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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.



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!





It’s a Seven Day Getaway Sale!

11 Jul


The big India Hicks sale starts today… 60 percent off on our entire Riviera collection. (3 colors: palm print, poppy red and rapeseed yellow).  Rarely, if ever, do I blog about India Hicks.  This must mean this is a Very big deal.  A Very Big Deal, indeed!

Riviera straw tote reg. $245 now $98 (it comes with 3 junkanoo tassels which alone are worth $96!)

Riviera duffle reg. $225 now $90
Riviera tote reg. $145 now $58
Riviera wash bag (Waterproof interior!) Reg. $68 now $27.20
Traveler’s palm scarf in grey reg. $58 now $23.20

Baby Riviera bag (great for charging cords/makeup) reg. $35 now only $14!

Think ahead…Great gifts for the year, teacher gifts and hostess gifts. Great for travel! (Kiddos love the duffle for sleepovers) I love it as a weekender.  I weekended with it this past weekend.

Quantities are limited and only while supplies last.  When they are gone.  They are gone.


Order here:




Comment on the blog is you need any assistance.  I have already received pre-orders from Lora, Carolyn and Jane.  Very smart ladies, getting their orders in early.  I was up at 2AM inputting their orders.

Be smart.  Be like Lora, Carolyn and Jane. They were sleeping while I was doing their ordering. 🙂

Hurry and grab as many of these goodies as you can as soon as possible.

Like a Riviera beach free of pesky tourists, this won’t last long – ’til 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 18th to be exact.

Happy Shopping!




Happy 4th of July!

3 Jul

A repost from a past Fourth of July post, with some edits, some additions and some subtractions.  🙂

4th of July Outfit Ideas

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4th of July Party Poppers



These are cupcakes, btw…with the frosting in the middle, as “condiments”.


Hot Diggity Dog Bar



S’mores Bar




Love the fruit tray, in Red, White and Blue, with the Fruit dip in White

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Red, White and Blue Sweet Trable… Where are the Twizzlers?!




I’m not a Sangria gal, but this does look yummy…and festive!

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And I have those exact glasses!  I am obsessed with this dessert!

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Super easy fruit kabobs!  My specialty, btw.

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Seriously, mason jars are the new black!

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Song of the Day: Soak Up The Sun, by Sheryl Crow.  Gearing up for Friday night with my #SoleSister #LoyalBlogFollower

I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I’m gonna tell ’em that)
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna soak up the sun



Have a happy and safe 4th and God Bless America!!








To Do Lists Never Looked So Good

30 Jun




My new obsession for staying (or attempting to be) organized.  The Lilly Pulitzer To Do Planner.  Meredith got me hooked on the Lilly Pulitzer Agenda and I’m on year 4 of that and loving it.  Mine is Tusk in the Sun. While they start in August, they go through the following December.  Amazon or  The 2017-2018 Planners will be out in August.  Can’t wait!!

My day got more Lilly, with my new To Do Planner! $25.00


We know there’s never enough time in the day for all the things on your list, but the To Do Planner is here to help you keep track of every shopping list, lunch date, and vacation itinerary. The hand painted cover art and gold details will keep you in a permanent sunny state of mind.

To Get; Top Priorities; Appointments; Calls and Emails; To Do.  Two full pages are dedicated to each day.

Even the back cover is cute.  I’ve chosen not to show one of my actual To Do pages, because I hate to frighten my few blog followers with my plans for world domination!  Or my scribble scratch handwriting.  Here’s a sneak peak at what today shall bring.  Edited, of course.  I mean, a girl needs to have some secrets. 😉

Terry’s To Do List – Friday, June 29

Walk Maxie

Check in with workers rebuilding my patio.  Provide beverages throughout day.  Be nice to people who work for you and they’ll be nice to you.  #WordsofWisdom


Chase 3 hotel contracts

Find hotel in Charleston that doesn’t have crazy contract terms

1045AM – Start the weekend

Brunch with Mer Mer

Costco – Food for holiday weekend.  And booze.  Lots of booze.  And wine.  And Stella.

Pick up cake to bring to Joy’s

Catch a few rays, if the sun is out…to get a base for Sunday.


Plan outfits for weekend and holiday week, including 2 Cubs games and Sheryl Crow Concert

Desperately trying to find this dress…and I’m not having success.  Thought would be super cute for the 4th.

Happy Hour!

Dinner, or no dinner…Options.

Hello Weekend!  Make it a great one!!  I will repost my 4th of July post from years past, because it’s a darned great blog chock-full of great Patriotic info!