Sandy update and a litte sunshine..

A quick shout out to the two readers from Italy yesterday! Wahoo to you. Also thanks for reading.

The big bad winter forecast for the northeast has so far missed stopping by in New Jersey.  Go figure. I was seriously thinking about buying a snow blower based on the forecast. I will grant you that we are only halfway through the month of January, but it was in the mid 50’s today. I walked my mile plus tonight and had worked up a sweat by the end.  I was walking fast and I had a light jacket on, but still.  I like the warmer weather, it helps with the heating bills.

Wednesday night my DW just got back from getting her hair done for vacation. She looks marvelous! I need to find my hair cut person for Friday.  Sunday we fly to Florida for some sun and some lacrosse. I will hopefully be meeting up with one of the people I met on Twitter.  She and her husband life just outside of Key West. She posts a picture of the sunrise in Key West every morning. I am almost never awake for the sunrise. If you are on Twitter and want to see a Key West sunrise every morning, search for @barbiedoll0087 on Twitter.

I went down to the Windmill with my coupon today for lunch. The Windmill has great hot dogs and coupon specials by the month via email and in the Wednesday newspaper. My favorite coupon is the buy one, get one free coupon. Today’s coupon was a hot dog and a soda for 5 dollars. I also got a bowl of split pea soup. The soup was good, just not as good as the soup my MIL makes. I took my food to go and drove down to the beach in Belmar.  Belmar was pretty hard hit by Sandy. The entire boardwalk was destroyed. The governor was supposed to be in Belmar today for the ground breaking on the new boardwalk. I missed him. His schedule and mine just did not work out. His loss.

Pictures will have captions.  Hopefully the captions make sense.  The two-week post Sandy pictures can be found here via Drop Box. The current, 9 week  post-Sandy pictures can be found here via Drop Box. Here are the pre-Sandy pictures, also via Drop Box. It’s crazy that I was down on the boardwalk shooting pictures a week before the hurricane.




Flying on my own tonight..

The last two nights I’ve had DS2 as my wingman writing this blog. He poked me one night and sent me pictures the next night. With just a little inspiration, I can make up the rest.  I have been thinking or wondering, if it is correct to blog about the blogs you follow?  Hmmm. I decided that I would share a few of the blogs that I follow just in case you were looking for some variety.  So, in no particular order are the blogs that I follow:

My DW just walked by and asked “What are you doing?” I said “Working on my blog, making a list a few of my favorite things!” There could be a song in there. I would have to ask my oldest sister about that.

I worked in the office again today. I was  able to have a mostly peaceful day since the resident “not sure what word should go here” was not in the office.  At lunch time I went down to the Wind Mill for hotdogs. Afterwards I shot two videos. One video, seen here, is of the trash pile at the Belmar Marina. This trash pile was created when some of the debris from Hurricane Sandy was collected from the streets of Belmar and the surrounding area.  The second video, seen here, was shot on Ocean Ave in Belmar. You still can not drive on Ocean Ave and if you linger too long, the rent – a – cop will chase you away.  It was chilly here today and the camera in my phone did not focus as well as it should. Maybe when I dropped in it in Scranton two weeks ago I did some damage.

One picture to go with the two videos. This is a picture of my lunch. Oh, Wednesday is buy one, get one for senior citizens.  I had a BOGO coupon from the internet. The restaurant looked like the senior bus had stopped by. That is not a bad thing, just really busy. Maybe next time I will visit on Thursday. It is less crowded on Thursdays.



Two dogs, chili and cheese

Day 342, Weather or not..

The weather tonight can’t seem to make up it’s mind.  Sunny, cloudy, rain, thunder, sunny, cloudy, rain (repeat). Don’t forget the thunder added for good measure. Things are quiet (other than the thunder) here at the house tonight. DS1 went to work this morning. Tonight he is spending the night with his (she’s not my girlfriend) girlfriend. Tomorrow morning he is taking a train from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. One of his college buddies is picking him up in Pittsburgh and they are driving to Cleveland for a bachelor party. One of the group of college friends is getting married in July.

DS2 is working the afternoon/evening shift at the Acme. DS3 is home, he worked the day shift today. He is getting some quality face time with his two parents tonight.  Nothing too probing, just some fun time sitting around yakking after dinner.  My DW worked her two ish hours today and is off tomorrow. This week she will certainly have burned through some of her vacation time.  Me, my project this morning went well. I was done in the time I expected. Having real work plans this morning isolated me from some of the nonsense that came by my desk this morning. Sorry, too busy. 

I went to the Wind Mill in Belmar for BOGO hot dogs today. If you find your way to the Jersey shore this summer and see a Wind Mill restaurant, make a point and stop in. I like mine with chile and cheese. If you want, I can email you the current coupon. I took my dogs to go and ate looking out at the beach and the boardwalk. In this part of town the boardwalk is just that, an elevated boardwalk along the beach. No rides or amusements. That is a little further down the road. While there are no structured amusements, people watching is always amusing. 

Tonight’s pictures come from my lunch break. DS3 went to Barnegat Light in search of Dairy Queen today. He sent me a picture of the Barnegat Inlet where he enjoyed his ice cream.  There is also a picture from Facebook with DS3 and a friend from I guess graduation. They are both nicely dressed. Enjoy!