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Tuesday in Surry

Posted by Ellis on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

I did leave this a.m. with every intention of going on a whale watching tour – I had already ordered my ticket Monday and the guy didn’t say anything about parking.  When it became obvious that I was never going to find a parking spot that didn’t say “2 hour limit” on it since the tour lasts 4 hours, I gave up and called them and asked if I could reschedule.  No problem, she said, and rescheduled it for tomorrow, then when I told her what happened, she said, “Oh, no, they don’t enforce any parking laws this time of year.”  Oh, well, that would have been good to know earlier, but it’s not like I’m on any sort of schedule that can’t be adjusted.  I did drive around Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island, then went to a grocery store to get some Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale or Beer to bring home but couldn’t find any of their Blueberry Soda and Root Beer – I did find the brewery, though, and will stop by there after the whale watching tour tomorrow.  I stopped by a going out of business gift shop and then came home.  I decided to try lobster tonight for supper so Lucy and I walked down to Perry’s Lobster Shack which is a short distance down the road.  On the way there, I saw the cottage next door’s security system which leaves a little bit to be desired but maybe they really don’t have any crime up here:

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Here’s another cottage down the road – it is tiny:

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Here’s the lobster shack:

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And the menu:

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And the lobster-heavy cart:

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And dinner – there was also cole slaw and a roll but I didn’t get a picture of them:

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I have never had lobster before – I’m not counting the lobster tails I cooked that were awful – but they need to come with instructions!  They are nothing like blue crab!

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Day 2 in Maine

Posted by Ellis on Monday, October 17th, 2011

Got up early to let the dog out – I did go back to bed, until I woke up with a tick running across my arm.  Of course I didn’t kill it or put it outside, I freaked out and threw it across the room so it’s still there, somewhere.  I think I’ll sleep in the other bedroom tonight.  Anyway, here is this morning, minus the tick:

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Here’s what I almost hit today after I went to the LL Bean Outlet in Ellsworth:

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Later on, Lucy and I went to see what the rest of this road looked like.

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And later, Lucy went nuts on the balcony – this is why:

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My vacation has begun! Finally!

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

I left yesterday, Saturday, and drove to New Jersey.  I set up the GPS to use a regular voice since Darth Vader just gets a little much when you are traveling but I did use the X-wing fighter from Star Wars:

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We made it all the way to Somerset, NJ and here are a few things we saw on the way there.

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And here is Lucy in the hotel, after she had major troubles trying to eat our of her travel bowl:

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But she finally figured it out, had some dinner and stretched out:

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Today we set out at 8:00 a.m. and managed to add an extra 1.5 hours to the trip due to traffic and stops that we needed to make anyway. I had a time getting from NJ to ME – New York posed a bit of a problem.

And I know I haven’t mentioned this yet but I’ve now spent more on tolls than I have on food (not including groceries that I bought for the trip). We are up to $39.95 right now. I have the breakdown in the notebook in my car but NY is the big winner of “highest tolls with the worst roads and worst attitudes of toll booth operators” award. One toll booth operator was so rude, after I paid him the money, I said “thanks” and he said, “whatever”. Damn, dude, I know it’s Sunday morning and everything, but it can’t be THAT bad, can it?

Whoa – wait a minute!  What the hell is going on in New Hampshire that they have state signs pointing out the liquor store that has its own exit on the interstate???  Don’t get me wrong – a liquor store, open on Sundays, easily accessible from the interstate?  Sounds like a plan.  Of course that may be the college student on the way to Mardi Gras talking, because the cough-cough year old me was very prepared and had no need for a Sunday liquor store stop.  :)   Anyway – I can hear the Bible-thumpers bitching about it now…

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I’m just not sure about New Hampshire – and I don’t even care – but I do think this is a little odd.

And finally, Lucy and I make it to Maine – and it is just beautiful!

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After we reached the cottage, I unloaded with NO help from Lucy, took a shower, then fixed a drink and got to enjoy it sitting on the balcony looking at this:

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I’m getting close to my running away from home trip and am grievously behind on posts.

Posted by Ellis on Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Due to all of our travels this summer, the garden died a horrible death.  As such, I have been seriously considering giving up, cancelling the domain name and starting fresh with something new.  I went so far as to reserve “ontheroadwithlucy.com” over at Blogger.  But that is limited to traveling only.  See my dilemma? Well, I will figure it out. If anyone has a good name for an everyday blog title, let me know. Obviously my plan for making this one into a book like so many others has died a horrible death.

So let’s go back to what has been happening around here. I know there are some Houston pictures missing but now those seem outdated. Once we returned home from Houston, we packed up again and went to Edisto with the niece and nephew. We got a kite, it flew away, the niece/nephew/Aunt Hazel tracked it to a house where it was stuck in the dunes and they got it back so the niece finally quit crying! On the way home we stopped at the big giant chair:

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Then back home, the kids dressed up in their cookin’ outfits and got to work:

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Then I fixed the niece’s hair like her doll’s:

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At some point during all of this, I made the s-niece’s sweet 16 birthday cake:

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And then made the niece’s birthday cake, although I have to credit the niece with a lot of the work – and she worked HARD!

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Before the big b-day party, we had a b-day night dinner of tacos for the niece and her doll:

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And she got lots of presents including a wardrobe for all of Riley and Kit’s clothes:

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The rest will have to be continued soon – before I run away from home and have many more pictures to post!

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ipad app testing

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Just testing to see if this actually works.

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Slack, slack, slack

Posted by Ellis on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

I’m so slack I can’t even find the pictures from the “Texas No. 3″ group – I know I uploaded them.  Or Kayleigh did – dammit – we are going to have to have a talk. 

Let me just tell you how this is going to go:

Ellis:   Hey, niece, weren’t you helping me upload all of those pictures so we could put them on the blog?

Kayleigh:  Yeah, and I did it.

Ellis:  Okay – but they aren’t there so you obviously didn’t do it.

Kayleigh:  Well, I wasn’t gonna do all of them ’cause some of them I said I didn’t want to go up!

Ellis:  What are you talking about?  You couldn’t take a bad picture if you tried to!

Kayleigh:  Huh? Whatever. I did what I was supposed to do.

Ellis:   Well, obviously you didn’t because it hasn’t been done.  Exactly what tells you that you have done what you are supposed to have done?

Kayleigh:  Because I have a head with a brain in it and it tells me to do stuff!

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Houston, TX #2

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, August 28th, 2011

We did finally make it to Houston.  On the first day there, we went into the city and somehow survived:

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Yeah, I’m not sure how we survived that – and the picture doesn’t do our horror justice and we have no pictures of our driving through horrific traffic during a monsoon. That was painful and can go down in history as the first time I actually pulled over for a storm – because as my Grandfather Knobeloch used to say – You should keep going because you will eventually get out of the storm – if you stop, you’re never going to get out of it. That is paraphrased but basically you should never pull over and sit – then it will pass you over, you’ll get back on the road and run into it again.

Anyway, we did make it to the Star Wars exhibit:

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I have a picture of the nephew with “Dark Vader” but I can only go through so many hundreds of pictures at a time, right?  Even the niece had a good time here, and she should have been as miserable as the nephew was in the American Girl Doll Store!

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I did mention we went to Houston, right? By CAR?

Posted by Ellis on Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Now that was a TRIP and that starts with T and that rhymes with P and that stands for PISSED.

Okay, not really that dramatic – and who actually caught that reference?

Anyway, we did – it took 7 months to get there – or 2 days – not sure now – and we saw some really cool stuff.

Let’s see, on Day 1, we made it to Georgia:

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Then to Alabama:

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And then we spent the night in Mobile, Alabama. On Day 2, we headed into Mississippi. We did manage to do a couple of geocaches on the way but did make it into Biloxi to dip our toes in the Gulf of Mexico.

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THEN we made it to Louisiana!

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And into New Orleans.

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We walked around in NOLA, did a little shopping, had some beignets, but then had to load back up and head to Texas.

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We made it to the hotel that night – right outside of Houston, near the Space Center – and slept – a long time! That was a long day!

To be continued…

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Atlanta Day 3

Posted by Ellis on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Now that I’m back from the Houston trip, might as well upload the Atlanta Day 3 pictures, huh?

On our last day in Atlanta, the niece go to visit the American Girl store, get her doll’s hair fixed and eat lunch in the Bistro. Fun trip!

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On the way home we stopped at the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, GA.

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And then it was home to get ready for the second trip of the summer, to Houston TX!

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Atlanta Day 2

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Wow – I didn’t realize I was so slack! I spent a week or so making a photobook of the Atlanta trip and just forgot. Plus, the garden is baking to death in this drought and I am going to have to rebuild the cage for next year because the squirrels and/or birds are eating what fruits and vegetables do manage to grow. :(

Then I got all over-involved in the Casey Anthony trial, the kids had camp, it’s just been busy! But let’s get back to that trip, before we go on another one and I get even further behind!

Day 2 – We braved the traffic into Atlanta, drove through my first toll booth, and managed to stay alive and find a decent parking place at the World of Coca-Cola so we had easy walking access to the WOC, aquarium and CNN, plus got to walk through the Olympic Park. And we managed to do all of that in one day!

First we went to the aquarium:

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Then we headed to the World of Coca-Cola for the tour and tasting room (the kids’ favorite part!). In between the 2 attractions which were across a courtyard from each other, there were a few photo ops.

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The tasting room!

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Matthew so excited to see the Coke bottles on the line, coming into the tasting room – and we each eventually got one of those Cokes to take home.

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Then we head over to CNN and take the tour. You can’t take pictures during most of the tour but we did get a few before the tour started, and a couple during the tour. In this first one, Kayleigh discovers she doesn’t like heights, just like me!

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We learned how the green screen works.

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Then the kids learned that CNN owns the Cartoon Network and they were then impressed!

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Okay, one more day to cover then I can worry about the next trip, right?

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