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!

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

I got rum raisin here. It was delicious.

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

I got salted caramel here. It was delicious.

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June 20, 2015: Sunshine Farm, Sherborn MA

I got peach here. It was delicious.

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

I got butter pecan here. It was delicious.

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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.

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The coconut.

 

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Drilling a hole in it.

 

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Boozing it up.

 

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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.