Birthday Paradise

Some people go to church to feel the spirit. I go to a 5 star hotel. I immediately fall to my knees, praise God and sing hallelujah for the grace that is bestowed upon me to end up in these places that I love so much. My appreciation for a “5 star experience” is often matched by the universe allowing me to frequent them time and again. This cosmic exchange is never taken for granted.

Most recently, my guardian angel of 5 star hotels somehow guided me to the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. I’ve lived in LA for the past 28 years and never knew to go to Palos Verdes. I have been up and down the southern and northern coasts countless times but never found the gem of a coastline in front of the Terranea Resort until now.  It is paradise.

The minute I stepped onto the property I felt the glory. The grounds are eye candy. The resort itself is practically perfect in every way.

My two-day stay turned into a week. I went for two days again last week and left nine days later.

I was just there again this weekend for my birthday. Got there Saturday afternoon, went on a three mile walk along the coast, and planted myself in the most sacred place on the hotel grounds (that will remain my little secret).  I emptied my mind and stared at the majesty around me. It is so easy to get tapped in, tuned in and turned on at the Terranea. Had an exceptional dinner at mar’sel with my Kate.  It’s a 5 star restaurant right on the property overlooking the ocean.  Actually, everything you do there is overlooking the ocean. Slept like a baby.

Woke up on my birthday to a beautiful sunrise, meditated, visualized many things — including seeing a whale, and stayed in that happy trance for the rest of the day. Around 2:00 pm, per my request, three giant gray whales swam right up close to the shoreline. It literally took my breath away, after which I screamed “Whales!!!” startling everyone in the spa area who were basking in quiet after their spa treatments. After apologizing for scaring them to death, I took full credit for the whales’ grand appearance. The day ended as great as it started with my friends coming up for dinner at Nelson’s, while we watched the sun set. Then home. Leaving the Terranea is always difficult, so I plan my next trip up before I’m off the property.

I am so grateful to have found this sanctuary. It’s a treat for the soul.

p.s. The Terranea has been voted “best place to work” under the leadership of Terri A. Haak. Employees seem genuinely happy to be there and they actually like their boss. Terri is clearly doing things right.

I first heard about the Terranea from Terry Niemann, Real Estate Sales Executive and Director of Marketing. I love her. We have easily become fast friends. She even donated a weekend at the Terranea for my daughter’s school financial aid program. The folks at this resort are good people. I also want to acknowledge Brian Bennish for always being so kind and accommodating.

p.p.s. Don’t tell anyone else about this place. It’s our little secret.


What to Expect

Thanks for checking out my newly revamped website and blog where I will attempt to regale with you with my thoughts, observations, and occasional uncontrollable rants (always a fan favorite!).

Before you enter please be advised, I do not like Sarah Palin or guns; Sarah Palin with a gun just sets me over the edge. Consider yourself warned.

I also have a tendency to ramble, get distracted easily, and my spelling and grammar are that of a 3rd grader. Luckily my bad typing makes up for what I lack in spelling and grammar. Having said that, there is nothing I like more than to hear myself talk. Being inside my head is an experience that not only I should be burdened with.

In addition, I also promise to share my family recipes recipe (yes, I have one), and my best household hints like: ‘If you can’t remember what’s in the Tupperware in your freezer, just throw it out. No good can come from opening it. You can always buy new Tupperware.’

What I won’t be offering is life style advice, because let’s face it, I’m a hot mess. In fact, I will be soliciting helpful hints from all of you. Actually, I’ll be counting on all of you to be the therapist I’m too cheap to pay for. In any event my blog will not be boring.

So without further adieu, welcome to the party! Enjoy the all new!




Welcome to the all new — my official website and now, blog!  Take a look around and make yourself at home.  I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you and read your comments — it’ll be as crazy and interesting as twitter and Facebook, but with plenty of extra space  for me to say whatever I want to say (…and you know I will).