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Today: The Clark Chronicles [a giveaway and a giveback]

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Shannon, who will soon be the (proud?) owner of a Clark calendar.  I will reach out to you by email to get your mailing address.   Thank you so very much to each of you who commented.  With 35 comments in total as of last night, I decided…. what the heck.  I’m donating $100 regardless.  My lovely parents offered to match my pledge on comments, so that gives us $135 in support of The Greater Boston Food Bank.  Not a bad way to start the day.

As 2012 winds down and 2013 approaches, what better time than now to break out a new wall calendar?  Perhaps one featuring the handsome mug of South Boston’s most beloved (real talk) French bulldog?  After playing around on Minted.com for a few minutes, I found the perfect design and got down to business.  The result:  THE CLARK CHRONICLES.


Because I am…

  1. truly grateful to you for stopping by On Tap for Today, and for all the comments, shares, likes, tweets, pins and pokes (Do people still do that?  On Facebook, I mean?) this year and
  2. because I am a firm believer that you can never have too much Clark…

I am giving away one copy of The Clark Chronicles, a truly special 2013 wall calendar, to one lucky and truly special reader.

This is not just a giveaway, though.  It’s also a giveback (I don’t think that’s a real word, but I am hoping that doesn’t matter.).  For each comment left below, I will donate $1.00 to The Greater Boston Food Bank (up to $100.00 of my very own straight cash, homey).  It is my honor to support the important work they do in Massachusetts to end hunger.  In eastern Massachusetts alone, nearly a third of families in need report that their children are not eating enough because they cannot afford sufficient food.  While I worry about which black shoes to wear with my black dress, one in nine of my neighbors is food insecure.  They may be unsure where they will get their next meal.  They may be choosing between food or rent, food or heat, food or medical care.  These are choices no one should face.  During a season so focused on giving and receiving, I encourage you to consider giving back, when and if you can, in support of the causes closest to your heart.

Please leave a comment below (and for Pete’s sake, make it a thoughtful one) for a chance to receive a Clark calendar (perhaps I could convince him to pawtograph it?  bahahahaaa) and I will donate $1.00 for each comment (up to 100) to the Greater Boston Food Bank.  I will select one random winner at the end of the day on Monday, 12/10/12.

P.S. If you are a very lovely and kind millionaire hundredaire and would like to match a portion of my contribution, please let me know.

Also On Tap for Today:

What is your top goal for 2013?  What cause is closest to your heart this time of year?

Today: Thankful for fitness.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I can’t help but be mindful of the many reasons I have to be grateful.  The love and support of my husband, family and friends tops them all.  Faith, health, shelter and security are not far behind.  I am grateful for all the luxuries I am afforded, and the things I often take for granted.

As I schedule my workouts for the week, I am reminded just how thankful I am for fitness – for the privilege of having time each day to devote to wellness and to challenging myself, and for the communities that have grown from commitments like marathon training, CrossFit-ing, my motley soccer team and fledgling yoga practice.

Looking to get after it and give back this week?  There are a number of great events in town this week that are worth checking out.

  • Kundalini Yoga Boston is hosting a Thanksgiving day class to benefit Feeding America from 9:30 – 11:00 AM in Cambridge.
  • Ultimate Bootcamp is holding the 5th annual Thanksgiving Day 90 minute Bootcamp Blast for charity, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to three different local nonprofit organizations, on Thanksgiving morning.   Workouts will be held in Boston (to benefit St. Francis House) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; in Providence (to benefit Providence Parks & Rec) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; and in Watertown (to benefit the Watertown Boys & Girls Club) from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.  I can vouch for how awesome Ultimate Bootcamp workouts are, and know that starting the day off with a little sweating and a lot of giving back can only be a good thing.
  • Boston Volvo Village 5K benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter – log 3.1 miles on Thanksgiving morning before sitting down for dinner.
As much as I’ve loved being away (and floating around on Cloud 9), I am happy to be back to my regular ol’ routine.  I made it to the gym twice while we were away, swam my little heart out, and walked everywhere in the 85 degree heat, but still came home missing CrossFit and the usual grind.  I’m looking forward to setting out my workout gear before crawling into bed tonight.
The air in Boston is so crisp lately – perfect for layering, and not so cold that I’ve attempted stowing away on another flight to the Caribbean… yet.  I’ve been getting compliments left and right on my new Reebok RealFlex Fusion TRs and their screaming orange laces.  The shoes were designed to support a natural foot strike for runners, while also providing cushioning and flexibility for jumping, stretching and other natural movements.  I’ve worn them on shorter runs, for plyometrics, and weight training and find they work well for days when I am fitting in a combination of strength and cardio.  In addition to these kicks, Reebok also sent me their new Play Dry jacket.
It was the perfect outer layer on this weekend’s ride through Mystic, and has been great for going to and from the box.  Despite being a “slim fit,” I find it runs a tad big (I have it in a size small — I am definitely more of a medium human being — and it’s still a bit loose), but the fabric wicks really well and lining is very cozy.  Oh… and bonus points for the thumb holes, of course.
For the record: Reebok sent me these items at no cost, and my opinions are mine, all mine.  Also, I wish I had invented thumb holes.  I really do.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most thankful for these days?

Today: Just married.

Nick and I are just married.  Well, not just married… we’re married, grateful, lucky, blessed and incredibly happy.  Yesterday was the greatest day.


Being surrounded by those we love, both at Mass and on the dance floor, was the greatest gift I could have imagined.  The day was absolutely heavenly.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but first… the honeymoon.


Also On Tap for Today:

Today: Better together.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I don’t know about you, but I always feel better when I’m with my mom.  She is the kindest, most caring person I know.  She’s the type of person who is always looking out for everyone else.  I’d be lost without her.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Eversave is encouraging everyone to tell the special lady in your life how much she means to you.  Finish this sentence Dear Mom, Thanks for _________ to be entered to win a Save for a facial at Salon Kokopelli in Belmont, Massachusetts.  

Click the image above to share what you’re thankful for before 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 10th to be entered.  You can earn an additional entry by purchasing the Salon Kokopelli Save on Eversave.com (which means you and your lovely mom can be pampered together, obvi).

Also On Tap for Today:

What do you love most about your mom (or dad, or grandmother, or best friend etc.)?

Today: A day of gratitude.

As you well know, I won’t be touching the turkey.  I might touch the sweet potatoes, though. Multiple times.

Tomorrow is all about being thankful, which is easy when you have so much: good health, strong faith, the love of a lifetime, parents who lead by example, siblings I adore, friends that feel like family, creative outlets, work that I am passionate about, a safe and happy home, more than enough to eat, more than enough to wear, and more than enough to spend.  Twenty-four hours is far too few for a day like Thanksgiving.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?



Today: Running wild in my backyard.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]One of the many great aspects of condo living is the fact that you’re not really responsible for what happens outside of your three rooms (unless, like, a meteor hits the roof or some other disaster or general building decay occurs).  While it would be great to have a yard of our own someday, it’s rather nice to not have to mow a lawn (not that I have ever done that before).  Or rake leaves.  Or answer the door to strangers hoping to convert you.

Sometimes, though, I just want to run wild through my backyard, like I did as a kid.  In fact, I am really craving a good flying jump into a giant leaf pile.  In the spirit of working with what you have, I’m happy to settle for a less-than-wild run through Fort Point, along the Harbor and past the Financial District.  The city is closest thing I have to a backyard these days.  And what a gorgeous backyard it is.

This weekend I set off for my last long run before Sunday’s New York City Marathon just before the “wintry mix” hit.  I left my watch at home, turned the music down, and just cruised.  I thought about how far I’ve come in the last year.  I never thought I’d be running a marathon, let alone a second marathon.  I would have never believed that on a random Tuesday, I could run over 20 miles.  By myself.  As I crossed the old railroad bridge near the courthouse, I was overcome with emotion (what else is new?).

I am in awe that my body can do this.  I am so thankful my mind can be quiet for an hour or so.  I am incredibly grateful for everyone who supports and encourages me.  I am proud of myself.  And I just can’t wait.  As the harbor and city skyline blurred behind me, I felt like my heart would burst out of my chest.

I should run wild more often.

Also On Tap for Today:

Today: I would like to thank the Academy.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] That’s what I would say if I won an Oscar.  But, LBS (That stands for let’s be serious. Amazingly, that acronym has yet to catch on.)… ain’t gonna happen.  So instead I would like to thank the people who got me to where I am today (figuratively, not literally sitting on my couch in yoga pants).

Thank you, Mom and Dad.  You are the woman and the man!  You have never failed to support me, to show me love, and to set an incredible example for how to treat people.  You always make me feel so special (like, actually special not special-special).

Thank you, Jimmy, Andrea, and Christopher.  You are the best siblings a girl could ask for, even though you’ve all been guilty of at least one of the following offenses:

  • Telling me that Santa was bringing me a new computer the year mine literally caught fire and deleted all of my French papers… even though Santa was doing no such thing.
  • Threatening to put cut up hot dogs in my bed.
  • Breaking the head off my Anna Nicole Smith bobble head.  Just months before the real Anna Nicole passed.  Coincidence?  You be the judge.
  • Saying I look like a poodle.
  • …And all the other bad things I can’t remember at the moment.

I love all four of you so much and feel very lucky to be related to you because that means you always have to love me, even if you don’t like me.  And you’re going to have to spend time with me (on holidays, at the very least) for the rest of our lives.

Thank you, Nick, for being my smarter, funnier, better-looking half.  I am so very lucky.

Thank you, India.  Thank you, Providence.  Thank you, thaaank you, Alanis Morrisette.

Thank you, Clark, for getting me out of bed earlier than usual, for taking me to place I’ve never been (like, the pet store, for example), and for always being down to snuggle or wear reindeer antlers or play a game (I invented) called “I’m spyin’ on you, ’cause I’m Russian!”

Thank you, friends, for always giving me a reason to smile.  And, of course, I am so thankful for each and every one of you, for stopping by and encouraging me to continue to be silly, rambling and incoherent.  I really appreciate you and I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Also On Tap for Today:

Who got you to where you are today?

Today: Postcards from warmer climes.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] We just arrived home from an incredible week spent in Haiti, the Mexican Riviera and the middle of the ocean.  As I stepped off the plane at Logan wearing flip flops and smelling faintly of coconut flavored sun block, I caught the temperature on one of the television screens: 24 degrees Fahrenheit.  Oh, my.

I am now snuggled up on the couch with a giant blanket and am seriously contemplating a second cup of hot chocolate and hoping tonight’s House Hunters International features condos on the Equator.  With over 440 photographs to sift through (and 900 work emails to avoid), I figured I’d share a few of my favorite shots.  Hopefully these Caribbean vistas will up the temperature in Boston a degree or twelve.

A more lively urchin attacked my foot just moments later.

This would be a lovely view were it not for my busted up runner's feet.

I swear this is a real photograph and not a Windows screensaver. I endured much judgement from the locals (a wild pack of roaming dogs) as I crouched down to get the perfect angle.

Mother Nature's slingshot.


I imagined myself looking impossibly chic during our visit to the Mayan walled city. Instead, I am wearing a rain poncho and my face is obscured by a giant blob of rain on the camera lens.

I hated to leave Haiti.

I am looking forward to telling you all about our adventures on an uninhabited island off the coast of Haiti (it was straight out of LOST, complete with some sort of blast hole in the middle of the island), the breathtaking Mayan ruins at Tulum, sippin’ time aboard an elevator bar, a stingray sighting along the Mexican shoreline, my new luchador mask… and more, including a giveaway from Weleda I like to think of as a vacation in a bottle.

Also On Tap for Today:

Where to do you go to get away?

Today: Count my blessings.

Q: If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?

A: Their age.  Muhaha.

In 1621, the Pilgrims sat down to dine with their Native American comrades at the First Thanksgiving.  They wore strange hats and brought all kinds of European diseases.  Tomorrow, my family will sit down to dine at the 388th Thanksgiving.  We’re old enough that we’ve stopped making paper pilgrim hats, and hopefully no one will bring the H1N1.  But who knows.  I’m bringing a dog and a cake:

Putting my new cake decorating kit to good use!

My blessings are too many to count (and we know math is not my strong suit), so that post title was a bit of lie.  Still, I am thankful for my family and always look forward to spending time together.  My parents are the best.  I am thankful for Nick.  I am thankful for my health, our home, each meal I nearly burn, and every day we get to work and play.  I am thankful for my patient and cooperative co-worker and for everyone else who make my life funnier, easier, happier and generally… better.  I am thankful for always having something to read.  I am thankful for the CVS on W. Broadway, for selling me a Snuggie for Pets for $9.99.  Now if only Clark would embrace being enveloped in blue felt.

Also On Tap for Today:

What are you most thankful for?  And what are your plans for the holiday?