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.

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 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.