Photo Blogging Challenge – The Great Outdoors

The October photo blogging challenge was “The Great Outdoors

I had a fun time with this one!

My toddler loves walking on trails with me and her Dad! Little adventureer

Walking in Quincy

Speaking of Quincy, the city we live in, that’s my normal “great outdoors”

When my husband and I dropped off our ballots at City Hall, we were treated to a rainbow in the fountain

The rest of these are from weekend trips to Cape Cod

Cranberries about to be harvested
Sunset over the water
Walking on a beach at low tide shows tidal pools

Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Snap Away

The September photo blogging challenge was “Snap Away

That definitely makes it easy to fit the theme but hard to figure out which photos will be best suited.

Swing time!
One of the sculptures in Franklin Park Zoo for “Boston Lights” exibit
Turtle swimming by at the New England Aquarium
My husband made us a delicious dinner for National Linguine Day thanks to Yelp Boston and Pastene
Thank you cousin!

So those are my 5 photos. None planned, just snapped what was in front of me.

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

Take a walk – World War I Memorial Park and Zoo

We had another fun walk (walk walk)!

(I sang that in my head to the tune of Sesame Street “I have a new way to walk”.)

Today’s adventure had me walking at least 1.5 miles and seeing lots of fun sites. I say at least because my fit bit doesn’t track if my arm is pushing a stroller.

Here’s the zoo entrance
Unicorn behind me and my daughter
Poor donkey – my daughter poked him in the nose
Dad and toddler look at Emu
Another child was feeding leaves to the deer

In addition to the zoo there were multiple playgrounds

Riding a dinosaur

There were hiking trails and a beautiful view too!

There’s a disc golf course too but we’re going to try that another day.

I’m 2 for 2 on finding fun outdoor activities for our Saturday – so we’ll see if I can extend the streak.

Take a walk – Tower Hill Botanical Garden and Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail

I had a great weekend! Got in adventure and at least a 2.5 mile walk on Saturday and Sunday.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden was beautiful. The flowers were awesome and their mythical creatures exibit was adorable.

Treefolk
Looking at the kraken
Bigfoot

The Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA are definitely worth the visit and I am surprised that it took me so long to realize they’re there.

Sunday, we went down to Cape Cod to visit family.

Then we saw the ocean

Also, just because this made me laugh, enjoy this movie theater sign

Thanks for virtually joining me on my scenic routes!

Riveter Run

On Labor Day, I dressed up and walked 3.1 miles around Cape Cod (slow intentionally to be a tourist) as part of the Riveter Run virtual event.

As some of you know, my grandmother is a Rosie (worked during WWII). She is also the MA chapter president of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Here’s our family of 3 stopping for a caffeine break

In the pandemic, I’ve been having trouble getting my fitness in – so what works for me is being active as a family.

Walks around the zoo, aquarium, outside, etc – still count as activity, even if they’re at toddler speed.

Here’s hoping next year on Labor Day it will be safe to host a bell ringing honoring the Rosies again.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Sports

The August photo blogging challenge was “Sports

I was excited about this timing, having started a new role of Boston City Lead for The GIST.

The GIST is a female-founded sports startup that creates sports content, experiences and community that are by women and for all sports fans. We do this mainly through our free, localized twice-weekly newsletter that gives you “the gist” of what’s going on in the sports world in an authentic, fun and female voice.

If you’re interested in subscribing use my link: The GIST Boston newsletter

COVID-19 has knocked out professional sports but I still found some photos.

My toddler and future soccer fan

A virtual conference I was attending, New Leaders Council, was crashed by Gritty, a NHL mascot.

I’m super into politics, especially down ballot local. Some of my friends working for political campaigns consider politics a sport.

That’s me wearing my “vote” mask
Backyard “sports” games on a trip to Cape Cod

Since I am running late for posting, I am using this to my advantage and posting 2 photos taken in September but they super fit the theme.

Go Patriots!

Those are my five (six?) photos for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what others came up with!

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

Photo Blogging Challenge – Letters

The July photo blogging challenge was “Letters

As you probably know if you read this blog before, I have a toddler daughter who turns 3 in December.

We watch a lot of educational TV revolving around learning letters.

One of my daughter’s favorite toys
These 2 photos are variations on the same theme – in the TV show Sesame Street Big Bird sings a song about “the most remarkable word” he’s ever seen. The word is the alphabet!

Isn’t it totally normal in this pandemic world to have a slide in your living room? The playgrounds near us are just now starting to open up but they still aren’t “safe”.

In my professional life, I earned Certified Fundraising Executive designation on July 25th. Now I have the letters CFRE next to my name in my professional signature.

Thanks to the pandemic, I will be voting by mail this year.
Here’s the application that came in the mail for me to get a ballot mailed to me. I live in a city with a high Asian population so that’s why 2 languages.
Finally, happy birthday to my brother, David!

We both have summer birthdays. He’s end of July and I’m mid August.

Those are my five (six?) photos for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what others came up with!

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

Photo Blogging Challenge – The Notebook

The June photo blogging challenge was “The Notebook

I actually like keeping hand written notes and pre-pandemic I kept a paper day planner in my purse.

I find the act of writing notes helps me to retain information better than if I typed them.

I use this notebook for Quincy related notes – City Council, Quincy for Transformative Change, and other meetings

Quincy, MA is gearing up to celebrating the 400th anniversary of our founding: 2025

Notes for studying for my CFRE test on 7/25 – Certified Fundraising Executive

I mentioned in the May photo blogging challenge that I’m pursuing the Certified Fundraising Executive credential and I have a test date that’s coming up fast – July 25th!

On top of the notebook are mints from 2 fundraising consulting firms that they gave out at fundraising conferences I’ve attended.

Nonprofit professionals love useful SWAG!

Now I’m done with literal and moving on to what I’m using my notebooks for notes on in the next few photos.

This book was written by my friend John Haydon – published posthumously

It took me a while to get through John Haydon’s book because his death was too recent and I couldn’t read without hearing his voice.

I’m glad I powered through! Lots of great stuff to advance fundraising by actually practicing donor centered fundraising rather than it just being a buzzword.

How to form a nonprofit corporation

After my CFRE test, my next priority is getting nonprofit status for a Disability Rights group I’m on the board of

Quote in Zen of Fundraising

My favorite books on fundraising use humor to help communicate their points.

So those are my five photos for the challenge. Looking forward to seeing what others came up with!

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

Quincy Chalk for Justice

On July 3rd there was a beautiful event called “Chalk for Justice” in support of Black Lives Matter.

I was proud to attend with my husband and daughter!

Here are some of our photos

My daughter and husband are on the left
Black Lives Matter
That’s my daughter on the drawing she worked on with Dad “Equity Justice”
Quincy 4 Justice
End racism now
No Justice No Peace
Listen to students of color (2 Instagram accounts have been sharing student of color experiences at Quincy high schools)
Say their names
The city barricaded the statutes on city hall plaza – I don’t understand the fear of kids and chalk
This photo is of my friend K – wearing the backpack

I’m happy we could participate but it’s disappointing that the city decided to have 50 cops present for a hundred people, mostly kids, drawing with chalk!

Here’s a Patriot Ledger article on the event: ‘Chalk for Justice’: Quincy groups protest racism through sidewalk art

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