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Who Calls at 6 am?

us at the farm last summer
We don’t have caller ID or call waiting. So, when the phone rings at 6 am and you can’t get your sorry pregnant carcass out out of bed to run to the kitchen to answer it (because the phone in our bedroom doesn’t work) you don’t know who it was or what on earth they wanted. I thought… “hmm, maybe it was my husband who’s been out turkey hunting since 4:45 am and he wants to know if I was a bacon, egg, & cheese biscuit from Hardee’s.” Then when the phone rings again 15 mins later and I can’t get my sorry carcass out of bed in time to get there once again…. I’m really wondering what on earth is going on. So I call Justin. No answer. Call my MIL (who’s on her way to France, thinking maybe she wants me to give her dog one more kiss). No answer from her and then the cell phone dies. Now I just wait by the phone at 6:30 am and think “maybe they’ll call back”. And minutes later they do.
It’s dad and the first thing he asks is “Are you watching the news?”
“Hmmm…watching the news…” I think to myself. I said, “No, I’m not watching the news. I’ve been 1/2 sleeping 1/2 wondering why you’re calling.”
Anyway, he goes on to inform me that an earthquake hit the farm. Never in a million trillion years would I have guessed that one. He said he thought everyone was ok and the phones are out but he got the neighbor on her cell phone and she went to check on mom and she’s ok. I called Mimi and she sounded like she had just been in a car accident with lots of shaken up nerves and she said her two chimneys had fallen over and that all her pictures had fallen off the walls and the dog was going berserk. It happened at 4:30 am and when it started she said she sat up in bed and yelled, “DARBY!” I was honored, unfortunately she meant to yell, “Mitzy” (which is her dog!).
Anyway, that’s the excitement of the day so far and it’s only 7:15. I’m sure they’ll be more excitement as my day moves on and I prepare for Laguna! 🙂

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  • The LaBouffs
    April 18, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Sounds like my dad! He used to call me at 6am while I was in college! Really?! I mean, why would ANY college student be up at that time?!

  • Dena
    April 18, 2008 at 7:14 am

    WOW! That’s crazy – I saw there was an earthquake in the midwest but hadn’t checked on it yet! I am glad they are ok – I would be devastated if my pictures fell-

    On a side note – my parents would call me at 6 am while in college – thinking it was funny! So I would call them at 2 am and laugh into their machine!

    On a second side note – WHO doesn’t have caller id???

  • Jennie-Marie
    April 18, 2008 at 7:20 am

    That’s wild, I’m so glad everyone is ok! And we don’t have caller id or waiting either,just a basic line. we use cell phones.

    April 18, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Okay, so where is the farm!?!? If it’s in AL, why didn’t we feel it…sounds like it was really strong!
    Poor Mimi! 🙁

  • LeslieW.
    April 18, 2008 at 8:28 am

    I hope everyone is ok! That is so crazy and exciting!!!

  • Kellie Patton
    April 18, 2008 at 9:15 am

    My older sister lives in Evansville, Indiana and felt the Earthquake big time and she called my younger sister this morning at 6:30 to tell her all about it and then my younger sister called me and my mom to find out if we knew what was going on – so I know how you feel. Unfortunate for me, I go to work everyday at 7:00 am, so I am always up and at it at 5:45.(soon to end with baby Henderson to arrive in less than 2 weeks!) By the way, we don’t have call waiting or caller id OR a phone in our master bedroom – (why isn’t there a jack in there – i don’t know?) Have fun at the beach — I feel like I know you so well and we’ve never met! Ha Ha!

  • Beth G.
    April 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I could not believe the quake! Livin in San Francisco though we get them a lot obviously. I hope your family is okay. I know even when we have 3.0’s I get scared!!! God bless the rest of your day!

  • simply seleta
    April 18, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I’m very uneducated about earthquakes, so this comment is doomed to sound stupid. But are there earthquakes in Alabama?

    Glad everyone is alright.