My Year in Review – 2012

I know, I know… It isn’t January 1st so this post is a few weeks late. Better late than never, right? What a year it was. Big changes, lots of travel and always great food with wonderful friends. Couldn’t ask for more!

January 2012 – Welcomed 2012 at one of my favorite watering holes, The Chicken Box, with my lovely sisters and a terrific friend! NOTE: The photo above was taken on New Year’s eve out in Madaket. Best sunset in the history of all sunsets. I mean it!

February 2012 – Ventured to Washington, D.C. for Super Bowl weekend and explored Old Town, Alexandria. Tasted one of the best coconut cakes I have ever had at Society Fair – a must for your next trip to our nation’s capital.

March 2012 – Ventured to San Diego, CA to visit a dear college friend and her sweet husband. Enjoyed an afternoon in La Jolla soaking up the views at George’s at the Cove followed by an amazing dinner at Searsucker in the Gaslight District. Drove into the desert to enjoy a few days poolside at the Viceroy Palm Springs. Love me a great boutique hotel!

April 2012 – Took a holiday in Spain… Barcelona to be precise. Savored several delicious tapas but my favorite find of all was a charming little café, Caelum on De la Palla. On my first day back to work, I gave my six weeks notice!

May 2012 – Celebrated my 33rd birthday and my farewell to Boston with a group of wonderful friends at Cafeteria on Newbury Street followed by margaritas at Lolita. Attended an Opus One wine tasting at my dear friend’s home for Nantucket Wine Festival. Can’t wait to visit this vineyard on an upcoming trip to Napa. Perhaps my 34th birthday!

June 2012 – Started the new month with my last day at work. Packed up my car on and moved back to my little island 30 miles out to sea. Started a new job as a catering manager and the craziness began.  Was able to sneak in a few movies at the Nantucket Film Festival including Liberal Arts, My Sister’s Sister and the documentary Under African Skies as well as a talk with writer and director Nancy Meyers.

July 2012 – 14 to 18 hour work days… not even sure what happened in July. My tan was off the hook, though!

August 2012 – Swam across the pond to the Cape to celebrate the union of a lovely couple with my island girls. We have known each other for 25+ years. Wow!

September 2012 –Weddings, weddings, weddings.

October 2012 – Moved into my winter rental in Monomoy, where I go to sleep to the sound of the late boat coming in and wake up to the early boat leaving. Island living at its finest!

November 2012 – Best month of my life! Traveled to Sofia, Bucharest, Athens and Istanbul with one of the best friends a girl could ask for. More on this to come in future posts, I promise!

December 2012 – Purchased my very first Christmas tree and enjoyed some quality time in front of my TV recovering from a terrible cold. Thank God for Homeland on my DVR.

Well hello there…

After many starts and stops to this little blog, I have decided to finally make it official. So welcome! I am really glad you stopped by. I guess we should start with introductions. My name is Maybeth but those closest to me call me May. If I had to sum myself up in just a few words it would be that I am a lover of many things…. and nothing gives me greater pleasure than planning the perfect weekend getaway or finding the ultimate hostess gift.

About six months ago, I made a rather big decision to leave city life and return home to my little island 30 miles out to sea. One may ask, why would I do such a thing? The simple answer is this… I felt like I was going through the motions. These past six months have certainly been a transition and I am not really sure if I’ve moved away from going through the motions of a sometimes mundane life but I can tell you this, 2013 is my year to live. And I hope this blog will allow me to share with you just how well I am doing.

What I hope to capture is quite simple. I want to share with you all what I love. I hope you enjoy!