Sunday, August 30, 2009

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

So there I was back in July, cranking my brain over and over to come up with a readable post for my blog. And I took a much-needed break to air out my brain case and let life happen. Now, I'm brimming with things to talk about and I don't know where to start.
Two weeks ago, Marble Man and I climbed into our sweet little miata, put the top down, slathered on some sunscreen, and drove the 10 hours up north to Longport, NJ for a week-long family reunion and beach getaway. Despite driving toward this as we approached Absecon Island,

the weather was perfect during our stay: cool breezes and hot sun. No worries - we kept cool

and paddled into the surf when we got too hot

and enjoyed the sight of kids being kids in the sand.

My favorite thing we did that week? We drove to Atlantic City to see Patti Lupone perform here

Have you ever had the pleasure of seeing her on stage? She was personable, very funny, and has a throaty, sexy singing voice so powerful she didn't need the microphone she held.

She told funny stories related to her many stage performances. She didn't perform this for us, but the video will give you an idea of how much fun we had...

After the show, Marble Man's brother and his wife talked us into heading to the slots to try our luck. Still smiling from the show,

we walked through the shining temple of prosperity that is the Borgata Hotel to see some of the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures there,

Marble Man, sister-in-law J, and brother W

and then proceeded to win back the price of our show tickets! A great night all around.


Rhonda Roo said...

YAY! Ms. Kate's back, looking fab & well rested. :-) and oooh! Patti lupone! and ahhh! oh, be still my heart, chihuly, king of glass....

plus beach time, oh yeah, thats the ticket!!

Hey are those tracton originals i spy?

I am so glad you took a well deserved vakay that equaled big fun!

Now, let's talk, cuz several sundays have passed, no ones been cooking and i am hungry!!!
:-) xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoox

rochambeau said...

Fun!! You got to get away, be with family and laugh at Absecon Island.
Who could ask for more?
Nice photos! Thanks for taking us along~

Stephanie said...

Sounds great! No...I've never heard Patti Lupone, but I will keep my eyes open...she is so funny I would love to see her.

Snap said...

This sounds wonderful! You had a great time and paid for your tickets with a little help from the slots! WoooHoooo!

Patti Lupone and Dale Chihuly ... one end of the spectrum to the other!

Way to go!

lori vliegen said...

it looks like you had a great time! you and marble man make such a cute couple (and is that one of your gorgeous bead masterpieces around your neck?!)! next time you go on vacation, come on down here....we'll pop an umbrella on the sand and maybe pull some drinkies out of the cooler.... :))

Fete et Fleur said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the video. I loved it!


Gabriela said...

Hello Kate,

Glad you are back! You guys look great!

~ Gabriela ~

rochambeau said...

Oh Kate...

Julie and Julia.
Go soon, do it for you!!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Yay, you are back! You were missed... but I'm glad you had a GREAT time while you were absent from blogland!

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Wow - looks/sounds like you had such a great time. And Patti LaPone is overflowing with such ...diverese talents! That must have been a great show. You and Gregg look terrific in that photo, too. Welcome back to the world of not-so-much glitz...or sand! But it sure ain't bad, huh?!

Funny Facebook statuses said...

Nice collection of photos looks very beautiful,have a great time.