Photo Blogging Challenge – Four

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In honor of the 4th anniversary of the photo blogging challenge, the theme for March photo blogging challenge was “Four”.

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Here are 4 delicious Bruschetta from Artu in the North End of Boston

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We had a 4 player game of Splender going for family game night

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Did you know there are only 4 female Governors in the USA?

The panelists in the photo above all ran for Governor in MA but lost.

Their message was to keep running!

The Boston Globe had a great article on this inspiring night! In Faneuil Hall, a call to service for a new generation of women

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Speaking of inspiring women, these are 4 items I bought at The Lady Project Summit last weekend.

All the books were signed by their authors at the Summit.

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There are more than 4 trophies here from a weight lifting competition that my brother competed in, but I’m taking some creative license here. 🙂

I’m so proud of my brother David and unbelievably impressed by his weight lifting abilities!

His results for the day were a 465 pound deadlift, 365 pound squat, and 205 pound bench. Just wow!

I was happy to be able to be in the audience to cheer him on.

 

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Tis The Season

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I am looking forward to a new year starting this evening. 2016 was filled with health issues and uncertainty for me. I got laid off in January and have been temping. I’m hoping I land a full time permanent job in fundraising soon.

The theme for the December photo blogging challenge was “’Tis the Season.

Hope you enjoy my photos!

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Santa visited my 3 year old cousin on Christmas Eve!

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The city of Quincy loves Christmas – the building is our old city hall

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This musician dressed as an elf with her puppet sidekick made my commute very enjoyable!

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The Prudential Center in Boston is very festive – with the wreath above and ornament outside

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Finally, here’s a shot of Boston in early December

The joke in MA is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”.

 

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Water

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The theme for the October photo blogging challenge was “Water”.

My Father-in-law retired last year as an Engineer working for the MA Water Department. My brother-in-law is currently an Engineer for the MA Water Department. The family joke is that my Father-in-law is never lost when we’re traveling somewhere – he’s just looking for water towers. (I can attest to this happening on a trip to France.) The theme of  “water” for this month made me smile, since it’s a big part of my in-laws working lives.

The first photo is from a trip to Minneapolis, MN early this month.

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On Columbus Day Weekend, 15 of my husband’s family members headed for a house in New Hampshire to have a fun weekend of leaf peeping.

img_20161008_103936686_hdrLake behind our rental house in Madison, NH 

Now back to local to MA photos.

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I hope you enjoyed my water views!

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

Photo Blogging Challenge – “Your City” Quincy

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The theme for the September photo blogging challenge was “Your City”.

I’m a proud resident of Quincy, Massachusetts (pronounced KWIN-zee).

Quincy is the 8th largest city in the state. It’s known as the “City of Presidents,” since it is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents — John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams — as well as John Hancock, a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Ok – enough talk about the historical significance of my city – on to the photos!

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Quincy has a vibrant public art scene

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There is a lot of construction in Quincy Center (the part I live in) right now.

This spot is being turned from a street to a pedestrian walk way.

The church on the top left contains John Adams and John Quincy Adams tombs. I actually recommend a tour. Not as creepy as you’d think!

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As part of the construction – the city put in these traffic lights – but they don’t make sense!

The shot above is what cars see when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk. But most times, cars still barrel through and I’m taking my life in my hands when I step into the street.

The city is working on a public awareness campaign to explain the signals – but I wish they’d just installed normal signals everyone is used to!

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Here’s a side view of one of my favorite places – the Thomas Crane Library

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Our city seal is on the side of trash barrels in the city.

I agree that Quincy is beautiful!

Thanks for taking a tour of the center of Quincy, MA (my backyard). I love it here!

Quincy also has a beach, marina, and 4 different subway stops on the Red Line of the MBTA.

Here’s a bonus photo for you:

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Me and my in-laws celebrating “Ring a bell for Rosies” on Labor Day

My husband’s grandmother (wearing the red around her neck and in her hair) is President of the MA chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association.

Photo above from left to right: My brother-in-law Doug, Aunt-in-law Ellie, Sister-in-law Jen, Uncle-in-law Michael, Mother-in-law Martha, Uncle-in-law Matt, Aunt-in-law Maria, Nana (Bertha Glavin), me, and my husband

My father-in-law Marcis was taking the photo and recording the day. The church I mentioned in the 1st photo is the one we’re in front of. They kindly rang their church bell for us, in celebration.

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

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!

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!

Photo Blogging Challenge – Baseball

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The theme for the June photo blogging challenge was “Baseball”.

If you know me in real life, you know for sure, but if you’re a regular blog reader, you may have also guessed I’m obsessed with the Boston Red Sox.

I lived a dream when I got to play baseball at Fenway Park last year.

The college I attended is only a 5 minute walk from Fenway Park. My 10 year college reunion was this June, and one of the activities was attending a Red Sox game.

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My view from the stands at Fenway on June 3rd

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We had a row of adorable young fans seated in front of us.

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When you get known as a Red Sox fan, people give you stuff.

This painting was made by my sister-in-law Jackie, and is on display in my living room.

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I forget who gave me this gnome, but it’s on display on a book shelf filled with wedding thank you cards.

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Sometimes, a Red Sox hat can win over a crowd. This New York resident tried it at the Public Relations Society of America Northeast Conference in Boston.

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Finally, a bonus photo of me with a Red Sox stained glass (I bought this myself) also on display in my condo living room.

My dress is from Gwynnie Bee.

Hope you enjoyed my photos!

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

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!