Fufu and Oreo : ImprovBoston Comedy Lab

Skip the club scene and head out for a different kind of fun night with boston's comedy lab. With all the buzz about the Fufu and Oreo play, some friends and I decided to check it out.

I wasn't sure what to expect. Typically, I don't like comedies because I don't "get" the humor. And there's nothing more annoying than having everyone laughing while you're stuck figuring out the joke.

The venue ( close to central square -red line) is proportionally  sized for an intimate crowd. The comedians interacted with the crowd and made them part of the plot/storytelling.

Fufu and Oreos was hilarious.  I completely identified with Obehi the actress and comedian. From being the only black girl in yoga class, wrapping your natural hair before gym time and learning how to cook fufu . Obehi uses comedy to talk about the identity crises 2nd generation young immigrants face. My friends and I spent the later part of the night at Middle Eastern (around the block), dissecting the play and some of the social issues mentioned.

The comedy lab has a rotating schedule of shows with discount tickets for students. 
Stop by and have a night of laughter with your friends.

March Favorites 2014

I haven't been consistent with the monthly favourites and I have no intentions of doing so.

I stumble across new books, travel destinations, hobbies and entertainment in a haphazard manner that doesn't need to be chronicled in a monthly basis.

Current Entertainment - An African City
The modern African woman's rendition of Sex in the City without the sex :)

Follow the lives of 5 afropolitan women  

(some of whom have recently relocated to the continent to pursue their careers? or is it to settle down and get married?)

They navigate relationships, being a female in a male dominated work force, gender bias, gender roles, cultural practices and the many other social economic issues that face developing countries.
I'm not sure who the producer of the show is but I will love to see director Shirley Frimpong pick up the show from Youtube and develop it into a long running show an an African tv network.

Book: I'm listening to the audio version of  The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey.

Talent from the mind
Passion from the Heart
Need for the body
Conscience for the Spirit

I've been knocking myself in the head....why am I just now getting into audibles?!!!! You can listen to your favourite books on the go, in the train, on the bus, in air, while running errands, jogging, lifting weights or working. 

Fitness: TRX - check out the blog post I did about it here

Food: Plain Yogurt
I love all types of yogurt. Its my substitution for ice cream cravings.
But sometimes I love to buy the simple plain yogurts. Not only are they cheaper but it allows me to play around with recipes.

You can buy a 32oz bucket for $2 instead of the "flavoured" version for $5. With the extra $3, you can buy a box of multigrain clusters granola or fruits. You get more granules/fruits/etc for the $3 than just buying the flavoured yogurt. I use my granules as snacks or part of my morning cereal breakfast.

MusicCry Baby Cry 
During a recently emotional outburst that unfortunately coincided with my lack of internet, I relied on my barely  used Samsung touch pad music collection for comfort. 

Imagine my pleasant surprise of listening to the collaboration between Seam Paul, Joss Stone and Carlos Santana.

I had this song on repeat ALL DAY.ALL WEEK.and then some more. Enjoy


What things are You<~~~~ loving from the month of march or since the new year? Let me know on twitter @mapetiteniche or on instagram @laurettaashu. Tag me on your tweets or ig posts so I can check them out.

TRX Class Review

I love YMCAs and all the perks that come with being a member. However, the membership fees can be pricey. If you are not going to be using the pool + sauna + daycare, locker room and etc, it may not be budget friendly.

Last month, I attended a health fair and received lots of goodies. One was a 2 week pass to the YMCA in my neighborhood. I decided to tryout the different classes they had to offer. I tried to take classes outside my comfort zone or those I  had never experienced like TRX, martial arts and etc.

Here is my review of the TRX class.

The instructor was very nice and welcoming to new members. He did not seem "intimidating" and actually approached me because he could tell I was a "newbie". He showed us how to work the ropes . He also showed us some of the basic/common poses before the class started. I think it helped that I arrived about 15 mins early to get familiarized with the equipment (Every newbie in any program should do this).

We alternated between TRX and plyometrics cardio.
The poses where not so challenging but working/controlling the ropes made it more difficult. I loved how the exercises worked on a variety of muscles at the same time. As I type this, I envision crawling out of bed in pain the next day.

Nevertheless, I loved it so much, am signing up with the Y.
It was the last blow that shattered my reluctance to become a YMCA member. No matter your fitness level, any one can benefit from having access to a variety of classes and fitness programs.
I love running but sometimes its nice to spice things up.
I also already have free access to a gym but its 1 mirrored room with limited cardio machines and free weights. When it comes to perks and having a sense of community,  nothing beats a sports club house.

Sometimes, the issue with group fitness classes,isnt so much the class but the instructor and what kind of  "environment" they create for students. Some instructors ignore beginners and focus only on the "pros". Or they are not "in tune" with the different personalities in the room to figure out that the "boot camp drill sergeant" role doesn't work for everyone. 

In other studios, participants are busy trying to "compete" or "show off" on one another that it creates an intimidating environment for new members.

As my 2 weeks access to the Y rounds up, I have had nothing but a ++++++ experience and its definitely helped solidify my choice to join the club.

I can't wait to go back to TRX class next week.