Black Lives Matter Quincy

Like most of the USA, my city of Quincy, MA is disheartened by the repeated news of black people being killed at the hands of police. Different names – same senseless deaths!

On Tuesday night, some of my friends in Quincy Neighbors Mutual Aid & March Forward Quincy planned what they thought would be a small vigil with maybe 25 attending.

4,000+ of us showed up – nearly all wearing masks

The vigil and march stayed peaceful.

My husband, daughter, & I were amongst the attendees. I was pleased to see many other families there as well.

Here are some photos I took of the vigil and march

Sign saying “Black Lives Matter in Quincy too”
Large crowd beginning to gather
Black Lives Matter in front of the statue of John Adams
Businesses feared violence and boarded up (didn’t happen)
My husband holding our daughter
Taking a knee to honor George Floyd
Koch is the Mayor of Quincy and that’s sadly a direct quote on the sign – specifically said about the vigil/march the sign was being held in!
Silence is compliance

Photo Blogging Challenge – Keeping Busy

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The May photo blogging challenge was “Keeping Busy

I hope you are safe and well during this pandemic and can think about things like keeping busy. (Please ask for help if you’re in survival mode. No shame in taking help!)

1) New job

As I mentioned in my last post, in March I got a new job as Director of Development at a nonprofit that educates science teachers. It’s a part time role.

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My daughter wanted my necklace when I was dressed up for a Zoom call for work

2) Caring for my daughter

Everyone in MA is working from home right now and I’m no exception.

Here’s what we do for fun on days off

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Just like other toddlers my daughter is confused about the mask wearing but is getting better about keeping her mask on

3) Support Local Businesses

I’m lucky to have a job when so many don’t right now.

I have been trying to get take out from local restaurants at least once a week.

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Craig’s Cafe has a hand painted “Thank You” to essential workers and the window next door has “Quincy Strong”

4) Stop to enjoy the beauty

I love my city of Quincy, MA.

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Quincy Common isn’t normally this empty but the view made me smile

5) Continuing education

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I’m a Nonprofit Leadership Lab Ambassador (and super fan)

In nonprofit fundraiser, there is a professional certification called Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE).

I’ve got enough work and educational experience so now I have to pay the fee and take the certification test.

I’ve been studying a lot to be ready for the test – both webinars, study guides, and books.

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Screenshot from a webinar on storytelling with a point I found particularly useful

I hope you’re all staying well and look forward to clicking through the other photoblogging challenge posts!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Stop the Stigma 5K

One mile of my 5k walk (before my phone ran out of battery – oops)

May is mental health awareness month.

I am a firm believer in the “mental health is health” movement.

I am also a proud Major Depression survivor.

That doesn’t just happen and therapy and medication are what helped me. Whatever helps you – get help! Don’t suffer in silence.

Stop the Stigma 5k benefits Interfaith Social Services and their mental health counseling. This is the first time the event had to go virtual – due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I raised $350 and if you would like to donate, visit interfaithsocialservices.org

I walked on Monday of Memorial Day at Abigail Adams Park in Weymouth. My husband and daughter joined me for some of the walk.

The walk was scenic but a bit surreal due to being in a pandemic still!

Unseasonably cold in May
Coronavirus safety sign
Wait for me Mom!!!
Flowers and water view

I’m glad I am back being active and it’s great to have my daughter involved. (She turns 2.5 this month! I feel like I blinked and time jumped.)

In my work life, I got a new nonprofit fundraising job a week before MA issued their stay at home advisory in March. Working from home (part time) with my daughter home too requires a lot of scheduling around her sleep – but our family of 3 is getting through fine. We’re grateful.

Boston Travel Show 2020

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I had a wonderful time attending the Boston Travel & Adventure Show on Saturday.

I was originally planning to bring my daughter but I left at her nap time and I didn’t want to wake her so she stayed home with Dad. I’d forgotten how fun it is to attend events like this solo and be able to talk without having to always have eyes on your toddler!

Thank you Visit Miami for having a photo station. (I’m pretty bad at taking selfies and I missed my husband being around to snap a photo for me.)

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Here are some photos from the show floor:

I was excited to learn more about 2 local food tours, Bites of Boston and Rhode Island RED

I think I’m going to plan a date night with my husband to try them both out.

I’m lucky that I live so close to RI. It’s a very short drive and I’ve done many trips to Providence for just a few hours to attend The Lady Project events.

My favorite booth to visit was Wanderful and they hosted the blogger panel I attended later in the day. They’re a company dedicated to women’s travel and I’m very intrigued.

I also spent some time at the Global Beats Stage watching Bharata Natyam performed by Natyamani School of Dance.

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The panel I attended in the afternoon was “So You Want to Start A Travel Blog?
A Conversation with Boston’s Top Travel Influencers”

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Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Brianne Miers, A Traveling Life
Lillie Marshall, Around The World L and Teaching Traveling
SanTara Cassamajor, The Gorgeous Ingredient

I’m pretty lucky that MA has such a wonderful blogging community – that I’m already friends with Lillie Marshall and Brianne Miers. (Small world, Brianne and I both have backgrounds in the nonprofit space.)

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I’m so happy I was in the audience for this panel both to cheer for my friends and learn.

It made me feel better to realize they made the same “rookie mistakes” I’ve made. They don’t have social media all in the same name. Nor do I, my twitter handle is what my AOL IM username used to be. That’s dating myself – huh?

My blog name is also a bit too limiting now that I blog about more than fitness, but I don’t think I’m going to change it since I have my instagram in the matching name.

My next travel adventure will be to Seattle, WA in February for a wedding. Too long of a plane flight for my daughter so it will be an exciting husband and wife get away.

Are you planning any travel?

Have you been to the Travel & Adventure Show when it’s come to your area? I recommend stopping by!

 

Disclaimer: I received free admission to Travel & Adventure Show – all options are my own

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Looking Forward to Boston Travel + Adventure Show

I’m very much looking forward to to the Boston Travel & Adventure Show this weekend (January 11th and 12th).

Last year I had a great time and I have a feeling that my daughter is going to enjoy it even more now that she’s two and can engage more.

New for 2020 is the Taste of Travel Stage

Feed your senses at the NEW Taste of Travel Stage, where you’ll experience travel like never before. Join chefs from around the world as they prepare cuisines from destinations represented at the show, live from the show floor. The best part? Each visitor will receive a sample from the culinary demonstration, free with your ticket to the show!

 

I also hope to catch some performances on the Global Beats Stage.

I also just found out 2 of my favorite bloggers will be speaking on the 11th so I’m definitely going to that panel.

Savvy Travel Theater

So You Want to Start A Travel Blog?
A Conversation with Boston’s Top Travel Influencers

Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Brianne Miers, A Traveling Life
Lillie Marshall, AroundTheWorldl.com and TeachingTraveling.com

Have I gotten you excited yet? I have a discount code to share! STAYFIT2020 – good for $10 tix ($5 discount)

Let me know if you plan to attend and maybe we can coordinate our visit.

New England Aquarium

My daughter got a membership to the New England Aquarium for her birthday and we used it yesterday.

We had a great time!

Look at all the fish!

This sea lion was showing off to make my daughter laugh

Elise liked being able to touch these sculpture

Turtle! At the top of the Great Ocean tank

I got a ton of steps in for the day walking from South Station to the Aquarium, pushing the stroller around the Aquarium, and walking through Faneuil Hall to Park Street Station to go home.

There were still some Christmas store displays up

Wishing you all a fun new year!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Jingle All the Way

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The December photo blogging challenge was “Jingle All the Way”

Oh did I have fun with this one! The hardest part, was not sharing the photos on my blog until this post!

Simon mall set up a free photo opp where you’re inside a giant ornament and I couldn’t resist getting one with me and my daughter

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I’m a big fan of the calliopes that are in the Quincy Christmas Parade – they sound like a carnival

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Jordan’s Furniture has an enchanted village that had some penguins singing like Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons

My daughter was so enthralled we must have watched for 40 minutes

My parents enjoy showing their dancing Santa to their granddaughter – his hips wiggle to Jingle Bell Rock

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My daughter turned 2 years old December 19th and her Dad built her a farm activity cube to play with at the party (Oink Baa Moo – You’re 2) – This is my favorite of the 4 sides

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Bonus photo – she even played with it on Christmas day!

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This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Lots of lights

It’s a fun blur of “what day is it?” right now

It’s been an unseasonably warm last few days so we took advantage and saw some outdoor lights.

The first were at the Catholic La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA

We went with the Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncle on my husband’s side.

It was 50 degrees and Elise said “Wow!” and “pretty lights”

I’m impressed that a Catholic display was still inclusive. A lesson for my City of Quincy!

The next night was Zoo Lights at Stone Zoo (Zoo New England). This year there were Lego sculptures too.

I would have liked to see more zoo animals but we still had fun.

Zoo visit was with grandparents on my side.

Hope you are having a wonderful December – celebrations or none!

More Winter Festiveness

This December was just so much fun for me and my daughter!

At the Thomas Crane Public Library Children’s Room, she proudly told me all the colors on the gingerbread house as she pointed to them

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We went to Jordan’s Furniture Enchanted Village in Avon and my daughter loved the dogs in the display (They’re animatronic and moved their heads)

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I went to the Quincy Winter Market on a snowy day

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I saw Santa when I volunteered at the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library table at a holiday fair

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Our family of 3 visited Bass Pro Shops to meet Santa…the picture didn’t come out well but Elise high fived him as we left

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She loved watching the fish at Bass Pro Shops though with her Dad

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Finally, here I am on Christmas Eve, wearing a Santa hat

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I hope your winter has been filled with joy!

Seasons greetings for whatever you celebrate and even if you don’t celebrate anything, I hope you’ve found some relaxing days.