Five Fridays of Fun – The Beach

Get out the bathing suits
and the sunscreen
Have some fun
and eat ice cream.

Walk to 57th street beach and buy ice cream / gelato at 57th street cafe after

Maybe because this one seemed so straightforward I wasn’t really as prepared as I should have been. So we left the house on our adventure and I forgot our sunglasses, the camera, and the sand toys. Good work me! So I had to resort to taking pictures on my phone.

We had a ton of fun at the beach. We live within walking distance of a beach, and yet we practically never go. The beach is a lot more fun than going to the pool, because you get waves and sand. Ollie loves to play in the sand and never gets tired of it. Also, even though neither of the kids are really the kind of kids who dive and play in the water, we did have a lot of fun fighting and punching the waves. The beach is pretty shallow for a long ways out, so it gives both kids a lot of area they can play in. Both kids got knocked over by waves on occasion, which they didn’t appreciate, but overall we had more laughs than tears.

Afterwards we walked over to the cafe to get some ice cream. We got cups instead of cones, and I chose butter pecan. As we sat outside and ate ice cream, I noticed there was a swirl of bright red cherry syrup running through the middle of mine. “Huh, that’s weird, I didn’t expect cherry syrup,” I thought, and continued eating. Suddenly I noticed that I could feel some kind of flap in my mouth. “Evie, is there something wrong with my mouth?” I asked. “Daddy!” she shrieked, her eyes going wide, “Your mouth is bleeding!” It turns out that my spoon had little pieces of razor-sharp plastic flashing along the edges, and every time I slid it into my mouth it sliced a little strip off my lip.

In other words, it wasn’t cherry syrup.

Long story short, we all had a great time with Friday of Fun #3, and watch out for dangerous plastic spoons.

More MJ musings

Obviously since Thursday I’ve been thinking a lot about (and listening to a lot of) Michael Jackson’s music. I started to make a list in my head of my top 5 MJ songs and the list really surprised me.

  1. Smooth Criminal – Total surprise at the top spot, but I really like this song.
  2. Billie Jean – The quintessential MJ song. When you hear that intro, you just have to start bouncing in your seat.
  3. Thriller – Even I thought this would be higher, but I can’t stress enough that these top 3 are separated by only a hair’s breadth.
  4. Somebody’s Watching Me – I know what you’re thinking, that’s not Michael, that’s Rockwell. Come on, if it wasn’t for MJ’s hook, nobody would know this song.
  5. (tie) Dirty Diana – Do people know this one? I don’t know if it was a big hit or not, but I really like it.
  6. (tie) Scream – This Michael / Janet Jackson collaboration didn’t come out until 1995 so many people might have been off the Jacksons by then, but it’s actually a quality song.

All in all, not what I would have guessed to make the top 5, but there it is. Put your favorites in the comments.

In other news it was a relatively eventful weekend. We made some sweet garage sale finds including an art easel and some shelves with baskets for Evie. We spent a lot of time at the beach. Evie rode on a train at the mall and loved it. And finally, we bought some fresh eggs at the farmer’s market.

My uncle has chickens and he swears up and down that home grown eggs are way better than store bought ones. They may have been better; they were certainly good. They didn’t change my life though. The yolks were definitely more appealing, much darker yellow than store eggs.  Considering they cost the same as the organic store eggs, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t keep buying them.