Thank You Cubs for a Great Year!

20 Oct

Let’s not be sad we didn’t make it to the World Series.  Let’s be grateful we made it to the NLCS, three years in a row.  That’s phenomenal!  Let’s celebrate game 5 of the NLDS which proved to be almost as stressful as game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  I’m so happy I was able to watch that game with Mer Mer and Paddy, even though that caused me to get 2.5 hours of sleep the night before a crack of dawn flight.  So worth it!

I’m over the moon I was able to attend a NLCS playoff game with two of my favorites and our enthusiastic Cubs fan and designated driver.  #LastMinutePlansAreTheBest!  The Cubs may have lost that game (first playoff game that I’ve ever attended, in person, that they did Not win) but what a night it was.  What a train ride it was, complete with Veuve Cliquot and non-stop laughter.  What a year it has been, watching our Cubs complete with a variety of libations and non-stop laughter.  I loved reading what everyone posted and how, once again, everyone was a Cubs fan!  #FlyTheW!

Thank you to Carl Edwards Junior (CEJ) for giving me and others, some of our best material this year:



“I have a cruise booked Thursday and it’s non-refundable.  Put in Carl Edwards Junior” @ Joe Madden

Do not run onto the field to stop him from getting to the mound @TerryOBrien, I repeat, do NOT approach the mound. – TLS

“CEJ! Oh No”! – Mer Mer

That being said, CEJ is as good guy.  He’s had some great games and pitched in Game 7 of last year’s World Series.  I believe he may have become a victim of Joe Madden’s over-managing his bullpen.  I love this article he (CEJ)  wrote…WARNING, it will make you cry.  Carl Edwards Jr. may just be my very favorite Cubs player. ❤

Why I Fly The W


My friend Jane posted this and I love this so much, she said I could use this:

2 years ago I was heartbroken when the Cubs lost this series. I’ll never forget last year when our eldest called to congratulate me on the Cubs World Series championship. He truly didn’t understand why I was crying the morning after. “ I truly never thought I would see this day!” I am a Chicago sports fan. I don’t waiver. I was born in Wrigleyville and my heart will always be there. My heart sank tonight as the innings went by. Top of the 9th Jessica texted me “ There’s always last year “. I love my girl who’s glass is always 3/4 full! Never want to hear again there’s always next year!!! I have no doubt
108 years will not pass before we see the banner flying above Wrigley 💙.

Amen Jane and Amen Jessica!

Let’s rejoice that the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, which remains one of the happiest nights of my life.  A night I shared with my darling daughter (and Patrick via text) and an evening and a series I shall never, ever forget.

Even Maxie got into the spirit!  #CubsPuppa

A few pics from some of the games we attended this year


Bleacher Bums

Our first game of the season.  Cold, rainy, but so much fun!!

Hanging at Rizzo’s before Game 4 of the NLCS.

Yet another reminder why I don’t wear baseball hats.  🙂


It’s always fun to relive last year…a little jaunt down memory lane:



Game 1 of the NLCS

Rooftop shenanigans with my #SoleSister

Game 1 of the NLDS with Connie.  One of the most fun nights of my life!

Mer Mer’s birthday soire.

Just the gals.

My favorite tweet from the night of Game 7 of the World Series.

It really was our year!

The Blackhawks showing their Cubs spirit!!

Field Museum getting into the Cubs groove.

Yeah…winning is pretty damn fun.

So is attending the World Series parade with my #1 gal.


Don’t worry Cubs fans…there’s always last year…and next year!!

Thank you Cubs!  Cheers to next year.  It’s gonna be our year!

Go Bears!  I have put away my Cubs sweatshirts, jersey and t-shirts.  I have changed back my profile pictures.  I am moving on!  And I shall go back to blogging about Fashion, Life and any thing that happens to cross through my mind…now that I got my October back!  Carol is getting her groove back and I’m getting my October back.  I’m good with that. 😉





Time to Move on

13 Oct

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Broken skyline, movin’ through the airport
She’s an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector
Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenalin
Like breakin’ up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I’m losing my mind

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Thank you, Tom Petty.  Wise words.  Wise words, indeed.  I last saw Tom Petty, in concert, in 2008.  I remember that concert, quite fondly.  The kids were with us, though in a different section. 🙂 They are also Tom Petty fans.  Everyone loves Tom Petty. I’m still in disbelief at his passing.

The Bears may be 1-4, however, we could be 3-1.  Two of our losses could have been a W.  I’m okay with that.  And I’m okay with getting home at midnight on a school night, because it was a Great night!!

Sleepless in Chicago, 3.0.  The Cubs… I’m penning this before a crack of dawn flight, so that’s gonna be another blog.  Because my heart can’t take much more of this.  By the time this blog is published, I will have enjoyed 2 coffees in the American Airlines Admiral’s Club…I mean, what a game.  Great win!  Go Cubs Go!!  Bring on the Dodgers!  And a cardiologist for me, please. 💙💙💙

Happiest of Birthdays Carolyn!



Sorry, we’re closed

9 Oct

Finally, some happy news!  I love that the stores are allowing their employees to celebrate at home, or wherever they choose to celebrate.  And let’s face it, online shopping is sooooooooo much better and you don’t have to try and beat the crowds!

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017 List (as of 10/5/17)

A.C. Moore
Abt Electronics
Academy Sports + Outdoors
At Home
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
Cost Plus World Market
Craft Warehouse
Crate and Barrel
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
Ethan Allen
Gardner-White Furniture
Guitar Center
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
Mattress Firm
Micro Center
Music & Arts
Neiman Marcus
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
P.C. Richard & Son
Party City
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Original Mattress Factory
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
Von Maur
West Marine

As they do every year during the holiday shopping season, things can drastically change. Certain stores may decide to open on Thanksgiving this year, and other retailers may decide to close.  For now, this is the current list, which will no doubt be added to, based on the positive vibe people are feeling regarding closing the stores.  Plus, there’s no pressure to have to run to these stores on Thanksgiving Day, trying to procure the best deals.

But that’s Online Shopping!

Let’s give Thanks to these stores!  And let’s give Thanks for people who do the right thing!  It’s called ThanksGiving, not ThanksShopping.  🙂

Let’s Go Cubs and Let’s Go Bears!!



Such a sad week…

6 Oct

And at the end of the day…

Spread love.



Why no Blog today?

29 Sep

Packers 35.  Bears 14.

I’ve been consoling this poor girl, so didn’t get a chance to Pen my blog!  Maxie is not pleased with the Bears performance, nor of John Fox and his “poor” (We’re being kind) coaching skills.

The good news is the Cubs are back in the Playoffs!

Maxine is happy.  As am I.  Thanks Dr. Stevie for the blogspiration. 😉

Go Cubs!




Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall!

22 Sep

Some fun bucket items to welcome and enjoy fall.  We will be christening our new Fire Pit this weekend.  S’mores and hot dogs.  Of course our weather in Chicago at 95 degrees, will rival the heat of the fire pit, but no matter.  Will still be a magical weekend.  College boy will be sliding home later today and we will begin ramping up for Mer Mer’s birthday.

Thank you for all the wonderful, funny, sassy and thoughtful birthday wishes.  I truly mean this, I feel grateful, blessed and so fortunate to continue this journey called Life.

If you follow me on Instagram, (@terryobrien.22 or my “business” one @dressedtoat )you saw this post, at least on my personal IG.    This is what I woke up to on my birthday compliments of my sweet daughter.  Flowers, Cakebread chard, Cupcakes, gold-wrapped gift and this beautiful card.  I truly am the most blessed mom.  Ever! ❤ ❤ ❤

Goodbye Summer.  Hello Fall.  Let’s make it the best one ever, shall we?




I only drink on two occasions

21 Sep

…When it’s my birthday and when it’s not.  Cheers to me, because:

Happy Birthday to me!

And what a day I have planned! From dawn till dusk and beyond, I have oodles of fun celebrations planned!  Blessed and grateful I can celebrate another year. 🙂  So happy the band will be together this weekend to celebrate not only my birthday, by my sweet daughter’s birthday.  Two fun dinners are two of my favorite restaurants, S’mores at the fire pit and a Bears game.  Best. Weekend. Ever.

I found a beeper that used to be my Moms.  I’m going to wear it today, so I can tell my very favorite joke… Hoping someone says, “why are You wearing a Beeper?!:

I can respond:  I’m expecting a call from 1988.