34. take a bubble bath

Secret confession time: I don’t really like bubble baths. Probably because our tub is neither deep nor long enough for me to stretch out without having some part of my body exposed to the air. Add to that the face that the underside of our tub isn’t insulated all that well, and I’m not really sure why I put this on my list. But now it is done and I never have to take another bubble bath if I don’t want to.

Bubble bath
Drawing a bath filled with bubbles

19. ski White Nitro Extension at Sugarloaf

My original #19 was go to the top of Mt. Washington, but time got away from me when it was driving weather, and I honestly have zero interest in hiking up there in the winter (which, in April and May, it still is at Mt. Washington.) So I’ve been thinking hard about how to replace this with something equally as impressive and challenging and TALL.

And then, a couple of weeks ago, Mother Nature + school vacation week provided that opportunity to me. Amy and I were up at Sugarloaf for the week with Amy’s sister and two of our nieces. On Monday morning, we hooked up with our friend Colleen who was skiing (sis/nieces weren’t there yet) and realized that it was a supremely gorgeous, if incredibly cold, day on the mountain. As we were headed up the Skyline life, we noticed that there were people skiing in the Snowfields. Ahhh! This winter has been really rough for the mountain, and the snowfields hadn’t opened. But look! There were people! We made a plan to get to the top; it involved getting ourselves over to the Timberline lift, which takes you to the summit of the mountain. We planned on taking Gondi Line Extension, since a fellow we rode the lift with said it was beautiful. Well, we got ourselves up there, and promptly blew past Gondi Line Ext to the next run – not on purpose. The run looked great, so without paying any attention to what it was, we headed down. Conditions were perfect. Snow was great. We went slowly, but confidently. Then we got to the first crosscut and looked at the sign.

“White Nitro?”

“What the hell run did we just go down?”

“I don’t think that was Gondi Line!”

“Oh my god, we just skied the most challenging run on the mountain!”

Well, having done that, there was nothing to do but to continue down White Nitro and then hook up with Bubblecuffer, after which we cut off and hit the very bottom of Sluice, and back onto the Skyline lift.

Map of skiing down White Nitro
The pink trail – run #7 – is our run down White Nitro Ext, White Nitro, Bubblecuffer, and Sluice.
We took 7 to 15 to Bubblecuffer to Sluice.
We took 7 to 15 to Bubblecuffer to Sluice.

A couple of runs later we finally got to ski down Gondi Line Extension, which was almost as lovely (but not quite…) What a great day of skiing! The only bummer of the day was the very end, when Colleen had a slight mishap going to take her skis off and managed to somehow bung up her MCL.

And THAT is my big adventure that was tall and challenging and not Mt. Washington and kind of scary but really, really fun!

18. try 5 new restaurants

  1. The Friendly Toast with Amy and Meena, May 17
    • Such a great brunch! YUMMY.
    • And spending time with Meena is always fabulous.
  2. 51 Lincoln with Amy for our anniversary, July 23
    • Food was good.
    • We had fancy drinks with dinner.
  3. The Tavern with Amy, August 29
    • The oven was broken.
    • Two kegs kicked when we ordered beer.
    • No one could fix the oven or change the kegs because everyone was at a wedding.
    • So we ate deep-fried things.
  4. Farmstead Table with Amy, November 6
    • We ordered way too much food.
    • POPOVERS.
  5. 4 Bells with Amy and both sets of our parents, November 28
    • Fried chicken on a salad = heaven.
    • Pimento mac and cheese. *high five*
    • Buttermilk biscuits. Glorious.

I’d go back to 4 of those 5 restaurants with great pleasure. And I’m sure I’m going to get to 5 more new restaurants before my year is up, so look for me to reprise this one to make up for some other thing I haven’t gotten to!

32. get the tattoo I picked out on my 40 in 40 list

So it’s not technically the tattoo I picked out five years ago, but it is one that I love. Melissa Baker at Fat Ram’s Pumpkin Tattoo in JP designed it for me after a consultation in October, and on December 9, she inked it on me. I will say that the pain of getting this was pretty spectacular, but it’s oh so worth it. I LOVE IT.

Its location is on my right ribs, just below my bra-line, which makes photographing it a bit challenging. That said, here you go:

Snowflake tattoo detail
Snowflake tattoo detail
Tattoo on my ribs
Tattoo on ribs

I spent a little over 2 hours getting this done. As I said, the pain was pretty intense, but oh my heavens it was worth it to me. So happy.