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I don’t know about any other New Englanders but I am SO over this winter. It’s amazing how much snow we’ve accumulated in just the last week alone and more is expected over the weekend. They’re predicting another foot! I haven’t been running at all, but I have been doing my best to stay active in the house. I’m even doing some extra workouts for my abs to get ready for Florida. Winking smile Only 34 more days until warmth and sunshine!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

Remixes rule in this month’s workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these up-tempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum. Songs getting a makeover include the latest from from Gwen Stefani, a club anthem from David Guetta, and the three way collaboration between Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Pitbull. Meanwhile, the other half of this month’s list includes a Taylor Swift song you might recognize from a Target commercial, a Fall Out Boy track that pays tribute to a scene from Pulp Fiction, and the follow-up to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s breakthrough hit "Rather Be." By combining new music from Top 40 regulars and updated versions of recent hits, this month’s list strikes a fine balance between fresh and familiar sounds–both of which will come in handy when you’re ready to get moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.
Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (Kaskade & KillaGraham Remix) – 100 BPM
Taylor Swift – Style – 95 BPM
Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & Pitbull – Booty (Bali Bandits Remix) – 129 BPM
Robin Schulz, Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 123 BPM
Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman – 149 BPM
Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up (Aero Chord Remix) – 100 BPM
Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song – 74 BPM
Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love – 125 BPM
David Guetta & Sam Martin – Dangerous (David Guetta’s Banging Remix) – 128 BPM
Pitbull & Ne-Yo – Time of our Lives – 124 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

As always, I have not been compensated for this release; RunHundred.com is always free to use.

How’s the weather where you are??

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Winter on the Wharf

by Alaina on February 4, 2015 · 0 comments

One of the things that I love about Boston in the winter is the fact that all around the city, little ice skating rinks are popping up. In addition to the famous Frog Pond in the Boston Common, you can also find rinks in Kendall Square (Cambridge), the Charles Hotel (which I worked at for two winters) and my new favorite location, the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda.

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Winter on the Wharf is the ideal event for those cold days and nights during the Boston winters. The rink is 80’ by 30’ and can accommodate up to 75 skaters. Hours are 10AM and 8PM with admission of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Skates and lockers are also available for rent. And the best part about this rink? When you pay admission you receive a wrist band that allows you access to the rink throughout the whole day. What better way to spend the day then skating, having lunch by the waterfront, some more skating, and then topping it off with a drink and delicious food at the Rowes Wharf Bar.

Dinner at Rowes Wharf

We started our evening with the food, of course! We had seafood, pizza, wings, calamari, ribs, French fries, aroncini and SO much more. For a libation, I started out with the Black Currant & Ginger Gimlet (Hendrick’s Gin, Lejay Original, Fresh Squeezed Lime & Ginger flakes). It was very strong but also refreshing. I only had one since I wanted to be able to maintain my balance on the ice. Winking smile

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And maintain I did! I haven’t skated in about 4 years but it felt just like riding a bike. I was able to skate backwards, do a forward cross over and turn pretty quickly, all without falling. I had so much fun and cannot wait to get back out there.

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After about 40 minutes on the ice, we went back to the bar and I ended the evening with a Nutty Irishman (coffee with Baileys and Frangelico).

It ended up being the perfect ending to a loooong 3 days for me. I worked on Sunday from 3 to 11 and ended up staying overnight since I had to work the next morning at 6. Since we had another snowstorm on Monday, I ended up with a 12 hour shift PLUS I picked up another shift for yesterday. That meant two nights were spent at “Sheradice”. I’m glad I was able to help out during the bad weather but I was more than ready to climb in to my own bed last night. Oh and it took me an hour to get from my hotel to the Boston Harbor Hotel, for the event. The distance is only 2.4 miles but the snow piles were making traffic unbearable. And normally I’m a calm person during traffic but it bugs me to NO end when people block the intersection.

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Now I get to enjoy the next three days off and I can’t wait to just relax…and wait for more snow. Annoyed Seriously, we have about 4 feet here at home. I cannot wait for Spring.

But until those months arrive, there’s no place better to spend a winter day than skating at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

This event was complimentary for concierge, however I was not solicited to write this post. I just wanted to share a great evening in Boston!

Are you a fan of ice skating? And if you’re in New England, are you SO over this winter already??

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My W-W-W-Weekend

by Alaina on January 28, 2015 · 2 comments

This past weekend was actually a legit, real weekend for me. It meant that my weekend was a Friday through Sunday, not random days during the week. I had a lot going on so I made sure to ask for the weekend off in advance.

Saturday started off with a little snow, maybe 6 inches or so. It was little compared to what was coming! After David was able to snow blow the driveway, we headed over to his parents to celebrate the January birthdays (mother in law, sister in law and other sister in law’s boyfriend). We had appetizer foods (skewers, soup, meatballs) and desserts (apple tart, chocolate marble Bundt cake, brownies) to snack on. I didn’t take any pictures but it was a very fun afternoon of catching up with the in-law family. Smile

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Later that evening, I drove to Cambridge to partake in the 5th annual Wigs, Whiskey and Wild Wild Women party (it was my 3rd year attending)! My first year I wore a bright yellow wig; last year was a long pink wig, and this year I recycled my wig from the last two Halloweens.

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I was too cool for this establishment. Winking smile Stephanie and her sister prepared 5 different whiskey drinks (Toronto, Bourbon Smash, Cider Rye, Maple Leaf and Manhattan); I was a trooper and tried all 5. They were all delicious and the Toronto was definitely my favorite. Thankfully I was able to counter it all by eating a lot of snacks, and I was able to make it home safe and sound.

Sunday morning and afternoon was a very relaxed day of hanging out around the house. David worked a bit in the afternoon and later that night I headed to Boston for the 25th Anniversary party of the Greater Boston Concierge Association. This year the event was at the Skywalk Observatory and catered by Top of the Hub. The buffet spread was delicious (turkey, roast beef, mashed potato bar, pasta, cheese and crackers) and the bars were fully stocked. The event lasted from 7 to 11 and I managed to make it through the whole night! The hotel was nice enough to let me stay over since I had to work the next morning.

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They also had a very engaging and talented band playing the majority of the evening. We had a lot of fun dancing! My feet were certainly sore after that.

Sheraton Crew

4 out of the 6 members of our concierge team!

On Monday I worked the morning shift and was able to get home before the snow got bad. It was flurrying as I drove and it took me about 2 hours to get home. Everyone was getting out early!

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David and I were hunkered down Monday night and all day Tuesday. The snow started around 3pm on Monday and didn’t stop until about 7PM on Tuesday. All in all I would say about 2 or so feet accumulated, with some high snow drifts. That middle picture? David’s van is buried behind my car. It took a good 4 or so hours just to get ourselves shoveled and snow blowed out. Our driveway is long but he did a great job getting it cleared out. I did my part by shoveling the walkway and getting the cars out and moved so that David could finish with the snow blower. My upper body is killing me this morning. Winking smile

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Right now it’s Wednesday afternoon and I’m headed out to work. David said the main roads are pretty clear, so I shouldn’t have a problem. Smile

Where were you during the blizzard of ‘15??

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