How is it that summer is almost over, and I’m already having a hard time finding Number 2 Ticonderoga pencils at the store? Didn’t we just have shish-kebobs on the new grill, and watch the fireworks over the river? That was last week some time, right?
My family and I are looking at each other, and wondering what happened. It’s like we fell asleep and the evil summer goblins came and stole summer right out from under us. I’ve only used the stupid grill three times – one time, we just cooked the weenies and then ate inside. The firepit? Twice. We sat on the new patio furniture a few times, but all we’ve really been doing is working non-stop and making sure the kid gets as much as possible out of summer before she has to go back to school – with the said pencils.
Now I’m feeling a little ripped off, and so is my man. After all, I write wild and steamy romances, yet we haven’t had any extra fun summertime activities for grown-ups. We need some quality adult time!
It’s not too late. If you’re feeling a little bit like the summer train is passing you by, you can still take a night or two and make it romantic and fun. Recently, the hubby mentioned that it had been a long time since we drove to a tiny beach town up the coast in Washington. When we first moved to the seaside, we would go there a lot. It sort of became our special little thing. There’s a funny old time tourist trap there that advertises itself as a “Free Museum”. In reality, it’s an enormous, weird gift shop that sells salt water taffy, preserved baby sharks in a jar, plastic snow globes, shells, junk with the town’s name on it, and just about every type of little knick-knack you can think of.
Its true claim to fame however, is the sideshow circus freak atmosphere. That’s where the whole free museum thing comes into play. There are old glass slide show projectors, myriads of stuffed creatures – including a two-headed snake and two-headed baby lamb - world’s largest frying pan, and those Victorian fortune telling machines and other ones like it from that era. What’s really freaky though is Jake the Alligator Man. That is their number one attraction. There is a glass and wood case that’s about 4 feet long, and inside is a mummified alligator with a shrunken head attached. It’s supposed to be an actual creature that lived at one time. Okay…
But this bizarre place is one of the first things we discovered when we moved to our new home to start our life together, and combined with the awesome devil dogs (cream stuffed donuts with chocolate topping – yum!) at the hometown bakery across the street, it’s a reminder of a romantic time we spent together when we didn’t have more than a few dollars to spend. Since it’s located right on the beach, we can also grab a place for the night, go to one of the nice local restaurants, and we have an instant romantic summer getaway that’s special in particular to us.
No, there’s not a lot of time left for summer shenanigans, but there are still plenty of opportunities to create your own special memories with your partner. Everyone has those quirky little places that are part of your relationship history – take a day or two and enjoy them together. If you want to spice things up a bit, bring along a juicy erotic romance and read aloud to each other. Ooh-la-la! Who knows what kind of fantastic new memories you’ll want to repeat again and again?
About the Author: Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy tale, whether it is contemporary, paranormal, historical, ménage, M/M or BDSM - she loves it all! One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor. When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She is currently working on a Three-Book series called Uniform Encounters set in the Southwest that features those yummy men in uniform.