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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Road Trip! Party On, Dude! Excellent!

Road Trips!
I love them! Always have! And for those of you who don't know... my family and I went to DisneyWorld this summer. Yup, we were those crazy Mainers who went in August during that spike of 95+ degree weather. And to make matters much more interesting we did it as a road trip! It was Maine to North Carolina the first day from 2am to 6pm and then 6am to about 4 the next day to Orlando. A very long trip, but it was a fun one! So, just to pass the time we started making a list as we went... I thought that I'd share it with you all...

The Best Breakfast: This was at the Waffle House in Fayetteville, NC. Many thanks to the ladies and they were wonderful to a bunch of haggard Yankees who showed up.

The Biggest Toll Booth: There is some debate, but we believe that it was actually on 95 between Delaware and Maryland. It looked like an airport it had so many lanes and was a collosal huge building... of course, I couldn't find the camera in the mess around my feet to take picture.

By the way, Delaware also had...

The Most Expensive Tolls per area travelled: It was Three dollars in and three dollars out for the smallest state travelled. They have to pay for that toll booth.
The Most Tolls: This honor, however, goes to New Jersey... but that's not really surprising. It is coupled with most confusing highway interchange at the end of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Most Billboards: Hands down... this was in South Carolina and the overall winner was South of the Border! You can't miss 'em. They're everywhere!

Cutest Truckload: This was a load of baby pigs that I once again couldn't get a picture of because we were (a) going too fast (b) couldn't find the camera in the clutter or (c) both... pick C. Because my kids whined so much and pouted, DH did however pull over so that we could pass them again and take a picture.. (yes, we're Mainers and they do weird things like that), but unfortunately it was a wasted effort as they had pulled off somewhere else.

Best Rest Stop:
Santee, SC! Clean, beautifully landscaped and did I mention clean?div>They had palm trees and a wonderful fountain with a seating area that was inscripted with great quotes. Of course, I did get a picture of this since I could them paw through the mess to find the camera. Did I mention it was clean? Oh, and here are the palm trees...

The last two are unofficial categories...

Wildlife seen: A flock of geese (not really just a flock a whole barnyard full) that were hanging out in the green section of a exit ramp in the middle of New Jersey and a baby deer that was spotted beside the road in North Carolina... he even had spots...

And the last unofficial award goes to my hubby...

Best Catch Overall: For his single-handed catch out the passenger side window of my vinyl windshield protector (you know those things you sqeegee on to help eleviate the sunglare?) while I was driving at... ahem?! EXCESSIVE speed through South Carolina and just a mere nanosecond before it disappeared forever.

Again, the camera was lost in the junk on the floor... you'll have to take my word for how good it was!

Anyway, I'm leaving you with my favorite shot taken in Florida. I wanted desperately to see a flamingo (not the rare plastico-maine-lawn species), but the real life variety. BTW, did you know that they HONK! Anyway, here they are courtesy of DisneyWorld....


Glad it was a safe trip and eventful. I can't believe you drove all the way to NC in one day. We drove to SC in February and it was the longest drive!

Did you camp out?
Celeste said…
Ha! I love it. Glad you had fun!!

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