In what may well have been the single worst vacation-related-idea I’ve ever had, I decided it would be a great idea for me to, after taking a week off, put in a week of work from my in-laws’ house in Harwich. It seemed like a good idea, but, in practice, ended up putting me in a sour mood and never really gave me time to properly destress from work. This was all compounded by the fact that, during the four days I was not working, the business plan and organizational structure of the company changed dramatically. Really, not a pleasant thing to have happen while on vacation. I totally and complete empathize with my former co-worker Josh now (a reference which at least some of you might get). Also, while I was gone, the project I had knocked myself out to get done before I left had been respec’ed while I was away, so I had to redo everything to incorporate the new features. Fun.
Anyway, it was nice to spend a week on the Cape, even if I didn’t get to do much. We did get to slip out during the week for some Kream N’ Kone. Their onion rings and fried clams remain top-notch. Sadly, one of our usual Cape highlights (a trip to the Wellfleet Drive-In) was stymied by the fact that they were playing X3 both weeks we were there. I had been warned off the film quite empathically, so decided to take the recommendation and skip it. The fact that the second features were Poseidon and Over the Hedge may have made this decision a little easier. Anyway, did go to the beach in Dennis one night, which is always fun, and got to spend a lot of time hanging out with the in-laws, which was nice as well.
After the gratuitously unpleasant workweek, we planned a trip up to Boston for the day. First we went to visit Eleanor’s grandparents and aunt, who are both in Boston. It was a tough visit. Her grandmother (who passed away shortly after we returned) was suffering from some fairly advanced Alzheimer’s, which is very frustrating and saddening. After that, though, we went out to dinner with our friends Doug and Amy and their new kid, Owen. Owen’s about 10 months old, and (as far as we can tell) spends most of his time in a protracted power struggle with their cat. That evening, went to go visit Meghan, which was good, even if her crazy dog destroyed one of my favorite flannel shirts. I still have the scars. Still, fun visit. Monday, I had the day off again, so we went up to Wellfleet.
I’m not sure if I’ve explained this before, but my family used to spend summers in Wellfleet pretty much exclusively. My grandparents (not the ones in the pictures – the other side) had a house there before I was born, and my dad owned a house there for a while. It’s very nice to be able to go back and poke around and see what’s changed. Got some PJ’s for lunch (lobster roll and onion rings – both significantly better than they were last year) and walked around downtown Wellfleet as well as one of the ocean beaches. I couldn’t really resist the call of the waves, so went in the water in my shorts, which was fun, even if it left me salty for the rest of the day. Finally, we drove up to Truro to visit the Atlantic Spice Company. I’d never been before, but it was quite impressive. We bought a pound each of oregano, cumin, chili powder, peppermint tea, and something else I can’t quite remember. I was a little nervous about driving cross-country with giant plastic bags of chopped up green herbs, but couldn’t resist the price (avg. price was about $4 a pound) After a few hours, the whole car smelled strongly like cumin, even after putting the bags inside the large plastic bin we use for camping supplies. Delicious.