I Felt the Earth Move Under My Feet!

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the earthquake that caught the East Coast off guard. One minute I was sitting at my desk and the next, the entire building was shaking. It felt like our office building – a large corporate complex – would collapse right from under us. It lasted for about 30 seconds, but it was the longest 30 seconds of my life as I ran down the stairs (along with the rest of my coworkers) and out of the building.  As soon as I was safely outside, I immediately checked my twitter feed (yes… sad that twitter is the first place I turn to in a time of crisis) and learned that it was in fact an earthquake. From there on the light hearted jokes continued and the West Coasters got to poke fun at us silly East Coasters for a few hours. But those 30 seconds of uncertainty were definitely scary and it made me think about the many that suffered at the hands of more serious natural disasters. I couldn’t help but be extremely thankful for the gift of another “boring” Tuesday night as planned with one exception: takeout

…I’ll take any excuse not to cook!

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August 24, 2011 - 12:11 am

Life with Kaishon - I am jealous that you got to feel it shake. I am so mad that I didn’t. My Daddy said he thought if you were not sitting it would have been harder to feel. I suppose that is why I didn’t feel a thing. I was buzzing all around my job this afternoon with my co worker. When we saw people leaving the building we were like ‘what the heck?!?!?!”

I love your dinner : ) I agree. The earthquake was definitely a good reason not to cook.

Happy Wednesday Maddylicious!

August 24, 2011 - 12:46 am

Chavonne - i havent been cooking at all lately so i know the feeling. And shame on you know who for going home and leaving you to fend for yourself lol.

August 24, 2011 - 7:45 am

Buckeroomama - Earthquakes were ‘fun’ for me and my cousins when we were young… until we learned how devastating they could be. I am so glad to know you are okay, Maddy.

August 24, 2011 - 7:49 am

PvdH - OH my goodness yes I heard! I grew up in Mexico City so I know how scary earthquakes can feel…



August 24, 2011 - 8:22 am

lou - i heard it on the news this morning and can totally understand your panic. would have probably reacted exactly the same. i’m glad you’re safe and sound.

August 24, 2011 - 9:03 am

emily - DUDE!! Longest 30 seconds ever!! We are only 45 minutes from Mineral and it was crazy strong here and so far we have had 5 after shocks. It is just crazy crazy!!

August 24, 2011 - 9:03 am

Cafe Fashionista - That food looks scrummy! But matters of the stomach aside…I’m so glad to hear that you’re okay, Maddy – I cannot stand earthquakes! :/

August 24, 2011 - 9:22 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - We haven’t felt aftershocks since, but it was scary! Especially since we’re not used to anything like that around these parts! Working in a mostly financial building, my mind (as well as those of my coworkers) gravitated immediately towards bomb before even realizing it was an earthquake – it just seemed more likely given the circumstances.

August 24, 2011 - 9:57 am

Mindy - I was at my desk, too, and my walls started to shake…it was surreal. and, whats up with the West Coasters poking fun? one of my FB friends (who lives in LA) made some obnoxious comment about how we are all overreacting. hello…..this is exactly why I live in the East Coast, so I dont have to worry about earthquakes!!
your dinner looks fab.

August 24, 2011 - 10:33 am

Amy - It’s unnerving … even if it’s not a devastating earthquake! I’m just so thankful you’re okay … and that dinner looks like the perfect way to celebrate!

August 24, 2011 - 11:04 am

Keeley - We felt the earthquake down in S. Jersey!

That meal looks home cooked! Looks like I need some food photography tips from you! The lighting is perfect!

August 24, 2011 - 11:07 am

Lee Oliveira - You made me so hungry right now.. and its 1:05am sydney time.. :(
lee x

August 24, 2011 - 11:14 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - The setup for the shot was simple: stood on a chair looking down at the food. Natural light is always best for food photography, so I placed the plate by the window with the most light. You can tell that the light is coming from the right side .

August 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Camila Faria - That must have been so scary Maddy! I’m glad you and everyone around you is safe.

August 24, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Christina Lee - YIKES! Yeah, I felt like I experienced it vicariously through Twitter yestersday. Little or not, still scary!

August 24, 2011 - 4:05 pm

Sabine - I heard about the West coasters poking fun at the East Cos, but I can totally understand your shoock. The thing with natural desasters is you don’t know how bad it will get, plus you’re totally helpless.
Beautiful food photography, Maddy. Always a good reason for a take-out.

August 24, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Sarah - Supposedly it could be felt even down here in Charleston in some areas, but I didn’t feel a thing! Glad you’re okay!

August 24, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Kristin - My bestie told me a similar tale…SO scary!

August 24, 2011 - 7:16 pm

Leia - I’ll take any excuse not to cook, too! ;)

Glad you are all well after the earthquake. Hug.

August 24, 2011 - 9:38 pm

camille - that sounds pretty scary! thank God here in Brazil we dont have earthquakes and such! cant imagine what that must be like!

August 24, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Sandy a la Mode - that is SO crazy you guys had an earthquake on east coast! how unexpected!!

August 25, 2011 - 7:12 am

tinajo - How scary – I´m so glad no one was hurt! The powers of nature…

August 25, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Gloria - Wasn’t that crazy?! I’m SO happy I wasn’t in the office that day (I work at the World Trade Center) – it would have terrified me to the nth degree to experience something like this there, to say the least

August 25, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Tiera - How scary! SO glad you’re okay.

August 26, 2011 - 1:21 am

Maegan - I’m sure it was scary! Even though they are “regular” here in CA, I still get a little uneasy when the earth starts shakin’ Glad you’re okay! :)

August 27, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Nadette - Did you at least go home afterwards? An east coast earthquake is pretty much a good excuse for anything, as far as I’m concerned. Glad you survived, and if we make it through Irene this weekend, we can exchange war stories for years to come :)

August 30, 2011 - 3:01 am

Pink Ronnie - That would’ve been heaps scary. Glad you’re okay. And yes, makes one appreciate life’s little luxuries like takeout all the more, doesn’t it? Great shot as usual!
Ronnie xo

August 30, 2011 - 11:35 am

Alisa - Yes, earthquakes are unsettling! We get far too many of them out here in California. Hope the weather is calming down for you! Have a good week. – Alisa

September 1, 2011 - 2:53 pm

Home Girl - I did not appreciate that little surprise from Ms. Mother Nature, AT ALL. Not only did I shake, but it made me seriously motion sick for a couple of hours. That dinner looks soooooo good. I think I ate a cupcake after the Earthquake and during the Hurricane??? WE had a party with our neighbors, played Kinect, and ate junk food…then when the power came back on, I made comfort food.

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