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Today: I hate fall. But I like autumn.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I was in a hideous mood earlier this week (I’d blame lack of sleep over the weekend, but after dressing up like a flying squirrel on Saturday night, I slept until 10 the next morning.).  Clark was feeling salty too, mostly because he hates the rain.  And because I imagine his moods for him.  I figured I’d wallow in my grouchiness, and then get over it.  Wallowing, for me, always involves list making.

A stranger left this pumpkin in Fort Point last fall. It looked very cool, but smelled like a compost pile.

This is what I came up with.

11 Reasons Why I Hate Fall:

  1. Fall colors are ugly.  Brown?  Orange?  That’s like a rotting pumpkin.  Which brings me to…
  2. I don’t like the taste of pumpkin.
  3. Why are people freaking out about pumpkin flavored coffee?  And pumpkin beer?  And pumpkins?
  4. I am allergic to wool.
  5. Boston is full of college students.  I feel old.  And nostalgic.  And old.
  6. All those leaves on the ground?  They’re slippery.  I will probably fall.
  7. I am allergic to something in addition to the aforementioned wool.  I don’t know what it is, but it just sprouted or hatched or grew or whatever.  I am itchy.
  8. I dislike squash.  And zucchini.  I wish berries and tomatoes were perpetually in season.
  9. I’d rather wear skirts than pants.
  10. Things always expire in the fall.  My parking pass expired on August 31st and my new one was denied because the person at the parking desk thought I was a student pretending to be a grown-up.  Then it was approved.  Seven days later.  I was annoyed.  Also, I accidentally ate expired Greek yogurt on Tuesday.  Use your imagination.  It wasn’t good.
  11. It’s sort of cold, but sort of hot, and sort of dry, but also humid.  My body (specifically, my hair) is confused.

I could have probably continued on to number 12, or number 40, but this whole exercise was not especially helpful.  In fact, I felt even more hideous than when I started.  I decided to make a second list, wherein I would call fall autumn, because it sounds more lovely.  And not unlike a middle school classmate from the late eighties or early nineties.

9 Reasons to Not Hate Autumn

  1. I am getting married in November (that’s a big one, obviously).  When we booked our date, people were like, Ooooh, fall colors!  Beautiful!  I got a lot of practice burning these same people with my eyes of death.  (See number 1 above.)  In all seriousness, though, I just cannot wait.
  2. After the wedding, we get to go on our honeymoon, which is a great way to bring sexy summer back.  Yeah.
  3. Soccer starts after a two week hiatus (um… our team didn’t make the playoffs last season…).
  4. Glutino makes a gluten free stuffing.  Which means I can freely overeat on Thanksgiving.
  5. Fall races are less sweaty than summer races.
  6. Apple picking (not a sentence, but I am going to punctuate it regardless).
  7. Nick turns 30 this fall, which makes us the same age again, meaning I don’t have to feel creepy for a whole five months.  My mother and sister also have fall birthdays.  They’re so cute.
  8. I have jury duty (and inevitably, I will be impaneled, knowing both my luck and inability to make up believable lies)… that’s always interesting.  I was on a jury for a medical malpractice case a few years ago and almost fainted.
  9. Leggings are socially acceptable in certain situations again.

I’m still recovering from the yogurt thing, but my mood has improved.  Daydreaming about a honeymoon (and jury duty?) will do that.  As for Clark?  He still hung up on his singular reason for hating fall: this jacket.

Please don’t call Sarah McLachlan on me.

Also On Tap for Today:

What do you love most about fall autumn?


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Today: Give your soul… and soles. {Allstate Life Insurance Boston 13.1 Marathon® giveaway}

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]What could be better than a free entry to the upcoming Allstate Life Insurance Boston 13.1 Marathon® ?  How about that, plus the chance to support the Boston Rescue Mission and the work they do to prevent and end homelessness in our city and beyond.  At this year’s Allstate Life Insurance Boston 13.1 Marathon®, runners and their friends will have the chance to donate their old shoes.  Every pair collected will benefit the Boston Rescue Mission as a result of Allstate’s partnership with Give Your Sole.

For over 100 years, Boston Rescue Mission has provided invaluable services and programs for men and women in need, including:

  • Meal programs
  • Outpatient counseling
  • Day treatment programming
  • Overnight shelter
  • Residential recovery programs
  • Safe Haven program for chronically homeless veterans
  • Women’s parole re-entry program
  • Spiritual development
  • and partnerships with agencies overseas to fight “poverty in all forms”

Those of you who know me beyond this tiny website know that ending homelessness is something I care deeply about.  I encourage each of you, whether you’re running or not, to dig into the back of your closet for a pair or two of gently or moderately worn shoes.   The BRM’s programs are not simply a quick fix; they have lasting results and are helping to change the lives of so many deserving individuals.  In case you need a little added incentive (and the chance to extend summer a bit longer), runners who donate their shoes on race day will receive a free pair of flip-flops to wear home.   

Shoe donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Friday, September 14th (packet pick-up): Friday, Sept 14th at Karhu and Craft North American headquarters (200 Cummings Center 273-D, Beverly MA) from 12 PM – 7 PM
  • Saturday, September 15th (packet pick-up): Saturday, Sept 15th at Fast Splits (612 Washington Street Newton, MA) from 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday, September 16th (race day): Suffolk Downs, 111 Waldemar Ave, East Boston

***Thanks the event sponsors, I have two race entries to give away.  Free on September 16th and ready to crush a half in Boston? Or know someone who is?  Leave a comment below.  I will announce two random winners on Saturday evening.***

UPDATE: Congratulations Emily and Becki!  I will email you with registration details. 🙂

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your go-to running shoe?


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Today: Old kids on the dock.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Some people know my friend Elizabeth (we Elizabeths like to stick together) as my drinking buddy.  She’s been present 2 out of the 3 times I’ve been over-served in the past decade.  As she wisely put it yesterday, her gremlin speaks to my gremlin.  We have a way of getting into trouble together.  Which is why I enjoy her company so.  She’s not just my drinking buddy, she’s my thinking buddy, too.   We met at a conference in January, as I sat awkwardly at a lunch table, waiting for the keynote speech to start.  She recommended the vegetarian soup, and then asked if I wanted to grab tea.  We went to a music therapy workshop and giggled while the instructor sang about joy being all around us.  I think that song helped us to skip over being strangers.  The introvert in me is ever grateful for her friendliness.  Elizabeth is kind, generous, and compassionate.  We can talk hippie talk and hockey talk.  What more could a girl ask for?

We’re both running from one thing to the next lately, so I am so glad we were able to sneak in a little chat on the dock at the Esplanade last night.  Just two grown-up kids, talking about retirement accounts and bridesmaids dresses, and soaking up the view.  Life is good.

Also On Tap for Today:

 

What’s your favorite hometown view?


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Today: Freedom Trail mix muffins.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I was strolling down Main Street in Charlestown when inspiration for the HLS Breakfast Showdown struck.  With the Freedom Trail at my feet, and a kitchen stocked with Wild Harvest goodies, I knew what I wanted to whip up.

Wild Harvest, Gold Sponsor of the 2012 Healthy Living Summit, sent this year’s participants ten of their favorite products, with the challenge to create a fun and healthy breakfast using three or more Wild Harvest ingredients.

Freedom Trail Mix Muffins

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups trail mix (I used WILD HARVEST organic animal crackers, WILD HARVEST organic raisins, dried Cape Cod cranberries, peanuts, and miniature dark chocolate chips)

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 WILD HARVEST organic eggs
  • 1 cup WILD HARVEST organic apple sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep your muffin tins.  This recipe yields twelve regular sized muffins and 24 miniature muffins.
  2. Setting your trail mix aside, combine other dry ingredients and slowly incorporate wet ingredients.  Mix well.
  3. Add in trail mix and stir.  And try not to eat the batter.
  4. Fill each tin 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Why buy a pre-made trail mix when you can get creative and use what’s already in the pantry?  Dried fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate are sure bets.  I used Wild Harvest’s animal crackers as the base, and felt a bit badly breaking the head off an elephant and the butt off a bison.  Oh and yes, vegetarians do eat animal crackers.  Using apple sauce instead of butter or oil is a great way to keep your baked goods moist and light.  From a little idea on Main Street, these humble muffins hit the spot.

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This little breakfast treats are perfect for a morning meal on the go, or for enjoying while sightseeing or strolling.  If you’re visiting Boston this summer, the Freedom Trail is not to be missed.  The 2.5 mile route covers sixteen historical sites and tells the story of the American Revolution.  Pack a snack.  Nerds like us shouldn’t have to choose between monuments and monumentally good muffins.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s On Tap for your weekend?


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Today: Summertime.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]While Memorial Day may mark the unofficial start to summer, today is the real deal.  Happy Summer Solstice, ladies and gents.  We reached 90 degrees in Boston, my hair was extra poodle-ly, I started sweating from my elbow creases while walking to get the mail, and my dog needed to be carried back inside after a short prance around the block.  Yep.  Summer’s here.

We celebrated the solstice– and more importantly, Tina‘s birthday– at the Liberty Hotel’s Yappier Hour this evening.  While this may not be bulldog weather, Clark made the most of his time with Murphy and a yard full of other dogs.  And a horse Great Dane.

When Clark hit the deck, we knew it was time to get the little dude back in the air conditioning.  We’re enjoying the rest of the first day of summer with a big pitcher of water and a few frosty treats.

Knowing not everyone is safe and cool indoors during this heatwave, please be sure to check in on loved ones and those most vulnerable.  For more information about helping the homeless during extreme heat, please click here.

What’s cooler than being a good neighbor?

Also On Tap for Today:

How are you spending the real start of summer?


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Today: Healthy Living Summit 2012.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]If you’re planning to attend Healthy Living Summit 2012 in Cambridge (which is just across the Charles from Boston, yes, but ’tis not Boston), to quote Outasight,  tonight is the night is the night.  To register, that is.  Registration opens at 8:00 PM EST.  Set an alarm.  Set two alarms.  Tickets for last year’s HLS sold out in twenty minutes flat.

To register or learn more about the event, please visit the Healthy Living Summit website.

[Photo source, before I put words into Outasight’s mouth]

I am very excited that HLS is returning to my neck of the woods, and hope that many of you will be able to join us for what I am sure will be a fun, informative, and engaging weekend.  As part of the planning team, I am looking forward to pulling together a great cocktail party (a specialty of mine, if there ever was one), connecting attendees with opportunities to experience the best of Boston (and Cambridge), and supporting those involved in organizing, speaking, and presenting throughout the weekend.

I attended my first Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia and found the weekend provided a great opportunity to learn from peers and experts, explore the city, and spend time with friends.  Sound like a good time?  Join us this year!

Also On Tap for Today:

Are you traveling at all this summer?  Where to?


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Today: The perfect start to summer.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]While the summer solstice is still weeks away, Memorial Day Weekend always feels like the unofficial start to the season.  If this weekend is any indication, this is going to be…

I left work early on Friday for a very special occasion: my younger sister’s law school commencement.  I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished over the last three years.  In addition to her course work, she’s helped with fair housing practices, worked alongside a chief US magistrate judge, and done legal work at a private firm, and for a hospital system.  She’s incredible.  I know I said this already, but I am so proud of her.

After the ceremony, we all headed south to my parents’ house for celebratory Champagne and a cookout.  I stopped in Southie on the way to grab Clark; he’s always down to be social.

On Saturday, I met my lovely friend Elizabeth at South Station and we caught up on life while walking over to the Seaport.  We picked up our bibs for the Run to Remember and took a few goofy photos at the expo’s mock finish line before quickly heading back to my place.  We were on a mission: pool or bust.  With temperatures in the high 80’s, I was determined to (responsibly) soak up some rays.  I packed plenty of sunscreen and magazines to last us through the morning.

When the sun ducked behind the clouds, I packed up my towel and headed over to my brother and sister-in-law’s apartment, where they were setting up my future niece or nephew’s nursery.  I tried to help fold and sort the baby’s clothes, but I spent more time  oohing and awwing and saying things like “Oh my goodness!  Little pants!” and less time actually being helpful.  I can’t wait ’til the little guy or girl arrives.

Tina picked me up bright and early for Sunday’s race.  She took off for the half marathon 15 minutes before our 5 miler started.  Elizabeth and I ran side by side most of the way, which made my morning.  This was her first race and I have a feeling it won’t be her last.  I love having running pals. 🙂  As soon as Tina crossed the half marathon finish line, we tooted down to Canton to meet up with Nick and Mal at the CrossFit Regionals at Reebok Headquarters.  It was so cool to be back there so soon after our fitness blogger event earlier this month.

Being a CrossFit outsider, I must have asked Nick a thousand questions.  It was really incredible to see each team and individual compete at such high levels.  I stood in the bleachers for most of the afternoon with my mouth hanging wide open in awe.  I can see why Nick, Tina, Mal, Bridget and so many others are hooked.  The strong community I always hear about was clearly on display at Reebok this weekend.  Competitors stayed to cheer on other athletes, and box pride– from teeshirts to banners to tattoos– was undeniable.  Nick’s box, CrossFit Southie, did especially well and is advancing to the CrossFit Games in California this summer.  It was great to meet some his fellow CrossFitters.  Is that what you call them?  

I rounded out the weekend, and the start to summer, with a quick run this morning along the Harborwalk.  The Runner’s World Summer Running Streak began today, and I’ve decided to accept the challenge to run at least one mile every day between Memorial Day and Independence Day.  I think it will be a great way to stay motivated between races, and perhaps prompt me to explore some new routes in the neighborhood.  It’s not too late to join in the fun.  You’ve got 11 hours left to run today.. in Boston, at least… I think.  Math and timezones have never been my strong suit.

It’s been a practically perfect start to the summer, and I am always thankful to have a long weekend to stretch the fun out just a bit longer.  I am even more thankful, though, for all of our country’s servicemen and women, their families and their loved ones.  Happy Memorial Day.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Making a summer “bucket list”
  • Tasty summer drinks 🙂
  • Snuggling with the Frenchie

What are you most looking forward to this summer?