10. Go kayaking

Amy put together a fantastically fun pre-birthday Saturday for me! We began when our friend Libby showed up at the house around 9am and we drove over to Charles River Canoe & Kayak together. The morning was divine, our friends KP and Stephanie showed up and completely surprised me, and the paddle was simply wonderful.

Kayaking on the Charles River
KP, Stephanie, and Libby kayak the Charles River
Kayaking on the Charles River
Obligatory self-portrait

Thank you, KP, Stephanie, Libby, and Amy!

8. Paint the kitchen

Kitchen Before
A very red "before" kitchen

This is another substitution goal. It was originally “get my car washed by kids who are having a fundraiser” but that requires a fair bit of serendipity, which apparently I did not possess in this 40th year of life.

I did have it in me to paint the kitchen, though. From blood-red to pale aqua – divine! Now to replace the counter and appliances…

Kitchen After
A very not-red "after" kitchen

17. Go to Ann Arbor and see my brother’s family

Originally, this goal was to go to the top of Mt. Washington, NH. However, in light of this being MY list and ME getting to decide if I wanted to substitute items on it, it changed.

Over the last weekend in March/first weekend in April, Amy and I had the chance to go see my brother’s family in Ann Arbor, MI. Amazingly enough, it had been three years since we’d all seen each other! My folks flew out for the weekend and the seven of us spent a wonderful day together. Of all the items on my list, this one was definitely my favorite, the most meaningful, and the one that most NEEDED to happen. Three years? Never again!

Aunties and Niece
Three happy girls

12. Go to 4 (Wellesley College) sporting events

Field Hockey

I attended 4 sporting events this year which I wouldn’t normally have gone to. Initially, this was going to be Wellesley College-specific (since I work here), but as the year went by, circumstances found me at a strange variety of sporting events that I believe qualify as “not normal” for me.

  1. Field Hockey at Wellesley College – I attended a game against Wheaton College (MA) with my friend and colleague Erin R back in the fall. I have no idea who won, because it began raining in the middle of the game and we left.
  2. Girls Basketball – Waltham HS vs. Wayland HS – I helped Amy “scout” a high school basketball game in January.  What surprised me wasn’t how low the score was (I remember playing in junior high and the scores were low then too) but that I actually picked out some things that the top players were doing consistently, that the CCHS coach used when preparing his team to play both their teams, and that knowledge helped shut those girls down! Cool! (But not cool enough that I’d ever want to do it again… haha…)
  3. Boys Soccer – I went to watch a U13 game this weekend. Amy’s colleague has a son who plays, it was near us, the day was lovely, so I went. Take-away: boys that age are  smelly, and that team could have taken on my O30 women’s team and wiped the field with us.
  4. Junior High Softball – The softball field across the street from our house is extremely busy this spring, as the Natick High School fields are being repaired. I have watched more junior high softball than I care to admit this spring, solely for the train-wreck factor. And yes, I fully realize that I will rot for making that comment, especially given my utter lack of ability in softball and throwing in general.

So. Four different types venues, four different age ranges, four different sports… I think I’ll probably stick to hockey and minor league baseball for the most part, but this was fun to do.