Second annual Color Me Rad – check! Compared to last year, this year’s run at the Brockton Fair Grounds was:
- More crowded, with waves starting from 8 AM through the afternoon
- Better organized, with good parking options and clearly marked areas
- More flexible – they actually invited you to start whenever you were ready instead of making you stick to a certain wave
- More colorful – the color felt a little bit more spread out than last year, but we got more of it early on and felt like we were really getting the point without trying too hard (no rolling around on the ground this year thank goodness – that stuff took forever to get off of my stomach!)
- Less crowd-focused at the end – last time, we all finished together and then had a giant party. Here, there was a host and people dancing constantly, but there wasn’t an all-out bash with group color throwing like there was last time. Hence, it would have been nice to have a slightly larger team together.
- Slightly more athletic – this was less winding through a parking lot and more of an actual course. It felt really easy though (other than mom’s blisters), probably because we were still in good share from our half marathon training.
- 50% more rad – the mirrored sunglasses, the knee socks, the music – it was all quite fabulous. Also hoping that their new instructions for keeping the color in actually work (last year they said soak in vinegar and it failed – this year they recommended spray adhesive. Fingers crossed!).
Onward to next year, and to seeing if I can get this dye off of my shorts!
I may not have been online for the past month, but I have been living it up, summer style, by:
- Playing on the friendliest softball team ever, a ragtag group of strangers who met in May and have been tearing up the field ever since. We won today’s game 16-8 and I pitched 4 innings and only let in a single run. Next week, I plan to duel with the “regular” pitcher to see which of us gets to dominate the next game.
- Basically forgetting that I own a fridge and eating at food trucks, new restaurants, friends’ houses, etc. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and only really going into the kitchen for freeze pops.
- Celebrating Katey and Sal’s wedding last month with a rocking good time at a farm in Connecticut…
- … and getting ready to toast Kate and Cory at their wedding on Sunday, also at a farm, in Mass this time. Last weekend was our bachelorette extravaganza and it was a blast.
- Spending an awesome week at the lake with the fam, with lots of kayaking, s’mores, Settlers of Catan, and reading in the hammock.
- Working my butt off from the Boston office all the way down to DC.
- Falling deeply into the Game of Thrones series, books only. My theory is that if I can tough it through the books and skim over all the violence, the brutality of the TV show might be bearable. MAYBE.
- Some other athletic adventures (see more tomorrow!)
- Eagerly awaiting and then celebrating the royal baby – I am just going to call him that forever. Not offended by George, but also not impressed either.
- Attending the 10th annual barn dance with Sara, and bringing the family this time too!
- Growing the most out-of-control patch of cherry tomatoes you’ve ever seen. 18 plants started… 18 survive. Now to get some actual tomatoes out of them…
- Living vicariously through the TV show “Camp” and being glad for my own sane friend group by watching “Big Brother” with Katie
- Trying out for a game show (more on this later too!)
Stay tuned for more fun in the coming days/ weeks/ months! Hope your summer is appropriately chill and/or hot as well!