Friday, May 1, 2015


Well - we Unplugged in one sense of the word - or at least, we tried. We came to Ogunquit to relax a little, but we spent a bit too much time online to be truly unplugged.

Just when you think it couldn't possibly get any crazier... all the Crazy Eggs hatch!!

This is Spring Vacation week. AND it's the week to choose which college you want to attend. AND it's the week to cram before the AP Exams next week. AND scholarship applications are due. AND - that's just a few of my son's Crazy Eggs hatching...

This morning, we drove down to the Post Office and handed over Alex's college decision* and a few of the scholarship envelopes and then walked out into the Ogunquit sunshine feeling a little stunned and a bit lighter. Our first day of vacation had been spent making frantic phone calls and having intense conversations on the merits of three, somewhat randomly chosen, colleges... what financial aid really means... what huge amounts of debt can do to one's future.. and the general meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything. Ironically, the answers to the first few questions were remarkably close the the third answer ("42"). So, after that day of stress, we were a bit at a loss of what to do today!?

Lilah suggested we go to the little toy store and get some more Minecraft figures. OK. Then we went next door to get some fabulous pieces of chocolate. OK. Yum. Then we decided to burn it all off - calories and stress - by walking the entire length of the Marginal Way. (The cliff walkway along the ocean).

The view from our lunch table.
We spent a few hours in Perkin's Cove eating fried calamari and quizzing Alex on his AP Psych notecards. I know it is odd... but I get a huge kick listening to Lilah using words like "genetic" and "parasympathetic nervous system" and "amygdala"... (Lilah is 8, by the way). Even the waitress was smiling. We were all laughing pretty hard. And a few of her pronunciations had me picturing some great comic book scenes... Queen Amygdala and Darth Vader... Genie Tickling Mo Defied Organs.. (genetically modified organisms)...

And then - retracing our steps along the Marginal Way...

In the many past posts that I have written about my escapes to Ogunquit, I have often mentioned a dilapidated, gorgeous house that overlooks the ocean, that I fantasized about owning. And turning into an arts retreat center.

The view from my fantasy house. And the house.

See the pile of rocks and rubble in the photo below? :-(
I guess there will be another McMansion coming soon.

My huge house - gone!
We were also shocked to see a sign forbidding piles of rocks. Seriously. Piles of Rocks. Another one of the five things I loved about the Marginal Way. Two are now gone.
I hope they don't forbid climbing on the rocks too...

Lilah on the rocks.
Gull on a rock.
The garden outside our apartment.
Our tiny neighbor.
The Beachmere Salad - yummmm!
Lobster Roll.   Yum Yum YUMMMMMMM!!
Tomorrow, it's back to NH and we are practicing being stressed again. But we aren't taking it seriously enough. Everything seems so much funnier. Laughing has always been the best recharge for all of us.

*Oh - and if you were curious which school Alex finally chose? He chose Vassar.


  1. Fun sharing your trip. Hubby and I visited Maine for the first time last summer. Lobster Roll - yum! Beautiful Maine! Beautiful photos you shared!

  2. In two weeks I'll be back in Maine with friends for our annual girl's getaway. It will be strange no longer seeing that big old house on the Marginal Way. One of my friends dreamed of buying it, fixing it up, and turning it into a B&B. What a disappointment to see it gone!
    Sounds like you all had a good time! I can't wait to get back up there. We're staying on Goose Rocks Beach near Kennebunkport, but always make sure we get down to Perkin's Cove.

  3. Sandy, thanks for sharing your vacation (?) It's a place I have always wanted to visit, maybe someday. But it still sounds like your time was special, since you had both your Kids and the big decisions was made in time to enjoy each other. What a lovely home, it's the kind that artists would paint, if walls could talk?

  4. Congrats on Vassar! Comm' on Scholarships! (come on)

  5. While you were away I made a post about two of your wonderful books.
    Thanks for creating such inspirational work!

  6. Oh no - fantasy house gone? And NO rock piles ? How silly is that. I am glad I have pictures of my contributions from last year.

  7. Yes! But seriously, I had to find this out on your blog? Way to make sure your family reads it!


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