September 11th, 2006


a what? in the Gulf


In case my day hasn't been weird enough, I'm glad I don't still live in Florida... I'm afraid I just would have to question my sanity over this one.

A strong, 6.0 earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico was felt throughout the Southeast but caused no apparent damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was not powerful enough to trigger a tsunami warning.

... People as far away as Atlanta -- about 530 miles from the quake's center -- called into local television stations to report feeling tremors at 10:56 a.m.

... About an hour after the earthquake, 904 people from 365 separate ZIP codes in the Southeast had filed online reports to the USGS that they had felt the quake.

Florida and Georgia led the list with hundreds of reports each, while a handful of reports also came from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana residents.

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My help comes from the Lord...

I lift up my eyes to the hills -- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. -- Psalm 121:1-2

This was the daily verse posted in judgedchristian this morning. I needed it. For one thing, it put another song into my head besides the annoying one that's been stuck there since Labor Day--and this one is something worth meditating on. On a more serious note, I am having a difficult few days.

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Meg update done on the way to campus

I'm just going to say as a transcription that there is a whole lot of breathlessness in this voice post. It's meant to be a demonstration of Meg's improved stamina, alertness, and initiative. I talk very quickly about her work, which is much improved. She relieved en route, but I wasn't aware that she needed to until she pulled over. We encountered construction and had to change our route; and throughout it all she maintained an incredible amount of initiative that I have not seen before. I got a late start and the construction set me back, but with all this new speed it may not matter!

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update on the day

I've had a very challenging day. I'm trying hard to llook on the bright side. I got a nap in and had a bit of time to write some reflective emails to a group I've been participating in for about four years that is kind of a seminar on the impact of disabilities on life and faith. I paid attention in class this morning. Meg's work was phenomenal! (Please see the voice post if you can--and I've added a rough transcription for those who need it.) I got my paperwork done for my Medicaid review, which is extremely stressful, and also took care of some items at the Social Security office that needed to get done.

My laptop is not here. It was drop shipped from HP, which means maybe it will go out today or tomorrow. Whenever it goes out, it will be next-day airmailed. Iwish I had understood all this in the first place. I've been hoping it would get here so that my back could have a bit of relief--2.9 pounds instead of 8 makes a difference when you walk a mile to class. But the truth is that I have been doing it and I will be all right, and I need to get rid of the fast-food mentality. Confronting my attitudes isn't necessarily an easy thing to do.

I'm playing dodgeball with the thunderstorms and trying to do my homework and juggle laundry at the same time. I have a feeling it's going to be a late night, and I will need a whole lot of grace tomorrow. Maybe that laptop will come at just the right time...

Speaking of dodgeball, homework calls...

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