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09/10/09 –  No Data

Food Journal – No

Good morning Mintdom!

At the beginning of the week, I said that this was a big workweek and that I was going to need to make a conscience effort to focus on my journey towards health.  Well, I am not doing a very good job at that. Yesterday, my pedoMINTer came off in the car and I did not notice it until the evening.  I could have bumped up my steps last night too – darn it! I did not even think about my food journal yesterday.  I am beginning to conclude that I cannot do it all – at least not all well.  Not only that, but I need to stay off the treadmill because unlike walking outside, I tend to overdue it on the treadmill and my knee is really crunching right now.  I am going to give it a break – back to the pool I go, which means my steps might be lower.  I need to find an underwater pedoMINTer!  Anyway, today is a new day.  Since my knee is bad, I am only comMINTting to 4,000 steps, which is 2 miles.  I will comMINT to my food journal though.

“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “
– President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001

I cannot let this day go by without acknowledging September 11, 2001 and the horrible terrorist attack on our country.  September 11th is one of those days that you remember exactly where you were when it happened. It is a day that I will always remember.  I was working in Washington, DC.  The Treasury Department was the only building between my building and the White House.  We could see the Pentagon and all the smoke from our office.  We thought it had been bombed.  I took the commuter bus to work and where I picked it up I could see Dulles Airport.  I was probably getting on the bus as the terrorists were getting on the plane.


Our office held regular fire drills and we had assigned places to go should there be a fire, but no prepared us for this.  I looked out one of the windows and people were pouring out of the Treasury Department. All I could think about was getting home. I did not have my car and I did not think the commuter bus would be picking us up today!  I know there were people that took the subway that day, but I was afraid of being stuck down there so I ended up getting a ride from someone who lived out my way.  Although I do not see her anymore, she will always remain my hero.  It took us over 4 hours to get out of the city that day, but it was actually orderly.  No one was running in the streets or crashing their cars as you see in some of those disaster movies. Cell phone coverage that day was next to nothing, but I could talk with my parents, since they were in Minnesota at the time, and my dad who worked downtown for 40 years, directed us.  I was never so happy to get home in all my life.  I think I spent two days on the couch glued to the TV since our office remained closed for a few days. No matter what your politics are or what you think about George W Bush, I think he captured the day in this quote.  I ask that you take a moment or two out of your day to remember those who lost their lives, their families, and to be grateful for our country, the GREATEST country in the world!


AffirMINTion:  I am grateful for my life

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

Life is good!

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