Monday, August 17, 2015

TWTW - the one spent mostly in New Jersey

I had a blast at Sannelli Doyle day, even though we reached sweat inducing speeds passing a motorcycle club thinking our death soundtrack would be the Joan Baez version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.
Our first stop of the day:  The Anchor's Bend in Asbury Park to see our friend Mark's band Gringo Motel play. Let me tell you, I didn't expect the food to be as good as it was at a little bar on the beach. Collectively we had a shit ton of food - fish taco, lobster roll, cod sandwich, burger, calamari, crab brioche, chips & salsa & guac, cuban shrimp - it was all really good. As were the views, music, and company. The only bad thing is that the concrete floor with sand on it is slippery AF. I was basically doing the shuffle down the ramp out of there. No whammies no whammies.
Our second mission had to be aborted after we scored a sweet parking spot right out front. The Stone Pony. This is my second attempt to get into this joint. Is it ever open where you can just go in and have a drink and hope Bruce Springsteen walks in and sits down next to you and talks about his song lyrics? Things I should google.
We celebrated our fabulous friend Jill's 30th bowling party with Jill and family and friends at our third and final Sannelli Doyle day stop. Birthday joy, cheesesteaks, beers, a lipstick cake, bowling, and good friends. It was a solid end to a great day.
After visiting a grocery store for the first time in weeks (thanks grocery delivery for routinely saving me from that), I did my weekly food prep: grilled chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and onions, and steamed broccoli & cauliflower for lunches; celery and carrots for snacks; hard boiled eggs (shitty photo, yes?), nectarines, and power breakfast muffins from the freezer for breakfast; and grilled chicken, salmon, steamed veggies, and grilled potato and onion packets for dinners.
This photo of death and decay sums up my feelings on hausfrauing bullshit like deadheading flowers, the typical Sunday sheet change, general pickup (still cannot get the freaking dining room table cleared from recent travel, etc), and minor purging that I did while MFD was out working Saturday morning.
Sunday MFD had realtor things to do down the shore so I tagged along to steal two and half hours at the beach in the late afternoon. It was nice to have a hoagie under the umbrella, read some mags, and just chill out.
Have you forgotten what my dogs look like? Here are Gus and Geege chilling out back on Saturday morning - thanks to my awesome neighbors for letting them out during our long days out Saturday and Sunday. 

You heard nothing about Friday because I was in bed before 8 and slept for 11 glorious hours. Hallelujah and amen.

Sunday night I showered and painted my nails and slept a deep and blissful sleep. It was fabulous. I also came home to a detailed car, a surprise from MFD. I'd been bitching about it and he had someone come do it while we were out. I'll keep him for another week!

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So basically I was home Friday night and Saturday until 2, Saturday and Sunday nights to sleep, and spent the rest of the time cavorting around Jersey. 

We jammed a lot in this weekend and logged a lot of hours in the car. I'm tired and ready for another. You? 

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

29 comments:

  1. Wow. All awesome. I have never been to Asbury Park. That seafood!!!!! Bowling for a 30th is great. At the beach 2 days on a row-really great. Where is our little Maisel?! Only the boys would pose!? Wishing all of us a happy and peaceful week.
    Love, Your Momma

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  2. Sounds like a perfect summer weekend - all capped off with the beach! It's been so hot out I wish I went to the beach this weekend!!! Hope you have a great Monday!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. i love weekend getaways topped off at the beach. it was so hot this weekend we decided to head over to a conservation area where they had this amazing park and kayla played in the water all day. i read, enjoyed the shade and then fell asleep LOL

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  4. I am ready for another weekend too!! Looks like you made the best of it. Concrete steps and sand is never a good combo. I haven't been bowling in so long so that looks like fun!

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  5. It was great to see you at The Anchor's Bend!

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  6. Again beautiful pictures of New Jersey (may be I should add this to my travel bucket list). Gus and Geege look like they were having a very relaxing time :).

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  7. I seriously just laughed so loud at my desk! The part about the shuffle down the steps and no whammies. Crackin' up.

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    1. Glad I could start you off with a laugh on a Monday Dawn!

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  8. I wish I could've seen you sliding around at the bar! bahahahahah!
    I made the egg muffins last night but forgot about them this morning. I suck man. lol

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  9. Shore work is the best kind of work, MFD needs to do a lot more shore work!

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  10. That's a lot in one weekend! I really like The Stone Pony, but have only been to concerts there. That food looks/sounds delicious. No whammies!

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  11. haha i love the name "gringo Motel" that's awesome. Now I want food. I need to get on a grocery delivery. painting nails is so therapeutic.

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  12. Awesome weekend! :) That lipstick cake is so freakin' cool- and I love a good bowling night/celebration. So nice that you guys have awesome neighbors who help w/ the dogs. We barely speak to ours

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  13. i totally would have busted my butt on that concrete / sand floor. sounds like you had a fabulous weekend though, your monday posts always make me so hungry / inspired to meal plan. i could eat that entire pan of potatoes and onions. yum. meanwhile how awesome is that lipstick cake? i want.

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  14. man, in bed before 8!? That's a feat (at least for me). You must have felt great on Saturday. Looks like a fun weekend! I need some shore visits in my life!! Your hair looks really cute, I love the cut

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  15. I desperately need a night where I am in bed before 8. No one would beleive me if I said I did that and they might also think I was dying or something but I sure could use it!!!

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  16. The first paragraph had be cracking up! The day trip sounds awesome and live music is always fun! i would love to get 11 hours any day nowI do try to sleep in but I also go to bed super late on the weekends so that doesn't help.

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  17. That is an awesome surprise! I would love to have someone come and detail my car! Also is it weird that the picture of the dead headed flowers makes me sublimely happy? That is one of my favorite activities..even with the plants that I hate and wish would die!

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  18. Whenever I plan to go to bed early, I'm pretty sure anyone near me just laughs and laughs because they know there's no way in hell it will ever happen. I'm jealous of your 8PM bedtime. Not even kidding.

    I love your Springsteen dream. I also love that lipstick cake.

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  19. I love that you said 'hoagie'! No one in MD knows what a hoagie is and that's the only word I knew for a large sandwich filled with meats and cheeses growing up!!

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  20. Yay for a Jersey weekend. I'm jealous that you got to the beach twice. The Stone Pony is on my list next time we make it to Asbury Park. I wish summer lasted another three months.

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  21. What a fabulous weekend!!! All your food sounds just delightful and now I am really craving a cheese steak. I grabbed some nectarines this week too! Gotta eat them up before they are out of season again. Have a fabulous week!

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  22. Asbury has some really awesome spots and it's definitely improved itself tenfold over the past couple years. Hah, the Stone Pony is an amazing place but unfortunately I don't think the scenario you described is something that happens. Wouldn't it be nice though?

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  23. Looks like a fabulous weekend filled with friends, amazing looking food, and beach time! And yay for Gus and Geege <3

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  24. Looks like a really great weekend!

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  25. Hooray for eleven hours of sleep! You lead a very full and need some extra sleep hours from time to time.

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  26. That picture of Gus and Geege is THE BEST!!! Don't you just love when hole in the wall restaurants turn out to be good?! Those potatoes and onions look good - have you ever tried that with shallots??

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  27. Love the beach photo of you and MFD and YAY sleep!!

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  28. The Stone Pony is so beyond iconic. It can't ever be torn down... ever. I've been in there before. It's a total dive bar which just adds to the amazing factor.

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