A Weekend In Nantucket

A few weekends ago, I headed down to Nantucket for a mini-reunion with two college friends who I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I was doubly excited because this was also my first time visiting the tiny island.

Ferry to NantucketThe 2-hour ferry ride to Nantucket was actually very nice and relaxing. I stayed on the top deck for most of the ride and enjoyed the views.

BeetleUnfortunately, it was a pretty rainy weekend, but we were still able to enjoy ourselves and made the best of it. We stayed in my friend Kasey’s apartment which was walking distance to the downtown area. On the first night Kasey and I had dinner at Millie’s. I ordered the Tuckernuck tacos and of course had to order their signature Madaket Mystery to drink – don’t ask me what’s in it. One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new restaurants; Millie’s did not disappoint.

Starbuck House NantucketOn my first full day on the Island, Kasey gave me a great little walking tour. Our first stop was at the Museum of African American History, which unfortunately was not open at the time, but resides within a newly restored meetinghouse (so far I have to go back to Nantucket if only for another dinner at Millie’s and a visit inside this Museum). We also spent some time enjoying the many historic and notable houses along the streets, like the Starbuck house (above). Yes, those Starbucks.

WIdow's WalksWIdow’s Walks, everywhere.

Nantucket GiftshopOf course we visited several shops. I was able to exert some self control and survived this sopping trip only having bought a magnet, a sticker and a bookmark. What I realty wanted was this bird beautiful birdhouse. I don’t even really LIKE birds, but this simple clay abode was calling my name. I’ve started to realize that the best way to avoid frivolous purchases while on vacation is to pack your bag so full of your own clothes and necessities that there’s not even a remote possibility of anything larger than a bookmark, magnet or sticker fitting inside your weekender tote.

Birdhouse in NantucketNantucket

Nantucket ArchitectureOur day also involved a trip to the ferry docks to pick up the third amiga, Rebekka, and a trip to the Cisco Brewery (add that to my list of things to do again).

Guitar BuddyKasey even serenaded us with some Darius Rucker on guitar while we waited for the rain to stop and the sun to come out again.

The Old Mill WindmillMore sightseeing included a trip to see this windmill – the Old Mill. I later learned that this mill is the oldest functioning windmill in the country, built in 1746. After taking a few photos of the mill, we headed to east to the village of Siasconset.

SiasconsetSconset NantucketSankaty Lighthouse‘Sconset is where the Sankaty Head Light is located. I promise the lighthouse is not leaning – that’s just my handy camera work.

Sankaty Head LightSee?

Mystery BerriesStrolling the roads along the shore in ‘Sconset we saw these berry bushes(??) everywhere. I’m still not sure what they are. If someone knows, will you please tell me? I’m very curious.

Goodbye NantucketSunday afternoon, after an ice cream treat at the Juice Bar, it was time to get back on the ferry and start the trip home.

Nantucket SoundSteamship Authority Ferry FlagThe weekend went by in a flash, but I had a fantastic time discovering a new place and reminiscing with old friends!




A Short NYC Getaway

I thought I’d share a few non-iphone photos from our 3 day trip to NYC at the beginning of July.

Central Park NYC

One of our first stops on the first day was Central Park. The weather was beautiful.

Central Park NYC

This view (also from Central Park) was one of my husband’s favorites. Something about how the building with the two towers was used in the movie Ghostbusters…

Times Square, NYC

Our hotel was in Times Square, and very close to Broadway (we saw Wicked on Broadway our second night in the City, it was fantastic).  We were close to just about everything, and Times Square at night is certainly a [very busy] sight to behold.

Martha Stewart at Today Show

On the morning of my birthday, the Hubby and I headed over to the Today Show Plaza near Rockefeller Center to catch the Today Show (my favorite)! As luck would have it, we managed to park ourselves right behind an area where Matt Lauer would be hosting a short segment with Martha Stewart. We took pictures of her, she took pictures of us, it was awesome.

Jeff Koons' Split Rocker

After the show, we walked around Rockefeller Center for a bit. Jeff Koons’ “Split Rocker” is on display in the center, covered in flowers. I can only imagine how lovely it will look when all of the flowers are in full bloom.

Food Truck in NYC

Food trucks galore in NYC. I wish we had more like this in New England.

Econo Lodge Times Square

This was our hotel in the City. In terms of price and location, it really can’t be beat. The staff was friendly and the room, although very small, was clean and had all of the necessities. Although it may lack a lot of the fancy frills that many pricey NYC hotels probably have, I found it to be a perfect place for D and I to stay. Saving on the hotel definitely allowed us to have more fun (and more food) elsewhere!

Top of the ROck, NYC

Later on in the day (on our second day), we headed back to Rockefeller Center to head to the Top of the Rock and take in some beautiful views of the NYC skyline. From the 69th (I think) floor we had great views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, the Statue of Liberty and the rest of lower Manhattan. On the north side of the roof deck were great views of uptown, including Central Park. That same night we went to see Wicked.

Mood Fabric NYC

Before we left Midtown on our last day, I decided I needed to have a fangirl moment and visit Mood Fabrics. Those of you who watch Project Runway will recognize this place right away. When the show is filmed in NYC, this is where the designers shop for their fabrics before challenges on the show! I even met the little dog, Swatch, who roams the store.

9/11 Memorial NYC

On our final day in the city, we took the subway downtown and visited the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial itself is breathtaking and does a great job in conveying a sense of sorrow, peace and resilience all at the same time.

9/11 Memorial Birthday Rose

At the memorial, a white rose is placed by the name of the deceased on what would have been their birthday.

City Hall Subway Station NYC

We took the subway to get to and from downtown (the R train I believe), as we were catching a train back toward home at Grand Central Station later that day.

New York Harbor

Our last little excursion was on the Staten Island Ferry. We had great views of the shoreline from the New York Harbor, and the ferry passes right by the Statue of Liberty. Best of all, the ferry is FREE and runs on a very convenient schedule, about every 30 minutes or so back and forth to Staten Island.

Staten Island Ferry Boat

We took the Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, then got off and back on again to head back to Manhattan. We rode the same ferry both times.

Life Jackets on Staten Island Ferry

I loved how the life jackets looked, stored overhead on the boat deck.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, in all her glory.

Although it was a short trip, it was a lot of fun. We packed a lot of sightseeing and activities into a few short (and HOT) days. I certainly dragged my husband all over midtown – and I love him for putting up with me. And…

Liberty-IslandI learned how to make a GIF, ya’ll! Ha. It’s actually not too difficult but I’m still proud of myself. This one isn’t too exciting, but I like it anyway.




My Instagram Week

…well, a little bit more than a week’s worth of photos.  I took some vacation days from work for the first part of July, but my vacation officially started on Friday, June 27, at 5pm! I took the week off so that the hubby and I could go on a short trip to NYC to celebrate my birthday, but unbeknownst to me, the festivities started that Friday night with a surprise birthday party. I had absolutely no idea, it was great.

Lake Quinsigamond

A Friday night boat trip on the local lake

30th Birthday Cake

…The boat trip ended in a surprise 30th birthday party, complete with this delicious cake (from Sweet).

Shake Shack 8th Ave NYC

A few days later D and I headed to NYC. After getting off the train at Grand Central Station, our first stop was Shake Shack on 8th Ave.

Central Park

We walked off the burgers and fries by hoofing it up to Central Park. Then we hopped on a bike and had a tour around the whole area.

At the Today Show

The next morning we got up bright an early to stake out a spot on the Today Show plaza…

Martha Stewart

And then…MARTHA STEWART! We ended up standing right behind where she was doing a segment. She passed out cupcakes afterward. We made eye contact. It was magical.

NYC from the Top of the RockAn afternoon trip to the Top of the Rock. Beautiful views of the NYC skyline.

Wicked on BroadwayMy official birthday gift was going to see Wicked on Broadway. It was so, so amazing.

South West NY

Lots of great food, of course (@ South West NY)

African Burial Ground NPS

Our last day included a trip to the museum on the site of the African Burial Ground. After an earlier trip to the 9/11 Memorial, it was a very humbling day, indeed.

D and I in NYC

A trip on the Staten Island Ferry, and then it was back on the train home. A great trip.

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I Should Have Stayed on Vacation + July in Instagrams

Well, I’m batting 1,000. After a great vacation camping in Maine with friends I kind of wish I had just stayed up there! First, after dropping off my parents’ camper that they graciously let us use for the week (thanks Mom and Ron!) I realized when we got home that I’d left all of my nail polish in one of the storage cabinets. Yes, I am crazy and brought my plastic storage bin full of nail polish with me on vacation. I thought it would be a good activity for a rainy day, but we didn’t have any rainy days and I didn’t even take the box out of the storage compartment! Hopefully I’ll have all my little polishes back by the end of the week. What’s worse, though, is that when I got home and turned my laptop on yesterday morning, it had a big giant ugly crack in the upper corner of the screen which made a nice blackish-greenish design all over. :( So, I’ll be having some double trouble posting midweek manicures, but we’ll see how it goes. I won’t have my computer back for about 3 weeks, so it’s a good thing wordpress has an app (wish me luck)!

Otherwise a nice refreshing week off, I’ll try to share some pictures, and some yummy campfire recipes later this week or next week, but I thought I’d start this week off with a recap of the whirlwind that was July. It seems like so much happened. Birthday, engagement, new position at work, new diet (I need to lose weight for the wedding!):

Instagram Collage

New diet means I’ve been drinking a lot of spinach smoothies and I am loving them! Never thought I’d like spinach in my smoothies but if you add the right ingredients you don’t taste it at all. I also now have a new workspace at work to go along with my new position and I’m loving having a window in the office – although I don’t get to sit at my desk too often! (And check out my dinosaur of a computer). My garden is doing well and I’ve made some pesto dishes with basil from my herb garden. I think I might try some lemon thyme shortbread cookies soon…

The cupcakes maybe didn’t help my diet much, but to my credit I only allowed myself one bite of each, haha! D was happy to eat the rest. What a guy. The first part of July also included a lot of 4th of July activities, including a parade with my godson, and a July cookout with my family for which my mom and grandmother collaborated to make a cute watermelon shark! D also babysat the little man early in July while I went out with girlfriends for my birthday and I came home to them asleep on the couch- so cute. And the best things about July – fireworks over the pond in our neighborhood and the walking tour series I’ve been helping with all around the city, including in my favorite park!

Phew, I think that covers it!

Now let’s see how the rest of the week goes sans computer.


Back from the Beach

Back from a wonderful week with my girlfriends in Myrtle Beach!

We hit a fair amount of Memorial Day weekend road traffic on the way down, so it took almost 20 hours to get there, but it was worth it. Beautiful weather (almost) all week. I spent most of my mornings on the beach, and we also spent a few days looking for alligators, visiting various fun bars, restaurants and nightlife areas, and took a day trip down to Charleston (my personal favorite part). I thought I’d quickly share some of my instagram photos from the trip (I will likely do a follow-up with camera photos later, because there was lots of other fun stuff I didn’t capture on my phone):

The Bostonian

We stayed in a condo owned by the father of one of my girlfriends. I love that we drove from Massachusetts and stayed in the Bostonian.

View From Condo

A view of the beach from our third floor condo.

The Four of Us

All 4 of us getting ready to go out for drinks (and a big plate of nachos) early in the week!

Nutella Banana Crepe

On Tuesday (I think), two of us went in search of WiFi and ended up at this really great frozen yogurt/smoothie/crepe place. I got a Banana Nutella Crepe. It was very delicious and I had leftovers for three days! I daydreamed about opening a yogurt/smoothie/crepe place back home.

Humidity and Me

It was pretty hot and super humid all week so I had a lot of bad hair days, as you can see, haha. You can also kind of see the nice view from our front porch and how bright and sunny it was most days!

Ice Cream Waffle Cone

Ice cream, of course! Key lime on top, Oreo cookie on the bottom (and a bright orange manicure I’ll share this week)!

Trying on Masks

Before a dinner at Dick’s Last Resort, we found this great curiosity shop that had a wall full of fun masks. I wish I could have tried them all on! I need to find an occasion for such a thing.


On our way home, the GPS routed us through DC on 395 which turned out to be a horrible thing. We got stuck in traffic for over an hour. It was nice to pick out the Washington Monument (far, far away in this picture) and the Capitol building, and various other buildings on the skyline while we sat in traffic, though.

Radar the Skunk Lover

It took about 15 hours to make the trip home. I arrived back here at 1am to a dog that had been sprayed by a skunk the night before. Eww. The home remedy we tried (peroxide, baking soda and dish soap) didn’t work so well so he went to the groomer today. D managed to keep the skunk smell out of the house so I was very thankful for that! Now Radar is skunk-stink free, clean, fluffy and even has a new collar and ID tag for his troubles.

Radar's New Collar

It was really nice to get away for a while and top up my Vitamin D levels. I really needed the vacation. But it’s back to the grind tomorrow! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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