Beautiful Day at the Beach

I'm continuing on with my overbooked, totally insane, chaotic week.

I'm exhausted and it's only Wednesday.

My son, PR, turns 15 today!

Woo hoo!  

We make a big deal out of birthdays at our house.  It's my fault.  I put a lot of stress on myself to make a BIG DEAL out of every birthday in our family.  I want people to make a big deal out of my birthday too.  I believe everyone deserves their very own day to feel like the truly special person they are.

On a totally separate note, I have the funniest story to tell you!  You will laugh your ass off … unless it offends you, but I don't think my readers are easily offended.  Otherwise, you wouldn't be my readers, right?  Except for the one woman who wrote me one day to say she had been reading 24 "for a really long time" but I deeply offend her on a regular basis and she wouldn't be coming back to read "ever again."  She had never commented or emailed before so I never knew she was there in the first place.  It was hard to feel heartbroken over THAT loss.

In any case, I can't wait to tell you my funny story.  I need to find some time to sit down uninterrupted so I can write it up.

Maybe tomorrow?

If not?

Soon.

Very, very soon!

Yesterday I was running around Orange County like a chicken with its head cut off all day.  For most of the day, I dragged my oldest son around with me.  He's only home for one week and if I can't be home with him while he's here, I like him to come with me so I can spend time with him.  He actually doesn't mind, which shocks the hell out of me.

Anyway, we stopped for lunch at the pier in San Clemente while we were out and about.

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I forgot to bring my most-loved camera, but I did have my point and shoot in my purse.  I was glad I had it with me, because it was a beautiful day. 

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I'm going to indulge myself in a little bitch session here and say these photos don't really do the scene justice.  I can't believe the difference a camera can make in picture quality … I've gotten spoiled by my other camera. 

But … any photo to share the day with you, is better than no photo, right?

We shared a bucket of steamed clams for lunch.  I tried to sneak a photo in when the waiter turned his back.

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After lunch, we went for a walk on the beach.  There's nothing like sand between my toes to make me relax.  We only had a little time, but we enjoyed every minute of it.  It was sunny and pretty, but windy.  The wind created a lot of white caps on the ocean.  I was glad I wasn't out on a boat yesterday because the water was really rough.

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In less than two hours our lunch and walk were done.  It was a short break in an otherwise chaotic week, which made it all the more special.  As the rest of my week carries forward, I know I'll think back on the time we took for this little break with a sigh.

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What did you do last time you were able to grab an hour or two to enjoy yourself and/or relax?

© Twenty Four At Heart

36 Responses to “Beautiful Day at the Beach”

  1. Deidre

    I am so glad you got to enjoy that time with your son! Of course he likes to spend time with you – even if it is just running errands.
    Being unemployed, you’d think that I’d have hours and hours of time like the 2 hour lunch break you described. Instead, I find myself constantly thinking about my joblessness and even “relax time” because really stressful.

  2. Deidre

    I am so glad you got to enjoy that time with your son! Of course he likes to spend time with you – even if it is just running errands.
    Being unemployed, you’d think that I’d have hours and hours of time like the 2 hour lunch break you described. Instead, I find myself constantly thinking about my joblessness and even “relax time” because really stressful.

  3. Deidre

    I am so glad you got to enjoy that time with your son! Of course he likes to spend time with you – even if it is just running errands.
    Being unemployed, you’d think that I’d have hours and hours of time like the 2 hour lunch break you described. Instead, I find myself constantly thinking about my joblessness and even “relax time” because really stressful.

  4. middle-aged-woman

    I’d love to see a side-by-side comparison sometime…a point and shoot and a real camera shot of the same thing. I know there’s a difference, but I don’t know what it is!

  5. middle-aged-woman

    I’d love to see a side-by-side comparison sometime…a point and shoot and a real camera shot of the same thing. I know there’s a difference, but I don’t know what it is!

  6. middle-aged-woman

    I’d love to see a side-by-side comparison sometime…a point and shoot and a real camera shot of the same thing. I know there’s a difference, but I don’t know what it is!

  7. di

    Who me?? I shop of course.
    I use my point and shoot a lot since I like photographing inside stores and they sort of sometimes give me a dirty look when I walk in the door with my Canon Rebel hanging around my neck. Easier to hide the point and shoot in my purse.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  8. di

    Who me?? I shop of course.
    I use my point and shoot a lot since I like photographing inside stores and they sort of sometimes give me a dirty look when I walk in the door with my Canon Rebel hanging around my neck. Easier to hide the point and shoot in my purse.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  9. di

    Who me?? I shop of course.
    I use my point and shoot a lot since I like photographing inside stores and they sort of sometimes give me a dirty look when I walk in the door with my Canon Rebel hanging around my neck. Easier to hide the point and shoot in my purse.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  10. Pam

    Happy Birthday to your son! It’s my birthday too. 🙂

  11. Pam

    Happy Birthday to your son! It’s my birthday too. 🙂

  12. Pam

    Happy Birthday to your son! It’s my birthday too. 🙂

  13. Michelle Pixie

    Happy Birthday, PR!
    I can’t remember the last time I had a few hours to myself?! But what I wouldn’t give to have lunch and a walk on a sandy beach….That’s it! I am moving to seaside!!

  14. Michelle Pixie

    Happy Birthday, PR!
    I can’t remember the last time I had a few hours to myself?! But what I wouldn’t give to have lunch and a walk on a sandy beach….That’s it! I am moving to seaside!!

  15. Michelle Pixie

    Happy Birthday, PR!
    I can’t remember the last time I had a few hours to myself?! But what I wouldn’t give to have lunch and a walk on a sandy beach….That’s it! I am moving to seaside!!

  16. Kelly

    Happy birthday PR! Now I need to go to the beach and eat steamed clams! Nom nom nom!

  17. Kelly

    Happy birthday PR! Now I need to go to the beach and eat steamed clams! Nom nom nom!

  18. Kelly

    Happy birthday PR! Now I need to go to the beach and eat steamed clams! Nom nom nom!

  19. Issa

    Happy birthday to your son.
    Loving all of the beach pictures. Uh yeah, I’ve had some of those before. The, I’ve been reading here, but now you are horrible and I’m leaving. Which hai, hit the big X, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

  20. Issa

    Happy birthday to your son.
    Loving all of the beach pictures. Uh yeah, I’ve had some of those before. The, I’ve been reading here, but now you are horrible and I’m leaving. Which hai, hit the big X, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

  21. Issa

    Happy birthday to your son.
    Loving all of the beach pictures. Uh yeah, I’ve had some of those before. The, I’ve been reading here, but now you are horrible and I’m leaving. Which hai, hit the big X, don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.

  22. Anne Gibert

    Many happy returns, PR, as they said in the olden days.
    I left my point and shoot in Alaska last year, and I’ll be really glad to get it back when we go up in April.
    I think those pictures are great.
    Will the funny story be tomorrow?

  23. Anne Gibert

    Many happy returns, PR, as they said in the olden days.
    I left my point and shoot in Alaska last year, and I’ll be really glad to get it back when we go up in April.
    I think those pictures are great.
    Will the funny story be tomorrow?

  24. Anne Gibert

    Many happy returns, PR, as they said in the olden days.
    I left my point and shoot in Alaska last year, and I’ll be really glad to get it back when we go up in April.
    I think those pictures are great.
    Will the funny story be tomorrow?

  25. Duchess

    I think birthdays are so important they ought to be birthweeks.
    You are brave, flagging a story like that…
    I am glad you are enjoying your kids. Long may it last!

  26. Duchess

    I think birthdays are so important they ought to be birthweeks.
    You are brave, flagging a story like that…
    I am glad you are enjoying your kids. Long may it last!

  27. Duchess

    I think birthdays are so important they ought to be birthweeks.
    You are brave, flagging a story like that…
    I am glad you are enjoying your kids. Long may it last!

  28. Jenn in Tenn

    Glad to see you took a moment out of your busy week to relax and enjoy! And I’m with you on the whole birthday thing…the bigger the fuss, the better! (I refer to mine as ‘The Week of Jenn’) Happy B-Day PR!

  29. Jenn in Tenn

    Glad to see you took a moment out of your busy week to relax and enjoy! And I’m with you on the whole birthday thing…the bigger the fuss, the better! (I refer to mine as ‘The Week of Jenn’) Happy B-Day PR!

  30. Jenn in Tenn

    Glad to see you took a moment out of your busy week to relax and enjoy! And I’m with you on the whole birthday thing…the bigger the fuss, the better! (I refer to mine as ‘The Week of Jenn’) Happy B-Day PR!

  31. Mad Woman

    Funny you should ask! I went bra shopping today. It was awesome. They fit. My boobs sit where they should. Squeee! I didn’t take pictures though. You’re welcome.

  32. Mad Woman

    Funny you should ask! I went bra shopping today. It was awesome. They fit. My boobs sit where they should. Squeee! I didn’t take pictures though. You’re welcome.

  33. Mad Woman

    Funny you should ask! I went bra shopping today. It was awesome. They fit. My boobs sit where they should. Squeee! I didn’t take pictures though. You’re welcome.

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