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Getting Ready for the Holidays

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Howdy!  We survived Thanksgiving and again I vowed I would not be the only one cooking this humungous meal.  It was delicious but for two days I was exhausted.  Today I’d like to write about getting ready for the next holiday – Christmas!

Yeah, yeah, it’s my favorite holiday of all…only, I’m not quite in the spirit yet.  Normally I would have had the tree up weeks ago and do you know it’s still not up.  I need to get my son over here and help me put it up.  Not that I can’t do it myself because I probably could but it’s a tradition and I’m waiting until I settle down from these tours first.  December is crazy!  We have 65 authors on tour – yep, a big record-breaking number.  I’m still working on them but I’m making progress.  The stops are all done, just have to load the calendar and the tour pages with these stops – I don’t even want to count how many I have to do, I just keep on going.

So today’s topic at Island Chick Travels is “getting ready for the holidays” and what a great time to announce I’m heading on another road trip!  Actually it’s the yearly thing a few girlfriends and I do – this year we’re not going very far.  We’re heading to Rehoboth, Delaware, shop til we drop, spending the night, then getting up the next morning and shop til we drop again.

I love these girls and so look forward to this.  We’ve rented a van just to have more room for everything and it’s going to be a blast. Last year, we stayed in Ocean City, Maryland, and went to Rehoboth the next day.  This year, we’re doing the opposite.  I’ll be exhausted.

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Ocean City Sunfest 2010

It’s now the end of November, one week before Thanksgiving, and I’m about to talk to you about the SunFest celebration held in Ocean City, Maryland, in September.  It’s not until now that I got a break from tours (actually our real break comes the second half of December when we take off for two weeks…woohoo!) and I really didn’t want you to miss these beautiful pictures.  So while we’re approaching winter and all the celebrations that go with it (freezing rain, snow, slush, sleet), let’s take a little sun break…

Every year in September, Ocean City holds a huge festival they call SunFest.  This was my very first time going because I usually had to work at my weekend offline job, but I asked off specifically to see what all the hubbub was all about.

Before I go on, I want to mention that if you’re planning a trip there next year, make sure you understand THERE IS NO PARKING.  Serious.  None whatsoever.  So if you don’t have a hotel room on the beach or pretty well near it, you’re pretty well up the creek without a paddle because you’re walking it.

So we had to park at a convenience store on 26th street I believe which meant we had to walk 26 blocks before we hit the craft fair part which was what was taking up the main parking lot.

Was it worth it?

Thank God, it was a beautiful day.  Despite being windy which comes with it being on the water and all, it was still warm and actually hot in parts (could be the 2 mile hike there and back but I digress…).

So I’d like you to see what we found once we got there.  A parade of kites and not just any ol’ kite but super duper monster kites which I would love to take home, hang them from the roof of my condo, and watch  the tourists stare and point.

So here we go…

Ocean City Sunfest 1

Ocean City Sunfest 2

Ocean City Sunfest 3

Ocean City Sunfest 4

Ocean City Sunfest 5

Ocean City Sunfest 6

And after 26 blocks of blood sweat and tears, we finally made it…

Ocean City Sunfest 7

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