On Monday I had the wonderful pleasure of heading down to the beach with a friend for a wonderful, kid-free day. Now, I know that doesn’t make me sound like parent of the year material or anything, but when you are around a 2.5 year old ALL THE TIME you need that break. Back to the beach story, it was wonderful. Truth be told it was everything I don’t remember about Connecticut beaches except for the cold water. That is to say the sand was nice and not overly rocky, the weather was warm, sky was clear and it wasn’t horrifically humid. Yeah!!!!
I totally forgot to bring my camera (and a towel) so I offer you this picture (credit) I found online:
Doesn’t that look fabulous? Unfortunately it ultimately was the scene of that unwanted visitor known as sunburn. Absurdly I rather thought my legs were stuanchly resistant to the sun and that no way would anything change the pasty appearance of them. I was wrong. I am now sporting a rather impressive sunburn from about the knee down – including the tops of my feet. You know it’s going to be bad when you’re turning red before you leave the beach (in my case only about two hours after being on the darned thing). This is also my first experience with sand fleas. Color me not impressed.
Back to the good parts of this outing (aside from hanging with an awesome friend) we also went to a couple bookstores. There are three Book Barns in Niantic and we went to two of them. I walked away with this pile (well, that pile plus two romance novels I didn’t photograph):
One might wonder at how much such a haul would cost and I’m here to tell you the answer. $25. Really. All the paperbacks and children’s books (excepting the Winnie the Pooh volume) were a dollar a piece, the two hardcovers were $4 a piece. I wish I had taken pictures of the wondrousness that was the two branches of the Book Barn, but suffice it to say many of the shelves were floor to ceiling and there were tons. You want a novel with out of print covers? Want to spend a buck or, in some instances, five on said books? This is the place for you. I’m the last person that needs to buy any books, but for a buck or four a piece why should I resist? The only thing I’ll do different next time is to bring a list of titles to look up for family and friends as well as books I no longer wish to house in my own library.
And, now, I must wander off and reapply some aloe and hydrocortisone cream. At least I have books to keep me company when I’m not dodging the little feet of my son! What about you? Any summer time adventures?