January 13th: Read an Entire Newspaper

Reading an entire newspaper is exhausting! And I am at a slight fork in the road how I feel about this.

It has literally been years, maybe over a decade since I read any part of a newspaper. Do not get me wrong, I read and watch the news. But obviously, I assume, nearly every person knows and understands that printed newspapers are nearly obsolete.(I had to ask the woman at the store how to ring in the newspaper at the self-checkout, and she said, “how to ring in WHAT?” 😂)

It is no secret that the internet provided an immediacy to news and television broadcasts provide an ease. But after reading the paper today I have to say I found it somewhat refreshing (even though, as I said in my opener exhausting).

As I read each article I felt the sense that I knew the information or had at least heard snippets of the information on the internet or on tv, yet, the articles went into so much more detail, had more cohesive information and felt more intricately descriptive in theme.

However, if I think about the stories the paper is dated upon its release. Obviously, that is one of the debates that people bring up when they think of the extinction of printed news. But I think I have to fight for it. I think it is important to still print. I think it is important to still investigate and bring more details to stories that are too quickly being released online without the journalism of the past. I believe I could go on for a whole dissertation about this topic and the issue of fake news but I will not digress into politics.

Really I just want to say, this was a good experience. I think it is always important to stay up to date with news but with this experience I think it is important to just take a moment to do something in a way you thought maybe was not as important anymore. I am not buying stock in printed news or anything but I think it’s worth it to use its reliability to gather information. Maybe I will just start buying the Sunday paper and spend the week reviewing it.

February 2nd: Get a Denver Library Card

Well, this was super easy.

If you live in Denver and have ever wondered about getting a library card all you have to do is register online to get these benefits:

• Place holds on (request) materials in the online catalog

Download eBooks, Audio eBooks, Magazines and stream movies

• Stream and download local music from Volume Denver

• Search research databases

If you want a permanent card with more benefits you have to show a valid photo ID in a branch and you can get one with these additional benefits:

• Check out library materials – watch our video tutorial on using the self check out machines

• Request library materials from other library systems

• Use a Denver Public Library internet computer

You can find all the info and the link to online registration at this site: Denver Library Card.

January 13th: Read Conspiracy Theories

Holy goodness!

Who knew there were so many conspiracy theories out there?!?

I found SOO MANY SITES.

And it just keeps going deeper and deeper.

Some are creepy. Some are intriguing. Some are just downright ridiculous.

If you want to dive in a little. I suggest just start with Wikipedia: Conspiracy Theories but Time Magazine has a great list of the Top 10 Conspiracy Theories.

Do you have a favorite theory? Something you believe in?

January 9th: Read History of My Birthday

This is one of those things that is simple but can end up meaning a lot or at least having some sort of simple effect.

I found a website called On This Day.

I think I thing I lived the most was Famous People Born on August 26th. I have the same birthday as Mother Teresa! What an honor.

Then there is specific events that happened on the day. How cool is it that I was on born on Women’s Equality Day!

So cool! I encourage everyone to check out the site. Learn a little about your day of birth. Please share some interesting points you find.

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!

May 29th: Discover a New Podcast

So I went into iTunes and just chose Comedy… I felt like something funny today. I found a podcast called Barely Friending and it is pretty great.

I actually ended up listening to the first two which were “Worst Thing a Friend has Done” and “Worst and Best Vacations”. 

It’s pretty great. Each of the hosts tells a story of their own and then they read one from audience members too.

There is over 100 episodes… definitely something I could listen to for a while!

May 14th: Read in the Park

Another afternoon in the park… today just doing a little reading. I am still working on reading The Red Tent so today is getting me a little closer to actually finishing it.


It was a beautiful day. And Mia had fun too!


Between running around with Mia taking pictures, I probably did not get as much reading done as I would have liked… I guess I will have to start making this a regular thing.. maybe I will finish the book by the end of June. 😂