Monday, April 23, 2018

TWTW - the one with just one dog

This weekend was just me and Bruce at the shore. Having had two dogs for like 10 years and three for at least five but probably more like six or seven, it was so weird to just have the one with me. Weird and extremely easy. 

Bruce and I got to the shore Thursday night around 9 after packing, running the dishwasher, washing a load of towels, etc. I worked from there Friday which meant lunch was a beach walk. 
After work I applied an initial coat to one of the dressers upstairs (Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue). Bruce supervised which made me nervous as fuck but he was really good and stayed away from the paint. 
To reward both of us, we headed down to Corson's Inlet and hiked through the trail to the beach where we came upon the mother lode of shells high up in the sand and not a soul in sight. I was not paying attention to where we were going but Bruce, born in Sea Isle, led the way back around to the car. He is a shore dog through and through. We hung out and watched the sunset - that's the sun glowing red going down reflected on me, not a red face - then went home and cleaned shells and read. 
Saturday sunrise + a 45 minute beach wog down to the Music Pier. The erosion from the numerous N'oreasters is just incredible on some beaches - there's quite a drop off as you can sort of see in the puddle photo. 
After a short rest I was back at the Music Pier to register for the beach clean up, then I spent some time on my beach doing that. The plastic is literally killing us.
Another coat of paint on the dresser, then a three hour tour down Asbury Avenue to get Bruce used to people and noise. It took so long because he stops and stares at shit and won't move. We also paused in front of The Chatterbox for a long time. Under new ownership this season, the old girl is being lovingly restored to her former glory. Aside from a quick run to Bennie's for scalded milk cake during which I realized I looked like a giant blueberry, we stayed in and I read most of the afternoon.
Another jaunt down to the beach followed by my favorite picky dinner and Legally Blonde. 
Sunday sunrise - often behind the sunrise is as pretty or prettier as the sunrise itself.
Coffee, relaxing, cleaning our apartment, finding storage for my new shells, 
taking everything out of the kitchen closet and priming it with spray primer due to laziness, then cleaning up the dust that kicked up, a clear coat on the dresser - I let it pull through white on purpose, and a last jaunt to the beach. We were supposed to come home Monday, but we didn't. 
We should have, because when I got home the house was a disaster, the dishes I ran in the dishwasher Thursday night were still freaking in there, I spent a zillion minutes on the phone with Comcast on MFD's behalf, and the ants are back, hence the borax sugar water appetizer. At least dinner was good and no one did any murdering? And by no one I mean me. 


Weekly food prep: scrambled eggs with spinach for breakfast, hummus/veggies/pita for lunch, dinner is probably going to be ham and potato soup and leftovers from the grilling. Cantaloupe for a snack.



This was the first Sunday night in forever that I've purposefully gone to bed without TWTW queued up for the next day. I can only recall doing that one other time and it involved me still being in my bathing suit in a bar at the shore at like midnight.  The other times I've missed Mondays I knew ahead of time that I would. No real reason for mentioning this except to note that while I do love to recap weekends this way for my own memories - what did I use? where did I go? was that that weekend? - it felt freeing to not do that on the time table I usually do. Also to say that if photos and collages sized the way I wanted them to on my phone, I'd never have a thought about doing that again - I've done this so many times, it's second nature. 


22 comments:

  1. Tell me more about this scalded milk cake! Love your shore pictures :)!

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  2. Sounds like a fabulous weekend at the shore, just you and Bruce. You guys found some awesome shells! Love where you are displaying them.

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  3. Grandmom made that cake but called it hot milk cake. I’ve never heard it served anywhere. Hello from the other sideπŸ’–. It’s a dream come true you are in OCNJ. Oh. The. Plastic. I swear I just read a pop up ad about something that eats plastic. Wish I could’ve beamed myself there for the beach walks and the Asbury walk.
    Goddess speed to all for a happy week.
    Love. Your. Momma. PS I didn’t make my coffee the night before last night. I’ve been looking for your TWTW blog all day πŸ’–πŸ˜‡✨πŸ¦„πŸ•ŠπŸ€πŸŒžπŸ™πŸŒŠπŸŒ 

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  4. Sounds like such a peaceful weekend. Busy but peaceful. I want to like the shore but I have. Serious sand problem as in I hate the feeling of it on my feet. I also can’t sit quietly for any length of time without my mind racing.
    As far as plastic is concerned today I was working on analogies with my student. Car is to metal as a bottle is to ( in my head I answered glass) my student answered plastic. So that’s where we are as a society at 8 yrs old ugh. Obviously both answers are correct but interesting answer.

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  5. Always love seeing your pictures. So peaceful.

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  6. Oh gosh Bruce boy is too adorable! Glad you got to spend some time relaxing at the shore with one pup instead of 3. I'm glad we took Lola out as a baby to interact with other dogs and humans. She loves everyone! Even my in-laws cat doesn't phase her. Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  7. Bruce is so stinking cute. Every single time I just go "eeee" lol. I really love the color you painted the dresser.

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  8. What a great weekend for you & Bruce.

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  9. Sounds like another great shore weekend! Those shells are amazing!

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  10. Sounds like it was a wonderful weekend at the shore. Bruce is so adorable!!

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  11. They really need to make some laws against all the plastic. breaks my heart & its like no one cares & its too inconvenient to change to something earth friendly.

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  12. 'Tis the season for ants. Hate them. And they only show up one at a time so I don't really know where they're coming from or what's attracting them. I'll have to try the borax snack for them soon. Love your pictures! And no to all the plastic - it makes me sad to think of how many years no one really recycled anything and that just makes me more vigilant now.

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  13. What a fantastic weekend! Bet Bruce loved having his Mama's attention all to himself. And yes, plastic is killing us. All the plastic I see on the beach makes me so angry. Once upon a time, I'd have been irritated when LA County banned plastic bags but living here and seeing how harmful it is, completely changed my mind.

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  14. After seeing the pics from the weekend, I see why you didn't have the post queued up. You were spending time at a place you love, without time constraints. Cherish that :)
    The sunrise photos get me every time--thanks for always posting those. Mmm you mentioned Bennies and my mouth started watering :)

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  15. What a lovely relaxing weekend for you and Bruce! As always, stunning photos of sunrise. Is that chicken you grilled? Looks yummy!

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  16. Aw, I love Bruce! I bet he enjoyed being the only child for a bit!

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  17. Sounds like a great weekend! I bet Bruce enjoyed having you all to himself!

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  18. Plastics are such an issue! I'll never understand people who can't clean up after themselves or recycle. I know a few people doing studies on micro plastics and it is downright terrifying. It is in so much like the water we drink and fish we eat. Hope Bruce enjoyed his solo puppy time! And I love that color blue.

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  19. What a fun and productive weekend at the shore for you and Bruce!! I love that blue color you used on the dresser!

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  20. I'm super impressed that Bruce stayed out of the paint. I definitely expected some paw prints. I love that he's such a shore dog. You should let him lead you around on a regular basis and see what you find. ;)

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