Reflecting

Today is one of those days. Every year, I get lost all day on the internet reading people’s stories, reliving the day in pictures and it still gives me the chills as if it was yesterday.

Maybe it’s because my office has overlooked Ground Zero for the past 6 years that I feel connected to this day, even though at the time I was not a New York resident. But I’ve watched for years the rebuilding of the Freedom Tower and the amount of people that come every single day to visit and it makes me proud and immersed in the ongoings of remembering 9/11.

The day was 12 years ago and yet the lasting impression it left will never fade. Not a day goes by that I don’t give a once over to everyone I’m riding in the subway with, or have a jump in my step when I hear a loud noise outside. I think twice before visiting heavily populated areas in the city, and no I don’t let it control my life but the fear is definitely there.

I feel it’s important to reflect on this day. It gives you perspective, it makes you count your blessings and be grateful for what you have. And most importantly it lets you never forget the devastation that affected so many, and when you feel like there’s nothing you can do- at least that’s something.

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Pasta alla Norma

If you know me, you know Billy and I have a love affair with Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. We love this restaurant. The décor has that chic rustic feeling going on that makes you want to cozy up with a bottle of wine and sit down for a long, leisurely dinner, which we do- quite often.

There are a couple of things on the menu I am partial to and we order every time we go but my dish, that I now travel from 86th street for (long ride down!) is their Penna alla Norma. Eggplant, ricotta salata and tomato sauce, and I am in pasta heaven.

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The Hurricane

How chilling is the cover of this week’s NY Magazine-

It accurately reflects the madness that hit the city Monday night. I’m still in awe of how badly Sandy rocked NY, NJ, CT and all the surrounding areas.

Thankfully I’m safe, as well as my family and friends, with the worst being lost power for the most of us. Which all in all wasn’t SO bad. It just got very cold towards the end of the week and 20 second ice-cold showers weren’t cutting it. But it was a good time to take a step back and count your blessings.

Now being back with power and in my apartment, I feel removed from the devastation going on. I don’t want to forget and move on when so many people still cannot. I’ve been looking for some great ways to help and I’ve added some sites below for more information.

NYC Service

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Ways to Help

Hopefully, everyone you know is safe and sound! I’ll be back soon with a recipe for some delicious pumpkin bread and muffins that I fortunately made Monday before the storm and held us over when power went out.

And be sure to donate to the Red Cross too- every bit helps!