Monday, September 11, 2006

Moving On

I'm moving off blogger to my own website.

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Five years ago today, I got up, got on the bus, and went to work.
I don't even think I was past my morning emails when Lisa sent me an IM that a plane had crashed into the WTC. By this time the office was buzzing as none of us could get through to any website that would tell us more info.

I'm not even sure when I heard the 2nd plane hit. I know we eventually watched some coverage on a 4" TV in a co-workers cubicle, because the breakroom was full.

We were sent home before noon, as our offices at the time were right next to the IDS Tower (the tallest building) in downtown Minneapolis. The buses were packed mid-day as everyone was being sent home.

I was home by myself. My parents were in Iowa on vacation. My brother was in Colorado for work, and Chad was stuck at work. I didn't have cable, so there was nothing on TV except coverage. So I decided to take advantage of the day off, and mow the lawn. I normally listened to the radio while I mowed, but again, nothing but coverage of the tragedy.

It was a long long day. Chad finally got home from work so I wasn't by myself. My sister-in-law called. Apparently Drew was in the stage where it was fun to push buttons and turn off the TV, so she wasn't getting all the coverage.

A day after I was thinking how I had no personal connections to anyone in NYC. But then I remembered my friend Dan. He lived in Cleveland, but had been working on and off in NYC for the last few months. I called him immediately. He answered! His trip had been cancelled that week at the last minute. He was supposed to be staying in the hotel attached to the towers. He was supposed to be there, but he wasn't.

My brother drove home from Colorado with co-workers shortly after. My parents got back from their trip. And a few days later, my friend Beth got married, and it was a celebration, because everyone was able to make it, even those who had to get on a plane.

I'll always remember where I was (and where my family was), who told me, and that day, and how it changed our world.

More 9.11 stories.

Blog-Light on The Perfect Closet

At The Perfect Closet, the author is remedying her love of shopping with blogging about clothes. It's a great daily fashion "fix" without using cash or credit.

The blog also includes a "Frugal Friday" feature for those of us who pay close attention to our price tags.

So here it is– every Friday, I will attempt to put together an entire
outfit for under $150 with each piece being $50 or less.

It's been a fun blog to read. And if you have kids check out The Perfect Closet Kids.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Wedding, Football, and Birthday

There is a going to be a lot of celebrating this weekend!

First, tomorrow afternoon Nicki and Todd are getting married! Yeah!! Nicki has been a very patient girl and waited a long time for this, so we are thrilled to pieces for them!

Second, the NFL season started yesterday! I'm excited! I love football season for lots of reasons! 1. The Packers 2. Love watching the Vikings never quite measuring up (I know a bit vindictive, but I'm a Packer fan living in MN and I've been mis-treated several times!) 3. I love to have people over for games, because I love food that goes well with football!

And third, we have Jana's 3rd birthday party on Sunday! It is also Jana's mom's birthday tomorrow!

Lots to celebrate!

Mmmm... my favorite!

For those of you that were wondering.

I Am a Chocolate Chip Cookie

Traditional and conservative, most people find you comforting.
You're friendly and easy to get to know. This makes you very popular - without even trying!

Thanks to FridayNightGirl at Another Day for this link!

American Idol in the Air

American Idol has come to Minneapolis. Minneapolis Season 6 Auditions started this morning. I wish I still worked downtown. I think I'd be camped out and people watching!

Coming into work this morning I was also tuned to KS95 and heard "Dead or Alive", but it wasn't Jon singing it was Finalist #4 from last season, Chris Daughtry.

I know not everyone understands the country's fascination with American Idol, but I just can't help myself.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Can't Fight the Moonlight

As the weather has been cool, we have been living without the A/C. At night we leave the windows wide open. 2 of the last 3 nights I have woken up to the Moon shining bright right in my eyes. The first night, I thought it was a spotlight outside. Luckily I have been able to just roll over and fall back asleep.