As previously posted about last week, I had a spur-of-the-moment, hey-kids-let's-pack-a-bag-and-go-north-to Massachusetts moment last Thursday which resulted in the girls and I driving north through some hellacious traffic and landing at our final destination which was the Fairfield Inn Marriot in Amesbury - just down the road aways from that one and only Nashville Belle and Blogger, Lois.
My post from last Friday described our first get-together at Salisbury Beach, a place that has definitely seen better days but is trying to revitalize. In spite of the fact that we were all waiting to be attacked by pizza-eating zombie clowns, we had a good time and when we parted company we were looking forward to the next day's get-together at lunch with another blogger, Ms. Maggie Moo, who was coming up from Boston to join us.
The Fairfield Inn turned out to be a lovely place to stay with comfy beds, free wireless internet, and a free breakfast buffet that certainly was not lacking in variety. The breakfast room was actually pretty crowded so Jamie and I went downstairs, snagged a bunch of goodies, and went back up to our room where the girls took advantage of the free wireless for a couple of hours until it was time to check out and head over to the Friendly's that was right next to the hotel for lunch.
Upon on our arrival at Friendly's, we joined Mags sitting at an outside picnic table fresh from her drive up from Boston (about an hour south of Salisbury depending on traffic) and then shortly afterward we were joined by Lois and her hubby Hank who had opted to work at home out of the Air Stream rather than make the drive into the plant in Metheun where he is currently assigned to a project. Of course he joined us for lunch because even if you're working from home you deserve a lunch break, right?!?
After sitting outside and laughing and chatting for awhile we moved inside for lunch and ice cream because you can't be at Friendly's without having ice cream (though strangely enough neither Amanda nor Jamie did as I think they were still a little full from the free breakfast at the hotel!). Following lunch Mags was going to head back to Boston for an evening out with friends, Hank and Lois were heading to Haverhill to buy bicycles, and I was going to stop by Shirley, Massachusetts to drop Jamie off at her cousins' house for the weekend on my way to the train station in New Haven, Connecticut to pick up Amanda's friend who was going to be visiting from Brooklyn, New York for the weekend. Whew!
Before we all went our separate ways, though, there were a couple other things we needed to do with one being to try to stop laughing long enough to have our picture taken by Amanda ...
... we seemed to have a major case of the giggles in this one (perhaps it was in reference to Lois and my white pasty legs!) so we tried it again ...
... and managed to stop laughing long enough for the picture to be taken.
Following that, I needed to deliver some hugs to Lois from some other blogging/Facebook friends who had requested them so there was a big bear hug for Mo, a hug for Callie, one hug for Claire and another for her Mumborg, and several more hugs for myself and others. Let it be said that Lois gives great hugs! Actually, it was probably starting to look like a big hug-fest under the tree there at Friendly's by the time we were done but I guess that's just what we bloggers do when we get to finally meet in person!
Lois and Hank plan on being in Massachusetts until perhaps October so I'm hoping to get back up there and visit again (I found out there's an old lighthouse not too far from where we were that I want to check out) as well as perhaps meet up with them again when they come down to my part of New England. No matter where it is, though, I'm sure there will be more giggling and carrying on as that's just the type of people they are! I'm really looking forward to it!