Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What Happens in Nantucket...

It all started innocently enough.  Five women from different parts of the east coast meeting on blogs.  I know that when I started blogging almost exactly a year ago, I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into.  All I knew was that I knew another girl who blogged, I read hers, and said to myself, "I can do that."  Following, commenting, and blog rolls were not in my vocabulary.  But after a few posts, Jessica began commenting and following... then Gabi... then Mama Henley... then Katherine. And I began following theirs too.  Blogging and commenting led to Twitter.  And it was on that fateful night that we were all making snarky comments while watching the Golden Globes, a friendship we were not even anticipating was born.

We began emailing each other - all five of us at the same time.  I wish I could remember who it was that suggested that we meet.  Guess it doesn't matter.  But we all were excited.  After more emails, the date and place were finalized.
Nantucket, September 2010

I secured my plane ticket in May.  There was no backing out.  It was happening.  The moment I saw and hugged Gabi at Logan Airport in Boston, I knew it was going to be great.  And almost two hours later, we met up with Jessica and Katherine.  (Sweet Mama Henley was not able to join us.  Oh how we cried when we read her post.)  The four of us squealed, screamed, and hugged each other not as if we were meeting for the first time, but as dear, old friends.  And then the talking and laughing commenced... and didn't stop until we left on Sunday.

 Gabi mixing bloodies on the ferry to Nantucket.

Of course we had to compare the new edition 
with the tried and true...
(Yes, I brought BOTH editions!)

 Jessica showing Flat Stanley 
(from Jackson's class project) how to cook.
Yes, she was our chef extraordinaire for the weekend!

 At the brewery... 
This evening really warrants a post all its own, but I just can't resist. Of course we walked  in as if we owned the place.  The place was packed, full of earthy preppies (mostly women) all in name tags.  Hmmm... Lots of Patagonia and madras.  And, hey, look over there.  Hmmm... quite a few golf bags.  Oh, this must be an after party for a golf tournament.  Hmmm... the girl Gabi asks to take our picture, thinks she is the photographer for this soiree.  Numerous other things made us go Hmmm... But hey, "it takes all kinds" as my mother says, and we are having a ball!  Good drinks, good friends, good fun... and then the icing on the cake:  Ms. Madras shorts jumps up on a table, raises her glass, and announces to the gathering, "Let's give a toast to Melissa and Jennifer and to the life they will lead together."  You guessed it, we crashed a lesbian wedding.  Big fun!

Many other stories happened on our Nantucket weekend.  We giggled throughout, saying, "What happens in Nantucket stays in Nantucket!"  But between the four of us, I know we'll share more with you throughout the next few weeks.  I laughed so hard my face hurt at times.  I shared so deeply, more than I might share with people here in my own town whom I feel pretty close to.  I learned so much about each of these women:  their successes, their worries, their delights and their passions.

Here we were on the ferry leaving Nantucket.
 Jessica and Bevy

Gabi and Katherine

And here the four of us were right before we all said Goodbye.


  1. Looks like you all had a great time. You look lovely and relaxed!

    I know exactly what you mean about the brewery/winery/distillery. We still talk about a few of the *things* we saw and heard while we were there.


  2. Oh Bev, I kinda feel jealous! Can I come next time??

  3. How precious. I hate I wasn't there. I cried a lot, but I know we'll meet one day!!!

  4. So happy for you all and the wonderful time you had!! So sorry that Mama Henley couldn't be there- I guess it just means that another trip is in your future!!!

  5. Great update and we must plan a GA/SC get together sometime soon. The weather is so much better this time of year. Love the matching watches.

  6. Fast friends, as my mother would say. I'm so happy that you all had such a fabulous weekend. I had no clue you could mix up a cocktail on the ferry. Good!

  7. Bevy,
    I know y'all had fun! The photos are great and I want to go to Nantucket...always have!

  8. That's wonderful Bevy! I feel like I was there with you.

  9. a lovely post Bevy... I will get on mine today. I wanted to see what you wrote so I could keep mine a bit different.... miss you all tons and tons! XOXO

  10. I love it!!! I want to meet all of you, too!! Looks like you had such a special and exciting visit. xoxo

  11. What an AH_MAZIng post! We had so much fun, didn't we? I can't wait to do it again! Miss you all tremendously!!! XXX OOO--KK

  12. That's so wonderful that you got to do that and that you have developed such a close friendship out of thin internet air!! Makes your heart full, I'm sure!

    Big Hugs,

  13. Sounds like a great visit. LOVE the watches, can you share the details?

  14. Oh I am SO SO SO glad y'all had a GREAt time. i actually thought about y'all over the weekend and just knew you were having the BEST time. I think maybe I need to start tweeting. You all are gorgeous!!!!

  15. OMG! Bevy, this post just made my week! I know y'all had the bestest time ever, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! LOVE the shot of you holding hands :) Isn't it amazing the wonderful friendships we've made through this little blogging adventure? I would be eternally grateful for an invite for the next rendez-vous! :) xoxoox Lots of love!

  16. Awww, sounds so great! I'm so envious of the bloggers who are able to connect in person. Perhaps I'll have to plan a Kentucky or Tri-state get-together. :) I laughed out loud about the lesbian wedding!

  17. Was so looking forward to hearing all about your trip. HUGE smile reading your post! I hope someday I, too, will be able to say I met with a virtual friend and feel the friendship "LIVE and IN PERSON". I'm so happy for all of you, but at the same time, I'm sad for Mama Henley.

    I have a feeling this yearly event could get LARGE...very LARGE!

  18. LOVED reading about your girls get together! I too am envious of your trip. SO wonderful that you were all able to meet each other.
    Those pink watches and your matching nails .. fabulous!!!


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