Sunday, September 11, 2011
I do remember where I was, I do remember how I felt, I do remember all the flags, even the one on the shopping cart of the homeless guy I passed by that shocking week. I had never felt a sense of patriotism until that week. Never known what it really meant to be united, to be one country under God. I can't claim that I feel that same feeling anymore, it was kind of a one off deal for me. But it did happen, I had never felt so proud to be American as I did in the weeks following September 11th, 2001. There was something intangible in the air, I can't describe it. See I work with the public, so I pick up on things from people, because I am around so many. Around tax time it's a certain feel in the air, Super Bowl quite a different feel, but the week or two after 9/11, that was a feeling I had never had before and have never had since. I felt like we could conquer the world if we had to, I felt united with every man, woman and child I met. I felt like we were one body, united for one cause, and that was to grieve and to heal. A decade later, watching the changes that have happened around me, both good and bad, I can't say that I understand why our troops are still dying abroad. I can't quite explain why I sill have young, wounded men filtering into the barbershop with expressions that only come to a face that has seen war. So today, as I look back on the last decade which shuttled me from 21-31, I must find the balance in all. And today particularly, I want to remember, and honor those that lost their lives in the tradgedy of 9/11 and have been losing their lives everday since then, and a special blessing for the families who live day in and day out missing their loved ones. It is a blessed life we live, and our troops deserve more than they get. They deserve special treatment, because they do a special job. So today, as you reflect on your last decade, and remember where you were and how it felt to be an American on this day in 2001, please have hope for a brighter tomorrow. Have hope for our troops, our country, our economy, our families and ourselves. We need every prayer, every hand united in the dream for our future. We are together in this, this boat doesn't sail straight unless all oars are paddling together. So go into your communities, into your jobs, into your homes, into your heart and feel the promises that the next decade can hold. Let it be the beating in your heart to create the life you want around you, and in the world. Be the change, you never know who you will influence. It's a rare kind of bravery that is needed in these times. A bravery to face every obstacle full on, with strength, and courage. We can do this. So dear ones, please be gentle today. Smile on your neighbor, hug your friends and family, be close, mourn the past, but dream of hope for the future. The children of today are counting on us to lead them through to a better tomorrow. I love you guys, thanks for being there, for being strong, and for being a force for positive change in the world, you are all priceless to me.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Second 6 mile morning ride in a row, and I fit it inbetween taking Grandpa to have blood drawn, and work. I actually gave up going to breakfast with my Grandpa and my husband for a bike ride! I know I won't always want to skip out on family time, but today it just seemed right. I'm getting a little selfish with my time, I've noticed. I need time to do what I need to do for myself, and I'm really putting my foot down when something gets in the way. I know I have to roll with life's punches and I may not be able to have my way 24/7, but for now, when I can, if I can, I'm standing up for my time, my healthy meals, my amount of water, I, me, me, mine! I know this might sound ridiculous, but I have always been such a passive person, rolling with everyone else's needs or whims, and suddenly my needs are very important and I am not willing to sacrafice them without a fight. I think this must be a healthy point of view, since it seems to be working for me so far! Change, so mysterious, so beautiful.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
My creation came out really awesome. Only 280 calories per one cup serving. Very nice, had it with grapefruit for breakfast and I feel very fine.
4 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup black beans (I used organic canned, got them for like 69 cents at Grocery Outlet)
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1 cup roasted green chilis, diced small (bought them in the frozen section at $1.99 for 1 pound, saved me a lot of time, I love roasted chilis)
1 cup spinach
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup low fat cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything together except the cheddar cheese, put in casserole dish, top with cheddar, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
So darn good!!!! Gonna try to post my pic, it wasn't working earlier, so let me try again.
OK, no pic, with those ingredients how can you go wrong. The only thing I might try next time is adding some tomatoes, either sun dried or canned, maybe even fresh, think that might have been a nice addition to the mix.
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