I took the kids to Tiana Beach Friday night for the Hampton Bays Civic Association's 90th Anniversary celebration. There was a band, free ice cream and fireworks. We packed a picnic and some warm clothes and settled in for the night.
I was feeling pretty good about myself for having all of the things my family would need to be comfortable at the beach for a long night. Blankets, sweats, baby powder to get the sand off, bug spray, socks, snuggle buggles, glow sticks... I thought we were pretty well set. Then I got there are realized that I am a complete amature and I have a lot to learn about beach bumming, and there is nothing "bumming" about it.
I am not typically a person with a case of the "I Want That"'s. The last time I felt this way was about 3 years ago when I saw the Flavia Fusion on "I Want That: Kitchens and Baths" on HGTV. I went to my friend's mother's house later that day and she had bought one, it's fabulous and so I bought one for us. I still love it as much today as I did the day I got it, and it was, in retrospect, a pretty great purchase.
So, back to the story. The group beside us had a coffee table! They had hors d'ourves and drinks and a citronella lantern all nicely sitting on this great little table. Then I saw another family come, and they too had this amazing table and I watched them pull it out of a nylon bag, unroll the table and screw in the legs! OK, I was totally jealous and could not wait to get home to Google this crazy thing.
I should have remembered where I was, and when I found this ingenious piece of beach furniture I nearly choked on the price tag. Then, dear husband to the rescue, he walks in and said, "If you want it, buy it". Have I mentioned lately that I love this man? I found it for $30 less on another site and so one day soon I too will have an amazing beach table. No more sandwiches dropped in the sand. No more sandy bottomed drinks, no more slumming it at the beach!!!!
Now, if only I had this epiphany in May :)