Good morning from Ocean City, New Jersey! The good news is, we all made it here safely yesterday after a very trafficky drive through Philadelphia and across the Walt Whitman Bridge, and our rental home is beautiful.
You never know quite what you’re going to get with an Airbnb until you arrive, but this one has exceeded our expectations, which were already fairly high due to the online photos & description. There are about 10 of us, and there’s plenty of space to spread out, sit around the table, and hang out in the common areas. Plus, it’s practically brand new and decorated beautifully.
The bad news is, I realized when I was getting ready for bed last night that I forgot to bring any contacts other than the ones in my peepers. I’m blind as a bat without them, and I wear daily wear lenses, so I can’t make this one pair last all week.
I packed rather haphazardly for this trip, and I didn’t go through my master packing list (which I almost always do, even if it’s at the last minute as I’m rushing out the door.) I ironically pronounced, when we were pulling out of our driveway, that I had the essentials and anything I forgot I could buy at the shore.
Well. As it turns out, I can’t buy contacts at the shore! Almost anything else, I could replace down here, but not that.
It seems like I always forget something major when we come to the beach. One year, we left the laundry basket with all of our beach and bath towels at home. That time, we just bought new ones rather than driving back. But then there was the year that I left my entire suitcase at home! Paul took one for the team, and drove back home for that. So yeah, as hard as I try, there’s always something…
Last night, I put saline solution into shot glasses and dropped my contacts in so I can get another day out of them, and I’m leaving shortly to drive back home and retrieve my weekly supply. At least the traffic shouldn’t be too bad on a Sunday morning. (And yes, I have my glasses, but I don’t want to wear them all week at the beach. I can’t wear sunglasses with them, and I can’t even see to do my makeup without my contacts, lol!)
I also want to check on Savannah, who is having a terrible time with the fireworks in the evenings. She’s never loved them, but she used to just hide somewhere dark and quiet. This year, she’s shaking and panting and whining… she’s a mess.
There have been fireworks going off somewhere in the vicinity of our neighborhood the past two nights, and we still have three more to go!
David was stuck at home with her last night, but he goes back to camp this afternoon, and our house sitter will have to contend with it. Thankfully she’s really good with dogs, and Savannah loves her. Any advice, other than meds?
I guess I could call an emergency vet and try to get her something. I feel so bad for her. She’s getting old, and her nerves are really fragile, I guess.
In other news, thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday. I had a nice day, although we didn’t really do anything special. I bought a gluten-free birthday cake on our way out of town, so the celiacs among us could partake. And other than that, it was mostly a day of packing and traveling.
I also had to get my driver’s license renewed and shoot photos for a Gap Factory campaign before we left yesterday, so I’m just happy to be here, and I’m looking forward to a fun week with the family.
Alrighty, that’s enough chatter from me! I better get on the road so I can get back in time to enjoy the beach this afternoon. If you’re shopping today, I updated the 4th of July Sales post with a few new additions.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and happy belated Canada Day to our friends to the north! I hope you all had a nice celebration yesterday.