Nantucket Recap

For our anniversary, Matt surprised me with a trip to Nantucket. I was not expecting a weekend away, so it was quite a pleasant surprise.

We flew into Nantucket airport, which feels much more like a country club than an airport, on Friday morning. We stayed at the  Cliffside Beach Club which captured the preppy New England seaside feel to a tee. It was the absolute perfect place for a romantic, relaxing weekend trip.

Neither one of us had ever been to Nantucket before, so Matt relied on advice from our friend Laura. We loved everything that she suggested and I am happy to pass it along to you here!

DAY ONE:
After checking into our hotel (it was amazing, our room was ready at 9:30am!) we walked into town and decided to rent bikes from Young’s Bike Shop for the entire weekend. We rode around for a little bit trying to get a feel for the town before heading over the Something Natural, the most amazing sandwich shop and bakery. We decided to take our lunches to go and have a picnic at the base of one of the few lighthouses on the island, Brandt Point. After lunch we walked around town for a little and then spent the afternoon hanging out around the pool at our hotel (where I proceeded to get burned…). For dinner, we rode our bikes back to down and had a trendy/fancy Dinner at The Pearl.

DAY TWO
We woke up and had breakfast at the hotel on the beach. After relaxing for a bit, and a quick run, we rode our bikes into town and went to Provisions for ham and cheese sandwiches before heading out the Cisco Brewery for the afternoon. While here, we enjoyed the music from two different local bands and enjoyed the island’s finest beer and wine. We returned to town for a casual dinner at Brotherhood of Thieves. We ended the night with a quick (hey, we are old) trip to the local dive bar, The Chicken Box.

DAY THREE:
One our last full day, we ate breakfast on the beach again before heading into town. We decided to turn in our bikes for a scooter. Yup, that’s right, a moped. We wanted to get out a bit further so decided this was a good option. After a couple test rides around the block, we strapped on our helmets and set out for Sconset. The ride was chilly but we made it there in one piece. After walking down to Sconset Beach we had a quick lunch at Claudette’s Catering, one of the 4 places of business in this small town. After lunch we stopped by to see Sankaty Lighthouse before returning back to town. We did a little shopping and then returned to the hotel. We got in a quick workout before a romantic sunset dinner at the restaurant right next to our hotel, Galley Beach.

We woke up very early Monday morning for our flight back and were back in NYC by 8am.

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The weekend was relaxing and fun and I always enjoy going to a place where 75% of the people are wearing a Red Sox hat/shirt/sweatshirt. I’m already looking forward to our next trip back to Nantucket!

 

Little Things Turns One

Last week I passed an important milestone; my blog, Focus on the Little Things, celebrated its first anniversary. My first post was written on March 2nd, 2010 as I was seating on the couch contemplating my life. I had become so wrapped up in the negative aspects that I was unable to see the countless positive things I had. Thankfully one year later, I was so busy enjoying my life that I didn’t even realize a year had passed.This past year has gone by so quickly and I am certainly in a much better place now than I was last year.

I have found a job that makes me excited to out of bed in the morning. I believe so passionately in the work that I am doing and the organization’s mission. I work with people who have high expectations for me and for themselves and people who strive to make a difference in the way other people live their lives. I am proud to say that I work for Robin Hood.

Matt and I are getting ready to celebrate our wedding in less than four months. And while the planning process got off to a rocky start, things are smooth sailing from now until the big day. Just this morning we were able to check off the last “big ticket item” on our checklist. We can not wait to celebrate this occasion with our friends and family. Already the excitement that other people have shared with us, particularly the two amazing people planning my shower, has been incredible. It is such a good feeling to know that so many other people are just as excited as we are, for us to get married.

After two and a half years, I am slowly starting to adjust to life in New York. No, I am not a Yankees fan, and never will be. But I have come to terms with the fact that Matt and I don’t live in Boston, and probably won’t in the near future. Instead of focusing on the things that I like about Boston that New York lacks, I am trying to focus on the things that New York has that I do like. These things include the following: Central Park, Bleeker Street Pizza, the fact that the Today Show is my local news, Union Square farmers market, Matt Kinsella, riding my bike to Piermont, Rubix Kube and frequent visitors.

This year has been incredible. I owe that to my family, friends and of course Matt. I couldn’t imagine a life without him. He has truly helped me focus on the little things, and sometimes the big things, that make life so amazing.

So thanks for following along… hold on tight, this year is sure to be a good one.

525,600 Minutes

“How do you measure, measure a year?

“In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.”

One year from today, I will be marrying Matt. After more than 9 years of dating, this is a big deal! I decided that this was a cause worth celebrating and woke him up nice and early this morning to celebrate. Obviously Matt was thrilled with this decision. The problem was, I didn’t know what to call this “non-anniversary.”

when I got to work this morning I  googled “what is the opposite of anniversary.” Unfortunately nothing of worth come up in the search results. Thankfully, I have a sister who is smarter than google! Below is the text I received from her this morning:

I know that a traditional wedding gift for 1st anniversary is paper, a 10th anniversary is tin and for a 15th anniversary it is crystal. Unfortunately google doesn’t show results for -1 anniversary gifts. I think it must be something like an iPad, a puppy or a shopping spree at Lululemon! I personally think those would all make great gifts. Most couples would just now be getting engaged, and the diamond ring would probably suffice as a present, but Matt, “unfortunately you screwed yourself” and proposed way too early!

I think we will spend the weekend celebrating with a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond to start our registry. I just hope that after that, we are still planning on getting married!