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Happy Thanksgiving!

23 Nov

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love and Blessings to you,

T.

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Eat, Drink and Be Thankful

17 Nov

We are upon my most favorite week of the year!  Let’s Eat, Drink and Be Thankful.
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EAT

The perfect pre-meal appetizer platter!

 

DRINK

Holiday Mule

Ingredients
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz gin or vodka
2 oz chilled ginger beer
1 rosemary sprig
orange slice, for garnish
sugared cranberries, for garnish

Instructions
Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired.

My wine of choice for Thanksgiving.

For those overachievers…of which I am not.  Well not in wine-pairing, anyway.

 

Be THANKFUL

I started a Top 10 list of things that I’m thankful for…then realized, I’m going to reach out to the people today that I’m thankful for.  I then realized that not everything I’m thankful for, should be published.  In a blog.  A blog with closing in on 2 Million views…

My Top 10 List – the “A” list

  1. I’m thankful for my children and thankful for my family and friends.  That goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.  
  2. I’m thankful for in-laws and out-laws…Of course they’re family, but I know I’ll get questioned about that.   
  3. I’m thankful for waking up every day and getting to do something I love with people I love in a home that I love (most of the time ;)).
  4. I’m also thankful for Happy Hours and brunches. 
  5. I’m thankful for having a son who will drive 2 hours just to meet his mom for dinner… 
  6. I’m thankful I get to see all the seasons.  While it would be nice to live on the beach, for now, I’m good with snow, Of course, we’ve yet to get any measurable snow this year, but I’m sure that will be coming.
  7. I’m thankful for my parents and the values they instilled in me, which I’ve tried to instill in my children.   And they’re mostly Great values! 😉
  8. I’m thankful for the people who always take my calls.  Always.  Also thankful to those who did not make the pictures in the blog and who won’t hold it against me! 
  9. I’m thankful for my memory…It can be a blessing and a curse, but it’s mostly a blessing.  And those who have been there along the way!  
  10. I’m thankful for my health and the realization that if you don’t care of your body, it can’t take care of you.  Of course, I should have learned this earlier, but beggars can’t be choosers.  🙂

And then I realized that there is not a Top 10 list of things that I’m thankful for…because I wake up thankful every day.  There are literally hundreds of things I’m thankful for.  Possibly thousands of things.  So I decided I needed a “B” list.

My Top 10 List – the “B” list

  1.  A sense of humor that has gotten me through some tough times and has made days much brighter and much funnier.  
  2. A very naughty puppy whom I cannot imagine our life without.  
  3. My love of chardonnay and dirty martinis which makes my sense of humor so much better!
  4. The Chicago Cubs winning the world series…and that’s gonna be something on my list for a very long time. 
  5. My dimples…as I’ve been told, numerous times that I’ve gotten pretty far in life because of them.  And here I thought it was because of my sense of humor.  
  6. Shows that I binge-watch, because I can literally lose hours in my life…and I’m okay with that.
  7. My favorite tree, which has just recently lost its leaves…I get to look at this tree every day when I look out my bathroom window. 
  8. My ability to let things go…or not, depending on my mood and the infraction.
  9. The wisdom to know who and what is not worth my time and to gratefully move forward.
  10. The realization that it is not all about me…and that’s good by me!  

 

 

And I’m thankful that I am basically “on vacation” for 10 days!  Hip, hip, hooray!

I’m thankful to have a blog that people read and that I’m getting paid for.  Getting paid is good.  🙂  While I’m officially on vacation, there will be a blog, or two, next week.

xoxo,

T.

Live life in the front row!

 

Whiskey Wednesday!

8 Nov

Make it a great one!

xoxo,

T.

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct

When a teenager comes to your door, please give them candy without saying, “Aren’t you too old to be doing this?” They could be out doing much worse. I would rather have them knocking on my door than have them engage in dangerous/destructive behaviors. Let them be kids as long as they can. They are already growing up too fast.
Also, please don’t refuse a child candy because they aren’t dressed up. Some children have autism or sensory issues that make dressing up highly uncomfortable, if not unbearable. And some families might not be able to afford costumes at all…
One last thing, size doesn’t always determine mental age or special needs.

Mer asked what am I going to wear while passing out candy?  Do I need to wear a costume?  Have I ever worn a costume while passing out candy?  Nope!  And that isn’t going to change this year…but I will have a very special puppy with me.  More at the end of the blog about Maxie’s costume.

Rules Written by a 7-Year Old

Safety Tips

It’s a Dog eat Dog Halloween…I present, Dog Costumes

BRB, running out to adopt a puppy.

1. Harry Potter

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2. Where’s Waldo?

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3. Woody from Toy Story

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4. French Fries

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5. Bumblebee

6. Ariel from The Little Mermaid

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7. Spaghetti and Meatballs

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8. Marilyn Monroe

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9. Robin From Batman

10. Weiner Dog

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11. Boiled Lobster

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12. Martini Glass

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13. Pumpkin Pup

14. Elephant

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15. Seal

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16. Squirrel

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17. Beanie Baby

18. Michael Jackson and his girlfriend in “Thriller”

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19. Max From How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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20. Pretty Princess

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21. Spooky Ghost

22. Hula Dancer

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23. Olympic Gymnast

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24. Little Lion

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25. Ballerina

Maxine is a Beanie Baby.

 

Happy Halloween!

xoxo,

T.

 

 

Vested for the Fall

27 Oct

 

I never thought Fall would arrive.  At least here in Chicago.  We’ve had unseasonably warm weather here and temperatures that have rarely dipped below 70 degrees.  Well, fall has arrived…and with a vengeance.  Cold weather, crisp air, falling leaves and sadly, some chilly rain.  But no worries, this means I can bring out some of my favorite fall fashion finds.  One being, the “puffer vest”…Or “quilted vests”, but I like Puffer.  The good news about these vests, is most are not truly “puffer” vests, as the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters (original one) pops to mind.  A puffer vest, without too much puff. A quilted vest, and one that we can refer to as a Puffer Vest.

What I find in wearing these vests, don’t wear anything too bulky underneath.  When something has the word “puffy” in the title, I’d tend to steer away from overly bulky sweaters and sweatshirts underneath.  But that’s just me…someone who isn’t looking to appear more “puffy”.

A Turtleneck; Flannel; Blouse; Light Sweater…all good options.

What I most like about these vests, is because the arms aren’t cloaked, it’s almost like you aren’t wearing a coat.  #Freedom. I also don’t button (or zip) up the vest. Light and airy! 😉

Wear it open.  Don’t button or zip up.  Again, wear it open.

Also, pair with a cute scarf and you are good to go.  Hello Fall!

 

Will totally wear this to a Bears game!

 

Denim shirts are all the rage, but not with me.

 

Just ordered myself a Navy Vest.  Will be all decked out for the Bears v Packers game!

 

 

Army green is a great neutral.

 

Complete with Hunters.

 

Monochromatic with a cute hat.

Love, love, love this pop of Yellow!

 

We ❤ Fall

I think this is one of my favorite looks.

 

 

There is another blog devoted to styling your puffy vest.  I borrowed a picture from this blog.  Some looks may not be quite “Dressed to a T”, in my opinion, but again this is Dressed to a T, but you may find you fancy them.

Additional Style Tips

Where to Buy

Click on these pictures and it will take you to the link to buy these vests.

Old Navy  $29.

 

LuLu Lemon  $169

 

J. Crew $120

 

Gap $45.

My Recent Binge-Watching List

The Sinner

Ozark

Younger

Will and Grace – funnier the second time around

Blacklist

 

Get Vested for Fall!  Go Bears!

xoxo,

T.

 

 

 

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:

 

“CEJ is in the bullpen….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

“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. 😉

xoxo,

T.

 

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!

xoxo,

T.