This A to Z list has been popping up on several blogs I read. I thought it looked fun and absolutely easy! This month has been the busiest month that I can remember in a long long time. Back to school, girl scouts, faith formation classes, travel, and the PTSA have been running me into the ground! I haven't scrapped all month, so hopefully today is the day I make a comeback!
In the meantime, some blogger filler!
A. Age: 36, yikes!
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: dishwasher
D. Dogs: Pinky dog, just the best dog in the world!
E. Essential start to your day: getting girls on the bus.
F. Favorite color:green
G. Gold or Silver: white gold
I. Instruments you play: once upon a time, piano and flute. Wished it were guitar!
J. Job title: mom
K. Kids: Two wonderful girls! :)
L. Live: Rochester, NY
M. Mother’s name: Sally
N. Nicknames: Annie
O. Overnight hospital stays: four
P. Pet peeves: rude people Q. Quote from a movie: "Bond, James Bond"
R. Right or left handed: right
S. Siblings: five brothers and one sister
U. Underwear: I still like to buy my underwear in packs of 5 or 6! I do own nice underwear that I purchase piece by piece, but I still prefer cotton undies that come in bulk packages!
V. Vegetable you hate: collards
W. What makes you run late: snooze button gets me all the time, even today as a matter of fact!
X. X-Rays you’ve had: kidneys & definitely teeth
Y. Yummy food that you make: pizza Z. Zoo animal: bats
10 years ago I was working in a bookstore in Newport, RI getting ready to open when my co worker came into work and told me about a commuter plane crashing into the World Trade Center. News junkies that we were, we grabbed an old radio in the back office to listen to updates. Disbelief and horror were the overriding emotions we felt listening to the morning unfold.
I got a call from Craig who was stationed at the naval base in Newport. They were getting their information from the television like everyone else.
It was a surreal day. Tourists wandered in, not knowing what to do with themselves. We were all strangers united by grief and I cried with people I'll never see again. We kept our radio on all day to hear as much information as we could.
We closed early that day. I got the call from my district manager giving me permission to close around 3. There were two older women in the bookstore, tourists, I told them we were closing for the day and I'll never forget how annoyed they were with me. They didn't understand the gravity of the situation.
The bridges leading to Newport were closed. The naval base was on high alert.
I drove home, kissed my husband, called my family in Rochester, and called my friends who worked in Manhattan. We were all okay, but so many weren't. We met up with some Navy and Coast Guard friends at our favorite local dive bar and shared a couple pitchers of beer. There was no music blaring from the jukebox, no darts being thrown, and really no conversation. It was silent companionship and grief watching the world change on television.
Life changed that day. Military life changed and American life would never be the same.