Feb. 27th, 2011

zeborah: Zebra with stripes shaking (earthquake)
Slept in my own bed - yes, the one with the failing chimney outside. It seems safe enough and it's more comfortable, but I kept a spare pillow over my head just in case. Oh, and slept in my clothes but that's more habit than anything else right now. Interestingly didn't actually feel any aftershocks all night (but one this morning).

Slept the whole night. Not all in one burst, no, but pretty close. Asthma was the main problem - my inhaler's holding it off but I do need to phone the pharmacy which stocks my preventative and see if I can get my repeat from there (unlikely) or somewhere else (?) or if I have to get to the GP for a new prescription. The other problem is a tendency to headache. I've got plenty of panadol left but when I'm at the pharmacy I'll grab another pack anyway because I am ploughing through them a bit.

Boots was back so quickly in the morning I'm not sure if she slept just outside or even inside on a chair under the kitchen table. She's quite different from the first earthquake -- still very cautious (eating consists of: "Nomnomnom! Anything scary in the kitchen? Whee, my wall! Whee, my human's leg! Whee, my human's other leg! Anything scary out through the catflap? Nomnomnom!" and if I leave the area she's likely to come with me rather than stay) but she doesn't seem nearly as scared. I think the difference is that she wouldn't have been inside the house during this quake, so it wouldn't have been so scary.

Church this morning is a combined service on a lawn at another location. (The church still needs to be assessed.) Mum can take me, so I have to be there by 10, so I have to leave here just after 9, so I have to do something about washing without putting water down the drain. My hair will just have to stay dirty for another day (or probably week).
zeborah: Zebra with stripes shaking (earthquake)
This naturally swings wildly from "Eee, dead of cute!" to "Argh, quit chewing on the keyboard and putting my laptop to sleep (how are you doing that anyway???)!"

<attempts to recollect the day>

Sponge bath in a bucket. Didn't run the tap long enough to get hot, but supplemented with water from a kettle for sheer luxury. (Quite unneeded really: the friction:water ratio is high enough that even cold water isn't uncomfortable. But warm's even nicer.) Made for a good demonstration of why they call it "grey water".

Church service was nice - very sunny, big crowd. Crowd included various news cameras. I got interviewed by some Australian TV station, I think; Mum by a radio channel. I think I wasn't too wildly incoherent, but did have to resort to the blandest cliches imaginable. A couple of text articles about it: Stuff.co.nz or Herald (reuses text but its photo is of our service). Of course there are minor lacunae and inaccuracies: in addition to arriving on bike or foot plenty of us came by car (though I did walk partway I guess), and the scones and water (not tea) came after the service, not while singing.

Another article on Christianity and the earthquake.

I promised photos of sandcastles! Here are some my Mum took - the nearest structure in the first, three towers connected by a wall, is the one I helped with.

I got a flyer in my mail! I think it was delivered by the Student Volunteer Army; it's got information about where to get help and there's a copy online (pdf).

My asthma is distinctly acting up. (No preventative for a week + stress + dust. Today I wore a dustmask while walking, and wasn't the only one.) My normal pharmacy has no answerphone message so I ended up ringing HealthLine and browsed the Ministry of Health website while listening to a long recorded message. There was an option to talk to a person but I thought I'd see if my question was answered first. Apparently one can get emergency repeats from any open pharmacy. I'll call the nearest one tomorrow to double-check on that before hiking over.

Heard from an old manager. Dozed. Watched Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, which isn't up to Criminal Minds' standards, but nor is Criminal Minds these days. Updated the church website - we never officially launched it but it seems like a useful thing.

My mood dropped steadily through the day; in retrospect unsurprising. By evening it was a huge chore to make myself make dinner. I think tomorrow I'll try making dinner in the morning.

Darn it, we're going to have to pick up books again :-) - the photo and the story further down by the same guy are from my branch. But y'know, we're kind of used to this by now. And actually, if that's the worst he saw, it's not nearly as bad as last time.

In "I cannot brain, I has the dumb" news, I've taken to wearing a wee bag around my neck for my cellphone, asthma inhaler, and most especially a notepad to remind myself what I'm planning to do next. :-)

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