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Today: Photo booths, popcorn, and people. {#HLS12 Part I}

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I went to bed at 8:30 last night, if that’s any indication of how much fun I had this weekend at the 2012 Healthy Living Summit.  (To be fair, I would go to bed at 8:30 every night if that was an option.)  From sponsorship to logistics, swag stuffing to registration, and meals to sessions, Meghann, Julie and Heather put in some serious work to ensure that everything went smoothly.  It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with them and the planning committee.  Hands down (or hands up, if you prefer), the best part of the Healthy Living Summit was the opportunity to connect and interact with like-minded people, friends old and new, local and faraway bloggers, and fantastic brands.  Oh, and the three hours we spent in the photo booth.  That was good, too.

HLS Cocktail Party

Being just a few miles from this year’s Summit site, I was thrilled to help pull things together for our Friday night cocktail party.  After visiting a few sites and honing my negotiation skills a bit, we landed at the hotel’s Riverside Pavilion, a tented space that would also be home to our Reebok CrossFit and Drink Chia! workouts, as well as a few meals over the course of the weekend.  Having access to a small outdoor patio for  fresh air proved to be a great bonus.  We worked with the catering staff at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge to create a light, local, fun and fresh menu while the team rallied to put together a fantastic playlist.  If it was you who added all that Beyonce, thank you.  You’ve got me feeling so crazy right now.

Our sponsor for the evening, Rebootizer, provided their own jams, as well as sweet sunnies (which reminded me of the neon ones we got from Officer Friendly and the D.A.R.E. program back in middle school) and plenty of Rebootizer samples.  Stephanie and Sue were so wonderful to work with over the course of the weekend.  As I looked on from my drink ticket distribution perch next to Reebootizer’s booth, I couldn’t help but smile.   I know it’s not easy to wander into a room full of people, regardless of how well we know each other on the internet (that sounds very stranger danger), so it pleased me endlessly to see people being welcomed into the party.  I loved hearing the laughter and conversation flow right up to the ten o’clock hour.  I felt this warmth and friendliness carry right on through to Sunday’s brunch; it made me so proud of our little community.  And it made my face hurt.  From smiling.  And winking.

Ed from Wicked Fun Photo Booth set up shop just inside the tent to capture all the fun.  The props were a big hit, as were the lightning fast prints.  I’d highly recommend this company to locals.  Good prices, great service, no nonsense.  Except for the fun kind of nonsense.

We essentially set up shop inside the booth.  My apologies to everyone who had to wait their turn while we vogued.  And pretended to eat the chicken perched atop Theodora‘s head.

Meet the roommates

By the time my partner in crime, Bridget, and I made it up to our room, I couldn’t decide which I wanted to do more: eat or crawl into bed.

Sometimes the best choice is both.  

Pardon the blurriness. My hunger must have gotten in the way.

We wheeled the tray right between our beds, where we chowed down on our salads and fries.  We’re nothing if not practical.

Bridget had to dash early the next day, so I was thankful to have the chance to stay up and chat with her Friday night.  She’s been my tried and true roommate, from HLS 2011 to Reach the Beach, and I am so lucky to have her as such a great friend.  Speaking of friends and roommates, Michelle joined me on the 14th floor Saturday night.  Somehow, I have no photographic evidence of our roommate-ness, so I… um… drew a little something.

Oh, and then there was Rich.  My other roommate.

Who sleeps with a barbell locked out overhead?  The fittest man on earth, that’s who.  A little jealous?  Don’t be.  His muscles took up the whole bed, leaving me to sleep on the floor.   Just kidding.  I arm wrestled him for the bed and won.  Naturally.  Before I tell any more lies, I’ll wrap up here.  More to come.  Just as soon as I catch up on sleep life.

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Today: Down the road to #HLS12

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Healthy Living Summit weekend is upon us!  It didn’t occur to me that it was weird to be staying in a hotel that’s running distance from our condo until, well, yesterday.

Though I could have saved some straight cash, homey (never gets old… for me, at least) by staying at home, I know that I’ll be more present to all that’s going on by being on site, rather than going to and fro, trying to fit in other regular weekend activities.  Like laundry.  Having a place to shower after tomorrow’s wod is an added bonus.  Speaking of CrossFit, and by natural extension, Reebok…

Go big pink or go home.

I swung by the hotel after work yesterday to help out a bit with swag bag stuffing and catch up with a few of my favorite blog pals before the Summit kicks off in earnest today.  A few of us lucky team members got first dibs on these sweet RealFlex kicks, which Reebok kindly provided for everyone attending.  You know how I feel about Reebok.  And you know how, welp, everyone feels about swag.  There are going to be some happy bloggers in town this weekend.

With a pretty packed schedule, I’m looking forward to continuing to pretend I am entering tonight’s dance off (and then slinking away at the very last second), getting schooled at tomorrow’s sessions, workouts with Jared from Reebok CrossFit ONE and Ultimate Bootcamp, catching up and connecting with friends old (and hopefully… unless I go through with the dance off and scare the crowds off) new.

But first, I should probably finish packing (and put an end to the one woman nerd festival I’ve been having with my label maker) so I can spend a little quality time with my pet monster.

Before I head, um, a mile and a half down the road.

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Today: Hello, August.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Goodbye, July.  Helloooooo, August.

It’s amazing how quickly the summer passes, even when you’re a real, live adult and haven’t had a summer vacation in eight several years.  June and July were just fine, but I’ve been looking forward to August for ages.  Mostly because I promised my sister we’d go to a water park after she took the bar exam.  She has earned a trip to Water Country… and then some.

I know what you’re thinking: The lazy river you’re planning to luxuriate in is full of pee and floating band-aids.  I plan to only go on the really fast tube rides.  The germs won’t have a chance to attach themselves to me when I blaze by.  So really.  Don’t worry.  I’m also really looking forward to the Healthy Living Summit.  It’s been great to help out a bit and see the plans evolve and come together over the past couple of months.  Which reminds me, did you sign up for Ultimate Bootcamp at HLS yet?  You know how I feel about UBC.  Between bootcamp and CrossFit, I am hoping people mistake my arms for Michelle Obama’s whilst I walk down the aisle.

With just three months until the wedding, I can barely contain my excitement, nor my excessive pinterst-ing.  Nick has his bachelor party at the beginning of the month, white water rafting somewhere up north.  That sound like the beginning of a Lifetime movie.  Meanwhile, I’m planning to have my own fun while he’s away, spending the weekend building forts with my dog and reading fashion magazines.  And not doing a single load of laundry.  Until the smell of CrossFit socks overwhelms our condo.  I also have the shower and bachelorette party to look forward to this month.  I’m very lucky.  And prone to happy tears.  Consider yourselves warned.

Speaking of happy tears, I laughed so hard I cried when I watched this video last night.

Can we register for a Buttermilk?

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What are you most looking forward to this month?


Today: …is a new day.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I was right.  That rat was a bad omen.  I left my office right on time last night, excited to be meeting Sarah and Bridget for a workout, when my little car failed to start.  The tow truck driver dispatched by AAA was a huge help, but sadly, the car had to be towed to a mechanic.  I am still not sure what’s wrong with it.  Our how many arms and legs it will cost to repair the thing.

[Image source]

I missed meeting up with the girls, but I was able to get a ride to my soccer game.  Once we got to the field, I realized I only had one cleat (seriously, that rat was a warning from the universe).  It really was one of those days.  By some miracle, a teammate had an extra pair (!?) in just the right size.  Being at the mercy of other people– whether it’s a T driver or a helpful stranger with the same sized foot– is not somewhere I like to be.  But I suppose I can’t be in control all of the time.  As much as this pains me.

Today is a new day.  What will be with the car, will be.  I have two shoes on.  And they’re both mine.  So that’s an improvement.

While I attempt to look on the bright side, I’ve got two posts that I wrote for the Healthy Living Summit which might be of interest if you’re attending HLS, or simply breezing into town for fun this summer.  Click through if you’d like to read more, and if you’re a local, please feel free to leave your best tips and ideas in the comments section of either post.

Looking for things to do in Boston and Cambridge?

Wondering how to get around once you get here?

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Double unders at CrossFit 🙂
  • Tic Tac spice storage
  • Good luck on Day 2 of the bar exam, lovely sister!

Do you have a lucky charm?  …can I have it? (Just kidding.)


Today: Get it? Good.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I’ve been on a major shoe kick lately.  I think I am one pair away from having a problem.  Cross trainers, running shoes, and other gear always motivate me to get out there and get after it, though… so I suppose there are worse obsessions.  Like Cheetos, for example (they’re not on the FODMAP diet).  Or cats.  Unless you like cats, obviously.

After touring Reebok Headquarters last month and learning about the design and production process, I couldn’t wait to create my own pair.  I went online and played around a bit with customization options on the RealFlex Run, and a few weeks later…

Voila!  My own custom RealFlex Runs in the punchiest of colors.  I may be strictly black-on-black when it comes to work attire, but for workouts?  All bets are off.  The more color, the better.

The pricing was comparable to other running shoes, and the wait for production and shipping wasn’t nearly as long as I expected.  My favorite part?  The option to include text at the heel.

What could be better during a run or workout than a little motivation nipping at your heels?

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What is your favorite creative outlet?


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?