February 1st: Take Someone to the Airport

This might be cheating because I did not actually take my friend all the way to the airport but that is because how drastically Denver has changed.

Anyone that has lived in Denver longer than 5 or 6 years knows how much it has grown. I have lived here almost 10 years and have seen monumental changes. I can’t even imagine what people that have lived here for 20, 30 or 40 years have seen.

One big change is new light rails to opposite sides of the city, making it much easier to travel from one end of the city to the other.

The most convenient train is the new train out to the airport. Denver’s airport is very far from the city and in the past getting there was quite a pain.

A friend’s step father died and he had to catch a flight quickly. I called and offered to take him all the way out to the airport, but he said just to the train station. Not sure that actually taking someone all the way is worth it anymore. The train there is no traffic, so the trip is more convenient and timely.

January 31st: Make Keeter Banana Peanut Butter Coffee Cake

Man, I’m knocking out a lot of my cooking deeds early.

Over the holidays I was cooking quite often. Sometimes for money, sometimes for people that were going through hard times and I felt could use some treats.

Jason Keeter, is a regular of mine at my job, and kept asking for a Banana Peanut Butter Coffee Cake. I spent a good amount of time looking forward a recipe, and low and behold I came across this one- Recipe.

Pretty basic. I mixed up the ingredients. (Added chocolates chips because what goes better with banana and peanut butter than chocolate!)

Then added crumb topping.

Then baked.

I can’t wait to share it with my friend and see how it tastes!

January 16th: Start an Address Book

I bought this little book today and am going to start adding addresses in.

It’s not that I send snail mail very often but maybe I would if I had easier access to addresses. I usually have to reach out to someone or search my office for old envelopes. Having them all in one place will be nice.

I have to say how interesting it was that it took THREE stores to find an address book. I was not looking for anything fancy or specific even, but I guess with our digital world, few people are probably looking for handwritten address books.

January 6th: Have a Game Night with Friends

This post is coming in a little late because the night went longer than expected but what a fun night… something I hope we can do my more times.

So a friend of mine just had a baby, which in normal circumstances she would stay home die the first few weeks and then be able to come out like normal and enjoy normal life. Covid has changed all that and who knows when she will actually be able to venture out. But my circle is very small, besides work, I don’t see anyone on a regular basis. I thought it would be fun to together with her, her partner and a couple other friends. It felt like an actual normal day… which I haven’t felt in a very long time.

We had dinner, played Mexican train, some card game that the Michiganders knew… fabulous. I would sit and enjoy game night many nights over with these folks!

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.

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 16th: Have Dinner with a Group of Friends

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!

January 7th: Ask Friends for Book Suggestions and Read Throughout the Year

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!

  1. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  2. The Beaten Territory by Randi Samuelson
  3. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  4. The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza
  5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  6. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  7. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  8. 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!

August 26th: Eat at Vesta

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.

 

July 9th: Go to a Comedy Show

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!

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!