September 11, 2011

Ten Years after 9/11

We all remember where we where on 9/11/01,I wrote about it in a log post two years ago (read it here ).  But what did you do this year? We as a family decided to sit and watch the history channel and talk about what happened that day, as a family. It was hard to watch the real time coverage especially since our oldest was not born yet on the day of these attacks. I was 6.5 months pregnant, due December 9th 2001. As we sat and watch, we all saw things we've never thought we would see, but parts were not edited out, to candy coat it. I think the hardest part to see was that of people jumping to their deaths from 1 World Trade Center, the first building to be attacked on 9/11/01. But harder to explain was who would do this to the US and that just because we killed the man who ordered these attacks, does not mean that this threat is over, or that the next person in charge is any better than him. These people are a part of a large group of people who really dislike everything our country stands for. Sure it was hard to explain, to our 9.5 year old, but in his life he has known nothing but war against these people and others throughout the world. That thought alone really grabbed me, to be born during a time of war and at this point ten years later, there really does'nt seem like they will know anything else. Today I pray to the Lord, to protect our country, our military, and all people who provide a service of protection on or off our soil. To protect their families and to watch over all our public officials as they make choices that affect us all. But Lord most of all I ask for love and protection of the children of our world, that their eyes & minds are opened up to an idea of peace. Remember today and remember those died 10 years ago and since to protect our country.

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September 9, 2011

List maker make me a list!

It's 5:30 am, and I write this I have been up since 2:30 am unable to sleep.  Some of it has to do with the fact that my husband is having issues sleeping, due to a chest cold and a smaller factor is the temp in the room is way to warm. But the third and main reason is because, I am a list maker.  Mainly lists in my head of things I need to accomplish, but they are just that "in my head".

I tend to have this habit of making non-paper lists for everything from chores to groceries.  What happens to these well thought out paperless lists? Well the ink fades and the items never existed, therefore the item on said list can never be accomplished or purchased. Then in turn I'm unable to be that "super mom". LOL

So this early am, I awoke and put my smart phone to use, by typing out all this things I need to accomplish (not just todays stuff but long term stuff). As I typed out this list I can see that many of these items have been on the "list" for a while and just kept on the back burner.  So ahead of me I have a big chore list.

Now that I've made the list I have to remind myself to check the list and do the things on the list.  Can I do it? Can I get those things done? I think I can, but as I made that list of family related chores, I realized that I need a second list of things to accomplish around the house.  So should these be separated or one big list? Do I make a list with sublists? Oh so many questions, do I make a list of questions on list making?  As im ending this post I am going to put together my grocery list for this weekend, know full well that I shop at three different stores, all with it's own list! Ugh!

September 5, 2011

Storm Irene

So it's been over 65hrs since we lost power from tropical storm Irene. And as I am writing this I am pretty much done with not having full power, yes full power, meaning I have some power.  We own a generator and we have been running it for 3hrs and then off for 3hrs. Just enough to keep the freezer cold, refrigerator running, a shower once a day and today some laundry.
Sure it seems nice to have a generator but at $3.89+ a gallon for gas it is costing us lots of cash to keep the house running. It also comes with some issues of noise and having to wake up to either it on or off and pretty much knowing your pissing off the neighbors. It has not stopped us from using the gas guzzling machine and well at this point I'm happy we bought this a few yearsback. But this storm has offered up many other challenges for all of us in 2011 the last of computers, cable and some are even without their cell phones. But what does all this inconvenience mean to us? To some it is their lifeline to the outside world, to a world that they don't live bout feel they do live. Many lost their homes to flood water, downed trees or fires. We were lucky to have just lost power and To us it meant personal interaction and family time. Limited television and limited computer time. It was a quite five daysdays in total. Im glad it took our power but not glad this storm did so much damage through out the east coast. By taking the power our boys were given a chance to see how lucky they are to have all that they do. Im hoping this natural disaster made a long lasting impression on the boys, as Gloria did on my husband (in 1985).