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.
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.
I wish I could say this was a great experience. It definitely started out as a fun night. And was not even the thing I planned on marking off my list today but a group of friends I used to work with got together for dinner tonight. Only I got sick… I do not know if it is the flu or what but not enjoyable and I probably was not the best company. It was good to see the friends though. Might have to do this one again when I feel better!
So I did this last year and got a lot of responses, so I cut it at 10. I still have not gotten through all those books, and hope to at some point. But I might as well stack some new titles on top of those!
So here are the book suggestions I have gotten and where you can find them on Amazon! Maybe some of them will be good books for others of you too!
- Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- The Beaten Territory by Randi Samuelson
- The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
- Earth Children Series by Jean M. Auel (This one counts as the last three because it is a six book series!)
Hope if you can find some time to read something this year, you will give a glance over this list and give some a try. If you have already read some of these I would love opinions on them… which ones I should dive into first, which ones I might want to wait till later and any other comments you might want to share!
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.
I recently met a guy a work who is a a comedian and currently working on spreading the comedy scene around Denver. He wanted to know if we could put on a show in the venue… and we’ll, what a great idea!
We are doing it once a month, but today I had the great pleasure of hanging out for the comedians.
It was awesome. They were hilarious.
I think it is going to be a great experience once a month and hopefully we can get more people to attend!
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!