WeCation

Yep, Hubs and I took a Wee Staycation.  AKA a small vacation where we never left our 50 mile radius.  The kids are off far and wide, grandparents, dad’s, etc. etc.

We didn’t do much.

And it was GLORIOUS.

We hit the beach, a beachside bar for lunch, had oysters, just did what grown folk do.

And I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeded that. 

Bad.

I don’t see him much with his job.  And when I do, he is waking up to go back to work and there are kids all over the place.

So, now that this staycation is coming to a close, we are about to have 4 kids in the house as of Sunday. 

How does one cook for 6 people for 10 days.

Hmm?

Tips.  Taaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiipppppppppssssss, pls.

Because I am about to make a 55 gallon drum of spaghetti and call it a day.

Super MOM! 

Hope all has been well my friends.

As Always,

Woman on Pause

Vacation with a side of Teaser

So.  The hubs and I were able to jet (Drive our awesome Fusion) up to North Carolina this weekend. Three days of visiting friends, eating our faces off, and some of the best cocktails I have ever sampled.

Um, hell’s yes.

We cram tons of activities in a very small amount of time.  It is Insane!  Literally.  Once we got home at 1pm on Monday, we just laid.  Not sexy time laid, like LAID on the couch.  We didn’t move.  Exhausted.

Between 11pm Friday night and 2am Sunday night, we crammed in all of the activities.  And all of the food.  For example,

Appetizer 1 of 45

We hit a Durham Bulls game.

Beautiful Stadium

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Was a PERFECT day for Baseball

And of course anyone who has seen “Bull Durham” can appreciate this…

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The Bull is not shy. From the front or the back.

Then a bar, then another bar, then one more Irish Bar.

BTW,

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Enough said.

Then the next day we go to visit a friend in Chapel Hill, who own’s a bar.  Coincidence I swear.  We ate dinner at a place called, “Top of the Hill” and it was amazing.  Grit cakes, shrimp, sweet potato fries, and local Ale.  Good Times had by all.

Then we went back to our friends establishment and were completely blown away by the Bartenders skills.  Actually they were SKILLZ.  I have never had such wonderfully refreshing cocktails made with fresh fruit and ingredients.  I think I sampled four, and they were all so amazing, I was blown away.

Slightly glad we don’t have bartenders like that around here.  Way too tasty.

Good time had by all. Bonus,the fact that me and the hubs got to feel like adults for a little bit.  Everyone needs that.

Teaser,

Major Announcement coming next Wed.  Hold tight, it is all going to change.
(And that is a good thing)

As always,

Woman on Pause

Summer Reads & What-not’s

Where have I been?  Where have YOU been?

Just kidding. 

I have had a very busy couple of weeks.  My husband and I took a much-needed three-day escape to Savannah GA where we were able to glimpse into our lives away from our kids. 

It was glorious. 

While it goes without saying we love and adore our children, they eat up every free minute we have.  As they should, that’s kind of the point.  And 99 out of 100 times we really don’t mind having to drive here, watch this game, homework, meals, weekends, calls about questionable behavior, vomiting, colds, laundry, unruly hair, and the 1,228,004 things that comes along with having children.

We truly don’t.

But we are also firm believers that it is essential to nourish your marriage.  We have been down the aisle before and are trying out best to learn from our past mistakes and be kind to our marriage. 

And so we took our first three-day weekend alone.  The only one we have ever taken in almost two years. 

I think we were due.

On top of that, and normal life, I did manage to begin and finish two books.  Of which I highly recommend. 

 

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

*Note:  When I began reading “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen I had no clue there was going to be a movie.  And much to my chagrin that it was going to star Robert Pattinson.  Who I am sure is a doll, but frankly his over exposure made me less than pleased with the casting.  I have a firm rule, I rarely break; if I read it I won’t watch it and vice versa.

I have only broken this rule a very few times.  The Shining was one and then there was the notebook.  The more I read I find this rule harder to follow, but I still try very hard to stick to my guns on this one.  The characters in my head when reading are always completely different from the actors picked.  (Exception – The Shining.  No one could have played that better.  Go Team Jack)

So, that being said, for my work book club we were assigned “Water for Elephants” and I truly enjoyed it.  And I recommend it to someone looking for a nice summer read.  I am extra pleased to have read it because honestly I would have never chosen it on my own.  So it was a pleasant surprise how much I liked something that seemed outside of my tight little snobby reading genre.

The next book I read was “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen.

"Freedom" By Jonathan Franzen

Note: I listen to books.  Via Audible.com.  I also highly recommend this especially for fellow commuters.  If it weren’t for audible I wouldn’t ever get to read/listen/experience books at all.

I had previously read, “The Corrections” by Franzen and while at first I felt I had to look up every other word out of the readers mouth, I ended up becoming very invested in the characters and at the end of the day truly enjoyed the book.  It was a very intellectual but honest slice of life story.

Same thing for “Freedom.” I am in awe of how he is able to take every day nuances and bring them out without making the story about them.  He uses detailed descriptions to develop characters in a way that blew me away.  I hope to see more from Franzen.

So, this concludes my, “Where have you been?” and what I recommend for Summer Reading post.

I am hoping to be able to give you all a little piece of something I have written soon.  Now that things have slowed down somewhat I am chomping at the bit to get back to writing.

Feel free to recommend some good books here as well!

PS –

Ever time you see the word, recommend in this post, it was misspelled.  Oh the shame…

PPS –

And it should also be noted I misspelled, Misspelled.  What in the hell, I have no business writing.  Jeez.
As always,
Woman on Pause

Photo Credits:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43641.Water_for_Elephants

http://www.kadisera.com/2011/2010-best-books-jonathan-franzens-freedom.html/jonathan-franzen-freedom