After a crazy week of getting our businesses, our house and ourselves ready for vacation, and two days of traveling, we were exhausted! We don’t usually sleep late on vacation but we do nap a lot – an underrated luxury that we don’t get to indulge in most of the time.
First thing this morning I started reading Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews – not as trashy a book as I like to read on vacation (another luxury!) but a good one. I met Mary Kay (aka Kathy) in New York at BookExpo. She autographed the book and, until now, I was embarrassed that I hadn’t read it.
Set in Savannah Georgia, the story is about BeBe Loudermilk, a successful business woman who got snookered by some cutie scumbag. While still being a cutie, he seduced her into trust, then flipping into scumbag, he stole her entire life – house, furniture, business…everything. She ended up homeless and nothing to her name but a broken down motel. There’s no spoiler alert here. That’s all that happens in the first couple chapters. The rest of the book is about how she reinvents herself (so you know that kind of book is right up my alley!).
I’m also reading the Prayer of Jabez. It’s a tiny one that I’ve read several times. I brought it because vacation is a good time for getting a spiritual tune-up.
By mid-morning I was glad we stopped at Trader Joe’s yesterday so we didn’t have to rush out this morning for food. By late afternoon we got our energy level up. We were mentally and physically ready to go into Ellsworth for some food shopping. It’s always my goal to get all that we need in this one shopping trip. Some years I think I wasted too many hours running back and forth (about a 30″ drive). The less time I spend food shopping, the better I like my vacation.
After dinner we drove into Bar Harbor to see what was what. It was practically dead. I wondered if it was because it was a Sunday night or because it was a little cold. Either way, it was a pleasure to walk around the town and see if our favorite haunts were still there. The cruise ship industry has had a major impact on Bar Harbor. It has changed the dock area in a way that disappoints me. A lot of the mom and pop look and feel of that section is gone. Up the hill is still the same, though, and where I usually spend most of my in-town time…in both tried and true places and new ones.
Tonight I went to my favorite ice cream place, Mt. Desert Ice Cream. This is where President Obama ate when he visited Bar Harbor and the ice cream was featured on The View as one of the best ice creams in the US. Tonight I tried the plum sorbet and a couple other flavors, but wasn’t crazy about any of the new flavors except Bay of Figs. I loved the huge chunks of figs – making the treat both creamy and chewy. Joseph had Nutella flavor – a little boring for me, but a big change for him (he usually gets butter pecan). I teased him about really stepping out of his comfort zone on vacation ;-). As for me, I’ll go back for more fig ice cream…and salted caramel…and the ginger flavor is the best anywhere!
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