Saturday, August 14, 2010

Octopus's Garden

It's been awhile since I blogged.  Think of this as a catch up post.  During the last week in July, Shawn and I had our "staycation" and our third wedding anniversary.  It was a busy week.  Next year I'm actually going to to go somewhere so that I don't over schedule like that again, and so that I don't go into work and work at home again.  I figure that over the course of my vacation, I worked about a normal day. But things ran fairly smoothly so it was probably for the best.  I already blogged about the first day of my vacation, but the yarn I got at the factory give away thing is still cracking me up.  Check out this picture.  I put a strand of sock yarn (fingering weight) for comparison for the knitters on one side, and a large paperclip on the other side for the non knitters.  The strand of yarn is obviously in the middle.  How freaking small is that??  It's still making me laugh.  I'm going to have to dye some and test knitting it, just for giggles.
On Monday during our vacation we had Lora K's boys for the day. So it was all Wii all the time, particularly since Shawn had gotten the new Harry Potter lego game for the Wii.   On Tuesday I went into the office to sign stuff for a couple of hours.  Since I get up at the crack of dawn whether I want to or not, and as Shawn sleeps in every morning due to working late shifts, he didn't even notice I'd gone in.  In the afternoon we went to one of chain of new Used Book Superstores that have opened.  We went to the Salem location.  They charge $1.99 for paperbacks and $2.99 for hardcovers.  I had a coupon so I got 12 books for $11.94, so I was pleased.

Wednesday the 28th was our anniversary, so we decided to go for a Portsmouth Harbor Cruise, which was really nice. Fairly inexpensive too, and we got a discount for having Triple A. I think it wound up costing $30 for both of us. We had a nice ride around the harbor and heard a story about how Humphrey Bogart alleged got his scar and lisp when he was a marine escorting a prisoner to the naval prison pictured to the left which totally looks more like a castle. There were some other historical tidbits about the role of the harbor in the Revolutionary War and World War II, but the specifics have escaped my memory now. We got a little sun burned but it was a really pretty tour and nice to be on the water. I posted a more complete album of photos on facebook. 

The tour took less time than we thought it would, and our dinner reservations weren't until 7:00 pm, so we drove to Nubble Lighthouse which is just a bit north of the York Harbor Inn where we were having dinner.  The York Harbor is where we got married.  We took more pictures of course, and I've posted the complete album on facebook.

I did get a couple of nice shots of seagulls flying which surprised me.  The digital camera is slow.
Dinner at the York Harbor Inn unfortunately was a huge disappointment.  It appears to have gone downhill severely since we were last there, to the point that even with the sentimental value to the place, I doubt we'll go back unless we've heard things have improved.  I even wrote them a letter with the comment card expressing our concerns, which I mailed just about two weeks ago now, and I have not received a response, which is even more disappointing.  But we did have a really good special day, even with the food being kind of lousy.
I can't believe that it's been three years since we got married, and in December it will be seven years since we met.  How is that possible?

Blogger is giving me fits with formatting with the pictures in this, so I'll continue on in another post.

Stay tuned.

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