March 10th: Eat Vegetarian for a Month

This is going to be hard! But let’s see how it goes!

I found this article that outlines some pros and cons of eating vegetarian: Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism. For the most part, it seems important to replace meat with high protein foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, rather than sugary, fatty and sweet foods.

I also found this graph of a good serving size of items to eat.

Source: https://nutrition.org/can-vegetarian-diet-healthy/

Hopefully, it will help me eat healthier! I think mostly I will need to make sure I get enough protein. Wish me luck, I’ll keep posting as the month goes on and I complete other things as well.

March 7th: Swim at a Waterfall

Now this! This! Is something I have always wanted to do and what better place to swim at a waterfall than Hawai’i, particularly Maui.

It was an incredible day with tons of waterfalls as we drove along the Road to Hana. If you have never been and ever find yourself in Maui, I highly recommend taking a day and driving this road. If you have rented your own car, download the app: Shaka Guide App. It tells you great places to see, eat, explore, skip and has some tidbits of history and plays local music. I loved it!

The road itself is a very narrow, curvy and sometimes one lane trek through Maui’s rainforest. Here’s a very quick glance at the road itself:

Road to Hana

Stops along the road are amazing. Even just pull offs to catch a glimpse of the ocean or waterfalls in the distance.

View of falls

We came across this waterfall and it is where I decided to take my swim!

It was amazing! and freezing cold.

We saw some pretty amazing other sites along the way. The Black Sand Beach with lava tubes:

Black Sand Beach

Inside Lava Tube in Black Sand Beach

Ate some amazing fish and chips in the Nahiku Marketplace.

Nahiku Marketplace: Island Chef

Fish & Chips from Island Chef

Had ice cream made with coconut milk from Coconut Glen’s.

Coconut Glen’s

Coffee Toffee ice cream from Coconut Glen’s

There were some other amazing waterfalls too!

Overall, an amazing day- made even more amazing because I got to swim at a waterfall!

January 28th: Go for a Long Walk

Walks have definitely been in the mix a lot more since getting Bella. Everyday getting a little longer to tire this incredibly active doggie.

Today we attempted a long one with Mia in stride to try and get them more comfortable with each other. They both love it.

We went over two miles and by the end they were walking side by side with no problems and ready for a nap when we got home.

Amazing how a new dog can change your life. It can be exhausting by snuggles and exercise are making it all worth it.

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.

January 14th: Try a Traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich

I returned to what might be my new favorite spot today, Vinh Xuong Bakery. I might slightly be in love with Vietnamese coffee. Which is crazy because I have never really been a coffee drinker.

Today in addition to the coffee I tried a Bahn Mi Sandwich. There were lots of choices, as you can see on this menu board:

I did not expect that. I thought it was one specific type. But I decided to go with the combination, which seemed like the most traditional one. And man, I was not disappointed.

This thing was huge! They offered chili oil and jalapeños with it, which, of course I took.

And the iced coffee went really well with it. Not disappointed at all!

This year is really shaping up. I’m loving the new adventures, new foods and attempts to venture out from my norm. Hope I can keep it up.

January 12th: Try a New Whiskey

I drink Jameson. I love my whiskey and very rarely stray from it. So I challenged myself today to drink something new.

So, I’m watching football at my favorite watering hole and was talking about my list with my friend Jason. He asked what I was doing today. I hadn’t really thought about it yet.

Most days, I wake up and scroll through the list to determine what is appropriate for the day and what I can get done. Being Sunday I typically am a little lazier than other days since it’s technically my Saturday afternoon.

So scrolling through the list I came upon “try a new whiskey” and Jason offered to buy!

There’s not a huge selection where we were but still a few I had never had before.

We chose this local Colorado one:

Jason tried one too.

It is not necessarily something I would drink on a regular basis but a nice change up for the day. A little more but than I’m used to with Jameson but a nice sweet finish.

January 10th: Try Vietnamese Coffee

Sometimes it is funny how things happen. Over a year ago I was updating my list of 365 things and was having a hard time thinking of new things. A good friend of mine, who is a fantastic chef in Denver, was sitting with me and recommended some new foods/drinks to try. One of her recommendations was try Vietnamese coffee and a traditional Bahn Mi Sandwich.

Yesterday I was out driving doe Postmates and I got a delivery for both items from a little place near my house called Vinh Xuong Bakery in Zepplin Station, which is a really cool shared market/workspace.

So today I revisited the place to get a Vietnamese coffee.

I am not a huge coffee drinker. But wow!

This coffee is delicious. It is very sweet. Very much like a treat. I might be addicted.

Next week I am going back to try a Bahn Mi Sandwich!