Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ocean City, NJ, Part 3

While I was blogging yesterday morning, Alex gave the girls breakfast and took them out for an early bike ride. Izzy had awakened super early. Sami accidentally ran into a bench on the boardwalk and stunned herself a bit but was otherwise uninjured. Jess was on her way to the gym to work out. She has lost about 30 lbs. so far and promises to blog soon on her adventures in weight loss. Saul and I had some breakfast and went biking ourselves. Sami was happy to accompany us to her credit. Izzy was happy to spend some personal time with Alex.

We returned around 10 a.m. and just hung out until lunch time. We were expecting Abby and Isaac to visit for the afternoon and they were supposed to arrive around 1 p.m. Both work with Alex and are friends and regulars on Shabbat. The girls adore them and were very excited. They had been staying with Isaac's Bubbie in Atlantic City all week. We had leftover Scully's pizza, (which was one of the best I have ever had) and smoked fish and bagels with all the trimmings for lunch. Abby and Isaac arrived around 1:45 p.m. and we all headed for the beach looking like we would be camping out for a week. It was one of the most beautiful beach days

I can ever remember--cloudless blue sky, hot sun, cool breeze, and warmer water temperatures than we have had so far. We were chased by the tide which came up quickly and soaked our blanket, so we left for home and showers at around 5:30 p.m.

We walked about a mile to have sushi at a restaurant Jessica had spotted at 9th and Wesley. It was set up for takeout with just enough room to seat the eight of us on the most uncomfortable seats imaginable--little round wood circles on high metal legs at small round metal tables. We perched there for an hour while the owner and her young son brought us made-to-order sushi in plastic takeout boxes with packets of soy sauce and we drank bubble tea and smoothies. We had a good time in good company and despite the terrible ambience, we all seem to have survived the passable sushi without any ill effects. On the walk home, we stopped at an water ice place called Jake's to enter a Disney Movie Trivia Quiz. Jessica and Abby are wonders at this, and Sami has watched her share of movies dozens of times. The questions were really difficult, however, and we lost to a group of ten adult aficionados who were out celebrating the birthday of the only child with them. Among the most difficult questions were: the name of Cinderella's stepmother, the name of the aunt who was visiting in "Lady and the Tramp," and where Simba said he was going when he was really going to the elephant graveyard. You will have to write to me and comment if you want to know the answers, or you had better be very good at Googling.

Abby and Isaac left after sampling some of the snickerdoodles Sami had baked on Friday, and while Alex tucked the girls into bed, Saul, Jessica and I watched the premiere Project Runway for this season and went to bed.

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