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Greetings from Albany! I spent this weekend back in my hometown in order to cheers to the latest of my high school friends to tie the knot. It was a beautiful wedding and I was grateful that the bride texted me last year within hours of booking the venue and told me I better be present while she said I do — how could I not comply? And bonus! The night before the wedding, Aziz Ansari performed a surprise show at a comedy club four minutes from the house I grew up in, in a comedy club that used to be a Chinese restaurant. Apparently he wanted to work out some new material, and needed an intimate venue in which to do so. My mom and I talked our way into the final of three sold out showings, and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. I felt so lucky to catch the show, in Albany of all places!

I had actually planned to spend the entire week upstate tying up loose ends from the summer and preparing for my next big takeoff, but when I realized that my mom, my pup and my sister were all going to be in Martha’s Vineyard I couldn’t stand kicking around in a big ‘ol house alone while they were all just a few hours away. So I hopped on a bus and squeezed in a last few magical Vineyard days before saying goodbye until next summer.

Tuesday is my big take off for the West Coast and beyond, and I won’t be returning back to New York until the spring. That’s a long time to say goodbye for, but there’s little time for nostalgia as I try to pack and prepare as many posts as possible before my departure time. Pre-trip nerves have begun to settle in as I take stock of my to-do list and watch the minutes run down on the clock!

Next week, I’ll be reporting from Las Vegas. But for now, a look back at the week past…

Photo A

Woods Hole FerrySunset over the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard

Photo B

Martha's Vineyard PhotographyMy favorite dog and my favorite cottage side door

Photo C

Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association CottageVineyard chic

Photo D

Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association CottageAt home in Oak Bluffs

Photo E

Crooked Lake House WeddingToasting to the new Mr. and Mrs. in Crooked Lake

Which photo is your favorite?

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36 Comments...
  • julie
    August 16 2015

    photo A!

  • Mary
    August 16 2015

    Photo C or D- I can’t quite decide.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      It’s a cute little cottage, huh? šŸ™‚

  • Aunt Karen
    August 16 2015

    Glad you went! Who couldn’t. Love that cottage & Tucker so the best one is B!
    xoxo

    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      Took the bus down there for the first time ever! It wasn’t so bad. Well worth a few more days in paradise.

  • Justine
    August 17 2015

    Well, obviously Photo B. Because Tucker!
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  • Camels & Chocolate
    August 17 2015

    A! Though I almost bought those exact pillows. Kathryn and I were clearly meant to be šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      You guys are going to have a LOT of renovation gossip to do when you finally meet šŸ˜€

  • Jason
    August 17 2015

    This one’s really tough. They’re all great, but I’ll vote for E. Bon Voyage!!

    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      Thanks Jason! Looking forward to being back in the air!

  • Sarah
    August 17 2015

    B! It’s always the one with Tucker in it!

  • Janice Stringer
    August 17 2015

    Love B – Your dog looks such a happy chappie!!!1
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      He was happy! We had just gone for a gorgeous little jog up to the lighthouse šŸ™‚

  • Leah
    August 17 2015

    Tucker’s cute little face wins for me this week! Enjoy your last bit of time with the fam!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      I certainly did. It’s hard not knowing when we’ll see each other again, so a six hours bus trip suddenly seemed more reasonable šŸ™‚

  • Britt
    August 17 2015

    Photo B- who can’t love that dog šŸ˜‰ Also the cottage door is so pretty- I love little places like that.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2015

      I couldn’t agree more! He is my little munchkin.

  • Caity
    August 17 2015

    I will be forever a sucker for tucker! So it’s Photo B for me!

  • Marni
    August 17 2015

    Photo A, but those pillows are adorable in Photo C!

  • Gemma Two Scots Abroad
    August 17 2015

    Photo B. The dog gets me every time!
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  • Rashaad
    August 17 2015

    Photo B – the dog looks so cute
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    • Meihoukai
      August 19 2015

      Thanks Rashaad! He’s my little man!

  • Steve
    August 17 2015

    I’m choosing A this week Meihoukai. Just the sunset. You captured it well.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 19 2015

      Thanks Steve! It was a magical moment and I scrambled to run up to the ferry deck to capture it šŸ™‚

  • Izy Berry
    August 17 2015

    Photo B the dog is so cute i am in love
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  • Adilah
    August 20 2015

    I just randomly came across your blog today ….And Im from the capital district too! Troy to be specific! glad to know someone from Albany is a world traveler doing big things!

    • Meihoukai
      August 22 2015

      Love it, Adilah! Always nice to meet another Capital Region-er šŸ™‚ Troy is awesome….

  • Erika
    August 22 2015

    I love the styling in photo C! What cute pillows!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 23 2015

      My mom is great at bargain pillow shopping šŸ™‚ Thanks Erica!