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: White water… crafting.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Nick spend the weekend with his groomsmen and friends white water rafting.  Clark and I spent the weekend sleeping, eating and, um… crafting.

After finishing up a top secret project (a TSP, if you will) for my lovely bridesmaids, I tackled a few other things I’ve been meaning to accomplish since, like, last August.  From keeping our paint colors organized to finding a way to keep my necklaces untangled, I checked off more than a few (non-top secret) projects over the past few days.

I got my car tuned up (it has officially become a money pit on wheels), had my first wedding dress fitting (I can’t wait to show you pictures, but… I need to wait to show your pictures), cleaned like wild and spent as much time outside as possible.

How cool is that bird’s nest?  Very recycled chic… though I don’t recommend embellishing your home with TP left in a city park.  I spotted the nest while taking Clark on an extra long walk last night.  He was more interested in the mouse running up the sidewalk.

I rounded out the weekend with my first solo WOD.  Lame as it may be, I had never gone to CrossFit alone before this morning.  With Nick two states away, I could have easily skipped the workout and slept in, but I knew I’d be better off (wo)man-ing up and getting after it.  Not surprisingly, I was glad I went.  The workout was really fun, and I love knowing I am getting a little better and stronger each time I show up.

While I may have not needed a helmet or paddle for my weekend, it certainly feels like I got a lot done. (As I write this, though, I just remembered I loaded the washer… but never turned it on… hmmm.  Can’t win ’em all.)

Also On Tap for Today:

Do you have projects waiting to be tackled?  



Today: Mary Poppins, Lord Voldemort and Lolo Jones.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I don’t know about you, but I found the London opening ceremonies to be… um… weird.  Mary Poppinses (is that how you pluralize the nanny?) battling he who shall not be named?  Just weird.


Fortunately, the actual Olympic Games have yet to disappoint.  I am fully obsessed.  And I love some good ol’ red, white and blue accessories.

I tried to channel my inner Lolo Jones for this weekend’s CrossFit Southie workout at the track, though I would surely not be awarded any medals for my performance.

I finished 2 and a half rounds in the allotted time and, days later, I am still sore.  The 100 meters of walking lunges were the toughest.  By the time I reached the stadium stairs, my legs felt like rubber.  And by the time I finished the stairs and jumped back on the track, they felt like lead.  I’m just a month into CrossFit, but I can’t get enough.  I am working harder than I have before, in the best possible way.

When we got home, I decided to go for the gold neon yellow calf sleeves and a healthy dose of pet therapy.  And hours and hours of Olympics.

Also On Tap for Today:

What Olympic event is your favorite?




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: Into the box.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I pride myself on thinking outside the box: creative solutions to work challenges, weird hair accessories that should be misses but turn out to be hits, excuses for testing the outer limits of the… um… speed limit.  Being in the box, though?  That’s somewhere I’ve wanted to be for a while, but was frankly too scared to show up.

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After experiencing my first Crossfit workout at Reebok Crossfit ONE in May, and spectating at the Crossfit Regionals (also at Reebok Headquarters) a few weeks later, I’ve wanted to take my first class at my neighborhood box.  Heck, I’ve wanted to go since Nick became a member there last October.  Finally, this past weekend, I got up the nerve to take the intro class.

It was tough.  I was intimidated.  My arms shook as I held the barbell above my head.  I was blinded by my own sweat at one point.

That’s not me (obvi, I hope).

Despite all the fear that kept me from taking the intro class sooner, I finished the workout on two feet, with a smile on my face.  Will I go back for more?  Most definitely. Do I wish I had walked into the box sooner?  Maybe.  With the busiest time of the year at work behind me, and the distinct feeling that it’s time for a new adventure (I promised myself no marathon this year) on my mind, it seems like there is no better time than the present to commit to something new.  Something that scares and challenges me.

Everything Nick told me on our way to Crossfit Southie– that I’d get my ass kicked, that I’d get over the nervousness once I got in the door, that I’d be looking forward to the next workout– proved to be true.  While thinking outside the box can be a good thing, sometimes it’s even better to stop thinking and just show up.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s something new that you’re going to do?


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?