Tuesday, July 5, 2016

TWTW - the one with the Fourth

Bruce Springsteen was screaming from my windows as I tore through the dark, back roads to the shore on Thursday night. I worked from there until noon Friday, then ran errands on my bike. An unplanned errand was the purchase of this fabulous necklace from Henry's. Thanks MFD! Errands through, I rewarded myself for not falling off my bike or getting hit by a car in the crazy holiday weekend traffic with coffee & a donut from Drip n Scoop. I set up the porch and sat out there most of the day with the dogs and a book. 
A storm rolled in Friday night, and I rode my bike back along the bay scoping out the awesome skies. At one point it was so dark with a very thin line of pink on the horizon. I am a total sky ho.  
Speaking of skies, Saturday's sunrise:
After meeting up with my cleaning lady and doing some clean up / improvements in the main house myself between renters (I love white duct tape), I hit the beach. MFD arrived around 4:30 and we stayed down there until close to 7. This was actually the first time we were on the beach together this year.
After dinner at the Beach Club with a great view of the ocean and fabulous people watching, we went down to the beach because the water was like glass and the skies were beautiful.
Boardwalk trolling, shopping, and gelato. Manco & Manco is taking over the STRAND space and changing the sign out. I am pissed off and not patronizing them. 
Sunday started off drizzly. We rode our bikes down to the OC Surf Cafe in light rain and had a freaking awesome breakfast. We made a stop at Drip n Scoop for more coffee before riding through puddles down the alleys all the way home. That was fun, I haven't done it since I was a kid. After recording The Armchair Librarians with Jana, I hit The Bookateria Two for a paperback.
Sunday was an exceptional people watching day on the beach. Good thing, because I broke my brain reading and wasn't having any luck in that department, even with a new book it was slow going. We were going to go to Michelle's beach party over past Strathmere but never made it out of town or even out to dinner. Lazy bones day. 
Sunday night porch sitting & a nice visit from our favorite beauty guru blogger and friend Jill & Frank. I look like a troll in this photo and Jill was all I didn't blowdry my hair (neither did I and hers still looks better than mine) but it's the shore, so it's fine. We're fine. 
Monday, the Fourth of July. I got up and I was tired. It looked overcast at first glance. I nearly went back to bad. Holy shit I'm glad I didn't. It was a skies on fire sunrise. When I first got to the beach, it was literally glowing pink. The entire thing was amazing, and once again all the magic (to me) happens at least 15 minutes before the sun actually rises. If you prefer video, click here
The bonus was the rainbow coming out of the sea behind me.
I left early and was home before 9 a.m. I spent most of the day doing laundry and resting after going to the food store. I chilled, I grilled, and when MFD got home from his parades, we ate and watched Independence Day. And listened to Geege and Mae bark themselves sick over fireworks. 
Weekly food prep
Breakfast is egg muffins with asparagus and cheese with a side of power breakfast muffins (no pics, no cares). Lunch is leftovers from the Fourth dinner (grilled chicken thighs/smoked kielbasa/organic hotdogs - I know, what? - macaroni salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon) until they're gone, then salads. Snacks: peaches, plums, cucumbers. 

Assorted snaps that didn't make it in the collages above or Instagram...this is how I document life, after all.

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I'm off Friday...three day week, here I am. Thank God, because SEPTA regional rail is in a world of pain right now and I suspect every commute for the foreseeable future will be a big hairy asshole. 

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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending &

Weekly Wrap Up

30 comments:

  1. Oooo La La ~ that necklace! I checked out the website, and I'd like the blue diamond bangle bracelet...thank you very much.
    Allllll the sky pictures are amazing. What glorious colors!

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  2. That sunrise was unreal - when you shared that on insta I wished I could have seen that in person! Your new necklace is gorgeous, nice treat for sure! Hope you have a great start to the week! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Gorgeous sunrise!!! Kudos to you for getting up that early.

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  4. Rainbow out of the ocean! The best. Mae's little face. All the pics! A dream come true long weekend at Stephanie's beach house. Goddess speed on the commute! Oh, Septa!
    Love. Your. Momma.

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  5. Your sunrise pictures are always stunning! Enjoy your short work week!

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  6. early mornings are beautiful; best time of the day!

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  7. That necklace is so pretty! And those sunrises were spectacular. What a gift to start each day with that!

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  8. This sounds like the best weekend ever, filled with lots of reading and relaxing at the beach! And can we talk about that sunrise! So completely beautiful! That's definitely worth waking up for!

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  9. Looks like quite a wonderful weekend, indeed. Your sunrise pictures were insane, thanks for sharing them with us this weekend. And did you say gelato?

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  10. I'm considering taking Friday off as well because I have summer fever - or maybe it's pool fever? - and being trapped in the office feels wrong.
    What did you do with white duct tape?

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  11. I always love your sky photos. That necklace is gorgeous! Looks like a really great & delicious weekend.

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  12. Your beach sunrises are the bomb diggity.

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  13. I'm glad you're a sky ho - your pictures are just gorgeous. I could sit out & watch the sky all day long too :)
    That little bookstore. I think I'd visit there every day if that was close to me.

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  14. I've noticed that clouds really make the sunrise/sunset more incredible! The video is awesome. Livin' the life!

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  15. damnnn so many amazing sky pics - i too am a sky ho (as you know). glad you had a good weekend; cannot imagine not having access to the beach in the summer...is there anything better??

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  16. I am in love with that sunrise. What a fun weekend! One of my fur babes isn't a big fan of fireworks, either. The other one couldn't care less. Your posts always make me wish we had a shore house :) I'm so glad we're leaving for vacation on Sunday, haha!

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  17. Messy hair and the beach just go together. Like messy hair and summer too.
    Is that frozen custard? My favorite.
    Great rainbows too.

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  18. I saw your picture on Insta of the sunrise and it was beautiful! Glad you were able to see that. Sounds like you had a very nice weekend.

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  19. GAHHHH, those sky pictures are amazing! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I love beach people watching and eavesdropping.

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  20. Oh those sunrise pics are amazing, all of your beach pics really! Looks like a fabulous weekend!

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  21. i loved your sunset pics. Looks like you were doing it right! with the Boss and all.

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  22. Wow you caught some amazing skies over the weekend. Saturday and Monday were incredibly gorgeous. The OC Surf Cafe sounds delicious for breakfast. I love little spots like that especially on "vacation".

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  23. Sounds like you had an amazing weekend! The photos are all so gorgeous -- I really want to go to the beach now :)

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  24. I love it all . . . but the dogs, skies and ice cream photos are my favorites! So glad you had a lovely weekend at the shore . . . what a blessing to spend the holiday by the sea!

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  25. jealous of your 3 day week! the sky on the 4th - holy gorgeous. that looks amazing. my hair was god awful most of the cruise, it's hard to care when you're on vacation or around water. what's the point? all the food looks so good, i still have 2 hours till lunch and it's a boring salad, so i'm already sad haha.

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  26. The skies have been epic lately and I can't get enough of them. Your pics from the 4th are my favorite of the summer so far.

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  27. We avoided the beach all holiday weekend except for fireworks viewing. Not only is it packed full of tourists there have been rip current warnings for the last 7 days with no end in sight.

    I love the sunrise on the 4th, it's so awesome when the whole sky turns a color besides blue.

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  28. The necklace is absolutely gorgeous and I am super jealous! Also I love your sunrise photos they make my mornings when I see them. A lot of times you get better sunrises than I do here as it's been fairly overcast the summer. Also I can't always be up in time for the sunrise or if I am I am definitely not out and about taking photos of it!

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  29. That necklace is gorgeous! Any significant meaning to it? We had the loudest damn storm Monday night... Your dogs would have given themselves a heart attack between it and the fireworks! Love those beautiful red skies. Absolutely brilliant.

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