• 2010 Reading List

    What I've read this year:

    "The Other Queen" by Phillipa Gregory (Rating: C)

    "The Welsh Girl" by Peter Ho Davies (Rating: A)

    "Mistress of the Sun" by Sandra Gulland (Rating: A)

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Fried chicken & a new battery

Whew…I need a vacation to recover from vacation! Our 5 days at Carolina Beach were amazing. From the very beginning, it was destined to be a memorable vacation.

Our first picture? Here…

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Parking lot car repair

Yes, that would be Alan & Seth standing in front of our broken down car. We had been on the road about 3 hours, stopped at Smithfield’s for some YUMMY bbq & fried chicken (eating healthy is strictly optional on our vacations). After eating some incredible fried chicken, hush puppies, and potato salad, we headed out to the car, only to find that it wouldn’t start.

I went back inside, and asked every table for jumper cables. In a perfect display of southern hospitality, two guys went to check their trucks, and when they returned empty-handed, the restaurant manager started making calls. She sent one of her employees down the road to borrow some, and then proceeded to call the police department. One very nice officer came by, tried to jump the car, and nothing happened. He then drove Alan to the nearby auto store to buy a new battery, and then installed it for us! (To ensure that my husband maintains his man card, I have to interject that he was 100% capable of changing the battery, but the police officer just started doing it, and Alan is not one to step in and take over!) 🙂

Installation of the new battery

Officer "Helpful" installing the new battery

In the meantime, the manager had brought Seth some graham crackers to help pass the time. Overall, it was the most pleasent experience I’ve ever had with car trouble! We in the South have many areas in which we need some work, but going the extra mile for a stranger – we’ve got that one covered.

As it turns out, we didn’t need a new battery. However, we wouldn’t discover this until the next morning, when the car wouldn’t start again! Apparently some fuse was cracked, and my MacGyver of a brother-in-law managed to “fix” it with a couple of pieces of paper shoved under the fuse.

Decorating the car with leaves to pass the time

Decorating the car with leaves to pass the time

And that was just the first 24 hours…

The trip was wonderful, but really, I think this day deserves a post all of its own, so I’m saving the rest for another day.


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