I drink Jameson. I love my whiskey and very rarely stray from it. So I challenged myself today to drink something new.
So, I’m watching football at my favorite watering hole and was talking about my list with my friend Jason. He asked what I was doing today. I hadn’t really thought about it yet.
Most days, I wake up and scroll through the list to determine what is appropriate for the day and what I can get done. Being Sunday I typically am a little lazier than other days since it’s technically my Saturday afternoon.
So scrolling through the list I came upon “try a new whiskey” and Jason offered to buy!
There’s not a huge selection where we were but still a few I had never had before.
We chose this local Colorado one:
Jason tried one too.
It is not necessarily something I would drink on a regular basis but a nice change up for the day. A little more but than I’m used to with Jameson but a nice sweet finish.
About a month ago I decided I wanted to start my own company. It has been a process that has been in my mind for over a decade. Over the past ten years I have had jobs but always tried to keep my photography and graphic design going. Recently I have put myself out there more for graphic jobs and have snagged a few. I need these cards to push that forward. People ask me often about services and I always write my name and number down… always seemed unprofessional.
So I made these today (super simple design from VistaPrint) and ordered them!
I should have them in hand by the beginning of February. I cannot wait to start passing them out and hopefully drum up more business. Eventually, I will make my design but just wanted to keep it simple for now.
I have gotten a little backed up on posting but it does not mean I have not been actively checking things off my list. I suppose one task I should add to the list is keep my blog up to date. So I suppose today I will aim to make that happen and back date my postings.
So Friday, January 11th seemed like the perfect day to make some homemade hot chocolate! We had six inches of snow in Denver! Although much of it did not stick because it was so warm out, it still felt like a great day for some cocoa!
I found this super simple recipe online: Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch and went for it!
Started by heating whole milk and sugar:
Melted down the chocolate in the microwave:
Mixed it in once the milk started to slightly simmer:
Added a touch of vanilla. And boom- Hot chocolate!
It was decadent. And so easy! Definitely a great thing to do on a cold, winter day!
This is such a great experience and another one that I actually crossed off last year but never input, so on another day when I am super busy with work I am crossing this off the list.
Anyone that lives in Denver, I highly recommend this. I went with a wedding party. It was a BLAST!
Here are some great pictures from the train! I would love to go again this winter or fall to see a different scene.
I started this journey two years ago on January 1st of 2017. The December coming up to that new year I compiled a list of 365 things that I had either never done, goals I wanted to accomplish or resolutions I wanted to set for the year. In that first year I accomplished just over 200 of them. It was hard some days… other days it was super easy.
Coming up onto 2018 I realized I was never going to cross them all off. So I added new ones and in some cases repeated ones that I wanted to make sure to repeat. 2018 was hectic. After crossing off “Buy a House” in 2017, 2018 became a lot about renovating and costly expenses, particularly mortgage costs. Through the year I only crossed off 60 things.
Now that 2019 is here I am restarting the list and hoping to spend the year concentrating on positive reinforcement things and goals. Continuing DIY projects for my house, garden and property will be a major part but I will also concentrate improving myself through month long resolutions, like purging one item a day for a month that I started on the first. But I also want to make sure to think about things I can do for myself that positively reinforce life. I do not want everyday to be about what I can do to improve or “fix” myself. I think it is also important at to do things that make me feel good or give me a sense of positivity.
So, really, that long wonder blog for the day just boils down to my thing for today- “Treat Yourself to Lunch”. I went out this afternoon and had a nice lunch at Buchi Cuban Cafe. Nothing fancy, nothing expensive- but a nice change up from either not even eating lunch or something thrown together at home. I went and had a delicious lunch by myself. I just set out from my house with no known destination and as I drive by Buchi’s (which I had been to before) I remember how much I enjoyed the establishment. It is owned by a Floridian and kind of reminds me home.
Nice how such a simple thing for the day gave me a positive feeling and put me in a good mood about having to go to work tonight.
This was actually a spur of the moment happening but a great night. I usually close the bar on Friday nights but I was just feeling absolutely drained tonight.
I asked the other bartender if they would close for me and when they agreed I told myself I would go right home and rest for the night.
I should have known enough that I would not do that.
A few friends showed up that I had not really seen in a while just as I was about to leave. They wanted to check out a show in the neighborhood. So we went down to check it out but sadly, it was sold out.
We had all heard of this little jazz club around the corner, Nocturne, and decided to check it out.
It was a really great time. A very chill setting, we had some great appetizers and a few great drinks. A place I would definitely visit again but a time that can not be duplicated!
Well, this was super easy.
If you live in Denver and have ever wondered about getting a library card all you have to do is register online to get these benefits:
• Place holds on (request) materials in the online catalog
• Download eBooks, Audio eBooks, Magazines and stream movies
• Stream and download local music from Volume Denver
• Search research databases
If you want a permanent card with more benefits you have to show a valid photo ID in a branch and you can get one with these additional benefits:
• Check out library materials – watch our video tutorial on using the self check out machines
• Request library materials from other library systems
• Use a Denver Public Library internet computer
You can find all the info and the link to online registration at this site: Denver Library Card.
So I came across this restaurant a couple years ago in downtown Denver called Vesta. I do not remember why but it really caught my eye and I have been meaning to try it ever since.
Today is my birthday, so no better day than today. Holy goodness, it was so delicious!
Six friends came along. They had a 38 ounce ribeye that sounded just amazing! So three of us shared it.
The idea of the restaurant is that it’s a “dipping” restaurant so most of the dishes come with lots of sauces and you dip everything. The steak was great. We also got dipping sauces with pita bread, a huge charcuterie plate and amazing dessert.
The best part though, my friends spending a great birthday with me and enjoying great food.
This event meant so much more to me than simply running a 5K.
I did a 5K for Melanoma Research Foundation. I talked about it earlier this year when I decided to raise money for the group. But the experience today surpassed anything I could have expected.
I ran for me (I am a melanoma survivor), I ran for my friend Kelly, whose father passed away from melanoma, and I just ran for anyone that deals with this horrible disease.
It was a beautiful day. Our team had a great time and raised a lot of money.
This is probably the coolest rooftop patio in Denver to hang out on. The Tavern Rooftop Patio at Coors Field is so fun!
Photo from MLB.com.
I went to a service industry tailgate party with some former coworkers from a different place than I work at now:
It was a really fun time! And the view from the rooftop is great:
Some may not consider this a sport, but after completing on CrossFit class today, I say pssshhhh to that.
It was so intense and difficult and rewarding and body crushing and body building… there are so many ways to describe this… but over all those things alone classify it as a sport to me.
So today was day one, but I signed up for a six week challenge. I am excited and scared and really just hoping I complete it.
I found the program on Facebook and am really pleased with the place that I found CrossFit Eminence.
The coach today was great, inspirational, dedicated, and very understanding of my abilities (or lack there of).
I can’t wait for the rest of the classes!