Sweet Nothings, Travel

Smile, It’s Summer

Seaside house I walked past every day while on Martha’s Vineyard

Childhood summers always had a quality about them that made me want to reinvent myself – to somehow become a better version of me who’d done all her summer reading and developed the good habit of laying out her outfits each night before bed by the time a new school year rolled around. As an adult, this feeling usually arises from my vacations, when I find myself fantasizing about how I can bring the calm, slow pace of time off back into my daily life. And, since I took a quick vacation in my home state of Massachusetts a few weeks ago, the fantasizing/scheming sections of my brain were thrown into overdrive…

We spent a few days on Cape Cod attending my cousin’s wedding, then popped over to the island of Martha’s Vineyard for a whole lot of seafood and family time. We sat by the ocean and ate lobster rolls for lunch every single day, and the sights of hydrangeas and lighthouses reminded me so vividly of childhood summers in New England. It was muggy (we’re talking clothes-sticking-to-your-skin-even-in-the-dead-of-night kinda weather), but the sea air was refreshing and the time off from the norm was inspiring. My husband and I have since left the gray-shingled houses and copious lobstah behind, and are now back to the surreality of the West Coast (a.k.a., the place of 75 degrees all the time, unnecessary air conditioning, and heaps of work). True to my ever-scheming form, however, I’m hopeful that I haven’t left everything behind me, in that I feel excited to face new challenges and attempt to bring some of the serenity from my trip into my daily life. Here are some snapshots from this nostalgia-infused slice of my summer…

View of Oak Bluffs Harbor (it was actually rumored that Oprah’s yacht docked here right before the July 4th weekend)

Tastiest lobster roll in all of Massachusetts, care of Nancy’s Restaurant and Snack Bar in Oak Bluffs

Enjoying my last lobster roll of the season

Lobster hand towel – be still my germaphobic heart

Head sculptures that doubled as planters in a Martha’s Vineyard art store

Blue hydrangeas epitomize the look of New England summer

Pink and purple hydrangeas aren’t too shabby either

Rolling clouds and the East Chop Boathouse

Farewell view of Falmouth, Cape Cod

Psst: Do you have any resolutions for the summer, or are these sunny months inspiring any changes that you want to institute come autumn? Leave a comment.

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  • Reply Laine Griffin July 16, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Well of course! I feel like I’m constantly trying to get organized and ready for the next schedule change. Right now I’m getting rid of stuff and just trying to keep my kids on a healthy schedule so we don’t get out butts kicked when school starts. The beginning of the school year always feels like the beginning of the year-year to me.
    Love your photos!

    • Reply Coté July 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks for the photo love, Laine! You know, even though I don’t have kids I still feel like the end of August/beginning of September is when the year starts for me, too. I guess old habits die hard. 😉 I hope you’re having a great summer and are experiencing good luck when it comes to wrangling the little ones into a good summer routine. 🙂

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