Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Annual Summertime Marshfield Trip

Mr. E and I did our annual Summertime trip to Marshfield a bit later this year, visiting Mom and getting some beach time over the Labor Day holiday rather than during Fourth of July week. We helped her out with some household chores and projects and enjoyed the lovely weather, especially the first few days that were in the high 70s, clear, sunny, and dry.

On Sunday evening, we had our yummy lobster dinner. Mr. E and I both took advantage of the nicer weather to walk to the Brant Rock Fish Market to pick up the lobsters. Mr. E's journey was monitored by a local:

While we waited for the lobsters to be ready, we had drinks across the street at The Jetty, our first time trying this local restaurant. One of the best aspects of the bar was the live video streaming of the nearby beaches -- one webcam on the top of the roof looking out over Brant Rock, and the other set up somewhere to capture a view of Rexhame. I get tired of too many screens in almost every restaurant and bar these days, so it was quite refreshing to see broadcasts of the local area rather than of some sports match or other TV show.

Our lobster feast also included fresh corn-on-the-cob, green beans, soft rolls, and potato chips. Quite a spread!

By Monday, Mr. E wasn't feeling so great due to a recurrence of a sinus infection that's been plaguing him for the past few months. Luckily, he had brought some of the remaining antibiotics with him and could get started on them right away.

Mom and I went swimming on both Saturday and Sunday. We got sandwiches to go for lunch at the French bakery cafe near the Duxbury Pool on Saturday but decided we'd never do that again due to a long and unreasonable wait time (40 minutes for 3 sandwiches -- wha??!!). After swimming on Sunday, we packed snacks to take to the beach. We also had some beach time on Monday morning and then went to Patriot Cinemas at The Hanover Mall to see "Ricki and the Flash," stopping at Panera ahead of time for lunch.

On Tuesday, Mom headed off to work, and Mr. E and I both got some work email time in as well. The weather had started to turn hot and humid, so Mr. E and I went out to lunch at Panera and then did some candlepin bowling at Boston Bowl in Hanover:

We were the only people in the entire bowling alley at first until a mom and her young son came in for some 10-pin bowling in the other part of the venue. We bowled four games, including one game using our non-dominant hand! That part was quite interesting...

During the course of our visit, there were three puzzles completed. I also read a total of five books, including three borrowed from Mom, while we were in Marshfield and during the flights. Quite nice to have time to just relax and not be overly-scheduled!

On Wednesday, Mom again went off to work. I went for a longer swim in the morning, and then Mr. E and I finished up some laundry, cleaned up our room, and met Mom at Starbucks near her office for a final chat and coffee. We'll see Mom again in December in Austin for Christmas with the whole crew.


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