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Posted on Thu 15 May 2008 at 10:30

I felt my first earthquake!!
    • Reference Number: 2902957
    • NZST: Sat, May 3 2008 3:12 am
    • Magnitude: 4.0
    • Depth: 30 km
    • Details: 10 km west of Porirua

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It woke me with a helluva start.  You know that awful feeling when you wake up knowing whatever you are hearing is not right.  Initially I thought it was someone breaking in but almost immediately realised what it was.  There was a peculiar grinding noise which lasted a few seconds, died away, then came again for a few seconds.  I couldn’t be bothered getting up to see if anything had moved, just went straight back to sleep as I had to be up for work in the morning.  I couldn’t see anything out of place in the morning once I did get up either.  The funny thing is, Melissa didn’t even feel it as she was staying the night with a friend in Ascot Park, a few kilometres away. 


And we have had the first frost of the year.  It was 1.3 degrees the other morning and the car was frosted over.  Not a hugely heavy, thick frost but frost nevertheless.  This lead to another first:  the first wearing of my thermals!!  Bloody hell, I was cold all day at work.  I wore my big heavy suede parka for most of the day and still couldn’t get warm.  People think I am putting it on until I do the laying on of hands:  once these frozen mitts touch you, you KNOW it’s for real.  I guess I really ought to go to the quack’s and get it checked out but there is a history of poor circulation in my family, so I’m not going to worry about it. 


And with the real onset of winter, I have 2 quilts on the bed…..oh, no, that was weeks ago…!!  The electric blanket stays on low all night – but there again, I think there were only 2 nights over the summer that it wasn’t on.  I have been renamed ‘the Lizard’ at work…. As it takes me until about lunchtime to thaw out. 


And after 6 months of living here, I finally got round to finding an Indian takeaway.  I think it probably has to be my favourite takeaway, so it was nice to go and get one for a change.  They never taste the same as you would expect it to: like it did in Britain; but it was OK.  And there was enough for a lazy breakfast in bed the next morning – sheer indulgence!!


I really should be getting a move on with my professional portfolio.  I even gave up moderating the forum as it seemed to take up so much of my time.  As part of my portfolio, I have to do a teaching session.  I’m planning doing it on smoking cessation and brief interventions around that.  And how much, I hear you ask, have I achieved?………..Zero.  To be right, I have printed off some info on smoking cessation but I haven’t written a teaching plan yet.  But I am meant to be doing the session at the end of the month, so still have 2 weeks…….

Told you before:  procrastination is a fine art…….


And a final first:  going out with the girls from work tomorrow night.  We are off into Wellington and staying over in an hotel.  The girl has been invited to Beth’s overnight, so all is taken care of.  I’m really looking forward to it as I haven’t been ‘out out’ in ages.  With the nights drawing in so rapidly, I seem to have been living in my own little cyber world a bit recently, so I think this is just what I need to get me out a bit more.


Work continues to go well – a shitty shift today – but in general, I still enjoy it and value my colleagues {well, most of them, most of the time!!}


Ok, best get going, see ya!!

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Posted by Ray on Sun 18 May 2008 at 05:37 - Link

Its good to feel the earth move ...

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