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Kismet

Last week Meg and Matt rented a house on Fire Island (Kismet to be exact), so I got to spend a couple of days over there. Fire Island is a popular summer spot for Long Islanders. It’s only about a 25 minute ferry ride from Bay Shore (a town on the south shore of Long Island). Even though it’s only a short ride over, you really feel like you’ve escaped to a beautiful faraway beach town. It’s lovely! There is a very (very) limited amount of cars over there, the dress is always pretty casual, and the beaches are gorgeous.

Have you ever been? If not, and you’re looking for a calm, laid-back vacation you should check out a rental on Fire Island for sure. :)

Check out a few pictures from our visit:

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Date night: Donavon Frankenreiter concert

This summer is a busy one. Since we’re getting hitched in September, June through August involves lots of fun pre-wedding activities and to-do’s — so we set aside various weekends for this reason. We also like to get in some family time, which requires a few trips to Long Island and Vermont here and there — so we were sure to block off a few weekends for retirement parties, weddings, vacation, birthdays, etc. We truthfully only have a couple of weekends plan-free, and wanted to make sure they stayed that way.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it. Summer to me means busy weekends with family, friends, beach, food, drinks, laughing, etc. I enjoy having plans on the calendar. I do however, also enjoy having a little downtime. We all need it now and then. Since we’re so focused on our wedding (in only two months!), I want to make sure Colin and I are getting enough time to ourselves to prepare for our big day — to make sure we’re staying connected amidst the craziness that is summer.

Since this past weekend was one of our ‘downtime weekends’ we enjoyed a lovely little date night on Saturday at the Donavon Frankenreiter concert at the Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury, MA). We went last year and had a blast, so decided to go again this year. The Blue Ocean Music Hall is a great place to see a concert if you’ve never been.

We started out with dinner at Not Your Average Joe’s in Newburyport, then stopped into Dolce Freddo Gelato across the street for a treat. After dinner we headed to the concert, enjoyed a great show, and then stopped into Joe’s Playland for some arcade games. We had a blast!

Check it out:

A lovely dinner at Not Your Average Joes in Newburyport

A lovely dinner at Not Your Average Joes in Newburyport

Pit stop for gelato after dinner

Pit stop for gelato after dinner

Show time!

Show time!

Mr. Donavon Frankenreiter

Mr. Donavon Frankenreiter

Sing it, boy

Sing it, boy

My favorite part of the concert came at the end when Donavon sang Tom Petty’s, ‘American Girl’:

What's a trip to Salisbury without a visit to the arcade?

What’s a trip to Salisbury without a visit to the arcade?

Colin killing it at the bball game

Colin killing it at the bball game

Crushing the lanes

Crushing the lanes

I hope you enjoyed your weekend also. :)

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Cape time and happiness

I’m sitting here on the beach listening to the waves, absolutely basking in the sun. I’d like to soak up every last bit of summer if I can – I can’t believe it’s mid-August. Why does time go so fast when you’re a ‘grown up’?

As I sit here, I guess you could say I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. I am engaged to my love, Colin and wedding planning has been so much fun. I have a nephew on the way (in just a couple of weeks now!!!). My Mother is coming back from London finally (Dad, we want you back too!). I just attended a great conference in San Diego for work and got to see my big brother while I was out there. I have missed him so much and it was so darn good to sit down and catch up over a beer and a delicious meal. I have a good job and a new apartment we both love. One of my best friends in the world just came up to MA to visit and we had a ball! My family is happy and healthy and to me, that is most important. Not to mention the fact that I’m blogging while sitting on the beach in the Cape with Colin and his family. Life is good people, life is good.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging or I’m trying to rub the whole “sitting on the beach while you’re
at work” thing in you’re face, because I’m not. What I’m doing here is taking a moment. I’m taking a second to breathe it all in and realize how thankful I am for all that I have mentioned. It’s so easy to get caught up in the BS of everyday life. Just last week I cried because I made a mistake at work (I need thicker skin, I know). I bitched almost all day long on Sunday because of waiting at the airport and losing my bag. I skip the gym because of laziness and I deprive my body of the sleep it needs by staying up too late every night. I pick fights with Colin when I’m cranky. I take important things for granted.

But today, I’m filled with thanks. I am quite simply, happy.

Donavon Frankenreiter

I have loved Donavon Frankenreiter’s (quite a mouthful of a name) music for a while now. His style is similar to Jack Johnson, or maybe G. Love – definitely my kind of music. His music actually reminds me of one summer in high school when I drove another crappy car (if you’ve ever seen my history of vehicles you would know that I’m not one for flashy automobiles. Although, when I grow up maybe I will have a nice, real car. We’ll see…) His music reminds me of this car because my radio was broke – and if you know me, you know I’m not driving around without music – so what did I do? Nope, I didn’t get it fixed (I was in high school, no money obviously)…I found an old cd player I had in my room (boom box style), plopped it in the passenger seat of my car, threw in Donavon’s first solo album, cranked it up and went on my merry little way. Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

So, Donavon’s music reminds me of my youth :) along with summertime, the beach, Long Island, and happiness. Needless to say I was thrilled to have finally gotten a chance to see him live at the Blue Ocean Music Hall at the Pavilion on Salisbury Beach a couple of weeks ago. We enjoyed a full day of sun on the beach (it was such a beautiful day!) then dinner at Capri (which was delicious), followed by the concert. A really, really great day!

Check it out:

Started the day off with my first ever trip to DQ

Then lounged all day on the beach...

Found a cutie :D

The show was sponsored by 92.5 - love that station!

The Pavilion - great venue

Donavon!

He is the man.

Some black and whites..

Enjoying the show

Strumming along

Listen up!

*Stay tuned for another musical treat tomorrow folks!

Elizabeth’s Top 5 Beach Bag Essentials

{Thank you Elizabeth! From On Tap for Today}

No Frenchies were harmed in the staging of this photo.

1. Protection

Nothing ruins a day at the beach quite like a sunburn.  I recommend leaving your aluminum foil sun-reflectors at home (or better, in the 1970’s).  They take up an ungodly amount of room, and I suspect their sun magnification powers are disruptive to airplane navigation.  To be serious, sun damage is no laughing matter.  You know the drill: Apply a water and sweat-proof sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 every two hours.    If your freckles start to connect, you should probably head indoors.

In addition to the regular old sunscreen, be sure your shades offer UV protection.  This might be overkill, but after sustaining multiple boogie boarding injuries and a handful of bee and jelly fish stings, I’ve learned never hit the beach without a miniature first aid kit.  I pack Neosporin, Band-Aids and meat tenderizer.  Yes, meat tenderizer.  It’s an old Cape trick I learned from my parents.  When mixed with salt water, it makes a grainy paste that takes the sting and swelling out of, welp, stings.

2.  Reading Material

Growing up, I avoided my summer reading list like the plague.  Instead, I read stacks and stacks of non-mandatory books, and hoped against hope that our summer reading tests would somehow be cancelled. I’m still not clear on how The Sun Also Rises ends.  But never mind that.  We’re adults now.  We can read whatever we want.  I currently have a self-imposed reading list that rivals, in length, the Great Wall of China.  I find the beach to be the perfect place to put a dent in that list.  Plus, pretending to read is a great decoy activity for what most of us are actually doing at the beach: people watching.

3.  Jams

Nothing says summer quite like listening to the Sox on an old-fangled AM/FM radio, but sometimes (i.e. when they’re losing) a day at the beach calls for something a bit more uplifting.  You can find inexpensive iPod speakers just about anywhere these days. My favorite picks for summer?  James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Weepies, and Eric Church.  What are your go-to summer songs?

4.  A plan

We’re lucky enough to live steps from South Boston’s Carson Beach, and hours away from some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the country.  My absolute favorite is Wellfleet’s Marconi Beach, part of the Cape’s National Seashore.  For more inspiration, check out the links below.

And last… but certainly not last…

Photo source: travelpod.com

5.  Your pals

Sure, they might not fit in your beach bag, but your friends and family are possibly the most important ingredient in the recipe for a perfect beach day.  Just as the Muppets.  Life’s a beach, and with your pals by your side, well… life’s a beach party.

Enjoy!

Elizabeth

www.ontapfortoday.com

Twitter: @ElizabethEv

Adam + Rihanna = BFF

This past weekend blurred from business trip in Philly into beach, friends, heat, and the Atlantic Beer Garden. I got back from Philly on Saturday morning around 10am then went right down the street to the beach with Colin, Phil, and Reid. Then Liz and Kelly met up with us! And then we saw some friends from Merrimack who I haven’t seen since graduation, which was so nice! Busy day at the beach. :)

Ze beach

Attention ladies...if interested in a date with Phil, I am now accepting applications

Same goes for Reid…


Saturday was beautiful out, not a cloud in the sky. Luckily there was even a breeze, thank the dear Lord. After a while we were getting ancy (and hungry!) so we went back to my apartment and grilled up some delicious burgers and had a few beers. After eating I was full from Colin’s grilling goodness plus I was burnt and wiped out from the sun so I took a wonderful, glorious, refreshing nap.

When I finally crawled out of bed we got ready and headed to the Atlantic Beer Garden. What a fun place! There were a ton of people lined up outside when we got there and lucky for us Colin spotted DJ Wyatt who we all went to Merrimack with. He brought us in with him so we skipped out on the line – and believe you me, we all felt pretty cool doing it.

We sipped, we danced, we laughed, Kelly met a few potential suitors, we danced some more, and then it was time to go home! This place is a good time, the rooftop is perfection fyi.

Siblings!

Lots of people lined up

Kelly's friend!

Yay for friends!

Tearin it up

Phil's bustin moves

Sunday was deathly hot. Seriously. Colin and I were sitting in my apartment with no AC about to kill each other because the heat was making both of us extra irritable. It wasn’t pretty. We fled to his apartment for shelter and AC. We both cheered up immediately.

Another lucky thing happened – Sunday night, Colin made me a delicious steak dinner with baked sweet potatoes and green beans. It was amazing, he did such a great job!

My baby steak, Colin's big boy steak

Nice pose! haha, look at those baby blues!

One arm picture taking style

YUM

mmmm mmmm mmm

Last night Megan, Lisa and I went up to NH to meet Mrs. O and her friends MaryJo and Fran to help with the wedding programs for the church as well as the table numbers, etc. I can’t post the pictures I took of those (because they’re a surprise!) but I do have a few other photos from the night. We had such a great time! :)

The magic machine!

We had amazing white chocolate cheesecake with caramel for dessert

We’re leaving for the wedding exactly one week from today. I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!

Last but not least – Rihanna was spotted at the Red Sox/Dodger game in Boston over the weekend (she is said to be dating Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Dodgers.) My friend Adam was at the game and caught this pic -

Rihanna and Adam BFFL

Night!

Happy birthday to two of my favorite people…

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Well, I guess I’ll just go ahead and blame my lack of blogging on A- the fact that this spring time heat wave has been melting my brain, B – I celebrated my 24th birthday on Saturday so since I’m the boss when it comes to my blog, I gave myself a few days off, and C – I’ve been too traumatized hearing about the lack of water in the Boston area even though I haven’t even been affected by it…

My brother also celebrated his birthday on Saturday. Yes, we were born on the same day. No, we are not twins. Yes, we are awesome. I was Patrick’s gift for his second birthday! (lucky him!)

So, on that note… HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT! Wish we could have celebrated together (he’s in LA) – next year we must!

Back in the day joint

Patrick sharing with me - how cute!

All the sibs!

For my birthday, Colin and I headed to Long Island to hang out with the parentals and my grandfather. Saturday morning we did a quick breakfast at Glen’s Dinette in Babylon (SUCH a great breakfast spot) then I went with my mom to get fitted for my bridesmaid dress for the wedding! It’s an awesome dress, I really love it. Will share pictures eventually…

Next up was the beach! It was SO gorgeous on Saturday that it would have been a sin not to get down to the beach while visiting LI. We parked at Robert Moses field five and headed to Kismet on Fire Island.

Now, in order to get to Kismet (while walking on the beach), you must take a stroll through the nudie beach. This is always interesting. You know what makes it even more interesting? Walking through it with your parents and boyfriend! Why not make things awkward on a nice Saturday afternoon?

Walking through a nude beach (as one of the ‘others‘ – ‘others‘ being those who opted to wear clothing) is a bit strange. Should you look? Should you avert your eyes? If you are going to look, if you should then make eye contact (if you’re not looking at other things….) – should you smile, or quickly look away? Is it acceptable to stare? Is it okay to giggle like a little schoolgirl? Should you just cave in and strip down yourself? Be all ‘natural and free‘?

None of us stripped down, although I think my mom was contemplating it… We almost lost her to the allure of no tan lines!

We finally made it through the naked body parts and over to Kismet, we had lunch at Surf’s Out. It was lovely, we sat in the sun and enjoyed some blue cheese wedge salads, a panini and Pinot Grigio. After lunch, we walked back to where we parked, passing the lighthouse along the way. I love the Fire Island lighthouse. Every time I see it, it reminds me of home. It was also a bit more scenic than the nudie route…

For my birthday dinner one of my best friends Heather joined my parents, my grandfather, Colin and I at a hibachi Japanese restaurant called Gasho - it was so completely delicious. I got fried rice and the hibachi shrimp. SO good.

Got some great birthday presents too! Some money (going right to the tires… wooo hoooooo!), clothes, a beautiful J Crew necklace, a charm for my Pandora bracelet, gift cards, and a gorgeous camera! I am now the proud owner of the Canon Powershot SX200 IS.

In other birthday news… HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUDREY HEPBURN! Audrey has always been my ‘famous person’ idol. I’ve been slightly obsessed with her since I was little. She was one of the most elegant, beautiful, fashionable, talented and compassionate women to ever live. A talented actress, a style icon, a selfless humanitarian. Sabrina is my favorite Audrey Hepburn flick – if you haven’t seen it, please rent it soon!

I even dressed up as Audrey Senior year of college for Halloween!

Classy with the beer in hand. Hey, it was college.

Words to live by:

“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”
— Audrey Hepburn

Last night we went to Noir inside the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it was amazing! If you haven’t yet, you need to head over there to try their weekly deal (everything on the bar menu for only $5-$4-$3-$2-$1) Monday-Thursday from 5pm-7pm. And go visit now, especially, because they have an outdoor patio – awesome for the warm weather!

Menu here – http://noir-bar.com/food/documents/foodmenu04.20.10.pdf

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and I can’t wait to enjoy a margarita! Goodnight! :)

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