Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, July 21, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 7.21.17









Hello, all!
Welcome to Best of the Weekend!
Hoo, boy, it's been HOT HOT HOT here in NJ this week!

I know most people who come to the BOTW party
 scroll right down to the link up, and that's fine!
 But, if you do happen to read this,
I'd love for you to play along with me, 
and answer this question in the comments:
As this is the Best of the Weekend party, 

I'd like to know......what was the best part of your week?


That's an easy one for me........
The best part of my week was the couple of hours 
I spent shopping for college stuff with Junior Goo Shoes.
I don't get much one-on-one time with him, anymore,
and when I do, I'm grateful.

So how about you?
Leave me your answer in the comments section.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BEACH WEEK! LONG BEACH ISLAND PT.2



Read A House With A View: Long Beach Island Part 1 here.



LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We wake up on our first full day in Long Beach Island to abundant sunshine.
After breakfast, we grab our chairs and umbrellas and head to the beach.
It's a little breezier than I'd like, but tolerable, and we manage to stay till about 3pm. 
The great thing about a house right on the ocean
is that even when you leave the beach, you're still there. 
Heaven, I tell you. 

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

For dinner, we're in the mood for seafood, 
and settle on Harvey Cedars Shellfish Company, named for the town it's in.
After putting our name on a wait list,
Mr. Goo Shoes decides that for the rest of the week,
the name he will give is Mr. Harvey Cedars.
We're doubled-over with laughter at our cleverness,
although it's hardly likely that we're the first to think of this.

After our meal of soft-shell crabs and swordfish,
I scare the crap out of Mr. GS, when I yell,
"Make a right turn here!"
My direction leads us to the bay beach,
and we are rewarded with a perfect sunset.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We decide to sleep with the windows open 
and be lulled into slumber by the sound of the waves,
but the ocean is just too darn loud.
And to think we used to fall asleep to the roar of cars, buses
and garbage trucks when we lived in New York City.
The windows are shut tight, and the AC goes back on.

I set my alarm for 7:30 a.m. on Day 2, to get up and walk on the beach.
At 10:15 a.m., I drag my weary butt out of bed.


LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

After spending another sunny, breezy day on the beach,  
the big decision of the day is where to eat dinner.
We feel like something casual, and opt for a seafood shack.
My steamed lobster is very good,
but Mr. GS' lobster roll is a bit skimpy.
It's the side order of about nine french fries for $5.99 
that is enough to make us cross this place off our list for good.

My alarm is set for 5:30 a.m., as I'm determined to see a sunrise over the ocean.
Somehow, I manage to wake up without the alarm.
As I step out onto the deck in my bathrobe, I'm overwhelmed. 

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've seen endless sunsets in my time,
but comparatively, relatively few sunrises;
fewer still, over the ocean.
I feel such a strong sense of awe, and almost feel moved to tears.
Whoa, didn't expect that reaction.
I stay up way longer than I planned to, snapping tons of photos.
Finally sated with bright orange skies,
I go back to bed.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The good news is, it's another sunny day;
the bad news is -- it's really windy.
Mr. GS manages to anchor our umbrella into the sand,
but I'm paranoid that it will pull out 
and clank the people down wind from us, on their heads.
 I hold on to it for insurance purposes the whole day. 
Watching a guy unsuccessfully try to open his umbrella, 
as it turns inside out and outside in,
is comical enough to make us laugh about it the rest of the week.
Beach entertainment is free, folks. 

Finally, the wind dies down around 4:00p.m., and it is absolutely glorious on the beach.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We decide to forego the restaurants tonight, July 4th, 
as they will surely be jammed prior to the fireworks down in Beach Haven.
We have a great dinner on our deck.......
fresh Jersey tomatoes, cheese, crusty bread, a refreshing bottle of rose,
and what may be the best chicken salad I've ever had, 
from a deli in Harvey Cedars.

For dessert, we sit on the beach, 
 devouring the hues of pinks and lilacs, as sunset falls.
Oh, yeah, and the incredible humongous donuts from the market 
that were marked down to 50 cents apiece at the end of the day.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

As darkness falls, fireworks are launched all over the beach,
and we've got front-row seats.
It's a perfect July 4th. 

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The weather pattern has changed, and not for the best.
It's three days of clouds and drizzle.
There are only so many ways to pass the time.


We take a ride down to the southern end of the island,
reminiscing about places we went when Junior GS was young.
 "Oh, there's the mini golf place where JGS got a hole in one when he was five."

We take a ride to the northern end of the island.
"Remember when I climbed to the top of the lighthouse with JGS?"

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We go to historic Viking Village, 
a small shopping area at the fishing docks in Barnegat Light.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We eat. 
And eat. 

One meal is downright awful........
yep, that would be the burger place with "excellent/very good" reviews,
promising the "best" burgers on the island.
The "best" part is that it doesn't rain while we're eating outside.

As a make-good, on our last night in LBI,
we go to an excellent restaurant called Bisque.
It's the second restaurant this week 
where we've forgotten to BOOB (Bring Our Own Bottle),
so we order a Pinot Grigio from a local vineyard that is quite good.
The restaurant offers a lobster soup of its namesake,
and it is outstanding.....perhaps the best thing we eat all week. 

 When we get back to the house, it's time to pack.
Had the weather been better the last three days, 
I'd probably be sad to leave, but I'm ready to go home. 
I'd like to figure out how to take that view home with me,  
other than just on my camera's memory card.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

In the morning, a glorious beach day sticks it's tongue out at us,
saying, "Oh, so sorry you can't stay, now that the sun is shining." 😜
We load up the car, and head out on the highway,
with exit 63 fading quickly in the rear view mirror.

LONG BEACH ISLAND | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes








Monday, July 17, 2017

A HOUSE ON THE BEACH: LONG BEACH ISLAND PT. 1



Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

PROLOGUE

March 20, 2017:

Ms. Toody: I think we should rent a house on Long Beach Island over July 4th week, 
since Junior Goo Shoes will be away then. 
Mr. Goo Shoes: Naaaah, I don't want to do that. What's for dinner?


June 20, 2017:

Mr. Goo Shoes: Too bad we didn't think about renting a house on Long Beach Island 
for July 4th week. 
Ms. Toody: Great idea! (snickers to herself)......But we'll be lucky to find anything 
at this late date.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

July 4 Week:

It's 4:30pm and we are at a wedding, saying our goodbyes. 
After a mid afternoon downpour, the sun is now shining, and it is steamy outside.
My hot pink one-shoulder dress is starting to stick to me,

and I give serious consideration to tearing off the other shoulder. 

The air-conditioning in the car can't crank up fast enough. 
It's not until we're over the Tappan Zee Bridge that I finally cool down. 

Once home, I'm in Cinderella mode, peeling off my fancy clothes, 
and trading them for shorts and flip flops. 
The trunk is already packed, save for a few last minute items.
We pull out of the driveway, and it doesn't take more than a minute 
for Mr. Goo Shoes to ask if he closed the garage door. 
As we do almost every time we leave the house, 
we u-turn it back to check, and find the door securely closed. 
It always is.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

In two hours, three downpours, and109 exits, 
we're back on Long Beach Island. 
 I still can't believe we were able to find a house to rent 
during the busiest week of the summer.......
And, right on the beach, no less! 
I'm starting to get a little nervous, but I remind myself 
that the pictures on the website look okay, 
and as long as it's clean, we'll be fine. 
It's just a week, after all. 

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've got a soft spot in my heart for LBI --
I spent several summers here during college and beyond.
But that was a long, LONG time ago.
Now, the island is teaming with traffic.
Many of the homes are newly re-constructed,
having been devastated during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
They look like they're on steroids, packed in like sardines,
 a bit too large for the small parcels of land they sit on.
There seems to be an ice cream shop and seafood store on every block. 

Our house for the week is in North Beach, just past Surf City.
I recognize it immediately, since I checked it out 36 times on Google Earth.
It's the one set way back that looks like an ocean wave at the top.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

It's a two-family, and we have the top floor.  
We hope the people downstairs aren't rowdy types.
We're pretty sure they're thinking the same thing, as they watch us pull into the driveway.
Mr. GS had alerted the rental agent that we wouldn't be arriving until evening.
No worries -- he said the key will be in the mail box.
Except it isn't. 
Thankfully, we have the broker's cell number, but he doesn't answer. 
A bit of panic sets in, as I consider what it will be like to sleep in the car,
but Mr. Goo Shoes finds a window unlocked on the deck,
and is able to get in.   

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

 The broker calls us back two hours later -- he's in Wisconsin!
After a misunderstanding, and a few phone calls, 
someone drops the key off at the house. 

Before I set foot inside, I soak up the view from our deck.
If you know me, it's all about the view.
Suddenly, I don't care what the interior looks like.......
As long as we've got this view for the next week, I'm good.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We are pleasantly surprised........ 
The interior of the house is nicer than we expected!

 The dining area looks out to the ocean.
The kitchen is compact, but well-stocked. 
There are three bedrooms, but we only need one. 
The what-I-think-at-first-is-the-living-room is nicely decorated.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Down the hall at the front of the house 
we discover what-is-really-the-living-room,
with lots of windows, and another deck 
overlooking the driveway and street below.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

From the front deck, Barnegat Bay is visible, 
which will make for some spectacular sunset photos.

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I spot another set of stairs......didn't notice them in the photos online.
They lead to a rooftop deck - a bonus! 


Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There are 360° views of the beach, bay, and surrounding houses.
I'm thinking it will be a great place to watch the fireworks. 

Long Beach Island | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

There's not much to do our first night, other than unpack and relax.......
and dream about what it would be like to own this ocean view. 
I fall asleep as I redecorate the house in my head with our furniture.


To be continued.......

Long Beach Island, NJ | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes





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Friday, July 14, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 7.14.17









Hi there, friends!
So glad to see you here at Best of the Weekend!

This past week has been blessedly quiet.
Starting next week, I'll be working on gathering all the things
Junior Goo Shoes will need for college.
I thought packing for sleepaway camp was a big deal -- sheesh! 
This task dwarfs that one, in comparison!

For now, I'm going to kick back and relax,
and browse through all of the inspiring posts linked up below! 




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just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

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Summer In A Jar | Sadie Seasongoods


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Fruit Infused Ice Cubes | Giggles Galore

 

Strawberry Mango Salsa | Somewhat Simple


Romantic Flower-Themed Summer Tablescape | Feathering My Empty Nest 



DIY Printed Map Picture From A Pallet | Pillar Box Blue




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