Monday, September 24, 2007

Randomness With A Chewy Center

We spent a long weekend on Fire Island and it was amazing. We stayed at our friends house, but they weren’t there, so we had the whole place to ourselves (and the chatty caretaker). I had the irrational fears that maybe just maybe the caretaker would murder us in the middle of the night (unprovoked by anything…just my ridiculousness). This is how my mind works. Alas, we lived to enjoy ourselves. We didn’t do much, which is exactly what I wanted to do. Strolled along the ocean, collected seashells, walked the boardwalks, read a little. The scenery was great. We could see the water from our bed. Crickets lulled us to sleep (we didn’t even need to turn on the noise machine for the girls!). The weather was great. It was paradise, as it always is.

Every time we are there, we think how nice it would be to have a place there. We talk about it all the way home. And every time we reach the same conclusion: It is a barrier island that will someday be washed away back into the ocean. Not the best place to invest in real estate. Plus, while it is great that there are no cars, it kind of sucks that you can only bring out what you can carry on the ferry. And that is not much. Houses are sold as is with furniture. I can’t imagine inheriting a mattress, and I can’t imagine hiring a boat to deliver a new one either. Our friends renovated their house here and they had to hire a barge for the contractors to bring things back and forth.

My favorite snippet of conversation between two men passing each other on the boardwalk:

Man One: Hey! I’m having an underwear party tonight at 10!
Man Two: I’ll be there!

And at another point, I said “Hi beautiful!” to Avery, and a random man passing us said hi, like I was talking to him!

Speaking of Avery, she woke up last night at 3:00 am like it was the morning. She was laughing and cooing and smiling and kicking and ready to begin her day. All I could think was how awfully long the day would be if I started my day at 3:oo am. It took me an hour to get her to realize that it is time to sleep. These girls are four months. They still wake up once a night, sometimes twice. I am so ready for them to sleep through the night.

There is maybe an interesting development for me on the career front. It is way too soon to tell yet and a lot of things need to fall in place but there is a chance that I could become a college professor soon (well, one without a doctorate, that is, so technically an instructor. But professor sounds hotter). The classes I teach would be at night, which is very convenient. And I have all these dreams of getting a free doctorate to boot, wearing tweed, having office hours. Like I said, it is way too early to start jumping ahead. But I am excited. For the first time in a very long time, my career future doesn’t seem so far away (or bleak).

Pictured above are just a few of the 400 images I took this weekend! There are lots more HERE!


Dee said...

OMG! The pictures are gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

calliope said...

love the photos! The one of all 4 of you is so cute!
So glad you all had such a great weekend.
But really I am just SO excited about you becoming Professor Jennifer! Can't wait to hear more details.

K J and the kids said...

I have to know. Were both eggs yours ? Because Avery looks too much like your wife. :)'s like you had one and she had one.
I have the same thing only 2 of the 3 kids look like J....all my eggs.
How does that work.

Oh, and I'd like to go to that underwear party.

francesca said...

Professor sounds awesome!! Just skip all the other parts, they're the hellish parts anyway, and you carried twins and survived baby twins, so you're about even! Adorable little beings -- they're so not little infants anymore, they're really getting little cute expressions, personalities, and they have amazing eyes.

nailgirl said...

Love the pics!

Holly said...

I can't believe I've never been to Fire Island! The pics are amazing! Looks like a wonderful getaway!

Congrats on the prospective job! Being a college professor is MY DREAM JOB - I'm still determined to make it happen someday.

ajs4ever said...

I love all the pics!! The trip sounds like lots of fun:) Good luck on the new job prospect. I have thought about doing the instructor thing, but haven't looked into it seriously yet. Who knows- maybe I will someday:)

Keri said...

The trip sounds wonderful. Perfect. I don't know how you actually made it all the way home.
Great pictures!

bleu said...

Do you know Rosie wrote about you and the girls on her Blog today?