Relax It’s Sunday

I hope everyone is having a great Easter Sunday.  If you celebrate or not it doesn’t matter just enjoy the day.  Take a look back at the week you had and the lessons you learned, the memories you made, and the good times you’re going to have.  The week I finished some reading, blew on my dog’s belly, and rolled out for vacation.  All in all a good week.

I’ll start with the tale of blowing on my dog’s belly.  My 76 lb bulldog was laying on his back on my couch.  Apparently, this is a good sign because when a dog is on his back he is at his most vulnerable, which in turn means he is in no fear of being attacked by a predator because he is happy and comfy.  For me being a 40-year-old grown man, I tend to lapse into child-like behavior and antics at times.  I was sitting at the end of the couch reading a book when I looked over and saw my dog “JAX” vulnerable as all hell.  That’s when my brain went all 10 years old on me and I decided to blow raspberries on his belly. NOTE TO SELF, not my best idea.  I got about a half a second into blowing on his belly when I scared the shit of him and hit me in the face with his back paws.  He scratched y face a little but that didn’t matter because I was giggling like a schoolgirl.  In his mind, he probably thought a bear was attacking him.  HAHAHAHA GOT EM.

This week I finished two more books.  While reading a regular book I also will listen to audiobooks while I drive.  For some, this doesn’t work but for me, I get just as much out of an audiobook as I do a normal book.  I am now at 15 books read since January 1st.

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by [Colin Woodard]

This was a great history lesson on the rise of Pirates in the Caribbean and up and down the East coast. From privateers to historic pirates Mr. Woodward paints an amazing picture of their stories. From Europe to Jamaica to Ocracoke Island. Read this the watch “The Lost Pirate Kingdom” on NETFLIX it’s a great complement to the book.

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

War is ugly, diplomacy is fragile, agendas are dangerous.  Steve Coll does an amazing job letting his readers take a peek behind the curtain and see the war within the war. Clandestine Operations are a delicate pendulum that could break at any moment. Great read

OBX 2021

 

May be an image of outdoorsSaturday we left for our annual Easter trip to Outer Banks NC.   The 6-hour drive never feels that long and the kids sleep for the most part during the journey.  We stopped at the Outer Banks Brewing Station before heading into AVON where we are staying.  We got inside and the place easily accommodated the three families quickly, a total of ten of us.  Lunch was awesome outside of Rylee (My Oldest Daughter) getting a house-made caesar dressing.  For those who are not used to house-made there tend to be anchovies in the dressing, she did not like that.  Once lunch was complete we pushed onto our final hour drive.

Two years ago we came down for the first time and fell absolutely fell in love with the area.  It’s quiet and peaceful, the right place to read and write.  We pulled up to the house, which is unreal.  The place is absolutely amazing.  Three stories tall, oceanside, open floor plan, game room, and everyone has their own space.  Miss Cape May is the house name and she is a beauty.

There is a massive staircase in the front of the house that appears amazing until you are lugging luggage up and down them.  No fun, but well worth it.  Once that was complete it was time to make a beer run.  The three dads jumped into the truck and off we went.  We hit up the local food lion to grab a few beers to get the vacation started.  This was about the time the wives decided we should also do the grocery shopping for the next couple of days. We all got our own lists with some overlapping items.  This was problematic and so was the store.  It was fucking packed.  People were everywhere all doing the same thing, buying groceries for the week.  One lady that I ran into several times finally gave up abandoning her items and calling for take-out.  I feel ya sister.  260 bucks and an hour later we were on our way.

The rest of the night was spent laughing and talking and enjoying the night.  We finished off the evening with a dip in the hot tub, a nightcap, and some well-needed rest.  I love this place.

The week was great, full of memories and good times.  This week will be amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.