A Thousand Threads

Tag: vacation

What should I read?

books on the floor

There are a million reasons why I can’t wait for our honeymoon, but one of them is definitely the much-needed break.  I’m looking forward to a little time to sit back, relax, and read something fun (because super fun frivolous reading and the word vacation are one in the same).

I’m excited to start making a list of what books I might want to take along… and because I have a sneaking suspicion that you all are sitting on some fantastic recommendations, I thought I’d start with you.

So tell me, what book will I be crazy if I miss?

P.S. Bookshelf Porn

The Rich History of Wedgeport

bluefin tunawedgeport tuna museum

While in Nova Scotia, we learned all about the rich history of Wedgeport, a now-sleepy fishing village that, once upon a time, hosted celebrities, trail-blazing fishermen (and women) and as many as twenty-eight different countries during its annual International Tuna Cup.  The match was held from 1937 to 1976, and put Wedgeport on the map.

Though it no longer stakes claim to the title of sport tuna fishing capitol of the world, Wedgeport is still quite the little mecca, and continues to attract Anglers from across North America to its Tuna Tournament & Festival each year.  If you’re just dying to hear more (I know you are) you can read all about it at the museum’s website, and even take a virtual tour.

This is it for my Nova Scotia ramblings, I promise, but if you ever get a chance, go… I mean it.  In case it wasn’t obvious, Wedgeport kind of stole my heart.

Into the wild blue…

Nova Scotia Bluefin Tuna Fishing / A Thousand Threads

Last Monday, as I dropped our final invitations in the mail, feeling pretty good about my accomplishments, the phone rang.

“So… if you had the chance to do something really amazing, do you think you could get away for a few days?”

(Umm… yes.)

Mark’s boss wasn’t able to make a business trip he’d had in the works for some time, and he needed to send someone in his place.

That person was Mark, but (the seriously cool news) if we were both in, we could both go.

Nova Scotia Bluefin Tuna Fishing / A Thousand ThreadsNova Scotia Bluefin Tuna Fishing / A Thousand Threads

So, business… right? I’ve been on business trips before, and most of the time it doesn’t even matter where they end up… those trips are always much less fun than I imagine… sitting in the hotel, attending a conference, or meeting after meeting… staring at the wall… never getting a chance to play.

This was not one of those trips.

On this particular trip, Mark and I were headed to Wedgeport, Nova Scotia for lobster picnics, scallops on the shore, and a whole lot of fishing… for bluefin tuna… which are, oh, about six times my size (nbd).

We were just a little bit excited.

And the trip didn’t disappoint a bit.

Nova Scotia Bluefin Tuna Fishing / A Thousand Threads

Of course, before we go on, I have to mention that I caught the biggest fish (It’s okay, I’m not competitive or anything).

We were on the water for two days straight and came back with a laundry list of shark, whale, and seal sightings (!!) in addition to five fish caught.

Three of five were successfully tagged (no indulging here — though that sashimi does go for a seriously pretty penny out on the market ((yum)) — we were on the ocean in the name of science) and in the end Mark and I had each reeled in two: three in the realm of about 400-500 lbs, and one (mine, hehe) about 650 lbs… which is a pretty serious sport in itself.

But really… the most amazing thing we encountered in Wedgeport was the people: folks that made us feel like family from the second we landed and left us dying to come back… to visit their small town and maybe even steal their lives… because seriously, guys, we’re kind of super a little jealous.

What an amazing, wonderful place… this Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. Really — even now — I’m not even sure where to begin.

But I have plenty more to share, so be sure to check back!

Have you ever been fishing for big fish? Or up to Nova Scotia? It was an amazing experience, to say the least.

Sometimes, life has a way of surprising you… in the very best of ways.

This Place

Nova Scotia Islands

It was perfect.

Two Months Out

a thousand threads / vintage post / calligraphy by neither snow

Two months. I’m not even sure what to say about two months. I can barely believe it, but this time we have left will be gone in the blink of an eye!

The past week has been full of little accomplishments and final touches: We picked out our rings and mailed our final invites, and now I think I can officially say that we we’re down to the details!

Here’s what our checklist is looking like, two months out…

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Is it Monday already?

This weekend we headed up to New York for Mark’s first suit fitting and to see a friend’s show (Her last before it heads to Scotland for Edinburgh fringe!) and since Mark was busy playing with other, fancier cameras… I got a little time behind the lens.

Pepe and I are still getting to know each other (what, you don’t name your inanimate objects?) but we’re a whole lot closer than we used to be.  Honestly, I’d say I’m about half a step above point and shoot, but hey, anything’s an improvement.

Mark was pretty excited about his fitting (I can’t wait to see!) and it gave us a good excuse to grab some tasty brunch at egg before heading into Manhattan to get ready for the show — which was amazing, and echoed a lot of important issues I’ve been thinking about lately (especially while reading this book).  I’m so proud of that kickass playwright friend of mine… but that’s nothing new.

On Sunday we squeezed in a tasty bagel and a trip to the High Line before heading home to our cozy beds and our happy puppy.  I love trips out of town, and especially love the chance to see friends, but it’s always nice to come home, too.  And I know Mr. Lennon is pretty pumped.

How was your weekend?  Was it as super hot as it was in the east?  We nearly died.

Our Weekend: Part Two + My Something Old

Remember how excited I was about the little gold brooch pinned to this bride’s dress?  I have a few other accessories in mind that happen to be gold, and I hadn’t realized it before, but silver seriously dominates the sash market.  So I’ve been having the hardest time finding the perfect sash… and my dress definitely needs a little something in that arena.

Enter that little gold brooch.  It was the perfect solution!  So I went looking for my own, and look what I turned up!

All it took was a trip to the Brooklyn Flea.

What do you think?  Would you choose a brooch over a sash?  Or pin a brooch to your sash?

C’mon, be honest.

Signs of Summer

As the weather warms up, so does my craving for fresh produce.  I swear I could live on the strawberries alone, so sifting through our shots from the Solvang Farmer’s Market has my mouth watering.

Did I mention that I can’t wait to go back?

Gone Sightseeing

Forgive my conspicuous absence this week.  I’ve been playing tour guide for my family on a whirlwind little trip through NYC and DC.  It has been loads of fun and I have so much to share as soon as things return to normal, but for now, I’ll just be stealing moments aside here and there to put up a post, or maybe a tweet… maybe even a pin.  So be sure to stay tuned in all forms.

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