Monday, September 19, 2011

It's finally here

NEW TV!  I love this week--trying to figure out if I'm going to stick with a show; coordinating where to record new shows so the old stand bys don't get missed; and giving the thumbs up/thumbs down on some of the new concepts.  Yes, this is the best week!  I'm glad I'm in town to juggle between the shows!  Happy Fall everyone!

Smile:  What have I smiled about lately?
Me, my co-workers and manager
at First USA opening Sept '98
Lots of  good memories about this day!
This was a good time in life!
I was recently going through some old pictures and came across some from my time at First USA in Austin.  There were some great memories at that company and was great to relive a few of those through pictures.  I was quiet young, naive and so full of hope.  Have had a chance to reunite with some through Facebook or Linked-in and have been really excited to see them all again and catch up on life.  They knew me when...and it's nice to be able to say the same about them!

Celebrate:  What do I celebrate?
I celebrate that I've finally taken charge of this weight thing that I have going on and am making a change.  A few weeks ago I took advantage of an offer on Living Social to join a weight loss center.  I'm taking control back and doing something about this fat! I hope that THIS time I'm successful!  I will be successful!  I will be successful!  I will be successful!  By January--if all goes well, I'll be in those pants that I haven't been able to wear in 3 years!  Yep..I'll be in those and looking and feelin' fine!

Love:  What do I love?
I love that we've had rain the last couple of days...good soaking rain that we needed desperately!  So happy to finally get a break in the heat and finally get some much needed precipitation!

Thought for the day:

Something to think about for sure!  Enjoy your week!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

We will never forget--10 years after our lives changed forever

The time that changed our lives as we knew
it forever.  This was the time that the first plane struck
first World Trade Center

It all began as a beautiful, Tuesday in New York and across the country.  School was starting for some kids and everyone was going through their lives as they always did, worry-free from anything terrible happening in our country!  At 8:46 AM (EST)--our lives changed--forever.   For this was the moment that American Airlines Flight 11 struck World Trade Center 1 (the north tower).  At first when news reports came out, we all thought it was some small plane that got off course.  It wasn't until about 20 minutes later that United Flight 175 struck the second World Trade Center Building at 9:03 AM (EST).  We knew then, that this was a terrorist act and that our world, as we knew it, had changed.  In the quick moments that followed, at 9:33 AM (EST) another plane, American Flight 77 struck the Pentagon, killing 184 in the building and on the plane.  A fourth plane,  United Flight 93, was thought to be meant to strike either the White House or Capital Building, however, it landed in an open field in Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM (EST),  due the brave men and women on board that had gotten wind of problems happening across the country and tried to overtake the terrorists and change direction of the plane and forced it's landing in that open field.  Shortly after the twin towers were struck, they imploded and both came down, changing the landscape of the New York Skyline.  As a result, 2, 753 people were killed that day in New York City, many of which were first responders (Fireman and Policeman) who were just doing their job to help save people.  They were seen going into the building and heading up the stairs to help put the fire out on the floors high above and many were caught in the building when the towers fell. All in all,   2,977 people were killed --senselessly killed--innocent lives lost.

God Bless America
After the dust settled, in the debris, a flag was found and some fireman raised it in this iconic picture that resembles the Iwo Jima picture from World War II.  It gave America hope that we would pull through this and we would rebuild and we will be ok--in spite of this senseless act that was put upon us.  In the days and weeks that followed, America came together like never before.  We were a united nation.  Didn't matter if you were Republican or Democrat, we were all one and the main thing that we worked toward was fighting against this ever happening to us again.  Churches increased attendance, patriotism reached an all time high, people stopped and looked at their lives in a different way to ensure that they were living like it was their last.  People helped their neighbors and were determined to never forget this awful, hellish day that we experienced on
9-11-2001.  We were--UNDIVIDED then--too bad we've forgotten this over the past 10 years!

In the rubble--GOD showed up
and gave us Peace and Hope

Where was I that day?  I remember hearing about the plane hitting the first tower while I was on my way to work.  I was listening to JB and Sandy, my morning show of choice at the time, and heard this news.  Like many, I thought it was a small commuter plane that got off course.  I got to my desk, logged into my computer and got a phone call from a friend, who told me to get to the nearest TV...our world was falling apart.  Now, this friend is a bit dramatic, so I took it that he was just over reacting to something until, my co-worker, who was on a conference call heard people gasp and panic.  His mom called, scared and reaching out to her son, which forced us to immediately make our way to the break room to see what was happening.  I was working at First USA at the time and we were just buying time until that Friday, when we were closing our office and all of us were about to begin our severance due to our offices being closed.  The remainder of the day was spent in front of a TV, watching the news unfold, unbelieving what was happening, calling our families, scared for our future. We tried to make sense of what happened right before our eyes, on television and all the while knew that our world changed at 8:46 AM EST.

So, now, here we are 10 years later.Our lives changed forever--travel is not easy any longer, discrimination has existed with muslims and that carefree sense about us doesn't exist and never will again.  If it happened once, it could happen again and we are always on alert that whether big or small, we are never completely untouchable.
This day is still difficult for all of us to face. The TV shows have run documentary after documentary reminding us all of the events, "as they happened" that day.  And while I now know the outcome, it still doesn't mean I don't wish that we didn't have this happen to our naive lives.  Today, America isn't as united as it was that time, our political parties are at odds with one another, our economy is failing, our President isn't supported, we are fighting in a war that is quite controversial.  My hope is that the memory of this day, may bring people together again and may help all of us to think that we are better as one, than we are undivided.  After all, e plumbus unum--which means, out of many, one,  is on our money, our American Seal, our motto.  We are many and we need to be one.  I hope we can find that unity once again...we are too vulnerable not to have it that way!

Not much to smile, celebrate and love about today.  I'm grateful that I have freedom, I'm grateful that I have family and friends, I'm grateful, that for the most part, I'm safe and secure.  My heart and prayers continue going out to those that lost so much that horrible day, 10 years ago.  May God bless you all, and May God Bless America!

Thought for the day:   Psalms 46 Read today in a 9-11 Tribute by President Obama--very perfect for today and for all days:

Psalm 46[a]
    For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth.[b] A song.
   1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
   4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
   7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.
   8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”
   11 The LORD Almighty is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Mom and I in 1993--my first trip to NYC
This was taken from the Statue of Liberty

September 1996
Jill and I on top of Tower 2 at the Observation
Deck of the World Trade Center.
This tower was struck second,
but fell within 30 minutes of being hit.

We will NOT Forget! 

I'm not old...just older....

September 7th 
Happy Birthday to Me! 

Wow, that's old!
I have a great life!  I'm very blessed and very happy and I thank God for my family and friends that have been such a huge influence on me and have made me into the woman I am today. I'm grateful for them and their never-ending love!  
So--thank you to those of you that have made such an impact on my life...
I only hope I've made half the impact on each of you as you have on me. 
 I love you all very much!!

With my mom days after being born; My halloween costume--I think an angel is quite fitting; my first memory--going to the zoo and with my sweet Daddy--he was/is so proud of me!

And Now...the theme song for the day from my boys....enjoy the message

Monday, September 5, 2011

I could get used to a 3 day weekend!

I love three day weekends and being home this weekend really makes me think how much I need a longer vacation!  I've got to get it on the calendar soon that I'm taking some much needed time off!  I think I'll just stay home and do a stay cation and take advantage of all this city has to offer...maybe even set up some spa treatments throughout the week.  I think all in all that would be the best decision to Bon Jovi trips this year have costed a pretty penny, so probably need to stay home and save a little money.  At any rate...I enjoyed having this day off and so thankful that our country recognizes this holiday--couldn't have come at a better time!

Smile:  What did I smile about?
My sweet Daddy called today to check on me.  We don't talk that often but its good to hear his voice...and it typically comes at a time when I need him most!  I love my sweet Daddy!

Celebrate:  What did I celebrate?
I celebrate that I actually got several things crossed off my list around the house (cleaned out pantry, shredded many solicitations, cleaned out old magazines, etc) AND I got myself outside to start the couch to 5K running program.  It about killed me--running for a total of 10 minutes--but felt great.  The day was perfect weather--81 degrees and quite lovely!  A much welcomed relief from the 60+ days of over 100 degrees!

Love:  What do I love?
I love time off!  I love all aspects of being able to get away from work, from all the very busy scheduling that I have to deal with these days and love just being away!  I need these days to get rejuvenated again and get geared up for more hustle and bustle!

Thought for the day: When you smile at someone they produce more serotonin in the brain. You're like a pharmacist dispensing antidepressants with each smile!  Jon Gordon