad you guys are okay. PLEASE be safe. I will be heartbroken if something happens to you.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: FS~Patrick and a bearartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Our house is still standing (bless it's wooden heart) and there's a broken pipe, but we're warm and dry and safe and that's pretty amazing right now. *big hugs*
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Toletoley_elf on February 22nd, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
dude. 8hugs8
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Amanda Palmer~Hiding inside of meartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed *hugs back!*
opioid naïve patientnepheliad on February 22nd, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was really worried about you & your housemates and am glad to read that you are okay. Thought of you immediately. Good on taking care of Leah, too. ♥

Ariadne's all right too, I take it.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Dollhouse~HBICartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
The kitty is fine! She spent all yesterday hiding so now she has lots of energy and she's running around the house, knocking my things off tables. Because she's so goshdarn kind!
Darth Paradox: Angel Feather (c) SJGames (INWO)darthparadox on February 22nd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs* to you and your city. I'm glad you're safe.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: DL Deirdre wingsartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Jessshoemoney2night on February 22nd, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
*hugs tight* I'm so glad you guys are safe. I heard the news and my first thought was of you and the housemates, and then the pictures and the death toll started coming in... god, it's just horrible. I'm so glad you're all okay. *hugs*
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Goddessartemisofluna on February 22nd, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
It's just bloody terrible. *hugs right back*
Jensie: Michaelpotatoeangel on February 23rd, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay and managed to stay calm!

I looked down Hereford street and just thought that the reason I couldn't see very far was because it was drizzling, I didn't realise it was dust until someone told me.

I managed to hold it together alright (I was crying but not hysterically so) until I got home to Cath and then I just lost my shit!
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Joy Division~The Sadnessartemisofluna on February 23rd, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
I am so bloody relieved you are okay! When I got out of the building I couldn't see the city because of all the dust and I was terrified you and Ness were in there.

Losing your shit is fair enough. This is just so...no words.
Taiko Dragon: Roswell Max Alien Kinghana_ginkawa on February 23rd, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
And just because I feel the need to say it again, Thank goodness you are all right and your kitty is all right. :(

I just cannot even imagine and I hope I don't ever have to. *HUGS!*
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Buffy~Amber hands through hairartemisofluna on February 23rd, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank goodness indeed!

I hope you never have to too!
I have a plan: attack!: big bang theory: raj/howardonehoureternity on February 23rd, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
I wish there was something more I could do besides give you *hugs*. I'm so glad y'all are safe. <3

(This is kind a hug icon. Or as close as I have. :D)
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Big Bang Theory~Oh Hai Pennyartemisofluna on February 23rd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Internet hugs are lovely!