Is It Football Season Yet?

8 Sep

Yes, it is!  Seems like just yesterday Mer Mer and I were at the NFL Combine…yet, here where are, one day into football season!  Two days till the first home game for the Bears!  Cannot wait!  Supposed to be 70 and sunny.  Perfect football weather!




But you can text me.

The boys of Fall… Hopefully I’ll figure out who is actually playing for the Bears.


This is where I’ll be during these times, btw.

Yes, I’m mad at the Bears…but I will always be a Bears fan.  Always!

Yup… plus it’s my birthday and Mer’s birthday!  September…best. month. ever!

Fun memories from last fall!

Circa 2007

Circa 2009

Me and Da Coach 2013


Are you ready for some football?  I sure am!!

Sporting Bears orange with Sonny Bunny the night before he left for his junior year.

Let’s Go Bears!  Who the heck knows what this season will bring?  And Jay Cutler is playing for the Dolphins?  #GoodLuckWithThat!






The Daily Affirmation

25 Aug

Earlier this year, Meredith starting giving Maxie a Daily Affirmation.

You’re beautiful

You’re smart

You’re a good girl

I love you

Take care of your Momma

She did this every morning before leaving for work.  Maxie will sit up straight on the couch and Mer will look into her eyes and give her the affirmation.

Maxie loves it.  Her day is not complete without her Affirmation. Of course, when Patrick came home for the summer, Meredith had to amend the affirmation to include:

Take care of your Momma and your brother.

There has only been one other amendment to the Daily Affirmation.

You’re brave

This falls under my own Mom’s favorite saying:

If you think you can or think you can’t…you’re right.  It’s a Henry  Ford quote, but my Mom used it all the time.

Maxie can be a bit of a nervous Nelly and can be afraid of her own shadow…until someone she doesn’t know, or like, comes to the house, then she turns into a crazy guard dog.  But I digress…So Meredith decided to tell Maxie that she’s Brave in her daily affirmation.  I think it’s helped. 😉

Well, this week, my Sonny Bunny heads back to college.  Where did summer go?  We were just having the time of our lives in San Diego!  This picture proves it.  But, it was time to caravan to Oxford, OH.  A caravan of 2, but nonetheless, a caravan.  I was giving some thought as to what to write in my letter to him.  The letter I write each year, that I stash in his room (Mer’s room when I did it for her) and include some “walking around money”.  What, pray-tel do I write to my son, whom I have affectionately been calling, my Sonny Bunny?  The child who brings me nothing but love and joy?

And it came to me.

You’re handsome

You’re smart

You’re a good boy

You’re brave

Take care of yourself

I love you

There you have it.  His daily affirmation!  Compliments of Mer Mer (my other source of love and joy), but tweaked for the occasion.  He can read it every day, if he needs his affirmation!

On a side note… a very Happy Birthday to Zack!  Happy 26th!



I love and miss you, my Sonny Bunny!



An oldie, but goodie….and this still applies.

The Riddle…

14 Aug
This was one of those times when I was walking in Seaport Harbor with my kids and heard this song and I stopped in my tracks.  Dead in my tracks.  I thought, “My God… I so get this song”.  And so this becomes a blog.  As this is usually what happens.  May I present:
The Riddle by Five for Fighting
There was a man back in ’95
Whose heart ran out of summers
But before he died, I asked him
Wait, what’s the sense in life?
Come over me, come over me
He said
Son, why you got to sing that tune?
Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon
Let an angel swing and make you swoon
Then you will see, you will see
Then he said
Here’s a riddle for you
Find the answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I
Picked up my kid from school today
Did you learn anything causin’ the world today
You can’t live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me
He said
Dad, I’m big, but we’re smaller than small
In the scheme of things, well, we’re nothing at all
Still every mother’s child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me
And, hey, dad
Here’s a riddle for you
Find the answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I
I said
Son, for all I’ve told you
When you get right down to the
Reason for the world
Who am I?
There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we’re not wise enough to see
He said
You looking for a clue
I love you free
The batter swings and the summer flies
As I look into my angel’s eyes
A song plays on while the moon is high over me
Something comes over me
I guess we’re big, and I guess we’re small
If you think about it, man, you know we got it all
‘Cause we’re all we got on this bouncing ball
And I love you free
I love you freely
Here’s a riddle for you
Find the answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I

 Yes, you may put this song on a continuous loop.  I have.
Cheers…from the luckiest mom in the world.

Returning One’s Shopping Cart

11 Aug

This article was sent to me by a friend, because they know how super annoyed I get when people don’t put their grocery carts away.  Super annoyed.  I also get annoyed when people walk through Costco or the grocery store talking on their cell phone.  Loudly and stopping suddenly.  You might as well just stab me in the eye. But that’s another blog.

This blog is about the courtesy and respect shown your fellow shoppers by putting away your shopping cart.  Not leaving it in between cars and not putting it on an island so it falls on another car.  Not giving it a heave-ho into the wind so it smacks into the side of a poor, unwilling automobile.  Please, please, please, take a few extras steps and put it where it belongs.  Think of it as getting more steps towards your 10,000 daily steps goal.  Why have no respect for other shoppers and other shopper’s cars?  Shopping carts can cause damage, when not put in their corral. Serious damage, not to mention my heart starts palpitating wildly when I see carts “parked” between cars…especially my car.  But I feel for other cars as well.  Be a polite shopper and stow your cart!  Please, I beg of you!

This article by Craig Darcy, is spot on.  I mean, spot on!


I have a pet peeve. You know when you’re at the grocery store and you see shopping carts littered around the parking lot? That drives me insane.

My wife knows how I feel about this. She recently shared a meme with me that said that you can’t be successful until you learn to put your shopping cart away. I chuckled at first, but then my mind started to think of how true that meme really was.

I realized there are 2 different people in this world; cart returners and cart deserters. Whichever side of the line you stand on says a lot about you.

Disclaimer: this blog post is a fun look at cart returning. There are obviously exceptions to every rule and you might fall under the grey area. This article is about those that are able to make a choice; to return the cart or not. If physical disabilities or family safety prevents you from returning a cart, then this blog probably doesn’t pertain to you.

Cart Returners Put Others First

There are hundreds of excuses for someone to leave their cart propped up on a grassy median or left between parking spaces. Maybe they’re in a hurry or it’s raining. Maybe they’re trying to escape the dirty looks they’re getting because their oversized truck is parked across 2 spaces. Whatever the reason is, there is one thing all of these excuses have in common; it’s all about them.

When you take the time to return your cart to its receptacle, you’re showing that you care about the employees of the grocery store. You acknowledge that if you don’t put the cart away, someone else will have to do it for you. Basically it shows that you’re not a selfish person.

Why not take it a step further? If you see a disabled person with a cart, offer to return it for them. It’s all about helping our neighbor.

Successful people put others first. Instead of being wrapped up in things that benefit them, they look for ways to help and serve those around them. Zig Ziglar said, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

When it comes to money, the more giving you are the more you’re likely to make. A hand that’s closed tightly around money ensures none leaves, but also ensures no more can come in. An open hand allows money to come and leave freely.

Cart Returners Are Disciplined

We’ve all been tempted to turn to the dark side, right? Your child is screaming and the nearest cart receptacle is 10 parking spaces away. Can’t I leave the cart here just this once?

These are the moments that define us. Will you stand strong or break to temptation? Look on the bright side; that screaming child ensures that everyone will look and see you doing the right thing!

Walking the 10 spaces shows you’re disciplined. You’ve committed yourself to a moral standard that you won’t break. Discipline is an attractive quality in people. Employers look for it in their employees and people look for it in their potential mates. They want to know they can trust you to do the right thing no matter what the circumstances.

Disciplined people tend to be more successful with money. Sticking to a budget and saving money isn’t easy. There always seems to be budget busting purchases we can justify. If we don’t have the self-control to resist deserting our shopping cart, will we have the self-control to turn away from an impulsive purchase?

Cart Returners Are Happier People

I know I’ve addressed it already, but I’ll say it again. Cart returning shows you’re not selfish. Which is good because selfish people aren’t happy.

You know Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ story A Christmas Carol? Of course you do. Whether you’re picturing the traditional story or the Scrooge McDuck version, you know that Scrooge is only concerned about making money and turns away anyone asking for help. While he is very wealthy, he is miserable and alone (and probably wouldn’t return his cart, either).

Giving to others brings happiness into our lives. Whether it’s a big or small gesture, they can make a lasting impact. Focusing only on ourselves gives us a negative outlook on life. We tend to only think about the things we don’t have, the things we want, or the things others have that we wish we had. None of these bring on a spirit of gratitude or contentment.

Finding a way to give to others will change your outlook. Giving takes the focus off of yourself and puts it on others. This can even benefit your budget. When you’re not focused on yourself, you tend to spend less money on yourself. Funny how that works out.

At the end of the day, the only person you can control is you. As infuriating as it is to see a front row parking space blocked by a deserted cart, take comfort in knowing that you still have the upper hand.

To all my cart deserters out there; it’s never too late to make a change. Cart returners are very forgiving and will welcome you to our side with open arms!

Finally, to all my cart returners; there is one last glimmer of hope for you. While the walk to the receptacle may be treacherous, the walk back to your car can be empowering. You did the right thing. Hold your head up high, pump your fist in the air, and consider that walk as your victory lap.

Don’t be a ding-dong.  Put your cart where it belongs!

Don’t be a Jerk, put those legs to work.

Don’t be a Louse, put that shopping cart in its’ own house.

Don’t be a hound, make that shopping cart corral-bound.

Don’t be a clown, not putting your cart where it belongs, would really get me down.

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it, but my feet show it, because they’re Longfellows. 🙂 🙂 🙂

You’re welcome.  Oh, and have a great weekend!



This, of course, is me.


Side of Beach

4 Aug

After an absolute Travel Day from H*ll… I’ll take a side of beach with my morning coffee.  And no, my house is not left unattended.  I mean, really?  I am now departing today, not yesterday, but I still have bodyguards and a guard dog at my house. 🙂

“It’s 5:00 somewhere…or when you have to spend 4 hours at the airport.  Make that 7 hours at the airport”.  Thank you POB for those words of wisdom.

Back next week.



10 Worst Things About Summer

21 Jul

We are halfway done with summer…actually, more than halfway done.  We’ve had some great weather (here in Chicago) as well as some not-so-great weather.  Some pretty horrible storms, but also some days where you wake up and realize just how happy you are to be alive and live in Chicago…best city in the world.  There’s something about summer, with tanned skin, lightened hair, sunshine, rainbows when it rains, outdoor activities, BBQ’s with friends, Cubs games, that makes it really unbecoming to complain about summer.  In the winter we can complain about the cold, the ice on the roads, the lack of sunshine, the grumpiness of those who are stuck inside, that make it more acceptable to complain.  Though, it’s not always becoming to complain, but it does happen.  So, I was tickled when someone sent me this article, which was from last year about the 10 Worst Things About Summer. 🙂

Enjoy!  My comments in RED.

10 Worst Things About Summer from Pure Wow

Have you ever noticed that it’s totally socially unacceptable to complain about summer? (It’s like saying you hate puppies…or Beyoncé.) Well, here at PureWow, we’re all about breaking taboos. Presenting, the ten worst things about everyone else’s favorite season.  I think Kate Middleton is so much more interesting and much more beautiful than Beyonce.  Of course Beyonce is lovely and talented, but all this “breaking the internet”?  I don’t get it. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

1. Sitting on a city bench in really short shorts.  Or sitting anywhere on a Bleacher.

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

2. Your coworker who’s trying natural deodorant.  I have Never understood the obsession with “natural deodorant”.  Which is an oxymoron, btw.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

3. Firing up the grill and realizing you’re out of propane. This has happened to us numerous times.  We solved this problem by forking out the cash to own 2 Propanes.  Then realized one Propane had the wrong attachment, so we couldn’t use it.  $60 down the drain, or taken to the land of Propanes that no longer work. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

4. Hot-dog legs.  The 2013’s called, they want these stupid pictures back.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

5. Discovering that “rustic cabana” means “unair-conditioned”.  Un airconditioned is the worst phrase, ever.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

6. That spot you missed on your lower back.  Tanning beds are Not good for you…

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

7. Walking outside and immediately getting pit stains. Light blue shirts (or dresses) are the absolute worst!

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

8. Beach traffic. Cubs traffic. 

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

9. Water parks. John Pinette’s bit on water parks, is one of the funniest comedic skits, ever.  

The 10 Worst Things About Summer

10. The sound of the ice cream truck. (Admit it: It’s driving you to an early grave.) I was leaving a fabulous event, given by Loews Hotels, and there was a Good Humor truck outside the hotel.  Nothing says Summer like an ice cream truck.  I don’t think one has ever been on Polo Dr. #FirstWorldProblems

Winners of the And You Get a Book Blog, will have their books being shipped today! No, I did not finish them all, so sending some even though I haven’t read. I thought I’d be able to read more than I have by now… Not so much!  Megan, Carol, Jane, Lee and Rita…Enjoy!

Hope you are having a great summer!  I know I am!





Source:  The 10 Worst Things About Summer | Permission granted to complain about the heat | PureWow National

Things Mentally Strong People Do

18 Jul


I try and emulate each and every one of these…with the exception of #5.  “They are willing to take calculated risks”.  Not so sure this describes me.  At all.  But it’s never to late to take a risk(s).  I may do, just that.

Have a terrific Tuesday!