Monday, October 31, 2011


For the first time since the 1970's, the DC area got snow in October -- October 29th to be exact.  Frederick, MD only got about 1" but Chambersburg got about 4-5" and New England got whalloped with as much as 24" of heavy, wet snow.  Since the trees haven't lost their leaves yet, the heavy snow toppled trees and brought down power lines resulting in millions of people on the East Coast being left in the dark. 

Alaina didn't miss a beat and wanted to go outside to play in the snow first thing on Saturday morning:

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Trick-or-Treat starts in 2 hours and 20 minutes and Rob & I are placing bets whether or not Alaina will actually get dressed in her costume tonight to go Trick-or-Treating.  She was all about her Sleeping Beauty costume last week but when my parents came over last night to see the kids in their costumes, Alaina refused to wear either her Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel costume.

Brady is dressing as a peanut for his first Halloween and is going to stay home to help Rob hand out candy while big sister and I make the rounds around our neighborhood.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Reflections on 9/11... 10 years later

Anyone who was over age 5 or 6 can remember exactly where they were the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  Like millions of people I was at work that morning.  In fact, I was working at the same place I do now (at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, VA).  IDA is located literally 5 minutes south of the Pentagon along I-395.

The Washington Post was set as my homepage and I remember seeing a picture of World Trade Center on fire with the breaking headline that a plane had flown into the North Tower.  I remember saying to my co-worker, "What kind of idiot would fly into the World Trade Center?"  We both thought it was a private plane, a learjet maybe, that had mechanical problems and crashed.  This was at 8:46 AM.  At 9:03 AM, the time that Flight 175 flew into the South Tower, our faces turned white because we realized that we were under attack.  I immediately tried calling my parents in PA but the land lines were down. I ran into my boss's office and said, "We're under attack!"  He was unaware of what was happening.  Everyone rushed to our company's lobby and gathered around the lone TV at the front desk.

Then at 9:37 AM, Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon.  That's when this tragedy hit home.  We could hear the fighter jets' loud BOOM overhead after they were scrambled from Andrews AFB.  I made my way back to my desk and at that point, my mother (who was still completely oblivious to what was unfolding), IMs me over AOL Instant Messenger.  I thnk her IM said, "Good Morning, Honey."  I replied, "We're under attack!  Turn on your TV!"

IDA was evacuated as soon as the Pentagon was hit.  I lived 5 minutes from work at that time and I remember walking in my door just in time to watch coverage of the South Tower collapse at 9:59 AM.  I walked into my apartment and collapsed on my knees and cried.

I will never forget the horror and tragedy of that horrific day nor the surging feel of patriotism that followed. God Bless the USA!

Reflections on my first 35 years

I turned 35 on August 24th.  I haven't made a big deal about my birthday for years, but I must say that turning 35 really struck me.  Not in a bad way, just made me reflect a bit about my time on earth thus far.  I'm not trying to brag but I am feeling quite accomplished my for 35 years:
  • I have a loving husband and a seemingly strong marriage
  • I've been blessed with two beautiful, healthy children
  • I have a close-knit group of friends
  • I have found a church that I love and enjoy being involved with the various activities
  • I have loving, supportive parents
  • I have an awesome sister, brother-in-law, and niece & nephew
  • I have a job that I love and get paid well for doing it
  • I am overall a healthy person
  • I am a home owner (though not our dream house we are making due until the market improves)
  • And to top off my list, I can now run for President of the United States. :)
What is my wish list for my next 35 years?
  • Continued good health not only for myself but for my family and friends. 
  • That someone finds a cure for cancer and soon
  • A strong and happy marriage with Rob
  • Watching Alaina & Brady grow into responsible, intelligent, productive members of society
  • Watching Alaina & Brady graduate from college
  • Watching Alaina & Brady hopefully get married one day (clarification: not to each other)
  • Becoming a grandparent!
  • Becoming a better Christian
  • Selling our townhouse and moving into a single family home
  • Retirement!