Today, the nation remembers September 11, 2001, a day that shook the very core of our American identity and at the same time, created an even stronger tie that connects each and every one of us who lived through it. Anthony and I went to see the Central Florida Ballet's production of 9/11: An American Moment to remember and honor not only those who lost their lives that tragic day, but those who continue to put their lives on the line each and every day for us. The production was moving and beautiful, and showcased even the academy's younger dancers. It was the perfect way to spend our afternoon.
I think the take-away for all of us on this day, and every day really, is to really be in touch with what it is that is important to us, and furthermore, really be in touch with the people that surround us. The ties that bind us together in our families, our communities, and our nation, are what pull us through the tough times. It is also our relationships, both weak and strong, that allow us to celebrate the best in life with the fervor that such celebrations deserve. Remember the people around you, hold them close to your heart, and on a day where many focus on the tragedy of the past, keep your eyes to the future and your heart in a place of joy and gratitude.
Prior to the ballet, Anthony and I had a very busy morning. We started at 8:30 am with the marriage prep class we are attending at our church. We always leave with so much more to learn about ourselves and our relationships with each other and Jesus Christ, but let me tell you, sometimes the homework can seem a little intimidating. On the plate for this week? Seven pages of questions about putting the past in perspective and allowing Christ to enter and be centered in our relationship. It's something that's very important to us, and so very worth it, but sometimes the motivation to get it completed is hard to find.
We followed our class with a bridal luncheon at Fleming's Steakhouse in Winter Park. Before I say anything else, if you have never been to Fleming's, YOU MUST GO! I had never been before today, primarily because it tends to be on the pricier side. But if the full entree's are ANYTHING like what I was served today for lunch, I have to say it is absolutely worth it. I am not normally a beef person, but the filet mignon skewer they served was like butter the way it melted in my mouth.
Beyond the filet, we enjoyed seard ahi tuna on a fried wonton cracker, a seared scallop with a meyer lemon sauce, shrimp skewers with a chimichurri sauce, lamb with a pistachio pesto, and grilled goat cheese flatbread. OH...MY...GOSH... So good. And all free for the event. For anyone who lives in the Orlando/Winter Park area, the month of September is Magical Dining Month and Fleming's is offering a prix fixe menu for only $30 a person. If you're thinking of checking them out, or really, thinking of checking out any other restaurant in the area, this month is the time to do it. Oh, and did I mention proceeds from this go towards the boys and girls club? How do you beat amazing food at an amazing price, while still supporting local charities? You don't.
The luncheon also served as an opportunity for us to meet with some local vendors in the area and enter to win some fun door-prizes. There was about an equal number of brides to vendors, so nearly everyone left with something. I won this super cute apron and Paula Deen cookbook, as well as a $25 gift certificate to amazon.com.
Anthony's hoping this apron will inspire some Paula Deen style cooking. We'll see. I'm a pretty good cook, but I have to be honest, I'm not the biggest butter fan. I will however, eat anything that involves tomatoes, artichokes, and/or goat cheese. Mmmm... my faves.
For me, today was a good balance of remembering the past and looking forward to my future. Next on the horizon? Four hours of rehearsal for my performance with Emotions Dance Company and Yow Dance September 23, 24, and 25. But more on that later. See you tommorrow friends!
How did you remember the events of 9/11?