It’s Thursday and we are sitting outside Sandy Hook in New Jersey, bored out of our minds.
We arrived here early Tuesday afternoon. Jon slept for the rest of the day (the night before was too rough to sleep well) and I read Mockingjay. That was it for Day 1. On Day 2, I finished a painting, read The House on Mango Street, did some sewing, and played the guitar for an hour while Jon cooked for us, planned our route, and finished Before the Wind. Now it’s Day 3.
We moved to a better spot to anchor out of the swell, but the wind continues to howl even though the rain has died down and we can’t get to shore. We played cards, we played chess, we played bananagrams. We listened to Fresh Air. We tried AcroYoga on the boat. (No surprise, it didn’t work.) We wished our inverter wasn’t broken so we could charge the laptop and watch a DVD or charge the phone and listen to the new Margaret Atwood book, Stone Mattress.
All of that to give you an idea of our available leisure-time activities on the boat. Of course there are always boat projects to work on, but they’re not so appealing when we’re rocking around a bit and everything outside and (to a lesser extent) inside, is wet. Hopefully tomorrow it will be nice enough for us to row ashore to look around and do some laundry before we leave the following day.
And since for some reason I’m name-dropping books, Ahab’s Wifeby Sena Jeter Naslund is one of the best I’ve ever read. I’m sorry I waited so long to read it and highly recommend it.