Friday, August 28, 2009

#2... Check

Finally, the four of us were able to coordinate a
mini family vacation, and I crossed another item off my to-do list.

Given our recent stint of poor luck, we weren't surprised when meteorologists issued tropical storm warnings for the weekend. But we also weren't ready to succumb to Hurricane Bill's wrath. We were going to have a good time no matter what.

And it seems our positive outlook also helped channel some positive weather. Contrary to weather predictions, it was sunny and beautiful every single day. It couldn't have been any better. Here are some of the highlights:
  • 4 gorgeous days of sunshine
  • 3 dozen raw oysters
  • 10-foot waves (4 unexpected wipeouts and 2 lost bathing suits)
  • 1 chocolate turtle and piece of chocolate peanut butter fudge
  • 1 hilarious game of Cranium
  • 3 matching bookmarks, 2 matching purses and 2 matching sweatshirts
  • 1 neverending story
  • 2 Golden Monkeys and 1 Squealing pig (Definitely not as dirty as it sounds)
  • 1 early morning run in the rain
  • 2 unbelievably uncomfortable cots
  • 1 spectacular lunch at Beachcomber
  • 4 games of cribbage (the best card game in the history of the universe)
  • 1 excited French terrier
  • 1 destroyed manicure
  • 1 unprecedented Martha Stuart impersonation
  • 0 stress
  • Countless jumbles
  • 1 happy, lucky family!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Another fun item crossed off my to-do list.

I was hoping to post a funny picture of myself with crazy Albert Einstein hairdo at the Theater of Electricity, but I didn't feel right pushing my way through a mob of 10-year-olds.

My favorite fun fact from this trip -- the myth of cyclops may be derived from the discovery of dwarf elephant skulls. It's believed that the Greeks mistook the large trunk cavity for a large single eye socket.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Summer of Jen

In April, I boldly declared this the "Summer of Jen." I was excited to do all the fun things I love and really make it a special, memorable few months. It figures that this daring pledge would be met with some of the worst luck ever. Ugh.

But there are still a few weeks left to turn it all around. And what better way to start than visiting old friends and vacationing at the beach? Starting today I'm going to choose something to look forward to every day.

Happy Summer!