Photo Blogging Challenge – Black and White

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The theme for the August photo blogging challenge was “Black and White”.

I just let myself take photos for the month to see what would happen (my usual approach) and unintentionally, all the photos for this month are also art.

The first photo is in color, but I think it still fits the theme.

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Live dancers in the Peabody Essex Museum Rodin exhibit

I was literally in awe of the dancers! Such a great idea to ask them to preform as part of the Rodin sculpture exhibit. A pleasant surprise to stumble upon!

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Jef Aerosol spray paint art at Northeastern University

I had a temp work assignment at Northeastern University for the last 2 months of August. I didn’t realize how much art is on the campus.

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Before Fenway Park was built, the original ballpark was where Northeastern University is today. This statue of Cy Young marks the site of the pitchers mound.

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I don’t know much about this woman and child sculpture, but it’s in the lobby of a building at Northeastern University that I walked through on my way to an event.

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Fox by Meena Chompunut Ditchaiwong

Finally, art from the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, MA makes an appearance. It’s been a few months since the library has been the location for one of my challenge photos, but it’s a frequent muse.

This is the first challenge I’ve edited photos to fit the theme. I used the Moon filter on Instagram on the 2 NU statues.

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Boston Sports Clubs Salutes First Responders in Boston

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I am constantly in awe of first responders in the Boston area.

I watch the show Boston EMS on ABC (in it’s second season – I recommend it).

I have an Uncle that’s a firefighter in MA & his wife, my Aunt & God Mother, is a 911 operator in the same city.

So, with love of first responders in my heart, I wanted to spread the word that Boston Sports Clubs is honoring first responders with free memberships in August.

Boston Sports Clubs is honoring the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to save the lives of others by deeming August, “First Responder Appreciation Month.” Throughout August, the company is offering complimentary gym memberships to all police, fire, EMS and military personnel, inviting them to work out for free at any Greater Boston location, including Back Bay, Newbury Street, Prudential Center, Downtown Crossing, Beacon Hill, South End, South Station, Fenway, and Government Center.

To any first responders who are already members, they may bring a guest for free workouts throughout August.

Parent company Town Sports International has a long history supporting first responders, dating back to 2003 when the company partnered with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to provide memberships for over 10,000 candidates so they had free access to train for the FDNY physical exam – the department’s first exam following the events of  September 11, 2001. The offer complements the recently launched Bravest & Finest workout, a workout inspired by the physical challenges required to become a first responder.

“We recognize the tremendous physical and mental commitment that it takes to be a first responder,” said Michelle Ryan, CMO of Town Sports International. “We are truly grateful to all the men and women who respond without hesitation to protect and serve our neighborhoods and appreciate their daily commitment to keeping us safe.”

The first responders’ complimentary membership at Boston Sports Clubs runs through August 31, 2016. For more information on membership details and club locations, please visit www.mysportsclubs.com.

Getting Back to Fitness – Seaport Sweat Boot Camp

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The Seaport area of Boston has gotten into the free fitness game, starting last night.

You may have noticed that there hasn’t been much writing about workouts on this blog lately.

With health issues and searching for a job after a January lay off, I haven’t made the time for fitness that I should have. And then, it never gets easier to start again when you feel like you’re back to square one fitness level wise.

That changed for me last night when I attended a boot camp workout lead by Athena.

It was as I feared, my stamina for working out is practically non-existent.

My work out tops are too small for me due to weight gain, and I should probably buy new ones, but I was done using that as my excuse.

But, I showed up, did what I could, and got a great workout in – that my legs are still sore from today. I feel accomplished.

I’ll work up to taking back to back classes with Athena’s boot camp and Monique’s Kickboxing.

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Athena’s in the middle with her back to the camera, demoing burpees

I am on the right side, in the pink, looking exhausted.

Want to get in on the free fitness fun?

Check out the full list of free Seaport Sweat Fitness classes

Seaport Sweat runs until October 31.

Star Trek / Boston Comic Con Red Sox Night

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Boston Comic Con coming up in August (my birthday weekend) the Boston Red Sox will host a Star Trek / Boston Comic Con themed game night on August 12th at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox game will include a limited edition Captain Kirk Red Sox figurine and the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk.

More details and tickets are available at http://m.mlb.com/redsox/tickets/info/star-trek

Edit: I got tickets to the game, so I’ll be there for all the geeky fun.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Photographer’s Choice

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The theme for the July photo blogging challenge was “Photographer’s Choice”.

I decided, I’d just take pictures all through the month and see what I came up with.

In early July, I traveled to Orlando, Florida with my in-laws. They went to Walt Disney World Parks for 5 days, but my husband & I only got a 2 day park pass. We had fun exploring Disney Springs, and taking the free shuttle boats & buses to the Disney Resorts.

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Here’s a Lego dragon in the lagoon at Disney Springs

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This totem in one of the Disney Wilderness Hotels made me smile

With a “tourist” theme in my head, I decided the rest of my photos this month would be from travel within my state of MA.

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpture Festival was last week, and I stopped by on Friday, when the artists were still finishing up.

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I like this one because when I showed my Great Uncle the photo, he thought a kid had jumped on the sculpture. It took a second look for him to realize the child was sand too.

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I like the work in progress view of this owl. I still am in awe at how the artists can make holes in their sculptures, like the eyes of this owl, and still have the sand keep the shape they want.

Finally, this Friday, I joined Unsplash for a Photowalk in Charlestown, MA.

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I took this shot of Boston Harbor and skyline, from the ferry we took over to Charlestown

Hope you enjoyed my photos!

I worried that I’d have trouble this month without having to stick to a rigid theme, but I think I did OK.

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Capture a Pokemon, Get a Free Gym Membership at Boston Sports Clubs

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Despite server issues this weekend as more countries were able to join Pokemon Go, I’m still a big fan. Since I last wrote, I’ve gotten to Level 17 and have gone on a few Pokemon hunts with my husband & in-laws.

Boston Sports Club is having a fun promotion around Pokemon Go.

From July 18th through the end of the month (July 31), Boston Sports Clubs is encouraging Pokemon enthusiasts to take their obsession to the next level while getting a good workout, and sharing their finds on Instagram to win.

Simply screenshot of any Pokemon you find at any BSC location, and Instagram that screenshot photo with @bsc_gym and #BSCPokemon tags for a chance to win.

BSC members score a free month membership – nonmembers are welcome to play to win a free week membership by mentioning “Pokemon Promo” at the front desk.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and will need to show photo ID. Regular restrictions apply. To find a club near you, please visit, www.mysportsclubs.com

I’ve seen nonoprofits set up Pokemon Go promos, but this is the first gym I’ve seen embrace Pokemon Go.

Readers, let me know if you’re playing Pokemon Go and plan to enter this contest.

Good luck!

 

Pokemon Go in MA

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Pokemon Go has taken MA by storm.

I view it as encouragement to take long walks, so I’m in.

My husband & in-laws all play too, so on the day I downloaded the app, my sister-in-law Jen and brother-in-law Doug walked around Milton with me to show me how the game works.

Since then, I’ve hunted for Pokemon in Peabody, Quincy, and Boston.

Pokemon Go is a free cell phone game that uses GPS to make you have to walk to specific location to virtually catch Pokemon. You have to be moving slowly or stopped to catch Pokemon (and I suspect it’s a safety feature. Don’t drive and play Pokemon Go! You’ll end up hurting someone!)

If you have the Augmented Reality (AR) view on, the Pokemon will look like they are in the location you are, using your cell phone camera.

Here’s an example from Boston Magazine of how the AR looks:

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There’s a Hypno on the lawn in front of Trinity Church

I’m a level 13 player.

On Sunday, I walked 5.02 miles playing the game and yesterday I walked 5.31 miles playing. I tracked my walking with my Fitbit flex, since the Pokemon Go servers are glitching a bit with the extremely high demand.

I’m having a great time, and every other player I’ve met has been friendly and laughing about the whole Pokemon Go phenomenon.

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My husband took this photo of everyone playing Pokemon Go around the Frog Pond in Boston on Monday night

According to my husband, the Frog Pond after work is a huge “Poke party” with everyone playing, someone blaring the Pokemon TV theme from a boombox on repeat, and people cheering when Pokemon Gym ownership changes over. “Go team Mystic!”

Are you playing Pokemon Go? What do you think?