If there’s one thing you should know about me, you should know that my mom (Momma Sue) and I are super close.  We absolutely love having mother-daughter days where we spend time together exploring a cute town and getting our foodie on. When I moved to Chicago, this was obviously a lot more rare and only happened when we were in the same place. Now that I’m back in Connecticut, mother-daughter days are back and frequent. 🙂

A few weeks ago, Momma Sue and I decided to spend the day in Madison, Connecticut. Madison is a very quaint town that sits on the coast along Long Island Sound. We explored the downtown area filled with family owned restaurants and independent stores, stopping to eat at this cute restaurant called Moxie.

While we happened upon Moxie due to many places being closed (it was a Sunday after all), it wasn’t a bad choice by any means. When we walked in, it felt like a comfortable place to hang out and kill some time. The day was beautiful, so we opted to sit outside and get some fresh air. The first glance over the menu, you see a wide variety of choices. As Momma Sue and I try to choose healthy options, this ended up being the perfect place to go to.

We both decided to get a beer that paired well with our dishes.

Momma Sue ordered the grilled shrimp salad, slightly modified to fit

her dietary restrictions. I decided to order the shrimp gumbo, as I was feeling something with a little spice to it.  We both split a side of truffled beet chips. Everything that we had was so yummy and delicious. I was especially impressed with the beet chips. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them, but boy were they addicting. After lunch, we decided to walk around the town a little bit more.

While Madison fits the typical small town quota that we like to look for, that wasn’t the reason why we chose there to explore. We went to go see one of our favorite authors, Lisa Scottoline, and her daughter Francesca Serritella. They came to R.J. Julia Booksellers to do a signing for their newest book I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool. Lisa and Francesca, who refer to themselves as The Flying Scottolines, have written several non-fiction books about their lives featuring so many hilarious and relatable shenanigans. I can’t wait to get my hands on this to read (Still waiting to get my turn from Momma Sue!)

Momma Sue was the one that got me into Lisa’s writing. She is really interested in books featuring strong, kick-ass women (probably because she is one herself). As I got older, she told me that I’d probably really enjoy her books. I was first introduced to Lisa’s writing through humorous non-fiction book, My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has Some More Closet Space. Of her non-fiction books, this one holds a special place in my heart.

Back in early 2013, I was going through a pretty rough time. Rough enough where my mom, being the super hero that she is, drove all the way out to Chicago alone to pick me up mid-semester and bring me back to Connecticut. When I was upset and no longer wanted to talk about it, she said that I can read her book out loud. Let me tell you, that was probably the first time in months where I genuinely laughed.

Since then, I’ve been reading my way through Lisa’s other non-fictions books, which are all hilarious and wonderful. During her talk, Lisa mentioned how she writes what might make her cringe in embarrassment, but will be entertaining and relatable to her audience. She’s honest and bold. That’s something I really admire and hope to develop even more within my writing.

Recently, I started reading Everywhere That Mary Went which is the first one in Lisa’s Rosato & Associates series. Francesca also has her first solo book coming out called Ghosts of Harvard. I’m very excited to get to read her solo debut and I’m sure it’s going to be awesome as well.

Lisa and Francesca are both smart, funny, kind, and down to earth. It was awesome hearing their stories and, just like when I read their books, I’m laughing and smiling so hard I start to tear up. The day ended with hugs from them both, some great advice on writing, an awesome memory and the best time spent with Momma Sue.

Until next time….

xo Lisa