March 3rd: Go Out on a Boat

This could be the best way to cross this item off the list. We went out on a Whale Watch today!

We saw so many whales. It is breeding and birthing season so Maui’s waters are completely inundated with humpback whales.

This was the closest one got to the boat. But we saw a lot at other distances. People often probably think of them jumping out of the water when you are watching them but the tour guide says that rarely happens. Seeing them flap their tails or flappers was enough though! They are amazing creatures! It was awesome to just be around them.

Quite a way to go out on a boat! Amazing!

March 2nd: Go on Vacation

Holy moly! It’s been a crazy beginning to the year. As I say many times over the course of the year I’m working on playing catch up with my 365 things. But this week is time to slow everything down, enjoy and cross some things off the list that are incredible and amazing experiences.

Go on Vacation should be an easy one to check off but I very rarely have the opportunity. But oh my, I’m headed to Maui today! Yes, Maui!

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Here’s a little glimpse of the Rocky Mountains as I fly over them to head over! I can’t wait to check off some many other amazing things over the next week as I experience them in Maui!

 

February 5th: Bring Breakfast for Morning Crew

Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I fall behind on my 365 things. It can be hard working full time, taking care of the pups, trying to have a life… blah, blah, excuses excuses. When this happens though I tend to not want to do anything the next day or the next because I feel like I have to catch up for all the days I missed. But I need to get over that.

Today I am doing something for today and I will worry about catching up on the missed days as I can.

So anyway, today I’m on my way to work and buying breakfast for everyone I work with. Hopefully a nice surprise. Plus, it keeps me in my routine of eating breakfast.

January 28th: Go for a Long Walk

Walks have definitely been in the mix a lot more since getting Bella. Everyday getting a little longer to tire this incredibly active doggie.

Today we attempted a long one with Mia in stride to try and get them more comfortable with each other. They both love it.

We went over two miles and by the end they were walking side by side with no problems and ready for a nap when we got home.

Amazing how a new dog can change your life. It can be exhausting by snuggles and exercise are making it all worth it.

January 27th: Have a Conversation with a Stranger

You would think being a bartender I have a knack for small talk and random conversation with strangers. When I am working that is definitely the case. But when I am not working I often have trouble making small talk. Maybe I am so exhausted from the day in/day out of doing for work that I don’t want to force it in other situations.

The dog park, however, often makes it easy. So today at the park I struck up a conversation with a stranger.

It was actually pretty great. He has a puppy the same age as Bella (my new pup) and an older dog around Mia’s age (my older pup).

I have been having some challenges with them getting along 100% of the time and so does he. So we shared experiences, what has been working and was hasn’t. It was nice and random.

If anyone else out there has advice on helping a new puppy and an older dog get along I would love the input! And a new random conversation with a stranger will be welcomed as well.

January 20th-26th: Catching Up

As happens most years after the initial romanticism of the new year starts to wear off it gets harder and harder to maintain things on a daily basis. Today I am going to try and catch up on things I’ve been doing and make a plan for trying to be more successful the rest of the year.

January 20th: Potty Train Bella

Of course, this has been an ongoing challenge and will probably continue to be a challenge for a while but she is pretty close to being completely potty trained.

We have had no accidents in the house at night, she tells me when she has to go outside for the most part and she never goes in her crate.

January 21st: Go to an Arcade

Well, this was a fun one. Especially because here in Denver (as I’m sure in other cities) we have a bar/arcade for adults! Giant PacMan, Skee-Ball… the list could go on for quite a while.

January 22nd: Take Dogs to Dog Park Regularly

This day began what I hope can be a year long endeavor. I was not sure how Bella would do at the park but it was a pretty fantastic experience.

She played very well with the other dogs and ran around for a while hour, which tired her out, so bonus.

The best part was Mia really got into it too. Mia is ten. I used to take her to the park all the time. In the last three years when we would go she would just stand there and not play. Strangely today she played like crazy! It was great to see some youth still in her.

We got home and they were the best they have been with each other since I brought Bella home. They even sat with each other waiting for treats.

I look forward to taking them to the park lots this year. Hopefully, Bella will keep Mia young! ❤️🐶

January 23rd: Have a Star Wars Marathon

Now that episode 9 is out, which of course I’ve already seen (because I’m a huge Star Wars fan), I feel it’s a good time to revisit all the movies. I started on the 23rd with Episode I and will continue to watch them all over the course of the next month.

January 24th: Research Land for Sale in Western Colorado

Wow! This is not what expected. There is so much beautiful land out there and it is not that expensive.

I found this site: BillyLand.com.

I am in no financial situation at this time to buy land but it is something I think of often. I love living in a city but I think later in life I would like to live out in the open. Hopefully in the next ten years I could put some money together and purchase some land and build my own little home.

It is definitely a long term dream but after doing this little bit of research, I feel a little more confident that it could be a possibility one day.

January 25th: Sleep in Bed Every Night for a Month

I love adding new monthly challenges! Of course they are always hard to maintain but give me something to focus on daily.

I have been shooting apple cider in the am and I have not had a soda since the 19th.

Now I add this. I too often watch tv late at night and end up falling asleep on the couch. The next month will be about consciously making an effort to sleep in my bed every night.

January 26th: Do a Kind Deed

This one almost feels like cheating because I would have done it regardless if it was an item on my list but maybe that is better than simply doing it because I feel I have to.

My friend got stuck at work today for an extra 8 hours so I went and walked his dog for him.