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Tuesday:) Talking About Terms Toni Didn’t Know

23 Nov

“You can never know a lot but you can always do a lot.” ― Filios Sazeides


If you take a look at my blog regularly, you will note that I like to take selfies. Me drinking Black Russians, me with a sunset, me at McDonald’s, etc. It’s all about me! Not really. I just take a lot of pictures. I just happen to get in the way. Well, I recently found out that the term selfie didn’t apply if more than one person was in the photo. Dang! I’m always running around and grabbing people saying, “Come on, selfie time.” 

I decided to look up the correct word to use. 


What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

As in “us.” Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy.
“Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies,” said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer behavior. “It’s magical capturing moments we share with other people.”
In contrast to one-person selfies, usies are “more about the relationship, and less about you and your hair,” she said.

Well, there ya go. I learned something new. The reason I thought of it was yesterday, I was at one of the Collin County  Municipal buildings, and I ran into Zane Williams, famous McKinney singer/songwriter and all around nice guy. I bumped into him at the post office the other day, too. He was waiting to get a vehicle sticker for his tour bus. So, I plopped down next to him and asked about the kids and how it was going. He said he’s been busy, a lot of travel, but he was fine and the family was good. Then I said, “Selfie time!” I pulled out my phone and took a picture.

Isn’t he adorable? Great singer and very nice person. Well, now I know it wasn’t a selfie. This is an”usie” of me and Zane Williams.

Here’s my favorite song of his. If you’re now familiar with his music, check him out. 

Here’s to more usies and learning something new everyday…

Did you know that? Listen…Silent, interesting.

Tuesday Tip of the Day: Literally

22 Oct

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
This kind of reminds me of the old, “Give a man a fish” quote. I much rather learn something new than have someone do it for me. I love learning, I love teaching, I love sharing. So, I’m sharing with you.



My friend and baker extraordinaire, Miss Elizabeth, over at Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square, was making these adorable high heeled shoe cupcakes, so I asked her to teach me how to make them and tell me what magical frosting tools she uses.

I love to make cupcakes, brownies and cookies, but if I can learn how to frost these beautiful rose cupcakes, wow, I’d be even more amazing. (Modesty is not my strongest attribute.) So, Miss Elizabeth loaded up a frosting bag and showed me her technique. I was a natural!

Here is the “tip” of the day, literally. The #1M Tip by Wilton for the rose and the large tip coupler to keep it in place. Now, practice, practice, practice. I’ll never be as great as Miss Elizabeth, but she promised to call me next time she has to decorate a zillion rose cupcakes, so I can practice.

If you’re one of those people that rather buy the fish than learn how to fish, then you can go over to Sweet Spot Bakery in McKinney and order some rose cupcakes. Order a whole bunch so I can go over and practice.