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!

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. 

I ABSOLUTELY NEED TO CALL MY DISTANT FRIENDS MORE OFTEN.

April 18th: Buy a Friend a Balloon for Their Birthday

Sometimes the simplest things can go a long way. I know that from personal experience and I think most people feel the same way.

So this has been on my list, obviously, all year but I realized it was my friend Sara’s birthday I thought there was no better day than today to do this one. 

I love how much she appreciated it… 😀❤

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!”