February 4th: Get a New Pet

Well, this was actually quite a surprise!

Unfortunately, my little sister’s dog, AJ, but my two year old nephew. AJ is twelve and they have had him for over seven years. Sadly, he had an ear infection that they didn’t know about and when they were playing AJ, being in pain, retaliated adversely.

He is such a sweet dog and was just in a lot of pain when it happens. Regardless, my sister felt she could not keep him around the kids anymore.

So now he is going to live with me!!

My sister lives in Tampa and my dad just spent three days on the road driving him out here!

Getting a new pet was on my list for the year and I cannot think of a better way to get one that to help one in need.

So I welcome AJ to my humble abode and hope Mia gets along with him.

January 6th: Create a Family Birthday Calendar

I know as a 33 year old woman I should probably already have my stuff together enough to have a complete list of my family’s birthdays but with one of my sisters, seemingly, having a baby every year it is hard to keep up.

So I have reached out to all my siblings and asked for birthdays so I can keep a running calendar… this will also make a task later in the year easier: Send Birthday Cards to Family Members.

June 5th: Watch a Disney Movie

This mini-vacation has been filled with kids stuff… maybe that’s why I was doing swing on swingset, skip, no cursing leading up to the week. I just have been feeling my inner child bursting to get out.

So I guess it is only appropriate that I check off Watch a Disney Movie this week too.

It is funny, when I was making the list of 365 things back in December I put certain things down and had a certain expectation of what the experience would be when I got to it. Very rarely was I right.

The expectation for this was on a sick day, or a cold winter day, I would be stuck inside and in the comfort of my room I would watch a classic Disney movie that I hadn’t seen in a while.

Instead, and to my delight, I watched a Disney movie I had never seen, with my Indianapolis nieces, having a movie night filled with popcorn, candy, ice cream and sleepover. 

It was a fun night and hopefully a memory both I and they will cherish. 

June 4th: Go Zip Lining´╗┐

Oh boy, it has been a great weekend.

Time away from work, time with my sister and time with my nieces. Plus, super fun activities.

Today, my sister and I went zip lining in Anderson, Indiana. It was a lot of fun and we got to do the longest, fastest zip line in the Midwest! 

Bonus: it just so happens that all the things just happen to be things on my list!

June 1st: Take a Mini Vacation

This is much needed!!! 

I arrived in Indianapolis where my sister, Nicole, and her three kids and husband live. It is going to be a quick 6 days but I am excited to be away from work and spend some time with these little ones… (plus one more not pictured)!

We have so much planned. An afternoon in the park, then my sister and brother-in-law go to Chicago for a concert while I watch the little ones… art time, movie and snacks, ice cream, Auntie sleepover… it’s going to be a blast. Then, weather permitting, Latern Festival (which is on my list and sold out in Denver!!), Wonder Woman movie day, soccer game with my sister’s league. 

It’s going to be a fun filled packed few days but great!

April 21st: Call a Distant Friend

I think I have talked about this before, but today I revisit it. I have, by choice, moved around quite a bit. This makes for an exciting life, and I love living in and exploring new places. But the down side is my closest friends and the great friends I make along the way, I often lose contact with or don’t talk to as often as I would like.

So today I made an effort to call a friend I have not talked to in a while.

It was so refreshing! I miss my friends, especially my best ones. It reminded me how great it is to  talk to people that know me and have known me through ups and downs, tragedies and triumphs, and know what I stand for and where I come from without question. 


April 5th: FaceTime with Someone

I have never really gotten into FaceTime like other people have. But to be honest, I am not really too big in phone calls either. It is not that I do not enjoy talking to people, especially people that do not live near me, which is a lot of my friends and family since I have moved around quite a bit, but still, I just do not do it that often.

Regardless, I want to make myself do this and maybe force myself to do it more often because it really does connect you with people on a different level than just a text or an email or even a phone call.

So I had a brief FaceTime session and it really was fun.

I will recall Christmas this past year. My brother and I were the only two to spend the holiday with my parents. Mind you, I have three other sisters, who each are married and have 3, 3, and 2 children… so 8 in all. We all sat around our iPads at one point and connected via video on Facebook.  It really was a nice way to be together even when we were not together. 

This was a great photo from the session!

As with most of these things on my list for the year… I need to remind myself to do this more often. I will usually put it off or think I will not enjoy it but when it comes down to it and I do it… I always love it. This list will be a nice thing to look back on. I will be able to tell myself, “remember when you did this… it was great for you!”