zeborah: Zebra with stripes shaking (earthquake)
[personal profile] zeborah
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. :-)

Date: 2011-02-27 09:09 am (UTC)
cyphomandra: fluffy snowy mountains (painting) (snowcone)
From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
The silt castles look great!! Very nice!

(& have just checked with the in-house pharmacist at my current refuge, and you should be able to get an emergency preventer free until 6/3)

Date: 2011-02-27 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
Im my experience – which doesn't include anything like a quake or several, though – cliches are cliches because they're so darn apt. Many times I've learned to appreciate a cliche only after having been through an experience that it describes.

(Christchurch is still news here. I still haven't heard a *good* story being told in our news media. I guess only bad news is.)

Date: 2011-02-27 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ajk
True; and I'm tagging this in my memory for later writing use :-)

Date: 2011-02-27 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] llygoden
The sandcastles are wonderful! :) I'm glad that you are managing to snatch moments of humour in amongst the sheer grind of trying to live some semblence of a normal life.

Date: 2011-02-27 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for the sandcastles. They're even better in reality than in my imagination!
[pets boots from other side of world]

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Date: 2011-02-27 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I like your Dean. Your sister's sandcastles, also.

Fellow Asthmatic Speaks: Lawks! Looking forward to hearing you've got hold of that preventer. The change in my quality of life as successively better ones have been invented, has been... so great, it's usually quite hard to remember how annoying things were Previously.

Date: 2011-02-27 04:28 pm (UTC)
caper_est: caper_est, the billy goat (Default)
From: [personal profile] caper_est
Ga-a-ah! That was me, failing to pay attention to which site I was logged in on.

Date: 2011-02-27 11:14 pm (UTC)
green_knight: (Bog)
From: [personal profile] green_knight
I loved the sandcastles - you've definitely brought smiles to people's faces. (When God gives you sand, make sandcastles?)

And a really really big shoutout to your medical services - it sounds as if you're well-looked after.


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