My family went to Nantucket last week and it was a blast!  I’ll add pictures once I combine my shots with the ones that Grandpa took, but for now I’ll grace you with the pictures of Jake’s clam bake.  The man was on a mission.  He wasn’t going to leave that island without killing little sea creatures, and no one was going to stand in his way.  Luckily, he got the lobsters pre-cooked so I didn’t have to watch them meet their boiling demise.  I would make Jake write-up a post about his clam baking endeavor, but based on past experience I know that he’ll never get around to it.  He’s an engineer, so the post would probably look something like:

((Onion + butter + heat) + potatoes + ((corn – husk)/2) + wine² + leftover champagne + clams) ^6 ≈ happiness 

And there would certainly be one of these ƒ and one of these ∞ in there.  Because engineers just throw random functions and symbols around to confuse the rest of us. 

I’m not really a seafood eater, and this whole pregnancy thing has made me especially sensitive to the idea of picking apart an animal carcus, so I mostly stuck to the corn and potatoes and watermelon.   The safe foods.   But everyone else loved it, and based on the lack of leftovers, it was a grand success.

Live clams and dead clams:


Nonnie helped by cutting the biggest watermelon slices of all time.  This is no camera trick.  It’s a whole lotta juicy goodness.

And here’s the final carnage.  See those lobsters?  Dan decided that it would be a good idea to throw the heads into the woods outside the house for the animals of Nantucket to feast on.  But he didn’t really notice the fact that I was standing right next to him when he went to throw them, so I ended up covered (and by covered I mean a few drops ended up on my clothes) with disgusting lobster juice.  I almost threw up.  Jake found the whole situation hilarious.  Which led to threats of sleeping on the floor.  Luckily for him, I have a forgiving soul (ha!). 

Overall, the trip was a lot of fun and hard to come back to work from.  Nantucket was so different from what I expected.  More details on that to come…