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Happy Monday! Well, last Monday was a pretty happy Monday. I spent the majority of the last week in one of my happy places, a little island called Martha’s Vineyard. A certain Bearded Bartender reappeared, and one of my Brooklyn girls Liz and her boyfriend Matt flew in for the long weekend. What a crew! I adored showing them around and remembering everything I love about this idyllic and peaceful retreat. I definitely wasn’t ready to leave but I was comforted to know I’ll be back in just a month — even if part of me wishes I was just spending the whole darn summer out there.

Currently I’m back in Albany and operating at top crisis management levels. I was meant to be in New York this week but cancelled in order to try to get my life back in order which was a great decision, though I definitely wish I could press pause for about a month. My insane travel schedule has finally caught up to me and I’m practically vibrating with stress over how behind I am on every item on my to-do list. (I’m so sorry to those of you have emailed me recently… or, you know, ever, and have yet to receive a response. I am actually drowning in my inbox and it’s embarrassing.) My body has joined in on the protest too, and I’m currently on my second round of antibiotics for strep throat. So like I said…. last Monday was a happy Monday.

Photo A

Alley's General StoreAmericana at Alley’s General Store

Photo B

Menemsha, Martha's VineyardClassic New England in Menemsha

Photo C

Fresh Seafood in MenemshaTucker shopping for lobsters

Photo D

Dining on Martha's VineyardQuality dining at home and on the town

Photo E

Bike Riding on Chappaquiddick Silliness with a self-timer!

Which photo is your favorite?

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UPDATE: Is anyone in the LA area interested in a meetup sometime between June 19-23rd? Leave me a note in the comments so I can gauge interest!

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  • Rachel
    June 1 2015

    Ahh I feel the same way about the town where my family beaches. I could just stay there all summer! Hope you get well soon! And I can’t say no to Photo B, I’m a sucker for fishing boats and scenic docks.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Menemsha is one of the cutest… and it’s actually where much of Jaws was filmed!

  • Rekha Devarapalli
    June 1 2015

    Photo E is super cute šŸ™‚
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  • Photo C – lucky Tucker! I love dog photos. Always a winner.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      He’s my little star šŸ™‚ Thanks Gemma!

  • Jessica
    June 1 2015

    Great photos again! And take it easy šŸ™‚ As a freelancer I know that constant feeling of stress and never have a ‘real’ pause. It’s easier said than done, but just focus on your offline life and finish just 1 to-do a day. šŸ˜‰ In a couple of days hopefully you will feel better!

    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      I’m definitely hoping to feel more in control by Friday! I’m also trying not to let myself get in a laptock lockdown though…. making time to walk my dog, work out, and meet friends for dinner after a productive day so I don’t make myself sick with stress.

  • becky hutner
    June 1 2015

    E — well done on the pose here!

    On a more serious note, I relate all too well to “vibrating with stress” & have the health repercussions to show for it. Try to remember that a lot of this stuff is self-imposed, the mere side effects of the amazing life you’ve chosen and are in control of. If at anytime things get to be too much, you can always hit the brake. Even if it seems impossible!! Good luck Meihoukai x
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Thanks Becky, wise words! OH and check my update to this post — meetup planning time!

  • Leigh
    June 1 2015

    B speaks to me for some reason….it’s “classic” as you say.

    Hope you’re feeling better soon…think of it like college – a couple weeks of crazy busy work to clear up your schedule for summer!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      I definitely love sleep too much to pull all-nighters anymore, but I am working hard to get back to speed šŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    June 1 2015

    Photo B is beautiful, and photo E is awesome as well! Hope you feel better soon!
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  • Katie
    June 1 2015

    Definitely photo B … love dock shots!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Me too! Nothing says “New England” better…

  • Sarah
    June 1 2015

    Photo C because Tucker is in it!
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  • Photo E made me laugh so I have to go with that one!! Hope you’re feeling better soon and don’t get too overwhelmed by your to-do list! Take it one day at a time and know it will all work out one way or the other šŸ™‚
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  • Francesca
    June 1 2015

    Photo E! It doesn’t matter how many amazing scenery shots you take it’s the images of you smiling with friends that get hung up on the wall at home and treasured forever šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Very true! I haven’t printed a photo in a while, but this one might be worthy…

  • Sonja Riemenschneider
    June 1 2015

    Love seeing #TuckerinWanderland of course! šŸ™‚

    Photo E looks like its straight from a magazine. Love the poses! Gotta do more self timer shots.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      The nice thing about being somewhere as remote as Chappaquiddick is we had total privacy to goof around with the camera and not worry what anyone might think šŸ™‚ It was fun!

  • Julia Nix
    June 2 2015

    bearded bartender šŸ™‚ must be anxious goosebumps seeing him again after how long? oh alex.

    • Meihoukai
      June 2 2015

      Over six months! Was great to be reunited, even for a brief bit.

      • Julia Nix
        June 3 2015

        they say absence makes the heart grow fonder but actually, it’s quite “killing” not having the last say of when paths shall cross again. that’s why every moment spent together counts.

  • Steve
    June 2 2015

    I am choosing C. Love the look of Tucker fishing for his dinner. Also nice to pictures of a place I knew because of a song.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 3 2015

      What song is that, Steve?

      • Steve
        June 3 2015

        The song is called Martha’s Vineyard by All About Eve. They were a goth/hippie band from the UK in the 80s.
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        • Meihoukai
          June 5 2015

          I’ve never heard of it — off to give it a download. Thanks Steve!

  • Karen
    June 2 2015

    I’m in LA!! I’m always inspired by reading your blog and would love to meet up if times work out!

    • Meihoukai
      June 3 2015

      Awesome! I’ll email you when I get a group together, Karen!

  • Marni
    June 3 2015

    Photos C & E are so fun, but the quaintness of B wins it for me.

    • Meihoukai
      June 3 2015

      I had a feeling that photo might be the winner as I was snapping it šŸ™‚ Thanks for voting!

  • becky hutner
    June 3 2015

    You know I’m up for meeting Meihoukai! Let me know if you need help coordinating/choosing a spot. FYI — there’s a sleazy disco party with Dimitri from Paris @ a Hollywood club the night of June 19th. Just sayin’….


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    • Meihoukai
      June 3 2015

      O RLLY. I’ll have to consult little sis on that one, as she will also be in town by then…

  • Amanda
    June 3 2015

    Photo C! Puppy love!
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  • Rashaad
    June 3 2015

    Photo C is my favorite – I so wish Tucker could be successful.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 5 2015

      Ha, no lobsters for him! He does like chasing crabs at the beach though.

  • Kristen Pratt
    June 4 2015

    I’ll be in the LA area on the 20th and 21st if you end up organizing a meet-up on those days…otherwise, next time you’re in Alaska šŸ˜‰

    • Meihoukai
      June 6 2015

      Awesome Kristen! I’ll shoot you an email later this weekend!

  • Amazing photos, Meihoukai. Especially C, with the curious dog. It’s so cute!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 6 2015

      He’s my munchkin! And yes… curious is a great descriptor!

  • Camels & Chocolate
    June 7 2015

    E…although TUCKERRRRRR
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