I am sure you have heard (and if you haven’t you really need to get with the program ;)) But the man responsible for constructing the evil plan – in which two planes flew into the World Trade Center Towers 1 & 2, another plane crashed into the Pentagon, and yet another plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania – has been killed.
Osama Bin Laden. Killed. When I heard the news this morning (via another note from Justin left on my computer) I swear I lost my breath. It felt kind of surreal. But immediately, my flashbulb memory returned to my mind.
Flashbulb memories are extremly vivid, unforgettable autobiographical memories in which you can remember detailed circumstances of where you were, what you were doing, who you were with, etc – when some major event happened (Thank you, psychology degree). In this event, I am speaking of September 11, 2001 – the day terrorists attacked the United States.
I was a sophomore in high school. It was first block. My uncle (who was the principal at my school) came on the loudspeaker to let everyone know that the first plane had hit a tower. I was in Mrs. Murphy’s Spanish III honors class – arguing with a classmate – about fighting over pesos (an ongoing joke) while we were conjugating irregular verbs.
I remember feeling a little panicked – not because I thought this was an act of terrorism, but because there are so many friends who have family members that commute to the city – including the sons and daughters of many teachers at my high school.
Moving on. 2nd block. Mrs. Graziano’s Honors Chemistry Class. It just so happened that we were doing an experiement in science this day. Mrs. Graziano was certain that there was no foul play after the first plane crashed into the tower. However, after many requests from the class, she turned the news on – and muted it – so we could watch the coverage (when it wasn’t so static – y) .
The assignment was to drop various items into some water – observing the change in volume of the water as a result of the item being dropped. Mrs. Graz made a reference – “Drop the items in carefully.. I don’t want you holding it up high and dropping it like a kamikaze.”
Boom. Plane 2 hit the tower other tower. At the same time as my science teacher referenced a kamikaze. That in and of itself was surreal. From that point forward – for the rest of the school day, we watched the news.
I watched student after student, teacher after teacher, rush down the hallway in panic.. on cell phones, trying to reach their loved ones.
After school activites were canceled. I went home after school – and sat on the couch by the window in my family room and watched the news with my mother. In silence. In tears. In disbelief.
It is like a memory frozen in time – an entire day frozen in time. The vividness – never goes away. I remember who I was with – what I was wearing (My light blue gap collared shirt with khaki pants and my Steve Madden black shoes).
So – here we are – nearly 10 years later… and it seems as if there is a little bit of closure. While Bin Laden’s death does nothing to bring back the lives that were lost, perhaps it brings some peace of mind to those who lost their loved ones. Some motivation to those men and women who risked their lives trying to save those lost in the rubble. Pride to all of those American who risk their lives every day in the armed forces.
Perhaps, it brings a little peace of mind to our great country. I know that I had a renewed sense of American pride today as a taught. I hope that you did too.
With a great sense of American pride, I started off this week with a bang! I was upbeat, extra happy – and extremely patient.
Remember when I was talking about how much I LoVe chocolate? Well, I eat it for breakfast too!
Overnight Oats… with chocolate.
In the mix was 1/2 c. oats, 1 c. water, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 tbps unsweetened cocoa powder, and some frozen pineapple chunks.
Not a bad way to start off the day!
I had some of my favorite melon ever!
Baked Lentil Chips – with sea salt and pepper. Yes, they sound strange, but in all honesty – they are very good. Different – definitely, but tasty too. The cracked pepper gives it a nice kick too! 🙂
At the end of the day – while the kids were getting their stuff ready to leave, I had the urge to actually write out a plan for my strength training session.
So, I jotted a number of exercises down that I planned to complete at the gym.
I am in love with this idea now. I felt like – if it is written down… well then I have to do it. I can’t skip it, I can’t not finish the 3rd set. Apparently, writing something down is as good as a law for me! (If only that worked with my “to do lists”)
So, here is a run down of my workout:
- 20 minutes of interval training on the elliptical
- 1.25 mile JOG on the treadmill
Strength Training (I completed three sets of each of these exercises, taking me a total of 45 minutes)
- Bench Press (just the bar, 45 lbs)
- Tricep Dips (20, 10 with Right leg lifted, 10 with left leg lifted)
- Bent-Over back row (15lbs, 15 each side)
- Bicep Curls, (20lbs, 10 tight, 10 regular, 10 wide.. 30 total)
- Jumping Jack Combo (20 regular, 20 half, 20 alternating, 20 criss cross)
- Back Fly on Stability Ball (30)
- Kick Backs (7.5 lbs, 10 regular, 10 pulsing)
- Overhead Tricep (15lbs 15 reps)
- Upright Row Shoulder Press (7.5lbs each hand, 15 reps)
- Plank (60 seconds)
- Russian Twists (50)
- Jack Knives (30)
- Side Plank (30 seconds, 15 reps of movement)
Now, I am off to eat some dinner (and dessert…always eat dessert!) and relax for the evening. Hope that you do the same!!