Never a dull moment here in Manhattan
So, yesterday I was on the phone with Duchess. I walked in to my bedroom to start packing for my trip and there was a LARGE explosion that shook my building I looked out the window and saw a huge fireball and realized immediately that a plane had hit the building across the street from me. I watched in horror for a second as windows blew out and burnt pieces of paper started flying through the air.
I proceeded to freak out. I must say I am quite disappointed in my reaction. I basically hung up on poor Duchess and started to hysterically cry. (I called her back about ten minutes later to explain what was going on, but still- can you imagine being on the phone with your friend and all of a sudden they freak out and say "A PLANE JUST HIT THE BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET FROM ME! I HAVE TO GO!"?)
I dialed 911 several times with shakey hands but I couldn't get through.
I was watching the building. Watching the smoke get worse. And it occurred to me that I should stop watching in case people started jumping.
Then the phone started ringing. Both my home phone and my cell phone rang all day. I must say my friends could not be more awesome. They called and emailed all day to check on me. Some even called several times. They knew I was alone yesterday (The husband was on call last night). They knew what it must have been like for me to see a plane fly into a building. They didn't judge me or say I was over-reacting when they called and I was sobbing. And they kept calling me until 10pm last night. They offered up their offices and apartments. I love them all.
It didn't occur to me to leave until the smoke started to get very think and black and I could smell the fumes. Being pregnant put a whole new spin on the situation. I took a 2 minute shower to wash of all of the nervous sweat. Then I went down to the 16th floor to my friends' apartment (I live on the 32nd floor). By this time the smoke had calmed down so I went across the street to the hospital just so I could give my husband a hug.
Once I found out it was an accident I felt 100 times better. I can't say I didn't have bad dreams last night, but I'm feeling much better today.
In a few hours I leave for my trip to Chicago and Indianapolis.
Thanks to the new laptop I should be able to check in from time to time.