Friday, August 31, 2012

L is for Lunch. L is for Lobster (in Maine!)

While in Maine, do as the Maniacs, right? Oh, hmm...
They probably aren't maniacs, but it works, don't you think? :D

After our strenuous hike drive up to the top of Cadillac Mountain (previous post), we had worked up an appetite for lunch. We decided that was the perfect time to check another thing off the "Things to Do in Maine" list. We drove down to the Trenton Bridge which is the bridge that connects Mt. Dessert Island to the mainland and ate at the lobster pound there. I need to Google why it's called a lobster pound. I kept meaning to, but forgot about it.
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The view looking back across the bridge was so quaint. Have I mentioned lately that I could live in Maine? I could! I loved it there!
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They had pots out front where they boiled the lobster in sea water.
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Inside, you placed your order at the counter.
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The guys grabbed lobsters from the cooler for your order then took them out to boil in the pots.
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There was a small eating area inside, but more seating outside. Since the weather was so pleasant, we chose outdoors to enjoy our seafood feast.
We started with an order of steamed clams while waiting for our lobsters to boil.
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I'd never had a steamed clam before this. The only clams I'd had were in clam chowder, so this was new.
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They were actually pretty good! Reminded me of raw oysters, but not as slimy since they'd been steamed!
And now, my question to a friend who'd gone clamming in Korea has been answered! I had wondered what she would do with the clams after gathering them!
After we finished our clams, the good stuff arrived! Clams were easier to eat, but the lobster tasted sooooo much better!
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Yum!!! If I close my eyes I can taste it again (and even smell the sea...)


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On Top of the World - Cadillac Style (More of Maine)

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We sort of cheated and drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, finishing our tour of Park Loop Road and that day's tour of Acadia National Park.

The views from the top were breathtaking to say the least.
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It's no wonder Mr. Rockefeller decided years ago this piece of land was a treasure that needed preserving for many years to come.
(I'm so glad he did and we had the opportunity to visit!)

It was windy up there and much cooler than where we'd began at 90 ft above sea level.
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Mr. Teen found a spot behind the rocks where he was blocked from the wind.
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He came out for a group photo (and when he heard we were going back to the warmness of the car!)
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sneak Peek of Teen's Room

Something told me not to paint the drawers and the tray of the desk. I'm so glad I listened! Love how they look left wooden with the painted numbers on there!

He still wanted his jerseys on the wall, but I didn't like them hanging full fledged up there. I thought of shadow boxes, but as I was walking through Walmart Sunday morning, these wooden hangers caught my eye. I remembered seeing art work hung on these on some Pinterest pin. I decided we'd try the jerseys on the wooden hangers. So, I folded and pinned and attached, then tacked. It works. I felt somewhat guilty screwing those screws into those walls, but well, I'll fix those holes before we leave.

Things to still do:
- We are waiting on the bedding to arrive.
- I need to make another trip to Lowe's for drawer hardware for the new to us chest/bedside table.
-I need to buy something for curtains.
-I need to print and frame photos for a gallery wall.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Outside the back door

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I have this little wire flower stand. I'm always playing with what to put on it to make the display look pleasing. In Kansas, I had it on the back patio in the corner. Here I have it right outside the back door. Until recently, I had my rosemary plant sitting center stage on the top shelf. When MIL was here, we were out shopping and stopped at Lowe's. She spotted the little water fountains and bought one for me. (I like when she visits and takes me shopping for fun little surprises!)
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It sits alongside my white begonia which has really flourished and a "unknown" that looks like eucalyptus (though I thought eucalyptus was a tree???)
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Don't look too closely at the bottom shelf of the plant stand. You'll notice I've killed a succelent.
How does one kill a succulent? I've killed more than my share in the last year. I think I over-watered it. :(

Friday, August 24, 2012

Someone is getting a room makeover

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When we moved in last year, Teen spent some time putting together his room the way he wanted. It was nothing fancy because he used what we had on hand and what he liked. I didn't do more with it because 1) it's a rental and I am not going to paint the walls and 2) G-Dub kept mentioning we might move on post if a house came available. One year later and the room still looks the same though we've decided not to move onto post.

So, I decided summer would be the perfect time to personalize his space a little more. But summer has been busy. So, end of summer seems to be the time to squeeze it all in. First up is something to hang on the wall. I just finished this last night. I did it like the Subway Art Done Large - here, but I didn't have it printed quite as big.
I had another photo as well, but Teen vetoed it. So, we just have one.
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This is a nice size. It's 13"x24". I adhered it with spray adhesive. Then I aged it a bit with Distress Inks. I brushed mod podge on the surface after I'd adhered it. I knew this was a potential mistake because the girl in the original tutorial mentioned hers bubbling and wrinkling when she did that. Of course, mine bubbled and wrinkled too. Ack! I first thought I've ruined it! Then I worked really hard to convince myself that I need to embrace imperfection. (Is that hard for anyone else?) So, I went with it. I used my heat gun to smooth out as many wrinkles as I could or to work the wrinkles into something like I liked. Then this morning, I went over the whole piece with an iron over wax paper. I think if I ever do another one, I will not use spray adhesive. The bubbles appeared in places that I thought there was no adhesive. If I go with Mod Podge from the start, maybe that'll be better ?? It's hard dealing with spray adhesive that dries quickly and a large piece of paper. Maybe I should have enlisted help.

More to come later as we add projects to the list and mark things off the list as completed. I have all sorts of ideas, we just need to find a way to pull them all together.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why they were so excited about a sand beach

I am sharing some Maine photos again today. I will get to the end of them someday, I promise. These are still just highlights of our trip. My favorite of the hundreds of photos that were taken during our time in Maine.

I mentioned a few posts ago the Sand Beach along the Park Loop Road of Acadia National Park. (this post) They had made a big deal in the video and the signage about the sand beach. I understood why, but it was still amusing to me.

Continuing along Park Loop Road, we made several stops to get out and explore a little more. See Sand Beach off in the distance from this rocky cliff?
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It's the ONLY bit of sand you can see amidst all the rocks and drops.
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We drove on and came to an area where the water had formed a bay/cove area with a lake on the opposite side of the road. Again, we got out of the car to stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery.
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And practice our rock skipping skills.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Shore - The Beach - The Ocean

I still don't like calling the beach "the shore". Maybe it's the rebel in me? Maybe I'm just set in my ways.

We went to the beach yesterday. Dev wanted to go and take some friends since said friends have invited him on beach trips in the past.
So, we set off toward Ocean City. It was someplace we haven't been before so wanted to see the area. I liked the area. I didn't like the beach.
Of the few beach areas we've been too, I can say none of them are a favorite.
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My problem is what I've mentioned before. I have the Gulf of Mexico beaches and Hawaii beaches ingrained in my head.
You'll never convince me that these beaches are better than those because you have the boardwalk entertainment.
I think boardwalks are neat, but I go to the beach to play in the sand and water and soak up the sun.
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I do not go to the beach to ride amusement rides and eat carnival food. That's what carnivals are for. *sigh* I digress.

Looking back through my photos last night, I commented that I had no pics of Dev. He asked why? Well, Honey, when you leave me and go off to hang out with your friends, you aren't around when I'm taking photos, so you don't get in them. And actually, I did take a photo of you but you deleted it.
(Silly photo that would have made GREAT blackmail material one day - Gone. Erased from memory of the card and my mind.)

Roo and I dug a hole. I swear, if it were possible to dig a hole to China, I think he'd be the one to do it. Give him dirt and some time and he could make it!
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It started out as a seat - a sunken recliner.
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It evolved into a two seat "hot tub" without the water.
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By the time we left, it was almost a bonafide tub. Can't say hot tub because that water was a not so balmy 72F.
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Oh, wait, maybe THAT'S why I can't seem to love these beaches! LOL Definitely not like Florida or Hawaii.

Sidenote: What is your opinion on the faded creamy photo phase that is all the rage these day? I like the look, but I keep thinking
I like the real photos and the color pop that you get. I played around with a few from yesterday to see what I like.

Here's my original edit:
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And here is an edit using a sunset haze effect I read about in a tutorial. Here.
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Which do you like better? I like things about both. Hmmm, tough choice. All were taken with my little Sony Cybershot.
You know what they say, the best camera you have is the camera you have with you. ;)