Wednesday, September 12, 2001

GEEZ...

I am still connected to my television... I have this amazing need to know what's going on, and am shocked at some of the images I am seeing. This morning it looked like the streets of Sarajevo... a body amidst the rubble... a hum-v with weapons on the roof sitting near the rubble... this is real life? This is New York? Sitting here thousands of miles away I feel hopeless and disconnected, and am still in complete and utter disbelief. My heart breaks for everyone who has gone through this and/or has lost someone in this mess. And, those people who managed to call their loved ones before their planes crashed... my God, can you imagine how it felt to be on either side of that call? I just can't believe all of this ... I keep hoping it's a bad dream... but even nightmares only last so long.

I keep hearing people say "you'll never forget where you were when you heard about the attack on September 11, 2001. Just like many people will never forget where they were when JFK was shot, or when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon." Well, I wasn't around for those events, but I've compiled a list of things I remember clearly; and where I was when they occurred... some are not as significant in the realm of what happened yesterday, but they are moments that affected me in some way.

January 28, 1986 The Challenger Explodes.
I was in the 3rd grade, and had just walked into Mrs. Chinn's class, she immediately turned on the tv and told us to "hush-up". I remember that she was so sad, because she had been talking for a while before the event about how Christa Mcauliffe was a teacher, and a civilian and was the first of either to be permitted on a space shuttle mission. I had seen her picture in my mom's People magazines... but had a hard time understanding what had actually happened until I was older.

October 3, 1995 The OJ verdict (part 1)
I was at work; at Southtown Preschool. It was mid-day as I recall, and it was cold. I had about 40 kids out on the playground by myself; as most of the other staff was gathered around the television set inside the building. I had a transister radio up to my ear and paced around the kids, silently praying for a guilty verdict. When they declared him not-guilty, my heart sank... I was completely and utterly disappointed.

December 18, 1997 Chris Farley is found Dead
I was at work, at Athletic Supply. I was listening to the radio, and heard the dj announce it... I was dumbfounded, absolutely couldn't believe it.

February 4, 1997 The OJ Simpson verdict (Part deux)
I will never forget the elation and joy I felt when I watched the reporter hold up to the window the verdicts in the civil trial. I had read "His Name was Ron" by the Goldman Family (An excellent book by the way) and was overcome with dismay at how OJ had managed to get out of a guilty verdict in the criminal trial. (They outline all of the evidence in the book) I actually cried when I saw Fred Goldman make a statement after the verdict.

November 20, 1995 Sergei Grinkov dies.
I was completely head over heels in love with figure skating around this time. I could name just about every known ice skater, and tell you if they were amateur or professional, what awards they had won, where they were from, what their specialty was... completely into it. I also was in love with my favorite couple; Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov, and when I came home from work one night, and my mom told me Sergei had passed away from a heart attack (at age 28), I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

October 18,1995 Mariners earn the Pennant!
I was babysitting, Ed and Andrea (older sis and husband of a friend) decided they wanted to be in Pioneer Square if we won, and so I was at their house, glued to my television set...and when they won, I was screaming and celebrating; and could hear everyone else in their apartment building celebrating as well.

August 30, 1997 Princess Diana Dies
I was getting ready to go on an impromptu camping trip; with Tatum, Julian and Peter... I saw a news flash that she had been in an accident, and immediately began praying for her recovery. We spent one night in the woods, and decided to come home the next day; I had said several prayers for her all night... and when we pulled into the gas station and I saw the headline: PRINCESS DI DEAD I felt like an aunt had died. Because my mom was a 'royal watcher' and because she bought tabloid magazines all the time, I almost felt like I knew Princess Diana... I stayed up all night to watch her funeral, and cried my eyes out... I even sent a card to William and Harry.

April 20, 1999 Columbine Tragedy
This is another story that made me cry; the footage was so horrible and magnetic... you couldn't help but watch.

Well, that's about all I have for now; let's keep praying they find more survivors over there in New York. Be careful, and Be safe.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

TRAGEDY

I am watching nbc right now; and am in total disbelief... and because there are tons of other people offering their take on this situation, I will refrain from taking your time to voice my opinion. It's just really scary... feels like a movie plot...

Also I may be a little lazy on the site this week; my grandma is very very sick; in fact, they told us on sunday that she has less than a 50/50 chance to get better; and that she probably had only a few days left... I am going to be at work only when she is stable and progressing... so, please... say some prayers.

Hope the world looks a little bit brighter the next time I check in ... be safe.

Wednesday, September 05, 2001

LORI'S PROJECT

Incidentally, the pic on the front page of the site, is of my sister Lori (most of you know that) and her "labor day weekend project", she's been into that show trading spaces and decided to paint her room. So she painted it in multicolored blue squares, it actually didn't turn out too bad, when she puts the finishing touches on it; I'll post more pics.

I spent all last night at Auburn General Hospital; my grandma is not doing as well as we had hoped, but we are confident she'll pull through; she just needs a lot of prayers. I didn't get home until 3:30 this morning, needless to say; I was a little late to work. I am soooo tired.

Tuesday, September 04, 2001

DAMN!

Man, I had this all written out; and somehow; as blogger has done it before, it lost my entry!!! Ok, well I guess I'll start over, this weekend was a long one (obviously) but i had an extra day; my grandma was admitted to the hospital last wednesday, and on thursday night; she had emergency surgery... I was at the hospital until 230 in the morning. There was no way I was going to make it into work the next day. Turns out she had a mean case of pancreatitis, (did you know that the pancreas can actually digest itself?) She is doing better now, but still has a way to go before she's out of the woods... prayers and good thoughts are much appreciated.

Saturday morning, I made an appearance at a graduation party in honor of my friend Kelly; she is now a certified M.A. (medical assistant) Way to go Kel!

Saturday night, Holly, Jess, Aaron, Heather, Mark, Tatum, and I all went down to pioneer square. We tore it up; it was awesome. Danced and partied all night long, and yes, I did come home with a hickey on my neck, and no; much to everyone's dismay; I do not want to talk about it. ;-P lol, ANYHOO, I felt like dog crap all sunday; though I did manage to scrape myself together and make it to brunch with Cathy, Quyen, Sara, Chloe and Jess, (high school buds)... and that was fun, we need to do that more often! I was telling them how in the past few years, I was lucky to see Cathy and Quyen once or twice a year; due to our busy schedules, and in the last year I've seen them 5 or 6 times, it's been nice!

I crashed for about 3 hours after brunch, and felt a whole hell of a lot better. Then Sunday night, Holly and I rented the first 8 episodes of Sex and the city (season 2) and munched on ice cream and chips and guacamole. We are hooked on that show, too bad neither one of us gets hbo! I am totally digging their lifestyle too; I gotta say. Not the sleeping with every guy you meet part, but everything else... I can't wait to go to new York. (and someday I will.)