On Tap for Today

A fun loving, inspired living blog


Today: Goods from the garden.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]When I walk around my parents’ garden, I can’t help but think that, despite wanting to living in Southie forever and ever, there are advantages to being in the suburbs.

For example:

  • You can walk around barefoot without needing a precautionary tetanus shot
  • There are few people to bump into and nary a MTBA driver to mow you down as you cross the street
  • It’s quiet, the air is fresh, and parking is a plenty

Don’t worry, I haven’t gone soft.  In fact, I just gave some serious attitude to a kid selling lemonade on Broadway.  Just kidding.  I would never do that.  I did complement her on the Disney princess table she was using to hawk her drinks, though.  It was really cute.  And I appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit.

I love the city and scenes such as that.  I like the noise, the grit, the business.  The go-go-go.  Visiting my mom and dad, though, has me missing lawns.  And tomatoes.  And kitchens larger than a shoe.

Thankfully, there are plenty of places within the city where I can to catch my breath.  Many of them are right here in South Boston: Moakley Field, Castle Island, our roof (technically, not open to the public… but ours is not the only roof, surely), the Harborwalk, the parks along Carson Beach and the waterfront, Dorchester Heights, the end of Drydock.

I haven’t attempted to plant anything along the way, but hey.  That could be interesting.

Also On Tap for Today:

Where do you go to catch your breath?


Today: Proof that we’re engaged.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Welp, in addition to the ring.  And the fact that I talk about getting married every 30 seconds.

The proof is in our engagement photos, taken by Katherine and Craig of Henry Photographers.  A few of our favorites from Castle Island and our roof deck:

We’re planning to use some of the photographs Katherine and Craig took to fill the pages of our guest book, and others for thank you notes.  And maybe wallpaper.  And mouse pads.  We visited Henry Photographers’ new studio in Reading earlier this week to see our proofs for the first time– I never expected to like photos of myself so much (it’s easy to like photos of Nick).  If you’re looking for photographers, I highly recommend Katherine and Craig.  Highly.

Shortly after we got home from our meeting with them, we received an email containing a link to a mobile album of all of our pictures, which could be saved right to the home screen (complete with a Clark icon) of our little iPhones.  Or Driods, if we were into that sort of thing.

It so nice to be able to sneak a peek at these whenever I want.  Such a fun surprise!  We still have a few more things to check off, but with just over 100 days to go, I could not be more excited to be getting married.  In case that wasn’t obvious from my goofy grin in every photo.

Also On Tap for Today:

Are you camera shy, or always ready for the flashing lights?


Today: Anatomy of an engagement photo.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]True Life: I don’t like having my photo taken.  Put a camera before me and I have an uncanny knack for freezing up.

Imagine my surprise and confusion, then, as I found myself actually enjoying our engagement photo session this weekend.  Perhaps it was having a handsome man on my arm, or great photographers to work with, or my sister alongside us (with a handbag full of Chapstick, comfortable shoes, and assorted other goodies), or the perfect weather, or the lovely locations.  Likely, it was all of the above.

Big primpin’

We planned to treat our session with Katherine and Craig of Henry Photographers as a practice run for the wedding, with hopes that I’d be at least slightly less terrified about being photographed on the big day.  I felt instantly at ease with them (it helps that I’ve known Katherine since middle school), and the process, so that practice run soon became a main event unto itself.  Nick and I were grinning from ear to ear the whole time.  I can’t wait to see the how the photos turned out.

Prior to our appointment, Katherine sent me a link to a post they put together with helpful tips for engagement photos.  Knowing she wouldn’t lead me astray, I grabbed my highest heels from the closet and made a list of important locations for our shoot.  We started at Castle Island, took a few shots in the courtyard of our building (after an outfit change, we’re very Hollywood), and finished on the roof (where Nick proposed) as the sun was setting behind us.

With cakepop tasting and our engagement photos behind us, it’s probably time to start making our “must play” list for the DJ.  😉

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your best tip for being comfortable in front of the camera?


Today: Relax in the grass.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]One of my favorite places in the city is just a short run (or if we’ve got the Frenchie with us, drive) away.  Castle Island is the perfect place to people watch, catch a view of ships and freighters coming in, or simply relax in the grass.

Life is good.  Really good.

Also On Tap for Today:

Where do you go to relax?


Today: Ultimate Bootcamp, Days 15 and 16

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I can’t believe my four weeks of Ultimate Bootcamp have come to an end; the time truly flew by.  Our last two days featured great workouts by the water.

On Wednesday, Kim brought us back to the beach, where it all began.  I seemed to have misunderstood the assignment when it came to one of our first drills, monster walking, suicide-style, in the sand with resistance bands.  I quickly found myself at the back of the pack, quads burning and legs shaking.  Apparently I missed Kim’s instruction about setting the appropriate amount of resistance.

Once I caught on, it got easier.  Slightly.

Wednesday’s workout included:

  • Warm-up and cool-down runs
  • Side shuffling in the sand with a resistance tube
  • Push-ups (regular, dive bombers, staggered)
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Bear crawls
  • Crab walks
We also completed a fitness test, counting the number of squats we could complete in one minute, which we compared to our results from Day 1.  I improved by six squats, but more importantly, I’m much more confident in my form.
Now if only I could figure out how to keep the sand out of my shoes.

Thursday’s workout included:

  • Incline push-ups
  • Triceps dips
  • Hills
  • Plyometrics
  • Squat thrusts
  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Jumping jacks
  • Running

I was so excited to earn my Ultimate Bootcamp shirt after four weeks of awesome morning workouts.  I’ve loved the community and camaraderie, and look forward to signing up for another session soon.  I cannot say enough about the program, truly.  I feel stronger, faster, and fitter.  Plus, getting up before the sun?  It’s a piece of cake now.

Also On Tap for Today:

How do you celebrate when you reach a goal?


Today: A pugly start to the weekend.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Nick and I got to Castle Island early yesterday morning, only to be confronted by an angry deliriously happy mob of pugs.  We met our friends Tina and Mal, and their pug Murphy, for the inaugural Pug Rescue of New England 5k, a small, local race to support a good (and terribly cute) cause.

The course hugged Day Boulevard from Castle Island, past the gazebo and turned around just past the boat houses, looped around the Sugar Bowl and behind the fort.  I was met at the finish line by a very happy boyfriend, who finished 12th overall and placed 3rd in his division.  The man is on fire.  This was his third PR of the week, following the Run to Remember and the Corporate Challenge.  If I didn’t know better (and if I didn’t drink the exact same water), I’d think there was something in his water.  But since I see how hard he trains, I am pretty sure I know his secret.  All his work is paying off.

Nick wasn’t the only champion yesterday.  Murphy crossed the finish line as the first pug to run the full 5k.  He really flew!  If Clark understood English, I am sure he would have been truly impressed when we told him all about his partner in crime’s accomplishments.  Instead, he looked around for treats.

The race was really well organized, with great raffle prizes, vendors (mostly pug-related) and refreshments at the finish.  Oh, and we walked away with the most awesome race shirts of all time.  Though our Frenchie dude will always be #1 in my heart, pugs are pretty cool, too.

Also On Tap for Today:

How did you kick off the weekend?