8. plan a summer croquet/bocce ball lunch at work

Last Monday I had this awful thought: first-years move in next Monday. OH CRAP! That means summer is almost over! I have a summer work thing on my list! So I sent out a message to my co-workers inviting anyone who wanted to play croquet and bocce to join me a few days later out on the chapel lawn. It was awesome that several people made the time to come be a little bit silly.

Red scores!
A fine-looking croquet set

Having a little bit of fun during a really incredibly busy time of year definitely helped reduce my stress level.

28. try 5 new-to-me ice cream joints

This was SO MUCH FUN!

May 16, 2015: Mad Willie’s, Framingham MA

I got rum raisin here. It was delicious.

June 19, 2015: Emack & Bolio’s, Somerville MA

I got salted caramel here. It was delicious.

June 20, 2015: Sunshine Farm, Sherborn MA

I got peach here. It was delicious.

August 7, 2015: Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Needham MA

I got butter pecan here. It was delicious.

August 13, 2015: Liberty’s Ice Cream, Natick MA

I got mocha chip here. It was delicious.

Other places I’ve eaten ice cream since this list of 45 things began include Park Street Ice Cream in Natick MA (my go-to joint, since it’s walking distance and has SUCH GOOD ice cream) and Round Top Ice Cream in Damariscotta ME (their blueberry ice cream… omg.)

I think I might want to do this one again, just for fun!

29. procure, puncture, and drink from a real coconut

I was very excited about this item on my list! Seeing as how I was going to get to see LJF at the Lobster Bake (and she was the one who suggested I add this to my list), I purchased a coconut expressly for the weekend. Then I promptly forgot about it in the throes of cooking mussels, eating lobster and oysters, and generally enjoying the mayhem of that weekend.

When Amy and I got home on August 4, I found the coconut in the car. And so we gave it a shot. Level of success: sadly, low.

The coconut.


Drilling a hole in it.


Boozing it up.


Drinking it.

What you don’t see is that sadly, the coconut was rotten and so the booze combined with rotten coconut water was simply disgusting. Alas. I might try it again with a green-skinned coconut though. I’ve drunk from one of those before and it was delicious.

20. sleep overnight on a boat

Amy and I spent the night in Snowball, my in-laws’ sailboat. It was noisy (hey neighbors!), a little humid, there was rain and thunder and lightning, and it was eventually wicked foggy, but it was super relaxing nonetheless.