Good morning! We’re back from vacation, and of course it’s always good to be home, but I sure do miss the beach. Every time we go, I wonder why we don’t go more often. The Jersey Shore is only two or three hours from here, depending on traffic.
In fact, yesterday we made it home in under two hours. It was a modern day miracle! We got up early and were on the road by 8AM, and that was definitely the right move. Checkout time for most Jersey Shore weekly rentals is 10AM on Saturday morning, so our goal was to beat the “rush hour” traffic, and we did exactly that.
We had a really nice week. The weather was amazing, and we enjoyed spending time with Paul’s family. His mom and part of his sister’s family were with us the whole week, and we saw both of his brothers during our stay.
Plus, it was the first vacation I’ve had in a long time where I was able to truly relax. I spent hours on the beach almost every day, just listening to music or a podcast. I didn’t even read… although that wasn’t intentional. I left my book at home. D’oh. It was okay, though. I really just wanted to do nothing, and I did for a large portion of each day.
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses, though. My dental issues still aren’t resolved, and while the pain isn’t as severe as it was at first, I know something isn’t right. I have an appointment with my endodontist on Tuesday to see what’s next because we need to get to the bottom of this.
I also developed a nasty stye in one eye (the same side of my face, naturally.) I’ve had them before but never this large and in charge.
And as if that wasn’t enough drama, I lost my eyeglasses. I always put them on first thing when I wake up in the morning, but I couldn’t find them yesterday so I just put my contacts in and figured they would turn up.
As I was driving home yesterday, I was racking my brain, trying to recall what might have happened to them, and I remembered that I knocked something off the nightstand when I was reaching for my phone in the night. I heard something clatter, and I figured I’d look for it in the morning.
I did actually look, as I was unplugging my charging cables to pack up, but I didn’t see anything, and at that moment, I wasn’t looking for my glasses. I assumed it was one of my hair clips, which are a dime a dozen, so I didn’t pursue it. But it must have been my glasses because they haven’t turned up. Why I didn’t put two and two together at the time, I have no idea.
And also, why do I not have a backup pair of eyeglasses, since they are this important? I do not know.
My husband, the Boy Scout, has three backup pairs… I am actually wearing one of his when my eyes are too dry from the contacts, but I can’t see distance very well with them.
I’m waiting to hear back from the owners of the beach house, who are actually there this week. They’re going to try to find them, and I’m praying they do. Otherwise, I have no idea how long it will take to get a new pair, and I can’t wear contacts 24/7. So yeah. Never a dull moment, I tell ya!
Despite all that, I had a really nice birthday on Friday. My kids decorated the house with streamers, so that was a fun surprise when I woke up that morning.
It was our last day of vacation, so we stayed on the beach until almost dinnertime. After that, we came back and showered and packed up, and then went to the boardwalk one last time.
We split up after a while, and I took a leisurely walk back by myself. It was getting chilly, so I detoured off the boardwalk and went through town. It was fun to look at houses and see everyone walking back from the beach, all happy and sun-kissed and wind-blown.
It’s kind of weird to think I’m 50, but as cliché as it sounds, age is really just a number. I’m just happy to be here!
I hope those of you here in the States enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend!