January 3rd: Apply for a Game Show

What is the nerdiest thing I could do this year, Alex?

So it is the nerdiest thing but what can I say?, I am a nerd.

I record Jeopardy! daily and watch it whenever I have a chance. I have always wanted to be on the show. So today I looked up what is required.

They only do the test to qualify every so often so basically I just registered to be informed when the test is happening.

So now I am registered and will take the test the next time it comes up.

For now, I took the practice test and got 20 of 30 right… I don’t know what the pass/fail percentage required to qualify is, but for now, I will just keep practicing… maybe I will get on one day.

Here is the site to register and find the practice test- Jeopardy!

January 11th: Discover a New Game App

I know this seems a little silly. But I have actual good reason for this simple task.

There have actually been studies and articles published (like this one Playing Mario Bros) that say playing video games, cognitive games or just keeping your mind active more often then say, mindlessly watching tv can help prevent dementia.

Because I have a history of dementia in my family I think early in life it is important to do anything I can to help prevent or at least put off longer getting the disease.

So I downloaded this “Trivia Crack” game and will start playing. Besides the good side affects it might have on my brain, maybe I’ll actually learn something every once in a while.

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!

May 28th: Swing on a Swingset

The oh so simple things are some of the best things to grasp onto. This however, did not pan out like I thought it would… it made me nauseous. Hahah. I guess I’m just not a swinging type of person anymore. 

Either way, I have it a go and know for the future that it is not my thing. I did get to sit in the park again though and just relax… since I wasn’t swinging.

March 29th: Play a Board Game

We recently got  bunch of board and card games for the bar I work at to give customers something fun to do while they are hanging out. I think, however, we have been having more fun with them then they do.

I learned a new game and played for a bit the other night. It is called “Shut the Box”. It is pretty fun, strategic but super simple. 

I enjoy playing board games and particularly love playing cards. But simple things like this are what make some days a little brighter than others.