January 20th: Buy a New Camera

If you cannot tell from some of my other posts I am an avid photographer. I got my BFA in Photography in 2008 and love taking photos in a daily basis.

The goal was with this “thing” to buy a new camera but I was actually fortunate enough to have a friend just give me this digital one.

I have almost always shot with film, aside from using my iPhone. But this new camera could bring a lot of new projects my way.

I cannot wait to start using it!

January 19th: Discover a New Bakery

This is actually on my list every year and just get added back every year because who doesn’t like discovering a new bakery.

So, I just typed bakery near me into google and found this little spot – Rheinlander Bakery in Olde Town Arvada – which is such a cute little neighborhood.

Right now, because of Covid there are so many different restrictions and lots of cafes have outdoor seating, which makes the neighborhood even cuter.

When I went inside I was even more in love. They are very prepared for Mardi Gras right now with lots and lots of decorations and French Quarter treats, including coffee grounds and beignet mix from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans (which I love!)

I also really loved that you could see them baking right out in the open.

But what I loved most of all were the treats. I just got a few tortes but will definitely be back to try other things, maybe even a king cake for Mardi Gras in a few weeks!

If you are in the Denver/Arvada area I highly recommend this place. Aside from it being so cute and delicious the staff was very friendly and quick!

January 10th: Try Vietnamese Coffee

Sometimes it is funny how things happen. Over a year ago I was updating my list of 365 things and was having a hard time thinking of new things. A good friend of mine, who is a fantastic chef in Denver, was sitting with me and recommended some new foods/drinks to try. One of her recommendations was try Vietnamese coffee and a traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Yesterday I was out driving doe Postmates and I got a delivery for both items from a little place near my house called Vinh Xuong Bakery in Zepplin Station, which is a really cool shared market/workspace.

So today I revisited the place to get a Vietnamese coffee.

I am not a huge coffee drinker. But wow!

This coffee is delicious. It is very sweet. Very much like a treat. I might be addicted.

Next week I am going back to try a Bahn Mi Sandwich!

January 3rd: Shop at Trader Joe’s

It is hard to believe that I never shopped here considering I lived in NYC for 5 years and it is ALL THE RAGE there. For some reason I always thought it was expensive… it is not!

I got essential: bread, milk, cheese, eggs, etc. But also got some microwaveable meals that look delicious! I spent at least half of what I would normally spend.

This item off the list might just change my year; the way way I spend money, the way I shop and the way I cook/bake.

This is 2020! January 1st: Get Book Recommendations

Here we go! Excited to kick off 2020 and make a solid attempt to complete my list. Since 2017 I’ve made a list and attempted to complete as many of the 365 things. Once completed I cross them off. As the new year approaches I add new things so my list is full. Sometimes I add back in things I completed because of the way it enriched my life. This being one of them. I love asking for book recommendations and try hard to read at least some of them. So here’s ten that I got today!

  • 48 Laws of Power
  • Talking to Strangers
  • The Rituals
  • Love is a Mixtape
  • Black Hearts
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Flowers in the Attic Series
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

I already ordered “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” and “The Rituals”! Excited to get them and begin this adventure!

January 12th: Hang Curtains in Living Room

If I keep up all these home projects my house might just look like a home.

One of my biggest things since moving in has been not having a curtain in the front of my house. I actually completed this task a while ago but forgot to check it off my list, so today, I will lazily mark this one off.

I will say, it is ridiculously hard to pick out curtains. There are probably 16 million different options. I am simple and like rustic, so I went with this cheap but cute style.

I like it because of its simplicity but multi-fictionality.

February 15th: Buy Something Unnecessary

I do not think I would call this completely unnecessary but I definitely could have gotten something cheaper or not as extravagant…

Anyway, getting to the point: I bought a Bissell SmartClean Robot Vacuum. Mia has always shed a lot but now with AJ in the house there is even more hair ALL OVER THE PLACE.

So I bought this vacuum and can not wait to use it!

January 31st: Hang a Coat Rack

It might seem like a trivial thing but any homeowner will tell you, when you buy a new home you expect to do a lot of thing. You expect them to happen right away, like it’s easy to just make a comfortable, organized and full home in a month.

I have lived in my house for 7 months now! Which, is so exciting… but day to day there are things that I look at and say “man, I really need to get this or that done, yet tasks always seem to fall by the wayside”.

One of my big things has been to hang a coat rack. Particularly, living in Colorado during the winter, I have 2-5 coats in rotation that I use on a regular basis. Typically they end up in a pile by my front door. BUT NO MORE!

I hung a coat rack today and like I said, though it may seem trivial, I absolutely love how much more organized and decluttered it makes me feel. Sometimes the smallest tasks are the best.

January 18th: Create an Amazon Wishlist

Since buying my house I always seem to go to Target or Walmart or some other store where I can get home goods, plants and home necessities. Often, however, I forget what I actually need or would like to make my house complete.

So today, I sat in my house (still sick 🤢), and looked around, thinking of what I want or need. Slowly, I made a short list and found things on Amazon that I prefer.

I do not use Amazon often, usually just to buy gifts for others, but I do think this is a great way to get my thoughts together and maybe put a budget together to start getting some of this stuff.

You can check out my list here. If you have suggestions of things to add or things that are like the items I have but better or cheaper, I’m all ears.

My social media positivity today was:

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”

Ayn Rand

January 14th: Buy a New Record

It is exciting to mark some of these things off my list that are possible because of things I did last year on my list.

So I bought a record player last year and it has been great to listen to music on it. It feels archaic but that feels great.

So I am obsessed with The Revivalists and have been meaning to buy the most recent record they put out in 2015 but I just always put it off.

That is the great thing about this list! Some of the things are just things that I always mean to do but always put off. So today I did it! Purchased the record on amazon.com!

I am so excited to get it. But the great thing about Amazon is it tells you other things you might be interested in. And yes Amazon, yes I was interested in this record too.

I discovered this band when listening to The Revivalists on Spotify. It was “similar”. And I do love them. So I got that one too, because I needed 5 more dollars to qualify for free shipping and it only cost 10… so I got free shipping and another record for 5 more dollars. Good thinking, right?!?

I hate that I have to wait a few days to get it. But when both records come in the mail it will be quite the exciting day!