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Earthquake Update

More and more earthquake stories are emerging. Bethel Lutheran - the church my family attends - was damaged, but thanks to last summer's retrofitting, not destroyed. (The picture at the top of the page is the inside of the sanctuary) A couple of hikers got stuck on Bishop's Peak during the quake, and I can't even begin to imagine how terrifying that would be! The two women who died in Paso Robles are remembered, several wineries were damaged, and a lot of people's homes and businesses were so damaged they had to be condemned. Luckily they'll be able to get tax relief to help ease the financial pain. I felt two more aftershocks late late night that woke me from my sleep; one felt pretty strong. Mom said she felt a little one yesterday afternoon, too. We're not noticing any here in SLO. They say we could still get another good-sized aftershock before the weekend. It probably wouldn't be as big as the quake itself, but could be a 4. Thank God for Zoloft, or I'd be a totally freaked-out mess! As it is, I'm handling the whole thing pretty well.


Well, I arrived home this evening to find everything, and everyone in one piece. I pretty much knew that anyway, but it was nice to see it for myself. Most of our stuff rattled around a bit, but only a few things fell over. My rubber stamp display shelves were tilted on my wall a bit, and most of the stamps fell out, and some of my pictures were shifted, but that's pretty much it. Now, we just brace ourselves for the aftershocks.

Participation Positives

I haven't done a Participation Positives entry for quite a while. Not that I haven't had anything to be positive about. Just lazy, I guess. Still, I thought it was about time I did one, so here it is:

1. My family is finally recoverying (slowly but surely) from whatever cold or flu they've had, thank GOD!

2. Christmas is almost here!

3. My car still gets great gas mileage (36 mpg average)!

4. I'm having a "good hair day" today!

5. I got all my Christmas cards sent and Christmas gifts purchased and wrapped!

6. I'm caught up on all my bills!

7. I'm holding steady on my weight (and not going to worry about trying to lose any more until after the holidays)!

8. I have wonderful family and friends, a great job, and a pretty darn good life!

Friday Five

It's been a while since I've done the Friday Five; kinda got out of the habit. Anyway, here's this week's questions and my answers:

1. List your five favorite beverages.

1. Coffee

2. Tea (particularly Earl Grey and English Breakfast)

3. Milk (non-fat, lactose-free)

4. Diet Vanilla Coke

5. Wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, whatever!)

2. List your five favorite websites.

1. Dumber Than a Box of Rocks

2. Anyone's Any

3. Fractious Times

4. Reality Blurred


3. List your five favorite snack foods.

1. Cheese (Tillamook cheddar)

2. Popcorn

3. Planter's Trail Mix

4. M&Ms

5. Apples

4. List your five favorite board and/or card games.

1. Clue

2. Monopoly

3. Solitare

4. Gin Rummy

5. Pictonary

5. List your five favorite computer and/or game system games.

1. Bookworm

2. Solitare

3. Bubble Bees

(I'm afraid that's it. I don't have a game system, nor do I really have much time to play games online or on the computer.)