Tuesday, August 20, 2013

51, 52, 53, 54

Not only am I thrilled to announce how close I am to my goal of 60 new things this year, I am also still giddy over how exciting my last 4 events were.  Here they are, sort of in order. 

51.  Beer Popsicles

I found this recipe for Cherry Lambic Cream Popsicles on my favorite food blog, A Cozy Kitchen. I used raspberry lambic instead of cherry lambic but boy-oh-boy were they scrumptious.  And melty.  Note: have napkins handy!

Boston Public Library Courtyard

Museum of Fine Arts Courtyard
As I stepped out of the library (no concert here...
just my beautiful city)

52.  Concerts in Non-Concert Places
In one week I saw three outdoor concerts but not at places that are regular venues for concerts.  I saw a young woman play the blues in the courtyard at the gorgeous Boston Public Library, a zydeco band from New Orleans at the Museum of Fine Arts, and (not pictured) a hip hop DJ on the deck of the Institute of Contemporary Art.  Culture + Culture = More Culture!

Goodbye Boston!

Hello Boston... from Spectacle Island!
53.  Spectacle Island (one of the Boston Harbor Islands)
Just like Seattle has the San Juan Islands dotting the Puget Sound, Boston has the Harbor Islands.  Unlike the San Juans, most of these islands are uninhabited and are simply a place to visit.  My friends and I took a 15 minute ferry ride to Spectacle Island.  This island boasts 5 miles of walking paths, a beautiful beach, gazebos for resting, weekly yoga classes, lots of fun activities such as hula hooping and kite making, and an unobstructed view of Boston.  Winner!

On your mark...

Get set...
Grab your partner, do-si-do!
Tuck and Roll...
For a back flip finish!

 54.  Flying Trapeze

Yep, that is what I did.  Somehow I wrangled 3 friends to join me in a 2.5 hour flying trapeze class.  When we sat down with our instructors, they outlined our lesson. "First, we will teach you how to grab the bar, then how to put your knees up, and then we will get a back flip in, and..."  You thinking what I was thinking?  Yeah!  Holy crap!  I thought for sure there was no way that on my first day of flying trapeze I would be doing a back flip.  I would be lucky if I could even hold on to the darn thing!  However, it turns out, the instructors were amazing and I had just enough courage to give it a whirl.  When all was said and done, I could do the knee tuck, the back flip, and grab onto a partner and swing.  Not bad, eh?  I also got these pictures out of it from the lady at the trapeze school.  It. Was. Amazing.

So there you have it.  Now, to make these last 6 items even more spectacular! 

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