Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cape Cod

Last week Derek and I packed up the car (a whole one bag each) again and took off for his cousin’s wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The morning was fairly uneventful, but the weather was cooperative. I didn’t start to get really excited until we approached Boston. Something about the city ignites adrenaline in me and I almost begged to skip the tunnel underneath Boston and head in for lunch!

We didn’t arrive in Chatham until nearly dinnertime so we checked into our hotel and drove around the little town before meeting up with his family for a BBQ in Eastham. We took a short walk on the beach and saw the Chatham Lighthouse, which I have to say was a little disappointing in size.

Next door to the hotel we barbequed at was a miniature golf place so Derek and I decided to have a go. I forgot my camera in the car so there aren’t pictures but I obviously dominated ;) (Just don’t ask him for his opinion on the score!)

The wedding was the following afternoon so we had plenty of time in the morning to wander the town more thoroughly. We went for lunch at the Chatham Squire and were quite excited about our stuffed clam appetizer and assorted seafood platter consisting of fried clams, calamari, shrimp and scallops. After lunch we walked through town looking for a belt for Derek’s suit since we packed in a hurry and he left his in Vermont.

The ceremony was held at the Chatham Bars Inn, right on the beach. It was absolutely stunning even though it rained on us a little bit. I wish it had been sunny for the sake of pictures, but it certainly didn’t ruin the wedding!

Following the wedding ceremony we all stepped inside the boathouse for a reception complete with champagne, snacks and dancing.

We woke up the next morning to beautiful sunshine but had to check out of the hotel by 10am. Instead of hopping in the car and driving home we decided to enjoy the Cape a little longer and drove to meet Derek’s sister for breakfast in Hyannis. We sat outside at The Egg and I, and before breakfast was over my skin was completely crispy. Such is the product of seeing no sunshine since May (it’s been a rainy summer in Vermont!)

While we ate breakfast the funeral procession for Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed by. No pictures of course, I didn’t want to be disrespectful… although I did get waved at by Ted Kennedy from the back seat of a limousine!

To conclude our time on the Cape we went for a walk down to the harbor.

The trip was a much needed relaxing getaway, but there’s something so refreshing about the mountains in Vermont. It’s good to be home.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Shadow Lake Getaway

As promised, here are the photos from our adventure to the summer cottage on Shadow Lake! Derek and I woke up at the crack of noon on Wednesday and packed the truck with our few belongings for the trip. The drive didn’t seem very long, but the lake is a solid hour and a half away. Once we arrived we began to get settled in and since I haven’t been able to take photographs in quite some time I took great pleasure in walking around the yard in my bare feet to capture the view.

Before nighttime settled in Derek and I decided to take a stroll around the lake and check out the other summer camps. We walked down and stuck our toes in the lake but decided it was most definitely too cold to swim in!

Once we finished our walk we grabbed a couple cans of soda and sat on the edge of the dock as the sun began to set.

As dinnertime neared we decided to take a ride up to the local general store to see what it had to offer. Derek decided he wanted to make us bacon wrapped scallops and steamed mixed veggies and I was in no position to turn down being cooked for! We played a few rounds of rummy while we waited for dinner to finish cooking and even opened up a jigsaw puzzle of a French café after dinner. I wish I could relax that way and be disconnected from the internet, cell phone, TV craze ALL the time!

I had a wonderful time taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and am so grateful he asked me to accompany him! It’s too bad summer is nearing its end because I would love to go back and visit again, but I suppose there’s always next summer!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lost but not forgotten!

Aye Carumba! It would appear that I have long forgotten my blog. The real problem lies within the fact that I lost my camera charger and have had no pictures to tell tales about! I found it last week though and will soon have some new pictures to share. In the meantime though I’ll give a quick update about what’s been happening with me this summer.

I moved into a new apartment about 40 minutes south of my old city. I miss it up there and seeing all of my friends very much but it was a decision based around finances – or lack thereof. My apartment here is very cute! I managed to take a couple pictures with my new cell phone:

I’ve been hired on as a waitress at a little local BBQ joint here called Ed’s Barrr-B-Q. The staff is super fun to work with and we even get complimented on the food by southerners that stop in to visit! I’m a huge fan of the sweet tea of course. In addition to working in the restaurant we also run a concessions stand at the Vermont Moutaineers baseball games and even cater special events such as the Ted’s Flying Hogs Bikini Bike Wash.

Although the summer has been super rainy (worse than last year possibly) we’ve been having some decent weather lately. So tomorrow I am heading to a lake cottage in the Northeast Kingdom with my bartender boyfriend, Derek, for a little relaxation.

Also next week if I can swing a few days off at the restaurant we’ll be heading down near the Cape in Massachusetts for his cousin’s wedding. I’m very excited and will definitely have lots of pictures to share from those two outings when we get back!

We’ve also headed to the local racetrack a couple times this summer. Thunder Road hosted Tony Stewart the first time we went so I got to watch him race the local guys. There was a big buzz that he might be purchasing the track so it might not be the last time this little town sees a big star!Last week the King, Richard Petty was here to do a press conference and meet and greet fans. He didn’t race of course but having his presence at the track was pretty unbelievable. My favorite fan question was from a seven-year-old little boy who wanted to know why he always wears a big cowboy hat! The King’s answer? Because he didn’t want to put on the ‘wrong’ hat at the end of a race and make any sponsors angry. Smart guy!

In other small news I just turned 22. It was sort of anti-climatic, but then are there really any good birthdays left after one turns 21? I put in 12 hours at the restaurant, headed to the bar for about three hours and headed home for the night. A little good fun with a couple good friends, I suppose there isn’t really anything else to ask for!

My applications and registrations processes are in progress at the University of Alaska and the Community College of Vermont where I’ll be taking online courses to finish up my degree by May.

Overall life is going well. I’ll try to be better about getting on here now that my camera is back in action!