9. Go candlepin bowling

In my last post, I hinted at something else on my 40 in 40 list that Libby, Jen, Amy, and I had done on our first (annual?) L-JAM Adventure Day. We went candlepin bowling at Lanes & Games in Cambridge.

As a twist, we decided to bowl in skirts. Which meant we needed to buy skirts. Which meant a trip to Goodwill after lunch and before the graveyard adventure. Behold the shopping. (Amy does not like wearing skirts.)

Skirt Shopping at Goodwill

And behold all of us in skirts (looking reasonably happy, even though none of us are really skirt-wearers.) (Aside: Amy coaches outside. Can you tell? The rest of us are pretty pasty white, but she’s looking all tanned.)

Candlepin Bowling in Skirts

And behold some action shots of us bowling/posing.

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Amy (l) and Libby (r) bowl

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Jen (l) and Megan (r) pose

I LOVE candlepin bowling – it’s significantly more fun to me than ten-pin bowling, and not just because you get three shots on each frame. There’s something about the small ball, the shape of the pins, and the fact that between shots the deadwood isn’t swept away. That can really help, but it can also hurt. So hooray for candlepin bowling! I suspect I’ll go more than once this year…

Forty things in my 40th year

See that list over on the sidebar entitled “40 in 40“? That’s the list of things I’m going to do in my 40th year, which begins on Monday May 10, 2010. I’ll be turning 39 and think that there is no better way to celebrate the impending Big 4-0 than to do a bunch of arbitrary things, some meaningful, others just plain silly. This isn’t a list of things I’ve never done before, but rather a list of things I want to do in the coming year.

Image by jessica.diamond, used under a Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 license

I credit my friend Libby with this idea – she developed a fantastic list for her 50th year and had a lot of fun finishing everything on it. I’ve swiped a few things from her list, added a bunch of my own, and asked friends for other ideas. What you see over there is my mostly-final list. Mostly-final, because I give myself the opportunity to swap out some of the things on the list with a few that I’ve got in reserve…

Hope you’ll join me for the coming year as I attempt to have some fun, learn a little about myself, and do a bit of good in the world.