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Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday's 5: Things I Learned on Vacation

We spent last week at the beach. It was glorious -- even with one rainy day and two cloudy days. I won't bore you with the details of drip castles and sunscreen and sand in the bath tub and trying to force Junius to let me take his picture. But I will share with you five random things I learned while at the beach.

1. Good books are even better with cocktails. Before I left for the beach, a friend recommended that I bring a copy of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. And she suggested that I enjoy a mai tai along with it. Spot on, with both recommendations -- although I'd add a good gin & tonic to the beverage list. As a result, I've decided that all literary selections should come with a drink menu.

2. Some women shave their faces. Not because of a hair issue, but to slough off dead skin cells in order to look younger. And by "some women" I mean someone other than me who may or may not be one of my friends at the beach. I'm not a dermatologist, I haven't tried this, and I'm not making this up -- I'm just sharing. And no, I don't have a picture for this one.

3. Beach olympics are perfect on a cloudy day. You'll be totally jealous when I tell you this, but one of our friends organized "olympic events" including sack races, hula hooping and water balloon tosses -- complete with a hand-stitched olympic flag and "Chariots of Fire" playing in the background. There were also olympic ring tattoos and gold medals for everyone. See? Jealous, right?

4. Dress appropriately for the battleship tour. They don't tell you this on the website for the USS North Carolina, so I'm going to give you the straight truth. We stopped in Wilmington on our way home to tour the WWII battleship. Being an actual battleship, it's very interesting, seriously enormous and crazy hot (no air conditioning) -- all of which they mention on the site. What they don't tell you is that you SHOULD NOT WEAR A SKIRT. My above-the-knee swingy knit skirt was great for the temperatures, but not so smart for climbing up and down the dozens of ladders all over the ship while strangers stand below. Now you know.

5. Popsicles are for breakfast. Or at least they are on check-out day. In year's past, I've always ended up throwing the leftover popsicles in the trash -- not like they're going to survive the trip home in the cooler. This year I was awarded Rock Star Mom status when I handed my kids popsicles and paper towels and sent them out on the deck at 9 a.m. while we packed up the house.

Now it's your turn. What random knowledge have you acquired this summer? Share with us so that all may know...

8 comments:

  1. "As a result, I've decided that all literary selections should come with a drink menu." I think I see a third Soter blog in the making...

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    1. Brilliant. All I need is an extra 10 hours a day for all the reading, drinking, writing and sleeping I'll need :)

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  2. I'm quite jealous! A week at the beach sounds lovely, and it seems like you guys really know how to make the most of it. Bravo!

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    1. We are seriously beach people -- couldn't survive without it.

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  3. You all did it right! I wish we would have gone with other people with kids, Audrey was all alone on our beach trip which meant we were the entertainment, and that meant zero r&r for the adults :o)

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    1. It does help -- although it also helps that the kids are older now, so they self-entertain better than the used to.

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  4. One of my college roommates shaved her face for this exact reason. I saw her on the street years later and can report she showed no signs of having grown a man beard as a result.

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    1. How did I never know about this? I'm so fuzzy (to use a polite term) that it makes me a little nervous -- thanks for the in-person testimonial.

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