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!

January 9th: Shoot Apple Cider Vinegar Every Morning for a Month

Let’s see. I already have a few extended challenges going on.

Starting on the 5th I stated I would come home every day after work directly to spend time with the pups. I have had one hiccup but it was because Bella was a work with me and everyone wanted to meet her. But no more excuses. Directly home!

On the 6th I said I would eat breakfast everyday for a week. So far, so good! I have been eating breakfast everyday. Even woke up to make those delicious pumpkin muffins yesterday. I notice I am more hungry around noon than I normally would be. Everyone keeps telling me it is because my metabolism has been kick started.

So today, the 9th. I am starting to do a shot of apple cider vinegar every morning.

I have always heard there are many benefits to doing this and found this informative chart on Very Well Health.

So for the next month I will be shooting some of this every morning. I have tried it in shot form and adding it to a glass of water. I feel it is easier to just shoot it than drink a whole glasses of it diluted.

Here’s to keeping up!

January 7th: Teach Bella to Sit

Having a new puppy in the house in no cake walk. It has been trying. Especially with an older dog already in the house who expects all the love and attention.

But Bella is great! And so smart.

Today (and over the past few days) I taught her to sit! She learned it so quickly that I feel she must have been in a decent home to begin with.

Her and Mia are still having some hiccups but I hope to train them both out of it quickly.

Any pointers for helping an old dog transition into having a puppy around that wants to play all the time are greatly appreciated!

Wikihow.com always comes through with great advice- 4 Easy Ways to Teach Your Dog How to Sit!

January 5th: Go Home Directly After Clocking Out for a Month

Yesterday was a big day! I checked off a major thing- I got a dog! A puppy to be completely accurate. She’s doing great. The next few months will be challenging as she accumulates to the house, understands my other dog Mia and learns all her training.

I’m excited for the adventure and decided this is a perfect item to kick off today.

I am a bartender so there are many days when I get off and sit down to have a drink with friends after shift. With a new pup in the house I know how important it is to be home with her as much as possible.

So, even though I am off work today, I will kick this off starting today and leave work directly after clocking out until February 5th… and of course I will try and continue that into the year… but baby steps!

Plus, it will give me extra time to start on that reading list I created on the 1st.

P.S. I used the cute picture of my sweet new pup, Bella, just to draw you in.

January 3rd: Shop at Trader Joe’s

It is hard to believe that I never shopped here considering I lived in NYC for 5 years and it is ALL THE RAGE there. For some reason I always thought it was expensive… it is not!

I got essential: bread, milk, cheese, eggs, etc. But also got some microwaveable meals that look delicious! I spent at least half of what I would normally spend.

This item off the list might just change my year; the way way I spend money, the way I shop and the way I cook/bake.

January 2nd: Get a New Plant

Three years ago I started this idea that I could try new things all year. One for everyday. It is harder than you might think. Some things simple, some things hard.

It’s hard to believe that in 2017 I was 32 years old and had never had a live plant in my apartment or house. So on my list was “Buy a Houseplant”. Three years later this little guy lives in my office:

Since then I have added SIX more lovely plants to my household. Today I added this lovely little lady to the mix:

It says she loves sunlight and water so she will sit in my office basking in the sun!

It’s amazing how much a little plant can brighten your day. Sometimes it can be hard… this plant saw better days:

But I recently pruned it and moved it to a different location in the house. I was excited on New Year’s Day to see the new leaf, caught in the sun in this photo, sprout!

Since I got a new plant today I also thought I should give my other ones some room to grow so I put these smaller plants in bigger pots with fresh soil!

Hope they will continue to thrive like these two which I can barely keep from getting bigger and bigger.

The only one I am having problems with is this guy. It has new growth but all the existing, longer stems keep dying. Just can’t figure out what she wants? If anyone knows how to care for this plant suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated:

Overall, just having one plant in the house brightens my day. If I keep going at this pace my house will soon be a greenhouse and I’ll have to buy a place for me and my dogs to live to give the plants some room… 😂❤️🌱

This is 2020! January 1st: Get Book Recommendations

Here we go! Excited to kick off 2020 and make a solid attempt to complete my list. Since 2017 I’ve made a list and attempted to complete as many of the 365 things. Once completed I cross them off. As the new year approaches I add new things so my list is full. Sometimes I add back in things I completed because of the way it enriched my life. This being one of them. I love asking for book recommendations and try hard to read at least some of them. So here’s ten that I got today!

  • 48 Laws of Power
  • Talking to Strangers
  • The Rituals
  • Love is a Mixtape
  • Black Hearts
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Flowers in the Attic Series
  • The Hearts Invisible Furies
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

I already ordered “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” and “The Rituals”! Excited to get them and begin this adventure!

January 16th: Watch a New TV Series

It is the time of year when all kinds of new shows are coming out. I kind of try and find one once a year that catches my eye.

With all the different ways to watch shows and binge whole seasons I think it is intriguing to start a season from the beginning, when there are no spoilers and no one else has seen it either.

I heard about “The Passage” so thought I would give it a try… because, well hey, it has Zack Morris (shameful Saved by the Bell reference).

When just looking it up to find a picture to use as my photo I came across the book trilogy, so maybe it will drive me to read that too.

January 11th: Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch

I have gotten a little backed up on posting but it does not mean I have not been actively checking things off my list. I suppose one task I should add to the list is keep my blog up to date. So I suppose today I will aim to make that happen and back date my postings.

So Friday, January 11th seemed like the perfect day to make some homemade hot chocolate! We had six inches of snow in Denver! Although much of it did not stick because it was so warm out, it still felt like a great day for some cocoa!

I found this super simple recipe online: Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch and went for it!

Gathered ingredients:

Started by heating whole milk and sugar:

Melted down the chocolate in the microwave:

Mixed it in once the milk started to slightly simmer:

Added a touch of vanilla. And boom- Hot chocolate!

It was decadent. And so easy! Definitely a great thing to do on a cold, winter day!

February 9th: See Live Jazz

This was actually a spur of the moment happening but a great night. I usually close the bar on Friday nights but I was just feeling absolutely drained tonight.

I asked the other bartender if they would close for me and when they agreed I told myself I would go right home and rest for the night.

I should have known enough that I would not do that.

A few friends showed up that I had not really seen in a while just as I was about to leave. They wanted to check out a show in the neighborhood. So we went down to check it out but sadly, it was sold out.

We had all heard of this little jazz club around the corner, Nocturne, and decided to check it out.

It was a really great time. A very chill setting, we had some great appetizers and a few great drinks. A place I would definitely visit again but a time that can not be duplicated!

February 6th: Wake Up and Get Going at 8am Everyday for Week

Working in a bar can sometimes create a very late schedule. I often wake up early but lay around trying to soak in some extra lazy hours in the morning. Starting today I vow to wake up at 8am and get out the door doing something.

It is a great week to start this since I just adopted AJ, my sister’s dog. So this morning I was up and on my way to the dog park by 8! We ran around, which I’m sure my dog, Mia, appreciated too.

I look forward to the next 6 days and hope I can keep a trend going from there!

As for the rest of my list I have a lot of catching up to do. Stay tuned and follow me for updates on the last few weeks, I’ll be adding in things that I got done or will be getting done retroactively.