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!

January 3rd: Make a New (to me) Essential Oil Blend

So one of my things last year was to explore aromatherapy. I am now SO into essential oils. Some might even say obsessed.

When I look back on the things I did last year for the list and realize some of my everyday things in my life now have spawned from some of those simple tasks it makes doing these small things even more rewarding.

Anyway, I have this consistent arm pain and even though I have gone to the doctor various times they can’t seem to figure out what it is. They think it is something with my nerves but the tests are expensive and might not even really determine anything.

So I thought I might try a home remedy- and found this recipe for an essential oil. Wouldn’t you know? I have all the ingredients… with a slight change from the carriers oils… I use fractionated coconut oil.

Here’s the recipe I found on New Directions: Aromatic Blog

So today I made the blend! I am truly hoping it works, at least to some degree.

The carrier oil:

The oils:

The blend:

And viola!

Off to work now. Will update later with my food log from the day!

Logging food for the day-

Strawberry, banana and blueberry smoothie with spinach, vanilla yogurt, MALK and vanilla Greek yogurt.

Cream Breakfast Burrito

Farmhouse Salad – same as yesterday 🙂

October 15th: Smoke a Cigar

So, holy goodness, I am so backed up on my 365 tasks for the year. I don’t know if I can possibly catch up. But I’m going to try!

I will be filling in the gaps over the next few weeks hoping to get all of them done by the end of the year.

One I can check off is smoke a cigar! And I can’t say I much enjoyed it…

I went to a whisky tasting last Friday night and got a free cigar with my ticket.

So today, while watching football with some friends, we shared the cigar.

I can’t really understand why people enjoy it, but to each their own.

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.

 

June 12th: Try a New Sport

Some may not consider this a sport, but after completing on CrossFit class today, I say pssshhhh to that.

It was so intense and difficult and rewarding and body crushing and body building… there are so many ways to describe this… but over all those things alone classify it as a sport to me.

So today was day one, but I signed up for a six week challenge. I am excited and scared and really just hoping I complete it.

I found the program on Facebook and am really pleased with the place that I found CrossFit Eminence.


The coach today was great, inspirational, dedicated, and very understanding of my abilities (or lack there of).

I can’t wait for the rest of the classes!

June 10th: Go to New Denver Central Market

Well, it is not really new anymore but definitely new to me.

I do not know what took me so long, because now that I have been there I just might be stopping in daily!

It is only 5 blocks from where I work and just an amazing assortment of things to eat, drink, take home, and buy as gifts. 

It was kind of hard to pick where to eat and then even more difficult to pick what to eat once I picked the place.


But the very last place, SK Provisions had pork tacos and I couldn’t resist…



Clearly, they were good…


The best part: once you got your food you could go sit out on the patio outside or in the “dining room” in the main area. And if you are with friends, everyone can pick their food of choice and then all meet up to eat together.

I will most definitely be back and if you are in Denver you should try it too!